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Answering questions about Edmonton history


35 – Bear Country
Jun 26 • 56 min
Shelley Jodoin-Chouinard asks if the proliferation of lawns in Edmonton has anything to do with the absence of bears in the city. More on this story: http://letsfindoutpodcast.com/2019/06/26/episode-35-bear-country/
34 – The Dredge Report
May 29 • 43 min
Allan Farrell asks what’s up with a picture of a gold dredge he saw on a plaque downtown, and where the gold in the North Saskatchewan River comes from.
33 – Kalyna Country
Apr 25 • 52 min
Alison Brooks-Starks asks how folks from Ukraine settled where they did in Canada – was it because the landscapes here looked like places in the Ukraine? To explore her question, we dug into a stack of academic research. We also went to the University of…
32 – Dam Complicated
Mar 27 • 55 min
Amandah van Merlin asks how have dams changed our relationship with the North Saskatchewan River. To explore her question, we brought Amandah to the Provincial Archives of Alberta, to dig for files on the two dams upstream of Edmonton: the Brazeau Dam and…
31 – How Nature Shapes Us
Feb 27 • 46 min
This year, we’re embarking on a new season of Let’s Find Out, exploring these ideas. We kicked things off with a live show at The Almanac this February. It featured short talks about humans and natural history in the Edmonton area, and games for audience…
Live Event Feb 9 – How Nature Shapes Us
Jan 9 • 2 min
From clearing the prairies with fire to planting elm trees along our streets, humans have been shaping the land in the Edmonton area for millennia. And it’s been shaping us right back. Join us Saturday, February 9 at 2 PM for an afternoon of short talks…
30 – The Class Photo Enigma
Oct 31, 2018 • 23 min
In our second episode, we wondered about the name of a black student in an Edmonton Technical School class photo from 1932. In this episode, Kyle Muzyka explains how he found out the answer.
29 – About the Green Onion Cake Man
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
Earlier in 2018, we hosted a live panel dedicated to one of the most important questions in Edmonton’s food history: how the heck did green onion cakes get so popular in Edmonton? These delicious, flaky, greasy little circles of fried goodness didn’t just…
28 – The Not-So-Absent Gravestone
Oct 17, 2018 • 20 min
Back in 2017, Sheila Thomas asked why there was no headstone to mark the grave of Frank Beevers – the first Edmonton police officer killed in the line of duty. This episode, we find out what it’s like to actually see your idea turn into cold, hard,…
27 – The Cree Calendar
Sep 26, 2018 • 36 min
With geese flying south in August and snow in September, it sometimes feels like winter in Edmonton spills far outside its season. What if instead of getting frustrated with the weather though, we tweaked the way we measured the year? Ben Freeland learned…
26 – The High Rise Inquisition
Aug 29, 2018 • 21 min
How is the proliferation of tall buildings in Edmonton affecting training and planning by Edmonton Fire Rescue? Susan Padget asked that question on Taproot Edmonton‘s story garden. Finding out the answer taught us about a surprisingly tangible transition…
25 – The City That Wanted To Be Prairie
Jul 25, 2018 • 47 min
How did Edmonton come to be known as a prairie city? Dustin Bajer asked that question on Taproot Edmonton’s story garden. Finding out the answer - and figuring out whether this area is aspen parkland, or prairie, or forest - challenged our ideas about the…
24 – Back To Ritchie
Jun 27, 2018 • 54 min
We’re back in the Ritchie neighbourhood for a second set of locals’ questions and a live history walk exploring their answers. Karen Wall wanted to know how one neighbourhood could support two independent cobblers. Nicole Anderson wanted to know the…
23 – The High Level Inquisition
May 30, 2018 • 46 min
Susan Padget asks whether it’s true that workers died during the construction of Edmonton’s High Level Bridge. Oodles of extra content on our website: http://www.letsfindoutpodcast.com
22 – The Glyde Mural
Apr 25, 2018 • 19 min
When Kelsey Chief took an orientation tour at the University of Alberta in 2015, one of the stops took her to a mural in Rutherford Library: Henry Glyde’s painting, “Alberta History.” In this episode, Kelsey talks about the anger she felt seeing that…
21 – About Green Onion Cakes
Mar 28, 2018 • 85 min
Daniel Emberg wanted to know why green onion cakes took hold in Edmonton when they did. He flew in from Winnipeg to join us for a live panel at the Mercury Room to find out the answer. Featuring special guests Linda Tzang, Siu To, and Marty Chan.
20 – If It Hadn’t Been For You Meddling Kids
Mar 2, 2018 • 31 min
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…
19 – And I Would Have Gotten Away With All Those Wildfires Too…
Feb 28, 2018 • 26 min
Rasha Chebli and Nuha Taha help us investigate whether climate change is affecting wildfires in Alberta. We’ve been working with a group of students from Hazeldean Elementary and Queen Elizabeth high school. They gave us some questions about climate…
18 – The Case Of The Christmas Train
Jan 31, 2018 • 32 min
Glen Carlson asks us to help him figure out whether the Bay store downtown really used to have a Christmas train on the rooftop. Get the full story on our website: https://letsfindoutpodcast.com/2018/01/31/episode-18-the-case-of-the-christmas-train/
17 – The Avalanche Of Garbage
Dec 27, 2017 • 33 min
Nicole and Jason Harcus ask whether the hill in Gallagher Park used to be a dump once upon a time.
16 – Keep Everything
Nov 29, 2017 • 49 min
What should we keep, and what should we throw away? We use a case study of three boxes that Chris’ parents asked him to finally sort through. And we bring in expert witnesses: a private records archivist from the Provincial Archives of Alberta, and two…
15 – The Sign Of The Ferry
Oct 25, 2017 • 48 min
Raymond Matthias asks if he’s found the remains of John Walter’s ferry. We take a live history walk into the river valley to examine the debris he found and get to the bottom of his question.
14 – The Land At Hand
Sep 27, 2017 • 42 min
Lauren Crazybull asks what parallels we can see between broken treaties and gentrification in Edmonton. Our journey starts on a hill at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery with Papaschase First Nation’s Chief Calvin Bruneau.
13 – The Multiplication Of Evil
Aug 30, 2017 • 43 min
Tess Dehoog asks whether it’s true that the German Nazi party came to Edmonton to learn about Alberta’s eugenics program.
12 – A Rather Queer Roadtrip
Jul 26, 2017 • 58 min
Kory deGroot asks where we can learn about queer history in Edmonton. Answering that takes us through old love letters at the U of A Archives, a sneak peek at some research Fort Ed is doing, and hearing a story about coming out late in life.
11 – About Ritchie
Jun 28, 2017 • 36 min
Ritchie is a beloved older neighbourhood near Mill Creek Ravine. In this episode, we gathered residents’ questions about a school, a meatpacking plant, and some trees in the area. And then we took a walk to find out the answers together.
10 – The Dinosaurs At Danek
Jun 1, 2017 • 28 min
What are paleontologists digging up at Edmonton’s Danek Bonebed? We head down into the ravine to answer that question and a whole lot more questions about dinosaurs from Edmonton kids.
Long Weekend Update
May 22, 2017 • 0 min
I’m looking for questions about the Ritchie neighbourhood for a historical walk. And we’re hiring! More details on the website: https://letsfindoutpodcast.com/2017/05/22/long-weekend-update/
9 – A Lesson In Protocol
May 4, 2017 • 49 min
Nathan Smith asks what food plants have been important to Indigenous peoples in the Edmonton area. A simple question opens up a deep process of learning how to ask questions across cultures, and who knowledge belongs to.
8 – How We Know What’s True (Live)
Mar 29, 2017 • 80 min
Under an avalanche of fake news and misinformation, it seems more important than ever to understand how we know what’s true. On March 11, 2017 we brought out a panel of speakers to The Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton. They answered audience questions…
7 – The Absent Gravestone
Mar 1, 2017 • 32 min
Constable Frank Beevers was the first Edmonton police officer to be killed in the line of duty. Sheila Thomas asks: why is his grave unmarked?
March 11 – Let’s Find Out Goes Live At The Needle!
Feb 16, 2017 • 1 min
Have you been digging listening to Let’s Find Out? Then come bring your history questions to an all-ages live taping! We’ve got an amazing panel of speakers coming out to The Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton on March 11: - Dr. Kisha Supernant (Métis…
The Talking Teacup
Jan 25, 2017 • 25 min
This month, I have something a little different for you. It’s a one-off podcast I did in June 2016 to capture a little taste of the 2016 Edmonton Chinatown Conference. The 2016 Edmonton Chinatown Conference ran from June 11-12 at the University of…
6 – The Great Apartment Caper
Dec 29, 2016 • 57 min
This episode: The Great Apartment Caper. Pamela Learmond asks me to help her verify whether her grandpa really had an entire apartment building moved down 97 Street. [Editor’s note: This episode has been slightly edited to remove some personal details]
5 – The Ravine Reveal
Dec 1, 2016 • 42 min
What has archaeologist Haeden Stewart been digging up in Mill Creek Ravine? I followed him down to the dig site itself. And along the way, I learned about a neighbourhood you might never have known existed, how Edmonton industrialized in the early 20th…
Mini-Update – The Klan Query
Nov 23, 2016 • 7 min
We found out the name of the building where the Ku Klux Klan published their newspaper, The Liberator, in the 1930s.
4 – The Klan Query
Oct 24, 2016 • 39 min
Rebecca Jade asks whether we can put a plaque where the KKK used to publish their newspaper in Edmonton - The Liberator. Along the way we learn about the mayor and premier who lent support to the KKK, a fiery picnic, and what the point of a plaque is…
3 – The Story Of The Sheppard House
Sep 28, 2016 • 36 min
This episode: The Story of the Sheppard House. Christy Boulter asks what exactly is the story behind her home, and its original owner William Sheppard. Investigating that question gave us a surprising look at booze, the behind-the-scenes machinations…
2 – The Trustee Enigma
Aug 29, 2016 • 38 min
This episode: The Trustee Enigma. Bashir Mohamed asks whether Edmonton has ever had a black public school trustee. Looking for an answer takes us to the Edmonton Public School Board’s archives, a conversation with a current trustee, and to the centre of…
1 – The Snow Goose Case
Aug 29, 2016 • 21 min
The first episode of Let’s Find Out, where we take your questions about Edmonton’s history and find out the answer together. This episode: the Snow Goose Case. How did the Snow Goose Festival become the Snow Goose Chase? The answer reveals something…
Episode 0
Jul 11, 2016 • 0 min
Episode 0 by Chris Chang-Yen Phillips