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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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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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

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

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

 

From the Archives #4 - Cultural Revitalization

Daniel sat down with Richard Zane Smith, Catherine Tammaro, Steven Dorland, and Lindi Masur at the Gardiner museum to talk about traditional Wyandot pottery, cultural revitalization, resistance, and the importance of tradition. 

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"I'M FEELING CURIOUS" LINK OF THE DAY: Canadian journalists support "appropriation prize"

CiF #024 - Simu Liu

Daniel had the opportunity to chat with Canadian actor, writer, director, and stuntman Simu Liu. Simu is a Canadian Screen Award nominee best known for his role as Jung on the CBC TV sitcom Kim's Convenience. They talked about whitewashing, problematic castings in mainstream media, the broader trend of Asian erasure in pop culture, and the world of online dating.

This was an episode about creating change, finding purpose, and transforming pop culture.  

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CiF #023 - Food, Family, & Community

Daniel sat down with Mario Garisto, the owner of Sorella Toronto - a restaurant that offers traditional, homemade Italian sausages using a recipe passed down from his great grandmother. They discussed the importance of food, Italian culture, and community in Toronto!

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CiF #022 - Go Dig a Hole

Daniel sat down with fellow podcaster Christopher Sims to talk about the Go Dig a Hole podcast, archaeology, building a brand outside of academia, and how to start your own podcast! 

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CiF #021 - Wildlife Photography

Welcome back to season three of Curiosity in Focus! For this episode, Daniel sat down with Vincent Luk, a Toronto-based photographer and videographer. Vincent's work has been used extensively at the Royal Ontario Museum. He is also the Program Manager and instructor for the Fleming College Environmental Visual Communication Post-Graduate Program, co-founder of Hello Foto Inc, owner of Hello Studios, and founder/organizer of the Parkdale Flea. 

Vincent is an incredible visual communicator of science and a humble individual who possesses an intense love of his community and the world around him. 

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CiF #020 - March for Science

Science is under attack. Censorship, budget cuts, disappearing data, and threats to shut down government agencies put the pursuit of knowledge at risk. On April 22nd, people who support science are taking a public stand. Daniel sat down with Michelle Cameron and Sarah-Louise Decrausaz of Humans in 5 - an educational series that explores the story of humanity - to discuss the nature and importance of science.

Sarah-Louise is a Swiss/Australian PhD student in biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the UK. She completed her Hon. BSc. at the University of Toronto (2012) and M.A. at the University of Victoria (2014), both in Canada and in biological anthropology. Her current research focuses on the human skeletal components involved in childbirth. She uses a biocultural and multidisciplinary approach to her research, that includes considering the influence of development, childbirth practices, diet, activity, physiology and variation in body size and shape. 

Michelle is a Canadian Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto in Canada. She completed my PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2017. Her HBSc (2011) and MSc (2013) degrees were both completed at the University of Toronto. She use a range of biological, archaeological, and ecological tools to investigate the relationship between humans and their environments. In particular, her research looks at how physical activity, body size and shape, and diet interacted with ecological conditions in the past.

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CiF #019 - Luxury Footwear & the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Daniel sat down with the Milton Fonseca and Brigitte Foisy, the brilliant minds behind The Milton Shoe Company, to discuss the world of luxury footwear, entrepreneurial motivation, and fashion! 

Engineer by trade, Milton is a Krav Maga instructor and Canadian armed forces soldier that merged his life philosophy and passions to co-create The Milton Shoe Company. Designed in Canada and made at his family’s factory in Portugal, the luxury footwear brand is geared towards the go-getter, entrepreneurial type. The Milton Shoe Company’s slogan "Focus On Greatness" makes the company’s mission to be more than just a shoe company. The motto is meant to become a constant reminder to be the best version of yourself.

Renowned shoeoholic, fashionista and certified black belt shopper, Brigitte was a fashion editor at some of Canada’s top men’s and business magazines. Serial entrepreneur, Brigitte also owns three other businesses including an established PR firm as well as a Marketing agency. Her stellar track record and 25+ years of experience in lifestyle marketing has brought her to work with some of the world’s biggest brands to help them successfully launch and thrive in the Canadian marketplace.

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CiF #018 - Representation in Hollywood & Beyond

While in Vancouver speaking at the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Daniel sat down with fellow anthropologist Paulina Przystupa to discuss diversity in academia and pop culture!

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From the Archives #3 - Are eSports "Real" Sports?

Daniel sat down with esports journalist Matt Demers to discuss the nature of the esports scene, authenticity in gaming, and whether or not esports professionals are real athletes. This was a fascinating episode to record! We even give some relationship/dating advice!

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