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Join me, Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Scijinks, Seekers of Science) while I work to amplify the BAMF Females Behind the Builds, one interview at a time. On this podcast, I will cover the entire spectrum of what constitutes a Maker including but not limited to traditional garage skills, crafting and cosplay design, metal working, YouTube and Instagram Making, STEM careers like Engineering and Technology Development as well as the creatives here in LA LA Land . I am on a mission to normalize ...
 
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Do you love Traveling, Skill Sharing and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Stick Welding then sits down with Carpenter, Machinist, Globe Trotter and elusive Maker Mary Welch. Topics they cover include (but are surely not limited to): - Our f…
 
Even before COVID-19, older adults in Canada faced higher rates of depression, isolation and loneliness. This week, Tamara speaks with Dr. Joy Masuhara, an LGBTQ+ trailblazer and family physician with Vancouver Coastal Health, who has devoted her long career to caring for elders. They discuss Dr. Masuhara’s work as an advocate and healthcare provid…
 
There’s the perfectly Instagrammable version of motherhood, and then there’s the reality of what that drive to be perfect does to a woman’s mental health. In this episode, Tamara engages Amanda D. Watson, bestselling author and lecturer, in a frank discussion about the unrelenting pressures of motherhood and how to address them with honesty and a f…
 
Do you love Custom Designs, Snarky Signs, and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about the Scroll Saw then sits down with Instagram Queen, Snark Supreme and Maker Extraordinaire Laney from Pine.and.Birch. Topics they cover include (but are surely n…
 
As the World Juniors approaches, the mental well-being of elite athletes is in the spotlight. In this episode, Corey Hirsch, Olympic Silver Medalist and former NHL goalie, tells his mental illness story, and joins Dr. Diane McIntosh, psychiatrist, author and TELUS’ Chief Neuroscience Officer, for a spirited discussion with Tamara. Together, they hi…
 
Governor General award-winning Winnipeg author and sought-after speaker, David A. Robertson has published over 25 books, including many children’s stories. David talks to Tamara about his Norway House Cree Nation identity, which he learned about later in life, and he delves into how writing about the love, culture, and resilience of Indigenous peop…
 
Marc Brackett is a research psychologist, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He’s also the best-selling author of Permission to Feel, which describes his evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning. Marc breaks down what it means to ask “how are yo…
 
When Ashley Bristowe was told her son, Alexander, would never walk or speak as a result of a rare genetic disorder, her life changed forever. Ashley’s memoir, My Own Blood, chronicles her years as Alexander’s caregiver and advocate, in a Canadian system that often disregards disabilities. Today, Alexander has subverted expectations and regularly at…
 
Do you love Vintage Camera's , 3D Printer's, Epic Nerf Guns and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Skateboards then sits down with Creator of Awesome (and many other things), Alice Tyrell. Topics they cover include (but are surely not limited…
 
Writer and Director Michael Mankowski and producer Charmaine Hammond created the animated short film Back Home Again to show the world how a community could come together and rebuild after a devastating wildfire. The film, set in Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta, has an all-star voice cast and a universally hopeful message, and Michael and Charmai…
 
Amy Chan is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, mental health advocate and the Founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, the world’s first and only breakup bootcamp. After leaving the corporate world, Amy’s company grew to success and has been featured across national media including Good Morning America, Vogue and the front page of The New York Times. In t…
 
Fabrice Grover is a non-profit specialist who has worked in the communications industry through some of the most vital global initiatives, such as the UN Climate Change Conference and World Humanitarian Day. He is instrumental in developing Innovations for Learning in Canada, the world's largest virtual reading program for children. In this episode…
 
Schuyler is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. In this episode, he explores his historic choice to transition, showing all of us how to honour our authentic selves. His advocacy has since evolved into rallying for inclusion, body acceptance and mental health awareness. His novel, Obie Is M…
 
Social entrepreneur Suzanne Stevens calls for purpose and giving back to become more embedded in our businesses and our culture. In this episode, Suzanne dives into her initiative YouMeWe, and showcases the plethora of opportunities for social change and how to truly connect our actions to what we care about. She urges us to view giving as a long-t…
 
Nick North was assigned female at birth, had four children and came out as a transgender man in his 30s. In this episode, Nick explores themes of traditional masculinity, femininity, and assigned gender roles and encourages parents to create a safe space for their children to question everything. His documentary, Just Another Beautiful Family, show…
 
Do you love Old Fashion Tools, Fluffy Butts and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Dividers then sits down with Farmer, Builder and Educator Anne of All Trades. Anne, known as Anne of All Trades, is a farmer, builder, and educator intent on p…
 
In 2016, Judge Marion Buller was appointed the Chief Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The inquiry looked into the systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, and it was the first of its kind in Canada. Judge Buller describes her experience of hearing over 2,300…
 
Do you love Metal Fabrication, Aerial Artistry and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about the Aerial Cube then sits down with Fabricator, Aerialist, Metal Worker and Maker Extraordinaire Thea Ulrich. Topics they cover include (but are surely not …
 
RoseAnne Archibald made history by becoming the first woman to serve as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She shares her perspective on the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and says it gives non-Indigenous Canadians a day to reflect on why we have this new statutory holiday. She asks allies to pressure the governmen…
 
Rebekah Taussig wrote Sitting Pretty, a memoir about having a body that looks and moves differently in the world. She recognized that disabled lives are almost always portrayed as tragic or triumphant when actually the experience of having a disability is quite ordinary. She challenges some of the attitudes people have toward disabilities, many und…
 
Andrea Paquette founded the Stigma-Free Society in 2010 after being hospitalized for bipolar disorder and losing her home. She was hoping to address the significant stigma around mental illness, and created customized workshops, mental health toolkits and presentations to support people too embarrassed or ashamed to speak up about their experiences…
 
Dr. Dominik Nowak joins us again to talk about how “social prescribing” can complement medical treatment and help provide better health outcomes for everyone. Social prescribing addresses issues like loneliness, poverty, and job insecurity and ties them into formal recommendations from health professionals for mental and physical support resources.…
 
Do you love Magic, Home Improvement and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science ) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Hot Air Balloons then sits down with DIYer, Magician, Woodworker and Maker Extraordinaire Lindsay Zuelich (Wood Brain). Topics they cover include (but are surely not …
 
The son of a residential school survivor, artist and master carver Carey Newman has spent the past decade working on The Witness Blanket, an art installation created with artifacts gathered from Indigenous communities across the country that have been affected by Canada’s dark legacy of the residential school system. In this episode, he speaks abou…
 
When hockey player Kori Cheverie became Assistant Coach of the Ryerson Rams in 2016, she made sports history as the first woman to hold that role with a men's university-level hockey program. Kori shares her trailblazing experience, the differences between coaching women’s and men’s teams, and why professional sports could benefit from more diversi…
 
Tackling misinformation has long been a passion for health policy expert and bestselling author Timothy Caulfield, and the COVID-19 pandemic is providing ample opportunity to further his research. In this episode, Timothy discusses the importance of fact-checking medical advice from celebrities, why we should avoid social media influencers who are …
 
For the past 20 years, Saleema Noon has been a driving force in helping kids and their parents navigate the topic of sexual education, something that has changed dramatically since the introduction of the internet. Saleema speaks on the different ways to teach consent, body science and sexual health, and takes a look at some of the questions being …
 
Do you love Wood Working, iconic Workwear Brands and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science ) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about iconic maker work wear brand Dickies then sits down with Woodworker, Workwear Model, Woodshop Teacher, and Maker Extraordinaire Char Miller-King (Wooden …
 
When storyteller, activist and self-proclaimed “road dog” Ivan Coyote found their travel plans put on hold due to COVID-19, they began writing replies to the stack of letters fans had sent them, unaware that this heartfelt correspondence would become the core concept of their new book, Care of. In this episode, Ivan speaks to Tamara about how story…
 
If you’ve ever googled your own symptoms you know first hand that the internet is a minefield of shady advice, influencers selling miracle cures and sites that are adamantly against modern medicine. Luckily Dr. Jen Gunter, affectionately known as “Twitter's Resident Gynecologist” is on our show this week to educate listeners on the right way to res…
 
Do you love all things DIY Content Creation, Being your own Business and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Cross Stitch then sits down with THE OG Blogger, Pinterest Maven and Maker Extraordinaire Sarah Fogle (UglyDuckling DIY). Topics they …
 
Cheekbone Beauty founder Jenn Harper didn’t just decide to start a sustainable, cruelty-free beauty brand that gives back to the Indigenous community: it came to her in a dream. Now she’s helping Indigenous youth feel beautiful in their skin, and her products are on the shelves of some of Canada’s largest beauty retailers. She joined Tamara to talk…
 
When most of us hear the words virtual reality we think of futuristic technology and bulky headgear. But artist and technologist Amelia Winger-Bearskin sees VR as a way to connect to a fully sensory form of story-telling, and a tool to help amplify marginalized and remote voices. She spoke to Tamara about how equitable access to innovative technolo…
 
Few writers can boast a publishing schedule like Dene storyteller Richard Van Camp, who published twenty six books in as many years, including novels, children’s literature, and graphic fiction. But Richard has a not-so-secret method for developing stories: he listens. He spoke with Tamara about how the people in his family and community are bursti…
 
For LGBTQ2+ individuals facing persecution and state-sponsored violence around the world, Rainbow Railroad can provide a pathway to a better life. They partner with local and international organizations to relocate and support queer people whose lives are in danger. Managing Director WInnie Luk spoke to Tamara about the role of the media in bringin…
 
You might know author Eden Robinson from the feature film adaptation of her novel Monkey Beach, or from the binge-worthy CBC series based on her Trickster trilogy. But the Eden that Tamara spoke to was someone painfully and hilariously honest about the messy inner world of a writer. From using writing to weather the pandemic to taking comfort in th…
 
Do you love Explosions, Redefining Edutainment and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about C4 then sits down with Host, Producer and Maker Kari Byron (Crash Test World, EXPLR Media, Crash Test Girl, Mythbusters). For almost two decades Kari Byron …
 
When Dr. Daniel Kalla isn’t leading the emergency department at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, he pens best-selling thrillers that take us behind the curtain of global medicine. His new novel, Lost Immunity, arrives at just the right time, capturing the trials and tribulations of a public health officer tasked with defeating a terrifying new pand…
 
Do you love Saving the Planet, Drinking Dino Pee and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about the Dremel then sits down with Engineer, Environmentalist and Maker Dr. Tracy Fanara (Weather Channel, What on Earth, Mythbusters The Search, Seekers of S…
 
We’re over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re all missing our friends. Journalist and author Kayleen Schaefer has written two books about the power of female friendship, and she joins Tamara to talk about how women can support each other at home and in the workplace, the role sexism plays in keeping women apart, and how we can all nurture…
 
Some days it feels impossible to fit everything into 24 hours, but award-winning novelist, journalist and mother Karma Brown believes most of us can find one hour that’s just for us. She joins Tamara to discuss her latest book, The 4% Fix, her path to becoming an author and how simple things, like setting your alarm a little earlier, can get you cl…
 
It’s our second Mother’s Day in a pandemic and moms are struggling more than ever to balance parenting and work responsibilities. Two TELUS leaders have taken the initiative to create the Mama Bear program, a community that uplifts, empowers, and celebrates the challenges and capabilities of working mothers. Kate Evans and Angelica Victoria are usi…
 
Do you love Robots, 3D Printing, Inventing and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Robots then sits down with young Indigenous (Ojibwe) Educator, Inventor, Author, and Activist Extraordinaire Danielle Boyer Danielle creates innovative and acce…
 
A lot has happened since Tamara last spoke to Dr. Michael Osterholm, infectious disease expert, in July of 2020. Since then, he’s become part of President Biden’s transition team, advising him and his cabinet on the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. He joins us again to discuss the variants cropping up across the globe, the vaccination eff…
 
Jen Bennett from Google joins Tamara in a special Earth Day episode to discuss how leading industries around the globe are digging into new environmental goals, why this is linked to addressing social inequality, and how there’s never been more opportunities for business owners, and really, all of us, to make intentional, sustainable choices about …
 
Sarah Wilson, author of “This One Wild and Precious Life: A Hopeful Path Forward in a Fractured World”, spent the past year watching as wildfires, the #MeToo movement, and a global pandemic rocked her home country of Australia. She saw the need for a new path forward, and joins Tamara to discuss the urgency of climate change, finding strength and h…
 
Do you love Lego, Cosplay and general Maker Shop Talk? If so, join Tamara Robertson (Mythbusters, Maker Science, Seekers of Science) as she kicks off with a Tech Talk about Lego Bricks then sits down with Maker, Hacker, Cosplayer, and Lego Extraordinaire Amie Dansby. Topics they cover include (but are surely not limited to): - Sports Bras and Table…
 
Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell leads the BC Brain Wellness Program in Vancouver and studies how diet, exercise and social connection might prevent chronic brain disorders. It won’t be shocking to hear her describe an ideal diet full of fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, but what may be common sense is still hard for many of us to adopt. Tamara talks t…
 
Wes Hall has worked hard to go from the mailroom to the boardroom in corporate Canada, but in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, he knew he had to use his status and connections as a Black leader to help make a bigger change in this country. So he created the BlackNorth Initiative, to bring Canadian executives together and pledge to end system…
 
For many of us, the past year has been marked by a constant barrage of uncertainty, stress and fear -- and now, even with several different vaccines approved for use in Canada, some people are still feeling hesitant to get vaccinated. In this episode, returning guest Dr. Diane McIntosh, TELUS’ Chief Neuroscience Officer, breaks down the root of the…
 
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