50 episodes

Hosted by Paul Salvatori and Jordan Randall, The Dark Room features individuals from rare or strange lives. The cast aims to promote public dialogue on misunderstood or controversial topics, lifestyles, and subcultures. From a poet laureate to a dominatrix, guests share their unusual personal stories on the show.

The Dark Room Paul Salvatori, Jordan Randall, and Robyn Lewis

    • Philosophy
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Hosted by Paul Salvatori and Jordan Randall, The Dark Room features individuals from rare or strange lives. The cast aims to promote public dialogue on misunderstood or controversial topics, lifestyles, and subcultures. From a poet laureate to a dominatrix, guests share their unusual personal stories on the show.

    Coping with COVID: Call for Guests

    Coping with COVID: Call for Guests

    How are you coping with COVID-19? Is there a personal story, related to that, you'd like share--from dealing with isolation and loneliness to fears over the pandemic itself--that might help others amid this difficult time?
    If so, Dr. Paul would love to talk with you about the possibility of being a guest on The Dark Room. He can be reached at paulsalvatori@sympatico.ca 
     

    • 3 min
    Episode #121 - Fourth Annual Maria Salvatori Mother's Day Special: Exploring motherhood and the troubling practice of skin lightening with Professor Nikki Khanna

    Episode #121 - Fourth Annual Maria Salvatori Mother's Day Special: Exploring motherhood and the troubling practice of skin lightening with Professor Nikki Khanna

    The idea that a mother's "love" made do more harm than good is certainly a difficult one, especially when that love reflects a prevalent cultural norms. 
    Addressing this, Dr. Paul speaks with Professor Nikki Khanna (University of Virginia) about how mothers within the Asian-American community, as much of elsewhere in the non-Western world, influence or pressure their daughters to physically lighten their skin.
    It's also one of the main themes in Professor Khanna's recent book, Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism, where she--and the voices of several Asian American female authors--illuminate the big business of skin lightening products and how, through propaganda-like imagery and advertising, it perpetuates the racist myth that the whiter you are, the more "value" you have as a person. 
    Learn more about Professor Khanna here. You may also purchase Whiter here.
    Special thanks to journalist and social justice advocate, Ayesha Khan, for her guidance in the preparation of this episode.
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    CREDITS
    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Sound Editor - Peter Bull
    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori

    • 20 min
    Episode #120 - Exploring the unsettling rise of "influencer" culture with Tatum Dooley

    Episode #120 - Exploring the unsettling rise of "influencer" culture with Tatum Dooley

    Have you been persuaded by an “influencer”? Do you really know?
    Dr. Paul talks to Toronto-based journalist and art curator, Tatum Dooley, about the rise of influencers, namely popular individuals online selling what appears to be a “natural” or “ordinary” part of their lives, and how they are pairing—through agencies like Toronto’s #paid—to with trendy brands to strategically push their products.   
    Bearing on the power of images and art, the discussion explores how ethical influencer marketing is and to what extent audiences can make informed choices as to whether to buy from them, thereby having the opportunity to resist the allure of advertising. 
    Learn more about Tatum here.
    You can also read her engaging pieces, discussed in this episode, on influencer culture at The Walrus (“We’ll All Be Social Media Sell Outs Soon”) and  Real Life (“Cost of Simplicity”).
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    CREDITS
    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Sound Editor - Peter Bull
    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori
     
     

    • 52 min
    Episode #119 - Anti-Gun Violence Advocate & Therapist - Rev. Sky Starr

    Episode #119 - Anti-Gun Violence Advocate & Therapist - Rev. Sky Starr

    As gun violence continues to rise in Toronto, many are divided as to what the “proper” response to ending it should be. For some, it’s a tough-on-crime approach that focuses on legally disciplining, as through incarceration, perpetrators of gun violence. For others, like Rev. Sky Starr, it involves being sensitive and responsive to the needs of communities, especially those directly affected by such violence.
    In this episode, Dr. Paul Salvatori speaks with Rev. Sky about how she first became involved in compassionate efforts to end gun violence, her continuing work—within and beyond Toronto's Jane and Finch community—to help others heal in its traumatic aftermath and the role spirituality can play in governments better ensuring safe communities while respecting the rights and dignity of all.  
    Learn more about Rev. Sky and Out of Bounds—the grief and trauma support group of which she’s both founder and executive director—here. Further info on the “Community Interfaith Remembrance” event, hosted by Out of Bounds and discussed by Rev. Sky in this episode, can be accessed there as well.  
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    CREDITS
    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Sound Editor - Peter Bull
    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori
     

    • 44 min
    Episode #118 - Former Ontario Premier & Social Justice Advocate - Kathleen Wynne

    Episode #118 - Former Ontario Premier & Social Justice Advocate - Kathleen Wynne

    Dr. Paul Salvatori speaks with former Ontario Premier and current provincial Member of Parliament, Kathleen Wynne, about how the progressive and social-minded politician entered politics, the activist outlook and philosophy that has guided her throughout her career and even the place of love in the often combative world of politics. As might be expected given the media attention it’s received, the discussion does not shy away from the controversial Ontario sex-ed curriculum Kathleen introduced while Premier. Shedding new light, Kathleen shares how the curriculum was first developed, how she handles the harsh pushback it still receives and, perhaps most importantly, the essential role it plays in the care and education of young people.
    Thank you to Wendy Weston, Kathleen’s assistant, for helping coordinate this episode of The Dark Room.  
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    CREDITS
    Producer - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Writer & Host - Dr. Paul Salvatori
    Sound Editor - Peter Bull
    Music - Dr. Paul Salvatori

    • 33 min
    Book Launch - Cathy Crowe's "A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse"

    Book Launch - Cathy Crowe's "A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse"

    Live talk and discussion with tireless homeless advocate, educator, writer and recipient of the Order of Canada, Cathy Crowe, about her recently published book, A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse. Hosted at Eastminister United Church (Toronto), Cathy reads from the book—providing a window into her beginnings as a social justice nurse—followed by an intriguing conversation, alongside Anna Willats, on the difficult challenges and rewards fighting homelessness in Canada.  
    Special thanks to Another Story Bookshop for organizing the event. You can learn more about and purchase Cathy’s book here.   

    • 59 min

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MADDOGJP ,

Worth a listen.

Very interesting podcast. I have to mention that the thoughts after the Jordan Peterson were slightly frustrating as the hosts had clearly missed the central argument and oversimplified the otherwise well constructed podcast.

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