Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Citations Needed, Episode 36: Maplewashing - Looking Behind Canada's Progressive Veneer

For decades, Canada has been a go-to point of reference for American progressives as a country the United States can and should strive to be. And while there are many parts about Canadian society that are measurably preferable, leftists in Canada find their country's glossy, socialist paradise image to be overblown and often a barrier to meaningful change.

This episode examines this tension, the reality versus perception, what we can learn from each other, and the common and existential thread we share of white settler-colonialism.

With guests Eriel Tchekwie Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action and writer Luke Savage.


The Show

Episode transcript available here.


The Guests

Luke Savage is a Toronto-based writer and political commentator. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve, Jacobin, Current Affairs and elsewhere. He works at the Broadbent Institute. Follow him @LukeWSavage.

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is founding member and executive director of Indigenous Climate Action. Follow her at @erieltd.


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Citations Needed is a media criticism podcast, hosted by Adam Johnson and Nima Shirazi, political commentators and media analysts working to call bullshit on (usually corporate) media’s ubiquitous reliance on and regurgitation of false and destructive narratives, tropes and stereotypes.

Citations Needed is produced by Florence Barrau-Adams. Our Production Consultant is Josh Kross. Our research assistant is Sophia Steinert-Evoy. Transcription by Morgan McAslan. The theme is ‘Nonphenomenal Lineage’ by Grandaddy.


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