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We are a group of friends from Canada, Kenya, Antigua, and the United States. We met in Montreal as part of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program where we’ve been living, working, and fighting the power for almost a year.

Yes, you read that correctly, we actually live together.

Late night conversations often turn towards questioning the systems we live in (hi, capitalism), and strategizing ways to change them –or tear them down – and figuring out how to build more just communities. We also talk about memes, stumble into dark web cobwebs, and fall asleep with the lights on.

Living with a bunch of radical sharp-tongued weirdos who share your values is incredible. We are #blessed and some of us are #embarrassed that we said #blessed. Emotional turbulence aside, we made a podcast.

If you care about making this world more inclusive, more just, and more equitable; if often you get called "rude" for speaking truth to power, asking the hard questions, and challenging the status quo; and if, all the while, you don’t take yourself too seriously, join us!

Tune in to RUDE. Launching May 28th, 2018.


Why "RUDE"?

Have you ever been called "rude" for asking questions or speaking your mind?

Questions like: why are there only old white dudes on this science panel? Why are there no trans women involved in planning this Women's March? How come we keep talking about reconciliation but some Indigenous communities are on boil water advisories? Why do high school students from western countries keep going to "build a well in 'Africa'"?

We have a lot of questions and we're called "rude" for even asking them. So we decided to create a podcast community for young people who aren't afraid to make things uncomfortable.

We're reclaiming this word.
We will be RUDE!


Emilie Nicolas


I've got THE best prints in my wardrobe. I'm also an anti-racism activist, the founder of Québec Inclusif, and an anthropologist. My roommates call me Master Chef, let's just say I enjoy my kitchen! 


Michael Lipset


Ex-rapper and current PhD Candidate. Upsetting the setup that upsets students and sets our youth up for failure. Basically, I build the schools you wish you went to. I make podcasts, too. When I was in college I had a bow and arrow and almost killed a raccoon... almost.


Daniella Barreto


I'm a photographer and a low-key troublemaker who happens to have an M.Sc. I recently met JT (and his socks) and gave him my recommendations for the decriminalization of sex work, HIV, and drug use. I had a really hard time not wearing black for this shoot.


Barbara Karuana


Kenyan Feminist filmmaker. Lover of all things Beyonce and powerful black women. When I’m not writing stories, I can be found plotting the fall of patriarchy or communing with my ancestors for some divine wisdom on how to improve my famous chicken recipe.



Kara Sheppard-Jones

I'm a social innovation geek with type A tendencies. I counter-balance things out with spontaneous dance parties and lots of laughing (too loud at times). I'm all about providing each human with the opportunity to fulfill their full potential and contribute to society. That explains why I think a lot about social equity, education & human-centered organisations. 



Amaya Athill

I'm a human rights lawyer by day and a Crossfitter by night (or mornings, very early mornings). When I'm not in a carnival costume, I'm busy unpacking and dismantling the impacts of Columbus and the Queen in the Caribbean.



Nicole Leaver 


I’m a feminist researcher with a lowbrow sense of humour and existential tendencies. I am starting my PhD in September which probably won’t help with the latter. I have a lot to say about alternative and post-capitalist economies, radical left politics, and the ethics of AI. 

    TONY THE RACCOON   I am a four-legged bandit here to make things symmetrical.



I am a four-legged bandit here to make things symmetrical.