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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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    • 4.4, 71 Ratings

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.

    Heaven Bent: The Revival

    Heaven Bent: The Revival

    In 1994, a small church next to Toronto Pearson International Airport suddenly became one of the city’s “Top Tourist Attractions”. Why did millions of Christians flock from around the world? Was something truly supernatural happening? 25 years later, join Tara Jean Stevens as she revisits the unusual spiritual movement she was a part of as […]

    • 37 min
    Introducing Fiasco: Iran-Contra

    Introducing Fiasco: Iran-Contra

    A secret war, a secret deal, and a scandal that threatened to destroy Ronald Reagan’s presidency–until it didn’t. The Gravy Train team is happy to bring you the first episode of Fiasco: Iran-Contra. From the co-creators of Slow Burn comes a podcast documentary about politics, power, and uncertainty. Host Leon Neyfakh transports listeners into the […]

    • 42 min
    Legacy

    Legacy

    Toronto never got the chance to reelect Mayor Rob Ford. Nor did it get the chance to kick him out of office. It wasn’t the ending anyone wanted, it’s just what happened. And over the next few years, it would become clear just how profoundly Rob had changed politics, at home and around the world.

    • 42 min
    Rehab

    Rehab

    More than a year after the first stories about a ‘crack video’ broke, and months after the mayor admitted he’d tried the drug ‘during one of (his) drunken stupors’, Rob Ford admitted to the public that he had a substance abuse problem, and that he needed help. And he went to rehab. For a few […]

    • 44 min
    The Circus

    The Circus

    Mayor Rob Ford publicly admitted to smoking crack “in one of my drunken stupors” on Nov. 5, 2013. And then all hell broke loose.

    • 44 min
    Brazen

    Brazen

    The whole world was talking about whether or not Toronto’s mayor smoked crack. You might think that the mayor would change his behaviour following the headlines about his drug use. But he didn’t. We know this because the police were watching him with a secret investigation named Project Brazen II.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

cultural genocide indeed ,

S. Calif

Superb! Deeply well researched!
Engaging narrative
From California- interested in this story of Toronto mayor - because of his humanness
The Trump parallel: FRIGHTENING

washdc87 ,

Excellent

Fascinating and well produced.

MissStizzle ,

Really well done

Informative, entertaining, high quality.

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