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In 2010 Rob Ford ran for Mayor in Toronto. To much of the city, his campaign was laughable: full of embarrassing scandals, anti-immigrant sentiment and declarations of war on "elites." But he won.

Then came the drinking, the drugs, the police investigations. It was a dark crime drama that most of the world only caught a glimpse of. And even during the worst of it, much of the city loved him.

Does that sound familiar? It should. His rise to power revealed how politics and media were changing. And his legacy lives on in governments around the world today.

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In 2010 Rob Ford ran for Mayor in Toronto. To much of the city, his campaign was laughable: full of embarrassing scandals, anti-immigrant sentiment and declarations of war on "elites." But he won.

Then came the drinking, the drugs, the police investigations. It was a dark crime drama that most of the world only caught a glimpse of. And even during the worst of it, much of the city loved him.

Does that sound familiar? It should. His rise to power revealed how politics and media were changing. And his legacy lives on in governments around the world today.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Beth in Schenectady, NY ,

Fascinating and cringeworthy all at once

Looking back, this is truly to many of the precursor to current political trends.

Joe Bilbrey ,

Mixed feelings.

This podcast is informative, interesting, and very well done. However, at times it is insulting to the general public because it views them as easily duped. It exalts journalists as being above reproach and should not be questioned as to their ideology or truthfulness. They seem insulted if they level an accusation that isn’t believed. Regardless of proof.

They also endlessly compare Ford with Trump. Although there are some similarities, they imply Trump’s attacks on the are completely warrantless. It is rather amazing how the media views itself as virtuous and unbiased.

tmolloy10 ,

Outstanding deep dive

I feel like I’m finally beginning to understand the mayor behind the headlines and punchlines and how he managed to get elected. Scary and enlightening. Very very well produced.

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