To many, "gay" and "Catholic" seem like contradictory terms...after all, The Church's rules for homosexuals are quite different and more stringent than those for heterosexuals. Furthermore, some clergy and leaders in The church preach a very hard line on the matter and finally, the institution tends to represent traditionalism while open homosexuality is a matter of a modern, liberal society. What is it like, then, to be an openly gay man while remaining not just a practicing Catholic, but one who shares his gifts and volunteers in his parish and community? My friend Séan joins me to take me through his journey and discuss how he reconciles these two very important aspects of his identity.
Going on a cruise is the preferred method of vacationing for many people around the world. But, what do you think of when you hear the word 'cruise'? I know I never thought of heavy metal rock music...well, as it turns out, if this genre floats your boat (sorry, I had to), there's an option just for you! A massive 4 day party where 60 bands perform almost around the clock as several thousand attendees from all corners of the world take in the action, mingle, and have a jolly good time. What is that whole experience like? What should one keep in mind if he/she is thinking of attending and boarding this pirate ship? My good friend, Maciej just returned from the 6th successful voyage of '70,000 Tons of Metal' and has lived to tell the tale...which he generously shared with me.
In its 10 years of existence, YouTube has grown to become much more than the world's biggest online video platform: It is now the number one source of entertainment for many people, especially those 20ish and younger. It has turned the experience of watching television from a solitary one (a small group one, at most) into a connected global community, full of its own rules, celebrities, and loyal fans. To decipher the ins and outs, learn about the biggest stars, hear about what makes the community tick, and more I'm joined by a friend who doesn't even own a TV, such is her devotion to this new media world. Together we discuss how the community operates, YouTube's business model, the future of the medium as its fans + stars age, and much more.
Recorded on February 17th, 2016.
Music: Hazardous - Light
The YouTubers mentioned on the show:
Shaalini on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shaalini88
There's something about weddings... In the multicultural society that we inhabit here in North America they are one of the few life events along with birthdays and funerals that most of us take part in regardless of creed or religious background. It's a topic of much conversation and speculation, especially among women! On this episode I'm joined by Olivia; co-founder of onedaysoon.ca, a wedding blog. As we dissect the big day we dive into the world of etiquette, the way new media is changing the occasion, and much more. I also put questions to her from FWIW listeners which yield some interesting opinions as well as advice on how to handle everything from invites to bridezillas.
It would appear American Football has a problem...and it's playing out in the public domain. Medical research is starting to suggest that concussions suffered as a result of playing the game can have severe, even lethal consequences. Players are speaking out too...like ex-NFL Receiver Randle El, who publicly stated that if he could go back in time, he wouldn't choose to play that game on account of his health issues which he connects to his football career. What are we to make of all this? To help shed light on the past, present, and future of this issue, I'm joined by my brother - an anesthesiologist and big NFL (Bucs) fan. Take a listen to his $0.02 on the matter with a special focus on the recent hit film 'Concussion' and its protagonist, Dr. Bennet Omalu and his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in former NFL players. Oh, and find out who he predicts will win the Super Bowl this year!
Recorded on January 17th, 2016.
Music: Intro: Hazardous - Light
Dr. Jan Padzik on Twitter: @JPadzik
Growing up in the 90s and 2000s it was quite common for kids of all backgrounds to listen to rap or hip-hop, some taking to the genre to the point of striking out on their own and creating music. That’s how my guest got started: first working with others and now going solo as well as taking part in other aspects of the industry such as ghost writing. His name is Cody and goes by Lotus. He’s put out a lot of music and continues to create new sounds. In addition to his story, you’ll hear his take on the game, whether having his own young family has changed his take on the messages in hip hop, the ever simmering issues of race and gender in the hip hop universe, and more. *NSFW language warning* Hide yo kids...
What is it like to be an expat? What's the hardest part? How does European culture compare to North America's? Maybe you've considered it...moving to another country; especially one where a foreign language is spoken. Maybe you've wondered how it worked out for others. It's definitely something that's come up in my life, even if I never did take the plunge. On this episode I talk to someone who's succeeded at it. From Canada to the Czech Republic, the UK, and Germany, my friend Murray took off and isn't looking back. Seems like he's having a good time...even if he can't quite get his hands on enough peanut butter.
Far from a joke, I convene a panel of 3 millennial Canadians all voting for different parties in the October 19th, 2015 federal election. The environment, strategic voting, foreign policy, marijuana, Evil Harper, beards, and much more are all fair game as these participants in the democratic process go at it...the Canadian way.