Podcasts… Honest and Balanced or Agenda Driven; what’s your take?

Contributed By Duncan Fremlin, Broker, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.  In this crazy and often outrageous world, we find ourselves turning to new and different sources for our entertainment and news.  Parliament Street News is one example where the content is honest and balanced, a refreshing change from the slanted and agenda driven mainstream media.  If listening is more your style, podcasts are well suited to feed your appetite.  If you take the time, you’ll easily find some that speak to your interests.

I’m not an expert on podcasts but I have been listening to them for as long as they’ve been around.  Recently, the number of available podcasts has increased dramatically.  It appears that Rogers and Bell and other corporate entities have discovered our secret and are now creating a plethora of bad shows designed to promote their agenda. If you like listening to people who love the sound of their own voice, you’ll enjoy these offerings.

The good ones however are few in number but really stand out in their quality and independent viewpoints on the world.  For example, if you like your news presented openly by a smart group of reporters with no real agenda, check out Canadaland with Jesse Brown, the reporter who broke the Ghomeshi story.  If you’re a reader, the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel on Writers and Company will stimulate your brain.   Also in that category is NPR’s Fresh Air, a general interest show hosted by the brilliant Terry Gross.  If you like engaging stories from old rock stars, you must listen to The Bob Lefsetz Podcast.  As the kids are sitting down to breakfast, turn off that damn radio and put on Today In Canadian History.  TVO and the BBC both offer many riches worth our time.  And don’t forget to check out the archives for these sites.  The content available is rich and plentiful.


By Duncan Fremlin, Broker
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.

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