46 episodes

The goal of Wide Open Spaces is to build bridges between people on different sides of the political and religious spectrum through having humanizing conversations about controversial topics. New episode every Tuesday. WideOpenSpacesPodcast.com.

Wide Open Spaces Podcast Jenny Connelly

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 38 Ratings

The goal of Wide Open Spaces is to build bridges between people on different sides of the political and religious spectrum through having humanizing conversations about controversial topics. New episode every Tuesday. WideOpenSpacesPodcast.com.

    E47: Is Canada Attacking Itself? ft. Dr. Peter MacKinnon

    E47: Is Canada Attacking Itself? ft. Dr. Peter MacKinnon

    Is Canada attacking itself? How powerful are universities in changing the trajectory of Canadian culture? 
    Join me on Episode 47 as I speak with lawyer, award-winning author, and former President of the University of Saskatchewan Dr. Peter MacKinnon, who offers his over 50 years of experience in university education and public policy as we discuss some of the troubles that Canada is facing as a nation. 
    We talk about the idea of “ritualistic denunciation” in university classrooms, how to have immigration that is both compassionate and open towards newcomers and  considerate of national security, whether or not having “open borders” could actually work, provincial equalization payments, and Justin Trudeau’s famous statement that Canadian “diversity is our strength.”
    To support the Wide Open Spaces mission of healing division:
    www.patreon.com/jennyconnelly?fan_landing=true
    For Dr. Peter MacKinnon’s latest book:
    https://utorontopress.com/9781487543143/canada-in-question/

    For the new podcast Jenny is hosting, Upfront With The Archbishop:
    https://caedm.ca/upfront/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    E46: Does Climate Activism Mean Being Anti-Human? ft. Dr. Sherilee Harper (Part II Climate Change Series)

    E46: Does Climate Activism Mean Being Anti-Human? ft. Dr. Sherilee Harper (Part II Climate Change Series)

    Can climate activism lead to anti-human sentiment? How does someone know who to trust when it comes to climate change discussions? 
    Join me for Part Two of our series on climate change, and the interaction between climate change and economics. This series is like a personal investigation, where I have sought to learn - from experts - about the science of climate change, how we know what information is scientifically sound and what information is filtered through political objectives and whether it is possible for us to care for human economic needs while also caring for our planet. 
    Today's episode is with Dr. Sherilee Harper from the Climate Change and Global Health Research Group. We talk about whether climate activism can become anti-human, Dr. Harper’s perspective on how urgent climate should be perceived, how measurable temperature changes in the environment are impacting especially rural Indigenous communities, about how to practically measure whether or not a climate change-related policy is actually working, and much more.  
    Click here for Part I of our series on climate change, with Microbiologist Dr. Brian Lanoil:
    https://www.wideopenspacespodcast.com/brian-lanoil
     The Climate Change And Global Health Research Group:
    https://www.climatechangeandglobalhealth.com/
    To support the Wide Open Spaces mission of healing division:
    www.patreon.com/jennyconnelly?fan_landing=tru

    • 1 hr 28 min
    E45: The Divine Feminine And The Question Of Power And Patriarchy ft. Shannon Evans

    E45: The Divine Feminine And The Question Of Power And Patriarchy ft. Shannon Evans

    Megachurch pastors. Pronouns for God. Patriarchy. A problem to be solved or a structure to be revitalized? Join me as I speak with Catholic speaker and author Shannon Evans as we dialogue about patriarchy, the divine feminine and the divine masculine, the focus on power-sharing in different Christian churches,  the idea of the women as Catholic priests, the differences between Evangelical fundamentalist Christianity and the Catholic Church, how to speak to kids about God, and much more. 
    To support the Wide Open Spaces mission of healing division for a cup of coffee:
    www.patreon.com/jennyconnelly?fan_landing=true
    Shannon’s article on Julian of Norwich and referring to God as a “she:”
    https://www.todaysamericancatholic.org/2021/06/can-we-call-god-mother-julian-of-norwich-says-yes/
    Shannon’s website, including links to her bestselling book, Rewilding Motherhood:
    https://www.shannonkevans.com/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    E44: Climate Change Dialogue With A Microbiologist ft. Dr. Brian Lanoil (Part 1 Of Series)

    E44: Climate Change Dialogue With A Microbiologist ft. Dr. Brian Lanoil (Part 1 Of Series)

    Ever been frustrated with how politicized climate change is? 
    Ever realized that there are big decisions being made about the climate but you don't actually understand the science? 
    Join me for the first episode of a 3 (or 4) part series on different perspectives on climate change and the differences between climate change science and climate change politics. I’ll be talking with Ph.D. scientists and policy experts to hear their stories and learn about the research that informs their different opinions about how serious climate change is and how we should respond to it. 
    Today I speak with Dr. Brian Lanoil, who is a professor and microbiologist from the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta. He shares his first-hand research on the impact of climate change on the Arctic regions of the world and why this matters to the rest of us. We also talk about whether or not we can trust the global organizations (such as the  IPCC) that recommend different political policies in response to climate science and the difference between how scientists and politicians approach climate change. 
    To support the Wide Open Spaces mission of healing division for $4:
    www.patreon.com/jennyconnelly?fan_landing=true
    For more information on Dr. Brian Lanoil:
    https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/lanoil

    • 1 hr 29 min
    E43: Natural Vs. Conventional Medicine ft. Dr. Bradley Campbell

    E43: Natural Vs. Conventional Medicine ft. Dr. Bradley Campbell

    How do we bridge the divide between natural medicine and conventional medicine? How can medical doctors work with naturopathic doctors? 
    Join me as I speak with Dr. Bradley Campbell a holistic physician, chiropractic internist, and author who practices out of Chicago, Illinois. We talk about the divide between doctors from naturopathic and medical backgrounds, corruption in both pharmaceutical and natural supplement companies, natural approaches to addressing ADHD, autism, gut problems, how to find a good doctor who will take time to know you well, and the connection between natural medicine and spirituality. 

    To support the Wide Open Spaces mission of healing division through dialogue:
    www.patreon.com/jennyconnelly?fan_landing=true
    Dr. Bradley Campbell’s Website:
    www.drbradleycampbell.com

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    E42: Sex And Healing In Marriage ft. Gerald and Denise Montpetit

    E42: Sex And Healing In Marriage ft. Gerald and Denise Montpetit

    How does sex before marriage impact a relationship? Join me as I speak with Gerald and Denise Montpetit, founders of the Breathe Marriage Conferences, as we speak about premarital sex,  divorce and the idea of “drifting apart” in marriage, fear or disinterest in children, contraception, and the hope that even a marriage that has its "loveless moments" can find healing, restoration, and a fresh start, all through the lens of their 28 years of marriage. 
    Check out our Instagram for this episode and be sure to share your thoughts on the episode here:
     www.instagram.com/wideopenspacespod/
    To support the Wide Open Spaces mission of healing division through dialogue:
    https://www.patreon.com/jennyconnelly?fan_landing=true
    For the Breathe Marriage Conference (next conference May 2022):
    www.catholicmarriageandfamily.com

    • 2 hrs 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Aqu11* ,

Thought provoking and engaging

I have listened to every episode and I am better for it. Jenny is a well researched Host and Producer who is incredibly well spoken. She is non confrontational and calm, an asset in conversations based on conflicting matters. In my own personal life there have been divisive issues that caused fragmented relationships and through this podcast, I am happy to report they have been resolved. I always have to take a day or two after an episode is released to prepare my mind and heart to be open for the conversation as I don’t want to miss the opportunity to properly engage with the content. Thank you Jenny, keep up the great work!

groggy 156 ,

Love every topic!

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Wide Open Spaces with Jenny! She touches on everything and anything that is important or controversial and does it with such tact, intelligence and charity. Thank you for this amazing work, Jenny! Keep ‘em coming!

l_rice ,

Refreshing!

I rarely ever get to hear people talk about controversial issues without fighting or yelling about their opinion. This is a needed change in how we talk about things!! Jenny is refreshing to listen to and picks very good, interesting topics!

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