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CBC announces Q3/21 podcast lineup, featuring six powerful new series across multiple genres

PRESS RELEASE · Toronto ON, Canada ·

CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and #1 podcaster, today shared details about its original podcast slate for fall 2021. The upcoming season features six all-new original series across a range of genres, including a trilogy exploring strands of radical extremism in North America.

“This fall, we kick off with some heat with our ‘Red, White, Blue’ trilogy - a smart, curious in-depth look into subcultures of the radical right. The Flamethrowers explores how radio became an incendiary device that helped build the populist right; The Accelerationists examines the troubling rise of white supremacy; and Boys Like Me focuses on the shadowy online Incel culture of misogyny,” said Arif Noorani, Executive Producer, CBC Podcasts. “Our talented team of producers, investigative journalists, authors, filmmakers and more helm the various series, taking us deep inside other worlds and delivering podcasts that are top of class on the world stage.”

CBC Podcasts’ fall 2021 line-up can be found on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available. New podcasts coming this fall include:

Hosted by award-winning reporter Justin Ling (CBC Podcasts’ The Village), THE FLAMETHROWERS tracks the rise of right wing radio in the U.S. from fringe preachers and conspiracy peddlers of the 1930s to the political firestorm that rages today. It’s the story of how radio energized and then radicalized a conservative base, culminating with Donald Trump, the Capitol insurrection, and a swath of Americans afraid of vaccines. Listen to the trailer here.

Exploring the rise of neo-Nazi accelerationism in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, THE ACCELERATIONISTS follows the extraordinary case of Patrik Mathews, a Canadian armed forces reservist who was trying to establish a neo-Nazi extremist cell, until he was infiltrated by investigative journalist Ryan Thorpe as well as the FBI. The series is hosted by veteran national security reporter, Michelle Shephard (CBC Podcasts’ Uncover: Sharmini, Brainwashed).

In April 2018, a young man drove a van down the sidewalk of a busy Toronto street, killing 10 people and injuring 16. He was specifically targeting women. The Toronto van attack changed the life of Evan Mead, who went to high school with the attacker and suffered many of the same social challenges. Host Ellen Chloe Bateman joins Mead on a journey into the dark subcultures where young men are increasingly attracted to and radicalized by a new, supercharged form of violent misogyny.

For centuries, humanity has imagined a magical fountain that could unlock eternal youth. Are we anywhere near achieving that fantasy? Journalist Keith McArthur (CBC Podcasts’ Unlocking Bryson’s Brain) explores the mysteries of aging in UNLOCKING THE FOUNTAIN, where he talks to dreamers, skeptics and cutting edge scientists, including those who believe that the first person who will live to 150 years old has already been born.

From Rob Norman and the creators of the hit podcast Personal Best, LIMITED CAPACITY is an audio fiction anthology series full of dark humour, where deeply human stories are twisted through imperfect technologies (Zoom, YouTube), and bizarre, new relationships are shaped by the weird, wired world we inhabit.

An emotional, meditative, deeply personal series about a teenager’s accidental death, by the rookie Montreal cop who killed him, and how this terrible tragedy nearly 30 years ago continues to impact everyone involved. Hosted by the victim’s brother, Alex McKinnon.

Returning CBC original podcast series include:

CBC’s weekly radio show PODCAST PLAYLIST, highlighting a range of podcasts and interviews with hosts, also returns September 7. The new season will be hosted by Secret Life of Canada’s Leah-Simone Bowen. For more information about CBC Podcasts’ 2021 slate, click here.

From Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Podcasts is a richly diverse collection of award-winning podcasts that engage, enlighten and entertain. CBC is the #1 podcaster in Canada, reaching more Canadians than any other podcast publisher with millions of downloads each month and more than 35 series in genres such as true crime, comedy, human interest and audio fiction.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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