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Hosted by Jesse Brown. New shows every Monday and Thursday.

Episodes

SHORT CUTS #108 - I'm Done With You On This Topic  

Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him.

Finally, Rebel.Media supporters channel their inner Hunger Games' geekdom at an anti-Islam rally in Toronto.

Washington Post contributor and cartoonist J.J. McCullough joins us from Vancouver.

Ep.172 -  Satan Vampire Zombie Bloodbath: The State Of Canadian Newspapers  

Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country.

The principal author of the paper, former Globe & Mail Editor-In-Chief Ed Greenspon, joins Jesse to dig deep into its findings.

 

Read the entire report (no, seriously, read it) here.

SHORT CUTS #107 - The Triumph Of Joe Trudeau  

PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key.

Also, CBC reports on a Syrian refugee charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, then wonders about reporting on Syrian refugees charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

And, embracing our post-racial 21st century, Rebel Media features a regular host in blackface, claiming that only white people are bothered by it, and minstrel shows existed because, "White America revered blacks back then." No, seriously, they fucking said that.

Finally, Fake News? Schmake Schmews.

Buzzfeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod is our guest.

Ep.171 -  Don't Fling Mud At The Scud Stud  

In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and at the time Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud.

Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest news chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.

Eight years later, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Kent's favour.

What issues drove Kent to undertake such an extensive - and likely expensive - lawsuit? And what does the ruling mean for journalists in Canada?

SHORT CUTS #106 - How To Exploit A Massacre  

Rebel Media's at it again, this time  seizing on the initial narrative about the Quebec massacre's alleged 'second shooter' like a dog humping its favourite plush toy and refusing to let go.

Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's oft-repeated pledge to take in more refugees in light of President Trump's temporary ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries? Great media spin, but the government's policies haven't changed.

Freelance writer Omar Mouallem joins us.

Ep.170 - Are We Too Mean to CBC Comedy?  

On this episode, guest host Ashey Csanady and Vicky Mochama look at CBC's recently launched comedy portal and wonders if it's relevant and, you know, funny.

Also, a preliminary look into Shattered Mirror, the recently-released examination of the state of Canadian media from the Public Policy Forum.

Vicky Mochama is the national columnist for Metro News.

SHORT CUTS #105 - I Miss Polite Canadian Racism  

How did Canadian media cover the mosque shooting in Quebec? With some glaring errors. Here are some handy tips the next time all hell breaks loose. 

Also, how can the Liberal government critique the U.S. government's draconian and likely unconstitutional new immigration policies without, you know, calling them out on it?

And why are the alt-right up in arms about a proposed bill to examine systemic racism and Islamophobia?

Buzzfeed News Curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud guests with Ashley Csanady while Jesse gets some much-needed rays.

 
Ep.169 - Down By Law in Yellowknife  

Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job.

Watch the surveillance video of John getting roughed up by the sheriff at the courthouse.

Read Canadaland's coverage of John's trial for obstructing police.

SHORT CUTS #104 - Stunts and Manhunts  

What can Harper-era journalism teach us about covering Trump? CBC Marketplace sold a white power t-shirt. The Rebel really loves manhunts. O'Leary says all his old television appearances were reality TV, including the stuff he did for CBC News.

Rachel Browne's Twitter: @rp_browne

Justin Ling's Tweets about journalism access.

Ep.168 - The Killing of Colten Boushie (Live in Saskatoon)  

In the wake of Colten Boushie's death, Jesse discusses racial tensions in Saskatoon with panelists Betty Ann Adam (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), Rob Innes (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan), and Mylan Tootoosis (PhD candidate, University of Saskatchewan). Recorded live at Winterruption in Cosmo Seniors Centre on January 20th, 2017.

Betty Ann Adam's Twitter: @SPBAAdam

Rob Innes's Twitter: @innes_rob

Mylan Tootoosis's Twitter: @MylanMurdo

 

SHORT CUTS #103 - You Cannot Embarrass Us Into Voting Rationally  

Kevin O'Leary enters the Conservative leadership campaign. Christy Clark gets written up in the NYTimes for accepting $50,000 from the BC Liberals. Justin Trudeau enjoys identifying with immigrants on occasion. Dalhousie student activists pull the old bait-and-switch on JT and turn a selfie snap into a pointed policy question about Indigenous Rights.

Sandy Garossino's Twitter: @Garossino

Ep.167 - Post-Truth Fact Check  

When reporters are more relevant as unwilling political props than as chroniclers of facts, what happens to the job of journalism? And does the US/Canada border protect us from this hall of mirrors? The New Republic's Jeet Heer on how to tell the truth in the age of Trump.

Jeet Heer's Twitter: @HeerJeet

SHORT CUTS #102 - Successful Pile of Garbage  

Buzzfeed released a dossier of compromising information about Trump, so he called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage," and CNN "fake news." John Furlong has been reinstated as a UBC keynote speaker. Jon Kay's mother is an MRA supporter, so naturally he failed to disclose this in a sympathetic piece about MRAs in The Walrus.   Manisha Krishnan's Twitter @ManishaKrishnan   Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs' Buzzfeed piece, "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia" (Jan 10th 2017)   Tom McCarthy and Matthew Weaver's Guardian live-blogging of Trump's press conference in response to the released dossier.   UBC's announcement about John Furlong, "UBC reinstates John Furlong as keynote speaker" (Jan 9th 2017)   Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Don't Call it Men's Rights" (Jan 6th 2017)   Manisha Krishnan's VICE series, "The Real Story Behind the Rise of Creep Catchers, Canada’s Vigilante Pedophile Hunters" (Jan 5th 2017)   Craig Offman and Nathan Vanderklippe's Globe and Mail piece, "Cash-for-access organizers sought payments that exceeded federal contribution limits" (Dec 22nd 2016)   Barry Cooper's Calgary Herald piece, "Cooper: British Columbia shows us what happens when we go to pot" (Jan 4th 2017)   Camilla Turner's Telegraph piece, "Students demand Plato, Descartes and other white philosophers be dropped from curriculum" (Jan 9th 2017)

Ep.166 - Misha Glouberman  

Misha Glouberman has been hosting Trampoline Hall, a barroom lecture series created by author Sheila Heti, for 15 years. He and Jesse are almost, but not quite, friends.

Misha's Twitter: @mishaglouberman

Trampoline Hall's Twitter: @trampolinehall

The Trampoline Hall website: http://www.trampolinehall.net/

SHORT CUTS #101 - Joseph Boyden: Two Worlds, Two Debates  

Joseph Boyden is a celebrated, award-winning indigenous novelist - who might not actually be native. Indigenous media broke the story while mainstream media was on Christmas vacation.

Ryan McMahon's Twitter: @RMComedy and his Indigenous podcast network, @indianandcowboy

Ryan's VICE piece, "What Colour Is Your Beadwork, Joseph Boyden?" (Dec 30th, 2016)

Robert Jago's Tweets for @IndigenousXca

Jorge Barrera's APTN piece, "Author Joseph Boyden’s shape-shifting Indigenous identity" (Dec 23rd, 2016)

Robert Jago's Canadaland piece, "Things Joseph Boyden Has Claimed To Be But Is Not" (Dec 29th 2016)

Konrad Yakabuski's Globe and Mail piece, "Attacks on Joseph Boyden's identity should set off alarm bells" (originally titled "Boyden's lynching should set off alarms.") (Dec 29th 2016)

Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Why Is Joseph Boyden’s Indigenous Identity Being Questioned?" (Dec 28th, 2016)

Wab Kinew's Globe and Mail piece, "There is room in our circle for Joseph Boyden" (Jan 3rd, 2017)

Joseph Boyden's piece, "An Open Letter To UBC: Steven Galloway’s Right To Due Process" (Nov 14th, 2016)

Hayden King's Globe and Mail piece, "Joseph Boyden, where are you from?" (Dec 28th, 2016)

SHORT CUTS #100 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.2  

While Jesse is on vacation, here’s a compilation of The Imposter’s best bits to date. Listen to pt. 1 here.

Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer. Her new album, Retribution, came out October 21st on Six Shooter Records. @Tagaq

Lauren Strapagiel is the social news editor for Buzzfeed News Canada. She’s written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, and the Edmonton Journal. @LaurenStrapa

Allan King’s 1967 documentary Warrendale is recognized as a groundbreaking documentary about a Toronto group home for “emotionally disturbed” kids. Andrew Moir looks into the lasting impact of the film on its subjects’ lives. You can watch the whole movie online.

Nicholas Godfrey the man behind Amazon reviewer Mister Quickly. The Observer called his character “One of the Great Wits of Our Time.” Read Mister Quickly’s reviews here.

Matt Johnson is an acclaimed filmmaker, actor, and enfant terrible behind the cult webseries-turned-Viceland show, nirvanna the band the show with co-conspirator @JayMcCarol. He has a real knack for sneaking around; his upcoming film Operation Avalanche was shot inside NASA without their permission, and most of his body of work deals with real people who aren’t acting. Operation Avalanche will be in theatres on September 16th.

Music on this episode:

"Sexe Machin / Sex Machine" by Jef Elise Barbara, a Montreal synth pop musician who first began performing as Jef and the Holograms. Jef recently released their 7″ on Montreal label, Fixture Records. Listen to Sexe Machin / Sex Machine.

"Paradise" by Daniel Caesar, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. His EP Pilgrim’s Paradise was primarily recorded in family living room of producer Jordan Evans. Listen to Paradise by Daniel Caesar featuring BADBADNOTGOOD and Sean Leon.

Ep.165 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.1  

Jesse is on break, here's what The Imposter has been up to:

Lido Pimienta is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist from Baranquilla, Colombia. Her highly-anticipated follow up album, La Papessa has been artfully remixed, and can be listened to here. @LidoPimienta

Geoff Siskind is a documentary filmmaker and Storage Wars Canada showrunner. @GeoffSiskind

Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of your other enemies for $17. If you want a friendly rap, it’ll cost you more. 

Esie Mensah is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with a range of recording artists including Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black and Shawn Desman. She’s the director of The Black Stars; a coalition of afro-influenced dancers that mixes traditional with contemporary movement, and she teaches classes at City Dance Corps. Here’s Esie on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. @EsieMensah

 

Music on this episode:

"La Capacidad (Kaleema Remix)" from Lido Pimienta's LA PAPESSA Remixes Volume 1. Listen to the album on Soundcloud.

“Mary Poppins’ Pockets” from New Fries’ album More. Find their music on Bandcamp.

 

The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR/@Aliyabani. Our website is canadalandshow.com
Send pitches to: kevin@canadalandshow.com

SHORT CUTS #99 - How To Cry At Work  

Should politicians be allowed to talk about fundraising in the House of Commons? 

CBC's The Current is providing helpful tips for women to succeed in the workplace, including how not to cry. 

A generic white man has been robbing banks in downtown Toronto and the police aren't quite sure how to describe a criminal they can't racially profile.

Jen Gerson's Twitter: @JenGerson

Read producer Katie's response to The Current here: @KatieJensen

Ep.164 - There's A Hidden VIP Program In The Health Care System  

Do politicians and foreign dignitaries have better access to health care than everyone else? A look inside CANADALAND's ongoing investigation into Ontario's VIP health care system.

Robert Hiltz's story for Canadaland will go up Monday, December 19th (7am EST) and will become available here.

Dr. Nadia Alam's Tweets with Omar Yar Khan.

Robert Hiltz's Twitter: @robert_hiltz 

SHORT CUTS #98 - Ezra Issues A Fatwa  

Journalist Haley Jarmain received death threats at a Rebel rally, and Ezra Levant doesn't believe her.

Should we rethink political journalism in the post-truth era? Read Colin's argument here.

Article Magazine founder & Macleans writer Colin Horgan co-hosts.

Colin's Twitter: @CFHorgan

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