For ten weeks in 2016, I interned at the Scripps News Washington Bureau, producing two national political podcasts. The first, TrailMix 2016, was a weekly hot take panel show covering the latest news from the election. The second, DecodeDC, was a weekly documentary podcast examining politics and public policy, hosted by Jimmy Williams.

I produced several episodes for DecodeDC from concept to completion, including the following:

The Supreme Court's Loaded Gun: Following Trump's comments about screening for and detaining Muslims, we looked at the dangerous precedent set by the Korematsu decision -- universally recognized as one of the worst in the Supreme Court's history.

Big Sugar's Secret Playbook: Following up on an investigation by Duke University's Ways & Means podcast, we examined the way the sugar industry mimics the tactics of Big Tobacco in pushing their product on Americans.

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For Canada's 42nd Federal Election in 2015, I joined the production team of Canada, Who Cares?, an interview and discussion podcast series. Each episode featured interviews with leading Canadians on the front line of abuses by the Canadian government. Below are a selection of podcasts which I helped create. More can be found on the Canada, Who Cares? website or on iTunes.

National security lawyer Paul Copeland discusses abuses of power by Canada's security establishment. Original Link

Israeli expat and former Zionist Daphna Levit talks about Canada's support for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu under Harper. Original Link

Prominent immigration lawyer Barbara Jackman outlines changes to immigration and refugee laws under the Conservatives. Original Link

Mi'kmaw lawyer and activist Pamela Palmater describes how First Nations in Canada act as a line of defense against abuses by governments. Original Link

Former parliamentary page Brigitte DePape broke with decorum when she held up a "Stop Harper" sign during a speech from the throne. In this interview, she discusses her motivation for making her protest. Original Link

Economist Jeff Rubin was the first to predict oil prices would rise above $100/barrel. In this episode, he outlines why a recent drop in prices may be a good thing for Canada. Original Link

Discuss. is an independently-produced podcast series and discussion programme, featuring interviews with leading academics on topics from the history of ideas, concurrent with the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King's College, Halifax. This programme was produced at the King's Radio Room with support from the Watch Magazine and CKDU Radio at Dalhousie University.

Originally a straight interview and discussion programme, I altered the format for radio rebroadcast to include short audio pieces, setting the scene for the listener. The show currently airs in this format on CKDU 88.1FM (times vary). Original episodes are available for online streaming on the Watch Magazine's website.

ProDuction & Interview Demo:

As an experiment in production, I produced a short demo from one of the series' best interviews. For full episodes, see below.

 

SElected episodes:

St. Augustine is a towering figure in Catholic theology, but he began as a petty pear-thief in rural North Africa. In this episode, I speak to Augustinian scholar Dr. Ron Haflidson about how Augustine of Hippo came to define Christian piety.

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Marshall McLuhan was one of Canada's most prolific philosophers, and one of the world's first to capture the frenetic energy of the age of mass media. In this episode, I interview Dr. Matt Furlong, a tutor in post-modern philosophy, on the larger-than-life character that was Marshall McLuhan.

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Virgil's Aeneid may have told the story of lovesick, wandering Romans, but his Eclogues earned him the status of a proto-Christian prophet. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Peter O'Brien about how Virgil captured the pre- and post-Christian Roman religious worldview.

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What begins as a historical discussion of the evolution of the university quickly becomes a meditation on modern education. Dr. Ian Stewart, a professor of medieval science, talks about what has been lost in the modern university, and what should stay the same.

At the dawn of the Renaissance, Pico della Mirandola stood before a room of clerics and declared a universal, gnostic faith, derived from Jewish magical practices and ancient, occult wisdom. He was, of course, condemned for heresy -- but his ideas were not so radical as they first seem. In this episode, I speak to professor of hermeticism Dr. Kyle Fraser on the origins and development of occult and magical thinking in the history of Christianity.

Canadian poet and philosopher Dr. Jan Zwicky's series of unusual philosophical works use aesthetic "resonances" to destabilize our analytic worldview. In this episode, I speak with her about lyric philosophy, and what it might offer to the world of modern spirituality, academia, and art.

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Rightly or wrongly, Plato is often the first name people think of when they think of philosophy. But his work is not so easy to separate from that of his predecessors. In this episode, Dr. Eli Diamond joins me to discuss the "Socratic problem" in Platonic philosophy, and what Plato means to philosophy students today.

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