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info_outline The Rob Rousseau Show: Election-Mania with Jesse Hawken 09/02/2021
The Rob Rousseau Show: Election-Mania with Jesse Hawken It's episode 1 of The Rob Rousseau Show audio edition, with Jesse Hawken of Junk Filter Pod. please make sure you subscribe on the new feed or you'll miss future episodes!
info_outline 100: Series Finale (with Karen Geier, Nora Loreto, Sam Knight and Michael Bueckert) 08/13/2021
100: Series Finale (with Karen Geier, Nora Loreto, Sam Knight and Michael Bueckert) Yes, you read that right. It's the last episode of 49th Parahell. Moving forward I am going to be doing all my interviews and commentary on my live show on Twitch, with an audio version coming soon, so this week I brought back several friends of the show to talk about Doug Ford, the pandemic, Quebec's social solidarity, Joe Biden, Canada's relationship to Israel/Palestine and much more.
info_outline 99: Abolish Canada (with Abdul Malik) 07/01/2021
99: Abolish Canada (with Abdul Malik) I talked to writer and low-key hustle guy Abdul Malik about the Toronto Raptors as an avatar for Canadian nationalism, the climate crisis, how taking a day off is good but celebrating genocide is bad, and much more.
info_outline 98: Dark Chapter (with Kolin Sutherland-Wilson and Kai Nagata) 06/03/2021
98: Dark Chapter (with Kolin Sutherland-Wilson and Kai Nagata) The uncovering of a mass grave outside a "residential school" in Kamloops has once again forced people in Canada to confront the cruelty and genocide this nation is founded on. Journalist Kai Nagata and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson of the Gitxsan Nation join me to talk about the old-growth logging blockades in BC and the Dark Chapter that never ended
info_outline 97: Radio Free Palestine (with Amy Kishek and Omar Burgan) 05/14/2021
97: Radio Free Palestine (with Amy Kishek and Omar Burgan) Forced expulsions in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have led to another cycle of Palestinian opposition and brutal repression by the Israeli government. Why does only one side of this "conflict" have the right to defend itself? How has Canada contributed to this situation? Is there a positive shift happening in the way that people in media and politics discuss this issue? Amy Kishek and Omar Burgan join the show this week to answer some of these questions.
info_outline 96: Fordpocalypse III Beyond Ontariodome (with John Semley and Jesse Hawken) 04/23/2021
96: Fordpocalypse III Beyond Ontariodome (with John Semley and Jesse Hawken) We regret to inform you that Doug Ford is, in fact, "at it again." I've got writer/researcher John Semley & Junk Filter Pod host Jesse Hawken joining me here in riff city to talk about Doug's very bad week and whether or not we're on board with the redemption arc.
info_outline 95: National Mythbusters (with Tyler Shipley) 03/31/2021
95: National Mythbusters (with Tyler Shipley) Throughout the run of this show we've tried to debunk the lies we tell ourselves about Canada. So it was a pleasure to talk to Tyler Shipley, author of Canada in the World: Settler Capitalism and Colonial Imagination about the genocidal foundation of the country, how our modern foreign policy is not so benign and how learning about all this can keep us informed about the priorities of our current ruling class.
info_outline 94: Ides of March (with Naomi Klein) 03/12/2021
94: Ides of March (with Naomi Klein) It's the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, and there's a whole lot to feel disillusioned by. Fortunately, none other than renowned author & activist Naomi Klein is joining the show to express maybe the most radical idea of all: that, maybe, just maybe, things might be starting to get a bit better.
info_outline 93: Amazon Planet (with Paris Marx) 02/05/2021
93: Amazon Planet (with Paris Marx) Jeff Bezos is stepping down as head of Amazon. That means we won't have to hear from him ever again, right? Paris Marx joins me to talk about Bezos's career, the rotten economic system that allows people like him, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and others to build unfathomable fortunes and write their own hagiographies, and the exploitative Independent Contractor business model that Amazon popularized going international in the 2020's.
info_outline 92: Meet Me in Mar-a-Lago (with Lana Polansky) 01/20/2021
92: Meet Me in Mar-a-Lago (with Lana Polansky) The Trump era is over. It was simultaneously horiffying and very, very stupid. Lana Polansky & I talk about our favorite Trump moments, what this all means, whether Canada's right wing populist moment has passed, the coming decade of neoliberal technocracy and more.
info_outline 91: Year of Hell (with Dan Boeckner) 01/01/2021
91: Year of Hell (with Dan Boeckner) It's the final 49th Parahell of the year and what a hellish nightmare it has been, huh? Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade & Operators returns to the show to talk about how he and other artists are surviving the pandemic and also how this year was really just a preview of the kind of horrors the coming decade holds. Welcome to the new cold war.
info_outline 90: Less Than Net Zero (with Jessica Green) 12/10/2020
90: Less Than Net Zero (with Jessica Green) U of T poli-sci professor and Harbinger Media board of directors member Jessica Green returns to the show to break down how Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party are failing on climate, how "net zero emissions" is nothing more than a meaningless catchphrase, what's in Joe Biden's trillion dollar climate plan (and whether any of it will actually get enacted) and much more.
info_outline 89: New Democracy (with Niki Ashton) 11/23/2020
89: New Democracy (with Niki Ashton) The NDP's Niki Ashton joins the show for a wide-ranging conversation on Justin Trudeau's inadequate Covid response, whether New Democrats have done enough to reach out to young voters, the rise of the far right, Donald Trump, the disappointing Democratic Party primary, foreign policy, Progressive International and much more
info_outline 88: What Is To Be Done (with Jay Watts) 11/02/2020
88: What Is To Be Done (with Jay Watts) This week I'm joined by Jay Watts, central organizer of the Communist Party of Canada, to talk about why the Canadian Leftist Podcaster Community needs to move on from incessant magical thinking about how to make the NDP good. We also talk about why electoralism is important, the 50th Anniversary of the October Crisis and more. Also there's an election in the US tomorrow?
info_outline 87: Stenographic Design (with Nashwa Lina Khan) 10/08/2020
87: Stenographic Design (with Nashwa Lina Khan) The one and only Nashwa of Muslim Rumspringa and Habibti Please joins the show for a great conversation about why Canadian media sucks, how we are planning on changing that, the problem with Liberals, establishment journalist gatekeepers learning nothing from the last 6 months, Green Party entryism, whether I should run for Prime Minister and a whole lot more. Don't miss this one.
info_outline 86: Throne of Games (with Martin Lukacs) 09/25/2020
86: Throne of Games (with Martin Lukacs) Returning champion Martin Lukacs joins me to break down Justin Trudeau's low-on-substance, high-on-vague-platitudes throne speech, the escalating conflict between the Mi'kmaw people and white settler fishermen in NS, and the plan to do Green Party entryism and push them to the left.
info_outline 85: Revenge of the Girlboss (with Duncan Kinney) 08/28/2020
85: Revenge of the Girlboss (with Duncan Kinney) Progress Alberta's Duncan Kinney joins the show to talk about "Black Ribbon Day" and why talking about Chrystia Freeland's Nazi grandfather is important, new Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole and where the conservative movement is headed, the NBA wildcat strike and more.
info_outline 84: The Green Zone (with Meryam Haddad) 08/21/2020
84: The Green Zone (with Meryam Haddad) This week I'm joined by Green Party leadership candidate Meryam Haddad to talk about her vision for the Party, how capitalism and sustainability are diametrically opposed, overcoming the political generational divide, why we need stand up for Palestinian human rights no matter how controversial it might be and more.
info_outline 83: Landback to the Future (with Susan Blight) 07/30/2020
83: Landback to the Future (with Susan Blight) This week I take a few minutes to strike a balance between laughing at the state of the canadian far right and being alarmed by what they're up to and where they could be going, then artist, writer and activist Susan Blight joins the show to talk about our summer of upheaval, abolition, Indigenous solidarity, keeping the protest momentum going, Landback, disingenuous Liberals and much more. support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/49thParahell
info_outline 82: Libentology (with Karen Geier) 07/18/2020
82: Libentology (with Karen Geier) Karen Geier makes her long-awaited return to the show to break down Trudeau's latest corruption scandal and explain a little about the bizarre cult-like WE charity at the centre of it. I also ask the question that was on a lot of people's minds yesterday: Why do we have monuments to Nazi war criminals in Canada?
info_outline 81: Amnesiac Nation (with Matthew Green) 06/23/2020
81: Amnesiac Nation (with Matthew Green) After a few words on the RCMP's potential involvement in last month's brutal mass killing in Nova Scotia, NDP MP Matthew Green joins me for a conversation on his career from activist to city councillor to MP, COVID, Justin Trudeau's hollow performative progressivism, systemic racism, abolishing the police and more.
info_outline 80: Dystopia Now (with Jay Baruchel) 06/13/2020
80: Dystopia Now (with Jay Baruchel) I'm back from a brief pandemic-related hiatus with none other than Jay Baruchel -- we talk about how our current reality relates to various 80s dystopia movies, Trump as a groteseque symbol of america, how canadians pathologically avoid confronting structural racism at home and much more.
info_outline 79: Covideodrome (with Nora Loreto) 05/01/2020
79: Covideodrome (with Nora Loreto) Friend of the show Nora Loreto returns to talk about COVID-19, Trudeau's inadequate response getting worldwide praise, Francois Legault's ludicrous plan to re-open Quebec schools in two weeks, the horrific mass shooting in Nova Scotia and the RCMP trying to spin the tragedy into copaganda, and much more.
info_outline 78: Corona Revelations (with Andray Domise) 04/13/2020
78: Corona Revelations (with Andray Domise) It's a super-seized pandemic episode as returning guest Andray Domise and I break down quaranatine parenting, Bernie coming up short, what people take for granted about black voters, the dangers of reformism, the CERB, our coming dystopian surveillance nightmare, and much more. Also a few minutes on the Labour Party's exposed inside job on Jeremy Corbyn and what that tells us about the establishment in the UK and elsewhere.
info_outline 77: Pandemic Imperialism (with Ajit Singh) 03/23/2020
77: Pandemic Imperialism (with Ajit Singh) After a few words on parenting & self-care in the apocalypse, Ajit Singh joins the show to talk about current western narratives on China, a possible new global order rising and how our already-devastating sanctions on countries like Iran and Venezuela become downright genocidal during a pandemic.
info_outline 76: Smells Like Quarantine Spirit (with Ada McVean) 03/15/2020
76: Smells Like Quarantine Spirit (with Ada McVean) I'm back. And quite a lot has happened in the last three weeks. Primary season has rapidly deteriorated into pandemic season and no one really knows how bad it's gonna get over the next few weeks and months. Scientist and local tv personality Ada McVean joins me to talk about Coronavirus, what things are going to look like in Montreal, Canada and beyond in the near future and why social distancing shouldn't just be for introverts.
info_outline 75: Fake Country Shutdown (with Romy Garrido & Rayne Fisher-Quan) 02/14/2020
75: Fake Country Shutdown (with Romy Garrido & Rayne Fisher-Quan) The RCMP raid of the Wet'suwet'en blockade inspired nationwide protests and also an ugly reactionary backlash. Political organizer Romy Garrido joins me to talk about the protest movement's origins and the media narratives around it, then zoomer activist Rayne Fisher-Quan recounts her experiences at one of Vancouver's solidarity blockades.
info_outline 74: Libs Last Stand (with Kyle Kulinski) 01/29/2020
74: Libs Last Stand (with Kyle Kulinski) We're a few days away from the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, are everyone is losing their minds. It's great. Kyle Kulinski joins me to break down the ongoing liberal meltdown, also a few words on #RememberJan29 and some exciting news about the future of the show.
info_outline 73: The Warren Terror (with Katie Halper) 01/20/2020
73: The Warren Terror (with Katie Halper) It's a few weeks away from the democratic primary actually beginning and things are starting to get extremely stupid, so Katie Halper from Rolling Stone's Useful Idiots podcast joins me to break down last week's Bernie/Warren feud. Also some stuff on the beyond parody NYT editorial board endorsement, the Nazi gun nut rally in Virginia and some info on how to support the Wet'suwet'en Coastal Gaslink blockade.