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Episode 32 – Defend Yourself with Ryan Parsons

Two people standing in a ring punching each other in the head may seem like a mindless, brutish dance. But it’s much more. In this episode of the podcast, Daniel Goldwater explores the intellectual side of combat sports with coach and former champion Ryan Parsons. Parsons is the owner of APEX Martial Arts here in Montreal, where in addition to training fighters of all levels, they run children’s summer camps and programs for underprivileged kids. [caption id="attachment_335" align="alignleft" width="291"]Ryan Parsons Ryan Parsons[/caption] Daniel and Ryan get into why they started training, and how something that started as a physical pursuit — for Daniel to get in shape, for Ryan to defend himself — turned into something much deeper. The two found that fighting was about more than beating the hell out of someone, it was a logic puzzle. One that incorporated discipline, and self-control, with intelligence and hard work. They share how getting in the ring has changed their lives outside it. They also talk about injuries, and head injuries, and the damage that fighting can do to your body. [caption id="attachment_336" align="alignright" width="200"]A very good dog. A very good dog.[/caption] Ryan shares how becoming a champion came at a great cost to him. After winning his semi-final fight, but breaking his foot and suffering a severe concussion, he convinced a doctor he was okay, and decided to fight for the title. “It was the pinnacle of my sport, and the ability to compete at that level for this title was something I’d been working towards for years. And I was 30 at the time, and this is pretty close to the end of my career. It’s now or never. And if it’s not now, I’m going to have to climb that mountain all over again,” Ryan said. “I fully understood the risks, and was fully aware that what I was doing wasn’t smart.” “I went in, I fought the next day, with my broken foot, with my concussion, and I won the title. I won the tournament — and I haven’t fought since.” Further Reading • Daniel Goldwater: Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat, by Forrest Griffin with Erich Krauss One of the pioneers of MMA as we know it today, Griffin’s memoir takes readers through his guide to fighting and tells the story how he made it to the top of his sport. There’s also a part in the book that Daniel talks about in the episode, that helps explain how he got his nose broken. “I love this part in the book where he says, ‘There’s two types of people that get injured: those that think they won’t get injured, and those who think they will,’ ” Daniel said, quoting from the book.
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Episode 31 – Slaves off Dope with Jason Rockman

Is there such a thing as it being too early to quit drinking? For Jason Rockman, the age of 21 was just right. On this episode of The Goldwaters, Dr. Samantha Goldwater-Adler is joined by Rockman to talk about his addiction and sobriety. Rockman is a radio host on Montreal’s CHOM-FM, a culture columnist nationally in Canada for CTV News, and the longtime frontman for the band Slaves on Dope. He’s also the spokesman for Heavy Montreal and Comiccon in both Montreal and Ottawa. But most important for the purposes of this episode, he hasn’t had a drink in 26 years. Read More
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Episode 30 – Polls, Damned Polls, and Aggregators

It’s tough out there for a news consumer. If you consume any political news, you’re going to be inundated with news about polls — who’s up, who’s down, who’s going to win, and who’s going to lose. But how do you know what can you trust? To find out, Anne-France Goldwater and Samantha Goldwater-Adler invited Philippe J. Fournier to the podcast. When he’s not working as a physics professor at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal, he runs Quebec125.com where he aggregates political polls in Quebec and across the country for the Quebec magazine, L’Actualité. Read More
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Episode 29 – Millennials aren’t so bad

Millennials are the most entitled generation of young people the world has ever seen. They spend all their money of avocado toast and hand-crafted lattes. They live in their parents basements taking selfies and tweeting dank memes. They’re killing chain restaurants, and they demand immediate promotions at the office. At least, that’s how the stereotype goes. Read More
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Épisode 28 – Le hijab ostentatoire de Sondos Lamrhari

This week, The Goldwaters present a special episode in French. English text follows the French.
Pour beaucoup de Québécois, le débat sur le port de symboles religieux est un débat abstrait. Pour Sondos Lamrhari, c'est très réel.
Lamrhari est une cadette de la police au Collège Ahuntsic de Montréal. Elle porte aussi un hijab. Et si le Parti québécois ou la Coalition Avenir Québec obtient le pouvoir lors des prochaines élections, elle pourrait être contrainte de choisir entre son emploi de rêve pour un corps de police québécois et sa foi. Cependant, Lamrhari est déterminée à être la première officière de police de la province à porter le hijab et croit qu'il favorisera le rapprochement avec les communautés musulmanes. "Pour le moment, ça ressemble à ça. J'aimerais vraiment devenir policière au Québec. "
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Episode 27 – White Power and the JQ

One of the more distressing things to emerge in our current political moment is the rise of white nationalism. Look around the United States, in particular, and you’ll find people no longer frightened or ashamed to say they want their country to be a white country. So, for this episode of The Goldwaters, the family wanted to dig into the idea of white supremacy in this moment. Are they concerned about the rise of a white ethnostate? And what do they make of the sudden increase in people vocalizing their thoughts on the “JQ”—the “Jewish Question”? Read More
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Episode 26 – The Case for Marriage

Is marriage still worth it? That’s the question that’s on the minds of The Goldwaters this episode. Anne-France and Daniel Goldwater are both family lawyers, and Samantha Goldwater-Adler is a family therapist, so their experience extends beyond just the personal. One of the things Anne-France has seen through her practice isn’t just the worst part, when people’s marriage are falling apart, but she’s also seen the best of these relationships. When explaining why their marriages need to end, they tell the whole tale of their lives together, starting with the good times. It’s given her a broad perspective on the arc of many relationships. Read More

Épisode 25 – Valérie Plante, Mairesse de Montréal (FR/EN)

Cette semaine, The Goldwaters sera à l'Hôtel de ville de Montréal pour une séance bilingue avec la mairesse de Montréal, Valérie Plante, la première femme à occuper ce poste depuis les 375 ans d'histoire de la ville. This week brings The Goldwaters to Montréal City Hall for a special bilingual sit-down with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, the first woman to occupy the office in the city’s 375-year history. Scroll down for the English text. À l’occasion de cet entretien avec la mairesse Plante, Anne-France et Daniel Goldwater, Marie-Hélène Dubé, associée fondatrice de Goldwater, Dubé, se jsont joints à nous. Tous les quatre ont abordé toutes sortes de sujetsdes règlements sur les animaux à la vision de Plante pour l'avenir de Montréal. Read More
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Episode 24 – How to learn good

March is here, and in many places that means kids have just finished their break and are heading back to the classroom. Now that the last stretch of the school year is upon us, The Goldwaters thought they would take this opportunity to explore the world of education. Why do we send our kids to school, and what to we hope they achieve while they’re there? Anne-France, Samantha, and Daniel try and work through some of the philosophy of education. In this episode, they also dig into things like technology and some alternative learning methods. Read More
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