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Ricochet Media's Unpacking the News is a weekly podcast featuring conversations highlighting Canada’s cultural and political diversity from coast to coast.

    Donut Discourse + the Wet’suwet’en Pipeline Standoff

    Donut Discourse + the Wet’suwet’en Pipeline Standoff

    On a 'short and tweet' mini episode of Unpacking the News, host Andre Goulet serves up a selection of decadent hot takes exploring all sides of this week's dumb donut discourse.

    Plus: live video from the Wet’suwet’en pipeline standoff in northern B.C. and information on how you can help support journalist Jerome Turner's important work inside the Unist’ot’en camp.

    For the full video go to
    https://ricochet.media/en/2884/that-basically-is-genocide-in-itself-video-coverage-of-the-pipeline-standoff-on-wetsuweten-territory

    Hear the Oh Donuts story at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh3GFFVpCWo

    Support this show at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenews

    This episode was recorded on January 22nd, 2020.

    • 7 min
    2020 Division: Foreign Policy Fails and a Fractured Political Year Ahead

    2020 Division: Foreign Policy Fails and a Fractured Political Year Ahead

    On the first episode of 2020, host Andre Goulet greets a new decade with SFU/UBC polisci academic and politics pundit Stewart Prest to investigate the Liberal government's frustrating foreign policy record, including an update on Huawei scion Meng Wanzhou's extradition case and Canada/China relations and exploring why ex-foreign minister Chrystia Freeland's support for the South American far-right has been a moral failure.

    Plus: a look at where party politics stand in early 2020 and what to expect for the year ahead.

    This conversation was recorded on Monday, January 13th.

    Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenews

    • 52 min
    Canada’s Left Heritage: Radical 1920s Labour Organizer Léa Roback (Epilogue ep1)

    Canada’s Left Heritage: Radical 1920s Labour Organizer Léa Roback (Epilogue ep1)

    Introducing 'Epilogue', a bi-weekly podcast from Montreal's Jewish Public Library. Plus Malcolm X in post-colonial 1960s Algeria, a new Tramway in Quebec City and a New Year's reflection from host Andre Goulet.

    On this inaugural episode of Epilogue, hosts Rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman explore a frayed copy of bilingual periodical 'The Organizer' from 1920's labour organization the International Ladies Garment Makers Union and discuss the influential Canadian organizer, social activist, pacifist, and feminist Léa Roback.

    For more from the JPL archives go to http://www.jewishpubliclibrary.org/en/archives/

    Support Unpacking the News at patreon.com/unpackingthenews

    • 20 min
    2019: The Way We Were

    2019: The Way We Were

    In a year-end retrospective, host Andre Goulet and associate producer Savanna Craig explore the very weird memory palace of the year 2019 with selected audio curated from a few of this year's 39 episodes including:

    * ep79 'Falling in Love With Andrew Scheer' (2/14)
    * ep86 'Welcome to Hellberta' (4/23)
    * ep93 'Early Summer Fall Election Preview' (6/19)
    * ep98 'Why the Globe and Mail is Wrong About Genocide' (8/24)
    * ep102 'Systemic Racism, Canada and Justin Trudeau' (10/2)

    .....and more! Unpacking the news will be back in early 2020. Happy New Year!

    • 49 min
    A Very Orthodox Jewish Christmas

    A Very Orthodox Jewish Christmas

    Accidental babysitting for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, nostalgia and geography on Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal and why Stephen Harper is a terrible dinner guest. Plus: how the origins of the ‘Canada is Fake’ movement may lie in the 1995 Referendum.

    All this and more with political commentator, talk radio legend and author of the new memoir 'Make-up Tips From Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved My Mother's Life' Tommy Schnurmacher on a very special holiday episode of Unpacking the News.

    Find Tommy's book on Amazon, at talkradiotommy.com and at better bookstores everywhere.

    Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenews

    Music on this episode includes

    * 'A Merry Christmas from 1928/1929'
    * 'Joyeaux Noel', Ginette Reno
    * 'Le Sentier de Neige', Les Classels
    * 'Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant', Mitsou
    * 'Ca Bergers Assemblons Nous', The Stairwell Carollers
    * 'Noel de Joie', Ginette Menard

    This conversation was recorded on December 10th and 16th, 2019.

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    The Cold War Tragedy of Canadian Communist Fred Rose (ep110 preview w/ Tommy Schnurmacher)

    The Cold War Tragedy of Canadian Communist Fred Rose (ep110 preview w/ Tommy Schnurmacher)

    Political commentator and talk radio legend Tommy Scbnurmacher is the author of ‘Canada’s Not a Real Country’ and a new memoir ‘Make-up Tips From Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved My Mother’s Life'. On a preview conversation of episode 110, Schnurmacher and host Andre Goulet go deep on a frequently forgotten fixture in an earlier era of Canadian politics to answer the question…...who was Fred Rose?

    This conversation was recorded on December 10th, 2019.

    Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/unpackingthenews

    Hear audio from Historica Canada's 'The Canadians: Fred Rose' and Lulu Belle and Scotty's 1952 song 'I'm No Communist' on Youtube.

    • 27 min

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