Episodes

Episode 113 – where is the institutional left?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora warn that if the left in Canada – not-for-profits, labour unions and the NDP – don’t get involved in the radical, grassroots movements that are emerging, they may be relegated to the dustbin of history.

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Episode 112 – How do we know what we know?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how changing the way you think about the world can help you make better political predictions. By understanding how power operates, we can anticipate how power will react, and pivot our demands accordingly.

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Episode 111 – the end of Canada’s old stock media?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how COVID-19 may land a death blow against Canada’s mainstream media.

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Episode 110 – painted statues and union apologies

This past week, Sandy and Nora have both found themselves in different crises — we talk about civil disobedience, police PR and what happens when a labour leader makes a mistake.

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Episode 109 – Liberal Fiberal

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about the Liberal tendency to work through other organizations, lik, WE to build support and consensus for the Liberal brand. Plus – Quebec’s new Me Too movement and that Harper’s fReE sPeEcH letter. Note: Nora misspoke and said Bob Rae had been appointed the ambassador for the US....

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Episode 108 – we have already won

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how we measure victories, and how changing society’s norms and values is the first step before legislative and legal changes are possible. Blowing open the Overton window.

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Episode 107 – Liberals and WE are BFFs

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about yet another Liberal scheme! And, Sandy reminisces about the famous 2016 BLM action that blocked the Toronto Pride Parade.

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Episode 106 – ok, so what now?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how to seize this moment and make sure that our political demands are met. COVID-19 has changed Canada’s status quo, and already politicians are resisting calls for widespread change. Unedited transcript can be found here.

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Episode 105 – if white is a verb, Canadian media keeps whiting

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk  about Canadian media, and how white supremacy is embedded throughout, making life hell for racialized journalists and diminishing the quality and accuracy of the news. Click here for the unedited transcript.

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Episode 104 – no police? No problem.

In this episode, Sandy and Nora respond to some of the questions that listeners asked about defunding the police. We also talk about the role that power and white supremacy play in policing and we celebrate hitting Number Ten on Canada’s news podcast charts.

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Episode 103 – abolish the police

In this episode, Sandy and Nora talk about how society could abolish the police and create new services that would keep more people safe and offer more services to people who need them. Also, Sandy explains a conversation with a CBC producer. Full transcript can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T9MH4OsPoa1c1DxcdHxS9Yq0gEWWEuxQsS4N4NttZBs/edit?usp=sharing  

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Episode 102 – a she-cession? Really?

In this episode, Sandy and Nora explore the narrative that has emerged about how the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt women in particular. They argue that recessions always hurt women and that framing this one as being somehow unique erases the racial and classed dynamic of who is most injured.

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