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We're Totally (Not) OK

A podcast about the intersection between mass media culture and mental health, hosted by Canadian actors Caleigh Le Grand & Tanya Bevan.

Ep 6: From Biology to Technology w/ Bruno Maruzzo

Jul 17 2017
In this episode, Caleigh and Tanya release an interview from their archives. Bruno Maruzzo sat down with Caleigh at the end of last year to speak about technology in-the-making - a machine learning based digital psychiatric expert system designed to offer clinicians a powerful new tool capable of assisting with the process of diagnosis and personalized treatment planning. From mental health issues like depression and PTSD to what this technology means for the ongoing conversation about mental health and even how men and women are neurologically wired in a different way, we bring you a discussion that bridges biology and technology. Also, Caleigh may or may not refer to the founder of Facebook as Mark Zuckerburger. But, hey, we’re sure her brain’s not the only one that stores his name near a fast food item.

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Ep 6: From Biology to Technology w/ Bruno Maruzzo

01:01:07 Download (56MB)

Ep 5: Stop Trying, Start Failing w/ Adam Weitner

Apr 01 2017
Here's your sign to STOP TRYING and START FAILING. Take a risk. Do scary things. Be loud, proud and wrong. You'll gain experience from your adventures and grow from your undertakings. This is one of those episodes we listen to over and over again. We get to speak with Adam Weitner, newly entrepreneured with his studio launch in the East end of Toronto. Adam is ambitious, passionate, kind, and every bit business savvy as he is empathetically wise. He opens up about the mental exercises he challenges himself with to stay on his toes in his ever-busy lifestyle, deeply engrained in the entertainment industry and shares his philosophy on searching internally rather than externally for an understanding of identity. Holler at Adam if you're looking for studio space or production facilitation in anything digital. Reach him here: adam@astrolab.studio astrolab.studio

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Ep 5: Stop Trying, Start Failing w/ Adam Weitner

01:27:15 Download (80MB)

Bonus – Candy Track 1 – Yoda Lecture

Feb 08 2017
Times are tough, especially now. But that's not uncharacteristic of our world, so we're keeping our message general in this extra tidbit of a mini episode for you. Here's that speech Caleigh promised to deliver in audio version - an exit lecture form one of her favourite university professors, Sharon Sliwinski, nearing the end of her academic studies. It's an adaptation of a commencement address given by Mark Danner at Berkeley in 2005. Caleigh reads it when times are tough, or when life's confusing, or when she's feeling invigoratingly brainy. There just words. But they're damn good ones. The kind you wanna, "take out back and make out with," as a friend once put it. Everyone should hear them.
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Bonus – Candy Track 1 – Yoda Lecture

00:11:07 Download (10MB)

Ep 4: Movies, Madness & Mental Health w/ Geoff Pevere

Jan 27 2017
One day we'll speak about our mental health with the same ease as our physical health. In fact, we'll realize its importance just might outweigh that of the latter. We hope. We dream. We make film festivals about it. Well... Geoff does. In this special #BellLetsTalk episode, Tanya & Cales speak with Geoff Pevere, one of the masterminds behind the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival - a fest that focuses purely on movies that touch on aspects of mental health. Share your feelings with your friends. Listen to them when they do the same. It's healthy. It's healing. It's human. Now go call your mom.

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Ep 4: Movies, Madness & Mental Health w/ Geoff Pevere

01:03:13 Download (58MB)

Ep 3: Comedy, Boundaries & Lady Pals w/ Kirsten Rasmussen

Dec 29 2016
From a dog on Red Bull to a comedy school filled with screaming students to a stream of studio-hopping, Tanya & Cales battle the sound waves in an episode about cutting through the noise to find your voice and your sanity. Cales sits down to chat with Toronto comedian Kirsten Rasmussen about life behind the curtain of comedy, how it can be both an outlet and succubus, and how to balance your boundaries and shield yourself from the pitfalls of "ugly places". Tanya shares tells you about her "positivity chair" and the difference between "Hallmark" and "HBO" acting, and the girls call for a show of hands from our lady listeners to determine whether or not their next event should be a gal pal friend swap.

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Ep 3: Comedy, Boundaries & Lady Pals w/ Kirsten Rasmussen

01:17:47 Download (71MB)

Ep 2: Addiction, Depression & MC Hammer w/ Katie Robinette

Dec 09 2016
In our second episode, we sit down with Healthy Minds Canada Executive Director, Katie Robinette, to chat about addiction, workplace depression, and how the art of film fits into the organization's advocacy for mental health awareness. We talk about the similarities between self-help books and acting resources and, if you listen closely enough, you can hear Tanya colouring in our adult colouring book that helps with stress reduction, as well as our dance moves near the end of our episode when we share the secrets behind "Hammer time" - little bits of magic that, left to the hands of professional editors, would have been cut out. You're welcome.

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Ep 2: Addiction, Depression & MC Hammer w/ Katie Robinette

01:28:26 Download (81MB)

Ep 1: Acting, Mindfulness & Rosana Zammit

Nov 16 2016
In WT(N)OK'S very first episode, Caleigh and Tanya introduce themselves and share some of the reasons why they're joining the important conversation about mental health. WT(N)OK welcomes special guest and resident psychotherapist, Rosana Zammit, who draws on her backgrounds in law and entertainment to share her specialized insight into the intersection of mass media culture and mental health.

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Ep 1: Acting, Mindfulness & Rosana Zammit

01:56:56 Download (107MB)

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