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Left Turn, Canada

Andy Borkowski & Christo Aivalis

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A new Canadian Politics podcast hosted by Christo Aivalis and Andy Borkowski. This weekly show aims to bring a left perspective to Canadian politics, media, economics, and culture that is far too lacking within mainstream print, audio, and visual media. Christo and Andy bring years of experience in both traditional and new media. Combining these experiences, along with a shared disdain with Canada’s capitalist status quo, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone who wants a Canada based on j ...
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Politics + Media 101

Justin Higgins and John Gunnison

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American politics is fast moving and caught up in social media and the 24 hour news cycle. This political podcast cuts through the noise and focuses on what matters, the nuts and bolts of policy, how Congress works, and how elections are won. Justin and John sit down every Tuesday and Thursday to discuss what is happening in Washington, D.C. and international affairs with leading Democrats and Republicans from Congress, members of the media, and think tanks. If you want to know what’s going ...
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MillennialWest

Darius Zaviceanu

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Welcome to the MillennialWest podcast. We talking deep, Consciousness expansion, hip hop, arts, community, some things esoteric. weekly we dive into conversations with wise and interesting guests, setting the intention for an open transparent conversation with no edits. Just strait up. tune in 🙏🏻🌀✌🏼
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1. Sharlene-Monique - Of Love (Piano & Voice) 2. Jaz Karis - Home 3. Cassandra Shade - Don't Change 4. Tamesy - Of you 5. Aleksa Safiya - Understand Me 6. Lauren Tuchscherer - You Make Me 7. Fortune - Fake Love 8. Alduts Sherdley - Swipe Right 9. Karmessa - Game X 10. Tambourine - Unequally Yoked 11. Anna Speer - Cuffing Szn 12. Stalk Ashley - Complicated 13. Yasz Base - Anoymous Drerrie 14. Marzz - KMS. 15. Niqueaux - Love You Down 16. Kazé - Love ain't enough 17. Makaela - Be Careful 18. A ...
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Justin and John sit down with political analyst Rachel Bitecofer. Rachel is the author of a new book titled Hit 'Em Where It Hurts, which offers advice for how Democrats can exploit negative partisanship to win in 2024. For more on the book, visit Rachel's website: https://www.hitemwhereithurts.com/By Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
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John sits down with journalist and author Joshua Green, author of The Rebels, a new book on left-wing American populism. Joshua previously wrote The Devil's Bargain, which profiled Steve Bannon and the populist movement in the Republican Party. John and Joshua discuss the overlap between these two populist camps, the differences among key leaders o…
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Justin & John sit down with Yaroslav Trofimov, chief foreign-affairs correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. Yaroslav has covered wars and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, and now reports on a war in his own home country, Ukraine. Yaroslav's new book Our Enemies Will Vanish offers stories and lessons from the first year after Russia'…
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To learn more about presidential impeachment, Justin and John sit down with Professor Michael J. Gerhardt, the leading scholar of American impeachment law. Gerhardt appeared as an expert witness in the impeachments of both President Trump and President Clinton, and he recently appeared as a witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Biden. Ger…
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On Sunday, December 10th, Argentina inaugurated a new president, the eccentric "anarcho-capitalist" Javier Milei. To learn about this new chapter in South American history, Justin and John sit down with Ariel González Levaggi, an academic at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and Interna…
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Justin and John sit down with Astead Herdon, national politics reporter for The New York Times and host of the podcast “The Run-Up.” Astead recently published a major profile of Kamala Harris, including an exclusive interview he conducted with the vice president herself. With the PM101 team, he discusses his reporting on Harris, describing her diff…
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In a special crossover episode, Justin and John sit down for a wide-ranging conversation with the hosts of Beyond Politics, Paul Hodes and Matt Robison. Paul is a former U.S. Congressman who represented Justin and John's home district in New Hampshire. Matt is a senior political strategist who served as Paul's chief of staff. Together, the group ta…
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A month into the devastating war between Israel and Hamas, Justin and John sit down with diplomat and analyst Aaron David Miller. An expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Aaron spent 25 years at the U.S. State Department advising Republican and Democratic secretaries of state on Middle East policy. Aaron describes how the horrific terror atta…
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India and Canada are engaged in a heated diplomatic dispute after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of planning the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, near Vancouver. Indian officials deny the allegation and accuse Canada of harboring terrorists affiliated with the secessionist Khalistan movement…
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Justin and John discuss the efforts to normalize relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The two countries have been moving steadily towards strategic convergence, but Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has requested major concessions from the United States before formally establishing ties. John explains the Saudi approach and the reasons t…
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Justin and John discuss the drama on Capitol Hill over government funding, as Speaker Kevin McCarthy works to avoid a government shutdown. McCarthy faces intransigence from renegade members in his own Republican caucus, including media lightning rod Matt Gaetz. Justin Higgins, a veteran of GOP congressional offices, explains the dysfunction engulfi…
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After recent health scares for Senator Mitch McConnell, Justin and John discuss the difficult issues of age and health in political leaders. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley are often criticized for delaying retirement, as is President Joe Biden. Justin recalls his experiences working with the office of Senator Thad Cochran, a powerful …
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Justin and John sit with Evan Drellich, senior writer at The Athletic. The group discuss baseball's major changes to game rules, assessing whether the sport can regain its place as the most popular pastime in American culture. Despite momentum with attendance and ratings, baseball faces challenges in a fragmented media system. Evan is the author of…
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A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that China and Cuba are working to establish a spy facility 100 miles from Florida. To understand this development, John sits down with Dr. Evan Ellis, a research professor of Latin American studies at the U.S. Army War College and a Senior Associate at CSIS. Dr. Ellis describes China's activities in Lat…
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Justin and John sit down with technology reporter Katie Notopolous to discuss the new app Threads, launched in July by Mark Zuckerberg's Meta. The app seeks to supplant Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, as the leading platform for microblogging and text-based social media. Katie gives her assessment of the new app's strengths and weaknesses, address…
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The Daily Beast's Matt Lewis sits down with John and Justin to discuss his new book, Filthy Rich Politicians. Matt explains how politicians get rich through leveraging their position as elected officials -- legalized corruptions of sorts, including book deals and stock trading. Matt examines Marjorie Taylor Greene, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and man…
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Justin and John discuss the recent discord in the House Freedom Caucus, as members move to punish Marjorie Taylor Greene for embracing GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The Republican conference may move to oust McCarthy from leadership before the end of the year. The pair then discuss the differences in leadership style between Republicans and Democrats…
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Justin sits down with Tingting Liu, News Anchor, Foreign affairs and military correspondent for TVBS to discuss Taiwan's domestic politics ahead of the 2024 Presidential election. Tingting provides analysis on how the three leading political parties approach the cross-straight relations (Taiwan - China), the ongoing Me Too movement on the island, a…
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Justin and John sit down with Gregory B. Poling, director of the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Greg recently returned from the Shangri-La Dialogue, a defense forum held in Singapore and attended by the United States, China, and other key players in the Asia-Pa…
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After an explosive expose, CNN's CEO Chris Licht was fired by his bosses at Warner Bros Discovery. This came after a year of disappointing ratings and head-scratching programming decisions. Justin and John sit down with Meg James, senior entertainment industry writer for the Los Angeles Times. Meg helps explain the crisis at CNN, based on her own r…
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Justin and John address two media controversies that unfolded in previous weeks, Donald Trump's indictment on 34 criminal counts by New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the social media boycott of beer brand Bud Lite. They discuss how public figures have responded to these stories and whether wading in these controversies is truly necessary.…
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In this episode John and Justin discuss Silicon Valley Bank and the state of the US banking system with Aaron Klein, the Brookings Institution's Miriam K. Carliner Chair and senior fellow in Economic Studies. This discussion also gets into the Biden Administration's response and what policymakers and regulators must do in the future to ensure a str…
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Justin and John sit down with Amir Tibon, a journalist at Israel's Haaretz newspaper. Amir explains the controversial proposals for judicial reform that have sparked the largest protest movement in recent Israeli history. With Israeli democracy in a precarious position, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces unprecedented international criticism, …
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Justin and John sit down with Shadi Hamid, author of The Problem of Democracy. Shadi's book explores the "democracy dilemma," the challenge of accepting democratic outcomes that may be illiberal or alarming but win public support. He explains how the experience of the Egyptian Revolution informs his concern that elites are often unwilling to allow …
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With the deadly mercenary organization Wagner Group playing a key role in the Ukraine war, Justin and John sit down with Catrina Doxsee, associate director and associate fellow for the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Catrina explains Wagner's opaque structure and murky dealings in countrie…
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After U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visits to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Justin and John sit down with Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an expert on Central Asia. Jen describes Central Asia's rich history and dynamic politics, noting the efforts of regional leaders to move beyond the Soviet le…
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Justin and John discuss the newly-announced candidacy of Nikki Haley for U.S. President. The former governor of South Carolina, Haley enters the Republican Party primary with little support and record of conflicting statements on key issues. Still, her successful record in electoral politics and unique biographical narrative are assets in a competi…
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As we approach the one-year anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Justin sits down with Congressman Don Bacon, a decorated Air Force veteran who represents Nebraska's 2nd District in the U.S. House. Congressman Bacon makes a case for robust U.S. support for Ukraine. He comments on divisions within the Republican Party on this topi…
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Justin and John sit down with Aaron David Miller, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who served for 24 years as a U.S. diplomat. The group discuss the twin crises unfolding as Israel inaugurates a new right-wing government: heightening tensions over West Bank settlements and a controversial proposal for judicial refor…
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Justin and John discuss the recent controversies over the Republican positions towards popular entitlement programs. New debates around Medicare and Social Security, longstanding fault lines in American politics, were sparked by a dispute at President Biden's State of the Union address and comments from Senator Rick Scott. The two also discuss the …
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Justin and John sit down with Max Bergmann, director of the Europe Program at CSIS. Max joins after weeks of controversy over German and American provision of tanks to Ukraine. The group discuss whether arms provisions will continue, whether Russia considers this an "escalation," and what the consequences of that could be. They also address Turkey'…
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Ahead of the Super Bowl, Sports columnist Nancy Armour joins Justin and John to discuss the irreplaceable role of the NFL in American life. Football may be the only universally popular cultural product remaining, but it is not without controversies. The group address player advocacy, ownership responsibility, and the differences between the NFL and…
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Columnist Noah Smith joins Justin and John to discuss major issues in the global economy. They address the current challenges in the technology sector, which Noah characterizes as a popping bubble. Noah also advocates for a strong distrust of China in a new phase of U.S. strategic competition. Read Noah's work at noahpinion.substack.com.…
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Elie Honig joins Justin and John to discuss developments in criminal probes of Donald Trump, as well as his new book Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away with It. Elie draws on two decades of experience as a prosecutor, offering personal insight into prominent culprits and their approach to the legal system. In the discussion, Elie details how…
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Justin and John sit down with Michael R. Strain, director of Economic Policy Studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael assesses the COVID stimulus packages and their impact on inflation, addressing the direct cash payments and criticizing the popular concept of UBI. He explains why th…
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Justin and John sit down to discuss the week's headlines. Topics include the string of high-profile shootings in the United States and Germany's move to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. The hosts also take time to discuss the Academy Award nominations, drawing on John's professional and academic connections to the entertainment industry. Subscribe, r…
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Justin and John sit down with conservative columnist Matt K. Lewis of The Daily Beast. Matt shares stories of his encounters with right-wing media figures over the years, from Ben Shapiro to Tucker Carlson to Alex Jones. The group discuss the impact those personalities have on the Republican Party, and whether the American right can be fairly descr…
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Politico aviation reporter Oriana Pawlyk joins Justin and John to discuss recent disruptions for U.S. airlines, including mass flight cancellations and an emergency grounding by the FAA. What are the major challenges facing airlines and travellers, and has Secretary Pete Buttigieg adequately responded to transportation crisis? Read more from Oriana…
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Justin and John are joined by William Neuman, the former Andes Region Bureau Chief for The New York Times. Reporting for years from Caracas, William witnessed Venezuela descend from an economic powerhouse into one of the world's poorest countries. He explains the causes of this crisis and the opportunity to change course, as the U.S. considers endi…
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With a chaotic leadership fight finally concluded, Justin and John sit down with reporter Emily Brooks to discuss the Congressional term ahead. Will Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans force a U.S. default over the debt ceiling? Will they focus on investigations, or are there areas for new bipartisan legislation? Listen to find out. Read Emily's wor…
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Justin and John discuss the congressional standoff over Kevin McCarthy's bid to become House Speaker. They assess the motives and tactics of key members, drawing on Justin's experience working for a right-wing Republican congressman. Subscribe, rate, and review if you enjoyed the conversation.By Justin Higgins and John Gunnison
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