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Episode 17: Seeking stem cell donors for B.C.'s diverse population

After a brief word on the results of the recent B.C. election, we examine the effort by Canadian Blood Services to expand its stem cell donor registry to include those from multi-ethnic and biracial backgrounds. An event is being at Metrotown on the Mother's Day weekend to encourage donors to sign up. The Growler's Rob Mangelsdorf completes the episode with a beer recommendation that's all East Coast haze.

Duration: 00:19:35

Episode 16: Election roundup, Larry Beasley and beer on the farm

In this episode, we talk to four Metro Vancouver journalists and what they’ve thought of this election campaign. We hear from former Vancouver city planning director Larry Beasley on his favourite places to walk, and the Growler gives us another craft beer pick, which this week includes a look at provincial agricultural policy putting the hurt on beer down on the farm.

Duration: 00:27:14

Episode 15: B.C. election, part two

This is our second part of a two-part series on this election. We’ve got interviews with the NDP and the Greens, predictions with the millennial pundits from Politicoast (who will also explain why we don’t have an interview with a Liberal) and then we finish off with our regular craft beer recommendation from The Growler to get you through what’s so far been a rainy spring.

Duration: 00:31:45

Episode 14: B.C. election, part 1

We dive into the B.C. election with an explanation of why B.C.'ers should ignore Trump news and focus on local for the next month; an interview with the hosts of the political podcast Politicoast; a story about a Green Party "paper candidate"; and a craft beer recommendation from The Growler.

Duration: 00:25:24

Bonus episode: Boring Things About Canada You Need to Know

In this special bonus episode, we look at 21 boring things about Canada you need to know. From our actual national sport to Sir John A. Macdonald’s original career to Justin Bieber’s travel history, it’s our contribution to celebrating Canada’s 150th. Disclaimer: not all 21 things might be true. We’re back to regular programming next episode.

Duration: 00:09:06

Episode 13: Kingsgate Mall as a Vancouver metaphor/The Growler

For those who don’t know, Kingsgate is in Mount Pleasant at Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver. It’s not very big and it’s dated looking and considered kind of a weird place with an odd collection of stores and a wide variety of customers. But there are three things you should know about Kingsgate: it’s considered a retail success, it’s beloved by many people in the community, and some people in that community worry it could be knocked down as development changes the neighbourhood. But...

Duration: 00:21:49

Episode 11: Vancouver's Rolling Stones Riot, part 2

In a follow-up to episode 9, we look at the details of the Rolling Stones riot in Vancouver in 1972. We talk to two former police officers and a street gang member who were there and what the violent night meant to them.

Duration: 00:17:38

Episode 9: Vancouver's Rolling Stones riot, part 1

Vancouver's East Side neighbourhoods were home to notorious street gangs in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1972, a riot at a Rolling Stones concert led Vancouver police to declare war on the most infamous of the gangs, the Clark Park gang. That struggle is the subject of Aaron Chapman’s latest book, The Last Gang in Town. We talk to Aaron about his book for the first of two parts examining the Rolling Stones riot of June 3, 1972.

Duration: 00:20:41

Episode 6: Vancouver Craft Beer Week and The Growler

We mark Vancouver Craft Beer Week by visiting Main Street Brewing Company to learn a little about its history and what it takes to keep the taps flowing. Then we sit down with The Growler editor Stephen Smysnuik to learn about why the craft beer scene in B.C. shows no signs of slowing down and why craft beer is a sudsy version of Revenge of the Nerds. I drink a beer. Music for this episode is by Michael Kissinger.

Duration: 00:22:32

Episode 5: Make friends with the trees

We return from hiatus to talk to David Tracey, writer and ecologist, about his just published Vancouver Tree Book. We take a walk with him through VanDusen Botanical Garden to meet the ginko, the Douglas Fir, and how trees both pre-date humans and will long survive us.

Duration: 00:19:13

Beta Episode 05: Michael Kissinger and Ten Questions about Nanaimo

Michael Kissinger, editor of the Vancouver Courier and famous son on Nanaimo, visits This is Lotusland to be tested on his knowledge of his home town, which also boasts Diana Krall and a whole lot of actors. See how well he does and learn about the importance of hand ground coffee.