Edmonton podcast roundup: March 16, 2016

This week’s podcast roundup has plenty of commentary and lots of great storytelling, mostly non-fiction but a little bit of fiction, too. There’s a mix of old favourites and new arrivals, too. Edmonton is such fertile ground for podcasts — new ones born every day!


  • Jordan Bloemen and Scott Winder explore the idea of backdoors into software in light of the whole Apple-vs-FBI thing on Hacked.
  • On Basket of Yegs, Troy Pavlek and guest Arundeep Singh Sandhu take down the “great chronological scam” that is daylight saving time.
  • On Highlevel Showdown, Michael Vecchio and Elliott Tanti add their voices to the chorus against tearing down the old Royal Alberta Museum, and comment on various other political goings-on.
  • Sarah O’Donnell returns to The Press Gallery to talk about the Throne Speech, the “kudatah” protest, procedural shenanigans and labour negotiations with Paula Simons and host Mariam Ibrahim.
  • On the relaunched Equinely Inclined, Diana Balbar and Sylvia Schneider interview a vet about detecting performance-enhancing drugs in horses, and update us on their Patreon campaign.
  • It’s great to see Michael Short’s Let’s Go Outdoors available in podcast form.* You can hear his conversation with wildfire information officer Barry Shellian about the early start to Alberta’s wildfire season.
  • march16podcastcollage2There’s a new podcast called The Lip Talk, a NSFW and entertaining conversation between Lucy Lips, Divina Diefor, Harvey Steele and Mel Trixx. Episode 2 includes their discussion of Alberta’s Next Drag Superstar, RuPaul’s Drag Race and upcoming local events.
  • On Bollywood is for Lovers, Erin E. Fraser and Matt Bowes compare the genre-diversity of Bollywood’s top-grossing movies to the sameness of Hollywood’s, and explore the career of Salman Khan.
  • I’m not a Whovian, but I am a Sherlock fan, so I’m always curious about Mark Gatiss, and the Verity! crew slakes that thirst with a dive into an obscure show he wrote before Doctor Who.
  • The crew of the HMSS Stardreamer almost gets fatally entangled with the inhabitants of the planet Brundle on Stardreamers.
  • Nate Wolf talks about the writing life and the challenges of evaluating your own work with Glenn C. Loury II on Trying Hard.
  • On Conscious Conversations, Pamella Heikel talks to Michelle Dionne-Nisbet about taking care of yourself, the important prerequisite for being able to look after others.
  • Don’t forget to listen to the Movie Jerks (JP Fournier and Shawn Gramiak) on the latest Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast. Next up is Paul Matwychuk of Trash, Art, and the Movies.

That’s what I had time to get to this week, but there are so many more locally made listens. Find more on the Seen and Heard Podcast Network page (members are in bold above), previous podcast roundups, the Northern Content Network, and the Edmonton Nerd List’s media page.

You could meet some of these people and lots of other great people in real life at the next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup on April 9 at Variant Edition Comics & Culture. Our guest will be Justin Jackson, who is about to launch a second season of MegaMaker and is sure to get you fired up about your project. RSVP here.

*(Full disclosure: I did some consulting work with Michael. I also really like his show. If you would like to hire me to help you get your podcast up and running, here’s how.)

logoThis week’s podcast and roundups are brought to you by the Seen and Heard Podcast Network, a project to help local podcasts get more listeners and connect those listeners with local businesses.

If you’d like to join, apply here. If you’d like to be a sponsor, email karen@unlandmedia.com.

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