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Playing with Ideas and Considering All Points of View. The project of Modes of Inquiry is to present and explore different types of methodologies used to understand various topics, events, and current affairs. How do they function? What works best? What are interdisciplinary perspectives? And how do they help in our understanding of a single topic? We aim to answer these questions and more for you. Featuring bi-weekly guests from diverse fields and backgrounds for discussions and interviews.
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Welcome to season 7. I am joined by Negar Zarassi a Swedish-Iranian professional opera singer. She is extensively trained in classical music, holding two bachelor's degrees: from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Academy for Music and Drama in Gothenburg, both in Sweden. We discuss classical music, what is it? Why does it matter? And …
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In this episode, I speak with Mubin Shaikh. We discuss his journey into and out of Islamist #extremism, his work as an undercover operative in taking down the Toronto 18, and the evolution and growing influence of online extremism and radicalization. We focus on religious and political tribalism as barriers to critical thinking, interpersonal commu…
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I am joined for a conversation with Francesca Luberti. We discuss #testosterone levels, their function in men and women, their role in parenting, their impact on attractiveness, and their significance in mating practices and relationships. All this and more on MOI! Grazie, Francesca!Από τον Mathew Giagnorio
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Season 6 Episode 1 welcomes back fellow Canadian Terry Glavin, writer and journalist. We examine the history, culture, society, and politics of British Columbia and Québec and their distinction between how they fit or do not fit into the larger Canadian framework. We also discuss current and ongoing issues in Canada and Canadian politics, the impor…
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This week I speak with Brian Peckford. We discuss the Canadian Constitution, his contribution to it, and why Canadians are under-informed about and take little to no pride in it. We emphasize the importance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the particular structure of a constitution with respect to the country and the people that create it.…
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Season 5 resumes with returning guest Phil Gurski. We discuss ongoing issues and debates around the repatriation of foreign fighters who left their countries to join ISIS, the laws broken and crimes committed, and the gender question: were women only victims? Or willing participants as well? And touch on the very serious matter of what is to happen…
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This week welcomes Nathan Romas, host of the podcast The Quiet Professional. We discuss the largely standardized approach to policing in Canada in contrast to the US, the conflicts officers face, changes in policing over the decades, and how off-duty doesn't automatically imply leaving on-duty experiences behind. All this and more on MOI ! Thanks, …
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This week welcomes Matt Johnson to the podcast. We discuss his book How Hitchens Can Save The Left: Rediscovering Fearless Liberalism in the Age of Counter-Enlightenment, the noise and nonsense of the political left and right today, the universal values and writing style of Christopher Hitchens, and the importance of knowing friends from foes in co…
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This week welcomes William Costello to the podcast. We discuss the world of modern dating, wants and expectations, the growing educational disparities between men and women, dating apps, the skill of flirting, traditional masculinity vs modern masculinity, modern independent women and new needs, the importance of communication, the difference of co…
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In the season 5 opener, I speak with Iman. We discuss spirituality, authenticity, deep connections, her journey away from radical Islam and towards spirituality, and her work on healing, understanding, and trauma. We also discuss the importance of negating hate and embracing love and peace. All this and more on MOI! Thanks, Iman!…
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This week welcomes Terry Glavin. We discuss the current state of the Liberal Party of Canada, the illiberal policies and politics of Justin Trudeau, how and why the Left has become incoherent, eerie similarities between Trump and Trudeau, and the media frenzy and political opportunity that got it wrong regarding the coverage of supposed mass graves…
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This week welcomes Elisa Nardi. We discuss the wines and wine estates of Tuscany, Italy, the typical grapes of the region, and the styles and methods found there. The value and gems of local family-owned and operated wineries, ideal pairings of food and ambiance, and wine tour musts when in Tuscany. All this and more on MOI!…
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This week welcomes Rana Ahmad to the podcast. She talks about her life in Saudi Arabia and her intellectual journey of thoughts, questions, and curiosities that lead her away from Islam and to atheism. She also describes her escape from Saudi Arabia and her daring journey to Germany. We discuss her love of science and philosophy and her passion and…
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This week welcomes Lawrence Krauss to the podcast. We discuss the importance of science in education, the skill of good science communication and its role, why the knowledge of astrological signs appears more common than a basic knowledge of science, the purpose of common sense, and the relationship between public policy and science. All this and m…
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This week welcomes Hugo Mercier to the podcast. We discuss his work and research with a particular focus on his book Not Born Yesterday in which he argues with data that we are not as gullible as we may believe but rather we are very good a using reason and decision-making. We discuss real-world issues such as politics, society, individuals and gro…
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The season 3 finale welcomes Dr. Erec Smith, an associate professor of rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania to the podcast. We discuss the new discourse of Anti-Racism and its negative effects on education and course materials, the importance of individualism and why it tends to be feared, erroneous and limited narratives of Black communities i…
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This week on the podcast I'm joined by Tina Christensen, a Danish model, and actress. We discuss ageism in the film and modeling industries, how she came to embrace and love her silver hair, her approach to health and beauty, and how a positive mindset in life is essential like a little black dress in your wardrobe. All this and more on MOI. Thanks…
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This week welcomes Gregory Johnsen to the podcast. We discuss the intricacies of the ongoing Saudi Arabia-Yemen conflict, the U.S. Government element, Gregory's research, the civilian casualties, the lack of news coverage, and pondering about what should happen and what may happen next. All this and more! Thanks, Gregory!…
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This week welcomes Nicolò Scremin, founder and CEO of SecuritHub and founder of NextGen50. We discuss youth involvement and engagement in issues about security/national security/counterterrorism, what new perspectives youth bring to the issues in these areas, how to get youth more involved with and interested in pursuing a career in security, Nicol…
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This week welcomes Dr. Marilyn Simon, a Shakspeare scholar, university instructor, and writer to the podcast. We discuss beauty what is it? And why it's important, the vital energies of femininity and masculinity, the value of romance and poetry, sensuality as essential to our individuality, sex and trust and love and risk, and more! Thanks, Marily…
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This week on the podcast is Dr. Iona Italia, editor-in-chief of Areo magazine. We discuss the role of Areo, the challenges and pressure encountered, calls for censorship, the importance of dialogue and understanding the issues and good argumentation, keeping true to founding principles, the need to hone your skills of articulating ideas, and more! …
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This Thursday on the pod I’m joined by Jonathan Kay, a Quillette editor, and writer. We discuss the challenges and changing the face of journalism, the importance of journalists and journalistic integrity, differences between the online and offline media landscape, and more! Thanks, Jon!Από τον Mathew Giagnorio
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This Thursday MOI welcomes Dalal Mawad to the pod. We discuss the style and structure of the body politic in Lebanon, how this affects the style of Lebanese journalism, its history and civil war, sectarian politics, society, the Beirut Explosion, and the current state and future of Lebanon. All this and more this Thursday on MOI! Merci beaucoup, Da…
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Season 3 welcomes Dr. Vian Aziz on the podcast. We discuss the importance of sexual education and its absence in Arab and Muslim majority countries, the difference between sex and sexuality, the subject of shame and the role religion plays, how this impacts women particularly and shapes society, and the severe effects of male sexual repression on w…
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Season 3 officially kicks off this Thursday with returning guest, Phil Gurski. As the first inquiry of the season, we discuss the recent attempted murder of Salman Rushdie and the historic series of events surrounding Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 calling for Rushdie’s death following the publication of The Satanic Verses. W…
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In this pre-season special which will also act as S3E1, Daniel Sharp of Areo Magazine and I discuss the recent attack and attempted murder of Salman Rushdie and the importance and value of free speech in a free and open society, the current attempts once again to censor free speech, the voices of dissent within groups and society, progress and free…
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For the season 2 final, I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Anna Sergi, professor of criminology and organized #crime studies at the University of Essex, UK. We discussed Italian organized crime, specifically Ndrangheta and its origin, development and global expansion. How does differ from other Mafia organizations in Italy? What is Ndrangheta…
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In the first of a two-part episode, I speak with India Donisi, creator and founder of Winespicegirl. We discuss wine and its richer, deep elements. The philosophical, cultural and mythology (Dionysus) components of this salubrious, seductive and sacred nectar. How it has impacted and been ever-present through recorded history and civilization. We a…
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For S2E16, in the first of a two-part episode, I speak with Ahmed Patel. We discuss his early years growing up in the UK, in the 1970s and 1980s, the political and cultural changes that began in the 1990s, and the stark contrast between British Muslim youth then and now, identity, group-oriented and individual. All this and much more! On MOI! Thank…
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For S2E15 I speak with Colin Wright. We discuss transgender issues, what is biological sex? Is gender fluid? The expression of individual human sexuality, the generational divide in perspectives in the transgender community, the question of fairness in sports, and feminine and masculine as aspects each of us has and outwardly express differently in…
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For this episode, I speak with Kaveh Shahrooz. We discuss the Iranian diaspora, Persian culture, and the gangster regime of Iran as separate from and oppressive to the Iranian people. We also human rights violations, the downing of Ukraine Flight PS752 on January 8th, 2021, the Iran lobby, sloppy foreign policy and the religious factor, how to supp…
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In episode 13 of season 2, I speak with Prof. Feiner of Bar-Ilan University, Isreal. We discussed a range of important and not too well known or understand topics pertaining to the European Jewry and Jewish history of the 18th and 19th centuries, what the main focus or concern of Jews during that period, what significant event(s) impacted European …
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For S2E12, I speak with William Baldét in the first of a special two-part episode. We discuss the origin and development of the Prevent strategy UK, its focus and community impact, what methods it employs and how have these methods been innovative in CVE work on the local, national, and regional levels. We also discuss the important insights into r…
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In this episode, I speak with Terry Newman, lecturer at McGill University and a contributing writer to Quillette. We discuss eclectic issues from Joe Rogan, policing speech, the importance of meaning in our lives, misunderstandings of politics in Canada, the crisis within journalism, geographical representation/diversity on college and university c…
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This Thursday I speak with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci. We discuss stoicism and its important role in a person's life, what is stoic philosophy? How do ancient teachings continue to be relevant for us today? What are stoic principles? How do you become a stoic? When is the right age to begin teaching and developing stoicism? Can anyone truly be a stoic…
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For this Thursday I speak with Razib Khan. We discussed the science of genetics and how an increase in data over the past 20 years has enhanced our understanding of, among other things, the human species. We also delve into the race, whether it's a social construct or a scientific classification? What will be achieved or possibly solved in the deca…
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In this episode, I spoke with Jamie Woodhouse of Sentientism. We discussed and fruitfully debated sentience, the difference between vegan and vegetarian, what changes can a person make in their food consumption? Do #ethical food choices/options necessarily correlate with what is healthy? What methods of analysis should be used and understood when d…
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In this episode, I speak with Dan Stanton. We discuss traditional and modern means of counter-intelligence, CSIS mandate and should it be updated, what is foreign intelligence? And how is it collected? What are and what should be considered threats to national security? What should be the focus of CSIS and intelligence agencies as we move forward? …
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In this episode, I speak with Candice Malcolm, founder and editor-in-chief of True North. We discuss Canadian conservativism and what makes it distinct, the state of conservativism in Canada, its past and future, what the current divides within the Canadian conservative movement are, why Erin O'Toole? And the differences between conservativism on t…
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In S2E5, I speak with Jeff Schoep, founder of Beyond Barriers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to a new approach of countering and preventing extremism. From 1994 until early 2019, Jeff was the leader of the largest neo-Nazi organization in the United States, the National Socialist Movement (NSM). Jeff now works as an International Ex…
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I speak with Archie Alafriz on terrorism financing, money-laundering, the crime/terror nexus, new frontiers for law enforcement agencies and new opportunities for criminal organizations, domestic in Canada and international law, new and traditional methods for tracking and stopping these activities, the role of the internet for practitioner and per…
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S2E3: I speak with Andy Sellwood, moderator for the Heterodox Academy group hxa Canada about the differences and similarities of the challenges faced in academia and society in Canada in comparison to the USA, what is the mission of HXA Canada? What does it mean to be heterodox in thinking and teaching? What legal action and legal rights do teacher…
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I speak with Dr. Ashley Frawley of Swansea University on the state of the political Left today and the absence of its former critical style. We also discuss the socialization of medicine, the development of language and culture comprising the wellness/wellbeing and mental health industry, understanding the 'why' of student and youth protests and op…
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S2E1 begins with Dr. Nicole Barbaro and our discussion on higher education from the perspective of evolutionary psychology, and how to apply and improve the methods of edtech and e-learning, what barriers exist for students and professors and why genuine improvements in teaching and learning gave what has changed over the decades. Nicole discusses …
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S1E14: In the season1 finale I speak with Jake Hanrahan of the grassroots conflict media platform Popular Front. We discuss his approach and methods as an independent journalist, important stories not covered by major media outlets, the importance of maintaining neutrality as a journalist and not pushing an agenda or narrative, social, cultural, an…
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