This weeks episode of Right of Reply takes a look at the controversy surrounding American gun policies. We begin with a historical perspective on the interpretation of the Second Amendment, which states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". We continue our discussion by analyzing the contemporary gun policies and the 'mental health' argument.
Season 4 episode 2 of 'Right of Reply’ takes a look at the upcoming Canadian federal election. First we Speak to Deborah Coyne, former Liberal leadership candidate and current Green party policy advisor. Next, we speak to Queens University’s political science professor, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, who provides us with a scholarly perspective on the election, focusing specifically on gender and the Canadian electoral system. Finally, we host a debate between Queen’s University Liberal, Conservative, and New Democratic Associations. We discuss a series of topics under the category of foreign policy.
This episode of Right of Reply explores the topical Syrian Refugee Crisis. We begin our episode with a legal perspective and critique Queen's University law professor Sharyn Aiken. We than go into the historical context of the crisis with PhD candidate and Queen's University political studies professor, Philippe Roseberry. Our final guest is Christian Leuprecht, who provides a technical review of the crisis realities.
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are in their third week. People in Hong Kong took to the streets in September 2014 after China announced that a 1200 person nominating committee in Beijing would choose two to three electoral candidates for the general public to vote upon for the 2017 election of Hong Kong's Chief Executive. Many people in Hong Kong felt as though this decision made by China denied Hong Kong the democracy it had been promised under the one country two systems agreement. Protests have been largely student run and organized. But, these student protests are not just isolated to Hong Kong. For this episode, we spoke to Kris Yue, current Harvard Law student, and organizer of the Harvard Law Photo Rally to Show Solidarity with Students Standing up for Democracy in Hong Kong. Additionally, we spoke to Carol Wong, President of the Queen's Hong Kong Student Association, and organizer of the Support Democracy for Hong Kong protest at Queen's. We also feature an interview with Queen's history professor, Emily Hill. Professor Hill speaks about Chinese and Hong Kong history and how this can help us to understand the current Hong Kong protests.
Featuring interviews with award winning investigative journalist, Attlia Mong, and Queen's graduate student, Alexander Marar, this episode explores the roles of financial institutions, the justice system, and more, in issues surrounding corruption and white-collar crime. Happy listening!
The final episode of Right of Reply's second season features interviews with Michel Chikwanine, a former child soldier who now travels across North America as a human rights advocate and motivational speaker; and David Morley, President & CEO of UNICEF Canada. Michel tells his story, giving us a glimpse of the trauma experienced by children forced to bear arms. He also shares some rays of hope, including L.Gen Roméo Dallaire's Child Soldier Initiative. David Morley speaks about the unique risks and challenges children in conflict face and how they may be addressed. We also spoke about UNICEF itself and how technology is changing both the organization's administration and programming/service provision. Thank you to everyone who tuned in this year! Right of Reply will be back with a couple of summer podcast and resumes regular programming in September 2014.
This episode aired on CFRC 101.9fm on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. It features interviews with Dr. Michael Haughton, Professor of Operations and Decision Sciences in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University; and Peter Nesbitt, Regional Vice-President, South and Southeast Asia at Export Development Canada. The interviewees share personal stories from their experiences as visiting Canadian professionals in Asia. The primary focus is business and economic relations, but our guests also share anecdotes on life in China and other parts of Asia, as well as discuss social and educational partnerships.
This episode originally aired on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. We asked Queen's students "Are you a Feminist?" and discovered some interesting answers and perceptions about feminism on campus and on a broader societal level. The episode features interviews with Maureen McTeer, Canadian lawyer, public figure and the first wife of a Prime Minister (Joe Clark) to keep her maiden name. The second interview features Queen's professor Stephanie von Hlatky on being a woman in the realm of international security and politics.
This episode aired on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. It is perhaps our most timely episode ever, covering events in Ukraine, particularly the Crimea region, in the last two weeks. Our interview with Politics PhD Candidate Philippe Roseberry provides an excellent overview of events, as well as predictions for the future and numerous possible short- and long-term outcomes. Prof. Roseberry spoke about the potential of European Union (EU) and Western intervention, both physically and in the form of economic sanctions, and Russia's decision to "squander its reputation" or soft power gained from the Sochi Games. The second interview is with Postdoctoral Fellow Adam Molner on security at the Sochi Games. A particularly interesting aspect of the interview are Adam's comments on the legacies of new anti-terrorism legislation established in advance of the Games. Enjoy!