An in-depth look at the issues, culture and personalities shaping Canada today.
How can we learn to embrace boredom?
Even without a global pandemic, we're spending less and less time just doing nothing. The urge to check our phone every 20 minutes is the same urge that leads us to online shopping and bread making and ... anything else to distract us from our current predicament.
But what if we could learn to turn our boredom into a strength? If we could train ourselves to once again sit quietly in the moments we get to ourselves? It's no secret the past year has taken a toll on our mental health. But can we help ourselves by embracing the stillness forced upon us?
GUEST: Mark Hawkins, author of The Power of Boredom
A note of optimism on the climate crisis
Temperatures are rising everywhere. Severe weather is becoming more common. And climate disasters are becoming an increasing part of our lives. So it can feel like we're hurtling off a cliff.
But in the past few years, we've also made incredible progress on reducing emissions, renewable energy and other efforts—so much so that the grimmest of possible futures is much less likely to occur. It can feel like a naive question to ask, but are we turning a corner in our fight to save the Earth?
GUEST: David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth
Would you let your face be your passport?
What if your face could serve as your passport and identification? Does that sound convenient, or incredibly creepy and invasive? As advances in technology spread from pilot programs to wider use at borders around the world, there's very little governing what agencies can and can't do with the data they capture. And there's almost no way for us to opt out—at least, if we want to ever visit the United States again.
How far can this technology go? What can it be used for? Are there any regulations in place to protect you? And just how much of our body's unique signature are we prepared to hand over, anyway? Where does this end?
GUEST: Hilary Beaumont, freelance investigative reporter
Is Canada’s government about to go to war with Facebook?
The social media giant is currently negotiating with the Australian government—which is a big improvement from last week, when Facebook was blocking all links from Australian news media. In Canada, the federal government has indicated it will follow Australia's lead in taxing Facebook and distributing the revenue to struggling news media. Facebook has no plans to let that happen and has shown it will do whatever it takes to keep its ad money for itself.
Why does this fight matter? How nasty could it get? And who would even decide what qualifies as "news" on the platform anyway? Welcome to the first volley in what could be a long war.
GUEST: Jesse Hirsh, metaviews.ca
Have we found proof of alien civilization?
You remember it, even if you've forgotten how to pronounce it. Oumuamua was a cigar-shaped object that passed through our inner solar system and mystified plenty of scientists. It didn't fit any of the categories we have for space debris, comets or meteors. So what was it? Where did it come from? When will we find more?
A new book by a Harvard University astrophysicist makes the case that Oumuamua was proof of intelligent life beyond Earth. And as we build more powerful instruments, he says, it will only be the first of many we'll find.
GUEST: Avi Loeb, Harvard University, author of Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
“Living the racism dream”: Where comedy ends and activism begins
Today we meet the woman who can win over a crowd of cowboys in one of Canada's whitest places. All while telling jokes about systemic racism. She is one of the only Black women comics in Alberta, maybe the only one in Calgary. But she wields her power on, and off, the stage to make her province a better place.
Guest: Adora Nwofor
You can watch the documentary on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. EST on CityTV or on-demand later at CityNews.ca.
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I’ve only been more informed and more entertained since I started listening. Thanks so much for the amazing content!
I was generally enjoying this podcast but the fact-checking is seriously flawed. For example, an episode on food insecurity indicated that Glace Bay is part of Halifax. While they are both in NS, they are about 4 1/2 hours apart. Halifax’s food insecurity rate is give as 1 in 5, but the data does not support this. In another episode on Black history, it was claimed that Africville still exists, when the community was infamously destroyed by the city of Halifax in the 1960s. I have noticed significant issues in episodes addressing the areas I’m familiar with, so I can only believe reporting on other areas is equally flawed. Very poor reporting.
Nice podcast about the issues in Canada & the World
I like listening to this podcast as Jordan & his guests tries to explain the big stories that are making the news in Canada or even the world. However, I rated it less favourably because in the Feb. 10 edition where they interview one of the person involve in the vaccine selection and the guest host (Fatima) towards the beginning tries to add the race angle when she said the experts comprise of ALL WHITE experts, and near the end she raise it again asking the guest why is the group all white. At that point I just tuned out, the topic is about a team task to choose the best vaccine for Canadians, you should be able to deliver a good interview without having to inject your BLM agenda. It has nothing to do with BLM or inclusivity, it’s about choosing the vaccine from a list of candidates, when it comes to choosing the right vaccine to save lives, this is not the place to put someone there just to be “inclusive”, there is no place for that in that committee. Don’t ruin this nice podcast with your personal agenda.