By Robert McLeman
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Interviews with interesting people about backyard rinks, outdoor skating, shinny hockey, and other winter activities on ice. Topics include art, literature, music, science, and tips for making a perfect outdoor rink. Hosted by Robert McLeman, geography professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and co-founder of the RinkWatch citizen science project.
||CleanThe beauty of shinny||Photographer Brant Slomovic has an unmatched eye for capturing the joy and beauty of a game of shinny hockey on a frosty winter day. Listen as he tells Robert about his art, The Shinny Project, and the cultural importance of the outdoor rink. Then, min.||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRink Science||In this episode, geographer Colin Robertson describes how data about backyard skating rinks collected through his RinkWatch project can help environmental scientists better understand the future impacts of climate change. Expert rinkmaker Michael Berub.||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRinks of hope||In this episode, Robert interviews three parents whose families face unique challenges, and learns how a backyard rink has played an important role in helping them meet those challenges. If this episode doesn't grab at your heartstrings, you're as cold.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt, rinks, and family||In this episode, California-based, Winnipeg-born artist, sculptor, and professor Mia Feuer describes two of her amazing rink-inspired art installations. First up is 'The Decline of Outdoor Skate-ability', a giant 3D graph built in a Montreal park from .||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNot just for Habs fans...||In this episode, Robert interviews musician, filmmaker and author Pete McCormack about his novel 'Understanding Ken', published nearly 20 years ago. Set in 1970s British Columbia, the book describes the travails of a boy coming to terms with his parent.||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrady Brady and the year you could build a rink in Vancouver||Interviews about backyard rinks, outdoor skating, and shinny hockey. First, author, musician and CBC personality Grant Lawrence describes the backyard rink of dreams he built during the chilly Vancouver winter of 2016-17. He also discusses hockey bully.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Essential listening for rinkers
Very enjoyable interviews with various members of the backyard rink community. Unlike some podcasts that are way too long and unfocused, these are 15-20 minute segments that stay on topic. I look forward to more episodes.