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Curiosity in Focus is a bi-weekly podcast that dives into the personal stories of influencers and intellectuals. I'm a curious person, and I love to learn about everything the world has to offer. As a creative and educator, I find learning personally empowering. I created Curiosity in Focus to share this passion in others and to use their stories as a lens into culture and science.

A Podcast By Curiosity In Focus.

Hosted & Edited by Daniel Kwan.
Produced by Jamie Kwan.

CiF Special #3 - Safe Spaces & The Chimera Code

Conor McDonnell is a poet, doctor, and martial arts practitioner. In 2016, he published The Book of Retaliations with Anstruther Press. His second book, Safe Spaces, is now available for purchase at Frog Hollow Press

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Learn more about Conor at conormcdonnell.ca and hear his previous episode of CiF!

I'm feeling curious about... Dysphoria, Mount Alaska, The Chemical Life, & Mid-Term Break!

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CiF #040 - Justin Mohareb

For the season four finale of Curiosity in Focus, Daniel sat down with Justin Mohareb, the events coordinator for tabletop gaming at Fan Expo Canada - one of the largest fan conventions in Canada. They talked about gaming and convention culture, tabletop role-playing games, and the nature of "fandoms". 

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Get in touch with Justin on Twitter @thebitterguy

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CiF #039 - Danielle de Carle

Daniel sat down with evolutionary biologist Danielle de Carle (confusing eh?) to learn about leech evolution, systematics, and parasites. Body horror and medical oddities were also discussed! This is an amazing episode!

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Learn more about Danielle's work on her ResearchGate profile, learn more about the Kvist Lab at kvistlab.com, and read more about artificial leeches here!

I'M FEELING CURIOUS: Nature is METAL 

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CiF Special #2 - One Year of Curiosity in Focus ft. Kiron Mukherjee

To celebrate one year of the Curiosity in Focus podcast, I sat down with my good friend Kiron Mukherjee to reflect on the journey so far. Curiosity in Focus is more than just a podcast for me. Now, it’s become a part of who I am. It represents what I believe in – that the best educators are learners, and that everyone has something to teach the world. To every listener of the show – if you’ve been here from the beginning, or if you just joined the movement – thanks for having faith in me. Thanks for joining me for this journey.

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CiF #038 - Jack Gin and the tale of Frederick Lee

For a special Remembrance Day episode of Curiosity in Focus, Daniel was joined by retired engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Jack Gin to learn about the incredible tale of Frederick Lee. Frederick was born into a respected Chinese Canadian merchant  family with ties to the Hudson's Bay Company. His family had actually immigrated to Canada from a county near the city of Guangzhou, China - much like Daniel's did in the 1960s. Fred was one of approximately 300 Canadians of Chinese descent who served with the Canadian Corps during the First World War. His previously unknown tale is one of courage and determination against widespread social and legal discrimination faced by the Chinese communities living in Canada. Frederick fought in and survived the Battle of Vimy Ridge as a machine gunner for the 172nd (Rocky Mountain Rangers) Battalion. He later fought in and was killed in the Battle of Hill 70. He's among the 11,285 Canadians who were killed in France and whose final resting place remains unknown. 

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Learn more about the Chinese Canadian Military Museum (ccmms.ca) and donate to the Frederick Lee walkway at the Hill 70 memorial (fredleehill70.ca). Get in touch with Jack Gin at  info@ccmms.ca

 

CiF #037 - Jason Loo

Jason Loo is a Toronto-based comic book writer and illustrator known for creating Toronto's very own super hero - the Pitiful Human Lizard! The series follows Lucas Barrett, a 9-5 office lackey who moonlights as a struggling superhero during his free time. 

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Get in touch with Jason on twitter @rebel_loo and get your copy of the Pitiful Human Lizard at Chapter House Publishing.

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: Scientific journals tricked into publishing articles about Midi-Chlorians

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CiF #036 - Allison O'Toole

Freelance comic book editor Allison O'Toole joined Daniel for another episode of Curiosity in Focus! This time, to talk about her latest Kickstarter project - Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women. From mermaids hunted for their meat to a ghastly beauty pageant, Wayward Sisters celebrates lady and non-binary monsters who are indelicate, impolite, and irrepressible. Inside you’ll find tales of undead motivational speakers, vengeance demons compelled to hunt family, and a gentle T. Rex who just wants to be loved. This collection of full-colour comics stars thirty-eight intersectional creators who identify as women or gender-nonconforming.

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Learn more about Allison at: twitter.com/AllisonMOToole

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: The penguin who found his waifuGuillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

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CiF #035 - Christopher Sims

Daniel's back from China and ready to talk all about the ups and downs of the trip! Fellow archaeologist, podcaster, and brother from another mother Chris Sims joined CiF to compare his recent fieldwork trip to Hawaii. 

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Learn more about Christopher Sims (@godigahole) at: http://www.godigahole.com/

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: Kid "Accidentally" Inhales his Dog's Toy & Woman Fakes her own Kidnapping on Social Media

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Update: International Podcast Day

It's International Podcast Day, and it's time for an update on all of the amazing things to come for the rest of the season of Curiosity in Focus. 

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CiF #034 - Jason Anarchy

Jason Anarchy is a game designer with a passion for creating quirky quick-start games designed for the hardcore casual. Jason has released over 9 commercially available games - notably the Drinking Quest Series. Other titles include Haiku Warrior and Pretending to Grownup!

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You can order Jason's Drinking Quest series, Haiku Warrior, and Pretending to Grownup at: www.DrinkingQuest.com

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CiF #033 - Kat Kruger

Kat Kruger is an acclaimed YA author - known for her Lycan Code series andthe novel adaptation of Bruce McDonald's film Weirdos - with over ten years’ experience writing in the entertainment and gaming industries. Most recently, Kat worked on the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons board game, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate. Kat was formally the creative director at Fierce Ink Books and an associate producer at CBC. 

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Learn more about Kat (@katkruger) at: www.steampunkunicornstudio.com

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CiF #032 - Fan Expo ft. Rachel Kahn

Rachel Kahn is an illustrator and cartoonist with a love of heavy metal, megafauna, and mighty-thewed barbarians. She has her BFA in Visual Art from York University, and currently illustrates and creates concept art for indie and small-press games and fiction.

Daniel and Rachel sat down in the famous Comic Book Embassy in Toronto to recap their experiences at Fan Expo Canada, and discuss their upcoming appearance at Damage Camp!

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Learn more about Rachel Kahn (@portablecity) at: portablecity.net & portablecity.bigcartel.com

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CiF #031 - Jennifer Polk

Jennifer Polk is an academic, career, and life coach who helps PhDs launch meaningful careers, during and after graduate school. Jen speaks and writes on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for doctoral-degree holders. 

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Learn more about Jennifer Polk (@fromphdtolife) at: https://fromphdtolife.com/ and https://beyondprof.com/

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: Transitions: Making Sense Of Life's Changes

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Update: Season Four!

Season FOUR of Curiosity in Focus drops in just over a week! Here's a quick update on the status of the show, Daniel's upcoming appearance at Fan Expo Canada, and confirmed guests for the upcoming season of the show. 

Stay curious!

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CiF #030 - Archaeology & pop culture

It's the season three finale! For this special episode, Daniel is joined by fellow podcaster Christopher Sims from Portland, OR to talk about depictions of archaeology in film and television. From Prometheus to Indiana Jones, nothing was spared in this episode! This will be the first of an ongoing series between Curiosity in Focus and Go Dig a Hole. The next one: music and television!

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Learn more about Christopher Sims (@godigahole) at: http://www.godigahole.com/

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: Goldfish-controlled hammer

 

CiF #029 - Fight for the Forgotten

Humanitarian and American MMA fighter Justin "The Big Pygmy" Wren called in to the Curiosity in Focus podcast to talk about his work with Fight for the Forgotten and Water 4 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Justin is current fights in Bellator MMA and uses this career as a platform to help raise more awareness for helping the Mbuti pygmy people.

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Learn more about Justin "The Big Pygmy" Wren (@thebigpygmy), Fight for the Forgotten, and Eco Survivor at: www.water4.org/fightfortheforgotten and www.ecosurvivor.com

CiF #028 - The Earliest Art in Europe

Daniel sat down with fellow archaeologist Sarah Ranlett to learn about the discovery of the earliest art created by humans in Europe! 

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Learn more about the earliest art in Europe: "A new Aurignacian engraving from Abri Blanchard, France: Implications for understanding Aurignacian graphic expression in Western and Central Europe" (Quaternary International - January 2017)

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: British skier falls 60 feet into a glacial crevasse, and captures it all on his GoPro

CiF #027 - Citizen Science at the Ontario BioBlitz

Daniel sat down with science communicator Kiron Mukherjee to reflect on their experiences at the 2017 Ontario BioBlitz - an outreach citizen science event where scientists and the public get together and survey biodiversity in habitats of importance. This year's event was set in the Rouge National Urban Park!

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Learn more about Kiron: @kironcmukherjee on Twitter and Instagram
 

CiF #026 - Medicine, Poetry, & MMA

Daniel sat down with Conor McDonnell - a pediatric anesthesiologist, poet, and martial arts practitioner. Conor has published writing and poetry in the Montreal Review, the Steel Chisel, poetryrepairs.com, Paul Vermeersch’s Sunrise with Sunmonsters project, the Fiddlehead, Carousel magazine, and the Scrivener Creative Review. In 2016, he published The Book of Retaliations with Anstruther Press. In 2017, he plans to publish his second book, Safe Spaces

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Learn more about Conor at: http://www.conormcdonnell.ca/

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: "Brilliant" Oxford medical student stabs boyfriend, may be spared jail time.

CiF #025 - Saving Archaeology with Ancient Wine

Andrew Graham, an archaeologist currently working in the Republic of Georgia, called in to Curiosity in Focus to discuss his work with the GRAPE project. GRAPE (Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition) is an international multidisciplinary research project investigating the emergence of farming economies in the South Caucasus. Daniel and Andrew talked about archaeology, the current plight of the social sciences, and what scholars should be doing to save the discipline!

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Learn more about Andrew and GRAPE at: http://www.grape.utoronto.ca/

"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: $470 jeans styled to look like they're splattered with mud