The Walrus Podcast

#24: How to Teach Boys About Sex

“Much of pornography is as relevant to what people actually do [sexually] as The Fast and the Furious is for how people actually drive.” Rachel Giese discusses the new sexual education for young men

From the April 2014 magazine
Photograph by Raina Kirn and Wilson BarryRaina Kirn and Wilson Barry

#23: Mackenzie River

“It’s like a lake moving northward. It’s one of those majestic things that Canadians should be very proud of.” Writers Tim Querengesser and Chris Wood discuss the health and welfare of the one of the world’s great water arteries

From the magazine
Photograph by Garth Lenz
Garth Lenz Confluence of the Carcajou and Mackenzie rivers, Northwest Territories, August 2005.

Research for this podcast provided by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation.

#22: Sledgehammer

“You use everything you have in these sports.” Disability scholar and former Paralympian Danielle Peers joins senior editor Drew Nelles to discuss the latter’s story about sledge hockey, Oscar Pistorius, and how society views athletes with disabilities

From the March 2014 magazine
Photograph by Benoit AquinBenoit AquinDominic Larocque, twenty-six, was wounded in Afghanistan. He made the Canadian sledge hockey team just nine months after he took up the sport.

#21: Inside the Story behind the Rob Ford Story

“If the choice is between giving readers pause and not telling the story at all, I think you’ve got to tell the story.” Ivor Tossell on the legal challenges of reporting Toronto’s ultimate political scandal

From the March 2014 magazine
Illustration by Graham RoumieuGraham Roumieu

#20: Electric Powwow

“It always starts with that basic, straight-forward drum beat, supposed to symbolize the heartbeat of Mother Earth.” Waubgeshig Rice discusses his profile of Aboriginal DJs A Tribe Called Red

From the December 2013 magazine
Photograph by Pat Bolduc
Pat Bolduc Old beat, new drums From left, DJs Bear Witness, Shub, and NDN near the ByWard Market in Ottawa.

#19: Boy Next Door

“You want to be able to horrible it actually was, while still maintaining your respect for the people who endured it.” Stacey May Fowles discusses her challenging memoir about growing up in the shadow of Paul Bernardo

From the December 2013 magazine
Photograph by Fabrice StrippoliFabrice Strippoli

#18: Eleanor Catton

An interview with the winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Co-produced by the Canada Council for the Arts

From the December 2013 magazine
Photograph by Robert CattoRobert Catto

#17: Forgotten Woman

Marian Botsford Fraser discusses the crimes and punishment of dangerous offender Renée Acoby

From the November 2013 magazine
Illustration by Stephen Appleby-BarrStephen Appleby-BarrRenée Acoby.

#16: Big Mac

On oil sands, SUVs, and sustainability: Taras Grescoe recounts his visit to Alberta boom town Fort McMurray

From the November 2013 magazine
Photograph by Naomi Harris
Naomi Harris Genna Sharp washes a truck in the new subdivision of Eagle Ridge.

#15: Return to Afghanistan

Five years ago, reporter Mellissa Fung was kidnapped, stabbed, and held outside of Kabul. Now, she explains why she had to go back

From the October 2013 magazine
Photograph by Lana ŠlezićLana ŠlezićA woman rests at Chaman Babrak, a settlement for internally displaced persons in northern Kabul. From the photographer’s Forsaken series.

#14: Judging the GGLAs

Produced in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts: jurors Mahtab Narsimhan and Thomas Wharton talk about judging one of the country’s premier literary awards

From the October 2013 magazine
The Governor General's Literary Awards

#13: Water

Artist Edward Burtynsky discusses his stunning visual essay for the magazine’s anniversary issue

From the October 2013 magazine
Photograph by Edward BurtynskyEdward Burtynsky

#12: That Bieber Fever

Music writer Kaitlin Fontana charts the rise and fall of pop superstar Justin Bieber

From the October 2013 magazine
Artwork by the Walrus Art DepartmentWalrus Art Department

Landing page image photographed by Eva Rinaldi.

#11: The Fix

Writer and epidemiologist Dan Werb discusses the problems with injection drug use—and new possibilities to improve them

From the September 2013 magazine
Illustration by Byron EggenschwilerByron Eggenschwiler

#10: Body and Soul

Author Drew Nelles, joined by his friend Dan Harvey, discusses his memoir about the accident that broke Dan’s neck

From the September 2013 magazine
Photograph by Tim Georgeson
Tim Georgeson “Dan was the most physical person I knew. Then he broke his neck.”