Listening Party #1

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Plug in a pair of headphones and join other festival passholders for a listening party featuring exclusive, surprise sneak peeks of some of the hottest new shows of 2021 introduced by their hosts and creators.


Evil By Design (CBC Podcasts)
More than 80 women from around the world have accused the Canadian fast-fashion mogul Peter Nygard of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking, earning him the moniker, ‘Canada’s Jeffrey Epstein’. He denies it all, and claims his accusers are lying as part of a vast conspiracy. Longtime CBC investigative journalist Timothy Sawa, part of a team investigating Peter Nygard, helms this new podcast that asks : Who are the women and men who have stepped forward? Which systems failed them? And how did Nygard get away with it for so long?

Heaven Bent (Frequency Podcast Network)
Bethel Church, in Redding, California, is one of the largest and most unusual churches in America. What goes on inside its bewildering School of Supernatural Ministry? Is Bethel as powerful as its critics believe it to be? And, during the COVID-19 pandemic, why are its most high-profile leaders defying public health orders? In season two of Heaven Bent, join Tara Jean Stevens as she continues to track the “Toronto Blessing” - a bizarre spiritual movement that spread to her childhood church, and around the world.

Welcome to Your Fantasy (Gimlet Media/Pineapple Street Studios)
In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption and murder. Historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.

Originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 PM. Watch on demand until February 28. Closed Captioning will be available on the recording up to 72 hours after the event wraps.

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