#294 Vagina Empire
CANADALAND
#294 Vagina Empire
Why are we so bad at talking about women's bodies?
September 15, 2019

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.

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#124 Second Class Journalists
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May 24, 2016
#134 Failing Up, Pt. 2
When it came to Canadian arts administration, Jeff Melanson was the king. Until his messy annulment papers from frozen food heiress Eleanor McCain alleged that he left more than just administrative damage in his wake from the National Ballet School, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Banff Centre for the Arts. Anne Kingston dives deep into the hushed world of Canadian arts institutions.
May 25, 2016
#136 How We Investigate
CBC still has a bullying & harassment problem. Jesse and Jane discuss how they investigated it for their recent report, "Bullying & Harassment Claims Emerge at CBC's As It Happens, TV Sports, and HR."
May 30, 2016
#137 I Stand With Gawker
Gawker is in trouble. Writer Stephen Marche, a frequent target of the gossip site, expands on his defense of the blog that smears him.
June 6, 2016
#138 How Justin Won
How did the Liberals win the election? Author Susan Delacourt knows.
June 12, 2016
#139 “It Was A Power Play” – Sexual Harassment Claim At Global News B.C.
Global News anchor Chris Gailus is one of British Columbia's most renowned television broadcasters. He's been accused of sexually harassing his former makeup artist, Dawne Koke. Koke speaks to Jesse about her claims and about sexual harassment in the news business.
June 19, 2016
#140 Is The Canadian-Chinese Press Controlled By Beijing?
Is the Communist Party of China influencing the Canadian-Chinese press? Journalist and paralegal Jonathan Fon joins Jesse for a discussion on the influence of Beijing.
June 26, 2016
#141 The Case For Local Television
When disaster strikes, local television matters. But does anyone actually care about small-town daily news coverage anymore?
July 4, 2016
#142 Kathryn Borel
Kathryn Borel reveals new details about the Jian Ghomeshi case.
July 10, 2016
#143 Monica Heisey
Baroness Von Sketch, CBC's new sketch show, is funny. What happened? Jesse asks Baroness writer, author, and standup comedian Monica Heisey about what went right and what may be changing in Canadian comedy.
July 18, 2016
#144 Follow Up: John Furlong
John Furlong has been accused of abusing dozens of First Nations children when he was a teacher in Burns Lake in the 1960s. Journalist Laura Robinson told this story and ended up on the wrong side of a defamation lawsuit.
July 25, 2016
#145 Why You Can’t Set a TV Show in Canada
Media scholar Karen Burrows discusses the impact on our power as media consumers.
August 1, 2016
#146 Should The Government Bail Out The News Business?
The Trudeau government is actually considering it.
August 8, 2016
#147 Why Johnny Can’t Innovate: Canada’s Tech Sector
Canada's tech sector is hemorrhaging talent. Between tax credits, targeted R&D programs, and Trudeau's cheerleading, can we stop the bleeding?
August 15, 2016
#148 What The Hell Happened At The Toronto Star?
Answers to some of the questions about reporter Raveena Aulakh's suicide. How much did the Toronto Star know about its "toxic" workplace and what did they do about it?
August 28, 2016
#149 Canadaland At The Movies
Last winter, Canadaland invited journalists to The Revue Cinema in Toronto to discuss the films that made them want to become journalists.
September 5, 2016
#150 The News Is Dead So What Comes Next?
The Collapse of the News Business is Irreversible. So what will emerge from the ashes?
September 11, 2016
#151 Trained To Ignore: The Media And First Nations
Why does indigenous representation in settler media matter?
September 19, 2016
#152 Paywall “Blackmail”
If you share paywalled content, does that constitute copyright infringement?
September 26, 2016
#153 Pipeline Antics
When Jean Charest was a paid agent of an energy company he had a secret meeting with the government pipeline regulator, who then lied about it.
October 3, 2016
#154 The BBC & The New York Times Come To Canada
The BBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg: all of them are increasing their presence in Canada at the exact same time that the Canadian media is cutting back like never before. Jessica Murphy, head of the BBC's new Canadian bureau and the New York Times' Canada correspondent Ian Austen discuss the influx.
October 10, 2016
#155 Guys, We’re Having Some Problems
We lost almost half our staff this month. We need to pay better to retain our amazing team. Help us on Patreon and everybody but Jesse will get a raise.
October 17, 2016
#156 The Media Disruptors
Is solutions-based journalism the future of Canadian news?
October 24, 2016
#157 The Occupation Of Muskrat Falls
Justin Brake caught the nation's attention by broadcasting the peaceful protests of Muskrat Falls. And then he got served with a court injunction.
October 31, 2016
#158 Tabloid!
Every day at 12:36pm, Marc Weisblott sends out his "tabloid" newsletter. Is he a cultural critic? A media visionary? Or just a crank?
November 7, 2016
#159 The Surveillance of Patrick Lagacé
La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé tells all about why the Montreal police spied on him and other journalists, and why the free press is under attack.
November 14, 2016
#160 People Like Fake News Better
Fake news sites won the American election. BuzzFeed Canada's Craig Silverman discusses how bogus Facebook stories blew credible news out of the water.
November 21, 2016
#161 How To Save Our CBC
The Government is about to change the CBC.
November 28, 2016
#162 Do First Nations Have A Free Press?
First Nations reporting usually falls into the four D's: drumming, dancing, drinking, and death. Wawmeesh Hamilton is trying to change that.
December 4, 2016
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#163 Edmonton Is Weird
Suburbs frozen in the 1950s. Progressives in the middle of oil country. Jesse explores the eccentricities of Edmonton, past and present.
December 12, 2016
#164 There’s A Hidden VIP Program In The Ontario Health Care System
Do politicians and foreign dignitaries have better access to health care than everyone else?
December 19, 2016
#165 The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.1
Featuring the best moments from Canadaland's new arts & culture show, hosted by Aliya Pabani.
December 26, 2016
#100 The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.2
Featuring the best moments from Canadaland's new arts & culture show, hosted by Aliya Pabani.
December 28, 2016
#166 Misha Glouberman
Misha Glouberman has been hosting Trampoline Hall, a barroom lecture series created by author Sheila Heti, for 15 years. He and Jesse are almost, but not quite, friends.
January 9, 2017
#167 Post-Truth Fact Check
When reporters are more relevant as unwilling political props than as chroniclers of facts, what happens to the job of journalism?
January 16, 2017
#168 The Killing of Colten Boushie (Live in Saskatoon)
In the wake of Colten Boushie's death, Jesse discusses racial tensions in Saskatoon with panelists Betty Ann Adam, Rob Innes, and Mylan Tootoosis. Recorded live at Winterruption in Cosmo Seniors Centre on January 20th, 2017.
January 23, 2017
#169 Down By Law In Yellowknife
Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job.
January 30, 2017
#170 Are We Too Mean To CBC Comedy?
On this episode, guest host Ashey Csanady and Vicky Mochama look at CBC's recently launched comedy portal and wonders if it's relevant and, you know, funny.
February 6, 2017
#171 Don’t Fling Mud At The Scud Stud
In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and - at the time - Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud. Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest newspaper chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.
February 13, 2017
#172 Satan Vampire Zombie Bloodbath: The State Of Canadian Newspapers
Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country. The principal author of the paper, former Globe & Mail Editor-In-Chief Ed Greenspon, joins Jesse to dig deep into its findings. Read the entire report (no, seriously, read it) here.
February 20, 2017
#173 Robyn Doolittle On Breaking The Story Of The Year
In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence. Her lack of bylines belied her hard work behind the scenes as she dug into what would become the story of the year: a 20-month investigation into police departments across Canada and their chronic underreporting of sexual assaults being filed.
February 27, 2017
#174 Is Atlantic Journalism Fucked?
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
March 6, 2017
#175 Michael Chong
Michael Chong is trying to sell an inclusive, sober conservatism. Are conservatives buying it?
March 13, 2017
#176 The VICE Media Cocaine Caper
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
March 20, 2017
#177 Being Jewish In Public
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
March 27, 2017
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Space Vs. Canada
Something special to announce today, new show on Thursday.
April 3, 2017
#178 The Ugly Anglo
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
April 10, 2017
#179 Post-Postmedia
Postmedia, the largest newspaper chain in Canada is in its death throes.
April 17, 2017
#180 Who Buys A Newspaper Chain In 2017?
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
April 24, 2017
#181 Desmond Cole: Celebrated and Resented
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
May 1, 2017
#182 It Was Illegal To Print Their Names: Alberta’s Lost Children
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
May 8, 2017
#183 Why Your Rap Lyrics Could Land You In Prison
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
May 15, 2017
#184 Jason Kenney Is A Charming Man: Inside Alberta’s Weird Conservatism
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
May 22, 2017
#185 Travel Journalism’s Dirty Little Secret
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
May 29, 2017
#186 End Of The CanLit Hustle
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
June 5, 2017
#187 We Got Played
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
June 12, 2017
#188 The Images Are Merciless
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
June 19, 2017
#189 The Great Newspaper Bailout
The newspaper industry is pleading for hundred of millions of dollars per year to help prop itself up.
June 26, 2017
#190 Queer Media
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
July 3, 2017
#191 Revenge Porn
Ren Bostelaar posted nude pictures of women to 4chan without their consent. He avoided a criminal record by taking a peace bond. Is revenge porn legal in Canada?
July 9, 2017
#192 15 Years Covering Omar Khadr
Michelle Shephard has been covering Omar Khadr since the beginning. She talks to guest host Omar Mouallem about what the media keeps getting wrong about the story.
July 16, 2017
#193 Summer Dump
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
July 24, 2017
#194 Live From New York, It’s CANADALAND
In it: should you fuck your Prime Minister?; Why Canadians secretly love climate change; why we love the RCMP; and a peek at the Canada of the not-too-distant future. The stage show for our book, the CANADALAND Guide to Canada.
July 31, 2017
#195 Bleeding Edge Outrage Meme Generators
Following the election of Donald Trump, Craig Silverman wrote the defining article on fake news. Now he dives into hyperpartisan media -- websites that blend legitimate reporting with clickbait viral headlines to create a morass where you can't be sure what's real and what isn't.
August 14, 2017
#196 Ezra’s Very Bad Week
It's been, to put it mildly, a shit week for Rebel Media's self-styled 'Rebel Commander' Ezra Levant.
August 21, 2017
#197 I Don’t Speak Sports
Sports journalism is facing many of the same issues as other facets of the industry: declining ad revenues, job insecurities, and too much content vying for too few eyeballs.
September 5, 2017
#198 Punching Nazis… With The Law!
Who thought we'd have a Nazi problem in 2017? Richard Warman did. Years before the current "Should I punch a Nazi" debate took off, he attacked neo-Nazis with the law. And the media hated him.
September 11, 2017
#199 TIFF Is A Monster That’s Eating Itself
Every year, Toronto hosts some of the biggest stars in Hollywood as they debut their new films. But is the Toronto International Film Festival actually good for the city?
September 17, 2017
#200 Blame Michael Enright
Michael Enright got Jesse his first job in radio. He was also CANADALAND’s first ever guest, drinking bourbon and talking shit about the Canadian media. For our 200th show, he’s back to talk about how the media has changed since that day.
September 24, 2017
#201 Saudi Arabia Is Using Canadian Weapons Against Its Own Citizens And Nobody Seems To Care
Over the summer, videos came out that appeared to show Saudi Arabia deploying Canadian combat vehicles against their own citizens. And it barely made a splash in the Canadian media.
October 1, 2017
#202 It’s The End Of CanCon As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly had the thankless task of crafting a new culture plan that was sure to disappoint. She is now being viciously attacked by the press.
October 9, 2017
#203 My Awkward Date With Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley talks about how she helped Jesse break a major story. And she discusses domestic abuse, sexual harassment and assault, and the culture that fuels it.
October 15, 2017
#204 Daniel Dale
The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale has become one of the most-watched journalists in Washington in part by simply enumerating Donald Trump's lies.
October 23, 2017
#205 Out Of My Depth With Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik lived out a certain Canadian fantasy. He left the country and became a prominent New York intellectual.
October 30, 2017
#206 Jeremy Scahill: Mistrust First, Then Verify
“Objectivity for the sake of objectivity often means make sure that the powerful always get their say. And sometimes Caesar shouldn’t have his say. Sometimes the truth is just true.”
November 6, 2017
#207 Village Of The Sprawling Phoenix: New Models for Local News
Is local media doomed? We speak to three entrepreneurs who are making a go of it with three very different models.
November 13, 2017
#208 Ahead Of The Times: Jezebel Reporters On Investigating Louis CK
Reporters Anna Merlan and Madeleine Davies were investigating and writing about Louis CK well before the New York Times story came out. And they faced a lot of criticism for it.
November 19, 2017
#209 The Man Behind The Paradise Papers
“I do think that people should be marching in the streets over this,” says ICIJ director Gerard Ryle.
November 26, 2017
#210 Why Newspapers Don’t Have to Die
And why you can't just blame Google and Facebook for what happened last week.
December 3, 2017
#211 Inside a Right-Wing Meme Machine
This Facebook group gets more engagement than the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail combined.
December 10, 2017
#212 Meet The New Partisan Press
PressProgress looks like the news, but it's funded by a leftist think tank. Who are they and what are they trying to do?
December 17, 2017
COMMONS – Invisible Victims: How Police Botched The Robert Pickton Case
Over the holidays, CANADALAND is presenting the best work across our network. Here's a recent episode of COMMONS about Robert Pickton, marginalized communities and police accountability.
December 24, 2017
The Imposter – I Pity The Country Part 1
This episode of The Imposter was featured alongside shows like The Heart and Radiolab as Constant Listener's best podcasts of the year.
December 27, 2017
The Imposter – Aliya Tries Comedy
This week, we're presenting some of the best work from across our network. In this series of The Imposter, host Aliya Pabani decides that to learn more about comedy, she's going to learn how to be a comedian.
December 31, 2017
#213 How Facebook Bought-Off Canada For Peanuts
Forget taxes and regulations — why scrutinize Facebook when you can partner with them?
January 8, 2018
#214 Black Mirror Canada
"From mass dissemination of false information, to impersonation, leaking foreign documents in order to influence political and legal outcomes... the possibilities for the types of activities contemplated in [Bill C-59] are limited only by imagination."
January 15, 2018
#215 They Asked Me To Join The Militia
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
January 22, 2018
#216 As If It Never Even Happened
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
January 29, 2018
#217 The CANADALAND Guide to Jordan B. Peterson
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
February 5, 2018
#218 Robert Jago: Decolonizing Canada In His Spare Time
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
February 12, 2018
#219 Where Is Rock Bottom? Live From Saskatchewan, Before The Trial (Rebroadcast)
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
February 19, 2018
#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.
February 26, 2018
#221 Indie Journalists On The Government News Bailout
"I don't want to be trusted by the government."
March 5, 2018
#222 How To Slander Friends And Libel People
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
March 12, 2018
#223 The Misery Beat
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
March 19, 2018
#224 How To Un-F**k The Internet
"It's the wild west out there right now, and for lots of people that means it's really dangerous and their experience is horrible."
March 26, 2018
#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.
April 2, 2018
#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?
April 8, 2018
#227 Journalism On Trial
We hear from two Canadian journalists currently facing legal consequences for doing their jobs. The outcomes of these cases could set precedents for how the press is allowed to operate.
April 15, 2018
#228 What’s The New York Times Doing In Canada?
More than a year after their expansion into Canada, the New York Times is holding its own against our native media. And they're doing it with only three reporters. But what exactly is their goal here?
April 23, 2018
#229 The Manosphere
How did an online subculture of lonely men inspire the murders of 10 people in Toronto?
April 29, 2018
#230 The Pipeline Approval Was Rigged
No outcome other than an approval was ever possible.
May 6, 2018
#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.
May 13, 2018
#232 How We Cover Israel
Last week, Israeli forces killed over 60 people and injured thousands more at a protest in Gaza. How did Canadian media cover it?
May 20, 2018
#233 Journalists Are Done With CBC Stealing Their Scoops
Why is CBC so bad at giving credit for stories that other news outlets broke?
May 27, 2018
#234 Famous Anonymous: Celebrity Media In Canada
How do you cover celebrities in a country that's so bad at making them?
June 3, 2018
#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 CanCon.
June 10, 2018
#236 Jesse Meets WNYC’s On The Media
On The Media was one of the main inspirations for CANADALAND. This week, Jesse meets them.
June 17, 2018
#237 The Legend Of Weed Toque Girl
Almost every news story about cannabis is accompanied by a stereotypical stoner pic.
June 24, 2018
#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?
July 1, 2018
#239 Last Chance For Newspapers: Inside La Presse
The newspaper business is in rapid decline. Can non-profit status save newspapers in Canada?
July 15, 2018
#240 How Marketing Conquered Food
Food journalist Corey Mintz speaks with Jesse about how influencers, marketing and Instagram have impacted food writing and eating. 
July 30, 2018
#241 Reporting In Ottawa Vs. Reporting In Washington
BuzzFeed’s Paul McLeod has covered politics in both capitals.
August 12, 2018
#242 Live Local News Neither Live Nor Local
Paul Tadich compares his time working at Global TV to a "news sweatshop".
August 26, 2018
#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?
September 10, 2018
#244 Chip Zdarsky On Marvel Money And The Canadian Comics Boom
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
September 17, 2018
#245 The Last Labour Reporter
Sara Mojtehedzadeh may very well be Canada's only full-time labour reporter.
September 24, 2018
#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).
October 1, 2018
#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?
October 8, 2018
#248 The CANADALAND Investigation Of The Kielburgers’ 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. 
October 15, 2018
#249 Thunder Bay
Episode 1 of our new series, hosted by Ryan McMahon.
October 22, 2018
#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?
October 29, 2018
#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.
November 5, 2018
#252 Is Business News Amoral, Immoral, Or Just Evil?
Guest host Karen K. Ho explores how ethical concerns are becoming a core component of many big business stories, and what some reporters are doing to expand business journalism’s audience and sources.
November 12, 2018
#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.
November 19, 2018
#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 after we've seen what that company has done to undermine democracy.  CBC refused to post the segment online, raising questions about what you can and cannot say on our public broadcaster. 
November 25, 2018
#255 The Making Of Finding Cleo And Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay podcast 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. 
December 3, 2018
#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?
December 10, 2018
#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.
December 17, 2018
#258 Christmas In The Newsroom
Stories of big news breaking when everyone else is on vacation. 
December 23, 2018
#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 for 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.
January 6, 2019
#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?
January 13, 2019
#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?
January 20, 2019
#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 the Canadian Yellow Vests. CANADALAND producer David Crosbie investigates how a French working class protest against a fuel tax has inspired a right-wing, populist movement holding recurring rallies across Canada.
January 27, 2019
#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 the Senate's secret snack machine.
February 4, 2019
#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.
February 10, 2019
#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.
February 17, 2019
#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. Who are the big players? What are they trying to do? And are their podcasts any good?
February 24, 2019
#267 Propaganda, Fascism And Murder: An Alternative History Of The Globe And Mail
This week marks 175 years of The Globe and Mail. You can read all about its accomplishments elsewhere. Writer Jamie Bradburn takes us through the paper's darker moments.
March 3, 2019
#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.
March 10, 2019
#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.
March 13, 2019
#269 Ruthless Or Toothless? The News Biz Complaints Department
Who do you turn to when the news fucks up? It turns out there's a council for that.
March 18, 2019
#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.
March 21, 2019
#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.
March 24, 2019
#206 Justin & Gerry, Jody & Jane
Collusion? Obstruction? Why can't Canadians stay focused on the domestic scandal? And what does the dawn of Apple News+ mean for Canadian media?
March 27, 2019
#271 Stephen Harper
The CANADALAND interview with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who targeted the press before it was cool.
April 1, 2019
#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?
April 3, 2019
#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. 
April 8, 2019
#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.
April 10, 2019
#273 The Media Baron Dinner Party Where The News Bailout Was Born
Former CBC exec Richard Stursberg tells Jesse all about it.
April 14, 2019
#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.
April 17, 2019
#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?
April 22, 2019
#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?
April 25, 2019
#275 Sneaking Chinese Propaganda Into The Canadian Media
A popular pundit has a curious connection: her company worked for China.
April 28, 2019
#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.
May 1, 2019
#276 – Twenty Years After Napster: Cory Doctorow On What Went Wrong
Digital media has been gentrified into a mall, says the digital rights activist and author.
May 6, 2019
#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.
May 8, 2019
#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.
May 13, 2019
#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.
May 15, 2019
#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?
May 20, 2019
#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.
May 22, 2019
#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.
May 26, 2019
#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?
May 29, 2019
#280 The News Bosses: APTN’s Karyn Pugliese
Canada's news bosses are some of the most influential people in the country. They decide what is news and what isn't. We think it's time someone talked to them about that.
June 2, 2019
#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.
June 6, 2019
#281 Trolling Jonathan Torrens
Jonathan Torrens talks about the CBC, what really happened on Trailer Park Boys, and about that one song you love to hate.
June 10, 2019
#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.
June 12, 2019
#282 Lifestyles of the Rich and Fatal
Greed, money, and revenge culminate with a gruesome murder on the driveway of a Vancouver mansion.
June 16, 2019
#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?
June 19, 2019
#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.
June 23, 2019
#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.
June 26, 2019
#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.
June 30, 2019
#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?
July 3, 2019
#285 – Health News In The Age Of Goop
There are countless reporters covering politics in this country, but only one person has spent their career reporting on and analyzing health care.
July 7, 2019
#221 Fuck 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.
July 10, 2019
#286 Sports, Wages, and Bitstrips Money: Jesse Answers Your Questions
You asked. We answered.
July 14, 2019
#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.
July 17, 2019
#287 Let’s Get Serious About UFO Journalism
Hear about how journalists have failed when covering mysterious things in the sky. 
July 21, 2019
#288 Wrongly 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.
July 29, 2019
#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. 
August 4, 2019
#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"
August 11, 2019
#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?
August 18, 2019
#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 didn't hear about it.
August 25, 2019
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.
August 28, 2019
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.
September 1, 2019
#293 Bruce McCulloch
Comedian Bruce McCulloch talks about the legacy of Canada’s weirdest sketch show, Lorne Michaels, and the CBC.
September 8, 2019
#294 Vagina Empire
Why are we so bad at talking about women's bodies?
September 15, 2019
#295 Big Media’s Plan To Regulate The Internet
Are we really considering CanCon for the internet?
September 22, 2019
#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. 
September 29, 2019
#297 Shad’s Hip-Hop Evolution
Shad's Hip-Hop Evolution is an incredible piece of journalism that nobody is talking about.
October 6, 2019
#80 Chantal Hébert
Does political journalism actually enact change?
October 13, 2019
#299 Today’s Crisis, Tomorrow’s Apology: Indigenous Death In The Child Welfare System
102 Indigenous children died in Ontario’s child welfare system because of underfunding and an indefensible inequality of services.
October 20, 2019
#300 An Argument With Robyn Doolittle
Major announcement about what's next for Canadaland on this episode.
October 27, 2019
#301 Interview With A Very Rich Person Who Wants To Abolish Wealth
Meghan Bell wants to tax the rich. She's also one of them.
November 3, 2019
#302 Is The Extreme Right Finished In Canada?
Has the rise of the far-right in Canada been exaggerated?
November 11, 2019
#303 Jon Ronson
A conversation about the similarities between journalism and porn becomes a tense disagreement about online shaming.
November 17, 2019
#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.
November 21, 2019
#304 From Nanook To The New York Times: Misrepresentations of the North
How the media can fail when covering Indigenous people.
November 24, 2019
#52 Hark! Kate Beaton
A conversation with cartoonist Kate Beaton
December 1, 2019
#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.
December 5, 2019
#305 Researchers Just Proved The Media Is Too White
Canada's newsrooms are whiter than ever.
December 9, 2019
#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.
December 11, 2019
#306 The Globe And Mail’s Hidden Campaign For Government Favours
Did The Globe And Mail's editor do anything wrong?
December 15, 2019
#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.
December 18, 2019
#307 NOW and Then
The rise and fall of Canada’s alt-weekly magazines.
December 22, 2019
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.
December 29, 2019
#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.
January 2, 2020
#308 The Media War Over The Hong Kong Protests
Is Canadian media propagating the Communist Party lines?
January 5, 2020
#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.
January 8, 2020
#309 A War Reporter’s Newsroom Battles
Why did the Toronto Star try to stop Paul Watson from reporting on a story?
January 12, 2020
#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.
January 15, 2020
#310 Why Is The CBC So Schitty?
How the CBC is losing friends and alienating Canadians
January 19, 2020
#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.
January 27, 2020
#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?
January 30, 2020
#18 VICE: An Oral History
The origins of VICE told by the people who were there
February 2, 2020
#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.
February 5, 2020
#312 Siege On Wet’suwet’en
Unpacking the RCMP’s recent crackdown on journalists covering the conflict on Wet’suwet’en territory
February 9, 2020
#249 Christie Blatchford’s Complicated Legacy
Jordan Peterson’s familial PR team, Christie Blatchford’s legacy, Ezra Levant’s civil disobedience, and the campaign to discredit national protests.
February 12, 2020
#313 Nardwuar: An Oral History
The history of Canada’s weirdest and most prolific interviewer
February 16, 2020
#250 Wet’suwet’en Coverage Is Still Pretty Bad
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.
February 20, 2020
#314 Nardwuar: The Interview
Who is the man beneath the tam?
February 23, 2020
BONUS: Jesse Gets Grilled
A bonus AMA episode
February 24, 2020
#251 Heard It Through The Pipeline
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.
February 27, 2020
#315 The Cocaine Smuggling Ring At VICE
A behind-the-scenes look at our new investigative podcast
March 1, 2020
#252 Canada Is Working Exactly As Intended
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.
March 4, 2020
#316 One News Brand To Rule Them All
Does the New York Times' success come at the expense of local news?
March 8, 2020
#253 Panic! At The Discoronavirus
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?
March 12, 2020
#317 Meditations In An Emergency
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.
March 16, 2020
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Isolation Interview: Robyn Doolittle
What feels most weird right now? Doing normal things
March 17, 2020
Isolation Interview: Jen Agg
Restaurauteur Jen Agg just wants to get home.
March 17, 2020
#254 Wave Of Isolation
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?
March 19, 2020
Isolation Interview: Socalled
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
March 20, 2020
#318 The Last Picture Show
COVID-19, Cineplex, and the end of moviegoing as we know it
March 22, 2020
Isolation Interview: Margaret Atwood
"My life is never exactly normal. But it's normal for me."
March 23, 2020
Isolation Interview: Ryan McMahon
“If it really goes down, I can always shoot a moose.”
March 25, 2020
#255 This Op-Ed Could Kill People
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.
March 25, 2020
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."
March 27, 2020
#319 Cross Country COVID Checkup
Our first ever call-in show.
March 29, 2020
Isolation Interview: Shad
"I've been watching old NBA games and breaking them down on Instagram Live."
March 31, 2020
Isolation Interview: Robert Jago
“I have been obsessed with virtual reality”
April 1, 2020
#256 Good Faith, Bad Information
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.
April 1, 2020
Isolation Interview: David Sax
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
April 3, 2020
#320 Coronavirus Is In Our Prisons And Trudeau Is Doing Nothing
Reporter Justin Ling speaks with prisoners across Canada terrified of COVID-19 sweeping through the prison population. 
April 6, 2020
Isolation Interview: Elizabeth May
"This is the death of neoliberalism."
April 7, 2020
Isolation Interview: Matt Huether
"I got scolded by the deputy mayor of Los Angeles for not including Funyuns in my tweet"
April 8, 2020
#257 Speaking Moistly
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?
April 8, 2020
#321 Did Covid-19 Kill The Alt-Right?
The Deplorables that surrounded the Trump presidential campaign have all but disappeared from the mainstream web.
April 12, 2020
Isolation Interview: Kate Beaton
"I do participate in society."
April 14, 2020
Isolation Interview: Club Quarantine
"If we are looking like we are one of the girls just dancing having fun, it's probably performative"
April 15, 2020
#258 Snitch Nation
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?
April 15, 2020
Isolation Interview: Severn Cullis-Suzuki
"My ten-year old got his first octopus all by himself"
April 16, 2020
#322 Why Life Without Fear Is Miserable
When journalist Eva Holland lost her mom, she went on a quest to understand the science behind her phobias, and conquer them.
April 19, 2020
Isolation Interview: Surinder Mann
"I’m helping other people to be safe."
April 21, 2020
Isolation Interview: Tanya Talaga
"This virus is a bitch, for sure."
April 22, 2020
#259 Our Press Can’t Handle The Nova Scotia Shooting
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.
April 22, 2020
Isolation Interview: Chris Locke
"It'll probably be like a mega-hedonistic orgy after this."
April 24, 2020
#323 Industry Pandemic
Journalists across Canada tell us how Covid-19 has changed how they bring us the news.
April 27, 2020
Isolation Interview: André Picard
"The chances of getting infected by somebody walking or running by you outside— they're virtually nil"
April 28, 2020
Isolation Interview: BJ Snowden
"I want my friends and family to be safe from this"
April 29, 2020
#260 Celebrity Malfunction
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?
April 29, 2020
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.”
May 1, 2020
#324 Kenny vs. Kenny
A conversation with Kenny Hotz, a man at odds with his industry, his audience, and himself.
May 4, 2020
Isolation Interview: Martin Lukacs
"I think I may have had coronavirus"
May 5, 2020
Isolation Interview: Jaren Kerr
"I guess like a positive abnormal and unusual thing I did was propose to my girlfriend, which was pretty cool."
May 6, 2020
#261 Billionaire Welfare Slackers
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.
May 6, 2020
Isolation Interview: John Semley
"I fucking hate Zooming... and having to look at my own face."
May 8, 2020
#325 Should We Stop Naming Killers?
Prime Minister Trudeau said naming the Nova Scotia mass shooter was giving him "the gift of infamy"
May 11, 2020
Isolation Interview: Weyni Mengesha
“Hugs feel like they’re going to be euphoric.”
May 12, 2020
Isolation Interview: Brooke Manning
“I never believe in going down without a fight…I’m a triple fire sign.”
May 13, 2020
#262 Racist Vegan
Bryan Adams pulls a Morrissey, an Indigenous ceremony is broken up by the RCMP, and Ghomeshi attempts another comeback.
May 13, 2020
Isolation Interview: Jesse Brown
"The wild oscillations of feeling are abnormal for me."
May 15, 2020
#326 While We Weren’t Looking
In the face of a global pandemic, it’s hard to focus on anything else.
May 17, 2020
Isolation Interview: Martha Wainwright
“In the silence you start to wonder…how are we going to find each other again?”
May 19, 2020
Isolation Interview: Omar El Akkad
“The job of fiction is to intrude on reality and instead we’re living in a situation where reality is intruding on the fictional.”
May 20, 2020
#263 A Case For Bad Art
The incredibly controversial painting of Justin Trudeau, François Legault’s problem with anglophone media, and the story about Gaza that CBC disappeared.
May 21, 2020
Isolation Interview: Mumilaaq Qaqqaq
"After this pandemic, we can create a new normal that's better for everyone."
May 22, 2020
#327 A Crime Reporter Exposes The Child Welfare System
The child welfare system is failing Indigenous children, and APTN's Kenneth Jackson can't stop covering it.
May 24, 2020
Isolation Interview: Xanthe Vallentin
“I’m going to be very careful about how much I leave my property until there’s a vaccine.”
May 26, 2020
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."
May 27, 2020
#264 Smelly Rogue
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.
May 28, 2020
Isolation Interview: The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
“My biggest fear is that not enough will change, and not enough lessons will be learned.”
May 29, 2020
#328 Should Big Tech Bail Out The News?
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.
May 31, 2020
#296 Two Centuries of Blackface in Canada
"In the psyche of the white Canadian is this same desire to see Black people in positions of either service or as comedic foils"
June 7, 2020
#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.
June 10, 2020
#329 The Tyrant’s Spin Doctor
Lord Tim Bell worked for a rogues' gallery of international clients, and co-founded one of the most powerful PR companies in history.
June 15, 2020
#266 The Reckoning
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.
June 17, 2020
#330 A CBC News Anchor On Systemic Racism At Work
Adrian Harewood is a news anchor at CBC Ottawa News and the host of weekly current affairs show, Our Ottawa.
June 22, 2020
#267 Consequence Culture
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?
June 25, 2020
#331 The RCMP Exists to Control Indigenous People
The history of policing back to John A. Macdonald, the killing of Dudley George at Ipperwash in 1995, and its impact on two Indigenous journalists
June 29, 2020
#267 Propaganda, Fascism And Murder: An Alternative History Of The Globe And Mail
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.
July 1, 2020
#332 WE Charity: Lawyers, Guns and Money
We really didn’t expect to find ourselves writing about the WE organization again. But then it became part 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.
July 6, 2020
#268 Harper’s Is Still Lurking
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?
July 8, 2020
#333 Could The WE Scandal Take Down Justin Trudeau?
It’s a scandal that could—but probably won’t—take down Justin Trudeau. 
July 13, 2020
#269 We Do Some Accounting
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.
July 15, 2020
#334 A Dodgy Paternity Test And The War On The Reporter Who Exposed It
Peter Aldhous reported a decade ago that a Canadian lab’s prenatal paternity test was “unreliable."
July 19, 2020
#270 Mr. Brown Goes To Ottawa
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.
July 23, 2020
#335 Why It’s Illegal to Protest In Alberta
A new law in Alberta is Jason Kenney’s latest front in the oil war.
July 27, 2020
#271 Bottom Of The Barrel
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?
July 30, 2020
#336 Let No Good Deed
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.
August 2, 2020
#313 Nardwuar: An Oral History
The history of Canada’s weirdest and most prolific interviewer
August 5, 2020
#272 The Best New(ish) Podcast In Canada Is About The Opioid Crisis
Crackdown covers the war on drugs from the trenches, and these war correspondents are drug users. 
August 10, 2020
#272 – Anonymously Awesome!
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 ingredient.
August 13, 2020
#337 1492 Land Back Lane
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.
August 16, 2020
#273 – Anti-Rebel, Prorogue
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.
August 20, 2020
#338 What The Hell Is The Epoch Times?
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.
August 23, 2020
#274 Reply-All Rosie
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.
August 27, 2020
#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.
August 30, 2020
#275 Bring Me The Head Of John A. Macdonald!
Does anyone really care about indignities to the legacy of John A. Macdonald?
September 2, 2020
Bonus AMA: Canadaland’s Money
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. I think you should be getting our newsletterGet a weekly note about our top stories.This is a good thing that we do. You'll like this.johnsmith@example.comSign UpForm is being submitted, please wait a bit.Please fill out all required fields.
September 6, 2020
#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.
September 10, 2020
#340 Dethroning The Arts-Grant Elite
There’s a broad undertaking to shake up who gets arts funding, and who governs it.
September 13, 2020
#341 Food Will Find A Way
Restaurants have suffered huge losses during the pandemic.
September 20, 2020
#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.
September 24, 2020
#342 Corporate Psychopaths Still Run The World
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel calls corporate social responsibility’s bluff.
September 27, 2020
#279 Did The New York Times Get Catfished?
RCMP charges a podcast star with not being a terrorist. And Edmonton radio host chooses the wrong put-down. Al Jazeera journalist and filmmaker Laila Alarian co-hosts.
October 1, 2020
#343 The New Solitudes
Quebec's distinct culture reacts differently to global movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.
October 4, 2020
#281 Trolling Jonathan Torrens
Jonathan Torrens talks about the CBC, what really happened on Trailer Park Boys, and about that one song you love to hate.
October 11, 2020
#344 WE Charity: In Desperation There Is Opportunity
A reporter was offered money to kill this story. 
October 19, 2020
#345 Ali Velshi Says The U.S. Election Will Be Closer Than You Think
MSNBC host and journalist Ali Velshi has been traveling to U.S. swing states talking to voters in the lead-up to the presidential election.
October 25, 2020
#346 We’re Getting Sued
Rebel News personality Keean Bexte is suing Canadaland for defamation.
November 1, 2020
#347 The Brayden Bushby Trial And Pity Porn
The CBC's Jody Porter discusses covering the trial, and what she's learned about telling other people's stories.
November 8, 2020
#348 Is Canada Ready To Give Land Back?
Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis update us on the 1492 Land Back Lane occupation and explore why federal government inaction just makes things worse.
November 15, 2020
#99 Christie Blatchford
A conversation with the late National Post columnist and court reporter.
November 22, 2020
#349 #MeToo And The Iranian Diaspora
When artist Aydin Aghdashloo was accused of sexual misconduct, the Iranian-Canadian community's response was divided.
November 29, 2020
#350 Loblaws Will Eat Us All
The Westons might be Canada’s Jeff Bezos, argues Vass Bednar, and not just because they’re very rich.
December 6, 2020
#351 A Uyghur Family Separated By China-Canada Politics
A man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for years was released over a decade ago, after the U.S. decided he wasn’t an “enemy combatant” after all.
December 14, 2020
#352 Drunk Uncle Holiday Argument Simulator
The holidays, as we know them, are cancelled.
December 20, 2020
COMMONS: The Police – Dirty Tricks
A teenage boy and his friends start robbing banks in Toronto. A future Prime Minister is deported from Montreal. A Black Panther in Baltimore goes to prison for four decades.
December 27, 2020
Crackdown: Cut Off
Here's an episode of the podcast Crackdown, hosted by Garth Mullins.
December 30, 2020
#353 Dinosaur Internet
The pandemic has widened the digital divide, leaving people from Iqaluit to rural Alberta and Ontario fuming at ISPs like Xplornet.
January 3, 2021
#354 This Virus Is Rampant Because We Abandoned Workers
With COVID-19 cases in Canada on the rise, what about the people who can’t stay home?
January 10, 2021
#355 The Open Source Hunt For The Capitol Rioters
Many people who broke into the Capitol broadcast their crimes across social media. Twitter, Facebook and other platforms responded by deleting accounts, but other people rushed to preserve and organize all their posts from the assault on the Capitol, as well as photos and videos from journalists present.
January 18, 2021
#356 Joe Sacco
Comics journalist Joe Sacco tells Jesse about how he draws stories out of people— then draws them onto the page.
January 24, 2021
#357 Califail
The New York Times’ wildly popular podcast Caliphate came into question after its central character, a Canadian man who claimed he’d joined ISIS and committed executions, was charged with perpetrating a terrorist hoax.
January 31, 2021
#358 How India Blames Canada (And Rihanna) For The Farmers Protest
The Indian government doesn’t take criticism lightly, whether it’s from Prime Minister Trudeau... or Rihanna. 
February 7, 2021
#359 The Convenient “Pretendian”
Michelle Latimer was the buzziest Canadian director and showrunner of 2020. But it all came crashing down in December when a CBC investigation called into question her Indigenous identity claims.
February 14, 2021
#360 How An Extreme Catholic News Site Went Full QAnon
LifeSiteNews may be the biggest Canadian news outlet you’ve never heard of — a kind of Breitbart for traditionalist Catholics.
February 21, 2021
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