#125 - All the summer news: Post-election blues and a call to action for rabble.ca

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Murray Dobbin joined us on rabble radio a few times before the election got started. After the Conservative win and the orange crush happened, I called him up one more time for a talk about how Canada's future is shaping up, and what progressive people need to do in this new Conservative majority Canada. Here's our conversation.

Did I mention that this year marks rabble.ca's 10th anniversary? It is! Last month rabble.ca held a celebration to mark the day, April 18, 2001 when rabble got its start. The event featured cake, music and a panel discussion moderated by Judy Rebick. Speakers were rabble.ca features editor Cathryn Atkinson, rabble co-founder and director of the Mozilla Foundation Mark Surman, rabble.ca writer and aboriginal activist Ben Powless. It also featured Olivia Nuamah, the Director of the Atkinson Foundation, which provided startup funds for rabble.ca. During the conversation, panelists mused allowed about the direction rabble.ca should take in the future. Nuamah laid out a challenge for rabble.ca. Here's what she had to say.

The Human books project aims to increase understanding between people. It's held at local libraries, where people volunteer to be books. When you're a book, library goers can sign you out for 30 minutes. In that 30 minutes you can tell them about your life, and they can ask any question they want. rabble radio was quite intrigued by this project, so Noreen Mae Ritsema volunteered to head down to the Winnipeg library and talk to some human books. Here she is, speaking with Cherrilyn Ellie. Here's their conversation.

You know the rabble.ca music podcast The Ruckus? It usually focuses on indie music… but the latest episode gets all opera on us. Here are some very cool cylinder recordings of opera. Test this out!

Jaggi Singh's trial was held at the end of April. Singh was tried at Toronto's Old City Hall for statements he had made to the media about taking down the G20 "security fence." Singh pleaded guilty to urging people to take down the $5-million G20 summit fence last June. Carmelle Wolfson spoke to Singh just after his trial. Here's part of what he had to say.

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