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POLcast Episode 70

POLcast Episode 70

January 26, 2020

In Episode 70 you will hear:

Interviews:

• A no-barrier approach to Polishness

It’s fantastic that children of emigrants, Poles who settled in other countries such as Canada, even though they were often born and educated here, are interetsed in their roots, cultural heritage and want to incorporate their Polishness into their identity. There are a few Polish Canadian youth organizations, including the one and only Quo Vadis movement, which we have featured on POLcast. A Polish Canadian young professionals’ organization, whose launch we celebrated on POLcast last year - Konekt is a bit different from other such groups. It’s been growing and expanding.

• Cooking, teaching and singing - all in one

I am introducing to you our new POLcast collaborator - Maria Rozynska and her Just Be Cooking. Maria will be collaborating with POLcast and will have her own segment in each episode. 

Maria Rozynska created an innovative project in Toronto called Just Be Cooking - where people make food (not only Polish) under expert supervision, hear about its history and cultural signficance, listen to live music, and eat the food that they cooked in a communal meal. 

• How can languages save your life?

How can knowing multiple lanuages help you stay alive? A Polish American academic Tadeusz “Tad” Haska survived WWII and the stalinist repressions thanks to his unusual linguistics talent. This incredible story was lovingly described by his granddaughter Stefanie Naumann in her book  How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival, released in September 2019 with Koehler Books.

• Goodbye to Laura and Peter Żerański - please but their great heritage cookbooks (you can learn about them here)

Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

POLcast Christmas Episode 69

POLcast Christmas Episode 69

December 22, 2019

This is POLcast Christmas Episode. 

WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT i WSPANIAŁEGO NOWEGO ROKU!

In Episode 69 you will hear:

Interviews:

• "Music has been my lifeline": when cancer hits

Arthur Lewinowicz, a 27-year-old violin and viola player, composer and teacher, whose life mission is to help kids with various disabilities and special needs learn to play the violin and enjoy music, has been fighting cancer since August.

• Living like any other person who can see

Marta Hanyżkiewicz, born in Poland, is a student of business and psychology at New York University and Baruch College in New York City. She is blind but has decided to live her life like any other person her age who can see.

• 50th segment of Smacznego! Eating Polish

• Polish carols and Christmas songs by Magda Papierz and Ola Turkiewicz, from their 2015 album "Święta kolędą przyprószone".

Episode 68

Episode 68

November 10, 2019

In Episode 68 you will hear:

Interviews:

• How young Polish Canadians stirred up Polish youth around the world - 10 years of Quo Vadis 

On September 20-22, 2019 delegates from all over the world came to Toronto to celebrate 10 years of Quo Vadis, a unique youth movement, one and only in the world. POLcast talks to Ania Barycka, the conference spiritus movens, organizer and veteran.

• An Australian Quo Vadis organizer's experience with polishness

While at the 10th QV conference in Toronto, I met a really enthusiastic young Pole Szymon Motylek, who now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. His life is quite a story...

• A Hongkonger with a Polish heart

I met Ericsson Singh at Quo Vadis. Born in Hong Kong, he loves Poland, speaks the language and is very active in the Polish Club at the University of Toronto. He sees his future in Poland with his Polish fiancee Kinga. What a story!

and

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - Polish goulash (gulasz)

Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode (a Polish Canadian nominated for a Grammy 2020).

POLcast Episode 67

POLcast Episode 67

October 6, 2019

In Episode 67 you will hear:

Interviews:

• Was it worth it? A story of an immigrant's journey

Liliana Arkuszewski lives in Ottawa. Her book about her immigration journey written in Polish has now been translated to English and recently published. 

• A true hero who risked his life to save others

Mr. Franciszek Paslawski, who just passed away in September 2019, was the last Righteous Among Nations still living in Canada. This is his story and the story of those who owe him their lives.

• In love with Dawson City, Yukon

Matylda Lis, a vivacious young Polish Canadian woman who travels all over the world, has fallen in love with Dawson City, Yukon, famous for the Klondike gold rush. Matylda spends all her summers there and has become a part of its community.

and

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - plum crumble

Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

 

Episode 66

Episode 66

September 1, 2019
POLcast Episode 65

POLcast Episode 65

June 30, 2019

In Episode 65 you will hear:

Interviews:

Murder, cover up and forced silence - the war was not over for Poles

Wanda Kościa talks to Piotr Szkopiak, British writer/director and his most recent film “The Last Witness”, a thriller which talks about the Katyn 1940 monumental masacre, in itself a tragedy, but also about another tragic aspect of it - the coverup by the Allies, who didn’t want to reveal the Soviet guilt, ascribing it to the Germans. The film also shows the fate of Polish refugees after WWII who lived for years in displaced persons’ camps in Britain, unable to return to their motherland controlled by the communist Soviet Union after the war, and unable to openly talk about why they had to stay in Britain and what had happened.

• The future of money and information

Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology - everybody talks about these hot terms but not everyone understands what they are all about. It's all explained by Thomas Jankowski, the Chief Digital & Growth Officer at Coinsquare, Canada’s leading exchange for trading Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital currencies.

and

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - super apple recipes

Music- POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

 

 

POLcast Episode 64

POLcast Episode 64

May 26, 2019

In Episode 64 you will hear:

Interviews:

• Polish language, literature and culture lovers at a North American university

Why is it that not only people with Polish roots but also people who have no Polish blood in them study Polish literature, culture and language in countries outside Poland such as Canada?

• The land of mosquitos and Poles in Ontario (Part 2)

Kaszuby, an area in northern Ontario, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, named after the part of northern Poland from which the first settlers came, is the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada. The Kashubian language and childhood memories...

• A translator's gift to English language readers 

Bill Johnston, a professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University and an award winning prolific translator of Polish literature of all genres and epochs, did the unthinkable - translated the legendary Polish national epic "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz (1834), in verse. “Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania” was published by Achipelago Books in 2018. How did he do that?

and

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - super beet recipes

• UPDATES - what's new in the POLcast family? Recent achievements of POLcast interviewees.

Music- POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

POLcast episode 63

POLcast episode 63

April 28, 2019

In this episode you will hear:

Interviews:

• From building capitalism in Poland to writing books and helping others

Agnieszka Dydycz tells her story of the very beginning of capitalism in Poland and her role in creating capital markets at the national level, her interactions with the biggest institutional global investors, and then... her life as a writer and her charity work.

 

• Polished ice - curling in Poland

Adela Walczak lives in Poland, a country without any curling traditions and without any curling facilities. Until now, because Adela decided to build a world class curling club in her home town Łódź, in the centre of Poland. And she did!

 

• The land of mosquitos and Poles in Ontario

Kaszuby, an area in northern Ontario, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, named after the part of northern Poland from which the first settlers came, is the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada.

and

• Great Poles - Marian Smoluchowski

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - sorrel soup

POLcast episode 62

POLcast episode 62

March 9, 2019

In this episode you will hear:

Interviews:

• Polish art in Indian palaces

Poland’s connections with many geographically distant countries are a fascinating topic. This story of a famous pre-war Polish painter whose art decorates many palaces in India is told by a Canadian POLcast listener born in India. He had just come back to Canada after visiting his home country and was fascinated with artist Stefan Norblin’s contribution to India’s culture.

• Basia’s love line

Basia lives in a small town in Ontario. On a line between two trees in front of her house she hangs donated winter clothes as well as hats and scarves she and her daughter make. They are free for anyone who needs them. 

and

• The minorities of Poland – Lemkos.

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – pork roast

POLcast episode 61

POLcast episode 61

February 10, 2019

In this episode you will hear:

Interviews:

• If you cannot buy it – make it yourself: a story of Kannuk vodka

Imagine that you go to a store and want to buy something special as a gift – well, you cannot because it’s simply not available. 99.9 per cent of people would simply leave saying: “too bad. I wish they produced it” and go buy something else. But not Adam Szymkow…

• The world’s largest orchestra “plays” for sick kids

This year for the 27th time, Poland’s largest fundraising campaign – the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which collects money for medical equipment for Polish paediatric hospitals – has “played” in Poland and dozens of countries, including Canada. Every year the fundraising drive ends in a grand finale concert – ours was held at the Fregata Restaurant in Mississauga.

• Great Poles – Zbigniew Religa, a legendary cardiologist

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – bigos