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Professional unprofessional strategists Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan and Zain Velji dissect the news of the day, pass judgment on strategy choices and lift back the curtain on how decisions are made. Described as "the least deliberate podcast of all time", "shockingly insightful" and "sports talk radio for politics". Not sponsored by Flair Airlines.
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The Strategists Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan, Zain Velji

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    • 4.8 • 702 Ratings

Professional unprofessional strategists Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan and Zain Velji dissect the news of the day, pass judgment on strategy choices and lift back the curtain on how decisions are made. Described as "the least deliberate podcast of all time", "shockingly insightful" and "sports talk radio for politics". Not sponsored by Flair Airlines.
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    Episode 1031: You're gonna die. Say "hi" to Postmedia when you get there.

    Episode 1031: You're gonna die. Say "hi" to Postmedia when you get there.

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the strategy and politics of private vs public health care, Premier Danielle Smith's investigation of herself and the decline of the major media outlet. Is the UCP tinkering with the health care system smart strategy? Has Danielle Smith pulled a win out of the accusation that her staff emailed prosecutors by turning the CBC into the villain? And how long until Stephen Carter is evicted to make way for a new city billboard? Zain Velji, as always, isn't here. But Annalise Klingbeil is, and she's got you covered.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 1029: Zain sounds different

    Episode 1029: Zain sounds different

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta Premier Danielle Smith's walking back of claims that she called Alberta Crown prosecutors with advice, whether and when we should read into people leaving a government plus the mechanics of Alberta's inflation cash rollout. Does staff leaving before an election suggest trouble? Will Danielle Smith's third explanation on the prosecutor file hold? And how much outdoor content should we be expecting now? Zain Velji, as always, isn't here. But Annalise Klingbeil is, and she's got you covered.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 1027: Zain had a baby

    Episode 1027: Zain had a baby

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta Premier Danielle Smith's federal-government-criticism-heavy press conference. Does the Alberta Government have a point about the "just transition"? Did Danielle Smith turn the purchase of a pile of child-unsafe baby medicine into a win? And has anybody checked Confederation Park for our host? Zain Velji, as always, isn't here.
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    • 50 min
    Episode 1025: Mandatory mail bag

    Episode 1025: Mandatory mail bag

    It's January 2nd, which means Corey Hogan, Stephen Carter and Zain Velji have to answer questions from you, their loyal listeners. What's the difference between strategy and tactics? Can "boring" politics make a return? What are the three most important ridings in Alberta's upcoming election? And, most importantly, what's Jean Charest's next move? Patreon subscribers, as always, pick the questions and keep everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 1024: Everylie Everywhere All at Once (Preview)

    Episode 1024: Everylie Everywhere All at Once (Preview)

    PREVIEW OF PATREON EXCLUSIVE. Get the complete episode by becoming a Patron for as little as $6/month at http://www.strategistspatreon.com
    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter discuss George Santos and what it reveals about candidate vetting, opposition research and the state of politics. Did the Democrats blow their oppo game? Are Republicans at the vanguard of "election nihilism"? And when will the Strategists release the uncensored cut of this episode? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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    • 16 min
    Episode 1023: Holiday Spectacular

    Episode 1023: Holiday Spectacular

    Check the roof for reindeer and break out your performance turtlenecks because it's time again for The Strategists to unpack the year that was in their annual Holiday Spectacular. Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the best and the worst of the year, write political obituaries and talk about the year-to-come in this regular-length special. Our discount airline sponsor* picks the topics while Zain Velji keeps everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
702 Ratings

702 Ratings

Tangled garden ,

Glad you dialled back the insults

I very much appreciate the political content, but the initial banter is cringe making. I try to scrub through the first 10 minutes until the adults enter the room. When it is good, it is very very good

Dan from Leduc ,

Great banter trio

These three make for a great hour of insight and entertainment except Klingbeil reminds me how old I am. Carter and Corey thankfully comfort me with ape appropriate references. Good stuff - thanks for not taking yourself too seriously!

Nessyvan ,

Would love to be a Patreon….

….but Patreon doesn’t like me. Declines my card (no one else does!!) and doesn’t let me support you. I’ve seen a lot of online posts of people complaining who have this same issue with Patreon generally. Have you heard from others trying to support the Strategists?

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