The TV arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has always been renowned country-wide for it’s hockey coverage and news, and that’s pretty much where the reputation always ended, unless of course you were a big Beachcombers or Hinterland Who’s Who fan. But they’ve been changing that reputation over the past few years.
One show that I don’t always catch on TV, but almost always enjoy watching, is The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (type that five times fast!). The show is hip, creative, informative and quite fun. All of which goes against what most Canadians (and others) think of when they hear “CBC”. I subscribe to their audio podcast feed but they also have a video podcast feed and a blog feed as well. And it’s not all Hoser-centric stuff either.
Some stuff of note:
Sex beat out The Wheel, Sleep, Democracy and other things to be chosen as “The Greatest Thing Ever”. The audio snippet of this announcement would likely make mainstream American broadcasters wilt, “..and each time, Sex layed out the competition and loved them long time.. Canadians.. you so horny..”. It restores a bit of my faith in our public broadcaster. ;)
Good interviews with people like John Cusack (on his new film “War Inc.”), Ricky Gervais, Mary Walsh (of This Hour has 22 Minutes fame), Steve Wozniak, Richard Dawkins, James Cromwell and many others.
Expand your horizons a little bit and check out all the stuff at www.cbc.ca/thehour.
You can subscribe in iTunes I believe, but if you’re old school like me, you can find their RSS feeds right here.