Insider: The love and history of Lacrosse

June 16, 2017

In episode 16 of the Hamilton Spectator Newroom Insider podcast, host Teviah Moro talks to reporter Steve Milton about the history of lacrosse and the significance of spirituality in the sport.

Despite their passionate proselytizers, hockey and soccer aren’t “religions” so much as secular fanaticisms. They do not spring from spiritual roots, and the sense of the divine is not inherent to the game itself, as it is in lacrosse.

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Insider: How did a neighbourly dispute escalate to the point of arrest?

June 10, 2017

In episode 15 of the Hamilton Spectator Newroom Insider podcast, host Natalie Paddon talks to reporter Jon Wells about a particularly heated dispute between neighbours.

Hamilton police are called to respond to neighbour issues daily; last year the city’s bylaw department fielded nearly 2,000 calls complaining about unkempt lawns alone.

But these complaints seldom lead to the arrest of a citizen in their 70s.

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Insider: Is Wonder Woman a hero for us all?

June 8, 2017

In this podcast extra, Jon Wells and Amy Kenny on the blockbuster movie raking in dollars and sparking debate. Gal Gadot as the Amazonian goddess is beautiful; is she also a feminist icon?

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Insider: The rise of lethally laced drugs, and a look at the carports of yesteryear

June 3, 2017

In Episode 14 of The Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider podcast, host Joanna Frketich talks with Spectator reporter Mark McNeil about The Carports of Pleasant Valley running June 2 to June 25 at the Carnegie Gallery and managing editor Jim Poling about The Spectator’s investigation into the rising threat of street drugs laced with deadly substances.

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Insider Extra: How a convicted killer ruined his chance for parole

June 2, 2017

Spectator reporter Jon Wells, author of the book "Post-Mortem," on how convicted killer Mohan Ramkissoon blew his chance for parole and why a grieving woman in New York City says he should never be released.

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Insider: Billy Cummer is a violent criminal. And a human being.

May 27, 2017

In Episode 13 of The Hamilton Spectator’s Newsroom Insider podcast, host Steve Buist introduces us to Billy Cummer, a man who has lived a life of unimaginable violence, spent mostly in jail. He wanted to spend the rest of his life behind bars. But a judge said no.

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Insider: History, healing and saying goodbye

May 26, 2017

In Episode 12  of The Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider podcast, Jon Wells talks about what it was like to write an obituary feature about Peter George, before the McMaster University icon had passed away. Also, editor Jeff Day on the Spec's plans for Canada's 150th birthday, and columnist Jeff Mahoney on the anniversary of Wellwood, a local organization that has helped ease cancer's painful ripple effects for 20 years.

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Insider: What led a 93 year old to attack his family with a machete?

April 21, 2017

In episode 11, host David Crosbie talks to reporter Nicole O'Reilly about the 93-year-old Hamilton man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder after attacking his family with a machete in January.

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Insider: Where are all the women on the Sunshine List?

April 14, 2017

In episode ten of the Insider, host Natalie Paddon and reporter Joanna Frketich talk about the conspicuous absence of women among the highest-paid public sector workers in the Hamilton and Burlington area.

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Insider: The myth and reality of Vimy Ridge

April 7, 2017

In Episode 9 of The Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider, host Joanna Frketich talks with Spectator reporter Nicole O'Reilly about her behind the scenes tour of a new $2.3 million Mohawk College lab that simulates real life medical tests, and with reporter Jon Wells about his weekend feature on the myth and reality behind the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Plus a sneak peek at reporter Mark McNeil's August trip to France and Belgium for the 75th anniversary of the infamous raid on Dieppe.

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