On the Record, Off Script

On the Record, Off Script

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On the Record, Off Script is a podcast documentary project based on conversations we’ve had with former Nova Scotia MLAs. Each week, we dig into one small piece of politics.
SE #24: Francene Cosman: “I get the fire in my belly”
Aug 16 • 49 min
Francene has worn many political hats in her day: first Mayor of Bedford, PC Party Candidate, Liberal Party Executive Director, Liberal MLA and Minister of Community Services just to name a few of them. Here’s our extended interview with Francene where…
SE #23: “Corrosive - that’s probably the best word.” - Graham Steele Interview
Aug 9 • 51 min
Graham Steele was the Finance Minister in Darrell Dexter’s NDP Government. In this podcast he talks about his personal path in and out of politics, and why (if he could do it over again) he’d run for city council instead of the provincial legislature.…
SE #22: From Church Minister to Environment Minister - Interview with Mark Parent
Aug 3 • 58 min
This week’s featured interview is with Mark Parent, a former PC Party MLA and environment minister. Mark spoke to us about a range of his experiences in public life: - his transition from being an NDP supporter, to backing Flora MacDonald’s ‘red toryism’;…
SE#21: Eleanor Norrie’s stories - Negotiating with Texans, telephone voting, closing the Teacher’s College and co-writing an election platform.
Jul 27 • 56 min
Eleanor Norrie shares stories about her time in politics, including her negotiations with Texan oil tycoons as Natural Resources minister, chairing the failed attempt at running a leadership convention by telephone voting, taking part in the cabinet…
SE #20: ‘Why? Because I can’ - Yvonne Atwell
Jul 20 • 57 min
Yvonne was the NDP MLA for the riding of Preston for just 18 months in the late 90s. Despite having a relatively short career in elected public office, she has plenty of reflections on her time as an MLA, and the state of politics in Nova Scotia.
Ep #11: The job nobody else can do
Jul 12 • 25 min
MLAs have a great deal of choice when it comes to the kind of work they focus on, but there is one job that nobody but the elected MLAs can do: the creation of law.
SE #19: Deep Democracy with Sera Thompson
Jul 6 • 28 min
Sera Thompson teaches and practices Deep Democracy, a psychology-based practise for resolving conflict among groups. In this special episode of the podcast, we share a conversation where she gives us a sample of what participants learn on one of her…
Ep. #10: You’re Hired; Responsibilities Negotiable
Jun 28 • 29 min
There are very few written rules that outline what is expected of MLAs once they take their jobs. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t significant expectations placed on them once they take office.
Ep. #9: The 52nd Seat
Jun 10 • 26 min
There has never been a Mi’kmaq MLA in Nova Scotia, despite the fact that a seat has been reserved for one in the House of Assembly Act since the early 1990s. This week on Off Script, Sandra Hannebohm explores why.
SE #18: Coming up next… the 52nd Seat
Jun 3 • 7 min
This week, we explore some of the background for next week’s episode, which explores the seat that has been reserved for Mi’kmaq people in the legislature, but has never been filled.
SE #17: Andrew Younger - Being an independent MLA in Nova Scotia
May 26 • 27 min
Andrew Younger recently gave a talk to the Rotary Club in Dartmouth on the realities of being an independent MLA and candidate. The talk was scheduled before he withdrew from the race to be the independent MLA for Dartmouth East for health and family…
Ep #8: Ready, willing and able
May 20 • 40 min
This week we explore the stories of the people who have run, and in some cases won, elected office as Nova Scotians living with disabilities.
SE #16: Basic election stuff we should all probably know about, but don’t.
May 11 • 12 min
There is an election happening on May 30th. In this special episode, Mark explains why writ drops are different than mic drops, how continuous ballot collection can dampen the impact of changes in the polls mid-way through the campaign, and how we have a…
Ep #7: The white House
May 1 • 37 min
In the 259 years of responsible government in Nova Scotia there have been just five African Nova Scotian MLAs. This week, we speak to three former MLAs who each sat as the sole African Nova Scotians in the legislature during their time.
SE #15: Sexism and misogyny in Canadian provincial politics
Apr 20 • 13 min
In this week’s episode of Off Script, research lead and Carleton PhD candidate Louise Cockram speaks with Sandra Hannebohm about how the experience of Nova Scotian female politicians compares to those across Canada.
Ep #6: Ladies first (except in politics)
Apr 13 • 36 min
This week on Off Script, we explore the unique experiences of the women who ran for and won seats in the Nova Scotia legislature - the challenges they faced in getting there, and the challenges awaiting them once they arrived.
SE #14: Bob Mann ‘Resist the urge to wear a jersey’
Apr 5 • 16 min
Bob’s father was a cabinet minister in John Savage’s liberal government, but most of Bob’s friends are ‘on the orange team.’ Bob shares the story of the ‘strong and, frankly, bizarre reactions’ of people from the red, orange and blue teams when he starred…
SE #13: Naheed Nenshi - Politics in Full Sentences
Mar 29 • 54 min
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is one of Canada’s most well known political figures. Regardless of how close your own politics are to his, most people can probably agree he has been a powerful voice for the importance of local government. One of the ways…
SE #12: Mike Savage “We are not a box full of puppies”
Mar 23 • 9 min
Mike Savage has something to say about negativity in politics, and he wants you to tell you what ‘togetherness’ has to do with Van Gogh, itchy sweaters, imperfect families and a box full of puppies.
SE #11: Andrew Black - The Politics of Togetherness
Mar 14 • 8 min
Andrew Black has been an active progressive conservative party member for over a decade, but his most successful campaign was the one that got an active member of another party elected to the mayor’s office in Halifax.
SE #10: Meet Sandra, Off-Script Co-Host
Mar 8 • 20 min
Starting in April, Sandra Hannebohm will be a regular co-host, writer, and contributor to Off Script podcast. On this week’s Off Script podcast, listen in on Mark’s ‘interview’ with her.
SE #9: Book Pub (B-Side) - Ft. Howard Epstein and Graham Steele (Discussion)
Mar 2 • 48 min
The second part of a discussion shared between former NDP MLAs and authors, Howard Epstein and Graham Steele. Howard explains why he never crossed the floor to sit as an independent, and Graham outlines why (despite all his gripes with the system)…
Special Ep #8: Book Pub ft. Howard Epstein & Graham Steele
Feb 25 • 35 min
This week we share the recording from a discussion with two former members of the NDP caucus, who have written books on their experience in Atlantic Canada’s first NDP government.
Off Script - Important Update
Feb 25 • 4 min
We’ve got some news to share with our listeners.
Special Ep #7: Afterparty (B-Side) ft. Elizabeth May, Graham Steele, Danny Graham and Brent Rathgeber
Feb 14 • 57 min
This is the discussion period from a conversation Springtide hosted in the middle of the last Nova Scotia election campaign. In Special Ep #6, you heard the opening remarks from the panelists in this conversation. In this episode, you’ll hear their…
Ep #5: Roads
Feb 8 • 32 min
In this episode, we explore the issue former MLAs told us they heard more about than anything else from their constituents.
Special Ep #6: Afterparty ft. Elizabeth May, Graham Steele, Danny Graham and Brent Rathgeber
Feb 1 • 53 min
This week, we share tape from a discussion Springtide hosted in the middle of the 2013 Nova Scotia election campaign. We invited current and former politicians spanning the political spectrum to talk about the future of political parties in Canada. Each…
Ep #4: Party Time
Jan 25 • 37 min
This week on Off Script, we talk to former MLAs about their experience with their own parties.
Off Script: It’s flu season.
Jan 10 • 3 min
It’s flu season, and the Off Script team was not spared. A short message about another Springtide project you should be aware of, and a plan to be back to the regular show by next week.
Special Ep #5: New Year’s Resolution Edition
Jan 3 • 10 min
Could New Year’s resolutions for better civic administration from 1921 still apply in 2017? In this week’s episode, you be the judge.
Special Ep #4: Better Politics and Watchdogging Parliament (Kevin Page)
Dec 27, 2016 • 32 min
In this week’s episode : we look back on Kevin Page’s speech from the 2016 Better Politics Awards in Halifax.
Ep. #3: How do you learn to be an MLA?
Dec 20, 2016 • 34 min
This week, we talk about the days and weeks immediately following a new MLA’s election and ask the question: how do you learn to be an MLA?
Special Ep #3: How I got kicked out of province house (Nelson MacDonald)
Dec 13, 2016 • 23 min
In this week’s episode : an update on our production schedule, and a story about learning how the legislature works by protesting what happens inside.
Off Script Ep #2: Casting Call
Dec 1, 2016 • 41 min
What do a lawyer, a baptist minister, a farmer and a nurse have in common? At one point, they’ve all walked into the legislature to serve as MLAs. In episode two of Off Script, hear the stories that turned regular citizens into lawmakers, and the…
Special Ep #2: Alison Loat (Extended Interview)
Nov 25, 2016 • 29 min
What’s it like traveling across Canada to talk to former MPs about their life in politics? In last week’s podcast, you heard from Alison Loat, one of the co-authors of the book “Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out on Canada’s…
Special Ep #1: Michael MacMillan on Tragedy in the Commons
Nov 24, 2016 • 25 min
What do former MPs have to say about the health of Canadian democracy? Not much good news, accoriding to Michael MacMillan. In last week’s podcast, you heard from Michael MacMillan, one of the co-authors of the book “Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members…
Off Script - Ep #1: Road Map
Nov 18, 2016 • 36 min
The first full episode of the Off Script podcast is here. It plots the path for where this podcast is taking you, and gives you a peak at some of the key findings from the MLA Exit Interviews.
For the brokenhearted (Parker J. Palmer)
Nov 9, 2016 • 19 min
Today, we were planning on releasing the first full episode of the podcast. But, our hearts and minds are somewhere else today, and we suspect yours are too. We’ll pick up where we left off this time next week, and this week we’ll share some of the…
Off Script: How an MLA gets involved in ‘those kinds of things’ (Clarrie MacKinnon)
Nov 3, 2016 • 8 min
Clarrie MacKinnon recounts the kinds of things he would end up doing when government services fell short of his constituents needs.
Off Script: “Where’s the minister?” (Eleanor Norrie)
Oct 26, 2016 • 7 min
In this week’s story, former cabinet minister, and Truro-Bible Hill MLA, Eleanor Norrie, remembers what she describes as the all-too-frequent experience of showing up as a woman when the people she was scheduled to meet were waiting for a man.
Off Script: “Three cheers for the lady” (Francene Cosman)
Oct 19, 2016 • 4 min
The Off Script Podcast will officially launch soon. Until then, here’s our first ‘prepisode’ - short anecdotes and stories that kept us laughing, captivated, and in suspense during the interviews, meant to keep you doing the same until we launch full…
Off Script: Starting Up
Oct 2, 2016 • 4 min
We’ve collected over 75 hours of recorded content, from interviews with more than forty former MLAs. This fall, we’ll begin releasing a weekly audio-documentary podcast. Each week we’ll unpack one small piece of politics.