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The tragic life and enduring legacy of Toronto's crack-smoking mayor

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The tragic life and enduring legacy of Toronto's crack-smoking mayor

    The Hopeful: Heirloom

    The Hopeful: Heirloom

    Amir Omidvar left Iran during the revolutionary crisis in 1982. For twenty months after leaving his home, Amir did everything he could to cross the Atlantic ocean. While taking refuge in Spain, he made three failed attempts to enter the US; a fake passport in Heathrow, a Mexican jail, and a beating by customs officers […]

    • 34 min
    Heaven Bent: The Revival

    Heaven Bent: The Revival

    In 1994, a small church next to Toronto Pearson International Airport suddenly became one of the city’s “Top Tourist Attractions”. Why did millions of Christians flock from around the world? Was something truly supernatural happening? 25 years later, join Tara Jean Stevens as she revisits the unusual spiritual movement she was a part of as […]

    • 37 min
    8: Legacy

    8: Legacy

    Toronto never got the chance to reelect Mayor Rob Ford. Nor did it get the chance to kick him out of office. It wasn’t the ending anyone wanted, it’s just what happened. And over the next few years, it would become clear just how profoundly Rob had changed politics, at home and around the world.

    • 42 min
    7: Rehab

    7: Rehab

    More than a year after the first stories about a ‘crack video’ broke, and months after the mayor admitted he’d tried the drug ‘during one of (his) drunken stupors’, Rob Ford admitted to the public that he had a substance abuse problem, and that he needed help. And he went to rehab. For a few […]

    • 44 min
    6: The Circus

    6: The Circus

    Mayor Rob Ford publicly admitted to smoking crack “in one of my drunken stupors” on Nov. 5, 2013. And then all hell broke loose.

    • 44 min
    5: Brazen

    5: Brazen

    The whole world was talking about whether or not Toronto’s mayor smoked crack. You might think that the mayor would change his behaviour following the headlines about his drug use. But he didn’t. We know this because the police were watching him with a secret investigation named Project Brazen II.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Sh-shell ,

Great podcast

A good look inside the Ford family way.

kriskros69 ,

Complex story that is really well told

This podcast has superb editing and story telling - it keeps you interested the whole way through and shows many sides of the complex character that is Rob Ford.

I always had a really negative perspective on Rob Ford but when I watched the Jimmy Kimmel episode way back when, I felt bad for Rob Ford... this podcast sort of does the same. He was a terrible mayor and I don’t agree with any of his policies but he was also a human being with an addiction and it’s hard to see that through all the embarrassing stories portrayed of him at the time. This podcast paints a fair picture of the good, the bad and ugly sides of Rob.

MacBookAir1763 ,

Incredible story

An incredible view from the inside of one of the more surprising campaigns of the last decade.

In hindsight, that victory was eerily indicative of things to come.

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