Kids These Days

Kids these days with their Pokémons and their decadently wide sleeves… On today’s episode of All That Matters: are kids these days really the worst generation ever? We head out to catch Pokémon with Edmonton’s Sean Walker, and Professor Mau Chuan-Hui helps us take a look at the women who broke imperial dress codes during the Qing Dynasty.

This episode first aired on August 3, 2016.

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Dead or Alive

The Telus World of Science was originally designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. But its expansions weren’t. How should we treat iconic buildings as the years go on? Especially when the creator is still alive and kicking? We’ve got the story of the many, many times Douglas Cardinal’s buildings have been changed over the years, and how he feels about it.

In this episode, we spoke to Douglas Cardinal, Edmonton-based architect and Cafe Mosaics co-owner Khuyen Des, and Telus World of Science President & CEO Alan Nursall.

This episode first aired on July 27, 2016.

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What Makes a Hero?

What makes a hero? Is it the choices they make? The way we see them? On today’s episode of All That Matters, we talk to the creators of Heroes of 107th, an attempt to reframe how Edmontonians see the people who live and work near 107th Ave. And we speak to Kristine Kowalchuk about how she started the campaign to save the Cloverdale Footbridge.

This episode originally aired on May 11, 2016.

There was a technical glitch during the live show – apologies for that! We’ll upload the full version of the interview that got cut off below.

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Half Off

This week: Half Off. Why is attendance at the Art Gallery of Alberta only half of what it was when the new building opened, and what can they do about it? We speak with Edmonton City Councillor Andrew Knack why he voted against funding an experiment with free admission at the gallery. And we’ll talk to Latitude 53’s Todd Janes and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s Nina Simon about what other galleries are trying to get crowds in the door.

This episode first aired on February 10, 2016.

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Making It

This week: A 360 degree look at what it means to “make it.” We talk to The Wet Secrets’ Lyle Bell about all the puddles and hard work along the way from accidentally starting a band to playing the Grey Cup. And we’ll talk to Edmontonian Sharon Bellion about working her way up from a life without literacy.

This episode first aired on February 3, 2016.

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Edmonton Gems

This week: what are Edmonton’s gems – the art that makes us uniquely us? We talk to sculptor Robin Bell about his much-loved whale sculpture at West Edmonton Mall, Remedy Cafe owner Zee about how Edmontonians have helped craft his menu and the famous bathroom graffiti, and find out the backstory to Norman Yates’ mural on the side of the U of A’s Education Building.

This episode first aired on June 17, 2015.

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Art is for Everyone

This week: if art is for everyone, how do we make sure everyone can access it? We wander over to the Talking Book Club at an Edmonton library, and hear the story behind CRIPSiE and the Mindhive Collective’s new show The Wedding Reception: Love in the Margins.

This episode first aired on June 3, 2015.

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RetroFutures

This week: what can we learn from imagining the futures that might have been, but never came to pass? We speak to Art Gallery of Alberta curator Kristy Trinier and artist Alma Visccher about the shadow of Edmonton’s Future Station downtown. Then Labtop’s Colin Prothero dishes on the seductive deceptions of architectural renderings, and Dr. Russell Cobb tells us about the Omniplex that almost was.

This episode was originally broadcast on April 8, 2015.

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How art can change a neighbourhood

Herb Varley stands beside a photograph of community members in a tableau recreation of a protest

Vancouver artist Herb Varley shows off images from the Right to Remain project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. [Photo: Kathryn Lennon]

This week: how can art change a neighbourhood? We’ve got stories about community members’ hopes for how art could make Edmonton’s Alberta Avenue a safer, more welcoming place to live. And a story about a group of artists and researchers determined not to let history repeat itself on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: Herb Varley, Greg Masuda, and Jeff Masuda speak about the Right to Remain project.

This episode first aired on March 11, 2015.

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Judging Art

This week: how do we decide what art is worth? And why? We head down to the Rouge Lounge slam night in Edmonton to hear how the crowd judges live spoken word poetry, and find out why Dan Zimmerman developed the Likeblockr app that stops you from seeing likes and comments on Instagram. Then urban fantasy novelist Daniel José Older tells us how prejudices about the race of writers and characters shape what books get published.

This episode first aired on March 4, 2015.