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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST