What We’re Reading: Canada Obscura and Korean Tech

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The Secret Life of Canada Produced by CBC Over the past couple of months, I’ve been searching for new podcasts to listen to, after running out of Netflix series to watch and books to read that I didn’t already have on my bookshelf at home. “The Secret Life of Canada,” produced by CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, isn’t exactly new – it has been around since 2018 and was actually presented by Passport 2017 and produced independently before being picked up by CBC. But it has a novel concept, as well as an entertaining format thanks largely to the two cohosts, Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson. The show purports to cover aspects of Canadian history that “probably didn’t make it into your high school textbook.” Each episode explores often overlooked people, places and topics related to Canada’s more than 150 years as a country. The first episode covers the secret life of Banff, Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885 and located in the province of Alberta. The podcast details how the Canadian government managed to clear the land of the indigenous people who had been living there before the government realized the land’s value as a tourist destination. Like other […]

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Valentina Jovanovski
Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Phillip Orchard
Phillip Orchard is an analyst at Geopolitical Futures. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Orchard spent nearly six years at Stratfor, working as an editor and writing about East Asian geopolitics. He’s spent more than six years abroad, primarily in Southeast Asia and Latin America, where he’s had formative, immersive experiences with the problems arising from mass political upheaval, civil conflict and human migration. Mr. Orchard holds a master’s degree in Security, Law and Diplomacy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he focused on energy and national security, Chinese foreign policy, intelligence analysis, and institutional pathologies. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He speaks Spanish and some Thai and Lao.