The Big Question podcast

Each month in The Big Question, we interview experts from the University of Calgary to explore our greatest challenges and discoveries — from the microbiome to the impacts of space weather to Indigenous reconciliation. If you want to stay on the leading edge of research across disciplines, this is the podcast for you.

Episode 1 — Where have all our female premiers gone?

In this episode of The Big Question, we talk to Dr. Melanee Thomas, PhD, an associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary, about why there are so few female leaders in Canadian politics.

Episode 2 — How do we right the wrongs of over 100 years ago?

Political science prof Dr. Gina Starblanket, PhD, joins us in the studio to discuss the signing of land treaties between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples, and the consequences they have to this day.

Episode 3 — What's Canada's place in a changing world?

After decades of relative stability, the Western world is experiencing a time of political upheaval. Populism is on the rise, major powers like the U.S. and the U.K. are in turmoil, and the very concept of liberal democracy is under threat from hostile governments. We talk to Dr. Rob Huebert, PhD, an associate professor of political science at UCalgary, about how this rapidly changing landscape affects Canada.

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