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What on Earth is Going on? is a podcast for the curious, where small talk is banned and tangents are prized. Strap yourself in for genuine dialogues with people who think deeply and are ready to tackle the big questions, such as broadcaster Terry O'Reilly, economist Miles Corak and journalist Jessica Vomiero.

Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? From the Mafia to the Beavertonwomen in politics to women in leadershiphistory to artificial intelligence, and entrepreneurship in the digital age to the art of wheelchair fencing, just what on Earth is going on?

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May 25, 2018

Part 2 of 2.

For his bicentennial in May 2018, it's a good a time as any to re-evaluate the life, work and ideas of one of the most influential philosophers and economists of the modern era, Karl Marx. Following from last week, we delve deeper into not just Marx's ideas, but how they have evolved and been interpreted...


May 18, 2018

Part 1 of 2.

May 5 was the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth. Over the past few years there has been a surge of interest in the 19th century philosopher and economist, who challenged capitalism and predicted that it would eventually destroy itself. But his diagnosis has turned out to be more accurate, insightful...


Accelerating Change

May 11, 2018

Listen to Episode 2: The Digital Age

How do you engage with social media, with the internet, and with technology as a whole? Are you in control of your emotions, your content, your data? Do you know why these things are important? Or are you being swept away, morphed into a reactive, maybe even primitive...


May 11, 2018

In the Digital Age, the Internet and social media have utterly transformed the way we live and perceive the world, and there is certainly more to come. But when we started upending norms in the media less than a generation ago, we couldn't perceive the consequences which are now becoming apparent. What on earth is going...


Story

May 4, 2018

Listen to Episode 1: Populism

On this podcast we get to the bottom of what’s happening in Canada and around the world. We try to peel back the headlines and have a peek at what’s going on underneath. Whether we’re watching another day of chaos unfold in the White House, or we’re reading about those leaders,...