Ben Charland is a writer, podcaster and creative consultant. Ben’s work is informed by the many hats he’s worn over the years: playwright, theatre director, artistic director, tour guide, actor, political hack, traveler, teacher, government worker, blogger, speechwriter, manager and (yes) traffic coordinator for a paper shredding company. He’s lived in four continents and has been lucky to visit over 50 countries, but the common thread for Ben is unrelenting curiosity.

Ben hosts the weekly podcast What On Earth is Going On?, which covers wide and varied topics ranging from globalization and climate change, to the rise of social media and the decline and fall of Blockbuster Video, to AI and VR, and Donald Trump and Flat Earthers.

“The world is changing so fast that we can’t get a grip on how we got here,” explains Ben, “let alone where we’re headed.”

The podcast is his way of peeling back the headlines to ask, what are the events, characters, forces and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? And, most importantly, just what on Earth is going on?

Ben lives in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife Shelaine.

Appearing in: 32. The Fiction of Guy Gavriel Kay: Where Fantasy and History Collide, 35. The Reality Bubble