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#54: Are We Alone?

Jill Tarter has spent her career on a question she may never solve: are we alone in the universe? We talk to Dr. Tarter as well as the science journalist Sarah Scoles, author of the new book Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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#53: What are Canadian Police Trying to Hide?

Researchers and activists say the racial discrimination within the Canadian criminal justice system could be just as bad as the United States, but they don’t have all the statistics to get a full handle of the problem. When they ask for those numbers, Canadian police forces refuse. What are Canadian Police Trying to Hide?

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#52: (In)secure: The Future of Working

Gordon moderates a live panel about precariousness, millennials, and the future of work in North America. Special guests: Henry Siu, Ashley Proctor, Rod Mickleburgh, Ambrosia Vertesi, and Byron Cruz.

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#50: Plumbing STEM’s Leaky Pipeline

There are too few women in STEM fields. We’ve known that for a long time, but we don’t really know why that is. This week, Alex and special guest host Indre Viskontas from the podcast Inquiring Minds talk to social demographer Sharon Sassler and serial entrepreneur Elissa Shevinsky about STEM’s “leaky pipeline.”

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#49: Into the House of Old

Gordon talks to Andrew Longhurst, research associate at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, about austerity and seniors care in British Columbia. Then, Megan Davies on the history of old folks homes — from Dickensian nightmares, to swanky middle class retirement villas.

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#48: How To Buy A Politician: BC’s Upcoming Provincial Election

The New York Times has called British Columbia “The Wild West of Political Cash.” On the verge of a provincial election, any corporation, union or individual in the world can give however much money they want to British Columbia’s provincial political parties. Sam talks to Dermod Travis of Integrity BC about what this has meant for BC’s democracy, then he convenes a panel of leading political scholars to discuss the role of corporate money in North American politics.

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#47: Automatic for the People

Sam visits Yusuf Altintas’s manufacturing automation lab at the University of British Columbia and then talks to Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenigabout automation, inequality and the future of work.

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