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Episode 55: Is The Mueller Report A Big Deal?

This week, we're talking about the Mueller report? Is it the smoking gun that's going to topple Trump's presidency like a frail house of cards, or is it just an overhyped bunch of nonsense that people pinned too many of their hopes on? As always, if you like the show you can support us by donating to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie. Your support makes a huge difference to us!


Episode 54: What Is The SNC-Lavalin Scandal?

We're back after a brief hiatus, and we're wading STRAIGHT back into the fray with a full explanation of the idiotic scandal that Canadian media can't get enough of! What is it? Who did the bad thing? Why has everyone conveniently forgotten the extremely bad crimes the company did in the first place? If you want to support the show, check out our Patreon at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie. Patrons get exclusive bonus content including bonus episodes!


Episode 53: What Is Behavioural Finance?

It's a very special episode of the show...because Richard's not on it! This week Jamie was off in London, England, where he was joined by finance whiz/improvisational heavyweight Dylan Emery and learned a little about Behavioural Finance! What is it? Doesn't everyone always spend their money rationally all of the time? Why can't I ever seem to pay my credit card bill all the way off?? As always, you can support us by contributing to our Patreon! Patreon subscribers get exclusive content like...


Episode 52: Who Is Bernie Sanders?

This week, Jamie wants to know about Bernie Sanders! Who is he? Why do people care about him? Can the OLDEST MAN ON EARTH really become PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? As always, you can support our show by subscribing to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie. Subscribers get lots of perks, including bonus episodes every week!


Episode 51: Why Are There Billionaires?

*There were a few issues with Richard's mic this week so please forgive the occasional quiet bit of audio* This week on the show, we're talking about BILLIONAIRES! How big a number is a billion? Is there a chance that billionaires deserve all their money? Are they secretly hoarding all of their wealth so that they can rule over the rest of us in the post-climate apocalyptic thunderdome? As always, you can support our show by contributing to our patreon at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie....


Episode 50: What Is Reality Anymore? (Media Cycles, Gillette Ad, MAGA Teen, Outrage)

We're not dead, we had to delay this episode because Jamie was off in San Jose doing whatever it is you do in San Jose! This week, we're talking about two media stories that made us feel crazy: The Gillette Ad and the smirking MAGA teen. What's even real and what's not? Does a symbol need to be true to be powerful? Will we always be angry, forever?? As always, you can support us by subscribing to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie. Subscribers receive great perks like bonus...


Episode 49: Why Are There Pipelines, and What's Happening At The Unist'ot'en Camp?

This week, Jamie wants to know about pipelines! Why is there always so much drama around building them? What's going on at the Unist'ot'en camp in BC? If you take a bath in oil, will your country have a good economy? If you'd like to help the Unist'ot'en camp directly, you can donate to their legal fund by visiting https://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate/ As always, you can support us by contributing to our Patreon at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie


Episode 48: Why is the US Government Shut Down?

This week, Jamie wants to know about the US government shutdown! Why does this seem to happen so often? Who is affected? Is Donald Trump alone at this very moment, wandering the empty halls of the White House like a sad version of Kevin from Home Alone? (Yes) As always, you can support us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/explainittojamie! Patrons get access to a bonus episode every week, and a bunch of other perks!


FREE BONUS EPISODE: Gender Parity in Politics (feat. Lana Cuthbertson and Kory Mathewson)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Richard and Jamie are back after a glorious holiday with friends, family, fat, and sugar! And guess what? We got you something! A FREE BONUS EPISODE! This episode was so good, our guests were so awesome, and our conversation was so meaningful, we decided that it would be a shame to keep it restricted solely to our Patreon Subscribers (https://www.patreon.com/explainittojamie) and to deprive you lovely people the pleasure of listening! Also, it gives you the...


Episode 47: What Is Artificial Intelligence? (feat. Kory Mathewson and Lana Cuthbertson)

This week, we are joined by Kory Mathewson and Lana Cuthbertson to talk about AI! Do they spell a future where no one has to work? Will they take over humanity and rule us as tyrants? Why can't it ever read the writing correctly on my cheques when I try to deposit them using the photo deposit thing??? As always, you can support us on Patreon by checking out www.patreon.com/explainittojamie! This week's Patron bonus episode, Lana and Kory join us again to talk about Gender Parity in politics!...


Episode 46: China, Part 1: What Is Confucianism?

This week, Richard got in over his head and is deciding to split what was supposed to be a simple episode on "China" into multiple episodes! Our first instalment is about Confucianism! What is it, actually? Do you have to do everything your dad tells you? Is Confucius even his real name?! Our bonus episode for Patreon subscribers this week will be about France's Gilet Jaune (Yellow Vest) protests! If you want to hear it, or you want to support our work then please check out...


Episode 45: What is Prison Abolition? Do Prisons Work?

This week, Jamie wants to know about Prison Abolition! Can we just...get rid of prisons? What's wrong with our current prisons? What if the real prison...is society, man?! If you like the show, please take the time to share it with a friend! You can also support us at www.patreon.com/explainittojamie. Subscribers at Tier 2 and up also get an exclusive bonus episode every week released on Thursdays! This week's bonus episode will be on the results of the US midterm elections! We reference a...


Episode 44: Who Is Doug Ford?

This week, we welcome back the king of guest appearances, Anthony MacMahon to talk about Ontario's Premier, Doug Ford! What does he want? Where is he taking Ontario? Which Ford brother was better at football? We also have a special preview of our new bonus episode content! This Thursday we're going to be releasing a special weekly episode for tier 2 and up subscribers on our Patreon account. Our first topic is a Brexit update! Check out www.patreon.com/explainittojamie to subscribe so you...


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?