The Canadian tech ecosystem is facing a black swan event: extremely rare and extremely severe. Betakit is producing a limited-run series podcast focused on helping the ecosystem stay connected in isolation, providing resources and insights, and talking about Canadian tech and COVID-19 from a Canadian perspective.
Douglas Soltys and Rob Kenedi
From the same production company that brings you Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” comes a series presented by author, economist and columnist Tim Harford on the all-too-true stories of the colossal blunders in various human endeavours to glean what we can learn from them, and what may have overlooked the first time ‘round.
History PhD and former MMA Journalist Patrick Wyman dives deep into the interconnectedness and key developments of the period of history straddling the end of the Middle Ages in Europe and the global system of economies and nation-states we live in today.
No Agenda is a highly acclaimed podcast hosted by Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak and takes place 2x weekly on Thursday and Sunday. The show is primarily focused on mainstream media deconstruction and is ad-free, instead relying on a value-for-value revenue model (it's listeners are also producers). Adam Curry is also credited as the original "Podfather" who helped pioneer podcasting.
Adam Curry & John C. Dvorak
Preconceived is a podcast that examines the preconceptions that shape how we view the world and the paradigms by which we live our lives. Episodes look at a diverse range of topics in society and culture and evaluate the preconceptions associated with them.
Stephen Fry dives into each of the traditional Seven Deadly Sins of the Western Christian tradition, reflecting on his own life and the state of society today along the way.
Presented like an old-timey radio drama, this story of the mysterious stranger known only as Logan moves from a creepy town in the interior of Alaska to the forbidding depths of Louisiana’s bayou as our protagonist struggles to discover the truth of his past and the evil forces pursuing him.
A deep-dive, semi-chronological examination of all-things pertaining to the world of the Ancient Greeks as they actually experienced it
If you were on the hunt for a positive, energetic, and unpretentious show mostly dedicated to the literary side of the Star Wars universe, then this is the droid podcast you were looking for…
Corey Helton, Eric Eilerson, and Charles Hanckel
It’s as simple as this: four friends discussing mostly English football and making jokes about it.
Luke Moore, Pete Donaldson, Marcus Speller and Jim Campbell
An exploration into the world of advertising. Host Terry O’Reilly taking listeners behind the curtain to understand more about how advertising works, how it has evolved over time, and how it has shaped the world we live in every day.
Imagine an accomplished novelist and storyteller decided to start a podcast talking about two unrelated topics about human existence, weaves a story with them, and then somehow manages to take these giant, odd, abstract concepts and rate them on a five-star scale. That is literally what this podcast does – it sounds weird, and it’s worth it.
Self-described as a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors getting together to play Dungeons and Dragons, the show mixes a lot of good humour and fun with some genuinely strong acting and storytelling. If you enjoy D&D, you will likely enjoy fun game play, but prior knowledge of D&D isn’t necessary as the storytelling, great voices, and strong acting really make it a compelling show – you can definitely see that these people are professional voice actors.
Matthew Mercer, Laura Bailey, Matt Mercer
Dissect is a serialized music podcast researched and hosted by Cole Cuchna. Dissect picks one album per season and analyzes one song per episode measure by measure, word by word. Season 1 examines “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar. Season 2 tackles “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West. Season 3 dissects “Blonde” and “Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean. Season 4 breaks down Kendrick Lamar’s DNA. Every song on every album gets its own episode. Episodes range from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the song.
Jill and Carlene divulge beauty secrets weekly but also bring you the in-depth exposé on the founders behind the most popular million dollar success stories.
Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording.
Hrishikesh Hirway / Thao Nguyen
An in-depth look into the most popular TV show & book series of all time, Game of Thrones, as well as other epic fantasies, like Harry Potter
Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin
A long-running book club and lore discussion podcast centered around the life, work, and ideas of J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other works set in “Middle Earth”)
Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese
Deep-dive interviews with creators, performers and storytellers about their work in the TV and Film Industry based in Vancouver, Canada.
Neuroscientist Sam Harris has two chief areas of interest: meditation and mindfulness; and global politics. In Making Sense, he explores them both with utmost candidness. He believes that getting to the truth means honestly asking hard questions and being willing to have a good faith debate, even with those whose beliefs differ vastly from our own.
Toronto’s answer to The Football Ramble
Rishay Rana, Alexander Nathan, Mohaned Kheir, and Bernie Uche
The Thing About Pam centers on the unusual circumstances surrounding the murder of Betsy Faria. Initially, signs of fowl play pointed to her husband, Russ, but then… we meet Pam.
In this season of CBC’s Uncover, we strap in as reporter Michelle Shephard traces the story of Sharmini Anandavel, a 15-year-old Toronto girl who went missing in 1999.
Conversations with Yoga Girl is a genuine conversation with Rachel Brathen, a bestselling author, entrepreneur, mom, and yoga teacher living in Aruba. Topics range from career advice, manifesting positive energy, and dealing with day to day conflicts that arise.
Syndicated sex advice columnist and author, Dan Savage, answers listener questions.
Popular podcast host Bill Simmons and a rotation of members of his Ringer network have lively discussions about movies everyone has seen and loves. They might not have won Oscars but they did leave an overwhelming impression on pop-culture because every time they are on TV you find yourself drawn to watching the entire movie, again, for the 100th time. The crew discuss categories like, “Most rewatchable scenes”, “Best quote” and “Who won the movie?” and show each movie the love that they deserve.
Jeremy Taggart of the legendary Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace and Jonathan Torrance of everything funny that has come out of Canada since he was a teenager are 2 “Bahds” (Canadian for buddies) who record their once a week hour long phone conversation. Where each conversation goes can take the listener on a ride that can bring you to tears of laughter or tears of nostalgia. This podcast is steeped in “Canadianity” as both hosts are fluent in everything pop culture from north of the border, and celebrate it with the kind of verve that any Canadian will truly appreciate.
Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens
Music/Film Journalist Edith Bowman interviews composers, directors, actors and others involved in filmmaking regarding the use of music on the Big Screen with copious use of musical cues and great audio production values weekly on Fridays.
One-stop podcast feed for all things Star Wars featuring news, reviews, responsible speculation and topical deep-dives
Ken Napzok, Joseph Scrimshaw and Jennifer Landa
Become the CEO of your life. Practical tips on helping you find more mental clarity and focus, lowering your stress, and finding genuine joy. The proven secrets to living your best life.
Before Breakfast is about how to increase your sense of control over your time while increasing your capacity to take care of what matters in your life.
Interviews with successful entrepreneurs, actors, and businesswomen - all of whom have switched careers and are living their Second Life.
The curtain is pulled back on secretive cult NXIVM and its enigmatic leader - by one of the people who helped grow it into a powerful organization from the ground up.
The podcast chronicles the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of blood testing startup Theranos, who was once hailed to be the next Steve Jobs - but turned out to be a criminal and a fraud.
The Philip DeFranco Show is a news commentary show centered on current events in politics and pop culture. It is fast paced and covers a wide array of topics, providing the listener with both sides of the argument, as well as DeFranco’s opinion.
An easy-to-follow morning podcast that helps to set your headspace for the day. Not always enough time to absorb one thought before Deepak moves to the next, but great bite-sized reminders to keep mindfulness a part of your daily routine.
Melissa Urban, founder of Whole30, seeks to unblock your ability to achieve your goals. While Melissa would be in the “health and fitness” category, this is so much more about self-efficacy and being the best you can be.
Marc Maron dives deep with long-form interviews of celebrities, musicians, and comedians
Pete is a stand up comedian and modern day philosopher who covers sex, religion, and comedy during his long-form interviews with celebrities, scientists, authors and religious figureheads
A podcast about all things Star Trek from episode reviews to BTS news to gaming, rumours and more
Elio "Elijah" Lleo, Cat, Anthony Cox
Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both.
Josh Clark (whom you may know from the Stuff You Should Know podcast), spends each episode talking about a different existential threat to humanity. These aren't threats that will gradually make life more difficult for more people; these threats will literally wipe out humanity if they come to pass.
In The Dream, host Jane Marie digs into the high stakes world of multi-level marketing companies. Find out how they work, what it's like to join one, and how this business model rose to prominence.
This podcast features Interviews and ideas from the team behind the Harvard Business Review.
Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch
This quirky podcast sends endearing host Starlee Kine on a series of quests to solve what may be the most random mysteries ever - but somehow it works.
Betches media producer Kay Brown is joined by Bachelor alum Derek Peth for unfiltered recaps of the latest Bachelor, Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise episodes. There might be a little wine involved, and a lot of spilled tea.
Kay Brown and Derek Peth
Bachelor fan favourites Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti Haibon host a weekly podcast about The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. They interview other Bachelor franchise alums and celebrity fans, and recap recent episodes.
Ben Higgins and Ashley Laconetti
To Live and Die in LA is a true crime investigation podcast. The story covers the disappearance and death of Adea Shabani, covering her life, her friends, and all the questions surrounding the end of her life.
Super Soul Conversations features Oprah’s personal selection of interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. The podcast is designed to help you understand the deeper meaning of the world around you, live a more examined life and guide you through life’s big questions.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” is a long form, in-depth conversation with the best guests from the world of comedy, sports, science and everything between. Since its launch, it has been a consistently leading podcast and is a show has something for everyone.
Today in True Crime is Parcast’s response to the daily podcast craze. Each day, they put out an episode profiling a crime that took place on that day throughout history. Episodes are short and to the point.
The hosts break down the stigma associated with illness and disease by interviewing guests who have serious medical conditions or terminal disease.
Jeremie Saunders, Brian Stever and Taylor MacGillavary
A podcast hosted by comedian Heather McMahan, Absolutely Not is a safe space for her to tell all and bitch about various things in life.
Seek Treatment is a fun, flirty podcast all about boys, dating, and love. Each week there’s a new guest on to discuss and dissect relationships with hosts Catherine Cohen and Pat Regan.
Catherine Cohen and Pat Regan
The Accidental Occupation is a podcast for Recruitment & Talent Acquisition Professionals brought to you by High Road Human Capital. Interviewing top Recruitment and Talent Acquisition professionals from across the country, from both corporate and agency.
Slow Burn is exactly that: an in-depth, slow-moving, 8-episode arc diving deep on two political scandals that rocked the U.S. - Watergate and Monica Lewinsky.
Shark Tank, but a podcast. Entrepreneurs pitch a panel of investors and try to secure their investment - and we follow up with them after the pitch to see where they are now.
From the creators of Outside Magazine, the Outside Podcast includes interviews with the biggest figures in sports, adventure, politics, and survival science.
Peter Frick-Wright & Robbie Carver
This podcast digs into important topics, and usually related to issues of health and wellness. With the high quality guests that Peter brings on, he shows how both to demonstrate how we can all do better in various areas of our lives, but also how science (particularly in health and wellness) can be done better moving forward.
Dr. Peter Attia
Pat Flynn explores ways you can create multiple passive income streams that work for you so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love.
Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen leap into the action with Canadians who are making things happen. Sometimes things go right. Sometimes they go off the rails. Either way, Now or Never nudges you to make a change, big or small. – via cbc.ca
Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen
Blair Kaplan Venables
The Indicator is one of the brilliant podcasts that come from the teams at NPR – it is associated with Planet Money and has many of the same hosts and production teams. In bite-sized episodes of 10 minutes or less, the Indicator gives you a great walk-through on a single economic issue in context of the time, teaching you more about work, business and the economy in the space of a coffee break.
Cardiff Garcia and Stacey Vanek Smith
“Why is this happening” (or WITHpod as they often refer to themselves) is a show hosted by Chris Hayes – a television host from MSNBC. WITH discusses the stories and issues that Chris Hayes can’t bring on his TV show.
A review/discussion of the Harry Potter series from the POV of a 24-year-old man reading the books for the first time.
Three hockey journalists come together to chat about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck”. As well as movie, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup”.
Greg Wyshynski, Sean "Down Goes Brown" McIndoe, and Ryan Lambert
F1: Beyond the Grid dives deep into the characters who are integral to the fabric of the sporting, entertainment and business side of this globetrotting sport. You’ll hear from current superstars of the sport and legendary figures from its past, and their personal stories that cover funny, fascinating or moving moments from the sport’s history.
Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell uses his signature story-telling style to examine and reinterpret conventional wisdom across a wide variety of topics. A must for fans of Gladwell’s books or intellectually curious listeners looking for some fresh perspectives.
Guy Raz explores the stories behind some of the biggest companies around the world. Through a series of thoughtful questions, How I built this is a behind the scenes dive through the lenses of the founders who built these mega businesses.
The title says it all - this podcast chronicles the journey of an incompetent doctor who leaves a trail of destruction in his path.
A podcast about crime - but not your typical podcast about crime. The stories range from tree killers to identity thieves to murderers.
A horrible crime. A man put in jail for a murder. A question of innocence. This is the podcast that started the podcast craze.
A sports podcast that’s fascinating even if you’re not a sports person, 30 for 30 tells the story behind some of the most incredible moments in sports history.
A show about economics that's not boring. Really.
Jacob Goldstein, Sarah Gonzalez, and Karen Duffin
Invisibilia is a podcast about the invisible forces that shape our lives - things like emotions and thoughts. They explore how these invisible forces impact us through fascinating true stories.
Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin
Reply All is a podcast about technology and how it shapes our lives. It uses humour to dive deep into topics like privacy, social media, and how tech is changing us for better and worse.
PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman
Podcast covering technology acquisitions and IPOs.
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal
A Podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent outside. Episodes cover themes such as solo hiking, camping, entrepreneurship, aging, diversity, conservation, motherhood, chronic illness and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences.
Digs into important psychological phenomena through examining specific stories or current affairs, and helps us understand our brains better in the process
Dirty John is a thriller based on the story of Debra Newell, a successful interior designer who meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all of her boxes. After her family starts having conflicts with John secrets start to unfold.
The Breakdown unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption. Shaun King tells you who’s fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.
Ariel Levy (The New Yorker) and Julie K Brown (The Miami Herald) dig deep into the pedophile monster Jeffrey Epstein, his accomplices and the broken judicial system that enabled his crimes and failed his victims. Brown executive produces as the journalist who first broke the story on Epstein and on one of the biggest and most far-reaching scams in modern history.
Ariel Levy and Julie K Brown
Donald Miller interviews business thought leaders on storytelling techniques and how to get the word out and clarify the message for your brand. Episodes have themes and guests include author Seth Godin, Chris Anderson of TED, and Olympian Scott Hamilton.
The Knowledge Project is a podcast that explores the timeless ideas of how to better understand yourself, others, and the world around you. Together with host Shane Parrish, you’ll uncover the mental models, stories, and lessons that help you master the best of what other people already know.
A podcast that features real-life therapy sessions where couples anonymously bare intimate and raw details of their story under the guidance of therapist Esther Perel – who is quite simply brilliant.
Tim Ferriss speaks to high-performers to deconstruct the tactics and routines they use to become more successful.
Each episode, host Ingrid Haas takes you through the details of a couple’s love story, answering the age-old question of how the hell does anyone get to happily ever after?
Work in Progress with Sophia Bush features frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even political conversations with people who inspire Sophia about how they got to where they are, and where they think they’re still going.
Hosts Rosemary Barton (The National) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (BuzzFeed News) bring you a political primer to get you ready for the Canadian election.
Rosemary Barton and Elamin Abdelmahmoud
Still Processing is a podcast where Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, two culture writers from the New York Times, dissect and try to make sense of what’s happening in the news and culture.
Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham
Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is a live podcast recording of events held throughout Canada, United States, and Australia. Each podcast features three to four individuals who read stories, poetry, or journal entries from when they were significantly younger.
A weekly community-based call-in show about world football, with a charming host and regional experts
Dotun Adebayo and Tim Vickery
Canadaland is an independent podcast critiquing and analyzing Canadian media and news.
Podcast Swindled is a true crime podcast written, researched and produced by “A Concerned Citizen”. It is a completely independent production telling the deeply disturbing tales of white collar crimes.
“A Concerned Citizen”
Dan Le Batard, Stugotz, and the team share their take on sports and pop culture from Miami Beach’s Clevelander Hotel.
Dan Le Batard, Stugotz, and company
Comedic podcast where a man and his two friends read and review (chapter by chapter) a series of erotic novels his dad penned
Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine
A comedic podcast where two best friends watch the same (terrible) movie every week for a full year.
Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt
Comedic true crime podcast about a range of topics from serial killers, to aliens, to the totally unknown
Ben Kissle, Ben Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks