The Broadcast says Goodbye

Hello podcast listeners! We made this episode over a couple of glasses of wine, a bunch of smiles, and maybe a tear, or two. It’s time for us to park The Broadcast. We’re not saying forever but, for now, we need to take a break. We’ve been working on this podcast for almost two years…

Our Conversation with Stephanie McLean, Part Two

This is the second part of our interview with MLA Stephanie McLean, and we dive into what it really meant to be the first sitting MLA to have a baby in Alberta. We talk about whether the birth of her son Patrick came to overshadow her political accomplishments — and what it means in the…

Federal Budget 2018: Feminist flop or bona fide budget?

The federal Liberal government presented an “Equality and Growth” budget last week. What does that mean, exactly? Does it do anything to promote equal economic opportunities – or outcomes – for women in this country? How might we view this budget in the context of the Liberal government and its past actions to advance the…

Symposium snapshot: Edmonton women in politics

Hundreds of women packed a downtown hotel in Edmonton earlier this month for the 2018 Edmonton Women’s Symposium. The top-notch list of sessions included a panel of prominent Edmonton women who discussed their experiences in politics. How do they deal with social media — and the inevitable trolling it invites? What advice do they offer…

Time for a change at City Hall

The spotlight has been on Edmonton’s city council for its gender inequity since 2013. That’s when just one woman — Bev Esslinger — was elected to the 13-person council. Are the numbers just a coincidence? A blip in civic history? In this episode, we look at the gender breakdown for candidates in the next civic…

Working behind the scenes and parenting as a politician

Listen in as we chat about some of the summer-time stories about women and politics that have been making headlines, both locally and nationally. First, is a profile of Katie Telford…as chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, she’s a huge political force in Canada. We talk about how the 38-year-old political strategist/superstar earned…

The Summer Round Up!

In this special summer episode, The Broadcast is pleased to welcome political commentator Mariam Ibrahim and Metro columnist Danielle Paradis as guest hosts. Mariam and Danielle bring their sharp political observations to a grab-bag of topics that people who care about women and politics will be paying attention to. We start local, looking at Alberta’s…

Through the gendered lens: Rose coloured-glasses or reality?

Why the Alberta government has talked to 2,000 public servants about gender Could a gender-based snow plowing policy work in Alberta? Serious question. Sweden adopted a snow-clearing policy that explicitly considered the needs of women, who are more likely to be pushing baby strollers on snowy sidewalks. It’s part of an approach called gender-based analysis,…

Labels we wear: Indigenous Women in politics

Russia’s parliament passed legislation decriminalizing domestic abuse. In this episode we discuss the ramifications of the legislation. Closer to home, The Broadcast welcomes city council candidate Miranda Jimmy and NDP MLA Heather Sweet to discuss identity in politics as it relates to Indigenous female politicians. Start listening at about the 7 minute mark if you’re interested in this…

Clinging to McClung: Time to let a Canadian icon go?

Historian and author Charlotte Gray joined the Broadcast to talk more about her book,  The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. In this interview Gray defends her portrayal of Nellie McClung as a note-worthy suffragette, despite some attitudes that would not be considered strongly feminist today. “You…

From both sides of the microphone

From both sides of the microphone Listen in as two former journalists turned politicians talk about the issues that defined them as female candidates. A frank conversation with the former leader of the Opposition, Danielle Smith and current president of PC Alberta, Katherine O’Neill.  

Welcome to the Broadcast – Season Two!

The Broadcast is a show about women and politics in Alberta. Hosted by journalists Trisha Estabrooks and Alex Zabjek, the podcast is a place for women to tell their stories about life in and around politics. These women are legislators, candidates, activists, grassroots campaigners, and academics. They are smart, passionate, and opinionated. We believe their…