A podcast is a series of audio files about a variety of topics. They are presented in various forms, including monologues, interviews or dialogues. You can listen to these shows on mobile applications or online for free on platforms such as Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Castbox and iHeartRadio.
From pop culture to history and true crime, these five podcasts will keep you absorbed.
Hosted by Malcolm Gladwell – a British-born Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker, Revisionist History is a journey of discovery, recognition and forming opinion around historical facts that are often overlooked and misunderstood. The show re-examines an event, a person, an idea, or even a song from the past, about which the host will unveil information or details that have never been released or little known.
Average time: 40 minutes.
Platforms: Apple Podcast, Overcast, Stitcher, and Spotify.
The Big Story is for those who look to keep up to date on Canada’s current affairs. The show is hosted by Jordan Heath-Rawlings, a journalist with more than 15 years of experience, including stints at the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail – one of the top newspapers in Canada. With the aim of keeping listeners informed and entertained, each episode is presented at 6 a.m. every day.
Average time: 15-20 minutes.
Platforms: thebigstorypodcast.ca or Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify.
If you have a particular interest in the crime genre, Canadian True Crime is for you.
Each episode chronicles a real case, narrated by host Kristi Lee. The content is delivered in a scripted, creative non-fiction form, with plot based on secondary sources such as court documents and news archives, as well as interview clips. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of the month, except in the summer break.
Average time: 1 hour.
Platforms: thebigstorypodcast.ca or Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, Stitcher, and Spotify.
q with Tom Power or q is a lively pop culture radio show on CBC but also available on podcast platforms. Whether you’re into music, TV, film, visual art, theatre or comedy, this show will give you a deeper insight into creative innovators in those fields. The host is Canadian musician and broadcaster Tom Power, and the show has welcomed many celebrities and experts in arts and entertainment.
Average time: 1 hour (You can also listen to individual segments of 15-20 minutes.)
Platforms: CBC Listen, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, and Spotify.
Adam Grant is a psychologist, author and speaker who is best known for his TED Talks seminars. WorkLife with Adam Grant is a podcast focused on dilemmas or troubles in the office that most of us encounter but do not know how to solve. With extensive experience and knowledge, Grant helps listeners deal with common anxieties at work so they can find the right work-life balance.
Average time: 30-35 minutes.
Platforms: Apple Podcast, Stitcher, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Castbox, iHeartRadio, and Spotify.
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