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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. #RealTalkRJ

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




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






May 27, 2022 - Supriya Dwivedi & Gillian Essien: CPC French Debate; #YEGCC Round Table re: Crime

0:00 | Ryan and Johnny riff on last night's Oilers overtime win, wrapping up the Battle of Alberta in just five games. Who's going to paint Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek's face blue and orange, they wonder? 5:07 | Real Talker Gillian Essien makes her move from the email inbox to on screen, assessing this week's Conservative Leadership French language debate. A born-and-raised Montrealer now living in Alberta, Gillian offers a great perspective on the significance of what went down Wednesday...


May 26, 2022 - Chief Billy Morin; Hydrogen and Canada’s Clean Energy Future; #RobinWatch22

4:50 | Real Talker Jest Sidloski takes us through the journey of #RobinWatch22: the joy and heartbreak of the circle of life, happening right under his family's porch camera. 19:49 | What does it mean for Alberta to be "Fuji, not Kodak"? How does hydrogen fit into Canada's clean energy future? Matthew Klippenstein of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association explains how hydrogen factors into future economic opportunity, including mainstream vehicle trends and more. 37:29 | Ryan gets...


May 25, 2022 - Rachel Notley; TX School Shooting; Monkeypox: Dr. Dan Summers; The Prosperity Project

1:20 | Ryan begins the show talking about the tragic and infuriating mass shooting at at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that claimed the lives of at least 19 children and two teachers. 15:55 | It's been two years since Pamela Jeffery founded The Prosperity Project to address the impact COVID-19 was having on women in Canada. Pamela joins Maureen Lesham, founder of The 482 Collective, to assess The Prosperity Project's impact through its first two years, and the work that...


May 24, 2022 - Battle of AB; Labour Shortages & Immigration; NextGen Workplace Trends; Charles Adler

It's the first show back after the May Long weekend, and we've got a lot to catch up on! 3:13 | How do the Flames solve a problem like Connor McDavid? Andrew Walker, host of The Hedge, takes a look at the first three games of the first Battle of Alberta in 31 years, and tees up tonight's Game Four in Edmonton. Check out and subscribe to The Hedge: 15:20 | Canada's facing a major labour shortage, and experts say immigration needs to be a big part of the...


Trash Talk - May 20, 2022

This week's edition of Trash Talk presented by Local Environmental kicks off with a rant about the zipper merge, and picks up steam from there! Submit your Trash Talk: Check out Local Environmental:


May 20, 2022 - Supriya Dwivedi; #ableg Round Table: Kathleen Smith, Blaise Boehmer, Barry Morishita

5:02 | The whip-smart Supriya Dwivedi appears in her regular Friday slot to chime in on Jason Kenney's (quasi) resignation, Pierre Poilievre's interview with Jordan Peterson, and Canadian exceptionalism in the context of another mass shooting in the US. 37:30 | Political commentator Kathleen Smith, strategist (and former Kenney communications director) Blaise Boehmer, and Alberta Party leader Barry Morishita form this week's Real Talk Round Table, taking on The Resignation, the future of...


May 19, 2022 - Jason Kenney Resigns: Erika Barootes, Thomas Lukaszuk, Melissa Caouette

1:00 | Ryan shares his initial thoughts just twelve hours after Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced his resignation following a 51.4% approval in his UCP leadership review. 12:00 | UCP founding president Erika Barootes, former Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, and political strategist Melissa Caouette explore what led to Kenney's low score, who might seek the party leadership, and what it means for Albertans. 1:11:38 | Johnny and Ryan break down Game One of the first playoff...


May 18, 2022 - Battle of Alberta w/ The Hedge host Andrew Walker; Farrah Khan re: Dress Codes

1:34 | Andrew Walker, host of The Hedge, joins Ryan and Johnny to tee up Game One of the Battle of Alberta. Who's the favourite to advance past this series? What's the smart wager? Is it cool that Wayne Gretzky picked the Flames to win? Check out (and subscribe to) The Hedge: 30:51 | May Long Weekend marks the kickoff for so many attractions in Jasper, including canoe tours, river rafting, and a wide array of cabins. This week's #MyJasper Memories gets you set...


May 17, 2022 - Kenney Leadership Review: Dr. Jared Wesley; David Milgaard’s Legacy: Jana Pruden

0:20 | Ryan and Johnny kick off the show with an impromptu review of Amazon's new season of Kids in the Hall. 4:00 | A day ahead of the Battle of Alberta - Game One, we take a look at terms of the wager between the Mayors of Calgary and Edmonton. 8:30 | The majority of Albertans think United Conservative Party members need to dump leader Jason Kenney...but will they? Dr. Jared Wesley, political scientist at the University of Alberta, digs into the results of a Viewpoint Alberta survey...


May 16, 2022 - Charles Adler on Buffalo Shooting, David Milgaard and more; Firefighter Aid Ukraine

2:20 | It's official: hockey fans get their first Battle of Alberta in 31 years! Ryan and Johnny kick off the show with their thoughts ahead of Game One on Wednesday. 8:39 | Emmy Award-winning talk host Charles Adler makes his bi-weekly appearance on Real Talk, sharing his thoughts on the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, NY, the Conservative Party's leadership race, Jason Kenney's leadership review, and the legacy of David Milgaard, who passed away over the weekend. 47:02 | Canadians are...


Trash Talk - May 13, 2022

It's a grass roots political edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Environmental, fuelled by your emails to!


May 13, 2022 - The Strategists Round Table; Alberta Politics: Catherine Griwkowsky & Graham Thomson

2:57 | Ryan starts the show with breaking news, as mourners at slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh's funeral are met with violence from Israeli defence forces. Plus, Elon Musk says his $44B Twitter purchase is "on hold": what does that mean moving forward? 11:49 | Veteran Alberta political correspondents Graham Thomson and Catherine Griwkowsky dig into the most important details of Jason Kenney's UCP leadership review, Brian Jean's presence at the Legislature, and a recent opinion...


May 12, 2022 - Palestinian Journalist Killed; Conservatives Debate; Alberta Provincial Police & EMS

Sometimes, there's a day that demands Real Talk go into overtime. This is one of those days. We cover the stories making headlines, and make sure you know what's going on "off the radar," too. 3:14 | Described as a "cultural phenomenon" related to the war in Ukraine, the Saint Javelin brand has quickly become recognized as a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion. Ryan talks to founder and CEO Christian Borys just moments after he announced a partnership with the World...


May 11, 2022 - Should We De-Extinct Animals? Pandemic Photo Project; Chuckegg Wildfire Anniversary

3:03 | Award-winning photojournalist Leah Hennel takes us into Alberta ICUs, ERs, and COVID wards via the stunning images in her new book, "Alone Together: A Pandemic Photo Essay". Check out more of Leah's work: Get your copy of the book: 18:24 | REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our Real Talk Golf Classic on June 23rd at The Ranch! Ryan shares a few details about the big day, which you won't want to...


May 10, 2022 - Sandy Garossino: An Adult Conversation About Abortion; Love in the Time of Fentanyl

8:18 | National Observer columnist Sandy Garossino says it's time for "an adult conversation about abortion". She lays out exactly what that conversation needs to look like, including the role men need to play. Read Sandy's column here: 34:10 | Ryan reviews the results of Monday's unofficial, unscientific Twitter poll on pandemic-related data collected from Canadians' cell phones, and privacy...


May 9, 2022 - Avian Flu Update; PMJT in Ukraine; Ethics in Agriculture: Jeff & Coralee Nonay

3:59 | Ryan kicks off the week with a couple stories making news over the past couple of days, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's surprise trip to Ukraine with Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly. We also take a look at the "BlueDot" story, and ask how you feel about being anonymously tracked to contribute to public health data. 17:04 | Poultry producers across North America are being hammered by Avian Flu, with tens of millions of birds culled,...


Trash Talk - May 6, 2022

Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.


May 6, 2022 - CPC Debate and Abortion Access: Supriya Dwivedi; Innovation Round Table

4:29 | Supriya Dwivedi breaks down last night's CPC Leadership Debate, highlighting her two key points. Per usual, Supriya pulls no punches in sharing her personal perspective on the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade story, and the impact its having on conversations in Canada. 36:40 | This week's Real Talk Round Table welcomes three of the brilliant professionals featured in Edify's Innovation issue. Dr. Lilly Pang talks about "The Poop Scoop" (using wastewater to glean COVID data), "Mr. Robot" Dr. Joseph...


May 5, 2022 - Angie Thomas, NYT Best-Selling Author; ”Fat” Isn’t A Bad Word - 3MT Winner Karli Jahn

11:02 | Athabasca University Master of Counselling student Karli Jahn just won AU's 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with her research around weight stigma. She joins us to discuss the "pathological" way we view fat, and how stigma affects treatment outcomes in counselling. 32:04 and 58:05 | Ryan reads your emails about Avian Flu and abortion discussions on the show. 39:40 | New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas takes us into the pages of "Concrete Rose," her follow-up to "The...


May 4, 2022 - Abortion Access in Canada; Ray Parker, Jr. and Fran Strine: Who You Gonna Call?

6:50 | Could a SCOTUS decision impact abortion access in Canada? Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, Meghan Doherty of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, and activist Robyn Schwarz, Ph.D. form a Real Talk Round Table on abortion rights. 39:58 | He brought the world the Ghostbusters theme song, but Ray Parker, Jr.'s career is about way more than that! The legendary singer/songwriter joins filmmaker Fran Strine for a Real Talk exclusive ahead of Opening Night at...