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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.  

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News anchors around the country are dutifully explaining Pokemon Go to the Canadian public. Co-host Matt Braga gets frustrated at Access to Information requests. And a look at the state of investigative journalism in Canada.

Matt's Twitter: @MattBraga

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The pundits been out in full force, opining over Black Lives Matter's sit-in that disrupted the Toronto Pride Parade.

With The Guardian's Canada Week, bromantic 3 Amigos coverage and viral videos about the Liberals, is the press being critical enough of our government?

Freelance journalist Septembre Anderson co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

Meet Aliya Pabani, the (new) host of The Imposter. Then, Jen Gerson Co-Hosts. 

Topics: Brexit, Jesse attends a semi-secret news-boss meeting, and Amanda Todd

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT

The National Post’s Ashley Csanady co-hosts.

With serial TV host George Stroumboulopoulos leaving Hockey Night in Canada, Jesse and Ashley discuss Canadian media’s obsession with keeping established stars on air. After the cancellation of her show DNTO, Sook-Yin Lee will be hosting a CBC summer series. And Evan Solomon is moving back to TV after being fired from CBC's Power and Politics around this time last year.

Plus, how objective should--and can--the CBC be?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

Response to the mass shooting in Orlando, John Ivison's terrible column and a split at the National Magazine Awards.

Erica Lenti, deputy editor of Torontoist, co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Hodan Nalayeh, founder of IntegrationTV, co-hosts.

 

A reporter at the Toronto Star has died by suicide, which caused the paper's union to call for an official, third-party investigation. Jesse and Hodan discuss how the Star and other media handled Raveena Aulakh's death. 

 

VICE’s documentary This Is Dixon investigates whether gangs are a myth in a Toronto community. But Hodan and other members of the Somali community say they’re just perpetuating stereotypes.

 

The Chinese Foreign Minister berated a Canadian reporter for asking about human rights in China.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

The Toronto Star joins in the long media tradition of terrifying parents.

Reporters keep getting this one thing wrong in weed coverage.

The Conservatives kick back for the press to see, while a big question arises from the Liberal convention.

Chris Selley, columnist for the National Post, co-hosts.

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Was #elbowgate overblown by the press or is it their duty to focus so much on this unusual incident whether or not people want to hear it? 

 

Do we have to take Kevin O'Leary seriously now that he's considering running for leadership of the Conservative Party?

What a big opera conspiracy theory reveals about arts coverage in Canada.

Author and pundit Paul Wells co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

RCMP officers spied on journalists without authorization.

 

Postmedia’s CEO Paul Godfrey wants the government to prop up newspapers.

 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said something surprising in an interview and people went bananas.

 

Plus, we introduce a new segment called (maybe) “Duly Noted.” If you have a better name, please tell us.

 

Freelance journalist Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

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