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Episode 15 — Free Speech in the Modern Age

Free speech seems to be at a crossroads today. On campus speakers are frequently prevented from plying their trade as protests on the streets turn toward violence. So where is free speech today? Anne-France Goldwater, Samantha Goldwater-Adler, and Daniel Goldwater debate whether free speech is under threat or alive and well. On this episode of the podcast, the three focus on free speech on campus, cultural appropriation, and whether it's okay to punch a Nazi. Read More

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Episode 14 — Kids Today and the Challenges of Modern Parenting

Parenting can be tough these days given how far technology has come, but is it really so different than it was a generation ago? To see if they can answer this question, the mother-daughter pair of Anne-France Goldwater and Samantha Goldwater-Adler sat down to discuss motherhood. The two share tips and tricks, and maybe a few tears, as they look at how parenting has evolved between the time of Samantha’s birth, and the birth of her own children. Read More
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Episode 13 — Are we living in a simulation?

Bear with us for a second here: What if everything around us, everything we’ve ever known—our families, our homes, the weather—is all part of an elaborate simulation? In this episode of the podcast, the Goldwaters discuss whether humankind is just series of bits and bytes on some celestial hard drive—or whether the whole idea is goofy science fiction. The family runs through how such a simulation might come about—who would make such a thing, and why?—and whether it would change how they see their own lives. Read More
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Episode 12 — Spirituality v. Religion

The family looks inward on this episode of The Goldwaters, discussing (and clashing on) the differences between spirituality and religion, morality, rationality, cults and their own attachment to Judaism. Read More
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Episode 11 — Tough Questions on Cannabis Legalization with Adam Greenblatt

Cannibis legalization is coming to Canada, and the Goldwaters have some questions. So, they invited Adam Greenblatt to visit the Goldwater Grille to get some answers. Greenblatt is the Head of Quebec Engagement for medicinal cannabis producer Tweed Inc., and brought his expertise to the podcast to sort through the thorny issues of legalizing pot. Together, Greenblatt and the Goldwaters cover a whole range of issues from why “marijuana” is pejorative, to the dangers of cannabis for teens and young adults. Read More
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Episode 10 — Happiness

Happiness is a state of mind that's as sought after as it is elusive. It's something we find so fundamental that the “pursuit of happiness” is even written into the U.S. constitution. But what really is happiness, and where do we find it? On this episode of The Goldwaters, the family takes a deep dive into the idea, its philosophical origins, the science of it, and how the family tries to find a slice of happiness—from puzzles to prayers—in their day-to-day lives. Read More
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Episode 09 – Monogamy with Dr. Laurie Betito

Psychologist, TED speaker and "Passion" radio host Dr. Laurie Betito stops by the Goldwater home to discuss monogamy and related issues like polyamory, marriage and divorce. Is monogamy sustainable? Is love? Are we stuck in a "mononormative" culture? Can non-monogamy save your relationship or just spectacularly destroy it? Read More
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Episode 08 – Multiculturalism with Marie-Hélène Dubé

The Goldwaters welcome their very first special guest to the podcast for this episode on multiculturalism. Marie-Hélène Dubé is a Montreal family and civil law attorney and, as co-founder of Goldwater, Dubé, Anne-France's longtime legal partner. The honorary Fourth Goldwater joins in on a conversation about Canada's policy of multiculturalism, immigration and the benefits of diversity.
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Episode 07 – Empathy

The Goldwaters take a bit of a break from the news this fortnight to chat about issues related broadly to empathy. Is it effective, or are policies based more in compassion better at advancing us all? President Trump may have been mentioned once or twice... Read More
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