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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.

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? Just what on Earth is going on?

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Feb 1, 2019

Alex Huntley is a writer and editor for The Beaverton, Canada's foremost source of satirical news, as well as co-author of The Beaverton Presents Glorious and/or Free: The True History of Canada.

Alex joins Ben for a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative conversation about how he got his start in comedy writing, the purpose of satire, the danger as well as opportunity of fake news, and why William Lyon Mackenzie King is the one person he'd like to chat with (maybe through a séance).

About the Guest

Alex Huntley is an editor and senior writer with The Beaverton. Born and raised in Niagara, he earned a BA with Honours in politics and history and a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University, and has an expired basic first aid certificate from the distinguished school of St. John’s Ambulance. Since joining The Beaverton in 2012, this government policy analyst turned comedy writer has expanded the publication’s presence in Canada by living in Montreal, Whitehorse, and exotic Winnipeg while recruiting local writers. Having a love affair with Canadian history since childhood, he created The Beaverton’s Moments in Canadian History in 2013. Writing a book satirizing the nation’s story is a dream come true. He lives with his wife in Kingston.

Learn more about Alex and follow him on Twitter.