Episode 67 - “I assume it’ll be Mark Cuban or Ryan Seacrest in 2020″

December 27th, 2017

Justin and Sean celebrated 10 years of recording "The Dot Matrix" podcast by welcoming their second guest in a row - this time Justin's partner Michelle. Michelle is completing her PhD research, which takes a learning lens to better understand social justice movements and what brings them together. She contributed her formidable and progressive voice to our podcasting duo. Because she was coming live from Chicago (the marvels of Skype!), the three focused on all the chaotic and dramatic happenings down in the US. The main topic of the day was the efforts to push through tax changes and the outrageous rushing of the process by even writing on the margins of the bill. A few other enraging videos they spoke about are here and here for your viewing pleasure. In the conversation, they reference two really great podcasts: By Any Means Necessary and On the Media (we've included links to the specific episodes they referenced). Also, according to the Onion, apparently you aren't supposed to leave Mike Pence alone with a Mrs. Butterworth bottle nearby.


Episode 66 - “We have our first guest today”

September 19th, 2017

For Episode 66 (here's the Star Wars reference Justin was talking about), Sean and Justin sat down fairly quickly (at least of late!) since their last podcast to talk taxes. Yes, that's right. Taxes! Their long-time friend Karen, who is a doctor in Vancouver, wondered if they would be interested in having a discussion around the proposed tax changes that the Canadian government is proposing. And so the duo took to the Interwebs to find out more about the issue (like this useful radio interview), and Karen joined them as their first ever podcast guest (first in 10 years!) to take a deeper dive into the issue. Not being tax experts, the three do their best to understand the tax implications, but more importantly to unpack the real life implications to physicians and as well how emotional the language has been throughout the consultation process to date. Case in point, the pretty one-sided tone in which this blog was written. Public consultations continue until October 2, 2017. Finance Canada is receiving responses via fin.consultation.fin@canada.ca


Episode 65 - “What Deserves My Total Outrage?”

August 31st, 2017

Sean and Justin sit down for the first time since March to record their much anticipated 65th episode. As the two tuck into some wine, cheese and crackers they 'cast, and take a page from wine podcasts like Tasting Room Radio. Being with an extended discussion about the Conor Sur Bicicleta Viognier they are drinking, Sean's raving about the Top Drop experience, and Justin's obsession with the Suvla Reserve Syrah 2011. Because it's 2017, the conversation inevitably turns to the political and governmental chaos happening down in the US. At the time of recording this podcast, Donald Trump's non-declarations against racist white supremacists was still top of mind. The conversation then takes related turns towards, a Boston University student who participated in the racist march, a trouble Fifth Estate episode about police in Thunder Bay, an enlightening TEDx video about cycling, and an unrelated final topic about the recent solar eclipse.


Episode 64 - “It took us 22 minutes to mention Trump - not bad!”

March 30th, 2017

Justin and Sean sat down to do some podcasting and started by listing some of the podcasts they listen to regularly: Canadaland, On the Media, The Daily, Modern Love the Podcast, Democracy Now, Here's the Thing, By Any Means Necessary, CBC's Power and Politics and Tasting Room Radio. While describing their #trypod recommendations, they moved onto... not anything Trump yet (wait for it!), but about how personal stories and experiences should be influencing policy, governance and the law. Sean noted Lisa Raitt's revelation about her husband as she runs for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Eventually... 22 minutes in, they get to Trump and the Healthcare vote. But soon they move onto better non-Trump topics like a This Hour Has 22 Minutes video about Canadian judges being incredibly on point, the upcoming BC election, the duo's recent Cap Crusher trail race, and finally a strong recommendation for Graceland's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon that was decanting as they podcasted. Not a bad topic to end on.


Episode 63 - “I Feel Disbelief”

November 21st, 2016

As you can tell from the title of episode 63, Justin and Sean are talking post-election win of Donald J (whatever that stands for) Trump. The two finally sit down again, to process their own reactions and thoughts about the win - from disbelief to a rejection of covering elections like a horse race, to what all this reminds us about humanity. The two also sat down right after participating in a large and inspiring pro-environment rally in Vancouver to send a clear message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - do not approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and more specifically actually BE the climate leader you said you would be during the campaign last year. And, as promised, here are some links to podcasts (general or specific episodes) that the two referenced during their discussion: By Any Means Necessary, Democracy Now, Here's the Thing with Alex Baldwin, On the Media (their series called The Poverty Tour is exceptional), and The David Gregory Show.


Episode 62 - “Do You Hate Trump or Do You Hate the System?”

May 21st, 2016

Sean and Justin sit down in for a podcast pretty quickly after their last one (quickly for them!) and it was good timing given that everyone was talking about Donald Trump becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States. Obviously it became the main topic of conversation, but not just to boost listenership! Through the circus that is happening in the US, the two unpack the idea of leadership and the difference between things like value, tactics, demeanour, spirit and tone. A little comparison with Justin Trudeau was inevitable along the way!


Episode 61 - “We Don’t Have Count on Mia Farrow”

March 30th, 2016

Back in their podcast seats for the first time since September, Justin and Sean discussed the heavier topics of the day.  First up, some thoughts on the selective emphasis of the media for covering some terror attacks and not others in the wake of the events in Brussels. Reflections about the 10th anniversary of Twitter transitioned to the oddities of US politics, with some kudos to the comedians Samantha Bee (particularly segments about Ted Cruz and Abortion, Texas-Style) and John Oliver (dissecting Donald J Trumps wall). Both Bernie Sanders and David Suzuki came up.  The two ended with their thoughts on the Jian Ghomeshi verdict of not guilty, particularly reflecting and responding to an analysis by Neil Macdonald.


Episode 60 - “Only a European Problem? Nope.”

September 21st, 2015

Life has a way of zipping by quickly.  And that's no exception for Sean and Justin!  It's been since the end of 2014 that the duo from The Dot Matrix sat down to 'cast.  It was good timing, with so much "democracy" in the air - with election season both in Canada and the US.  After getting warmed up, the two started with the mounting humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn region - particularly the Canadian government's response.  Even since recording the podcast, there are new developments and criticism.  The conversation then turns to the upcoming Canadian federal election, only a day after the second leaders debate, this one hosted by the Globe and Mail.  Of course, there was some discussion of the Republican leaders debate hosted by CNN, with a surprising close to the podcast talking about last year's tour tax that went along with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program controversy.  A lot of ground to cover in almost a year!


Episode 59 - “Elections are not the time to talk about serious issues.”

November 15th, 2014

Justin and Sean sit down to talk democracy and elections on the night before the 2014 municipal elections in Vancouver and elsewhere in BC.  The duo gets warmed up by unpacking the Mid-terms Elections in the US (http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/11/12/?entry=5505&_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=us) and how the implications for President Obama and issues like the Keystone XL pipeline (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/us/politics/house-passes-bill-directing-obama-to-proceed-on-keystone-pipeline.html?ref=politics&_r=0).  A conversation switched to the US-China climate accord (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/china-us-xi-obama-apec.html), which led the two back to the main topic, the upcoming civic election (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/5-election-races-to-watch-outside-metro-vancouver-1.2835816).  The podcast ends with some not overly surprising election result predictions!


Episode 58 - “So What Are We Drinking?”

September 12th, 2014

This podcast starts with Sean and Justin settling into the microphone with glasses of Le vieux pin and Inniskillin wines in hand.  On their minds were the recent passing of Robin Williams, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, an interesting discussion about how we build connections to certain causes and issues, and the notion of slacktivism, the events in Ferguson, oh and Peter MacKay and his crazy pro-gun t-shirt.  Sean ends the podcast by sharing an excerpt of a Jim Morrison poem, Far Arden, and why he wanted to share it.  Here's a link to the poem read by Jim himself, and a link to the poem turned into the song "The Ghost Song" by the Doors posthumously.


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