Garden Update

Updates on some pod stuff coming up:

  • A mailbag episode next week! Email your messages to by September 7 and as long as they require absolutely no research, we’ll try to read them out on air.
  • Back by popular demand, we’ll be doing another Ritchie historical walking tour this September, in collaboration with the Ritchie Community League. The Ritchie area is filled with fascinating stories, from its cameo appearance on SCTV to the cattle that escaped from the Gainers Meatpacking Plant. Send us your questions and Oumar Salifou will use them to build this year’s history walk. Maybe you’ve wondered about the Métis riverlots nearby, the political and ethnic history of the Ritchie area, or whether this area was ever underneath a glacier. How about gentrification, or the Spanish-speaking communities in the area? Send in anything you’re curious about!
    This is the fourth year the league has partnered Let’s Find Out to bring these tours to you. You can listen to past episodes online:
    Episode 42 (recorded 2019) explores the history of meatpacking, German immigration and iconic local species in the neighbourhood.
    Episode 24 (recorded 2018) takes you to Wallace Shoe Making, the 1917 Dame residence and Minchau blacksmith shop.
    Episode 11 (recorded 2017) features Ritchie School, the Gainers meatpacking plant and Ritchie’s urban forest.

    Details about how you can join the September 27 history walks will be announced soon. Once again we’ll be recording and sharing highlights from the tour on an episode of Let’s Find Out. Email questions to us by Sunday, September 13.

  • This October 14, Let’s Find Out producers Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and Trevor Chow-Fraser will be speaking at the Alberta Emerald Foundation’s latest Tell Your Story webinar: Becoming a Podcast Pro. RSVP here.
  • This fall, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips will be teaching a course on Writing About Science at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. We’ll learn how to trans­form sci­en­tif­ic research, the­o­ries and term papers into clear and con­cise writ­ing with a more broad-based appeal. This course will focus on struc­tur­ing and telling a sto­ry, under­stand­ing what a gen­er­al audi­ence is look­ing for, and on spe­cif­ic tools and tech­niques to com­mu­ni­cate engag­ing con­tent relat­ed to sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, and the envi­ron­ment, includ­ing gen­er­al report­ing best prac­tices.
    This course is designed for any­one inter­est­ed in writ­ing about sci­ence! Enrol here.

45 – A Feast for Veterans

Part 3 of our miniseries about the Mirama Dining & Lounge dim sum restaurant: Mike Tulley is a former sound engineer with CJSR. Reporter Nathan Fung talks to Mike about his time working at fundraising events held at the Mirama restaurant, which were organized to help out Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) veterans in Edmonton.

44 – Salad Days at Mirama

Part 2 of our miniseries about the Mirama Dining & Lounge dim sum restaurant: How does Mirama fit in the wider history of Edmonton’s Chinatown? How did business go for Mirama after the alleged gang incident in 2004? And why did Mirama eventually shut down? Reporter Nathan Fung asks Lan Chan-Marples and Games Choi for their insights.

43 – Mirama Memories

Reporter Nathan Fung asks Grace Law what she remembers of the old Mirama restaurant on 94 St. and Jasper Ave, and what did this old dim sum place mean to her and possibly other Chinese Canadians living in Edmonton. Part 1 of a miniseries about the Mirama restaurant.

The Covid Call-In Show

With Covid-19 rolling through all of our lives right now, we had a really basic question: how are you holding up? For this bonus episode, we held a live call-in show to find out. Karen Unland, Marlena Wyman, Jaya Chauhan, and Allan Farrell called in.

Mar 26 – Live Call-In Show

How are you doing? We’re hosting a live call-in show this week to find out. It’ll be Thursday March 26 from 10 AM – 11 AM Mountain Time, and we’ll share it later on the podcast. Join by clicking the Zoom meeting link:

42 – Icons of Ritchie

We’re back with another historical walking tour of Edmonton’s Ritchie neighbourhood, presented by the Ritchie Community League. In this bonus episode, we explore the history of meatpacking, German immigration, and iconic local species in the neighbourhood.