Safe Space

A weekly show about news and politics that is making a safe space for your questionable takes. hosted by Vicky Mochama and Ishmael Daro. A Metro podcast.
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Sep 22, 2017

Writers Sarah Hagi and Ashley Csanady join Safe Space to talk about Barbie politics, the tax changes debate and the ongoing saga of Senator Lynn Beyak. Welcome back for season two!

Sep 15, 2017

Vicky and Ishmael were joined by comedian Monica Heisey (@monicaheisey) and sports writer Alex Wong (@steven_lebron) for a special edition of Takeaways, live on stage. Safe Space was one of five podcasts to take part in a live taping of CBC's Podcast Playlist at the Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto on June 15. Follow the show on Twitter @itsasafespace.

Sep 13, 2017

Safe Space is coming back for another season, so Vicky and Ishmael are checking in and saying hello. New full episodes start September 22nd. Follow the show on Twitter @itsasafespace.

Jun 9, 2017

On the season finale of Safe Space, policy analyst Lauren Dobson Hughes (@ldobsonhughes) and HuffPo blogs editor Michael Scholars (@scholarsenic) join the panel to talk about changes to the Criminal Code. Canada's new foreign policy swagger and what's been happening in the British election campaign. Follow the show on Twitter @itsasafespace. 

Jun 2, 2017

Policy wonk Brittany Andrew-Amofah and comedian Ryan McMahon are on Safe Space to talk about the changing of the political guard in Ottawa and in British Columbia, as well as the ongoing failure of the federal government to properly fund social welfare for First Nations children. Vicky and Ishmael also talk about why Celine Dion should have a central role in Canada 150 celebrations.

Find Brittany on Twitter @BrittanyAmofah.

Connect with Ryan on Twitter @RMComedy and check out Indian & Cowboy.

Follow our show on Twitter @itsasafespace.

May 26, 2017

On this week's show, Toronto Star national politics reporter Alex Boutilier and comedy writer Nick Zarzycki join Vicky and Ishmael to talk about the Conservative leadership convention and whether there was ~FOREIGN INFLUENCE~ in our last federal election in 2015. The panel also dives into why Canada's liquor laws are so restrictive and terrible, and what John A. Macdonald's babysitter has to do with it. 

May 19, 2017

Toronto Star columnist Shree Paradkar and human rights activist Amira Elghawaby are on Safe Space to talk about the "Appropriation Prize" controversy, and whether Jagmeet Singh can save the NDP with his sharp suits and killer Instagram pics. The panel also talk about what a tough year it's been for Canadian Muslims, even though we now have full Sharia law thanks to Justin Trudeau's government. 

Vicky is away this week, so Ishmael is joined by guest co-host Elamin Abdelmahmoud. 

May 12, 2017

This week, restaurateur Jen Agg and comedian Rebecca Kohler are on the podcast to play a special game of Would You Rather, using stories plucked from the week's news. Plus, Vicky and Ishmael discuss why editorial cartoons in Canada's newspapers are terrible and only likely to get worse.

May 5, 2017

Parliamentary reporter Kady O'Malley joins Ishmael and Vicky to talk about the Senate's children's book and the Harjit Sajjan debacle. The panel debates an omnibus bill that may just improve Canadian democracy. 


Apr 28, 2017

"I'm going to tweet at JK Rowling, "That bitch ass Harry Potter made Dobby die for him and you had the gall to have this house-elves-are-slaves subplot."


Apr 21, 2017

"It's always the judgiest people and the most morally superior people who are felled by their own morals." 

Annamaria Enenajor and Michael Spratt are on Safe Space this week to talk about pot legislation, the landmark Jordan ruling and whether it's the end of Bill O'Reilly. 


Apr 14, 2017

Is the Rob Ford-Donald Trump comparison unfair to Rob Ford? Exactly how much money does United Airlines owe David Dao? And could we be focussing on Russia more?

Comedian and writer Celeste Yim, and the Toronto Star's Washington bureau chief Daniel Dale are on Safe Space this week. 

Apr 7, 2017

Cavern of Secrets' Lauren Mitchell and Media Indigena's Rick Harp find a safe space this week to talk about telling the Story of Us, failing Canadian history and the cancelling of Pepsi's protest ad with Kendall Jenner. The word 'circlejerk' comes up more often than you'd think but also exactly as often as needed. 

Mar 31, 2017

Vice News Features Editor Justin Ling and freelance writer Shireen Ahmed join Ishmael and Vicky to talk about the week's news. There's big news from the American women's hockey team on pay equity and big news from the federal government on marijuana legislation. The Conservative leadership race is in the homestretch with two months to go until the convention: the lows have been low indeed and the highs have been policy debates about supply management.

Mar 24, 2017

Chatelaine associate editor Sadiya Ansari and National Post reporter Tristin Hopper join Vicky and Ishmael on the show this week. They talk about the big budget news: is it really new or is it the same budget, different year? But there are big changes in Alberta where Jason Kenney has won the Progressive Conservative leadership by promising to 'unite the right'. Tristin give us an expert overview of what that means for Alberta politics. And a Maclean's piece seems to have lost the writer his side-gig in academia. Is this a question of academic freedom or simply a case of cause meeting effect?
In Takeaways this week, Sadiya makes a case for sweetness, Tristin argues against homework, Vicky demands tax breaks for the childfree and Ishmael goes in on dark chocolate. 


Mar 17, 2017

Buzzfeed's Scaachi Koul and freelance writer Navneet Alang join Safe Space this week to talk about the the role of Beyoncé in the NDP leadership race, the evolution of Girl Guiding and the need to sink the Rebel dot media. 

Mar 10, 2017

Editor and culture writer Amil Niazi (VICE) and freelance writer Kyrell Grant join Safe Space hosts Vicky Mochama (Metro News) and Ishmael Daro (Buzzfeed Canada) this week to talk about libertarian memes, the women's strike on International Women's Day, Katy Perry's newfound wokeness and being called out by the Beyhive.

Mar 3, 2017

This week on Safe Space, Chatelaine senior writer Sarah Boesveld and freelance journalist Desmond Cole join Vicky and Ishmael to talk about the Conservative Party leadership race, get frustrated Canada’s hypocrisy on race, and laugh about what happened at the Oscars. Vicky starts beyond frustrated by the ruling on a sexual assault case out of Halifax. She ends pretty vexed at the pen manufacturing industry because we are all complicated people with rich inner lives. After his opinion in the preview episode that all dogs are boys, Ishmael delves into the gender of the world’s most famous lasagna-eating cat. Boldest of all, Sarah thinks Donald Trump is good for feminism.

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to Safe Space! For the first episode, Ishmael and Vicky share their worst takes on animals, the voting age and male feminists. This preview episode includes Queen's Park Today's Alison Smith and Nick Zarzycki of the Syrup Trap and Gawken.