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37 minutes | Dec 21, 2018
Episode 16 - Canada's Comatose Corporate Media Ft. Ethan Cox
If you can't tell, I'm very proud of this episode's title.This week I talk to Ricochet co-founder Ethan Cox about Canada's media bailout and what it means for our journalists, pundits and media companies. We discuss the horrible state of Canada's corporate media empire and how they've levelled newsrooms across the country. And Ethan shares his opinion on why the bailout is needed and why we need to take the profit-seeking imperative out the news. Show NotesRicochetEthan Cox on Twitter
32 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Episode 15 - Debunking Misinformation About the UN Migration Compact Ft. Sharry Aiken
Lots of misinformation is flying around about the United Nations Global Migration Compact that was passed this week. Immigration and refugee lawyer Sharry Aiken joins the show again (our first repeat guest!) to break down the facts and debunk far-right misinformation about the Compact. Sharry is an Associate Professor at Queen’s Law with a cross appointment to Cultural Studies. She is an expert on immigration and refugee law and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of precedent setting immigration cases. She teaches immigration law, refugee law, administrative law, law and poverty, public international law, and international human rights law. Show NotesGlobal Compact TextAn overview of the CompactData sources relevant to migrant rightsPrevious episode with Sharry where we discussed Canadian and American immigration policy
42 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Episode 14 — Sweet, Sweet Bailout Cash
In this episode of Family Compact, Taylor & Geoff discuss Andrew Scheer's tinfoil-hatted theorizing about the UN Migration Compact, beg our new masters in Ottawa for some media bailout cash, and break down the state of the 2019 Federal election race a little less than a year out.---Subscribe to The Cable for premium episodesListen to our other podcast, Cable StreetFollow The Cable on TwitterFollow The Cable on Instagram
76 minutes | Nov 22, 2018
Episode 13 — Stephen Harper's Bad Populism Take
Just Taylor on this one, as Geoff languishes in a Budapest prison (probably). I dig into Stephen Harper's interview with Ben Shapiro on the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism. No surprise that I don't share his view that Bernie Sanders, not Donald Trump, is the real threat to democracy. Then pollster Frank Graves shares his analysis of populism in the Canadian context, and what forces are driving this growing political ideology.---Subscribe to The Cable for premium episodesListen to our other podcast, Cable StreetFollow The Cable on TwitterFollow The Cable on Instagram
58 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
Episode 12 — Hatefest Canada 2018 Ft. Bernie Farber
No Taylor this week, just Geoff. We got our schedules mixed up and the 6-hour timezone difference is killer.Geoff speaks with media commentator, activist and Anti-Hate Canada Chairperson Bernie Farber about the history of anti-Semitism in Canada and how it's evolved over time. We also share our opinions about politicians refusing to denounce white nationalists (we don't like those politicians) and what the focus on immigration and refugees could mean for the 2019 election. ----Bernie on Twitter
39 minutes | Oct 24, 2018
Episode 11 — Tribal Warfare Ft. Mollie Anderson
We discuss the national incoming pollution tax & dividend plan, Doug Ford's heroic war on ISIS driver's licenses, and the "tribalism" scare that's sweeping the discourse. Then Mollie Anderson, national director of a Put a Price On It Canada, joins us to dig into the details of pollution pricing policy. ---Learn more about Put A Price On It Canada---Subscribe to The Cable for premium episodesListen to our other podcast, Cable StreetFollow The Cable on TwitterFollow The Cable on Instagram
71 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
Episode 10 — Never Trust TripAdvisor
On episode 10 of Family Compact...The Toronto Sun spread fake news about a Toronto hotel sheltering refugees. We look at what happened, and how right wing media spreads misinformation to achieve its political goals. Geoff wrote a piece arguing that Quebec's new Premier, Francois Legault, is importing European-style right wing populism to Canada. We discuss the article and how progressives can overcome this new brand of politics. Plus, in our recurring segment Wonking Off, Taylor looks at a policy that could fix climate change and boost incomes for the majority of Canadians: a pollution tax and dividend. Then Geoff interviews Steven Zhou, a Toronto-based journalist and editor who has written extensively about right wing extremism. ---Subscribe to The Cable for premium episodes: www.thecable.co/joinListen to our other podcast, Cable Street: www.thecable.co/shows/cable-streetFollow The Cable on TwitterFollow The Cable on Instagram
46 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Episode 9 — Climate Blues
Just the sad boys for this one, folks. We talk about the latest update on our progress towards global climate meltdown (we're getting there). Then we dig into the Toronto Star's ongoing investigation of right-wing extremism (they're violent). Finally, we introduce our first Hero Of The Week, the B.C. teacher who dared to tell the truth about right-wing values and got snitched on by some kid's punk dad.Don't forget to subscribe to The Cable's weekly newsletter round-up of progressives ideas and opinion from around the web.
63 minutes | Oct 3, 2018
Episode 8 — Why Your Boss Loves Doug Ford Ft. Sheila Block
Geoff & Taylor discuss the unholy alliance of Doug Ford and the business lobby to repeal Bill 148, Ontario's most recent worker protection legislation. Taylor digs into the issue in an interview with Sheila Block, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario Office. We also reveal our ignorance of Quebec politics in an embarrassingly shallow discussion about the recent provincial elections. Nous sommes désolés! If you like this episode, check out our other podcasts, videos, and columns at The Cable.
7 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
Bonus excerpt: Episode 7 - Humans of Basic Income w/ Jessie Golem
in this bonus excerpt from our members-only episode, available in full to our Cable members, Geoff talks to Humans of Basic Income founder Jessie Golem. Jessie is chronicling the stories of Ontario's basic income recipients, in an attempt to build awareness and public support to stop Ford from shutting down the program. In this clip, she explains the problem with the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality. Her stories prove that these people, and the suffering from extreme poverty, perpetually suffer due to circumstances outside of their control. To listen to this entire episode and our entire library of members-only episodes, please consider becoming a Cable member and support our work.
57 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
Episode 6 — The Ford Report
Well, here comes the hammer. Doug Ford's busy laying the groundwork to take a chainsaw to Ontario's welfare state and public services. We discuss how this process is unfolding and what his first lines of attack could be. Then in a new segment, When Will We Learn, we compare and constrast Ford's approach with that of the Liberals on gun control — and ask, when will we learn to just make the policy changes we want? In our recurring segment Wonking Off, we take a look at some of the big policies coming out of the UK Labour Party, which is presenting one of the most ambitious progressive economic agendas in the world. And finally, we take landlords for a splash in The Dunk Tank. If you like this episode, check out our other podcasts, videos, and columns at The Cable.
82 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Episode 5 — Haters Gonna Hate
Have you heard the name Marrisa Shen? If not, you will soon, because the right wing media machine is going to talk about the death of this young woman ad nauseam for the next 12 months. We talk about why that is, and how right wing media is weaponizing tragedy to advance their agenda. Plus, we have an interview with Evan Balgord, Executive Director the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, an organization on the front lines of the fight against racism and far-right extremism in Canada. We also discuss the Quebec election and the launch of Maxime Bernier's People's Party platform. If you like this episode, check out our other podcasts, videos, and columns at The Cable.
49 minutes | Sep 12, 2018
Episode 4 — Notwithstand By Me
Woo, Ford Nation baby, where the laws are made up and the courts don't matter. We discuss Doug Ford's use of the notwithstanding clause, and how norms and unwritten rules won't save us. Other topics on this episode: The relationship between the Toronto police and white supremacists How Sweden's elections show once again that we can't accept right-wing premises on immigration Maxime Bernier's stakeholder outreach to neo-Nazis Plus, we run through some of the best takes from Canada's pundits on 9/11 and the Iraq War.
28 minutes | Sep 9, 2018
Episode 3 — Right Wing Psychopaths
On episode 3 of Family Compact Taylor & Geoff try to understand why so many mass shooters JUST HAPPEN to obsessively consume right wing media. Then we chat about the Bannon-Frum debate of the century. Plus, we take target practice with Terence Corcoran's latest Financial Post op-ed on how Actually, Socialism Caused the Great Recession. If you enjoy Family Compact, subscribe to The Cable and get access to all our podcasts (including subscriber-only episodes): www.thecable.co/join.
45 minutes | Aug 29, 2018
Episode 2 — ConservaCon
Taylor & Geoff discuss what happened at last weekend's Conservative Convention and their courageous stand against... giving citizenship to people born here? Then Geoff sits down with Buzzfeed Canada writer and author Scaachi Koul to discuss her close call at Rebel Live and the pathological tendencies of Canada's right wing. Sorry about the cicadas. --- Want more from The Cable? Become a subscriber today and get premium episodes and content: www.thecable.co/join
34 minutes | Aug 26, 2018
Episode 1 — The Hash Anniversary
The very first episode of Family Compact, a new Canadian politics podcast from The Cable. This week we talk about Maxime Bernier giving the hogs at r/JordanPeterson their very own party, the Conservative Party's warm embrace of white nationalism, and Doug Ford's hash anniversary.
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