Podcast Picks 2018

Another year of great podcasts! Below are a dozen new podcasts I've enjoyed in 2018, split equally into three common themes. Some podcasts have an open-ended structure, while others take on a single issue. I found that each podcast helped me to understand our complex world a bit better. For more suggestions, check out my … Continue reading Podcast Picks 2018

My Political, Economic and Religious Self-Education

"The general population doesn't know what's happening. And it doesn't even know that it doesn't know." -Noam Chomsky Unknown Unknowns My politicization began roughly a decade ago and has steadily developed since then. When I moved from rural Alberta to Edmonton, I knew little to nothing about the world and how it operated. I didn't have a political … Continue reading My Political, Economic and Religious Self-Education

Racism is a Matter of Whiteness

In recent years, I've thought about race and racial discrimination in our world. I've written about racism in the American criminal justice system and how it continues the legacy of slavery; how movies vilify characters of color; the indifference towards refugees of color and growing Islamophobia within Europe and the United States; and hostility of white society towards racial justices … Continue reading Racism is a Matter of Whiteness

How Much Is Your Coastline Worth?

I recently saw this demonstration of how mangroves protect shorelines from erosion. It's incredible how Mother Nature has developed simple tools to support biodiversity, even against the powerful forces of ocean waves. Unfortunately, we haven't been the best stewards of these natural gifts. WWF reports that more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. … Continue reading How Much Is Your Coastline Worth?

The Fight to Control Women

"Recent years have seen a panic over "online red-light districts," which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from … Continue reading The Fight to Control Women

Portraits of a Changing America

Last month, I watched a number of new documentaries. Three of these stood out thanks to their connective stories. Three stories that each follow an American protagonist. Three legal battles over ideology, whether good or bad. Three very different areas of society that link past challenges to future opportunities, through present discussions. Past: Welcome to Leith White … Continue reading Portraits of a Changing America