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Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.

Alberta Advantage Podcast Team Advantage

    • News Commentary
    • 4.7, 156 Ratings

Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.

    1917, 1918, 1919: Revolution, Pandemic, Strike?

    1917, 1918, 1919: Revolution, Pandemic, Strike?

    The last 'modern' pandemic occurred in 1918 as the First World War wound down— and revolution was in the air. What can be learned from what happened in 1918, and can the responses to that pandemic tell us anything about our own moment? Team Advantage assembles to discuss the relevance of 1918 in our own times.

    • 55 min
    MINI-EP: Posties Organize for Pandemic Health and Safety

    MINI-EP: Posties Organize for Pandemic Health and Safety

    Are front-line workers equipped with what they need to prevent the spread of COVID-19? Roland Schmidt, president of the CUPW Local 730, joins Team Advantage to discuss the conditions at mail facilities and the importance of workfloor organizing in getting demands met.

    Sign the petition for safe Canada Post working conditions:
    https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-safe-working-conditions-for-canadian-postal-workers-during-covid19-crisis

    • 31 min
    Can a Future Be Imagined?

    Can a Future Be Imagined?

    What would it mean to imagine a future worth living in? Recorded roughly 10 days before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada, Team Advantage takes a look at the range of obstacles that prevent us from imagining a desirable future, and propose some useful resources for moving forward.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Capitalism's Virus

    Capitalism's Virus

    Pandemic! Team Advantage convenes (while practicing Safe Social Distancing) to discuss the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has a great deal to do with capitalism. What contributed to the origins of this virus? How did it spread? In this globalized world, why do we have robust global trade and finance rules, but no equivalent global public health institutions? How does neoliberal policy —which reduced the capacity of the public health systems over decades— fare when pandemics strike?

    • 48 min
    Kenney Forgot Who Defeated the Nazis

    Kenney Forgot Who Defeated the Nazis

    Nazis are bad! The Communists who defeated them are good! Somehow, this is massively confusing to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney!

    Joined by special guest Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio, Team Advantage examines Jason Kenney's confused sense of history. Why is he such a big fan of the debunked Black Book of Communism? Are Nazism and Communism, the same, as Jason Kenney proposes? Who (and what social forces) benefit from this reading of history?

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Access Television: Media for the People

    Access Television: Media for the People

    Once upon a time, Alberta's cable channels and airwaves were considered a public good, worthy of a non-commercial educational broadcaster: Access Television. Team Advantage explores the history, ambitions, and legacy of this effort to build public, commercial-free and education-oriented programming, as well as the role of privatization in its eventual demise.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

tom rad ,

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I'm fairly mad at myself for not finding this show till now.

In my defense I'm off in distant Upper Canada. But dangit! Oh, well: better late than never.

some Barthian ,

Good, passionate analysis

This is a good podcast to see what a leftist or democratic socialist critique of Alberta and Canada looks like

exolinguist ,

Required listening for every Alberta voter

This podcast regularly reminds me that no, I’m not crazy, Alberta really is as dysfunctional as it seems

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