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TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart
32 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Kids and body science in the digital age: Saleema Noon
For the past 20 years, Saleema Noon has been a driving force in helping kids and their parents navigate the topic of sexual education, something that has changed dramatically since the introduction of the internet. Saleema speaks on the different ways to teach consent, body science and sexual health, and takes a look at some of the questions being asked at all ages in the classroom.
23 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
The healing power of conversation: Ivan Coyote
When storyteller, activist and self-proclaimed “road dog” Ivan Coyote found their travel plans put on hold due to COVID-19, they began writing replies to the stack of letters fans had sent them, unaware that this heartfelt correspondence would become the core concept of their new book, Care of. In this episode, Ivan speaks to Tamara about how storytelling and conversation can spark powerful connections with others and even show us the potential for our own future.
43 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Menopause is not a bad word: Dr. Jen Gunter
If you’ve ever googled your own symptoms you know first hand that the internet is a minefield of shady advice, influencers selling miracle cures and sites that are adamantly against modern medicine. Luckily Dr. Jen Gunter, affectionately known as “Twitter's Resident Gynecologist” is on our show this week to educate listeners on the right way to research and advocate for their health, as well as delving into why we need to normalize the conversation about menopause.
32 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Indigenous representation in a beauty brand: Jenn Harper
Cheekbone Beauty founder Jenn Harper didn’t just decide to start a sustainable, cruelty-free beauty brand that gives back to the Indigenous community: it came to her in a dream. Now she’s helping Indigenous youth feel beautiful in their skin, and her products are on the shelves of some of Canada’s largest beauty retailers. She joined Tamara to talk about being an Indigenous business woman, honouring her family, and why representation in every industry matters.
31 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Indigenous values in a virtual space: Amelia Winger-Bearskin
When most of us hear the words virtual reality we think of futuristic technology and bulky headgear. But artist and technologist Amelia Winger-Bearskin sees VR as a way to connect to a fully sensory form of story-telling, and a tool to help amplify marginalized and remote voices. She spoke to Tamara about how equitable access to innovative technology can help create a friendlier, more just future for everyone.
37 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
We are all storytellers: Richard Van Camp
Few writers can boast a publishing schedule like Dene storyteller Richard Van Camp, who published twenty six books in as many years, including novels, children’s literature, and graphic fiction. But Richard has a not-so-secret method for developing stories: he listens. He spoke with Tamara about how the people in his family and community are bursting with stories he couldn’t wait to tell, and how he treats each one they share with him as a gift.
30 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Fighting global LGBTQ2+ persecution: Winnie Luk
For LGBTQ2+ individuals facing persecution and state-sponsored violence around the world, Rainbow Railroad can provide a pathway to a better life. They partner with local and international organizations to relocate and support queer people whose lives are in danger. Managing Director WInnie Luk spoke to Tamara about the role of the media in bringing attention to the cause, the challenges connecting globally during the pandemic, and how we all can help.
34 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Using your muse to weather the pandemic: Eden Robinson
You might know author Eden Robinson from the feature film adaptation of her novel Monkey Beach, or from the binge-worthy CBC series based on her Trickster trilogy. But the Eden that Tamara spoke to was someone painfully and hilariously honest about the messy inner world of a writer. From using writing to weather the pandemic to taking comfort in the storytelling traditions of her Haisla and Heiltsuk family, Eden makes the case for following your muse.
28 minutes | May 25, 2021
Turning medical facts into compelling fiction: Daniel Kalla
When Dr. Daniel Kalla isn’t leading the emergency department at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, he pens best-selling thrillers that take us behind the curtain of global medicine. His new novel, Lost Immunity, arrives at just the right time, capturing the trials and tribulations of a public health officer tasked with defeating a terrifying new pandemic. Sound familiar? Dr. Kalla speaks with Tamara about how he uses fiction to exorcise our medical anxieties and fears.
20 minutes | May 18, 2021
The power of female friendship: Kayleen Schaefer
We’re over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re all missing our friends. Journalist and author Kayleen Schaefer has written two books about the power of female friendship, and she joins Tamara to talk about how women can support each other at home and in the workplace, the role sexism plays in keeping women apart, and how we can all nurture profound (but not perfect) relationships with the people who matter most.
28 minutes | May 11, 2021
Make your own magic hour: Karma Brown
Some days it feels impossible to fit everything into 24 hours, but award-winning novelist, journalist and mother Karma Brown believes most of us can find one hour that’s just for us. She joins Tamara to discuss her latest book, The 4% Fix, her path to becoming an author and how simple things, like setting your alarm a little earlier, can get you closer to achieving your goals.
15 minutes | May 4, 2021
Motherhood’s double shift: Angelica Victoria and Kate Evans
It’s our second Mother’s Day in a pandemic and moms are struggling more than ever to balance parenting and work responsibilities. Two TELUS leaders have taken the initiative to create the Mama Bear program, a community that uplifts, empowers, and celebrates the challenges and capabilities of working mothers. Kate Evans and Angelica Victoria are using the virtual tools we’ve all been using for over a year to create an inclusive, positive space for mothers to share, without judgement or sugar coating.
42 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Variants, vaccines and the future: Dr. Michael Osterholm
A lot has happened since Tamara last spoke to Dr. Michael Osterholm, infectious disease expert, in July of 2020. Since then, he’s become part of President Biden’s transition team, advising him and his cabinet on the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. He joins us again to discuss the variants cropping up across the globe, the vaccination efforts in the US and Canada, and the challenges we all face in preparing for life after the pandemic.
17 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
The future of business is sustainable: Jen Bennett
Jen Bennett from Google joins Tamara in a special Earth Day episode to discuss how leading industries around the globe are digging into new environmental goals, why this is linked to addressing social inequality, and how there’s never been more opportunities for business owners, and really, all of us, to make intentional, sustainable choices about the future of our planet.
24 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Embrace your one wild life: Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson, author of “This One Wild and Precious Life: A Hopeful Path Forward in a Fractured World”, spent the past year watching as wildfires, the #MeToo movement, and a global pandemic rocked her home country of Australia. She saw the need for a new path forward, and joins Tamara to discuss the urgency of climate change, finding strength and human connection in rage, and the science behind how hiking in nature calms anxiety.
25 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Eating for your brain: Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell
Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell leads the BC Brain Wellness Program in Vancouver and studies how diet, exercise and social connection might prevent chronic brain disorders. It won’t be shocking to hear her describe an ideal diet full of fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, but what may be common sense is still hard for many of us to adopt. Tamara talks to the doctor about how preventative measures could lead to all of us living longer, potentially disease-free lives.
31 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Dismantling systemic racism: Wes Hall
Wes Hall has worked hard to go from the mailroom to the boardroom in corporate Canada, but in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, he knew he had to use his status and connections as a Black leader to help make a bigger change in this country. So he created the BlackNorth Initiative, to bring Canadian executives together and pledge to end systemic racism. Hall has a powerful message to share about why it’s our responsibility to fix the broken system we have inherited.
24 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Combatting vaccine fears: Dr. Diane McIntosh
For many of us, the past year has been marked by a constant barrage of uncertainty, stress and fear -- and now, even with several different vaccines approved for use in Canada, some people are still feeling hesitant to get vaccinated. In this episode, returning guest Dr. Diane McIntosh, TELUS’ Chief Neuroscience Officer, breaks down the root of these fears, and what we can do to make the best decision for ourselves, our families and our communities.
26 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Protecting people with disabilities: Dr. Yona Lunsky
Dr. Yona Lunsky has dedicated her career to understanding the mental health needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recognizing the unique requirements of this community, and how the healthcare system has become significantly more difficult to navigate in the midst of the pandemic, she speaks to the ableism that is deeply rooted in our society, and why we need to include those with developmental disabilities in our plans for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
29 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
When girls and women lead: Farah Mohamed
Farah Mohamed founded G(irls)20 to amplify the voices of young women from G20 countries, and encourage a new generation of leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences. Farah speaks about how the pandemic has disproportionately affected women around the world - at home and at work - and the hope she still has that girls and women are finding new ways to lead through this crisis and beyond.
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