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We all remember the moment we discovered that secret song on one of our favourite albums. Often, those hidden gems provide a revealing peek behind-the-curtain, leading us to new insights about the artists and recordings we thought we knew. CKUA’s Hidden Track podcast aims to do the same, by bringing you stories that change the way you experience music. Any given week, we’ll get to the heart of the song with the musician who wrote it, reflect on a landmark recording with the producer and engi ...
 
The greatest businesses weren’t born from moments of genius. They emerged after years of discovery--and often after years of failure. What I Know from Inc. magazine takes you inside the messy, painful, and--every so often--transcendent journey of starting a company. Through candid interviews, Inc. senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin draws out the real grit and true lessons behind innovative companies and remarkable brands.
 
In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Noah Findling (The New York Times, Comedy Central).
 
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February brings us the battle of the vocalists! We put Bono, Steve Perry, Ian McCullough, and yes uh..... Dennis DeYoung (?) in the ring to duke it out! Who prevails? Who referees? Who has the gloves on? Who doesn't? Also somehow we review ANOTHER Ramones album? Frontiers | Journey War | U2 Porcupine | Echo & the Bunnymen Kilroy Was Here | Styx Sub…
 
Our pilot this month is called Common Areas written by Mat Harawitz (Angie Tribeca) & Hilary Winston (Happy Endings). In cities where rents have sky rocketed, people are turning to micro-units in luxury buildings, where they can get a bedroom for the price of an apartment in any other city. These dorm residents are getting a lot more than just a ti…
 
​​When she had the idea for an organization to elevate women in leadership roles and entrepreneurship, Cate Luzio didn’t even intend to start a company. Three years later, she’s built Luminary, a thousands-strong networking and career-coaching company that’s weathered the pandemic--and taken the opportunity to expand digitally and globally. She tel…
 
She was a musical visionary, a champion of women’s voices in the male-dominated industry, a builder of connections between musical worlds, and a true Alberta treasure. Ellen McIlwaine's abilities as a vocalist and guitarist were seemingly endless in scope. She moved effortlessly between genres, styles, settings, and traditions. Her career is dotted…
 
We caught up with the writers of Voice Of The People this week! Andrew sat down with Paul Scheer (The League, Black Monday) and Andrew Guest (30 Rock, Community) for their after show interview. They talked about the development process for Voice Of The People and where they saw the series going. They go in depth about the notes they received from H…
 
Garry Tan is known for his investments in Coinbase and Instacart--but before cofounding and managing his fund, Initialized Capital, he was a partner at Y Combinator, where he advised more than 700 startups. He’d been down that road before--founding two of his own companies. Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Tan--now a thought-leader with a popul…
 
We’re kicking off summer with a hot pilot! It’s called Voice of the People written by Paul Scheer & Andrew Guest. It’s a behind the scenes look at the cutthroat world of cable news punditry, where people treat the news like entertainment, in which one woman slowly loses her integrity as a journalist on her path to becoming an “expert.” It was set u…
 
Henry, Chris and Megan kick the doors down on 1983, and decide which of these albums from January 1983 are worth listening to. Was 1983 the year of the raspy voice? Did Foghorn Leghorn like Alabama or Def Leppard more? Albums considered are: Pyromania | Def Leppard Sweet Dreams | Eurythmics Pancho and Lefty | Merle Haggard /Willie Nelson The Closer…
 
Ryan Petersen founded Flexport in 2013, when he decided to break into and transform part of the global-shipping industry by bringing reliable data and tracking to even the smallest companies. Now he has more than $1 billion in revenue and 2200 employees globally--and the industry is facing an unprecedented challenge in the wake of the pandemic. Chr…
 
k.d. lang's discography has explored everything from cowpunk, to smooth pop, to jazz. Their new album 'Makeover' may be the most delightful surprise of all! It's a stunning collection of dance remixes dating from 1992 to 2000. On this episode, we'll explore this fascinating “hidden zone” in their career. k.d. talks to us about the roots of their lo…
 
After entirely too many weeks of challenges, Chris and Henry and Megan throw down and FINALLY close out 1982, holding court on all that fell into our earholes, and preparing to plunge upward to the year 1983!!!! We love Buzzsprout! - Sign up to do your own podcast project using this link, which supports our show, and gets YOU a $20.00 Amazon gift c…
 
It’s week two of the Max Fun Drive! Thank you so much if you’ve already supported the show by becoming a MaxFun member. Make sure you let us know on twitter or instagram so we can properly thank you! For week two we caught up with Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period) and Monica Padrick (Community, Central Park) about their pilot Tails. They w…
 
Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Janet Varney, host of MaxFun's The JV Club podcast. DPS fans will enjoy Janet (you know her from several of our episodes!), the funny and frank conversations about our most awkward years, and the celebrity guests. Don't forget to check the boxes for Dead Pilots Society and The JV Club when you bec…
 
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews Fawn Weaver, the CEO and founder of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, bestselling author, and serial entrepreneur, about how she built her brand and company after setting out to tell the remarkable story of Nearest Green, the first known African-American master distiller and man who taught Jack Daniel how to make w…
 
Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi, hosts of MaxFun's We Got This podcast. DPS fans will enjoy the comedy arguments, the silly decisions, and the celebrity guests of We Got This. Don't forget to check the boxes for Dead Pilots Society and We Got This when you become a MaxFun member!Please help support …
 
To keep in line with the spirit of #MaxFunDrive, we are feed swapping with fellow MaxFun podcast Mission to Zyxx. Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Mission to Zyxx hosts/comedians Seth Lind and Moujan Zolfaghari. DPS fans will LOVE this podcast! Each episode features a special guest comedian who plays an inhabitant of the Zyxx Qua…
 
The MaxFunDrive is here and we have a very special episode for you. It’s Tails written by Riki Lindhome (Knives Out, Another Period) and Monica Padrick (Community, Central Park). Tails follows Erika, a woman in her late 30s, who despite the pressure she feels from the world around her, refuses to settle in any area of her life. It was set up at Fox…
 
When he quit the band Fairport Convention at 21, Richard Thompson had already revolutionized folk rock, and become a roots music icon. That was just the beginning of his astounding half-century-long career! It's a journey he traces in his new book, Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice (1967-1975). On this episode, Richard Thompson joins us …
 
In our episode today, we are feed swapping with Reading Glasses! Dead Pilots Society producer Ben Blacker chats with Brea Grant and Mallory O'Meara, hosts of MaxFun's Reading Glasses podcast. This is a podcast all about book culture and literary life. No matter how much you read, you can listen to this show! Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara are joine…
 
In this week’s episode, Andrew sits down with with the writers of last week’s pilot Next Door, Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (MadTV, Happy Endings). In their interview, Steven and Brian talk about how they met on MadTV and what the writing process for that show was like. They tell war stories about past pilots, their experience show running Uncle Bu…
 
Our pilot this month is called Next Door written by Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (Mad TV, Happy Endings). It’s a multi-generational comedy about three diverse suburban couples, all at crossroads in their lives, who bond while investigating the murder of the worst person in their neighborhood. It was set up at Fox with Sony Pictures TV and Stoller G…
 
Dec. 1982 - The world knows technology is coming - undercurrents of suspicion and some worry about where this is headed, and some think it’s just a cute new boyfriend/girlfriend. Wesley Willis wore an Eddy Grant costume! Killer on the Rampage | Eddy Grant Trans | Neil Young Shabooh Shoobah | INXS All Four One | The Motels Night and Day | Joe Jackso…
 
This week’s episode is a special tribute to Jamie Tarses. An irreplaceable force in the television business, Jamie was the producer of shows such as Happy Endings, My Boys, Franklin and Bash, The Wilds, Men at Work, and the upcoming Mysterious Benedict Society. She was a tireless and fearless supporter of writers, and Andrew interviewed 16 writers …
 
He was a celebrated singer-songwriter, activist, award-winning documentarian, and a true trailblazer. As a musician, Willie Dunn was compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Pete Seeger. He’s credited for creating Canada’s first music video. Yet, too few Canadians are familiar with his work. On this episode, we celebrate the release of Creation Ne…
 
Henry, Chris and Megan start shutting down the year with: Food comparisons A band named after a beverage Spurious claims about Lionel Richie Everyone must be hungry! Spotify Link CODA | Led Zeppelin Music For A New Society | John Cale Lionel Richie | Lionel Richie Rip It Up | Orange Juice Long After Dark | Tom Petty We love Buzzsprout! - Sign up to…
 
After months of tracking Tessa Coates’ pilot Primates, we were so happy to finally get it on the pod last week. If you haven’t listen to it yet, get on it! Andrew caught up with Tessa in this week’s episode to discuss the rollercoaster ride her pilot went on in the development process. She talked about her experience of learning how to write a pilo…
 
This month we bring you a pilot that was consumed in the fires of Quibi's epic flame-out! The pilot is Primates by Tessa Coates. Tessa is a British writer, performer, journalist, and comedian. Primates is based on her debut solo show which sold out its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ran at the Soho Theatre to even more sell-out aud…
 
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin interviews the founder of Crowned Marketing and Communications about how she turned $500 in pageant winnings into a thriving company that advises big brands on inclusive marketing. She’s also an expert on Gen Z, who has researched their consumption habits for her book FutureProof: The Blueprint for Building a Brand Gen Z a…
 
The long-awaited and eagerly anticipated reckoning with THRILLER by Michael Jackson is here! Chris, Henry, and Megan deal with the best selling album of all time, and discuss the cultural impact of Michael Jackson on the world, and his tarnished legacy. We love Buzzsprout! - Sign up to do your own podcast project using this link, which supports our…
 
In honour of her 80th birthday in February, 2021, CKUA's Hidden Track podcast explores Buffy Sainte-Marie's remarkable artistic journey, featuring fresh insights from Buffy herself. Biographer Andrea Warner walks us through some major milestones in the story of one of music’s most under-appreciated geniuses. Along the way, we’ll hear from a new gen…
 
We hope you enjoyed last week’s table read of Space Bound written by Golden Globe-nominated writer/director of Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell. We caught up with Emerald in this week’s episode to discuss her pilot and her writing process. She talked about the importance of writing redeeming characters in comedies and why she prefers writing …
 
In October 1982, masters of the craft swung for the fences - in a bid for artistic, commercial and critical success. ….and another band showed up also. Chris, Henry, and Megan help you decide which was which from this month in a decade that mattered! The Nightfly | Donald Fagan 1999 | Prince Midnight Love | Marvin Gaye H2O | Hall & Oates Kissing To…
 
Welcome to the first episode in our new format! We are splitting up the table reads and writer interviews into separate episodes. Let us know what you think! We are starting the new format with what we think is one of our all-time best episodes. It’s a pilot from the Golden Globe-nominated writer/director of Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell. …
 
King me! September brings us royalty with records from the 80s Art Rock King and Queen, The 80s Soundtrack King, the Kings of Progressive Rock, and the Kings of Hard Rock! This ain't chess, this is 80s Music Exposed! What famous 90s rock band stole their entire sound from Kenny Loggins? Click and inquire within! It's Hard | The Who High Adventure |…
 
When he died on December 12th, 2020, at the age of 86, Charley Pride left behind a truly mind-blowing legacy. He was flat-out one of the biggest country stars in history. He rather famously was the 2nd-best-selling RCA records artist of the '70s, second only to Elvis Presley. The road to that staggering success, though, required incredible struggle…
 
Happy New Year to all our listeners! We're taking a break from dead pilots this month to do something fun and different! At the beginning of the pandemic Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6: The Series), asked the Twitter-verse to send her the names of fake TV shows that she could write the cold opens for. It was an incredible writing exercise and Jenny ended …
 
Get your Nagel posters out of the attic! Another classic album episode-length episode! This time discussing RIO by Duran Duran! Duran Duran - were they annoying 80s-era teeny boppers? Coke-addled bon vivants? RIO - Overhyped synthpop or classic masterpiece? Chris, Henry and Megan stake all their claims to sort out the truth! Spotify Album ***We lov…
 
Ten years on from the ground-breaking Radio 4 series, "A History of The World in 100 Objects", former director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor looks back at the impact of the series, on how storytelling in museums has changed over a turbulent decade and asks which object from 2020 would best encapsulate our modern age.Producer: Paul Kobrak…
 
This month's pilot is Life After Harley written by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire, Mom, Jack and Jill). Life After Harley centers around Lucy Turpin, who has been emotionally stuck since the death of her famous baseball player husband over a year ago. The day she finally tries to move on and explore a new romance, her departed Harley comes back…
 
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