CANADALAND

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 appeared in The New Yorker, but she still is largely a self-published online creator. Jesse tries to learn her secrets.

 

Direct download: Ep.52_-_Hark_Kate_Beaton.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

CANADALAND is at a crossroads. The show won't continue without your support. If each listener kicks in $1 a month, CANADALAND becomes an independent news org, a podcast network, and a daily news site. 

Direct download: Ep.51_-_patreon_dot_com_slash_CANADALAND.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Carl Wilson changed the way music is discussed. His "poptimist" manifesto, Let's Talk About Love, made it okay to talk seriously about bubbly pop, and went pop itself- that rare work of criticism that becomes a bestseller. He rose to a top job in his field, senior critic at SPIN. But he almost instantly lost that job. He explains why, and talks about the rapid decline of music criticism itself. 

Direct download: Ep.50_-_The_last_music_critic.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Canada is an old man's country. Baby Boomers are the wealthiest generation ever while young Canadians are increasingly poor and in debt. Yet the federal government spends four times as much on the average senior citizen each year as it does on the average 24-year-old. Eric Swanson of Generation Squeeze is fighting an uphill battle to even the scales. 

Direct download: Ep.49_-_The_Geritocracy.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

The CBC, Ontario, Quebec, and a number of unions say that Netflix should be taxed in order to pay for more CanCon. The Harper government says there will be no Neflix tax as long as they remain in power.

They're all full of it. A Netflix tax is impossible. Journalist Steve Faguy explains why. 

Direct download: Ep.48_-_Free_money_for_being_old__a_guide_to_the_Netflix_tax.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:51pm EDT

Canadians can be funny, but can funny Canadians make a living? Comedian Rebecca Kohler on the state of stand-up. 

Direct download: Ep.47_-_Comedy_is_a_joke.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

David Soknacki is the opposite of Rob Ford: he's skinny, sober and thoughtful. But is the political press too sensationalized for a candidate with substance to get noticed? 

Direct download: Ep.46_-_Soknacki.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

How is the press supposed to cover science in a country where the government stifles research that conflicts with its policies?

Direct download: Ep.45_-_Dan_Riskin_on_science_in_the_media.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT

Actor/writer Matt Watts (The Newsroom, Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays) on "incest" and "hush money" at the CBC, among other problems plaguing our TV industry. 

Direct download: Ep.4_-_Fear_and_loathing_in_Canadian_television_repeat.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Canada produces top animation talent but lousy animation content. Animator Adam Hines, co-host of the Guys With Pencils podcast, on how to save Canadian cartoons. 

 

Direct download: Ep.44_-_Cartoon_sweatshop.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT