In my previous life, I was trained as a historian at the University of Wisconsin. For most of the past eighteen years, I have worked as a current affairs journalist at CBC Radio. What these two seemingly disparate worlds have in common is that they both understand the importance of context in telling a story. And so I want to begin with some historical context because without that, it is impossible to understand how the CBC got to where it is today, why its future, at this particular moment, seems so precarious, and where I believe it needs to position itself in this current era of media concentration.