Meet Dr. Ryan Gibson, a rural geographer at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Ryan is a friend and a colleague who helped with the initial concept behind this podcast. He is also one of the researchers we are going to hear from in much more debt. This episode is a test of some new recording equipment and a preview of a much longer interview. Enjoy.

Today, we are going to test my ability to ask you to support this show. And I am going to tell you right now, I am not a natural fundraiser. This is hard for me to do.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After chatting with a friend and a colleague, I was convinced to give another shot at accessing funding through academic channels. What that means for you as a listener is that if we are successful,  we’ll be able to run six months worth of programming without having to worry about the revenue models. So, just enjoy the show.

A writer once said that writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. This is going to be a little bit like that. Except, we are on a country road, it’s night, and it’s foggy, and there is a blizzard with no snowplow in sight, and I still have all-season tires on.