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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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Kaleigh and Alex are back on home turf again and diving in with an insider's perspective from the advance poll voting, and the issues of climate change, housing, and health care have dominated debates and of course exploring election hijinks new and old from the campaign trail. Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Kaleigh and Alex are together again for the first time in 18+ months (with a guest dog!) to talk about a pretty regular Norwegian election. There are still a number of big questions like economic disparity, climate change and rural-urban divide that come up even in a normal election. Other very regular topics covered include kiwi birds, the UN's role in global crisis, and magnets!
Sometimes a country's constitution needs a refresh or leaders want to make changes to it. But successful constitutional reforms are hard to make! Kaleigh and Alex dive into some of the challenges demonstrated by the now delayed Haitian constitutional referendum and also explore how countries around the world make constitutional changes. Instagram: @probpolitics Twitter: @probpolitics Email: probablyaboutpolitics@gmail.com
Ethiopia's COVID-19 delayed election is delayed again. The fall of authoritarianism and the election of the continent of Africa's youngest prime minister in the country's 2018 election was seen internationally as an exciting opportunity for the country's democracy. But as Alex and Kaleigh explore the road to building democracy from authoritarianism is full of decades of injustice and regional conflicts that need to be addressed and that international observers and Nobel Peace Prizes sometimes ignore. 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
Greenland is heading to the polls and you might not know it but the superpowers of the world are watching the outcome very closely. Tune in this month to learn with Alex and Kaleigh how Greenland's 56,000 person democracy has become the centre of the global supply chain of rare-earth metals, while also asking important questions about the country's sovereignty, Indigenous People's rights, and the environmental impacts of resource extraction on countries. 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
In their first trip back to Europe in 2021, Alex and Kaleigh look to the Netherlands to explore how, despite a government-ending scandal, a pandemic can make for a surprisingly predictable election. And if you're looking for great places to hang out the hosts explain why graveyards and forests might be the happening spots to be. 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
In this episode, we're asking questions about how we define coups d'état - or coups - and when exactly is a government overthrow defined as one. To answer Alex and Kaleigh explore coups in Thailand and Turkey, the history that led up to them and the complications and turmoil they left in their wake and discover the answer is never straightforward. 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
2020 has been a big year! For the year-end review Alex and Kaleigh catch up on elections even they forgot they covered this year.  Together the hosts come up with their two biggest news stories (besides that pandemic thing) to watch in 2021 and reveal the elections coming up in the new year that Probably About Politics can't wait to cover (pandemic permitting). 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
Did you know the Commonwealth of Nations is the second largest international organization of nations after the United Nations? Alex and Kaleigh break down who exactly is in the Royal family, the history of the Commonwealth and why all these former British colonies (and Mozambique) are apart of this international organization and what they do together. 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
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
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