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Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.
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We examine the controversy around stating a plain fact about flight 752. Then, a Royal welcome.   With co-host Nora Loreto. This episode is sponsored by OpenCare, FreshBooks and Away Travel. This show relies on listener support. If you enjoy it, please consider supporting us at Patreon.com/canadaland.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson resigned from the Toronto Star in 2015 when they banned him from reporting on a story. We spoke to him at the time, while he was still working on getting it published elsewhere. The story has since come out and won a National Magazine Award. We follow up to figure out what he knew that the Toronto Star didn't want him to publish. During the conversation, a new story emerges about mental health in the newsroom.  Paul writes extensively about his years as a war correspondent and his mental health struggles in his 2007 memoir Where War Lives. His latest book is Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition. This episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Opencare, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.
We’ve heard so much from south of the border about Iran, but how are Canadian media treating this conflict? And The Fifth Estate delivers some spurious reporting on “Birth Tourism” and Antifa. Kaveh Shahrooz co-hosts. This episode of Short Cuts is brought to you by Freshbooks, Hover, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
For more than half a year, protesters in Hong Kong have clashed with police. Legacy media organizations in Canada have covered the protests, but a big part of the conversation is taking place somewhere else. Producer Tiffany Lam reports on a disruption at Hong Kong protest zine exhibit in Toronto and wonders how much Canadian media adopts Chinese Community Party lines.   This episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Squarespace, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. Additional music: “Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod, “Western Shores” by Philipp Weigl, and “Drop of Water in the Ocean” by Broke for Free,  adapted. SUNBIRDS by BOCrew (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: THEDEEPR / THECORNER / feat : FORENSIC / eighteen pieces (soda) by Soda (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
This episode originally aired on August 12, 2019. Reporter Anna Mehler Paperny talks about her book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, which covers her search for answers about depression and her personal experiences.  Click through for a list of crisis centres serving all provinces and territories in Canada.
The Sahotas are Vancouver’s most notorious slumlords. For decades they’ve let their buildings rot, leaving their tenants to live in filth and desolation. But the Sahotas are not like any other dynasty you’ve ever heard of. Their story is far stranger, and far darker, than anything you can imagine. Featured in this episode: Jen St. Denis, Christopher Cheung (The Tyee), Sam Dharmapala To learn more: “For low-income residents in Vancouver, a different kind of real estate crisis” by Wendy Stueck and Mike Hager in The Globe and Mail “’Out-of-control’ SROs: Everyone wants to help, but no one seems to have the tools” by Denise Ryan in The Vancouver Sun “Room 821” by Crackdown This show was brought to you by our patrons. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.  This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Audible and Wealthbar. Additional music: I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque eighteen pieces (soda) by Soda (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.  SUNBIRDS by BOCrew (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: THEDEEPR / THECORNER / feat : FORENSIC / “I Am A Man Who Will Fight For You Honor” by Chris Zabriskie, adapted.  “Unanswered Questions” by Kevin Macleod, adapted. This episode originally aired on November 27, 2019.
This episode originally aired on December 23, 2018. We reached out to Canadian journalists to get their stories about spending the holidays at work. Newsrooms have fewer staff this time of year, but that doesn't mean that the news stops. Check out these stories of big news breaking while everyone else is on vacation.
Ep.307 - NOW and Then

Ep.307 - NOW and Then

2019-12-2300:29:031

Earlier this month, Toronto’s alt-weekly NOW Magazine was sold to Media Central. Former co-owner and founder of NOW, Michael Hollett, joins to talk about the rise and fall of Canada’s alt-weekly magazines, running ads from sex workers, and his feud with the Toronto Star.    This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Squarespace, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.
Everyone knows that Andrew Scheer resigned because of his tuition scandal; what this podcast presupposes is: maybe he didn’t? And the manufactured outrage surrounding Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office. Hadiya Roderique co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, WealthBar, Audible, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
Last week, Canadaland’s new team published a story about how The Globe and Mail’s management repeatedly campaigned the Prime Minister’s office for research-and-development funding and tax law changes that could benefit the paper’s owners. Paul Adams, associate professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and former senior political correspondent for the Globe, joins to help unpack the story.  The episode is brought to you by Endy, Audible, FreshBooks, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon. 
A look inside Jordan Peterson’s new social media platform, which bans photos, memes, and emojis in the name of anti-censorship! Also, The Toronto Star turns to public shaming. Freelancer John Semley co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by The New Yorker, Hover, ZipRecruiter and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. A couple of examples of The Star articles we are referencing here and here.
Canada’s media organizations are reluctant to release their diversity stats. But Asmaa Malik and Sonya Fatah from Ryerson’s School of Journalism found a way to compile 21 years' worth of diversity statistics by looking at Canada’s columnists. They join to discuss their research.   CORRECTION: The show notes originally misspelled Asmaa Malik's last name. We regret the error. The episode is brought to you by Borrowell, SquareSpace, FreshBooks, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon.
Leaked audio from a NATO summit reveals Trudeau’s totally reasonable reaction to Trump. Did an Edmonton school board try to shut down a radio interview advocating for a student? The Globe and Mail’s China coverage is... inconsistent. Bashir Mohamed co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Borrowell, Sock Club, HelloFresh, ZipRecruiter, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
Ep.52 - Hark! Kate Beaton

Ep.52 - Hark! Kate Beaton

2019-12-0200:42:022

This episode originally aired on October 12, 2014. Cartoonist Kate Beaton is an exemplary weirdo. Her webcomic about Canadian historical figures and literary ephemera has gained a global following of one million monthly readers. She has published an acclaimed book and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, but she still is largely a self-published online creator. Jesse tries to learn her secrets. The episode is brought to you by Endy, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Sock Club, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon.
More details have emerged about Warren Kinsella’s secret work to expose Maxime Bernier as a racist. And what’s at stake as the CBC renegotiates its licence to broadcast in Canada? Steve Faguy co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Audible, WealthBar, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
Documentary filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins and talks about how the media continues to misrepresent Indigenous people.  The episode is brought to you by Endy, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Away, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon.
Torstar announced the closure of five papers across Canada, CBC tried to consolidate broadcasts across its radio stations in the North, and Don Cherry returned with an expertly produced podcast. Taryn Grant co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Dispatch Coffee, ZipRecruiter, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 
Ep.303 - Jon Ronson

Ep.303 - Jon Ronson

2019-11-1800:48:401

A conversation about the similarities between journalism and porn becomes a tense disagreement about online shaming. Jon Ronson, journalist and author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, talks about his recent podcast The Last Days of August, which examines the death of a Canadian-born porn star who was publicly shamed on Twitter. The episode is brought to you by WealthBar, Squarespace, Article, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon.
Don Cherry drafts his first Quillette essay: “The Day the Social Media Mob Came for Me.” Also, opinion writing in Canada post-Margaret Wente turns out to be mostly the same. Freelance sports writer and Burn It All Down podcast co-host Shireen Ahmed joins us. This episode is supported by Freshbooks, Audible, Hover and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.
Covering the extreme right has become its own beat in Canada. But is there a thin, blurry line between coverage and giving a platform to those with hateful views? Steven Zhou joins.  The episode is brought to you by FreshBooks, Endy, Sock Club, Hardboiled, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon.
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William

skip straight to duly noted.

Dec 13th
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William

why even give air to this? nobody even knows about this right wing site.

Dec 13th
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Ashara Meidell

Great podcast! Informative, relevant, entertaining, and quality journalism and research put into every episode.

Nov 27th
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William

Are you f*cking serious Canadaland? You're saying that a vigil for a 13 year old murdered Chinese girl is wrong, and that her life should NOT be remembered? This is the 3rd time that Canadaland has mentioned this murder only in passing not that the murder was bad, but rather how it might make Justin Trudeau look bad for fast tracking the murderer into Canada.

Nov 11th
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Amy3422

Insightful episode.

Nov 11th
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William

Wow 40 minutes of listening to a spoiled rich brat bitching about how tough it is growing up rich. What a waste of an episode.

Nov 4th
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registeredhuman

Liberal Godless troll "journalism". Still listening until ads hit 51%... almost there. Why would anyone give these double dippers patreon money. What a joke

Oct 13th
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Carson Chiu

CBC has reported that the guy who had the textbook (and sent it to time magazine)'s son went to NYU and was friends with somebody who became a time's reporter also CBC found the guy but he didn't want to talk and just had a media release statement

Sep 29th
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giuliosuprig

it's ok. you can call him racist. his work is racist. Love the podcast!

Sep 24th
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Amy3422

I do not think anti-profanity is simply patriarchy. Many people, often women, are bothered by swearing because it's the acknowledged language of anger and aggression. Some people will lose out on important information if the delivery is hostile. Dr. Gunter can obviously speak however she wants though and her work is important.

Sep 16th
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Carson Chiu

the right lost the battle against homosexuals so they decided to go for an easier target, transexuals

Aug 20th
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Mika Rekai

Didn't he get caught doing cocaine with underage girls?

Aug 6th
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Carson Chiu

would love a fifth estate podcast, atleast an upload of the fifth estate tv audio, I'm sure most of it will translate fine

Jul 25th
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Zahra Dehghani

broken source, could you fix it?

Jul 23rd
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Zahra Dehghani

From my experience of calling off the voting and going anywhere else but to the ballots, this is the worst idea ever. that's what causes trumps and other morons get elected. never ever do that...

Jun 22nd
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Amy3422

This episode is amazing! Such clarity and insight.

Jun 3rd
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Sabine

if you don't want to glorify this career choice then why do you ask who the coolest person was that the journalist had ever met and talk with such obvious relish of the pride of the man who first donned the jacket of his gang?

Jun 3rd
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Janine White

I will never forget her interview with Kurt Vonnegut a couple of years before his death.Bush era, she said that a lot of Canadians supported Bush. He told her to go jump in a lake.

May 31st
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Greg Williscroft

This is the second time I've listened to this podcast. This one was not good. I'm happy to try a third one to support Canadian political commentary but if you are trying to piss Albertans off, congrats you succeeded.

May 2nd
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Marek Milczarek

Great guest, really knew his stuff.

Apr 16th
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