Who Do You Think You Are? with Nino Ricci

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Who Do You Think You Are? is hosted by Nino Ricci, the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity at Western University. Each episode, the multiple award-winning Canadian novelist talks to a faculty member from the Western community who makes a difference in their field by challenging old assumptions or forging new models for how we make sense of the world. These are people who show us that creativity lies at the heart of innovation in any field. They also show us how creative solutions often come from building bridges across the disciplines and break down the barriers that often blind us to new approaches.

For more information about the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity, visit https://www.uwo.ca/arts/news/chaircreativity.html. For more on Nino, visit https://ninoricci.com



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Ep 6 - Is this the Good Place?
(Anabel Quan Haase)

In this episode, Nino and guest Anabel Quan-Haase explore the social network as a safe haven for people to seek solace and understanding but also a bad place where negativity can fester. A Professor in Western’s Faculty of Information & Media Studies and the Faculty of Social Science, Anabel investigates the intersection of technology and society by analyzing digital designs, implementation and use.

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Ep 5 - You Call This Archeology?
(Elizabeth Greene)

In this episode, Nino and guest Elizabeth Greene dig deep into the world of archeology. An Associate Professor of Classics in Western’s Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Beth investigates Roman sites in northern England. She co-developed and co-leads a six-week intensive field school program at Vindolanda where Western students engage in field archaeology through invaluable experiential learning.

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Ep 4 – One Tasty Cow
(Jacob Shelley)

In this episode, Nino and guest Jacob Shelley discuss how food reflects our ethical outlook and societal views. Joint appointed in Western's Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Jacob identifies and investigates the proper limits and role of law in promoting public health and preventing chronic disease. He serves on the Board of Directors for Obesity Canada.

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Ep 3 - Strange Bedfellows
(Lorelei Lingard)

In this episode, Nino and guest Lorelei Lingard share stories of creativity and curiosity as they explore the importance of language and rhetoric in hospitals and other medical settings. At the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western's Faculty of Education, Lorelei examines how health care teams talk and how communication patterns influence patient safety. Lorelei is the Founding Director and Senior Scientist at Western's Centre for Education Research & Innovation.

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Ep 2 - Body Movin'
(Jonathan De Souza)

In this episode, Nino and guest Jonathan De Souza discuss music as a total body experience and how playing a musical instrument extends beyond learning the right notes. Examining the interplay of technology and technique in both classical and popular music, Jonathan’s research at Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music combines music theory, cognitive science, and philosophy. He serves as the director for Western's Music, Cognition, and the Brain initiative.

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Ep 1 – Is The Truth Out There?
(Jeremy Copeland)

In this episode, Nino and guest Jeremy Copeland discuss the important role of journalists when the leader of the free world thinks most mainstream media are purveyors of fake news. Before joining Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Jeremy spent 15 years as a multimedia journalist with some of the biggest news networks in the world including CBC, BBC and Al Jazeera English TV.

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Podcast credits

Recording and production

Support Team

Special thanks to Paul Mayne and Angie Wiseman.

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