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Podcast Picks

Just like documentary, audio storytelling has the extraordinary capacity to move us in the most strange and unsettling of times.

Whether it’s to get better informed on the latest developments or for some much-needed escapism, here is a compilation of our go-to quarantine podcasts, inspired by some of the talented creators featured at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival. Happy listening!

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99% Invisible (Radiotopia)

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Episode: "Roman Describes Things As They Are"


99% Invisible is an endlessly thought-provoking deep dive into the hidden stories of design. In one of the most inspired audio responses we’ve seen to the crisis, follow host Roman Mars as he selects household objects throughout his Oakland home, describing their unique histories and cultural significance. He offers a revelatory survey of the things we take for granted in our domestic lives.

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Episode: “The Isolation Interview: Margaret Atwood”


Media criticism, probing political commentary, groundbreaking investigations—Jesse Brown and the team at the Canadaland podcast network aren’t afraid to speak truth to power.

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Ear Hustle (Radiotopia)

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Episode: “Episode 4: The SHU”


A highlight of our 2017 Festival, Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.

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Front Burner (CBC News & CBC Podcasts)

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Episode: “How to deal with COVID-19 anxiety”


Award-winning investigative journalist Jayme Poisson takes you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world in CBC’s essential daily news podcast.

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Outbreak: The Facts and Fiction of COVID-19 (Bell Media & iHeartRadio)

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Episode: “Day 19”


Separate the facts from the myths as host Dave Trafford breakdowns all the news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Reply All (Gimlet Media)

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Episode: “The Case of the Missing Hit”


"A podcast about the internet that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian

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Today, Explained (Vox Media)

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Episode: “Six Feet Away”


Toronto native Sean Rameswaram delivers the daily news with great guests, context, radio drama, and the internet’s best parody songs in Vox Media’s irreverent daily news podcast.

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