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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 • 690 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 1004: Charm offensives

    Episode 1004: Charm offensives

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the new (?) Jason Kenney and the place of charm in politics before turning their attention to constructing a course on what everybody in the media needs to know about political polls. How important is comedy and affability in politics? When should we be leery of candidate polls? And can any of the gang name a single Keith Urban song? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 1003: Mr. Brightside

    Episode 1003: Mr. Brightside

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about differing views of authenticity through the lens of the Prime Minister breaking into some Queen karaoke before the Queen's funeral. Why are Canadians having such different reactions to the PM's rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody? Has Danielle Smith locked up the UCP leadership? And when did the podcast start resorting to niche visual gags? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 1001: Leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition

    Episode 1001: Leader of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Pierre Poilievre's overwhelming victory in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership and what effect the new King will have on our body politic. Should the Liberals be concerned about Poilievre? Is now a time to reconsider our relationship with the crown? And is The Strategists' soundboard the only thing less reliable than the Green Party of Canada? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE: Stephen and Corey present Carter and Hogan in "Bad Politics"

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Stephen and Corey present Carter and Hogan in "Bad Politics"

    It's September and the gang return to their twice-weekly schedule but one of us can't be here so the Patreon series-within-a-series "Carter and Hogan" hits the main feed. The titular characters try to hold the fort down in Zain's absence. The fort blows away.
    TOPICS: Quebec at the polls, Smith near the big job, Kenney in the closing days, LG on the hot-seat, Alberta Day forever in our hearts and on our minds.
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    • 54 min
    Episode 999.99999999: All in the family

    Episode 999.99999999: All in the family

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about constitutional crises, "strong mayor" systems and - inexplicably - the Alberta Liberal Party's inability to find a permanent leader. Could a Lieutenant Governor really disallow an "Alberta Sovereignty Act"? Will Doug Ford's municipal reforms result in better municipal government? And how many recalled Capri Suns could fit in the UK House of Lords? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 999.9999999: Reduce, reuse, retire

    Episode 999.9999999: Reduce, reuse, retire

    Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Elizabeth May coming back for another kick at the Green Party leadership can, an Abacus poll showing Justin Trudeau's climbing negatives and more. How do you know if a party is in a death spiral? Has the Prime Minister hit the point of "can do no right"? And as far as euphemisms for the elderly go, how are we all feeling about "the most un-vibrant"? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
690 Ratings

690 Ratings

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?

KevEnzo88 ,

Hilarious and Informative

These guys are the best out there. I enjoy how they roast each other and I laugh a lot. But they all know what they are talking about and it is Gold for a political geek like myself.

JaeGwanPark ,

Carter needs to improve

Corey Hogan and Zain Velji are always on point with sophisticated analysis with an inside perspective on political strategy. Carter is possibly the best out of everyone, but he chose not to provide an archive of every episode? Why not provide the first 900 episodes on here? Carter needs to improve the episode archives! I want to listen to them!

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