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Memus Fractalus

Memus Fractalus

By Orrin Omali Castillo
This podcast is geared towards having informative conversations about events in Belize both past and present. Your host Orrin Omali Castillo is a Belizean educator with over a decade and a half of experience teaching at the high school level. Each episode highlights various topics as viewed through the unique lens that is the Belizean experience.
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What has the experience of online classes been like for students, and for teachers?  In this episode I interview three students... Nahjah, Danielle, and Jeff... as well as three teachers... Eddie, Sherlyn, and Jenny... to get their perspective on matters related to schooling in the context of Covid-19.  I also share some of my personal experiences at the end of the episode.
May 28, 2020
Episode 11 - The Beauty of Belize
Where to go when quarantine is over?  How about Billy Barquedier?  Or Five Blues Lake?  On this episode I chat with local tour guide and proprietor of bluemorpho tours, Mr. Carlos Carvajal.  I ask him for his first hand take on how the coronavirus has affected the tourism industry.  We also answer the question, is Victoria Peak the highest mountain in Belize?
April 19, 2020
Episode 10 - 5G and Covid-19
Is there a relationship between 5G and the corona virus?  Is there such a thing as too much internet?  What should you do to minimize the spread of 'fake news' on social media?  Today's guest is Mike Westby and he explains how 5G telecommunications works and any possible links with the corona virus outbreak.
April 14, 2020
Episode 9 - Cognitive Care in the Time of Quarantine
What's the difference between Anxiety and Depression?  How will Covid-19 affect your mental health?  What can you do to keep your mental health intact during times of social isolation?  What did scientific genius Isaac Newton do to pass the time in the quarantine period of the Bubonic plague?  Answers to all these questions and more can be found in this timely episode where I talk to high school counselor Khristal Jones.
April 3, 2020
Episode 8 - The Curious Case of Corona
Where does the Corona virus get its name?  How concerned should we be about an outbreak in Belize?  How easily is the virus transmitted and what can we do to protect ourselves from it?  Dr. Michelle West answers these questions and more on this episode about the corona virus pandemic.
March 18, 2020
Episode 7 - From Barranco to the Borders
Edison "O G" Ogaldez is a former member of the Belize Defense Force (B.D.F.) and a current high school history teacher.  In this episode we talk about his observations of the Belizean landscape as it relates to the effects of global warming, the borders between Belize and Guatemala, and his opinion on the use of technology in education.
March 9, 2020
Episode 6 - Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Is Belize City technically a series of islands?  What is the difference between the P.S.E. and the B.N.S.E?  How did Hattieville get its name?  What is it like studying in Taiwan?  Answers to these questions and more can be found in this episode where I have a conversation with Ms. Keisha Rodriguez who is a member of the Belize Association of Planners.
February 29, 2020
Episode 5 - The Joy of Conservation
In this special episode I have a conversation with the governor of the Central Bank. Mrs. Joy Grant was the first C.E.O. of the n.g.o. Programme for Belize and was instrumental in establishing the Rio Bravo Conservation Area. In this episode we talk about the La Milpa station in the Rio Bravo area and Belize's leading position among other countries in terms of its dependency on renewable energy. Also included are a couple of interviews with 4th form SCA science students while on a trip to the La Milpa station.
February 22, 2020
Episode 4 - She Can Do Both
Recently at Saint Catherine Academy in Belize City a series of workshops were held with the intention of equipping the young women of Belize with the skills necessary to thrive in everyday life after school is completed.  SCA prides itself on being a center of Excellence and Innovation and as such the school has pioneered teaching young women with high academic standards; and now these same young women have hands-on, practical tools in many situations that were typically male fields.  A day will soon come when a graduate of SCA will no longer be a 'damsel in distress'.  Yes, young men, get you a girl that can do both.
February 15, 2020
Episode 3 - Wavemakers to the Rescue
In this episode students from SCA's Wavemakers club are interviewed about a recent beach clean-up that was conducted to save the breeding habitats of some turtles on the island of San Pedro.  Wavemakers is an environmental club that strives to promote good practices that will ensure the survival of all animal and plant species on planet Earth.  The club was founded by Zazie Mckenzie, a former student of SCA, when she was a 2nd form student (sophomore).  The club has grown and is thriving to the point where the beach clean-ups and other undertakings of the sort are an annual activity.
January 27, 2020
Episode 2 - Sowing Seeds of Belief
In this episode I have a conversation with my mother about the early days of Islam in Belize, as well as the state of the education system past and present.  This is the first of five conversations with my mother giving her first-hand account of her experiences in our beloved Belize.
January 14, 2020
Episode 1 - From Newton to Tesla with Love
In the introductory episode of memus.fractalus I interview Alejandro Bautista, an accomplished Belizean civil engineer.  Our conversation ranged from unacknowledged physicists to what should be taught in school and everything in between.  If you would like to know more about what was said, visit these links:
January 4, 2020