Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Jim Brown has been a journalist for more than thirty years. He is best known for his work on CBC Radio, most recently as host of the weekly current affairs program The 180, and often as guest host of The CurrentAs It Happensq, and The Sunday Edition. Prior to joining the CBC, Brown worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and filmmaker. His first film, Radiant City, which he co-wrote and co-directed, won a Genie Award for best documentary in 2008 and was named one of the ten best films of the year at the Toronto International Film Festival. His latest film, The Future is Now!, premiered in 2011 at the Hot Docs film festival. Brown lives in Calgary.

Standing at the foot of the scantling…was a thick, freckle-faced man whose prison cap could not hide his flaming head. It was ‘Red’ Ryan.” — Ernest Hemingway


The Golden Boy of Crime

Dubbed “the Jesse James of Canada,” Norman “Red” Ryan was as infamous as a Kardashian in the 1920s and ‘30s until he was gunned down in an attempted robbery in Sarnia, Ontario.

Ernest Hemingway wrote about Ryan’s escape from Kingston Penitentiary for the <em>Toronto Star</em>, Morley Callaghan based a novel on him, and stories of Ryan and his crimes filled newspapers and airwaves. One of the first Canadians to be granted parole, he was held up by Prime Minister R. B. Bennett as a model of rehabilitation and became a regular guest at Toronto police picnics. All the while, however, Ryan was hustling a crime spree on the side.

With skepticism, humour, and an often scathing examination of his own profession, Jim Brown tells the incredible story of “Red” Ryan, a larger than life criminal whose fame and legend were much encouraged by the media – with deadly results.
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<li>“Calgary writer and broadcaster twists true-crime genre into comic tale” — <a href="https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/living/calgary-writer-and-broadcaster-twists-true-crime-genre-into-comic-tale-310647/"><em>The Chronicle Herald</em></a></li>


8:30 AM
The Morning After with Jim Brown & Linden MacIntyre
Oct 22 @ 8:30 AM MT - 10:30 AM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW