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Full Comment is Canada’s podcast for compelling interviews, controversial opinions and fascinating discussions. Hosted by Postmedia’s Anthony Furey, Full Comment updates with one episode per week.

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Full Comment is Canada’s podcast for compelling interviews, controversial opinions and fascinating discussions. Hosted by Postmedia’s Anthony Furey, Full Comment updates with one episode per week.

    Iran’s ‘revolution in the making’ isn’t just about hijabs

    Iran’s ‘revolution in the making’ isn’t just about hijabs

    Protests continue to rage across Iran, weeks after erupting in response to the police killing of a young woman arrested her for not wearing her hijab. But this unleashed fury of the Iranian people has been building up for many years, as Alireza Jafarzadeh, a prominent regime critic and deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, discusses with host Anthony Furey. The growing number of regime scandals and atrocities, he says, is catching up with Iran’s hardline theocratic rulers, and their end, after more than 40 years in power, may finally be near. (Recorded September 29, 2022)
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    • 38 min
    Our parole system makes Canadians ‘literal sitting ducks’

    Our parole system makes Canadians ‘literal sitting ducks’

    Myles Sanderson was in breach of parole, after 59 convictions, when he butchered 10 innocent people in Saskatchewan. A police officer and a Toronto man were murdered by a former gang member with an “extensive” record, flagged as high risk to reoffend. Dangerous people walking the streets is not an “aberration,” defence lawyer Ari Goldkind tells Anthony this week. Activism about systemic racism and anti-policing permeate Canada’s justice system, so high-risk convicts get too many breaks. But, Goldkind says, because they’re released into communities they came from — not where the activists and legislators live — people in power don’t seem to care. (Recorded September 16, 2022)
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    • 53 min
    Poilievre turns conservatism into ‘a choice, not an echo’

    Poilievre turns conservatism into ‘a choice, not an echo’

    The remarkable thing about Pierre Poilievre’s victory in the Conservative leadership race isn’t just how overwhelmingly he won, but that he signed up legions of new members, many of them young people, from all regions in the country. They were attracted to exactly what Poilievre’s opponents and mainstream pundits don ‘t like about him: that he’s a Conservative unafraid to stand somewhere more interesting than the middle ground, as veteran Tory strategist Michael Diamond discusses with Anthony this week. While previous leaders watered down policies during elections, Diamond explains why Poilievre will be different, and why sticking to his principles will be his winning formula again. (Recorded September 15, 2022)
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    • 39 min
    Reasons to keep calm over COVID

    Reasons to keep calm over COVID

    After more than two years of pandemic, life has returned to normal for most of us, despite panic fanatics who want us living in fear forever. But while COVID can still be dangerous, the situation is nothing like 2020 or 2021, as infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch explains in this week’s episode. And whatever this new stage is — pandemic or endemic — the important thing now, he says, is for officials to be far more honest and transparent with the public about not just the risks and realities of COVID and vaccines, but about a health-care system still terribly unprepared for future viral waves. (Recorded September 1, 2022)
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    Oops, we hired a raving bigot to teach anti-racism

    Oops, we hired a raving bigot to teach anti-racism

    The federal Liberals handed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Laith Marouf, an “anti-racism” coach, who publicly called Jews “human feces” deserving a “bullet to the head, while also insulting Blacks, Indigenous people and others. As embarrassed officials scramble an “extensive review” into government anti-racism funding, Jonathan Kay, the Quilette editor who helped bring Marouf’s hateful behaviour to light, joins Anthony this week to discuss how the Liberals, desperate to be woke, seemingly fell in with Marouf. And how “anti-racism” training and bigotry sometimes overlap in ways that can make haters feel at home. (Recorded September 1, 2022)
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    • 56 min
    Inside the new telescope that probes the wonders of the universe and life itself

    Inside the new telescope that probes the wonders of the universe and life itself

    The James Webb Space Telescope is unlike anything that’s gone before it – in terms of size, power and what scientists hope it will help them understand. Greatly exceeding the capabilities of its predecessor, the Hubble Telescope, some of the Webb’s first findings have only recently been made public. Professor Adam Muzzin, an astronomer at York University, breaks down the wonders of the universe the telescope will have the power to probe – such as the formation of galaxies and planets and the very origins of life in the universe. Muzzin also discusses the plans for future space exploration and the pros and cons of a new space race led by billionaires. (Recorded August 11, 2022.) 
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