Do you hear what I hear? Ten top podcasts from 2015

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2015 marked the rabble podcast network's 10th anniversary. The network continues to be home to some of the best in Canadian progressive podcasts, and we're looking forward to another 10 years.

If you need to kick back and do some listening over the holiday, you have come to the right place. Here are ten picks, selected by rabble podcast network executive producer Victoria Fenner, especially for you. Happy Listening, rabblers! We're starting the podcast network's tenth anniversary top 10 list by blowing our own horn!

  1. Rabble radio -- Happy birthday, rabble podcast network. A look back and a conversation with tweets from Meagan Perry's backyard (real ones .. we were on Meagan's back patio where the occasional bird chirped in) 
  2. Needs No Introduction --  Next, we held a panel discussion on the future of podcasting. With an allstar cast – Victoria Fenner, rabble podcast network exec producer; Meagan Perry – rpn editor in chief and former rpn exec producer; Wayne MacPhail, rpn cofounder and rabble.ca's director of emerging media; Nora Young, host of CBC's Radio One program Spark; Rick Harp, an 18-plus-year veteran of journalism in print, radio, television and online media, currently editor-in-chief at MEDIA INDIGENA. Listen Here! Celebrating 10 years of Democracy, Technology and Podcasting 
  3. My Personal Canada –- From Kenya to Canada -- An Introduction -- one of our newest podcasts.  On this first episode of My Personal Canada, TK Matunda sits down with her mom Grace Matunda to talk about her arrival at Pearson and the challenges of finding work as a new immigrant and raising children so far away from family. Click here to listen to My Personal Canada.
  4. Feminist Current -- Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau, has made a number of commitments to minority groups, including women and Indigenous communities. Whether or not he follows through on these commitments remains to be seen, of course. Meghan Murphy spoke with Dr. Pamela Palmater, a Mi'kmaw lawyer, associate professor and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, and author of Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity, about what can and should change in Canada. Click here to listen to What could a Liberal majority mean for Indigenous communities?
  5. Living On Purpose -- It's one of our longest running podcasts. Lynn Thompson has been bringing us bits of inspiration for almost ten years. In this episode, she brings us a mini-moment about some things to remember when you're undecided or in doubt. Click here to listen to the Duno (DO Know) Awards.
  6. rabble book lounge -- Santa comes from the North Pole, so climate change is bad news for Christmas celebrators.  It's also a problem for a whole bunch of other reasons.  Click here to listen to Roshini Nair talk to Shelley Wright about her book  Our Ice Is Vanishing: Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq.
  7. Redeye -- Parents shifting away from car ownership. We can always count on redeye for consistently great interviews and features on their podcasts. It's hard to choose just one.  In this podcast,  a lifestyle option that is good for the climate, and something that many of us can implement in 2016. To listen to this episode of RedEye, click here.
  8. face2face -- Omar Khadr is finally home.  David Peck spoke to Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed, the creators of a documentary about Guantanamo Bay's youngest prisoner, and now repatriated Canadian. To listen to Guanatamo's Child, Omar Khadr, click here.
  9. Talking Radical Radio -- Another politics: Movement-building in the 21st century – Good listening while you're sitting around the fire thinking about how to build the world we want in 2016.  One of many great Talking Radical Radios by long time rabble podcaster Scott Neigh. You can listen to that episode by clicking here.
  10. MsRepresent -- What's not to love about Mariachi music?  Besides that macho thing .. that's pretty big.  A group of women are doing their own brand of mariachi that's about women and empowerment in a male dominated art form.  Listen while drinking a margarita next to a poinsettia. You can listen to Because we knew we could':  Mariachi music and tearing down machismo by clicking here.

Victoria Fenner is the executive producer of the rabble podcast network.

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