Category Archives: Syndicated

Syndicated shows air on Radio Waterloo but are produced at other stations or by other producers.

The Reality Check

The Reality Check (a yellow impossible wireframe cube in the top right corner)The Reality Check is a weekly Canadian show that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities by probing popular myths and exposing the surprising truth behind them. In a world awash with information, The Reality Check helps listeners differentiate fact from fiction, yet tries to strike a balance between providing entertainment and information. Born out of a grassroots critical thinking group who decided a podcast was the way to go – before podcasting was cool – TRC cuts through the “nonsense” using science to examine dubious claims.

The Reality Check airs every fourth Wednesday from 11:00am to Noon.

WR Podcasts

CKMS logo with wavies out the sidesWR Podcasts is CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo’s showcase of some of the podcasts produced in Waterloo Region. Each week we air one or two episodes from local producers to give you a taste of what’s available in Waterloo Region.

WR Podcasts is on hiatus starting January 2024, and not on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Podcasts in the rotation:

  • On Wisdom (white silhouettes of two owls on a black background, with diagonal lines) On Wisdom features a social-cognitive scientist in Toronto and an educator in London discussing the latest empirical science regarding the nature of wisdom.
  • Wide World of Motorsports | @THEWWOMS (an automobile wheel with letters and social media logos on the tire)Wide World of Motorsports has been covering local racing for over 5 years! Their aim is to focus on Canadian Motorsports, and hope to reach regular fans from these tracks by covering events at Local Race Tracks.
  • Old Grey Mayors (park bench on a leafy sidewalk)Old Grey Mayors host Rob Deutschmann sits down with community leaders, civic leaders, and others from across Waterloo Region to learn more about their experiences and how those lessons can apply to today’s issues.
  • Welcome to 100 | Bonn Park (Sara Geidlinger and Marshall Ward standing in front of a colourfully painted brick wall, text above styled to look like a street name sign)Bonn Park Podcast where hosts Marshall Ward and Sara Geidlinger chat in-depth with fascinating people living, working, and creating in Waterloo Region.
  • Watershed Writers | Listening Local. Talking Global. (white silhouette of a quill pen writing in a partially opened book above the text, all on a sepia background of a lake with ducks) Watershed Writers with Tanis MacDonald features interviews within an exciting mix of local fiction writers, novelists, poets, authors, playwrights and essayists.
  • Handpicked (letter I replaced by a carrot about to be picked) Handpicked: Stories from the Field explores how sustainable food system research can change how we produce, get, eat and understand our food. Handpicked is hosted by Amanda Di Battista and Laine Young, and produced by Charlie Spring.


Waterloo Region Podcast Producers! Do you want your podcast included in WR Podcasts? Drop us a line at office@radiowaterloo.ca with your podcast pitch!




Harrowsmith Radio

While this is a podcast, show logoHarrowsmith began as a groundbreaking Canadian magazine. It came to life on the kitchen table of James Lawrence in Camden East, Ontario in 1976. Back then it didn’t seem likely that his vision of a national magazine on the virtues of getting back to the land would last.

But before long Harrowsmith took off, quickly attracting legions of fans. Tapping into an urban desire to move to the country, the magazine also appealed to dyed-in-the wool ruralites. What Canada got was its magazine to promote green living and a country lifestyle. It also got the venerable Harrowsmith Almanac.

Over its 46-year history the Harrowsmith name became synonymous with Canadians living sustainably.

In this podcast we proudly continue the spirit of James Lawrence’s vision of sharing useful information for country dwellers and anyone seeking to tread a little more lightly upon the earth.

Harrowsmith Radio is not currently on the schedule.

Zero Waste Countdown

Zero Waste Countdown Podcast showing hands holding a green earth with windturbines, solar panels, and buildingsZero Waste Countdown is a 30 minute radio show all about sustainability from a zero waste perspective.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a concept that eliminates unnecessary waste from the regular consumer cycle to decrease our impact on the planet as a whole. A countdown to zero waste is a pledge to reduce waste in personal lives, organizations, communities, and even entire cities or nations. While reaching total zero may seem impossible, a countdown to zero waste is a manageable approach to living with less trash.

The Host: Laura Nash

The ocean is on a countdown to 2050, when scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish. Laura is on her own countdown: to get as close as possible to zero waste. Through research, interviews, and personal experiences, Laura is on a mission to produce less waste and leave a happier, healthier planet for future generations.

Contact Laura Nash at laura@zerowastecountdown.com.

Follow Zero Waste Countdown on Instagram at @zero_waste_countdown

Zero Waste Countdown is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Homes For All

Homes For All presents a series of 12 shows from March to May 2020 telling stories of people affected by the unaffordability and lack of housing, and raising awareness of the work being done by many players in the community. SDCWR logo

Homes For All was hosted by Angela Goodwin and Brian Doucet, and aired as Life Stories of Displacement until January 2023. It is no longer on the CKMS-FM schedule.

For The Wild: An Anthology of the Anthropocene

At for the wild | with Ayana Young | An Anthology of the AnthropoceneFor The Wild, we discuss the critical ideas of our time and parlay them into action for the defense and regeneration of natural communities. Key topics include the rediscovery of wild nature, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the trauma of individualistic society. We will travel deep into ancient forests, align with the struggles and ways of Earth-based people, and rekindle the mysteries of intuition. We will join today’s brightest visionaries in this momentous work of reimagining a world where humanity can find its way back into the web of life.

For The Wild airs alternate Wednesdays from 12:01pm to 1:00pm.

Your Host

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Ayana Young
Ayana is a lover and protector of wild nature. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she created the Environmental working group with March Young to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller. Ayana is currently creating an ecological research center and native plants nursery in the Southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. She teaches about empowered earth stewardship and leads biodiversity enhancement workshops across North America.

Subscribe to the For The Wild podcast (RSS feed)

Science For The People

show logoScience for the People is a long-format interview podcast that explores the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what’s in the news and on the shelves.

Every week, our hosts sit down with science researchers, writers, authors, journalists, and experts to discuss science from the past, the science that affects our lives today, and how science might change our future.

Science for the People airs on CKMS-FM every fourth Wednesday from 11:00am to Noon.

The Electronic Intifada

ei (white letters in a raggedy typeface on a red circle)The Electronic Intifada podcast is cut from a weekly show on Berkeley radio in California which deals with the ongoing struggle for Palestinian self-determination with updates about resistance to the segregation wall and settlements being built by the state of Israel on Palestinian lands, international solidarty news and actions, and growing the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions campaign.

Visit Electronic Intifada on the web: https://electronicintifada.net

podcast producer:

Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer and editor with The Electronic Intifada, and contributes to Al-Jazeera English, Inter Press Service, Truthout.org, Left Turn magazine, and various other international media outlets. From 2003-2010, she was the Senior Producer and co-host of Flashpoints, an award-winning investigative newsmagazine operating out of KPFA/Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California. Nora has been regularly reporting from Palestine since 2004.


Electronic Intifada is syndicated on CKMS-FM, and airs Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Amplified Radio Network

DISCOVER. PLAY. LISTEN. The show logoAmplified Radio Network is Canada’s leading electronic music radio network. ARN delivers dynamic and Canadian-driven (50% per show) electronic music radio content that moves with its audiences.

ARN offers a mix of electronica, trip hop, deep house and techno music combined with artist interviews and guest mixes. Our shows are currently aired in 1 hour and 2 hour versions on a combination of 36 terrestrial and online stations. Members stations are situated in Canada’s top college and commercial radio markets and around the world online. ARN shows reach millions of Canadians each week and stream hours of content monthly. We are committed to engaging and connecting with our listeners and their communities across the country.

Amplfied Radio Network is hosted by Sean Savage and is syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA’s !earshot Digital Distribution System. It is not currently on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Making Contact

A world globe wearing headphones Founded in 1994, International Media Project (non-profit tax ID# 94-323-9511) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to investigative journalism, in-depth critical analysis, the promotion of civic participation and the dissemination of educational material. Its core focus is Making Contact. Foundations know us as International Media Project, but you can just call us Making Contact.

Subscribe to the Making Contact podcast on SoundCloud.

Making Contact airs on CKMS-FM Thursdays from 12:01pm to 12:30pm.

Relic Radio

Since 2007, Relic Radio | Classic Radio DramaRelic Radio has brought old time radio to a new audience. Eight shows are being produced right now under the Relic Radio banner: Comedy, horror, suspense, science fiction, all varieties of classic radio are featured here and it’s all free!

All of the vintage audio used in these podcasts is believed to be in the public domain. If you are the rights holder to any of the shows used here, please notify the producer at relicradio@timewornmedia.com

Relic Radio airs on CKMS-FM on Wednesdays from Midnight to 1:00am.

Talking Radical Radio

What the Talking Radical Radio (three words in three fontsTalking Radical books do for historical struggles in northern Turtle Island, Talking Radical Radio does for struggles going on today. In these in-depth interviews, you get to hear grassroots activists engaged in a broad range of social change work in communities across the country talk about what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, and why they’re doing it. You get an opportunity to listen and to learn — about aspects of the world around us that are made visible through these activists’ struggles; about choices, successes, and failures in their organizing that can inform your own; and about possibilities for collaboration and solidarity.

Subscribe to the Talking Radical podcast from SoundCloud.

Talking Radical Radio with host Scott Neigh was syndicated on Radio Waterloo from the NCRA’s !earshot Digital Distribution System. It ceased production in February 2023, and is no longer on the CKMS-FM schedule.

Alternative Radio

David Barsamian’s radio program show logoAlternative Radio, established in 1986, is an award-winning weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in corporate media. Our program airs on over 260 radio stations. With headquarters based in Boulder, Colorado and with only two full-time and two part-time paid staff, AR airs on nearly 300 radio stations. Our project is sustained by donations and by your purchases of season subscriptions, recordings and transcripts.

Alternative Radio airs on CKMS-FM on Thursdays from 5:00am to 5:59am.

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! (silhouette of the Statue of Liberty holding a microphone, used as the 'O' in 'Now') Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. On Democracy Now!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Democracy Now! currently airs on CKMS-FM weekdays from 6:01am to 7:00am.