October 7th, 2019
The anchor and senior editor of The Agenda on TVO, Steve Paikin has moderated leaders’ debates for three federal and two provincial elections, has written multiple books, and has created several documentaries.
Whether in front of the camera or a live audience, Paikin always brings his intelligent analysis to top, headlining stories—be them local, national, or international. For twelve years prior to The Agenda, Paikin co-hosted TVO’s Studio 2. He also hosted TVO’s weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, which debuted in 1998.
In December 2014, he was appointed distinguished visiting professor in The RTA School of Media and School of Journalism at Ryerson University, his term starting January 2015. Steve is originally from Hamilton, was educated at the University of Toronto and Boston University, which we believe explains his love of the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Boston Red Sox.
He has spent nearly 25 years in journalism.
October 8th, 2019
Neil Swidey is a narrative nonfiction author and journalist. He is the author of the No. 1 Boston Globe bestseller Trapped Under the Sea, as well as The Assist, and he is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.
A staff writer for The Boston Globe Magazine, his work has been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, The Best American Crime Reporting, and The Best American Political Writing. Swidey has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and is a seven-time winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
He teaches at Tufts University and lives outside Boston with his wife and three daughters.
October 9th, 2019
Jonathan Jarry is a science communicator with the McGill Office for Science and Society, dedicated to separating sense from nonsense on the scientific stage. He brings his experience in cancer research, human genetics, rehabilitation research, and forensic biology to the work he does for the public. He is the creator, writer, and host of the YouTube show Cracked Science, which uses a late-night deep-dive format to debunk pseudoscience and denounce bad science.
With cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos, he co-hosts the award-winning medical podcast The Body of Evidence, which aims to contextualize findings in the realm of health research and answer the public's most pressing questions about the biomedical sciences while also being funny and entertaining.
He has been featured on the BBC, CBC, Wired.com, Global TV, RDI, and La Presse.