This week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour, first half music, second half talking. Not just any talking, but Canadian POLITICS on The Real News Network!!!
Here is the file, airing on Wednesday January 23rd, 2019 on CHLY 101.7FM
Tracklist coming soon…
TRNN: This year, Canada will hold its first federal election since the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau replaced the conservative government of Stephen Harper in late 2015. In the 2015 election, the traditionally social democratic NDP, which was then led by Tom Mulcair, was considered a real contender to win the election. But a late surge by Trudeau’s Liberals and a corresponding collapse in support for the NDP propelled Justin Trudeau to power. Tom Mulcair paid for the NDP’s electoral debacle by being ousted from the NDP leadership. Many attributed the collapse in NDP support to Mulcair’s decision to move the party’s domestic platform toward the right and away from traditional center left ground of the NDP.
For example, Mulcair insisted that an NDP government would maintain a balanced budget, while Trudeau said he was ready to engage in deficit spending. Mulcair also failed to champion a more progressive tax structure, whereas Trudeau advocated for a modest increase in the top marginal tax rate. All of this has been much discussed. What has received less attention is the NDP’s approach toward foreign policy. That is the focus of a new book by Canadian author and activist, Yves Engler. The book is entitled Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada. The basic thesis of the book is that the NDP and other actors who are traditionally thought of as constituting Canada’s left, including the leaders of major trade unions, have been largely supportive of Canada’s imperialistic, U.S. dominated foreign policy.
This episode is dedicated to secret ‘zine mogul/hot babe/my fren Jess Woodrow. She published her favourite tracks of the past year, and this week on the SSVH we sample some. Then we hear a short interview with the great mind Dr. Cornel West on what the hell it means that countries are suddenly electing “right wing” idiots as leaders. Finish it all off with some Indigenous hip hop tracks to express solidarity with the illegal Unis’to’ten invasion on Wet’suwet’sen Territory.
Here is the file, for air on CHLY 101.7FM on Wednesday January 9th 2019 at 8AM PST
Squirrel Flower – Heavy
Sufjan Stevens – I Just Want to Make Out in My Car
Thom Yorke – Suspirium
Westerman – Confirmation
Foxing – Nearer My God
Emily Haines – American Dream
Broods – Peach
Wye Oak – Lifer
Swimming Girls – Beneath You
Father John Misty -Mr. Tilman
Sigrid – High Five
Django Django – Marble Skies
The Real News Network: Dr. Cornel West: From Trump in the U.S. to Bolsonaro in Brazil, ordinary people in large democracies are discontented and shifting right, what can progressives do about it? Cornel West in conversation with Sharmini Peries
A Tribe Called Red – Stadium Pow Wow
Tikawa – Heyoka Crisis (Csetkwe remix)
In all its glory!
Here is the file
Freeman – I Coudn’t Play My Guitar Like a Man
Darondo – Didn’t I
El Michels Affair – C.R.E.A.M
Gloria Ann Taylor – World That’s Not Real
Kadhja Bonet – Remember The Rain
Letta Mbulu – Nomalizo
Lady Wray – Guilty
Aretha Franklin – Day Dreaming
The Real News Network:Interview with MP NIki Ashton
Canadian MP Niki Ashton tells Paul Jay both the NDP and the Liberals have been guilty of making progressive promises during election campaigns and legislating from the center-right once in power