New and notable podcasts, plus we have a new host!
This week we're sharing new and notable podcasts, plus we have some news of our own! Our co-host Matt Galloway recently got a new job at CBC Radio as host of The Current. Lindsay Michael, is away on maternity leave — congratulations Lindsay! So, all that means we're going to need a new host. To that end we're delighted to welcome Nana aba Duncan to the show! You may know Nana aba as the host of Fresh Air, the weekend morning program on CBC Radio 1 in Ontario. She also has her own podcast Media Girlfriends and she hosts CBC's Hard to Stomach podcast. She'll be with us until Lindsay's return. Welcome, Nana aba!
More and more journalists have been covering the wellness sector, and with good reason. From Goop to the thriving supplement business, health and wellness products now make up a trillion dollar industry. But are all those capsules, powders and tinctures all they're cracked up to be? The wellness industry has raised many tough questions thanks to its low bar for regulations and celebrity endorsements — and in season 2 of The Dream Jane Marie and Dann Gallucci try to unpack some of them.
As Jane and Dann have observed, many fortunes have been made by preying on vulnerable people. We all want to be young, healthy and wrinkle-free forever, and this leads us to fall for marketing tricks that zero in on those insecurities. But people who experience chronic pain or serious illnesses (and perhaps don't have access to quality medical care) are particularly suceptible to untested methods promoted by wellness companies. They just want to feel better, and are willing to try anything.
This series provides amazing insight into a realm that has been shrugged off as harmless for too long and it's a must-listen.
- Kate Evans, Senior Producer, Podcast Playlist.
Podcasts featured this week:
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."