Podcast: Shad discusses Something Fierce

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We know you're biting your nails, anxiously waiting for this year's debates in February. Until then, we've got you covered. Last week, we caught up with The Game defender, Alan Thicke

This week, we talk to Shad, a witty rapper whose music career got started after winning a song-writing contest on local radio. He quickly climbed to the top of the industry, recently taking home the Juno for best rap album. Shad decided to put his passion for politics in play for this year's debates by choosing Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, a memoir depicting growing up during the 1980s resistance movement against the Chilean military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.


Image of Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi (left) with author Carmen Aguirre (centre) and Shad (right) by Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC

Carmen Aguirre was a regular girl. She fought with her sister and thought about boys. But there was one big exception. Her parents were revolutionaries, fighting against Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. Carmen's childhood was also filled with danger and secrecy. But it didn't scare her. When she was 18, she became a revolutionary herself.

Shad is confident that Carmen's take of finding yourself and fighting for what you believe in would inspire readers across the country. Listen to his conversation about why Something Fierce will come out on top with Canada Reads associate producer Debbie Pacheco in the audio player above.

The debates will air at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Nfld.) on CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books at 10 a.m. ET on February 6,7, 8 and 9.

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