Episodes

Nov. 30, 2022

169: Surveying American Public Opinion on Electric Vehicles with Prof…

Are Electric Vehicles going to be widely adopted by most all consumers? Despite the environmental benefits, many still have large…

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Nov. 22, 2022

#168: Tim Burrows, Board of Directors, EV Society

With rising inflation and cost of living, what will this mean for Electric Vehicle purchases? States like California are pushing …

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Nov. 15, 2022

#167: Tim Ulbrich - Your Financial Pharmacist

Is it time we broaden the conversation on Student Loans to include all the costs associated with attending post-secondary? Tim Ul…

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Nov. 8, 2022

#166: Professor Willie Elliott, University of Michigan - How to Addre…

The cost of going to college and university is growing daily. For students from low income families, student loans are the only w…

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Nov. 1, 2022

#165: Carolyn Davis, Director of Community Engagement, Momentum.org D…

Momentum.org runs many programs targeted to low income families and individuals. These include skills-based training programs, re…

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Oct. 25, 2022

#164: Emilly Renaud, National Coordinator, Canada Without Poverty - P…

With rising inflation and cost of living, what has this meant for the most marginalized groups in society? If groceries are expen…

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Oct. 18, 2022

#163: Jyoti Singh, Executive Director, Nellies Toronto - Poverty and …

With rising inflation and cost of living, what has this meant for the most marginalized groups in society? If groceries are expen…

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Oct. 10, 2022

#162: Richard Lyall, President of RESCON: Developer Fees are HAMMERIN…

Housing prices are going up everywhere, it seems. The City of Toronto recently announced a 46 percent increase to developer fees …

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Oct. 4, 2022

#161: John Clarke on Rising Cost of Living and Inflation - Poverty an…

With rising inflation and cost of living, what has this meant for the most marginalized groups in society? If groceries are expen…

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Sept. 30, 2022

Welcome to Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran!

Welcome to my new rebrand of the Podcast: Open Minds with Christopher Balkaran! Why did I decide to rebrand the Podcast? How did …

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April 26, 2022

Electric Vehicles and Low-Income Households: Gordon Bauer, Data Scien…

I sit down with Gordon Bauer to discuss Electric Vehicles and the impact this can have on low-income households. Really fascinati…

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Feb. 16, 2022

Professor Mike Pesko - Taxing Tobacco - Does it Work?

Professor Pesko and I discuss tobacco taxes and their effectiveness: does it actually work?

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Feb. 3, 2022

Andy West - Climate Change Attitudes are Cultural

I sit down with Andy West, for our second conversation on attitudes to Climate Change. Andy's research shows that attitudes are m…

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Jan. 8, 2022

Reflections: 2021 and the year ahead!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I've uploaded a short podcast explaining where I'm taking Strong and Free next!! Can't wait to share…

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Nov. 30, 2021

My Second Conversation with Judith Curry

In January, I released my conversation with Judith Curry. To-date, it is the most downloaded and listened to Podcast I've ever pr…

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Nov. 2, 2021

Reflections: Capital Punishment

I share my perspectives on the Capital Punishment series and some learnings along the way.

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Oct. 26, 2021

Capital Punishment: Joshua Marquis, Former District Attorney Clatsop …

Despite most being heavily divided on capital punishment, it is very challenging finding thoughtful voices supporting death penal…

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Oct. 22, 2021

Read with Me: The Bhagavad Gita

I have mentioned before the importance of reading for this Podcast and life in general. In this new series, I'm going to highligh…

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Oct. 19, 2021

Capital Punishment: Lindsey Vann, Executive Director Justice360

Welcome to my new series on Capital Punishment. Lindsey Vann, Executive Director of Justice360 discusses some of the challenges i…

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Oct. 5, 2021

Basic Income: John Clarke, Anti-Poverty Activist, former lead for the…

My conversation with John Clarke, anti-poverty activist, is on his opposition to a Basic Income system. John raises a very compel…

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Sept. 28, 2021

Basic Income: Geoff Crocker, Editor of the Basic Income Forum, and UB…

Is there something to be said about our existence on earth and its link with work? What if governments took care of our basic nec…

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Sept. 23, 2021

Reflections: Canadian Election, Basic Income and my Recent Trip to Ik…

I hope you're enjoying my series on Basic Income! It seems many of you enjoy my reflections episode, so I thought to do another! …

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Sept. 21, 2021

Basic Income: Jessie Golem, Recipient of Ontario's Basic Income Pilot

Most debates and conversations on Basic Income do not include voices of recipients of Basic Income themselves. I wanted to ensure…

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Sept. 14, 2021

Basic Income: Matthew Flisfeder, Associate Professor, University of W…

Critics of a Basic Income System usually point to its cost and question whether not such a program incentivizes people to work. T…

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