CANADALAND

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.

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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 expressing outrage with the CBC’s framing, but some were surprised by the attention it drew, saying that analysis focused on investment opportunity was common and could be found in any mainstream business publication. 

So, was this a misunderstanding of the role and audience of business news, or an example of irresponsible journalism? 

Guest host Karen K. Ho explores how these ethical concerns are becoming a core component of many big stories, and what some reporters are doing to expand business journalism's audience and sources. Bloomberg’s Jordyn Holman who covers gender, race and class, and Bill Grueskin, former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, join Karen.

This episode is sponsored by Audible and HelloFresh. 

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Debunking the Munk Debates, Tony Clement's sordid social media habits, and Ontario Proud goes national.

Ira Wells co-hosts.

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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, why do we rarely hear about these shows?

Kristi joins Jesse to discuss the economics, entertainment, and ethics of true crime podcasting in Canada.

This episode is brought to you by Second City, Hover and FreshBooks.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:08am EST

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.
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