Talking “shit” in politics

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Canada and the World, Ep. 28: Talking “shit” in politics A new podcast series from OpenCanada.org and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. After the use by US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of the word “motherfucker” — against US President Donald Trump — earlier this year, podcast host Bessma Momani asks her guests to leave their politeness at the door and help understand when dropping an f-bomb or two matters in politics. From Trump’s reference to “shithole” countries to spats between Lyndon Johnson and Lester B. Pearson to a memorable outburst from Stephen Harper, this week’s guests break down the moments in history that stand out and what context matters when evaluating the usage of swearing in political discourse. It’s an episode you won’t want to miss. Our host Bessma Momani is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and University of Waterloo and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She’s also a non-resident senior fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. and a Fulbright Scholar. She has been non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and a 2015 Fellow at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. She’s a frequent analyst and expert on international affairs in Canadian and global media. This week’s guests Aaron Ettinger is also an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, specializing in international relations and US foreign policy. Aaron has published on US and Canadian foreign policy, and the private military industry. His current research project focuses on continuity and change in US foreign policy since 2001 and its implications for world order. Emma Dreher is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University. Emma is a graduate of the Balsillie School of International Affairs where she earned her Master’s in International Public Policy. Her current research interests centre on the politics of US policymaking and the policy implications of (new) media polarization within contemporary politics. Christopher Bennett is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo. His research interests cover a wide range of topics in political theory, climate ethics, and the history of ideas. Canada and the World is produced and edited by Matthew Markudis.

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