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CBC Podcasts to listen to while social distancing

CBC Podcasts to listen to while social distancing

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March 24th, 2020

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CBC Podcasts to listen to while social distancing

As we move further into week two of social distancing, we thought we'd shift gears from TV screens to the airwaves. Whether you’re a fan of talk shows, breaking news, fiction, or comedy, chances are there’s a podcast out there to suit your taste. We often hear that we're in a golden age of podcasting, as evidenced by the rising number of celebrities launching their own shows. And because podcasts mostly involve low-cost production and are easy to disseminate, most shows are still producing their episodes on a regular basis despite the COVID-19 lockdowns.

CBC podcasts are a great way to catch up on programs that are broadcast during the day, at your own pace. As someone who commuted to and from work daily, I’ve developed new habits like listening to podcasts over breakfast or while making dinner, just so I can get my daily dose. Here a few favourites from the FRIENDS team.

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Rosanna Deerchild is a writer, poet and veteran broadcaster who has spent her career shining the spotlight on Indigenous stories and culture. Her weekly show Unreserved brings us stories from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities from across Canada. In each episode, Deerchild brings to the fore the voices of storytellers, community leaders and every day individuals that help Canadians better understand the country’s historical and present-day relationship with Indigenous peoples. If you’re new to this show, a good place to start is this week’s episode, which was broadcast on Sunday. In it, Deerchild examines the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous content creators, from artists dealing with cancelled shows to an author finding new ways to get her newly published book out to readers. — Shazlin Rahman

Other People’s Problems

It’s easy for a show with real people sharing their deeply personal problems to turn sensational and titillating, but that’s never the case with Other People’s Problems with Hillary McBride, a Vancouver-based therapist. Listening to McBride's firm but gentle hand guiding her clients as they unpack their traumatic and turbulent experiences, I often find a lesson or two I can apply to my life, or even revisit some of my own experiences with a different perspective. Through her clients' unique challenges, McBride illustrates that we are all capable and worthy of healing from our past experiences. — Shazlin Rahman

More with Anna Maria Tremonti

Do you miss the voice of Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC Radio? At a recent Q&A I attended, the former host of The Current explained that the reason her new podcast is called More is because she is able to give more of herself to the listener through the show. So while the main reason to tune in is her in-depth, hour-long interviews with the kind of Canadians who only need one name—Atwood, Suzuki, Klein—the bonus is that Tremonti's own opinions and thoughts on a particular subject are finally set free. — Liisa Ladouceur

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