The Investigators

The Investigators with Diana Swain pulls back the curtain on journalism, connecting with the journalists who break big stories.

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Episodes Season 1

  • 1. Episode 1

    Series premiere: How journalists got the scoop on Donald Trump, and questions about the privacy of your medical information.

  • 2. Episode 2

    The ethics and challenges of reporting on data dumps after another release by Wikileaks hits the U.S. presidential campaign. Plus, a CBC News investigation into solitary confinement.

  • 3. Episode 3

    How investigative journalists shed new light on old criminal cases. Plus, CBC News gets rare access to a rescue boat saving refugees in the Mediterranean.

  • 4. Episode 4

    Police in Quebec admits to spying on reporters, raising questions about press freedoms. Plus, Diana speaks with a Washington Post reporter about the role of investigative journalism in the US election.

  • 5. Episode 5

    Diana speaks with a former newspaper publisher about why Donald Trump's victory caught journalists by surprise. Plus - Mohamed Fahmy, author of The Marriott Cell, on the dangers facing journalists covering political change.

  • 6. Episode 6

    Did the spread of fake news on social media play a role in electing Donald Trump? Diana speaks with a BuzzFeed reporter who revealed a group of Facebook employees are trying to combat misinformation. Plus, behind-the-scenes on a collaboration between CBC News and the Toronto Star about police powers in the digital age.

  • 7. Episode 7

    CNN's Christiane Amanpour, a well-known foreign correspondent, says journalism is in the midst of an "existential crisis" and facing threats to its usefulness in the era of Donald Trump. Diana Swain talks with Amanpour about what investigative journalists can do to remain relevant and keep the public trust. Plus, CBC's Margaret Evans reveals the challenges of reporting inside Syria, one of the most dangerous and tightly controlled places in the world.

  • 10. Episode 10

    The Washington Post's story about Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election made headlines around the world. But it was based entirely on anonymous sources. Diana talks to one of the reporters who broke the story about using anonymous sources in the age of fake news. Plus - the CBC's John Lancaster on his investigation into how a woman lost her life savings to her real estate agent.

  • 11. Episode 11

    A recent investigation by CBC's Marketplace exposes just how much privacy we're giving away to tech companies when we agree to their terms and conditions. But it also raises interesting journalistic questions about consent. How do journalists balance the public's right to know with an individual's right to privacy? Plus, delving deeper into CBC's recent reporting on Canada's Fentanyl crisis.

  • 12. Episode 12

    The Investigators from Washington: How journalists covered explosive allegations involving Donald Trump. Plus, Diana speaks with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the Obama administration's relationship with the press.

  • 13. Episode 13

    How is the Russian press covering Donald Trump? A conversation with the Wall Street Journal's Moscow Bureau Chief. Plus, Diana speaks with a Mexican journalist who had to leave that country after he was added to a drug cartel's hit list.

  • 14. Episode 14

    Donald Trump's first week as U.S. president has left many journalists wondering if they need to change the way they cover the White House. Diana speaks with Ben Mullin, the managing editor of, who's also the co-host of a new podcast that examines Trump's relationship with the press. Plus, Erica Johnson on how CBC News decides when to conceal the identities of whistle blowers.

  • 15. Episode 15

    The Quebec City mosque shooting is raising questions about how journalists report breaking news. Diana speaks with an investigative reporter who covered that story. Plus, the CBC's Curt Petrovich speaks out about his struggle with PTSD.

  • 16. Episode 16

    President Donald Trump says his proposed border wall with Mexico will keep Americans safe. But a new investigative report suggests he may be looking in the wrong direction. Diana speaks to a reporter who obtained FBI data showing far more suspected terrorists are trying to get into the U.S. from Canada than from Mexico. Plus-The Globe and Mail's Robyn Doolittle talks about about her investigation into how Canadian police handle reports of sexual assault.

  • 17. Episode 17

    Donald Trump's National Security Adviser is forced out after being accused of discussing U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador, and then lying about it. Diana speaks to a Washington Post reporter about how investigative journalists uncovered the facts that led to Michael Flynn's resignation. Plus - we'll hear from a Canadian professor who's challenging FBI data that suggests suspected terrorists are trying to get into the U.S. from Canada.

  • 18. Episode 18

    It's hard to go a day without seeing a headline about U.S. President Donald Trump. But how much Trump is too much? Diana talks to nationally syndicated radio host Charles Adler and Steve Ladurantaye, Managing Editor of Digital News for the CBC, about how Canadian news outlets are covering Trump. Plus - the CBC'S Jaela Bernstien on how people in Quebec are reacting to the influx of asylum seekers coming from the U.S.

  • 19. Episode 19

    The killing of the North Korean leader's half brother has highlighted the difficulty that journalists face when covering the world's most secretive country. Diana speaks with an investigative journalist who took a huge risk by posing as a teacher to get into North Korea. Plus - we'll look at the growing crackdown on journalists in Turkey, one of Canada's NATO allies.

  • 20. Episode 20

    When should journalists go undercover and use hidden cameras? Diana speaks to a producer from CBC's Marketplace who took hidden cameras into funeral homes for a look at their business practices. Plus - details on a years-long CBC News investigation into how New Brunswick handles the deaths of at-risk children.

  • 21. Episode 21

    How do journalists who embed with one side of an armed conflict understand and report the whole story? Guest host Mark Kelley speaks with CBC News Middle East bureau chief Derek Stoffel, who has been reporting from the front lines of the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Plus - Erica Johnson on the overwhelming response to CBC Go Public's story about the sales practices of Canadian banks.

  • 22. Episode 22

    Journalists have been doing a lot of soul searching about their coverage of Donald Trump. But is the self-flagellation deserved? Diana speaks with veteran U.S. journalist Frank Rich, who's also one of the minds behind the HBO political comedy Veep. Plus - Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch tells us why he doesn't want to hand over his communications with a Canadian ISIS fighter to the RCMP.

  • 23. Episode 23

    Ever been frustrated when a big story breaks, is in the headlines for a couple of days, and then just disappears from view? Diana talks to CBC News journalists, who've spent months and even years investigating stories, about the value of following up. Plus - we'll talk to TSN's Rick Westhead about the challenges of investigative reporting in the world of sports.

  • 24. Episode 24

    Diana talks to Washington Post reporter Adam Entous, who's been breaking some of the biggest headlines about Donald Trump and Russia, about where the story may be headed. Plus - CBC's Adrienne Arsenault tells us about having the cameras turned on her while investigating fake news in the Philippines.

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