A program about how research and ideas change our world.

Update: Cited is on Break
Oct 5, 2018 • 2 min
We would usually be back in the fall for a new season. However, we’re not coming back this time. We’re taking a break. We’re planning to make a bigger version of Cited in fall 2019, but we need to gear up and retool. That means fundraising, hiring, and…
#64: Site C and High Modernity
Mar 16, 2018 • 65 min
In British Columbia, energy experts want to transition off of fossil fuels. We look at B.C.’s indigenous history to ask whether the province can decarbonize and decolonize at the same time. Today on the show we talk to Leigh Phillips, a science writer…
#63: The Battle of Buxton
Jan 31, 2018 • 29 min
The town of Buxton, North Carolina loves their lighthouse. But in the 1970s, the ocean threatened to swallow it up. For the next three decades, they fought an intense political battle over what to do. Fight back against the forces of nature, or retreat?…
#62: The Invisible Climate Migrants
Dec 12, 2017 • 35 min
On today’s show we meet two Bangladeshi Canadians whose stories speak to the unequal way climate change is felt around the world. UPenn Sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen talks about his hopes and fears for a warming planet. This episode is produced in…
#61: The Ongoing Cultural Genocide of Indigenous Canadians
Nov 23, 2017 • 52 min
Many indigenous leaders say Canada’s foster care system is a continuation of cultural genocide against their people. We tell the story of one BC community’s struggle to wrest control from the government, and reinstall indigenous child welfare. This week’s…
#60: The Spotted Owl or: How the Right Won the Working Class
Nov 17, 2017 • 58 min
Judi Bari’s effort to ally forest workers and environmentalists could have changed the course of climate activism forever. Could her parable help us today? Cited teams up with Dissent’s Hot and Bothered podcast and the Pacific Institute for Climate…
#59: Why are Vancouver’s Hospitals Getting More Violent?
Nov 9, 2017 • 52 min
This week Cited partners with Travis Lupick, reporter and editor with The Georgia Straight, to uncover a worrying trend in Vancouver’s health care system. Since 2010, rates of violence and aggression have steadily increased in the city’s two largest…
#58: Stanford Seniors Village: The Patients And The Profit
Oct 26, 2017 • 57 min
More and more, Canada is outsourcing its elder care to for-profit companies. On this week’s episode, Sam goes to Stanford Seniors Village to investigate what that means for some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.
#57: Just a Theory: Theoretical Physics’ Crisis of Evidence
Oct 13, 2017 • 53 min
An Austrian philosopher wants to change the scientific method, removing the need for experimental evidence in certain cases. Not everyone is a fan of his ideas.
#56: ‘Managed Retreat’ from the Rising Seas
Oct 3, 2017 • 45 min
Finn Slough is on the front lines of climate change. Nestled on the banks of the Fraser River, this community will eventually be overcome by flooding as sea levels rise. But the people of Finn Slough are doing what they can to stay put, despite the…
#55: The Story Behind America’s Mass Incarceration Experiment
Sep 27, 2017 • 64 min
In the late 1960s, criminologists like Todd Clear predicted America would soon start closing its prisons. They couldn’t have been more wrong. Today on the show, Dan Denvir (@DanielDenvir) from The Dig and Katherine Beckett from the University of…
#54: Are We Alone?
Sep 5, 2017 • 42 min
Jill Tarter has spent her career on a question she may never solve: are we alone in the universe? We talk to Dr. Tarter as well as the science journalist Sarah Scoles, author of the new book Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial…
#53: What are Canadian Police Trying to Hide?
Jun 8, 2017 • 51 min
Researchers and activists say the racial discrimination within the Canadian criminal justice system could be just as bad as the United States, but they don’t have all the statistics to get a full handle of the problem. When they ask for those numbers,…
#52: (In)secure: The Future of Working
Jun 2, 2017 • 59 min
Gordon moderates a live panel about precariousness, millennials, and the future of work in North America. Special guests: Henry Siu, Ashley Proctor, Rod Mickleburgh, Ambrosia Vertesi, and Byron Cruz. Henry Siu: RBC Research Professor in the Vancouver…
#51: Women Engineers and What They Put Up With (Collaboration with Inquiring Minds)
May 24, 2017 • 47 min
This week, Alex and Indre Viskontas (from Inquiring Minds) survey the state of women in engineering with Andrea Beaty, Amy Bix, Monique Ross, and Patricia Galloway.
#50: Plumbing STEM’s Leaky Pipeline (Collaboration with Inquiring Minds)
May 17, 2017 • 56 min
There are too few women in STEM fields. We’ve known that for a long time, but we don’t really know why that is. This week, Alex and special guest host Indre Viskontas from the podcast Inquiring Minds talk to social demographer Sharon Sassler and serial…
#49: Into the House of Old
May 11, 2017 • 50 min
Gordon talks to Andrew Longhurst, research associate at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, about austerity and seniors care in British Columbia. Then, Megan Davies on the history of old folks homes — from Dickensian nightmares, to swanky middle…
#48: How To Buy A Politician
May 3, 2017 • 50 min
The New York Times has called British Columbia “The Wild West of Political Cash.” On the verge of a provincial election, any corporation, union or individual in the world can give however much money they want to British Columbia’s provincial political…
#47: Are job stealing robots good or evil?
Apr 26, 2017 • 48 min
Sam visits Yusuf Altintas’s manufacturing automation lab at the University of British Columbia and then talks to Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) about automation, inequality and the future of work.
#46: The End of Civilization Ecovillage
Apr 18, 2017 • 44 min
Gordon is an environmentalist, but he doesn’t get out of the city very much. He’s plugged into politics, but removed from nature. So he boarded a ferry and went to a farming co-op on an island off the coast of BC. He found people that say civilization is…
#45: Sea Level Rise is the ‘Slow Motion Disaster’ We Aren’t Ready For
Apr 12, 2017 • 48 min
The seas are rising, but we can’t seem to care. Gordon talks to John Clague “AKA Dr. Doom” about the latest projections, and he talks to Stephen Sheppard about how showing evocative images might help. Correction: At one point John Clague mentions how Laos…
#44: Everyone Already Knows About Climate Change
Apr 5, 2017 • 53 min
Alex talks with Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology, at Yale Law School.
#43: Are Racists Crazy?
Mar 22, 2017 • 56 min
Gordon talks with Sander Gilman, a Professor of Psychiatry, at Emory University and the author of Are Racists Crazy?
#42: In Those Genes
Mar 14, 2017 • 46 min
For years humanities scholars have avoided talking about genes. But now, in the midst of a social genomics revolution, Professors Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher say it’s time for social scientists to join the conversation.
#41: The Heroin Clinic
Mar 9, 2017 • 49 min
At Crosstown Clinic, doctors are turning addiction treatment on its head: they’re prescribing heroin-users the very drug they’re addicted to. This is the story of one clinic’s quest to remove the harms of addiction, without removing the addiction itself.…
#40: The Activist in the Ivory Tower
Feb 23, 2017 • 57 min
This week we talk to two community organizers who work from within academia. Gordon talks to Matt Hern about his book What a City Is For and Alex talks to Funmilola Fagbamila about Black Lives Matter and being an Activist-in-Residence at UCLA.
#39: American Eugenics and the Tragedy of Carrie Buck
Feb 16, 2017 • 49 min
In 1927, the Supreme Court of the United States decided certain “undesirables” could be sterilized against their will. And American academics were all for it. Gordon interviews journalist Adam Cohen about his book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American…
#38: The Conservative War Against Liberal Sex Education
Jan 31, 2017 • 44 min
Another chapter in the continuing battle between wonks and Christian conservatives, this time in Canada. In 2010, a small but influential group of Catholics forced Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty into scrapping his government’s proposal for updating the…
#37: Lawrence Krauss and Carl Zimmer on science in the “post-truth” era
Jan 26, 2017 • 53 min
This week, Sam and Alex talk Trump, Harper and science muzzling. Sam asks theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss about the difference between a good and a bad public intellectual. Alex talks to science journalist Carl Zimmer about tough choices in science…
#36: What would our world be like without numbers?
Jan 17, 2017 • 40 min
What are numbers? Did we make them, or were we given them? How do they affect us? Are there people who do not have numbers? Gordon interviews Anthropologist Caleb Everett, author of a forthcoming book that gives a sweeping study of numbers and how they…
#35: Can Democrats win back the white working class?
Jan 11, 2017 • 52 min
The Democrats used to count on the white working class. Now they have to fight to win them back. Sam interviews Arlie Russel Hochschild about conservatives on the Louisiana Bayou and Alex talks to Katherine J. Cramer about the rural-urban divide in…
#34: Nature is Not Natural: Climate Change’s Challenge to Democracy
Jan 5, 2017 • 46 min
It’s the first episode of 2017. Happy new year! Alex interviews Duke University law professor Jedediah Purdy about the political history of nature and its uncertain future. Anywhere you look on the planet, you will find evidence of human behaviour:…
#33: How Online Retailers Ripped You Off These Holidays
Dec 22, 2016 • 54 min
Thanks to online marketplaces, consumers are no longer limited to a few brick-and-morter stores to buy their holiday gifts. Now, they can order practically any item from any corner of the Earth. Surely this increased competition means better prices? Ariel…
#32: The Forgotten Stories of Native London
Dec 14, 2016 • 47 min
Sam interviews Coll Thrush, Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, about his new book, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire. In Indigenous London, Professor Coll Thrush retells the history of London with a focus…
#31: A Proud Benchwarmer–Kaye Kaminishi & the Vancouver Asahi
Dec 5, 2016 • 43 min
Kaye Kaminishi is the last surviving member of the Vancouver Asahi, a Japanese Canadian baseball club. The team was disbanded 75 years ago today, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. After the attacks, the Canadian government responded by interning 21,000…
#30: Exiled Part 2—The Mennonites and the Sex Offenders
Nov 30, 2016 • 59 min
Across Canada, Mennonite-volunteers are helping high-risk sex-offenders reintegrate after they’re released from prison. Sam Fenn goes to Regina to meet a sex offender and the group of untrained volunteers who spend their free time with him.
#29: Exiled Part 1 — A Year In New York’s Infamous ‘Sex Offender Motel’
Nov 24, 2016 • 48 min
Sex offenders are the most reviled and abused criminals in prison. But eventually, most of them will get out. So, what happens next? This is part one of a two-part documentary series we produced in partnership with the CBC Doc Project and the University…