99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair? Dive in to learn more.
Playfully named after a group of men who sit in armchairs and debate and discuss subjects that they have little or no experience in, Armchair Expert celebrates the messiness of being human. Dax interviews a mixture of celebrities and experts, making for a fascinating variety of episodes. Our favourite part of each episode is when his partner in crime, Monica Padman, fact-checks Dax and his interviewees (after the interview) – it makes for fascinating debates.
A pop culture podcast from the Ringer. The current series is bingeing all things Star Wars. Previous series have dived in to the television series, Game of Thrones, episode by episode, and the Harry Potter book series, chapter by chapter.
Canadian media criticism. CANADALAND provides a unique angle on the stories being reported (or un-reported) by Canada’s media industry.
Rethinking Canada. With DYNASTIES, COMMONS is focusing on the powerful families that run this country. Previous series have looked at the Canadian oil industry (CRUDE) and stories focused on at the intersection of money, influence and politics in Canada (CORRUPTION IN CANADA). Hosted by Arshy Mann.
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. “Criminal is the NPR of crime podcasts. You learn something new every time.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Fan of Queer Eye on Netflix? Check out actor Jonathan Van Ness on his new podcast Getting Curious. Jonathan interviews celebrities, psychologists and activists on a whole host of subjects. Jonathan’s sincerity and love of learning is apparent as he interviews people.
The Daily is the best 20 minutes of our day. Produced by the The New York Times and hosted by political journalist Michael Barbaro, it covers the events of the day and often interviews journalists and people they’ve reported on.
From the BBC, A History of the World in 100 Objects is a completed series that ran through 2010. Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, presents objects from the museum that describe the currents of human history. From a Rift Valley stone chopping tool nearly 2 million years old, to the present day, these objects chart artistic expression, technological progress, and signature movements in history.
Ideas is a “deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history” from the CBC. Hosted by Nahlah Ayed, an award-winning foreign correspondent, Ideas features documentaries, illustrated interviews, and panel discussions.
From the BBC, “The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.” Tagline: Four experts, one question.
MEDIA INDIGENA is a weekly Indigenous current affairs podcast. “Through MEDIA INDIGENA, Harp provides a platform for complex Indigenous topics to be explored in depth.” — THIS Magazine.
Politics in Canada right now. A politics podcast with journalist co-hosts presenting opposing views on current topics.
Slow Burn is a narrative podcast. Season three tackles the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. “The story takes place at a moment when hip-hop was taking over pop culture, and a former theater kid from the Bay Area and a one-time crack dealer from Brooklyn were changing the music forever. They went from friends to enemies. And they ended up victims of a deadly rivalry between two rap scenes. How is it that two of the most famous performers in the world were murdered within a year of each other—and their killings were never solved?” Previous seasons focused on the Watergate Scandal and the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Interested in politics? The Wilderness is hosted and founded by Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for Barack Obama. In season 2 of The Wilderness, Jon Favreau looks for the path to victory in 2020 by talking to voters, strategists, organizers, and candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election. In our opinion, this is a fair, bi-partisan podcast.