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Caleigh Le Grand & Justin van Lieshout explore the intersection between mass media culture & mental health.

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Caleigh Le Grand & Justin van Lieshout explore the intersection between mass media culture & mental health.

    "Digging in the Dirt" w/ Omar & Dylan

    "Digging in the Dirt" w/ Omar & Dylan

    We dive into the social, economical, and emotional expectations of men in the oil & gas culture with documentary filmmakers Omar Mouallem and Dylan Rhys Howard. Their film “Digging in the Dirt” (on CBC Gem) focuses on addiction, suicide, and men’s mental health in the Alberta oil sands. They explore the layers underneath the culture of silence that surround men’s mental health and how men are sometimes stoic to their own detriment.

    The more they learned about men’s mental health, the more they were able to reflect on their own personal mental struggles and journeys. If the work didn’t begin personal, it certainly became so.

    This was such a poignant and deep conversation that we kept Omar from his kids for an extra episode’s worth of discussion. So, here’s part 1 of 2.

    “Digging in the Dirt” on CBC Gem:

    https://gem.cbc.ca/media/media/absolutely-canadian/episode-23/38e815a-011a7b71c5b

    Alberta’s Mental Health Line

    1-877-303-2642

    Cool Things:

    Justin’s:

    Breaking the fourth wall

    Cales’:

    Sadhguru

    https://isha.sadhguru.org/ca/en

    &

    “The Most Unknown” (2018) on Netflix

    Theme music by Tessa Good & Petr Balaz

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    This interview was recorded on June 4, 2020


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    • 53 min
    Crying Out Loud w/ Alexie & Shannon

    Crying Out Loud w/ Alexie & Shannon

    Four ladies found each other after each losing their spouses. Their connection led them to start a business together — one that would help others learn how to handle life’s hardships or how to be there for others going through hard times.

    Alexie and Shannon from Lost + Found (soon to be known as “Crying Out Loud”) join us for a beautiful convo and an even more lovely reminder that it’s totally OK to not feel OK.

    Pause and have a cool little listen. It’s totally fine that you didn’t get everything done today. Be kind to yourself. You deserve it.

    N.B.: Some details are intentionally left out to safeguard the wishes of associated individuals.

    N.B.B.: Keep it shoved in your earholes ’til the very end for sneak peeks. ;)

    insta: @lostandfoundto

    https://lostandfoundto.com/

    Cool Things:

    Alexie’s:

    Running to podcasts

    Shannon’s:

    Puzzles + Onesies

    Cales’:
    @thesweatspot

    @ryan.heffington

    Justin’s:

    App: Routines by Care/of

    Theme music by Tessa Good & Petr Balaz

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    This interview was recorded on May 19, 2020


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    • 41 min
    Spiritual Rocks w/ Naranjan Nota

    Spiritual Rocks w/ Naranjan Nota

    TW: spirituality; therapy; reframing obstacles and pain as gifts and opportunities for growth (on a large scale); feeling 'crazy'; triggers in general.

    We’re all about personal growth. Sometimes, therapy’s a part of that. For Cales, that means running, meditating, spending a third of her budget on crystals and soul-talk; for Justin, it’s pasta.

    But what's in a soul? Has anyone ever been able to aptly describe a soul? Heck, nah. Does that stop us from trying to deconstruct it in this episode? Also, nah. We interview Naranjan Nota — a spiritual intuitive — to try to understand what it means to “get deeper” and learn common issues her clients are facing in their days of isolation.

    Cool Things:

    Cales’:

    Disconnecting from social media (hypocritically, of course)

    Justin’s:

    Beautiful homemade postcards

    Connect with Naranjan:

    https://brightshininglight.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/naranjan.nota/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/naranjannota/
    Theme music by Tessa Good & Petr Balaz

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    N.B.: This interview was recorded on May 27, 2020.


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    • 55 min
    Find Your Tribe w/ BDB Productions

    Find Your Tribe w/ BDB Productions

    It’s friends like these that make us miss being in each other’s personal presence that much more and also friends like these that remind us what presence even means — as actors, as producers, as creative forces of nature. Four of BDB Productions’ team members — Franckie Francois, Lovell Adams-Gray,  Adrian Walters, and Emmanuel Ofori — join us to share how they came together as actors in times of strife and began finding their own individual voices as well as that of their collective to tell underrepresented stories. They talk about their first steps as new producers, what the production landscape looks like in a rapidly changing industry with new COVID-19 related safety measures and regulations, shining light on the Black Lives Matter conversation and presenting different voices within the black community through their art, balancing self-belief and faith in something greater, and finding their tribe that made all the difference in moving forward. Everything culminates in a heated debate that we all turn over to you, the audience. To help us settle the debate, share your voice at https://anchor.fm/wtnok/message.

    COOL THINGS:

    Lovell’s:
    "Da 5 Bloods" from Spike Lee (Netflix)
    "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley (dictated by Malcolm X)
    "Revolutionary Suicide" by Huey P. Newton
    Autobiography of Marcus Garvey
    "The Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon
    "Lost cities of Africa" by Basil Davidson

    Adrian’s:
    Meditation with Insight Timer
    Taoism/Daoism

    Franck’s:
    "Tokyo Ghoul" written and illustrated by Sui Ishida
    "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom" by Don Miguel Ruiz

    Manny’s:
    "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman

    Cales’:
    "so what?"

    Justin’s:
    BDB Productions (& being on top of proper plugs)

    FOLLOWS:

    BDB Productions
    bdbproductionsinc.com

    Franckie Francois
    insta: @franckiefrancois
    https://m.imdb.com/name/nm7551309/

    Lovell Adams-Gray
    insta: @lovelladamsgray

    Adrian Walters
    insta: @AdrianWalters_
    twitter: Adrian Walters
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5044769/

    Emmanuel Ofori
    insta: @doitfortheculture1
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6369481/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    Theme music by Tessa Gooden & Petr Balaz

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Cocktails & Creatives w/ Navin Ramaswaran

    Cocktails & Creatives w/ Navin Ramaswaran

    We’re still isolating. So, we Zoom’d with Cales’ good pal Navin Ramaswaran — director, editor, classic cocktail consumer extraordinaire — to chat about post-set blues, how he chooses his creative teams and prepares as both a commercial and narrative film director, and how he celebrated his 40th birthday in isolation with a bartender wife! Y’also get to hear just how gross some of Cales’ shut-in meals have been and, honestly, it’s wholly due to laziness -- she had proper meal foods.

    Cool Things:

    Navin’s:


    Siiiiiiick Harley Quinn graphic tee from TeeFury.com
    Frequency IMDb link (Love how Cales called it a father-daughter flick, when it's about the son. We remember what we want 🤷🏻‍♀️)
    Filmmaker Oriol Paulo (Films to check on flix: “The Invisible Witness” and “Mirage”)

    Cales’:


    Art of Being Yourself by Caroline McHugh

    Justin’s:


    Dump card. What’s a dump card? Ohhhh, baby. Listen. Listen, Linda! (And check out our IG story for visual aids.)
    Mom-made Calvin and Hobbes birthday painting

    Theme music by Tessa Gooden & Petr Balaz

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    • 1 hr
    Disney Princesses w/Carly Holt

    Disney Princesses w/Carly Holt

    Anybody up for tea? This week we're jumping across the pond and talking to Carly Holt about her experience moving from Toronto Ontario to London England. She opens up about never settling for less than perfect and the challenges of leaving behind the opportunities you have while starting fresh. 



    This episode was recorded over a video chat thanks to COVID! We've been working hard to keep content from a number of perspectives coming to your ear holes, so please don't mind the short delays or lack of studio quality. We love these convos. We love these people. And we want to share them no matter which pandemic gets in the way. 



    ONE COOL THINGS

    Carly: selective consumption (you don't HAVE to watch the tiger king)

    Cales: Visualization and 

    Justin: Gratitude Journal/Bullet Journal


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    • 50 min

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