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Right-Wing Coups in Venezuela and Colombia
What's in The Canada Files this week? First, today is Nakba Day, so Editor Aidan Jonah and host Adam Riggio (that's me!) will talk about how The Canada Files is demonstrating Palestinian solidarity on this most awkward independence day. in more detail, we discuss the recent coup attempt in Venezuela that makes the Bay of Pigs look like the Battle of Guadalcanal, where an American mercenary group tried to organize a ragtag crew of incompetents to ride across the Caribbean and kidnap or kill President Nicolas Maduro. We contrast the vilification of Maduro with the fascistic presidency of Ivan Duque in neighbouring Colombia. Finally, I discuss some research I'm doing on how popular reaction to COVID may drive more people to wasteful suburban development, and the ecological destruction such a movement could cause.
Bright Futures After Defeats – Bernie Sanders & Jeremy Corbyn
Our latest collaboration with the Canada Files, their managing editor Aidan Jonah and I discuss the recent defeats for progressive candidates at the ballot box, what were the seeds of those defeats, and what real progressives can do to escape losing hope.
April 1: Rent Strike Across North America!
Canada Files Managing Editor Aidan Jonah joins Adam for a talk about the upcoming rent strike for all regions of North America under lockdown to slow the spread of COVID.
Radical Democrats at The Canada Files
Radical Democrats Radio is launching a new series in collaboration with The Canada Files, a journalism startup building progressive media for foreign and domestic news and analysis. Today, we're talking about the constantly escalating conflict between the United States and Iran, as well as some reflections on the future of Canada's progressive political party, the New Democrats.
People Vs Power 3 – One Bold Woman From Willowdale
The third episode of People Vs Power! Our featured interview is with Leah Kalsi, a candidate for the New Democratic Party in the district of Willowdale in north Toronto. She's an autism analyst whose frustration with the Ontario government's ignorant cuts to social services drove her to community activism and her candidacy for Canada's federal parliament.
I'm also talking with my friend Dapinder Singh Randhawa about the housing crisis among international students and Indian immigrants in western Brampton.
Plus, this is the first podcast since starting Radical Democrats Radio that includes a vocal musical outro. God help you for staying long enough to hear that.
People Vs Power: Introducing Candidate Branko Gasperlin
The People Vs Power series of Radical Democrats Radio returns with two new interviews with progressive political leaders.
- We talk in Adam's backyard with Branko Gasperlin, the NDP candidate for the Etobicoke-Lakeshore district, the southern end of the old Toronto borough of Etobicoke. We talk about what made Branko the man he is today, a life of public service that he sees taking him to represent his communities in Parliament in Ottawa.
- A sometimes-difficult phone conversation with Bev Buckway, former mayor of Whitehorse and recent chair of Yukon's federation of municipalities. We chat as best we can through signal interference about the nature of the housing crisis facing northern cities like Whitehorse, and chat about the unique circumstances of Canada's Arctic lands.