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Episode 34 – Antisocial media with Jen Gerson

Social networking is an integral part of the way we live today, but are these networks hindering conversations that should be resolving some of our most important societal challenges? On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Samantha Goldwater-Adler is joined by journalist and commentator Jen Gerson, who knows first hand how life online can change how we interact with the world. Gerson is the co-host of the podcast OPPO and her work appears in Maclean’s, The Walrus, Quillette, and the CBC. Goldwater-Adler and Gerson dig into some of the ways that being online can be damaging. They talk not just about the effect on media professionals, but what it might mean for the next generation who are growing up with these tools, and how that might affect their development. Read More
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Episode 33 – The City-State of Montréal with Beryl Wajsman and Brent Tyler

Montréal is a special city. It’s a unique mix of English and French, and the home to migrants from all over the globe. And on this episode of The Goldwaters, Anne-France Goldwater wonders, should Montréal be its own city-state? To help her answer this question, and to explain what exactly a city-state is, she’s joined by “two fellows who are steeped in the history of the political and legal conflicts of this province.” Those fellows are Beryl Wajsman, the editor of The Suburban newspaper and publisher of The Métropolitain commentary journal and Brent Tyler, a lawyer with experience fighting for anglophone rights in Québec. Read More
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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. Read More
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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 with Philippe J. Fournier

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 with Karl Moore

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 avec Sondos Lamrhari

This week, The Goldwaters present a special episode in French. English text follows.
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
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