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Episode 047 – Rick Ankiel, Zaradasht Ahmed, Seth Greenleaf

 

Rick Ankiel is a former pitcher and later center fielder in Major League Baseball. After breaking as a 20 year old phenom with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, he had an inexplicable loss of control in the third inning of Game 1 of 2000 National League Division series. The following year after continuing struggles he found himself out of the majors for nearly six years. He then returned as a power-hitting outfielder and joined Babe Ruth as the only players in history to win at least 10 games as a pitcher and also 50 home runs. It is all detailed in his new memoir The Phenomenon: Pressure, The Yips, and The Pitch That Changed My Life.

Zaradasht Ahmed is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker who recently won Best Documentary Feature at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) for his powerful portrayal of conflict in Iraq Nowhere To Hide.

Seth Greenleaf is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning producer (2013, Best Revival of a Play – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) who made the leap into directing with the documentary feature F(l)ag Football – which chronicles a competitive gay football team.

Happy pride month!

Episode 046 – National Aboriginal Day ft. Oren Lyons, Tiana Muskego, Elisapie Isaac

Today we celebrate National Aboriginal Day and acknowledge that this show takes pla. ce on unceded Salish Territory.

Oren Lyons is a Faith Keeper with the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy and Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team, of which he is a lifelong player. He is featured in a documentary about the game and the Iroquois National Team – Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation. An environmental activist, public speaker and author as well as a former professor of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo.

Elisapie Isaac is an Inuit musician, actress, filmmaker and activist from Salluit, Quebec (Nunavik Territory). She got her start musically at the age of 12, playing with the renowned Inuit rock band Sugluk. She later formed her own group – Taima – with whom she won a Juno in 2005. She has since released two solo albums, a documentary film, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

Tiana Muskego is a member of the Cold Lake Band of the Cree Nation. She recently visited Alta, Norway as part of the Youth Advisory Committee Delegation and spoke about her experience of being an aboriginal youth.

MUSIC
From Elisapie Isaac
The Earth Moved  (From Traveling Love)
Inuk
(From There Will Be Stars)
Salluit (From Traveling Love)

Episode 045 – Sue Bedford, Bassem Youssef

Can we have summer now?

Sue Bedford has been many things – window dancer, online dating representative, even a Guatemalan tattoo artist; more than anything however she always wanted to be a writer. She reached her goal of being published by 30th birthday by 12 days. The book in question is It’s Only The Himalayas and Other Tales of Miscalculations From An Overconfident Backpacker. And many tales there are.

Bassem Youssef has been dubbed The Jon Stewart of Egypt”. A former surgeon, he quit his job and began his transition to comedy during the Egyptian revolution when he discovered that he was seeing and what the media was reporting were two very different things. His show was Al Bernameg, a comedy program heavily influenced by Jon Stewart, who himself appeared as a guest on season 2. He is the subject of a new documentary Tickling Giants, directed by former The Daily Show producer Sara Taksler.

Episode 044 – Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested, Overcoats

Sebastian Junger is an award-winning Journalist who, together with Nick Quested, directed the new documentary Hell On Earth, premiering June 11th 9pm ET on National Geographic.

 

Overcoats is an indie duo comprised of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their debut album is Young

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From Overcoats’ Young
Hold Me Close
Siren
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PHOTOS
Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested – Getty Images
Overcoats – Killbeat Music

Episode 043 – Kevin Allison, Graham Blank, Shaun Verreault, Emilie Wapnick

What was your biggest RISK?


Kevin Allison is an actor, comedian, comedy writer and host of the podcast RISK where real people share stories they would never think to share in public. Prior to his success on the internet, Kevin was a member of the sketch comedy group (and show) The State, which aired on MTV in the mid 90’s. He has also appeared on many comedy shows including Reno 911.

Emilie Wapnick is an author, filmmaker, lawyer, public speaker, and founder of puttylike.com whose TED Talk  has been viewed more than two million times. A self-proclaimed “multipotentialite”, her debut book is How To Be Everything:  A Guide For Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want To Be When They Grow Up.

Special feature: Tom Lee Music recently re-opened their flagship store in Vancouver in a new location downtown on Granville St. I had a chance to attend the launch and speak with Vice President Graham Blank, as well as local musician, Wide Mouth Mason frontman Shaun Verreault, who provided entertainment.

PHOTOS
Kevin Allison – risk-show.com

MUSIC

Allman Brothers – Midnight Rider

This episode dedicated to Gregg Allman

Episode 042 – Claire Eccles, Scenic Route To Alaska, Gail Suderman

Announcement coming soon!

Claire Eccles is a former softball player with the UBC Thunderbirds who recently signed to play summer baseball with the Victoria HarbourCats, becoming their first female athlete. A pitcher, she will use her fastball and knuckleball out of the HarbourCats bullpen until September. Her idol growing up was Ichiro.

Gail Suderman is the director of the Vancouver Gospel Choir, who are performing with Juno-winner Warren Dean Flandez in “Soul Gospel II” – Saturday June 3rd in Vancouver.

Scenic Route To Alaska are an Edmonton trio of indie-rockers who are currently touring Europe. They joined me a couple weeks ago to discuss the tour, their new album Long Walk Home, and their of baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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From Scenic Route To Alaska’s Long Walk Home
Love Keeps
Coming Back
Young Free Wild

Photo of Claire Eccles – The Province

Episode 041 – Cory Doctorow, Erica Westly, LP

Sunny sunny sunny!

Cory Doctorow is a “polymath” – author, blogger, activist, amongst other things. He has long been an advocate for the liberalization of copyright laws and a proponent of the creative commons license. He currently serves as the editor of Boing Boing and has been involved with the electronic frontier foundation. His latest book – a novel – is Walkaway, a futuristic, utopian story that explores the themes of technology and transhumanism.

LP is Laura Pergolizzi, a singer-songwriter from Long Island, New York. As a songwriter, she has written tunes for Cher, backstreet Boys, Rihanna, and Christina Aguilera. A noted and innovative musician in her own right, her fourth album is Lost on You. The lead single – Muddy Waters – was used in the powerful final scene of season 4 of the hit Netflix show Orange Is The New Black.

Erica Westly is an author and journalist whose writings have appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, and The New York Times, among others. Her non-fiction chronicle Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made The Game,   was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPY Award for Literary Sports Writing.

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From LP’s Lost On You
Lost On You
While We’re High
Muddy Waters

Episode 040 – Colm Feore & Patrick Huard, Emel Mathlouthi, Jesse Brown

En chante! What does Canada mean to you?


Colm Feore (24, Trudeau, House of Cards) and Patrick Huard (Les Boys) are the stars of Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2, the sequel to the wildly successful 2006 film. Colm and Patrick talk about re-teaming after a decade, making fun of Americans and their relationship with Canada, and the importance of bilingualism in this country.

Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter, whose first album became a rallying cry during the Tunisian revolution and uprising. She is back with her sophmore effort Ensen, which was recorded in seven different countries.

Jesse Brown is the host of Canadaland, the country’s number one podcast on media criticism. Jesse chats about his book project Canadaland’s Guide to Canada, Trump’s affect on the media, the CBC, PC culture and a host of other topics

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MUSIC
From Emel’s Ensen
Lost
Shkun Eno
Ensen Daif

Episode 039 – Mary Walsh, Seth Anderson, Jeremiah Tower

April showers bring May flowers! Happy Revenge of the fifth!


Mary Walsh is a member of the Order of Canada and 18-time Gemini Award winner for Comedy. Most well-known for her role on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, she has also appeared in Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, CODCO, and Republic of Doyle. Her film work includes New Waterford Girl, The Divine Ryans, Young Triffie (which she also directed), The Grand Seduction, and Closet Monster. She  even teamed up with CBC Radio to create Mary Walsh: Open Book, and was the original host of Canada Reads. She can now add novelist to her list of accomplishments. Her debut, Crying For The Moon is out now.

Seth Anderson is a singer-songwriter currently based in Canmore, Alberta. His “truth-inspired” folk rock includes both fast-paced tempos, and slower, melodic ballads. His self-titled Seth Anderson is being released in limited edition vinyl.

Jeremiah Tower might be the most famous chef you’ve never heard. In the culinary world, he is perhaps the original celebrity chef. Getting his start at Chez Panisse, he is often credited as one of the fathers of new American and California cuisine. He then started his own restaurant – Stars – headlining the San Francisco scene until he walked away from it all. While the subject of a documentary about his life, he re-surfaced in NYC, to try and salvage Tavern On The Green. The film Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is in theatres now to rave reviews.

 

PHOTOS
Mary Walsh – courtesy of The Limelight Group
Seth Anderson – courtesy of Chris Wedman and One Week Records
Jeremiah Tower – courtesy of The Orchard
MUSIC

From Seth Anderson
24
Cityscapes
More Than Killers

Episode 038 – Jimmy Eat World, Daniel Raim, CJ Ramone

Sunny Skies!


It’s a smorgasbord of awesome today. Mesa, Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World stop by to chat about their latest album Integrity Blues and how much their life has changed since The Middle came out 15 years ago. How much different is the business? How have they stayed together for 20+ years?

Speaking of enduring legacies, filmmaker Daniel Raim’s documentary Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, chronicles the life and career of people most of us have never heard of: the husband-and-wife team of storyboard artist (and later production designer) Harold Michelson, and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Told through a series of candid interviews with Lillian herself (Harold passed away in 2007) and featuring, among others Francis Ford Coppola and Danny Devito (who also was executive producer), Harold and Lillian tells the tale of Hollywood’s golden era power couple.

CJ Ramone is only one of eight men who can call himself a Ramone. After filling in for Dee Dee in the 1980s, he helped usher the band into the early 90s and is now a bona fide solo artist is in own right. His latest effort is American Beauty. The 12 track album features, among other things, a 90 second ode to Tommy Ramone and a cover of the Tom Waits track, Pony.

PHOTOS
Jimmy Eat World – Listen Harder PR
Daniel Raim – Twitter
CJ Ramone (American Beauty) – Fat Wreck Chords


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From Jimmy Eat World’s Integrity Blues
Get Right
Pol Roger

From CJ Ramone’s American Beauty
Tommy’s Gone
Pony

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