Podcast Playlist

Episode 16: Podcasting politics

As the longest election period in Canada's history comes to a close, you might think that you’ve heard everything you would ever want to hear about elections. But, when our team started digging through political podcasts we found lots of fresh perspectives and ideas.
In the political podcasting moment of the year, U.S. President Obama spoke with podcaster and comedian Marc Maron in Maron's crowded garage. (Marc Maron/Twitter)

As the longest election period in Canada's history comes to a close, you might think that you've heard everything you would ever want to hear about elections.

But, when our team started digging through political podcasts we found lots of fresh perspectives and ideas — we've got a bunch of Sci-Fi experts digging into politics in fiction and we have the political podcasting moment of the year, which takes place in a cramped garage.

Radio Diaries

"I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman, and I'm equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people." — Shirley Chisholm

A woman you've likely never heard of, but will definitely never forget is Democratic Candidate Shirley Chisholm.

She was confident, smart and a wonderful speaker, but she also had a few things working against her. She was a woman. She was black. And it was 1972.

Hear her profile on Radio Diaries.

If you liked this episode, you should check out more from Radio Diaries, including "Melissa's Teenage Diary, Revisited," which aired on our inaugural episode.

The Strategists

"A wedge is not a bullet, it's a building block." — Corey Hogan

​The Strategists is a podcast from right here in Canada. It's three political insiders — Stephen Carter, Cory Hogan, and Zain Velji — who get together and peel back the secrets of election strategy.

Stephen Carter was the senior strategist for Alberta's Progressive Conservatives under Alison Redford and was also a strategist for Calgary's Mayor, Naheed Nenshi

Cory Hogan was the Campaign Manager for the Alberta Liberals.

And host Zain Velji is also a strategist.

Listening to this show makes the Canadian political landscape seem like a game of Risk.

This episode is from September, and it's all about how and why political parties create wedge issues. 

WTF with Marc Maron

"There is no other advanced nation on earth that tolerates multiple shootings and considers it normal." - U.S. President Barack Obama

Comedian Marc Maron's podcast WTF with Marc Maron has interviewed comedy greats like Louis CK, and Hollywood stars like Will Ferrell,

This June, Maron had political podcast moment of the year, right his cramped garage.

Sitting in the middle of stacks of books, rock n' roll posters, and Maron's guitar collection, was the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

In this interview, you hear a different side of the president.

A bit of behind-the-scenes information about this interview — Maron says the White House pitched him the interview, not the other way around. Apparently one of Obama's staff is a big fan of the podcast.

As an online bonus, here's an interview Maron did about the interview with host Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy

"There's a hero who said that we should talk nicely to the aliens and he just got his head chopped off!"  — Tobias Buckell

You may not think a podcast about science fiction and fantasy would be the place to go for political insight, but — it is.

Wired.com's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy manages to be more insightful about politics than many pundits.

The podcast is hosted by science fiction author David Barr Kirtley and produced by John Joseph Adams.

In this episode, authors Tobias Buckell and Paolo Bacigalupi discuss how to incorporate their personal politics into works of fiction.

This episode also features an interview with Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

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For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal — we have more than 99 home grown podcasts available for subscription or download!


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