CBC makes huge cuts - with plans to eliminate 600 positions. Is it time for a good hard look in the mirror to figure out what its future could look like?
December 7, 2023
#933 Buffy Sainte-Marie: Coincidence or Likely Stories?
It was impossible to look away once CBC released the story and Fifth Estate documentary questioning Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Indigenous identity. How well did the CBC do in its reporting?
November 2, 2023
#904 The Truth About Polkaroo
From Mr. Rogers to Mr. Dressup to Degrassi, some of the most iconic names in children’s television got their start in Canada, so why don’t we remember just how good we were at being first and being best in children’s television?
July 24, 2023
#899 Google, Interrupted
Google and Meta respond to Bill C-18 by threatening to block Canadian news.
July 6, 2023
#880 Terry O’Reilly’s Had It With Ads
Who started the first successful podcast network in Canada? What do 1950s TV and Radio have to do with podcasting? Jesse Brown sits down with Terry O’Reilly, host of Under the Influence, to talk about all things podcasting and advertising.
May 1, 2023
#877 CBC Is in a Fight for Its Life
We’re talking the CBC leaving Twitter after being labeled “government-funded media”, while Pierre Poilievre thanks Elon Musk for what he was already going to do. The real losers here are the Canadian public.
April 20, 2023
Gillian Findlay leaves CBC over “inequitable” treatment
In an email sent to her colleagues last week, Findlay wrote, “I am leaving the CBC because I have been unable to negotiate a remote work arrangement...
April 17, 2023
By Jesse Brown
#859 John Tory and His Sin City
A tasting menu of scandals from Ontario’s municipal and provincial governments, with a newsroom scandal thrown in for kicks.
February 16, 2023
#841 Trauma-informed Journalism: A Choice and a Voice
Former crime reporter Tamara Cherry — who now works as a specialist-for-hire on trauma-informed practices — joins Jonathan Goldsbie to consider what allegations swirling around Leah McLaren’s memoir have taught us about what could be called “trauma-indifferent” writing.
December 15, 2022
#822 Salvaging The Beachcombers
The Beachcombers was a wildly long-running series, by any measure. With 387 episodes, the CBC dramedy had more installments than CSI, and five times as many as Schitt’s Creek. For nearly two decades, it was just always there — until one day it wasn’t. Since the last episode aired in 1990, The Beachcombers has largely been forgotten, its title reduced to a punchline. But there’s one place that can’t forget. Producer Sophie Woodrooffe pays a visit to Gibsons, BC, the town that takes The Beachcombers more than a little seriously.