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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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Aug 23, 2019

What is social media doing to our politics from the inside? Are politicians themselves getting along, or are the deep partisan divisions in our culture also fraying the relationships of the people who we have elected to get things done? What does it take to run and win a political campaign these days? And how can democracy evolve. Or, should it?

Ben chats with Stephanie Rea, longtime conservative political staffer and current communications director for the Ontario Minister of Education.

About the Guest

Stephanie Rea is a long-time political staffer who originally studied journalism and writing. She has worked for several conservative governments and politicians over the years on the federal and provincial levels, and currently works for the Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, under Premier Doug Ford.

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The Quote of the Week

"Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
- Winston Churchill