Fast Food Market: Hip Hop & Its Intricacies ~ FWIW Episode 8

December 19, 2015

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...


Lotus' music can be found here:

Recorded on December 9th, 2015. 
Music: Intro: Hazardous - Light 
Lotus - Rodeo Drive
Lotus - Say What's Real
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Never in ‘Cruise’: On Recruiting, Flying, and DJ’ing ~ FWIW Episode 7

December 8, 2015
Sebastian Pavlovec might as well be the most interesting man in the world...between the various jobs he's held, his passion for flying, and part time DJ gigs, it's hard to keep up with him! On this episode I take you through his story, we explore the world of professional recruiting (his current job), check out some of his music, hear what it was like to work as a pilot for Frank O'Dea, the co-founder of Second Cup, and more...

Recorded on December 1st, 2015. 

Music: 
Intro: Hazardous - Light

N.B. I've changed the sequence of episodes...this is now episode 7. Please disregard me saying it's episode 9...more on this in the next episode!
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North American by birth, European by Choice ~ FWIW Episode 6

December 2, 2015

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.

Recorded on November 19th, 2015. 

Music: Hazardous - Light
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Just One Schmuck in Florida ~ FWIW Episode 5

November 13, 2015
I'm joined by Ivan Peña; father of twin 5 year old girls, musician, marketer, and avid podcast listener. We sit back, and in a spirit of gratitude ponder the task of raising children (especially girls), the awesomeness of women, the importance of family, Ivan's musical projects, media/technology vis-a-vis parenting, and much more. 
You can find Ivan's music at https://soundcloud.com/iapena and http://riseofsaturn.bandcamp.com/
Recorded on Veterans/Remembrance Day, 2015.
Music: Hazardous - Light (Intro), Rise of Saturn - Nah Son (Parts 1 and 2) 
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3 Canadian Voters Walk Into a Bar ~ FWIW Episode 4

October 15, 2015

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. 

Participants: 
Daniel, a first time voter, voting Liberal
Sid, voting Conservative
Paul, undecided between the NDP and Green Party
Recorded October 24th, 2015
Music: Hazardous - Light
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Alternate Lifestyle: Spitballing with a Believer in Parallel Universes ~ FWIW Episode 3

October 10, 2015
Stone cold sober, I converse with a friend who subscribes to the theory(ies) of a multiverse...every choice we make resulting a new branch of an infinite set of universes parallel to the one in which we consciously exist. Is there really another me out there somewhere, living a life in which I DIDN'T do that stupid thing last week?
Our convo was most definitely NOT very scientific, while the theories certainly are. To do them justice, check out some of these sources:
Recorded October 7th, 2015
Music: Hazardous - Light
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Was Jesus a Communist & Other Geopolitical Musings ~ FWIW Episode 2

September 28, 2015

As Pope Francis wraps up his historic visit to the United States and the migrant crisis continues in Europe, I pick the brain of my 'facebook friend', Sid; a history buff and geopolitical currents events junkie. Fun is had by all as we cover everything from religion to Canadian identity,the Clash of Civilizations theory, India's changing cultural landscape, Russia under Vladimir Putin, and more. Bet you won't come away indifferent! Recorded September 25th, 2015.

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5 Beer Brunch: A Convo with a TIFF Superfan ~ FWIW Episode 1

September 11, 2015

As the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival begins, I'm joined by Petula, a devoted attendee to hear stories from years past, learn about what it takes to catch over 30 movies in 10 days, and find out why little old ladies have it all figured out...

Check out Petula's podcast at http://inatiff.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram for funtastic updates throughout the festival at https://twitter.com/obesacantavit and https://instagram.com/obesacantavit 

Recorded on September 9th, 2015.

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