Some Politics is Local is the podcast where two guys from Calgary, Alberta, Canada (David and Mike) provide a fun, original and (always) irreverent perspective on all things political. The podcast covers global politics, US politics, federal politics, provincial politics and, of course, some local politics.
The Orange You Glad Your Aren't Donald Trump Episode
For this episode, in US politics, we have a super-duper scorching hot-take on Episode 8 of the January 6th Committee: Jabba the Hut Does Nothing to Call off His Goons. For provincial/federal Canadian politics, we talk about the latest and not so greatest with healthcare in Canada (and the undue stress on it from the latest COVID wave). What should we do to improve our results (IE which countries in Western Europe should we steal ideas from)? We discuss!
For BookReport, we have a DUAL one, where Mike listened with his ears (like a cool person) and David read with his eyes (like a nerd) the Rick Mercer (of Monday Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame) Memoir - Talking to Canadians.
The No Mo' BoJo Episode
For this episode, in UK politics, we have a HOT-TAKE on the political demise of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has just resigned from office on July 7th, 2022. Will BoJo be able to get himself out of this capper and rise back to prominence? We discuss! For Federal (Canadian) politics, we have a warm-take on the expulsion of Patrick Brown from the Conservative Leadership contest. What are the facts (and the politics) of it all - and what will this mean, ultimately, for the race itself? We try to hash it all out!
For DocReport, Mike watched the short documentary, the Martha Mitchell Effect, from Netflix, which talks about the impact of an outspoken wife of President Richard Nixon's Attorney General (John Mitchell).
The (January) 6-Pence None the Richer Episode
For this episode, in American politics, the January 6th Committee's (6-part) public hearings and what they have unearthed so far...and will it make a difference at all to politics in the US. For provincial politics, we check in on the latest edition of 'Who Wants to Be Our Premiere?' More specifically, we talk about the latest joiners of the race, and also one in particular that is speculating on taking the leap in.
For PodReport, Mike listened to the newest 7-part, season of Fiasco, the Audible Original podcast from Leon Neyfakh on the AIDS crisis.
The Ford More Years Episode
For this episode, in federal politics, we talk about the new legislation passed by the Liberal government to tighten restrictions on guns and also the drug possession exemption requested by BC that was approved by the federal government. For provincial politics, we have a burning HOT TAKE on the Ontario election results, with the Rob Ford's PC party securing another (even stronger) majority.
For BookReport, Mike read (with his ears) This Will Not Pass by New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, which chronicles (in pain-staking detail) the 18 month period around the 2020 election - including the January 6th riots.
The Orange Oompa Loompa US Primary Episode
For this episode, we return to US politics, with a spirited discussion on the US primaries that have recently taken place. We talk specifically about Donald Trump's hold on the party - and the efficacy of his endorsements. We then talk about Alberta provincial politics - and the race for who will be the new leader of the UCP (and, ipso facto, Premier of the province...for at least 5 months).
David is back in action for BookReport this week! He read (with his eyes) The Long-Legged House by Wendell Berry, which is a collection of writings written long ago, but very much applicable to our crazy world today.
The Glass 51.4% Full (Mini) Episode
We have a special super, duper hot-take mini-episode this week! We recorded this special podcast only an hour or so after Jason Kenney announced that he would be stepping down as Premier of Alberta after securing 51.4% of the vote in support of his leadership. In this burning hot take, we talk about what went wrong, revisit our Predict-orama on the leadership review, whether this is good for the NDP, the likely contenders in the now certain leadership race, Kenney's legacy as a Premier and, last but not least, whether Jason Kenney will get that sweet, sweet private sector job he's yearned for (on tap...around Christmas time).