Podcast Playlist


Podcast Playlist

Podcast Playlist curates the best content and stories from the podcast world. Each week, your audio DJs Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael sample some of the most intriguing of what the internet has to offer.

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Pirate Tales

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.

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The Best Indie Podcasts

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."

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New and Notable: August Edition

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.

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Writer and Actress Mara Wilson Shares her Podcast Picks

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

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Perfect podcasts for long summer days

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."

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New and Notable: July Edition

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.

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Chosen Families: Podcasts for Pride Month

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.

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Podcast Picks from 'By the Book' hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

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

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Listener Picks - Podcasts Chosen By You!

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.

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New and Notable: June Edition

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.

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'My Dad Wrote a Porno' host Jamie Morton give us his top podcasts picks

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.

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New and Notable Podcasts: May Edition

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.

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Podcasts outside the norm with 'Everything is Alive' host Ian Chillag UPDATED

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.

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True Crime Podcasts to Bring Out Your Inner Sleuth

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. 

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Podcasts About the Love of the Game with ESPN's Jody Avirgan

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

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Fresh New and Notable Podcasts for Spring

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.

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Newsy podcasts to keep you informed

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.

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Celebrating music from the Great White North

Just in time for the 2019 JUNO Awards, this week we're putting the spotlight on Canadian music.

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Arts and Culture Podcasts to Keep You in the Know

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.

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New and Notable: March Edition

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!

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