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Episode 43: Who Is Elon Musk?

This week, Jamie wants to learn about Elon Musk! Where did he come from? Is he our greatest hero, or our worst villain? Are we destined to become his techno-slaves? If you like the show and want to support us, please check out our new Patreon page at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie! Every little bit of help you can give us makes a big difference. Next week, we will be launching bonus episodes every week for out $5 and up monthly subscribers, so make sure to subscribe if you want to receive...


Episode 42: What's Up With Saudi Arabia?

This week, Jamie wants to know about Saudi Arabia! What's it's deal? How many princes does it have, exactly? Is it too soon to make a joke about Jamal Khashoggi? (Oh god we hope not). We're also super excited to announce the launch of our Patreon page! If you like our show and want to support us, please consider donating a few dollars a month. There are lots of perks available for subscribers, and every little bit helps! Check it out at: https://www.patreon.com/explainittojamie


Episode 41: Who Is Jair Bolsonaro, and what will he do in Brazil?

This week, we're talking about Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil's recent presidential election! Who is he? What has he promised? Wait, he said WHAT?? Also, we're excited to announce that our Patreon page is now live! If you enjoy the show and you'd like to support us, subscribing to our Patreon is a great way to help us out with the costs of running the show. You can subscribe for as little as $2 a month, and it really does make a difference! Check it out at:...


Episode 40: What's going to happen in the US Midterm Elections?

We're back! After our 11-month hiatus, we're picking up right where we left off with a primer on the upcoming US Midterm Elections! Who will win? Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Won't someone please think of the children???


Episode 39: What's The Story With Puerto Rico?

For our last episode of season one of Explain It To Jamie, we talk about Puerto Rico! Are they part of the US or not? Why did hurricane Maria hit them so hard? How much debt could a debt bet get if a debt bet can't abet debt? We're taking a break over the next few months to do some travelling and work on the next season of the podcast. If you liked this season please do share it around, and we'll be back with season two in early 2018!


Episode 38: What Is NAFTA?

This week, we dive into the weedy world of NAFTA! What is a tariff? Why is everyone mad at Mexico? If I agree with something that Donald Trump says, does that make me a bad person?


Episode 37: What's Jagmeet Singh's Deal?

Jamie's away this week so our episode is a little leaner than normal! This week, we delve into the recent NDP leadership election and talk about the man of the hour: Jagmeet Singh! Who is he? What does he believe? Is Canada gonna go from being a country that's secretly racist to a country that's outwardly racist?


Episode 36: What Is The Israel-Palestine Conflict? Why Is It So Hard To Find Peace?

This week we try to shed some light on the intricacies of the Israel-Palestine conflict? Why are they fighting? What makes finding a peace agreement so difficult? Why is talking about this topic so scary?


Episode 35: What is the United Nations?

This week, we dive into the wacky world of the United Nations. What is it for? How does it actually function? Why does Canada care sooooo much about the Suez Canal Crisis when other countries would really rather not think about it?


Episode 34: Climate Change Part 2: Climate Change And Politics!

This week we return to the incredibly depressing world of the tiny particles making our air thicker to present: climate change part 2! What are countries trying to do to solve it? Is it gonna work? Is "cloud brightening" something you do on the internet??? THE ANSWERS LIE WITHIN!


Episode 33: Sex, Part 3! Sex And The Law (Feat. Steph Baptist)

This week we're crazy excited to welcome Steph Baptist back on the show to help us feel less weird about our dangly bits and the feelings they make us feel! We unpack some issues in which the law and sex meet including consent, sex work, and sexual assault legislation. Let's learn about the birds and the bees and the legal definition of consent! (Note: this episode was public for about 3 minutes with a bad audio track. If you hear big gaps of silence, delete the episode and re-download it...


Episode 32: Climate Change: What Is It And How Does It Happen?

This week, we bring you the first of our series of episodes on CLIMATE CHANGE! (**thunder sound effect**) What horrors of science are causing it? (**lightning crash**) How bad will it truly be for humanity? (**sound of a thousand squealing pigs**) Are Oil Companies Really That Bad? (**a man farts into a tuba**)


Episode 31: Remind Me Again Who Was Fired From The Trump Administration?

This week, Jamie wants to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all those poor souls who have departed the Trump Administration before their time. Who are they? Why were they fired? What if the REAL American Health Care Act was the friends we made along the way?


Episode 30: Who Is Justin Trudeau (And How Can I Make Him Notice Me?)

This week we want to take an... intimate and personal look at Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. What's his deal? What does he really believe? Did his mom bang Mick Jagger? DOES HE LIKE ME BACK???


Episode 29: What's Eating Rebel Media?

This week, Jamie wants to know about Rebel Media. Who are they, and why do they hate Muslims so much? Are they all secretly Nazis? Will Ezra Levant sue us just for writing his name here?


Episode 28: Will Someone PLEASE Define Neoliberalism?? (Feat. Anthony MacMahon and Thomas McKechnie)

This week, we delve into the exciting world everyone's favourite hegemonic global ideology: Neoliberalism! What is it? Why does everyone have so much trouble defining it? If Galen Weston loses $158 million dollars and no one gives a shit about it, is he still a dingus?


Episode 27: How Do You Solve A Problem Like (North) Korea?

This week, Jamie and Richard take a figurative trip to North Korea! How did it end up the way it is now? Are they really seriously about nuking Guam? How is Donald Trump gonna get out of this pickle he's found himself in??


Episode 26: Who Is Omar Khadr, And Why Is My Racist Uncle Mad About Him?

This week, Jamie and Richard delve into the saga of Omar Khadr. Who is he? What are the actual facts about his case? Why have so many of our "more-ignored" relatives seem to have lost their goddamn minds every time they talk about him?


Episode 25: What Are America's Political Parties, and Why Are They The Way They Are?

This week, Jamie wants to know about America's political parties! Who are they? What do they want with us all? Why do donkeys and elephants hate each other so much?


Episode 24: What Is The Truth And Reconciliation Report? (feat. Jacqui and Hunter Cardinal)

In Episode 24, we unpack the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Why is it important? What does it tell us about the future? Were the fathers of confederation reeeaaally that racist? (yes) We're also super pleased to welcome third-time guest Hunter Cardinal alongside his brilliant sister Jacqui! We're also still recording over skype and working out some audio kinks so here's a brief FAQ for this episode: Q: Why do the voices go all robot-y sometimes? A: Hunter and Jacqui didn't...