Edition #59 — Three University Students Look at Campus Politics

Posted May 10, 2019 — Three students and political activists — Zach Hatton & Brianne Menchion from Trent and Brett Porter from Ryerson — comment on political activities on campus, the rise of the Alt-Right, social media in student politics, environmental issues and the current federal election campaign.  They tell us why news of a disturbing study revealing uncontrolled global loss of biodiversity is surpassed by the birth of a baby.  These students finish with a surprising prediction: if only people under 30 were allowed to vote, Trudeau would win, possibly a majority.  After the show, I asked for their prediction on the real election, with all ages over 18 voting.  Their unanimous conclusion:  Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives.  Please note: The volume on one studio microphone was low between 2 minutes and 5 minutes, 41 seconds, hence a slight echo effect; after that gap, the volume for all voices returns to normal.  The volume levels for two of the voices is sufficient during this gap.

Pints & Politics is……

  • A discussion-based radio program all about politics from Peterborough, Canada, about 130 kms. northeast of Toronto.  In the Peterborough area, you can find us at 92.7 FM.  If you are not in the Peterborough area, you can also live-stream the program from the Trent Radio website.
  • An archive of Peterborough-focused podcasts. Our current podcast is at the top of this page.
  • Pints & Politics is also an informal gathering of local pundits at the Garnet Pub on Hunter Street near Aylmer in downtown Peterborough every Thursday at 5:00 p.m.  The format is entirely unstructured beyond the sharing of names.  We talk about whatever people want to talk about.  As we meet in a public space, everything is on the record. Curious?  Join us.  You don’t have to drink beer.  Listening skills are helpful but seldom required.  Good ranting skills are essential.

Pints & Politics will be broadcasting our program every two weeks on Trent Radio.  Our next broadcast will be on Thursday, May 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 in the evening at 92.7 FM.  We’ll be broadcasting every second Thursday throughout the spring and summer until mid-August.  Our program dates are May 23, June 6 & 20, July 4 & 18, August 1 & 15.  If you miss a show and want to catch up, the podcast of each show is posted the next day on this site.  Go to the “Archive of all our podcasts” tab at the top of this page.

Future Topics:

May 23: Public health & health care union reps on the impact of Ford’s budget cuts (panel discussion)

June 6: Will the environment show up in the election campaign, and if so, how? (panel discussion)

Other topics include “Poverty in Peterborough”, “The federal election campaign in Peterborough”, “Gender & Politics”, & our summer hockey panel.  If you think of a panel topic we should cover, please let me know at bill (dot) templeman (at) gmail.com.

Our Focus:

On the radio show and in these podcasts, we explore political culture, ideas, trends, issues, electoral politics (municipal, provincial and federal), and the practice of politics in traditional and social media, all from a Canadian perspective.  While our programs are Peterborough-focused, we also tackle provincial, national and international issues.   We discuss articles, news stories, media comments, and the latest buzz.  We talk with guests from a wide range of backgrounds and affiliations.

While we don’t shy away from taking a stand, we strive to present a diversity of opinion.

We post on Twitter (@billtemp) and on our new Facebook page (Pints & Politics Podcast).  These podcasts are also available on iTunes. Please send us your feedback by using the comments field below each podcast.  Or let us know on our Facebook page.  You can also send me a note: bill (dot) templeman (at) gmail.com

Host: Bill Templeman