Wed, 27 December 2017
The Imposter's "I Pity The Country" sits alongside Radiolab and The Heart on Constant Listener's 8 best podcast episodes of 2017. You can read that list here:
So this holiday, we present it to you in full.
It's a story featuring incredible music by Indigenous artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s that was nearly lost. And it asks the question: how do we distinguish between art and artifact?
Sun, 24 December 2017
Over the holidays, we're presenting some of the best episodes from across CANADALAND Media.
"If the police don't want you to see a file, you're never gonna know it exists."
Lorimer Shenher, author of That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, talks to COMMONS about his time with the Vancouver police, where he investigated serial killer Robert Pickton.
This is part one of a two-part series on police accountability.
Direct download: COMMONS_Invisible_Victims_How_Police_Botched_The_Robert_Pickton_Case.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT
Wed, 20 December 2017
Last week, billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their Toronto home. As we parse through language in the press like "suspicious" and "police sources," what do we know and which interests are at play?
Metro columnist and former CANADALAND employee Vicky Mochama called Lindsay Shepherd a crying white girl on CBC's Sunday politics show, infuriating an army of people who have probably never seen the show before.
True crime writer and veteran crime reporter James Dubro guest hosts.
James's twitter: @jamesdubro
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_147_Officially_Suspicious_The_Sherman_Deaths.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT
Sun, 17 December 2017
PressProgress calls itself "Canada’s most shared source for progressive news and information." They get real scoops, using the traditional tools of journalism, like access to information requests, fact-checking and seeking comment from politicians.
But they're not a traditional news source. They're backed by the Broadbent Institute, a progressive think tank founded by a former leader of the NDP. So how does that affect their coverage and what should we do with that information?
PressProgress editor Luke LeBrun and producer/staff writer Luke Savage join us.
**Correction: An earlier version of this episode stated that Stephen Harper said the root cause of terrorism is terrorists. It was in fact Conservative MP Pierre Pollievre. We regret the error.
Thu, 14 December 2017
A terrible BBC documentary about transgender kids was pulled from CBC scheduling. A journalists' materials were seized from a Niagara Regional Council meeting by staff who were exercising "enthusiastic caution." A mill pressurized a bookstore to suppress a book-signing for a book written about that mill. Questionable CBC workplace policies. Independent crowdfunded journalist Joey Coleman co-hosts.
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_146_Terrible_Dcumentary_Basic_Decency.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:50am EDT
Sun, 10 December 2017
After working in media, PR and politics, Jeff Ballingall understands the political power of Facebook. His top Facebook page gets more engagement than the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star combined.
Spanning vicious attacks in rap form to sentimental content about landmarks, Ontario Proud is in a meme war against Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. And they're really effective.
Ballingall joins us to talk about what he's doing, why he's doing it and who's paying for it.
Direct download: CANADALAND_211_Inside_A_Right_Wing_Meme_Factory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT
Thu, 7 December 2017
The Globe and Mail recently launched their re-designed newspaper much to the dismay of old people everywhere. Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley claims they're "actually expanding" a print edition that has cut both content and distribution.
Alt-right women are upset that alt-right men are treating them badly. They're tired of being harassed and facing backlash for not being married and having babies. If only there were a movement that could help them...
CP24's Stephen LeDrew is suspended for his appearance on Fox News, in which he discusses LGBTQ2 issues in Canada and manages to upset absolutely everyone.
National Post's Jen Gersen co-hosts.
Jen's Twitter: @jengersen
Sun, 3 December 2017
After 34 newspapers were abruptly killed by Postmedia and Torstar last week, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey made the case that it was just part of an inevitable decline in the industry.
Chris Powell vehemently disagrees. After cutting his teeth at a community newspaper, Powell spent a career covering the news business in trade publications like Strategy and Marketing Magazine. He's spoken to the publishers and executives, he's studied the business models and he says there is a path forward.
Direct download: CANADALAND_210_Why_Newspapers_Dont_Have_To_Die.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT
Wed, 29 November 2017
A lot of Canadians lost their community news this week, after two news giants traded 41 newspapers and shut nearly all of them down. Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey says he didn't know Torstar was planning to kill the newspapers he was giving them. Torstar says pretty much nothing at all.
Rogers reportedly won't pay for VICE's fanciful foray into cable TV any longer.
The Financial Post will publish your incoherent rant about climate change if you happen to be an ex-Cabinet minister.
BuzzFeed social news curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.
Elamin's Twitter: @elamin88
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_144_Ill_Kill_Your_Newspapers_If_You_Kill_Mine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT
Sun, 26 November 2017
Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who are behind the Paradise Papers, the Panama Papers and other similar investigations.
Major revelations are continuing to come out of the Paradise Papers in Canada and around the world.
One prominent columnist dismissed the whole thing as "another cheap shot at the wealthy," while other people are asking why this story isn't causing riots in the streets.