Old Canada vs. New Canada
SHORT CUTS #209 - Don’t Call Me Jason
Apr 17 • 40 min
Journalism that exposes racism, homophobia, and election fraud: does any of it matter? All of this and more in a look at the Alberta election. And then a check-in with the Globe and Mail’s Thunder Bay bureau. Jen Gerson co-hosts.
Ep. 273 - The Media Baron Dinner Party Where The News Bailout Was Born
Apr 14 • 40 min
Former CBC exec Richard Stursberg tells Jesse all about it, and about his new book, The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto for the Digital Age. CORRECTION: In this episode, Jesse says Fox News is not available in Canada. It is.
SHORT CUTS #208 - Oh My God, They Killed Kenney
Apr 10 • 38 min
Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party is imploding before our very eyes — but the Albertan electorate doesn’t seem to mind much. And who does Justin Trudeau think he’s fooling with a libel threat? Definitely not Andrew Scheer. Bashir Mohamed…
Ep. 272 - The Best New Podcast In Canada Is About The Opioid Crisis
Apr 7 • 38 min
Crackdown covers the war on drugs from the trenches, and these war correspondents are drug users. Host Garth Mullins joins Jesse to talk about how after watching the media get so much wrong about the opioid crisis— if they covered it at…
SHORT CUTS #207 - Tape Your Calls!
Apr 3 • 32 min
If there’s one lesson we can take away from what’s happened with Jody Wilson-Raybould, it’s to tape all of your calls. And what’s more important to the Trudeau Liberals: reconciliation or cold hard donations? Wawmeesh Hamilton co-hosts.
Ep. 271 - Stephen Harper
Mar 31 • 33 min
The CANADALAND interview with former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who targeted the press before it was cool. Now, conservatives from Donald Trump to Doug Ford walk in his footsteps. How does he account for his dubious legacy?
SHORT CUTS #206 - Justin & Gerry, Jody & Jane
Mar 27 • 43 min
Collusion? Obstruction? Why can’t Canadians stay focused on the domestic scandal? And what does the dawn of Apple News+ mean for Canadian media? Jaren Kerr co-hosts.
Ep. 270 - The Most Expensive Thing Canada’s Ever Bought
Mar 22 • 22 min
When Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese called the government to follow up on a tip, he heard back from the PR arm of Irving Shipbuilding. And then the president of that company called, and threatened to sue him. Turns out the tip didn’t lead to a…
SHORTCUTS #205 - Scheer and Loathing
Mar 21 • 35 min
Andrew Scheer’s first statement about the terrorist attack by a white supremacist in New Zealand failed to mention a few things… like Muslims and white supremacy. Also, the federal budget was announced and so were the details of that controversial…
Ep. 269 - Ruthless Or Toothless? The News Biz Complaints Department
Mar 18 • 57 min
Who do you turn to when the news messes up? It turns out there’s a council for that. Pat Perkel and John Fraser from the National NewsMedia Council talk about the powers and limits of their organization. They can tell a news org to print a…
SHORT CUTS #204 - Pressure-Cooked Octopus
Mar 13 • 47 min
While we’re all busy talking about the propriety of the SNC-Lavalin affair, it bears revisiting the company’s sordid past. Also, how is the media culpable for whitewashing reconciliation? And Pizzagate comes to Canada. Sandy Garossino co-hosts.
Ep. 268 - Strombo
Mar 10 • 56 min
Canada’s most ubiquitous TV host talks about his many, many gigs, from MuchMusic VJ to CNN interviewer — and why he’s turned to YouTube for the latest one.
Short Cuts #203 - Philpottcalypse Now
Mar 7 • 38 min
Gerry Butts breaks his silence on SNC-Lavalin. And the thing that Andrew Scheer can get away with, but Jagmeet Singh cannot. Paul Wells co-hosts.
Ep. 267 - Propaganda, Fascism And Murder: An Alternative History Of The Globe And Mail
Mar 3 • 25 min
This week marks 175 years of The Globe and Mail. You can read all about its accomplishments elsewhere. Writer Jamie Bradburn takes us through the paper’s darker moments.
SHORT CUTS #202 - Jody Wilson-Raybould Ain’t Nuthin To Mess With
Feb 28 • 33 min
The former Minister of Justice testified before the House of Commons justice committee this week and it was like nothing we’ve seen in recent memory. And what did Howie Mandel do to make so many Canadian comedians so upset? Sandra Battaglini co-hosts.
Ep. 266 - A Guide To The Podcast Industry
Feb 24 • 52 min
In the past year or so, the podcast industry has seen an explosion —or bubble, depending on who you ask— with companies like Entertainment One, Corus, and Rogers making big plays in the market. Ben Cannon of Constant Listener and Marc Weisblott…
SHORT CUTS #201 - Short Butts
Feb 20 • 46 min
Reports of a massive protest convoy driving across the country have been greatly exaggerated … except for the whole racism part. And a probing examination of all the Butts stuff in Ottawa. Nora Loreto co-hosts.
Ep. 265 - Decoding A Political Scandal
Feb 17 • 43 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #200 - My Bloody Lavalin
Feb 13 • 37 min
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
Feb 10 • 40 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #199 - The Sun Never Sets On The Netflix Empire
Feb 6 • 42 min
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…
Ep. 263 - The Loudmouth Senator
Feb 4 • 35 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #198 - The Criminals We Deserve
Jan 30 • 47 min
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…
Ep. 262 - Meet Canada’s Pro-Oil, Anti-Immigrant Yellow Vest Movement
Jan 27 • 32 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #197 - Smells Like MAGA Teen Spirit
Jan 23 • 44 min
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…
Ep.261 - Oh Great, Now China Hates Us
Jan 20 • 43 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #196 - Naughty Daughter
Jan 16 • 37 min
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…
Ep. 260 - Fake-Ass Internet
Jan 13 • 39 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #195 - A Baby Country In Diapers
Jan 9 • 42 min
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
Jan 6 • 43 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #194 - Rex Murphy Vs. A Dead Guy
Jan 2 • 40 min
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
Dec 23, 2018 • 29 min
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
Dec 19, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Ep. 257 - How Not To Cover Climate Change
Dec 17, 2018 • 39 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #192 - Ontario Proud And Prejudice
Dec 12, 2018 • 31 min
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…
Ep. 256 - The Dependent Press
Dec 10, 2018 • 54 min
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 applying…
SHORT CUTS #191 - Justin Trudeau’s [Redacted] Trip To India
Dec 5, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Ep. 255 - The Making Of Finding Cleo And Thunder Bay
Dec 3, 2018 • 46 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #190 - Is It Time To Pull The Plug On Legacy Media?
Nov 28, 2018 • 37 min
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
Nov 25, 2018 • 44 min
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. …
SHORT CUTS #189 - The Media’s The Problem
Nov 21, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Ep. 253 - Is The Media Afraid Of The Kielburgers?
Nov 19, 2018 • 26 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #188 - The Paunch Resistance
Nov 14, 2018 • 36 min
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?
Nov 12, 2018 • 32 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #187 - Member of Parliament
Nov 7, 2018 • 41 min
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
Nov 5, 2018 • 38 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #186 - Hate Isn’t The Problem
Oct 31, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Ep. 250 - Canada’s First Smart City Is A Disaster
Oct 29, 2018 • 48 min
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?…
SHORT CUTS #185 - Our Friend With A Bone Saw
Oct 24, 2018 • 37 min
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…
Ep.249 - Thunder Bay
Oct 22, 2018 • 40 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #184 - The Toronto SUN Is Going To Get Somebody Killed
Oct 18, 2018 • 30 min
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
Oct 15, 2018 • 48 min
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 …
SHORT CUTS #183 - It All Comes Back To Weed And Wrestling
Oct 11, 2018 • 37 min
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
Oct 8, 2018 • 40 min
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 —…
SHORT CUTS #182 - Why Mr. T Can’t Teach Math In Quebec
Oct 3, 2018 • 29 min
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.
Ep. 246 - Sheila Heti And Rachel Cusk On Why Memoir Is A Dead End
Oct 1, 2018 • 36 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #181 - Crown Fetish
Sep 26, 2018 • 33 min
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
Sep 24, 2018 • 42 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #180 - Nice Work, Twitter Mob!
Sep 19, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Ep. 244 - Chip Zdarsky On Marvel Money And The Canadian Comics Boom
Sep 17, 2018 • 40 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #179 - Last Man Notwithstanding
Sep 12, 2018 • 31 min
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.
Sep 10, 2018 • 31 min
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 …
SHORT CUTS #178 - How Not To Interview Faith Goldy
Sep 5, 2018 • 41 min
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
Aug 26, 2018 • 37 min
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
Aug 23, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Ep. 241- Reporting In Ottawa Vs. Reporting In Washington
Aug 12, 2018 • 35 min
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
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
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
Aug 1, 2018 • 22 min
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
Jul 29, 2018 • 32 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #175 - Conspiracy And Speculation In The Danforth Shooting
Jul 25, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Jul 16, 2018 • 1 min
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…
Ep. 239 - Last Chance For Newspapers: Inside La Presse
Jul 15, 2018 • 31 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #174 - Tackling The History Of Slavery, Québécois Style!
Jul 12, 2018 • 29 min
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
Jul 1, 2018 • 40 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #173 - The Aesthetics Of Rigour
Jun 27, 2018 • 33 min
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
Jun 24, 2018 • 31 min
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, the pic…
SHORT CUTS #172 - Be Like The Lamb That Jumps For The Knife
Jun 20, 2018 • 30 min
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
Jun 17, 2018 • 31 min
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
Jun 13, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Ep.235 - Taxing Porn (And Everything Else) To Pay For CanCon
Jun 10, 2018 • 37 min
Canada’s broadcast regulator has put forward a proposal to tax everything from porn to podcasts to help pay for Canadian content. Greg O’Brien, editor and publisher of talks about why the CRTC is reviving the Netflix tax debate and what their…
SHORT CUTS #170 - Doug Life
Jun 6, 2018 • 31 min
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,…
Ep.234 - Famous Anonymous: Celebrity Media In Canada
Jun 3, 2018 • 35 min
How do you cover celebrities in a country that’s so bad at making them?
SHORT CUTS #169 - The Devil Wears Pravda
May 30, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Ep.233 - Journalists Are Done With CBC Stealing Their Scoops
May 27, 2018 • 40 min
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 about…
SHORT CUTS #168 - Daft Munk
May 23, 2018 • 35 min
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
May 20, 2018 • 44 min
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. Karen Mock is a…
SHORT CUTS #167 - Stephen Harper Would Like Some Attention
May 16, 2018 • 39 min
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
May 13, 2018 • 40 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #166 - Doug Ford’s Magical World Of Make-Believe
May 9, 2018 • 36 min
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
May 6, 2018 • 35 min
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 outcome…
SHORT CUTS #165 - Jokes About Politicians That Don’t Hurt Anyone’s Feelings
May 2, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Ep. 229 - The Manosphere
Apr 29, 2018 • 35 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #164 - All Eyes On Us
Apr 26, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Ep. 228 - What’s The New York Times Doing In Canada?
Apr 23, 2018 • 37 min
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? …
SHORT CUTS #163 - The Indoctrination Of Alexandre Bissonnette
Apr 18, 2018 • 38 min
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
Apr 15, 2018 • 32 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #162 - Not Paid To Be Classy
Apr 11, 2018 • 37 min
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
Apr 8, 2018 • 44 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #161 - Never Underestimate Hatred For Toronto
Apr 4, 2018 • 39 min
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
Apr 2, 2018 • 30 min
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…