Episodes

Jessi Hempel: The Family Outing

Jan. 31, 2023

Jessi Hempel was the first in her family to come out. Not long after, her father, sister, brother and mother followed suit, each one coming to terms with their gender, sexuality and secrets from their past. An accomplished w…

Aisha Brown: The First Black Woman Ever

Jan. 24, 2023

Aisha Brown is the first Black Women Ever … to have a comedy special on Crave TV. That was back in 2020, and a lot has changed since then, but maybe not enough. Aisha fights the same demons that many comedians do, be they fe…

Lana Payne: Tough Cookie

Jan. 17, 2023

Lana Payne is a firecracker. She’ll answer anything. As the new head of UNIFOR Canada’s biggest private sector union, she talks about dealing with Doug Ford, allegations of corruption, making nice with other unions and the t…

Rick Mercer: The First Man

Jan. 10, 2023

Well OUR first man anyway. We’ve decided to open up the floodgates and talk to anyone fearless and/or funny enough to want to talk to US, and no one fits that bill better than Rick. He’s been called a national treasure, Cana…

Holiday Greetings from The Women Of Ill Repute!

Dec. 20, 2022

A quick update & thank you from Maureen and Wendy as we head into the holiday season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Erin Davis: Joy To The World

Dec. 13, 2022

Erin Davis makes us think of Christmas. Not only because she was a long time morning host at CHFI, Canada’s biggest holiday music station. Not just because played the Fairy Godmother in one of Ross Petty’s Christmas pantomim…

Mayor Jyoti Gondek: Because It Matters

Dec. 6, 2022

It’s easy to get cynical about politics. But Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek says to heck with that. She’s going all in. And it’s not just the hats. She has 5 cowboy hats and 5 pairs of boots. Calgary is now the 3rd most diverse …

Allison Dore: Laughing All the Way

Nov. 29, 2022

Women are not funny, or at least not as funny as men. Men don’t like funny women, they like women who laugh at their jokes, but not their penises. If women are funny, they’re probably lesbians. On and on it goes, despite amp…

Lynsey Addario: Love and War

Nov. 22, 2022

Why do they do it? It’s easy to have a theory of why war correspondents put their lives on the line. Are they dealing with trauma? Are they addicted to the adrenalin? Maybe. Maybe they just have big hearts. For more than 20 …

Louise Penny: Don't Be Afraid

Nov. 15, 2022

There’s Canadian famous, and then there’s Famous famous. Like author Louise Penny. Luckily, she was Wendy’s best friend in grade 9, so we were able to persuade her to come on the podcast. Maureen, Louise and Wendy talk all a…

Sass Jordan: Bitches Blues

Nov. 8, 2022

She’s a badass blues woman with the best laugh in this or any other business. Sass Jordan joins us to talk about female rockers (there aren’t that many), great musicians, and how to spot true talent. Not giving a damn about …

Sex with Sue

Nov. 1, 2022

You may have had The Talk with one of your parents. You know, the squirmy, uncomfortable and downright incredulous chat about what happens when a man and a woman truly love each other, etc.etc. But for many of us, the fun pa…

Ann-Marie MacDonald: Mystery and Magyk on the Moors

Oct. 25, 2022

We’ve always been here, writes Ann-Marie MacDonald. And so have the moors. She calls her new book the queerest she’s ever written. But what is queer? Isn’t everybody different? Fayne, published by Penguin Random House Canada…

How' s It Going?

Oct. 18, 2022

So glad you asked! What started as a little podcast hosted by two nervous women with love in their hearts and stars in their eyes … is still a little podcast hosted by two nervous women etc etc. But we’re still here, and it’…

Marilyn Denis: She Likes it On Top

Oct. 4, 2022

Broadcasting is a brutal business, especially for women over fifty who may or may not have gray hair. There is one woman, however, who has been at the top of her game, on both radio and television, and she is, of course, Mar…

Hannah Alper: The Kids Are Alright

Sept. 20, 2022

Just when you’re convinced the world is a dark place with an uncertain future, along comes Hannah Alper. It’s not that Hannah’s a foolish optimist. She is, as Gloria Steinem calls it, a “hopeaholic”. Hannah has been an activ…

Marie Henein: Who Ya Gonna Call?

Sept. 6, 2022

If you are famous and in trouble, she is the one you call. She’s Canada’s pre-eminent criminal defence lawyer. Marie Henein defended Jian Ghomeshi. Was she doing her job or a “traitor to women”? We found her defiant, in love…

Barbie Latza Nadeau: The Godmother

Aug. 23, 2022

Why are we so obsessed with the mob? Can women be just as cutthroat? Is Italian culture too macho? We have all the answers (not!) in our chat from Rome with Barbie Latza Nadeau about her new book “The Godmother”. She tells u…

Leah McLaren: A Mother Of A Story

Aug. 9, 2022

Going There. She moved to London, but boy, she’s still writing. Leah McLaren talks to us about her new book ”Where You End and I Begin”. About her writer mom, family commitments, being weird (aren’t we all?) and “whatever ha…

Jen Agg: Is she a Real Bitch?

July 26, 2022

Jen Agg is the owner and power behind Toronto restaurants The Black Hoof (now Bar Vendetta), Rhum Corner, and Grey Gardens. She is both revered and criticized for outspokenness, her work ethic and her honesty with regards to…

Jax Irwin: Woman On The Street

July 12, 2022

You can take a girl out of the Maritimes, but she’ll still go home to visit. Jax Irwin, morning co-host on Toronto’s Virgin radio, joins us to talk about life and laughter, coming out, her love of family, and playing with th…

Jann Arden: Failure, Friendship and other F-words.

June 28, 2022

You think you know Jann Arden: she’s Canada’s cranky songbird, but still comes across as everyone’s best friend. Writer, singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, animal rights activist - Jann’s all that, but still maintains th…

Jody Wilson-Raybould: Good Trouble

June 19, 2022

Former Justice minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould is not just angry–not just determined to improve the lives of indigenous people. She’s all that, but we discover she’s also a hoot! She dishes on how hugs fro…

Mary Walsh: A Fart in the Mist

June 19, 2022

If Mary Walsh isn’t the mother of Canadian comedy, she is certainly its sister. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a founding member of the CODCO comedy troupe, Mary went on to co-create the legendary news satire p…