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Episode 21 – Comedy on Trial with David Heti

Is comedy funny anymore? This might seem like a silly question. But, at the moment, everything seems political. And as politics has seeped into every part of culture, so has political correctness. So, Samantha Goldwater-Adler and Daniel Goldwater wonder, can comedy still be funny in today’s climate? To help them figure that out, Daniel and Samantha are joined by their longtime friend, standup comic David Heti. Not just a comic, Heti is a law school graduate and former lawyer with the Canadian Department of Justice (he describes his former employer’s concerns about his edgy comedy on the episode). He also teaches a course on comedy writing at McGill University. Read More
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Episode 20 – Dr. Samantha breaks down Daniel’s neoconservative past

In the early 2000s, neoconservatism was the dominant strain of political thought on the right. Bush the younger was president in the U.S. and The West was under attack by Osama Bin Laden. And it was in this time that a young Daniel Goldwater found himself identifying as a neoconservative. Over time, Daniel has drifted away from his neocon past—or has he? In a special episode of The Goldwaters, Samantha Goldwater-Adler interviews her younger brother to see where his political views lie now, and how much that’s changed in the last 15 or so years.What Samantha wants to find out is, now that we live in the age of Trump, what insight Daniel has into how the mind of a young conservative can be changed. Read More
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Episode 19 – Male aggression and the #MeToo movement

Across the US and Canada, women are coming forward and speaking out about the sexual violence they have faced over the years from men in positions of authority. In this episode, the family talks through #MeToo and tries to find out where the line between exposing bad, sometimes monstrous, behaviour and protecting due process lies. It’s a tough subject, especially for Anne-France Goldwater, who had to explain to Daniel and Samantha how different things were when she came of age. Read More
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Épisode 18 – (FR) Bravo Valérie & mise à jour pitbulls

Dans cet épisode spécial — en Français — de la ballado les Goldwaters, Daniel demande à Anne-France pourquoi elle a renoué avec la politique municipale. Elle discute des rumeurs de course à la mairie à son sujet, et explique pourquoi elle s'est rangée derrière Valérie Plante. Anne-France fait également le point sur le règlement anti-pitbull et mets en lumière les avancées réalisées par Goldwater, Dubé. Une réunion entre Anne-France et Mdm Plante est prévue pour le 21 décembre pour discuter de ces enjeux. Elle est confiante que le règlement sera amendé, mais d'ici là, la bataille judiciaire se poursuit. Suivez Goldwater Dubé sur Facebook et Twitter pour en savoir plus sur le règlement sur le contrôle des animaux de la Ville de Montréal. Photo: Projet Montréal
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Episode 17 – The Dirtbag Left Gets Grimy with Ethan Cox

The Goldwaters are back for a second season, and they’re here to talk dirtbags. The dirtbag left, that is. The self-styled dirtbags are a subset of leftists known for their vulgarity and irreverence. It’s a movement on the left that is tired of the traditional political divisions and unwilling to compromise on issues in the name of politeness. Funny and profane, the dirtbag left is bringing a new generation of people into left-wing politics. Dr. Samantha and Daniel take time this episode to break down what it all means for the present of the left, and where leftism might be heading. Joining them to talk about the dirtbag left this episode is Ethan Cox. He’s the editor and co-founder of ricochet.media, an independent progressive news outlet based in Montreal. Ethan brings his experience in media and union organizing to help Daniel and Samantha understand where progressive politics are at. Read More
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Episode 16 — Masculinity

Looking at the world today, it’s not hard to find examples of angry, adrift men shaping public discourse. On this episode of the podcast, the brother-sister duo of Daniel Goldwater and Samantha Goldwater-Adler look at what place masculinity has in modern society, and in politics. As manufacturing and labour jobs slip into the past, the siblings explore whether the male tropes of a previous generation still hold up, or whether a new image of men is taking hold. Read More
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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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