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Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. These talks could help answer the questions you may have, like: why would anyone support capital punishment? Or, what are the pros and cons to tobacco control, or public healthcare, or legalizing sex work? I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me as I attempt to uncover these issues with true, genuine curiosity.

Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Christopher Balkaran

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 12 Ratings

Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. These talks could help answer the questions you may have, like: why would anyone support capital punishment? Or, what are the pros and cons to tobacco control, or public healthcare, or legalizing sex work? I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me as I attempt to uncover these issues with true, genuine curiosity.

    169: Surveying American Public Opinion on Electric Vehicles with Professor Jon Krosnick

    169: Surveying American Public Opinion on Electric Vehicles with Professor Jon Krosnick

    Are Electric Vehicles going to be widely adopted by most all consumers? Despite the environmental benefits, many still have large concerns that could thwart large-scale adoption. Professor Jon Krosnick co-authored Climate Insights 2020 to explore exactly this and the concerns many Americans may have.

    🔗 JON KROSNICK :
    http://www.jonkrosnick.com/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Krosnick
    Stanford University:
    https://pprg.stanford.edu/

    https://politicalscience.stanford.edu/people/jon-krosnick

    CONNECT WITH CHRISTOPHER 🎥 YouTube Channel -  🐦 Twitter -https://twitter.com/CABalkaran
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/openmindspod
    💻 Website - Still working on the new one!
    👥 Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbalkaran
    📚 RESOURCES MENTIONED
    Climate Insights 2020 - Surveying American Public Opinion on Climate Change and the Environment - https://media.rff.org/documents/Climate_Insights_2020_Electric_Vehicles.pdf 

    🎙 ABOUT OPEN MINDS WITH CHRISTOPHER BALKARAN
    Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I have completed Podcast series on abortion, tobacco control, basic income and more. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me on the Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Podcast.
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    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH You can also Tweet @CABalkaran with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes. Feel free to DM me too!

    • 50 min
    #168: Will Consumers Choose EVs?

    #168: Will Consumers Choose EVs?

    With rising inflation and cost of living, what will this mean for Electric Vehicle purchases? States like California are pushing for all new vehicle sales to be either electric or hydrogen powered by 2035. But, with the rising cost of living, will consumers make the switch? I sit down with Tim Burrows who sits on the Board of Directors for EV Society to discuss further. 
    Episode #164 - Tim Burrows, Board of Directors, EV Society
    🔗 CONNECT WITH EV SOCIETY 🐦 Twitter -https://twitter.com/evsociety?lang=en
    💻 Websitehttps://evsociety.ca/
    CONNECT WITH CHRISTOPHER 🎥 YouTube Channel -  🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/CABalkaran
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/openmindspod
    💻 Website - Still working on the new one!
    👥 Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbalkaran
    📚 RESOURCES MENTIONED
    2021 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study - https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/ca/Documents/consumer-business/ca-gacs-canada-Insights-aoda-en.pdf

    Pew Research - Electric Vehicles Get Mixed Reception
    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/06/03/electric-vehicles-get-mixed-reception-from-american-consumers/
    📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT 
    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation 
    🎙 ABOUT OPEN MINDS WITH CHRISTOPHER BALKARAN
    Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I have completed Podcast series on abortion, tobacco control, basic income and more. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me on the Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Podcast.
     🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE wherever you stream music!
    💌 SUBSCRIBE to Curious Mondays - a weekly newsletter from Christopher, which includes thought-provoking questions and ideas guaranteed to spark conversation! https://openminds.substack.com/p/001-welcome-to-the-open-minds-with?r=1ostv9&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
    🙏 LEAVE A REVIEW If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-minds-with-christopher-balkaran/id1442624314
    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH You can also Tweet @CABalkaran with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes. Feel free to DM me too!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #167: Student Loans - More Than Just Tuition.

    #167: Student Loans - More Than Just Tuition.

    Is it time we broaden the conversation on Student Loans to include all the costs associated with attending post-secondary? Tim Ulbrich, CEO of Your Financial Pharmacist discusses all the associated costs for post-secondary education that more students should be aware of.
    🔗Tim Ulbrich, CEO of Your Financial Pharmacist - https://yourfinancialpharmacist.com/about/

    CONNECT WITH CHRISTOPHER 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ChristopherBalkaran

    💌 SUBSCRIBE to Curious Mondays - a weekly newsletter from Christopher, which includes thought-provoking questions and ideas guaranteed to spark conversation! https://openminds.substack.com/p/001-welcome-to-the-open-minds-with?r=1ostv9&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/CABalkaran
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/openmindspod
    💻 Website - Still working on the new one!
    👥 Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbalkaran
    📚 RESOURCES MENTIONED
    It’s Time to Broaden the Conversation About the Student Debt Crisis Beyond Rising Tuition Costs - https://www.ajpe.org/content/81/6/101
     📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT 
    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation 
    🎙 ABOUT OPEN MINDS WITH CHRISTOPHER BALKARAN
    Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I have completed Podcast series on abortion, tobacco control, basic income and more. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me on the Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Podcast.
     🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE wherever you stream music!
    🙏 LEAVE A REVIEW If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-minds-with-christopher-balkaran/id1442624314
    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH You can also Tweet @CABalkaran with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes. Feel free to DM me too!

    • 40 min
    #166: Forget Student Loans - Start Youth with Assets.

    #166: Forget Student Loans - Start Youth with Assets.

    The cost of going to college and university is growing daily. For students from low income families, student loans are the only way to fund college/university. Professor Willie Elliott of the University of Michigan argues instead, that building assets as early as possible will set youth up for success. 
    🔗 Centre on Assets, Education and Incluision: https://aedi.ssw.umich.edu

    💻 Professor Willie Elliott: https://ssw.umich.edu/faculty/profiles/tenure-track/willelli
    CONNECT WITH CHRISTOPHER 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ChristopherBalkaran

    💌 SUBSCRIBE to Curious Mondays - a weekly newsletter from Christopher, which includes thought-provoking questions and ideas guaranteed to spark conversation! https://openminds.substack.com/p/001-welcome-to-the-open-minds-with?r=1ostv9&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/CABalkaran
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/openmindspod
    💻 Website - Still working on the new one!
    👥 Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbalkaran
    📚 RESOURCES MENTIONED
    The Student Loan Problem in America: It's Not Enough to Say 'Students will Eventually Recover' - https://aedi.ssw.umich.edu/sites/default/files/publications/publication-cd-reports-r2.pdf
     📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT 
    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation 
    🎙 ABOUT OPEN MINDS WITH CHRISTOPHER BALKARAN
    Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I have completed Podcast series on abortion, tobacco control, basic income and more. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me on the Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Podcast.
     🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE wherever you stream music!


    🙏 LEAVE A REVIEW If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-minds-with-christopher-balkaran/id1442624314
    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH You can also Tweet @CABalkaran with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes. Feel free to DM me too!

    • 1 hr 47 min
    #165: Matching Savings - Will Your Financial Behaviour Change?

    #165: Matching Savings - Will Your Financial Behaviour Change?

    Momentum.org runs many programs targeted to low income families and individuals. These include skills-based training programs, resume workshops and help with finances. The org also has a matched-savings app 'Quber' to help those struggling. While its programming is located in Alberta, the organization has many resources available online below. I chat with Carolyn Davis, Director of Community Engagement to learn more about the organization's work and whether or not the matched savings program leads to a change in behaviour.

    🔗 CONNECT WITH MOMENTUM 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/momentumcalgary?lang=en

    💻 Website https://momentum.org/

    CONNECT WITH CHRISTOPHER 🎥 YouTube Channel - [Under Construction]  🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/CABalkaran

    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/openmindspod

    💻 Website - Still working on the new one!

    👥 Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbalkaran

    📚 RESOURCES MENTIONED

    "When Traditional Asset Building is Not Enough," Jessica Gordon Nembhard - https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/33121/411735-When-Traditional-Asset-Building-Is-Not-Enough.PDF

     📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT available for this episode

    🎙 ABOUT THE PODCAST

    Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I have completed Podcast series on abortion, tobacco control, basic income and more. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me on the Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Podcast.

    🙏 LEAVE A REVIEW If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-minds-with-christopher-balkaran/id1442624314

    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH You can also Tweet @CABalkaran with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes. Feel free to DM me too!

    • 52 min
    #164: What Has Inflation Done to the Most Vulnerable?

    #164: What Has Inflation Done to the Most Vulnerable?

    With rising inflation and cost of living, what has this meant for the most marginalized groups in society? If groceries are expensive for the middle class, what about low-income families? Emilly Renaud is the National Coordinator for Canada Without Poverty. The issues affecting low income families and individuals are discussed in this episode. 
    Episode #162 - Emilly Renaud, National Coordinator, Canada Without Poverty
    🔗 CONNECT WITH CANADA WITHOUT POVERTY 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/CWP_CSP
    💻 Websitehttps://cwp-csp.ca/contact/
    334 MacLaren St, Unit 300
    Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0M6
    Tel: 613-789-0096 or 1-800-810-1076
    Email: info @ cwp-csp.ca
    CONNECT WITH CHRISTOPHER 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ChristopherBalkaran

    🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/CABalkaran
    📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/openmindspod
    💻 Website - Still working on the new one!
    👥 Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbalkaran
    📚 RESOURCES MENTIONED
    2018 Angus Reid Poll - https://angusreid.org/poverty-in-canada-part-2/
    An Introduction to the State of Poverty in Canada - https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/an-introduction-to-the-state-of-poverty-in-canada.pdf
    Stephanie Kealton, The Deficit Myth - https://amzn.to/3JXTjKx
     📄SHOW NOTES & TRANSCRIPT 
    Visit the website for the transcript and highlights from the conversation 
    🎙 ABOUT OPEN MINDS WITH CHRISTOPHER BALKARAN
    Imagine if you could explore, with genuine curiosity, the most controversial and divisive topics of our time. The conversations would push you to explore new areas and uncover insightful ‘a-ha’ moments that pique your interest. I’m Christopher, and I have created engaging Podcast discussions since 2018 to do exactly this. I have completed Podcast series on abortion, tobacco control, basic income and more. I invite guests involved in these areas to share with me their opinions. My hope is that through this natural exploration, I can craft a Podcast experience that attempts to build bridges during a time when we need it the most. Join me on the Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran Podcast.
     🎧 LISTEN FOR FREE wherever you stream music!
    💌 SUBSCRIBE to Curious Mondays - a weekly newsletter from Christopher, which includes thought-provoking questions and ideas guaranteed to spark conversation! https://openminds.substack.com/p/001-welcome-to-the-open-minds-with?r=1ostv9&s=w&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
    🙏 LEAVE A REVIEW If you enjoyed listening to the podcast, we'd love for you to leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts to help others discover the show :) https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/open-minds-with-christopher-balkaran/id1442624314
    👋🏼 GET IN TOUCH You can also Tweet @CABalkaran with any feedback, ideas or thoughts about the lessons you've learnt from the episodes. Feel free to DM me too!

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

jsmnblee ,

Important work

Facilitating conversation and listening amongst people coming from all backgrounds and points of view is something we don’t do enough of. Glad to have come across the podcast. Keep up the great work Christopher!

ayooo887715 ,

Some things like women’s reproductive rights don’t need a devils advocate

While I appreciate having other views some topics like women’s reproductive rights do not need a devils advocate, especially if you’re going to have guests on spreading misinformation.

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