Episode 20: If It Weren’t For You Meddling Kids

Laila Elbery and Mariam Macabanding

Mariam Macabanding and Laila Elbery help us investigate how climate change could affect the ways Indigenous peoples around here connect to nature.

We’ve been working with a group of students from Hazeldean Elementary and Queen Elizabeth high school. They gave us some questions about climate change in our area. Then we brought them to CJSR (Edmonton’s campus and community radio station) for a radio camp to teach them how to use radio and podcasting to find out the answers.

This is the second of two episodes adapted for the podcast from that camp.

The Climate Change Radio Camp gang (mostly). Back row (left to right): Meagan Miller, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Oumar Salifou. Middle row: Mariam Macabanding, Andre Hui, Laila Elbery, Chad Brunet, Sewar Yousef, and Aaron Dublenko. Front row: Nuha Taha.
The Climate Change Radio Camp gang (mostly). Back row (left to right): Meagan Miller, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Oumar Salifou. Middle row: Mariam Macabanding, Andre Hui, Laila Elbery, Chad Brunet, Sewar Yousef, and Aaron Dublenko. Front row: Nuha Taha.

For your listening pleasure, we’re also sharing the entire hour of live radio that the students produced at radio camp. It features three stories, and the first one is only available here.

In it, Sewar Yousef and Andrew Hui interview the University of Alberta’s Norman Neumann about how water quality and emerging diseases will be affected by climate change in the province.

Listen to the complete radio camp hour:

Listen first, then read more below.

spoilers below

Laila, Mariam, and the rest of the Queen Elizabeth students are part of an Edmonton Public School Board program called Innovate, which creates hands-on opportunities for students to learn about sustainability.

Once the Queen Elizabeth students arrived at CJSR, a group of us from CJSR and Let’s Find Out guided them through preparing for an interview, using field recorders, editing, and hosting a show.

Mariam trying out the mics in the on-air booth at CJSR, with Andrew Hui in the background.
Mariam trying out the mics in the on-air booth at CJSR, with Andrew Hui in the background.
Mariam Macabanding, Laila Elbery, and Sewar Yousef trying out the field recording equipment.
Mariam Macabanding, Laila Elbery, and Sewar Yousef trying out the field recording equipment.

Mariam and Laila interviewed Stephanie Montesanti, an assistant professor in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.

Laila Elbery in the elevator on the way to meet Stephanie
Laila in the elevator on the way to meet Stephanie
Laila Elbery, Stephanie Montesanti, and Mariam Macabanding
Laila Elbery, Stephanie Montesanti, and Mariam Macabanding at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy

Back at CJSR, the students edited down their work for broadcast on Day 2…

Laila and Mariam editing in Studio B at CJSR.

And presented all three radio camp stories live on air with Chris.

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