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People are curious, and that's great. But there are some questions you just shouldn't ask—or at least not like that. Elena "#millennial" Hudgins Lyle and Harvinder "just a dad" Wadhwa break these questions down with guests who get asked them.

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    • Culture et société

People are curious, and that's great. But there are some questions you just shouldn't ask—or at least not like that. Elena "#millennial" Hudgins Lyle and Harvinder "just a dad" Wadhwa break these questions down with guests who get asked them.

    “Can I speak to your manager?”

    “Can I speak to your manager?”

    Asking for the manager can be loaded. It can reveal who we think holds the power in a business—and who we think doesn’t. So what should a customer do when they’re not getting the right service? Jason Suerte Felipe shares his experience handling this question as a retail cashier. Beauty practitioner Asha Allen-Silverstein tells us why people don’t believe she owns her own business as a Black woman. Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts sheds light on the history of the worker-customer power dynamic and where it comes from.

    Find the webcomic by Amie Wilensky for this episode on our Instagram @IQ_Podcast

    Connect with our guests below:

    Jason Suerte Felipe: Ig @JasonSuerte
    Asha Allen-Silversetin: Ig @torontobrowsxbeauty
    Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts: Tw @alignmentquest
    Amie Wilensky: Ig: amiewilenskyart

    • 35 min
    “How old are you?"

    “How old are you?"

    Is it rude to ask someone their age? Harv isn’t comfortable telling people how old he is anymore and he’s not alone. He and Elena speak to author and activist Ashton Applewhite to debunk some myths about aging and discuss why our society fears growing older. Lifestyle writer Elizabeth Wellington explains how being seen as younger can mask the realities of aging for Black women, and actor Sam Pancake shares his story of facing ageism within the LGBTQ+ community.


    Connect with our guests below:

    Ashton Applewhite: Tw @thischairrocks
    Elizabeth Wellington: Tw @EWellingtonPHL
    Sam Pancake: Tw @jsampancake

    • 36 min
    “Have you tried _____?”

    “Have you tried _____?”

    Have you tried yoga? Or changing your diet? Well-meaning people propose lots of ways for people with chronic illnesses to treat their conditions. But managing a chronic illness can be more complicated than we might think. Elena and Harv speak with BuzzFeed deputy director and author Lara Parker about handling unsolicited advice as well as navigating privilege as it relates to chronic illness and potential treatments. Advocate Sneha Dave gives her thoughts on the importance of building a community with youth who share her chronic illness, and patient expert Lara Bloom explains why it can be so hard to find treatments that help.

    The webcomic for this week’s episode is by Hana Shafi. Find it on our Instagram @IQ_Podcast.

    Connect with our guests below:

    Lara Parker: Tw @laraeparker
    Sneha Dave: Tw @snehadave98
    Lara Bloom: Tw @LaraBloom
    Hana Shafi: Ig @FrizzKidArt

    • 34 min
    “Are you full Native?”

    “Are you full Native?”

    Many Indigenous people get asked how much Indigenous ancestry they have. But identity isn’t all about fractions. Harv and Elena talk to Falen Johnson from The Secret Life of Canada about her identity journey and her “therapy play.” Actress Kaniehtiio Horn discusses how she navigates Hollywood stereotypes and what makes her feel connected to her people. Dr. Kim TallBear tells us why DNA alone doesn’t make someone Indigenous.

    Our webcomic this week is by Rhael McGregor, available on our Instagram @IQ_Podcast.
    Take a listen to The Secret Life of Canada’s episode about the Indian Act here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/secretlifeofcanada/what-do-you-really-know-about-the-indian-act-1.5188255

    Connect with our guests below:
    Falen Johnson: Tw @FalenJohnson

    Kaniehtiio Horn: Tw @kaniehtiio

    Dr. Kim TallBear: Tw @KimTallBear

    Rhael McGregor: IG @raysdrawlings

    • 36 min
    “How did you get pregnant?”

    “How did you get pregnant?”

    There are lots of ways to start a family as an LGBTQ+ person, and not all of them are well understood. Harv and Elena speak to queer mom Farrah Khan about why she didn’t want to explain her pregnancy to strangers, and some of the challenges queer people face when it comes to getting pregnant. Journalist Freddy McConnell takes us through his ups and downs of navigating pregnancy as a trans man and single dad.

    The webcomic for this episode was created by Louise Reimer, find it on our Instagram @IQ_podcast

    Check out Freddy’s podcast Pride & Joy from BBC Sounds for more stories about queer families.

    Connect with our guests below:
    Farrah Khan - Tw: @farrahsafiakhan

    Freddy McConnell - Tw: @freddymcconnell

    Louise Reimer - IG: @louisereimer

    • 29 min
    “How are you?”

    “How are you?”

    It’s hard to know the right thing to say to someone who’s grieving. Even the simplest questions aren’t always helpful. Elena and Harv speak to comedian Michael Cruz Kayne, who lost his child, about why we should all talk about grief more. Grief counsellor Kayla Moryoussef gives her advice on what to say next time you want to help a friend who’s experienced a loss.

    The webcomic for this episode was created by Sara Goetter, find it on our Instagram @IQ_podcast

    Connect with our guests below:

    Michael Cruz Kayne – Tw: @cruzkayne

    Kayla Moryoussef – IG: @gooddeathdoula

    Sara Goetter – Tw: @sgoetter

    • 32 min

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