The Breakdown With Nate Pike
The Breakdown With Nate Pike
The Breakdown
Local Alberta Podcast about provincial and local politics and issues. Not journalists.
The Breakdown - Episode 3.19 - Dr. Carla Peck (Part 3)
Consultation (or not)! Ideology! (Dr. Carla Peck and the Curriculum - Part 3)

Since the provincial government release their new “curriculum”, there’s been no shortage of outcry, frustration and condemnation, particularly in regards to the social studies “curriculum”.

One of the UCP’s campaign promises was to “throw the NDP curriculum in the shredder” and come up with their own, but what they have produced, particularly the Social Studies curriculum has created a lot of anger and concern. To try and figure out how things got as bad as they are, we sat down with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. This episode turned into a pretty deep dive on Curriculum development, so we’re breaking it up into three parts, this is Part 3. As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Apr 24
25 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.18 - Dr. Carla Peck and the Curriculum (Part 2)
Plagiarism! Editing on the fly! All this and so much more!

Since the provincial government release their new “curriculum”, there’s been no shortage of outcry, frustration and condemnation, particularly in regards to the social studies “curriculum”.

One of the UCP’s campaign promises was to “throw the NDP curriculum in the shredder” and come up with their own, but what they have produced, particularly the Social Studies curriculum has created a lot of anger and concern. To try and figure out how things got as bad as they are, we sat down with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. This episode turned into a pretty deep dive on Curriculum development, so we’re breaking it up into three parts, this is Part 2. As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Apr 17
29 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.17 - Dr. Carla Peck and Curriculum (Part 1)
School is in! (Part 1)

Since the provincial government released their new “curriculum”, there’s been no shortage of outcry, frustration and condemnation, particularly in regards to the social studies “curriculum”.

One of the UCP’s campaign promises was to “throw the NDP curriculum in the shredder” and come up with their own, but what they have produced, particularly the Social Studies “curriculum” has created a lot of anger and concern. To try and figure out how things got as bad as they are, we sat down with Dr. Carla Peck, Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. Our conversation turned into a pretty deep dive on Curriculum development, so we’re breaking it up into three parts, this is Part 1. As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Apr 14
29 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.16 - Jennifer Sanford (Part 2)
Jennifer Sanford is back with a whole new season of “Conservative Like Me” dropping on April 9th!

So we decided to sit down with her to discuss the new season, the many flavours of conservatism, the state of conservatism federally and provincially and so much more that we needed to split the episode up into 2!

We hope you enjoy Part 2, where we really begin to drill down into the state of Conservatism in Alberta and Jenn extends a special invitation to the premier of Alberta! As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Apr 7
58 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.15 - Jennifer Sanford (Part 1)
Jennifer Sanford is back with a whole new season of “Conservative Like Me” dropping on April 9th!

So we decided to sit down with her to discuss the new season, the many flavours of conservatism, the state of conservatism federally and provincially and so much more that we needed to split the episode up into 2!

We hope you enjoy Part 1! As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Apr 5
39 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.14
Alia is back! In a return to our original format we break down the latest happenings in Alberta Politics!

Physicians pay! Jobs! Recall Legislation! Internet blackmail! Bigfoot! Plus a revealing interview with NotJason Kenney! As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Mar 27
30 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.13 - Deirdre Mitchell-Maclean (Part 2)
Deirdre Mitchell-Maclean is the host of one of a very particular podcast on Alberta politics, but the current format is the result of an evolution over several years. As well, with Deirdre’s experience covering politics as both a journalist and a pundit, as well as someone who not only identified as a centrist but also actively volunteered for the only political party in Alberta that openly described itself as centrist, she is uniquely prepared to offer us a glimpse on what the often vaguely defined space on the political spectrum known as centrism is all about in Alberta as well as whether or not the Alberta Party is the only party to occupy that space. 

In Part 2 of this special two part episode, Deirdre tries to help us nail down what’s going on in the middle of the political spectrum. The middle ground in the political spectrum seems to be where a lot of politicians want to be seen to be coming from when they aren’t actively appealing to their base. But what does this mean for the future of politics in Alberta? Well that’s what we get Deirdre to help us try and figure out! As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Mar 19
1 hr 14 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.12 - Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean
Deirdre Mitchell-Maclean is the host of one of a very particular podcast on Alberta politics, but the current format is the result of an evolution over several years. As well, with Deirdre’s experience covering politics as both a journalist and a pundit, as well as someone who not only identified as a centrist but also actively volunteered for the only political party in Alberta that openly described itself as centrist, she is uniquely prepared to offer us a glimpse on what the often vaguely defined space on the political spectrum known as centrism is all about in Alberta as well as whether or not the Alberta Party is the only party to occupy that space. 

In Part 1 of this special two part episode, Deirdre shares how the groundbreaking Alberta politics podcast that she hosts with Kathleen Smith came to be. Not only that, she also lets us in on what drove the “Women of AB Poli” podcast to make some of the choices that they make in regards to not only how they present their information, but perhaps most importantly, who they have as guests to present it. As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Mar 16
21 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.11 - Dr. Cynthia Puddu
There was quite a media storm a few weeks back when footage surfaced of the Edmonton Police Service kicking a group of homeless Albertans into blistering cold temperatures. That storm prompted yet another conversation about homelessness in Alberta, but no major changes have been announced. To get a better grasp on the homeless situation in Alberta as well as get some ideas as to what may need to be done in order start to take meaningful steps towards addressing houselessness (the preferred term), we sat down with Dr. Cynthia Puddu. Dr Puddu is an associate professor at Macewan University who has made houselessness and in particular, youth houselessness her specialty. As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Feb 26
1 hr 3 min
The Breakdown - Episode 3.10 - David Khan
As a follow up to our last episode, which was our controversial interview with President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom John Carpay, Constitutional Lawyer David Khan was generous enough to to agree to sit down with us to provide his perspective and interpretation of our interview. In addition to his work as a lawyer, David has worked passionately as an advocate for a number of issues, up until recently he was the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and he recently began work as council for Ecojustice. And he definitely had some things to say about our interview with Mr. Carpay. As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab, and if you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating and don’t forget to like and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram all at @thebreakdownab.
Feb 20
1 hr 6 min
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