CANADALAND

Crime writer James Dubro discusses the symbiotic relationship between criminals and the press, and the four decades he's spent covering the mob in Canada. 

Direct download: Ep.89_-_James_Dubro_True_Crime_Writer.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

The Guardian's John Barber on Cape Breton's Mother Canada statue, the RCMP Musical Ride, and Kory Teneycke's accidental proclaimation.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_30_-_Vulgar_Canada_Were_Better_Than_News.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Journalist and founder of the Halifax Examiner Tim Bousquet talks about corruption, investigative journalism, and conflicts of interest in Halifax media.

Direct download: Ep.88_-_Dirty_Halifax.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Freelance writer John Semley on the Toronto Star's Charleston headline and Laura Robinson's ongoing defamation suit against John Furlong.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_29_-_Terrorism_Is_Over_The_Crazy_Bitch_Defense.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Musician Paul Lawton discusses FACTOR, the Canadian music industry, and why the current system is broken.

Direct download: Ep.87_-_CANADIAN_MUSIC_is_horribly_broken_WEEK.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:18am EDT

Freelance writer Denise Balkissoon on Laura Robinson's defamation suit against John Furlong and the CBC's flip-flopping headline following Glenn Greenwald's takedown of a Sunday Times report. 

 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_28_-_Robinson_Sues_Furlong_CBC_Alters_Headline.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

South China Morning Post's Vancouver correspondent Ian Young speaks with Jesse about wealth migration, racism, and immigration schemes. 

Direct download: Ep.86_-_Hongcouver.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

VICE reporter Hilary Beaumont on the Evan Solomon flame-out and the RCMP's secret, sealed court document that may contain allegations of RCMP wrongdoing and personal information about Stephen Harper's family. 

 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_27_-_Evan_Solomon_RCMP_Secret_Document.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

Last week a Conservative strategist fooled the media into thinking there was a popular, grassroots movement to boycott Tim Hortons on behalf of the oil industry. There was not. BuzzFeed Canada's politics editor Paul McLeod revealed the scheme, and talks to Jesse about how reporters get played by people in politics all the time. 

Direct download: Ep.85_-_The_Tim_Hortons_22boycott22_fiasco.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

Freelance journalist Adrian MacNair on the horny press, the RCMP's release of 18 missing seconds of the Michael Zehaf-Bibeau video, and the whitewashing of CBC's Omar Khadr documentary.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_26_-_Horny_Press_Zehaf_Bibeau_Video_Khadr_Doc.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Josh Dolgin is one of Canada's most idiosyncratic talents. He is a rapper, a producer, an accordian player, a magician, a cartoonist, a puppeteer, and a cook book author. He is also Jesse's former creative partner, and this conversation should probably have taken place in private, if at all. 

Direct download: Ep.84_-_my_Socalled_friend.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Jesse on White Pine Pictures's cancelled documentary about Kathleen Wynne, and La Presse journalist Isabelle Hachey on foreign correspondent François Bugingo.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_25_-_Wynne_Documentary_Bugingo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

Jay Baruchel on the Canadian film & TV racket and how to smash it. Taped before a live audience at the Bloor HotDocs Theatre in Toronto.

Direct download: Ep.83_-_Jay__Jesse_Solve_Canada.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Evidence For Democracy's Executive Director Dr. Katie Gibbs on the muzzling of federal government scientists and Stephen Harper's withdrawal from the consortium's federal leaders debate.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_24_-_Muzzled_Scientists_Harper_Pulls_Out.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

Aboriginal people make up over 4% of Canada's population, but less than .5% of Canadian news stories have anything to do with them. What little we do hear from the media about indigenous people is often negative. APTN is the first, and perhaps the only aboriginal TV network in the world. Jesse visits their Winnipeg HQ and speaks to Karyn Pugliese, APTN's Director of News and Current Affairs.

Direct download: Ep.82_-_Aboriginal_Peoples_Television_Network.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT

Leah McLaren was telling the world about her private life before we all started doing it. She talks to Jesse about haters, journalism and acts of provocation.

Direct download: EP.81_-_Leah_McLaren.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:37am EDT

The National Post's Jen Gerson on the victory of the NDP, the victory of Bill C-51, and the failure (says she!) of Jesse's logic. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_23_-_AlbertaC-51The_Brown_Fallacy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

It's possible that Chantal Hébert's journalism once held Canada together. She joins Jesse for a discussion about what's appropriate in political news coverage, and what (if anything) needs to change. 

Direct download: Ep.80_-_Chantal_Hbert.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Paul Jay runs the Real News Network from Baltimore, but he used to produce CounterSpin for CBC TV. He speaks with Jesse about riots and the media. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_22_-_Baltimore.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

The energy sector has flooded Canada's media with money, be it in ad dollars, speaking fees, charitable donations or "native content" partnerships. What this has bought, in effect, is a lack of critical mainstream discourse on oil and the environment. The National Observer has launched to counter this reality. Linda Solomon Wood is its founder, and she speaks to Jesse about her effort. 

Direct download: Ep.79_-_Our_oily_media.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Comedian/economist/"candidate" Scott Vrooman on the federal budget and CBC TV's "get 'er done" programming strategy. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_21_-_Senate_ElectionsBudget_BoredomRadioOnTheTV_.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

Journalist Mark Bourrie has vowed to sue CANADALAND for an article about his dealings with Senator Mike Duffy. Instead, Mark and Jesse talk it out. 

Direct download: Ep.78_-_Duffy_Fallout.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

Jen Gerson of the National Post on the improbable defeat of the Conservatives in Alberta and the strategy behind anti sex-ed protests in Ontario.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_20_-_Alberta_UpsetSex-Ed_Optics.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:35pm EDT

Veteran investigative reporter Bruce Livesey was fired by Global News after they spiked his report on the billionaire Koch Brothers and their influence in Canada. 


Desmond Cole and Andray Domise, the hosts of CANADALAND's upcoming weekly Politics podcast, talk about the Montreal student strike and VICE's daily newscast

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_19_-_New_HostsMontreal_ProtestsDaily_VICE.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

CANADALAND has obtained two eyewitness accounts, never heard by the public before, of the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard. They are followed by an interview with Sheppard's father, Allan Sheppard.

Direct download: Ep.76_-_22Michael_Bryant_killed_my_son22.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Paul Wells on Canada's "expanded" mission against ISIS, the coming trial of Mike Duffy, and the media's shameful treatment of journalist Laura Robinson and her dozens of First Nations sources.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_18_SyriaDuffyFurlong.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

Adrienne Batra and Alex Pierson were SUN News TV hosts until the network suddenly went dark last month. Now, they join Jesse to come clean about what it was like to work at the most hated TV station in Canada. 

Direct download: Ep.75_-_What_it_was_like_at_SUN_News_TV.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

A Bell executive gets caught meddling with the news and the debate on Bill C-51 gets distracted by boobs. Conservative cartoonist J.J. McCullough co-hosts. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_17_News_by_BellTopless_Discourse.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:11am EDT

The new host of CBC's Q talks about what he'll change post-Ghomeshi, and what he won't.  

Direct download: Ep.74_-_Shad.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

Novelist and Orphan Black writer Lynn Coady on the new CanCon rules and on the Conservative's barrage of extreme, divisive, distracting sound bites.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_16_CRTC_vs_TVis_C-51_a_Feint.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

The government funds video games with millions in public money. Albert Lai is CEO of Big Viking Games, a company whose payroll is subsidized by as much as 50% by the provincial and federal government. He talks to Jesse about whether this is how we build a tech industry or just the next CanCon scheme.

Direct download: Ep.73_-_Video_Game_Welfare.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

Colby Cosh talks about the Zehaf Bibeau video, Trudeau's "vision" statement and CBC's coverage of CBC's report on CBC's scandal.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_15_Terrorists_SelfieTrudeaus_SpeechLangs_Whitewash.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

And why is it so white? Editor Jon Kay answers. 

Direct download: Ep.72_-_Why_is_The_Walrus_so_boring.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

Scaachi Koul returns to discuss the panic over a hole in the ground in the woods, the trouble with opinion polls on policy issues, and the possibly phony debate around teaching kids what their junk is called. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_14_Mystery_TunnelOpinion_PollsSex_Ed.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

The Irving Family of New Brunswick own more land than anyone in the world except for royalty and the Pope. How do they use their media monopoly to further their interests? What happens to those who try to compete with them? Author Jacques Poitras, media activist Tracy Glynn, web videographer Charles Theriault and Green Party MLA David Coon discuss the Irvings, recorded live at St.Thomas University. 

Direct download: Ep._71_-_The_Last_Newspaper_Barons_Live_from_New_Brunswick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm EDT

Andray Domise on the Halifax murder plot, Zunera Ishaq's badassery and why Harper can't find a better enemy than Radio Canada lefties. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_13_White_TerroristsLegal_NiqabDesperate_Harper.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

The Toronto Star's HPV fail reveals a wider problem: the journalists who inform us about science are increasingly scientifically illiterate. Vox.com Health reporter Julia Belluz talks about why bad science journalism is perhaps the most dangerous kind of bad journalism. 

Direct download: Ep.70_-_Journalism_vs_Science.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Joe Clark returns to defend Heather Mallick, decry Terence Corcoran and shatter Ottawa's glass closet


Before he quit his job, Foreign Minister John Baird said Journalist Mohamed Fahmy's release was "imminent". Now Fahmy is set to be retried in Egypt after over a year in prison. John Baird engineered the release of Dr.Tarek Loubani after 50 days detained in the same jail. Bethany Horne asks Loubani about it, and asks the Fahmy family what comes next. 

Direct download: Ep.69_-_Canada_is_failing_Mohamed_Fahmy.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT

Why is the media so incurious about John Baird's sudden resignation? Why is Baird being so vigorously lionized? Torontoist staff writer Desmond Cole talks with Jesse about this, and about what we're not allowed to discuss as we submit to new anti-terror laws. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_11_John_Bairdanti-terror.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Snowden documents reveal that CSE has been surveilling global filesharing: Canada included. Christopher Parsons analyzed the leaks for the CBC, and he joins Jesse to explain what "Project LEVITATION" means. 

Direct download: Ep.68_-_Your_government_is_spying_on_your_downloads.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:55pm EDT

Scaachi Koul of Hazlitt talks about tolerated abusers and intolerable headlines. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_10_Dean_BlundellWinnipegs_Racist.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

As few as 5000 people watch Ezra Levant's SUN News TV show, yet Levant himself is a major presence in the Canadian media. Why is that? Jesse asks Ezra to explain his own prominence. 

 

Direct download: Ep.67_-_Ezra_Levant.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

Simon Houpt, Senior Media Writer for The Globe and Mail, accepts Jesse's challenge to defend his profile of Jesse on CANADALAND. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_9_two_annoying_jerks.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:35am EDT

News Canada (NC) looks like a wire service, but distributes stories produced by the federal government. Tom Korski revealed the relationship on Blacklock's Reporter, the independent news site he edits. 

Direct download: Ep.66_-_the_governments_secret_newswire.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

Sean Craig explains why his Amanda Lang expose is actually about how good CBC's journalism is, and Jeet Heer describes an unspeakable cartoon of Jesse's dad. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_8_Amanda_LangCharlieHebdo.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

A CANADALAND live taping from The Hamilton Public Library on the state of news coverage in medium to small markets. Panelists include crowdfunded local journalist Joey Coleman, media researcher Sonya MacDonald and CHCH's Donna Skelly. 

Direct download: Ep.65_-_Live_from_Hamilton_its_the_collapse_of_local_news.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

Jen Gerson of the National Post joins to talk about chickenshit editors and why Keystone XL is just like Kim Kardashian

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_7_CharlieHebdoGhomeshiKeystone.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Andrew Coyne joins Jesse for a wide-ranging conversation before he begins his new job as editor of the National Post's Opinion and Editorial pages. 

Direct download: Ep.64_-_Andrew_Coyne.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

CANADALAND is gearing up for a big year. Time to check in with those who listen to it and who pay for it: what should I be covering? How should I handle ads? Who should host the upcoming politics show? More questions, some answers, and an apology. 

Direct download: Ep.63_-_performance_review.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

The President of Ecuador spent a state TV broadcast decrying a 26 year-old Canadian journalist. His operatives then bullied her out of the country. Now, Bethany Horne tells her story. 

Direct download: Ep.62_-_President_vs._freelancer.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

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_repeat.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Jan Wong returns to talk about Canada's war criminals, the CBC on the take, and the Globe and Mail fishing for awards

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_6_TorturePayolaOscar_Clip_Journalism.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

45 First Nations people allege experiencing or witnessing abuse by former missionary school teacher John Furlong, who was President of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Journalist Laura Robinson broke the story.

Direct download: Ep.61_-_Laura_Robinson.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

Emma Teitel returns as Dave Bidini mansplains class to Joni Mitchell, Bell's news orgs "report" on Bell's new product, and SUN news illustrates the Liberal-lesbian-pedophile meetup that wasn't. 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_5_Joni_MitchellCraveTVBen_Levin.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

Steven Kerzner may be the most famous TV performer you've never heard of. His hand has insulted some of the biggest pop stars in the world. Crouched just out of frame, he had a worm's eye view of the heyday of CityTV and Muchmusic, and he tells Jesse all. 

Direct download: Ep.60_-_The_secret_diary_of_Ed_the_Sock.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

Denise Balkissoon joins to talk about how insecure employment impacts journalism, why we need to say her name, and why there's no "Canadian angle" on Ferguson.

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_4_GhomeshiRehtaehFerguson.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:56pm EDT

The Irvings are secretive billionaires who have a monopoly on New Brunswick's news media. Journalist Jacques Poitras, authour of Irving vs Irving, describes how the family subtly suppresses criticism and destroys competitors. 

Direct download: Ep.59_-_the_family_that_owns_New_Brunswick.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Playwright Michael Healey on Harper's theatrical handshake diss and the problem with the Gillers

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_3_Harper__PutinBook_Prizes.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:27am EDT

Joe Clark has been aggressively challenging and sometimes attacking my work for years. He runs a blog dedicated to criticizing CANADALAND. This is our first conversation. 

Direct download: Ep.58_-_an_Interview_with_my_Harshest_Critic.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

John Semley, contributor to the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star talks with Jesse about the media pageantry around Remembrance Day, reporting on viral videos, Ezra Levant's supposed boner and Don Cherry's shrinking box. 

 

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_2_UnNewsEzra_LevantDon_Cherry.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

How on Earth did The Kids in the Hall even happen?

Direct download: Ep.57_-_Mark_McKinney.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

Emma Rose Teitel of Macleans Magazine talks about the myth of superior Canadian breaking news coverage and the different rules the media has for crazy men and crazy women. Also, a folk song for cranky columnist Barbara Kay. 

Direct download: SHORTCUTS_1.Parliament_shootingAmanda_BynesBarbara_Kay.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:58am EDT

Roberto Veri used to work for CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. He witnessed harrassment that he never reported, until now. Also: the extraordinary circumstances that led to Ghomeshi's downfall. 

Direct download: Ep.56_-_we_all_knew_about_Jian.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

An on-stage interview with Pultizer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald on his troubled relationship with the Canadian media and what he knows but has yet to report on CSEC spying.

 

 

Direct download: Ep.55_-_Glenn_Greenwald_knows_things_about_Canada.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/10/26/cbc_fires_jian_ghomeshi_over_sex_allegations.html

Direct download: Ep.54_-_All_I_can_say_for_now_about_Jian.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:27am EDT

Norman Spector is Canada's former ambassador to Israel. He was also the publisher of the Jerusalem Post. Conversations about Israel-Palestine are invariably bummers, but for Norman, Jesse makes an exception.

 

Direct download: Ep.53_-_Why_I_hate_talking_about_Israel.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

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

The Score is a digital-first, globally popular Canadian media company that's growing each year. So why did its well-loved feature writing team just get the axe? Former features editor Dustin Parkes explains. 

Direct download: Ep.43_-_The_Score.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

MuchMusic and dozens of other specialty channels collect millions of dollars a year from subscribers who didn't ask for them and don't watch them. Meanwhile, channels are laying off their staffs and producing less meaningful content than ever. Is it time to cut the cord on the protected cable business?

Direct download: Ep.42_-_MuchMusic_isnt_dead_but_we_should_probably_kill_it.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

Veteran journalist John Barber has written a fire-breathing, bridge-burning polemic on the state of Canada's newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, where he spent most of his career. He explains why he had to say it. 

Direct download: Ep.41_-_a_fate_worse_than_Death_of_the_Newspaper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

THE GRID may be remembered as the last newspaper ever launched in Canada. The people behind it share their thoughts on whether success was ever even possible. 

Direct download: Ep.40_-_THE_GRID_no_path_to_profitablity.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

The veteran CBC broadcaster as you've never heard him before.  A candid, combative, and lubricated conversation about the state of journalism, the CBC, Canada in general, and Jesse's life choices in particular.

Direct download: Ep.1_-_Michael_Enright_repeat.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

The CBC's new plan is to be a digital content company (that doesn't make content). Jeffrey Dvorkin used to run news at CBC and NPR. He tells Jesse what he would do if he were still in charge. 

Direct download: Ep.39_-_The_CBC_covers_its_cutbacks_in_futuresauce.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

The Tyee may be the oldest digital native news service in Canada. Who funds it and why has it stuck around for so long while so many others have faded away? Founder David Beers explains. 

Direct download: Ep.38_-_The_Tyee.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

A leaked document reveals that Globe management wants to force reporters and columnists to write ads that look like articles. Media watcher Mathew Ingram, formerly of the Globe, explains why it won't work. 

Direct download: Ep.37_-_The_Globe_and_Mails_plan_to_force_reporters_to_write_ads.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Globe and Mail video game critic Peter Nowak on the "fucking nonsense" of the gaming press. 

Direct download: Ep.36_-_Is_Video_Game_Journalism_Corrupt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

A people-powered journalism startup from Montreal has quickly earned the support of hundreds of backers.  So what is Ricochet and who's paying for it? Editor Ethan Cox explains.

Direct download: Ep.35_-_Ricochet_-_crowdfunding_the_Next_Journalism.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

Linden MacIntyre's premature exit from the CBC is a giant Fuck You. To who?

Direct download: Ep.34_-_The_Linden_MacIntyre_Interview.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Harper cabinet member Tony Clement describes how government outsources social media monitoring of the public. Is it legal? He's not sure yet. 


Weeks after 9/11, reporter Jan Wong smuggled a box cutter onto an Air Canada Flight to see if she could. Jan Wong had a celebrity gossip column but she interviewed a homeless woman instead. Jan Wong called Quebec out for racism years before the Values Charter. Jan Wong was punk rock. Then her editors threw her under the bus. She's still not okay with that.

Direct download: Ep.32_-_Jan_Wong_isnt_over_it.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Ep.31 - Your telecom provider is selling your information to the government

In 2011, Canadian government agencies asked Internet providers and cell phone companies for private subscriber data 1.2 million times. Warrants were rarely provided and the telecom companies had the right to refuse. They handed over your information anyway, and charged for it. 


Ep.30 - Canadian television is doomed
The CRTC is unbundling cable channels, but in 5 years will anyone subscribe to cable TV anyhow? If we don't, who will fund Canadian TV and film? Insights from George Burger, a veteran of the Canadian TV and film industry who is now an executive at VMedia, an Internet TV service. 

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT

The CBC is being systematically disassembled, but its employees can't or won't speak up for it and make the case for public broadcasting. Anshuman Iddamsetty is a former CBC producer. These days he hosts Hazlitt Magazine's podcast, The Arcade. He joins Jesse to discuss the things that they won't. 

Direct download: Ep.29_-_Why_wont_the_CBC_defend_itself.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

Ep.28 - What only the press knows about Rob Ford

Robyn Doolittle and Jonathan Goldsbie talk about unreported smells and Rob Ford's mastery of modern media. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Ep.27 - The end of internships

The Walrus and Toronto Life were investigated by the Labour Ministry and forced to send their unpaid interns home. A wider crackdown on magazine internships and unpaid internships in general is on the way.

Derek Finkle is the former editor of Toro Magazine. Before that, he was Toronto Life's first unpaid intern. Here's his story, and his thoughts on what's happening now. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Ep.26 - What is happening at the Globe and Mail?

Top writers and editors have fled, Editor-in-Chief John Stackhouse was shockingly ousted. No-one at the paper is willing to talk about it on the record. Former Globe editor, journalism professor Ann Rauhala provides some insight.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT

CSEC is shadier than the NSA. Nobody really knows what they are doing, including the Ministers who empower them and the judges who grant them warrants. They spy on Canadians and lie to the press and to the Courts.  Globe and Mail reporter Colin Freeze talks about the frustrations of covering a secret institution. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

Pierre Karl Peladeau is an old-fashioned Media Baron, fully controlling much of the music, publishing, and news industries in Quebec. As journalist Martin Patriquin tells it, he is also a vindictive and powerful enemy of those who cross him or ask the wrong questions. Now, he is also a politician, with a sovereign Quebec as his goal. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

The Black Hoof made Toronto a hip restaurant town, and its imitators pop-up every week, all across Canada. Owner Jen Agg shares good wine and strong opinions about food culture, food trends and food media.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT