Benches are places in public spaces where people can sit by themselves, and they are special because they’re not just a place to sit. They’re spots available to anyone and that availability turns benches into opportunities for connections.
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No Restaurants, Lawyers or…Loneliness: Life on the Remotest Island
What’s it like to live in the most isolated inhabited island in the world? Tristan da Cunha is located in the middle of the ocean between two continents. The residents who live there, all 247 of them, understand a type of loneliness like no one else. But their isolation has, for hundreds of years, been a place that others have learned from: how to survive away from anyone else.
Why We Don’t Talk About Bruno: Choosing Family Estrangement
We Don’t Talk About Bruno, the #1 hit song, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney movie Encanto, is all about a member of the Madrigal family who no one talks about, Bruno. Encanto is a movie about family, but it’s also about trauma and how families connect, separate and become estranged. For a Disney movie, there are some very heavy themes, including war and violence and ruptures within what family members expect from each other and what they can’t accept.
S11E04 – Selling Love: The Business of Online Dating
This week, we explore how dating agencies are Selling Love. From the very first dating service to the best ads of industry.
Hit the Hay: Rested & Ready to Relate
When we can’t sleep, it’s a sign that we feel we’re in a strange world that can harm us and we need to stay alert and vigilant. We want others to stay away, keep their distance. Sleeplessness feeds on loneliness and loneliness fuels sleeplessness.
S11E03 – Long Overdue: The Creative Boom of Library Marketing
This week, we look at the ways libraries market themselves. If you think libraries are quiet, you’ve got another thing coming.
Through the podcast Under The Influence, host and advertising guru Terry O’Reilly gives you a backstage pass into the intriguing, often insane, baffling and always surprising world of advertising. Sitting outside by a fire with Les Stroud and Terry, we get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes, with our backstage pass to Terry O’Reilly’s life itself and to what led him into a vast world, filled with unbelievable stories that have affected us all profoundly.
BONUS: The Canadian Star System Is…
In this special bonus episode, Steve, Diana and our technical producer, Donovan, recap some of the best answers from Season One to the question, ‘The Canadian star system is…’ Guests such as Allanah Harkin, Griffin Cork, Fred Penner, Bruce McCulloch, Terry O’Reilly, Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath weigh in with what they think the Canadian star system is, should be and could be!
We Need More Cowbells: How Nostalgia Keeps Us in the Present
Nostalgia allows us to bring to mind past relationships and experiences.It’s a substitute and what sometimes people refer to as a social snack. It’s not the real meal but it can help us get through times when we’re by ourselves – alone. The direct way that nostalgia counters loneliness is it can motivate us to want to connect with people so when you’re feeling lonely, perhaps you go through old photo albums and it makes you want to reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in years.
S11E02 – Perry Mason Moments: The Most Unexpected Ads of 2021
In this episode, we talk about the most unexpected ads of 2021. Quite a few commercials made eyebrows rise last year.