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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 Beaverton, from women in politics to women in leadership, from history to artificial intelligence, and from 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 over the last century and a half. How has Marxism, let alone communism and socialism, taken off in ways that Marx himself could not have foreseen and, perhaps, would not have wanted. And we ask, what on earth is going on with the human story today when seen through the lenses that Marx provided.

Returning to the program for a second excellent and insightful conversation with Ben is Queen's sociologist Rob Beamish.

About the Guest

Dr. Rob Beamish is a Professor at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 1992 he wrote Marx, Method and the Division of Labour. After serving as the head of the Department of Sociology, Professor Beamish has since returned to work on projects related to the development of Marx’s ideas. Keep your eyes peeled for when his work hits the shelves – I’m sure it will be worth the read.

Learn more about Rob.