42 episodes

Veteran journalist Paul Wells interviews the leaders and thinkers tackling the world's big problems — war and peace, democracy and dictatorship, making governments and communities work. Paul draws on decades of experience as a reporter and columnist at Macleans, the Toronto Star and elsewhere to bring you smart, intimate conversations with newsmakers and people who deserve a higher profile.

The Paul Wells Show is produced by Antica, in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

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Veteran journalist Paul Wells interviews the leaders and thinkers tackling the world's big problems — war and peace, democracy and dictatorship, making governments and communities work. Paul draws on decades of experience as a reporter and columnist at Macleans, the Toronto Star and elsewhere to bring you smart, intimate conversations with newsmakers and people who deserve a higher profile.

The Paul Wells Show is produced by Antica, in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

    A cop talks about policing protests

    A cop talks about policing protests

    Police have been facing heavy scrutiny lately over how they handle protests, from the convoy in Ottawa to pro-Palestine demonstrations. OPP Acting Superintendent Marcel Beaudin shares the police perspective on this issue. Until recently, Beaudin ran the OPP’s Provincial Liaison team that deals with demonstration and protests. He has also been a leader in the service’s Indigenous Policing Bureau. 
    This episode was recorded at the Munk School.
    Subscribe to Paul's Substack for a premium version of this show: paulwells.substack.com

    • 47 min
    What's Andrew Coyne so worried about?

    What's Andrew Coyne so worried about?

    Paul's former sparring partner Andrew Coyne joins us to discuss the state of politics, the media and the “difficult and dangerous” times we're living in. 
    These days, Andrew Coyne is a columnist for the Globe and Mail.
    This episode was recorded at the Munk School.
    Subscribe to Paul's Substack for a premium version of this show: paulwells.substack.com

    • 44 min
    Janice Stein on the war in Gaza

    Janice Stein on the war in Gaza

    It’s been four months since Hamas’s October 7th attack on Israel, leading to the war in Gaza. Is there an end in sight? 
     
    Foreign policy analyst Janice Stein joins Paul to weigh in on the crisis in the Middle East, the other crises that the world is facing, and the importance of embracing uncertainty in conflict.
     
    Janice Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Negotiation at the University of Toronto and the Founding Director of the Munk School.

     
    This interview was recorded at the Munk School.

    • 49 min
    The Paul Wells Show year-end variety special

    The Paul Wells Show year-end variety special

    Join us for a night of jazz, political wonkery and a novel-length poem about werewolf whalers for some reason.
    Featuring:
    - Shuvaloy Majumdar, the new MP for Calgary-Heritage
    - Jason Guriel, reading from his book The Full Moon Whaling Chronicles
    - Larisa Galadza, Canada’s former ambassador to Ukraine
    - Jazz singer Caity Gyorgy, accompanied by Mark Limacher on piano

    • 1 hr 9 min
    EMERGENCY EPISODE: Catherine Tait Makes Her Case for the CBC

    EMERGENCY EPISODE: Catherine Tait Makes Her Case for the CBC

    CBC/Radio-Canada announced today that they’re cutting 600 existing jobs and leaving another 200 vacant positions unfilled.
    Shortly before these cuts were announced, their president and CEO Catherine Tait joined Paul to lay out her case for a public broadcaster, and her vision for its future.

    • 47 min
    Toomas Ilves on living in Russia’s shadow

    Toomas Ilves on living in Russia’s shadow

    As the former president of Estonia, Toomas Henrik Ilves has a unique perspective on Russian aggression. Though he grew up in the United States, he moved back to Estonia and got into politics, helping to lead a technological revolution that has given them a unique advantage for a country of only 1.3 million inhabitants. He talks to Paul about building up his country’s tech sector, pushing to get Estonia into NATO, and what it’s like watching from a small, Baltic country as Russia grows more aggressive.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

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A welcome respite

The interviews with Marc Miller and Andy Byford were illustrations of what thoughtful, multi dimensional and nuanced discussions should be.

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Don1547 ,

Thought provoking

Paul wells does a podcast with a wide range of interesting guests and topics. All interviewed very well.

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