Podcast Episodes

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Episode #8 – Young Dreamers

A young hockey player with a dream to play in the NHL. A teenage musician who serendipitously finds herself singing with a mega-star. A multi-disciplinary talent who plays concert piano and climbs competitively. Meet Columbia Basin youth who are dreaming big and living bigger.

Episode #7 – The Adventurers

Hang on to your toque! We take you on a highline adventure between mountain peaks; we dive deep into the Revelstoke backcountry with an all-female freeride camp; and we wax poetic on the labyrinth that is your local library. Featuring guest host Patricia Smuga.

Episode #6 – Fixing Food

A century ago, the Kootenays produced approximately 70 per cent of their food and imported the other 30 per cent. Today, that ratio has flipped. For a region blessed with bountiful water and rich soil, why aren’t we producing more of what we consume? We talk to creative people with their hands deep in the dirt of positive change.

Episode #5 – High-Tech Tales

We often talk about how technology is coming to the Kootenays — but it’s here, and it’s having a big impact. We meet the creators of a booming nutrition app based in Revelstoke, tour an internationally renowned particle-accelerator company, and introduce you to Nelson vending machines that talk. Join us on a journey through the region’s newest and most exciting business sector.

Episode #4 – Carbon Footprint

Climate change is upon us, and it’s more important than ever to do our part to make a difference. In this episode, we meet three Basin residents who are making an impact in very creative ways. We drop by a shop in Kimberley selling products that yield zero waste. We speak with the young climate activists behind Fridays for Future. And we learn how anyone can cut their carbon footprint by 50 percent by making subtle lifestyle tweaks.

Episode #3 – Doukhobor Lore

A pacifist sect of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Doukhobors have had a profound impact on the Kootenay region for over a century. In this episode, we travel back in time and meet the great, great grandson of Peter Verigin, an influential leader who was killed in what is considered Canada’s first act of terrorism. Then, we visit a family-owned state-of-the-art sawmill that’s taking forestry into a more value-added future.

Episode #2 – The Innovators

The invention of a new snow sports industry. The first 3D-printed house in Canada. The birth of a craft-gear collective. Firefighting clothing designed for women. We introduce you to Columbia Basin residents who are growing big ideas from small places.

Episode #1 – Saving Species

We take a quirky, investigative look at various ways to save species. We meet people who are paid to kill invasive frogs, visit a rare taxidermy school, and learn about an Indigenous celebration that calls the salmon home; but don’t get us started on the wild turkeys.