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Your favourite monthly* podcast Probably About Politics is back for a fourth season and it's hosts Alex and Kaleigh are feeling mid-graduate studies unsure about everything and ready to talk world elections and democracy!

Every episode hosts Alex and Kaleigh learn about democracies going on in the world from national to local elections on every continent (except Antarctica) , as well as hosting an on-going series covering various aspects of democracy.
***Our 2020 resolution was to record two episodes a month and it is going pretty well so far.
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How has COVID-19 affected the practice of democracy and running elections? Alex and Kaleigh take a look at countries around the world who are balancing, in different ways, the COVID-19 public health measures with the democratic freedoms of their citizens from voting and campaigning to protest and demonstrations. Keep up with Probably About Politics: Is there legislation or a topic in democracy that you want us to cover? Let us know! Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
What if the best way to improve our democracy was... getting rid of voting? Alex and Kaleigh are not proposing to be your dictators but exploring what the ancient Greeks considered to be true democracy - sortition. Join the hosts as they start thinking outside the box about how we can improve our democracies. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Is there legislation or a topic in democracy that you want us to cover? Let us know! Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
For this mid-July episode, Alex and Kaleigh are checking in with each other and exploring what democracy in Singapore looks like after their 2020 general election. The hosts discuss the surprising distinct lack of technology in Singapore's election and the many contradictions in this country's democracy that have sparked a surprising push for change at the ballot box. In other news, Kaleigh dives into biodiversity and Colombian reconciliation and Alex talks about a song taking over the bird airwaves and came from out of Northern British Columbia. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Is there legislation or a topic in democracy that you want us to cover? Let us know! Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Alex and Kaleigh have explored a lot of big policies that were made to meet big problems from the past over the last few months and for this episode, the hosts explore The Green New Deal - a big policy idea to meet the current global challenge of climate change. They answer all the hard-hitting questions that often remain unanswered in the news coverage of The Green New Deal like: What is the Green New Deal? What does it say? And is it even actually policy? Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Is there legislation or a topic in democracy that you want us to cover? Let us know! Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
With COVID-19 under control nationally, Suriname is ready to head to the polls to elect their national assembly this month. Alex and Kaleigh explore the challenges of running for re-election when you're a former dictator, wanted by EUROPOL, the Netherlands and have just been convicted for murder in your own country. The hosts also celebrate victories for small countries, urban design in crisis and bring the spaciest space news yet. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
To start a conversation about how governments make policy to handle economic downturns Kaleigh & Alex look back in history to the Great Depression in the USA and The New Deal policies and government institutions that were enacted in the 1930s. The hosts explore how FDR's New Deal helped the USA recover from the Great Depression, the ways it changed governance forever, and what it can teach us about what policy can do today.  Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Is there legislation or a topic in democracy that you want us to cover? Let us know! Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
For our first-ever bonus Space News! episode Alex and Kaleigh bring you a little bit of space, as well as some sea monsters, ocean anxiety, and the hottest new hibernation game show. Kaleigh still doesn't like space but has lots of questions and Alex still has all the space answers and please someone send him to space. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Sri Lanka's parliamentary election has been delayed as the country responds to COVID-19. Alex and Kaleigh explore the significant issue of the election, including constitutional changes to parliamentary powers. The hosts discuss the challenge to democracy and constitutional crisis the election delay and broader impacts COVID-19 could create for countries like Sri Lanka. As well the hosts catch up in this extra-long episode and dive into Colorado state holidays, Quasars, and COVID-19 recovery policy. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
This week Kaleigh and Alex take look at the defacto sovereign country of  Abkhazia's Presidential election... Take two. The hosts also discover that there is lots of fun to be had while social distancing with more poisoning, contested statehood, cursing, and whale poop than ever before in Probably About Politic's first pod in a pandemic. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Sometimes it can seem like governments can't pass the major legislation of the past like, for example, universal health care in Canada. This week Kaleigh and Alex are trying to answer the question of how major legislation, specifically the Canada Health Act, gets passed. What your hosts discover is a long and winding road that tells you a lot about Canadian governance but also what it takes to get things done in a democracy. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
A lot is happening in the world this month but not all of it is making headlines, and that is the theme of this week's episode. Alex and Kaleigh return to cover a national election in Iran for the second time in Probably About Politics history.  Iran takes up a lot of international news coverage, but very little has been said about their upcoming election. But with on-going unrest and 9,000 candidates being disallowed from running, this is an election with a lot to pay attention to.  Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Welcome to the first Probably About Politics Explains! For our first monthly explainer episode, Kaleigh and Alex are staying in South America after coving Peru's election to explore the Odebrecht Scandal - or Operation Car Wash. The hosts are diving into the global corruption scandal that started in Brazil and sparked demands for democratic reform in Peru's recent election that has now implicated people and major infrastructure construction in 13 countries in South America and around the world.  Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Welcome back to Probably About Politics! This week Alex and Kaleigh are heading back to South America to explore Peru's upcoming general election which sees the country, that has been hit by a major political corruption scandal that has taken down leaders in several countries in South America, on the brink of an opportunity to make major democratic reforms. Plus don't miss out on robot government in New Zealand, odd couples in Austria and dancing atoms.  Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
2019 was an exciting year for Probably About Politics! 10 countries, 4 special episodes, and 3 interviews. This week Alex and Kaleigh met up over the holidays to take a look back on some of these elections and a couple they missed to see what happened after they covered them. Tensions rise, but the duo has put together the most exciting podcast highlights of the year! Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
December is not the most common month of the year to have elections, and this might lead you to ask why the United Kingdom is holding theirs in December for the first time in over 100 years! Alex and Kaleigh are here with the answers to that and more. And to balance out the return to the UK for the second time this year, they've also got exciting news out of Finland and a big update on the worm census. Check it out to learn more! Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
With lots of exciting elections finishing out November, Kaleigh and Alex are playing catch up on Canada's cabinet announcement and then diving in with some elections you might have missed, including Hong Kong's local elections and the national elections of a country of 50,000+, the Marshall Islands. But, as the hosts discover, these elections were closely watched by major powers like China and the United States and have big consequences for major global issues like climate change, nuclear weapons, and state sovereignty. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
On Sunday, November 17th, 2019 Belarus swept out the only two representatives from parties that opposed the government that had been elected since 1994. With the country having been led by President Alexander Lukashenko since around the time that Kaleigh and Alex were born, it makes sense that you probably haven't heard much about this particular election. In this episode, the hosts look at Belarus as a country whose relations with major powers like Russia and the EU are changing, and whose citizens might be starting to itch for a change of power although there is little trust in the voting process. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
The Canadian Federal election is October 21. Just in time for election day, Kaleigh and Alex give you their look at the Federal Party platforms; particularly what the parties have to say about the hot issue of the campaign, climate change. Kaleigh travelled to Alex to mark the special occasion of discussing, for the first time, the context, issues and scandals of an election that both the hosts get to vote in. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
The Canadian Federal election is here and, we're kicking off Season 4 of Probably About Politics, and we think it is only appropriate then that we have an interview with Jenica Atwin! This interview is an exciting follow up to our conversations with other candidates for local and provincial elections. Alex and Kaleigh want to help voters heading to the polls this fall by highlighting candidates running for Federal office, and the parties and candidates that are participating. Jenica Atwin, a candidate for the Green Party in the Fredericton riding, is in the middle of her campaign in the competitive district. We are excited to talk to her about becoming a candidate and running a campaign for a Canadian political party, the issues that she is passionate about driving forward with her campaign and how climate change fits into the major issues up for debate in this election. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Austria - Sept 4, 2019

Austria - Sept 4, 2019

2019-09-1634:53

Scandals in Ibiza, the rise of European populism and a snap election! This episode Kaleigh and Alex are looking at the upcoming Austrian election and the scandal that brought the country back so quickly to another election in a whirlwind two years. They also get excited talking about the unprecedented temporary technocratic government that has been in charge for the last few months. Kaleigh helps us see how this connects to the international by checking in with Secretary Guterres, and Alex leaves us on a hopeful note with some blackhole news. We have a website now! Check it out. Please Rate & Review! Keep up with Probably About Politics: Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
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