Ellen Pekilis

@epekilis

epekilis echoed #004: Case Studies: How to Earn $200+ an Hour Writing Short Success StoriesMay 11th

I’m new to the world of freelance writing. Somebody recommended this podcast on the business of freelancing. I literally just got a contract by taking notes from this episode and downloading materials from his website. Totally unpaid testimonial.

#004: Case Studies: How to Earn $200+ an Hour Writing Short Success Stories

High-Income Business Writing: Freelance Writing | Copywriting | Content Writing | How to Freelance

epekilis echoed The WeathermanMay 6th

Explores the innate human need for a sense of control over macro events beyond individual control. There is high specific uncertainty (local weather ) within trends with high certainty (rising temps). The gap between physical and social science.

The Weatherman

Invisibilia

epekilis echoed #64 | BirdsongMay 6th

Tremendous episode on the complexity of birdsong. I thought bird like parrots did empty repetition of human words. Didn’t know they could actually learn meaning and context to the level of a 4 year old!!!!

#64 | Birdsong

Twenty Thousand Hertz

virovalkyrie echoed The Fifth Vital SignApr 27th

I, fortunately, do not have personal experience with chronic pain but I do understand “to talk about pain is to doubt”. I don’t know if it’s a good thing to tell people simply “soldier on” though. Hope the girls in the story get better soon.

The Fifth Vital Sign

Invisibilia

epekilis echoed Canada has a data problemApr 28th

In an era of “fake news” allegations, Canada is falling behind other countries, including the US, on basic population trends statistics. The media always focuses on the benefits of access to data and downplays the personal privacy interests.

Canada has a data problem

The Big Story

epekilis echoed How Facebook is Eating Our Seniors AliveApr 28th

Seniors are increasingly heavy users of social media like Facebook— but nobody is providing them with online literacy training as the schools do for kids. It’s hard to stay on top of new tech once you’ve left the workplace and your kids are grown.

How Facebook is Eating Our Seniors Alive

The Big Story

epekilis echoed #63 | Phone TonesApr 11th

The story behind the tones of a touch tone phone from this wonderful podcast about sound. Once ubiquitous to those of us of a certain age, the sound of touch tone is passing into history as both phoning and push button fade into obsolescence.

#63 | Phone Tones

Twenty Thousand Hertz

epekilis echoed 344- The Known UnknownApr 8th

The story behind the Unknown Soldier delves into not just the history but the complexity of the symbolism. Turns out that in modern warfare truly unidentifiable remains are comparatively rare, but the concept still resonates.

344- The Known Unknown

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed 348- Three Things That Made the Modern EconomyApr 7th

I’ve now started following the podcast 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy on the basis of this episode.

348- Three Things That Made the Modern Economy

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed 346- Palaces for the PeopleApr 7th

An ode to the importance of libraries as social infrastructure; vital and evolving common spaces that help keep our communities healthy and connected.

346- Palaces for the People

99% Invisible

epekilis echoed The father of climate science, my Foote!? A mystery revealedJan 22nd

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 Jan 13th

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 RoomJan 13th

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 implantsJan 7th

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)Jan 7th

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 TimeDec 31st, 2018

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?Dec 31st, 2018

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 BurnerDec 31st, 2018

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 HumanDec 22nd, 2018

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 FantasyDec 18th, 2018

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 YourselfDec 11th, 2018

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 IceDec 11th, 2018

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 underdiagnosisNov 30th, 2018

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 Nov 20th, 2018

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 PlaceNov 19th, 2018

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 scienceNov 19th, 2018

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 OthersNov 7th, 2018

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 WaterOct 9th, 2018

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 actsAug 26th, 2018

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 CentreAug 26th, 2018

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 CollectionAug 26th, 2018

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 warsAug 20th, 2018

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)Aug 20th, 2018

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? Aug 8th, 2018

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 BurnsJul 15th, 2018

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 DistrictJul 15th, 2018

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 ProblemJul 15th, 2018

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 CalloutJul 5th, 2018

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 BeepJul 5th, 2018

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

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epekilis echoed #23 | Sonic SeasoningJul 5th, 2018

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)May 25th, 2018

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