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The Sissi Wang Show

Sissi Wang

In-depth conversations with newsmakers, artists, trailblazers and some of the happiest people in the world. Sissi Wang digs into their habits, mindset and personal experience and turns them into practical takeaways to help you achieve deep fulfillment in your own life.



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Ep 12. Thomas Hurka, Canadian Moral Philosopher on The Good Life
19-05-2022
Ep 12. Thomas Hurka, Canadian Moral Philosopher on The Good Life
“Perfectionism is a view that says we ought to aim at the good life, but the good life isn’t the most pleasant life. It involves one or more of knowledge, achievement, virtue, aesthetic appreciation”Dr. Thomas Hurka is an award-winning Canadian moral philosopher and the Chancellor Henry N. R. Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto best known for his ideas about the good life captured in his 1993 book Perfectionism. Perfectionism, according to Dr. Hurka, is the philosophical view that humans ought to aim at the good life for themselves and for other people even if it’s not the most pleasant life. In his version of the theory, goods such as knowledge, achievement, virtue and aesthetic appreciation are essential components of the good life. In 2011, Dr. Hurka published The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters, a book containing many of his ideas on perfectionism distilled for the general audience. His other notable work in philosophy includes the books Virtue, Vice and Value (2001) and British Ethical Theorists from Sidgwick to Ewing (2014).This interview with Dr. Hurka was conducted near the end of his teaching career at the University of Toronto. In it, he talks about making philosophy interesting to students and laypeople | Philosophical thinking | Perfectionism and the good life | Building a good life, the perfectionist way | Should you get a divorce and how best to raise a child | His book Virtue, Vice and Value: what makes us virtuous and what makes us evil | His stint as a philosophy columnist with The Globe and Mail | Life after retirement: “Maybe at this point in my life I get to have less knowledge and less achievement and just do the Brave New World thing”To learn more about Dr. Thomas Hurka and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Thomas Hurka: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 12. Thomas Hurka, Canadian Moral Philosopher on The Good Life
19-05-2022
Ep 12. Thomas Hurka, Canadian Moral Philosopher on The Good Life
“Perfectionism is a view that says we ought to aim at the good life, but the good life isn’t the most pleasant life. It involves one or more of knowledge, achievement, virtue, aesthetic appreciation”Dr. Thomas Hurka is an award-winning Canadian moral philosopher and the Chancellor Henry N. R. Jackman Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto best known for his ideas about the good life captured in his 1993 book Perfectionism. Perfectionism, according to Dr. Hurka, is the philosophical view that humans ought to aim at the good life for themselves and for other people even if it’s not the most pleasant life. In his version of the theory, goods such as knowledge, achievement, virtue and aesthetic appreciation are essential components of the good life. In 2011, Dr. Hurka published The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters, a book containing many of his ideas on perfectionism distilled for the general audience. His other notable work in philosophy includes the books Virtue, Vice and Value (2001) and British Ethical Theorists from Sidgwick to Ewing (2014).This interview with Dr. Hurka was conducted near the end of his teaching career at the University of Toronto. In it, he talks about making philosophy interesting to students and laypeople | Philosophical thinking | Perfectionism and the good life | Building a good life, the perfectionist way | Should you get a divorce and how best to raise a child | His book Virtue, Vice and Value: what makes us virtuous and what makes us evil | His stint as a philosophy columnist with The Globe and Mail | Life after retirement: “Maybe at this point in my life I get to have less knowledge and less achievement and just do the Brave New World thing”To learn more about Dr. Thomas Hurka and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Thomas Hurka: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 11. Ray Zahab, Canadian Adventurer & Ultra Runner on Doing The Impossible
05-05-2022
Ep 11. Ray Zahab, Canadian Adventurer & Ultra Runner on Doing The Impossible
“We may think we are average and we can never do this and never do that. The truth is if we are willing to take a chance and start taking risks in our lives, we can do anything.”Ray Zahab is a Canadian adventurer and ultra runner from Chelsea, Quebec, best known for running 7,500 km across the Sahara Desert in 2006. Since then, he has added Death Valley, Atacama Desert, Namib Desert and Gobi Desert to his list of expeditions; and going the other extreme, Siberia, the Arctic and Antarctica, in which in 2009 Ray and his team broke the world record for the fastest unsupported expedition to the South Pole. A former sedentary “pack-a-day smoker,” in 1999 Ray was in a state of deep unhappiness when he decided to start adventure running to turn his life around. That decision changed his life forever. Four years down the road, he was running his first ultra marathon at “The Yukon Arctic Ultra” – a 160km multiday race through sub-zero conditions in Yukon – and to his surprise won. That experience showed him that humans are capable of much more than we think, and spurred him on to do more races. In 2006, he floated the idea of running across the Sahara to his two friends and after a period of planning, the crew found themselves on the western coast of Africa ready to go. The journey was chronicled in a documentary produced and narrated by Matt Damon. Ray is all about turning the impossible into possible and telling the rest of us that we can achieve anything that we set our mind to too.In this episode, Ray talks about his transformation from a sedentary “pack-a-day smoker” to ultra runner | Running his first ultra marathon and how it changed his belief of what’s humanly possible | His Sahara expedition: “Sickness, injuries, we had it all” | His South Pole expedition: “We were dragging 200-pound sleds through headwind going uphill” | The planning and training that go into each expedition | The mindset of an adventurer | How to financially support yourself as a modern day adventurer | Where to start if you want to change the course of your lifeTo learn more about Ray Zahab and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Zahab: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 10. Miranda Tomenson, 2021 World Ironman Age Group Ranking #1 on Getting The Most Out of Ourselves
28-04-2022
Ep 10. Miranda Tomenson, 2021 World Ironman Age Group Ranking #1 on Getting The Most Out of Ourselves
“My time as an athlete is limited. I just want to make sure that every time I show up at the start line or in training, I make the most of what my body can do”Miranda Tomenson is a Canadian triathlete placed number one in the 2021 World Ironman Ranking female 35 to 39 age category after two Ironman age-group wins and a first overall finish at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka (a half Ironman). A former professional triathlete, after a devastating knee injury in 2015, Miranda now competes as an age group athlete while running her own performance and wellness company where she coaches other triathletes. Miranda started off as a swimmer and has been doing endurance sports since she was 11. Athletics gave her a focus when she was growing up and so she continued it into her adulthood. Her first Ironman was in 2013, and since then she’s completed six full Ironman, numerous half Ironman, and has been working towards her goal of getting her finish time under nine hours with rigorous training. Later this year, Miranda will be competing in the 2022 Ironman World Championships Kona, where the best triathletes from around the world get together to race.In this episode, Miranda talks about race day at Ironman Cozumel (2021), where she achieved her best time (9:16:12) so far | Why the Ironman race is considered one of the toughest one-day sporting events in the world | How she deals with a leaky goggle, flat tire and extreme heat on race day | Her most challenging and most disappointing Ironman | What keeps her going when she wants to give up | Her Ironman training schedule | Ironman training for beginners | How she became a competitive triathlete | What she loves about triathlon racing | How she manages her time between training, her business and familyTo learn more about Miranda Tomenson and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Tomenson: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 9. Lee Edward Födi, Children’s Fantasy Author & Creative Writing Teacher
14-04-2022
Ep 9. Lee Edward Födi, Children’s Fantasy Author & Creative Writing Teacher
“I write because I have to. These stories are rolling in my mind, and I need to get it out. I need to get them down”  Lee Edward Födi is a beloved children’s fantasy author, illustrator and creative writing teacher based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lee has written a total of 10 books for children, his latest being Spell Sweeper, an exciting story for any reader who loves Harry Potter. The novel’s central character is Cara Moone, a snarky and ambitious human girl studying at the prestigious Dragonsong Academy for wizards. But instead of learning to cast spells, Cara is put on the fast track to become a MOP, a.k.a. a wizard janitor forced to clean up other students’ magical mess. Lee’s stories are imaginative, thrilling and fun to read. When he’s not writing or daydreaming himself, he runs creative writing workshops for children in North America, Asia and England, teaching them how to put their imagination to work. In this episode, Lee talks about how he trains himself to be creative | How Spell Sweeper came about: “I kept taking broom pictures everywhere I went, and so I knew I’m going to write a book about brooms …” | Where he gets his ideas for characters and plots | World building in his books | His brainstorming journal: “It’s a disaster, but that’s okay, I try to embrace the chaos” | How he became a children’s fantasy author | How he got his first book published | Teaching children to be more creative | How anyone can be more creativeTo learn more about Lee Edward Födi and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Edward Födi:   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 8. Georges Kahy, Globetrotter & Archaeology Enthusiast on The Joy of Discovering New Places
14-04-2022
Ep 8. Georges Kahy, Globetrotter & Archaeology Enthusiast on The Joy of Discovering New Places
“Tourism today is really open everywhere… Tomorrow you’re going to see many new places to go”Georges Kahy is the founder of the Quebec-based travel magazine Touristica International originally created in Lebanon in 1995. Georges has been to all four corners of the world and has lived his life with a childlike wonder, calling himself a citizen of the world. He was trained as a graphic designer in Lebanon and worked in advertising for many years in the Middle East before founding his own travel magazine. Touristica covers the latest developments in travel & tourism in cities and countries around the world with the goal of promoting tourism and the joy of discovering new places. Last year, Georges was awarded The Charter Fest – Antonio Conte prize, a special international award in tourism after a unanimous decision made by The International Commission of Travel Journalists in recognition of his extraordinary 40 years of contribution to the promotion of tourism through his reports and articles.In this episode, Georges talks about his love of travel and archaeology | Following your heart and keeping life interesting | His early career in the Middle East | Founding his own advertising agency amid the Lebanese Civil War | Founding Touristica International magazine | Travel & tourism in the pandemic age: which countries are open right now and where to go | Saudi Arabia’s new mega city | New destinations to visit near Canada | The perfect Europe itinerary for 2022 | Travel deals to check out right nowTo learn more about Georges Kahy and to see pictures from the interview, visit  International: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 7. Celia Pang, Illustrator & Doodle Artist on Harnessing Art for Social Change
14-04-2022
Ep 7. Celia Pang, Illustrator & Doodle Artist on Harnessing Art for Social Change
“Doodling is a tool, to make doodle art is something else. What will you draw to impact someone?”Celia Pang is the founder of Dreamdoodle, a unique brand of art she’s developed from the simple technique of doodling. Her art exhibit “Doodle Anecdotes” held in Toronto this past February took visitors inside the dreamy and colourful world of her life back in the island nation of Mauritius, and featured tropical nature, Mauritian culture and environmental themes. You can also spot the dodo, an extinct flightless bird that was once endemic to Mauritius in all the pieces. Celia chose it to be the mascot of her doodle art. Celia came to Toronto two years ago looking for a new adventure and to share her doodle art with more people.In this episode, Celia talks about growing up in Mauritius and nature being the source of inspiration behind her art | Her art education and work experience | The amount of creative freedom a professional artist has | The genesis and evolution of her signature doodle art style | The versatility, ease and accessibility of doodle art | The creative process behind her doodle art pieces | Harnessing doodle art for social change | Being a creative entrepreneur and turning your passion into a business | Why she enjoys being an artistTo learn more about Celia Pang and to see pictures from the interview, visit  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 6. James Griffin, Behaviour Therapist For Kids With Autism
14-04-2022
Ep 6. James Griffin, Behaviour Therapist For Kids With Autism
“You’re teaching these youths how to function as a person throughout the day to build up their quality of life. It’s extremely important. You want people to succeed.”James Griffin is currently a behaviour therapist and previously a child and youth worker in Toronto, Canada. He has worked with kids of all ages with various conditions, but his primary focus lies in helping children and youth with autism and developmental challenges by teaching them the skills they need to succeed in life. It was gig at a summer camp that sparked James’ interest in becoming a child and youth worker. James says it made him realize that to have impact on society really comes from creating impact on an individual level.In this episode, James talks about what it means to have an impact in your career | What it’s like working with kids with autism and other developmental challenges | How to understand and talk to children | How to build a good relationship with children | The proper way to respond to behaviour issues in children | Dealing with burn out in his fieldTo learn more about James Griffin and to see pictures from the interview, visit  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 5. Yusur Al-Bahrani, Journalist Living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
14-04-2022
Ep 5. Yusur Al-Bahrani, Journalist Living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
“There is a lot to do in Yellowknife, it’s just like any other city. If you don’t want it to be boring, it won’t be boring. Right now, I love Yellowknife”Yusur Al-bahrani is a Muslim woman from Toronto who moved to Yellowknife, the capital city of Canada’s Northwest Territories in 2018. In this episode, she takes us on an audio tour of her new home, a city known for its Northern Lights, diamond mines and the annual Snowking’s Winter Festival. We find out what life is like in the Great Canadian North; what locals do for fun; the best times to visit Yellowknife; the Indigenous communities up north and local groups you can join if you just moved there.Yusur talks about the initial shock she felt when she arrived in Yellowknife | The city and its people | Getting around as a newcomer and how to make friends | The beauty of the north | The annual Snowking’s Winter Festival | Being a minority in Yellowknife | Northern Indigenous communities, culture and issues | Local groups to join to meet peopleTo learn more about Yusur Al-Bahrani and to see pictures from the interview, visit  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 4. Linda McMaster, Art Educator on Everyone's Inner Artist
14-04-2022
Ep 4. Linda McMaster, Art Educator on Everyone's Inner Artist
“I think anyone could really achieve something in art and the satisfaction of doing it”Linda McMaster is the founder of Artbarn, a non-profit art school based in Toronto, Canada. Linda studied fine arts in university and worked as a graphic designer for many years before pivoting to art education. When her kids went to school, she discovered that she really enjoys working with children. That realization coupled with her longstanding dream of opening up her own art school pushed her to take the leap and she founded Artbarn in 2005. Today, Artbarn offers a range of adult and children’s classes from watercolor and acrylic to mixed media and pottery as well as classes for cancer patients free of charge under their ART for Cancer program.In this episode, Linda talks about turning a lifelong dream into reality | Her career path from working as a graphic designer in the ‘80s to teaching art at a private school to founding Artbarn | Building a non-profit from scratch | Balancing motherhood and a career | Artbarn’s classes and charitable programs | Building confidence with art: “Anybody can learn to do art and feel successful” | The importance of art for children: “Art for the little ones is so good for their brains and motor skills”To learn more about Linda McMaster and to see pictures from the interview, visit  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 3. Ethan Lou, Investigative Journalist & Author on Following Your Curiosity
14-04-2022
Ep 3. Ethan Lou, Investigative Journalist & Author on Following Your Curiosity
“Many crypto books look at the space from the perspective of monetary policy or computer science. I try to look at it from the human condition perspective, what crypto stirs within us”Ethan Lou is the type of journalist you read about and think: he’s why there’ll always be an interest in good journalism. Ethan specializes in investigative and long-form journalism and has worked at both the Toronto Star and Reuters, two top newsrooms in Canada known for their rigorous reporting before becoming an author. Ethan’s new book Once A Bitcoin Miner is the culmination of his six-year exploration of the cryptocurrency space and has been declared a must-read by The Times. His other book Field Notes from a Pandemic has been named one of CBC’s best Canadian non-fiction for 2020. Ethan continues to cover the cryptocurrency space and other riveting investigative stories as a freelance journalist.In this episode, Ethan talks about quitting his day job to become an author | His first introduction to Bitcoin | The making of Once A Bitcoin Miner | The Wild West world of cryptocurrency | His trip to North Korea and the subsequent arrest of Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith | Tips on investing in cryptocurrency | His other book Field Notes from a Pandemic | Why the world was unprepared for the pandemic and how our societies are defined by plaguesTo learn more about Ethan Lou and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Lou: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 2. Beatriz Pizano, Award-Winning Writer/Director on Making The Arts More Diverse
14-04-2022
Ep 2. Beatriz Pizano, Award-Winning Writer/Director on Making The Arts More Diverse
"All journeys are full of challenges. I think you have to be true to yourself and not compromise what you believe in"Beatriz Pizano is a Colombian-born award-winning artist and activist who has been called one of Canada’s most important Latin-Canadian writer/directors. Back in 2001, when there was a lack of cultural diversity on Canadian stages, Beatriz struggled to find work as a woman of color. But she didn’t give up there, and instead opened up her own theatre Aluna to mount her plays and overtime grew it into a platform for other diverse artists to showcase their art as well. Beatriz is an inspiring voice in the theatre industry and continues to create more opportunities on stage for BIPOC artists today.In this episode, Beatriz talks about her early years in Canada as a fresh immigrant | Getting cancer in her twenties, being forced to give up a career in dance and returning to her first love: acting | Challenges faced by BIPOC artists in theatre: “[We] still have to work triple hard to get the same recognition to this day” | Creating your own opportunities | The job that changed her life | The creation and evolution of Aluna Theatre | How Aluna is creating opportunities for BIPOC and women artists in Canada | How to make theatre more diverse | Advice to BIPOC artists: be true to yourself, know your values and hang on when you want to give up.To learn more about Beatriz Pizano and to see pictures from the interview, visit  Theatre: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 1. Matthew Gallagher, Fashion Designer
14-04-2022
Ep 1. Matthew Gallagher, Fashion Designer
"I want to bring happiness to people through clothes. You see something and you go like ‘I need to have that’. That’s the kind of thing I like when I’m designing… something cool, something different. It’s not just another skirt"Matthew Gallagher is a Canadian fashion designer and the founder of The House of Gallagher launched in 2013. His dresses have been worn by Lady Gaga, Canadian actresses Elisha Cuthbert and Annie Murphy, and are recognized for their sophistication, earthy tones mixed in with the latest trends. Matthew grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, a town of just 10,000 people. But his love of fashion took him to New York City studying at the famous Parsons School of Design when he was just a high school student, and later to Milan, Italy, where he further developed his skills as a fashion designer and cultivated an eye for precision. Matthew moved back to Canada in 2013 when he was invited to showcase his fashion designs at Toronto Fashion Week, and has been working in Canada ever since. He’s launching a new summer collection this spring. In this episode, Matthew talks about making your own opportunities: reaching out to fashion designer Tom Ford and Kal Ruttenstein, the former fashion director of Bloomingdale’s, when he was just a high school student | The summer in New York City that changed his life | Studying fashion in Milan, Italy, European fashion, and the inspiration behind his fashion aesthetic | Dressing Lady Gaga, Elisha Cuthbert and Annie Murphy | How to look great with minimal effort | The challenges of being a fashion entrepreneur | His latest design goal: make beautiful clothes comfortable and comfortable clothes beautiful | His new summer collection and the thinking behind the pieces.To learn more about Matthew Gallagher and to see pictures from the interview, visit House of Gallagher: www.houseofgallagher.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.