Latest Podcast Episodes

A conversation with Scott Cullen

My conversation with writer and fantasy expert Scott Cullen, whose prolific work as a contributor at The Athletic and correspondent with the National Hockey League is admired by legions of fans and followers across North America. We discussed his earliest days in the business and how he crafted his identity and brand through sheer diligence and hard work, the reckoning of sports journalism and how the seismic nature of the business forced him to adjust every step of the way, his candid thoughts the Maple Leafs and the omnipresent divisional threat that is Tampa Bay Lightning, his brutally honest take on the state of the Raptors and if Gasol is enough to vault them into the NBA finals, and his stone cold interpretation of the rebuilding mandate behind the Blue Jays and the non-competitive nature of modern day free agency in baseball. Be sure to check out Scott (@ByScottCullen) on social media and enjoy his fantasy prognostications for the NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA.

Ari Shapiro on FM 105.9 The Region (Vaughan) with Jim Lang (02-16-2019)

My latest guest appearance on FM 105.9 The Region (Vaughan) with the always classy Jim Lang. We talked about the departure of John Gibbons and the potential influence of rookie skipper Charlie Montoyo, on the issue of having one hundred free agents still looking for employment, how Mark Shapiro will need to be a skillful politician in 2019, the Blue Jays depth chart and their dire need for legitimate major league starting pitching, when the mercurial Vlad Guerrero Jr. will see the light of major league day, if Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez can right their respective ships, and the quagmire that has become Bryce Harper. Check out Jim (@JimLangSports) on social media and be sure to follow his morning show on FM 105.9 The Region (@1059TheRegion).

A conversation with Bif Naked

My conversation with writer, humanitarian, actress, and Canadian rock star icon Bif Naked, whose music and philosophy has made her into a profound source of inspiration for millions of fans. With classic hits like Spaceman, I Love Myself Today, and Daddy's Getting Married, many fans of Bif (aka Beth Allen) will find her an engaging conversationalist who has no shortage of words to describe her indomitable view of the changing world around us. We talked about her extraordinary powers of self-awareness which never allowed the media to dictate her image, breaking on the scene after the arrival of the Seattle grunge sound, the things in life that inspire her every day and night, her passion for human rights and social justice, why being an animal lover is a defining trait that continues to nourish her life, how a childhood filled with parental expectations molded her into a soul fighter, her love of baseball and the Blue Jays, and the existential feeling behind moving from Vancouver to Toronto after nearly three decades. Be sure to check out Bif Naked (@bifnaked) on social media and visit her website at Her latest book is "I, Bificus - Song & Stories Tour" which looks back at her entire career and 10-album repertoire that will only further your understanding of why she's been called the Princess of Punk, the Rock Goddess, and the Legend.

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