The Ossington Circle

The Ossington Circle Podcast is a political talk show hosted by Justin Podur. We bring you a thoughtful, progressive, and informed take on events in the world. Started out as a YouTube show, now it's a podcast.

The Ossington Circle Episode 18: Western Wars, Arab Revolutions with Vijay Prashad

The Ossington Circle Episode 18: Western Wars, Arab Revolutions with Vijay Prashad

In this episode of The Ossington Circle, I talk with Vijay Prashad about his book, Death of a Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution, with a particular focus on the Syria war and the peace process in Astana.

The Ossington Circle Episode 17: The Kingdom of the Unjust, with Laila

The Ossington Circle Episode 17: The Kingdom of the Unjust, with Laila


In this episode of The Ossington Circle, I talk to "Laila", an activist who has studied the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for many years. For preparation, I read Medea Benjamin's new book, Kingdom of the Unjust.

The Ossington Circle Episode 16: The Destruction of Syria and Solidarity with Max Ajl

The Ossington Circle Episode 16: The Destruction of Syria and Solidarity with Max Ajl

In this episode of The Ossington Circle, academic, activist, and editor at Jadaliyya Max Ajl discusses the destruction of Syria and the vitriol directed at leftists and Palestine activists who have opposed intervention in Syria.

US missiles launched from an aircraft carrier towards Syrian airfield

 

The Ossington Circle Episode 15: Ukraine, Russophobia, and Canada with Halyna Mokrushyna

The Ossington Circle Episode 15: Ukraine, Russophobia, and Canada with Halyna Mokrushyna

In this episode of the Ossington Circle, Ukrainian-Canadian academic Halyna Mokrushyna discusses the conflict in Ukraine, Russia and Russophobia, and the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.

The Ossington Circle Episode 14: Clouds of war gathering with Manuel Rozental

The Ossington Circle Episode 14: Clouds of war gathering with Manuel Rozental

In this episode of The Ossington Circle, Colombian physician and activist Manuel Rozental returns from a trip to Turkey, during which he spent time with Syrian refugees, to talk about the advancing war in Syria and on the planet.

The Ossington Circle Episode 13: The view of Trump's America from the ground with Cynthia Peters

The Ossington Circle Episode 13: The view of Trump's America from the ground with Cynthia Peters

In this episode of The Ossington Circle I talk to Cynthia Peters, a City Life/Vida Urbana organizer in Boston, about changes, continuities, and strategy in a USA now under Trump's administration. 

The Ossington Circle Episode 12: Social Self Defense Against Trump with Jeremy Brecher

The Ossington Circle Episode 12: Social Self Defense Against Trump with Jeremy Brecher

In this episode of The Ossington Circle, I talk to labor historian and activist Jeremy Brecher about a possible strategy against Trump called Social Self Defense.

The Ossington Circle Episode 11: Trumpism and Capitalism with William I. Robinson

The Ossington Circle Episode 11: Trumpism and Capitalism with William I. Robinson

In this episode of The Ossington Circle, I interview sociologist William I. Robinson about the relationship between Trumpism, capitalism, and fascism and what leftists could do in this environment.

The Ossington Circle Episode 10: Surviving Trump with Luke Elliott-Negri

The Ossington Circle Episode 10: Surviving Trump with Luke Elliott-Negri

In this episode of The Ossington Circle, I interview New York-based labor activist and graduate student Luke Elliott-Negri. We discuss the role and importance of organizing, of third parties, of local electoral work, and of labor unions in surviving the new Trump Era.

The Ossington Circle Episode 9: The Case of Hassan Diab Part 3 of 3

The Ossington Circle Episode 9: The Case of Hassan Diab Part 3 of 3

Episode 9 of The Ossington Circle is Part 3 of a 3-part series on the case of Hassan Diab, a Lebanese-Canadian sociology professor extradited from Canada and currently in a French jail, accused of a bombing that happened in Paris in 1980. In this episode, I am trying to answer the question: Why would the Canadian Supreme Court agree to hand Diab over to France, knowing that his trial there would not meet Canada's standards for fairness? The answer is in Canadian diplomacy.