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Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is the co-host of CBC Politics’ podcast Party Lines, and a frequent culture commentator for CBC News. He’s a culture writer for BuzzFeed News, where he also writes Incoming, the daily morning newsletter. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Rolling Stone. He is also host of CBC’s new weekly pop culture podcast, Pop Chat. @elamin88

Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast.  Most days, Radiolab is the 2nd most popular podcast, just behind This American Life. 

In 2010, Radiolab was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and in 2011 Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant).  The MacArthur Foundation website says:  “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.” In 2015 the Radiolab episode 60 Words was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award. The Radiolab spinoff,  More Perfect, a series about untold stories of the Supreme Court, is currently in its 2nd season. The New York Times called More Perfect  “…possibly the most mesmerizing podcast.” An album inspired by the show and titled 27: The Most Perfect Album has contributions by Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, Flor de Toloache and They Might Be Giants. Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee produced produced Dolly Parton’s America, a Peabody Award-winning 9-part pod series that aired in Fall 2019. In February 2020 they produced The Other Latif, Radiolab’s first serialized story.

Alongside his radio work, Abumrad continues to work as a composer and remixer.  @JadAbumrad

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Roger Bainbridge

Roger Bainbridge is a Toronto-based actor, writer and comedian. Roger is an alumnus of the Toronto Second City Mainstage and a recipient of a Canadian Comedy Award. He has performed at Just For Laughs, JFL42, the San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, the Philadelphia Sketch Comedy Festival, and NXNE. He has appeared on the Baroness von Sketch Show, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Beaverton as well as writing for This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

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Rosemary Barton

Rosemary Barton is one of Canada’s top political journalists. During her award-winning career she has interviewed countless high-profile politicians, including several Prime Ministers and world leaders. In 2020, she was appointed the Ottawa Bureau’s chief political correspondent, the first female journalist in this role for CBC News. She has also hosted Power & Politics and The National. @RosieBarton

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Elizabeth Bonkink

Elizabeth is the Communications Team Lead at Edmonton Community Foundation. She holds a degree in Communications and a diploma in radio, television journalism. She has worked on the Vital Signs project since its inception at the organization, and is one of the contributing voices to The Well Endowed Podcast. Elizabeth has more than a decade working in charities and non-profits and more than 20 years in marketing and communications.

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Leah-Simone Bowen

Leah-Simone Bowen is the co-host and creator of the irreverent history podcast, The Secret Life of Canada. Debuting in August  2017, it rose to the top of the iTunes charts, amassed critical acclaim and millions of downloads. In 2019, it would become the first independently created show to be picked up by CBC podcasts. She is also a writer, theatre director, producer and former cast member of Second City Toronto’s touring company. Leah was born in Edmonton, raised in Spruce Grove, and now lives in Toronto.

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Asin Burney

Asim Burney started UpodCast (@upodcast) in December 2009 when he moved from Amsterdam to London and wanted a place to talk about movies with his friends. The UpodCast brand has since branched out to UpodCast Bollywood Edition, UpodCast Main Event (on hiatus), The Tolly Folly Podcast and Khandaan- A Bollywood Podcast. The Khandaan Podcast with its unique mix of film criticism and humour has consistently been one of the top Hindi Movie Podcast on the Apple Podcast chart and reaches a global audience. Besides hosting and producing the podcast, Asim is a business owner and entrepreneur working in the Market Research and Online Marketing space @asimburney


Russell Cobb

Russell Cobb is a writer, radio host, and teacher at the University of Alberta, where he is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts. His work examines repressed narratives of race, ethnicity, and religion. His work has appeared in Slate, NPR, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other places. His works include The Great Oklahoma Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State (2020). His story, “Heretics,” for This American Life, became the Netflix film Come Sunday. He is launching a new radio show and podcast called History X.

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Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly is the host of Edmonton AM, CBC radio’s morning show. In 2014, Mark was a moderator for part of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission meeting held in Edmonton.

He spent 22-years as a sportscaster with CBC radio and television before taking the job as news anchor at CBC News Edmonton from 2010 to 2013. Mark grew up in Edmonton, and in his teens actually worked at CBC Edmonton as a janitor. Mark’s first full-time job was in radio in Fort McMurray Alberta, where he was the play-by-play voice of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

He then worked in radio in both Red Deer and Edmonton before starting a weekend job at CBC Edmonton in December 1988, which has evolved through the years to his position today as Host of Edmonton AM.

In his decades with CBC, Mark has covered nine Olympic Games including the recent PyeongChang Olympics, numerous world championships, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Mark and his wife Alyson have two boys, Patrick and Jack. @MarkConnollyCBC

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Del Cowie

Del Cowie is a music journalist and editor. He has worked as a writer, associate producer & researcher for the Peabody and Intl Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Hip Hop Evolution. He’s also worked as a producer for CBC Music and as an editor at Exclaim! for over a decade. He has written for Complex and NOISEY, among other publications. @vibesandstuff

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Ankur Desai

Ankur Desai currently works as a videographer for 17th Ave BIA, and has also been working as a videographer for events, corporate storytelling, and other videos for various clients in the Calgary region. Wanting to become a feature length film editor, Ankur has also worked on various short film productions in Calgary including HafizPurple Kisses, and Charsi. Along with his co-host Raeesa Farooqi, Ankur started the podcast Parde Ke Peeche, as a way to combine their love of Indian cinema & their education in Film Studies, to showcase the beauty, diversity, and joys of loving Indian cinema. In addition to hosting a podcast, working as a videographer, Ankur runs a Instagram Page @grfx_asd where he hosts his motion graphics work + some of his videography work as well. Ankur also enjoys going to the gym, reading books, listening to music, enjoying a good Americano, and of course watching films from all over the world.

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Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins

Producer for the Unheard Youths Podcast (https://cfrac.com/initiatives/unheard-youth-podcast/). A podcast project that highlights the voices of newcomer youth in Canada. Youth from 4 provinces sharing their experiences with the topics of identity, migration and belonging through the medium of interview, storytelling and audio recording. Rose-Eva is also the Centre for Race and Culture’s Public Educator and named by Alberta Council for Global Cooperation as Top 30 Under 30 Albertan in 2020.

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Erin Fraser

Erin Fraser has been podcasting since February 2012. After receiving an email out of the blue from culture critic Paul Matwychuk looking for a new podcast co-host, she decided to give it a try and share her film opinions with the Internet. Together they have recorded over 300 episodes of Trash, Art, and The Movies, the podcast that pits highbrow cinema against brainless entertainment and then declares a victor. Unsatisfied with just one podcast, she and her partner Matt Bowes launched Bollywood is For Lovers in 2015 as a way of sharing their growing interest in Hindi-language cinema. BiFL now boasts over 120 episodes and over one million listens. When not podcasting or watching movies for podcasts, she can be found drinking and logging all the bottles in her bar into an elaborate spreadsheet. @erinefraser

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Leslie Goldstone

Leslie Goldstone has spent more than 3 decades as a journalist. The majority of her career has been CBC in different cities across the country. With a bachelor or arts in playwriting and fiction from the University of Alberta as well as a degree in journalism, this background formulated a love for the spoken word and the intimacy of radio. Leslie is currently the Senior Producer for Radio Active. She has directed live TV specials, produced many radio programs for local and national radio.  World on Fire is Leslie’s third podcast. She is also a producer on the award-winning Slumtown. @lesliegcbc
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Tyrone Harper

Tyrone Harper is a radio producer and documentarian who has been covering Toronto’s hip-hop and R&B scenes for well over a decade: first as co-host/creator of ‘O.T.A. Live!’ on FLOW 93.5 FM, and later as co-founder of cityonmyback.com. He is currently a producer on q with Tom Power on CBC Radio. @TyHarper

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Linda Hoang

Linda Hoang is a seasoned social media strategist and popular blogger and content creator (find her @lindork and www.linda-hoang.com). Linda is the host of Don’t Call Me a Guru, a social media strategy podcast, and Here’s What I Think, an advice column podcast. She’s also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival and creates Guides to Instagrammable Walls of cities. @lindork

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Adam Huber

Adam Huber is a co-host of the Loyal Company of the River Valley podcast along with Nathan Terlesky. Since 2015, they have been covering FC
Edmonton during their time in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and currently in the Canadian Premier League (CPL).


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Falen Johnson

Falen Johnson is Mohawk and Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is a writer and podcaster. Falen is the host of CBC Radio’s Unreserved for the 2020/21 season. She also co-hosts CBC Podcasts’ The Secret Life of Canada with Leah Simone Bowen. Her plays include Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash for which she received a Dora Nomination. Her writing has been featured in Brick, The Canadian Theatre Review, and Granta Magazine. She has written for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and Merchants of the Wild (APTN) and the 2020 Inspire Awards, broadcast on CBC. Falen was also named one of Maclean’s 20 to watch in 2020. @FalenJohnson

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Adrienne Lamb

Adrienne Lamb is an award-winning journalist who has covered wildfires in Western Canada for many years. In 2016, she produced a wildfire documentary for CBC Radio’s Ideas called World on Fire. And in 2019, Lamb hosted a national CBC Radio show called Smoked Out: How wildfires are changing Canadian summers. Adrienne is also the host and producer of Our Edmonton on CBC TV. Adrienne has been honoured with a regional RTDNA award in 2011 for Homefront, a national special about how Edmonton has changed during the war in Afghanistan and a national RTDNA award in 2012 for best use of sound in a documentary, CEO of the snow fort, about a group of boys building their dream fort. Adrienne is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English and Anthropology and a Masters in Journalism. @AdrienneLambCBC

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Carl Landra

Carl co-hosts The 4th Line Podcast, a weekly hockey podcast, with Nick Seguin. He comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a mustache. His team of choice is the Colorado Avalanche and his smoked meat of choice is brisket.
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Mack Male

Mack Male is the co-founder and CEO of Taproot Publishing which helps communities understand themselves better. The company’s flagship digital news outlet is Taproot Edmonton. Prior to becoming an entrepreneurial journalist, Mack spent more than a decade working in software development. @mastermaq

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Manish Mathur

Manish Mathur has been podcasting since February 2016, often guesting on podcasts. In November of 2018, he started his first podcast miniseries as a host on the genre films of M. Night Shyamalan. Then on Valentine’s Day 2019, he launched his first ongoing podcast It Pod to Be You, in which he talks to guests about romance in cinema. The podcast has been running for over a year and a half. Since romance is one of Bollywood’s key genres, he’s talked about Hindi films a few times on the podcast. Concurrently he co-hosts a podcast on queer cinema with Dave Giannini called Queer and Now. As a lifelong fan of Hindi cinema, he is passionate about raising awareness of Hindi cinema in the West, and has written for several publications about classic and modern films, including JumpCut Online and Talk Film Society. Outside of Bollywood movies, Manish loves the films of Pedro Almodovar, Ang Lee, and Alfred Hitchcock, and enjoys baking when not watching movies. @TheManish89

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Kyle Marshall

Kyle Marshall is the owner of Media Lab YYC, a production studio that assists companies and influencers in creating great podcasts. He assists in the strategy of people’s ideas and can continue the support by helping with recording, editing, and publishing the show. Along with his partnerships with other companies, he also offers solutions for website creation, graphic design, animation, and more. Kyle hosts a few podcasts himself including Putting It Together a show dedicated to the musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim; and Creative Block, where he interviews artists and creative entrepreneurs. Outside of the podcast world, Kyle enjoys reading, watching movies, and hanging out with his rad niece and nephew.

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Tara McCarthy

Tara McCarthy is the host of CBC Edmonton’s The Loop. Born and raised in Ontario, she started her radio career with CBC Radio One in the Yukon, and now calls Alberta home. Her curiosity about wherever she lives and passion for telling stories has helped her feel right at home since moving to Edmonton in 2019 to be the community, traffic and weather reporter on Edmonton AM. @CBCradiotara

You can also catch Tara talking with Martine St-Victor from Seat at the Table on Oct 1st.

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Anupa Mistry

Anupa Mistry is a writer and producer, with over 10 years of experience reporting on music and communities in Toronto. She has worked at q on CBC Radio, The FADER, Vevo, and Banger Films, and written for a range of publications including The Globe & Mail, VOGUE, Pitchfork, and many more.

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Hannan Mohamud

Hannan Mohamud’s advocacy is focused on creating multifaceted solutions to address policy and social issues through meaningful collaboration with citizens and political institutions. As a law student, Hannan applies this knowledge in equitable policy development in her work as a policy researcher with the organization “The Platform” and government institutions. Hannan continues this work as a co-host with the podcast Is This For Real.

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Omar Mouallem

Journalist, author, and filmmaker Omar Mouallem has worked for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, CBC and WIRED. Over the course of his 15-year career, Omar has edited magazines, produced a television documentary about oil-sector suicides, ghostwritten two bestselling memoirs, and hosted several episodes of the media criticism podcast CANADALAND. He recently founded Pandemic University, a virtual school in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will release a travel memoir about mosques in the Americas, Praying to the West, in fall 2021 with Simon & Schuster Canada.

You can also catch Omar talking with the crew from This is Not a Drake Podcast on October 3.

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Kyle Muzyka

Kyle Muzyka is a Métis and Cree journalist from Treaty 8, currently an associate producer for CBC Unreserved, an internationally syndicated Indigenous radio program. He’s worked at CBC for more than five years, including for the national Indigenous unit, and locally for Edmonton and Yellowknife. @kylemuzyka

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