Assorted Goods

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A curious look at a variety of topics from the news and history of the world. 🌎 🎙️ 🎧

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Assorted Goods, Signing Off... (w/ Jeff Feightner)
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Well this is it, after 3 1/2 years, about 70 episodes, hundreds of thousands of words researched and written, it's time to wrap up the Assorted Goods Podcast. Joining Dan to look back on the podcast is fellow podcaster and producer Jeff Feightner, who has heard Dan waffle over the decision to move on, or keep going about 50 times. Thank you to the guests who have stopped by and of course, to the listeners who have supported the show and gave it life over these years. But never fear, there are new projects on the horizon. Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
May 23, 2022
Education in a Brave New Digital World: with Carlo Trentadue
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Back at the start of Covid, I had teacher, football coach, and a good friend of mine Carlo Trentadue on the podcast to talk about the challenges of teaching at a time like this. Now, 2 years later and as we return to a "new normal", Carlo has come back to talk more about digital literacy, having a keen eye for quality information, navigating 'social norms' online, and so much more. Of course there's a little football talk too. Read some of Carlo's writings and musings on his website carlotrentadue.com Show Notes: Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Apr 25, 2022
Plastic World: Microplastics and the "Big Oil" Problem
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Scientific studies have revealed that microplastics aren't just in our oceans and trash dumps, they're in our food and hanging around the inside of our bodies. Figuring out how we got to live on a planet overrun with plastic and why after half a century of knowing we'd get here, the forecast for the future? More plastic! Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/plastic-world-microplastics-and-the-big-oil-problem-april-18th-2022 Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/x8w7obe9micp9kmj0mqdy8zejl6oz6 Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Apr 18, 2022
Telling the Full Story: with Michael Motley of OneMic History
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Our history textbooks and classes have never told us the full story of our own history, and when it comes to the stories of Black America, those stories are often never told at all. This episode I'm joined by Michael Motley of the OneMic Black History Podcast, as we get into what it's like to tell the stories of history that people either haven't heard, or don't want to. We also talk about how to navigate the minefield of the politicization of teaching about racial history, and of course, there's a little podcasting talk as well. Enjoy! Visit OneMicHistory.com for more information, and subscribe on your podcast app of choice here: https://pod.link/1523553991 Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/telling-the-full-story-with-michael-motley-of-onemic-history Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Apr 11, 2022
Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Start Wars with Them
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When a war breaks out, a government has to build and deploy its lies as much as its military. As Russia carries out a violent campaign of terror in Ukraine, we're taking a look at the narrative web of lies that President Vladimir Putin has spun, and how his tactics are part of a long pattern of leaders misleading their own people, and the world as a whole. Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/lies-and-the-lying-liars-who-start-wars-with-them-sources-list Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/lies-and-the-lying-liars-who-start-wars-with-them Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Mar 21, 2022
Us vs Them: How Binary Thinking is Being Exploited
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Coke vs Pepsi, Marvel vs DC, Republicans vs Democrats, Anything vs Damn-Near Anything. No matter where we go, every issue, big or small, gets boiled down to one side against another side. "Us vs Them". This episode of Assorted Goods, we're taking a look at how "Binary Thinking" is part of who we are as people, and how it gets easily exploited. Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/us-vs-them-how-binary-thinking-is-being-exploited-february-28th-2022 Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/us-vs-them-how-binary-thinking-is-being-exploited Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Feb 28, 2022
Starbucks’ Venti Unionization Movement
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Something else may be brewing at your local Starbucks, and it's not overpriced coffee with complicated names. A union movement is spreading across Starbucks locations, and it may be a sign of the times ahead. A big company vs its own workers, a classic matchup. Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/starbucks-venti-unionization-movement-february-15th-2022 Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/starbucks-venti-unionization-movement Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Feb 15, 2022
The Non-Fungible Podcast Episode
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Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs have boomed in the past year, becoming a iconic piece of internet culture, a lucrative economic force, and yet another advancement in technology that people are simply confused by. But are NFTs just going through the 'growing pains' of being a new technology? Or are they as suspicious as they seem to be? Getting to know NFTs from the beginning, and what they really are at their core. Right click, and save as this episode as we dive into the tech world's new gold-rush. Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/the-non-fungible-podcast-episode-sources-list Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/the-non-fungible-podcast-episode Follow the show on twitter and instagram @disinformeddan Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca Music Produced by: David Felton
Jan 31, 2022
Birds Aren't Real. But Disinformation Is.
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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...  a government drone spying on you? 5 years ago Peter McIndoe thought up a conspiracy theory on a whim, and now, the Birds Aren't Real movement has hundreds of thousands of social media followers, branches in multiple cities, and a presence that is still confusing the major news networks. 

But how does a satirical conspiracy theory fit into the modern age of disinformation? Are there risks? Is the idea of "fighting lunacy, with lunacy" a breakthrough? 

Source List:  https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/birds-arent-real-but-disinformation-is-january-18th-2022

Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/birds-arent-real-but-disinformation-is

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Thoughts? Send an email! Dan@disinformed.ca

Music Produced by: David Felton

Jan 18, 2022
Name, Image, and Likeness Laws in College Sports with Bruce Siegal
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Lawyer Bruce Siegal joins the podcast to discuss how college sports have been shaken up by the change in rules surrounding athlete's rights to make money off of their own name, image, and likeness. How did the shift happen so quickly? What does it mean for athletes? And what might the future hold?
Jan 10, 2022
An Assorted Goods Christmas
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Revisiting a classic episode of the podcast from December 2019 (what a different world it was back then!). It's a Christmas edition of Assorted Goods, looking at Christmas related stories, including the shortage of Christmas trees, and our tradition of spending ourselves into serious debt. Also, a look at how Christmas has evolved since its Pagan roots, and telling the tale of when holiday traditions put a World War on pause. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from Assorted Goods! Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/an-assorted-goods-christmas-source-list
Dec 21, 2021
The Gift Card Boom
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In the past two-decades, Gift Cards have become the most popular gift-giving idea on the planet, booming into a nine-figure market that is set to grow to over a trillion dollars a year in the next decade. In the spirit of our favourite holiday gift idea, we're diving into gift cards. Where did they come from, why do we love them so much, and is there a dark side to them?

*The podcast is redeemable at any set of ears for as long as it is up on the internet!

Source List: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/the-gift-card-boom-dec-1321-source-list

Show Notes: https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/the-gift-card-boom-show-notes

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Music Produced by David Felton

Dec 13, 2021
Concussions and 'Race Norming' in the NFL
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Almost a decade ago, the National Football League pushed through a scandal involving the effects of the sport of the brains of its athletes. After years of denials and obstruction, the NFL settled a lawsuit in 2013 to provide healthcare benefits to its former players to treat their cognitive issues. The problem? It turns out the league actively used racist medical ideologies to make it harder for Black former players to receive their fair share of the settlement. And once again, the league scrambles to deny, cover up, and move on from this story.

Source List:  https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/nov-2921-sources-list

Show Notes:  https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/nov-29-2021-show-notes

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Music Produced by: David Felton

Nov 29, 2021
Podcasting, Creativity and Space Oddities w/ Jon Williams and Ben Robinson
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Exploring the world of independent podcasts and harnessing your creativity with Jon Williams and Ben Robinson from the Geeksploration Podcast. A pair of talented and interesting people who have also turned their comic book ideas into a reality with their 'Space Oddities' comic book series, currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to fund and launch volume 2 of the series.

Good talks with good people, that's what it's all about. 

Support the Kickstarter for 'Space Oddities' here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/beefypress/space-oddities-2?ref=9u1wnh

Visit the Geeksploration Website: https://www.geeksplorationpodcast.com/

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Show Notes :  https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/nov-2221-show-notes

Music Produced for this Episode by: David Felton

Nov 22, 2021
Very Meta: Facebook's Gamble on the Future
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Facebook changed its name to 'Meta', and then placed a bet on their future, and really, the future of the digital spaces that are a central part of our world now. So is this just a classic attempt to re-brand away from a bad reputation? And what is "The Metaverse" that the company is investing heavily into?
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Show Notes :  https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/nov15shownotes

Source List :  https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/nov15sources


Music Produced for this Episode by: David Felton

Nov 15, 2021
Quitting Time
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Re-launching the pod and diving into a couple of topics that are central to every day of our lives. The Great Resignation is on, but why are so many people quitting jobs? And, a lot of money has changed hands over the past 20 months, but who's been making the most gains? 

Things are shaking up, its the same old story. 

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Show Notes : https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-show-notes/nov8shownotes 

Source List : https://www.disinformed.ca/ag-sources/nov8sources 

Music Produced for this Episode by: David Felton

Nov 08, 2021
Assorted Goods Trailer
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The Assorted Goods Podcast is a curious look at what's happening in the world. Every episode is a dive into a topic or news story, where we aim to slow down the never-ending stream of information to get a better understanding. 


It's a more casual perspective on life on earth. Stop by, have a listen, and enjoy. 

Nov 06, 2021
An Assorted Goods Update
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Just checkin' in with ya. Giving you the update on the past, present, and future of the show. A bookmark from the old to the new. See you all soon! :D -------- disinformed.ca dan@disinformed.ca Twit/Insta: @DisinformedDan
Sep 27, 2021
Assorted Goods Classic #12: Bright Minds: with Dr. Nicole Tetreault
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Episode Originally Published June 7th 2021. 

There's a lot to know about the human brain, but what do we know about the inner-workings of gifted and Twice-Exceptional (2E) individuals?

My guest this episode is Dr. Nicole Tetreault, as we discuss her book 'Insight Into A Bright Mind', as well as an assortment of topics including; anxiety, imposter syndrome, meditation, why we focus on the negative over the positive, and of course, how we can learn to work with and understand people with unique patterns of thought. 

A jam-packed episode and a great conversation. Enjoy!

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Jun 07, 2021
Assorted Goods Classic #11: The Dream Machine
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Episode Originally Published March 8th 2021. 

So many of us absolutely love to sleep, to catch some Z's as much as we can. But what do we know about why we spend a third of out lives out cold? 

What's really going on inside our bodies and brains while we're off in dreamland?

Figuring out the secrets of our nightly rest, in this episode of Assorted Goods.

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Mar 08, 2021
Assorted Goods Classic #10: Hooked
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Episode Originally Published February 3rd 2021.

If you have a smartphone, odds are you've battled with the urge to constantly swipe, scroll, and tap, tap, tap your time away. We know that we've been lured into the never ending stream of content, messages and notifications, but what goes on in our heads when we're giving into the modern habit of cell-phone use?

Taking a look at how in barely a decade, the whole world changed thanks to the smartphone, but did we even notice how much we changed along the way?

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Feb 03, 2021
Assorted Goods Classic #9: Solving Procrastination with Dr. Joseph Ferrari
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Episode Originally Published January 4th 2021.

Almost everyone has moments where they can't get down to work on something important. And for some, procrastination creeps into every part of their lives. 

So with some serious help from Dr. Joseph Ferrari from DePaul University in Chicago, a man who rightfully can claim the title of "World-Leading Expert" on the subject of procrastination, we're going to try to solve this puzzle.

Check out Dr. Ferrari's blog on Psychology Today at (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/still-procrastinating)

And find his outstanding book on the topic of procrastination at (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0470611588/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_-im8Fb0300Y8E)

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Jan 04, 2021
Assorted Goods Classic #8: Tick-Tock
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Episode Originally Published November 9th 2020.

Time. It's so elemental to our lives that we never stop to think about the simple idea, what is time? Whoaaaa, trippy question...

But seriously. Time is also such an overwhelming part of almost everything we do. So this episode, we're taking a look at the very idea of time itself, how it plays a role in our lives, and why it can behave in mysterious ways. Come on a trip through time, here on Assorted Goods.

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Nov 09, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #7: Bear-ing All w/ Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
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Episode Originally Published September 9th 2020.

An interview with author and journalist Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, where we discuss his book 'A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear'. Talking about Libertarianism, how bears have been misunderstood, and also, a talk about the state of local journalism and media in America.

Enjoy!

Check out Matt's website as well at matt-hongoltzhetling.com

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Sep 09, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #6: The Last Kilometer
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Episode Originally Published September 1st 2020.

A bonus episode from Assorted Goods. Dan put together this guest episode for the podcast 'An Absolute Nobody'. This episode was created in time for September 1st 2020, which was the 40th anniversary of the end of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, his attempt to run from coast to coast across Canada in order to raise funds for cancer research.

This episode is a look at Terry's life, impact and legacy 40 years later.

The full season of 'An Absolute Nobody' exists somewhere on the internet... But where? Nooooobody knows.

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Sep 01, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #5: Planet Amazon
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Episode Originally Published July 7th 2020.

A long dive into Amazon, the company that's changed how we buy anything and everything. 

Since '94 Amazon went from a garage and and a computer to the one of the most dominant and successful companies in history. But behind the smile-boxes and the 2-day shipping are some hard truths, about the company, its ethics, its treatment of employees and what is all means in this day and age.

Get to know the the trillion-dollar behemoth, the man behind it all and the problems that continue to riddle this ever-expanding retail giant.

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Jul 07, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #4: Education and Technology with Carlo Trentadue
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Episode Originally Published May 25th 2020.

After a couple months of the pandemic, I decided to invite an old friend as my first guest, Carlo Trentadue, who is an educator, a football coach and an all around good guy. 

We sat down to talk about education in the modern world, how technology and social media play a role both inside and outside the classroom, a little football and coaching the game we both love, and more.

Its a long chat between two friends, and a good one at that.

 

If you like the show, tell a friend! Thanks for listening!

 

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May 25, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #3: Tweety Birds and Vultures
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Episode Originally Published: March 20th 2020

An accidental deep dive episode, kind of... More of a 'rabbit-hole' episode.

In the spring of 2020, a lot was going on in the world. But behind closed doors at twitter, something was brewing, and a potential change at the top of the company was in the works. But who were the people looking to shake things up? And what does their past say about their capabilities?

Some classic, dirty, corporate boardroom politics, and just how far you can go with enough money.

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Mar 30, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #2: Tulsa (Part 2)
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Episode Originally Published February 18th 2020.

In part 2 of our look at the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, the story of the massacre itself, how it began, and what happened in the days and weeks following. What became of Greenwood and its residents?

The lies, the corruption and injustice, the struggle to rebuild, and the impossible job trying to take account of it all. Almost a century later, what does it all mean? What is Greenwood today? And what patterns can we see from Tulsa, through the decades, and into today?


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Feb 18, 2020
Assorted Goods Classic #1: Tulsa (Part 1)
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Originally Published February 9th 2020.

Over 100 years ago, 35 blocks of an all-black neighborhood in a major American city was burned to the ground. But for all the years since, the Tulsa Massacre of 1921 has been mostly forgotten. How did the worst incident of racial violence in American history get ignored? How did it even happen to begin with?

 

In part 1, a look at the story of the city of Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma, and the mixture of events that led to the riot in 1921. Lies, racism, corrupt police, the power of media, and how the past is never easily forgotten.

 

Thanks for listening

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Feb 09, 2020