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The Futureverse

Intelligence Squared

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The Future. It’s all there, in front of us. It could go wonderfully. Or it could go badly wrong. It will inevitably require our passions and our ingenuity. So how do we see the challenges early on, find solutions and help make the world a better place? For ourselves, for our families, for everyone. Welcome to the Futureverse, brought to you by Intelligence Squared and Y TREE.
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What if 'The Jetsons' had a live-action adaptation in the Mid-2010s? Join us as Terran returns to help kick off our new minisode series, "Quantum Reanimation." On this spinoff, we'll bring to life classic cartoons, video games, anime, and more! Starting with "The Jetsons," we reminisce about its 1963 debut, its Saturday morning legacy, and forgotte…
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WHO will play the X-Men in Marvel's introduction of the team into the MCU? Join Nick, along with Aly and Cass, on a special episode as we try to forecast the X-Men lineup for a future movie slated for 2026-2027. We kick things off by tracing the rich history of the X-Men, from their creation by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963, through their transfo…
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I this episode, we talk to Steven Andrews is a real estate investor, business coach and founder of SOARX Consulting. Coming out of college, Andrews was $75,000 in debt and making $45,000 a year. Remembering how hard it was to overcome his own doubts and insecurities at the beginning of his investment career, Andrews is now on a mission to empower o…
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What if 'Troy' was recast in 1997? Strap in as Cory, Nick and Ash give us an epic of an episode, reimagining the 2004 Wolfgang Petersen epic, during an era when action icons were handing over the reins to fresh faces. We don't just speculate; we create an entire alternate universe where 'Troy' dominates the silver screen alongside that year's block…
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What if Jumanji was recast in the Mid 80s? Ever wondered how the enchanting world of 'Jumanji' would spark to life with an '80s twist? Nick and Cass journey through the possibilities of who might have walked the jungles and braved the stampedes if this classic had hit the screens a decade earlier. Our episode teems with the giddy excitement of reim…
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May the 4th is nearly here, and it's time to play that infamous game again, as Cory, Aly and Nick slice through the Star Wars trilogies, dissecting everything from the original's groundbreaking influence, the prequel's controversial legacy, to the sequel trilogy's polarizing impact. As lightsaber clashes echo in the background, we reminisce about t…
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What if "A League of Their Own" was recast in 2020? Cory, Nick and Aly are stepping up to the plate with a riveting recast rundown that'll have you yearning for extra innings! As they knit together personal anecdotes with baseball's rich tapestry, they uncover the fascinating potential shifts that a 2020 version of this classic film might present. …
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Horizon ETFs is the 4th largest ETF provider in Canada with over $30 billion in assets. But they are rebranding! I'll talk with Rohit Mehta, President and CEO, about what it means to the company and how it affects investors ... and we'll talk about the business in general. Rebranding Horizon ETFs to Global X with focus on local expertise 00:15 Glob…
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What if Godzilla was recast in 2007? Set your nostalgia beams to 1998 because we're about to take you on a rollercoaster ride back to the year of Roland Emmerich's 'Godzilla,' the infamous film that stomped its way into our hearts— or did it trample our expectations? Nick, joined by Aly and Ash, crack open the time capsule of cinematic history and …
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Step through the ropes and into the ring with Cory and Nick, as they tag in renaissance man Aaron Powell for a fantasy recasting smackdown of the 2000 cult classic "Ready to Rumble". Just like a perfectly executed piledriver, they bring the nostalgia and laughs to the mat, grappling with what it would be like to see today's WWE and AEW stars, as we…
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What if '3:10 to Yuma' was recast in 1976? Ever wondered how the dusty trails and lawless landscapes of a Western classic like "3:10 to Yuma" would fare against the disco-drenched backdrop of 1976? Saddle up with Cory, Nick, and Aly as they reimagine this modernized western in an era of auteurs and gritty, harsh truths. We're deep-diving into a dec…
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Could the "Leprechaun" movie franchise actually serve up a more twisted St. Patrick's Day than a pint of green beer? Brace yourselves for Cory and Nick's riotous romp through the cult classic series that's as unpredictable as the Irish weather. This episode is all about playing "Marry, Sex, Kill" with the mischievously murderous Leprechaun films. J…
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Fasten your proton packs and prepared to be slimed as Cory and Nick dissect the underappreciated sequel, "Ghostbusters II." On this minisode, in anticipation(?) of Ghostbusters: Frozen Kingdom, we peel back the curtain on the fall from grace of our beloved specter-hunters, reflecting the actors' own real-life arcs as Cory states his case to Nick of…
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What if "Rebel Without a Cause" was recast in 2014? Nick welcomes friend, filmmaker, and movie enthusiast Justin Jayne (@justin__jayne) onto the show to recast the iconic James Dean film on one of our Dreamcast minisodes! Bringing his deep-seated knowledge from the Oklahoma City film scene to the fore, together they talk the industry's ins and outs…
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What if 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' was recast in 1993? Ever wondered what "Crazy, Stupid, Love" would look like in the flannel-clad, grunge-pumping world of 1993? Nick, alongside the ever-insightful Aly Dale and Cass Elliott embark on a time-traveling recasting mission, serving up a slice of nostalgia with a side of "what-ifs." We dissect the film's mul…
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After the news of Marvel's casting of the upcoming Fantastic Four, we decided to drop our formerly Patreon-exclusive mini-sode (from over a year ago!) to see how close we got to nail this cast! Discover how Cory, Tanner and Nick's predictions measured up to the star-studded reality slated for Marvel's 2025 epic. Who's got the chops to embody the ge…
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Get ready for a romp through the reel as Cory and Nick draft our ultimate cinematic football teams, cherry-picking from the fictional greats of film lore. Snuggle up with your team jersey and a bucket of popcorn; it's time to merge the end zone with the silver screen. Imagine Al Pacino leading a locker room with Denzel Washington by his side – that…
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What if 'Mean Girls' (the original 2004 version) was recast in 1984? Imagine slipping into a time machine and landing in the heyday of 80s teen cinema—what would Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" look like with the stars of that rad decade? That's exactly the tantalizing scenario we chew over with the fabulous Aly Dale, as we embark on a wild ride through No…
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What if 'Hook' was recast in 1984? Rewind your clocks and get ready to sprinkle some pixie dust as we reimagine the classic film "Hook" with a twist—it's 1984! Joined by the our friend from across the pon, Ash Hurry, complete with his British perspective and charm, we embark on a nostalgic journey through Neverland, re-casting our favorite characte…
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In this episode, Y TREE’s Harriet Johnston is joined by a psychotherapist and a financial journalist for a conversation about the relationship between money and psychology. Lucy Beresford is a broadcaster and psychotherapist, and former investment banker. Robin Powell is the founding editor of the Evidence Based Investor blog. Learned behaviours – …
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Nick and Cory revisit the classic sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which Cory firmly believes is superior to the original. Join us as we explore the critic and audience scores, lament of Roger Ebert's disdain for these movies, and debate which movie is superior. We deep dive FAO Schwartz, the high-end toy store (that actually exists!) the mu…
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10 Financial Tips for Young People ... with Enoch Omololu of savvynewcanadians.com This material is for informational purposes and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities, to provide tax or legal advice. The information and opinions are not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. Reliance upon information in …
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What if Home Alone was recast in the year 2000? We've taken a trip down memory lane, sprinkled with nostalgia, and examined this classic through a Y2K lens. Cory and Nick are joined by Cass and Ash, we've dissected the movie's intriguing characters, distinctive charm, and enduring impact. We've debated, argued, and finally selected our ideal cast -…
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What does it mean to be truly successful? In the latest episode of our series in which Y TREE speaks to the people we admire about what success means to them, Harriet Johnston is joined by Niall Mills, the Managing Partner of Igneo Infrastructure Partners, for a conversation that seeks to get to the heart of this age-old question. Drawing on Niall’…
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What if Krampus was recast in the Early 90s? Get ready to unwrap a holiday horror unlike any other as Nick and Cass team up to dissect the 2015 movie "Krampus," a unique blend of comedy, horror, and drama that has us looking at holiday films in a whole new light. We delve into the film's perfect union of horror and family drama, and discuss why the…
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Investors want to know 4 things when it comes to financial planning: what to do with CPP, what to do with OAS, how much tax I pay when I collapse my RSP and how much I need to retire... The question is, do investors need YouTube to explain that? Apparently yes, according to Rhys Martell of Well Built Wealth. This material is for informational purpo…
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In this episode, Kamal Ahmed is joined by two bestselling authors: a life designer and a behavioural scientist to discuss the tools and insights that we can use to build happy and healthy lives. A mechanical engineer by training, Dave Evans teaches the overwhelmingly popular Designing Your Life courses at Stanford, and is the co-author of the New Y…
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What if 'St. Elmo's Fire' was recast in the Late 90s? Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and get ready for a trip down memory lane as we reminisce about the charm of 'autumnal movies' (since there aren't many Thanksgiving films) and deep dive Cory's personal favorite movie, the quintessential 80's classic, "St Elmo's Fire"…
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The federal government has introduced a new product to help with home ownership in Canada ... the Federal Home Savings Account - part tax savings, part investment. Two experts from Justwealth Financial: Andrew Kirkland and James Gautier, join me to discuss it. This material is for informational purposes and is not a recommendation, offer or solicit…
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What if Barbie was recast in 1997? We've done the time travel and reimagined Greta Gerwig's Barbie in the era of Spice Girls and dial-up internet, bringing you a fresh perspective on this unforgettable movie. Cass, along with our friends of the podcast, Aly Dale (@alydale55) and voice actress Kristi Rothrock (@letz_shake), dissect the critic's rati…
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Did the 'Addams Family Values' surpass the original movie in terms of performance and critic appreciation? Don't miss out as we dissect every aspect of the 1993 sequel! We'll discuss the common pitfalls of sequels and how Addams Family Values managed to avoid them, and compare the Addams Family sequel with other family features of the 90s. Don't yo…
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What if 'The Addams Family' was recast in 1981? We're taking you on a speculative journey where we explore how this cult classic Halloween movie would have been transformed had it landed a decade earlier. We talk about the ins and outs of the kooky characters, the subtle balance between dark humor and wit, and the influence the 60s TV show would ha…
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With interest rates as high as they are, everyone is talking about GICs. A new fintech company has created a way to make accessing them easier. Yvette Wu is CEO of YieldExchange.ca. This material is for informational purposes and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities, to provide tax or legal advice. The inform…
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In this episode, Y TREE’s Harriet Johnston is joined by two trailblazing women, Sharmadean Reid and Debbie Wosskow, for a conversation about their journeys as entrepreneurs and working mothers. What more needs to be done to support female entrepreneurs – and women more broadly – to ensure combining work and motherhood isn’t financially punitive? Wh…
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What if "Ready or Not" was recast in the Late 80s? On this 'Quantum Dreamcast' mini-sode, we're pulling back the curtain to recast this new cult classic, and uncover the humor and fright in this spine-chilling yet amusing film. Join us as we dissect the film's budget, its box office success, and the intriguing plot that unfolds on Grace's(Samara We…
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Cory and Nick strip down the saga of Jason Voorhees right back to its roots while threading a humorous twist. In this mini-sode, they re-imagine the infamous 'Marry/Sex/ Kill' game and apply it to the franchise, sparking a lively debate about which movie they feel is the best (Marry), their personal favorites (Sex), and those that perhaps should've…
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What if 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' was recast in 2007? Cory and Nick are tasked by Cass to slice up a new cast for the slasher classic! Will Cory's love of the Freddy Krueger franchise give him the upper hand? Will Cass fill the shoes of Wes Craven's daughter, who's apparently responsible for half the original cast? And is this where Nick actually…
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The S&P 500 index has had a rough few weeks ... what's in store for it. Sam Stovall from CFRA Research joins me. This material is for informational purposes and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities, to provide tax or legal advice. The information and opinions are not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness.…
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With prices exploding, Alain Guillot tells the story of how he gets by and lives like a king! An interesting story of his arrival in Canada, how he makes money and how he invests! This material is for informational purposes and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities, to provide tax or legal advice. The informat…
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Kicking off our spooky season with this 'Quantum Dreamcast' mini-sode, Nick and Ash are taking the 1996 Tarantino/Rodriquez team-up film, "From Dusk Till Dawn" and moving it to the Early 80s! We dive headfirst into a lively chat about the ingenious duo, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, and their ability to sell a movie as one thing, only to …
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What if 'Mars Attacks!' was recast in 2011? Ash challenges Cory and Nick to come up with a new cast for the sci fi retro comedy/satire by Tim Burton. We buckle up for a wild ride through the plot, characters, and inspiration drawn from 60s trading cards, and speculate on the movie's chances of success if it had hit our screens in 2011, a year swarm…
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In this MINISODE, Cory sits down with Nick to try and convince him that Grease 2 is better than the original Grease. Will Cory be able to persuade Nick? Are the songs catchier in the sequel? And will Danny Zuko have a leg to stand on when Cory puts the character on trial? Hit play to find out! Thanks for listening; If you feel like supporting us, t…
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What does it mean to be truly successful? In this episode, Y TREE’s Head of Brand and Marketing is joined by former barrister, police officer, educator, and author Adam Pacifico for a conversation that seeks to get to the heart of this age-old question. Drawing on his learnings from talking to guests on his own podcast, ‘The Leadership Enigma’, Ada…
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Nick and Cass sit down in this mini-sode to imagine one of their favorite video games, Rockstar's 2006 PS2 cult classic, "Bully", as a mid-90s film! So hop on your bike, pull back that slingshot, and get those fists up as they compare and critique (and trash talk) their way through this episode! (00:01:30) Discussion (00:25:20) 30 Sec or Less (00:3…
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MINISODE TIME! On 'Quantum Reaction' we hop on to have a quick discussion about movie news! On this episode, Cory and Nick talk about Lin Manuel Miranda adapting the book turned film 'The Warriors' into a Broadway musical, and give our thoughts on the "teaser" for Zack Snyder's upcoming film, 'Rebel Moon.' Hit play now! Starring: Cory Williams (@th…
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What if Marvel's 'The Avengers' was recast in 1988? The entire QR team has assembled to decide once and for who would play Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the 80s! See what happens when we rewind time and reimagine the first team up of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a 1988 blockbuster. Brace yourselves for an exhilarating deep-dive into the realm of …
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