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Podcast Festival — Wednesday, January 27

January 27   |   January 28   |   January 29   |   On-Demand   |   Lineup Overview

Explore the full schedule and lineup for the virtual edition of Hot Docs Podcast Festival, streaming worldwide from January 27-29.

All live events are listed in Eastern Standard Time and are available to stream worldwide.

The only way to get access to all 25+ events is with a Festival pass. Passholders get exclusive entry to daytime and on-demand sessions, an extended festival streaming window, a passholder portal with live chat, and more.

A selection of prime festival events are also available for free to Hot Docs Members. Join now for as little as $4.99 a month.

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11:00 AM // Personal Storytelling: How To Do It Right Without Selling Your Soul

  • Available with Festival Pass Only

Join Media Girlfriends and podcast producers Tori Allen, Garvia Bailey, Nana aba Duncan and Hannah Sung to talk about the highs and lows of producing personal stories for podcasts.

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1:00 PM // Canadaland on Breaking the Big Story OR How to Take Down a Giant Without Getting Sued Into Oblivion

  • Available with Festival Pass Only

Jesse Brown and his collegues at Canadaland dive deep into their explosive reporting on the WE charity, discussing their thorough investigative processes and how to translate journalism into the podcasting medium.

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3:00 PM // Listening Party #1

  • Available with Festival Pass Only

Plug in a pair of headphones and join other festival passholders for a listening party featuring exclusive, surprise sneak peeks of some of the hottest new shows of 2021 introduced by their hosts and creators.

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6:00 PM // The Epic Journeys of Radiolab: Latif Nasser and Jad Abumrad on The Other Latif and Dolly Parton's America

Free for Passholders & Members | $14.99 regular price


Two of the groundbreaking storytellers behind the beloved WNYC show Radiolab discuss their hit off-shoots, The Other Latif and Dolly Parton’s America—and their efforts to use podcasting to foster empathy and a deeper understanding of our “irreconcilable contradictions.”

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8:30 PM // Reckoning with Race: 1619 and Nice White Parents

Free for Passholders & Members | $14.99 regular price


The award-winning hosts of The New York Times' 1619 and Serial Productions' Nice White Parents discuss their hit series and using podcasting to advance the cultural conversation on race.

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