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Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge


Join host, Rob Breakenridge, as he offers his unique perspective on the most talked-about stories of the day every weekday afternoon.


Calgary, AB






Join host, Rob Breakenridge, as he offers his unique perspective on the most talked-about stories of the day every weekday afternoon.




PBO on carbon tax costs; David Frum on Trump indictment; Russian disinformation; Rogers/Shaw merger; C-11

Today's guests: Yves Giroux, Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer David Frum. Staff writer - The Atlantic / Author- Trumpocracy (2018), Trumpocalypse (2020) Marcus Kolga, founder of and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad Laura Tribe, executive director Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


NS massacre inquiry report; Electricity prices & the RRO; The conspiracy cult around the "secret" Queen of Canada; Deleting social media

Today's guests: Paul Palango, Investigative journalist / Author- "22 Murders: Investigating the Massacres, Cover-up and Obstacles to Justice in Nova Scotia" Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary / research fellow - School of Public Policy Dr. Christine Sarteschi, Associate Professor of Social Work and Criminology at Chatham University Danny Randell, development co-ordinator for The Aristotle Foundation for Public Policy / author of the forthcoming book...


Understanding China's interference in Canada; How to deal with CSIS whistleblowers; Biden visits Canada; Irresponsible pet owners

Today's guests: Terry Glavin - Author, journalist. Ottawa Citizen & National Post columnist. Senior Fellow, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Cameron Hutchison is a law professor at the University of Alberta who teaches and researches in the area of freedom of expression and the public interest Christopher Sands, Director - Wilson Center's Canada Institute Alessandro Massolo, Department of Biology - University of Pisa / Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Calgary Learn more...


Alberta minimum wage report finally released - so what did it find?

Today's guest: University of Alberta professor Joseph Marchand, who chaired the expert panel on minimum wage for the Alberta government. They submitted their report in March of 2020, but that report was only just released last week Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Silicon Valley Bank collapse; Jeffrey Dupres case; Foreign interference; Children's mental health

Today's guests: Jacob Silverman, author / freelance journalist Anna J. James, private investigator / investigative reporter Gloria Fung, president - Canada-Hong Kong Link Dr. Sheri Madigan, clinical psychologist - Department of Psychology (University of Calgary) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


"Navalny" documentary; C-18 concerns; Implications of U.S. ending time change; Next steps for Bank of Canada

Today's guests: Odessa Rae, producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Navalny" Paula Simons, Independent Senator - Alberta Werner Antweiller, Business professor - UBC Steve Ambler, professor of economics at Université du Québec à Montréal and the holder of the David Dodge Chair in monetary policy at the C.D. Howe Institute Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The case for and against hosting the Commonwealth Games; Justin Bourne, "Down and Back"; How universities can embrace ChatGPT

Today's guests: Roger Jackson, President and CEO of Alberta 2030 Commonwealth Games Corp. Peter McCaffrey, No Alberta 2030 / President, Alberta Institute Justin Bourne, Author - "Down and Back: On Alcohol, Family, and a Life in Hockey" Boris Steipe, professor in the University of Toronto’s biochemistry department Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


New revelations about Chinese election interference; Women's rights around the world; Alberta Firearms Act; Unpaid oil & gas taxes

Today's guests: Sam Cooper, National Online Journalist, Investigative - Global News Rosemarie Fike, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, economics instructor at Texas Christian University, and author of this year’s Women and Progress report Tyler Shandro, Alberta Minister of Justice Paul McLauchlin, President - Rural Municipalities of Alberta Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Chinese Canadians have longed warned about interference; Why Canada needs a growth strategy

Today's guests: Joanna Chiu, Reporter - Toronto Star / Author - "China Unbound" Lisa Raitt, co-chair - Coalition for a Better Future / former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Confronting global population decline; Balanced budget legislation; Passenger rail for Alberta; Defending against asteroids

Today's guests: John Ibbiston, Globe and Mail Writer at Large and co-author of Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline Ted Morton, Execuitve Fellow at the School for Public Policy / Professor Emeritus of Political Science - University of Calgary Justin Simaluk, President of Rail for Alberta Dr. Cristina Thomas, assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Threats of sabotage to energy projects; Foreign election interference; Shipwreck in Lake Huron

Today's guests Cody Battershill, Founder and Chief Spokesperson - Canada Action Dr. Wesley Wark, Senior Fellow - Centre for International Governance Innovation Jeff Gray, Superintendent - Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Chinese election interference; Alberta budget; Defending Roald Dahl; Critiquing Canada's alcohol guidelines

Today's guests: Dennis Molinaro, Former national security analyst / professor of legal studies at Ontario Tech University / author - "The Bridge in the Parks. The Five Eyes and Cold War Counterintelligence" Trevor Tombe, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary / Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy Katha Pollitt, Award-winning columnist for The Nation magazine. Author - "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" Dr. Creina Stockley, clinical pharmacologist /...


Chinese interference in 2019 nomination race; H5N1 concerns; 4-Day work week study

Today's guests: Sam Cooper, investigative journalist - Global News Dr. Angela Rasmussen, virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan Dr Dale Whelehan, behavioural scientist and CEO of 4 Day Week Global Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine; Cleaning up inactive wells; Self-defence laws; Inquiry into China election interference

Today's guests: Aurel Braun, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto Andrew Leach, Economics and Law professor at University of Alberta Edward Burlew, Lawyer Specializing in Firearms and Self-Defence Law Mitch Heimpel, Director of Campaigns and Government Relations at Enterprise Canada Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Securing Ukraine's Future; Female athletes' views on women's sports; E-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool

Today's guests: Colin Robertson, former Canadian diplomat / Vice President and Fellow - Canadian Global Affairs Institute Linda Blade, president of the board for Athletics Alberta / former Canadian track and field champion and has spent 25 years as a sport-performance professional coach Kenneth Warner, dean emeritus and the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Ring-A-Ding-Dong Dandy: A Map of Stampede Wrestling

Today's guest: Heath McCoy, Co-Creator: Ring-A-Ding-Dong Dandy: A Map of Stampede Wrestling for the Calgary Atlas Project / Author: Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Degrassi Tour: Catching up with Joey & Caitlyn (Pat Mastroianni & Stacie Mistysyn)

Today's guests: Actors Pat Mastroianni & Stacie Mistysyn who played "Joey" and "Caitlyn" on Degrassi Jr. High and Degrassi High - they'll be in Alberta as part of the Degrassi Tour Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Justice Rouleau finds government justified in invoking Emergencies Act

Guest: Freelance journalist Justin Ling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Mystery objects being shot down; Controversial plan to incentivize well clean-up; Carbon tax impact on First Nations

Today's guests: Dr. James Fergusson, a Professor in the Department of Political Studies, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba Martin Olszynski, an associate professor at the University of Calgary’s faculty of law Stephen Buffalo, president and CEO of the Indian Resource Council and senior fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Kenney's "Blue Storm"; Alberta minimum wage policy; Milk Dumping; "Buy American"

Today's guests: Duane Bratt, Political science professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University / Co-editor of "Blue Storm: The Rise and Fall of Jason Kenney" Joseph Marchand, Professor of Economics - University of Alberta Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University Colin Grabow, research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for...