Paradigm is a podcast about the surprising and personal experiences that shape the way we walk through the world. These are intimate, character-driven stories that highlight big issues in our society. Each story is told by someone new with their unique perspective on the issue at hand, and sometimes with their own personal stake in the story. Host Stefanie Phillips will take listeners into these new experiences and introduce them to each storyteller. We all have our own stories. They might seem small. But they can have a big impact. Paradigm asks you to forget what you think you know and consider a different perspective.
Jane and Finch, an area in the northwest corner of Toronto, is one of the city’s most densely populated areas. It’s also a food desert—somewhere with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Black Creek Community Farm is doing everything it can to change that. This week, Christina Hoang, an Urban Harvest assistant, introduces us to the farm where she works and the people that benefit from it, whether through community-building, after school activities, or nutritious food. How can giving a community control over their own resources change their world for the better? This is Black Creek Community Farm’s paradigm.
The Closing Door
If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know that grief can be hard to process. But what if you knew exactly how much time that loved one had left…because they chose it for themselves? In 2018, producer Emily Morantz’s grandmother chose to end her battle with cancer with a medically-assisted death (MAiD). In this deeply personal story, we push past the controversy of MAiD to explore the experience of grief—and what one decision can tell you about who a person really was. This is Emily’s paradigm.
*Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions about death, illness, and suicide. *
Love Letter to Scarborough
No matter where you’re from, there’s probably a restaurant or a dish that reminds you of home. It's the best food in the world to you because it makes you feel something: that cozy sense of belonging that’s hard to find these days. In this episode, producer Radiyah Chowdhury introduces us to her home in Scarborough, ON. Come explore the food scene in this oft-underestimated area of Toronto, where the cuisine represents a long and tangled history of colonialism, immigration, and the search for home. This is Radiyah’s paradigm.
Assembled Out of Contradictions
Do you have a favourite animal? Probably, but have you ever thought about why? Producer Joe Fish is particularly drawn to the wombat, an animal so full of contradictions, it looks like it shouldn’t exist. In this episode, he sets out on a quest to understand his very special connection with this particular animal. Travel to Australia and back as Joe seeks out experts and friends to tell him why these fuzzy, weirdly muscular little creatures have burrowed their way into his heart. This is Joe’s Paradigm.
Canary in the Coal Mine
Deep in Appalachia, hours away from basically anywhere, Kent has always lived the life of a coal miner. Now, Kent has black lung, the same illness that killed his father, also a coal miner. The job that’s been in his family for generations is literally killing him… but Kent still doesn’t think the mines should close. Producer Annalise Nielsen tells the story of how coal got a stranglehold on Appalachia—and why, despite the health problems, danger, and the effects of climate change, the people in the area are so reluctant to let it go. This is Annalise's paradigm.
Looks Like Me
The last racially segregated school didn’t close in Ontario until 1965. Since then, a lot of things have changed—or have they? Producer Shem Parkinson explores the history of racism in Ontario’s public school system and one student’s much-more recent experience with anti-Black racism at school. It all starts with one not-so-simple question: when was the first time you had a teacher who looked like you? This is Shem’s paradigm.
Thoughtful and thought-provoking
Paradigm gives me things to think about, and breaks down a lot of my assumptions about North American culture. The episode about segregation in schools in Ontario was especially eye-opening.