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Ep. 224 - How To Un-F**k The Internet

43:50 | Mar 26th, 2018

Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley still believes in the dream of The Internet. Remember that dream? Before Russian troll-bots, “fake news,” Cambridge Analytica, digital monopolies and worse — it was a common one. Is an open, free, glorious Internet s...Show More

SHORT CUTS #199 - The Sun Never Sets On The Netflix Empire

42:19 | Feb 7th

Is Netflix threatening Canadian culture through neo-imperialism? Never mind the copyright infringement, was the Conservative Party's Heritage Minute any good? And did the new Indigenous Languages Act accomplish anything?  Jesse Wente guest hosts and ...Show More

Ep.261 - Oh Great, Now China Hates Us

42:23 | Jan 21st

Canada's in a bad way with China. Has the media prepared us to deal with the growing superpower? With tensions rising, it may be more important than ever for Canadians to understand China. The Star Vancouver's deputy bureau chief Joanna Chiu takes us...Show More

Ep. 246 - Sheila Heti And Rachel Cusk On Why Memoir Is A Dead End

36:05 | Oct 1st, 2018

Guest Host Sheila Heti (Motherhood, How Should a Person Be?) speaks with fellow "autofiction" author Rachel Cusk (A Life's Work, Aftermath, et al). The Giller-nominated writers discuss receiving harsh criticism, why memoir is a dead end, and how Cusk...Show More

Ep. 208 - Ahead Of The Times: Jezebel Reporters On Louis CK

38:03 | Nov 20th, 2017

Reporters Anna Merlan and Madeleine Davies were investigating and writing about Louis CK well before the New York Times story came out. And they faced a lot of criticism for it.  They join Jesse to talk about the line between rumour and news, and whe...Show More

SHORT CUTS #119 - Changing Of The Guard

45:42 | May 18th, 2017

Hal Niedzviecki and Jonathan Kay have left their jobs. Steve Ladurantaye's been shifted to a lesser role at CBC. And no, we're not finished talking about this yet. Ryan McMahon joins Jesse in Winnipeg to talk appropriation.

Ep.181 - Desmond Cole: Celebrated And Resented

49:37 | May 1st, 2017

On April 20, Toronto Star columnist and Newstalk 1010 host, Desmond Cole, gave a powerful deputation at a Toronto Police Services Board meeting. He then stood in protest, calling on the board to restrict police access to ‘carding’ data. The meeting...Show More

Ep.173 - Robyn Doolittle On Breaking The Story Of The Year

37:19 | Feb 27th, 2017

In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence. Her lack of bylines belied her ...Show More

Ep.172 - Satan Vampire Zombie Bloodbath: The State Of Canadian Newspapers

54:56 | Feb 20th, 2017

Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country. The principal a...Show More

Ep. 265 - Decoding A Political Scandal

43:25 | Feb 18th

There's a lot to learn from what politicians and journalists can and can't tell us, their lowly constituents and readers. We read between the lines of the news coverage of the SNC-Lavalin scandal with BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod. Then, Macleans column...Show More

SHORT CUTS #200 - My Bloody Lavalin

37:39 | Feb 14th

How did the Canadian press cover the biggest scandal yet to hit the Trudeau government? Will the SNC-Lavalin affair blow over? With this level of potential corruption, will anyone care or remember at election time? Ali Taghva co-hosts.

Ep. 264 - Quebec's Fake News Problem

40:13 | Feb 11th

In English media, there are whole organizations and departments devoted to debunking fake news. But in Quebec, a lot of the work falls to one guy: Jeff Yates. He talks to guest host Brigitte Noël about the unique challenges of combatting fake news in...Show More

Ep. 263 - The Loudmouth Senator

35:12 | Feb 4th

Paula Simons did something that makes a lot of journalists cringe. She went into politics. The former Edmonton Journal columnist is now an independent senator. She speaks about crossing over, using social media to pull back the curtain on Canadian po...Show More

SHORT CUTS #198 - The Criminals We Deserve

47:42 | Jan 31st

What's with our ongoing fascination with serial killers? What do we lose when Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to his charges? What does all this say about Canadian society? Plus, Jesse reveals the details of a top-secret media bailout meeting. Fatima Sy...Show More

Ep. 262 - Meet Canada's Pro-Oil, Anti-Immigrant Yellow Vest Movement

32:30 | Jan 28th

What do warnings of globalism, support for pipelines and calls to execute Trudeau have in common? They're all part of the rhetoric of Yellow Vests Canada. CANADALAND producer David Crosbie investigates how a French working class protest against a fue...Show More

SHORT CUTS #197 - Smells Like MAGA Teen Spirit

44:28 | Jan 24th

Did a viral video actually show all the ugliness, racism, division, and indecency of the current moment, or did it show all the ugliness, racism, division, and indecency of the current moment? And look out! Big Government is coming for your Netflix. ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #196 - Naughty Daughter

37:00 | Jan 17th

As the Trudeau government trumpets its track record on supporting women's rights abroad, newborn children continue to be separated from their parents right here in Canada. And how did Jagmeet Singh's most recent round of media appearances go? Erica I...Show More

Ep. 260 - Fake-Ass Internet

39:27 | Jan 14th

Something like the half of all activity on the internet is fake. Yes, there are bots. But there are also fake websites that cater to bots. And then there are the ways real people adjust their behaviour to try to game the bots. Where does this leave t...Show More

SHORT CUTS #195 - A Baby Country In Diapers

42:07 | Jan 10th

Is reconciliation still a possibility when the Canadian government marches armed police onto Indigenous land? It's time for Canada to grow up. And Canada's first female PM seems to have the best Twitter game of them all. Jesse Wente co-hosts.

Ep.259 - The Mud Slinging, Meme Hustling, Rage Baiting Sites You Need To Know Before The Next Election

43:00 | Jan 7th

A bunch of new partisan political websites are fighting to shape the narrative in the run-up to the federal election. Reporter Graeme Gordon is here to tell you which organizations to look out for on your Facebook and Twitter feeds, what their politi...Show More

SHORT CUTS #194 - Rex Murphy Vs. A Dead Guy

40:58 | Jan 3rd

The Canadian government owns up to treaty obligations after 168 years, Maclean's staff puts in a bid to buy the magazine, and Rex Murphy kicks a journalist while they're dead. Rick Harp co-hosts.

Ep. 258 - Christmas In The Newsroom

29:06 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Stories of big news breaking when everyone else is on vacation.    This episode is sponsored by Audible and Hello Fresh

SHORT CUTS #193 - Hate Laundry

39:12 | Dec 20th, 2018

Two big Toronto papers got some things horribly wrong. The Sun has been censured by the National NewsMedia Council for its fictitious goat-slaughtering story, and The Sun and Star both recklessly outed a sex worker for no justifiable purpose. Fatima ...Show More

Ep. 257 - How Not To Cover Climate Change

39:37 | Dec 17th, 2018

Blazing wildfires. Pipeline stand-offs. Unpredictable floods. Men in suits arguing... One of our era's most urgent, high-stakes stories is also the hardest one to get right. The Discourse's environment reporter Lauren Kaljur takes Jesse on a tour of ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #192 - Ontario Proud And Prejudice

31:41 | Dec 13th, 2018

Did Canada make the right call by arresting Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou? Or was it the perfect time for a little “creative incompetence.” And new details about Ontario Proud’s "grassroots," people-powered funding reveal the people are mostly corporatio...Show More

Ep. 256 - The Dependent Press

54:13 | Dec 10th, 2018

The Canadian federal government plans to issue nearly $600M in tax credits and incentives to bolster the country's media industry over the next five years. What will this mean for the independence of the Canadian press? And will CANADALAND be applyin...Show More

SHORT CUTS #191 - Justin Trudeau's [Redacted] Trip To India

38:55 | Dec 6th, 2018

What does the heavily redacted – er, revised – federal report on Trudeau’s trip to India tell us about the internal machinations of the government? And what does a Supreme Court ruling about journalists’ sources mean for the profession? Sandy Garossi...Show More

Ep. 255 - The Making Of Finding Cleo And Thunder Bay

46:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

CANADALAND's investigative podcast Thunder Bay published its series finale last week.   Host and creator Ryan McMahon reflects on the year-long production process, and he, Jesse and Connie Walker — host of CBC's award-winning podcast Missing & Murd...Show More

SHORT CUTS #190 - Is It Time To Pull The Plug On Legacy Media?

37:07 | Nov 29th, 2018

Will federal media subsidies save a dying industry or merely protract the inevitable? And how did the Anglophone press react to the Ford government’s Francophone cuts? Brigitte Noël guest hosts, along with Martin Patriquin.

Ep. 254 - An Issue Worth Torching Your Job Over

44:19 | Nov 26th, 2018

After 25 years at the CBC, tech columnist Jesse Hirsh decided to risk it all. During an interview about Facebook, he turned the tables, asking why CBC continues to promote Facebook as we've seen what that company has done to undermine democracy.    C...Show More

SHORT CUTS #189 - The Media's The Problem

49:14 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Despite bringing the horrifying events at a private school in Toronto to the attention of police, the media have been getting some backlash from parents. A CBC columnist dared to call out the CBC on its Facebook practices, and Jesse makes some connec...Show More

Ep. 253 - Is The Media Afraid Of The Kielburgers?

26:33 | Nov 19th, 2018

The Kielburgers' WE Movement has enjoyed more than 20 years of glowing press. They also have partnerships with 38 media organizations and a history of aggressive responses to criticism.   Reporter Jaren Kerr speaks with Jesse about his investigation ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #188 - The Paunch Resistance

36:10 | Nov 15th, 2018

The most controversial Maclean's cover in years, Ontario Proud's leaked fundraising documents, and Justin Trudeau becomes the latest champion of the free press. Paul Wells co-hosts.

Ep. 252 - Is Business News Amoral, Immoral, Or Just Evil?

32:50 | Nov 12th, 2018

When the CBC tweeted out a series of news alerts following Brazil’s election of a far-right presidential candidate... people had a lot to say. The tweets flagged, “fresh opportunities for Canadian companies looking to invest in the resource-rich coun...Show More

SHORT CUTS #187 - Member of Parliament

41:23 | Nov 8th, 2018

Debunking the Munk Debates, Tony Clement's sordid social media habits, and Ontario Proud goes national. Ira Wells co-hosts.

Ep. 251 - How True Crime Took Over Podcasting

38:07 | Nov 5th, 2018

For a long time, CANADALAND was (proudly) the number one podcast in the country — but that's no longer true. Australian-born Kristi Lee works in marketing by day... but late at night, you can find her sitting in her closet, recording meticulously-res...Show More

SHORT CUTS #186 - Hate Isn't The Problem

34:31 | Nov 1st, 2018

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was the deadliest instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history. Is the kind of rhetoric that motivated the shooter here in Canada? And what's with the CBC giving investment advice for the decimation of the A...Show More

Ep. 250 - Canada's First Smart City Is A Disaster

48:50 | Oct 29th, 2018

Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs, has partnered with every level of government to build the first-ever 'smart city' in Toronto — but with several high-profile resignations and mounting privacy concerns, will this project ever break ground? Repo...Show More

SHORT CUTS #185 - Our Friend With A Bone Saw

37:35 | Oct 25th, 2018

Despite mounting human rights violations and the seemingly state-sanctioned murder of a journalist, Canada continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Plus, how are municipal elections in Canada supposed to compete with period pieces? Sandy Garossino co-...Show More

Ep.249 - Thunder Bay

40:49 | Oct 22nd, 2018

The debut episode of our new series, hosted by Ryan McMahon. Episode 2 is online now, subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.  Thunder Bay. The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country. A mayor charged with extorti...Show More

SHORT CUTS #184 - The Toronto SUN Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

30:12 | Oct 18th, 2018

The entirely credible reports of a Toronto Sun "investigative columnist" ritually sacrificing scapegoats, and the pivotal role Facebook played in the creation of video at the expense of news. Steven Zhou co-hosts.

Ep.248 - The CANADALAND Investigation Of The Kielburger's WE Movement

48:10 | Oct 15th, 2018

Craig Kielburger founded WE when he was 12 to fight child labour. Now, the WE brand is used to promote products made by children.  Reporter Jaren Kerr presents the findings of his 4-month long investigation.  Read Jaren's report here.  Read WE's ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #183 - It All Comes Back To Weed And Wrestling

37:35 | Oct 11th, 2018

The miraculous refinery explosion in New Brunswick, Faith Goldy tricks the press again, and the changing landscape of cannabis coverage. Damian Abraham co-hosts.

Ep. 247 - The Weed Beat

40:04 | Oct 8th, 2018

Next week, recreational weed will become legal across Canada. In anticipation, mainstream media has begun taking cannabis coverage seriously. Overnight, nearly every major outlet across the country has hired full-time reporters to cover it — but befo...Show More

SHORT CUTS #182 - Why Mr. T Can't Teach Math In Quebec

29:01 | Oct 4th, 2018

What does the election of a right-leaning populist party in Quebec mean for the future of the province? And how do you pronounce USMCA? It sounds a lot like NAFTA. Martin Patriquin co-hosts.

SHORT CUTS #181 - Crown Fetish

33:34 | Sep 27th, 2018

Exploring Maxime Bernier's ties to the Koch Brothers, Andrew Coyne's love for the monarchy, and proof, if you needed it, that Jordan Peterson is full of shit. Justin Ling co-hosts.

Ep. 245 - The Last Labour Reporter

42:21 | Sep 24th, 2018

Sara Mojtehedzadeh may very well be Canada's last full-time labour reporter. This past fall, as the Toronto Star's work and wealth reporter, Mojtehedzadeh went undercover for a month at Fiera Foods—a factory in Toronto where a temp agency worker was ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #180 - Nice Work, Twitter Mob!

39:32 | Sep 20th, 2018

A series of essays by men accused of sexual misconduct, in which they attempt to defend themselves, have appeared in the press lately. Jesse and co-host Anne Kingston tackle that essay in the New York Review of Books, as well as the publisher of Harp...Show More

Ep. 244 - Chip Zdarsky On Marvel Money And The Canadian Comics Boom

40:07 | Sep 17th, 2018

Guest Host Chip Zdarsky (Spectacular Spiderman, Sex Criminals) is joined by Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) co-founder and longtime friend, Chris Butcher. They discuss the state of the Canadian comic book industry, what it's like to work for Marve...Show More

SHORT CUTS #179 - Last Man Notwithstanding

31:37 | Sep 13th, 2018

A look at how the Ford government's notwithstanding invocation has been covered by the press, as well as a look at the spurious media diet of the alleged Fredericton shooter. Arshy Mann co-hosts.

Ep. 243 - What Does 'Off The Record' Actually Mean? The Toronto Star And BuzzFeed Explain.

31:01 | Sep 10th, 2018

Confusion over "off the record" played a pivotal role in global affairs this past week. So — how does this oft-misunderstood agreement actually work, and why do so many powerful people continue to misuse it? Jesse speaks with Toronto Star's Daniel D...Show More

SHORT CUTS #178 - How Not To Interview Faith Goldy

41:47 | Sep 6th, 2018

Jesse talks to Graeme Gordon about his controversial interview with former Rebel personality, current Toronto mayoral candidate, and avowed white supremacist Faith Goldy. Plus Trump's "off the record" drama with Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale.

Ep.242 - Live Local News Neither Live Nor Local

37:28 | Aug 27th, 2018

Paul Tadich joins Jesse in the studio to talk about what it was like producing multiple cities worth of news from a windowless green-screen room in Don Mills, Toronto. He compares his time working at Global TV to a "news sweatshop".

Short Cuts #177 - The Dumb Fight Ahead

44:17 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Maxime Bernier fights diversity, then fights journalism. Justin Trudeau yells at a racist. Andrew Scheer wants you to know some people sometimes say something... or something. And a dumb debate ensues after a protestor assaults a Sun photographer.   ...Show More

Ep. 241- Reporting In Ottawa Vs. Reporting In Washington

35:07 | Aug 13th, 2018

BuzzFeed’s Paul McLeod has covered politics in both capitals. Jesse reaches Paul in D.C. to speak about what it’s like to cover politics on both hills: Parliament and Capitol.

SHORT CUTS #176 - The House Of Sad

37:45 | Aug 9th, 2018

Saudi Arabia leads the charge in exposing the human rights violations of Jordan Peterson, Alex Jones becomes the latest casualty in the Info Wars, and a review of Doug Ford's foray into the news business. Sandy Garossino guest hosts.

BONUS: Wag The Doug Episode 1

22:45 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Welcome to Wag The Doug, a pop-up podcast about Doug Ford. Hosts Allison Smith and Jonathan Goldsbie help make sense of the Ford era.

Ep. 240 - How Marketing Conquered Food

32:01 | Jul 30th, 2018

Food journalist Corey Mintz speaks with Jesse about how influencers, marketing and Instagram have impacted food writing and eating.  Check out the most recent episode of Corey’s new podcast, Taste Buds, where Corey sits down to break bread with chefs...Show More

SHORT CUTS #175 - Conspiracy And Speculation In The Danforth Shooting

34:55 | Jul 26th, 2018

The mass shooting in Toronto's Danforth neighbourhood quickly headed into conspiracy territory.   And should members of government be forced to endure Twitter trolls?   Guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud is joined by Reuters reporter Anna Mehler Paperny...Show More

NEW PODCAST: Taste Buds

01:09 | Jul 17th, 2018

We are releasing a new podcast this week called Taste Buds. Food writer and former critic Corey Mintz sits down for a meal with chefs, cooks and restaurant owners for real talk about food. These are the conversations insiders have at the table when t...Show More

Ep. 239 - Last Chance For Newspapers: Inside La Presse

31:22 | Jul 16th, 2018

The newspaper business is in rapid decline. La Presse, Québec’s largest news-site, announced its plan to become a non-profit. Jesse joins Pierre-Elliot Levasseur, the President of La Presse in Montréal and speaks to him about their new non-profit str...Show More

SHORT CUTS #174 - Tackling The History Of Slavery, Québécois Style!

29:09 | Jul 12th, 2018

What's Wrong With White People Pretending To Be Musical Black Slaves? Answer: Everything. And the 18 year old story of the then goateed dude-bro, now prime minister, copping a feel at a west-coast beer fest that we don't to talk about. Ever. again.

Ep.238 - Authors Are Getting Bloody In The Culture Wars

40:33 | Jul 2nd, 2018

The book world has been thrown into turmoil by sexual assault allegations, inter-generational fighting and questions over Indigenous ancestry. Is this inside baseball for a tiny industry, a microcosm of the culture wars or a battle over who gets to t...Show More

SHORT CUTS #173 - The Aesthetics Of Rigour

33:30 | Jun 28th, 2018

Why should you trust the press when politicians have Twitter? And we read the Steven Galloway "article" in Quillette so you don't have to; turns out there may have been a slight conflict of interest. Justin Ling co-hosts.

Ep.237 - The Legend Of Weed Toque Girl

31:52 | Jun 25th, 2018

Almost every news story about cannabis is accompanied by a stereotypical stoner pic. The same few photos are used again and again. Why? Who took these pics? Who are the smokers in them? And what's the deal with the most overused stoner pic of all, th...Show More

SHORT CUTS #172 - Be Like The Lamb That Jumps For The Knife

30:08 | Jun 21st, 2018

Rogers Media's questionable new approach to publishing (hint: there's just less of it), Scaachi Koul's journey into the heart of Rebel darkness, and Jesse's failed fortune cooke writing gig. Jan Wong co-hosts.

Ep.236 - Jesse Meets WNYC's On The Media

31:39 | Jun 18th, 2018

The weekly radio show On The Media was one of the main inspirations for CANADALAND. This week, their co-host Bob Garfield talks to Jesse about the Trudeau we get vs. the Trudeau Americans get.   Here's our cut of that conversation.

SHORT CUTS #171 - A He Said That She Said Story

40:51 | Jun 14th, 2018

Why is no one in Canada reporting on that Justin Trudeau groping allegation? How does The Globe & Mail go from publishing one of the most important pieces of journalism about sexual assault in recent years to publishing an alleged sexual assailant's ...Show More

Ep.235 - Taxing Porn (And Everything Else) To Pay For CanCon

37:32 | Jun 11th, 2018

Canada's broadcast regulator has put forward a proposal to tax everything from porn to podcasts to help pay for Canadian content. Geoff O'Brien, editor and publisher of Carrt.ca talks about why the CRTC is reviving the Netflix tax debate and what the...Show More

SHORT CUTS #170 - Doug Life

31:29 | Jun 7th, 2018

We have reached peak batshit in the Ontario election. Ford suing Ford, octogenarians in "physical altercations" with seventh-graders while illegally campaigning at schools, loopy NDP candidates – and that's just this week.  And no one, NO ONE, can be...Show More

Ep.234 - Famous Anonymous: Celebrity Media In Canada

35:38 | Jun 4th, 2018

How do you cover celebrities in a country that's so bad at making them?

SHORT CUTS #169 - The Devil Wears Pravda

30:38 | May 31st, 2018

Never mind a Tesla in every Mars driveway, Elon Musk is going to save journalism, one truth at a time. The Toronto Sun has found Hitler's body – or his ghost, anyway. The NDP have it. And a far-right group muscled its way into VICE's Montréal office....Show More

Ep.233 - Journalists Are Done With CBC Stealing Their Scoops

40:32 | May 28th, 2018

CBC has a reputation in Canadian media for reporting on other people's scoops without giving credit. Reporters at other outlets have often grumbled about it. When Graeme Gordon, a frequent CANADALAND contributor, set out to look for more stories abou...Show More

SHORT CUTS #168 - Daft Munk

35:45 | May 24th, 2018

Keeping the "debate" out of the Munk Debates, getting the best Canadian coverage from American press, and serving Anthony Bourdain the unpalatable best of Canadian media.  Laura Howells co-hosts.

Ep.232 - How We Cover Israel

44:19 | May 21st, 2018

Why did every national news organization in Canada change its headline about the mass-killings in Gaza last week? And is the media biased for Israel, against it....or both? Elamin Abdelmahmoud is an editor of news curation for BuzzFeed News. Ka...Show More

SHORT CUTS #167 - Stephen Harper Would Like Some Attention

39:14 | May 17th, 2018

AMBER ALERTS. Stephen Harper's back! MP Christine Moore's ongoing public ordeal, and Doug Ford has found some standards (apparently).  Jan Wong co-hosts.

Ep. 231 - Robo Reporters and Blockchain Broadcasts

40:33 | May 14th, 2018

While journalists worry about Facebook algorithms and digital advertising, every other industry gets to be excited about technology. So today, we try our hardest to find the positive tech stories for the news industry.   Joshua Benton is the director...Show More

SHORT CUTS #166 - Doug Ford’s Magical World Of Make-Believe

36:12 | May 10th, 2018

An update on our investigation into possible bias at Ford Nation Live, a look at the Ivory Tower's imperative to let absolutely anyone speak their mind, and Erin Weir's expulsion from the NDP caucus. Emma McPhee co-hosts.

Ep.230 - The Pipeline Approval Was Rigged

35:25 | May 7th, 2018

Whistleblowers from within the federal government revealed to National Observer reporter Mike De Souza how the Trudeau government effort pretended to ask First Nations and other stakeholders permission for the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In fact, no outc...Show More

SHORT CUTS #165 - Jokes About Politicians That Don't Hurt Anyone's Feelings

39:17 | May 3rd, 2018

The Canadian version of the White House Correspondents Dinner will never offend you (because you've never heard of it), new developments in the Steven Paikin allegations, and CBC’s exclusive investigation into a year-old VICE investigation. Evan Balg...Show More

Ep. 229 - The Manosphere

35:00 | Apr 30th, 2018

How did an online subculture of lonely men inspire the murders of 10 people in Toronto?   After 10 people were killed in the Toronto van attack, a Facebook post surfaced from accused killer Alek Minassian, citing the "Incel Rebellion." Incels, or "in...Show More

SHORT CUTS #164 - All Eyes On Us

44:49 | Apr 26th, 2018

Why were some people so determined to label the Toronto van attack as Islamist? How is it that U.S. media are capable of breaking key points of developing Canadian stories before their domestic counterparts? And how do you sift through online signal ...Show More

Ep. 228 - What's The New York Times Doing In Canada?

37:57 | Apr 23rd, 2018

More than a year after their expansion into Canada, the New York Times is prospering here. And they're doing it with only three reporters. But what exactly is their goal here? And what does it mean for Canadian news and news consumers?   Catherine Po...Show More

SHORT CUTS #163 - The Indoctrination Of Alexandre Bissonnette

38:49 | Apr 19th, 2018

A look at the media diet of Alexandre Bissonnette, charged with the January, 2017 terror attack at a Quebec City mosque that killed six and wounded nineteen, plus Facebook continues its Canadian outreach program. Amira Elghawaby co-hosts.

Ep. 227 - Journalism On Trial

32:35 | Apr 16th, 2018

We talk to two Canadian journalists who are facing legal consequences --including jail time-- for doing their jobs. VICE reporter Ben Makuch is heading to the Supreme Court to try to stop the RCMP from getting access to communications he had with all...Show More

SHORT CUTS #162 - Not Paid To Be Classy

37:53 | Apr 12th, 2018

Media coverage of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, a statement from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression sets off alarms, and a fond farewell to Rick Mercer. Tom Henheffer co-hosts.

Ep. 226 - The Great Satan Of The CBC

44:37 | Apr 9th, 2018

Richard Stursberg was the most hated CBC executive in recent history. What advice does he have for Catherine Tait, the CBC's new president? And what does he have to say about his own infamous legacy?   Correction: An earlier version of this episode s...Show More

SHORT CUTS #161 - Never Underestimate Hatred For Torono

39:24 | Apr 5th, 2018

The Toronto Star goes national, the CBC finally has a female president, and Canada's left mourns the loss of one of its most stalwart intellectuals. Laura Howells co-hosts.

Ep. 225 - Satirical News Site Fast-Tracks Reconciliation, Everything Fine Now

30:38 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Tim Fontaine "set fire" to his journalism career last December, when he launched Walking Eagle News. After 20 years of covering tragedy and injustice for CBC and APTN, Tim is turning his attention to criticizing and creating the news—as opposed to re...Show More

SHORT CUTS #160 - Oh, So I'm The Idiot

38:37 | Mar 29th, 2018

Hot takes! If the CBC runs a picture of you without your consent, do they owe you a column? And why was one Canadian taxpayer-subsidized show available on Netflix everywhere around the world — except in Canada? Courtney Shea co-hosts.

SHORT CUTS #159 - You Can Beat Me With a Hose

47:44 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Is all of your Facebook data up for sale? What do the Cambridge Analytica revelations mean for Canada? When does journalism cross the line into criminal harassment? And if there hasn't been any major violence in 20 years, why are we all of a sudden f...Show More

Ep. 223 - The Misery Beat

46:05 | Mar 19th, 2018

In an age of sensationalized true crime podcasts and Netflix docudramas—and with no end in sight—can longform crime reporting reach beyond morbid fascination? For those journalists who cover crime, what are their responsibilities as reporters intervi...Show More

SHORT CUTS #158 - The Conspiracy Provisions

37:24 | Mar 15th, 2018

Another populist businessman turned politician defeats a more-qualified female candidate. Will the Competition Bureau actually do anything other than raid some offices? And does the CBC hate Sikhs? Kieran Delamont co-hosts.

Ep. 222 - How To Slander Friends And Libel People

41:13 | Mar 12th, 2018

Patrick Brown announced last month that he would be suing CTV, after they published a report of his alleged sexual misconduct — but whether or not Brown actually goes through with the lawsuit is yet to be seen. Being threatened with a defamation laws...Show More

SHORT CUTS #157 - The Haunted Dungeon Of Q

43:58 | Mar 8th, 2018

Has Tom Power gotten an easy ride? Facebook finds a new way to manipulate the news. And with so many awful people on Twitter, how are they choosing who to ban?   Sarah Hagi co-hosts.

Ep. 221 - Indie Journalists On The Government News Bailout

41:40 | Mar 5th, 2018

After two years of reports and stuffy consultations, the slow-moving train-wreck that's been the "news bailout" has made its way into the proposed 2018-19 federal budget. The budget dedicates $50 million dollars over five years to "supporting local j...Show More

SHORT CUTS #156 - Rogue Indian Elements

40:21 | Mar 1st, 2018

Why did CBC News let Justin Trudeau use them like a cheap tool? Why did Patrick Brown quit (this time)? And what's up with the newspaper bailout plan? Stephen Maher co-hosts.

Ep. 220 - We Need To Talk About Reddit

42:48 | Feb 26th, 2018

After years of dodging emails about the internal politics of the country's largest subreddit, r/Canada, Jesse finally jumps down the weirdo-message-board rabbit hole. Nearly 340k people are subscribed to r/Canada, with many using it as a primary sour...Show More

SHORT CUTS #155 - Patrick Brown Totally Has Sisters

38:10 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Did CTV actually f**k up its Patrick Brown exposé? Can we reverse engineer his crisis communications PR strategy? When can we talk about anything else?

Ep. 219 - Where Is Rock Bottom? Live From Saskatchewan, Before The Trial (Rebroadcast)

45:36 | Feb 19th, 2018

On February 9, Gerald Stanley — the farmer accused of killing 22-year-old Cree man, Colten Boushie, in Battleford, Saskatchewan — was acquitted of second-degree murder. In the wake of the verdict, Jesse revisits a conversation he had in Saskatoon wit...Show More

SHORT CUTS #154 - Patrick Brown vs His Reputation

32:27 | Feb 15th, 2018

The Gerald Stanley verdict was a crucial moment - was the media equal to it? Was Patrick Brown set-up by CTV? And why is the newspaper bailout a thing again? Danielle Paradis co-hosts from Edmonton

Ep. 218 - Robert Jago: Decolonizing Canada In His Spare Time

42:03 | Feb 12th, 2018

After ending the campaigns of several Tory candidates with his muckraking during the 2015 federal election, Macleans dubbed Robert Jago, "the most dangerous blogger in Canada". The next year, Jago broke the Joseph Boyden scandal, and this past Janu...Show More

SHORT CUTS #153 - Paikin Care Of Business

33:44 | Feb 8th, 2018

Denise Balkissoon co-hosts. Topics: Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie: why must the news media disrespect and blame dead Indigenous kids? And the allegation against Steve Paikin: hmmm...

Ep. 217 - The CANADALAND Guide to Jordan B. Peterson

41:22 | Feb 5th, 2018

Why did an obscure Canadian psychology prof suddenly become an international media star? It's a much better question than "is he right or wrong?"   — This episode of CANADALAND is brought to you by our newest sponsor Endy.

SHORT CUTS #152 - Slow News Week

38:21 | Feb 1st, 2018

Ontario's political scene lately - why so boring?! Jordan Peterson was a guest on CBC. The media's angle on the ongoing coverage of Toronto's accused serial killer story. With Allison Smith.

Ep. 216 - As If It Never Even Happened

31:12 | Jan 29th, 2018

One year ago today, a 27-year-old white man, named Alexandre Bissonnette, walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and opened fire on over 40 worshippers. Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibra...Show More

SHORT CUTS #151 - You'd Think A Serial Killer Would Be A Bigger Deal

46:22 | Jan 25th, 2018

In which we discuss the media's bizarre long-term silence on the disappearances from Toronto's gay village, the Rogers-Vice Canada fallout, and Toronto Star's problematic reporting on the Sherman deaths. With Justin Ling.

Ep. 215 - They Asked Me To Join The Militia

52:41 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Conspiracies! They're out there... and Vice Canada's Mack Lamoureux is getting to the bottom of them. You name it, he's covered it: The Berenst(a)ein Bears. Hollow Earth Theory. Iraq Stargate... But what happens when these twisted narratives stop be...Show More

SHORT CUTS #150 - Creeping Sharia, Bitches!

36:19 | Jan 18th, 2018

On coverage of the hijab cutting hate crime that never was and the job of journalists in reporting stories of sexual harassment. Naheed Mustafa joins guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

Ep. 214 - Black Mirror Canada

32:50 | Jan 15th, 2018

If you thought Bill C-51 was concerning, boy do we have an update for you! Bill C-59 is the Liberal government’s national security reform bill, and it covers a lot of ground. According to the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab’s report, the potentia...Show More

SHORT CUTS #149 - CanLit is Crawling With Creeps

35:05 | Jan 11th, 2018

Novelist and poet Zoe Whittall joins Jesse to talk creepy professors, racist letters, and predatory men. @zoewhittall

Ep. 213 - How Facebook Bought-Off Canada For Peanuts

38:13 | Jan 8th, 2018

Governments around the world are cracking down on Facebook. But not Canada's. Forget taxes and regulations — Trudeau's Ministers are getting photo-ops and a $500,000 investment in Canada's journalism industry from Facebook. Here's Facebook's head of...Show More

SHORT CUTS #148 - We March On Loblaws At Dawn

48:27 | Jan 4th, 2018

Canadian grocery store billionaires duped us for 14 years— Vive la gift card!! Joshua Boyle, former Taliban hostage, faces 15 charges including sexual assault and administering a noxious drug. What did media miss in its initial welcome-home coverag...Show More

The Imposter - Aliya Tries Comedy

30:50 | Jan 1st, 2018

At the end of this season of The Imposter, Aliya will do a live comedy set onstage at Second City.   But first—she needs to learn how to tell a joke.   On the first episode of this harrowing journey, Aliya recalls the 1968 comedy that ruined laughter...Show More

The Imposter - I Pity The Country Part 1

43:45 | Dec 28th, 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: http://constantlistener.com/best-podcasts-2017/     So this holiday, we present it to you i...Show More

COMMONS - Invisible Victims: How Police Botched The Robert Pickton Case

37:49 | Dec 25th, 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 Inves...Show More

SHORT CUTS #147 - Officially Suspicious: The Sherman Deaths

32:17 | Dec 21st, 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 CANAD...Show More

Ep. 212 - Meet the New Partisan Press

31:57 | Dec 18th, 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. ...Show More

SHORTCUTS #146 - Terrible Documentary Silenced by Basic Decency

37:15 | Dec 14th, 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 supp...Show More

Ep. 211 - Inside A Right-Wing Meme Machine

28:37 | Dec 11th, 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 sentimenta...Show More

SHORT CUTS #145 - News From The Upside Down

37:53 | Dec 7th, 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 w...Show More

Ep. 210 - Why Newspapers Don't Have To Die

41:50 | Dec 4th, 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 comm...Show More

SHORT CUTS #144 - I'll Kill Your Newspapers If You Kill Mine

39:35 | Nov 30th, 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. Torst...Show More

Ep. 209 - The Man Behind The Paradise Papers

29:31 | Nov 27th, 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 ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #143 - Goddamnit, Fine, Let's Talk About Jordan Peterson

42:39 | Nov 23rd, 2017

A Master's student was reprimanded for showing her students a public TV clip of psychology professor/YouTuber Jordan Peterson explaining why he refuses to use people's preferred pronouns. Now the whole country's stuck talking about it. Steve Paikin ...Show More

SHORTCUTS #142 - The Erotic Adventures Of Bill Morneau

37:48 | Nov 16th, 2017

Bill Morneau tries to turn down the heat through tales of his spicy past, CBC takes a stand for landlord rights and Jagmeet Singh tries out some slam poetry.   COMMONS co-host Hadiya Roderique joins Jesse.   Hadiya's Twitter: @deeroderique

Ep. 207 - Village Of The Sprawling Phoenix: New Models For Local News

47:43 | Nov 13th, 2017

Is local media doomed? We speak to three entrepreneurs who are making a go of it with three very different models.   Dave Bidini publishes the West End Phoenix, a recently-launched, print-only monthly newspaper that covers west Toronto.   Jeff Elgie ...Show More

SHORTCUTS #141 - Team Kill Rich People

45:30 | Nov 9th, 2017

CBC's flagship TV newscast The National is revamped with a four-host format and released into the world. The Paradise Papers reveal what the Toronto Star calls a "worldwide shadow economy worth trillions of dollars." But the Financial Post's Terence...Show More

Ep. 206 - Jeremy Scahill: Mistrust First, Then Verify

36:20 | Nov 6th, 2017

“Objectivity for the sake of objectivity often means make sure that the powerful always get their say. And sometimes Caesar shouldn’t have his say. Sometimes the truth is just true.”   As a foreign war correspondent, Jeremy Scahill revealed secret mi...Show More

SHORTCUTS #140 - Weekend With Bernie

43:17 | Nov 2nd, 2017

A series of media scoops have shown that some politicians are actually rich people who want to keep their money. Bernie Sanders comes to Canada to tell us about our healthcare system. The government has been debating the so-called Ghomeshi rules, new...Show More

Ep. 205 - Out Of My Depth With Adam Gopnik

45:19 | Oct 30th, 2017

Adam Gopnik lived out a certain Canadian fantasy. He left the country and became a prominent New York intellectual. He writes about the move in his new book, At the Stranger's Gate. Gopnik is now a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he writes abou...Show More

SHORTCUTS #139 - Distorted Sermon, Coercive Mattress

46:07 | Oct 26th, 2017

Quebec passes a racist law. A bunch of media outlets ran a story that used video manipulation and questionable translation to make it look like an imam was calling for the slaughter of Jews. After he lost his job, his reputation was ruined and there ...Show More

Ep. 204 - Daniel Dale

43:35 | Oct 23rd, 2017

The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale has become one of the most-watched journalists in Washington in part by simply enumerating Donald Trump's lies (Dale has counted 720 as of last week). He got his start covering the pomp and fatuousness by being the Star...Show More

SHORTCUTS #138 - Andrew Scheer Does Not Want His Name In Headlines With The Rebel

42:30 | Oct 19th, 2017

The Conservative Party leader walked away from a scrum when pressed about his campaign manager working in far right media company The Rebel's office during his campaign.    We look at the language around Gord Downie's death.   And there are a lot of ...Show More

Ep. 203 - My Awkward Date With Sarah Polley

54:43 | Oct 16th, 2017

Sarah Polley has an accomplished filmography, appearing in dozens of acclaimed films on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. This week, she recounted her own encounter with Hollywood film exec Harvey Weinstein.

SHORTCUTS #137 - Sour Gas, Racist Soap

40:49 | Oct 12th, 2017

An "unprecedented national collaboration" between The National Observer, Global, The Toronto Star and more exposes the dangers of sour gas in Saskatchewan. But as OurSask.ca points out, they forgot to mention the CBC broke the story two years ago.   ...Show More

Ep. 202 - It's The End Of CanCon As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

48:21 | Oct 9th, 2017

The Creative Canada plan is here. After months of consultations with stakeholders, and meetings and forums across the country, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly finally unveiled the much-anticipated plan to reinvigorate Canada's cultural sector. J...Show More

SHORTCUTS #136 - Will You Denounce Terry Milewski's Moustache?

33:54 | Oct 5th, 2017

Co-host Omar Mouallem lives in the Edmonton neighbourhood where the terror attack took place over the weekend. He discusses what he saw in the news versus what he saw in real life. On Jagmeet Singh's first interview with CBC's Power and Politics as t...Show More

Ep.201 - Saudi Arabia Is Using Canadian Weapons Against Its Own Citizens And Nobody Seems To Care

30:58 | Oct 2nd, 2017

When we found out the Trudeau Government was selling armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, despite their terrible human rights record, there was little public debate. When a professor launched a bid to stop the deal, the Federal Court rejected it, sayi...Show More

SHORTCUTS #135 - It's Important To Kick These People When They're Down

37:19 | Sep 28th, 2017

This American Life ponders the question:Is Gavin McInnes actually racist? We help them find the answer.   The Globe and Mail launches a project to teach kids about media manipulation... through media manipulation.   Freelancer David Berry co-hosts.

Ep.200 - Blame Michael Enright

52:35 | Sep 25th, 2017

Michael Enright got Jesse his first job in radio. He was also CANADALAND’s first ever guest, drinking bourbon and talking sh*t about the Canadian media. For our 200th show, he’s back to talk about how the media has changed since that day... and how A...Show More

SHORTCUTS #134 - The Wab Kinew Situation

31:53 | Sep 21st, 2017

Indigenous writer and activist turned politician Wab Kinew scored a historic victory last weekend by decisively winning the leadership of the Manitoba NDP. Only days before the election, however, allegations of domestic assault surfaced. A former ...Show More

Ep.199 - TIFF Is A Monster That's Eating Itself

33:19 | Sep 18th, 2017

For one week every year, the Canadian press transforms into movie industry experts. Our newspapers run glossy red carpet photos of Hollywood stars and stories about which movies penned distribution deals with who. But is any of this actually good for...Show More

SHORTCUTS #133 - We Support You, Hostile Idiot!

36:16 | Sep 14th, 2017

Jagmeet Singh gracefully responded to a racist idiot, which proves he can lead a major political party, we guess. Also, racism is totally not a problem anymore, according to the most widely-read columnists in the country. Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

Ep.198 - Punching Nazis... With The Law!

48:11 | Sep 11th, 2017

Who thought we'd have a Nazi problem in 2017? Richard Warman did. Years before the current "Should I punch a Nazi" debate took off, he was taking neo-Nazis to court.   As a human rights lawyer, Richard Warman went on mission to take down neo-Nazis us...Show More

SHORTCUTS #132 - Enough About Antifa, Let's Fight Fascists

43:52 | Sep 7th, 2017

Post columnists pen truly offensive shit; another media outlet lays off workers; Donald Trump has us all scrambling.  Another day, another 81¢ (rounded for inflation). The team of our Commons podcast weighs in.

Ep. 197 - I Don't Speak Sports

47:49 | Sep 5th, 2017

It's clear that sports journalism is facing many of the same issues as other facets of the industry: declining ad revenues, job insecurities, and too much content vying for too few eyeballs. It also has some unique challenges. Joining us to unpack...Show More

SHORTCUTS #131 - Mommy, Where Do Issues Come From?

36:34 | Aug 31st, 2017

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario wants Canada's founding father's name removed from public schools. Old folks don't want to hear sad stories about feelings on their CBC. Young folks do, apparently. And the Globe And Mail is slimmi...Show More

Ep. 196 - Ezra's Very Bad Week

55:59 | Aug 21st, 2017

It's been, to put it mildly, a shit week for Rebel Media's self-styled 'Rebel Commander' Ezra Levant.

SHORTCUTS #130 - Rebel Meltdown

38:32 | Aug 17th, 2017

A growing list of contributors and politicians are cutting ties with far right website The Rebel after their coverage of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, "Rebel commander" Ezra Levant wants to distance himself from the al...Show More

Ep. 195 - Bleeding Edge Outrage Meme Generators

55:45 | Aug 14th, 2017

Craig Silverman shows how the misinformation industry has shifted its focus to avoid Facebook's crackdown on fake news pieces. Now it's all about hyperpartisan media -- websites that will blend legitimate reporting with clickbait viral headlines to c...Show More

SHORTCUTS #129 - Arctic DNA

46:41 | Aug 10th, 2017

Joseph Boyden has emerged from his winter burrow like a collared lemming (it's an arctic mammal -- look it up!) to weigh in again on questions of his Indigenous ancestry. Despite his insistence that his connection to -- and friendship with -- Indigen...Show More

Ep. 194 - Live From New York, It's CANADALAND

40:07 | Jul 31st, 2017

This week we present a podcast based on our stage show which was based on our book which was based on this podcast. Talk about coming full circle.

SHORTCUTS #128 - MSM on FGM: WTF?

39:45 | Jul 27th, 2017

The Toronto Star built an entire exposé on female genital mutilation based predominantly around a mid-level civil servant's email from three years ago. Also, CBC Comedy is so unfunny it's funny. Or is that the other way around? Either way, a form...Show More

Ep. 193 - Summer Dump

43:32 | Jul 24th, 2017

We revisit a couple of stories that we haven't been able to follow up on to the level to which we'd hoped. At least not on the website, where our News Editor Jonathan Goldsbie makes the ultimate call as to what gets published. In this episode Jonatha...Show More

SHORTCUTS #127 - Shopping Khadr to Fox News

35:58 | Jul 20th, 2017

The Conservative Party takes their latest wedge issue to the US media, a Quebec town won't let Muslims bury their dead and Trudeau lays out some hot summer jams.   BuzzFeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.   Elamin's Twitter: @elamin88

Ep.192 - 15 Years Covering Omar Khadr

42:00 | Jul 17th, 2017

When the vitriol started to fly over Omar Khadr's $10.5 million settlement and apology from the government, Michelle Shephard got frustrated with just how much people were getting the basic facts wrong. As national security reporter for the Toronto S...Show More

COMMONS: The Rise of the Right

36:38 | Jul 13th, 2017

Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering fringe right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins the COMMONS team to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving...Show More

Ep.191 - Revenge Porn

40:47 | Jul 10th, 2017

Ren Bostelaar posted nude pictures of women he knew to 4chan without their consent. He avoided a criminal record by apologizing and taking a peace bond. Was justice served? Is revenge porn legal in Canada? What is the state of the law and social medi...Show More

SHORT CUTS #126 - Child Soldiers, Proud Boys

33:56 | Jul 6th, 2017

With resistance to Canada150, Indigenous women calling out a reporter at a press conference, and the Proud Boys disrupting a Mi'kmaq ceremony in Halifax, the way people talk about our colonial history is changing. While Indigenous people demand respe...Show More

Ep. 190 - Queer Media

34:03 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Canada was once home to a small, but mighty collective of gay and lesbian newspapers and magazines that made up a radical alternative media. Over the last few decades now-defunct publications like The Body Politic, Siren and Fab brought LGBTQ+ issu...Show More

SHORT CUTS #125 - #Mansbridge150

46:51 | Jun 29th, 2017

The Toronto Star put the final nail in the coffin of Star Touch, its $20-30-million app for a device that most people don't have or use. And after praising themselves for its bold innovation, quietly laid off 30 journalists. Meanwhile, Canada gears ...Show More

Ep. 189 - The Great Newspaper Bailout

43:13 | Jun 26th, 2017

After the release of the Public Policy Forum's Shattered Media report this past winter comes the latest beg for cash to prop up the newspaper industry. This one comes in the form of a request for a subsidy totaling hundred of millions of dollars per ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #124 - Quote Governor General Unquote

41:05 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Governor General David Johnston issued a mea culpa over his radio interview in which he refers to Indigenous peoples as immigrants. Postmedia did not issue mea culpas for poorly-researched racist screeds in its Vancouver and Toronto outlets. Inste...Show More

Ep. 188 - The Images Are Merciless

33:17 | Jun 19th, 2017

Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady thought he was documenting the "good guys" -- the non-sectarian forces fighting Daesh for the preservation of Iraq. Instead, Arkady witnessed abuse, torture, and murder committed by the Emergency Response Division.  ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #123 - Out Of (Teen) Vogue

34:26 | Jun 15th, 2017

Breitbart News has convinced concerned Christian families that Ontario’s new child protection laws will bring forth a queer totalitarian state, where parents opposing or denying their children’s gender identity will have them forcibly removed from ...Show More

Ep. 187 - We Got Played

40:52 | Jun 12th, 2017

Or did we play ourselves? This most recent Conservative leadership race highlighted a number of deficiencies in Canadian media. Namely, why did the guy with virtually no chance of ever becoming Prime Minister, who skipped debates and ran much of his ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #122 - Imagine If Your Daughter Was Eaten By Otters

38:32 | Jun 8th, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stands up to the sole remaining global superpower like a newborn kitten taking on Galactus. Somewhere between 10 and 5,000 freedom-loving citizens descend on Parliament Hill to rail against Trudeau, refu...Show More

Ep. 186 - End Of The CanLit Hustle

49:22 | Jun 5th, 2017

McClelland & Stewart was the publishing house that, at one time, served as the home for the likes of Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and others. In 2000, under the direction of building magnate Avie Bennett, it was broken apart and s...Show More

SHORT CUTS #121 -Parkdale Class War!!

32:10 | Jun 1st, 2017

The Conservatives have a new, dimpled, leader, Nova Scotians have more of the same, and British Columbians have an unprecedented lefty hybrid. How effective was media coverage of these three electoral events? Plus, Toronto Life's recent tone-deaf ...Show More

Ep. 185 - Travel Journalism's Dirty Little Secret

38:27 | May 29th, 2017

One cardinal rule of journalism is that reporters never accept incentives, be that meals, gifts, or - God forbid - money, from the subjects on whom they're reporting. This applies across the board except, we now know, in the travel section. Travel wr...Show More

SHORT CUTS #120 - The "Trust" Committee

38:17 | May 25th, 2017

This week, The Guardian continued its exemplary coverage of Canadian university student unions. Hamilton police arrest two journalists attempting to cover a traffic fatality. And the Toronto Star wants you to trust it. This week's Short Cuts comes...Show More

Ep. 184 - Jason Kenney Is A Charming Man: Inside Alberta's Weird Conservatism

45:37 | May 22nd, 2017

The Texas of the north. Racist rednecks, gun nuts, and pickup truck enthusiasts. That's the Alberta stereotype portrayed in much of the rest of Canada, but how much of that is accurate and how much is due to lazy media that falls back on clichéd trop...Show More

Ep. 183 - Why Your Rap Lyrics Could Land You In Prison

43:49 | May 15th, 2017

When it comes to rap, where does artistic licence end and confession begin? According to prosecutors in at least 30 cases from the last decade, it starts when the artist is charged with a crime and the lyrics are parsed for clues to a case or for pr...Show More

SHORT CUTS #118 - The Hermit Kingdom Of British Columbia

34:36 | May 11th, 2017

British Columbia had an election where everybody won - or at least got an 'I Participated' ribbon. Also, Rebel Media wades into the French election like a skunk splashing around a backyard kiddie pool. Finally, black activist and journalist Desmond ...Show More

It Was Illegal To Print Their Names: Alberta's Lost Children

47:45 | May 8th, 2017

Since the late 1990s nearly 800 children in Alberta government care have Veteran Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons has been shining a light on this crisis since from the start.  In November 2016, Simons published a story that shocked the provi...Show More

SHORT CUTS #117 - Blatch Got Served

35:50 | May 4th, 2017

Is the media complicit in popping Harjit Sajjan's balloon? Also, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford and her parent company, Postmedia are facing a substantial libel suit. Finally, in the art world, what constitutes cultural appropriation an...Show More

SHORT CUTS #116 - To Hell With Weed, We Have A Fentanyl Crisis

46:30 | Apr 27th, 2017

The Prime Minister showed up at Vice to talk about the Liberal government's marijuana legalization plan, but is blindsided when members of the audience demanded he address the opioid overdose epidemic going on across the country. Reporters Without...Show More

Ep.180 - Who Buys A Newspaper Chain In 2017?

37:49 | Apr 24th, 2017

...The Chronicle Herald's Mark Lever, that's who. After pleading poverty for nearly 16 months while his reporters, editors, and photographers are strike, he came up with the bucks to buy 28 Atlantic Canadian newspapers from the floundering Transco...Show More

SHORT CUTS #115 - Trump V. Milk

36:17 | Apr 20th, 2017

The scandals continue piling up on B.C. Premier Christy Clark's administration, yet it doesn't seem to be getting a ton of press. Maybe that's because so many of them are now working for her party. Meanwhile, south of the border, President Trump no...Show More

Ep.179 - Post-Postmedia

40:51 | Apr 17th, 2017

The largest newspaper chain in Canada is in its death throes. As Postmedia staggers, bleeding, toward insolvency, we need to ask what its loss means for public discourse in Canada. Former Postmedia stars Kady O'Malley and Stephen Maher join Jesse to ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #114 - PariahCast

39:47 | Apr 13th, 2017

Jian Ghomeshi is back and the nation breathes a collective "Ewww...really?" Also, you know things are bad at Postmedia when even the founder of the company is awaiting his pink slip. Plus, CBC finally gets the story of Canada right by just saying "s...Show More

Ep.178 - The Ugly Anglo

40:03 | Apr 10th, 2017

Is Quebec’s media - like its culture - distinct from the rest of Canada’s? Does national media do a decent job of covering Quebec issues and news? The Globe and Mail’s Montreal bureau chief, Les Perreaux and Laval University’s Centre for Media Studie...Show More

SHORT CUTS #113 - Canada150: Here’s Who’s Pissed Off So Far

33:42 | Apr 6th, 2017

CBC’s miniseries “The Story of Us,” is only two episodes in, but manages to upset literally everyone (except Joseph Boyden). Justin Trudeau endorses CBC’s Canada 150 fiasco--and his favourite microbrew, Labatt150. Everyone forgets the Junos were on ...Show More

Ep.177 - Being Jewish In Public

42:53 | Mar 27th, 2017

We're seeing a simultaneous backlash against both the media and the Jewish community. And there's a place where the two intersect.   Is there an over-concentration of Jews in the media? Well, yeah, probably. So?   We speak with Yoni Goldstein of the...Show More

SHORT CUTS #112 - Quebec Is Butthurt Again

38:33 | Mar 23rd, 2017

A screed against Quebec's 'pathologically alienated and low-trust society' in Macleans has ignited howls of protest from Quebeckers, including from Premier Philippe Couillard and federal cabinet minister Mélanie Joly. But is it wrong? And journalism...Show More

Ep.176 - The VICE Media Cocaine Caper

41:35 | Mar 20th, 2017

Last month, the National Post broke a crazy story involving former staffers from Canada's deepest-pocketed media upstart, up-and-coming members of Toronto's music and modelling scenes, and an international drug cartel. Adrian Humphreys, crime report...Show More

SHORT CUTS #111 - Rebel Media's Nazi Problem

43:47 | Mar 16th, 2017

Is Rebel Media's embrace of free speech leading to rampant anti-semitism and virulent racism? Also,  Atlantic Canadian journalists are coming under fire, and the refugee influx will likely ramp up in the next few months. Macleans Alberta correspon...Show More

Ep.175 - Michael Chong

39:35 | Mar 13th, 2017

While the majority of Conservative candidates for the federal leadership gig are pushing against Motion 103, and denying climate change, Michael Chong is trying to change the dialogue.

SHORT CUTS #110 - CPAC And Chill

38:35 | Mar 9th, 2017

George Soros, the Koch Brothers, and the Reverse Vampires™ are out to overwhelm you with a barrage of news. Is there a way to discern kernels of truth in this "chaos machine?" Russians are apparently implicating Canada's Foreign Affairs Minster Chry...Show More

Ep.174 - Is Atlantic Journalism F***ed?

38:47 | Mar 6th, 2017

The newspaper industry in Atlantic Canada is far less than healthy. The largest-circulation paper, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, is more than 400 days into a crippling strike which sees most of its senior reporters and editors on the picket line whil...Show More

SHORT CUTS #109 - Kellie Leitch: Tracking Bullshit In From The Barn

39:14 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch released a video this week that was somewhere between political platform and performance play. Also, Kevin O'Leary continues to draw a paycheque from CNBC while running for the same role.  Finally, acc...Show More

SHORT CUTS #108 - I'm Done With You On This Topic

41:27 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him. Finally, Rebel.Media supporters channel t...Show More

SHORT CUTS #107 - The Triumph Of Joe Trudeau

33:25 | Feb 16th, 2017

PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key. Also, CBC reports on a Syrian refugee charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, t...Show More

Ep.171 - Don't Fling Mud At The Scud Stud

38:17 | Feb 13th, 2017

In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and at the time Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud. Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics...Show More

SHORT CUTS #106 - How To Exploit A Massacre

28:13 | Feb 9th, 2017

Rebel Media's at it again, this time  seizing on the initial narrative about the Quebec massacre's alleged 'second shooter' like a dog humping its favourite plush toy and refusing to let go. Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's oft-repeated pledge t...Show More

Ep.170 - Are We Too Mean to CBC Comedy?

36:29 | Feb 6th, 2017

On this episode, guest host Ashey Csanady and Vicky Mochama look at CBC's recently launched comedy portal and wonders if it's relevant and, you know, funny. Also, a preliminary look into Shattered Mirror, the recently-released examination of the stat...Show More

SHORT CUTS #105 - I Miss Polite Canadian Racism

29:36 | Feb 2nd, 2017

How did Canadian media cover the mosque shooting in Quebec? With some glaring errors. Here are some handy tips the next time all hell breaks loose.  Also, how can the Liberal government critique the U.S. government's draconian and likely unconstituti...Show More

Ep.169 - Down By Law in Yellowknife

39:48 | Jan 30th, 2017

Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job. Watch the surveillance video of John getting roughed up by the sheriff at the courthouse. Read...Show More

SHORT CUTS #104 - Stunts and Manhunts

39:09 | Jan 26th, 2017

What can Harper-era journalism teach us about covering Trump? CBC Marketplace sold a white power t-shirt. The Rebel really loves manhunts. O'Leary says all his old television appearances were reality TV, including the stuff he did for CBC News. Rach...Show More

Ep.168 - The Killing of Colten Boushie (Live in Saskatoon)

38:07 | Jan 22nd, 2017

In the wake of Colten Boushie's death, Jesse discusses racial tensions in Saskatoon with panelists Betty Ann Adam (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), Rob Innes (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan), and Mylan Tootoosis (PhD candidate, University of ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #103 - You Cannot Embarrass Us Into Voting Rationally

32:44 | Jan 19th, 2017

Kevin O'Leary enters the Conservative leadership campaign. Christy Clark gets written up in the NYTimes for accepting $50,000 from the BC Liberals. Justin Trudeau enjoys identifying with immigrants on occasion. Dalhousie student activists pull the ...Show More

Ep.167 - Post-Truth Fact Check

29:22 | Jan 16th, 2017

When reporters are more relevant as unwilling political props than as chroniclers of facts, what happens to the job of journalism? And does the US/Canada border protect us from this hall of mirrors? The New Republic's Jeet Heer on how to tell the tru...Show More

SHORT CUTS #102 - Successful Pile of Garbage

30:39 | Jan 11th, 2017

Buzzfeed released a dossier of compromising information about Trump, so he called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage," and CNN "fake news." John Furlong has been reinstated as a UBC keynote speaker. Jon Kay's mother is an MRA supporter, so naturally...Show More

Ep.166 - Misha Glouberman

31:32 | Jan 9th, 2017

Misha Glouberman has been hosting Trampoline Hall, a barroom lecture series created by author Sheila Heti, for 15 years. He and Jesse are almost, but not quite, friends. Misha's Twitter: @mishaglouberman Trampoline Hall's Twitter: @trampolinehall The...Show More

SHORT CUTS #101 - Joseph Boyden: Two Worlds, Two Debates

41:50 | Jan 5th, 2017

Joseph Boyden is a celebrated, award-winning indigenous novelist - who might not actually be native. Indigenous media broke the story while mainstream media was on Christmas vacation. Ryan McMahon's Twitter: @RMComedy and his Indigenous podcast netwo...Show More

SHORT CUTS #100 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.2

41:38 | Dec 28th, 2016

While Jesse is on vacation, here’s a compilation of The Imposter’s best bits to date. Listen to pt. 1 here. Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer. Her new album, Retribution, came out October 21st on Six Shooter Records. @Tagaq Lauren Strapagiel is t...Show More

Ep.165 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.1

44:11 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Jesse is on break, here's what The Imposter has been up to: Lido Pimienta is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist from Baranquilla, Colombia. Her highly-anticipated follow up album, La Papessa has been artfully remixed, and can be listened to her...Show More

SHORT CUTS #99 - How To Cry At Work

27:14 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Should politicians be allowed to talk about fundraising in the House of Commons?  CBC's The Current is providing helpful tips for women to succeed in the workplace, including how not to cry.  A generic white man has been robbing banks in downtown T...Show More

Ep.164 - There's A Hidden VIP Program In The Health Care System

30:44 | Dec 19th, 2016

Do politicians and foreign dignitaries have better access to health care than everyone else? A look inside CANADALAND's ongoing investigation into Ontario's VIP health care system. Robert Hiltz's story for Canadaland will go up Monday, December 19th ...Show More

SHORT CUTS #98 - Ezra Issues A Fatwa

34:17 | Dec 15th, 2016

Journalist Haley Jarmain received death threats at a Rebel rally, and Ezra Levant doesn't believe her. Should we rethink political journalism in the post-truth era? Read Colin's argument here. Article Magazine founder & Macleans writer Colin Horgan ...Show More

Ep.163 - Edmonton Is Weird

39:49 | Dec 12th, 2016

Suburbs frozen in the 1950s. Progressives in the middle of oil country. A city coming to grips with a diversifying population and the clashes that ensue. Jesse explores the eccentricities of Edmonton, past and present, with panelists Sheila Pratt (Ed...Show More

SHORT CUTS #97 - Cuddler of Democracy

33:12 | Dec 8th, 2016

Protestors in Edmonton opposed to Rachel Notley's carbon tax borrow the Trump chant, "Lock Her Up." The Liberals may be abandoning campaign promises, but they do have a fun quiz on electoral reform. Toronto Life has a feature article on reporter Rave...Show More

Ep.162 - Do First Nations Have A Free Press?

28:27 | Dec 4th, 2016

Mainstream First Nations reporting usually falls into the four D's: drumming, dancing, drinking, and death. Aboriginal journalist Wawmeesh Hamilton is using everyday reporting to try and change that. Wawmeesh Hamilton's Twitter: @Wawmeesh

SHORT CUTS #96 - #NotAllTyrants

30:59 | Dec 1st, 2016

Does it matter that Trudeau said nice things about late dictator Fidel Castro?   The RCMP is trying to change the public image of digital surveillance. Meanwhile, reporters from CBC and the Toronto Star are defending their story about the RCMP's cas...Show More

Ep.161 - How To Save Our CBC

50:33 | Nov 28th, 2016

The Government is about to change the CBC. The think-tank hired by Heritage Canada to research media solutions invited Jesse to debate the CBC about it, but only Jesse showed up, along with some former CBC brass. Jesse goes into a deep dive with pane...Show More

SHORT CUTS #95 - CanLit Clusterf*ck

31:37 | Nov 24th, 2016

Co-host Sheila Heti removed her name from a letter that caused turmoil in the CanLit community. The letter, signed by 88 prominent authors, asked UBC to review the firing of author Steven Galloway. He has been accused of sexual assault, though it's n...Show More

Ep.160 - People Like Fake News Better

36:05 | Nov 20th, 2016

Fake news sites won the American election. Buzzfeed Canada's Craig Silverman discusses how bogus Facebook stories blew credible news out of the water.  Craig's Twitter: @CraigSilverman

SHORT CUTS #94 - Stop Trying To Make Canadian Trump Happen

30:18 | Nov 17th, 2016

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is leeching off Trump's brand. An outbreak of news coverage on Canadian racism. The RCMP offers super-secret docs to journalists. New Yorker, Rolling Stone & Guardian contributor Omar Mouallem co-hosts...Show More