Ellen Pekilis

@epekilis

epekilis echoed The father of climate science, my Foote!? A mystery revealed

Turns out that John Tyndall, the physicist who discovered that CO2 was a greenhouse gas, didn’t. Eunice Foote published years before him, but as a female didn’t get the credit.

The father of climate science, my Foote!? A mystery revealed

Science Friction - ABC RN

epekilis echoed Not Your Subject

Thoughtful piece for on minority under-representation in promising medical trials. Explores from perspective of black community, and highlights some best practices for improving inclusiveness.

Not Your Subject

Undiscovered

epekilis echoed 332- The Accidental Room

Ok this is why 99pi will always be my favourite podcast, no matter what other ones I discover. Deep in the utility passages of a mall is a hidden room that nobody remembers. Some prankster artists move in and live there rent free for 4 YEARS. 😄🍾

332- The Accidental Room

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed Inside the terrifying world of faulty medical implants

This is not a new issue. Nevertheless, glad to see that the flurry of publicity on the topic has resulted in new action from Health Canada.

Inside the terrifying world of faulty medical implants

The Big Story

epekilis echoed 3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible)

I took 2 main messages from this episode: 1. The critical role that savvy media/PR can play in influencing public policy; and 2. The unintended impact of rare drug laws that enable research while also enabling six figure unaffordable drug pricing.

3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible)

An Arm and a Leg

epekilis echoed Big News: It's Time

Earlonne’s sentence was commuted!!! I’d never have guessed I’d get this invested in a podcast from behind bars. 21 years ago he committed a terrible crime, but behind bars had matured, got a degree in journalism and become a different man.

Big News: It's Time

Ear Hustle

epekilis echoed Is Good Design Good for You?

An interview with the person who invented the Facebook Like button! Discusses the ethics of web design. He had no idea of the psychology of online addiction that would be fed by the constant need for reinforcement by counting likes.

Is Good Design Good for You?

Wireframe

epekilis echoed On the Back Burner

Internationally renowned Canadian Chinese chef Nick Lou of DaiLo’s path back to his Chinese culture after spending his youth running from it. A story told in food.

On the Back Burner

Home Cooked

epekilis echoed Good Design is Human

This blew my mind it was so good. The image of that hot roomful of experienced engineers (successfully) trying to stop a core meltdown at 3 Mule Island is riveting. Science storytelling at its finest.

Good Design is Human

Wireframe

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

#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.

#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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The origins of civilisation

History Extra podcast