Disruption Discovered

Disruption Discovered

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We live in a world increasingly defined by disruption and complexity. This is a show about the forces that are reshaping the 21st century—from information warfare to climate change to gene editing—brought to life through accessible discussions with Canadian thought leaders.


A Post-Truth Social Contract — with Jeff Kinder
Apr 8 • 17 min
The implicit arrangement between science and society—funding and autonomy in exchange for substantial but unpredictable benefits—is under strain. Canadians are increasingly skeptical that scientists conduct themselves ethically, or that the government is…
Mutant Biofuels — with Kin Chan
Apr 1 • 17 min
Keeping global temperatures to safe levels will require unlikely and disruptive discoveries from unexpected places. Medicine is a promising frontier. Kin Chan discusses his medical research on DNA damage and cancer, and explains how an enzyme that he…
Canada’s Front Yard — with Jackie Dawson
Mar 25 • 16 min
A melting Arctic is opening up Canadian waters and coastlines to the world. Canada needs a vision for how it will handle this new activity and build out the necessary infrastructure in previously inaccessible locations. Jackie Dawson explains what a…
An Unlocked Arctic — with Jackie Dawson
Mar 18 • 16 min
The Arctic is warming at twice the global average. In the Canadian Arctic, it’s three times the global average. Jackie Dawson explains the scale of this transformation, and what a melting Arctic means for the future of trade, geopolitics, and Northern…
Brace for Geoengineering — with Jason Blackstock
Mar 11 • 24 min
Climate change is the ultimate disruptor. On timescales that matter for people alive today, it’s a question of slowing climate change down rather than “solving” or “fixing” it. Geoengineering might be our most drastic option. Jason Blackstock explains the…
The Unpredictability of National Security — with Mark Salter
Mar 4 • 22 min
Nations constantly make decisions about national security in the face of uncertainty or incomplete information. The outcomes of these decisions are often unpredictable, and success is often invisible. Mark Salter explains how the national security…
Deweaponizing Misinformation — with Kimberly Girling
Feb 26 • 21 min
Misinformation is influencing public opinion, decision making, and even geopolitics. And it’s not just coming from Facebook and Twitter—it’s coming from our political leaders. Yet our ability to detect misinformation is diminishing. Kimberly Girling…
China Conundrums — with Margaret McCuaig-Johnston
Feb 19 • 22 min
Canada-China relations are in uncharted territory. To understand the current tangle of trade disputes and hostage diplomacy, it helps to go back to the beginning. Margaret McCuaig-Johnston traces Canada’s relationship with China back to the establishment…
Big Data, Big Agriculture — with Kelly Bronson
Feb 12 • 24 min
Big data can dramatically improve decision-making, but the design and imagining of what we can and should use big data for is happening largely outside of the purview of public debate. Kelly Bronson explains big data’s arrival in the public sphere…
How Do We Know Something Is True — with Marc Saner
Feb 5 • 18 min
We live in an era of information abundance. But converting information into knowledge and applying that knowledge to improve society are massive tasks. Marc Saner explains the challenge of turning increasingly complex scientific knowledge into tangible…
Trailer: Disruption Discovered
Jan 28 • 0 min
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