Episode 15: The Beauty of Harm Reduction

April 4, 2017

Reporter Drew Penner tracks down four very different but important perspectives on the evolving harm reduction movement. This episode will take you from east coast of the United States to London, Ontario, to Vancouver's downtown eastside. And we'll even wade into the thorny topic of an illegal, but promising therapy. Harm reduction isn't for the faint of heart, but the stories we bring you today are empowering tales.

Check out some of our Beyond Addiction clothing products here. Read Drew's blog post on our blog.

Producer and Host: Karla Stephens Tolstoy 

Co-producer, researcher, lead journalist, original sound design: Drew Penner

Music: soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon (iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/frequency-horizon/id1127552995)

Song of the week: Jon Clever aka Be Clever Beats https://soundcloud.com/becleverbeats/harm-reduction

Cover image: Collage by Drew Penner of imagery from Kenneth Anderson, iamwilli.am, end_thewod, ann harkness (via Flickr).

In this episode you will hear from:

-Dr. Arnold Washton, a substance abuse consultant to professional sports teams, foreign governments, the American Food and Drug Administration, and even the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, discusses his “drink smartly” program for problem drinkers.

http://recoveryoptions.us/

-Randy Richmond, a London Free Press reporter covering that city’s efforts to bring forward a variety of harm-reduction measures to help sex workers, alcoholics and drug addicts.

www.lfpress.com/author/randy-richmond

-A woman working on the front lines of the opioid crisis in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

-Tim, an ex-con and former substance abuser who has been taking plant-based hallucinogen ayahuasca as a way to improve his life.

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Episode 14: Misfortune To Marriage: The Scott Inman Story

March 29, 2017

While researching for our episodes on the foster care system, we came across Scott Inman and felt he deserved an episode all to himself. Scott's story begins as so many others forced into the foster system - his father passed away when Scott was only 10, leaving him and two sisters with a mother who suffered from mental illness and could not properly care for them.  Where Scott's story turns to remarkable is in how he was able to rise above the seemingly endless obstacles that faced him.  This episode investigates how Scott overcame the odds to become the happily married and successful man he is today.

Check out some of our Stop the Stigma clothing products here, or read more about Scott's journey on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

This show contains some music used under a Creative Commons License.
Broke For Free - Something Elated
Paper Navy - Swan Song

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Episode 13: A Missing Shoe - The Story of Delaine Copenace Part #2

March 13, 2017

Reporter Drew Penner travels with Anita, the mother of a 16-year-old native girl named Delaine who went missing one year ago. We retrace her last known steps, in an effort to get a better understanding of the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. You can read about Drew's journey investigating this episode on our blog.

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here. Be sure to leave a comment on any of our podcast platforms before March 31st and get a chance to win a tee shirt.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Researcher, Interviewer, Editor, and Co-producer: Drew Penner

Music:

Quinton Larry Roy Cameron “Don’t Play”

https://soundcloud.com/quinton-larry-roy-cameron

Michael + Emily Taylor “She Used to Be Mine”

We Are the City “Bottom of the Lake”

https://wearethecity.bandcamp.com/

www.wearethecity.ca/

Lullatone “Tiny Glaciers”

https://soundcloud.com/lullatone

Yuminale (Deane Holmes) “The Lacquered Bird”
https://yuminale.com/album/371701/prevailing-perception
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/prevailing-perception/id1111730031

psypad “You (Intro)”

https://www.facebook.com/iampsypad/

https://soundcloud.com/psypad/you-intro?in=psypad/sets/sonos

Rumourtone:

https://rumourtone.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.soundcloud.com/rumourtone

Sunshine Girl: 

http://www.kafsg.com/

https://soundcloud.com/sunshine-girl-8

Still Breathing Fire “She Rewards From Where She Stands”

https://soundcloud.com/still-breathing-fire/

https://www.facebook.com/stillbreathingfire/

https://xixistixasbf.bandcamp.com/

Frequency Horizon “Delaine’s Theme”

http://soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon

http://frequencyhorizon.com

Ginger Slice + Frequency Horizon “Drew + Slice”

https://soundcloud.com/ginga-slice

Bernie de la Torre + Frequency Horizon “#MMIW”

https://soundcloud.com/bernieff

MD of The Boomsday Alliance “Chill”

https://soundcloud.com/intergalacticinterviews

 

Production:

A huge thank you goes out to the Wachiay Aboriginal Multi Media (WAMM) studio:

http://www.wachiaymultimedia.com/

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Episode 12: A Missing Shoe - The Story of Delaine Copenace Part #1

March 4, 2017

This is the first episode in a series about missing and murdered native women in Canada. We head to Kenora, Ontario to tell the story of Delaine Copenace, a 16-year-old aboriginal girl who went missing one year ago and was found in Lake of the Woods a month later. We speak with her mother Anita Ross, who is still trying to make sense of her daughter’s death. You can read about Drew's journey investigating this episode on our blog.

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here. Be sure to leave a comment on any of our podcast platforms before March 31st and get a chance to win a tee shirt. 

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Researcher, Interviewer, Editor, and Co-producer: Drew Penner

Music:

>Quinton Larry Roy Cameron “Kenora Ontario,” “Pound Cake”

https://soundcloud.com/quinton-larry-roy-cameron

>Frequency Horizon “Delaine’s Theme,” “Hiking Cross-Island in 3 Hours,” “Telling the Story”

http://soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon

http://frequencyhorizon.com

>Lullatone “Tiny Glaciers”

>Michael Taylor “West Georgia Opus 1”

>Yuminale (Deane Holmes) “The Lacquered Bird”

https://yuminale.com/album/371701/prevailing-perception
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/prevailing-perception/id1111730031

>psypad “You (Intro)”

https://www.facebook.com/iampsypad

https://soundcloud.com/psypad/you-intro?in=psypad/sets/sonos

>Rumourtone

https://rumourtone.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.soundcloud.com/rumourtone

Running In Slow Motion “Falling”

https://soundcloud.com/runninginslowmotion

https://twitter.com/runningismotion/

Still Breathing Fire “She Rewards From Where She Stands”

https://soundcloud.com/still-breathing-fire/

https://www.facebook.com/stillbreathingfire/

https://xixistixasbf.bandcamp.com/

 

Production:

Thanks to the Vancouver Public Library Inspiration Lab

http://www.vpl.ca/programs/cat/C1051

And a huge thank you to the Wachiay Aboriginal Multi Media (WAMM) studio

http://www.wachiaymultimedia.com/

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Episode 11: The Shocking Truth About LGBTQ Homeless Youth

February 20, 2017

There is a disproportionate number of homeless LGBTQ teens on the street, but most people don't talk about it. House of Mayhem is talking about it. House of Mayhem is a new tv series about LGBTQ youth in the foster system. It gives today's teens hope that they will find acceptance and love. In this episode, we speak with creator/writer David Pumo about the plight of LGBTQ youth. We also speak with actress Quei Tann, former America's Next Top Model contestant and one of the stars of House of Mayhem. The once homeless youth shares her story and inspires others to overcome.

If you're interested in helping this series reach its full potential, you can donate here. Or, check out their Facebook Page and leave a comment.

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here, or read more about similar issues on our blog. Be sure to leave a comment on any of our podcast platforms before February 28th and get a chance to win a tee shirt.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Co-Producer: Danielle Gallagher

Editor: Joel North at East Coast Radio Creative

Guests: David Pumo and Quei Tann

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Episode 10: The Poetry of Murder

February 3, 2017

We talk a lot about mental health and fighting your inner demons. But what happens when those demons take over? It's a sad conversation, but one that we need to have. That's why this episode takes a look at serial killers.

But there's a twist. Instead of looking at their actions, we look at their poetry. We delve into their minds and try to understand more about what made them that way. And we try to understand if there's anything we can do to prevent more murders from happening. 

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here, or read more about similar issues on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Co-Producer: Danielle Gallagher

Editor: Cesar Del Castillo

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Episode 9: Overcoming The Struggles Of The Foster Care System

January 25, 2017

Jenny Maher has been through a lot. Growing up with a mentally ill mother, she was in and out of the foster system. Jenny experienced some bad things in her childhood, but she managed to overcome them. Today, she is a inspiration to anyone facing challenges in life. She's the author of Never Give Up, a book that goes into even more of the obstacles she's faced in life. 

In this episode, we talk about the issues in the foster care system and take a look at some of the mental affects it can have on a person. Listen to Jenny''s story and learn more abut what happens to children in the system. 

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here, or read more about Jenny on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Co-Producer: Danielle Gallagher

Editor: Joel North at East Coast Radio Creative

Guests: Jenny Maher and David Pumo

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Episode 8: The War Against Human Trafficking

January 19, 2017

The last episode in our human trafficking series, this episode is all about how to be a warrior fighting against human trafficking. We interview Jenn Amo, an ambassador for Women At Risk International. The organization is dedicated to fighting modern day slavery. Jenn spends her time fighting for victims of trafficking and spreading awareness about the issue.

You can check out Jenn's guest blog post here or check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Co-Producer: Danielle Gallagher

Editor: Cesar Del Castillo

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Episode 7: The Story Behind StandUp SpeakUp

January 15, 2017

Ever wondered who was the voice behind our podcast? Or why we do what we do? Tune in to find out all about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Learn what we have planned for the future and hear about some of the advocacy topics that we care about. 

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here, or read more about human trafficking and other social issues on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Co-Producer: Danielle Gallagher

Editor: Joel North

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Episode 6: Paying For Sex- A Look At The Johns Behind Prostitution

January 7, 2017

Who pays for sex? Why do they pay for sex? Often, without even knowing it, Johns are supporting sex trafficking operations. In this episode, which is part of our human trafficking awareness series, we examine prostitution from John's point of view. 

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here, or read more about human trafficking and other social issues on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Co-Producer: Danielle Gallagher

Editor: Cesar Del Castillo

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