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5 minutes | 8 days ago
Harbinger Society Presents ep3 Teaser (Alberta: Into the Abyss)
On episode 3 of 'The Harbinger Society Presents', Laura Kruse (Jacobin, Kino Lefter), Tyler Ogilvie (The Alberta Advantage) and comedian Mav Adecer brutally assess Jason Kenney and the UCP's 18 months in power and look back on a year from hell in Wildrose Country.Plus: an introduction to Progress Alberta's good work with Duncan Kinney and an analysis of Grimes' $90,000 FACTOR grant from comedian James Brown.Become a Harbinger supporter and hear this full episode, plus other exclusive content, for as little as $3/month. Find out more at https://harbingermedianetwork.com/
1 minutes | 20 days ago
Harbinger Society Presents ep2 Teaser (America: The Series Finale, feat. Rob Rousseau, Nashwa Khan and Hilary Agro)
To hear the full episode of 'America: The Series Finale' featuring Rob Rousseau, Nashwa Khan, Hilary Agro and host Andre Goulet support the show starting at $3/month at https://harbingermedianetwork.com/Plus: an introduction to the third season of Ricochet Media's 'le Plancher des Vaches' season 3 focusing on the 2020 US Presidential election w/ hosts Julie Dufort and Ludvic Moquin-Beaudry and executive producer Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours and a devastating electoral lament from comedian James Brown.This episode was recorded on November 4th, 2020.
62 minutes | a month ago
The Harbinger Society Presents 'The Haunted Hustings: B.C.'s Decision 2020' (S1, E1)
Presenting a very spooky premiere episode of the inaugural season of 'The Harbinger Society Presents: The Left Podcast Conspiracy' from the Harbinger Media Network! This terrifying Halloween conversation 'The Haunted Hustings: B.C.'s Decision 2020', featuring polisci pundits Stewart Prest and David Moscrop, B.C. Today's Shannon Waters and host Andre Goulet, comes courtesy of our pals at online Left thought and opinion journal Passage.....find it at readpassage.com. Get access to all exclusive content, including all upcoming episodes of this show, for as little as $3 a month at harbingermedianetwork.com.Plus: an introduction to the Harbinger Media Network w/ Kino Lefter's Evan MacDonald and a critique of Saturday elections from comedian James Brown.For more of Stewart Prest's BC election analysis go to https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/bc-election/bc-election-results-vancouver-false-creekFor more of Shannon Waters' work see https://muckrack.com/shannon-watersTo sign up for David Moscrop's online course at Passage go to https://readpassage.com/course/deepening-democracy/ and find his book 'Too Dumb for Democracy?' at https://gooselane.com/products/too-dumb-for-democracyMusic on this episode 'Neon Drip' (Blue Dot Sessions) + 'The Pleasure Kills' (Bare Wires) is courtesy of Creative Commons.This conversation was recorded on October 25th, 2020.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Back to School at Podcast High
In the SERIES FINALE, join host Andre Goulet and a cross-country conclave of comrades for the first day back to school at Podcast High! Hear conversations with Chris (Left Behind), Gabrielle (les Ficelles/Ricochet), Tyler + Roberta (Alberta Advantage), Evan (Kino Lefter), Paris (Tech Won’t Save Us), Eric (Big Shiny Takes), Umair (Oats for Breakfast) and Rob Rousseau (49th Parahell) as they navigate the hallways and classrooms of a new school year and explain why a Universal Basic Income, a green transition for Alberta’s energy sector, a federal jobs guarantee program and more should all be on the federal agenda for a People’s Recovery in next week’s Speech From the Throne. Plus: friend of the show Savanna Craig returns to expose Podcast High’s bureaucratic negligence and inadequate pandemic ventilation system and Andre looks back on 135 episodes of Unpacking the News and imagines an exciting future for Canada’s left podcast community.Unpacking the News 2017-2020 RIP – thanks everyone! And watch this space in early October for what’s coming next…….
60 minutes | 3 months ago
The Intersect: The Rent and Housing Crisis (Housing Party ep5)
How will Canadians cope with rising unemployment, a housing crunch and paying rent? How should government handle the economic recovery, including proposed bailouts for big corporations? And what is the future of affordable housing in Canada? On the last in a series of summer episodes exploring how the pandemic interacts with social issues in Canada, David DesBaillets returns with the fifth edition of ‘Housing Party’ to speak with poverty activist, Tiny Home Alliance Canada Executive Director and Brockville City Councillor Leigh Bursey.Read about The People's Bailout at https://theleap.org/peoples-bailout/housing/Find out more about the Tiny Homes movement at https://www.tinyhomealliance.ca/Hear Justin Trudeau's 11/22/17 National Housing Strategy address at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0W-FLw55Cc This conversation was recorded on August 10th, 2020.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
The Intersect: Prisons and Pandemic
Pivot Legal Society's Meenakshi Mannoe (Vancouver Prison Justice Day Committee) and Montreal academic and activist Ted Rutland (The Anti-Carceral Group) join host Andre Goulet to discuss decarceration, abolition and the past, present and future of Prison Justice organizing in an era of COVID-19.Find out more about how you can support prisoners and Prison Justice activism athttp://prisonjustice.ca/ and https://www.noprisons.ca/Get involved with The Anti-Carceral Group athttps://www.facebook.com/anticarceralgroup/'COVID-19 Pandemic Plan Needed for Canada’s Jails and Prisons' audio is courtesy of APTN news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqjngGVN7XkThis conversation was recorded on July 27th, 2020.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
The Intersect: How to Defund the Police
As the movement to defund police continues to gain momentum across North America, a coalition of more than twenty Montreal community groups are calling for a 50% cut to the police budget in one of Canada's safest and most over-policed cities. But where would these cuts happen? And how could funding be re-directed?On this episode Black Lives Matter Montreal organizer Marlihan Lopez, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal coordinator Jessica Quijano and Stella executive director Sandra Wesley join host Andre Goulet to discuss what defunding and demilitarizing the police would look like, how this process can lead to decolonization and decriminalization, and why re-directing funding and reinvesting in communities are a crucial part of reducing over-policing and police violence in our cities.Get involved with BLM Montreal at https://www.facebook.com/blmmontreal/Learn more about Stella's advocacy work at https://chezstella.org/en/home/Support the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal at http://www.nwsm.info/'Over Policing in Montreal?' is courtesy of Tina Tenneriello at City News.This conversation was recorded on July 13th, 2020.
82 minutes | 5 months ago
The 20th Century: Mackenzie King and the Canadian Subconscious (w/ Kino Lefter)
On a special Canada Day crossover host Andre Goulet teams up with the sensational socialist film crit of Kino Lefter's Abdul, Laura and Evan! Join the gang for a hallucinogenic history tour as they unpack Matthew Rankin's surreal 2019 not-quite-biopic 'The 20th Century', featuring beloved bachelor and long-time Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.Thrill to analysis of the artificiality of the Canadian subconscious! Shudder as the deepest fears about our country are made manifest! Marvel at the greatest crime against national dignity ever attempted by a motion picture!Support independent Canadian cinema by watching 'The 20th Century' at https://www.cinemamoderne.com/en/films/details/the-twentieth-century/Follow Kino Lefter wherever you get your podcasts and support the show at https://www.patreon.com/kinolefterSupport Unpacking the News at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenewsThis conversation was recorded on July 28, 2020.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
The Intersect: Fighting for a Free Transit Future
What kind of challenges come with organizing in the midst of a public health crisis? On a new episode of UtN's summer series 'The Intersect', Free Transit Edmonton's Juan Felipe Vargas Alba and Free Transit Ottawa's Julia Szwarc join host Andre Goulet to explore the rapid growth of the Free Transit movement and how it intersects with police violence, labour, class and race.Audio on this episode features Herman Rosenfeld, author of ‘Toronto: Challenging the Impossible' on CityNews Toronto. Find out more or get involved at https://freetransitedmonton.ca/ and https://freetransitottawa.ca/This conversation was recorded on June 8th, 2020Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenews
35 minutes | 6 months ago
The Intersect: Homelessness in an Era of COVID-19 (Housing Party ep4)
On the first in a series of episodes exploring how the pandemic interacts with social issues in Canada, David Desbaillets returns with a new edition of ‘Housing Party’ to talk with Marie-Hélène Landry of women’s shelter Chez Doris about economic, social and housing realities in the era of COVID-19.Community organization Chez Doris has been providing shelter to vulnerable and homeless women in Montreal for more than 40 years. Find out more at: https://www.chezdoris.org/en/# Audio on this episode features Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Julie Grenier of the CIUSSS Centre-Sud (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux) This conversation was recorded on May 19th, 2020Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenews
46 minutes | 6 months ago
The End of the Beginning of the End (w/ Martin Lukacs)
On episode 127, investigative journalist Martin Lukacs (The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Age of Discontent) joins host Andre Goulet to discuss Justin’s new role as the nation’s camp-counsellor-in-chief, the lobbying leviathan and Liberal corporate cronyism, misplaced praise for an insufficient NDP response to the CERB bailout, new developments in the Wet'suwet'en fight for land title recognition and much more. Read more about how the fax machine is a vital weapon in Montreal contract tracers' war against COVID-19 at:https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/using-a-fax-machine-the-painstaking-work-of-contact-tracers/See how the the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian media is playing out across the country at:https://j-source.ca/article/we-mapped-all-the-media-impacts-of-covid-19-in-canada/Support the show at patreon.com/unpackingthenewsThis conversation was recorded on May 13th, 2020.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
Pandemic Pals: Calgary (w/ Kate Jacobson + Sean Willett)
On episode 127 Kate Jacobson and Sean Willett of The Alberta Advantage join host Andre Goulet to discuss zero dollar oil, recognizing America as a failed state, fake country balkanization in an age of pandemic and more. Plus: dismantling so-called "Canadian" values and a Marxist analysis of Dr. Panda's pseudo-fascism.See the 'Canadian Values' poll athttp://angusreid.org/modern-morality/ Learn more about the coronavirus with Dr. Panda athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkUlCIFE45M&t=32sListen to The Alberta Advantage at https://soundcloud.com/albertaadvantageThis conversation was recorded on April 24th, 2020.
52 minutes | 7 months ago
Pandemic Pals: Winnipeg (w/ Emily Leedham + James Wilt)
On episode 125 Emily Leedham, James Wilt and host Andre Goulet talk COVID19 in Manitoba, call out the CERB for leaving undocumented workers behind and explore why the left’s response to the recent Winnipeg PD murders and to police killings everywhere should be to call for the abolition of the police.Plus: releasing a major book on the future of public transit in the middle of a pandemic, Harvey's burgers as the ultimate form of quarantine self-care and: are cats the anti-Twitter? You can buy 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Cars? Public Transit in the Age of Google, Uber and Elon Musk' directly from Behind the Lines Press at:https://btlbooks.com/book/do-androids-dream-of-electric-carsSubscribe to 'Rank and File: Prairie Edition' wherever you get your podcasts and read Emily's recent piece on the CERB and undocumented workers athttps://www.rankandfile.ca/undocumented-cerb-status/Read James' argument for abolishing the police at https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/abolishing-the-police-is-the-only-reasonable-response-to-winnipeg-police-killingsThis conversation was recorded on April 19th, 2020.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Pandemic Pals: Ottawa (w/ David Moscrop)
Sequestered in the nation's capital, political commentator and academic David Moscrop (The Washington Post, Maclean's) joins host Andre Goulet to discuss the nationalization of the economy and the paradigm shifting CERB, the strength of Canadian political institutions in the face of an unprecedented crisis and what the Trudeau government can learn from the radical transparency and virus realpolitik of the South Korean government.Plus: the Department of Global Affairs says that Saudi Arabia’s human rights record of unlawful killings, forced disappearances and torture is “problematic". So why has the ban on arms sales to Mohammed bin Salman’s thug regime been lifted? We explore why canceling the Saudi arms deal is Canada’s only ethical way forward. This episode was recorded on April 12th, 2020.Read David's latest at the Washington Post here:https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/10/weapons-sales-saudi-arabia-reveal-that-canada-is-willing-trade-jobs-its-principles/
44 minutes | 8 months ago
Come Bust a Move (Fight or Flight Crew ep4)
Multi-diagnosed comedian pals Charlie Demers & David Harris open up weekly (and weakly!) about mental illness and mental wellness with a range of guests from the Vancouver arts community and beyond.On episode 4, two already-anxious boys try to keep their bearings when the world is going crazy! It's once more from the bunkers with this intimate yet socially-distant dialogue recorded from two solitudes on opposite sides of East Van.This conversation was recorded on March 27th, 2020.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Pandemic Pals: Newfoundland (w/ Drew Brown)
On episode 123 journalist Drew Brown (The Independent, VICE) joins host Andre Goulet to lament the loss of Newfoundland shed culture, analyze the gigantic hole in Trudeau’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit plan and explore why the global pandemic may be an extinction event for journalism. This episode was recorded on April 5th, 2020.Check out Tom Baird's COVID-19 math athttps://theindependent.ca/2020/03/31/crunching-the-numbers-on-covid-19/ Read the Canadian Center for Policy Alternative's breakdown of CERB aid athttp://behindthenumbers.ca/2020/03/18/what-to-make-of-the-federal-covid-19-aid-package/ Find out more about why the crisis may be an extinction event for journalism at https://www.icfj.org/news/key-quotes-frontline-lessons-international-news-outlets-reporting-pandemic-maria-ressa-ritu
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Pandemic Pals: Vancouver (w/ Charlie Demers + David Harris)
On episode 122 it's picnics, panics and positive energy as Vancouver comics Charlie Demers and David Harris join host Andre Goulet to talk rent freeze, economic collapse and what the coronavirus crisis looks like from a Pacific Rim perspective.Hear multi-diagnosed comedian buds Charlie & David open up weekly (and weakly!) about mental illness and mental wellness with a range of guests on 'Fight or Flight Crew', available wherever you get your podcasts: https://www.spreaker.com/show/fight-or-flight-crewThis conversation was recorded on March 28th, 2020.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
Pandemic Pals: Montreal (w/ Rob Rousseau + Marla Williams)
On episode 121 pundit and podcaster Rob Rousseau (49th Parahell, The Insurgents) and friend of the show Marla Williams join host Andre Goulet to discuss the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec, to flag the threat of increased surveillance and government overreach during the crisis and to provide some solace, support and solidarity in the midst of troubled times.Plus: why it's more important than ever to lean into civic and democratic responsibilities and why hope and humour can be effective means for coping with the chaos. Audio of Mayor Valerie Plante courtesy of the Montreal Gazette (video + edits: Pierre Obendrauf and Mahsa Radavi)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igoLPI8aJDoThese conversations were recorded on March 24th, 2020.
42 minutes | 8 months ago
The Hand of God: Neo-Fascism and Brazil's Evangelical Movement (le Plancher des Vaches S2, E2)
On a new season of le Plancher des Vaches, join academic Ludvic Moquin-Beaudry and independent journalist Martin Forgues for a french language, bi-weekly conversation exploring political and social movements around the world from a left perspective.This week the show welcomes Alessandra Devulsky (The Montreal Institute of International Studies) for a in-depth discussion on the influence and power of far-right Christianity in South America.Subscribe to le Plancher des Vaches wherever you get your podcasts!
37 minutes | 8 months ago
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love COVID-19
On episode 120 of Unpacking the News, host Andre Goulet welcomes comedian John Hanchar back to the show after a year abroad in China to try to make sense of a frightening and confusing week as Canada enters a new era of global health crisis. Audio on this episode includes an excerpt from Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove' and this Tuesday's Justin Trudeau press conference.This conversation was recorded on March 17th, 2020.
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