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Broadcasting Canada examines the role of public broadcasting in Canada through in-depth interviews with this country's most renowned voices and broadcasters, from Stuart McLean and David Suzuki to Shelagh Rogers and Jian Ghomeshi. Hosted by Kevin Caners, Broadcasting Canada is a special series by The Public out of CIUT at the University of Toronto.




Brian Goldman

A conversation with Dr. Brian Goldman, the host of CBC Radio One's White Coat, Black Art about his beginnings in medicine, his path into becoming one Canada's best known health journalists, and his thoughts on some of the primary issues within the medical profession today.

Duration: 00:45:49

Linden MacIntyre *Rebroadcast*

A look back on our wide-ranging interview with Linden MacIntyre, who in May announced his plans to retire from the CBC and The Fifth Estate in order to spare the program from worse impacts as a result of the funding cuts. We speak about his beginnings as a reporter, the challenges facing journalism, and discuss what he describes as the Harper government's mission to "fundamentally reshape Canada"

Paul Kennedy

IDEAS is one of the most renowned and long-running programs in the history of CBC Radio. Through documentary storytelling it explores topics as diverse as philosophy, history, culture, and politics to science. Since 1999 the program has been hosted by Paul Kennedy. We sat down with Paul to speak about his unlikely beginnings with the CBC, the changing landscape of journalism, and a canoeing adventure down the Mackenzie river.

Jeffrey Dvorkin - What CBC can learn from NPR

Jeffrey Dvorkin has spent most of his professional life in the world of broadcasting and has held senior level positions at both NPR and the CBC. We speak about the challenges facing public broadcasting, and how the CBC could potentially be re-imagined based on the successes of National Public Radio in America.

Sook-Yin Lee

Our conversation with storyteller, CBC broadcaster, and all around Canadian renaissance woman, Sook-Yin Lee

Matt Galloway

As the host of Metro Morning, the local CBC Radio Toronto morning show, it is Matt Galloway's task to reflect life in Canada's biggest city, and be Torontonians-guide to the politics, culture, and going-ons of the day. We speak about his beginnings in radio, the city he loves, and the idea of radio as community building.

Mark Starowicz

Mark Starowicz has been the brains behind some of the most legendary CBC news programs of the past few decades, including As It Happens, Sunday Morning, and The Journal. We look back to the reasons why the CBC was first founded, and discuss the state that public broadcasting currently finds itself in.

Fred Penner

Fred Penner, the renowned Canadian children’s performer and beloved television personality behind Fred Penner's place on CBC, speaks about his life growing up in Winnipeg, the TV show that endeared him to a generation, and his belief in the transformative power of music.

Nora Young

As the host and creator of the CBC Radio program Spark, Nora Young has been our guide to examining technology's impact on culture and society - and the curiosities of navigating life in the 21st century. Now we speak to Canada's technological thinker about her life in journalism, the creation of Spark, and some of the still unanswered questions about our relationship to technology that have her most intrigued.

Rich Terfry

As the host of Drive on CBC Radio 2, Rich Terfry is known to Canadians not only for his work as a CBC broadcaster, but also for being the talented hip-hop artist known as Buck 65. In this conversation we speak about the rather unusual experinces he had growing up in small town Nova Scotia, his pursuit of baseball, his beginnings in music, and the uncertainty facing CBC Radio 2 in the wake of the cuts.

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein's Wiretap is one of the most intriguing programs on all of CBC Radio. It combines fiction with reality, humour with philosophic musings, and phone conversations with monologue reflections. But above all, each Wiretap episode is a fascinating thirty minute meditation into life and its absurdities, and a glimpse into the thought-filled mind of host Jonathan Goldstein. We speak to Jonathan about his life as a writer, his beginnings in radio, and the advantages and drawbacks...

Wade Rowland, Author of 'Saving the CBC'

Wade Rowland is an author, journalist, and university professor who has written a book called Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service. We talk about the CBC's uncertain future, how it has gone astray, and what can be done - if Canadians mobilize - to create a healthy and sustainable CBC that can once again play an invaluable role in the social and cultural life of this country.

Duration: 01:00:18

Chris Boyce

As Executive Director of Radio & Audio at CBC, Chris Boyce oversees the content and programming that Canadians hear on CBC Radio from coast to coast. We talk about the successes and challenges currently facing CBC radio, the impact of the recent budget cuts, as well as the difficult decision to introduce ads on CBC Radio 2.

Duration: 01:13:10

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer has become beloved by Canadians across the country for his quick wit, adventurous outings, and refreshingly honest and biting take on our political system. From 22 Minutes to the Rick Mercer Report, we talk to Canada's best known funny man about his life growing up in Newfoundland, the importance of satire, and his career poking fun at life in the great white north.

Eleanor Wachtel

Eleanor Wachtel is the host of Writers & Company on CBC Radio One and is considered by many to be one of the finest interviewers in broadcasting. In her over two decades on the air, she has had in-depth conversations with the likes of Alice Munro, Susan Sontag, George Saunders and Jane Goodall. We speak to Eleanor about her childhood growing up in Montreal, her early love of books, and how she became the curious and insightful interviewer we know her as today.

Michael Enright

Michael Enright has been the host of CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition since 2000, and is one of the most renowned names in Canadian broadcasting. From young newspaper reporter to host of As It Happens, we speak to Enright about his life and career in print and radio.

Duration: 00:34:57

George Stroumboulopoulos

George Stroumboulopoulos first came to the CBC in 2005 with The Hour, and in the time that has elapsed since then he's interviewed everyone from Will Ferrell to Noam Chomsky - not to mention virtually every well-known Canadian icon one can think of. We turn the tables on the man with the big red chairs and the impressively long name, and learn about his childhood growing up around Toronto, and his unlikely path into becoming one of this country's best known broadcasters.

Duration: 01:05:45

Anna Maria Tremonti

Each weekday morning for 90 minutes, CBC Radio's The Current delves into the politics, issues and debates of the day. It is one of the most influential current affairs programs in Canadian society, and it has been hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti since it launched in 2002. In this interview Anna Maria reflects on the memorable moments she's had in her over 10 years as host, and the challenges facing journalism. She also sheds light on how the program comes together each day.

Jian Ghomeshi

In the years since it launched in 2006 as CBC Radio's flagship arts and culture program, Q has become one of the most successful and most-listened-to radio programs in Canada. And as the host and co-creator, much of the show's success goes to Jian Ghomeshi, who has won over legions of listeners and fans with his insightful interviewing style, engaging curiosity, and thoughtful opening essays. In this interview Jian opens up about the critical role that the arts have played in his life, his...

Peter Mansbridge

As the anchor of CBC's The National for over 25 years, Peter Mansbridge has been guiding Canadians through the events, news items and issues of the day. In this interview the veteran news broadcaster speaks about his childhood in Ottawa, his unlikely beginnings with the CBC, and the one interview he would still most like to do.

Duration: 00:46:23

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