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Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity in the mix. #StirThePot #Resist #p2 #progressiveChristian #Exvangelical
 
With all the noise created by a 24/7 news cycle, it can be hard to really grasp what's going on in politics today. We provide a fresh perspective on the biggest political stories not through opinion and anecdotes, but rigorous scholarship, massive data sets and a deep knowledge of theory. Understand the political science beyond the headlines with Harris School of Public Policy Professors William Howell, Anthony Fowler and Wioletta Dziuda. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast ...
 
Political despair getting you down? Join host Samia Mounts, a liberal Hillary Clinton voter, as she travels the country having compassionate, respectful political conversations with female Trump voters. Political bigotry is tearing our nation apart, causing rifts between family members and breaking up friendships. It's counterproductive to everyone's agenda to alienate each other. Let's try to relate instead. Detailed fact-checks in the Show Notes for each episode at www.makeamericarelatepod ...
 
Emerson College Polling Weekly is the official podcast for Emerson Polling for the 2018 mid-term elections. National pundit and pollster Prof. Spencer Kimball provides trusted polling results, updates and real-time analysis in the realms of public opinion at both local and national political levels. Available whereever you get your podcasts and www.clnsmedia.com
 
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In this episode, for Canadian federal politics, we continue to observe the big moves being made by the major parties in our 'Election Watch' series. This week the Liberals announced a bunch of money for Quebec's aerospace industry - is it good politics/policy? We'll discuss! For provincial/municipal politics, we talk about the issues that will be p…
 
Infrastructure. It’s one of the hottest topics in politics today. But what does the research say about the effects and politics of infrastructure investment? Political scientist, Jon Rogowski, from the University of Chicago has a surprising paper that shows the long-term economic outcomes of post office developments in the United States. But it als…
 
In this episode, for Canadian Federal politics, we talk about the 'power moves' being made by Justin Trudeau and Erin O'Toole in the lead-up to the (increasingly likely) fall election. For Municipal (AKA Local) politics, we talk about how the developments in the big arena deal are playing in the Municipal election slated for October. Who is making …
 
Activist, former pastor, and professor emeritus Drick Boyd, Ed.D. joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to discuss his thought-provoking book Disrupting Whiteness: Talking With White People About Racism. This riveting conversation includes themes that are a part of Dr. Boyd's book, teaching and activism, such as understanding one's "race…
 
In this episode, for US politics, we talk about the indictment of the Trump Organization's CFO. Is this the first step in the bringing-down of Donald J. Trump? We'll discuss! We follow this up with Canadian Federal politics and the sudden resignation of Liberal Cabinet Minister Catherine McKenna. What does this say about how good the job of an MP r…
 
It seems like extremists politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene receive a disproportionate amount of attention and money. This has led many political actors to believe that extremism is good politics. There’s even some scientific research to back up that claim. But a new paper by Professor of Politics at Princeton, Brandice Canes-Wrone, shows the …
 
In this episode, for Global politics, we talk about the future of work after the pandemic - including how policies like CERB and UBI will play into how we live and work. For Federal politics, we talk about Erin O'Toole's speech on not canceling Canada Day. Will it be a much needed political winner for him? We'll discuss! For PodReport this week, Da…
 
In this episode we have a conversation with Wesam Sharaf, an advocate with the Civil and Political Rights Unit at Adalah — The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. In May Palestinian citizens of Israel participated in massive protests and boycotts as part of the “Unity Uprisings”. Many Palestinians described these protests as the larges…
 
CONTENT WARNING: The following episode includes brief discussion of physical violence and sexual assault. Listener discretion is advised. This multi-episode series is about efforts to suppress or limit the vote in certain communities across the United States in order to achieve specific outcomes. In Part 1, Jaye discusses the history of the vote in…
 
In this episode, for Global politics, we discuss the G7 meeting that took place in England and also the bilateral meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. What came out of these get togethers and what is the politics behind it - we'll discuss! For Federal politics, Mike tries to convince David that the implosion of the Green Party (and its lea…
 
The debate about abolishing the filibuster isn’t going anywhere. Proponents say it forces compromise and consensus, while detractors claim it leads to gridlock and minority rule. But is there a third option? Harvard scholar, Kenneth Shepsle, has a radically different proposal that addresses all these concerns without abolishing the filibuster altog…
 
In this episode, for US/Global politics, we discuss the big spending bill that was passed in the US Senate to fund research in strategic areas where China has upped their game of late. What does this say about the US/China relations and is this further evidence of a new kind of Cold War? For provincial politics, David and Mike debate whether Jason …
 
Note: the audio quality of this episode isn't great as we recorded it from Mike's Backyard, we assure you that the audio quality will be better next time. In this episode, for Federal politics, we talk about the horrible discovery of 215 indigenous children's graves in the Kamloops Residential School. What does this mean and will it impact the Fede…
 
A lot of people are unhappy with the ideological make-up of the Supreme Court. They say it doesn’t reflect the majority of the country. President Biden’s commission tasked with reforming the Supreme Court started meeting for the first time in May of this year. One of the proposals they’re going to consider is setting term limits on Justices. But th…
 
In this episode, for federal politics, we talk about NDP scion Avi Lewis getting into the family business, with a run in West Vancouver for the Federal NDP. What does this mean for the party and their likely future policy course? We'll discuss! For Alberta politics, we breakdown the policy and politics of Jason Kenney's aggressive re-opening plan f…
 
We’ve been doing this podcast for over a year and we’ve covered a lot of research, but each paper is far from the final word on any topic. On this episode, it’s time to do some updating. We’re going to take three recent papers and show how they change or deepen our understanding of prior papers we’ve covered on this podcast.…
 
As events in Palestine continue to develop we're bringing you this special episode in collaboration with the Groundings podcast and friend-of-the-site Devyn Springer. Devyn is a cultural worker, community organizer, and independent researcher. They are a member of the Walter Rodney Foundation, and host of the Groundings podcast. They've written and…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains discussion of homophobia and mental illness. Listener discretion is advised. In this public release of a bonus episode originally released on Patreon in August 2019, Jaye discusses the divorce announcement of Joshua Harris, the author of Christian self-help book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and his wife, singer Sh…
 
In this episode, for provincial politics, we talk about the Todd Loewan's 2am letter, the ejections of him and Drew Barnes from the UCP Caucus that came from it and what's next for Jason Kenney's UCP Party. On the local side of things, Jeff Davison, the city councilor from Ward 6, has entered the fray - we'll analyze the race...and offer an EXCLUSI…
 
Last Friday, as the holy month of Ramadan came to a close, Israeli forces stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. Mondoweiss’ Palestine correspondent, Yumna Patel reported that: “The height of the violence took place inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers had gathered inside the Mosque and …
 
In this episode, for federal politics, we talk about the Liberal Government scandal having to do with General Jonathan Vance of the Canadian Forces. Is the scandal worth all of the ink it is gathering - we'll discuss! We then chat about the cultural politics involved in a Philip Roth biography being 'cancelled' due to allegations made against the a…
 
Does the ability for minority parties to delay and obstruct legislation force the majority party to only pass bills that are more moderate? It’s a question that informs much of our political debate around dilatory tactics like the filibuster. University of Michigan Political Scientist, Christian Fong, has a paper that models this question and argue…
 
On university and college campuses across the United States and Canada, student activists are organizing for Palestinian liberation under the banner of Students for Justice in Palestine, or SJP. As the student-led movement has grown dramatically over the last 20 years, so has anti-Palestinian pushback from Zionist groups and their allies. Organizat…
 
In this episode, we talk about Joe Biden's first 100 days, including the joint session of Congress speech. More importantly, we each ascribe a letter grade to his performance! We then get into provincial politics, with the continuing dumpster fire that is Alberta in relation to rising COVID case counts. We have a 'hot-take' Premier Kenney's his lat…
 
In this episode, we talk about the first federal budget in close to 2 years that the Liberals have just rolled out. Spoiler alert, if you have a pulse, you get something from it. We also talk about the state of politics in Alberta - with new fundraising and poll numbers having the NDP looking pretty good. For BookReport this week, Mike read (with h…
 
The Atlanta spa shootings on March 16, 2021 were one of many large-scale shooting incidents that occurred after a lull in mass gun violence due to the pandemic. But this spree shooting stuck out due to the various issues the tragedy touched on, including gun control and the Second Amendment, stereotyping and discrimination against Asian people, rac…
 
There’s a lot of debate in our politics about whether we should have stricter voter ID laws. But both sides are having an argument based almost entirely on assumptions because data on the real effect of these laws are scarce. Not anymore. In a brand new paper, Stanford Political Scientist Justin Grimmer gives us a fresh look at whether stricter vot…
 
In this episode, we talk about the dueling conventions - with both the Federal Liberals and NDP holding their policy conventions on the same-ish days! We talk about what each of the parties talked about and who won the news cycle. We also talk about the Federal Conservatives brand spanking new climate policy. Is it enough to get centrists over the …
 
In this episode, we talk about the revolt of 17 UCP MLAs to the Kenney government's decision to tighten restrictions in response to rising COVID case counts, including what this might mean in terms of Kenney's control over caucus and the Leadership Review vote next year. We also talk about the Naheed Nenshi's decision to not seek another term as th…
 
This year the U.S. will go through its decennial redistricting process, which is resurfacing our national conversation around gerrymandering. But Stanford Professor of Political Science, Jonathan Rodden, says gerrymandering isn't the least of our problems when it comes to the politics of geography. In his book, "Why Cities Lose", Rodden illustrates…
 
Earlier this year, Mondoweiss contributing writer Sarah Doyal reviewed the new book, Except For Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics, from authors Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick. Sarah wrote: “Delving into the phenomenon long-named in leftist circles as [quote] “Progressive Except for Palestine” [end quote], Hill and Plitnick metic…
 
In this episode, we talk about the Biden Administration's big, bold and expensive infrastructure plan - and its chances of becoming reality. For provincial politics, we delve into the new (draft) K-6 curriculum that was just released - including what might be missing and possible subliminal messages being conveyed by the Kenney government through i…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains graphic descriptions of physical violence, physical suffering and death. Listener discretion is advised. In this public release of a Patreon bonus episode originally released in July 2019, Jaye discusses graphic images of suffering and oppression. Should these be protected by content warnings? The episode dive…
 
In this episode, we talk about the Conservative Party of Canada's policy convention - including the speech from Erin O'Toole...and the contradictory, news-worthy vote that took place thereafter. We double-it-up on Federal politics this week by chatting about the Supreme Court ruling affirming that the federal government has jurisdiction to impose a…
 
This episode is all about elections. On March 23rd Israel held its fourth national election in two years. And starting in May Palestinians in the occupied territory will be holding their first elections in 15 years. Both elections will serve as a referendum on the current leaders, and both will give us insight into what the future may hold, both fo…
 
Are land-use regulations incredibly boring? Not quite. As our guest argues, these seemingly banal policies could be causing modern-day segregation. In a new paper, Jessica Trounstine, chair of the political science department a the University of California Merced, makes a strong case for why land-use policies aren’t as race-neutral as they seem, an…
 
It is the middle of President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, and his administration has been hard at work attempting to end the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, as well as other policy priorities. But actions on immigration-related policy, as it relates to a shift in direction from Donald Trump, have been more modest. Jaye discusses B…
 
In this episode, we talk about US-China relations as the first bi-lateral summit of the Biden Presidency takes place in (not so tropical) Anchorage, Alaska. We also talk about the (pending regulatory approval) deal for Rogers to buy Shaw - and the political implications on a provincial and federal level (who doesn't like trashing telcos, right?!). …
 
In this episode, we talk about the (massive) 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus package that was just passed - as well as the politics of this (gigantic) development. We also talk about the royal family (this isn't a typo) - with the Harry and Meghan interview - as well as our shared distaste for this anti-democratic, and generally gross, institution. Fo…
 
Zaina Arafat joined Mondoweiss Associate Editor Allison Deger to discuss her new novel, YOU EXIST TOO MUCH. This program was part of the Mondoweiss Book Club, a go-at-your-own-pace program that explores new and contemporary Palestinian fiction. Join for free at https://mondoweiss.net/bookclub/. Support Mondoweiss with a tax-deductible donation. Lin…
 
We’re constantly told that we’re trapped in media “echo chambers”, that our media diets mirror our political leanings. But what do the data say? Is it possible that a majority of us have a much more moderate media diet than we assume? A new paper by Andrew Guess, Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton, provides a completely unique data set th…
 
In this episode (our 20th podcast!), we talk about Donald Trump's rambling return to the spotlight with his appearance (and speech) at the Conservative Political Action Committee (or CPAC) - and what it means for the future of the GOP. We also talk about the federal government's (seemingly impending) airline industry bailout - and the recent histor…
 
In this episode, we talk about the vote in Parliament to call out China on committing genocide and, of course, the politics of it all for Erin O'Toole's Conservatives and the Trudeau government. We also provide a very 'hot-take' on the Alberta provincial budget which just dropped on the day of recording. Finally, we quickly talk about the latest 'f…
 
Ahmad Abuznaid was recently named the Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2012, Ahmad co-founded the Dream Defenders. He has interned at the International Criminal Court, presented before the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee and was the Director of the National Network for Ar…
 
When was the last time you voted split-ticket in an election? It may not be surprising to hear that our elections have become increasingly nationalized in the last few decades. Most people vote for a single party straight down the ballot. The question is, why? Daniel Moskowitz, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Harris School of Public…
 
In this episode, we talk about the verdict on the second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the politics of why Senators voted the way they did and what might come next. We also talk about the new Liberal gun control legislation from both a policy and (of course) from a political perspective. For BookReport, David read (with his eyes) and we dis…
 
In this public release of a Patreon bonus episode originally released in January 2020, Jaye tells the story of the 1969 University of Wyoming Cowboys football team. Fourteen African-American players on the team were dismissed by their head coach in the middle of the 1969 season for asking permission to protest. How is the Black 14 incident, and the…
 
In this episode, we talk about the latest on the (second) impeachment trial of Donald Trump - including, as mentioned in the title - the similarities with the OJ trial in the 90s. We also have a double-dose of provincial politics with the Newfoundland election in COVID times and also as fierce of a debate as you'll hear over the just-announced 'Ken…
 
Political scandal is a historically defining aspect of American politics. But, there’s been very little scholarship on the political incentives that surround the production and consequences of scandals. In a recent paper, “Political Scandal: A Theory”, our very own Will Howell and Wioletta Dziuda create a new model of political scandal that makes t…
 
In December 2020 Haymarket Books published Palestine: A Socialist Introduction featuring essays from a number of activists and thinkers inside the Palestine solidarity movement. The book was edited by Sumaya Awad and brian bean. Sumaya is the Director of Strategy and Communications for the Adalah Justice Project. brian is a founding editor of Rampa…
 
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