Towards 2018

December 12, 2017

Join Shobhita and Adam as they celebrate a milestone and make a super-special announcement from a not-so-secret location.

Towards London is going on hiatus for the holidays, but we'll be back in 2018 with stories of Social Innovation, Advanced Manuafacturing, Digital Creative, and Video Games.

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Happy holidays and we'll be back in your earbuds in 2018.


Episode 106: Aliens Among Us

December 5, 2017

This episode is sponsored by London Dairy Supply

On this episode

Dr. Madeline Lennon, Professor Emerita at Western University where she founded what is now the Comparative Literature and Culture Program. In 1991 she became a professor of art history, at Western University’s Department of Visual Arts, where she also served as chair and graduate chair. Before and since her retirement from Western University in 2008, she has written extensively on the artists of the region, and has curated a number of exhibitions both here in London, and elsewhere.

Dr. Joel Faflak is the inaugural Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University. He’s stepping down from that position in January 2018, and he’ll continue to be a professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies. Read more about Dr. Faflak and his work

Links referenced in the episode


Episode 105: The Harts of London

November 28, 2017

This episode is sponsored by:

London Dairy Supply

A great overview of the regionalist era: Christopher Régimbal: Institutions of Regionalism: Artist Collectivism in London, Ontario, 1960–1990

Museum London

Art Canada Institute

Judith Rodger's e-Book on Greg Curnoe (Free)
The Art Canada Institute Art Book Project (Free)



Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Professor JP Vergne

November 21, 2017

Bonus Content

Professor Vergne takes us through a brief history of bitcoin and other "Socially contested" technologies in the full interview from Episode 4.

Some items from the podcast:

Professor Vergne's Information

Imogen Heap's UJO project


Episode 104 (FIXED) - Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

November 15, 2017

Episode 4 is sponsored by London Dairy Supply

Earlier versions had a significant glitch around the 26:00 mark. This has now been fixed.

From the segment on TD Bank's Agile software development process

  • Agile software development summary at wikipedia

From the segment on Zomaron

From the segment on cryptocurrencies


A One Week Hiatus

November 7, 2017

Don't hate us - we're on a hiatus!

Shobhita and Adam share some exciting news, explain the need for the break, and talk briefly about what's in store starting again on November 14th, 2017.

Have a great and innovative week!


Episode 103: A Repose at the Tower

October 31, 2017

Episode 3 is generously sponsored by

On this episode:

The Transformation of Care

Dr. Irene Hramiak, Site Chief of Medicine and the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at St. Joseph’s Health Care London and a Professor and Division Chair at Western's Schulich School of Medecine and Dentistry talks about about how a rebuilding a century-old hospital from the ground up has led to new discoveries and treatments in patient care.

Watch some videos about the transformation here.

Scanning The Mysteries

Dr. Lisa Saksida (twitter), Canada Research Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Ravi Menon (twitter), Canada Research Chair in Functional and Molecular Imaging, Medical Director at CFMM (twitter)

Dr. Adrian Owen (twitter), Canada Research Excellence Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Western University

All three exceptional scientists tell us about sixty-six million dollar study that involves, scientists, doctors, musicians, artists, and business people looking into the most mysterious organ we have through BrainsCAN (twitter).

Meet Our Future Robot Surgeons

Dr. Christopher Schlachta at CSTAR, London Health Sciences Centre is blending virtual reality with real-world robots to make surgery safer, faster, and more accessible.

Watch a video about Nick Paparella's experience with robotic surgery.


Episode 102: Nothing Proposed Will Be Withheld

October 24, 2017

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On this Episode:

Special thanks to St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health Sciences Foundation for their help in securing this interview footage.

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Episode 101: There’s Something In The Water

October 17, 2017

On this Episode 


Episode 100 - The Preview Episode

October 2, 2017

For everyone curious about what’s next in technology, science, humanities, art, and entrepreneurship, there is Towards London, a dynamic new podcast that highlights the accomplishments of the brightest professionals at the forefronts of their fields. Thought-provoking and entertaining, this 10-episode series explores the ideas that are shaping the future of healthcare, manufacturing, media, and beyond.

Launching with a 10-episode series in Fall 2017, Towards London blends the exciting style that CBC’s Spark uses to explore technology’s social impact with the conversational, casual tone of NPR’s Planet Money. Each week will feature a new set of ideas that are informing and shaping tomorrow’s world-changing innovations. Living in a small city rich with big ideas means we live among some of the world’s greatest minds, and now everyone can learn about the exciting advances being made in science, art, business, and society as they reshape our everyday lives.

Moderators Adam Caplan and Shobhita Sharma have a witty, approachable style and curious, engaged perspectives. Each 20-25 minute episode features entertaining and compelling interviews with London-based guests and unique insights into the innovations being produced in Canada’s London.