The Boiling Point March 23 – Keepin’ Ya Head Up
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The Boiling Point March 23 – Keepin’ Ya Head Up

Yesterday’s show was about how to keep a positive mindset when times get tough. Being in 1st, 2nd, 3rd or fourth year teaches an understanding of balancing study, socializing and a personal life.  But managing the daily struggle of school becomes more difficult when situations beyond our control mount on the pressures of keeping your head about you while things are exploding everywhere.

Without skirting the issue, the U.S. administration has changed how western politics functions at least momentarily, juxtaposing democracy and tyranny.  The President of the United States is attempting to indiscriminately do away with most liberties, with a broad sweep of literally strong-arming everyone in his wake into submission.  We’ve seen him try to muscle people through awkward handshakes, barrages of personal attacks on public figures and world leaders, and try to retrofit archaic policies that marginalize and threaten the safety of several people.

With his failed attempts at banning muslims from entering the country, he affected business, education and foreign relations between would-be allies and has incited violent extremism both in and outside of the United States.  Even in Canada, a Trump-inspired vigilante murdered six innocent people while they were worshipping at their mosque earlier this year.  Canadian students have experienced difficulties in completing their studies as some programs require them to travel back and forth across the U.S. border, and though our government has taken the position of resisting the U.S. immigration policy it hasn’t brought the effects to a halt.  It goes without saying that the United States’ attack on progressive freedom is being felt throughout the world.

The school year is almost over, with just about a month left between final assignments and exams.  We made it!  Every year has its unique challenges, and asks different things of you to make it through.  You learn and grow not just from the academics, but through the activities you participate in, and who you encounter each day.  Last night’s show was a reminder to stick to the foundation that holds you together.  Each person has their own set of values that helps them make sense of the world, especially throughout learning new things at school and deciding what you want from life.  When things get tough and they’re coming at you from all angles and throwing you off balance, remember the things that make you feel stable: maybe it’s a cottage at the grandparents, or that friend back home that you grew up with that you can’t wait to see when school’s over, or maybe it’s just something simple like a favourite hobby you do in your spare time.  Whatever that anchor is, hold on to it and let it guide you through the unfamiliar waters.  You’ll see that you can look at things objectively and feel a sense of calm while you make sense of it.

Here’s the playlist of songs that played last night:

  1. Lavender – Kaytranada feat. Snoop Dogg
  2. Savage – Little Simz
  3. Sex X Money X Sneakers – BJ The Chicago Kid
  4. Hallucinations – dvsn
  5. Waiting For – araabMuzik, Dvnk Sinatrv
  6. Lady Of Leisure – Gifted Gab
  7. Below The Surface – Pham
  8. 195 – Kaytranada
  9. Bist du Down? – Ace Tee, Kwame
  10. Third Rail – Quincy Vidal
  11. All About Me – Syd
  12. Actin Crazy – Action Bronson
  13. Bad and Boujee – Migos, Lil Uzi Vert

 

The Boiling Point, March 2 2017
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The Boiling Point, March 2 2017

ATTENTION ATTENTION:

THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

Tonight, on The Boiling Point, after a two week hiatus we’ll tackle the growing snowball of controversy happening in the United States Presidential administration, complete with an analysis of the most recent scandal around the appointed Attorney General – Jeff Sessions.

We’ll also recap recent events that made headlines in Canada and around the world, and take some pauses to appreciate some fantastic music. Make sure you tune in at 9pm if you’re listening in from wherever you are, or settle in with me on the Facebook Live stream, and enter the chat to ask some questions if you have any!

See you then.

The Boiling Point January 5: Welcome Back
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The Boiling Point January 5: Welcome Back

Welcome radio-heads!

Hope the break was rejuvenating and that you’re ready to tear into the semester.  Last year we talked about a lot of groundbreaking events, and also got the chance to examine some key issues that affect us as a student body, and also as individuals that shape society.

What impact does our perspective have on those issues?  How effective can we be in engaging our opinion?  These are the questions that have previously been addressed and will continue to frame the direction of The Boiling Point, and of course while nodding to some killer beats.

This episode focused on events that took place nearer the end of the year, and raised commentary about the effect those events have or have had on the public.  Violence shrouded the atmosphere of the latter end of 2016 with chaos erupting in the East as the Syrian crisis continued to embroil all parties involved.  As always, listeners are invited to engage the commentary by adding their thoughts or views on topics covered, and suggestions as to what could be touched on in the future.

Also included in a brief sum-up of 2016, new music was reviewed and the playlist can be seen below.  Thanks for tuning in, and see you next week!

  1. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
  2. Young Americans – David Bowie
  3. A Report To The Shareholders: Kill Your Masters – Run The Jewels
  4. Candy Man – Baauer
  5. Choice And Consequence – Bwana
  6. James Joint (cover) –  Jarreau & Mr Carmack
  7. Terrified (Zikomo Remix) – Childish Gambino
  8. Cocaine Eighties – Autumn In June

 

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The Boiling Point: EP5 Summary and Playlist

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Good evening fair Golden Hawks!

Last night’s episode of The Boiling Point was a celebration of sorts, with touches on popular topics in the news and of course, a jocular look at some of this weeks funniest moments in the media.  Twitter always has an exhaustive account of any major event that happens – in play-by-play form.  One of the best this week, was Newt Gingrich’s posts on the Pearl Harbor attacks, and the attacks in response to his peculiar remarks were equally stellar.  Also, a closer look was taken at recent bizarre appointments to the U.S. President-Elect’s cabinet, and concerning events in the EU.

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The tunes this week were “holiday” inspired, and included spins from Michael Jackson, Run-DMC, and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The choices aimed to reflect that diversity can express the sentiments of a festive season just as handily as traditional favourites. If you’re not sure what form of dance expression is appropriate for a genre of music, you can get some hints from our young friend below.  Playlist to follow.

Good luck on your exams, and enjoy your holiday!

 

 

Songs Played This Week:

“Christmas In Hollis” – Run-DMC

“A Christmas F***ing Miracle” – Run The Jewels

“Soulful Christmas” – James Brown

“Gettin’ Down For X-Mas” – Milly & Silly

“Unstoppable” – Santigold

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” – Michael Jackson

Canada’s New Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
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Canada’s New Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

This week we took a look at what’s on Catherine Mckenna’s agenda as she steps into the role of Trudeau’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. You can check out the National Observer article, it outlines many of the tasks Mckenna has to take on over the next 4 years.

We also took a look at the Paris attacks and what that will mean for the COP21 Climate Summit. The summit will continue however, sadly, many of the events, parades, and demonstrations scheduled to happen around the event have been cancelled due to safety concerns. You can find more details here.

Finally we took a look at hydro damns, supposedly a clean method of producing energy however it seems they are actually not as clean as we think. You can read more about the green washing of hydro damn in this article.

Remember to check out the Waterloo Climate March happening Nov 29 in Waterloo Square