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Podcast Festival — On Demand Sessions

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

Pre-recorded sessions available to Festival passholders from January 27 to February 28. Watch at your leisure!

This dynamic selection includes one-on-one talks with acclaimed podcasters inspired by the game 20 Questions, as well as exclusive micro-meetings with leading industry partners.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival is available to stream worldwide.

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Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner are California-based co-hosts of ADULT-ish, a culture and advice podcast designed for #Adulting. ADULT-ish is a YR Media podcast.

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The Allusionist: Helen Zaltzman

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Helen Zaltzman is the host of The Allusionist, the beloved podcast about adventures in language.

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The Big Story: Jordan Heath-Rawlings

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Toronto-based Jordan Heath-Rawlings is the creator of The Big Story and The Gravy Train from Frequency Podcast Network. The Big Story goes beyond the headlines and tackles the topics on the minds of Canadians

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California Love: Walter Thompson-Hernández

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Walter Thompson-Hernández is a journalist, author and the host of California Love, a LAist Studios podcast. Part autobiography, part reportage, the show takes us to Walter's hometown of Los Angeles, and the communities that are the touchstones to his life.

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Commons: Arshy Mann

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Arshy Mann is the host of Commons, a CANADALAND podcast featuring challenging stories about the issues that shape our country and our lives.

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Ear Hustle: Nigel Poor & Earlonne Woods

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Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods are the co-creators and hosts of Ear Hustle, a Radiotopia from PRX Podcast which brings you the daily realities of life inside prison, shared by those living in it and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. In 2020, Ear Hustle was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in audio reporting.

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The Hopeful: Shayda Omidvar

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Toronto-based Shayda Omidvar is the host of The Hopeful, from Frequency Podcast Network. Following Amir Omidvar, who left Iran in 1982, The Hopeful focuses on Amir as he speaks to his daughter, Shayda, about his past.

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Lost Notes: Hanif Abdurraqib

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Hanif Abdurraqib is an Ohio-based poet and host of Lost Notes, a KCRW Podcast featuring a collection of the greatest music stories never told. In it's most recent season, the show explores a single year: 1980.

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The Memory Palace: Nate DiMeo

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Nate DiMeo is a Los Angeles-based host of The Memory Palace, featuring short, surprising stories - sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often both. The Memory Palace is a Radiotopia from PRX podcast.

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Mike on Much: Mike Veerman & Shane Cunningham

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Mike Veerman and Shane Cunningham are two-thirds of the team behind Mike on Much, a MUCH Digital Studios podcast that features tales of camaraderie and conversations with creative figures from the world of music, film, and television.

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Seat at the Table: Isabelle Racicot & Martine St-Victor

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Isabelle Racicot and Martine St. Victor are the hosts of Seat at the Table from CBC Podcasts, which captures personal stories about the power of The Black Lives Matter movement, and what it will take to move forward.

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Snap Judgment: Glynn Washington

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Glynn Washington is the host and creator of Snap Judgment, a radio show and podcast distributed by PRX, which mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-ass radio.

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The Secret Life of Canada: Falen Johnson & Leah Simone Bowen

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Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen are the hosts of The Secret Life of Canada from CBC Podcasts, which highlights people, places, and stories that explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country.

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This is not a Drake podcast: Ty Harper

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Toronto-based Ty Harper is the host of This Is Not A Drake Podcast, a CBC podcast, breaking down seminal Drake moments to explore the broader history of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture.

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Tony Ho: Roger Bainbridge, Adam Niebergall & Miguel Rivas

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Roger Bainbridge, Adam Niebergall and Miguel Rivas make up award-winning sketch troupe Tony Ho, which takes listeners on a journey of dark sketch comedy.

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