Podcasts

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Pivot with Noah Richler

Pivot    

Author and cultural critic Noah Richler hosts a podcast about people who are fighting their way back from the edge—their battles, their triumphs, and the pivotal turning points in their journeys. From war photographers on the frontlines of war to novelists battling the “sophomore curse,” the thread that ties these diverse people together is the existence of a watershed moment that changed their stories—and their lives.


 
 

Episodes:

Episode 6: Sex

Featuring author Erica Garza and author and sex columnist Dan Savage.

Coming soon!

 

Episode 5: The Dancer and the Deal

A ballet dancer’s body is their only tool, and careers in ballet can be brilliant but fleeting because the body has limitations where dreams do not. Dancers at the National Ballet of Canada, retired prima ballerina Veronica Tennant, and students at Canada's National Ballet School reflect on the moments they’ve lost themselves in movement and on the difficult deal they accepted from the beginning.

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Episode 4: The Selves We Leave Behind

Everyone has some part of themselves they leave behind at critical moments in their lives, but the diversity of that experience is mind blowing—from Judy Rebick and her description of the dissociative disorder that was a defence mechanism for the abuse she suffered to the Kamal that Kamal Al-Solaylee left behind in Yemen just so he could be safe as himself to the person Teva Harrison was before her cancer diagnosis.

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Episode 3: Excellence

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have spent a lifetime pivoting - they do it for a living as ice dancers representing Canada, and they’ve done it since they were kids. In March, Noah sat down with Canada’s Sweethearts fresh off their latest gold medal wins at the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympics to talk about what comes after you’ve won everything you can win on the ice.

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Episode 2: The Fall

Forget everything you think you know about Tom Mulcair. The former leader of the New Democratic Party sat with Noah to talk about what happened after the 2015 federal election, when he had to shake hands with the victor across the aisle. What is the role of the leader after the fall? Plus, Patti LaBoucane-Benson reflects on the larger theme of leadership through Indigenous models of apprenticeship, with leaders and elders.

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Episode 1: Front lines

Louie Palu is an award−winning photographer who stretched the boundaries of his emotional and mental capacities covering the war in Afghanistan. He came back a different man—which, as his friend and fellow journalist Christie Blatchford describes, is a common experience in their profession. Author and doctor Vincent Lam adds the heft of his medical knowledge to the conversation, and Benjamin Hertwig reads his poetry about coming back from war.

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