Big Shiny Takes Episodes

Episodes

Nov 21 2021 - Rosie DiManno and the Italian-Canadian Experience (ft. Aaron Giovannone)

The Big Shiny Takes Institute is back with a great episode with the incredible Aaron Giovannone. We read a lot of terrible columns, but we rarely get to take a deep dive into the psyche of one of the country's more established columnists.

Aaron brought an essay Rosie Dimanno wrote in the ...

Nov 05 2021 - Where was Steven Guilbeault on 9/11? (ft. Bronwen Tucker and Stefan Hostetter)

We are back, and have an episode for you that we recorded in person!

Jeremy came back to the very nice and fun city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for a visit, so instead of hanging out we recorded an all-timer episode. We were joined by the amazing Bronwen Tucker (@bronwentucker) from Clima...

Oct 08 2021 - David Staples' 9 Rules for Life (ft. Senator-elect Duncan Kinney)

Future Alberta Senator Duncan Kinney (@duncankinney), whom you also may know from fellow Harbinger pod The Progress Report, joins us to talk about the hellish nightmare of Alberta's COVID response.

ICUs are overflowing, people are dying, but the Edmonton Journal's David Staples — always...

Oct 01 2021 - Harbinger Telethon (ft. Emily Leedham and Stephen Magusiak)

In case you missed the 12 hour livestream telethon to raise money for Harbinger Media, here's the audio for our part of the event!

Big Shiny Takes (minus Eric, he was at a wedding lol) took part in this great event.  Our friends from PressProgress Stephen Magusiak and Emily Leedham j...

Sep 11 2021 - Elon Musk: A Hero's Journey, by Douglas Cope-land (ft. Paris Marx)

It's our opinion at the Big Shiny Takes Institute that billionaires have it too hard. Yeah sure they have unlimited access to resources, are able to shape policy to benefit themselves and have the power of small nation-states – but have you considered how difficult it must be to have someone be...

Sep 09 2021 - TEASER: Bonus Episode – Lost in the Supermarket (ft. Rob Rousseau)

Head to patreon.com/bigshinytakes to unlock this and all of our other bonus episodes for as little as $3 a month!

Rob Rousseau joins us to read one of the most fun columns we have had the pleasure of reading in this very...

Sep 01 2021 - Listen Mack (ft. Rob Rousseau)

This week we've got Rob Rousseau (@robrousseau) on the show to talk about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after taking a detour through volunteer scabs, Calgary Herald ace Licia Corbella and who Rob thinks will take home the gold in our Worst Pundit contest.

Former British soldier Da...

Aug 06 2021 - John Tory Hates Poor People (ft. Aliya Pabani)

Aliya Pabani of the Encampment Support Network, and host of We Are Not the Virus, joins us to talk about Toronto Mayor John Tory's "reasonable, firm, but compassionate" war on homeless encampments in the city.

We come by this through a column from newly-minted National Post ghoul Adam Ziv...

Jul 24 2021 - TEASER: Bonus episode – Jon Kay, Pet Detective

Head to patreon.com/bigshinytakes to unlock this and all of our other bonus episodes for as little as $3 a month!

Jeremy, Marino and Eric continue their conversation with Erica Ifill for a hilarious read of Jon Kay's lat...

Jul 16 2021 - Mendy Wesley (ft. Erica Ifill)

Erica Ifill (@wickdchiq) of the Bad + Bitchy podcast joins us to talk about ex-CBC host Wendy Mesley's woe-is-me shtick in the Globe and Mail after she got canned for getting caught saying the n-word repeatedly over two years. How many times over her ...

Jun 16 2021 - Rex Murphy is a white supremacist

We're back for hopefully the last time reading one of Rex Murphy's ramblings. Literally the day after a Muslim family was murdered by a white supremacist, Rex is here to tell us about the real scourge of our time — anti-white racism.  While he denied last year that there was systemic racis...

May 29 2021 - From the river to the sea (ft. Hammam and Eytan)

Canadian media does a lot of things poorly. Its cowardice when it comes to talking about Palestine is right at the top of the list.

We’re joined by our Palestinian friend Hammam Farah (@HumHum83) and our Israeli friend Eytan Tobin (@RabbiDieHardman) to talk about how Israel, like Canada...

May 10 2021 - Dr. Sebra D'oh (ft. Abdul Malik)

Abdul Malik (@socialistraptor) makes his triumphant return to the Big Shiny Takes Institute to talk about two simpletons writing in newspapers to let the public know that diversity is bad, actually.

One columnist is Intellectual Dark Web C-lister, furry enthusiast and Jon Kay podcast co-ho...

Apr 18 2021 - Cold War 2: Electric Boogaloo (ft. Dan Boeckner)

The Big Shiny Guests keep on coming. This time we’ve got famed musician, podcaster and poster Dan Boeckner, joining us to talk about a little country called China, specifically Canadian pundits’ obsession with it.

First up is a piece in the Globe and Mail from Conservative foreign affa...

Apr 02 2021 - Hackabuski (ft. Nora Loreto)

PULL THE EMERGENCY BRAKE, IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER EPISODE OF BIG SHINY TAKES! 

Marino, Eric and Jeremy are joined by the great Nora Loreto to review columns by two incredibly talentless hacks: Konrad Yakabuski and Kelly McParland.

Yakabuski covers Quebec in a completely addled ...

Mar 12 2021 - Cancelling rhyme is a horrible crime

John Robson tried to write some lyrics
He was so incensed he wouldn't even hear it
The issue at hand? Cancel culture of course
He shouted so loud that his voice became hoarse

"They're coming for Seuss, the woke crowd, the leftists"
"These books are such classics, I'm left the b...

Mar 06 2021 - UNLOCKED: Bonus Episode – Rush Limbaugh, the latest victim of cancel culture

Head to patreon.com/bigshinytakes to unlock this and all of our other bonus episodes for as little as $3 a month!

We decided to unlock this bonus episode, because everyone deserves to celebrate Rush Limbaugh's death.&nbs...

Feb 13 2021 - Rex gonna give it to ya

The boys are back with two trash columns. One is written by a pretentious hack desperately shoehorning disjointed allusions to ephemera rattling around his decaying brain in yet another unfocused rant ending with him shouting about climate change not being real. The other is written by an unprete...

Jan 30 2021 - One Derek to Another (ft. Elaine Pauls)

Our pal Elaine Pauls (@heylaineys) joins us again to talk about Derek Sloan's donation from white supremacist douche Paul Fromm.

Former UCP bad boy Derek Fildebrandt, who was kicked out of the party after getting caught renting out his publicly-funded Edmonton apartment on AirBnB, doing a...

Jan 09 2021 - 10 Things I Hate About the Year in Review

New year, new theme music, new BST!

We've got a couple 2020 in review pieces that suggest maybe the hell year we're all traumatized from wasn't so bad after all. 

We start off with Never Trumper-turned-Trumper Hugh Hewitt's piece in the Washington Post, which contends that, su...

Dec 25 2020 - J.J. McCullough Roommate Spectacular (ft. Clinton Hallahan)

It's a Christmas miracle — a new BST episode right on schedule!

We start off with a little apertif in the form of BST favourite Barbara Kay and her review of the Queen's Gambit. It turns out, a fictional show isn't entirely accurate. But Babs says this is because women can't play chess. ...

Dec 11 2020 - John Ivison, useless idiot (ft. Andre Goulet)

Podfather Andre Goulet (@andremarrgoulet) of Harbinger Media Network (@harbingertweets) returns to BST to talk about anti-China neo-McCarthyism, as exemplified by John Ivison, whom you may remember from an earlier episode when he wrote a column about how CERB recipients are lazy parasites, for wh...

Nov 27 2020 - Howard Levitt, time cop (ft. Alex from Haus of Decline)

Senior Big Shiny Takes Institute legal analyst Alex (@NaomiDecline) from Haus of Decline — America's foremost Calvinist pod — joins us to take on two NPCs (National Post Columnists) who are lawyers. 

First off, we've got Howard Le...

Nov 13 2020 - You're tearing me apart, Licia (ft. Roberta Lexier)

We're joined by Podcast High principal and Mount Royal University historian Roberta Lexier (@rlexier) to discuss Licia Corbella's postponed knee surgery and the only thing a Trudeau has done that she supports, invoking the War Measures Act to militarily occupy Quebec.

While hospital worke...

Nov 04 2020 - BONUS MINI EP - Podfather Andre Goulet - Executive Director of Harbinger Media

Big things are happening down at the old podcast factory. 

Executive Director of the Harbinger Media Network and longtime friend of the show Andre Goulet came by to talk about Harbinger and its goals for a new, independent, left podcasting space in Canada. 

Yes, Big Shiny ...

Oct 16 2020 - Socialist Coup, or Return of the Big Red Machine (ft. CEO of Antifa)

We get a bit tankie in our latest installment, featuring a dearly-departed posting legend, Ray the Red, whom you might also know as the CEO of Antifa.  He got banned from Twitter for saying mean things about J.K. Rowling.

The National Post has been on a red-baiting tear recently, mor...

Oct 05 2020 - Manufacturing Wexit (ft. Scott Schmidt)

If there's anything Albertans love to do, it's complain. If there's anyone who knows this, it's Scott Schmidt (@shmitzysays), who writes about Alberta's grievance politics weekly in his "Laying It Out" column.

He joins us to discuss two excerpts from a recently-releases book, "Moment of Tr...

Sep 26 2020 - Terry Gladio (ft. Abdul Malik)

In this episode, we discuss a guy so anti-imperialist that he unquestioningly supports U.S. imperialism. That's right, we're talking about Macleans contributing editor, National Post columnist and all-around neocon ghoul Terry Glavin (Gladio). 

The piece in question is a masterful work...

Sep 12 2020 - A Fucking Abomination (ft. Mahnoor Yawar)

We're joined by our dear j-school pal Mahnoor Yawar (@mahnoorie) to talk about a familiar theme for our listeners — the complete lack of accountability for columnists at Canada's major newspapers.

The spark for this discussion was Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno's reply-all meltdow...

Aug 21 2020 - Ed the Sock Spectacular (ft. 2 Stephens)

We need to talk about the sock. Stephen Magusiak (@magusiak) of PressProgress joins us to explain a guy named Steven Kerzner (@EdtheSock) to our American buddy, Stephen from the Haus of Decline podcast in light of Ke...

Aug 15 2020 - Grandpa Gurney (ft. Tristan Johnson)

YouTuber Tristan Johnson of Step Back History joins us to talk about how incinerating tens of thousands of Japanese civillians at the close of the Second World War is actually bad.

The impetus for this discussion is a chatacteristically long-winded Twitter thread from National Post opinion...

Aug 02 2020 - Justin, WE have a problem

WE have returned to talk about the scandal that has rocked Canadian politics for the past few weeks. This is, of course, courtesy of a shady charity run by Canada's McPoyle twins. The prime minister wanted to hand them a $900-million contract to administer a government student summer jobs program...

Jul 19 2020 - Margaret Wente is not even mad bro (ft. Emily Leedham)

Big Shiny Takes is back with an episode on a columnist that is truly memorable for all the wrong reasons, Margaret Wente. But first we briefly discuss the WE scandal engulfing Canadian news, before launching into a discussion of tHe LetTeR and cAnCeL cUlTuRe to set the scene for Wente's woe-is-me...

Jul 12 2020 - BONUS EPISODE: The Unfairly Twisted Mind of Jonah Goldberg

We are back with a very special bonus episode, our first every Big Shiny Takes listener request!

For this episode we read a column by Jonah Goldberg, an American columnist and commentator. Goldberg argues that despite many police forces in the USA originating from slave patrols, it's unfa...

Jul 04 2020 - Rest in Peterson

After a quick catch up with some old favourites, we talk about the return of Dr. Jordan Bernt Peterson after an apparent benzo addiction scare. Is he alive? Dead? Transcended the astral realm? Mikhaila assumed his form? We discuss so you can decide!

We also read through his comeback Nation...

Jun 20 2020 - Cyclist Occupied Government (COG)

In a slight departure from our regular Postmedia dunking, we talk about the nation's second-largest newspaper chain, TorStar. It may not surprise you to learn that they own the Toronto Star, which is relatively good compared with the National Post, but still part of the same corporate media ecosy...

Jun 13 2020 - Joe Warmington, people's champ (ft. Stephen Magusiak)

We're joined by Stephen Magusiak (@magusiak) of PressProgress to talk about a real banner week for Postmedia sleaze.

First, we discuss Rex Murphy's absolute dumpster fire on how racism isn't a major issue in our fake country that was built off ethnically cleansing Indigenous people, the r...

May 31 2020 - Mr. Burns, eco-warrior (ft. Evan from Kino Lefter)

It's the crossover you were waiting for, babeey.

We watched a couple classic Simpsons episodes with Evan MacDonald (@MacDonaldTweets) of the world's #1 socialist film criticism podcast (to us), Kino Lefter.

We use this to inform our discussion Postmedia bench warmer Matthew Lau's ...

May 24 2020 - Country House and City House

They're really quite a pair. Wherever there's adventure you'll find Don Martin there.

The gang is back with two new hot takes published in two Canadian news outlets. The first is from retired broadcaster Don Martin - who has voiced his opinion that provinces taking steps to ensure they pr...

May 21 2020 - The IDEAS episode (ft. Jack Dump)

The boys are back and joined by a friend, the great Jack Dump (aka Myer Mendelson) of Haus of Decline! 

We're taking a bit of a step beyond our usual scope, and looking to our neighbours to the south for a second. We talk about Dave Rubin's newest treatise on how the left has gone too ...

May 06 2020 - CERB Your Enthusiasm

Another week, another brain-meltingly stupid column in The National Post. We had every intention of sticking to our format this episode, but recent events forced us to switch things up.

For those of you blissfully unaware: Postmedia closed the doors to another 15 of its community newspape...

May 04 2020 - BONUS EPISODE: Not Like Other Girls

After a spirited discussion about a certain columnist's criticisms of Theresa Tam, Elaine (@heylaineys) sticks around to discuss Mikhaila Peterson. For those who aren't aware, Mikhaila is Dr. Jordan Peterson's daughter. She also only eats meat for some reason? I'm sure there's a reason, and a pro...

Apr 26 2020 - The China Connection (ft. Elaine Pauls)

The boys are back and they have a friend with them to laugh at the worst opinions in the country. Elaine (@heylaineys) from @format_guardian and @sportsaregay joins Big Shiny Takes to read a column by Licia Corbella that accuses Canada's top health official of being a puppet of the People's Repub...

Apr 15 2020 - The mask identifier has logged on

These are complicated and troubling times. So why not laugh at what passes for a column in a Canadian newspaper with us? This episode we pull apart a column from an old favourite - Jonathan Kay.

Jon seems to think that Theresa Tam has really dropped the ball in the ongoing fight to slow t...

Apr 05 2020 - Mary Brown Presents: Lord Conrad Black

Another week, another terrible take that we read so you don't have to. This week the boys review some work done by Lord of Cross Harbour, former Order of Canada recipient, and ex-prison attendee Conrad Black.

It's our opinion that Black is a terrible writer with terrible ideas. Typically ...

Mar 31 2020 - Wife Guys Finish Last

COVID-19 is changing everything we do. It's also been the subject of attention for many columnists across Canada. Many people have had very reasonable opinions about the country's approach to fighting the virus, but two people had very special takes. One took the time to call video game retail st...