Ellen Pekilis

@epekilis

Uses Apple Podcasts

epekilis echoed Faith in Fantasy

Loved loved loved this episode. A rabbi, a priest and an imam sit down to share their geeky love of sci fi fantasy. Faith in sci fi was the #1 Dan topic request when Moljnski put out a public call for topics on social media.

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Faith in Fantasy

Imaginary Worlds

epekilis echoed Go Hack Yourself

Did you know that there is an entire subset of people who self implant interactive devices like RF IDs into their own bodies? I get that the world is increasingly connected but found this disturbing.

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Go Hack Yourself

Science Friction - ABC RN

epekilis echoed India on Ice

There is a women’s ice hockey team in India! I was gobsmacked. This is the story of what they had to go through to get a team off the ground. FYI, in a separate news item, this team just played in Alberta.

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India on Ice

Kalki Presents: My Indian Life

epekilis echoed Canada's newest Nobel laureate, reading surgeons' minds, sniffing out shark water, a moon in an alien solar system and women and autism underdiagnosis

I work in the field of professional credentialing. The second item about non invasive scanning to determine what part of the brain is being used to perform a task is a potential game changer in terms of test methodology.

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Canada's newest Nobel laureate, reading surgeons' minds, sniffing out shark water, a moon in an alien solar system and women and autism underdiagnosis

Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio

epekilis echoed The Magic Machine

Exploration of the ethics of life extending technology that leaves the patient in long term limbo. Not dead, but no quality of life. And yes sometimes there are miraculous recoveries. Sometimes. There is no easy bright line test.

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The Magic Machine

Undiscovered

epekilis echoed This Place

SAN Quentin prison has a historic dungeon in the basement. Like a real dungeon. Dark unlit pits type of dungeon. Holy shit. They closed that part mid last century. The wonderful Ear Hustle goes on a historic site tour.

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This Place

Ear Hustle

epekilis echoed The Great Leap Fraud: China's wake-up call on scientific misconduct and fake science

Rampant scientific fraud - falsification of peer review in science journals in China and the Chinese governments very serious response to protect their massive investment in global scientific cooperation.

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The Great Leap Fraud: China's wake-up call on scientific misconduct and fake science

Science Friction - ABC RN

epekilis echoed Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others

Great episode on how to reach gang members with interventions. LA priest reaches 15000 gang members a year by providing services with the “tenderness” that they have never known.

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Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

epekilis echoed Dirty Water

This is one of the most powerful podcast episodes I have ever heard. A pimp incarcerated for life and a former child prostitute have an actual restorative justice session. Articulate, thoughtful, wistful, powerful.

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Dirty Water

Ear Hustle

epekilis echoed The Tommies’ final acts

I had to listen to a British podcast to learn about the tremendous role our Canadian troops played in turning the tide of WWI at the Battle of Amiens. Canadian & Aussie troops were the strongest of the Allied forces.Shame on me for not knowing this.

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The Tommies’ final acts

History Extra podcast

epekilis echoed A Look inside the Preservation Centre

For architects and design fans, absolutely fascinating discussion of the technical challenges in building Canada’s National Archives building. This must have been an architects dream project.

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A Look inside the Preservation Centre

Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage

epekilis echoed Sifting through LAC’s Cookbook Collection

I shared a link to this episode on the Culinary Historians web page and it had had more reshapes than anything else I’ve ever posted. Describes tremendous resources in National Archives for researchers on food related topics.

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Sifting through LAC’s Cookbook Collection

Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage

epekilis echoed The bone wars

Episode sent thrills down my spine. Indiana Jones in real life! A new pre-humanoid missing link species discovered by death defying spelunkers; a media savvy scientist who arouses jealousy in his peers. Great stuff!

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The bone wars

Science Friction - ABC RN

epekilis echoed How filmmakers and fishers saved Fogo Island (Encore December 14, 2017)

Zita Cobb is one of my heroes. A dot com gazillionaire, she decided to use her money to build a sustainable future for her tiny Newfoundland hometown that had been devastated by the collapse of the cod fisheries. A great Canadian story.

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How filmmakers and fishers saved Fogo Island (Encore December 14, 2017)

Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)

epekilis echoed The man in a dress: who were the real luddites?

When people’s concerns about the risks of science are not acknowledged, those anxieties play out in other spheres. This includes the elections of extremely unequipped governments focused on nostalgia for a past that never existed.

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The man in a dress: who were the real luddites?

Science Friction - ABC RN

epekilis echoed Fahrenheit 451 Still Burns

Written 65 years ago, Fahrenheit 451 is eerily predictive of today’s reality. Amazing interviews with high schoolers discussing how they relate to the text and the characters. These kids have grown up in the world Bradbury describes.

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Fahrenheit 451 Still Burns

Imaginary Worlds

epekilis echoed BONUS: Invisibilia Live with Story District

Odd yet compelling theme of “people caught in between” paradigms. A black American who is constantly called “whitey” in Africa; a transsexual escapes the sex that trapped him only to find a new trap of societal fear of black men. Replayed this one.

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BONUS: Invisibilia Live with Story District

Invisibilia

epekilis echoed The Pattern Problem

Nature vs nurture: we are hardwired to seek human predictability through patterns but what if life is more random? Of particular interest to those of us in professional regulation who have to make decisions about “good character”. How to know?

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The Pattern Problem

Invisibilia

epekilis echoed The Callout

Gut wrenching episode about the MeToo movement and the rough and crude power of social justice. The community steps in in very painful ways when the system fails to establish boundaries and fails to provide justice.

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The Callout

Invisibilia

epekilis echoed #29 | Let It Beep

Some of the key Apple computer sounds were actually snuck into the coding by a rogue engineer who as frustrated by litigation with the Beatles’ Apple. The screenshot/iPhone camera click is a recording of his Canon.

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#29 | Let It Beep

Twenty Thousand Hertz

epekilis echoed #23 | Sonic Seasoning

The link between sound and food. The spectacular rise of fajitas as a TexMex chain staple can be traced directly to the decision by Chilis to plate them on a hot iron platter that emphasized the sizzle. We overlook the links between senses.

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#23 | Sonic Seasoning

Twenty Thousand Hertz

danny echoed Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 2 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 2)

Dave chang goes behind the scenes of what chefs think about when opening up a restaurant. Cool insights.

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Pre-opening Diaries, Vol. 2 | The Dave Chang Show (Ep. 2)

The Dave Chang Show

epekilis echoed Enslaved and Muslim in Early America

In 1776, 5% of America’s population was Muslim (!). Now it’s only 1%. This is the story of those first pioneering American Muslims.

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Enslaved and Muslim in Early America

Sidedoor

epekilis echoed 286- A 700-Foot Mountain of Whipped Cream

Beautifully sentimental history of radio advertising. Toronto gets an honourable mention. This is the 2nd podcast I’ve heard in recent weeks that references the iconic “It’s the Real Thing” Coke ad from the 70s.

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286- A 700-Foot Mountain of Whipped Cream

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed 283- Dollhouses of St. Louis

As one community dies, another rises in another part of the country, literally built with the stolen bricks from the collapsing houses. Makes me think of how Chinese communities scavenge stones from the Great Wall to build new communities.

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283- Dollhouses of St. Louis

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed Six Degrees

Turns out that 6 degrees of separation really is a thing. Why does it matter? Cuz understanding the network theory helps explain complex inter dependencies, eg why a financial collapse in one country can escalate globally. Fascinating.

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Six Degrees

Undiscovered

epekilis echoed The unregulated world of medical devices

Medical devices are not subjected to anywhere near the amount of pre market safety testing required for pharmaceuticals, and the recall procedures are not comprehensive. Scary stuff.

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The unregulated world of medical devices

White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio

epekilis echoed Killer Viruses and One Man's Mission to Stop Them

One person, Dr. Hilleman, saved untold millions of lives by single handedly developing a large number of the standard vaccines we use today. Wikipedia: “He is credited with saving more lives than any other medical scientist of the 20th century.”

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Killer Viruses and One Man's Mission to Stop Them

Sidedoor

epekilis echoed Into the Gray Zone with neuroscientist Adrian Owen

“When you scanned my brain I got my life back”. Brain scans demonstrate that people in a profoundly non responsive vegetative state may actually have complete awareness on the inside. Very profound consent issues in an era of assisted death.

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Into the Gray Zone with neuroscientist Adrian Owen

Ideas from CBC Radio (Highlights)

epekilis echoed 54. The Authority

Who decides what is “correct” grammar or “proper” words versus slang? English doesn’t have an Academy like the French. People think it’s the dictionary but it’s not. Dictionaries evolve with languages to give a snapshot in time.

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54. The Authority

The Allusionist

epekilis echoed The Wastebook

Explores the conflict between pure scientific research versus applied science for business thru the eyes of a research scientist who finds her tiny project on a Republican list of govt waste.

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The Wastebook

Undiscovered

loopaleep echoed They Expensed What?

This is a great podcast about taxes and these true stories are hilarious. You really can almost expense anything.

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They Expensed What?

Tax Tribe the PodCast

sknextst echoed S2 Episode 10: Cleo’s letters

Beautiful end to the season. One of the best podcasts ever made in my opinion.

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S2 Episode 10: Cleo’s letters

Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

epekilis echoed The origins of civilisation

New learnings about the beginnings of agriculture and settled habitations. I’ve learned so much from this episode that I’ve played it at least 10 times and I’m not done yet.

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The origins of civilisation

History Extra podcast

epekilis echoed Alfred the Great and science at Christmas

Alfred the Great is kind of up there with Charlemagne as a bright light of culture, law and literacy in the dark ages. This podcast explores whether Alfred deserves his good name or if he is really just the victor who wrote his own history.

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Alfred the Great and science at Christmas

History Extra podcast

epekilis echoed 55. Namaste

One of two podcasts I’ve heard recently complaining of how the Yoga Industrial Complex misuses the ancient Sanskrit word “Namaste”.

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55. Namaste

The Allusionist

epekilis echoed 63. Evolution of Accents

I ponder the topic of this episode frequently: do the British accents of today reflect the British accents of history? OR, are the American accents of today more representative of the British past? Or neither?

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63. Evolution of Accents

The Allusionist

epekilis echoed 62. In Crypt, Decrypt

I wanna go to a crossword convention! I bet it would have the coolest, funnest people.

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62. In Crypt, Decrypt

The Allusionist

epekilis echoed 68. Curse Soup

A podcast about 1 of my fav memories of UK travel. Ancient Roman baths that include a “curse pool”. I still vividly remember the one that said something like “I curse Gaius who stole my brass button.” A touch of real humanity across 1,700 years.

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68. Curse Soup

The Allusionist

epekilis echoed Sour Grapes: The History and Science of Vinegar

This is when the podcast format really shines: taking a defined topic and exploring all facets. Now I want to get on the next plane for Modena Italy and explore the fine world and flavours of artisanal balsamic vinegar making.

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Sour Grapes: The History and Science of Vinegar

Gastropod

epekilis echoed The Culture Inside

What to do about the unconscious biases that we deny in ourselves? The black sales guy who had to plan out his sales lunches to ensure the waiter wouldn’t humiliate him in front of the clients by presuming that the white client was paying...

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The Culture Inside

Invisibilia

epekilis echoed In the Negative

We regard the words “yes” and “no” as linguistic fundamentals. Turns out this is not cross cultural. Other languages don’t have these words, and not all English cultures use yes and no regularly!! Irish speakers say “it is” or “it isn’t” instead!!!

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In the Negative

Lexicon Valley

epekilis echoed 271- The Great Dismal Swamp

The lives of slaves was so miserable that when they managed to escape, life in a great big dismal swamp was better.

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271- The Great Dismal Swamp

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed 272- Person in Lotus Position

Who decides what emojis are accepted? Its a consortium of big IT companies. I come from the world of standards development so found this fascinating.

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272- Person in Lotus Position

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed 65. Eponyms III: Who’s That Guy?

Turns out that the common usage of the word “guy” to mean “he” or “him” traces back to one Guy in particular: Guy Fawkes, of the Gunpowder Plot and the effigy of him that was communally burned on Guy Fawkes Day.

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65. Eponyms III: Who’s That Guy?

The Allusionist