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After Immunity

We have all had our lives affect­ed by the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic: we have been kept apart from or have lost loved ones; career paths have changed or come to an end; and issues relat­ed to men­tal health and finan­cial uncer­tain­ty have only inten­si­fied. With the first vac­cines being dis­trib­uted, the months of quar­an­ti­ning, social iso­la­tion and binge-watch­ing Net­flix will soon be com­ing to an end. But as we open our doors and pre­pare to receive the vac­cine, what lives will we be return­ing to?

After Immu­ni­ty is a lim­it­ed series that aims to explore the ques­tions sur­round­ing what our indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive worlds will look like after we have gained immu­ni­ty to COVID-19. Join host Ian T. D. Thom­son in explor­ing five top­ics to try to under­stand our Post-COVID-19 World. Over the next few weeks, the show will explore inequal­i­ty, the local arts scene, men­tal health, the urban envi­ron­ment and the next pan­dem­ic, chat­ting to indi­vid­u­als with var­ied back­grounds and exper­tise. The show aims to pro­vide both macro and micro-per­spec­tives for what lies ahead: we will be hear­ing per­spec­tives from inter­na­tion­al­ly dis­tin­guished aca­d­e­mics and pol­i­cy pro­fes­sion­als along with well as local busi­ness own­ers, fes­ti­val orga­niz­ers, and psychologists.

Through their per­spec­tives, we hope to pro­vide you with for­ward think­ing, provoca­tive ideas on what the future will look like; to pre­pare and learn more about the good, bad and the ugly of our Post-COVID-19 World.

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If you have any com­ments on the series, email us at after.​[email protected]​umfm.​com

Hosts

  • Ian T. D. Thomson, Executive Producer and Host

    Ian is a public policy consultant, providing research and strategic advice to governments, media outlets and research institutes including the Positive Energy Initiative and Ontario 360. Over the years, he has led, produced and hosted several radio shows and podcasts, including the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Beyond the Headlines, the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Podcast, and UMFM 101.5’s 7 Deadly Songs. As a former UMFM Board Chair, Ian is excited to return to the station with this limited series.

  • Neil Kraemer, Associate Producer/Music Coordinator

    Neil is a graduate of the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba. He has a deep interest in the natural environment, and has been a volunteer at UMFM since 2016. He is the host of Prick Up Your Ears, a post-punk and new wave-focused music show that airs every Monday at 4:00 PM central time. He is also a big fan and supporter of Winnipeg's local music scene, and can't wait until we can safely enjoy local shows again.

  • Jonah Kotzer, Associate Producer

    Jonah is a not-for-profit policy professional working as a Manager for the United Jewish Appeal, where he facilitates the transition to data-centred solutions for community investments and fundraising. With extensive experience in the public and private sector, he is passionate about sustainability and was a former Producer for the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Beyond the Headlines. He is currently seeking the Ontario Liberal nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence in Toronto.

Episodes

  • Episode 6: The Urban Environment After Immunity

    On today’s episode we explore the urban environment after immunity. Join us as we talk with Professor Shauna Brail, Associate Professor at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto; and Benjamin Gillies, a Research Fellow at the MIT Urban Mobility Lab and downtown Winnipeg entrepreneur. Our intermission music comes courtesy of Merin. The track is “Stasis in the City” from their EP “Coral Island.” Host/Executive Producer: Ian T. D. Thomson.   Read more ›

  • Episode 5: Manitoba’s Music Scene After Immunity - Part Two

    Today’s episode is part two of an examination of Manitoba’s music scene. Join us as we talk with Stephen Carroll, Director of Music Programs at Manitoba Film and Music. Today’s episode features a selection of music by Manitoban artists, visit the episode page on UMFM.com to hear the full selection of music! The music featured on the podcast version is Merin with the track “Very Careful.” The track is from their EP, “Coral Island”: https://merinmusic.bandcamp.com - Host/Executive Producer: Ian T. D. Thomson; Associate Producer/Music Coordinator: Neil Kraemer   Read more ›

  • Episode 4: Mental Health After Immunity

    On today’s episode we explore at mental health after immunity. Join us as we talk with Dr. Mary Bartram, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use at the Mental Health Commission of Canada; and Lindsey Nadon and Jona Frohlich, clinical psychologists-in-training working in Manitoba and Quebec respectively. Our intermission music comes courtesy of JayWood. The track is “Some Days” from his 2021 EP of the same name. For any­one strug­gling with their men­tal health right now, check out the episode page for some valuable resources on some organizations that you can turn to.   Read more ›

  • Episode 3: Manitoba’s Music Scene After Immunity - Part One

    Today’s episode is part one of an examination of Manitoba’s music scene. Join us as we talk with Sean McManus, Executive Director of Manitoba Music. Today’s episode features a selection of music by Manitoban artists, visit the episode page on UMFM.com to hear the full selection of music! The music featured on the podcast version is Amos the Kid with the track “Alright”. The track is from his new upcoming album, “No More New Ideas”: https://amosthekid.bandcamp.com Host/Executive Producer: Ian T. D. Thomson; Associate Producer/Music Coordinator: Neil Kraemer   Read more ›

  • Episode 2: Canada’s Local Arts Scene After Immunity

    On today’s episode we explore Canada’s local arts scene after immunity. Join us as we talk with Debbie Werner, Executive Director of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and Faye Thomson, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Professional Program for the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. Our intermission music comes courtesy of Virgo Rising. The track is “Molly Ringwald Dances in the Front Row” from their 2021 album, “Sixteenth Sapphire”. Host/​Executive Pro­duc­er: Ian T. D. Thomson Asso­ciate Pro­duc­ers: Neil Krae­mer and Jon­ah Kotzer.   Read more ›

  • Episode 1: Inequality After Immunity

    On today’s show we are looking at Inequality in Canada after immunity. Join us as we talk with Dr. Miles Corak, Labour Economist and Economics Professor at the Graduate Centre at the City University of New York; and Mr. Jonathan Berrington, a Psychologist for the Frontier School Division in Manitoba. Our intermission music comes courtesy of Julien’s Daughter. The track is “Barb 217” from their 2021 album, “The Static That Carries Over”. Host/​Executive Pro­duc­er: Ian T. D. Thomson Asso­ciate Pro­duc­ers: Neil Krae­mer and Jon­ah Kotzer   Read more ›

  • Introducing After Immunity…

    After Immu­ni­ty is a UMFM lim­it­ed series that aims to explore the ques­tions sur­round­ing what our indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive worlds will look like after we have gained immu­ni­ty to COVID-19. Join host Ian T. D. Thom­son in explor­ing five top­ics to try to under­stand our Post-COVID-19 World. Over the next few weeks, the show will explore inequal­i­ty, the local arts scene, men­tal health, the urban envi­ron­ment and the next pan­dem­ic, chat­ting to indi­vid­u­als with var­ied back­grounds and expertise.   Read more ›