June 27, 2017

Canadian Podcasts Worth Listening To

While Canada may not necessarily be known for producing quality television shows, one thing that we can be proud of is Canadian radio content. This includes podcasts.

Podcasts really aren’t that different than any other kind of radio program. The only real difference is that these free programs are made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone. 

Podcasts come in many forms - long, short, single and series - and cover almost any topic that you can imagine. They can make you laugh, they can make you cry, they can share a good story and they can teach you something new. Many popular programs already on the radio are also available in podcast form. Then there are programs that come strictly as podcasts, available nowhere else. 

Top Canadian Podcasts

Because you can download podcasts that match your interests and listen as you please, it is essentially like creating a customized radio station focused entirely on the topics you want to listen to, whenever and wherever you want to listen.

For me, podcasts are the perfect way to kill time on the long commute to and from work each day.  I can turn on a podcast, pop in my headphones and escape the rat race that is my hour-long commute.

During the summer months, podcasts are the perfect accompaniment to help you relax on the dock with a cold beverage, or fill the air while hitting the open road to explore someplace new.

In honour of Canada150, and our love for a good road trip, I'm sharing the top 10 Canadian podcasts podcasts worth listening to.

Top 10 Canadian Podcasts Worth Listening To

General Interest

1. Vinyl Cafe
While creator and storyteller Stuart McLean passed away earlier this year, I must still include CBC Radio's Vinyl Cafe as #1 on my list. This podcast holds a place in my heart, as we listened to story after story of the adventures of Dave and Morley on our road trip home from Alaska, eventually leading to the naming of our daughter.

2. This Is That
Another brilliant podcast from the minds of CBC Radio. This Is That is a current affairs programs that doesn't just talk about real issues, it fabricates them.  Each week, the hosts will introduce you to the voices and stories that give this country characters in this 100% improvised, satirical podcast.

3. The Debaters
Add a little comedy to your podcast playlist with the Debaters, brought to your by CBC Radio and hosted by Canadian comedian Steve Patterson. Each episode includes two sets of debates, where two comedians argue their stance on deliberately comedic topics. The winner is then chosen by audience reaction at the end of the debate. 

Current Affairs

4. The Current
Brought to you by CBC Radio, Anna Maria Tremonti's The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. 

5. Quirks & Quarks
For the science nerd in all of us, CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom, and everything in between. Not to be missed if you enjoy learning about dolphin sex, worms that eat plastic and peeing in the pool.

6. Today in Canadian History
Dive into Canadian history with this daily podcast. Each short episode contains an interview with a Canadian professor, journalist, author or "everyday" historian and focuses on a unique event or moment that took place on that day in Canadian history. A first step to learning more about our past.

7. Canadian True Crime Podcast
Crime buff? If you loved Serial, than this one's for you. Go on a journey through many of the most heinous and shocking crimes in recent Canadian history. 


Ok let's be honest here, hockey is a big part of Canada so there are obviously a number of hockey-related podcasts worth noting (per my husband).

8. James Duthie Presents: The Rubber Boots Podcast
For the sports lovers, my husband would mention this weekly podcast, brought to you by the host of TSN Hockey, James Duthie.

9. The TSN Hockey BobCast
With more than 35 years of experience covering hockey, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie is the definitive authority on breaking news and analysis from every corner of the hockey world. 

10. Hockey Central @ Noon
Sportsnet 590 The FAN's Hockey Central @ Noon brings you the latest hockey buzz with host Daren Millard and former NHLers and NHL execs.

What are you listening to? Do you have any favourite podcasts? I'd love to hear!

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