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Oct 22, 2015

Check out our conversation with Mark today as we talk about his new book, why he's a recovering Catholic and how to use philosophy as a way of life. 

Biography

Mark Kingwell, M.Litt, M.Phil, PhD, D.F.A. (born March 1, 1963) is a Canadian professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto‘s Department of Philosophy. Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity College. He specialises in theories of politics and culture.

Kingwell has published twelve books, most notably, A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997. In 2000 Kingwell received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, for contributions to theory and criticism. He has held visiting posts at institutions including: University of Cambridge, University of California at Berkeley, and City University of New York where he held the title of Weissman Distinguished Professor of Humanities.

His books have included, A Civil Tongue (1995); Dreams of Millennium (1997); Better Living (1998); The WorldWe Want (2000); Practical Judgments (2002); Catch and Release (2003); Opening Gambits (2008) and a sample of his articles with wonderful titles like, “Is It Rational To Be Polite?” (1993); “Interpretation, Dialogue, and the Just Citizen” (1993); “Madpeople and Ideologues” (1994); “The Plain Truth About Common Sense” (1995); “Defending Political Virtue” (1996); “Two Concepts of Pluralism”

Oct 17, 2015

In this inaugural episode, Dan Mullin, an unemployed philosopher, interviews David Peck, a philosopher, public speaker, magician and social entrepreneur. We discuss David’s wide-ranging career and job opportunities for those with a philosophy degree.  

Oct 17, 2015

Curt Rhodes is the International Director of Questscope (www.questscope.org), an organization based in Amman, Jordan addressing marginalized youth, women, and communities through projects in Syria, Sudan, Northern Iraq, and Yemen, as well as independently in the United States.  Curt is a good guy – a great sense of humour and wild dreams about changing the world.  He wants to stimulate creative educational, entrepreneurial, and game-changing opportunities for leadership in the face of “wicked” problems—problems that conventional strategies fail to resolve. In 2011 he was named the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (MENA) 2011 by the Schwab Foundation.

Oct 17, 2015

Living in Toronto, Canada, Comedy Magician Matthew DiSero has opened shows for greats such as Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld and performs everywhere from Trump’s Marina Casino in Atlantic City to corporate events in Tokyo.Matthew DiSero was a featured comedian at Ohio’s first annual “Great Lakes Comedy Festival”, Regina Comedy Festival and the HubCap Comedy festivals and can be seen performing on some of the worlds largest cruise lines such as Princess, NCL, Holland America and Royal Caribbean.

Oct 17, 2015

International wine judge, oenophile and self-confessed foodie, Steven Elphick, expresses his lifelong passions through the photographic lens. As the exclusive photographer for Spectacular Wineries of Ontario, published by Panache, Steven takes you on a captivating photographic journey through Ontario Wine Country, where vineyards flourish in picturesque settings and winemaker’s dreams are born.

Steve’s images are widely published in books, magazines and advertisements worldwide. A contributor to shows at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, he was also the sole photographer for The Wine Atlas of Canada, Random House, a collaboration with one of the world’s most recognized wine authorities, Tony Aspler.

Listen in as Steven waxes poetic on a number of topics and reminds us how the simple act of developing a keen palate and a sense of curiosity is essential to living well.

stevenelphick.com

Oct 17, 2015

Listen as Jay covers a whole lot of ground talking philosophy, creativity and how magicians have lost their way. Find out why he believes sleight of hand magic is about Bending The Real.

www.jaysankey.com

 

Jay was born in 1963, in Montreal, Canada and moved to Toronto with his family shortly thereafter.
He was given a magic set for his 11th birthday and soon began experimenting with sleight of hand at the age of 14. In 1980, he launched “Sankey Magic” and at the rebellious age of 17 invented his very first marketed trick, entitled “Smash.” Jay has worked as a consultant for many of today’s most popular magicians, including David Copperfield,Criss Angel and David Blaine.

Oct 17, 2015

Join the conversation as Eden talks about capital, philosophy and why Kierkegaard matters.

Eden is a Portfolio Manager, & Options & Derivatives Strategist for almost 2 decades, though his undergrad is in Molecular Genetics at UofT. Currently, he is a Vice President with Horizons Exchange Traded Funds where he manages 13 Covered-Call Option ETFs on over $600 million in assets. Eden is an avid Indie cinephile, and struggling scriptwriter who has not yet completely surrendered his hopes. For the past 3 decades Eden has also ardently studied and collected the works of Danish existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, whom he attributes to be a major influence on his life. Eden can be reached via Twitter @EdenRahim

Oct 17, 2015

Join us for a fun conversation as Rob tells about why he got into Canadian show business, the trick to getting your film or TV show funded and why there’s hope for Television.

www.robbomills.net and www.ruffusthedog.net

Robert Mills – aka “Robbo” – is an award-winning writer, producer, director, puppeteer and FX artist. Founder of Radical Sheep Productions in 1985 – he has produced such popular pre-school series as The Big Comfy Couch, Ruffus The Dog, Panda Bear Daycare, Amigo & me, Land O’ Hands and more. Rob has performed for Jim Henson’s Muppets in Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Jim Henson Hour, Dinosaurs and other productions. He was the executive producer for Kids CBC, Puppets Who Kill (Season 1) and numerous other shows. In 2002 he left Radical and is currently freelancing as writer & director in television while producing & consulting on several original web series and developing independent digital feature projects.

Oct 17, 2015

Join Ken as he talks about his on the ground experience of the Haitian earthquake, what’s wrong with CIDA and his thoughts about the future of child sponsorship.

Ken is a CA and the president of Speroway – an organization in partnership with caring Canadians, responding to the needs of children and their families, in Canada and around the world, by providing food, medicine, education and other essentials with love, compassion and integrity.

Oct 17, 2015

Rob has plenty to say. He’s a policy wonk, a PhD candidate and a guy who knows a lot about everything. You’ll want to hear what he has to say about Canadians Politics, religious freedom and a whole lot of other important stuff.

Robert Joustra is the Editor of Cardus Policy in Public and a senior editor of Comment.

He is editor, with Senior Fellow Jonathan Chaplin, of God and Global Order: The Power of Religion in American Foreign Policy (Baylor University Press, 2010). He teaches international politics at Redeemer University College, and is studying for a doctorate in religious freedom and international relations at the University Of Bath (UK) with Scott Thomas.

His articles and reviews appear in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, the Review of Faith and International Affairs, Books & Culture, and more.

Follow him on Twitter @rjoustra.

Oct 17, 2015

You’ll want to hear Paul talk about generosity, gender and reconciliation.

Paul is the 18 million bestselling author of The Shack. Paul was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. He’s a writer, husband, father and lover of life.

The Shack is a novel by Canadian author William P. Young, a former office manager and hotel night clerk, published in 2007. The novel was self-published but became a USA Todaybestseller, having sold 1 million copies as of June 8, 2008.

Oct 17, 2015

Join Jason as he tells us why he acts, what’s important in his life and why stories make all the difference.

Part storyteller, part creative catalyst—Jason works extensively as an actor, producer, filmmaker and communication coach.

For the past 15 years, Jason has partnered with theatre and film companies, organizations and educational institutions as an artist/coach around the world. He is most recognized for his acclaimed solo performances: BLUE LIKE JAZZ // LIVE (based on Donald Miller’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name), THE PRODIGAL TRILOGY, LIFE OF DAVID and KINGDOM OF HEROD.

Along with touring his solo repertoire, Jason is currently acting in a Canadian touring production of the hilarious and poignant two-man show FISH EYES. FE is produced under the umbrella of the newly formed Canadian national theatre company The Arts Engine.

Oct 17, 2015

David talks candidly about business, entrepreneurship and what the bottom line is really all about.

David is a seasoned business owner and management professional with 30 years experience. He started his first business while still a teenager and has been focused on entrepreneurship, sales and management since that time. David is the executive producer and host of BiZ TV Canada, a business show available on the internet and designed for SME business owners. Biz TV Canada is shown on Air Canada’s In Flight Entertainment, Streams daily on Financial Post Entrepreneur and will launch on the CHCH television network on April 6, 2013. Star Media also licenses Biz TV Canada videos to support it’s small business on line portal. David is also the host and co-producer of Rogers TV IN-BUSINESS, a cable television show, now in its fifth season.

Oct 17, 2015

Maureen Littlejohn is a journalist working in Swaziland currently on Gender Based Violence. Listen in as she talks about cross-cultural effectiveness, moral high ground and how she still feels like she is making a difference.

Maureen Littlejohn is a Canadian journalist and communications specialist who currently resides in Swaziland. As communications officer with Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), Maureen has worked on numerous advocacy campaigns including International Day of the GIrl Child, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence and International Women’s Day. She also works with local press on a daily basis to reinforce SWAGAA’s “prevention of GBV” message and to let survivors know where they can go for care and support.

Oct 17, 2015

In this episode Rob talks about human rights, basic income security and an approach to poverty that makes a whole lot of sense. Rob has 20 years of experience in not-for-profit leadership, primarily in environmental conservation and sustainable development and more recently concerning poverty in Canada. He has been described as a mentor who is “light on my feet” with respect to his capacity to initiate and make decisions. Through his new consultancy, CauseWorth Mission Impact, he is applying his experience, knowledge, skills and contacts in support of organizations involved in social justice, social service, personal development, conservation and environmental protection.

Oct 17, 2015

You’ll want to hear Shane’s passion shine through as he speaks about poverty, social justice and holy disobedience.

Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Shane is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He is married to Katie Jo, a North Carolina girl who also fell in love with the city (and with Shane). They were wed in St. Edwards church, the formerly abandoned cathedral into which homeless families relocated in 1995, launching the beginning of the Simple Way community and a new phase of faith-based justice making. where everything started back in 1995.

Oct 17, 2015

A once in a lifetime interview with a Cambodian who survived 30 years of war, starvation and genocide. He is currently a guide at the Siem Reap war museum in Siem Reap Cambodia. Listen to his moving and compelling story. Join Face2Face as he talks openly about his family, his desire to tell the truth and what it felt like to meet his mother again after having been separated by civil war for so many years.

Soun is a 51 year old man that spent several years serving in the national Cambodian army as well as the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s. He lives in Siem Reap Cambodia and spends his days at the museum telling visitors his story. He is a survivor of two civil wars, losing his leg to a landmine during the Khmer Rouge period. Soun is a passionate and committed man who wants to make a difference. Please visit him if you find yourselves travelling through Cambodia.

Oct 17, 2015

Check out this Face2Face guest as Xianyi speaks about this groundbreaking socially relevant company called D’Light. We chat about his desire to make a difference, the Kelvin, harbouring a militant mindset as a social entrepreneur and user empathy. Oh yeah and his “kick ass” products.

Xianyi Wu is cofounder of  d.light design, an international business “whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future.” With a design originating in Silicon Valley, d.light designs, manufactures, and distributes solar light and power products throughout the developing world. As of the end of 2012, d.light has provided light and power to over 10 million people.

Oct 17, 2015

Check out our conversation as Mark talks about vigorous debate, the keystone to intellectual life, polemics, the problem with ideology and why he still enjoys James Bond movies.

Mark Kingwell, M.Litt, M.Phil, PhD, D.F.A. (born March 1, 1963) is a Canadian professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto‘s Department of Philosophy. Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity College. He specialises in theories of politics and culture.

Kingwell has published twelve books, most notably, A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997. In 2000 Kingwell received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, for contributions to theory and criticism. He has held visiting posts at institutions including: University of Cambridge, University of California at Berkeley, and City University of New York where he held the title of Weissman Distinguished Professor of Humanities.

His books have included, A Civil Tongue (1995); Dreams of Millennium (1997); Better Living (1998); The World We Want (2000); Practical Judgments (2002); Catch and Release (2003); Opening Gambits (2008) and a sample of his articles with wonderful titles like, “Is It Rational To Be Polite?” (1993); “Interpretation, Dialogue, and the Just Citizen” (1993); “Madpeople and Ideologues” (1994); “The Plain Truth About Common Sense” (1995); “Defending Political Virtue” (1996); “Two Concepts of Pluralism”

Oct 17, 2015

Join our chat today as Lindsey touches on gender equality, our responsibility to the other and why she does what she does. She has a passion for youth engagement and social change of all kinds.

Originally from New Brunswick, Lindsey is a youth engagement specialist with experience designing and facilitating youth-based initiatives around the world, including projects with UNESCO, Youth Challenge International and Plan Canada.  An arts enthusiast with a strong interest in gender equality, Lindsey recently joined MTV EXIT www.mtvexit.org in Bangkok as their youth engagement manager where she oversees creative awareness-raising programming on trafficking and exploitation across Southeast Asia.

Oct 17, 2015

Listen in as Drew waxes poetic on the “Tribe”, atheism, why God might be dead and what he’s learned from 100’s of celebrity interviews.

Drew Marshall grew up in a funeral home, was kicked out of four schools, and finally dropped out after completing grade nine. Not wanting to wait around for life to give him a shot, he ran away to California at the age of seventeen and became a wrangler at a ranch-camp in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After returning to Canada four years later, having never played a game of football in his life, he became a punter at the semi-pro level, which eventually led to NFL & CFL tryouts. After leaving his football dreams behind, Drew then began training for a career as a Fire Fighter. Had he decided to settle into any one of these ambitious pursuits, this wandering autodidactic iconoclast would never have ended up taking an unbelievable step of faith. In 1997, he moved his family to Australia with nine bags of clothes, two children, no place to live, and no job!

“I intentionally wanted to put my life into the hands of God and make a personal investment in this thing called ‘faith.’ Trusting anyone was tough, let alone God. The next thing I knew I was an Associate Pastor at a church wondering how I ever got the job!”
Then, after five years in Australia, he moved his family back to Canada and in 2003 and with absolutely zero broadcasting experience, walked into the studios of JOY 1250 and pitched the idea of hosting a talk show that was different. Drew now hosts Canada’s Most Listened To Spiritual Talk Show – listened to by an estimated 100,000 people around Southern Ontario and online by listeners from over 100 Countries!

Not bad for an autodidac . . . whatever that was.

Oct 17, 2015

Don’t miss this episode as Ian speaks to development issues of all kinds, sustainability, how to lie with statistics and the future of development.

Ian Smillie has been an international development practitioner, consultant, teacher and writer for many years. He has lived and worked in Asia and Africa, was a founder of Inter Pares and was Executive Director of CUSO. He is the author of several books, including The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Larry Minear, 2004) Freedom from Want (2008) and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade (2010). He served on a UN Security Council Expert Panel examining the relationship between diamonds and weapons in West Africa, and he helped develop the 70-government ‘Kimberley Process,’ a global certification system to halt the traffic in conflict diamonds. He chairs the Board of the Diamond Development Initiative, he Co-chairs the Advisory Panel of the Office of Canada’s Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor and he is a member of the McLeod Group.

His Ottawa Citizen blogs on international development can be found at http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/author/ismillie/He received the Order of Canada in 2003.

 
Oct 17, 2015

Listen in on Robert as he talks about his time investigating people from around the globe. His experience is as broad as it is unique. Fascinating stuff. He has some crazy stories and lessons to share as he prepares for yet another significant life changing adventure into Iraq.

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Mr. Robert Scott, the owner/operator of Paladin Resources Ltd., has more than 27 years of experience working in SE Asia. Born in Wisconsin, U.S.A. in 1951, raised on a dairy farm, he did all the things a kid can do living in the country on a farm, graduated from Belmont High School, started university studies and then was off to serve his country in the U.S. Army.

Robert previously lived in Thailand, before coming to Cambodia. Arriving in Phnom Penh in 1993, he worked first with a major trading company providing security, supporting the UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority, Cambodia) mission, operated a successful security and investigation services company and was the Managing Director of a charter airline operating from Phnom Penh.

In 2004, Mr. Scott went to Iraq and then Afghanistan, for the next seven years, undertaking security contracts in both countries; supporting United States and Coalition forces in the Global War on Terror. At the beginning of 2012, Mr. Scott returned to Cambodia to re-open Paladin Resources Ltd. and a small trading company, IMT-International Management Trust (Cambodia) Ltd.

Robert began his higher education with Pre-professional studies at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, studying on a Nursing Scholarship, further study at the University of Alaska – Anchorage, during his service time with the United States Army, Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska for his training as an Alaska State Trooper and was conferred a Master of Science Degree in Security Management from Almeda University in 2007.

With many years of Asian experience, along with his vast knowledge and experience in the security field, Robert will continue to provide his Clients the professionalism and the results they require and demand.

Oct 17, 2015

In this episode Karlee gets passionate about social change, making a difference nad how slavery is something we should not turn a blind eye towards.

Karlee Sapoznik, BAH, MA, PhD (ABD) Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Toronto, is the President and Co-Founder of the Alliance Against Modern Slavery. She works with survivors, researches and publishes works on slavery in all of its forms, human trafficking, human rights, transnational history, genocide and memory, women’s and gender history, the Holocaust and forced marriage.

Karlee has represented Canada academically and as part of anti-slavery, anti-trafficking and Holocaust research projects abroad in Sierra Leone, Mali, Italy, England, Spain, Ukraine, Israel and the United States. She has contributed to various journals and online blogs. Her book The Letters and Other Writings of Gustavus Vassa (alias Olaudah Equiano, the African): Documenting Abolition of the Slave Trade was published this past winter by Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton. Sapoznik speaks across Canada about contemporary slavery and the Holocaust, and leads anti-slavery initiatives in Canada, Mali and Peru.

Oct 17, 2015

Listen in as Hoda talks about her life as a film and TV producer, why math can be fun and how her new documentary, Muneeza and the Middle has changed her life and made her realize that we are all so very connected.

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Hoda Elatawi has been producing award-winning films and television in Canada and internationally for over two decades with GAPC Entertainment. Hoda’s passion for history, social issues, education, and the arts has united her with like-minded producers and writers from around the world and allowed her to work on a diverse range of television projects.

Hoda has created and produced award-winning concepts in the children’s and factual programming genres. She has collaborated with and produced for most Canadian broadcasters, with work that is also showcased internationally. From doc series to biopics, from specials to unscripted dramas, she brings a depth and unique perspective to all that she produces, working with teams across the country and around the world.

Recently, Hoda has completed production of a new award-winning children’s television series, The Prime Radicals, for TVOkids and is currently in post-production for Season 2, along with a social issue doc for the Documentary Channel-this latter will be her directorial debut.

Select Television Credits

The Great March. History Television. Nominated for two Gemini awards.

Spellz I & II. TVOntario. A live-action entertaining and educational series for kids about the secrets behind magic tricks.

The Prime Radicals. TVOntario. A live-action children’s educational math series for 6-8 year olds, seen across Canada on TVOntario, Knowledge, Access and SCN.

Oscar Peterson: Keeping the Groove Alive. Canada Broadcasting Corporation. A one-hour television documentary for CBC’s Life and Times program. Oscar Peterson’s extraordinary path to fame and acclaim was presented in this biographical documentary.

Christopher Plummer: A Man For All Stages. Canada Broadcasting Corporation. A one-hour documentary exploring the many stages, theatrical and personal, of Plummer’s life.

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