- Ep 03 Sciographies Mita Dasog Mon, Jul 16, 2018
She went from a little girl playing in her dad’s laboratory in India to earning recognition as one of Canada’s Top 150 Women in STEM last year. Mita Dasog started university at age 16, got hired as a summer research assistant at 17, then earned her PhD in her mid-20s. Now she’s an assistant professor of chemistry and her work involves designing new materials for use in renewable energy solutions. She tells us about growing up in India, how she fell in love with science, and the challenges she and other scientists face as they try to move society away from burning fossil fuels for energy.
- Ep 02 Sciographies Sean Barrett Mon, Jul 09, 2018
He went from flunking a year in high school to identifying a gap in scientific research on dopamine and smoking tobacco as an undergraduate sociology major. When the young Sean Barrett realized he couldn’t fill that gap through the lens of sociology, he switched to psychology and completed an honours project that served as the foundation for the rest of his career. Now Dr. Sean Barrett is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and head of the Dalhousie Substance Use and Addictions Lab. There he studies substances like tobacco and alcohol to better understand how various factors contribute to different addictive behaviours. Now that Canada has announced the approaching legalization of cannabis, becoming the second nation in the world to do so, Sean and other Canadian researchers like him will be able to access cannabis for studies more easily than ever before. Those studies will build the much-needed scientific knowledge on the substance and its uses. He talks to us about his life, research and how the legalization of cannabis impacts his lab.
- My Blackness My Truth: Myth- We Don’t Back Black Tue, Jun 19, 2018
Needing validation from others in order to feel fulfilled is problematic, but let’s be real receiving validation for ones art is a good feeling. There is this myth that has been floating around that as black people we do not support one another. One Black Nova Scotian man is proving that is all hot air.
Host, Jayde Symone, opens the show by sharing a recent experience she had with receiving validation from her community. She is joined on the show by actor, dancer, and up and coming director Cory Bowles. His recent movie Black Cop as received worldwide attention and has propelled him into bigger and badder movie deals. On this show, he and host, Jayde Symone reflects on what it is like to create something for their community and with their community in mind.
- Sciographies Episode 1 – Kim Davies Mon, Jun 18, 2018
She went from creating her own poetry zines to publishing her first scientific paper in Nature Geoscience while she was an undergrad. Oceanographer and post-doctoral fellow Kimberley (Kim) Davies tells us about growing up on the West Coast, her transformative experience watching humpback whales in Haida Gwaii and how she still gets sea sick every time she boards a ship. When the endangered North Atlantic right whale population off the east coast of North America lost 12 members last summer in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Dr. Davies was considered one of the key experts on the case. She was often asked to explain the situation in national and international news coverage. In this episode of Sciographies, Dr. Davies also explains how her past and current research helps decision makers understand more about these whales and where they go to find food.
- Let It Out Episode #2: Tamar. Mon, Jun 11, 2018
A profile of Tamar. A look at the LGBTQ+ scene in Toronto and how that contrasts with Tamar’s experience in Israeli culture.
- Let It Out Episode #1 : Out? Mon, Jun 11, 2018
An exploration of being “out” and how that word can mean many different things.
- Stereo Threads Episode #3: The Gravediggers Tue, Jun 05, 2018
“I didn’t even know I was applying for a grave digging job…” In this piece, two stories of graves and the people who dig them. We’re not talking about death, but it does come up. They’re stories about ritual, why we make them and why we need them to deal with impossible weights.
- My Blackness, My Truth: Poetic Justice Mon, May 14, 2018
Poetry is used to fight for social equity and to soothe the soul. As long as people have been communicating poetry has lived, starting from the throat and transitioning to the paper. No matter the method it’s power illuminates.
Host, Jayde Symone, opens the show with some of what she calls “pre-teen poetry”. Poems she wrote when she was 12-years-old and still has today. She is joined by dancer, and poet Abena Beloved Green. Who has recently published her first book of poetry titled “The Way We Hold On”. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation African Nova Scotian.
- My Blackness, My Truth: This is my North End Fri, Apr 27, 2018Displacement is becoming a larger issue across the globe, areas that were previously considered undesirable are now being built up as more and more people move into urban cites. But, what happens to the people who lived there first, to the community they have built for themselves? Halifax Nova Scotia’s North End has a long and rich history that has created a unique identity but as the North End changes so does the distinct community.Host, Jayde Symone, opens the show with one of many stories she has about growing up in the North End. She is joined by educator, writer and artist Wendie Wilson Poitras. She shares how her community of the North End shaped her and how she fears the impending change my erase her history.
- My Blackness, My Truth: Artistic Oppression Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Artistic expression is present in those who self-identify as an artist and those who do not because art has been meticulously layered within African Nova Scotian culture for over 400 years. Through church, hair, language, and community gatherings many forms of artistic expression exist. But what happens when you desire to take that natural artistic expression and elevate it to a higher craft? What barriers stand in your way?
Host, Jayde Symone, shares her truth about succumbing to artistic oppression as a young black woman who wanted to dance and was stagnated by the Nova Scotian dance scene. She is joined by New Glasgow born, African Nova Scotian actor, poet and playwright Walter Borden. He shares his experiences with trying to develop his craft as a playwright and the ways in which systemic racism tries to hold African Nova Scotian artists back.