Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.


  • Isolation Interview: Jen Agg

    18/03/2020 Duration: 08min

    Restaurateur Jen Agg just wants to get home.

  • Isolation Interview: Robyn Doolittle

    17/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    What feels most weird right now? Doing normal things. 

  • Ep.317 - Meditations In An Emergency

    16/03/2020 Duration: 33min

    $5/month for ad-free podcasts here. We are facing an unprecedented shutdown of services and businesses across the country. Health columnist Andre Picard was an early voice calling for Canada to “shut it down” in the pages of the Globe and Mail. He talks to us about how COVID-19 compares to other epidemics he’s covered, the media coverage so far and why he was pushing for social distancing before the government embraced it.

  • Short Cuts #253 - Panic! At The Discoronavirus

    12/03/2020 Duration: 47min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. As COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, how are Canadian media handling the coverage? And what opportunities can moments of crisis provide for a shift in business reporting? Garth Mullins co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, Freshbooks, Dispatch, and Hover.

  • Ep. 316 - One News Brand To Rule Them All

    09/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Is The New York Times a model for success in the news business, or a monolithic news brand that's crushing the competition? Former BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith just started his media columnist at the Times. And his first column is titled: "Why the Success of The New York Times May Be Bad News for Journalism"   This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, SquareSpace, and Historica Canada.

  • Short Cuts #252 - Canada Is Working Exactly As Intended

    05/03/2020 Duration: 40min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. A front-page story tells us that Canada is broken. Is it, or is this exactly how the country was designed to work? And, as a senior editor leaves the CBC, our national broadcaster pivots to audience. Anita Li co-hosts. Read the Martin Lukacs thread on "outside agitators." This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks, Audible, Historica Canada, and You & Yours Financial.

  • Ep.315 - The Cocaine Smuggling Ring At VICE

    02/03/2020 Duration: 41min

    In 2015, five young people were arrested for smuggling cocaine into Australia. They had a common connection: Slava P, a music editor at VICE Canada. At the time of the bust, Slava was silent. But years later, he decided to sit down and tell us everything. CANADALAND senior producer Kasia Mychajlowycz has turned those conversations, and subsequent reporting, into our new investigative series, Cool Mules. Kasia talks with Jesse about how the story came together, the ethics of giving Slava a platform and what it all says about the media. Subscribe to Cool Mules right now or get all six episodes ad-free for $5/month by clicking here. This episode is brought to you by Dispatch Coffee, WealthBar, and Article.

  • SHORT CUTS #251 - Heard It Through The Pipeline

    27/02/2020 Duration: 43min

    $5/month for ad-free podcasts by clicking here. Do journalists need to be protestors to get better access to Wet'suwet'en solidarity actions? Plus, the Teck Frontier oilsands mine withdraws its application and who the media is blaming will shock you - or not. Media Indigena's Rick Harp co-hosts from Winnipeg. This episode is brought to you by Audible and WealthBar.

  • BONUS: Jesse Gets Grilled

    25/02/2020 Duration: 08min

    To hear the full episode right now and get ad-free podcasts, support us for $5/month by clicking here.  Jesse answers tough questions from our supporters.

  • Ep.314 - Nardwuar: The Interview

    24/02/2020 Duration: 47min

    $5/month for ad-free CANADALAND by clicking here. In a rare interview, Nardwuar talks about his career, his techniques, his reputation and what keeps him going after more than 30 years of blowing minds.   This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks, WealthBar and Article. 

  • Short Cuts #250 - Wet’suwet’en Coverage Is Still Pretty Bad

    20/02/2020 Duration: 44min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Jason Kenney’s War Room sets its sights on that white whale of fake news: The New York Times. And as protests spread, reporting on Wet’suwet’en remains fairly feeble. Jeremy Klaszus co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, Squarespace, Article, and HelloFresh.

  • Ep.313 - Nardwuar: An Oral History

    17/02/2020 Duration: 40min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Nardwuar the Human Serviette is one of the biggest media personalities to come out of Canada. He’s a prolific interviewer with a knack for shocking his guests by bringing up little-known personal details about their lives during interviews. He’s an absurd figure beloved by hip hop stars. He’s a punk from Vancouver who has 100s of millions of views on YouTube but still does his weekly community radio show. This is his story as told by the people who know him best.  This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and PolicyMe.

  • Short Cuts #249 - Christie Blatchford’s Complicated Legacy

    13/02/2020 Duration: 52min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Jordan Peterson’s familial PR team, Christie Blatchford’s legacy, Ezra Levant’s civil disobedience, and the campaign to discredit national protests. Nora Loreto co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by Audible, FreshBooks, and WealthBar.

  • Ep.312 - Siege On Wet’suwet’en

    10/02/2020 Duration: 33min

    $5/month for ad-free Canadaland by clicking here. Last week, the RCMP arrested six people for obstruction on Wet’suwet’en territory. They then threatened to arrest the journalists who were there covering the ongoing conflict between protestors and police. In response, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) stated “we remind the BC RCMP that Canada is not a police state. Police do not have the right to control what is published.” CAJ president and former Executive Director of News for APTN Karyn Pugliese joins. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, PolicyMe, The New Yorker, and Hover.

  • Short Cuts #248 - Return Of The Conservative Rapper

    06/02/2020 Duration: 35min

    The Heritage Minister doesn't seem to understand his own plan for regulating the internet (or not), so we break it down for you. And a group that doesn't exist just ran a major political ad campaign in the country's top newspapers.  The National Post's Chris Selley co-hosts. This episode is sponsored by OpenCare, SquareSpace and Article. You can support CANADALAND and get ad-free versions of all of our podcasts at

  • Ep.18 - VICE: An Oral History

    03/02/2020 Duration: 35min

    Conflict and controversy as Gavin McInnes and others remember Voice of Montreal, a government-subsidized community newspaper in the 90s that grew into a global brand. This episode originally aired on February 3, 2014.  This episode is brought to you by WealthBar, the FreshBooks, Away, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon.

  • SHORT CUTS #247 - Coronaviral

    30/01/2020 Duration: 48min

    Have we learned anything about reporting on viruses since SARS? And what can a new documentary about Idle No More teach us about our present state of reconciliation? Ryan McMahon guest hosts, and Rick Harp co-hosts. Watch "The Power Was With Us" on APTN. This episode of Short Cuts is brought to you by FreshBooks, PolicyMe, HelloFresh, and listeners like you. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 

  • Ep.311 - Let's Talk About Bell's Harmful Prison Phone Contract

    27/01/2020 Duration: 35min

    Every year, Bell shines the spotlight on mental health for Let’s Talk Day. So we’re taking a look at their prison phone contract, which advocates say exacerbate mental health problems for inmates. Featuring Souheil Benslimane, coordinator and co-founder of the Jail Accountability and Information Line and co-author of a report that calls Bell’s contract with with Ontario prisons "predatory." Read the viral Twitter thread from the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project that inspired this episode. This episode is sponsored by WealthBar, Audible and CFUV. CANADALAND is supported by listeners. If you like what we do, please consider supporting us at

  • SHORT CUTS #246 - Come From Huawei

    23/01/2020 Duration: 36min

    What was up with those "protesters" outside Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing? And could monarchical migration have an impact on privacy in Canadian media? Bob Mackin co-hosts. This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks, Audible, Blinkist, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. 

  • Ep.310 - Why Is The CBC So Schitty?

    20/01/2020 Duration: 40min

    The CBC wants to play by the same rules that govern digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon. No rules at all. Daniel Bernhard, the executive director of the advocacy group, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, joins to talk about how our public broadcaster should serve Canadians.  This episode is brought to you by Audible, Squarespace, and our listeners. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter.

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