Zoom discussion with Didsbury Library

Coffee and 'Casts

Sep 24, 2021  |  4th Friday of every month at 9:15 am

Coffee and Casts. 9:15 to 10:15 AM on Zoom, September 24. This month's theme: Fixing Things.

Like Book Club but for podcasts. Listen and join in to discuss!

We choose a selection of podcasts each month, curated around a theme. Take some time to listen to each episode. We will gather on Zoom on the 4th Friday of each month to discuss the theme and our takeaways from the podcasts. If you have any questions contact Maia Foster, 403-335-3142 or mfoster@prl.ab.ca.

Follow this Zoom link for every Coffee & Casts meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84452020404


The world we live in is full of problems, and there are days when it can be quite overwhelming. It’s important to acknowledge the problems we face, but can we also simultaneously work on solutions? This playlist takes a look at various attempts at fixing things. Each episode aims to solve a different problem: a relationship, loneliness, racism, recycling, and higher education.

Heavyweight: “#1 Buzz”
September 2016, 45 min
Fixing a relationship. This episode is a heartwarming and hilarious attempt to dig into the distant past to resolve a brotherly dispute that has lasted decades.
How Do We Fix It?: “The Loneliness Pandemic. Noreena Hertz”
January 2021, 27 min
Fixing loneliness. This episode explores the pandemic of loneliness and offers solutions to solving it. Noreena Hertz, a British economist, is the guest on the podcast and is the author of “The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World Pulling Apart.”
Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi: “The Zero-Sum Myth: We’re Divided, We’re Conquered”
June 2021, 42 min
Fixing racism. The zero-sum philosophy is that if one person wins, another has to lose. Heather McGhee, an expert in economic and social policy and author of the best-selling book “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” explains that the zero-sum philosophy is one of the myths upon which racism is built. In this episode, she and host Ibram X. Kendi, the author of “How to Be an Antiracist,” challenge that viewpoint and talk about how a rising tide lifts all boats.
People Fixing the World: “The reuse and refill revolution”
April 2019, 23 min
Fixing recycling. You know that three-arrow triangle that you immediately associate with recycling? Well, the three arrows represent three concepts and they are in order of declining importance: reduce, reuse, recycle. Somehow society has focused on the last, and least important, of the three arrows. What about reduce and reuse? This episode highlights various efforts to reuse, and therefore reduce, plastics.
Revisionist History: “Lord of the Rankings”
July 2021, 37 min
Fixing higher education. For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to our listeners, we hack the algorithm and discover the dirty little secret of the rankings game.