May 5, 2017
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.”
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.
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.