This Week in Podcasts feat. Alberta Advantage, Big Shiny Takes and more

.....plus how to reorient development towards a cooperative society on Paris Marx's Tech Won't Save Us
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Listen to "The Intersect: Homelessness in an Era of COVID-19 (Housing Party ep4)" on Spreaker. On the first in a series of Unpacking the News episodes exploring how the pandemic interacts with social issues in Canada, David Desbaillets returns with a new edition of Housing Party to talk with Marie-Hélène Landry of women’s shelter Chez Doris about economic, social and housing realities in the era of COVID-19.

Meatpacking plants were the sites of COVID-19 outbreaks across the continent, and the outbreaks in Alberta killed several workers. What is it about this industry that made workers so vulnerable to this pandemic, and why do the corporate meat-packing giants command such influence and power? Team Advantage examines the role of corporate agribusiness in rural Alberta and the labour struggles that have shaped the industry.

On a new episode of Victoria-based Out of Left Field Laurie Macfarlane, economics editor for the website Open Democracy, joins the show to discuss the global power balance between the USA and China, how COVID is expediting the shift of the global balance of power Eastward, the shift in global financial markets and much more.

On this week’s Tech Won’t Save Us, Paris Marx is joined by author Dan Hind to discuss how the state allies itself with massive tech conglomerates and how his “British Digital Cooperative” proposal would change that by reorienting technological development around the promotion of human flourishing and a cooperative economy.

In the crossover you've been waiting for, the Big Shiny Takes boys watch a couple of classic Simpsons episodes with Evan MacDonald (co-host of global #1 socialist film crit podcast Kino Lefter) and discuss this week's shallow, flimsy column from Postmedia bench warmer Matthew Lau on why noted eco-socialist Mr. Burns would support a Green New Deal.

Listen to "Saison spéciale confinement - Épisode 11 - Les luttes précieuses" on Spreaker. On a new episode of popular leftist, feminist french-language podcast Les Ficelles, hosts Amélie, Robin and Solène meet visual artist Emma-Lou to discuss art therapy and life in Montreal under quarantine.

This week on CNN, Anderson Cooper interviewed Dr. Cornel West regarding the broader George Floyd story. On a new episode of his popular Youtube show Left Politics, History and Culture Kingston academic Christo Aivalis explores why what Dr. West said was crucial: American capitalism has failed to provide justice and dignity for working-class and Black Americans, and the current instability is a result of that.

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