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SHORT CUTS #241 - History Will Judge Us For Our China Takes
Dec 5 • 40 min
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…
Ep.52 - Hark! Kate Beaton
Dec 1 • 42 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #240 - Purified By Hatred
Nov 27 • 45 min
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,…
Ep.304 - From Nanook To The New York Times: Misrepresentations of the North
Nov 24 • 42 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #239 - StarMetro Hunger Games
Nov 20 • 47 min
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…
Ep.303 - Jon Ronson
Nov 17 • 48 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #238 - What Don Cherry Means To Me
Nov 14 • 48 min
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…
Ep.302 - Is The Extreme Right Finished In Canada?
Nov 11 • 48 min
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…
SHORT CUTS #237 - Shitty Media Management
Nov 6 • 48 min
A national news media start-up hires then fires its staff in a month. Also, Elizabeth May has harsh parting shots for the media. Freelancer Sarah Hagi co-hosts (and spills the tea on FreshDaily) This episode is brought to you by WealthBar, …
Ep.301 - Interview With A Very Rich Person Who Wants To Abolish Wealth
Nov 3 • 44 min
Meghan Bell wants Canada to tax the rich. Of course, that belief would be a lot easier to explain at the dinner table if her own family wasn’t massively wealthy. Bell joins to talk about her recent piece in The Walrus that pulls back the curtain on…
SHORT CUTS #236 - The New York Times’ Trauma Porn Beat
Oct 31 • 49 min
The New York Times’ Canada bureau chief goes up to visit an Inuit community three times so she must know what she’s talking about… right? Also, podcasting is getting way too popular. Thunder Bay host Ryan McMahon co-hosts. This episode is…
Ep.300 - An Argument With Robyn Doolittle
Oct 27 • 70 min
Major announcement about what’s next for Canadaland on this episode. After that: Had It Coming is Robyn Doolittle’s new book, which asks “what’s fair in the age of #MeToo?” Fair to whom? Sparks fly as Jesse questions the premise, and Robyn…
SHORT CUTS #235 - Creepy Hologram Prime Minister
Oct 24 • 45 min
Thank God, it’s over - last sound off about how dull the 2019 election coverage was, we promise. Plus, StarMetro journalists cry fake news at activists pretending climate propaganda is the real thing. Writer and climate activist from Cam…
Ep.299 - Today’s Crisis, Tomorrow’s Apology: Indigenous Death In The Child Welfare System
Oct 20 • 42 min
Last month APTN reported that 102 Indigenous children died in Ontario’s child welfare system. It’s a tragic and infuriating look at how the system fails Indigenous children and puts their lives at risk. It’s also a story about unconscionable…
SHORT CUTS #234 - The CBC’s Very Dumb Lawsuit
Oct 17 • 47 min
The CBC sues the Conservative Party of Canada for copying them! Plus, Toronto journalists and writers push back on the kind of space public libraries should be. Wikimedia Chief of Staff Ryan Merkley co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by…
Ep.80 - Chantal Hébert
Oct 13 • 48 min
This episode originally aired on May 3, 2015 It’s possible that Chantal HeĢbert’s journalism once held Canada together. She joins Jesse for a discussion about what’s appropriate in political news coverage, and what (if anything) needs to change. The…
SHORT CUTS #233 - Our Revolting Democracy
Oct 10 • 43 min
That debate. The rumour mongering. The memes. Do Canadian politics have to suck this hard? A lament. And PostMedia finally responds to our investigation - or somebody’s. Freelance journalist Danielle Paradis co-hosts. This episode is brought to…
Ep.297 - Shad’s Hip-Hop Evolution
Oct 6 • 42 min
Hip-Hop Evolution is a remarkable piece of journalism and an exhaustive look at the history of hip-hop. It’s also made by a group of Canadians. Rapper and broadcaster Shad, director Darby Wheeler, and writer Rodrigo Bascuñán join to talk about…
SHORT CUTS #232 - National Paper Won’t Cover National Climate March
Oct 3 • 39 min
Canada’s national paper seems shy about printing news on the national climate march. Also, another blackface scandal - at Global News. Plus, a discussion on if numbers flatten Indigenous folks’ stories. Ryan McMahon guest hosts with Vice Senior Editor…
Ep.296 - Two Centuries of Blackface in Canada
Sep 29 • 45 min
Cheryl Thompson joins to help walk us through Canada’s history with blackface and why this story is not about race. This episode is brought to you by PolicyMe, Away, Blinkist, Hover, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a…
SHORT CUTS #231 - How Did Trudeau Get a 20-Year Pass On Blackface?
Sep 26 • 45 min
Trudeau in blackface, 3 times: how did we miss that? And Canada’s reporters bravely declare their independence - from their own union. CANADALAND Deputy Editor Jaren Kerr co-hosts with an announcement.
Ep.295 - Big Media’s Plan To Regulate The Internet
Sep 22 • 44 min
Are we really considering CanCon for the internet? Well, kinda. Big changes could be coming to the Broadcasting Act and the country’s biggest media organizations are eager to be part of the conversation. Dr. Emilia Zboralska joins to help unpack…
SHORT CUTS #230 - SNC-Aladdin
Sep 19 • 63 min
A bonus segment on Trudeau’s “make-up” with guest co-host, Arshy Mann. Plus, one reporter’s real life story on the gift of poutine from Trudeau. And this week’s news has been about the three worst people in Canada: Faith Goldy, Maxime…
Ep.294 - Vagina Empire
Sep 15 • 41 min
Doctors, celebrities, and journalists have all played a role in spreading misinformation about women’s bodies. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible, is often called “Twitter’s gynecologist” and she wants all of us to do better…
SHORT CUTS #229 - Sorry, Immigrants!
Sep 12 • 44 min
The Vancouver Sun is very, very sorry about publishing that inflammatory anti-immigration screed. They’ll tone it down a little next time. Also, why is election coverage so boring? Journalist and COMMONS host Arshy Mann co-hosts. This…
Ep.293 - Bruce McCulloch
Sep 8 • 38 min
Thirty Helens agree that The Kids in the Hall was a watershed moment not just for Canadian comedy, but for comedy as we know it. Comedian Bruce McCulloch talks about the legacy of Canada’s weirdest sketch show, Lorne Michaels, and the CBC. …
SHORT CUTS #228 - Disaster Porn, Boat Crash, Netflix PM
Sep 5 • 38 min
Sexy Hurricane Headlines: “Dorian Relentlessly Pounds Bahamas” - What is up with the disaster porn? And Justin Trudeau’s Malaysian ancestry, and other things I learned on Netflix. Author and The Guardian environment reporter Martin Lukacs…
OPPO: Is Jason Kenney Stoking Alberta Separatism?
Sep 1 • 36 min
Alberta’s premier wants a referendum on … what exactly? And Justin Ling wants you to calm down about climate change “muzzling.” Plus, meet some intriguing candidates to keep an eye on. P.S. OPPO has news: We’re going weekly! We’ll be in your…
COMMONS: CRUDE - The Apocalypse Is Now
Aug 28 • 30 min
Canoe-borne bandits strike an underwater town. A new generation of wealthy lobstermen is minted. An island disappears. And hellfire engulfs a highway jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Just another normal day amidst Canada’s…
Ep. 292 - A Medical Horror Story and the Fight to Expose It
Aug 25 • 45 min
A respected doctor put women’s health and lives in danger for money and the public almost never heard about it. Michael Lista talks about his precedent-setting Toronto Life story about an OBGYN who committed dangerous procedures without consent…
SHORTS CUTS #227 - Scandal? What Scandal?
Aug 22 • 38 min
Is the press protecting the liberal party? And the debate about climate change somehow continues and Elections Canada suggested we might not be allowed to have it. Former crown prosecutor and National Observer journalist Sandy Garassino co-hosts.
Ep. 291 - Why Are Trans Issues Suddenly Everywhere?
Aug 18 • 45 min
Over the past couple of years, a few Canadian media outlets and writers have become obsessed with trans people, painting their campaign for human rights as a menace to society. This coverage has hit a peak with the story of Jessica Yaniv, a trans…
SHORT CUTS #226 - Postmedia’s Hard Right Turn
Aug 14 • 42 min
More cuts at Canada’s largest newspaper chain; this time to journalistic independence, open discourse, and a healthy work culture. And was the swearing, spitting Scheer supporter part of a media hoax? With freelance journalist and former National Post…
Ep. 290 - What It’s Like To Want To Die
Aug 11 • 39 min
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. This episode is brought to you by…
SHORT CUTS #225 - Barbaric Caucasian Practices Hotline
Aug 8 • 35 min
Is it time to start reporting the strange behaviour of young white men? Why do we still have columnists? And a study of Canadian media consumption shows that the real threat to media literacy is Canadian media consumption. Paul Wells co-hosts. This…
Ep. 289 - Steven Page
Aug 4 • 42 min
Steven Page, former frontman and founding member of Barenaked Ladies, talks about his career, why he chose to leave a beloved and wildly successful band, and the fickle realities of Canadian stardom. This episode is sponsored by…
Short Cuts #224 - Teenage Nazi Manhunt
Jul 31 • 34 min
The hunt is on. Newsrooms across the country are chasing down everyone from psychiatrists to Survivorman himself to speculate on the fate of two murder suspects. And are the journalistic standards of Doug Ford’s state-funded propaganda channel…
Ep. 288 - Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder And The Secret Reasons Why
Jul 29 • 38 min
Glen Assoun spent nearly 17 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. But even after his sentence was overturned, the evidence that freed him remained sealed. Reporters fought successfully to have that evidence released. What they found not…
Short Cuts #223 - Jessica Yaniv, Transphobic Fever Dream
Jul 24 • 42 min
From Canadian news sites to InfoWars, a BC trans woman has become a fixation of conservative media. And new details emerge from the national media bailout that exclude — surprise!!! — nearly anyone who isn’t a newspaper. Zane Schwartz, CAJ…
Ep. 287 - Let’s Get Serious About UFO Journalism
Jul 21 • 32 min
In 2017, the New York Times released an astonishing front-page story about the American government’s multi-million dollar black budget investigation into UFOs. So aliens, right? Well… probably not. Brigitte Noël guest-hosts and talks with…
SHORT CUTS #222 - SandyAndNoraLand
Jul 17 • 28 min
Sandy Hudson and Nora Loreto take over CANADALAND for this episode about the paltry coverage of Canada’s migrant detention policies and the devastating loss of leftist Twitter’s most stalwart defender, Lindsay Shepherd. This episode is brought to…
Ep. 286 - Sports, Wages, and Bitstrips Money: Jesse Answers Your Questions
Jul 14 • 38 min
We asked our listeners to send us their burning questions and this is the result. Hear us answer questions about everything from the future of Canadaland to Jesse’s personal finances. This episode is brought to you by Endy, Firefox, Audible and…
SHORT CUTS #221 - F**k You For This One, Québec
Jul 10 • 50 min
The secularism bill banning public workers from wearing religious symbols finally passed in Québec. Google News gathered together the heads of major media companies for a meeting and (surprise!) didn’t tell the public. And VICE reporter Ben Makuch…
Ep. 285 - Health News In The Age Of Goop
Jul 7 • 40 min
Politics may dominate the news cycle, but every Canadian is touched by our health care system. But while there are countless reporters covering politics in this country, only one person has spent their career reporting on and analyzing health care….
SHORT CUTS #220 - That’s What You Get When You Draw A Political Cartoon That Doesn’t Suck
Jul 3 • 36 min
A Canadian cartoonist drew a provocative image of Trump, blithely ignorant of the fatal consequences of his border policy. After it blew up online, the cartoonist was let go from the company who’d published his work for 17 years. And what was with…
Ep. 284 - A Former WE Employee Speaks Out
Jun 30 • 33 min
Twenty-two people spoke to us confidentially about working for WE. But Josh Keenan went on the record. Hear what he had to say, and WE’s response. Read Jaren Kerr’s full investigation here. This episode is brought to you by Firefox, Endy,…
SHORT CUTS #219 - The Pleasure Of Margaret Wente
Jun 26 • 36 min
Pour one out for Margaret Wente: she’s leaving the Globe. The Irvings tighten their grip on New Brunswick news, and some Toronto councillors are learning not to cross Warren Kinsella. Sean Craig co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by our…
Ep. 283 - Oh Great, A Republican Plot Against Canadaland
Jun 23 • 35 min
Something strange has been going on for the last little while and we’re ready to talk about it. This is a story about a Republican-affiliated scheme against Canadaland and yes, we’re serious. The Executive Director of WE Charity, Dalal…
SHORT CUTS #218 - Whose Pipeline Is It Anyway?
Jun 19 • 38 min
What better way to recognize a climate emergency than by approving the Trans Mountain Pipeline? Why did the Raptors’ president get carded after his team won? And what’s with U.S. media suddenly paying attention to Indigenous people in Canada? Ryan…
Ep. 282 - Lifestyles of the Rich and Fatal
Jun 16 • 32 min
Greed, money, and revenge culminate with a gruesome murder on the driveway of a Vancouver mansion. Canada correspondent for The New York Times, Dan Bilefsky, talks about what happens when the Canadian dream goes very, very wrong and the weird…
SHORT CUTS #217 - United Conservative Postmedia War Room
Jun 12 • 31 min
Rest assured, Canadians! Jason Kenney is here to protect you from the evils of the Green Left. A look at the Alberta government’s anti-environment “War Room,” plus the imminent Raptor Rapture. Fatima Syed guest hosts, and Kieran Leavitt co-hosts….
Ep. 281 - Trolling Jonathan Torrens
Jun 10 • 43 min
From hosting his own show on the CBC to playing J-Roc on Trailer Park Boys, Jonathan Torrens has been a mainstay of the Canadian entertainment industry for decades. So what’s his deal? Is he a comedian? A talk show host? Or is he just that…
SHORT CUTS #216 - The Word For This Is Genocide
Jun 5 • 50 min
The majority of our media is bending backward to avoid acknowledging Canadian genocide. Why? And Lindsay Shepherd travelled to Ottawa to complain about her weeklong Twitter ban: a look at the online hate hearings and the right’s war on free speech….
Ep. 280 - The News Bosses: APTN’s Karyn Pugliese
Jun 2 • 42 min
Canada’s national news organizations are helmed by a handful of people. The news bosses decide what gets to be news and what doesn’t for the entire country… and we think it’s time someone talks to them about that. We’ve reached out to…
SHORT CUTS #215 - What Sort Of Monster Would Disparage Anna Maria Tremonti?
May 29 • 54 min
As one of Canada’s most beloved radio personalities leaves the job she’s held for 17 seasons, who could possibly have anything negative to say? Also, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have finally revealed their schemes to… run as independents….
Ep. 279 - A Forgotten News Lab Predicted Journalism’s Online Future in 1991
May 26 • 42 min
InfoLab imagined newspapers’ transition from print to digital, creating multimedia digital news in the basement of The Hamilton Spectator back in the early ’90s. Jesse talks to its former director, journalist Wayne MacPhail, about what the…
SHORT CUTS #214 - Lord Ballwasher of Crossharbour
May 22 • 42 min
Lord Conrad Black, First of His Name, The Unedited, King of Columns, Breaker of Laws, Flatterer of American Presidents, and Father of the National Post. Did Canada’s favourite criminal Lord just schmooze his way into a pardon from Donald Trump or is…
Ep. 278 - Bigotry Punished, Miraculously
May 19 • 49 min
But will the $2.5 million judgment against the far-right twice-defeated mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston actually stop him spreading hate online? Jesse speaks with media lawyer Justin Safayeni, and founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate…
SHORT CUTS #213 - Misfit Manchild Edgelords
May 15 • 36 min
It’s Nazi season in Canada! From the “controversial” flag in Saskatchewan to the neo-Nazi working in an Ontario city hall, Canada’s working hard to normalize racism. And Mark Norman apparently had it worse than Omar Khadr. Who was in Guantanmo Bay. As…
Ep. 277 - Quebec’s Narcos Tell All!
May 13 • 28 min
The new podcast Narcos PQ hands the mic to those who bring Canada its drugs: bikers, drug mules, outlaw chemists. Co-hosts Brigitte Noël and Félix Séguin take over this week to translate some of their most revealing tape, and tell us why we should…
SHORT CUTS #212 - Newfoundland 2: The Newfoundlanding
May 8 • 34 min
In the prurient rush for lurid details about Bruce McArthur and his victims, maybe it’s time to re-examine the way we consume true crime. And the ongoing saga of the Mark Norman affair becomes even muddier. Deidre Olsen co-hosts. Support us at…
Ep. 276 - Twenty Years After Napster: Cory Doctorow On What Went Wrong
May 5 • 38 min
Digital media has been gentrified into a mall, says the digital rights activist and author. Cory Doctorow tells Jesse how consolidation and platform silos keep the biggest tech and media companies on top, at our expense.
SHORT CUTS #211 - Your Body Is A Newfoundland
May 1 • 33 min
Was the recent Simpsons episode about Canada offensive? Was it even funny? And, finally, the mainstream media seems to be paying attention to the rising threat of white terrorism in Canada. Alheli Picazo co-hosts.
Ep. 275 - Sneaking Chinese Propaganda Into The Canadian Media
Apr 28 • 30 min
A popular pundit has a curious connection: her company worked for China. South China Morning Post’s Vancouver correspondent Ian Young tells Jesse that the Canadian media has “blind spots” when it comes to how the Chinese government tries to…
SHORT CUTS #210 - Raccoon Thirst Trap
Apr 24 • 45 min
Who among us hasn’t stabbed a lecherous raccoon with a dessert fork? And Omar Khadr gave his first big interview on Québec television; where was English media on this one? Nora Loreto co-hosts.
Ep. 274 - Is Facebook Worth Fixing?
Apr 22 • 41 min
And if so, can government regulation crack down on hate speech and election interference on social media without crushing free speech? Jesse asks Natasha Tusikov, a criminology professor who researches where technology and regulation meet.
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 24 • 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…