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Media Appearances

Alongside her policy work, Heidi has also made regular appearances on local and international media outlets where she has presented research and commented on current events. Her most recent work has examined how to communicate during the Covid-19 pandemic and on platform governance.

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January 25, 2021 • Law Bytes Podcast

Heidi joined host Michael Geist on the The Law Bytes Podcast episode for a conversation about the role and responsibilities of Internet platforms, proposals for payments in the news sector, and insights what governments should be doing about better communicating with the public about the COVID-19 global pandemic.

2021 appearances

December 2, 2020 • The Current with Matt Galloway

Heidi was a featured guest alongside Stephen Meek and Jim Talbot on The Current with Matt Galloway for a discussion on whether the pandemic response should be led by politicians or scientists. 


“The Distant Prayers Podcast,” (with Eseohe Ojo, Yoojung Lee et al.), Distant Prayers Research Project at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC (December 21, 2020).

“Covid-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy,” Spice Radio (December 16, 2020).

“COVID-19: Communication Strategies to Engage People, Promote Vaccination, and More,” Solving Healthcare with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng (December 15, 2020).

“Vaccines and Disinformation,” CTV Montreal (December 13, 2020).

“Vaccines and Disinformation,” CBC News Network (December 12, 2020).

“What Leaders Say in a Pandemic: What Works, What Doesn’t,” Ontario Today with Rita Celli, CBC (December 2, 2020).

“Science, Politics, and the Pandemic,” (with Stephen Meek and Jim Talbot), The Current with Matt Galloway, CBC (December 2, 2020). CBC write-up here.

“Covid-19 Communications and Resilience,” BC Today with Michelle Eliot, CBC (December 1, 2020).

“Health Communications in BC,” The Lynda Steele Show, CKNW (November 30, 2020).

“Pandemic Communications,” CBC New Brunswick (November 23, 2020).

“Departures Podcast with Heidi Tworek,” Amsterdam & Partners LLP (November 13, 2020).

“Confusion over BC Covid Guidelines,” CBC All Points West, On the Coast, Radio West, CBC Vancouver Evening News, and CBC (November 9, 2020).

“New Covid Guidelines in BC,” Global News BC (November 8, 2020).

“Online Harassment and Politics,” CBC All Points West, On the Coast, and Radio West (October 29, 2020).

“Pandemic Communications: In Need of a Reset,” (with Colin Furness, Amanda Galbraith, Matt Gurney), The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TV Ontario (October 28, 2020).

“Covid-19 Communications in Ontario,” (with Ian Beacock), CBC Ottawa (October 21, 2020).

“Facebook and Election Integrity in British Columbia,” C-FAX (October 20, 2020).

“Election Special,” (with Dipayan Ghosh) Scientific Sense (October 17, 2020).

“Women and Politics in BC,” C-FAX (October 13, 2020).

“Ontario’s Covid Communications,” #onpoli Podcast, TVO (September 29, 2020).

“Comparing BC’s Covid-19 Communications,” Global News BC (September 20 2020).

“Covid-19 Communications in Democracies,” CJOB with Geoff Currier (September 18, 2020).

“Pandemic PR,” The Readout LOUD, STAT News (September 17, 2020).

“Covid-19 Communications around the World,” The Jill Bennett Show, CKNW (September 15, 2020).

“Conspiracy Theories in the Past and Coronavirus,” On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko, CBC Vancouver (July 31, 2020).

“How to Talk to Young People about Coronavirus,” Global BC News with Sonia Deol (July 25, 2020).

“Young People and Coronavirus,” Early Edition with Stephen Quinn (July 24, 2020), CBC Vancouver and CBC Vancouver Island (July 28, 2020).

“A Skeptic’s Guide to Democracy,” Writ Large, Lyceum podcasts (April 29, 2020).

“On Trusting Public Health Communications,” Financial Times Alphaville (April 17, 2020).

“Masks and Coronavirus,” BC Today with Michelle Eliot, CBC Vancouver (March 31, 2020).

Segment on 5 CBC stations in British Columbia on health communications around coronavirus (March 24, 2020).

Coronavirus disinformation, segment on Spice Radio, Vancouver (March 12, 2020).

“How This CBC Story Turned into a Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory,” CBC News (January 28, 2020).

“BC’s First Presumptive Case of Coronavirus,” BC Today with Michelle Eliot, CBC Vancouver (January 28, 2020).

“Concerns about Facebook’s Banning Deepfake Videos,” The National, CBC (January 7, 2020).

2020 appearances


“Our Brains on Facebook,” Attention Control with Kevin Newman (October 14, 2019).

“Bots, Trolls, and Defending Our Election,” Canadian Global Affairs Institute (October 8, 2019).

“The Evolution of Disinformation,” The Spark, CBC Radio (October 6, 2019).

“Paying for Your Attention: Who’s Putting Political Ads in Your Newsfeed?” CTV Vancouver (October 2, 2019).

“How the Internet is Impacting Democracy,” CTV Morning Live, Vancouver (October 1, 2019).

“The Struggle to Write the Rulebook for Social Media,” Global Translations podcast (with Rep. Ro Khanna, Commissioner Vera Jourova, et al.), Politico (July 25, 2019).

“Published Opinion Is Not Public Opinion,” David Pakman Show (June 18, 2019).

“News from Germany,” New Books Network (June 17, 2019).

“YouTube Moves to Ban Neo-Nazi and Holocaust-Denying Videos,” CBC News Network (June 8, 2019).

“Misinformation Station,” Connected and Disaffected (May 21, 2019).

“Christchurch Call and Online Extremism,” CBC News Network (May 14, 2019).

“Social Media Apocalypse Now,” The Good Fight, Slate (April 10, 2019).

“Germany’s Quest to Control the News,” The American Interest Podcast (April 9, 2019).

“Disinformation in Perspective,” EUScream (March 31, 2019).

“Information Wars, Past and Present,” Late Night Live with Phillip Adams, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (March 26, 2019).

2019 appearances

October 6, 2019 • The Spark, CBC Radio

Heidi was a featured guest on CBC Radio's The Spark with host Nora Young, where she explored the history of propaganda and evolution of its purpose to the modern form of disinformation. She also discussed the tradeoff between conventional and informational warfare for various state-led actors today, where informational warfare has become much more advantageous when some states find themselves in unfavourable situations.

June 26, 2018 • Tagesthemen, ARD

Heidi was interviewed on Tagesthemen, a daily show from German public broadcaster ARD regarding the growing criticism against the CSU, one of the incumbent parties in federal politics, for their remarks on the European refugee crisis. The party had dubbed asylum-seekers as 'asylum tourists.' Similar topics of the day had also discussed the intra-EU dispute over refugees as well as existing policy frameworks for asylum-seekers in the EU.


“Social Media Bots,” Communications Governance Observatory, McMaster University (December 3, 2018).

“Building a Made-in-Canada Solution to Harmful Online Hate,” The Spark, CBC Radio (November 16, 2018).


„Rhetorik der CSU auf dem Prüfstand,“ Tagesthemen, ARD (June 26, 2018).

“Fake News and the Rise of Information Warfare,” The Global Exchange (June 11, 2018).

“Twitter Isn’t the Voice of the People and Media Shouldn’t Pretend It Is,” The Spark, CBC Radio (April 6, 2018).

“The New Old Fear of Media,” Connected and Disaffected (March 28, 2018).

2018 appearances

February 3, 2017 • Woman's Hour, BBC Radio

Heidi joined host Jenni Murray on Women's Hour to discuss the historical role women have played in the United Nations, and even much earlier in multilateral affairs long before the founding of the UN. She also discusses the recent appointment of Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the UN, focusing on the issues she will focus, as well as how her priorities reflect the policy goals of the Trump Administration.


“Net Neutrality,” Mark Leonard’s World in 30 Minutes, European Council on Foreign Relations (December 18, 2017).

“Facebook, Politics, and Foreign Influence,” The Spark, CBC Radio (October 22, 2017).

“Freedom of Speech and Populism,” The Brainstorm podcast (with Hans Kundnani and Yascha Mounk), Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (August 21, 2017).

“Securing a Digital Battlefield,” .future Podcast (June 28, 2017).

“The Future of Ransomware and the Networked World,” The Spark, CBC Radio (May 21, 2017).

“Women at the United Nations,” Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 (February 3, 2017)

2017 appearances

November 20, 2016 • The Forum, BBC World Service

Joining Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Jussi M. Hanhimäki, and Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo in a guest panel, Heidi discussed issues around the United Nations on BBC's Forum with Bridget Kendall with key topics around the history of the UN's formation, the political power its leaders wield, and the purpose of its organizations.

2016 and before

“Unpicking the United Nations,” (with Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Jussi M. Hanhimäki, and Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo), The Forum, BBC World Service (November 20, 2016).

“The United Nations at 70: Then &  Now,” (with Susan Pedersen, Ambassador John Negroponte, Nina Khrushcheva, William Cohen, Ian Hurd, and Matthew Russell Lee) Huffington Post Live (October 24, 2015).

Panel Discussion Participant, “Are the Humanities in Crisis?,” Which Way, L.A.? KCRW (December 27, 2013).

Regular appearances since 2017 on radio and TV on CBC (many stations), CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CTV, City TV Vancouver, CJOB (Winnipeg), CKNW (Vancouver), Euronews, National Post Radio, News1130 (Vancouver), Ottawa Today 1310, Spice Radio Vancouver, 900 CHML (Hamilton, Ontario).

2016 appearances
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