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    The long fight for women’s rights in Iran

    The long fight for women’s rights in Iran

    Since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s morality police on September 16th, protests have erupted throughout Iran and in some 160 cities around the globe — with some of the biggest protests happening here in Canada.

    Despite violent crackdowns on the demonstrations in Iran, protesters are still coming out to the streets. And women have remained at the forefront, at times burning their headscarves, or chopping off their hair.

    But this is far from the first time that women have led protest movements in the country. So today we’re taking a look at how the Mahsa Amini demonstrations fit into a long history of women’s activism in Iran — and whether or not this time feels different.

    Our guest is Mona Tajali, an associate professor of International Relations, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Agnes Scott College. She’s also the author of the recent book Women’s Political Representation in Iran and Turkey: Demanding a Seat at the Table.

    • 27 min
    What happens when McKinsey comes to town?

    What happens when McKinsey comes to town?

    What do the Houston Astros, the Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco, the makers of OxyContin and the Quebec government all have in common? They’ve all hired McKinsey & Company, a prestigious management consulting firm that has been around for nearly a hundred years.

    It’s a firm with a client list as long and rich as its history and has a lot of power. McKinsey promotes itself as a values-driven organization, but it’s also highly secretive.

    Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson speaks with Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe, the authors of a new book, called “When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm.”

    • 29 min
    'Most hated' leaders split Brazil’s election vote

    'Most hated' leaders split Brazil’s election vote

    In an election that's divided Brazil, Sunday’s vote ended up even more split than polls predicted.


    Many pollsters had signalled that incumbent Jair Bolsonaro would lose the election on the first ballot, but the far-right populist far outperformed their predictions. Meanwhile, his leftist nemesis, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, failed to reach the 50 per cent of votes needed for victory — triggering a head-to-head run-off vote on Oct. 30.

    Today, Brazilian Report editor-in-chief Gustavo Ribeiro joins us to explain why these candidates are both the “most loved and most hated” politicians in Brazil and why Brazilians remain divided between these opposite ends of the political spectrum.

    • 21 min
    Trudeau and Poilievre face off in Parliament

    Trudeau and Poilievre face off in Parliament

    The fall sitting of parliament is in full swing, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau facing off for the first time against new Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre. And the hottest topic for debate remains how to deal with the affordability crisis.

    Today, Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos is back on the pod to talk about what’s on the agenda in Ottawa, and the shape this new session is taking.

    • 23 min
    Quebec’s election and a political crossroad

    Quebec’s election and a political crossroad

    For decades, Quebec voters made the choice between the provincial Liberal Party and the Parti Québécois (PQ).

    But in 2018, that changed. François Legault led the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) to a landslide victory by offering voters an option between the Liberals' federalism and the PQ's focus on sovereignty.

    On Monday, the province heads back to the polls for its first election after the pandemic, amid a health-care crisis and two very controversial bills about individual rights. While Legault is still projected to win a majority, the bigger question is who will form the official opposition.

    Today, CBC's Jonathan Montpetit takes us through what happened in the campaign for premier, and what the results could say about the consolidation of conservative nationalism in the province.

    • 23 min
    Are we headed for a recession?

    Are we headed for a recession?

    There have been some gloomy economic headlines lately as stock indexes like the TSX and Dow drop and Canada’s unemployment rate goes up for the first time in months. This, as central banks continue to raise interest rates to combat inflation, which — while showing signs of slowing — remains high.

    Today, CBC business reporter Pete Evans brings us a closer look at whether a recession is near, and the role that central banks — including the Bank of Canada — play.

    • 20 min

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CarlyBelle05 ,

Grief AND Hope post Saskatchewan MASS Murder

Hmmmm ... TWO FN Criminals w/ 65 charges between them? Harboured IN their hometown Saskatchewan Reserve? Hmmm AND
NO one notified THE cops? RCMP? NAN? Hmmmm ... since May 2022 ... NO one said A word?
Hmmmm ... How’s THAT working for ya now?

occam's sunrise ,

Complacent and insensitive

Bold and sad choice to publish about Quebec’s election on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and not publish a single episode on NDTR or Indigenous communities the week of it.

Also consider that you stop publishing sub par episodes on American events days after all of the major American news shows have covered the topic in a more in depth manner. What the events mean for Canada are often a very small portion of what you discuss, which is where the value add would be.

hilMeter ,

Some great episodes!

Some really great journalism. I love when they do Canadian stories, but even the International stuff has an interesting perspective.

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