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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. 

 

Direct download: Ep.30_-_Canadian_TV_is_doomed.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Ep_28_-_What_only_the_press_knows_about_Rob_Ford.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Ep.27_-_the_end_of_internships.mp3
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.

Direct download: Ep.26_-_What_is_Happening_at_the_Globe_and_Mail.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Ep.25_How_Canadas_Spies_Game_the_Media.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Ep.24_-_The_Notorious_P.K.P.mp3
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.

Direct download: Ep.23_-_Why_food_trends_are_for_idiots.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT