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Real Talk about news, politics, and pop culture. Hosted by Ryan Jespersen from Edmonton, Alberta. Live Weekday mornings at 8:30am MT.

Real Talk about news, politics, and pop culture. Hosted by Ryan Jespersen from Edmonton, Alberta. Live Weekday mornings at 8:30am MT.




Real Talk about news, politics, and pop culture. Hosted by Ryan Jespersen from Edmonton, Alberta. Live Weekday mornings at 8:30am MT.






January 28, 2022 - Bryan Baeumler; Vaccine Equity around the World

1:17 | Home reno guru and tv personality, Bryan Baeumler talks about pursuing the trades after getting a poll sci degree, how he built his career, and the ways the pandemic impacted his flip of an abandoned hotel in the Bahamas. 27:46 | Ryan and the team talk about the Edmonton Oilers signing troubled player Evander Kane, plus the trucker convoy arriving in Ottawa this weekend. 51:10 | Emergency physician Dr. Courtney Howard and the International Development critic for the federal NDP, MP...


January 27, 2022 - Paid Sick Leave; Former Mayor Club: Naheed Nenshi, Tara Veer, Chris Spearman

14:10 | Decent Work and Health Network's Dr. Gaibrie Stephen unpacks how without paid sick leave many workers are forced to choose between protecting public health by staying home and going to work sick to support themselves and their families. 43:08 | Ryan welcomes members of the "former mayors club" to Real Talk. Calgary's 36th mayor Naheed Nenshi, the second woman to be Red Deer's mayor Tara Veer, and Lethbridge's mayor from 2013-2021, Chris Spearman, discussed the province's emergency...


January 26, 2022 - Russia Ukraine Tensions & Canada’s Role; Trucker Mike Duggan on Convoys

3:11 | Ryan and the team discuss baseball star Barry Bonds' unsuccessful final bid to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, plus what doping means in sport and athletes' legacies. 20:20 | McGill University's Dr. Maria Popova unpacks the rising Russia-Ukraine tensions, what the West can and should do about it and where Canada factors in. 39:59 | Long-haul truck driver Mike Duggan on the trucking industry, what vaccine mandates in the US/Canada as well as the Trucker Convoy means for...


January 25, 2022 - MP George Chahal; Elks’ New CEO; Gaps in Women’s Health Care

3:27 | Liberal MP George Chahal addresses the intimidation tactics used by protestors who came to his family home over the weekend, plus his election in Calgary Skyview, and paying a $500 fine for removing another candidate's flyer tapped to the door of a home on the campaign trail. 19:09 | The new CEO and president for the Elks, Victor Cui on why he's signed on to lead the Edmonton's CFL team, what he hopes to accomplish, and why the fans are a big part of it. 41:50 | Dr. Jane Schulz,...


January 24, 2022 - #TruckersForFreedom; Alta. Teachers Leaving Profession; History of Jew-Hate

3:41 | Ryan gets the show rolling with his take on the #TruckersForFreedom protest driving across the country challenging the vaccine mandates in Canada. 15:56 | More than 30% of Alberta teachers are considering leaving the profession after this school year, according to a new report from Alberta Teachers’ Association. The research lead Dr. Phil McRae and a teacher who is retiring early, Darin Gibson, explain what educators across the province are experiencing. 47:06 | Jewish Pride author,...


Trash Talk - January 21, 2022

Ryan lets off a whole bunch of steam with emails from Real Talkers on what's grinding their gears. Presented by Local Waste.


January 21, 2022 - Alexa McDonough’s Legacy; Notorious Athletes Real Talk Round Table

16:52 | We look back at the career of Canadian politics trailblazer, Alexa McDonough. Author of Alexa!: Changing the Face of Canadian Politics, Stephen Kimber shares on the legacy of the Canadian politician who was the first woman to lead a major federal political party. She passed away on January 15, 2022. 38:15 | NBA reporter Seerat Sohi, Sportsnet host Tara Slone, and Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur discuss the major force athletes can have in our culture, if they are role models,...


January 20, 2022 - BodyBreak’s Hal & Joanne; Kids’ Mental Health & COVID; Omicron impacting Schools

3:33 | Edmonton Public Schools board chairperson Trisha Estabrooks on the rising number of classes going online across the city and province as students and staff deal with the Omicron variant. 18:10 | Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Tyler Black explores how school, the pandemic, and online learning can affect children and youth mental health. 41:28 | Canadian fitness icons Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod share about their long-running series of wholesome fitness vignettes, BodyBreak,...


January 19, 2022 - ”We’re all Pissy”; Elevating your Personal Brand

2:12 | Ryan wonders if the heated "pissy" exchange between NHL reporter Jim Matheson and Oilers' player Leon Draisaitl is a reflection of what everyone is feeling—fed up with winter and the pandemic. 30:35 | Marketing consultant Laurie Kellough explains why personal branding isn’t narcissistic or something just for aspiring influencers. She explores the value of everyone cultivating their own brand and how it can serve you in your everyday life. 57:43 | #MyJasper Memories | The Real Talk...


January 18, 2022 - Min. Madu in Hot Water; Joe Rogan’s Misinformation; Food Prices on the Rise

2:08 | Ryan clocks the troubling circumstances around Alberta’s Justice Minister Kaycee Madu calling the Edmonton Police Service’s Chief after the UCP MLA received a ticket for distracted driving in a school zone, and what the Premier says he's going to do about it. 13:40 | Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy Timothy Caulfield and Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences president Dr. Imogen Coe share why they've joined 270+ signatories on a open letter to Spotify. The medical...


January 17, 2022 - If Omicron is Actually Mild, Why Are AB Hospitals Slammed?; Toxic Positivity

13:51 | Alberta-based physicians Dr. Neeja Bakshi and Dr. Shazma Mithani discuss the Omicron wave, why they don't refer to the variant as "mild", and how it's resulting in dire outcomes in hospitals and on health care staff. 51:54 | Psychotherapist Whitney Goodman encourages people to not be positive all the time and why that's good for our mental health. She details the problem of being upbeat at all costs in her new book, Toxic Positivity. 1:24:26 | Positive Reflections | Ryan looks at...


Trash Talk - January 14, 2022

Ryan goes G-rated for this round of riffs and rants from Real Talkers (because he's broadcasting from home with his 6-year-old in ear shot). Presented by Local Environmental


January 14, 2022 - Woke Media Wrecking Democracy?; Pig Hearts in Humans - Transplant Health & Ethics

5:54 | Newsweek deputy opinion editor, Batya Ungar-Sargon on her new book, Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy. She explains why she believes liberal elites are impacting mainstream news with negative results on US society. 35:38 | Following the medical first of a pig heart being transplanted into a patient, Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program director Dr. Lori West and director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre Dr. Michael van Manen explore the...


January 13, 2022 - The Law & Abused Women: Helen Naslund’s Appeal; 12-yr-old Journalist Wyatt Sharpe

6:55 | Social justice advocate Matthew Behrens on the reduced sentence for abuse survivor Helen Naslund, who's been serving an 18-year sentence for killing her abusive husband. 30:06 | Eat Your Words | Ryan invites Manitoba politician Jon Reyes to put down his phone and shovel snow off his driveway instead of taking to Twitter to praise his wife for hauling the snow after she worked a 12-hour shift at a local hospital. 37:06 | 12-year-old podcaster Wyatt Sharpe shares about his interest in...


January 12, 2022 - Quebec’s Tax on Unvaccinated; Tracking COVID Rapid Tests; Are Malls Dead?

1:58 | Political analyst Supriya Dwivedi unpacks Quebec Premier François Legault's vague plan to impose a health tax on Quebecers who refuse to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 18:40 | The indie online magazine, The Local, created a citizen-powered tool for anonymous reporting of rapid antigen test results in Toronto public schools. The editor-in-chief, Tai Huynh, explains what they found and how other jurisdictions can learn from it. 35:45 | #MyJasper Memories | Ryan explores...


January 11, 2022 - Do Not Just Go Get Omicron; First-ever Residential School Database

11:49 | VICE journalist Anya Zoledziowski and the Clinical Department Head for Emergency Medicine for the Calgary Zone, Dr. Eddy Lang discuss the growing frustration and exhaustion with the pandemic which is tempting people to get Omicron and get it over with. 39:14 | Cree-Metis archeologist Dr. Paulette Steeves on creating the first comprehensive database of Residential Schools, Indian Hospitals, and Indian Day Schools in Canada, pre and post confederation. 54:53 | Question of the Week |...


January 10, 2022 - Back to School during COVID Surge; Free Cooking Classes for Kids amid Omicron

13:46 | Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling on students and teachers returning to in-person learning on Monday, January 10 before all schools across the province receive rapid tests and medical-grade masks. 45:34 | Cook and contributing food editor for the Globe and Mail, Julie Van Rosendaal explains why she hosted a variety of free cooking classes for kids who were out of school as a health protection measure for the Omicron surge. 1:18:22 | Positive Reflections | Ryan...


Trash Talk - December 23, 2021

Ryan reads emails from real audience members about what's really pissing them off. Presented by Local Waste.


December 23, 2021 - Top News of 2021 with Jana Pruden & Supriya Dwivedi; Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

9:13 | A look back at 2021 through what made news over the last 12 months, with award-winning journalist Jana Pruden and political analyst Supriya Dwivedi. 39:40 | Eat Your Words | An anti-vaxxer gets put in their place for not understanding syphilis and COVID-19 are both viruses that can't simply be repelled by a healthy immune system. Presented by Prairie Catering. 42:07 | The original hockey insider Bob McKenzie discusses the NHL cancelling games and opting out of the Olympics as the...


December 22, 2021 - Pandemic‘s Death & Ambulance Availability in Alberta; Faith & The Holidays

3:42 | Ryan discusses the escalating tensions between the City of Calgary and the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corp. over the cost to redevelop the iconic Saddledome. Plus a rundown of the health measures changing in Alberta due to ballooning Omicron variant COVID cases. 17:42 | Health Sciences Association of Alberta's Mike Parker addresses the tragic death of a Calgary-area paramedic over the weekend and how it's related to deteriorating emergency services across the province. 50:02 | A...