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  1. In this episode we're sharing selections from Anna Sale, the host of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money. Featuring: Death, Sex & Money, Reply All, Nancy and Throughline. For more podcast recommendations visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist
  2. Gaby Dunn joins us from her self-isolation bubble in Los Angeles to share how's she coping and what podcasts are keeping her company right now. Featuring: Bad with Money, Dating Straight, Scam Goddess and The Bechdel Cast. For more podcast recommendations visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist
  3. Each week in By the Book hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer live by the rules of a different self-help book. Together, they try to figure out which ones might actually be life changing. In this episode (which originally aired June 15th 2019) they join Matt and Lindsay to discuss what they've learned from living "by the book" and share some of their favourite podcasts. Featuring: Still Processing, Risk!, The History Chicks and Why Won't You Date Me? To find more of Kristen and Jolenta's picks head to: www.cbc.ca/1.5161527
  4. We're still here! It took a bit of time to figure out how to make Podcast Playlist from home, but we'll be back with all new episodes in the coming weeks. We have some great guests coming up: Anna Sale from Death, Sex and Money, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman from Reply All and Gaby Dunn from Bad with Money. So stay with us! In the meantime, here's an encore presentation of one of our favourite episodes from last year: Podcast about where we live. As many of us are spending time self isolating we take a closer look at our surroundings. Featuring: Invisibilia, Death, Sex and Money, Every Little Thing, The Secret Life of Canada, Ear Hustle and By the Book.
  5. Leon Neyfakh is the co-creator of the podcasts Slow Burn and Fiasco — two shows that take a closer look at big political scandals from the past. In this episode he shares a clip from the latest season of Fiasco and some of his favourite podcasts. . Podcasts featured in this episode: . 1. Fiasco: The Iran-Contra scandal was a complex affair with a lot of moving parts involved. But its origins can be traced back to the very first day of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. . 2. The Gravy Train: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was a harbinger of the populist wave that would sweep the world. But before all that, reporter Robyn Doolittle was shown a video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine — and she couldn’t tell anyone. . 3. The Cut On Tuesdays: In this clip, comedian Aparna Nancherla talks about her anxiety, and how bringing it to the stage changed everything for her. . 4. 30 for 30: At first, the Donald Stirling affair seems almost cliche: Stirling, a powerful businessman and owner of the L.A. Clippers, cheats on his wife with a younger woman. But then, that woman released secret recordings of Stirling's shocking racism that shook the NBA. . 5. How to F--k up an Airport: The Berlin Brandenberg Airport was supposed to be a gleaming, world-class transit hub for the 21st century. This podcast explores how everything went so terribly wrong.
  6. Featuring: Conversations with People Who Hate Me: "In the summer of 2017 journalist Katie Herzog wrote a piece that was widely criticized. Ultimately she found herself at the bottom of a social media pile-on. 3,000 miles east of Katie, a woman named Robyn Kanner joined that pile-on tweeting "ur just trash." In this episode, taped live in front an audience, Katie and Robyn meet onstage for the first time to discuss what happened between them, and the unlikely twist that brought them closer than they would have ever guessed." . Food, We Need To Talk: "You know better than to expect life to be fair. But still, it's enough to drive anyone crazy: some people seem to be able to eat anything they want and never gain weight." . Drilled: "In this season we're tackling Big Oil's big propaganda machine — its origins, the spin masters who created it, and why it's been so effective. It all began more than 100 years ago with Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller and his son, a bloody miners' strike, and the very first P.R. guy, who swooped in to clean it all up." . Death, Sex & Money: "A text message gone wrong. A bachelorette party exclusion. A racist comment during the 2016 debates. Today, we're sharing your stories about how race, identity, and racism have impacted your friendships." . Twenty Thousand Hertz: Is Paul McCartney actually a cyborg who was replaced in 1969? We'll learn about the musical phenomenon of "backmasking" and why it had people playing their records backwards. . The Program audio series: "The Program audio series is a historical podcast set in a future in which Money, State and God became fused into a single entity called the Program. Each episode is a self-contained story focusing on ordinary people inhabiting this extraordinary world. And for them, it is not this future that is terrifying - it is our present."
  7. Is it the raw talent or the intense dedication to performance? Or maybe it’s the attitude, the ‘IT’ factor, that charms audiences all around the world. From Aretha to Beyonce to Celine — we bring you podcasts about some of the mightiest women in music. . Making Beyonce: "Before the Grammys, before the platinum records, before Destiny's Child, there was just a shy girl growing up in Houston. We follow Beyoncé Knowles from the stages of local talent shows to her first crack at a record deal with the group Girls Tyme." . Dolly Parton's America: "One of Dolly's most iconic and successful songs is "Jolene," a song that, at first listen, is about a romantic rival trying to steal her man: a prime example of the classic "cheating song." But some see it as flipping a popular country music trope on its head. This idea takes shape when Nadine Hubbs, a professor at the University of Michigan, writes a fourth verse to "Jolene," which makes us reimagine Dolly's songs in entirely new ways." . Switched on Pop: The Switched on Pop team join forces with producer Gina Delvac to talk about the evolution of Rihanna and her much anticipated ninth studio album. . The Big Story: "Céline Dion has been many things throughout her career, but 'cool' has rarely been one of them. As one of the bestselling artists to call this country home Céline should have won us all over long ago. But she never quite broke through to the more cynical younger generation.Until that generation stopped being cynical, that is. It turns out Céline Dion was always cool. She was just waiting for us to come to her. And over the past few years, we have, by the millions." . Inside the Junos: "Alanis Morissette burst on the scene with 'Jagged Little Pill' and shook up the music world. Her magic says Chilly is, 'that strange yodel, that weird break in her voice that makes the vocal performance so raw and so real.'" . Heat Rocks: "Heat Rocks had always planned to sit down with DJ Lynnée Denise, an LA-based DJ and music scholar, but when Aretha Franklin passed on August 16th, we invited her to come talk with us about the Queen's life and legacy as part two of our series Women Behaving Boldly."
  8. You’ve heard about art heists. You’ve heard about bank heists. But what about maple syrup heists? We go behind the syrupy scheme that made millions. This week on Podcast Playlist, we bring you the best true crime podcasts to binge this winter. Podcasts featured this week: . The Score: Bank Robber Diaries – "Breaking the rules at a young age set Joe Loya up for a descent into crime. From his first time robbing a bank, to a violent altercation behind bars, this is Joe Loya's origin story." . Uncover: Satanic Panic – "In the newest season of Uncover, host Lisa Bryn Rundle unravels the history of a moral hysteria that took root across North America." Plus: An interview with creator Lisa Bryn Rundle. . Detective Trapp – Los Angeles Times' Christopher Goffard tells the story of homicide detective, Julissa Trapp, who worked on a case about four missing women in Orange County, California. In this clip we meet Detective Julissa Trapp. . Beyond Bizarre True Crime – "With popularity comes demand and with every commodity comes a black market. Maple syrup is no different. So when a group of thieves decided to steal some sweet liquid gold from a storage warehouse in Quebec, they weren't about to stop at a couple of bottles or cases. This would go down as one of the most lucrative and perhaps most unusual robberies in Canadian history."
  9. This week — food insecurity across Ontario, the power of powders and pills, the surveillance of Ronan Farrow and more new podcasts. Hard to Stomach – "How do you decide between buying bread and keeping the lights on? Hard to Stomach focuses on stories from real people facing and fighting against food insecurity in communities across Ontario. Hosted by Nana aba Duncan." The Catch and Kill – "Igor Ostrovskiy is a private investigator in New York. In 2017, he was contracted to surveil Ronan Farrow on behalf of a secret client. Igor would eventually learn that the secret client was Black Cube, an Israel-based agency with roots in the Mossad, and they were working on behalf of Harvey Weinstein." The Dream – "Can powders, pills and juices deliver on the promise to live longer and look younger?" More with Anna Maria Tremonti – More with Anna Maria Tremonti feels like an evening with smart friends. It's a new podcast that promises to take you deep into conversation — and to some unexpected places — with culture shapers like Catherine O'Hara, David Suzuki, Malcolm Gladwell and Samantha Bee. So Help Me – "When Anna moved from a large apartment in Philadelphia to a small apartment in Queens, she had to get rid of most of her possessions. Throwing stuff out felt good until she got to three large plastic bins in the corner of her apartment. They were filled with all the art she'd made in Art School. For weeks, she couldn't bring herself to throw the art away. To understand why, she turned to a 4'7 Japanese tidying legend." Bad With Money – "Gaby invites a Tibetan Buddhist monk to be on his very first podcast! Gyaltsen Chopel discusses how Buddhism functions to deprioritize money altogether — and his work as a caretaker who handles day-to-day expenses and donations made to a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. It's not the conversation you'd expect from a monk! Then, Gaby calls India to speak to assistant professor of Hindu Studies, Dheepa Sundaram, about how Hindu culture views community, money, technology and wealth." Plus, meet our new host!
  10. You can never have enough podcasts in your rotation. They keep us company when we’re alone with a sink full of dirty dishes, when we're folding laundry or heading to work. In this episode, we bring you some of our current favourites. Podcasts featured this week: Startup: Success Academy – "Eva Moskowitz wants to fix a really big problem. There are over a million kids in New York City's public schools. Most can't read or do math at grade level. And it's largely poor, black and brown kids who are stuck in the lowest performing schools. Eva's the founder and CEO of Success Academy. Her school network is growing at lightning speed, and her students get among the highest standardized-test scores in the city, beating out schools in some of the wealthiest districts." How Did This Get Made – Casey Wilson joins hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Rapheal, and Jason Mantzoukas to discuss the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred. A giant fight ensues. Inappropriate Questions – "Transgender folks can get asked invasive questions about their bodies. Harv and Elena speak to student activist Robert Molloy." Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend – "Comedian, actor, and writer Kumail Nanjiani feels apologetic about being Conan O'Brien's friend. Kumail sits down with Conan to discuss his recent absence on the television program, coming from a hardworking family, having incredible balance, hating Ferris Bueller, and the best way to reward oneself." Bear 148 – "Many people called Bear 148 the perfect neighbour because she wasn't afraid of people. So how did she end up being shot by a hunter far from her home?" Party Lines – A political primer for every kind of concerned citizen co-hosted by Rosemary Barton (The National) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (BuzzFeed News). Do you have a new favourite podcast we should listen to? Email, tweet us @PodcastPlaylist, or find us on Facebook. For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal, subscribe in Apple Podcasts.
  11. We bring you a list of podcasts that all delve raising others and what it's like to be raised. There are a lot of different approaches to being a parent, and we have all the angles covered. The Longest Shortest Time – "Myra Jones-Taylor's son is black, but it's a constant struggle to get his peers and teachers to see him that way." Mom and Dad are Fighting – "Slate's parenting advice show helps a listener with how to talk to a 5-year-old about their absent father." Death, Sex & Money – "The year after Tig Notaro's life fell apart, she turned it into a comedy set — and it went viral, bringing her overnight fame. And in the middle of it all, she was trying to become a parent." Other People's Problems – "Belle is feeling like a bad parent. Hillary talks with her about the idea of a "good enough" mom." Reveal – "A controversial theory about child abuse is swaying family court judges to award custody to parents accused of harming kids. We trace the origins of 'parental alienation.'" Family Secrets – "The first time Marla had cancer, she and her husband John told the whole family, and Marla hated the attention it brought. So when it came back years later, they hardly told anyone — including their own children."
  12. Settle in and get comfortable for a podcast binge. Here are a few must-listen episodes from some of our favourite podcasts. Podcasts featured this week: Criminal – "When 18-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared in 1917, newspapers reported that she probably ran off with a boyfriend. New York police said that there were no clues to go on. But an investigator named Grace Humiston decided that she would do whatever it took to find her. She became known as 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.'" The Moth Radio Hour – "A man reluctantly inherits a 40 pound statue." Aria Code – "Pull back the curtain on a famous aria so we can see what's behind the scenes. The aria "Un bel di vedremo" captures Butterfly's unwavering faith in their reunion and her unflagging desire for a better life. In this episode, Rhiannon Giddens and her guests explore the power of hope in Puccini's tragedy, as well as in a real-world Butterfly story. In this new season, each aria will explore one facet of desire. It could be love, money or in this case – ambition." Reality Check – "Cristina looks into the naming convention for IKEA products. Is KOLBJÖRN just Swedish for where's the Allen key?" Snap Judgement – "Stephanie Foo had a love-hate relationship with that old computer game the Sims. But when she steps foot into the latest version of the game, the AI is so good, her new Sim acts more like Stephanie than Stephanie does." Do you have a new favourite podcast we should listen to? Email, tweet us @PodcastPlaylist, or find us on Facebook. For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal, subscribe in Apple Podcasts.
  13. We’re inviting you into the kitchen to sample some stories about food. Podcasts featured this week: Racist Sandwich – Producer Stephanie Kuo talks about the gentrification of BBQ in Texas. Offshore – "Reporter Paola Mardo dives into the history of America's fascination with all things Tiki." Hidden Kitchens: The Kitchen Sisters – A meditation on how Koreans use one of their national dishes (Kimchi) to connect with people within and outside of the country through "Kimchi diplomacy." Home Cooked – Sarah Martin interviews the Subban family about a special liver recipe that may be the key to being a NHL hockey player. Sunday Night Dinner – Nana Aba Duncan is the host of CBC Radio's weekend morning program, Fresh Air. She and Suzanne Hancock decide to make a well-loved Ghanian dish called Groundnut Soup. Listen to Nana Aba talk about family roles, visiting Ghana and comfort foods. Plus a cameo from Nana Aba's mom! Hot Plate: A Post-Foodie Podcast – "Mirella and Joshna welcome Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator of Museums and Heritage Services for the City of Toronto and curator of the upcoming "Toronto Brews: Two Centuries of Beer Culture in the City." In this episode we learn about Toronto's totally un-fun "Beverage Rooms." Proof: America's Test Kitchen – Most of the oranges we eat today are the descendants of the Washington Navel orange. And most Washington Navel oranges come from two trees that travelled across America to find a home in California. This is their story. Do you have a new favourite podcast we should listen to? Email, tweet us @PodcastPlaylist, or find us on Facebook. For more great podcasts, check out CBC's podcast portal, subscribe in Apple Podcasts.
  14. Have you ever stopped to think about what a balloon, a bar of soap, a subway seat, or a can of cola would have to say? On this podcast, they each have a voice and they're ready to spill their truths. From PRX and Radiotopia, Everything is Alive is an unscripted interview series in which each guest is an inanimate object. No two items' experiences are the same as they each have a life story and their own unique perspective on the world at large. With company like this, it's no wonder the show won the 2019 Webby Award for Best Interview/Talk Show. This week, we're sharing one of our fave episodes from last spring. Joining us is Ian Chillag – producer, writer and host of Everything Is Alive. As our guest curator, he brings us his favourite outside-the-box podcasts. "There's a flavour that is McDonald's, and I feel like that sometimes when I'm listening to podcasts. There's a flavour that is 'podcasts' ." - Ian Chillag
  15. We're joined this week by Elaine Lui, founder and editor of LaineyGossip.com and co-host of CTV's The Social. She shares her favourite podcasts and talks about how she made it in the entertainment industry. Podcasts featured this week: Show Your Work – "Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of New York Times bestseller 'Daisy Jones & The Six' tells us why men's interest in her work doesn't interest her." Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. – "Football star Aaron Hernandez went from the bright lights of the Super Bowl to a convicted murderer in a few years. Did a brain badly damaged by football contribute to Hernandez's violent behavior?" They Call Us Bruce – "Recorded live at NCORE in Portland, Jeff and Phil welcome back Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. They talk race, culture, politics, identity and, of course, food." Still Processing – Hosts Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham examine the portrayal of masculinity as mental illness in Joker and Fight Club.
  16. The second half of our year-end extravaganza. We asked everyone on our team to pick their favourite podcast to come out in 2019, and had too many great shows to squeeze into one episode. Podcasts featured this week: Revisionist History (Matt Galloway's pick) – "If you disagree with someone — if you find what they think appalling — is there any value in talking to them? In the early 1970s, the talk show host Dick Cavett, the governor of Georgia Lester Maddox, and the singer Randy Newman tried to answer this question." Motherhacker (Kate Evans's pick) – "Bridget's life is a series of dropped calls. With a gift for gab, an ex-husband in rehab, and down to her last dollar, Bridget's life takes a desperate turn when she starts vishing over the phone for a shady identity theft ring in order to support her family." Meditative Story (Podyssey/Melody Ma's pick) – "A trickle of water. That's where Keith Yamashita's new life begins and his old life ends. As an entrepreneur, Keith is fluent in cheating time, in squeezing the most out of every moment, never really present in any of them. But then a trickle of water rolls down his chin. A stroke. The stroke marks the end of an old life – and the slow beginning of a new one where Keith takes his life in a new direction." Kreative Kontrol (Mac Cameron's pick) – "David Berman talks about the end of Silver Jews, the rise of Purple Mountains, every song on their self-titled debut, which is out via Drag City on July 12, 2019 and much more! Supported by CFRU 93.3 FM, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts." The Daily (Elena Hudgins Lyle's pick) – "In Poland, a nationalist party has been in power for four years. The Daily heads to Warsaw, the capital, and Gdansk, the birthplace of a movement that brought down Communism, to see how this government has changed democratic institutions."
  17. There were so many great releases this year that we couldn't fit all our favourites into one episode. So this is the first of our two-part series looking back at the best podcasts to come out in 2019, as chosen by the Podcast Playlist team. 1619 (Lindsay Michael's pick) – 1619 is a new podcast from The New York Times that re-examines the history and the present day consequences of slavery. The result is also highly personal. As host, Nikole Hannah-Jones also weaves her own experiences into show. Finding Fred (Podcast Gumbo creator Paul Kondo's pick) – "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children's show can tell us about how to get by in today's chaotic world." Crackdown (Julian Uzielli's pick) – "In 2014, British Columbia switched nearly 15,000 methadone patients to a new formulation called Methadose. In Crackdown's second episode, Garth Mullins, Laura Shaver, and their colleagues at British Columbia Association of People on Methadone (BCAPOM) investigate what happened after the switch." Scam Goddess (TK Matunda's pick) – Host Laci Mosley chats with comedian, writer, and podcaster James Mastraieni (Too Effin' High, Florida Girls) to talk about "romance scams."
  18. This week — the Celtic Holocaust, a woman who gets mixed up with an identity theft ring, a bad batch of stem cells and more new & noteworthy podcasts. Featuring: Hardcore History – "Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests…until the natives nearly win." The Art of Fiction with Mimi O'Donnell – A few weeks ago our Senior Producer, Kate Evans, attended the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in Toronto. There, she interviewed Mimi O'Donnell — the Executive Producer of Scripted at Gimlet — in front of a live audience. Motherhacker – "Bridget's life is a series of dropped calls. With a gift for gab, an ex-husband in rehab, and down to her last dollar, Bridget's life takes a desperate turn when she starts vishing over the phone for a shady identity theft ring in order to support her family." Bad Batch – "Patients are offered a miracle cure, but instead they end up rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The race is on to track down what went wrong with several patients in Texas before more people get hurt. The trail leads to a stem cell company with a charismatic CEO, and to an entire multibillion dollar industry where greed and desperation collide." Story Store – "The Story Store takes orders from real kids across Canada and turns their suggestions into hilarious, fun-filled adventures! Run by CBC Kids hosts Mr. Orlando the Moose and Gary the Unicorn, every Story Store episode features a group of seriously silly performers bringing original stories to life with fresh takes on genres, sweet songs and celebrity cameos sprinkled in." Slow Burn - "In November 1994, while on trial for sexual abuse, Tupac Shakur is shot five times in a New York recording studio. In the aftermath, he starts to suspect that his erstwhile friend Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls, might be involved. It was the start of a beef that would consume the world of hip-hop and end with both men dead."
  19. We're joined this week by Sam Sanders, the host of NPR's 'It's Been a Minute.' Sam sits down with Lindsay to talk about and listen to some of his favourite podcasts. Podcasts featured this week: Spectacular Failures – "Failed therapy sessions, fistfights in the board room and even murder accusations. U-Haul's trip to bankruptcy will make you think twice about mixing business and family." Planet Money – "In the 1980s, the mafia controlled garbage in New York. So when an Alabama businessman named Lowell Harrelson wanted to turn trash into energy, he found a mob boss. Bought 3,186 tons of garbage, put it on a big ship, and set sail to find a landfill to work with." The Nod – "Following the release of the biggest superhero film to date, Avengers: Endgame, Brittany makes the case that Oprah has already made a superhero movie that puts ALL others to shame. The Nod goes deep into Oprah's Legend's Ball, which features some of the greatest real life heroes of our time." It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders – "English composer, singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier first gained attention on YouTube in 2012, and since then he's signed to Quincy Jones' record label, won two Grammys and released three albums. The 25-year-old's music is a mix of jazz, neo-soul and funk. He and Sam Sanders talked about his upcoming work, his four-album project, 'Djesse' and using everyday sounds to make songs."
  20. Podcast Playlist senior producer Kate Evans interviews Mimi O'Donnell, executive producer of scripted podcasts at Gimlet Media. Kate and Mimi talk about the world of fictional podcasts, and how Mimi has brought her background from the theatre world to this exciting new medium. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2019 Hot Docs Podcast Festival.
  21. From legalised cannabis to the death of an ISIS leader, in this episode, we're going behind the scenes of some of the biggest stories in the news.
  22. Some brand new releases plus a conversation with Malcolm Gladwell. Featuring: Dolly Parton's America, Revisionist History, Scattered, Larger Than Life, Hunting Warhead. Dolly Parton's America – "Porter Wagoner led the most successful country music television show of its time, and in 1967 he needed a new "girl singer." He turned to a 21 year old songwriter named Dolly Parton, who'd just recorded her first hit "Dumb Blonde." So began a nearly decade-long partnership that, behind the scenes, was as contentious as it was commercially successful." Revisionist History – "Revisionist History returns to fast-food's high-tech test kitchens. This time the subject is cultural appropriation. The case study is Taco Bell. Oh, and Pat Boone is involved." Scattered – "When Andres asked the Cuban government for permission to leave the country in 1969, he got a letter with a set of instructions." Larger Than Life – "Big Willie Robinson was an L.A. underground legend who used street racing to heal a city torn apart by racial violence. Along the way, his exploits touched Hollywood, the Southland's most notorious gangs — even the Los Angeles Times. It was his childhood in segregated New Orleans and a stint in the military that set him on a path to become larger than life." Hunting Warhead – "How do you take down a criminal network that's hidden in the shadows? How do you rescue child abuse victims who could be anywhere in the world? Hunting Warhead follows the journalists and police on a global mission to expose the darkest corners of the Internet. What they discover shocks them."
  23. Roman Mars, John Green, Nate DiMeo, Vanessa Zoltan and Miel Bredouw share their fave podcasts to create a giant, podcast recommendation chain -- an idea shared to us from one of our listeners! Featuring: 1. 99% Invisible Recommended Episode: Sound and Health: Cities Is our blaring modern soundscape harming our health? Cities are noisy places and while people are pretty good at tuning it out on a day-to-day basis our sonic environments have serious, long-term impacts on our mental and physical health. Recommended by listeners James Pattison (pitcher) and Krista Dalby (via Facebook) 2. The Anthropocene Reviewed Recommended Episode: Tetris and the Seed Potatoes of Leningrad An episode that goes from history of Tetris, to nostalgia of playing, to how it can distract from existential dread. Recommended by Roman Mars of 99% Invisible 3. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Recommended Episode: Promises: The Potions Master (Book 1, Chapter 8) Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of expectations in chapter six of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Harry and Ron's budding friendship, the unusual bravery of Scabbers the rat, and how our bodily practices relate to our spiritual experience. Recommended by John Green of The Anthropocene Reviewed 4. The Memory Palace Recommended Episode: Episode 125: Snakes! Host Nate DiMeo tells the story of Missouri's Great Escaped Snake Scare of 1953. Recommended by Vanessa Zoltan of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text 5. Punch Up the Jam Recommended Episode: Episode 74 - Believe (w/ Nicole Byer) "DO YOU BELIEVE that Nicole Byer came through to absolutely bathe in Cher's 1998 hit "BELIEVE"?!? WARNING: this episode contains what can only be described as "power giggling" so listen responsibly!!!" Recommended by Nate DiMeo of Memory Place
  24. These terrifying podcasts will get you in the Halloween spirit. Featuring: Snap Judgment - Campfire Tales V – "When Mark Spencer and his family moved to Monticello, AR, they thought they had found the perfect place. It was an old Victorian mansion, complete with turrets and spires. They decided to ignore the locals who told them it was haunted." Odd Tonic – "For two years, parapsychologists D. Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless investigated intriguing and terrifying cases of people being contacted by the dead...via the telephone. Hear rare stories from their out-of-print book and judge for yourself if you will hesitate next time your phone rings." Unspookable – Why is Friday the 13th considered such a scary date? In this episode we explore the origins, history, and superstition surrounding Friday the 13th. The Horror of Dolores Roach – In this retelling of the classic Sweeny Todd story, Dolores had just returned home from a long prison sentence, and she was staying in the basement of a friend's empanada shop. She gives massages to support herself — but before long, her customers turn into victims...and the victims make their way into the empanadas. At the end of Season 1, Dolores goes into hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel. Season 2 picks up with what happens next.  Passenger List – Atlantic Flight 702 has vanished, midway between London and New York. But before boarding the flight, a mother left her son Bratva in the airport, almost as if she knew what would happen. Now, Kaitlin Le, sister of one of the missing passengers, is determined to uncover the truth. Secret Life Of Canada - "Is Canada a haunted place? In this bonus Halloween episode Falen and Leah travel to some of Canada's more obscure haunts. From one of Canada's oldest universities to a former asylum in Quebec to a number of haunted theatres across the country."
  25. We're joined this week by Sean Rameswaram – the host of Vox's 'Today Explained' (and former co-host of 'Podcast Playlist' ; ). He shares his favourite podcasts and tells us how he's keeping the daily news podcast game creative. Featuring: Today Explained – 'Old Town Road' may be one of the most popular songs in the world. But it's also the most controversial.  Charlie Harding, co-host of the Switched on Pop podcast, joins Sean to figure out what makes a song "count" as country. Radiolab – "John Scott was the professional hockey player that every fan loved to hate. A tough guy. A brawler. A goon. But when an impish pundit named Puck Daddy called on fans to vote for Scott to play alongside the world's greatest players in the NHL All-Star Game, Scott found himself facing off against fans, commentators, and the powers that be." 10 Things That Scare Me – "Chris Miller is an elementary school art teacher, and an artist, who lives in Milwaukee." He shares the 10 things he's most afraid of. The Big One – If an earthquake were to strike, would you have a survival plan at the ready? Host Jacob Margolis and Producer Misha Euceph break down everything you need to know to survive. The WALKING Podcast – "Acclaimed journalist and author Jon Mooallem takes a walk through tranquil woodlands of the Pacific Northwest. No talking; just walking. Ambient. Pleasing. Unusual."
  26. We're joined by sex and relationship columnist and the host of Savage Lovecast: Dan Savage. Featuring: Savage Lovecast – A Jewish woman is bringing her boyfriend to the Hanukkah party. Great, right? But, he has made a verrry interesting choice with his facial hair. He says, it's because he "likes the look." Dan has thoughts. Risk! – "RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public." In this episode, Julia Whitehouse shares a story about a friendship and dental health. You're Wrong About – "Mike tells Sarah what happened when Utah set out to solve one of America's most intractable problems. Digressions include the Paleo diet, the planet Mars and the inadequacy of the term "up the river." Jimmy Carter makes an extended cameo appearance." The Gist – Maria Konnikova is back for another round of "Is That Bullsh*t?" This time she's here to dispel some myths about the notion of attention spans. Yesterqueer – "Caelan and Anthony talk about one of the most powerful and dope figures this podcast will ever see; Marsha P. Johnson."
  27. For the past month, Canadian party leaders have been on the campaign trail ahead of the October 21 federal election. A lot has happened in that time, both inside Canada and around the world: Impeachment drama in the U.S., Brexit chaos in the U.K., police crackdowns on demonstrators in Hong Kong, not to mention photos of the Prime Minister in blackface here at home. It's a lot to keep track of. So this week, we're playing all Canadian political podcasts, with a little help from Elamin Abdelmahmoud, co-host of the CBC politics podcast Party Lines. Party Lines – "The polls suggest that a majority of Canadians (9 out of 10) see addressing climate change as 'important or urgent.' But do they behave and vote accordingly?" Rosie and Elamin discuss political posturing and the state of the planet. The Big Story – "...we can absolutely reckon with the fact that photos of the Prime Minister in racist makeup have been uncovered, but we also need to reckon with the larger issue of systemic racism in Canada and in Canadian politics in particular. Can the first reckoning lead to the second? Or will we spend the next month pointing fingers?" Attention Control with Kevin Newman – "Francesca Fionda, AC's investigative correspondent, picks up the phone and finds out what our parties really do know about us." Front Burner – "Globe and Mail health reporter Kelly Grant explains how the pharmacare debate is unfolding and what we can expect from the Liberals in the coming year." Sandy & Nora Talk Politics – "Sandy and Nora talk about Andrew Scheer's racist/homophobic candidate problem, each of the party's strategies to win and why Brampton is such an important place."
  28. This week – the root of all happiness, intergalactic musicians, Obama's weed smoking crew and more. 1619 – 1619 is a new podcast from The New York Times that re-examines the history and the present day consequences of slavery. The result is also highly personal. As host Nikole Hannah-Jones also weaves her own experiences into show. Uncover: Sharmini – Twenty years ago, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared on her way to a job that police believe didn't exist. Four months later, her remains were found in a Toronto ravine. The Open Ears Project – "Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić talks about "Lágrima," which Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega supposedly wrote as a response to the homesickness he'd felt while visiting London, England — an emotion Miloš connected with deeply when he moved to the same city to pursue his own career." Bandtastic – Bandtastic is a sci-fi musical adventure about the most popular band in the universe. Assembled by a super intelligent spaceship, D.E.B.R.A. and not so intelligent robot sidekick R.A.N.D.Y., the intergalactic musicians travel to new worlds with one goal - to solve all of their problems through their incredible songs. The Happiness Lab – Winning the lottery can ruin your life, while contracting an incurable disease can be 'a gift'. Dr Laurie Santos hears about dreams come true and nightmares realised, and talks with Dr Dan Gilbert about why human happiness isn't defined by these major events in the way we all assume. Great Moments in Weed History – Ever wonder what President Barack Obama was like as a pot-smoking teenager in Hawaii? This podcast digs deep into his time with his high school weed crew, the Choom Gang. Slumtown – A battle is brewing in Edmonton's inner city. Neighbours are terrified. Fights, overdoses and crime spill out from problem houses, many owned by a small group of people connected by one notorious landlord. CBC's Elizabeth Hames investigates.
  29. Feist joins us to share her faves. Featuring: Pleasure Studies – In this episode titled Young Up, "we're let in on the secret to turning back the clock, thanks to three ageless women who've followed their hearts to extraordinary second acts: Kittie Weston-Knauer, a retired school principal and oldest female BMX racer in the U.S.; The Grindmother, a 69-year-old grindcore singer who counts Ozzy Osbourne among her fans; and Greta Pontarelli, who became the world's oldest international pole-dancing champion after discovering her beloved hobby at age 59." On Being – The late poet Mary Oliver speaks to On Being host Krista Tippett about her work. The New Yorker Radio Hour – Some studies report that up to 20% of Americans believe the moon landing was fake. Andrew Marantz explores the value of scepticism, and the point at which disbelief leads to a totalitarian breakdown. Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin – Alec Baldwin sits down with Barbara Streisand to reminisce about the early days of her accomplished career. The Endless Knot Podcast – Emily Wilson discusses her translation of the Odyssey, and being the first woman to translate the poem into English.
  30. Chris shares his tips to be a good public speaker, what he's learned from years of curating TED talks and shares a few of his favourite podcasts.
  31. The hosts of the podcast The Secret Life of Canada, Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson, join us to share their favourite podcasts. 1- The Secret Life of Canada – Leah and Falen tell the story of how the Canadian government used brutal methods to force the relocation of Inuit people well into the 20th century. 2 - The Hilarious World of Depression – Maria Bamford speaks candidly about her mental illness and how laughing about it helps her cope. 3 - Mogul – Once he made his way into the music industry, Chris Lighty's career took off fast. And it meant he had to make some hard choices about old friendships along the way. 4 - All My Relations – Matika and Adrienne discuss their complicated relationship with feminism and why as Indigenous women, identifying as feminists is more difficult than it might seem. 5 - Who? Weekly – Tati Westbrook and James Charles are big time beauty YouTubers (or "Beau-Tubers"), and they used to be close — until James did something Tati couldn't forgive. In this clip from Who Weekly, Bobby and Lindsey explain all the ins and outs of the drama you absolutely do not need to know about.
  32. The hosts of the podcast The Secret Life of Canada, Leah-Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson, join us to share their favourite podcasts. 1- The Secret Life of Canada – Leah and Falen tell the story of how the Canadian government used brutal methods to force the relocation of Inuit people well into the 20th century. 2 - The Hilarious World of Depression – Maria Bamford speaks candidly about her mental illness and how laughing about it helps her cope. 3 - Mogul – Once he made his way into the music industry, Chris Lighty's career took off fast. And it meant he had to make some hard choices about old friendships along the way. 4 - All My Relations – Matika and Adrienne discuss their complicated relationship with feminism and why as Indigenous women, identifying as feminists is more difficult than it might seem. 5 - Who? Weekly – Tati Westbrook and James Charles are big time beauty YouTubers (or "Beau-Tubers"), and they used to be close — until James did something Tati couldn't forgive. In this clip from Who Weekly, Bobby and Lindsey explain all the ins and outs of the drama you absolutely do not need to know about.
  33. Trophy daughters, murderous fathers, a family-centric commune surviving on the fringes of society – we've got brand new podcasts to kick off the fall! Featuring: The Clearing – When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she'd feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. Fiasco – Podcaster Leon Nayfakh's follow-up to "Slow Burn", a Luminary exclusive, revisits the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida. Tai Asks Why – After seeing how his little brother interacts with ducks, Tai Poole asks "what are animals saying to each other?" He chats with Kathleen Dudzinski, director of the Dolphin Communication Project, about how we can learn about animal communication through observation. The Stakes – "Infinite scrolling. Push notifications. Autoplay. Our devices and apps were designed to keep us engaged and looking for as long as possible. There are scientists and behaviorists who work to make apps more addictive using the powers of persuasion." And one of the most well-known people in this field is a behavioural scientist named B.J. Fogg. In this clip, we learn how techniques discussed in on of Fogg's classes inspired the tech industry in all the wrong ways." The Margaret Cho – Margaret chats with Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness about gender and "fake wokeness." Within the Wires – Returning with Season 4 on September 10th, "The Cradle" follows a Scandinavian mother and daughter as they attempt to build and lead a family-centric commune surviving on the fringes of society. The story is mostly told through tape recorded letters from the mother to her daughter. The Pit – What happened to Sheree Fertuck? CBC journalists Alicia Bridges and Victoria Dinh shed light on her disappearance which has served as a haunting example of how a person can seemingly vanish without a trace in the vast rural landscape of Saskatchewan.
  34. Shiver me timbers! This week we've got stories about all sorts of pirates. Featuring:Every Little Thing – Hooks, eye patches, peg legs: are these classic pirate tropes fact or fiction? Pirate historian Laura Sook Duncombe tells us about the golden age of pirates. 99% Invisible – A modern day (radio) pirate, Roy Bates is the self-proclaimed king of Sealand. But he developed a bigger plan for his platform than a radio station: Roy Bates wanted to start his own country. The Memory Palace – Eugenia Kelly was a 19-year-old socialite in 1915. Not only was she in love with the cabaret, she also loved Al Davis, an older, married man known as the "tango pirate". But her mother, Helen Kelly, did not approve of their relationship. When Eugenia refused to end their affair, Helen took her daughter to court and the case scandalized the nation. StartUp – Mike Hallatt wanted to give the people of Vancouver what they want: Trader Joe's snacks. So every week, he'd head across the border to snag some contraband to resell in his own shop: Pirate Joe's. Lost Notes – WBAD in New York was among the most beloved pirate radio stations in the 90s. They played unsanitized hip-hop, most of which wasn't being touched by mainstream radio. Our Fake History – Anne Bonny & Mary Read are two of the most famous & ruthless pirates of all time. But their story is so tangled up in myth, it's hard to separate fact from legend.
  35. This week we're celebrating the little guys : ) We're sharing some of the best independent podcasts. Featuring: 1. Wild Thing – "Believe in Bigfoot? Think it's total BS? Host Laura Krantz spent a year in the woods and in the lab, trying to answer that question. What she found might surprise even the staunchest non-believer." 2. Long Distance – "What happens when you're caught between two worlds – your homeland and your new home country?" Host/producer Paola Mardo and her friend Pia Ilagan Lingasin reflect on their differing experiences as 1.5 generation Filipino immigrants. 3. Have You Heard George's Podcast? – "George The Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His fusion of music and storytelling acts like a secret door into the mind, painting pictures that come to life behind closed eyelids." 4. Media Indigena – "What happens when you reverse the lens and try to unpack what it means to be a Settler? What's the difference between Settler colonialism and white supremacy—is it one of kind or degree? And can we ever hope to solve "The Settler Problem"?" 5. Roommate From Hell – "Bea is an ancient demon who fought in the epic war against the tyrant god Yahweh. Claire works in...business. They're roommates in a fourth-floor walkup in Slope Hill, Brooklyn. And they have adventures!" 6. Hot Plate – Humanity has finally learned for certain that sitting down helps you taste better. A new study proves what instinct tells us: posture has an impact on our enjoyment of food. 7. Twenty Thousand Hertz – "Have you ever wondered what your dog or cat would say to you if they could talk? How about your plant? This episode explores the world of bioacoustics and cognitive ecology."
  36. It's the dog days of summer and we've got some sweet, sweet pods to keep you company. Featuring: 1. Uncover: The Cat Lady Case – In 1997, a woman disappeared in Muskoka. Known by most around town simply as "the cat lady", the police suspected murder. But no charges have ever been laid, and her body has not been found. 2. Break Stuff – In 1999, a music festival took place in upstate New York that became a social experiment. There were riots, looting, and numerous assaults. And it was all set to a soundtrack of the era's most aggressive rock bands. 3. Spectacular Failures – "The beer that made Milwaukee famous" cuts corners. And loses its most loyal customers. 4. Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata – Comedians Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata are best friends, and now they have a podcast to prove it. 5. 1865 – April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn't all that grips Stanton. 6. Muddied Water – Muddied Water brings to life stories from Winnipeg's 1919 general strike, 100 years later. In this episode we meet Helen Armstrong, a dedicated organiser who was underestimated by authorities because she was a woman.
  37. Mara Wilson has been a guest on so many of our favourite podcasts, we were starting to get a little bit jealous. In this episode she was kind enough to share some of her podcast faves.Featuring: You Must Remember This – This podcast explores the murders that took place during the summer of 1969 by followers of American criminal and cult leader, Charles Manson, as well as the Hollywood music and movie scene surrounding the killings.  The Mortified Podcast – "Adults share their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives." 99% Invisible – Host Roman Mars details the strange story of a secret iceberg ship in Alberta. Punch Up The Jam – Andrew Ti (Yo, Is This Racist?) drops in to help hosts Miel and Demi tackle sexism and racism in the king of butt songs, Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Plus, Mara talks about developing the character of the faceless old woman for Welcome To Nightvale. We couldn't fit all of Mara's picks into one episode, for more visit: cbc.ca/1.5197142
  38. Put on a podcast as you lounge by the pool. Featuring: Tate – From artist's muse to school art class, professional life models explore their role in the creative process. Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn – Professor Rachel Sherman teaches at the New School for Social Research and talks all about her book "Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence," based on dozens of interviews with some of the wealthiest people in New York. Lost Notes – "Rob and his buddy Clif were teenagers when they founded The Freeze, a Boston punk band, in 1978. Like most punk bands from this era, they sang about what they were against: religion, jocks, and conformity. But they were bratty, too, and aimed to offend. Now, 40 years later, Rob and Clif reckon with the lyrics they wrote as teenagers." This is Love – Host Pheobe Judge and the This is Love team visit a place where it's good to be ugly. Ear Hustle – A new season brings us a new host, and "stories of guys learning the prison ropes in Reception while they wait to find out where they'll serve their time." Royal Canadian Movie Podcast – Host Becky Shrimpton "sits down with filmmaker, producer, poet, and writer Ted Kotcheff to discuss his iconic 1974 film, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. They talk about having Mordecai Richler as a best friend, the realities of making movies in Canada in the 60's and 70's, casting Richard Dreyfuss, and the enduring appeal of the fabulous Micheline Lanctôt."
  39. We're sharing the top must-listen podcasts for this month. Featuring: 1. Gangster Capitalism – Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education that has been brought to the forefront. 2­. Adulting – Did you ever think being an adult would be this hard? Hosts Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos talk it out with some of the funniest, most creative adults around. Plus, they answer the questions that haunt us all, like 'What is an acceptable amount of money to spend on pillows?' and 'Is it okay that I eat cereal three times a day?' 3. The Stakes – Drug wars, recessions and record violence in the 1980s had US cities in crisis. Hip hop artists responded by shifting from party music to a new style called "conscious rap." Artists like Public Enemy and Digable Planets championed a sound that was political, community-minded and deeply pro-black. But about six years after it started, that first wave of socially-conscious hip hop seemed to be over. Who killed it? And what does the story of its rise and fall tell us about the relationship between culture, politics, and commerce? 4. Gravy – What do restaurant menus have to say about the identity of a restaurant or the point of view of the chef? It turns out, menus are more nuanced and revealing than we might suspect. 5. Truth Be Told – What if you're a person of colour, and you only have crushes on white folks? From romantic movies to commercials, we are inundated with messages about what sex and love should look like. Unfortunately, people of colour rarely get to see ourselves in those narratives... which can have some real consequences. 6. No One Receiving – In this radio play, Beth Kane and her Buddy Ryan are music snobs hanging out at a record store when an alien signal interrupts daily life. Earth's pop radio is terrible, and the aliens demand the Earthlings shut it down, or the blue planet will be blown to smithereens. Beth and Ryan become activists and organize an anti-pop protest to save the Earth.
  40. In honour of Pride Month, we're sharing stories about chosen families and the important role they play for LGBTQ folks. Featuring: 1. Nancy - Joe really wants a “gaggle”: a tight-knit group of queer friends who can be his chosen family. Nancy host Tobin Low stages a friend-ter-vention. 2. Queerly Beloved - When Kelli’s partner Heather passed away from cancer. Heather left behind a strange list for Kelli when she died. A list of all of her ex’s. Kelli was left with trying to figure out why. 3. Chosen Family - In this new member of the CBC Podcasts family, hosts Tranna Wintour and Thomas LeBlanc interview Ryan O’Connell, the creator of the Netflix series Special, which is based on his own life as a disabled gay man. 4. The Allusionist: Polari was a secret language in 1950s Britain that helped gay men connect, resist oppression, and feel empowered. Helen Zaltzman traces the history of Polari with scholar Paul Baker. 5. Ear Hustle: Transgender inmate Lady Jae talks about the time she got married to her prison cellmate. 6. Call Your Girlfriend: Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow discuss the value of chosen families, life outside of sticking to milestones, and setting boundaries with your biological family.
  41. We're joined by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer! These self-help veterans join us as guest curators and share their podcast faves. Featuring: 1. By The Book – Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer tackle body image when they live by Sonya Renee Taylor's book The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love. 2. Still Processing – Inspired by Netflix's Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris decided to KonMari Wesley's Brooklyn apartment. 3. Risk! – A live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public, hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe, The State. 4. The History Chicks – She created Anne of Green Gables and wrote her way into all of our hearts: it's Lucy Maud Montgomery. 5. Why Won't You Date Me? – Jameela Jamil of The Good Place offers Nicole Byer some dating advice. Kristen's book So You Want to Start a Podcast is available to pre-order. Plus: Kristen and Jolenta had so many great picks. Here are a few of their faves we couldn't fit into the episode: The Dream, Real Crime Profile, Bitch Sesh. For more: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist
  42. Our audience appreciation episode. Featuring: 1/ How I Built This with Guy Raz - As a refugee growing up in Tel Aviv, Haim Saban remembers not having enough money to eat. As an adult, he hustled his way into the entertainment business, writing theme songs for classic cartoons like Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff. But producing the mega-hit Mighty Morphin Power Rangers put him on track to becoming a billionaire media titan. 2/ Dark Poutine - In 1845 an expedition led by experienced explorer, British Naval Rear Admiral, Sir John Franklin set off northward to conquer the fabled Northwest Passage. After a stop in Greenland the two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, with 129 crew aboard were never seen alive by European eyes again. Over the next 170 years, the fate of the ships and their crews would finally be revealed, thanks to the help of the Inuit people and their oral traditions. 3/ Steal The Stars - Dakota Prentiss runs security at the secretive Quill Marine compound, run by private defence conglomerate Sierra. Today she's breaking in a new security staffer, Matt Salem. Which means Matt has to pass a crucial test: how he reacts to the secret at the heart of Quill Marine. 4/ History Chicks - Mary Pickford was the world's first "movie star." Actress, writer, director, producer, studio head and entrepreneur Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Canada. 5/ Judge John Hodgman - Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. In this episode: Allison brings the case against her husband, Jeremy. They are trying to make room in their home to accommodate the baby they have on the way. But, they can't figure out a way to accomplish this while maintaining Jeremy's workroom. With Expert Witness Nick Offerman! 6/ Decoder Ring - Paper dolls were a ubiquitous part of children's lives for decades, and then mostly disappeared. David Wolfe was a boy growing up in the 1950's, with paper dolls as his primary means of accessing a world of glamour and beauty that he didn't see at home in Ohio. He'd go on to a career in fashion, guided by his paper dolls.
  43. We're sharing the top must-listen podcasts for this month. Plus, podcast critic Nick Quah stops by to discuss the fate of Game of Thrones podcasts now that the series has ended, producer burnout and the new releases he's excited about. Featuring: 1. Endless Thread: Infectious - Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, along with producer Josh Swartz, explore the weird, winding story of scientific innovation, medical disasters and online virality that radicalized new parents and created a movement that threatens to send us back to the disease-ridden dark ages. 2. Tell Them, I Am - Tan France is the Queer Eye fashion guru to whom people would pay good money to get advice. His love for giving advice traces back to one hot afternoon watching his siblings play Game Boy. 3. Decomposed with Jade Simmons - Clara Schumann was a child prodigy turned international sensation - when she never should have been on stage at all. This is the story of a woman who was born to play, and refused to stop. 4. Man Up - Host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn-and unlearn-about being a man. 5. Explore: A Canadian Geographic Podcast - Dr. Roberta Bondar remembers the moment she became the first Canadian female astronaut to go into space on board the space shuttle Discovery in 1992.
  44. Jamie Morton knew his dad was writing a book. But when his father handed over the manuscript, he was shocked to discover it was erotica about a pots and pans sales-lady. So Jamie did what any good son would do, he turned it into a hit comedy podcast. We sat down for an interview with Jamie, and he told us about some of his favourite podcasts. On the show we are playing The Daily from The New York Times, NPR's Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Pod Save America from Crooked Media, American Theatre's 3 on the Aisle, as well as a segment from the first episode of season 2 of the CBC podcast Personal Best.
  45. We've got podcasts about running ball and running from the cops. Featuring: Headlong: Running From Cops, Canadaland's Commons: Crude, Against The Rules, Azka's Mystery Podcast, CBC Vancouver's Sanctioned: The Arrest of a Telecom Giant and Gimlet's Motherhood Sessions. Plus, critic Nick Quah of the Hot Pod Newsletter stops by to share the latest in the podcasting industry. Namely, the many ups and downs leading up to the launch of the new podcast platform Luminary. Then, our Associate Producer Julian Uzielli breaks down the story behind Senator Mike Gravel's U.S. Presidential campaign and how it all started because of three teenagers and their favourite podcast: Chapo Trap House.
  46. According to Ian Chillag, when you listen to certain podcasts, you instinctively know that they're podcasts. They have a certain "podcasty-ness," he says. "You know how at McDonald's, all the food tastes like McDonald's?" he asks. "There's a flavour that is McDonald's, and I feel that sometimes when I'm listening to podcasts, I hear this flavour that is 'podcasts.' I can't put my finger on what it is, but it always bothers me. "So for this episode, Ian picked podcasts that don't have that fast-food-podcast flavour, but rather each have their own voice. Featuring: Everything is Alive: An interview show in which all the guests are inanimate objects. In each episode, a different thing tells us its life story. In this clip we meet Sean, a subway seat just looking for a connection. The Dream: Host Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission. This is Love: Lynne Cox was only 15 when she broke the world record for the fastest swim across the English Channel. This episode is all about her relationship with the Pacific Ocean, and an encounter with something wild. The Memory Palace: Despite the anti-Semitism he experienced during his time, Hank Greenberg was a beloved Jewish-American baseball player known as "The Hebrew Hammer" who never strayed from his identity. The Big One: If an earthquake were to strike, would you have a survival plan at the ready? Host Jacob Margolis and Producer Misha Euceph break down everything you need to know to survive. Plus, if you like The Big One, you should check out Fault Lines from CBC Vancouver. Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe guides you through two disastrous scenarios so you can prepare yourself, your family, and your neighbours.
  47. Impostors, scams, the mystery of the "crack master" -- this week, stories about mystery and investigations. Featuring 1) The Dropout: Convinced of her own destiny even as a young child, Elizabeth Holmes would drop out of Stanford in her late teens, intending to model herself after the great tech icons of our time. Her obsession with Steve Jobs - down to his signature black turtlenecks - would become particularly pronounced as she launched her company Theranos. 2) The Dream: Multi-level marketing companies often promise you part time work and high salaries. But according to The Dream, it seems very few participants successfully make a living. Katie worried her work as a daily news reporter would be challenging once she had a family. She thought that being a Mary Kay consultant would offer the flexibility she wanted. She shares her story. 3) Believed: How did Larry Nassar, a respected gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. 4) Studio 360: In the mid-1970s, Jon Armond was traumatized by something he saw on "Sesame Street." It was a cartoon about a little girl who encounters creatures formed by the cracks on her bedroom wall - including a horrifying, screaming face who called himself "The Crack Master." Decades later, Armond wasn't sure if the cartoon actually existed... until he discovered a subculture of obsessives who remembered the exact same thing. 5) Uncover: The Village:  Host Justin Ling investigates Bruce McArthur and whether he's connected to nearly two dozen murders from Toronto's Gay Village. 6) Over My Dead Body: Dan and Wendi are two good-looking attorneys whose wedding was featured in the New York Times. But when this "perfect" couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup and a terrible divorce. Then, a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators. 
  48. Jody Avirgan, host of ESPN's 30 for 30 Podcast, joins us this week and shares his favourite sports podcasts. Including -- 30 for 30: In the early 90s, Reebok ran an ad campaign pitting two American decathletes against each other, "to be settled in Barcelona" at the Olympics. Except one of them didn't end up qualifying. Believed: This powerful podcast tells the story of how Larry Nassar was able to manipulate and abuse hundreds of girls and their parents over the course of his career. This episode focuses on the parents of those girls, and how they've been affected by the fallout after Nassar's high-profile conviction. Outside/In: An oral history of the first ever paintball match, told by those who played. ESPN's Ahead Of Their Time: Charles Reep was a visionary. He alone was able to identify the critical flaw that was holding back English soccer, and he put in motion a plan to fix it. The only problem was he was completely wrong. Only A Game: Reporter Shirley Wang's father, Lin Wang, strikes up an unlikely friendship with NBA hall of famer Charles Barkley when they stay in the same hotel one night. Barkley even gives him his phone number. The two remained friends for years to come - even though none of Wang's friends believed him. Plus, head to our website to see a clip of Jody playing professional ultimate Frisbee (what a catch!) - cbc.ca/1.5080945
  49. Recent gems to add to the soundtrack of your season. Featuring: NPR's Life Kit: There are so many food tribes out there - everything from Keto to vegan. How do you find the one that's right for you? Aria Code: You hear the message over and over in pop culture: love overcomes everything. But "The Flower Song" in Bizet's Carmen reminds us that love has a dark side, too. Inappropriate Questions: Our relationship with alcohol can be complicated. Is it okay to ask someone why they don't drink? The Mash-Up Americans: Hosts, Amy and Rebecca, chat with screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna about the importance of representation in film and television. One Plus One: Every great collaboration is a love story. In this episode, hear how it all started for Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Plus: Columnist Nick Quah on the latest in the podcasting industry. From the Infinite Dial Survey, to whether or not Ira Glass truly is a podcasting God.
  50. Bribery in the White House. Student unions embezzling fees. A controversial plan to stop climate change. This week on Podcast Playlist, stories about politics and current affairs.
  51. Just in time for the 2019 JUNO Awards, this week we're putting the spotlight on Canadian music.
  52. This week on Podcast Playlist: from underground to mainstream, we're talking about arts and culture. Frank Zappa declared them "better than the Beatles" and Kurt Cobain cited one of their songs as an all time favourite. The story of how The Shaggs came to be a band is almost as unbelievable as the music they produced. Plus, we'll share the incredible rise of 90s rapper, ODB. Who, at the height of his success, was still on food stamps. Featuring: Decoder Ring, The TED Interview Podcast, Heat Rocks, Lost Notes, What the Force?, Slate Culture Gabfest.
  53. Secret history, dispatches from Russia and more. Here's what the first few months of the year have to offer. Featuring: Throughline, Russia Rising, an interview with Jon Ronson about The Last Days of August, a follow-up to The Butterfly Effect. Plus: ?Crackdown, First Day Back and Nick Quah stops by to talk about Spotify acquiring Gimlet and more!
  54. Oscar Wilde said "conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative." We have to wholeheartedly disagree. From frantic storm chasing to the soothing lull of the shipping forecast, these podcasts will get you enthusiastically talking about the weather. Featuring: Outside Podcast, 99 Percent Invisible, Cited, The Allusionist, Reveal, The Anthropocene Reviewed. Have a podcast you want to recommend? podcastplaylist@cbc.ca
  55. How did Toronto become the most hated city in Canada? We've got the history behind its questionable mayors and its bitter fight to become the capital city. Then, is your roommate trying to kill you!? We'll learn how to spot a psychopathic.Plus, two women attempt to live by the rules of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book tells them to throw out belongings, fold socks into intricate pinwheels, and say: "thank you, garbage!" Can they do it? Featuring: Invisibilia, Ear Hustle, Death, Sex and Money, By the Book, The Secret Life of Canada, Every Little Thing.
  56. This week we're talking about the long, complicated process of finding "the one." If that's something you even believe in... Featuring: Science VS, Modern Love, Love Me, This Is Love, Alone: A Love Story, Word Bomb.
  57. This week we're sharing the best new releases. Featuring: Broken Record (plus an interview with host Bruce Headlam), the new daily podcast from the Washington Post - Post Reports, 10 Things That Scare Me, Born & Raised, and PlayMe. Plus, Nick Quah stops by to share why he's obsessed with self help and what trends are coming up this year.
  58. This week, we're sharing stories about people divided over things like politics, climate change and sexuality...and about what happens when they try to talk across those lines. The Daily, Hidden Brain, Canadaland's Oppo, The Heart (Phoebe Wang's God + The Gays), Reveal, Conversation With People Who Hate Me.
  59. From our weight to menopause to the difference between dead and a live, this week we're talking about our bodies. Featuring: Medium Playback, Bodies, Front Burner, Meat, Disability After Dark, Hidden Brain and The Spread.
  60. We've got the entire Podcast Playlist team in studio, and everyone's chosen one of their fave pieces of the year to play. Featuring: Earhustle, Finding Cleo, Articles of Interest, Caliphate, Punch Up the Jam, Getting Curious with Jonathan van Ness, Waking Up with Sam Harris.
  61. This week: grab a hot cocoa, cuddle up under a blanket and have a listen to these warm and cosy stories for the holidays. Featuring: Soul Music, The Allusionist, The Nod, Every Little Thing, Only Human and The Feast.
  62. From drug lords to killer surgeons: producers keep making more and more true crime podcasts, and audiences just keep on listening.Thunder Bay, Chapo: Kingpin on Trial, Uncover: Bomb on Board, Death in Ice Valley and Dr. Death.
  63. Featuring all the podcasts you should keep an ear out for this month. Featuring: 2 Dope Queens, Headlong: Surviving Y2K, Wild Thing, The Slowdown, Other People's Problems, None of Our Business. Plus, Nick Quah shares his thoughts on Homecoming, and what we should binge this month.
  64. Recorded live at Hot Docs podcast festival in November 2018. Featuring: Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, Sickboy, The Shadows, Cited, Safe Space, Disparue(s).
  65. Phoebe Judge, host of Criminal and This is Love, joins us to talk about personal finance and plane hijackings, and to share some of her favourite podcasts.
  66. Our interactive, variety show-style episode live from the Hot Docs Podcast Festival features storytellers from across Canada. Featuring: First Day Back, Nobody Cares (Except for Me), Tai Asks Why, Personal Best, Red Man Laughing. Plus, Ryan McMahon shares details about his new show with the Canadaland Network, Thunder Bay.
  67. Every month release an episode about new and noteworthy podcasts. There's so many good ones out there, it's getting harder to narrow it down. This week: Front Burner, The Off Season, Secret Life of Canada, Nick Quah, Home Cooked and Someone Knows Something.
  68. We're headed into the world of the creepy, the ghastly and the unexplained! It's our annual Halloween episode full the most frightening stories we've heard this year. Featuring: Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked, Endless Thread, The Magnus Archives, Unspookable, Yo! Is this Racist?, Wrong Station. Plus, an interview with Glynn Washington.