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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Dec 8, 2017

Writer Kyrell Grant and comedian Lauren Mitchell join the panel to talk about their favourite news stories of the year. 

Dec 1, 2017

Daily Xtra reporter Arshy Mann and iPolitics Parliamentary reporter Beatrice Britneff are on the pod to talk about Canada's dying/murdered newspaper industry, as well as the value of a public apology for past wrongs committed by the state. 

Follow Arshy on Twitter: @ArshyMann
Follow Beatrice on Twitter: @bbritneff

Nov 24, 2017

Reuters investigative reporter Anna Mehler Paperny joins Sharmeen Khan of the End Immigration Detention Network on the podcast this week to focus on the problems, reforms and future of Canada's prison system. 


Nov 17, 2017

Chatelaine senior writer Sarah Boesveld and writer/comedian Jordan Sowunmi are here to dive into nostalgia for classic Canadian TV and why there are so few great Canadian shows being made today. Then the panelists puzzle over how Blake Shelton became People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" and whether country music is actually any good.

Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahBoesveld

Follow Jordan on Twitter: @jordanisjoso

Nov 10, 2017

Toronto Star investigative reporter Robert Cribb and J-Source managing editor H.G. Watson are here to talk about the Paradise Papers and how the global elite hide their wealth from the taxman, as well as whether the CBC's new version of The National can save the evening newscast. Also, Ishmael and Vicky talk about Drake's bizarre handbag habit. 

Follow Robert Cribb: @thecribby
Follow H.G. Watson: @HG_Watson

Nov 3, 2017

National Post columnist Jen Gerson and Buzzfeed news reporter Jane Lytvynenko join the panel to talk about Jason Kenney's future in Alberta and whose job it is to keep foreign interference from ruining social media during elections.

Oct 27, 2017

Two years after the 2015 election, Haudenosaunee comedian/policy wonk Courtney Skye and This magazine editor Erica Lenti join the panel to judge the Liberals from head to socks. 

Oct 20, 2017

iPolitics reporter Janice Dickson and morning show maven Supriya Dwivedi join the panel to talk about Bill Morneau's very bad week and Quebec's very bad legislation this week. 

Oct 13, 2017

Hosts and producers of The Nod, Eric Eddings and Britanny Luse (formerly of For Coloured Nerds) are on the panel this week along with a special guest host, Sajae Elder, for an all-black power hour. They chat about Harvery Weinstein, Eminem's cypher and how much cheese is too much cheese. 


Oct 6, 2017

Sports writer and activist Shireen Ahmed joins Toronto Star sports and business reporter Morgan Campbell are on the panel this week to talk about sticking to sports, Cam Newton and the greatness of arrogance. 

Sep 29, 2017

Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo and Macleans associate editor Murad Hemmadi join Vicky and Ishamel to talk about the future of Uber and what lies ahead in the federal NDP leadership race. 


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.

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