This Is That from CBC Radio

This Is That from CBC Radio


This Is That is a current affairs program that doesn't just talk about the issues, it fabricates them. Nothing is off limits--politics, business, culture, justice, science, religion--if it is relevant to Canadians, we'll find out the "This" and the "That" of the story. Each week, hosts Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring introduce you to the voices and stories that give this country character in this 100% improvised, satirical send-up of public radio.


This Is That - Best of 2016  

Pete and Pat play their favourite stories of the year 2016.

This is That presents 'The Christmas Letter'  

After librarian Dorothy Shunt finds an old letter written to Santa hidden inside an encyclopedia, she becomes compelled to find its author.

Swedish Xmas Party, Shakespeare in the Sky, Health Nog, Snowball Fight in a Box  

Why weren’t any Canadian delegates invited to Sweden’s holiday party? Air Canada is now presenting The Bard. We try a new holiday drink. We meet the toy inventor behind Snowball Fight in a Box.

Group of 7, Funny Speech Writer, InFlight Disaster, Radio Tower Keeper  

Why is the National Museum letting high school kids finish incomplete works by the Group of 7? We meet Canada’s funniest political speech writer. What happened to flight 343? We spend the day with one of Canada’s radio tower keepers.

Canadian Recruits, Hunt and Release, Dutch Dance Troupe, Jingle Kings  

The US Military is wanting to enlist Canadians. We profile a new sporting craze - ‘hunt and release’. An amateur dance company has accidentally booked the SkyDome. We hang out with Canada’s Jingle Kings.

MP Forgets Names, Iceberg 150, Street Art Trashed, Cross Country Skiing  

Why can’t this MP remember anyone’s name? Jump aboard an iceberg that’s being trucked across the country. We find out what happened to some confusing street art in Lethbridge. Plus we profile Canada’s most reckless sport - cross country skiing.

Toboggan Registry, Rom-Com Con, Bonhomme Wedding, World’s Fastest Man  

Manitoba wants a toboggan registry. We attend the world’s biggest romantic comedy convention. Bonhomme de Neige is getting married. Does the world’s fastest man live in Nova Scotia?

100 Surgeries, Country Star, Toronto Blackout 2017, Michelin Star Gas Station  

Calgary surgeon attempts to do 100 surgeries in 100 hours. We profile Canada’s fastest rising country star. A group wants to recreate the 2003 Toronto blackout. We eat at Canada’s only Michelin Star restaurant ... a gas station.

Niagara Leaf Raking, CFL Motivational Speaker, National Recycling, Lloydminster Conflict  

Niagara on the Lake, ON passes bylaw that cracks down on leaf raking. CFL kicker that never played a game makes big money motivational speaking. We look at Canada’s new national recycling program. Why can’t the towns of Lloydminster, AB/SK get along?

Kiss Cam Ban, Tick Talks, Discrimination Baker, Haunted Zamboni  

An Ottawa mother wants to ban the ‘kiss cam’ at sporting events. We profile a 15 second lecture series. We find out why a baker wouldn’t sell a wedding cake to heterosexual couple. We try and find the Haunted Zamboni.

Selfie Kid, Graffiti Counselor, Golf Course, Accidental Pianist  

A Calgary boy is suing his parents for posting embarrassing photos to social media. We meet Toronto’s new graffiti councilor. Why is a golf course in Ontario trying to become a national park? We hear the beautiful music of The Accidental Pianist

Nude Stamp, Visual Allergies, Water Taxi to Hawaii, Anthem Singers  

Canada Post releases a nude stamp in honour of Wreck Beach. We meet a university student with visual allergies. We find out why a Vancouver man tried to take a water taxi to Hawaii. We delve into the world of semi-professional national anthem singers.

Fake Ontario Trees, Teen Suit Trend, Unicycle Cop, Handmade Pharmaceuticals  

Why are fake trees being erected in Ontario Provincial Parks? We highlight the latest craze with teens: 3 piece suits. We talk to a cop who’s been banned from riding his unicycle on duty. And we head to the Moncton farmer’s market to sample some handmade

Ergonomic Senate, Woodchoppers, Anne of Green Moncton, Spa Boom Town  

The government wants to put standing desks in the Senate. Meet two Canadians that hand chop 80% of North America’s firewood. Moncton, NB is opening an Anne of Green Gables museum. Estevan, Saskatchewan wants to become a spa destination.

Toronto Black Bears, Self-taught Doctor, Bathroomless Condo, Canadian Invasion  

The City of Toronto is reintroducing black bears into the Don Valley. We meet Yukon’s self-taught doctor. We find out why a 35-storey condo doesn’t have any bathrooms. And we catch up with Canada’s answer to The Beatles - Johnny & the Apologies.

Career in Jazz music guarantees young Canadians financial stability  

The job market has never been tougher for young people. Every day the news is full of stories about highly educated millennials struggling to find work. However, one industry that is booming is Jazz.

'88 Calgary Olympics Revisited  

Re-live the magic of the Calgary Olympics by listening to this archived interview which originally aired on This is That in 1988.

Canadians react to Royal Canadian Mint to sell advertising space on currency  

We received a lot of feedback for a story we ran last week about the Canadian Mint selling advertising space on our currency. Here's what real Canadians had to say.

Creative Canadian company converts entire office into swimming pool  

Smart organizations understand that a fun work environment will enhance the performance of its employees. Deanlow Consulting has not only embraced this philosophy, they’ve taken it one step further.

American legislator wants Canadians banned from driving in USA  

During his interview with This is That, US legislator John Grumpart did not shy away from sharing his thoughts about why he believes Canadians should not be driving in the United States.

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