Host Alex Paterson kicks off a series of interviews with the 2019 recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards with a conversation with one of Canada’s most treasured political and social commentators, Rick Mercer. Rick will receive the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award on April 27. The two talk about his celebrated career as a broadcaster, his current endeavours, and the state of Canadian comedy.
Host Alex Paterson sat down with Luke Gordon Field, one of the co-founders of The Beaverton to chat about the platform’s humble beginnings, its current place in Canadian media, and what it’s like working in satire in the age of misinformation.
Host Alex Paterson sat down with Dr. Kate Graham, researcher and senior fellow at Canada 2020, to discuss No Second Chances – a look at the rise and fall of Canada’s 12 female first ministers, the commonalities and differences in their experiences, and what their stories can teach us about women in politics at large. The multimedia project launched on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2019.
Host Alex Paterson chats with Executive Director of Evidence For Democracy, Katie Gibbs about the prevalence of misinformation, how to spot it, where Canada stands in relation to other countries, and the importance of evidence-based policy.
Host Alex Paterson sits down with Anthony Wilson-Smith, the president and CEO of Historica Canada, the company behind the beloved Heritage Minutes. The two chat about the function of the organization, its production arm, and what goes into the making of their 60 second videos – including the latest on the Vancouver Asahi.
Host Alex Paterson chats with Oscar-winning filmmakers, and husband and wife duo, Alison Snowden and David Fine about their new animated short, Animal Behaviour, which profiles five animals who undertake group therapy session to discuss their inner angsts. The film questions whether animals, like humans, should adapt to social norms. It’s been nominated for a 2019 Academy Award and a Canadian Screen Award. Alex reached them in their Vancouver home.
Host Alex Paterson is joined by Michael Landsberg, veteran sports journalist and current host of First Up with Landsberg and Colaiacovo and former host of Off the Record on TSN. The two discuss Landsberg’s experiences with mental illness, his dedication to the cause, and why he chooses to speak out, not just on Bell Let’s Talk day, but every day.
Host Alex Paterson sits down with longtime Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison to chat about his decision to retire from public service after 22 years in politics, representing the riding of Kings-Hants. The two reflect on the ups and downs of his journey, the importance of legislators in Canadian society, and what he hopes to achieve in his next phase of life.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, joins host Alex Paterson to discuss Trump’s impact on the Canada-U.S. allyship, and why he’s dedicated much of his time since leaving his post to preserving the relationship.