The Kill List: CBC’s new podcast tells a gripping, high-stakes story
The list of victims
This six-part CBC series investigates the mysterious 2020 death of Pakistani dissident and human rights activist Karima Baloch, who was living in exile in Canada.
When Baloch’s body was found near the downtown Toronto waterfront, local police said they were not treating his death as suspicious.
But many who knew Baloch fear she was murdered because of her vocal criticism of the Pakistani state and her human rights abuses in her home province of Balochistan.
In the series, host Mary Lynk explores various accounts of kidnappings and murders of Pakistani dissidents, as well as stories of those who fled West in search of safety, but instead found themselves tracked by the powerful threat from the Pakistani state.
Lynk manages to speak to a number of people who have clearly taken a huge risk in speaking out, and what results is a gripping, high-stakes story that’s important to tell.
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Who killed Daphne?
Investigative journalist Stephen Gray hosts this six-part Wondery series about the death of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in 2017.
After Galizia’s death, an international team of journalists came together to continue their work, which culminated in “The Daphne Project”: a series of stories published in some of the world’s biggest media on corruption and money laundering money in Malta and beyond.
Along the way, reporters uncovered information about who might be responsible for Galizia’s murder.
This podcast focuses on pursuing some of those leads and features some extraordinary material, including a full confession from one of the men accused of leading the assassination plot against Galizia.
If you listen closely, you’ll also notice that the first episode features a short clip from RNZ’s Kathryn Ryan, who spoke to Galizia on her show Nine To Noon in 2016.
New episodes are being released in drips across all major podcasting platforms, but you can now listen to all episodes ad-free by subscribing to Amazon Music or Wondery Plus on Apple Podcasts.
Gay pride and prejudice
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Rosie O’Donnell star in this playful, modern retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel, in which the main character, Bennet, is a gay man in his thirties living in Boston, surrounded of a circle of gay friends who are all starting to pair up and settle down.
The narrative is set amongst contemporary current events, such as the 2015 United States Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, but there are also plenty of more mundane references to modern life in this series too – think of the drug-fueled delusions in nightclubs, emojis, social media influencers and self-help gurus.
The Spotify Original series has been expertly produced by the team at Gimlet, so it’s no surprise that the sound design is super smooth and polished.
The voice acting is also excellent – my highlights were Ronald Peet as Darcy, a moody, ramshackle football player, and Rhys Nicholson as a camp flight attendant called Luke (based on the character of Lydia in Austen’s original story).
No familiarity with Jane Austen is necessary to enjoy this new series, but of course it probably helps a bit in order to catch specific references.
All episodes are now available on Spotify.