The 2020 Network

Home to Open to Debate, 2020 Live, Quality Content + more

by Canada 2020. Posted June 5, 2018

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A new podcast network for all things Canadian politics, policy, media, and big ideas. Produced in-house at the Canada 2020 studios.

The 2020 Network, presented by Interac, is a single-subscribe podcast channel home to multiple shows dedicated to the #cdnpoli nerd in us all. The network features smart, curious, and entertaining conversations that go deeper than the headlines.

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Our Shows



Open to Debate

Smart, witty, and thoughtful political conversations that break from the limits of the 24-hour news cycle and the 280 character limit. Listeners will come away with a deeper understanding of the history and implications of the issues that shape us and our environment, anchored in discussions about public policy, and supported by research. Open to Debate is a space for agreeable disagreement based on the belief that such exchanges are essential to the health of our democracy.


Explain like I’m Five

ELI5 is hosted by @effinbirds’ Aaron Reynolds. This show asks participants to unpack complex topics into more accessible terms. From cryptocurrencies, to gun law in Canada, to machine learning, to Brexit and more, ELI5 is a fun, informative show for a Canadian audience.

Quality Content

Hosted by Alex Paterson, Quality Content spends time with the people shaping Canadian culture through music, art, activism, politics, and much more. These are leaders you may already know and others you should get to know. Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy a wholesome chat.


Hosted by Sarah Turnbull, /Thread is our weekly wrap-up panel show featuring journalists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. This trio puts it all out on the table, breaking down the top news headlines of the week. We do the work so you don’t have to.

2020 Live

Can’t be in the room for a Canada 2020 event? We’ve got you covered. This podcast houses some of our favourite moments from conference archives captured and cut for your feeds. It’s the next best thing to physically being there.

Wonk with Mike

This show is retired now. Wonk with Mike dove deep into the world of economics, statistics, and the nitty-gritty, number-crunching world of policy development in Canada. With regular appearances from the #cdnecon Twitter crowd, Wonk With Mike gave context to the numbers behind Canada’s biggest policy challenges. You can still access old episodes on our feeds.