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Headlining Events

The Podcast Festival's public slate of in-conversation events with star creators and hosts!

These headlining shows are free for Hot Docs Members and Festival passholders, and $9.99 for non-members/passholders.

All events are streaming live in EST. Recordings of events are available to Festival passholders.

Tuesday, January 25 - 7:30 PM (EST)

Collage image of Anna Maria Tremonti, Farzana Doctor, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Ryan Thorpe, Falen Johnson, Leah Simone Bowen

The Secrets We Keep: A CBC Podcasts Storytelling Showcase

Building on the theme of their highly entertaining and richly subversive CBC podcast, The Secret Life of Canada co-hosts Leah Simone Bowen and Falen Johnson return to the festival stage with a star-studded storytelling opening night event featuring some of Canada’s top podcasting talent.
Hosted by The Secret Life of Canada
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Wednesday, January 26 - 6:00 PM (EST)

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Michael Lewis in conversation with Ira Glass

In the lead-up to the launch of Other’s People’s Money, a new audio series based on his bestselling memoir Liar’s Poker, acclaimed journalist and author Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball) is joined by This American Life’s Ira Glass for a discussion of their award-winning bodies of work.
Exclusive in-conversation
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Wednesday, January 26 - 8:00 PM (EST)

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Sneak preview: Thunder Bay, the Crave Original Documentary Series

Award-winning Anishinaabe podcaster, journalist and writer Ryan McMahon returns to share a sneak preview of the upcoming four-part Crave Original documentary series based on his ground-breaking Canadaland podcast, Thunder Bay.
Moderated by writer/journalist Kelly Boutsalis
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Thursday, January 27 - 6:00 PM (EST)

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Telling Hidden Stories: Invisibilia in Conversation with Resistance's Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. & Bethel Habte

The dynamic new voices behind the groundbreaking NPR show Invisibilia come together with Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Bethal Habte, the host and producer of Gimlet's acclaimed Resistance, for a one-of-a-kind conversation about telling hidden, and sometimes overlooked, stories.
With Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse
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Thursday, January 27 - 8:00 PM (EST)

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Back Issue Live with The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh

At their first-ever live show, the hosts of the brilliant and delightful pop culture podcast Back Issue team up with New Yorker staff writer Kelefa Sanneh for an unforgettable night of conversation, trivia and pop culture nostalgia.
With Tracy Clayton and Josh Gwynn
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Friday, January 28 - 8:00 PM (EST)

Full Release with Samantha Bee, pictured to the right

Full Release Live with Samantha Bee

The brilliant comedian and satirist Samantha Bee "comes home" for a special live episode of her wildly popular show Full Release.
Featuring a surprise guest!
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