“We see people willing and interested in hearing stories about groups other than their own, which might not have been the case 20 or 25 years ago.”
Host Alex Paterson sits down with Anthony Wilson-Smith, the president and CEO of Historica Canada, the company behind the beloved Heritage Minutes. The two chat about the function of the organization, its production arm, and what goes into the making of their 60 second videos – including the latest on the Vancouver Asahi.
“Should an animal or human change to adapt to better fit in or should others accept you for who you are? We wanted to toy with that question and not necessarily come up with a definitive answer.”
Host Alex Paterson chats with Oscar-winning filmmakers, and husband and wife duo, Alison Snowden and David Fine about their new animated short, Animal Behaviour, which profiles five animals who undertake group therapy session to discuss their inner angsts. The film questions whether animals, like humans, should adapt to social norms. It’s been nominated for a 2019 Academy Award and a Canadian Screen Award. Alex reached them in their Vancouver home.
“[Bell Let’s Talk] is not one day a year, it’s not one week a year, it’s not one month a year. It’s a constant battle to try to give people the benefit of hearing someone talk about an illness that maybe they suffer from and maybe they’re ashamed of.”
Host Alex Paterson is joined by Michael Landsberg, veteran sports journalist and current host of First Up with Landsberg and Colaiacovo and former host of Off the Record on TSN. The two discuss Landsberg’s experiences with mental illness, his dedication to the cause, and why he chooses to speak out, not just on Bell Let’s Talk day, but every day.
“I’m very thankful to Canada and I feel like I’m very lucky to be part of this generation, in this country. There are few places where a family like mine would be embraced both in a community but also in the public realm.”
Host Alex Paterson sits down with longtime Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison to chat about his decision to retire from public service after 22 years in politics, representing the riding of Kings-Hants. The two reflect on the ups and downs of his journey, the importance of legislators in Canadian society, and what he hopes to achieve in his next phase of life.
“The play is about the nature of leadership, the question of principle versus expediency in politics. It’s also about red Toryism and the concept of leading everybody in the country regardless of who voted for you.”
Canadian playwright and actor Michael Healey joins guest host Aaron Reynolds to chat about his play 1979 and how it reflects Canada’s politics today through the lens of Joe Clark’s brief term as prime minister 40 years ago.
“This is a moment in time where unfortunately people aren’t speaking up to the negative things that are happening out there or speaking up enough and I’m putting my voice forward.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, joins host Alex Paterson to discuss Trump’s impact on the Canada-U.S. allyship, and why he’s dedicated much of his time since leaving his post to preserving the relationship.
“We know that when face-to-face, when people who have differences in their points of view, when they engage with each other, they actually find it a really positive experience, really constructive.”
Host Alex Paterson is joined by Tim Dixon, co-founder of More in Common at the Global Progress conference in Montreal. Tim worked for years in U.K. and Australian politics before turning his attention to helping the world better understand what drives political polarization. Through this initiative, and years of research, Tim hopes to bring to light new narratives around what unites us vs. what divides us.
“We really wanted to tell the stories of Indigenous people, women, and black and brown Canadians that had contributed so much to our history but we certainly didn’t learn about ourselves in school.”
Host Alex Paterson is joined by Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen, hosts of the indie turned CBC hit podcast The Secret Life of Canada. They talk about where the idea for the show came from, how they go about taking a look between the lines of Canadian history, and why it’s important to prioritize Indigenous and racialized stories.
“For some people when they hear the words symphony or classical music, a wall goes up. They feel like there’s a tent that they’re not in and that they don’t know enough for some reason. It’s really so important to me to invite people into that tent.”
The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Music Director, Alexander Shelley joins Sarah Turnbull in the The 2020 Network studios to discuss his upbringing in Germany studying conducting, what attracted him to the podium, and what led him to Ottawa where he’s now transforming the country’s orchestral persona.