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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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