The Secret Life of Canada’s Falen Johnson plays his favorite podcasts, from history to comedy

When Leah-Simone Bowen became our host, were you quietly hoping for an appearance from her Canada’s Secret Life co-host, Falen Johnson? Or better yet, an entire episode hosted by and featuring Falen? It only makes sense! This episode is the SLOC the crossover event you’ve been waiting for.

In their new fourth season, our favorite playwrights-turned-historians dive back into the archives to tell you more untold stories from our country’s past. If you’re a longtime fan, you’ll love their conversation about how the podcast has evolved since its first season. Also, you heard what Lea listens to — now it’s Falen’s turn to share his top podcast picks. Of course, she brought some Canadian history — Edmonton history, to be exact. But that’s not all…

Podcasts featured this week:

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Canada’s secret life: “These are some of the most shared images linked to the Canadian residential school system. A pair of photos from the late 1800s, taken just a few years apart, show a young Aboriginal boy. Often published without his name and with the title “Before and After” because he wears what looks like traditional clothes in one and European clothes in the other. Who is this boy? Where is he from and what happened to him after he was taken from his home? We go deep into the archives to piece together the details and find out that not everything in these photos is as it appears. With guests Louise BigEagle and Paul Seesequasis.

Mike Birbiglia gets away with it: “Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo co-created the hit comedy Reservation dogs for FX, about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in Oklahoma. Sterlin tells Mike about the time he accidentally recorded someone’s wedding video while applying to the Sundance Film Lab. He also discusses Indigenous representation in film and how his new series can represent a certain sense of hope. Lots of Laughs. Lots of difficult subjects. A little strap.”

Let’s find out: “Daniel Emberg wanted to know why Scallion Cakes (or 葱油饼) moved to Edmonton when they did. He flew in from Winnipeg to join us for a live panel at the Mercury Room to find the response.”

Rootless: Hosts Roaa and Izzy discuss the colonial-era practice of imposing European names on Indigenous peoples and the impact this had on their families and communities.


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