About Us

Darts and Letters is about ‘arts and letters,’ but for the kind of people who might hack a dart. We cover public intellectualism and the politics of academia primarily from a left populist perspective. Put simply: we love ideas, but hate snob culture. Each week, we interview thinkers about key debates that are relevant to the left. We discuss politics, arts, culture, sports, and ideas. But the show is for everyone. That means sometimes you’ll hear from the usual suspects, like that authoritative old professor; but just as often, you’ll hear from the young iconoclastic scholar, the crass podcaster, the journalist, the activist–even so-called ‘ordinary working people.’ We’re here to discover exciting intellectual life, wherever that might be.

The best way to reach us is to email us directly. You can also keep up to date with us on Twitter and Instagram. We occasionally post videos on Youtube.

SCHEDULE & DISTRIBUTION

Spring and summer 2022, our episodes are currently releasing bi-weekly, every second Friday. We post a day early, on Thursdays, on our Patreon feed. We hope to return to weekly episodes starting September 2022.

You can find us on all the relevant podcast channels (Apple, Spotify, Google, and Stitcher). If you use something else or you cannot find our feed, you can manually add our RSS feed.

We are also distributed by two large podcast networks. We are a proud to be part of the Harbinger Media Network, Canada’s largest left-wing media network. Additionally, we are excited to have joined the New Books Network as a partner in July 2022. They feature our episodes on a dedicated feed, and crosspost on various academic podcast channels.

SUPPORT THE SHOW

You can support the show by becoming a Patron. Patrons get content a day early (Thursday, rather than Friday), and occasional bonus material. We’re hoping to eventually make a Patreon exclusive weekly show when the audience and the Patrons get large enough. Until then, you can also help us out by sharing our program with you friends.

TEAM

Gordon Katic is the host, editor, and executive producer. He is an award-winning radio producer and journalist with a background in health, science, and climate reporting. When he’s not making podcasts, he’s working on a PhD at the University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education focussing on theorizing a critical theory of science communication. Previously, he earned a Masters in Journalism from the University of British Columbia. 

Jay Cockburn is the lead producer. Before he moved to Canada he worked as a director, producer and engineer at the BBC in the UK, where he is from. He’s also worked for 99% Invisible, and Spotify/Gimlet Media. Jay fancies himself a writer and has a book on podcast production out already, but really he just wants to write poorly researched science fiction novels and geek out on urban design.

Marc Apollonio is the managing producer and lead chase producer of Darts and Letters. He has worked in radio and podcasting for over a decade and a half, producing shows like CBC’s The Current and As It Happens. He plays accordion badly, but with heart. 

Ren Bangert is our research coordinator and assistant producer. Ian Sowden supports our marketing and video editing. Our graphic designs and logos are created by Dakota Koop, and our theme music was composed by Mike Barber.

CREDITS & FUNDING

We are produced by Cited Media, a Canadian podcast company that develops podcasts about research, academia, science, and healthcare. You may recognize some podcasts we have made, like Cited Podcast and Crackdown.

This initiative is funded in part by working on academic research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This supports our production expenses on collaborative journalism projects that are designed to mobilize research ideas and democratize the concept of public intellectualism. These episodes are co-produced with academic advisors, graduate research assistants, and our Cited Media staff. The specific advisors are listed in the audio credits of each episode. They account for about half our episodes.

We work with academics who share our scholarly, political, and editorial values. If you are an academic that listens to the show and enjoys it, perhaps you could be one of our partners. Email us. We are always interesting in forging new collaborations.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Darts and Letters is produced primarily in Toronto, ON, which is on the traditional land of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples.