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The road to success is littered with speed bumps. Every celebrated actor, writer, musician, artist, inventor and entrepreneur has faced debilitating career rejection on their journey to the top. We tell their fascinating stories and break down exactly how they achieved their remarkable goals. Because hidden inside each rejection is a unique insight. And we’re here to find it. At its heart, this podcast is about persistence and inspiration. From the creators of Under the Influence: Executive ...
 
From the scorched sands of the Kalahari Desert to the rock and roll stage in Las Vegas to living with remote tribes in the world’s jungles, mention the word ‘survival’ and Les Stroud is the name at the top of the list. Appropriately recorded only in outdoor settings, ‘Survivorman’ himself is the perfect podcast interviewer to sit with and pull deep and inspiring life stories from artists and motivated individuals who continue to forge new pathways while surviving life itself.
 
Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that. Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Screen Award winning comedy writer) interview a well-known Canadian celebrity who then shines the spotlight on someone THEY think should also be a st ...
 
Welcome to The Miami Chronicles. Season One is titled "Booby Trap" - it's a factual, coming of age story set in the suburbs of North Miami during the late 1970s. The story revolves around the tragic murder of a 14-year-old boy. Told by one of the victim’s friends, the story describes the antics of Gen-X teens that lead to the death of boy scout Richard Brush Jr., who was killed by a booby trap device set up by his scoutmaster, Carmine ‘Chuck’ Falco, in Falco’s home. The police wrote it off a ...
 
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In 2019, 13,684 of the Boston Marathon's entrants were women - making up nearly 50% of total participants. But back in the 1960s, women weren’t permitted into the prestigious annual event, rejected solely on the basis of sex. Until two brave women had enough. Join us this week as we tell the stories of pioneer runners Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switze…
 
On this week’s episode, Steve and Diana talk to one of their dear comedy friends, standup, writer, producer and viral sensation, Darcy Michael! Darcy explains how he and his husband, Jer, became TikTok sensations with over 2 million followers after his dog went viral first. Darcy also shares some hilarious life hacks, getting back to touring and hi…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than one of Canada’s most eclectic and charming musicians, Hawksley Workman! Hawksley talks about his 2020 album, ‘Less Rage More Tears,’ why he loves the smaller arts scene in Peterborough where he now lives and why we should incorporate more comedians into rock shows. Hawksley shines the spotlight o…
 
Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage, is considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Yet, back in 1987, the screenplay was turned down by Hollywood executives, the actors were told they weren’t bankable and the studio didn’t think the picture had a shot at the box office. Join us this week as we tell the story of Moonstruck - fr…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with one of Canada’s hardest working rock bands, The Sheepdogs! Band members Ryan Gullen and Ewan Currie talk about their new album, ‘No Simple Thing,’ as well as the support they’ve gotten from their hometown of Saskatoon, and what it was like landing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Ryan and Ewan introduce u…
 
This week Steve and Diana chat with Canadian Screen Award winning actor Lorne Cardinal! Lorne explains how playing rugby has helped make him a team player both in front of and behind the camera, how it felt getting a theatre named after him, and his post Corner Gas career on the CBS drama FBI: Most Wanted. Lorne introduces us to Christine Robinson,…
 
In this part two of Les’ intriguing chat with author and journalist John Zada, fresh after the release of his book In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond about his search for Bigfoot in Indigenous communities, Les and John go deeper into existence - not of Bigfoot but of humans. They cover truth or bullshit and the decline of the western civilization a…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than Canadian singer/songwriter/podcaster/author/activist/host/TV star/national gem Jann Arden! Jann discusses the upcoming third season of her hit CTV series JANN and the origins of her hit song ‘Insensitive,’ as well as the work she’s done to stop the inhuman export of live horses via air cargo to J…
 
*A NOTE ABOUT THIS EPISODE FROM DR. SHELLEY BOYD: First, it is important to note that information provided today is not meant to substitute for an eye exam with your healthcare provider, and no giving or receiving of personal health information is implied. And also, Dr Boyd wishes to clarify that in compliance with COVID guidelines, her St Michael’…
 
Les Stroud is back with another season of his podcast. Les, a multi-award winning documentary producer and musician has interviewed key creative and intelligent artists and innovators. He is back with another packed season of insightful, powerful interviews guaranteed to inspire you. Let's figure this out together. See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
 
In the year 2000, Linkin Park released its debut album Hybrid Theory, which would become the highest-selling debut album of the 21st century. But pre-platinum records, Porsches and private jets, Linkin Park was called Xero, and they were rejected by 44 music labels. Join us this week as we tell the band’s incredible story - from Xero to 70 million …
 
This week, Diana and Steve chat with a brand new Canadian citizen, who is also a motivational speaker, author and the CEO/founder of Peace by Chocolate… Tareq Hadhad! Tareq tells the story of how his family’s home and chocolate factory in Damascus was destroyed during the Syrian war, forcing them to live in a refugee camp for years before being wel…
 
Laverne Cox is best-known for playing Sophia Burset on the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. But before landing the role of a lifetime, Cox struggled to book auditions. At 40 years old, she found herself in housing court for the second time, on the precipice of homelessness. Join us this week as we tell Cox’s trailblazing story. From bein…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with the original ‘Survivorman,’ Les Stroud! Les reveals how his love of nature was inspired by Jacques Cousteau and Tarzan, which bugs are the most delicious, how foraging in nature led to his new culinary TV series ‘Wild Harvest’ and his return to his first love… music. Les introduces us to singer-songwriter Angie …
 
This week, Steve and Diana talk to correspondent and producer for ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,’ Allana Harkin! Allana talks about her love of her hometown, Hamilton, producing Full Frontal while on a boat during the pandemic, and why Canada needs its own late-night talk show. Allana shines the spotlight on Indigenous fashion designer and model,…
 
Netflix is the de facto name in streaming. A $230B tech giant that’s dominated 190 countries, the Emmys and the Academy Awards. But back when Netflix was just a startup, it was rejected by Silicon Valley CEOs, Harvard alumni, investors and, notoriously, Blockbuster. Join us this week as we tell the founders’ incredible story - from David to Goliath…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Diana’s favourite Canadian musician (Sorry Jim Cuddy, but you haven’t yet returned her calls), Dan Mangan. Dan explains how the pandemic forced his company Side Door Access (www.sidedooraccess.com) to pivot from being the Airbnb of venues to an online platform for artists to connect with virtual audiences. He ta…
 
This week, Steve & Diana chat with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who was awarded the ‘World Mayor Prize’ in 2014. Mayor Nenshi talks about how he got talked into politics by trying to talk other people into politics. He also tells us why his political colour is purple, and how his post Mayoral life will include ‘Seva’ - selfless acts of service - an…
 
Spanx has become the de facto brand name for an entire category - like Kleenex or Q-tips. But in the ’90s, the shapewear company’s founder, Sara Blakely, was enduring relentless rejection as a door-to-door fax machine salesperson. Then one day, she cut the feet off her pantyhose. This week we tell Blakely’s inspiring story, from being ridiculed for…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Emmy award-winning actor Annie Murphy! Annie admits how nervous she was on the first day of shooting Schitt’s Creek, how her mother boldly asked Fred Penner to be in her short film, and how tapping into her dark side was smashingly therapeutic on her new AMC series, ‘Kevin Can F*ck Himself.’ Annie introduces us …
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Canadian improv legend and nicest human alive, Colin Mochrie, who regales them with the tale of his worst gig ever, and how he knows that Peter Mansbridge packs a strong punch. Colin shares the spotlight with his incredibly talented wife, Deb McGrath, who explains how she met the Queen of England, and why she ch…
 
Kurt Warner is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, known for leading what’s been called the Greatest Show on Turf. But before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Warner was cut from an NFL team and ended up stocking shelves at a local grocery store. Join us this week as we tell Warner’s inspiring story. From bags…to riches. See acast.c…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with Canadian sketch comedy royalty, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall. Bruce talks about what it’s like to be back together again for the Amazon reboot of Kids in the Hall, how writing for SNL created his lifelong commitment to KITH and why he develops new sketch talent with groups like TallBoyz and the featured g…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with none other than Olympic legend, Silken Laumann. Not only did Silken overcome a near career-ending injury to go on to win an Olympic medal, but her memoir ‘Unsinkable’ has helped demystify issues around mental health and spawned her new non-profit, ‘We Are Unsinkable.’ Find out the story behind her incredibly uni…
 
Sandra Oh is a Golden Globe-winning actress known for playing Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy and Eve Polastri on the hit drama, Killing Eve. But before receiving 12 Emmy nominations, Oh spent nearly a decade as a day player. She was rejected for major film roles, told there was no room at the top for Asian actors in Hollywood. Join us this wee…
 
This week, Steve and Diana chat with one of their favourite Canadian Sarahs - none other than Juno and Canadian Screen Award-winning singer-songwriter, Sarah Slean! Fresh off having a new baby, getting nominated for a Juno AND her first Canadian Screen Award (spoiler alert - she won!) Sarah talks about how she found out about her latest Juno nomina…
 
Our inaugural episode features Canadian comedy legend and Order of Canada member Rick Mercer. Rick shares stories about making television in Canada, meeting President Obama, and how it was so easy to get content for Talking To Americans, that he and his producers got to see a LOT of afternoon baseball games. Plus, a surprise tidbit about Jack Layto…
 
Nick Offerman is known for his role as the moustachioed, woodworking, saxophone-playing boss of Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. But before growing out his moustache, Offerman was a struggling actor, living in an unfinished basement and fighting depression after 12 straight years of Hollywood rejection. This week, we tell Offerman’s story. Fro…
 
Canada doesn't really have a 'star system' like our neighbours to the south. In fact, many of our celebrities have had to leave the country to find the work and recognition they deserve. Well, THE CANADIAN STAR SYSTEM aims to change that. Each week, host Steve Patterson (CBC Radio's The Debaters) and his producer/co-host Diana Frances (Canadian Scr…
 
In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first woman of colour to ever fly in outer space. A remarkable and historical achievement. But her journey to the stars wasn’t without turbulence. Jemison’s dream to break down barriers and succeed in a white male-dominated field was balked at, every step of the way. Her grit, resilience and determination are out…
 
Muggsy Bogues is a record-breaking basketball player with an impressive 14-year NBA career. He’s among the most beloved players of all time. Oh, and he’s also 5’3”. Growing up in Baltimore, Bogues watched his friends and teammates grow tall, while he reached his peak at just 10 years old. He was bullied, teased and told he’d never make the pros. Jo…
 
Peanuts is one of the most beloved comic strips of all time. Printed in over 2600 publications, it amassed 350 million readers in its 50-year history. But creator Charles Schulz spent most of his life feeling small as peanuts. He was rejected by family, teachers and countless newspapers. Join us this week as we tell Schulz’s amazing story. From bei…
 
Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman - star of the $821M blockbuster and the first woman-led superhero film in over a decade. But before picking up her Lasso of Truth, Gadot spent her days travelling back and forth from her home in Israel all the way to Los Angeles. Each audition meant a 15-hour flight with her family only to find out she was rejected over an…
 
Overnight, Amanda Gorman became a household name. She is the youngest inaugural poet in American history, a National Youth Poet Laureate and a New York Times bestselling author. But before her Instagram following jumped from 3,000 to 3,000,000, Gorman faced rejection and struggled with a debilitating speech impediment. Join us this week as we tell …
 
Mark Ruffalo is an Academy Award-nominated actor, known for his roles in The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher and The Avengers franchise. But before stepping into the Hollywood spotlight, Ruffalo was rejected at 800 auditions, ready to give up acting altogether and become a construction painter. Then, news from his doctor threw him for the loop of a …
 
In this season one finale of Surviving Life with Les Stroud, Les takes a stab an an entirely new tack and delivers an interesting and compelling monologue, his IMO as he says, about how to handle and deal with trolls and haters on the social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. He draws an interesting parallel between the platf…
 
In a feisty and sometimes angry mood, David Suzuki shares with Les his frustration on getting the public and the politicians to understand what is at stake environmentally; Clean air, clean water and clean soil. Sitting in David’s backyard along side the NW Pacific coastline Les probes David for understanding of how to move forward in part two of t…
 
The poet, the singer songwriter, the philosopher, the artist Bruce Cockburn is a Canadian Legend. Yet he broke past the international borders to continue as one of the most respected creators in the world. Les and Bruce sit down at Les’ house and talk songwriting, the impact of Bruce’s music and his spiritual motivation. This is part 2 of that disc…
 
I had the pleasure of meeting John Zada out on the west coast of Canada in the wilderness. He emerged from the little cabin he was staying in to greet me and to talk about Bigfoot. A while later he released his fantastic book In The Valleys of the Noble Beyond. It is a book like no other when it comes to the subject matter as he doesn't waste time …
 
I met Lisa Fenton at the Alberta Bushcraft symposium and was able to pull her aside for an in-depth chat on primitive earth skills/bushcraft skills and life itself. Dr. Lisa Fenton is a lecturer in Outdoor studies at the University of Cumbria, UK. With a background in Ethnobotany, Anthropology and Ethnobiology she wrote her PhD thesis in Bushcraft …
 
I met Lisa Fenton at the Alberta Bushcraft symposium and was able to pull her aside for an in depth chat on primitive earth skills/bushcraft skills and life itself. Dr. Lisa Fenton. Is a lecturer in Outdoor studies at the University of Cumbria, UK. With a background in Ethnobotany, Anthropology and Ethnobiology she wrote her PhD thesis in Bushcraft…
 
Les Stroud produced a ten part documentary series called Survivorman Bigfoot, now available on his youtube channel Survivorman – Les Stroud. The series itself has gotten a lot of respect over the years because it was an actual documentary series not a reality show. In the third part of this three part monologue you’ll get a chance to listen in on a…
 
Les Stroud produced a ten part documentary series called Survivorman Bigfoot, now available on his youtube channel Survivorman – Les Stroud. The series itself has gotten a lot of respect over the years because it was an actual documentary series not a reality show. In this second part of this three part monologue you’ll get a chance to listen in on…
 
Les Stroud produced a ten part documentary series called Survivorman Bigfoot, now available on his youtube channel Survivorman – Les Stroud. The series itself has gotten a lot of respect over the years because it was an actual documentary series not a reality show. In this first part of a three part monologue, you’ll get a chance to listen in on a …
 
Raised in the rougher areas of Toronto, Canada Doug Adams relied on his music and art, his martial arts and the love of his mother to break free from a pathway leading to jail and instead to travel a rock and roll highway into the halls of fame producing live special effects for the biggest stars in the world. In Part 2 Doug takes us to the stages …
 
Raised in the rougher areas of Toronto, Canada, Doug Adams relied on his music and art, his martial arts and the love of his mother to break free from a pathway leading to jail and instead to travel a rock and roll highway into the halls of fame, producing live special effects for the biggest stars in the world. In Part 1 we get insight into his be…
 
In this 2nd half of Les Stroud’s epic keynote held at the Bushcraft Symposium in Alberta Canada, Les was asked to expose once and for all the truth and reality behind the inception of “Survival TV” a brand new genre of television for which Stroud is credited with creating. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
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