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CANADALAND Podcast

Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.

Ep. 342 - Corporate Psychopaths Still Run The World
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel calls corporate social responsibility’s bluff. Co-directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott on how, almost twenty years after their first documentary came out, corporations are still driven by psychopathic greed— but are making it look like they’re out to save the world. This episode was brought to you by Audible, Manscaped, and HelloFresh. Additional music from Audio Network. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystu...

Short Cuts #278 - Lobster Politics
Mi’kmaw fishermen earning a ‘moderate livelihood’ seems to be too much for Nova Scotia’s settler lobster harvesters. And CBC leverages its credibility for its new corporate clients. APTN video journalist Trina Roache co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Audible.ca. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 341 - Food Will Find A Way
Restaurants have suffered huge losses during the pandemic. But food journalist Suresh Doss takes us to a parking lot, a subway stop, and a home cook’s kitchen to show us a thriving underground food scene. This episode is brought to you by the EDAA, Audible, and HelloFresh. Additional music by Audio Network. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #277 - Conservative Cuties
Erin O’Toole wants to protect children from a movie he has never seen. And former CBC journalist Terry Milewski resurfaces from retirement to insult an entire ethnicity - again. Former Executive Director of the World Sikh Organization and occasional Canadaland contributor Jaskaran Sandhu co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Dispatch Coffee and Squarespace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 340 - Dethroning The Arts-Grant Elite
There’s a broad undertaking to shake up who gets arts funding, and who governs it. Jesse speaks with Jesse Wente, the new President of the Canada Council for the Arts, about who gets to make contemporary Canadian art, and who pays for it. This episode is brought to you by the EDAA, Audible and Article. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #276 - Scandalized Philanthropists and A Criminalized Journalist
Breaking news on WE. An Indigenous journalist is criminalized for doing his job. And mass panic appears to be on the newly minted curriculum. One Dish One Mic’s Karl Dockstader co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Audible.ca, Hover, and Crooked Media’s Keep It! Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Bonus AMA: Canadaland's Money
You asked about our money, Jesse answers. To hear the rest of this special episode right now, go to canadalandshow.com/join Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #275 - Bring Me The Head Of John A. Macdonald!
Does anyone really care about indignities to the legacy of John A.Macdonald? And the inside story of co-host Manisha Krishnan's scoop about the "culture of retribution" at Global News.  This episode was brought to you by Audible, Keep It and Squarespace Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 339 - Shree Paradkar
The Toronto Star’s new internal ombud tells us what the job is, discusses power and race in the newsroom, and responds to that reply all email. This episode was brought to you by Audible, and Crooked Media’s With Friends Like These. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #274 - Reply-All Rosie
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join What might Jesse and Erin O’Toole have in common? And newsrooms continue to struggle with what it means to respond to this summer’s reckoning with racism. Chatelaine Executive Editor Denise Balkissoon co-hosts. This episode was brought to you by Audible and Dispatch Coffee. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.338- What The Hell Is The Epoch Times?
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join The Epoch Times’ COVID-19 special edition raised controversy when it landed in mailboxes across Canada in April. The paper was accused of spreading misinformation and fomenting anti-Chinese racism. Producer Tiffany Lam shares her reporting on The Epoch Times: Who’s behind it, why you may have received a copy last spring, and how it came to be favoured by the Trump White House. This episode is brought to you by Audible, Crooked Media's Keep It and Article. Wi...

Short Cuts #273 - Anti-Rebel, Prorogue
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join Prime Minister Trudeau just needs a quick reset. And Postmedia stands in solidarity with Rebel News. Former CAJ President and Ryerson journalism professor Karyn Pugliese co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Audible and Squarespace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 337 - 1492 Land Back Lane
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join This week marks a month since the start of a land occupation to block a residential development at the edge of Caledonia, Ontario — and the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve. Contributors Sean Vanderklis and Karl Dockstader, hosts of One Dish, One Mic, tell Jesse what they saw on a recent trip to the encampment. This episode is brought to you by Dispatch Coffee, Audible, and CFUV. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.c...

Short Cuts #272 - Anonymously Awesome!
Support us here:canadalandshow.com/join The Prime Minister’s Office leaks secret intel on how amazing it is. And Quebec’s French print papers somehow continue to thrive. The Logic’s Martin Patriquin co-hosts and explains Quebecor’s secret. This episode is sponsored by CFUV, Eventideand HelloFresh.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 272 - The Best New(ish) Podcast In Canada Is About The Opioid Crisis
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join.  Crackdown covers the war on drugs from the trenches, and these war correspondents are drug users.  Host Garth Mullins joins Jesse to talk about how after watching the media get so much wrong about the opioid crisis—if they covered it at all—he and other drug user activists got together to start a monthly podcast based on their stories, their reporting, and scientific research. This episode is brought to you by Willful and Hover. It was originally publis...


Ep. 313 - Nardwuar: An Oral History
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join Nardwuar the Human Serviette is one of the biggest media personalities to come out of Canada. He’s a prolific interviewer with a knack for shocking his guests by bringing up little-known personal details about their lives during interviews. He’s an absurd figure beloved by hip hop stars. He’s a punk from Vancouver who has 100s of millions of views on YouTube but still does his weekly community radio show. This is his story as told by the people who know him best.  ...

Ep. 336 - Let No Good Deed
Support us atcanadalandshow.com/join Last week’s House Finance Committee hearings into the WE Charity scandal yielded few new insights into why the government awarded it a massive sole-source contract or how the organization itself operates. Thankfully, the press has continued to turn up information that MPs have not. Craig Silverman, media editor at BuzzFeed News, joins us to unpack the latest revelations about efforts to burnish WE Charity’s online image while burying Canadaland’s reporting.  Th...

Short Cuts #271 - Bottom Of The Barrel
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join The Kielburgers testified before the House of Commons finance committee, updates on the Nova Scotia shooting, and the plan for a Nazi colony in Cape Breton. 2020, am I right? Tim Bousquet co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Willful and Rotman School of Management. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #271 - Bottom Of The Barrel
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join The Kielburgers testified before the House of Commons finance committee, updates on the Nova Scotia shooting, and the plan for a Nazi colony in Cape Breton. 2020, am I right? Tim Bousquet co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Willful and Rotman School of Management....

Ep. 335 - Why It's Illegal to Protest In Alberta
Support us here:canadalandshow.com/join A new law in Alberta is Jason Kenney’s latest front in the oil war. Freelance journalist Grace Lisa Scott spoke to the people fighting back against Bill 1. CORRECTION: A previous version of this episode incorrectly identified Marlene Poitras. She is Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Alberta, not Grand Chief. We regret the error. This episode was brought to you by Willful and Dispatch Coffee. Additional music by Audio Network. Support CANADALA...

Short Cuts #270 - Mr. Brown Goes To Ottawa
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join Jesse testified before the House of Commons Finance Committee about Canadaland's reporting on the WE organization, and, while accusing a Black person of anti-Blackness, The Globe and Mail itself has been accused of anti-Blackness. Andray Domise co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Rotman School of Management and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 334 - A Dodgy Paternity Test And The War On The Reporter Who Exposed It
Support us here:canadalandshow.com/join Peter Aldhous reported that a Canadian lab’s prenatal paternity test was “unreliable." During the 18-month investigation, Aldhous found couples who'd been given results that turned out to be wrong. The lawsuit the lab launched against him lasted nearly ten years. This episode is brought to you bySquareSpace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #269 - We Do Some Accounting
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join We have some questions about WE’s government contract and their internal accounting. And the story of how a Canadian media outlet suppressed assault allegations against Peter Nygard. Paul Wells co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Dispatch, Willful, and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 333 - Could The WE Scandal Take Down Justin Trudeau?
Support us here:canadalandshow.com/join It’s a scandal that could—but probably won’t—take down Justin Trudeau. After swearing otherwise, WE was forced to admit that it paid Justin's mom and brother more than $350,000 in speaking fees. It's triggered an ethics inquiry and a call for a criminal investigation. And all because Canadaland produced the receipts.  Jaren Kerr, Canadaland’s former deputy editor, joins Jesse to discuss his 2018-19 investigation into WE Charity—reporting that set the groundwork ...


Short Cuts #268 - Harper's Is Still Lurking
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join The press seems to have given the Rideau Hall intruder the white glove treatment, and why on Earth did so many people sign that letter from Harper’s Magazine? Nora Loreto co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 332 - WE Charity: Lawyers, Guns And Money
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join At Canadaland, we really didn’t expect to find ourselves reporting on the WE organization again. But then it was the focus of the biggest politics story in the country, and we obtained a recording of a strange conversation between one of its founders and a person who was then a senior employee in the group’s Kenyan operations. Jesse sits down with our managing editor, Andrea Schmidt, to discuss what we learned - and how, while we were investigating WE, one of i...

Ep. 267 - Propaganda, Fascism And Murder: An Alternative History Of The Globe And Mail
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join The Globe and Mail is now 176 years old. You can read all about its accomplishments elsewhere. Writer Jamie Bradburn takes us through the paper's darker moments. You can read Jamie Bradburn’s full article for CANADALAND here. This episode originally aired on March 4, 2019. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 331 - The RCMP Exists to Control Indigenous People
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis, co-hosts of the radio show and podcast One Dish, One Mic, join Jesse to talk about the history of policing back to John A. Macdonald, the killing of Dudley George at Ipperwash in 1995, and how it has impacted their lives as Indigenous men. Plus, Karl and Sean spoke with Senator Lillian Dyck about her call for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s resignation. This episode is brought to you by Dispatch Coffee and WealthBar. S...

Short Cuts #267 - Consequence Culture
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join Can you really be “cancelled” if you still have a platform? A look at Margaret Wente, Wendy Mesley, and the Mulroneys. And was the Nova Scotia shooter an RCMP informant? Desmond Cole co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar and The New Yorker. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 330 - A CBC News Anchor On Systemic Racism At Work
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join Adrian Harewood is a news anchor at CBC Ottawa News and the host of weekly current affairs show, Our Ottawa. This episode is brought to you byWealthBarandSquareSpace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #266 - The Reckoning
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join Journalists across Canada are speaking out about their experiences with racism in the newsroom. And as Wendy Mesley is suspended from hosting duties, it’s time to reevaluate the language used in news meetings. Jan Wong co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 329 - The Tyrant's Spin Doctor
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join Lord Tim Bell worked for a rogues' gallery of international clients, and co-founded one of the most powerful PR companies in history. But it all came crashing down when leaked emails exposed Bell Pottinger’s role in fomenting unrest in South Africa to distract from the Zuma government’s corruption. Richard Poplak and Diana Neille were on the team of journalists who obtained those leaks. Their documentary Influence chronicles the rise of weaponized advertising, ...

Ep. 279 - A Forgotten News Lab Predicted Journalism’s Online Future in 1991
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join InfoLab imagined newspapers' transition from print to digital, creating multimedia digital news in the basement of The Hamilton Spectator back in the early '90s. Jesse talks to its former director, journalist Wayne MacPhail, about what the InfoLab did, and why it shut down shortly after Conrad Black’s company bought the newspaper chain. This episode originally aired on May 27, 2019. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/...


Ep. 296 - Two Centuries of Blackface in Canada
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join Dr. Cheryl Thompson is an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Creative Industries, and the author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture. She’s currently working on a new project about the history of blackface in Canada, and joins Jesse to tell us about her research.  This episode originally aired on September 29, 2019. This episode is brought to you byDispatch CoffeeandSquareSpace. Support CANADALA...

Short Cuts #265 - Newsroom Mutiny
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland: https://canadalandshow.com/join Protests have erupted around the world in response to police violence against Black people. Trump is violating the rights of his own people. Police are openly targeting and arresting journalists. Something has changed and Canadian media has failed in covering this historic moment. Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada and co-host of Sandy and Nora Talk Politics, co-hosts.   This episode is supported by WealthBar and Dispatc...

Ep. 328 - Should Big Tech Bail Out The News?
Support us at canadalandshow.com/join The pandemic could be an "extinction event" for American newspapers and so their publishers want their own government bailout. Meanwhile Canadian papers want money from Google and Facebook, too. Jeff Jarvis lays out the problems with all that, and Cory Doctorow and Emily Bell suggest a better way: breaking up the tech giants. This episode is brought to you byFreshbooksandWealthBar. Additional music by Audio Network. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandsho...


Isolation Interview: The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
“My biggest fear is that not enough will change, and not enough lessons will be learned.” Kim Campbell is a former Prime Minister of Canada, the first and only woman to hold the post to date. She lives in Vancouver. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #264 - Smelly Rogue
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland: https://canadaland.supercast.tech/ Torstar was just sold for $52 million, droves of people were chastised for going to the park, and Jesse opens himself up to some rare scrutiny. Erica Ifill co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Kaie Kellough
"I had a confrontation with someone in the line up for a grocery store... and that moment of slow honeyed ease was totally interrupted." Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, sound performer and the Canadian winner of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Xanthe Vallentin
“I’m going to be very careful about how much I leave my property until there’s a vaccine.” Xanthe Vallentin is a teacher in Hamilton, Ontario, and the sister of Canadaland patron coordinator Jessica Vallentin. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 327 - A Crime Reporter Exposes The Child Welfare System
Support us here: http://canadalandshow.com/join The child welfare system is failing Indigenous children, and APTN's Kenneth Jackson can't stop covering it. His reporting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has given him a glimpse of what political will could do to transform it. This episode is brought to you byWealthBar,The New Yorker, andArticle. Additional music byAudio Network Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Mumilaaq Qaqqaq
"After this pandemic, we can create a new normal that's better for everyone." Mumilaaq Qaqqaq is the MP for Nunavut. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #263 - A Case For Bad Art
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join The incredibly controversial painting of Justin Trudeau, François Legault’s problem with anglophone media, and the story about Gaza that CBC disappeared. Christopher Curtis co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Omar El Akkad
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join   “The job of fiction is to intrude on reality and instead we’re living in a situation where reality is intruding on the fictional.” Omar El Akkad is the author of the novel American War and was a reporter at the Globe and Mail. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Martha Wainwright
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join “In the silence you start to wonder…how are we going to find each other again?” Martha Wainwright is a singer-songwriter, who describes herself as being best known for being a bloody motherfucking asshole. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 326 - While We Weren’t Looking
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join In the face of a global pandemic, it’s hard to focus on anything else. Three journalists tell us stories that have broken on their beat that you might’ve missed, but could have far-reaching consequences. This episode is brought to you by SquareSpace and PolicyMe. Additional music: “Here’s Where Things Get Interesting” by Lee Rosevere “Breathing Out” by Mid-Air Machine Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/polici...

Isolation Interview: Jesse Brown
Support us here: canadalandshow.com/join "The wild oscillations of feeling are abnormal for me." Jesse Brown is the publisher of Canadaland. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #262 - Racist Vegan
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Bryan Adams pulls a Morrissey, an Indigenous ceremony is broken up by the RCMP, and Ghomeshi attempts another comeback. Ryan McMahon co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar and Hover. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Brooke Manning
“I never believe in going down without a fight…I’m a triple fire sign.” Brooke Manning is the owner of Likely General, a store and gallery space in Toronto. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Weyni Mengesha
“Hugs feel like they’re going to be euphoric.” Weyni Mengesha is the artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

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Ep. 325 - Should We Stop Naming Killers?
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clickinghere. Prime Minister Trudeau said naming the Nova Scotia mass shooter was giving him "the gift of infamy." Romayne Smith Fullerton investigates how different democracies cover crime, and what that reveals about our relationship to government, and to each other.  Read more at Canadaland: "The Surprising Reason Some Countries Don't Publish The Names Of Accused Persons" This episode is brought to you by Dispatch Coffee and PolicyMe Support CANADALAND: http...


Isolation Interview: John Semley
"I fucking hate Zooming... and having to look at my own face." John Semley is a writer and author who splits his time between Toronto and Philadelphia. But mostly Toronto these days. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #261 - Billionaire Welfare Slackers
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. When police searched journalists’ offices in the Alberta legislature, we wondered how government reporters were faring in the age of COVID-19. And after securing millions from the federal government, Canada’s big newspaper chains are finding new ways to ask for more money. Allison Smith co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar and Article. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for priva...

Isolation Interview: Jaren Kerr
"I guess like a positive abnormal and unusual thing I did was propose to my girlfriend, which was pretty cool." Jaren Kerr is an editor at Yahoo Finance Canada. He is also the former deputy news editor of CANADALAND Media. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Martin Lukacs
"I think I may have had coronavirus." Martin Lukacs is a journalist and author based in Montreal. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 324 - Kenny vs. Kenny
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Kenny Hotz achieved fame as the co-star of Kenny vs. Spenny, one of Canada’s most successful TV shows. The comedy series, built around a competition between two supposed friends and the crude humiliation of the loser, premiered on the CBC in 2003. It was cancelled after just one season, but was then picked up in the U.S. and became an international sensation. It’s been a decade since the last episode of Kenny vs. Spenny went to air, and Hotz reflects on t...

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Isolation Interview: Kai Cheng Thom
"Pushing for a world where we accept the risks of having a body... That's where we need to go." Kai Cheng Thom is a writer and performer based in Toronto. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #260 - Celebrity Malfunction
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. The more we learn about the shooting in Nova Scotia, the worse it becomes. And did the star-studded Stronger Together COVID-19 special show us anything but how completely anachronistic celebrity has become during this pandemic? Seriously. Did anyone watch it? Tim Bousquet co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Audible and WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy informat...

Isolation Interview: B.J. Snowden
"I want my friends and family to be safe from this" BJ Snowden is an American musician who has written many songs about Canada.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: André Picard
"I like to remind people the chances of getting infected by somebody walking or running by you outside—  they're virtually nil" André Picard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 323 - Industry Pandemic
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Journalists across Canada tell us how Covid-19 has changed how they bring us the news. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks and Today, Explained. Additional music: “Reverie (small theme)” by _ghost “Night Owl” by Broke For Free “Clean Soul” by Kevin MacLeod Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Chris Locke
"It'll probably be like a mega-hedonistic orgy after this." Chris Locke is a comedian in Toronto. He has a new podcast called "Happy Good." Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #259 - Our Press Can’t Handle The Nova Scotia Shooting
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. The confluence of the pandemic, reliance on police for information, and slashed newsroom budgets means that reporting on the Nova Scotia shooting was all but doomed from the start. And a tweak to government media subsidies makes more organizations eligible for the funding. Tim Bousquet co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for pri...


Isolation Interview: Tanya Talaga
“This virus is a bitch, for sure.” Tanya Talaga is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations. She is also a former health reporter at the Toronto Star. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Surinder Mann
"I’m helping other people to be safe." Surinder Mann is a cleaner who lives in North Delta, BC, and is also the mother of COMMONS' host, Arshy Mann. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 322 - Why Life Without Fear Is Miserable
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. When journalist Eva Holland lost her mom, she went on a quest to understand the science behind her phobias, and conquer them. In her book, Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear, we learn why and how we are afraid, and why we don't want to live without fear.  This episode is brought to you by You&Yours Financial, VOX, and The New Yorker. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for pri...


Isolation Interview: Severn Cullis-Suzuki
"My ten-year old got his first octopus all by himself" Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a writer, television host, and a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation. She lives in Haida Gwaii. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Severn Cullis-Suzuki
"My ten-year old got his first octopus all by himself" Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a writer, television host, and a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation. She lives in Haida Gwaii....

Short Cuts #258 - Snitch Nation
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Do the same rules apply to Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer as to the rest of us? Do the rules matter any more? Could this finally be the end of conspiracy theories? Nora Loreto co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Club Quarantine
"If we are looking like we are one of the girls just dancing having fun, it's probably performative" Brad Allen and Andrés Sierra are two of the co-founders of Club Quarantine, a nightly queer party that meets on the video-conferencing platform Zoom.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Club Quarantine
"If we are looking like we are one of the girls just dancing having fun, it's probably performative" Brad Allen and Andrés Sierra are two of the co-founders of Club Quarantine, a nightly queer party that meets on the video-conferencing platform Zoom....

Isolation Interview: Kate Beaton
"I do participate in society." Kate Beaton is an excellent cartoonist.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 321 - Did Covid-19 Kill The Alt-Right?
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. The Deplorables that surrounded the Trump presidential campaign have all but disappeared from the mainstream web, but New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz says it's the ideology of Silicon Valley that allowed them to prosper, and what catapulted them to fame remains. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks and Article. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 321 - Did Covid-19 Kill The Alt-Right?
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. The Deplorables that surrounded the Trump presidential campaign have all but disappeared from the mainstream web, but New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz says it's the ideology of Silicon Valley that allowed them to prosper, and what catapulted them to fame remains. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks and Article....


Short Cuts #257 - Speaking Moistly
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. For weeks, we’ve all been trying to flatten the curve. But how do we measure our success if the numbers informing that curve aren’t reliable? And how do the big newspaper chains justify taking government wage subsidies at the same time as laying off staff? Chris Selley co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by PolicyMe and Squarespace. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #257 - Speaking Moistly
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. For weeks, we’ve all been trying to flatten the curve. But how do we measure our success if the numbers informing that curve aren’t reliable? And how do the big newspaper chains justify taking government wage subsidies at the same time as laying off staff? Chris Selley co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by PolicyMe and Squarespace....

Isolation Interview: Matt Huether
"I got scolded by the deputy mayor of Los Angeles for not including Funyuns in my tweet" Choose wisely: https://twitter.com/_Matty_H_/status/1246596389607530496 Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Matt Huether
"I got scolded by the deputy mayor of Los Angeles for not including Funyuns in my tweet" Choose wisely: https://twitter.com/_Matty_H_/status/1246596389607530496...

Isolation Interview: Elizabeth May
"This is the death of neoliberalism." Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 320 - Coronavirus Is In Our Prisons And Trudeau Is Doing Nothing
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Reporter Justin Ling speaks with prisoners across Canada terrified of COVID-19 sweeping through the prison population.  This episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Audible, and Hover. Additional music:  "Contention" "Scenery," and "Dark Alleys" by Kai Engel, "Unanswered Questions" by Kevin MacLeod, and "Cylinder Five" by Chris Zabriskie. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy inform...

Isolation Interview: David Sax
"When this is all over, I never want to Zoom again." David Sax's new book is coming out in the midst of a pandemic.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #256 - Good Faith, Bad Information
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Has the messaging about whether to wear a face mask been contradictory? How do you report on sports in a world without them? And a roundup of the bad COVID-19 coverage from the last week. Morgan Campbell co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Audible and WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Robert Jago
“I have been obsessed with virtual reality” Robert Jago is a writer and head of an education firm. He lives in Montreal. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Shad
"I've been watching old NBA games and breaking them down on Instagram Live." Shad is an artist and host of Hip Hop Evolution, available on Netflix. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep. 319 - Cross Country COVID Checkup
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Our first ever call-in show. From Quebec to British Columbia to Nunavut to Brooklyn, Coronavirus has disrupted the lives of Canadaland listeners. Here's what they have to say.  This episode is brought to you by Audible. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Sarah Hagi
"Put on normal clothes, remember to stretch... That doesn't help. You're still in the prison of your own mind." Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #255 - This Op-Ed Could Kill People
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. COVID-19 coverage continues, for the most part, to be even-handed. But that’s not why you listen to this podcast. A look at what’s going wrong in Canadian reporting, as well as the personal and economic impact the pandemic is having on newsrooms. Jan Wong co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by PolicyMe, Audible, Article, and WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy informati...

Isolation Interview: Ryan McMahon
"If it really goes down, I can always shoot a moose." We're doing a call-in show! If you want to vent to Jesse about your living situation, call 844-929-1331 on Wednesday March 25th, from 4-6pm EST. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Margaret Atwood
"My life is never exactly normal. But it's normal for me." We're doing a call-in show! If you want to vent to Jesse about your living situation, call 844-929-1331 on Wednesday from 4-6pm EST. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Isolation Interview: Margaret Atwood
"My life is never exactly normal. But it's normal for me." We're doing a call-in show! If you want to vent to Jesse about your living situation, call 844-929-1331 on Wednesday from 4-6pm EST....

Ep. 318 - The Last Picture Show
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Independent movie theatres were in trouble before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, and now even the industry giants like Cineplex are taking a hit. Eric Veillette, programming director at Toronto’s Revue Cinema, joins to unpack the ongoing distribution conflict between rep cinemas and Cineplex. Also, Jesse Wente, Exec-Dir. of the Indigenous Screen Office, joins to talk about what COVID-19 means for movie theatres and whether or not it's curtains for the...


Isolation Interview: Socalled
"So they told us music is free, so it's all about the shows now. You gotta make the shows, you gotta sell things at the shows. Now we don't have shows." *** Mental Health resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic:  https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19 Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Short Cuts #254 - Wave Of Isolation
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. In a time like this, we’re so flooded with information that good, quality journalism matters more than ever. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t stuff to make fun of. Plus, how are newsrooms coping with the realities of a contagious virus? Jesse Hirsh co-hosts. Go to supportcfuv.ca This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy informat...

Isolation Interview: Jen Agg
Restaurateur Jen Agg just wants to get home. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Isolation Interview: Robyn Doolittle
What feels most weird right now? Doing normal things.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.317 - Meditations In An Emergency
$5/month for ad-free podcasts here. We are facing an unprecedented shutdown of services and businesses across the country. Health columnist Andre Picard was an early voice calling for Canada to “shut it down” in the pages of the Globe and Mail. He talks to us about how COVID-19 compares to other epidemics he’s covered, the media coverage so far and why he was pushing for social distancing before the government embraced it. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/polici...

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Short Cuts #253 - Panic! At The Discoronavirus
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. As COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, how are Canadian media handling the coverage? And what opportunities can moments of crisis provide for a shift in business reporting? Garth Mullins co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, Freshbooks, Dispatch, and Hover. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep. 316 - One News Brand To Rule Them All
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Is The New York Times a model for success in the news business, or a monolithic news brand that's crushing the competition? Former BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith just started his media columnist at the Times. And his first column is titled: "Why the Success of The New York Times May Be Bad News for Journalism" This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, SquareSpace, and Historica Canada. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join ...

Short Cuts #252 - Canada Is Working Exactly As Intended
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. A front-page story tells us that Canada is broken. Is it, or is this exactly how the country was designed to work? And, as a senior editor leaves the CBC, our national broadcaster pivots to audience. Anita Li co-hosts. Read the Martin Lukacs thread on "outside agitators." This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Audible, Historica Canada, and You & Yours Financial. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/polic...

Ep.315 - The Cocaine Smuggling Ring At VICE
In 2015, five young people were arrested for smuggling cocaine into Australia. They had a common connection: Slava P, a music editor at VICE Canada. At the time of the bust, Slava was silent. But years later, he decided to sit down and tell us everything. CANADALAND senior producer Kasia Mychajlowycz has turned those conversations, and subsequent reporting, into our new investigative series, Cool Mules. Kasia talks with Jesse about how the story came together, the ethics of giving Slava a platform and what ...


SHORT CUTS #251 - Heard It Through The Pipeline
$5/month for ad-free podcasts by clicking here. Do journalists need to be protestors to get better access to Wet'suwet'en solidarity actions? Plus, the Teck Frontier oilsands mine withdraws its application and who the media is blaming will shock you - or not. Media Indigena's Rick Harp co-hosts from Winnipeg. This episode is brought to you by Audible and WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

BONUS: Jesse Gets Grilled
To hear the full episode right now and get ad-free podcasts, support us for $5/month by clicking here.  Jesse answers tough questions from our supporters. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.314 - Nardwuar: The Interview
$5/month for ad-free CANADALAND by clicking here. In a rare interview, Nardwuar talks about his career, his techniques, his reputation and what keeps him going after more than 30 years of blowing minds. This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks, WealthBar and Article.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Short Cuts #250 - Wet’suwet’en Coverage Is Still Pretty Bad
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Jason Kenney’s War Room sets its sights on that white whale of fake news: The New York Times. And as protests spread, reporting on Wet’suwet’en remains fairly feeble. Jeremy Klaszus co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, Squarespace, Article, and HelloFresh. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.313 - Nardwuar: An Oral History
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Nardwuar the Human Serviette is one of the biggest media personalities to come out of Canada. He’s a prolific interviewer with a knack for shocking his guests by bringing up little-known personal details about their lives during interviews. He’s an absurd figure beloved by hip hop stars. He’s a punk from Vancouver who has 100s of millions of views on YouTube but still does his weekly community radio show. This is his story as told by the people who know h...

Ep.313 - Nardwuar: An Oral History
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Nardwuar the Human Serviette is one of the biggest media personalities to come out of Canada. He’s a prolific interviewer with a knack for shocking his guests by bringing up little-known personal details about their lives during interviews. He’s an absurd figure beloved by hip hop stars. He’s a punk from Vancouver who has 100s of millions of views on YouTube but still does his weekly community radio show. This is his story as told by the people who know him ...


Short Cuts #249 - Christie Blatchford’s Complicated Legacy
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Jordan Peterson’s familial PR team, Christie Blatchford’s legacy, Ezra Levant’s civil disobedience, and the campaign to discredit national protests. Nora Loreto co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Audible, FreshBooks, and WealthBar. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.312 - Siege On Wet’suwet’en
$5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Last week, the RCMP arrested six people for obstruction on Wet’suwet’en territory. They then threatened to arrest the journalists who were there covering the ongoing conflict between protestors and police. In response, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) stated “we remind the BC RCMP that Canada is not a police state. Police do not have the right to control what is published.” CAJ president and former Executive Director of News for APTN Karyn Pu...

Short Cuts #248 - Return Of The Conservative Rapper
The Heritage Minister doesn't seem to understand his own plan for regulating the internet (or not), so we break it down for you. And a group that doesn't exist just ran a major political ad campaign in the country's top newspapers.  The National Post's Chris Selley co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by OpenCare, SquareSpace and Article. You can support CANADALAND and get ad-free versions of all of our podcasts at patreon.com/canadaland Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See ...


Ep.18 - VICE: An Oral History
Conflict and controversy as Gavin McInnes and others remember Voice of Montreal, a government-subsidized community newspaper in the 90s that grew into a global brand. This episode originally aired on February 3, 2014.  This episode is brought to you byWealthBar, theFreshBooks,Away, and listeners like you. Please considerbecominga monthly supporter on Patreon. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

SHORT CUTS #247 - Coronaviral
Have we learned anything about reporting on viruses since SARS? And what can a new documentary about Idle No More teach us about our present state of reconciliation? Ryan McMahon guest hosts, and Rick Harp co-hosts. Watch "The Power Was With Us" on APTN. This episode of Short Cuts is brought to you by FreshBooks, PolicyMe, HelloFresh, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener f...

Ep.311 - Let's Talk About Bell's Harmful Prison Phone Contract
Every year, Bell shines the spotlight on mental health for Let’s Talk Day. So we’re taking a look at their prison phone contract, which advocates say exacerbate mental health problems for inmates. Featuring Souheil Benslimane, coordinator and co-founder of the Jail Accountability and Information Line and co-author of a report that calls Bell’s contract with with Ontario prisons "predatory." Read the viral Twitter thread from the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project that inspired this episode. This e...

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SHORT CUTS #246 - Come From Huawei
What was up with those "protesters" outside Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing? And could monarchical migration have an impact on privacy in Canadian media? Bob Mackin co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Audible, Blinkist, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.310 - Why Is The CBC So Schitty?
The CBC wants to play by the same rules that govern digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon. No rules at all. Daniel Bernhard, the executive director of the advocacy group, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, joins to talk about how our public broadcaster should serve Canadians.  This episode is brought to you byAudible,Squarespace, and our listeners. Please considerbecoming a monthly supporter. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy info...

Short Cuts #245 - I Wanna Live Like Commonwealth People Do
We examine the controversy around stating a plain fact about flight 752. Then, a Royal welcome.   With co-host Nora Loreto. This episode is sponsored by OpenCare, FreshBooks and Away Travel. This show relies on listener support. If you enjoy it, please consider supporting us at Patreon.com/canadaland. Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....


Ep.309 - A War Reporter’s Newsroom Battles
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson resigned from the Toronto Star in 2015 when they banned him from reporting on a story. We spoke to him at the time, while he was still working on getting it published elsewhere. The story has since come out and won a National Magazine Award. We follow up to figure out what he knew that the Toronto Star didn't want him to publish. During the conversation, a new story emerges about mental health in the newsroom.  Paul writes extensively about his years as a wa...

SHORT CUTS #244 - Iran So Far
We’ve heard so much from south of the border about Iran, but how are Canadian media treating this conflict? And The Fifth Estate delivers some spurious reporting on “Birth Tourism” and Antifa. Kaveh Shahrooz co-hosts. This episode of Short Cuts is brought to you by Freshbooks, Hover, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandshow.com/join See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information....

Ep.308 - The Media War Over The Hong Kong Protests
For more than half a year, protesters in Hong Kong have clashed with police. Legacy media organizations in Canada have covered the protests, but a big part of the conversation is taking place somewhere else. Producer Tiffany Lam reports on a disruption at Hong Kong protest zine exhibit in Toronto and wonders how much Canadian media adopts Chinese Community Party lines.   This episode is brought to you byWealthBar,Squarespace, and our listeners. Please considerbecoming a monthly supporter. Additional m...


Ep.290 - What It's Like To Want To Die
This episode originally aired on August 12, 2019. Reporter Anna Mehler Paperny talks about her book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, which covers her search for answers about depression and her personal experiences.  Click through for a list of crisis centres serving all provinces and territories in Canada....

COMMONS: Dynasties - The Sahotas
The Sahotas are Vancouver’s most notorious slumlords. For decades they’ve let their buildings rot, leaving their tenants to live in filth and desolation. But the Sahotas are not like any other dynasty you’ve ever heard of. Their story is far stranger, and far darker, than anything you can imagine. Featured in this episode: Jen St. Denis, Christopher Cheung (The Tyee), Sam Dharmapala To learn more: “For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis” by Wendy Stueck and M...

Ep.258 - Christmas in the Newsroom
This episode originally aired on December 23, 2018. We reached out to Canadian journalists to get their stories about spending the holidays at work. Newsrooms have fewer staff this time of year, but that doesn't mean that the news stops. Check out these stories of big news breaking while everyone else is on vacation....


Ep.307 - NOW and Then
Earlier this month, Toronto’s alt-weekly NOW Magazine was sold to Media Central. Former co-owner and founder of NOW, Michael Hollett, joins to talk about the rise and fall of Canada’s alt-weekly magazines, running ads from sex workers, and his feud with the Toronto Star.    This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Squarespace, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #243 - The Media Hit Jobs on Andrew Scheer and Jody Wilson-Raybould
Everyone knows that Andrew Scheer resigned because of his tuition scandal; what this podcast presupposes is: maybe he didn’t? And the manufactured outrage surrounding Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office. Hadiya Roderique co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, WealthBar, Audible, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep.306 - The Globe And Mail's Hidden Campaign For Government Favours
Last week, Canadaland’s new team published a story about how The Globe and Mail’s management repeatedly campaigned the Prime Minister’s office for research-and-development funding and tax law changes that could benefit the paper’s owners. Paul Adams, associate professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and former senior political correspondent for the Globe, joins to help unpack the story.  The episode is brought to you by Endy, Audible, FreshBooks, and listeners like you. Please consider beco...


SHORT CUTS #242 - Inside Jordan Peterson's Antisocial Network
A look inside Jordan Peterson’s new social media platform, which bans photos, memes, and emojis in the name of anti-censorship! Also, The Toronto Star turns to public shaming. Freelancer John Semley co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by The New Yorker, Hover, ZipRecruiter and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. A couple of examples of The Star articles we are referencing here and here....

Ep.305 - Researchers Just Proved The Media Is Too White
Canada’s media organizations are reluctant to release their diversity stats. But Asmaa Malik and Sonya Fatah from Ryerson’s School of Journalism found a way to compile 21 years' worth of diversity statistics by looking at Canada’s columnists. They join to discuss their research.   CORRECTION: The show notes originally misspelled Asmaa Malik's last name. We regret the error. The episode is brought to you by Borrowell, SquareSpace, FreshBooks, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly suppor...

SHORT CUTS #241 - History Will Judge Us For Our China Takes
Leaked audio from a NATO summit reveals Trudeau’s totally reasonable reaction to Trump. Did an Edmonton school board try to shut down a radio interview advocating for a student? The Globe and Mail’s China coverage is... inconsistent. Bashir Mohamed co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Borrowell, Sock Club, HelloFresh, ZipRecruiter, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


Ep.52 - Hark! Kate Beaton
This episode originally aired on October 12, 2014. Cartoonist Kate Beaton is an exemplary weirdo. Her webcomic about Canadian historical figures and literary ephemera has gained a global following of one million monthly readers. She has published an acclaimed book and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, but she still is largely a self-published online creator. Jesse tries to learn her secrets. The episode is brought to you by Endy, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Sock Club, and listeners like...

SHORT CUTS #240 - Purified By Hatred
More details have emerged about Warren Kinsella’s secret work to expose Maxime Bernier as a racist. And what’s at stake as the CBC renegotiates its licence to broadcast in Canada? Steve Faguy co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Audible, WealthBar, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #239 - StarMetro Hunger Games
Torstar announced the closure of five papers across Canada, CBC tried to consolidate broadcasts across its radio stations in the North, and Don Cherry returned with an expertly produced podcast. Taryn Grant co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Dispatch Coffee, ZipRecruiter, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #239 - StarMetro Hunger Games
Torstar announced the closure of five papers across Canada, CBC tried to consolidate broadcasts across its radio stations in the North, and Don Cherry returned with an expertly produced podcast. Taryn Grant co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Dispatch Coffee, ZipRecruiter, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep.303 - Jon Ronson
A conversation about the similarities between journalism and porn becomes a tense disagreement about online shaming. Jon Ronson, journalist and author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, talks about his recent podcast The Last Days of August, which examines the death of a Canadian-born porn star who was publicly shamed on Twitter. The episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Squarespace, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....


Ep.303 - Jon Ronson
A conversation about the similarities between journalism and porn becomes a tense disagreement about online shaming. Jon Ronson, journalist and author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, talks about his recent podcast The Last Days of August, which examines the death of a Canadian-born porn star who was publicly shamed on Twitter. The episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Squarespace, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....

SHORT CUTS #238 - What Don Cherry Means To Me
Don Cherry drafts his first Quillette essay: “The Day the Social Media Mob Came for Me.” Also, opinion writing in Canada post-Margaret Wente turns out to be mostly the same. Freelance sports writer and Burn It All Down podcast co-host Shireen Ahmed joins us. This episode is supported by Freshbooks, Audible, Hover and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep.302 - Is The Extreme Right Finished In Canada?
Covering the extreme right has become its own beat in Canada. But is there a thin, blurry line between coverage and giving a platform to those with hateful views? Steven Zhou joins.  The episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Endy, Sock Club, Hardboiled, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....


Ep.302 - Is The Extreme Right Finished In Canada?
Covering the extreme right has become its own beat in Canada. But is there a thin, blurry line between coverage and giving a platform to those with hateful views? Steven Zhou joins.  The episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Endy, Sock Club, Hardboiled, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....

SHORT CUTS #237 - Shitty Media Management
A national news media start-up hires then fires its staff in a month. Also, Elizabeth May has harsh parting shots for the media. Freelancer Sarah Hagi co-hosts (and spills the tea on FreshDaily) This episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Squarespace, The New Yorker, HelloFresh, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly Patreon supporter.   CORRECTION: In this episode, Jesse says that on the day the Toronto Star/Associated Press story about unsafe drinking water in 11 Canadian cities ...

Ep.301 - Interview With A Very Rich Person Who Wants To Abolish Wealth
Meghan Bell wants Canada to tax the rich. Of course, that belief would be a lot easier to explain at the dinner table if her own family wasn’t massively wealthy. Bell joins to talk about her recent piece in The Walrus that pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to grow up rich and why Canada needs an aggressive wealth tax....


SHORT CUTS #236 - The New York Times' Trauma Porn Beat
The New York Times’ Canada bureau chief goes up to visit an Inuit community three times so she must know what she’s talking about… right? Also, podcasting is getting way too popular. Thunder Bay host Ryan McMahon co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Audible, Article and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. If you want to check out Duncan McCue’s resource on Reporting In Indigenous Communities, click here. You can also find imagineNATIVE's On-Screen Protocols a...

Ep.300 - An Argument With Robyn Doolittle
Major announcement about what's next for Canadaland on this episode.  After that: Had It Coming is Robyn Doolittle's new book, which asks "what's fair in the age of #MeToo?" Fair to whom? Sparks fly as Jesse questions the premise, and Robyn pushes at Jesse's idea about the media's role. We just launched our annual crowdfunding drive. We need your support. Click here to have a look....

SHORT CUTS #235 - Creepy Hologram Prime Minister
Thank God, it's over - last sound off about how dull the 2019 election coverage was, we promise. Plus, StarMetro journalists cry fake news at activists pretending climate propaganda is the real thing. Writer and climate activist from 350.org Cam Fenton co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Babbel, Endy, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. You can check out the 350.org's Our Times here....


SHORT CUTS #235 - Creepy Hologram Prime Minister
Thank God, it's over - last sound off about how dull the 2019 election coverage was, we promise. Plus, Star Metro journalists cry fake news at activists pretending climate propaganda is the real thing. Writer and climate activist from 350.org Cam Fenton co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Babbel, Endy, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. You can check out the 350.org's Our Times here....

Ep.299 - Today’s Crisis, Tomorrow’s Apology: Indigenous Death In The Child Welfare System
Last month APTN reported that 102 Indigenous children died in Ontario’s child welfare system. It’s a tragic and infuriating look at how the system fails Indigenous children and puts their lives at risk. It’s also a story about unconscionable inequality in a system that is supposed to protect vulnerable children. Cindy Blackstock joins to talk about that story and about taking the government to court on behalf of the rights of Indigenous children.  The episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Squarespace,...

SHORT CUTS #234 - The CBC's Very Dumb Lawsuit
The CBC sues the Conservative Party of Canada for copying them! Plus, Toronto journalists and writers push back on the kind of space public libraries should be. Wikimedia Chief of Staff Ryan Merkley co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Endy, Babbel, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming one of our monthly supporters. Also, come hang out with us for election night if you're in Toronto!...


SHORT CUTS #234 - The CBC's Very Dumb Lawsuit
The CBC sues the Conservative Party of Canada for copying them! Plus, Toronto journalists and writers push back on the kind of space public libraries should be. Wikimedia Chief of Staff Ryan Merkley co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Endy, Babbel, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming one of our monthly supporters. Also, come hang out with us for election night if you're in Toronto!...

Ep.80 - Chantal Hébert
This episode originally aired on May 3, 2015 It's possible that Chantal Hébert's journalism once held Canada together. She joins Jesse for a discussion about what's appropriate in political news coverage, and what (if anything) needs to change. The episode is brought to you by Dispatch Coffee, Babbel, Blinkist, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....

SHORT CUTS #233 - Our Revolting Democracy
That debate. The rumour mongering. The memes. Do Canadian politics have to suck this hard? A lament. And PostMedia finally responds to our investigation - or somebody’s. Freelance journalist Danielle Paradis co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Babbel, Freshbooks, Article, Hover, The New Yorker, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming one of our monthly supporters....


Ep.297 - Shad’s Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-Hop Evolution is a remarkable piece of journalism and an exhaustive look at the history of hip-hop. It’s also made by a group of Canadians. Rapper and broadcaster Shad, director Darby Wheeler, and writer Rodrigo Bascuñán join to talk about their award-winning documentary series.  CORRECTION: A previous version misspelled Rodrigo Bascuñán's last name. We regret the error.  The episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Squarespace, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Pa...

SHORT CUTS #232 - National Paper Won't Cover National Climate March
Canada's national paper seems shy about printing news on the national climate march. Also, another blackface scandal - at Global News. Plus, a discussion on if numbers flatten Indigenous folks' stories. Ryan McMahon guest hosts with Vice Senior Editor Sarah Berman.   The episode is brought to you by Endy, Dispatch Coffee, HelloFresh, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....

SHORT CUTS #232 - National Paper Won't Cover National Climate March
Canada's national paper seems shy about printing news on the national climate march. Also, another blackface scandal - at Global News. Plus, a discussion on if numbers flatten Indigenous folks' stories. Ryan McMahon guest hosts with Vice Senior Editor Sarah Berman.   The episode is brought to you by Endy, Dispatch Coffee, HelloFresh, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....


Ep.296 - Two Centuries of Blackface in Canada
Cheryl Thompson joins to help walk us through Canada’s history with blackface and why this story is not about race.  This episode is brought to you by PolicyMe, Away, Blinkist, Hover, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon....

Ep.295 - Big Media's Plan To Regulate The Internet
Are we really considering CanCon for the internet? Well, kinda. Big changes could be coming to the Broadcasting Act and the country’s biggest media organizations are eager to be part of the conversation. Dr. Emilia Zboralska joins to help unpack what this all means and spars with Jesse about the future of the Canadian media landscape. This episode is brought to you by Endy, CFUV, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #230 - SNC-Aladdin
A bonus segment on Trudeau's "make-up" with guest co-host, Arshy Mann. Plus, one reporter’s real life story on the gift of poutine from Trudeau. And this week’s news has been about the three worst people in Canada: Faith Goldy, Maxime Bernier, and Ezra Lavant. Why? Paul Wells co-hosts for our regularly scheduled programming. This episode is brought to you by PolicyME, Squarespace, Hardboiled and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep.294 - Vagina Empire
Doctors, celebrities, and journalists have all played a role in spreading misinformation about women’s bodies. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible, is often called “Twitter’s gynecologist” and she wants all of us to do better when we talk about vaginas. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Hardboiled, Away, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep.294 - Vagina Empire
Doctors, celebrities, and journalists have all played a role in spreading misinformation about women’s bodies. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible, is often called “Twitter’s gynecologist” and she wants all of us to do better when we talk about vaginas. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Hardboiled, Away, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #229 - Sorry, Immigrants!
The Vancouver Sun is very, very sorry about publishing that inflammatory anti-immigration screed. They'll tone it down a little next time. Also, why is election coverage so boring? Journalist and COMMONS host Arshy Mann co-hosts.   This episode is brought to you by Endy, EQ Bank, HelloFresh, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep.293 - Bruce McCulloch
Thirty Helens agree that The Kids in the Hall was a watershed moment not just for Canadian comedy, but for comedy as we know it. Comedian Bruce McCulloch talks about the legacy of Canada’s weirdest sketch show, Lorne Michaels, and the CBC.  This episode is brought to you by the Emerging Digital Artists Award, Audible, Article and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #228 - Disaster Porn, Boat Crash, Netflix PM
Sexy Hurricane Headlines: “Dorian Relentlessly Pounds Bahamas” - What is up with the disaster porn? And Justin Trudeau’s Malaysian ancestry, and other things I learned on Netflix. Author and The Guardian environment reporter Martin Lukacs co-hosts. This episode is brouhgt to you by Freshbooks, Squarespace, The New Yorker and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #228 - Disaster Porn, Boat Crash, Netflix PM
Sexy Hurricane Headlines: “Dorian Relentlessly Pounds Bahamas” - What is up with the disaster porn? And Justin Trudeau’s Malaysian ancestry, and other things I learned on Netflix. Author and The Guardian environment reporter Martin Lukacs co-hosts. This episode is brouhgt to you by Freshbooks, Squarespace, The New Yorker and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

OPPO: Is Jason Kenney Stoking Alberta Separatism?
Alberta's premier wants a referendum on ... what exactly? And Justin Ling wants you to calm down about climate change "muzzling." Plus, meet some intriguing candidates to keep an eye on. P.S. OPPO has news: We’re going weekly! We’ll be in your feeds every Tuesday until the end of the election. Get in touch at [email protected] or find OPPO on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast....

COMMONS: CRUDE - The Apocalypse Is Now
Canoe-borne bandits strike an underwater town. A new generation of wealthy lobstermen is minted. An island disappears. And hellfire engulfs a highway jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Just another normal day amidst Canada’s climate catastrophe.  Featured in this episode: Catherine Griwkowsky (Alberta Today), Brendan Kennedy (Toronto Star), Keith Stewart (Greenpeace), Markus Harvey. This is the final episode in the series COMMONS: CRUDE. To hear the rest, subscribe to COMMONS.   To lear...

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Ep. 292 - A Medical Horror Story and the Fight to Expose It
A respected doctor put women’s health and lives in danger for money and the public almost never heard about it. Michael Lista talks about his precedent-setting Toronto Life story about an OBGYN who committed dangerous procedures without consent for years and the fight to expose him.  This episode is brought to you by the Emerging Digital Artists Award, FreshBooks, Article and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORTS CUTS #227 - Scandal? What Scandal?
Is the press protecting the liberal party? And the debate about climate change somehow continues and Elections Canada suggested we might not be allowed to have it. Former crown prosecutor and National Observer journalist Sandy Garassino co-hosts....

Ep. 291 - Why Are Trans Issues Suddenly Everywhere?
Over the past couple of years, a few Canadian media outlets and writers have become obsessed with trans people, painting their campaign for human rights as a menace to society. This coverage has hit a peak with the story of Jessica Yaniv, a trans woman who’s taking multiple beauticians to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after they refused to wax to her genitals. Where did this obsession come from? And why has this particular story taken off? Featuring journalist Mary Rogan. Read "Growing Up Trans" by Mary Ro...


SHORT CUTS #226 - Postmedia's Hard Right Turn
More cuts at Canada's largest newspaper chain; this time to journalistic independence, open discourse, and a healthy work culture. And was the swearing, spitting Scheer supporter part of a media hoax? With freelance journalist and former National Post reporter Rebecca Tucker.   Read Sean Craig's piece about Postmedia's shift to the right here.   You can support us on Patreon at Patreon.com/canadaland....

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Ep. 290 - What It’s Like To Want To Die
Reporter Anna Mehler Paperny talks about her book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, which covers her search for answers about depression and her personal experiences.    This episode is brought to you by Endy, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #225 - Barbaric Caucasian Practices Hotline
Is it time to start reporting the strange behaviour of young white men? Why do we still have columnists? And a study of Canadian media consumption shows that the real threat to media literacy is Canadian media consumption. Paul Wells co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


Ep. 289 - Steven Page
Steven Page, former frontman and founding member of Barenaked Ladies, talks about his career, why he chose to leave a beloved and wildly successful band, and the fickle realities of Canadian stardom. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Firefox, The New Yorker, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Short Cuts #224 - Teenage Nazi Manhunt
The hunt is on. Newsrooms across the country are chasing down everyone from psychiatrists to Survivorman himself to speculate on the fate of two murder suspects. And are the journalistic standards of Doug Ford's state-funded propaganda channel slipping?? We take a closer look with Wag the Doug's Allison Smith. Listen to Allison's other Canadaland Media podcast all about Doug Ford, called Wag the Doug. This episode is sponsored by Endy and Fifefox....

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Ep. 288 - Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder And The Secret Reasons Why
Glen Assoun spent nearly 17 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. But even after his sentence was overturned, the evidence that freed him remained sealed. Reporters fought successfully to have that evidence released. What they found not only raises questions about the investigation, but reveals the outright deletion of evidence pointing to another killer. Tim Bousquet of The Halifax Examiner fought for transparency in this case, alongside the CBC and the Canadian Press. You can read all of his repo...


Short Cuts #223 - Jessica Yaniv, Transphobic Fever Dream
From Canadian news sites to InfoWars, a BC trans woman has become a fixation of conservative media. And new details emerge from the national media bailout that exclude -- surprise!!! -- nearly anyone who isn't a newspaper. Zane Schwartz, CAJ chair and investigative journalist with The Logic, co-hosts....

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Ep. 287 - Let’s Get Serious About UFO Journalism
In 2017, the New York Times released an astonishing front-page story about the American government’s multi-million dollar black budget investigation into UFOs. So aliens, right? Well… probably not. Brigitte Noël guest-hosts and talks with UFO aficionado and freelance journalist Nick Rose about how journalists have failed when covering mysterious things in the sky.   This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Squarespace, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #222 - SandyAndNoraLand
Sandy Hudson and Nora Loreto take over CANADALAND for this episode about the paltry coverage of Canada's migrant detention policies and the devastating loss of leftist Twitter’s most stalwart defender, Lindsay Shepherd. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


Ep. 286 - Sports, Wages, and Bitstrips Money: Jesse Answers Your Questions
We asked our listeners to send us their burning questions and this is the result. Hear us answer questions about everything from the future of Canadaland to Jesse’s personal finances. This episode is brought to you by Endy, Firefox, Audible and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #221 - F**k You For This One, Québec
The secularism bill banning public workers from wearing religious symbols finally passed in Québec. Google News gathered together the heads of major media companies for a meeting and (surprise!) didn’t tell the public. And VICE reporter Ben Makuch lost a legal challenge to keep private background material from the RCMP. Sarah Hagi co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. CORRECTION: The show notes previously listed Ben Makuch as a former VICE e...

Ep. 285 - Health News In The Age Of Goop
Politics may dominate the news cycle, but every Canadian is touched by our health care system. But while there are countless reporters covering politics in this country, only one person has spent their career reporting on and analyzing health care. André Picard talks about health horror stories, scandals, and what it’s like covering health in the age of GOOP.  This episode is brought to you by HelloFresh, Firefox, CFUV, Article and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #220 - That’s What You Get When You Draw A Political Cartoon That Doesn’t Suck
A Canadian cartoonist drew a provocative image of Trump, blithely ignorant of the fatal consequences of his border policy. After it blew up online, the cartoonist was let go from the company who'd published his work for 17 years. And what was with that viral clip of Trudeau getting "snubbed" at G20? Jan Wong co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep. 284 - A Former WE Employee Speaks Out
Twenty-two people spoke to us confidentially about working for WE. But Josh Keenan went on the record. Hear what he had to say, and WE’s response. Read Jaren Kerr’s full investigation here.   This episode is brought to you by Firefox, Endy, Away, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  ADDITIONAL MUSIC CREDITS: “Night Owl” and “Drop of Water in the Ocean” by Broke For Free, adapted; “Blonde” by Nctrnm, adapted; and “Easy Life” by Lee Rosevere.  Tickets for Doug Ford vs. The Arts...

SHORT CUTS #219 - The Pleasure Of Margaret Wente
Pour one out for Margaret Wente: she's leaving the Globe. The Irvings tighten their grip on New Brunswick news, and some Toronto councillors are learning not to cross Warren Kinsella. Sean Craig co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


Ep. 283 - Oh Great, A Republican Plot Against Canadaland
Something strange has been going on for the last little while and we’re ready to talk about it. This is a story about a Republican-affiliated scheme against Canadaland and yes, we’re serious.   The Executive Director of WE Charity, Dalal Al-Wahedi states: Navigator is a long-time supporter of WE Charity. Since May 2017, the charity has engaged Navigator in an advisory capacity. This work has been limited in scope to strategic advice, assisting with drafting press releases statements and in reviewing legal ...

SHORT CUTS #218 - Whose Pipeline Is It Anyway?
What better way to recognize a climate emergency than by approving the Trans Mountain Pipeline? Why did the Raptors’ president get carded after his team won? And what's with U.S. media suddenly paying attention to Indigenous people in Canada? Ryan McMahon guest hosts, and Andray Domise co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep. 282 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Fatal
Greed, money, and revenge culminate with a gruesome murder on the driveway of a Vancouver mansion. Canada correspondent for The New York Times, Dan Bilefsky, talks about what happens when the Canadian dream goes very, very wrong and the weird balkanization of Canadian news. This episode was sponsored by Audible and Endy. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #217 - United Conservative Postmedia War Room
Rest assured, Canadians! Jason Kenney is here to protect you from the evils of the Green Left. A look at the Alberta government's anti-environment "War Room," plus the imminent Raptor Rapture. Fatima Syed guest hosts, and Kieran Leavitt co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep. 281 - Trolling Jonathan Torrens
From hosting his own show on the CBC to playing J-Roc on Trailer Park Boys, Jonathan Torrens has been a mainstay of the Canadian entertainment industry for decades. So what's his deal? Is he a comedian? A talk show host? Or is he just that guy who wrote a truly terrible song called "Thank U Canada".  Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #216 - The Word For This Is Genocide
The majority of our media is bending backward to avoid acknowledging Canadian genocide. Why? And Lindsay Shepherd travelled to Ottawa to complain about her weeklong Twitter ban: a look at the online hate hearings and the right's war on free speech. Sarah Krichel co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


Ep. 280 - The News Bosses: APTN's Karyn Pugliese
Canada’s national news organizations are helmed by a handful of people. The news bosses decide what gets to be news and what doesn’t for the entire country… and we think it’s time someone talks to them about that. We’ve reached out to the heads of every news organization across the country. APTN’s Karyn Pugliese is the first to accept. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #215 - What Sort Of Monster Would Disparage Anna Maria Tremonti?
As one of Canada's most beloved radio personalities leaves the job she's held for 17 seasons, who could possibly have anything negative to say? Also, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have finally revealed their schemes to... run as independents. And should media unions have a say in deciding who gets federal media funding? Nora Loreto co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

Ep. 279 - A Forgotten News Lab Predicted Journalism's Online Future in 1991
InfoLab imagined newspapers' transition from print to digital, creating multimedia digital news in the basement of The Hamilton Spectator back in the early '90s. Jesse talks to its former director, journalist Wayne MacPhail, about what the InfoLab did, and why it shut down shortly after Conrad Black's company bought the newspaper chain.    This episode is brought to you by our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....


SHORT CUTS #214 - Lord Ballwasher of Crossharbour
Lord Conrad Black, First of His Name, The Unedited, King of Columns, Breaker of Laws, Flatterer of American Presidents, and Father of the National Post. Did Canada’s favourite criminal Lord just schmooze his way into a pardon from Donald Trump or is the American justice system to blame? Also, speaking of ancient things, Canada’s dusty old privacy laws are back in the spotlight thanks to the government’s new digital charter....

Ep. 278 - Bigotry Punished, Miraculously
But will the $2.5 million judgment against the far-right twice-defeated mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston actually stop him spreading hate online? Jesse speaks with media lawyer Justin Safayeni, and founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network Amira Elghawaby about what the ruling means for Johnston and his ilk. This episode is brought to you by listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #213 - Misfit Manchild Edgelords
It's Nazi season in Canada! From the "controversial" flag in Saskatchewan to the neo-Nazi working in an Ontario city hall, Canada's working hard to normalize racism. And Mark Norman apparently had it worse than Omar Khadr. Who was in Guantanmo Bay. As a minor. Sandy Garossino co-hosts. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/CANADALAND....


Ep. 277 - Quebec's Narcos Tell All!
The new podcast Narcos PQ hands the mic to those who bring Canada its drugs: bikers, drug mules, outlaw chemists. Co-hosts Brigitte Noël and Félix Séguin take over this week to translate some of their most revealing tape, and tell us why we should listen to criminals.  This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter....

SHORT CUTS #212 - Newfoundland 2: The Newfoundlanding
In the prurient rush for lurid details about Bruce McArthur and his victims, maybe it’s time to re-examine the way we consume true crime. And the ongoing saga of the Mark Norman affair becomes even muddier. Deidre Olsen co-hosts. Support us at patreon.com/CANADALAND....


SHORT CUTS #211 - Your Body Is A Newfoundland
Was the recent Simpsons episode about Canada offensive? Was it even funny? And, finally, the mainstream media seems to be paying attention to the rising threat of white terrorism in Canada. Alheli Picazo co-hosts....

Ep. 275 - Sneaking Chinese Propaganda Into The Canadian Media
A popular pundit has a curious connection: her company worked for China. South China Morning Post's Vancouver correspondent Ian Young tells Jesse that the Canadian media has "blind spots" when it comes to how the Chinese government tries to influence the conversation in Canada....

SHORT CUTS #210 - Raccoon Thirst Trap
Who among us hasn't stabbed a lecherous raccoon with a dessert fork? And Omar Khadr gave his first big interview on Québec television; where was English media on this one? Nora Loreto co-hosts....


Ep. 274 - Is Facebook Worth Fixing?
And if so, can government regulation crack down on hate speech and election interference on social media without crushing free speech? Jesse asks Natasha Tusikov, a criminology professor who researches where technology and regulation meet....

SHORT CUTS #209 - Don't Call Me Jason
Journalism that exposes racism, homophobia, and election fraud: does any of it matter? All of this and more in a look at the Alberta election. And then a check-in with the Globe and Mail's Thunder Bay bureau. Jen Gerson co-hosts....


SHORT CUTS #208 - Oh My God, They Killed Kenney
Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party is imploding before our very eyes — but the Albertan electorate doesn't seem to mind much. And who does Justin Trudeau think he's fooling with a libel threat? Definitely not Andrew Scheer. Bashir Mohamed co-hosts....

Ep. 272 - The Best New Podcast In Canada Is About The Opioid Crisis
Crackdown covers the war on drugs from the trenches, and these war correspondents are drug users. Host Garth Mullins joins Jesse to talk about how after watching the media get so much wrong about the opioid crisis— if they covered it at all— he and other drug user activists got together to start a monthly podcast based on their stories, their reporting, and scientific research....

SHORT CUTS #207 - Tape Your Calls!
If there's one lesson we can take away from what's happened with Jody Wilson-Raybould, it's to tape all of your calls. And what's more important to the Trudeau Liberals: reconciliation or cold hard donations? Wawmeesh Hamilton co-hosts....


Ep. 271 - Stephen Harper
The CANADALAND interview with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who targeted the press before it was cool. Now, conservatives from Donald Trump to Doug Ford walk in his footsteps. How does he account for his dubious legacy?...

Ep. 270 - The Most Expensive Thing Canada's Ever Bought
When Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese called the government to follow up on a tip, he heard back from the PR arm of Irving Shipbuilding. And then the president of that company called, and threatened to sue him. Turns out the tip didn't lead to a story, but that phone call did. Pugliese joins Jesse to talk about why....


SHORTCUTS #205 - Scheer and Loathing
Andrew Scheer’s first statement about the terrorist attack by a white supremacist in New Zealand failed to mention a few things... like Muslims and white supremacy. Also, the federal budget was announced and so were the details of that controversial media bailout.   CORRECTION: In this episode, the shooter at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando is referred to among a list of angry white men. He is not white....

Ep. 269 - Ruthless Or Toothless? The News Biz Complaints Department
Who do you turn to when the news messes up? It turns out there's a council for that.   Pat Perkel and John Fraser from the National NewsMedia Council talk about the powers and limits of their organization. They can tell a news org to print a correction, but can they stop a columnist from being racist? And what happens when a media outlet won't be deterred by shame?...

SHORT CUTS #204 - Pressure-Cooked Octopus
While we're all busy talking about the propriety of the SNC-Lavalin affair, it bears revisiting the company's sordid past. Also, how is the media culpable for whitewashing reconciliation? And Pizzagate comes to Canada. Sandy Garossino co-hosts....


Ep. 268 - Strombo
Canada's most ubiquitous TV host talks about his many, many gigs, from MuchMusic VJ to CNN interviewer -- and why he's turned to YouTube for the latest one....

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Short Cuts #203 - Philpottcalypse Now
Gerry Butts breaks his silence on SNC-Lavalin. And the thing that Andrew Scheer can get away with, but Jagmeet Singh cannot. Paul Wells co-hosts....


SHORT CUTS #202 - Jody Wilson-Raybould Ain't Nuthin To Mess With
The former Minister of Justice testified before the House of Commons justice committee this week and it was like nothing we've seen in recent memory. And what did Howie Mandel do to make so many Canadian comedians so upset? Sandra Battaglini co-hosts....

Ep. 266 - A Guide To The Podcast Industry
In the past year or so, the podcast industry has seen an explosion --or bubble, depending on who you ask-- with companies like Entertainment One, Corus, and Rogers making big plays in the market. Ben Cannon of Constant Listener and Marc Weisblott of 1236.ca join Jesse to take stock of the landscape. Who are the big players? What are they trying to do? And are their podcasts any good?...

SHORT CUTS #201 - Short Butts
Reports of a massive protest convoy driving across the country have been greatly exaggerated ... except for the whole racism part. And a probing examination of all the Butts stuff in Ottawa. Nora Loreto co-hosts....


Ep. 265 - Decoding A Political Scandal
There's a lot to learn from what politicians and journalists can and can't tell us, their lowly constituents and readers. We read between the lines of the news coverage of the SNC-Lavalin scandal with BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod. Then, Macleans columnist Anne Kingston helps translate politicians' passive-aggressive, condescending, or coded messages, passed to us through resignation letters, speeches, and even Twitter likes....

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SHORT CUTS #200 - My Bloody Lavalin
How did the Canadian press cover the biggest scandal yet to hit the Trudeau government? Will the SNC-Lavalin affair blow over? With this level of potential corruption, will anyone care or remember at election time? Ali Taghva co-hosts....

Ep. 264 - Quebec's Fake News Problem
In English media, there are whole organizations and departments devoted to debunking fake news. But in Quebec, a lot of the work falls to one guy: Jeff Yates. He talks to guest host Brigitte Noël about the unique challenges of combatting fake news in French and why he thinks it's time to destigmatize sharing bogus stories....

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SHORT CUTS #199 - The Sun Never Sets On The Netflix Empire
Is Netflix threatening Canadian culture through neo-imperialism? Never mind the copyright infringement, was the Conservative Party's Heritage Minute any good? And did the new Indigenous Languages Act accomplish anything?  Jesse Wente guest hosts and Garvia Bailey co-hosts....

Ep. 263 - The Loudmouth Senator
Paula Simons did something that makes a lot of journalists cringe. She went into politics. The former Edmonton Journal columnist is now an independent senator. She speaks about crossing over, using social media to pull back the curtain on Canadian politics... and about the Senate's secret snack machine....

SHORT CUTS #198 - The Criminals We Deserve
What's with our ongoing fascination with serial killers? What do we lose when Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to his charges? What does all this say about Canadian society? Plus, Jesse reveals the details of a top-secret media bailout meeting. Fatima Syed co-hosts....


Ep. 262 - Meet Canada's Pro-Oil, Anti-Immigrant Yellow Vest Movement
What do warnings of globalism, support for pipelines and calls to execute Trudeau have in common? They're all part of the rhetoric of Yellow Vests Canada. CANADALAND producer David Crosbie investigates how a French working class protest against a fuel tax has inspired a right wing, populist movement holding rallies across Canada.   Read his full report on our website, canadalandshow.com...

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SHORT CUTS #197 - Smells Like MAGA Teen Spirit
Did a viral video actually show all the ugliness, racism, division, and indecency of the current moment, or did it show all the ugliness, racism, division, and indecency of the current moment? And look out! Big Government is coming for your Netflix. James Wilt co-hosts....

Ep.261 - Oh Great, Now China Hates Us
Canada's in a bad way with China. Has the media prepared us to deal with the growing superpower? With tensions rising, it may be more important than ever for Canadians to understand China. The Star Vancouver's deputy bureau chief Joanna Chiu takes us through various forces standing in the way -- a lack of understanding of Chinese media among English Canada, the misogynistic culture of the foreign press in Asia, and government control over Chinese social media, even in Canada.   Plus, she talks about her tea...


SHORT CUTS #196 - Naughty Daughter
As the Trudeau government trumpets its track record on supporting women's rights abroad, newborn children continue to be separated from their parents right here in Canada. And how did Jagmeet Singh's most recent round of media appearances go? Erica Ifill co-hosts....

Ep. 260 - Fake-Ass Internet
Something like the half of all activity on the internet is fake. Yes, there are bots. But there are also fake websites that cater to bots. And then there are the ways real people adjust their behaviour to try to game the bots. Where does this leave the idyllic internet we were promised?   Former Gawker EIC and current New York Magazine writer Max Read tells us how what's fake infects what's real. Read his piece in New York Magazine "How Much of the Internet is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually." This ...

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SHORT CUTS #195 - A Baby Country In Diapers
Is reconciliation still a possibility when the Canadian government marches armed police onto Indigenous land? It's time for Canada to grow up. And Canada's first female PM seems to have the best Twitter game of them all. Jesse Wente co-hosts....


Ep.259 - The Mud Slinging, Meme Hustling, Rage Baiting Sites You Need To Know Before The Next Election
A bunch of new partisan political websites are fighting to shape the narrative in the run-up to the federal election. Reporter Graeme Gordon is here to tell you which organizations to look out for on your Facebook and Twitter feeds, what their political objectives are, and who's paying for them.   Read The CANADALAND Guide To New Popular, Populist Political Media at canadalandshow.com....

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SHORT CUTS #194 - Rex Murphy Vs. A Dead Guy
The Canadian government owns up to treaty obligations after 168 years, Maclean's staff puts in a bid to buy the magazine, and Rex Murphy kicks a journalist while they're dead. Rick Harp co-hosts....


SHORT CUTS #193 - Hate Laundry
Two big Toronto papers got some things horribly wrong. The Sun has been censured by the National NewsMedia Council for its fictitious goat-slaughtering story, and The Sun and Star both recklessly outed a sex worker for no justifiable purpose. Fatima Syed co-hosts....

Ep. 257 - How Not To Cover Climate Change
Blazing wildfires. Pipeline stand-offs. Unpredictable floods. Men in suits arguing... One of our era's most urgent, high-stakes stories is also the hardest one to get right. The Discourse's environment reporter Lauren Kaljur takes Jesse on a tour of the biggest misses and tropes of Canadian media's climate change coverage in 2018. Kaljur explains how reporters can go beyond stale narratives and crisis reporting, and argues that a solutions-based approach to telling these stories could make them easier to en...

SHORT CUTS #192 - Ontario Proud And Prejudice
Did Canada make the right call by arresting Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou? Or was it the perfect time for a little “creative incompetence.” And new details about Ontario Proud’s "grassroots," people-powered funding reveal the people are mostly corporations.   Jan Wong co-hosts....


Ep. 256 - The Dependent Press
The Canadian federal government plans to issue nearly $600M in tax credits and incentives to bolster the country's media industry over the next five years. What will this mean for the independence of the Canadian press? And will CANADALAND be applying for funds?  Jesse speaks with American media critic and NYU professor, Jay Rosen.  — This episode is sponsored by Audible, Hover, and Sock Club....

SHORT CUTS #191 - Justin Trudeau's [Redacted] Trip To India
What does the heavily redacted – er, revised – federal report on Trudeau’s trip to India tell us about the internal machinations of the government? And what does a Supreme Court ruling about journalists’ sources mean for the profession? Sandy Garossino co-hosts....

Ep. 255 - The Making Of Finding Cleo And Thunder Bay
CANADALAND's investigative podcast Thunder Bay published its series finale last week.   Host and creator Ryan McMahon reflects on the year-long production process, and he, Jesse and Connie Walker — host of CBC's award-winning podcast Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo — speak at ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival about the challenges that come with telling such sensitive, complex stories through the true crime genre.    —   This episode is sponsored by Endy and HelloFresh....


Ep. 254 - An Issue Worth Torching Your Job Over
After 25 years at the CBC, tech columnist Jesse Hirsh decided to risk it all. During an interview about Facebook, he turned the tables, asking why CBC continues to promote Facebook as we've seen what that company has done to undermine democracy.    CBC refused to post the segment online, saying it violated their journalistic standards and practices. Hirsh's future with the CBC is unclear, but the incident raised a lot of questions about what you can and cannot say on our public broadcaster....

SHORT CUTS #189 - The Media's The Problem
Despite bringing the horrifying events at a private school in Toronto to the attention of police, the media have been getting some backlash from parents. A CBC columnist dared to call out the CBC on its Facebook practices, and Jesse makes some connections on the CANADALAND conspiracy cork board. Bill Dunphy co-hosts....


Ep. 253 - Is The Media Afraid Of The Kielburgers?
The Kielburgers' WE Movement has enjoyed more than 20 years of glowing press. They also have partnerships with 38 media organizations and a history of aggressive responses to criticism.   Reporter Jaren Kerr speaks with Jesse about his investigation of WE's media relations.     — Audio of Craig Kielburger's 1996 press conference addressing Saturday Night magazine's cover story was sourced from Judy Jackson's documentary It Takes A Child (1998). This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh and Audible....

SHORT CUTS #188 - The Paunch Resistance
The most controversial Maclean's cover in years, Ontario Proud's leaked fundraising documents, and Justin Trudeau becomes the latest champion of the free press. Paul Wells co-hosts....

Ep. 252 - Is Business News Amoral, Immoral, Or Just Evil?
When the CBC tweeted out a series of news alerts following Brazil’s election of a far-right presidential candidate... people had a lot to say. The tweets flagged, “fresh opportunities for Canadian companies looking to invest in the resource-rich country” and noted President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s free market and pro-business stance — but neglected to initially mention his sexism, homophobia, and open declaration of being in favor of a dictatorship.   The tweets went viral, with readers and journalists alike...


Ep. 251 - How True Crime Took Over Podcasting
For a long time, CANADALAND was (proudly) the number one podcast in the country — but that's no longer true. Australian-born Kristi Lee works in marketing by day... but late at night, you can find her sitting in her closet, recording meticulously-researched scripts about the country's most horrific crimes. Her Canadian True Crime podcast boasts an impressive listenership, and it's not alone. Lee's is among a burgeoning group of popular indie true crime podcasts made across Canada. But with such a following,...

SHORT CUTS #186 - Hate Isn't The Problem
The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was the deadliest instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history. Is the kind of rhetoric that motivated the shooter here in Canada? And what's with the CBC giving investment advice for the decimation of the Amazon rainforest? Sean Craig co-hosts....


Ep. 250 - Canada's First Smart City Is A Disaster
Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs, has partnered with every level of government to build the first-ever 'smart city' in Toronto — but with several high-profile resignations and mounting privacy concerns, will this project ever break ground? Reporter Amanda Roth (The Logic) has spent the last eight months investigating Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto's 'smart city' plan, and has broken story after story on the tech giant's project. David Skok is the editor-in-chief of The Logic, a new media start-u...

SHORT CUTS #185 - Our Friend With A Bone Saw
Despite mounting human rights violations and the seemingly state-sanctioned murder of a journalist, Canada continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Plus, how are municipal elections in Canada supposed to compete with period pieces? Sandy Garossino co-hosts....

Ep.249 - Thunder Bay
The debut episode of our new series, hosted by Ryan McMahon. Episode 2 is online now, subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.  Thunder Bay. The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extortion. A police chief who went to trial for obstruction of justice. Nine tragic deaths of Indigenous teenagers.  Why does it all happen here?...


Ep.248 - The CANADALAND Investigation Of The Kielburger's WE Movement
Craig Kielburger founded WE when he was 12 to fight child labour. Now, the WE brand is used to promote products made by children.  Reporter Jaren Kerr presents the findings of his 4-month long investigation.  Read Jaren's report here.  Read WE's full responses here.  To provide information to Jaren Kerr, email him at [email protected], or message him securely on Signal at 530-517-7538....


Ep. 247 - The Weed Beat
Next week, recreational weed will become legal across Canada. In anticipation, mainstream media has begun taking cannabis coverage seriously. Overnight, nearly every major outlet across the country has hired full-time reporters to cover it — but before we celebrate industry growth, how sustainable is this beat? Guest host Manisha Krishnan is joined by Financial Post's cannabis reporter, Vanmala Subramaniam and Grasslands founder Ricardo Baca — America's first weed editor, who co-led the now-defunct The Cann...

Ep. 246 - Sheila Heti And Rachel Cusk On Why Memoir Is A Dead End
Guest Host Sheila Heti (Motherhood, How Should a Person Be?) speaks with fellow "autofiction" author Rachel Cusk (A Life's Work, Aftermath, et al). The Giller-nominated writers discuss receiving harsh criticism, why memoir is a dead end, and how Cusk is reimagining the novel, and making art and meaning out of mid-life crisis and divorce with her critically-acclaimed trilogy (dubbed a "literary experiment")....


SHORT CUTS #181 - Crown Fetish
Exploring Maxime Bernier's ties to the Koch Brothers, Andrew Coyne's love for the monarchy, and proof, if you needed it, that Jordan Peterson is full of shit. Justin Ling co-hosts....

Ep. 245 - The Last Labour Reporter
Sara Mojtehedzadeh may very well be Canada's last full-time labour reporter. This past fall, as the Toronto Star's work and wealth reporter, Mojtehedzadeh went undercover for a month at Fiera Foods—a factory in Toronto where a temp agency worker was recently killed. Her month-long stint led to Undercover in Temp Nation, an explosive year-long investigation into the company. Her and Brendan Kennedy's reporting is exemplary, but its kind is nearly extinct. In a time when robust coverage of unions and 'workpla...

SHORT CUTS #180 - Nice Work, Twitter Mob!
A series of essays by men accused of sexual misconduct, in which they attempt to defend themselves, have appeared in the press lately. Jesse and co-host Anne Kingston tackle that essay in the New York Review of Books, as well as the publisher of Harper's performance on the CBC....


Ep. 244 - Chip Zdarsky On Marvel Money And The Canadian Comics Boom
Guest Host Chip Zdarsky (Spectacular Spiderman, Sex Criminals) is joined by Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) co-founder and longtime friend, Chris Butcher. They discuss the state of the Canadian comic book industry, what it's like to work for Marvel, TCAF's far-reaching influence, The Beguiling, and the void that Koyama Press' departure will create in Canadian publishing....

SHORT CUTS #179 - Last Man Notwithstanding
A look at how the Ford government's notwithstanding invocation has been covered by the press, as well as a look at the spurious media diet of the alleged Fredericton shooter. Arshy Mann co-hosts....

Ep. 243 - What Does 'Off The Record' Actually Mean? The Toronto Star And BuzzFeed Explain.
Confusion over "off the record" played a pivotal role in global affairs this past week. So — how does this oft-misunderstood agreement actually work, and why do so many powerful people continue to misuse it? Jesse speaks with Toronto Star's Daniel Dale about his scoop on Trump's off the record comments about Canada amid NAFTA talks, and to Buzzfeed News' editor-in-chief Ben Smith about an "off the record" email Elon Musk sent to one of his reporters....


SHORT CUTS #178 - How Not To Interview Faith Goldy
Jesse talks to Graeme Gordon about his controversial interview with former Rebel personality, current Toronto mayoral candidate, and avowed white supremacist Faith Goldy. Plus Trump's "off the record" drama with Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale....

Ep.242 - Live Local News Neither Live Nor Local
Paul Tadich joins Jesse in the studio to talk about what it was like producing multiple cities worth of news from a windowless green-screen room in Don Mills, Toronto. He compares his time working at Global TV to a "news sweatshop"....

Short Cuts #177 - The Dumb Fight Ahead
Maxime Bernier fights diversity, then fights journalism. Justin Trudeau yells at a racist. Andrew Scheer wants you to know some people sometimes say something... or something. And a dumb debate ensues after a protestor assaults a Sun photographer.   Jen Gerson co-hosts. Jen's politics show OPPO returns next month....


SHORT CUTS #176 - The House Of Sad
Saudi Arabia leads the charge in exposing the human rights violations of Jordan Peterson, Alex Jones becomes the latest casualty in the Info Wars, and a review of Doug Ford's foray into the news business. Sandy Garossino guest hosts....

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Ep. 240 - How Marketing Conquered Food
Food journalist Corey Mintz speaks with Jesse about how influencers, marketing and Instagram have impacted food writing and eating.  Check out the most recent episode of Corey’s new podcast, Taste Buds, where Corey sits down to break bread with chefs and restaurant insiders....

NEW PODCAST: Taste Buds
We are releasing a new podcast this week called Taste Buds. Food writer and former critic Corey Mintz sits down for a meal with chefs, cooks and restaurant owners for real talk about food. These are the conversations insiders have at the table when the customers have gone home.   Subscribe now for a preview....


Ep. 239 - Last Chance For Newspapers: Inside La Presse
The newspaper business is in rapid decline. La Presse, Québec’s largest news-site, announced its plan to become a non-profit. Jesse joins Pierre-Elliot Levasseur, the President of La Presse in Montréal and speaks to him about their new non-profit structure. We learn about La Presse’s move to digital and how they’re holding out hope for a government news bailout. Is this the future for news media in Canada? Or is it simply a neat exit strategy for Power Corporation, the Desmarais owned holding-company that s...

Ep.238 - Authors Are Getting Bloody In The Culture Wars
The book world has been thrown into turmoil by sexual assault allegations, inter-generational fighting and questions over Indigenous ancestry. Is this inside baseball for a tiny industry, a microcosm of the culture wars or a battle over who gets to tell Canada's story?   Hannah McGregor is the editor of the upcoming book, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins....


SHORT CUTS #173 - The Aesthetics Of Rigour
Why should you trust the press when politicians have Twitter? And we read the Steven Galloway "article" in Quillette so you don't have to; turns out there may have been a slight conflict of interest. Justin Ling co-hosts....

Ep.237 - The Legend Of Weed Toque Girl
Almost every news story about cannabis is accompanied by a stereotypical stoner pic. The same few photos are used again and again. Why? Who took these pics? Who are the smokers in them? And what's the deal with the most overused stoner pic of all, the pic known as "Weed Toque Girl"? WHO IS SHE?  This week we go deep, and bring you answers....


Ep.236 - Jesse Meets WNYC's On The Media
The weekly radio show On The Media was one of the main inspirations for CANADALAND. This week, their co-host Bob Garfield talks to Jesse about the Trudeau we get vs. the Trudeau Americans get.   Here's our cut of that conversation....

SHORT CUTS #171 - A He Said That She Said Story
Why is no one in Canada reporting on that Justin Trudeau groping allegation? How does The Globe & Mail go from publishing one of the most important pieces of journalism about sexual assault in recent years to publishing an alleged sexual assailant's version of events? And what can we learn from the New York Magazine profile of everyone's favourite hipster Ponzi scheme, VICE? Danielle Paradis co-hosts....

Ep.235 - Taxing Porn (And Everything Else) To Pay For CanCon
Canada's broadcast regulator has put forward a proposal to tax everything from porn to podcasts to help pay for Canadian content. Greg O'Brien, editor and publisher of Cartt.ca talks about why the CRTC is reviving the Netflix tax debate and what their plan would mean for the internet....


SHORT CUTS #170 - Doug Life
We have reached peak batshit in the Ontario election. Ford suing Ford, octogenarians in "physical altercations" with seventh-graders while illegally campaigning at schools, loopy NDP candidates – and that's just this week.  And no one, NO ONE, can believe that Trump is following through on his campaign promise to dissolve NAFTA.  Joey Coleman co-hosts....

SHORT CUTS #169 - The Devil Wears Pravda
Never mind a Tesla in every Mars driveway, Elon Musk is going to save journalism, one truth at a time. The Toronto Sun has found Hitler's body – or his ghost, anyway. The NDP have it. And a far-right group muscled its way into VICE's Montréal office. Paul McLeod co-hosts....


Ep.233 - Journalists Are Done With CBC Stealing Their Scoops
CBC has a reputation in Canadian media for reporting on other people's scoops without giving credit. Reporters at other outlets have often grumbled about it. When Graeme Gordon, a frequent CANADALAND contributor, set out to look for more stories about this happening, the floodgates opened....

SHORT CUTS #168 - Daft Munk
Keeping the "debate" out of the Munk Debates, getting the best Canadian coverage from American press, and serving Anthony Bourdain the unpalatable best of Canadian media.  Laura Howells co-hosts....

Ep.232 - How We Cover Israel
Why did every national news organization in Canada change its headline about the mass-killings in Gaza last week? And is the media biased for Israel, against it....or both? Elamin Abdelmahmoud is an editor of news curation for BuzzFeed News. Karen Mock is a human rights consultant and president of JSpaceCanada....


Ep. 231 - Robo Reporters and Blockchain Broadcasts
While journalists worry about Facebook algorithms and digital advertising, every other industry gets to be excited about technology. So today, we try our hardest to find the positive tech stories for the news industry.   Joshua Benton is the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. He joins Jesse to discuss new technological frontiers in journalism, from Apple News, to blockchain-based journalism, to the surprising ways artificial intelligence can benefit news coverage....


Ep.230 - The Pipeline Approval Was Rigged
Whistleblowers from within the federal government revealed to National Observer reporter Mike De Souza how the Trudeau government effort pretended to ask First Nations and other stakeholders permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In fact, no outcome other than an approval was ever possible....

Ep. 229 - The Manosphere
How did an online subculture of lonely men inspire the murders of 10 people in Toronto?   After 10 people were killed in the Toronto van attack, a Facebook post surfaced from accused killer Alek Minassian, citing the "Incel Rebellion." Incels, or "involuntary celibates," are just one of a group of anti-feminist online subcultures that make up the "manosphere."   Xtra reporter Arshy Mann began immersing himself in the online manosphere years ago. He says we need to understand these groups and take them serio...


SHORT CUTS #164 - All Eyes On Us
Why were some people so determined to label the Toronto van attack as Islamist? How is it that U.S. media are capable of breaking key points of developing Canadian stories before their domestic counterparts? And how do you sift through online signal noise to report accurately in the midst of a high-profile event? Jonathan Goldsbie co-hosts....

Ep. 228 - What's The New York Times Doing In Canada?
More than a year after their expansion into Canada, the New York Times is prospering here. And they're doing it with only three reporters. But what exactly is their goal here? And what does it mean for Canadian news and news consumers?   Catherine Porter is the Canadian bureau chief of the New York Times....

SHORT CUTS #163 - The Indoctrination Of Alexandre Bissonnette
A look at the media diet of Alexandre Bissonnette, charged with the January, 2017 terror attack at a Quebec City mosque that killed six and wounded nineteen, plus Facebook continues its Canadian outreach program. Amira Elghawaby co-hosts....


Ep. 227 - Journalism On Trial
We talk to two Canadian journalists who are facing legal consequences --including jail time-- for doing their jobs. VICE reporter Ben Makuch is heading to the Supreme Court to try to stop the RCMP from getting access to communications he had with alleged ISIS recruit Farah Shirdon in 2014. APTN's Justin Brake, formerly of The Independent, is facing criminal charges for disobeying a court injunction while following Indigenous land protectors onto the site of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in 2016.  ...

SHORT CUTS #162 - Not Paid To Be Classy
Media coverage of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, a statement from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sets off alarms, and a fond farewell to Rick Mercer. Tom Henheffer co-hosts....

Ep. 226 - The Great Satan Of The CBC
Richard Stursberg was the most hated CBC executive in recent history. What advice does he have for Catherine Tait, the CBC's new president? And what does he have to say about his own infamous legacy?   Correction: An earlier version of this episode stated that Richard Stursberg lost the rights to Hockey Night In Canada and that he put ads on CBC Radio 2. He did neither of those things....


Ep. 225 - Satirical News Site Fast-Tracks Reconciliation, Everything Fine Now
Tim Fontaine "set fire" to his journalism career last December, when he launched Walking Eagle News. After 20 years of covering tragedy and injustice for CBC and APTN, Tim is turning his attention to criticizing and creating the news—as opposed to reporting it. He's written about everything from Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government's poor attempts at reconciling with Indigenous peoples, to rez dogs on the verge of forming single consciousness.  Tim joins Jesse from Winnipeg....

SHORT CUTS #160 - Oh, So I'm The Idiot
Hot takes! If the CBC runs a picture of you without your consent, do they owe you a column? And why was one Canadian taxpayer-subsidized show available on Netflix everywhere around the world — except in Canada? Courtney Shea co-hosts....


Ep. 224 - How To Un-F**k The Internet
Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley still believes in the dream of The Internet. Remember that dream? Before Russian troll-bots, “fake news,” Cambridge Analytica, digital monopolies and worse — it was a common one. Is an open, free, glorious Internet still possible? Do we still even want that? Ryan joins Jesse....

SHORT CUTS #159 - You Can Beat Me With a Hose
Is all of your Facebook data up for sale? What do the Cambridge Analytica revelations mean for Canada? When does journalism cross the line into criminal harassment? And if there hasn't been any major violence in 20 years, why are we all of a sudden freaking out about Khalistan so much?...

Ep. 223 - The Misery Beat
In an age of sensationalized true crime podcasts and Netflix docudramas—and with no end in sight—can longform crime reporting reach beyond morbid fascination? For those journalists who cover crime, what are their responsibilities as reporters interviewing the accused? How do they know if they’re being used by calculated manipulators, and if they are, should they still report it? To get answers, guest host Omar Mouallem speaks with Globe and Mail reporter, Jana Pruden. You can read Jana’s story, Fear On The ...


SHORT CUTS #158 - The Conspiracy Provisions
Another populist businessman turned politician defeats a more-qualified female candidate. Will the Competition Bureau actually do anything other than raid some offices? And does the CBC hate Sikhs? Kieran Delamont co-hosts....

Ep. 222 - How To Slander Friends And Libel People
Patrick Brown announced last month that he would be suing CTV, after they published a report of his alleged sexual misconduct — but whether or not Brown actually goes through with the lawsuit is yet to be seen. Being threatened with a defamation lawsuit is arguably a rite of passage for journalists. The fear of libel hangs over every newsroom, so this is a risky business — but maybe it's not as risky as we like to act like it is. Media litigation lawyers Justin Safayeni and Adam Wygodny speak with Jesse abo...

SHORT CUTS #157 - The Haunted Dungeon Of Q
Has Tom Power gotten an easy ride? Facebook finds a new way to manipulate the news. And with so many awful people on Twitter, how are they choosing who to ban?   Sarah Hagi co-hosts....


Ep. 221 - Indie Journalists On The Government News Bailout
After two years of reports and stuffy consultations, the slow-moving train-wreck that's been the "news bailout" has made its way into the proposed 2018-19 federal budget. The budget dedicates $50 million dollars over five years to "supporting local journalism," but who's eligible for funding? Though crucial details are pending, PostMedia Network's CEO Paul Godfrey and former Globe and Mail EIC Ed Greenspon are not happy—so maybe this isn't such a bad thing after all! Jesse speaks with entrepreneurs running ...

SHORT CUTS #156 - Rogue Indian Elements
Why did CBC News let Justin Trudeau use them like a cheap tool? Why did Patrick Brown quit (this time)? And what's up with the newspaper bailout plan? Stephen Maher co-hosts....

Ep. 220 - We Need To Talk About Reddit
After years of dodging emails about the internal politics of the country's largest subreddit, r/Canada, Jesse finally jumps down the weirdo-message-board rabbit hole. Nearly 340k people are subscribed to r/Canada, with many using it as a primary source of national news. This past week, private messages were leaked between two of the subreddit's moderators, in which one moderator named u/Perma wrote that they were "slowly becoming" a white nationalist. Freelance journalist and CANADALAND contributor, Evan Ba...


Ep. 219 - Where Is Rock Bottom? Live From Saskatchewan, Before The Trial (Rebroadcast)
On February 9, Gerald Stanley — the farmer accused of killing 22-year-old Cree man, Colten Boushie, in Battleford, Saskatchewan — was acquitted of second-degree murder. In the wake of the verdict, Jesse revisits a conversation he had in Saskatoon with Betty Ann Adam (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), Rob Innes (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan), and Mylan Tootoosis (PhD candidate, University of Saskatchewan). This show was recorded live at Winterruption in Cosmo Seniors Centre on January 20th, 2017. Th...

SHORT CUTS #154 - Patrick Brown vs His Reputation
The Gerald Stanley verdict was a crucial moment - was the media equal to it? Was Patrick Brown set-up by CTV? And why is the newspaper bailout a thing again? Danielle Paradis co-hosts from Edmonton...


Ep. 218 - Robert Jago: Decolonizing Canada In His Spare Time
After ending the campaigns of several Tory candidates with his muckraking during the 2015 federal election, Macleans dubbed Robert Jago, "the most dangerous blogger in Canada". The next year, Jago broke the Joseph Boyden scandal, and this past January he exposed Senator Lynn Beyak for publishing racist letters on her website, which resulted in her being ousted from the conservative caucus. Jago has quickly risen as an incisive, evocative voice in Canadian media. He's now a regular contributor to The Walr...

SHORT CUTS #153 - Paikin Care Of Business
Denise Balkissoon co-hosts. Topics: Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie: why must the news media disrespect and blame dead Indigenous kids? And the allegation against Steve Paikin: hmmm......


Ep. 217 - The CANADALAND Guide to Jordan B. Peterson
Why did an obscure Canadian psychology prof suddenly become an international media star? It's a much better question than "is he right or wrong?"   — This episode of CANADALAND is brought to you by our newest sponsor Endy....

SHORT CUTS #152 - Slow News Week
Ontario's political scene lately - why so boring?! Jordan Peterson was a guest on CBC. The media's angle on the ongoing coverage of Toronto's accused serial killer story. With Allison Smith....

Ep. 216 - As If It Never Even Happened
One year ago today, a 27-year-old white man, named Alexandre Bissonnette, walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and opened fire on over 40 worshippers. Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry, and Abdelkrim Hassane were murdered. Five others were badly injured, including Aymen Derbali. A year later, what — if anything — has changed? Many, like activist Syed Hussan, feel it has slipped from our collective conscious. Hussan recently went to...


Ep. 215 - They Asked Me To Join The Militia
Conspiracies! They're out there... and Vice Canada's Mack Lamoureux is getting to the bottom of them. You name it, he's covered it: The Berenst(a)ein Bears. Hollow Earth Theory. Iraq Stargate... But what happens when these twisted narratives stop being just kooky, and start getting scary? As extremist right-wing groups grow their presence in Canada, and around the world, there's a personal cost to covering conspiracists. Mack's 8-month-long investigation into Canada's armed, anti-Islamic "patriot" group — ...

SHORT CUTS #150 - Creeping Sharia, Bitches!
On coverage of the hijab cutting hate crime that never was and the job of journalists in reporting stories of sexual harassment. Naheed Mustafa joins guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud....


Ep. 214 - Black Mirror Canada
If you thought Bill C-51 was concerning, boy do we have an update for you! Bill C-59 is the Liberal government’s national security reform bill, and it covers a lot of ground. According to the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab’s report, the potential activities allowed by Bill C-59 are “limited only by imagination”: Mass dissemination of false information, leaking foreign documents in order to influence political and legal outcomes, large-scale denial of service attacks, interference with the electricity g...

Ep. 213 - How Facebook Bought-Off Canada For Peanuts
Governments around the world are cracking down on Facebook. But not Canada's. Forget taxes and regulations — Trudeau's Ministers are getting photo-ops and a $500,000 investment in Canada's journalism industry from Facebook. Here's Facebook's head of Canadian public policy, Kevin Chan hosting Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, at FB's Oct 19 launch of the Canadian Election Integrity Initiative. So. Why scrutinize Facebook when you can partner with them? Leaders from dozens of countries, inc...


SHORT CUTS #148 - We March On Loblaws At Dawn
Canadian grocery store billionaires duped us for 14 years— Vive la gift card!! Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, faces 15 charges including sexual assault and administering a noxious drug. What did media miss in its initial welcome-home coverage? Mayor John Tory and Toronto city staffers cite 'miscommunication' as the reason homeless people were turned away from shelters across the city (which were definitely not at capacity, alright?). The Quebec mosque shooting took place nearly a year ago. So how i...

The Imposter - Aliya Tries Comedy
At the end of this season of The Imposter, Aliya will do a live comedy set onstage at Second City.   But first—she needs to learn how to tell a joke.   On the first episode of this harrowing journey, Aliya recalls the 1968 comedy that ruined laughter for her, phones her dad up to talk about brownface, and goes to standup school.   As part of our holiday programming, we're playing you the best stuff from across our network....

The Imposter - I Pity The Country Part 1
The Imposter's "I Pity The Country" sits alongside Radiolab and The Heart on Constant Listener's 8 best podcast episodes of 2017. You can read that list here: http://constantlistener.com/best-podcasts-2017/     So this holiday, we present it to you in full.   It's a story featuring incredible music by Indigenous artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s that was nearly lost. And it asks the question: how do we distinguish between art and artifact?...


COMMONS - Invisible Victims: How Police Botched The Robert Pickton Case
Over the holidays, we're presenting some of the best episodes from across CANADALAND Media.   "If the police don't want you to see a file, you're never gonna know it exists."   Lorimer Shenher, author of That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, talks to COMMONS about his time with the Vancouver police, where he investigated serial killer Robert Pickton.    This is part one of a two-part series on police accountability....

SHORT CUTS #147 - Officially Suspicious: The Sherman Deaths
Last week, billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their Toronto home. As we parse through language in the press like "suspicious" and "police sources," what do we know and which interests are at play? Metro columnist and former CANADALAND employee Vicky Mochama called Lindsay Shepherd a crying white girl on CBC's Sunday politics show, infuriating an army of people who have probably never seen the show before. True crime writer and veteran crime reporter James Dubro guest hosts. James's twit...

Ep. 212 - Meet the New Partisan Press
PressProgress calls itself "Canada’s most shared source for progressive news and information." They get real scoops, using the traditional tools of journalism, like access to information requests, fact-checking and seeking comment from politicians.   But they're not a traditional news source. They're backed by the Broadbent Institute, a progressive think tank founded by a former leader of the NDP. So how does that affect their coverage and what should we do with that information?   PressProgress editor Luk...


SHORTCUTS #146 - Terrible Documentary Silenced by Basic Decency
A terrible BBC documentary about transgender kids was pulled from CBC scheduling. A journalists' materials were seized from a Niagara Regional Council meeting by staff who were exercising "enthusiastic caution." A mill pressurized a bookstore to suppress a book-signing for a book written about that mill. Questionable CBC workplace policies. Independent crowdfunded journalist Joey Coleman co-hosts....

Ep. 211 - Inside A Right-Wing Meme Machine
After working in media, PR and politics, Jeff Ballingall understands the political power of Facebook. His top Facebook page gets more engagement than the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star combined. Spanning vicious attacks in rap form to sentimental content about landmarks, Ontario Proud is in a meme war against Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. And they're really effective. Ballingall joins us to talk about what he's doing, why he's doing it and who's paying for it....

SHORT CUTS #145 - News From The Upside Down
The Globe and Mail recently launched their re-designed newspaper much to the dismay of old people everywhere. Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley claims they're "actually expanding" a print edition that has cut both content and distribution.   Alt-right women are upset that alt-right men are treating them badly. They're tired of being harassed and facing backlash for not being married and having babies. If only there were a movement that could help them...   CP24's Stephen LeDrew is suspended for his appearance...


Ep. 210 - Why Newspapers Don't Have To Die
After 34 newspapers were abruptly killed by Postmedia and Torstar last week, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey made the case that it was just part of an inevitable decline in the industry. Chris Powell vehemently disagrees. After cutting his teeth at a community newspaper, Powell spent a career covering the news business in trade publications like Strategy and Marketing Magazine. He's spoken to the publishers and executives, he's studied the business models and he says there is a path forward....

SHORT CUTS #144 - I'll Kill Your Newspapers If You Kill Mine
A lot of Canadians lost their community news this week, after two news giants traded 41 newspapers and shut nearly all of them down. Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey says he didn't know Torstar was planning to kill the newspapers he was giving them. Torstar says pretty much nothing at all. Rogers reportedly won't pay for VICE's fanciful foray into cable TV any longer. The Financial Post will publish your incoherent rant about climate change if you happen to be an ex-Cabinet minister.  BuzzFeed social news curat...

Ep. 209 - The Man Behind The Paradise Papers
Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who are behind the Paradise Papers, the Panama Papers and other similar investigations. Major revelations are continuing to come out of the Paradise Papers in Canada and around the world. One prominent columnist dismissed the whole thing as "another cheap shot at the wealthy," while other people are asking why this story isn't causing riots in the streets....


SHORT CUTS #143 - Goddamnit, Fine, Let's Talk About Jordan Peterson
A Master's student was reprimanded for showing her students a public TV clip of psychology professor/YouTuber Jordan Peterson explaining why he refuses to use people's preferred pronouns. Now the whole country's stuck talking about it. Steve Paikin staged a debate about whether Canada is keeping Indigenous people in crisis, with guests who believe things like North American settlers were more advanced than Indigenous people and that Indigenous people should just assimilate. The Peterborough Examiner publi...