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Published: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:02:48 -0500
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The year in your ear
What a year it was. Coming off of the maddening, disappointing and very scary U.S. election, it's too easy to look back and wish that we could have just fast forwarded from December 31, 2015 right to January 1, 2017.
But that's not the whole story. In many ways it was also a really good year. Admittedly, we have to work a little harder to lift our spirits in this holiday season than in other years. But we know that rabble listeners and readers know that these things happen in cycles. Better days are ahead.
Lots of work for us to do in the new year to help restore this planet to health and happiness. But for now, take a break and have a listen to some of our faves.
Decolonizing the Media: Media Democracy Days 2016
It used to be the case that media and democracy were synonymous. Democracies weren't worthy of the name unless they had free and independent media that spoke truth to power. That was in the good old days. The changes in the political winds these days means that there are more pressures than ever on the kind of media outlets to do their job preserving and strengthening democracy.
Today's program comes to us from Media Democracy Days, held in Vancouver every year. This year was no exception. And one could say that Media Democracy is more important than ever in the dark days of 2016.
Since it's harvest season, what better time to take a look at farming. And sadly, it's not the family farm we're going to be talking about.
There are still some family farms left, and still some independent farmers who are making a living for themselves adopting new forms of sustainable agriculture. But despite the growth of organics, artisan food products and people who are adopting farming practices that are kind to the land, the corporations continue to march across the countryside. We'll hear from a few people today who can tell us what's wrong with that.
rabble radio episode 165: Brave New Alberta
Pigs flew, hell froze over and the voters of Alberta elected a majority NDP government.
We're coming up to the one-month anniversary of the election that shook up the whole country and struck fear into the hearts of the Harper Conservatives.
Now that the initial euphoria is starting to subside, rabble radio invited two of rabble's own Albertans to weigh in on the discussion. Roshini Nair is the rabble podcast network's new intern. She's a student in Vancouver but born and raised in Edmonton. And rabble.ca's editor-in-chief Meagan Perry is also a proud Albertan, though she makes her home in Ontario now.
rabble radio episode 164: Get growing -- food production on land and sea
It's getting green out there. Finally. It's been such a long winter. So this is the Get Growing edition.
Today we have an assortment of stories related to how we get our food.
1:29 - Losing our grip on the family farm. Most people still believe that the land should be owned by independent local farmers who directly farm the land. But this system has been under serious threat for many decades now. Twenty years ago, the concern was that land was being bought by individual farmers with ever-larger land holdings, huge machinery and hired people to work the land. Now, even the large-scale individual farmer is being squeezed out by corporations and investment groups who are running these farms as agricultural businesses from afar.
Stop Harper: Bill C-51 and other tales of treachery - rabble radio 163
There was a time when we thought we'd have to be ready for a spring federal election. That hasn't happened, which gives us even more time to get information out about the various nefarious ways the Harper government has changed our country.
And it gives us time to come up with more reasons why the Harper government needs to go.
Today's program is an early spring warm-up for the fall election. We've got lots of reasons to get rid of the Harper government. You might already know what they are, but there are always some new perspectives to share.
Especially after the March protests of Bill C-51, the so-called "secret police" bill. Good to see the resistance is strong.
We'll play some highligts from the day of protest, March 15, 2015.
Episode 161: Entrepreneurship under the microscope
These days we're hearing a lot of voices encouraging all of us to be entrepreneurs. And it's not just from Chamber of Commerce types these days. Even the progressive community is saying that we all need to create our own jobs.
On one hand, being self-sufficient is a good thing. But maybe not entirely. Today we're going to be looking at both sides of the entrepreneurial spirit and how it's practised. Especially in progressive circles where we're likely to hear words like "social enterprise."
Things have really changed from the days when everybody had a job that they went to, with job security, benefits, and good pay. We'll also hear how one union is trying to diversify and represent some of those entrepreneurs.
Episode 160: Eggnog edition
Yes, it's a been a tough, tough year. I'm feeling it. We're all feeling it. But... all that bad news is not the totality of life. With this being the holiday season, this rabble radio show is the "Light the Fire, Pour the Eggnog and Think Philosophically For a While" edition.
We thought it would be a good time to play some of the hidden gems that have shown up on the rpn this year. So go get that eggnog, light the fire and just enjoy being here with us for the next half hour.