Episode 47 - “I grew up living in a community and now I’m told I live in an economy.”

January 29th, 2012

The first podcast of 2012.  Sean and Justin jump right into things, including heralding the return of Bill Moyers on PBS, the surprisingly good David Gregory on Meet the Press, and the dumping of Christiane Amanpour from This Week on ABC.  Other than playing TV critics on US Sunday morning talk shows, the duo also talk leadership -like the Liberal Party of Canada's Bob Rae and his chances of being leader without "interim" attached to it, as well as Thomas Mulcair and his dual citizenship "scandal" as he seeks the federal NDP leadership.  Also on tap was US President Obama's decision to deny the XL oil pipeline through Nebraska as well as the starting debate about the similar Enbridge pipeline through British Columbia.  Some provocative words from Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore also rounded up the environmental discussion.

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Episode 46 - “Pure Joy and Happiness”

December 3rd, 2011

After a bit of a delay, Justin and Sean sit down to talk shop.  Politics are at the top of the list of course, this time the local elections in Vancouver.  They recorded on election day, but you can find the results here.  They also discuss Sean's wine club Happy Sippers, as well as Mr. Holland's Opus (and other movie reviews), and the odd Herman Cain campaign ad that made the rounds a few weeks back.

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Episode 45 - “Said That She Did”

September 2nd, 2011

Unlike the quote of a hypothetically horny Yoda that is the title of this podcast, Sean and Justin actually stick to rather serious topics for Episode 45 - the referendum results of the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax), the passing of Jack Layton, and the subsequent reaction to his death.  Sharp commentary was saved for Christie Blatchford's head scratching article.  Said that she did, indeed! To end more inspirationally, here is a link to Rev. Brent Hawkes' sermon from the funeral.

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Episode 44 - “I Like the Way I Look with a Book in my Hand”

July 29th, 2011

With the subtle sounds of rain falling outside the window, Sean and Justin recorded what can only be described as a random and free flowing podcast - a return to form since their poetry reading the previous episode.  Tennis, water meter bylaws, and Oso Negro coffee beans came up during their conversation.  But mostly focused on movie review: not of the final Harry Potter film, but of Midnight in Paris, and the 2005 film The Girl in the Cafe.

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Episode 43 - “Choices After Drinking All Night with a Friend”

July 10th, 2011

Not the usual quote for an episode title, but this isn't your typical Dot Matrix podcast episode either.  As promised, Justin and Sean read and discussed some of their favourite poems - from Robert Bly and Nikki Giovanni.  This episode is titled after two of the poems they received recited- Choices and After Drinking All Night with a Friend (links are to two transcripts of Bill Moyers Journal episode, the poems are in the transcripts).  Of course topics like the latest Vancouver Stanley Cup riots, Stephen Colbert Super PAC, and Republican politics came before the poetry reading, but that's to be expected by these two.  Oh and a gripping listing of all the movies Sean (but mainly Justin) bought during the Blockbuster Canada fire sale!

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Episode 42 - “Yeah, I love Kev hugs”

June 21st, 2011

A spirited podcast this time from Sean and Justin as they popcorn their way through a varied list of topics, starting of course with the Canucks' Stanley Cup playoff run. A bit of politics, including the silent protest against Stephen Harper as well as the PM at the Bruins-Canucks game (see awesome Photoshopped picture here) was discussed of course.  But for the most part, it was a contemplative conversation about their own biographies, life lessons and poetry.  So much so they were inspired to commit to reading some poetry on their next podcast and to get to podcast 50 by the end of the year.  Let's see if they keep their promises!

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Episode 41 - “Hey, Isn’t My House Really Clean?”

April 26th, 2011

An all-politics podcast for Sean and Justin, although the title wouldn't suggest that!  The BC NDP party elected Adrian Dix as leader, the federal election is half-way done, Elizabeth May from the Green Party of Canada couldn't get in the debates but had her say on Strombo , and a new provincial by-election is taking place for the new BC Premier Christy Clark - Sean's a big fan, Justin lives in the riding.  So the duo had a full plate on their hands, although they were able to squeeze in a small conversation that involved Britney Spears somehow!

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Episode 40 - “If people wanted us to disagree, This is It”

April 5th, 2011

The timing couldn't have been more perfect for Justin and Sean, as a Canadian federal election was called the morning the duo recorded their milestone 40th podcast.  This topic inevitably dominated their podcast, including a spirited discussion of the "legitimacy" of the Bloc Quebecois in the federal political system.  Reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Michael Dunahee led to a discussion of the power of the passage of time, as well as a brief conversation about the iPad2.  There won't be any links here (you'll have to search for it yourself), but there was also brief chatter of viral "non-singer" Rebecca Black and the Libyan situation - although not at the same time!

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Episode 39 - “We’re kind of like Ringo in that way”

March 3rd, 2011

Even with a list of topics in hand, Sean and Justin diverge into other conversations during this episode of The Dot Matrix.  All interesting digressions of course!  In particular was their initial conversation reminiscing about their childhood and thinking about sibling rivalries.  Pop culture topics - like that Watson computer on Jeopardy, Betty White winning a SAG award, the future of email, and George Shearing's passing - were all part of the mix.  But of course there's politics.  The history being made in Egypt and the Bev Oda affair (here's a link to the At Issue panel about the topic) were sources of much of their conversation.

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Episode 38 - “It’s a Sad Day When You Have to Coax People to Vote”

January 23rd, 2011

With Sean and Justin's Seattle Guys Weekend a distant memory, the two finally sat down for another podcast to recall that trip (in only broad details of course!), which ended with both of them considering their significant moment/event of 2010.  In between topics like the news anchors on Vancouver TV, ideas of increasing voter turnout, some politics of course, and some of Sean's predictions for 2011.

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