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POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

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POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

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"Polish Globalist Expat Lefty Liberals"

By Łukasz_K - Dec 17 2018
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Content is exclusively devoted to lefty politics: Every show is filled with virtue signaling, lefty causes and globalist themes and overtures--the basis of their story-selection. "What Poland Needs to Do to Acommodate Muslim Immigrants!" "The Afro-Caribbean Nativity!" Polish people... providing aid to Africa! ...to the NY ghetto! ...to the tranny community". Tiresome and falsely advertised. They frequently make subtle (and not-so-subtle) digs disparaging Poland's government and the patriotic Polish majority which it represents. on the podcast as well as on their Facebook page, etc. All while claiming to be "above politics". More NPR than authentic Polish culture, people, issues, etc, etc. A real shame.

Bravo!

By indyroos - Nov 09 2017
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A satisfying variety of content; some light, some thought provoking, most of it quite enjoyable. Great for English speakers who either want to keep in touch with their Polish roots, or better understand their Polish friends. Thank you Małgorzata and Tomek, keep up the good work!

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7 Ratings
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"Polish Globalist Expat Lefty Liberals"

By Łukasz_K - Dec 17 2018
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Content is exclusively devoted to lefty politics: Every show is filled with virtue signaling, lefty causes and globalist themes and overtures--the basis of their story-selection. "What Poland Needs to Do to Acommodate Muslim Immigrants!" "The Afro-Caribbean Nativity!" Polish people... providing aid to Africa! ...to the NY ghetto! ...to the tranny community". Tiresome and falsely advertised. They frequently make subtle (and not-so-subtle) digs disparaging Poland's government and the patriotic Polish majority which it represents. on the podcast as well as on their Facebook page, etc. All while claiming to be "above politics". More NPR than authentic Polish culture, people, issues, etc, etc. A real shame.

Bravo!

By indyroos - Nov 09 2017
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A satisfying variety of content; some light, some thought provoking, most of it quite enjoyable. Great for English speakers who either want to keep in touch with their Polish roots, or better understand their Polish friends. Thank you Małgorzata and Tomek, keep up the good work!
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POLcast

Latest release on Jun 14, 2020

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POLcast is an English language podcast created for everybody interested in Poland. Each episode brings you interesting interviews, historical facts, trivia and more.

Rank #1: POLcast episode 12

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In this episode: 
  • Where in Poland you can have a beer in a cellar as old as mediewal crusades
  • How history is not just about the past
  • How we celebrated the POLcast launch at the Polish Consulate with great guests and fantastic musicians
For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful weekly audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
 
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations..

Jun 25 2016

34mins

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Rank #2: POLcast episode 42

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In this episode you will hear:

• How a young German sees the complicated relationship between Germany and Poland - the past and the present (part 1).

• How it is possible to master the "impossibly difficult" Polish language when you are British,

• How to travel the world with a young child and have extra fun.

Interviews:

• Johannes Schneider - a German, born and educated in Germany, who also lived for a number of years in Austria, now a Canadian, talks about his native country's troubled past - WWII and its relationship with Poland (part 1 of the interview),

• Richard Washington - a Brit, who has lived and worked in Poland for nearly 7 years, fully fluent in Polish, talks about his adventure of learning Polish,

• Sergiusz Pinkwart - a journalist, blogger, author and passionate traveller, specializing in travelling with a child and writing about it with his wife.

Also in this episode:

• POLcast's 1st Birthday - our summary

• Roberto, a Maltese radio journalist working in Poland, talks about his experience of living in Poland

• “Smacznego! Eating Polish” -  apple raisin cake

• Leonard Cohen in Polish.

For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations

Apr 29 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: Episode 68

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• How young Polish Canadians stirred up Polish youth around the world - 10 years of Quo Vadis 

On September 20-22, 2019 delegates from all over the world came to Toronto to celebrate 10 years of Quo Vadis, a unique youth movement, one and only in the world. POLcast talks to Ania Barycka, the conference spiritus movens, organizer and veteran.

• An Australian Quo Vadis organizer's experience with polishness

While at the 10th QV conference in Toronto, I met a really enthusiastic young Pole Szymon Motylek, who now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. His life is quite a story...

• A Hongkonger with a Polish heart

I met Ericsson Singh at Quo Vadis. Born in Hong Kong, he loves Poland, speaks the language and is very active in the Polish Club at the University of Toronto. He sees his future in Poland with his Polish fiancee Kinga. What a story!

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - Polish goulash (gulasz)

• Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode (a Polish Canadian nominated for a Grammy 2020).

Nov 10 2019

57mins

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Rank #4: POLcast Christmas Episode 69

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This is POLcast Christmas Episode. 
WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT i WSPANIAŁEGO NOWEGO ROKU!
In Episode 69 you will hear:
Interviews:
• "Music has been my lifeline": when cancer hits

Arthur Lewinowicz, a 27-year-old violin and viola player, composer and teacher, whose life mission is to help kids with various disabilities and special needs learn to play the violin and enjoy music, has been fighting cancer since August.

• Living like any other person who can see

Marta Hanyżkiewicz, born in Poland, is a student of business and psychology at New York University and Baruch College in New York City. She is blind but has decided to live her life like any other person her age who can see.

• 50th segment of Smacznego! Eating Polish

• Polish carols and Christmas songs by Magda Papierz and Ola Turkiewicz, from their 2015 album "Święta kolędą przyprószone".

Dec 22 2019

54mins

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Rank #5: POLcast episode 44

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In this episode you will hear:

Interviews:

• Marek Probosz - a Polish success story in Hollywood, where he came for a short visit in 1987 as a big Easter European star - film, television and stage actor in his native Poland with more than 50 starring roles  and numerous awards, known across Eastern Europe as the “De Niro of Poland”(part 1 of the interview),

• John Godson - the first black man in Polish Parliament. He moved from Nigeria to Poland in 1993 and in 2001 received Polish citizenship. A minister, missionary, academic, politician, actor, teacher, businessman, he was first a city councillor in Lodz and then became a member of Parliament.

• A bicultural Polish-Indian family living in Canada.

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• A brief (and brilliant) history of Poland by Dr. Walter Perchal, York University, Toronto.

Also in this episode:

• Differences between a normal friend and a Polish friend

• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - Polish hamburgers "kotlety siekane"

• Updates: Bart Soroczyński, Ola Turkiewicz and Ron Davis

• An interesting Polish music connection.

Jun 24 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #6: POLcast episode 43

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In this episode you will hear:
  • How a young German sees the complicated relationship between Germany and Poland – the past and the present (part 2).
  • What Canada’s Ambassador to Poland sees as his role in Poland and how he promotes Canada there.
  • How an extreme sport can lead to much more than an adrenaline rush and records.

Interviews:

• Johannes Schneider - a German, born and educated in Germany, who also lived for a number of years in Austria, now a Canadian, talks about his native country's troubled past - WWII and its relationship with Poland (part 2 of the interview),

• His Excellency Stephen de Boer - Canada’s Ambassador to Poland since December 2015.

• Tomasz Kozłowski - a psychologist by profession, whose life passion is extreme sports - mainly skydiving, mountain rescues. Author.

Also in this episode:

• Paradise Cave• Foreigners in Poland - who and why?• "Smacznego! Eating Polish" - traditional pork chops

• Goodbye to one of the best - Zbigniew Wodecki's music

May 27 2017

59mins

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Rank #7: POLcast episode 40

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In this episode you will hear:
  • Interviews:

    • Ela Kinowska and Piotr Sobierajski – Polish Canadians who are travelling across Canada (now in the North) with their RED COUCH to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and record of Canadians from coast to coast to coast

    • Minister Valerie Adams-Patterson – minister of communities responsible for housing of Guyana and her delegation (including a Polish Canadian and a Guyanese Canadian) on their way to Poland

    • Jakub Nagrodzki - a Cambridge University student of medicine and president of the Cambridge University Polish Society, main organizer of the 10th Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK held at Cambridge University.

    Also in this episode:

    • The peculiarities of the Polish language - vocabulary traps• Non-Poles about Poles and Poland• “Smacznego! Eating Polish” – delicious strawberry pie• Poles' love for jazz - jazz festivals in Poland.

For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations

Mar 04 2017

54mins

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Rank #8: POLcast episode 39

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For full length interviews, visuals and a lot of additional information please visit our website at myPOLcast.com  
POLcast is the FIRST EVER English language podcast about Poland and Poles around the world. It's a colourful audio magazine delivered directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have a Polish customer, colleague, girlfriend or grandmother – you will hear something that will help you to enrich these relations

Feb 05 2017

51mins

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Rank #9: POLcast Episode 67

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• Was it worth it? A story of an immigrant's journey

Liliana Arkuszewski lives in Ottawa. Her book about her immigration journey written in Polish has now been translated to English and recently published. 

• A true hero who risked his life to save others

Mr. Franciszek Paslawski, who just passed away in September 2019, was the last Righteous Among Nations still living in Canada. This is his story and the story of those who owe him their lives.

• In love with Dawson City, Yukon

Matylda Lis, a vivacious young Polish Canadian woman who travels all over the world, has fallen in love with Dawson City, Yukon, famous for the Klondike gold rush. Matylda spends all her summers there and has become a part of its community.

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - plum crumble

• Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

Oct 06 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #10: Episode 66

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Sep 02 2019

55mins

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Rank #11: POLcast Episode 65

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Murder, cover up and forced silence - the war was not over for Poles

Wanda Kościa talks to Piotr Szkopiak, British writer/director and his most recent film “The Last Witness”, a thriller which talks about the Katyn 1940 monumental masacre, in itself a tragedy, but also about another tragic aspect of it - the coverup by the Allies, who didn’t want to reveal the Soviet guilt, ascribing it to the Germans. The film also shows the fate of Polish refugees after WWII who lived for years in displaced persons’ camps in Britain, unable to return to their motherland controlled by the communist Soviet Union after the war, and unable to openly talk about why they had to stay in Britain and what had happened.

• The future of money and information

Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology - everybody talks about these hot terms but not everyone understands what they are all about. It's all explained by Thomas Jankowski, the Chief Digital & Growth Officer at Coinsquare, Canada’s leading exchange for trading Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital currencies.

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - super apple recipes

• Music- POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

Jun 30 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #12: POLcast Episode 64

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• Polish language, literature and culture lovers at a North American university

Why is it that not only people with Polish roots but also people who have no Polish blood in them study Polish literature, culture and language in countries outside Poland such as Canada?

• The land of mosquitos and Poles in Ontario (Part 2)

Kaszuby, an area in northern Ontario, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, named after the part of northern Poland from which the first settlers came, is the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada. The Kashubian language and childhood memories...

• A translator's gift to English language readers 

Bill Johnston, a professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University and an award winning prolific translator of Polish literature of all genres and epochs, did the unthinkable - translated the legendary Polish national epic "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz (1834), in verse. “Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania” was published by Achipelago Books in 2018. How did he do that?

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - super beet recipes

• UPDATES - what's new in the POLcast family? Recent achievements of POLcast interviewees.

• Music- POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

May 26 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #13: POLcast episode 63

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• From building capitalism in Poland to writing books and helping others

Agnieszka Dydycz tells her story of the very beginning of capitalism in Poland and her role in creating capital markets at the national level, her interactions with the biggest institutional global investors, and then... her life as a writer and her charity work.

 

• Polished ice - curling in Poland

Adela Walczak lives in Poland, a country without any curling traditions and without any curling facilities. Until now, because Adela decided to build a world class curling club in her home town Łódź, in the centre of Poland. And she did!

 

• The land of mosquitos and Poles in Ontario

Kaszuby, an area in northern Ontario, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, named after the part of northern Poland from which the first settlers came, is the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada.

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• Great Poles - Marian Smoluchowski

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - sorrel soup

Apr 28 2019

58mins

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Rank #14: POLcast episode 62

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• Polish art in Indian palaces

Poland’s connections with many geographically distant countries are a fascinating topic. This story of a famous pre-war Polish painter whose art decorates many palaces in India is told by a Canadian POLcast listener born in India. He had just come back to Canada after visiting his home country and was fascinated with artist Stefan Norblin’s contribution to India’s culture.

• Basia’s love line

Basia lives in a small town in Ontario. On a line between two trees in front of her house she hangs donated winter clothes as well as hats and scarves she and her daughter make. They are free for anyone who needs them. 

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• The minorities of Poland – Lemkos.
• Smacznego! Eating Polish – pork roast

Mar 09 2019

45mins

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Rank #15: POLcast episode 61

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• If you cannot buy it – make it yourself: a story of Kannuk vodka

Imagine that you go to a store and want to buy something special as a gift – well, you cannot because it’s simply not available. 99.9 per cent of people would simply leave saying: “too bad. I wish they produced it” and go buy something else. But not Adam Szymkow…

• The world’s largest orchestra “plays” for sick kids

This year for the 27th time, Poland’s largest fundraising campaign – the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which collects money for medical equipment for Polish paediatric hospitals – has “played” in Poland and dozens of countries, including Canada. Every year the fundraising drive ends in a grand finale concert – ours was held at the Fregata Restaurant in Mississauga.

• Great Poles – Zbigniew Religa, a legendary cardiologist

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – bigos

Feb 10 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: POLcast episode 60

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This is our special Christmas Episode so we would like to wish you

WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT i SZCZĘŚLIWEGO NOWEGO ROKU!

 

In this episode you will hear:
Interviews:
• Art helps people in a remote African village

For six years Ted Dawson has travelled every fall to rural Tanzania, an area next door to Kilimanjaro, to help local people build and modernize infrastructure. In November, for the first time, he took with him Ewa Henry, a Polish Canadian artist, who opened an art program there, empowering local youth and help them get some income.

A Polish pre-war story getting yet another life in California

What I really love is when fascinating stories grow by getting extensions and often new lives. Here is one such story. Ana Bayat, a multilingual actress from San Francisco, met and heard the music and the story of Canadian jazz musician Ron Davis at the Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. It's the story of how Ron, a child of Holocaust survivors, discovered that his mother Alicja was right about his grandfather's pre-war past in Warsaw immortalized in a famous song "Bal na Gnojnej" a.k.a. "Bal u Grubego Jośka". Now Ana is writing a play about Ron's mother Alicja.

Money must not prevent anyone from experiencing the shows

Arthur Wachnik, actor, musician, singer, is the artistic director of an over 3000-seat venue - Christian Performing Arts Centre in Toronto. We talk about this great centre, its mission and its recent brand new show The Nativity Musical.

Great Poles - Janusz Korczak

Smacznego! Eating Polish  - yummy Christmas traditions

Dec 16 2018

52mins

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Rank #17: POLcast episode 59

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We are releasing this episode on a very special day - today, on 11 November 2018, Poland and Poles around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.

After 123 years of partitions, on 11 November 1918, the dream of generations of Poles came true: the Polish state was reborn and Poland reappeared on the maps of Europe.

In this episode you will hear:The story of 100 years of Poland's independence

Special gift to Poland on its 100th anniversary of independenceInterviews:• Each child deserves to learn musicArthur Lewinowicz, a violin and viola player, composer and teacher, has made it his life mission to help kids with various disabilities and special needs learn to play the violin and enjoy music. His school Singing Strings in Toronto offers unconventional music education to everybody, including kids from low income families.

• Celebrating Poland - top young Polish writers in Toronto“Celebrating Poland” at the 39th Toronto International Festival of Authors featured a panel discussion and a Q&A with three top young Polish authors chaired by our own Canadian best selling author Eva Stachniak and hosted by prof. Tamara Trojanowska, Director for the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the UofT, former director of the Polish Language and Literature Program.

• Love for Polish cuisine - comfort food with multiple personalitiesEvery episode of POLcast brings you a taste of Polish cuisine - those yummy recipes come from Laura and Peter Zeranski, authors of two cook books sold around the world and a hugely popular blog.

Nov 11 2018

1hr 45mins

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Rank #18: POLcast episode 58

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In this episode you will hear:Interviews:• A ticking piece of Poland with a charity twistRobin Devine makes beautiful watches which she donates as gifts to hundreds of veterans, at the same time providing significant support for many charities (over 22 years around half a million dollars have been donated to numerous charitable causes). Now on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence, she created an exquisite Polish Eagle Watch to celebrate this special occasion.

• It starts with a bang - Scotland and PolandWanda Koscia talks to Neal Ascherson, a renowned Scottish author and journalist, with books and articles on a wide range of topics: including the Congo, the Spanish Civil War, archaeology, Scotland and more, an expert on Poland, who recently published his first novel “The Death of the Fronsac”.

• EKRAN - 10 years of Polish film in TorontoThe 10th EKRAN Toronto Polish Festival is starting very soon, on November 5. Nine years is a long time - lots of films, guests, screenings, events. It's a perfect moment to look back.

• Great Poles - Henryk Sienkiewicz

• Smacznego! Eating Polish  - halusky

Oct 14 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #19: POLcast episode 57

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• Poles and Jews meet through their common music

Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk, born in Poland, is a singer, accordion player and researcher of Eastern European musical folklore. Since the very beginning of her creative work, she has been focusing on Jewish music of Ashkenazi roots. She converted into Judaism and now lives and works in Jerusalem. She performed at Toronto’s Lula Lounge at the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival with her three Polish musicians.

• The Things of Warsaw

When I was in Poland in June, I attended the official opening of the Museum of Warsaw, also referred to as the Museum of Things, located in a number of historic buildings in the Old Town Market Square.

  • From law and math to the cutting-edge computing technology

Bohr Technology Inc., based in Warsaw, works on creative ideas behind the new revolutionary quantum computers, which in the next 5 years will probably start replacing classic computers for the purpose of solving optimisation problems. Witold Kowalczyk and Przemyslaw Chojecki are the founders and the brains behind this innovative startup company.

• The statue of Fahrenheit in Gdansk

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – peach turnovers

• We leave you with “Rebecca” sung by Olga Mieleszczuk

Sep 16 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #20: POLcast episode 56

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  • A childhood dream that came true

Maple syrup, Leonard Cohen, hockey – these are Canadian icons. There is one more, very special – Anne of Green Gables, the red-haired orphan whose life in Avonlea in Prince Edward Island was described by author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Bernadeta Milewski is a Pole living in the US, whose life has been influenced by Anne of Green Gables in many ways.

  • The money is on the road – a study of immorality

After the successul premiere of hs feature debut “22 Chaser”, we talk to Polish Canadian filmmaker – Rafal Sokolowski, an award-winning film and theatre director whose short films have been shown worldwide.

  • White and red hearts from Chicago

The Jeopardy-style 2nd annual contest tests elementary and high school students of Polish language schools in Canada and the US on their knowledge about Poland – its history, geography, culture, traditions (and this year also sports) – all in Polish.

  • Great Poles – about themselves and their recent accoplishments and projects

Smacznego! Eating Polish – Polish sauces

Aug 12 2018

1hr 3mins

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Episode 75

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• Students connect in a coast-to-coast event

Quo Vadis Conferences Canada and the Polish Students’ Association (PSA) at the University of Toronto have teamed up to co-host an online conference just for students!

POLcast is happy to be the event’s media patron.

• Grammy Award nominee’s passion for jazz

In February I conducted this carefree – pre-COVID-19 – interview with Kinga Heming, an amazing Polish Canadian jazz singer, who was born in Poland, moved to Ottawa when she was five and now resides in the small town of Kelowna in the Canadian province of British Columbia. I had just seen (and loved) her performance at the Kabaret pod Banką’s annual Kabareton (Cabaret Night) but most of all – she had been nominated for coveted Grammy Award.

Jun 14 2020

50mins

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Episode 74 - COVID-19 #3

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The pandemic...

Every day brings us new numbers - every single one of them represents someone whose life has been affected by this horrifying pandemic that has changed our world in ways we could not have imagined or predicted. Someone infected or deceased. Those numbers keep growing every day and we all pray or wish for the day when we hear that they have begun to drop. 

Today we will talk about mental health, a very important face of the COVID-19 crisis.

• Kids and the pandemic

I talk to Dr. Ewa Antczak, a child psychologist, who deals with the emotional/psychological impact of the pandemic on kids.

• Poland and its first three days of May

On May 1 2004, Poland joined the European Union (EU), fulfilling its great dream to rejoin the great European family and community, from which it was isolated by the communist regime and system. 

May 2 is Polish Flag Day which has been celebrated since 2004. May 2nd is also celebrated as a day of Polish diaspora or Poles abroad, so called POLONIA DAY. There are roughly 20 mln people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland, making the Polish diaspora one of the largest in the world and one of the most widely dispersed.

May 3 is Poland’s national holiday: Polish Constitution Day. Poles are celebrating the declaration of the constitution in 1791, the second (after the American Constitution) democraitic, progressive constitution in the world.

May 03 2020

46mins

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Episode 73 – POLcast on COVID-19 (#2)

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• The risk is obvious, but it doesn’t matter

The pandemic as experienced by someone who risks her life every day, a front line worker.

• Polish Easter

At the beginning of March, long before we realized the full scope of what was going on around us, I recorded a conversation with Maria Różanska of Just Be Cooking about Polish Easter traditions.

Apr 11 2020

43mins

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POLcast - Episode 72 (POLcast on COVID-19)

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Our world has changed completely. POLcast has now been transformed to COVID-19 themed podcast and will be released more frequently that once a month - every two (or three) weeks, depending on how much strength I will have to produce it. 

In Episode 72 you will hear one interview only:

Facts and myths about COVID-19 and how we can all beat it

This is a conversation with Dr. Rafal Kustra, Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Mar 31 2020

52mins

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POLcast Episode 71

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“Memory is Our Homeland” – a tribute to those whose story was never told

Canada’s dark past resonates with Poles in Poland 

• Pączki –Just Be Cooking Maria Rozynska is talking about the International Pączki Day and the magic od pączki making. To attend the Just Be Cooking Pączki event and other evets, see HERE

Feb 23 2020

58mins

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POLcast Episode 70

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• A no-barrier approach to Polishness

It’s fantastic that children of emigrants, Poles who settled in other countries such as Canada, even though they were often born and educated here, are interetsed in their roots, cultural heritage and want to incorporate their Polishness into their identity. There are a few Polish Canadian youth organizations, including the one and only Quo Vadis movement, which we have featured on POLcast. A Polish Canadian young professionals’ organization, whose launch we celebrated on POLcast last year - Konekt is a bit different from other such groups. It’s been growing and expanding.

• Cooking, teaching and singing - all in one

I am introducing to you our new POLcast collaborator - Maria Rozynska and her Just Be Cooking. Maria will be collaborating with POLcast and will have her own segment in each episode. 

Maria Rozynska created an innovative project in Toronto called Just Be Cooking - where people make food (not only Polish) under expert supervision, hear about its history and cultural signficance, listen to live music, and eat the food that they cooked in a communal meal. 

• How can languages save your life?

How can knowing multiple lanuages help you stay alive? A Polish American academic Tadeusz “Tad” Haska survived WWII and the stalinist repressions thanks to his unusual linguistics talent. This incredible story was lovingly described by his granddaughter Stefanie Naumann in her book  How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival, released in September 2019 with Koehler Books.

• Goodbye to Laura and Peter Żerański - please but their great heritage cookbooks (you can learn about them here)

• Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

Jan 26 2020

56mins

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POLcast Christmas Episode 69

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This is POLcast Christmas Episode. 
WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT i WSPANIAŁEGO NOWEGO ROKU!
In Episode 69 you will hear:
Interviews:
• "Music has been my lifeline": when cancer hits

Arthur Lewinowicz, a 27-year-old violin and viola player, composer and teacher, whose life mission is to help kids with various disabilities and special needs learn to play the violin and enjoy music, has been fighting cancer since August.

• Living like any other person who can see

Marta Hanyżkiewicz, born in Poland, is a student of business and psychology at New York University and Baruch College in New York City. She is blind but has decided to live her life like any other person her age who can see.

• 50th segment of Smacznego! Eating Polish

• Polish carols and Christmas songs by Magda Papierz and Ola Turkiewicz, from their 2015 album "Święta kolędą przyprószone".

Dec 22 2019

54mins

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• How young Polish Canadians stirred up Polish youth around the world - 10 years of Quo Vadis 

On September 20-22, 2019 delegates from all over the world came to Toronto to celebrate 10 years of Quo Vadis, a unique youth movement, one and only in the world. POLcast talks to Ania Barycka, the conference spiritus movens, organizer and veteran.

• An Australian Quo Vadis organizer's experience with polishness

While at the 10th QV conference in Toronto, I met a really enthusiastic young Pole Szymon Motylek, who now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. His life is quite a story...

• A Hongkonger with a Polish heart

I met Ericsson Singh at Quo Vadis. Born in Hong Kong, he loves Poland, speaks the language and is very active in the Polish Club at the University of Toronto. He sees his future in Poland with his Polish fiancee Kinga. What a story!

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - Polish goulash (gulasz)

• Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode (a Polish Canadian nominated for a Grammy 2020).

Nov 10 2019

57mins

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• Was it worth it? A story of an immigrant's journey

Liliana Arkuszewski lives in Ottawa. Her book about her immigration journey written in Polish has now been translated to English and recently published. 

• A true hero who risked his life to save others

Mr. Franciszek Paslawski, who just passed away in September 2019, was the last Righteous Among Nations still living in Canada. This is his story and the story of those who owe him their lives.

• In love with Dawson City, Yukon

Matylda Lis, a vivacious young Polish Canadian woman who travels all over the world, has fallen in love with Dawson City, Yukon, famous for the Klondike gold rush. Matylda spends all her summers there and has become a part of its community.

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - plum crumble

• Music - POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

Oct 06 2019

1hr 9mins

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Sep 02 2019

55mins

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Murder, cover up and forced silence - the war was not over for Poles

Wanda Kościa talks to Piotr Szkopiak, British writer/director and his most recent film “The Last Witness”, a thriller which talks about the Katyn 1940 monumental masacre, in itself a tragedy, but also about another tragic aspect of it - the coverup by the Allies, who didn’t want to reveal the Soviet guilt, ascribing it to the Germans. The film also shows the fate of Polish refugees after WWII who lived for years in displaced persons’ camps in Britain, unable to return to their motherland controlled by the communist Soviet Union after the war, and unable to openly talk about why they had to stay in Britain and what had happened.

• The future of money and information

Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology - everybody talks about these hot terms but not everyone understands what they are all about. It's all explained by Thomas Jankowski, the Chief Digital & Growth Officer at Coinsquare, Canada’s leading exchange for trading Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital currencies.

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - super apple recipes

• Music- POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

Jun 30 2019

1hr 1min

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• Polish language, literature and culture lovers at a North American university

Why is it that not only people with Polish roots but also people who have no Polish blood in them study Polish literature, culture and language in countries outside Poland such as Canada?

• The land of mosquitos and Poles in Ontario (Part 2)

Kaszuby, an area in northern Ontario, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, named after the part of northern Poland from which the first settlers came, is the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada. The Kashubian language and childhood memories...

• A translator's gift to English language readers 

Bill Johnston, a professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University and an award winning prolific translator of Polish literature of all genres and epochs, did the unthinkable - translated the legendary Polish national epic "Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz (1834), in verse. “Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania” was published by Achipelago Books in 2018. How did he do that?

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• Smacznego! Eating Polish - super beet recipes

• UPDATES - what's new in the POLcast family? Recent achievements of POLcast interviewees.

• Music- POLcast's surprise at the end of the episode.

May 26 2019

1hr 4mins

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• From building capitalism in Poland to writing books and helping others

Agnieszka Dydycz tells her story of the very beginning of capitalism in Poland and her role in creating capital markets at the national level, her interactions with the biggest institutional global investors, and then... her life as a writer and her charity work.

 

• Polished ice - curling in Poland

Adela Walczak lives in Poland, a country without any curling traditions and without any curling facilities. Until now, because Adela decided to build a world class curling club in her home town Łódź, in the centre of Poland. And she did!

 

• The land of mosquitos and Poles in Ontario

Kaszuby, an area in northern Ontario, about 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, named after the part of northern Poland from which the first settlers came, is the site of the first Polish settlement in Canada.

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• Great Poles - Marian Smoluchowski

• Smacznego! Eating Polish - sorrel soup

Apr 28 2019

58mins

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• Polish art in Indian palaces

Poland’s connections with many geographically distant countries are a fascinating topic. This story of a famous pre-war Polish painter whose art decorates many palaces in India is told by a Canadian POLcast listener born in India. He had just come back to Canada after visiting his home country and was fascinated with artist Stefan Norblin’s contribution to India’s culture.

• Basia’s love line

Basia lives in a small town in Ontario. On a line between two trees in front of her house she hangs donated winter clothes as well as hats and scarves she and her daughter make. They are free for anyone who needs them. 

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• The minorities of Poland – Lemkos.
• Smacznego! Eating Polish – pork roast

Mar 09 2019

45mins

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• If you cannot buy it – make it yourself: a story of Kannuk vodka

Imagine that you go to a store and want to buy something special as a gift – well, you cannot because it’s simply not available. 99.9 per cent of people would simply leave saying: “too bad. I wish they produced it” and go buy something else. But not Adam Szymkow…

• The world’s largest orchestra “plays” for sick kids

This year for the 27th time, Poland’s largest fundraising campaign – the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which collects money for medical equipment for Polish paediatric hospitals – has “played” in Poland and dozens of countries, including Canada. Every year the fundraising drive ends in a grand finale concert – ours was held at the Fregata Restaurant in Mississauga.

• Great Poles – Zbigniew Religa, a legendary cardiologist

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – bigos

Feb 10 2019

1hr 7mins

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This is our special Christmas Episode so we would like to wish you

WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT i SZCZĘŚLIWEGO NOWEGO ROKU!

 

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• Art helps people in a remote African village

For six years Ted Dawson has travelled every fall to rural Tanzania, an area next door to Kilimanjaro, to help local people build and modernize infrastructure. In November, for the first time, he took with him Ewa Henry, a Polish Canadian artist, who opened an art program there, empowering local youth and help them get some income.

A Polish pre-war story getting yet another life in California

What I really love is when fascinating stories grow by getting extensions and often new lives. Here is one such story. Ana Bayat, a multilingual actress from San Francisco, met and heard the music and the story of Canadian jazz musician Ron Davis at the Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. It's the story of how Ron, a child of Holocaust survivors, discovered that his mother Alicja was right about his grandfather's pre-war past in Warsaw immortalized in a famous song "Bal na Gnojnej" a.k.a. "Bal u Grubego Jośka". Now Ana is writing a play about Ron's mother Alicja.

Money must not prevent anyone from experiencing the shows

Arthur Wachnik, actor, musician, singer, is the artistic director of an over 3000-seat venue - Christian Performing Arts Centre in Toronto. We talk about this great centre, its mission and its recent brand new show The Nativity Musical.

Great Poles - Janusz Korczak

Smacznego! Eating Polish  - yummy Christmas traditions

Dec 16 2018

52mins

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We are releasing this episode on a very special day - today, on 11 November 2018, Poland and Poles around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.

After 123 years of partitions, on 11 November 1918, the dream of generations of Poles came true: the Polish state was reborn and Poland reappeared on the maps of Europe.

In this episode you will hear:The story of 100 years of Poland's independence

Special gift to Poland on its 100th anniversary of independenceInterviews:• Each child deserves to learn musicArthur Lewinowicz, a violin and viola player, composer and teacher, has made it his life mission to help kids with various disabilities and special needs learn to play the violin and enjoy music. His school Singing Strings in Toronto offers unconventional music education to everybody, including kids from low income families.

• Celebrating Poland - top young Polish writers in Toronto“Celebrating Poland” at the 39th Toronto International Festival of Authors featured a panel discussion and a Q&A with three top young Polish authors chaired by our own Canadian best selling author Eva Stachniak and hosted by prof. Tamara Trojanowska, Director for the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the UofT, former director of the Polish Language and Literature Program.

• Love for Polish cuisine - comfort food with multiple personalitiesEvery episode of POLcast brings you a taste of Polish cuisine - those yummy recipes come from Laura and Peter Zeranski, authors of two cook books sold around the world and a hugely popular blog.

Nov 11 2018

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In this episode you will hear:Interviews:• A ticking piece of Poland with a charity twistRobin Devine makes beautiful watches which she donates as gifts to hundreds of veterans, at the same time providing significant support for many charities (over 22 years around half a million dollars have been donated to numerous charitable causes). Now on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence, she created an exquisite Polish Eagle Watch to celebrate this special occasion.

• It starts with a bang - Scotland and PolandWanda Koscia talks to Neal Ascherson, a renowned Scottish author and journalist, with books and articles on a wide range of topics: including the Congo, the Spanish Civil War, archaeology, Scotland and more, an expert on Poland, who recently published his first novel “The Death of the Fronsac”.

• EKRAN - 10 years of Polish film in TorontoThe 10th EKRAN Toronto Polish Festival is starting very soon, on November 5. Nine years is a long time - lots of films, guests, screenings, events. It's a perfect moment to look back.

• Great Poles - Henryk Sienkiewicz

• Smacznego! Eating Polish  - halusky

Oct 14 2018

1hr 14mins

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• Poles and Jews meet through their common music

Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk, born in Poland, is a singer, accordion player and researcher of Eastern European musical folklore. Since the very beginning of her creative work, she has been focusing on Jewish music of Ashkenazi roots. She converted into Judaism and now lives and works in Jerusalem. She performed at Toronto’s Lula Lounge at the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival with her three Polish musicians.

• The Things of Warsaw

When I was in Poland in June, I attended the official opening of the Museum of Warsaw, also referred to as the Museum of Things, located in a number of historic buildings in the Old Town Market Square.

  • From law and math to the cutting-edge computing technology

Bohr Technology Inc., based in Warsaw, works on creative ideas behind the new revolutionary quantum computers, which in the next 5 years will probably start replacing classic computers for the purpose of solving optimisation problems. Witold Kowalczyk and Przemyslaw Chojecki are the founders and the brains behind this innovative startup company.

• The statue of Fahrenheit in Gdansk

• Smacznego! Eating Polish – peach turnovers

• We leave you with “Rebecca” sung by Olga Mieleszczuk

Sep 16 2018

1hr 1min

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  • A childhood dream that came true

Maple syrup, Leonard Cohen, hockey – these are Canadian icons. There is one more, very special – Anne of Green Gables, the red-haired orphan whose life in Avonlea in Prince Edward Island was described by author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Bernadeta Milewski is a Pole living in the US, whose life has been influenced by Anne of Green Gables in many ways.

  • The money is on the road – a study of immorality

After the successul premiere of hs feature debut “22 Chaser”, we talk to Polish Canadian filmmaker – Rafal Sokolowski, an award-winning film and theatre director whose short films have been shown worldwide.

  • White and red hearts from Chicago

The Jeopardy-style 2nd annual contest tests elementary and high school students of Polish language schools in Canada and the US on their knowledge about Poland – its history, geography, culture, traditions (and this year also sports) – all in Polish.

  • Great Poles – about themselves and their recent accoplishments and projects

Smacznego! Eating Polish – Polish sauces

Aug 12 2018

1hr 3mins

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"Polish Globalist Expat Lefty Liberals"

By Łukasz_K - Dec 17 2018
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Content is exclusively devoted to lefty politics: Every show is filled with virtue signaling, lefty causes and globalist themes and overtures--the basis of their story-selection. "What Poland Needs to Do to Acommodate Muslim Immigrants!" "The Afro-Caribbean Nativity!" Polish people... providing aid to Africa! ...to the NY ghetto! ...to the tranny community". Tiresome and falsely advertised. They frequently make subtle (and not-so-subtle) digs disparaging Poland's government and the patriotic Polish majority which it represents. on the podcast as well as on their Facebook page, etc. All while claiming to be "above politics". More NPR than authentic Polish culture, people, issues, etc, etc. A real shame.

Bravo!

By indyroos - Nov 09 2017
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A satisfying variety of content; some light, some thought provoking, most of it quite enjoyable. Great for English speakers who either want to keep in touch with their Polish roots, or better understand their Polish friends. Thank you Małgorzata and Tomek, keep up the good work!