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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'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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Let's Talk About the Weather

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

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Stories About the Places We Live

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.

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Misadventures in Dating & Romance

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.

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New and Notable: February Edition

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.

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Podcasts that bridge the political divide

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.

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What is a normal body, anyway?

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.

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The Best Podcasts of 2018 (According to Us)

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.

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Comforting Podcasts to Warm Up Your Holiday

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.

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Podcasts for those who love true crime and mystery

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.

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New and Notable: December Edition

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.

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An evening with Canada's podcast all-stars

Recorded live at Hot Docs podcast festival in November 2018. Featuring: Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, Sickboy, The Shadows, Cited, Safe Space, Disparue(s).

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