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<p>Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world. Hosted by Jayme Poisson. Every morning, Monday to Friday.</p><p><br></p><p>Visit <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a> for show descriptions, links, and <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">transcripts</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>Subscribe&nbsp;to <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Sounds Good: CBC&aposs Podcast newsletter</a>&nbsp;for the&nbsp;finest podcast recommendations and behind-the-scenes exclusives.&nbsp;</p>


Has NATO outlived its purpose?

<p>As the NATO summit wraps up in Washington, D.C., this week, Canada has finally committed to spending two per cent of its GDP on defense, as required by the treaty. But NATO is an alliance forged in a post-WWII world at the dawn of the Cold War. Is it still relevant in a modern, post-Soviet world? Or has Russia&aposs increased aggression in recent years given the alliance a renewed purpose?</p><p><br></p><p>Andrea Charron, director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba, explains how NATO got to this point, what could be next, and Canada&aposs role in it.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit: <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></p>
12/07/2426m 12s

Preparing for ‘war’: the Alberta blockade trial so far

<p>In 2022, a convoy of truckers angry with COVID-19 measures staged an 18-day blockade, shutting down a busy border crossing with the U.S. in Coutts, Alberta. It ended with the RCMP arresting 13 protesters and finding a stockpile of guns, ammunition and pipe bombs.</p><p><br></p><p>Now, two men are standing trial for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with their involvement with the blockade. The prosecution says the two men believed they were preparing for “war”.</p><p><br></p><p>Bill Graveland with the Canadian Press has been covering it from the beginning and takes us through the details of the trial so far, and the lasting impact that the blockade has had on a tiny southern Albertan community.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
11/07/2421m 6s

Grappling with Alice Munro’s dark family secret

<p>The late Canadian author Alice Munro remains one of the best-known fiction writers in the English language. She won a Nobel prize for her work, and was celebrated for her intimate portrayals of the lives of women and girls.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>But for decades, Munro hid a dark secret: her husband had sexually abused her youngest daughter when she was a child, and Munro stuck by him — even after her daughter stopped speaking to her, and even after her husband was convicted of sexual assault.</p><p><br></p><p>Now, Munro’s daughter, Andrea Robin Skinner, has published an explosive essay in the Toronto Star, detailing the abuse and the ways that her mother — and the rest of the family — kept silent about it.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Today we’re going to unpack what all of this means with Zoe Whittall, a TV and fiction writer whose books include&nbsp;Wild Failure,&nbsp;The Best Kind of People, The Spectacular,&nbsp;and others.</p><p><br></p><p>If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, and you’re looking for support, you can find a list of local sexual assault centres, crisis lines and other resources across Canada at&nbsp;;</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
10/07/2426m 11s

Canada vs. Messi, Argentina

<p>The Canadian men&aposs soccer team is set to take on Lionel Messi and Argentina, the current holders of the World Cup and No.1 ranked team in the world, in the semi finals of the Copa America soccer tournament.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The game is arguably the biggest match in Canadian soccer history.</p><p><br></p><p>James Sharman is a longtime soccer journalist and host of The Footy Prime Podcast. He&aposll share how this marks the culmination of a years-long project which has taken the Canadian program from relative obscurity to legitimacy.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
09/07/2422m 47s

Where does Joe Biden go from here?

<p>On Friday, in an exclusive interview with ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos, U.S. president Joe Biden insisted that only the “Lord Almighty” could get him to quit. But as calls for him to step down grow following a disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump, how long can he hold on — and what might it do to the Democratic party?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC Washington correspondent Paul Hunter joins us to talk about what’s next for Biden, and if there is any way for his party to stanch the bleeding.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
08/07/2427m 13s

President as ‘king’, and other giant Supreme Court cases

<p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling grants presidents the ability to break the law without fear of criminal prosecution as long as it counts as an “official” act. It’s the latest in a string of wide-ranging decisions, from abortion to corporate deregulation, that critics say are reshaping America.</p><p><br></p><p>We take a look at some of those cases with University of Michigan law professor and co-host of Crooked Media’s Strict Scrutiny, Leah Litman, and break down what motivates this majority conservative court, and how these decisions will impact the lives of Americans now and for years to come.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
05/07/2428m 20s

Why is France’s far right surging toward power?

<p>After his centrist coalition suffered a humiliating loss to the far right in European elections early last month, French President Emanuelle Macron called snap elections for France’s own Parliament in hopes of pushing back.</p><p><br></p><p>Instead, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally continued their momentum and won the first round of voting last Sunday.</p><p><br></p><p>So will Macron’s election gamble backfire? Why are the far right surging? And what would it mean for Europe and the world if they took power in the final round of voting this weekend?</p><p><br></p><p>Don Murray is a freelance journalist currently in Southern France. For years, he covered Europe for CBC as a reporter and documentary maker.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
04/07/2422m 21s

A massive collapse and the troubling history of Yukon mining

<p>A landslide caused by a heap leach failure at the Eagle mine site in the Yukon has been called a “disaster” by some local residents.</p><p><br></p><p>Hundreds of workers are currently laid-off and there’s a chance that it has leaked cyanide and/or other heavy metals into the river, endangering the nearby environment and wildlife. Meanwhile, Victoria Gold, the company that owns and operates the mine, is facing charges and their stock has tanked, raising concerns the mine could close for good.</p><p><br></p><p>Cali McTavish and Julien Greene from CBC Whitehorse join us to talk about how the incident fits into a long, troubling history with mining in the Yukon.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
03/07/2424m 38s

Years after burning down, why hasn’t Lytton rebuilt?

<p>A little over three years ago, a roaring, rapidly spreading wildfire burned through Lytton, a B.C. town of around 200 residents. It essentially burned to the ground. And even though at least $239 million dollars have been promised or poured into the recovery – rebuilding has been slow, and people are frustrated.</p><p><br></p><p>CBC Vancouver reporter Yvette Brend just returned from Lytton. She tells us about the town’s delayed recovery, and how it might be a cautionary tale of climate disaster recovery.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
02/07/2422m 31s

Front Burner Introduces: The Six Billion Dollar Gold Scam

<p>It was the biggest gold discovery in history...until it wasn’t. In 1995, Canadian mining company Bre-X announced to the world it had found a significant amount of gold deep in the jungles of Indonesia. Stock prices soared as investors worldwide fought to stake their claim. But when Bre-X’s chief geologist mysteriously fell from a helicopter over the jungle, the story of the billion dollar discovery began to unravel. Nearly three decades later, no one has ever been held accountable. In the new podcast, The Six Billion Dollar Gold Scam, host Suzanne Wilton takes you from the jungles of Indonesia to small town Alberta, Canada, to investigate what really happened and find out more about the man behind the biggest goldmine fraud of all time. Produced for the BBC World Service and CBC by BBC Scotland Productions. More episodes are available at: <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></p>
01/07/2440m 32s

Stumbles, mumbles, smears: a U.S. presidential debate recap

<p>It was déjà vu all over again in Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday night as Donald Trump and Joe Biden squared off in the first presidential debate of the 2024 campaign. Biden will be looking to secure a second term in November, while Trump will be looking to take the office back for a second term of his own. And indeed, much of the debate focused on rehashing both men&aposs records in office — to varying degrees of veracity and coherence.</p><p><br></p><p>The CBC&aposs Washington correspondent Katie Simpson breaks down both candidates&apos performances, the debate&aposs biggest moments, and what it could all mean for the campaign ahead.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
28/06/2426m 51s

What Charlottetown’s immigration boom can teach Canada

<p>When Alex Cyr was growing up on Prince Edward Island in the early aughts, the capital Charlottetown was a pretty quaint and homogeneous place.</p><p><br></p><p>But in 2024, the city looks very different. In the last few years, the provincial government has made it easier for immigrants to flock there – and they have, more than any other city in the country.</p><p><br></p><p>The city is younger and more diverse, and it’s solved a lot of the problems caused by its aging workforce. But housing prices have gone up, and the healthcare system is stretched.</p><p><br></p><p>These challenges that Charlottetown faces now are familiar to so many cities across the country. Journalist Alex Cyr wrote about the city’s immigration growth for Maclean’s. His piece is called: “How Charlottetown Became an Immigration Boom Town”.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
27/06/2427m 19s

A Liberal stronghold falls. Is Trudeau next?

<p>The last time a Conservative won a federal vote in the riding of Toronto-St. Paul’s, it was 1988. The Soviet Union was still together. Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister. The territory of Nunavut wouldn’t be created for more than a decade.</p><p><br></p><p>But on Monday, in a by-election in the riding, the Conservatives took the Liberal stronghold riding back for the first time in over thirty years.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Does this spell electoral doom for the Liberals? Where does the party go from here? And despite his insistence that he’ll stay on, can Justin Trudeau really remain the party leader?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>John Paul Tasker is a senior reporter with CBC’s parliamentary bureau.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
26/06/2424m 8s

Why did Canada list Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorists?

<p>Canada announced last week that it has added Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to its list of terrorist organizations under the criminal code. It now joins the United States as the only Western countries to do so.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Unlike most groups on Canada’s terror list, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is an official arm of the Iranian government. The designation is something some Iranian Canadians and Conservative MPs have been calling for many years. So who are the IRGC? And, why now?</p><p><br></p><p>Kaveh Shahrooz, senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and activist, joins us to explain what the IRGC is and why he’s been pushing for this move.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
25/06/2425m 12s

The Oilers’ historic Stanley Cup final comeback

<p>After going down three games to zero against the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup final, the Edmonton Oilers won the next three games in a row to tie the series.</p><p><br></p><p>It’s a feat that’s only been accomplished twice, and both times were in the 1940s.</p><p><br></p><p>Can the Oilers complete one of the greatest comebacks in pro sports in game seven tonight?</p><p><br></p><p>After a long cup drought for both Edmonton and Canada, what would the win mean for the city and the country?</p><p><br></p><p>And what would a ring for Connor McDavid’s status among the best players ever?</p><p><br></p><p>Daniel Nugent-Bowman is the Oilers reporter for the Athletic. Mark Connolly is the host of CBC’s Edmonton AM.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
24/06/2425m 26s

Are Canadian cities crumbling?

<p>Calgarians are still rationing water more than two weeks after a catastrophic pipe break — and the city says they’ve got at least two more weeks to go before it’s fixed.</p><p><br></p><p>There’s still much we don’t know about why this pipe broke down, but what experts do know is that other Canadian cities should be gearing up for similar crises. Huge amounts of their infrastructure — from roads to subway cars to schools and community centres — hasn’t been properly maintained for decades, and it’s nearing the end of its life span.</p><p><br></p><p>Matti Siemiatycki, the Director of the Infrastructure Institute at the University of Toronto.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
21/06/2422m 46s

The ‘pronatalists’ trying to engineer a baby boom

<p>Simone and Malcolm Collins are pronatalists: they believe many countries are headed toward a catastrophe of shrinking population, and that we need to have more babies to save them. Other supporters of the movement include Elon Musk and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.</p><p><br></p><p>By choosing embryos with the genetic traits they want, are they practicing eugenics?</p><p><br></p><p>Is their push to boost babies in rich countries really different from racist conspiracy theories about immigrants?</p><p><br></p><p>Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and broadcaster, as well as the author of books including&nbsp;<em>The Price of Life: In Search of What We&aposre Worth and Who Decides</em>. She recently visited the Collins’ home in Pennsylvania.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
20/06/2427m 27s

Why you can’t buy a cheap Chinese electric car

<p>&nbsp;If price is one of your top reasons for why you haven’t bought an electric car, China is looking to solve that problem. Chinese consumers can buy high quality electric cars for as little as $10 -thousand USD and Chinese carmakers are looking to expand their reach globally.</p><p><br></p><p>But American and European governments are hoping to put a stop to it with high tariffs to give local manufacturers a fighting chance. But is it too late?</p><p><br></p><p>Steve LeVine, the author of The Powerhouse: America, China and The Great Battery War and editor of the Electric, joins us to talk about why China’s electric vehicle market is booming and what that could mean for western automakers.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
19/06/2421m 38s

War grinds on in Ukraine. Is peace possible?

<p>On the weekend, more than 90 countries held a conference in Switzerland billed as a “peace summit” for Ukraine.</p><p><br></p><p>But Russia was not in attendance. The summit failed to reach a consensus on a final statement. And the way forward on a peace process remains totally unclear, with Russia and Ukraine drawing intersecting red lines on territory and security.</p><p><br></p><p>So after over two years of war, what do Ukrainians feel like the path is to ending it?</p><p><br></p><p>How are they coping with mounting losses and strains on resources?</p><p><br></p><p>And what would they – and Russia – be willing to sacrifice to finally reach peace?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC’s Briar Stewart brings us the view from the northeastern city of Kharkiv, where Russia began a new offensive last month.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
18/06/2426m 27s

What's behind massive anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel?

<p>Over the weekend, tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against the Israeli government. This particular protest was calling for early elections and a hostage deal now. Demonstrations similar to the one over the weekend have been a regular occurrence across Israel for months now.</p><p><br></p><p>Today on Front Burner, Amir Tibon on how representative these protests are of broader Israeli sentiment, and what that says about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s grip on power. He’s the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz in Tel Aviv.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of this series, please visit:</p>
17/06/2426m 10s

The “brain school” that experimented on Indigenous children

<p>In 2014, a U.S. brainwave scientist claimed he could increase people’s creativity and cure their traumas. And he got permission to experiment on Indigenous children in Canada, offering an all-expenses-paid trip to Victoria, B.C.</p><p><br></p><p>But a decade later, some study participants say the testing they went through — which included staff attaching electrodes to their heads and being asked to talk about the most traumatic moments of their lives — wasn’t what they signed up for and may have left side-effects.</p><p><br></p><p>We hear from CBC’s Geoff Leo about what his investigation turned up and why critics are demanding more accountability and transparency over how the study was approved in the first place.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
14/06/2428m 54s

Céline Dion’s struggle with stiff-person syndrome

<p>Everyone knows who Céline Dion is. You can’t forget her incredible power ballads, her iconic outfits at the Met Gala or her quirky conversations with journalists and fellow singers alike.</p><p><br></p><p>But what fans didn’t know for years was Céline was suffering from stiff-person syndrome. It was causing her body to tense up and spasm, making it hard to use her famous vocal chords. She went public with the diagnosis a year and a half ago, and then stepped away from showbiz and the public eye.</p><p><br></p><p>Now, she’s opening up about her story and how stiff-person syndrome has affected her life in a new documentary. Ahead of its release, we hear from CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault, who got an exclusive interview with Céline and tells us what she learned about Celine’s life and her plans to sing in the future.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
13/06/2425m 4s

Two Jewish parents on recent school attacks

<p>Over the past few months attacks that hit Jewish schools, community centres and synagogues have shaken Canada’s Jewish community.</p><p><br></p><p>For some Jewish-Canadian parents, there is now a question of whether it’s safe to send their children to Jewish schools.</p><p><br></p><p>“Right now, it&aposs a bit fraught to be very Jewish out in the broader world,” says Kim Werker, a Jewish-Canadian mother with a 13-year-old son.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>We speak to Werker and another Jewish-Canadian mother about these concerns, how they’ve been coping and how challenging it has been to talk to their children about the war in Gaza and antisemitism in Canada.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
12/06/2427m 24s

Grift, Disinfo, Fraud? What happened at The Epoch Times?

<p>We dive into the wild story behind The Epoch Times, a fringe conservative newspaper turned right-wing propaganda machine with ties to a mysterious dissident Chinese meditation movement.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>What are its aims? How did it become one of the biggest pro-Trump ad spenders and a destination for the likes of Candace Owens and Conrad Black?</p><p><br></p><p>And what will happen now that its CFO is charged in a $67-million money laundering scandal.</p><p><br></p><p>NBC disinfo reporter Brandy Zadrozny explains.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
11/06/2425m 41s

Are there ‘traitors’ in Canada’s parliament?

<p>A new report accuses parliamentarians of aiding foreign governments to interfere in Canadian politics, which some national security experts say would amount to ‘traitors’ at the heart of our democracy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Will we ever get the names of the MPs in question?</p><p><br></p><p>How has it already created a chill between parliamentarians and their colleagues?</p><p><br></p><p>And if the primary goal of interference is to destabilize Canada, is this report just another success for foreign actors?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton returns to explain.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
10/06/2425m 50s

Life's tough. Will the interest rate cut help?

<p>An interest rate cut of a quarter of a percent might not sound like much. But as the first cut in four years following the COVID-19 pandemic and all the economic upheaval that followed, it&aposs a big deal. And it could be the first of several in the months ahead.</p><p><br></p><p>But what does that mean for you? How does that affect your ability to afford things like a mortgage, a car, groceries, or growing your business? And after a rocky couple of years, do people even have faith in the Bank of Canada&aposs ability to keep things under control anymore?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong breaks it all down, including insights from an exclusive interview with BoC governor Tiff Macklem.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
07/06/2427m 13s

The battle over Vancouver’s legal tent camp

<p>Tent encampments have been around in Canada for a long time. But since the pandemic, the number of camps have grown drastically as Canadians struggle with soaring housing prices and homeless shelters often operating at full capacity.</p><p><br></p><p>Meanwhile, cities have gotten more aggressive in removing these camps — claiming they’re lawless, unhealthy environments. So how did the city of Vancouver end up with a fully legal tent community in CRAB Park?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Sarah Berman, an investigative journalist based in Vancouver, explains what the story of CRAB Park reveals about Canada’s war over encampments and the effects of cutting off these makeshift communities.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
06/06/2423m 34s

Will the Liberals dump Trudeau?

<p>It’s no secret the Liberal Party is Canada is unpopular. Poll after poll shows the Liberals between 15 to 20 points behind the Conservatives, led by a surging Pierre Poilievre.</p><p><br></p><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t faring any better, hitting record low approval ratings after nearly ten years in power. Is it time to replace him? And if so, who can take over the sinking ship?</p><p><br></p><p>David Herle, a partner at Rubicon Strategy and chief campaign strategist for the Liberals under Paul Martin, joins us to answer those questions and gives us his thoughts on the politicians whose names are floating around to take over the party.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out this listener survey:&nbsp;</p>
05/06/2427m 16s

George Floyd’s legacy of racial progress — and backlash

<p>Four years ago, George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death sparked a massive movement in the U.S. and around the world as protestors passionately rallied against police violence and systemic racism. Not only that, but companies and politicians promised to enact change.</p><p><br></p><p>But since that reckoning, has progress really been made? Or is there now a cultural backlash that’s cutting down progress? Washington Post journalist Tolu Olurunnipa, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book on Floyd’s life, joins us to talk about Floyd’s legacy.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
04/06/2427m 37s

Is Doug Ford’s $225M booze plan worth it?

<p>Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced the province will pay at least $225 million to get beer and wine into corner stores over a year ahead of schedule. But why does the province need to pay at all, and why has Ford spent so much time and energy on this issue over his six years in power?</p><p><br></p><p>Our Ontario provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley joins us to explain the massive payment, Ford’s political history with alcohol sales and how the new announcement may tie into rumours that an early election is on the horizon.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
03/06/2421m 58s

Donald Trump is a convicted felon

<p>A New York jury has found former U.S. president Donald Trump guilty of 34 charges of falsifying business records to conceal payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels.</p><p><br></p><p>This makes Trump the first American president to be found guilty of a felony.</p><p><br></p><p>Just six months out from election day, voters are left with an unprecedented scenario in which a convicted felon could become the next President of the United States.</p><p><br></p><p>Perry Stein is a justice reporter for the Washington Post, where she is also the co-author of the Trump Trials newsletter. She&aposs here to talk about the conviction and what comes next for Trump and America.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
31/05/2417m 36s

When Israel investigates itself, what happens?

<p>Earlier this week, an Israeli airstrike that set off a huge blaze in a tent camp in Rafah killed dozens of Palestinians and prompted outrage around the world. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident a “tragic mistake,” and promised a thorough investigation.</p><p><br></p><p>His words echoed previous pledges of investigations and accountability, after past incidents involving the Israel Defense Forces that caused similar global outrage.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>But when Israel investigates itself, what happens? Who is held to account, and what kinds of changes are implemented?</p><p><br></p><p>Today we’re speaking to Kenneth Roth, the former executive director of Human Rights Watch, about the results of previous Israeli investigations, and whether he believes they are sufficient.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
31/05/2426m 58s

Is Canada's economy working hard, or hardly working?

<p>You might be hearing some positive-sounding headlines about Canada&aposs economy recently. Inflation is coming down, and we&aposve (so far) managed to avoid the recession many were predicting following the pandemic. So why do so many Canadians still feel like they&aposre struggling to get by?</p><p><br></p><p>In a word: productivity. The Bank of Canada has called the country&aposs economic productivity situation an "emergency," and economists say there&aposs a direct link between productivity and standard of living.</p><p><br></p><p>BMO chief economist Doug Porter explains.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
30/05/2422m 5s

For Humboldt trucker, what punishment is enough?

<p>It’s been six years since Jaskirat Singh Sidhu crashed a truck into a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team — killing 16 people, injuring 13 others and forever changing the victims’ families.</p><p><br></p><p>Sidhu, a former permanent resident of Canada, has spent years in prison. Now, he’s been ordered to be deported to India — which critics say is a systemic problem in our legal and immigration systems that leaves noncitizens facing a ‘double punishment.’</p><p><br></p><p>The Narwhal’s Prairies Bureau Chief, Sharon J. Riley, joins us to discuss Sidhu’s case and how it&aposs raising questions over fairness and justice, including whether Sidhu has faced enough punishment for his actions.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out <a href=" " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">this audience survey</a>.</p>
29/05/2422m 41s

How did a Mormon town grab first dibs on Alberta water?

<p>As Alberta struggles to navigate several years of dry conditions in the province, its historic water license system has come under scrutiny. In short, whoever got water rights first has first dibs on the water today.</p><p><br></p><p>One of the small towns that really benefits from this system is Magrath, established in 1899 by Mormon settlers from Utah and Idaho. But its senior water rights are becoming more contentious as other communities are forced to buy water amid an increasingly taxed supply.</p><p><br></p><p>We hear from CBC Calgary reporter Joel Dryden, who visited the town and tells us what the water rights debate is like today and whether any changes to those rights are on the table.</p><p><br></p><p>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out <a href=" " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">our audience survey</a>. </p>
28/05/2423m 15s

Election season in the UK, again

<p>Standing in the pouring rain, and drowned out by protest music, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stood in front of 10 Downing street with an announcement: the British public would be heading to the polls for a snap election on July 4th.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>British Politics has been a whirlwind for the last decade, with several conservative governments, and the polarizing passage of Brexit. And after nearly 15 years in the political wilderness, the Labour Party looks primed to deliver a historic election victory.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The BBC’s UK Political correspondent Rob Watson joins the show to discuss an election that stands to deliver change, however moderate, to the British public.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out </strong><a href=" " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>this listener&nbsp;survey</strong></a><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></p>
27/05/2424m 11s

Inside Haiti's capital, ripped apart by gangs

<p>For months, Haiti has been ravaged by out-of-control gangs, especially in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince. But international forces are expected to arrive any day now, led by Kenya.</p><p><br></p><p>Getting in and out of Haiti is dangerous — and for many, impossible. But CBC’s Paul Hunter managed to go inside the gang-controlled capital and tells us what life is like for Haitians struggling to escape the brutal conditions and how they feel about the looming international intervention.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Help us make Front Burner even better by filling out </strong><a href=" " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>this listener&nbsp;survey</strong></a><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></p>
24/05/2421m 14s

Was Red Lobster's fall caused by more than endless shrimp?

<p>Red Lobster used to be one of the biggest names in the world of casual dining — but now the restaurant chain is on the brink of collapse as it files for bankruptcy protection. Was its famous "endless shrimp" promotion really too much for the restaurant to handle? Or is this more about the business decisions of a private equity firm and a major Thai seafood company?</p><p><br></p><p>Business Insider senior correspondent Emily Stewart takes us through the story of Red Lobster&aposs years-long fall from glory — and how it joins a club of other businesses knocked out by private equity.</p>
23/05/2424m 5s

ICC prosecutor wants Netanyahu, Hamas leaders arrested

<p>The International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor is requesting arrest warrants for top Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister. Officials on both sides are being accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity — claims they strongly deny and argue benefit their enemies.</p><p><br></p><p>Could these requests make a difference in the war? And what goes into building a war crimes case at the ICC? Michael Lynk, a former UN Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories, breaks down what comes next.</p>
22/05/2429m 5s

Lessons for Canada from Europe’s housing fails

<p>Europe has a reputation as a place that is generally ahead of the curve on things like social housing. So it might surprise some Canadians to learn that much of the EU is well into the throes of a full-blown housing affordability crisis — and the general patterns bear a striking resemblance to our own.</p><p><br></p><p>Senior Politico reporter Aitor Hernandez-Morales explains just how bad things are getting, and what we might learn from how it&aposs unfolding.</p>
21/05/2430m 52s

Front Burner Presents: Modi's India, Episode 1

<p>How did Narendra Modi, the son of a humble tea seller rise up the political ranks to become one of the most powerful leaders India has ever seen? And did bloody religious riots damage his political future, or turbocharge it? </p><p><br></p><p>This is episode 1 of Modi&aposs India: Understood. Hosted by Salimah Shivji.</p><p><br></p><p>More episodes are available <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p>
20/05/2434m 16s

Can you have a 'real' relationship with an AI?

<p>OpenAI is showing off the latest version of its ChatGPT software in a new set of promotional videos, sounding almost human in the way it talks to users, inviting all sorts of sci-fi comparisons. But AI chatbots are already here, using large language models to simulate human speech, emotion — and even relationships.</p><p><br></p><p>As this technology goes increasingly mainstream, what will it mean for our "real life" relationships? Can you actually have a meaningful relationship with a computer program? And if you can… is that something you want to trust a tech company with? Philosophy instructor Jill Fellows tackles the big questions about the future of AI companions.</p>
17/05/2428m 1s

Politics! Taxing the rich, birth control and hybrid work

<p>CBC’s chief political correspondent, Rosemary Barton, returns to explain the latest dust-ups in Ottawa.</p><p><br></p><p>Will the tax changes the Liberals are promising impact only Canada’s richest?</p><p><br></p><p>Why is a fight over public service workers returning to the office three days a week leading to threats about government services?</p><p><br></p><p>And why are the NDP accusing the Conservatives of attacking women’s reproductive health?</p>
16/05/2421m 34s

The WNBA enters its Caitlin Clark era

<p>The Women&aposs National Basketball Association has been around for 30 years now, but has long struggled to stand out in an increasingly busy marketplace. The league has also struggled with viewership, and pay equity.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>But they may have finally found a star transformative enough to break out of the pack. Her name? Caitlin Clark.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Just before Clark&aposs professional debut with the Indiana Fever, CBC&aposs Shireen Ahmed joins the show to discuss the WNBA&aposs talismanic star, what some are referring to as a &aposgolden age&apos for women&aposs basketball, and Canada&aposs role in it all.</p>
15/05/2423m 47s

Eurovision’s charged political history

<p>Eurovision might best be described as “the Olympics meets American Idol”: a singing contest where countries face off for the number one spot in musical glory. It’s incredibly campy, silly, and mostly very fun.</p><p><br></p><p>But this year’s Eurovision — which wrapped on the weekend — was dogged by controversy, as organizers faced protests for allowing Israel to compete amid the ongoing war in Gaza.</p><p><br></p><p>The European Broadcasting Union, which runs Eurovision, insists the contest is “non-political”. But our guest today argues that geo-political ideals and tensions have coursed through this competition since its inception in 1956.</p><p><br></p><p>Tess Megginson — a PhD candidate studying central and eastern European history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — explains.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
14/05/2425m 23s

Israel rejects ceasefire deal, pushes into Gaza’s last refuge

<p>There were scenes of celebration in Gaza last Monday, as word spread that Hamas had accepted the terms of an Egyptian-Qatari ceasefire proposal.</p><p><br></p><p>But the same day, Israel rejected the deal. Its military has since ordered more evacuations and pushed further into Rafah, considered a last refuge for over 1 million Gazans displaced by the war.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>So what would it take for Israel to agree to a ceasefire? If it wants the safety of hostages, why didn’t it take a deal to release them? And what could the human cost of this last push for Israel’s “total victory” be?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Julian Borger is the Guardian&aposs world affairs editor.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
13/05/2422m 45s

Think you’re too smart to be scammed? Think again.

<p>Whether it’s a complex network of fake online designer shops set up to get your credit card details, a scammer impersonating your bank’s fraud department to get more personal information, or a simple “How are you today?” text that might lead to asking you to invest in a crypto scheme…scams are on the rise. And they are getting more sophisticated.</p><p><br></p><p>Today on the show, David Reevely, who covers cybersecurity for The Logic, on the evolution of scamming and what you can do to guard against it.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
10/05/2422m 46s

Is lobbying corrupting Canadian governments?

<p>On Friday, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre published an op-ed criticizing Canadian businesses’ use of lobbyists. He’s also called out the Liberals for high-priced fundraisers and "undue handouts” to the business lobby.</p><p><br></p><p>But since Poilievre became leader, dozens of federal lobbyists have also paid to attend the roughly 50 private fundraising events he’s spoken at.</p><p><br></p><p>So despite all the critiques of big money and lobbying in politics, why do they still seem to be everywhere? How has lobbying shifted power in our democracy? And if parties are concerned, why haven’t any of them made bigger efforts to reform it?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Duff Conacher has been pushing for MPs to close lobbying loopholes for almost three decades. He’s a co-founder of Democracy Watch, a non-profit advocating for government accountability.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: <a href=";" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">;</a></p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
09/05/2419m 49s

Is India hiring gangs to kill political enemies in Canada?

<p>In June of 2023, Sikh activist and Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar was gunned down outside a gurdwara in Surrey, B.C., after evening prayers. Three men have now been arrested and charged with his murder, and all three are affiliated with a gang with ties to Punjab. But sources close to the investigation believe these men were just hired guns, acting on orders from the top levels of the Indian government&aposs intelligence service.</p><p><br></p><p>CBC senior reporter Evan Dyer breaks down his exclusive reporting on this story and the increasingly blurring lines between organized crime and Indian foreign policy.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: <a href=";" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">;</a></p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
08/05/2425m 41s

At the McGill encampment: Calls to divest from Israel

<p>Unless it was dismantled last night after we put this podcast to bed, the pro-Palestinian encampment at McGill University is now entering into its 11th day. It&aposs just one of several across Canada, and one of many more across North America.</p><p><br></p><p>So last Tuesday, we headed to Montreal to check out the McGill encampment for ourselves.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>We went to speak to students there about their central demand: divestment. We wanted to learn more about what it means, why the students are calling for it, and why the broader push that “divestment” is part of — the movement known as BDS — is so controversial.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
07/05/2435m 26s

How Loblaw inspires anger, boycott

<p>On May 1st, the people behind a subreddit called r/loblawsisoutofcontrol launched a nationwide boycott of Loblaw-owned stores for the month.</p><p><br></p><p>The very same day the boycott began, Loblaw Companies Limited released its first quarter earnings numbers. Its profits went up by almost 10%, and its revenue by over $13-billion.</p><p><br></p><p>Today on Front Burner, why did Loblaw become the primary target of Canadians’ grocery anger? Can something like a boycott or more competition really keep it in check? And should we think of Loblaw less like a retailer, and more like Amazon?</p><p><br></p><p>Vass Bednar is our guest. She&aposs the executive director of McMaster University&aposs Master of Public Policy and Digital Society program.</p>
06/05/2423m 50s

When Drake and Kendrick beef, who wins?

<p>A long-simmering feud between Toronto&aposs Drake and Compton&aposs Kendrick Lamar has finally erupted into open lyrical warfare. The bars being traded on diss tracks like "Push Ups" and "Euphoria" bring to mind some of the most iconic rap beefs in history — and it&aposs far from the first time the 6 God has found himself in the crosshairs.</p><p><br></p><p>Shadrach Kabango — you may know him as the rapper Shad — weighs in on the feud, and the role of big-name beefs in hip hop culture.</p>
03/05/2428m 6s

Backlash and walk backs: BC reverses drug policy

<p>In April, a hospital memo was released by the British Columbia’s official opposition party. It was from July 2023, a few months after the possession of small amounts of certain hard drugs were decriminalized in the province under a three-year pilot project.</p><p><br></p><p>And it advised nurses to not impede patients using illicit drugs within the hospital.</p><p><br></p><p>The province said the advice in the memo had been walked back. But it became another example used by the plan’s critics for why progressive drug policies were failing.</p><p><br></p><p>Then, last week, B.C. Premier David Eby asked Health Canada to recriminalize the use of hard drugs in public spaces, such as hospitals and restaurants.</p><p><br></p><p>So how did growing backlash from residents, health-care workers, police and conservative politicians end a key component of decriminalization?</p><p><br></p><p>Today, we unpack those questions with CBC British Columbia reporter Moira Wyton.</p>
02/05/2419m 53s

Mass graves uncovered at Gaza hospitals

<p>In early April, after Israeli troops withdrew from the area surrounding the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis, Palestinian recovery teams were able to assess the destruction. And just last week, mass graves were uncovered on the hospital grounds. There’s been similar reports at Al-Shifa hospital in Northern Gaza as well.</p><p><br></p><p>United Nations officials are calling for independent investigations into the matter. A statement by the Israeli Defence Forces has said accusations that they had buried the bodies were "baseless and unfounded".</p><p><br></p><p>Freelance journalist Akram Al-Sattari has been reporting from the grounds of the Nasser Medical Complex. He spoke to Front Burner about what he witnessed.</p>
01/05/2424m 49s

‘F--k Trudeau,’ from fringe to mainstream

<p>When Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre visited a convoy camp on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia last week, he was filmed in front of a “F--k Trudeau” flag.</p><p><br></p><p>It was another moment of visibility for a slogan that’s encroached on the mainstream, appearing on bumper stickers and flags scattered across the country.</p><p><br></p><p>So when did this visible hate for the Prime Minister start? What’s the relationship between extremist groups and mainstream anger? And is there any way for Justin Trudeau – or his opposition – to heal the divisions?</p><p><br></p><p>Journalist Justin Ling has spent many hours listening to groups who profess hatred for Trudeau. He’s the author of Bug-Eyed and Shameless on Substack, and he recently spoke to the Prime Minister about these divisions.</p>
30/04/2427m 49s

The growing wave of campus protests

<p>&nbsp;On April 17th, pro-Palestinian protesters set up an encampment on the lawn of Columbia University in New York, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, and for their administration to divest from ties to Israel. The next day, their university’s president called on the NYPD to clear the encampment. They arrested more than 100 students. That event caused an eruption of solidarity encampments, protests, and faculty walk-outs at colleges and universities across the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Now, the encampments and solidarity protests have spread even further — including at McGill University in Montreal, and universities in Europe and Australia.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, we’re going to talk about why students in multiple countries feel compelled to face arrest or suspension for this movement — and why others feel the protests are creating a dangerous climate that is fueling antisemitism.</p><p><br></p><p>Our guest is Arielle Angel, editor-in-chief of the magazine Jewish Currents.</p>
29/04/2434m 10s

Weekend Listen: Split Screen: Kid Nation

<p>The controversial reality TV show known as ‘Kid Nation’, which borrowed its premise from Lord of the Flies, was cancelled shortly after its 2007 debut. Producers took 40 kids into a makeshift desert town to fend for themselves and create their own society. Was the series an opportunity to discover what kids are capable of? Or simply a ploy for ratings? With access to former ‘Kid Nation’ contestants, their families, and the show’s creators, culture journalist Josh Gwynn uncovers how this cult TV show became a lightning rod for an ongoing debate about the ethics of reality TV. Welcome to Split Screen, an examination of the utterly captivating, sometimes unsettling world of entertainment and pop culture. From reality TV gone awry, to the cult of celebrity, each season of Split Screen takes listeners on an evocative journey inside the world of showbiz. Ex-contestants, producers, and cultural critics uncover complicated truths behind TV’s carefully curated facades, and question what our entertainment reveals about us. Split Screen: sometimes reality is twisted. More episodes are available at: <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"></a></p>
27/04/2436m 31s

The keffiyeh’s history of culture and conflict

<p>Earlier this month, the Ontario legislature banned the keffiyeh, a checkered black and white scarf long worn by Palestinians and often seen at pro-Palestinian protests.</p><p><br></p><p>The ban was brought in because of a longstanding policy against clothing items that make overt political statements. But that decision has ignited a massive debate.</p><p><br></p><p>So, is the keffiyeh a political statement? Is it traditional regalia? Is it both?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Today, we unpack those questions with Vox correspondent Abdallah Fayyad.</p><p><br></p><p>He recently wrote a piece called "How the keffiyeh became a symbol of the Palestinian cause."</p>
26/04/2422m 5s

What to expect from Trump's 'hush money' trial

<p>Donald Trump&aposs first of four criminal trials is underway in New York, where he is accused of improperly disclosing money supposedly paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to cover up an alleged affair. It&aposs the first time a former U.S. president has been tried criminally.</p><p><br></p><p>Washington Post court reporter Shayna Jacobs has been covering the trial. She walks us through what the court has heard in the opening week, what to expect as the prosecution builds its case, and how the defense plans to counter it.</p>
25/04/2425m 19s

The ‘trad wives’ glamorizing life at home

<p>For some time now, there’s been a growing trend on TikTok and Instagram of young women sharing about their daily lives as “trad wives.” “Traditional wives” forego the workplace, extol the virtues of homemaking, and often talk about the ways they “submit” to their husbands.</p><p><br></p><p>So why do these women say they’ve chosen a life at home? How does their messaging cross into religion and politics? And is this “movement” a reaction to the burdens on modern women, or a threat to feminism’s progress?</p><p><br></p><p>Journalist Sophie Elmhirst recently published a piece in the New Yorker titled “The Rise and Fall of the Trad Wife.”</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
24/04/2424m 42s

After the airstrikes: Where do Iran and Israel go from here?

<p>Today we are joined by Beirut-based journalist Kim Ghattas, author of the bestselling book Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East. She is also a contributing editor at the Financial Times.</p><p><br></p><p>We’re speaking to Kim about the unprecedented, overt attacks exchanged this month between Israel and Iran — most recently an Israeli strike on Friday near the Iranian city of Isfahan.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Where is this dangerous tit-for-tat headed next, and what’s at stake? What do Iran and Israel’s leaders actually want here? And what does it mean for the wider region?</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
23/04/2426m 41s

Is democracy at stake in India’s election?

<p>The single biggest election in the history of democracy is happening right now in India. Just shy of one billion people are eligible voters, but it&aposs not just big from a numbers perspective. It&aposs also being called one of the most pivotal elections in Indian history.</p><p><br></p><p>Incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi is projected to win. But Modi&aposs commitment to Hindu nationalism has many questioning what a third term might mean for the future of India’s democracy, and the idea of a pluralistic Indian society.</p><p><br></p><p>Salimah Shivji is the CBC&aposs South Asia correspondent. She’s also working on a new CBC podcast about Modi and the fundamental ways he’s changing his country. It’ll be part of our Understood feed, you can subscribe <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Salimah spoke to host Jayme Poisson about why the stakes of this election are so high.</p>
22/04/2424m 10s

Is high finance killing Hollywood?

<p>What is the point of Hollywood? There are two obvious answers, right? To make good stuff that entertains people. And to make money for the big studios and the people who work for them.</p><p><br></p><p>Those two things don&apost have to be mutually exclusive.&nbsp;But Daniel Bessner believes increasingly they have been.</p><p><br></p><p>Bessner spent a year working on a deep dive into how Hollywood has evolved for Harper&aposs Magazine. Bessner is also a historian, writer, and host of the podcast "American Prestige".</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
19/04/2422m 50s

A pregnant woman’s perilous journey out of Gaza

<p>Lubna&nbsp;Al&nbsp;Rayyes, was in the third trimester of a high risk pregnancy when the war in Gaza started. She was frightened of what that meant for her and her baby. How do you plan for your delivery, when you’re living with&nbsp;airstrikes&nbsp;and having to uproot your life?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>That’s when she connected with reporter Gabrielle&nbsp;Berbey, who documented&nbsp;Lubna’s&nbsp;journey…from attempting to get medical care in a&nbsp;warzone, to trying to make her way to Canada, where she has family.&nbsp;Gabrielle’s reporting is featured in the most recent episode of the critically-acclaimed podcast&nbsp;Reveal, from the Centre of Investigative Reporting.</p>
18/04/2425m 38s

Were years of Canadian paternity tests just guesswork?

<p>If you&aposre pregnant but not sure who the father of your baby is, you might turn to a DNA testing company for a prenatal paternity test for some certainty — a company like Viaguard Accu-Metrics, based in the Toronto area. But for years, Viaguard was selling tests that sometimes identified the wrong fathers — and the company&aposs owner knew.</p><p><br></p><p>CBC investigative reporter Jorge Barrera walks us through his team&aposs investigation into the company, and some of the expectant parents whose lives were upended by incorrect paternity test results.</p>
17/04/2425m 31s

The Liberals' plan to fix the housing crisis

<p>Today, the government unveiled their federal budget. And they are spending big on housing.</p><p><br></p><p>They pledged billions of dollars for low-cost loans to increase rental construction, 30-year mortgages for first-time home buyers, and programs to spur non-profit housing.</p><p><br></p><p>All in all, they’re promising to build 3.87 million homes by 2031.</p><p><br></p><p>But will it fix the affordability crisis? We ask Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Sean Fraser.</p>
16/04/2430m 7s

Israeli-Iranian shadow war breaks into the open

<p>On Saturday night, Iran launched its first-ever direct attack into Israel, firing off some 300 drones and missiles. While Israel says it intercepted some 99 per cent of them, shrapnel from one drone hit a seven-year-old girl, who as of this writing is in critical condition.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Iran’s attack follows a major escalation by Israel earlier this month, when a strike at Iran’s consulate in Syria killed 16 people, including a top commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, the Guardian’s Julian Borger joins us to explain how these latest events have ratcheted up a long-simmering shadow war between the two powers — and the risk that they could bring the region into a much broader, and even more dangerous, conflict.</p>
15/04/2423m 33s

What we know from Canada’s foreign interference inquiry so far

<p>Politicians, staffers and intelligence officials have been testifying in Ottawa over the last several weeks in a public inquiry into foreign interference in Canadian elections in 2019 and 2021. While many details remain classified, it appears from the testimony that China, India and even Pakistan made attempts. But did those attempts have meaningful impacts?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC senior parliamentary reporter Janyce McGregor explains what the inquiry has shown about Canada&aposs ability to recognize and repel foreign interference in its elections — and what that could mean for the next one.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
12/04/2426m 39s

Trump 'won' on abortion. Could it lose him this election?

<p>Abortion is a topic that many analysts believe could present the biggest threat to Donald Trump’s political comeback. This week, he made two major statements that attempted to put distance between himself and the issue.</p><p><br></p><p>But what does it mean that Trump is now running away from a policy Republicans spent decades fighting for?</p><p><br></p><p>Today, CBC Washington correspondent Alexander Panetta joins us for a look at a problem Trump helped create, and what it could mean for the November presidential election.</p>
11/04/2426m 11s

Tesla woes and Canada’s big EV bet

<p>Tesla is having its worst year since the pandemic. The company is selling fewer cars, and its stock is plummeting.</p><p><br></p><p>And it’s not just Tesla. We’re seeing a cool down in North America’s EV industry as a whole.</p><p><br></p><p>Why is this happening? And as Canada pours billions of dollars into the industry, will that bet pay off? Senior CBC business reporter Peter Armstrong explains.</p>
10/04/2422m 3s

Charlie Angus on leaving politics, NDP’s future

<p>After 20 years representing Timmons, Ontario, federal NDP MP Charlie Angus announced last week that he’s leaving politics. Angus has also spent much of his career fighting for indigenous rights, particularly for Indigenous children. He’s also served in the critic role for labour, agriculture and digital issues.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Charlie Angus on his career and departure from politics, as well as the future of the NDP and the popularity of Pierre Poilievre.</p>
09/04/2427m 16s

Israel accused of using AI to choose Gaza targets

<p>The Israeli military has been using an artificial intelligence tool to identify human targets for bombing in Gaza, according to a new investigation by Israeli outlets +972 Magazine and Local Call.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Intelligence sources cited in the report allege that the AI system, called Lavender, at one stage identified 37,000 potential targets — and that approximately 10 per cent of those targets were marked in error. The sources also allege that in the early weeks of the war, the army authorized an unprecedented level of “collateral damage” — that is, civilians killed — for each target marked by Lavender.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The investigation was also shared with the Guardian newspaper, which published their own in-depth reporting.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Israel disputes and denies several parts of the investigation.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, the investigation’s reporter, Yuval Abraham, joins us to explain his findings.</p>
08/04/2429m 21s

Israeli airstrikes and the deadly risk of feeding Gaza

<p>On Monday, an Israeli military airstrike hit an aid convoy from World Central Kitchen. The IDF killed 7 workers, including Canadian veteran Jacob Flickinger, and said it was a “mistake” and “misidentification.”</p><p><br></p><p>So why didn’t the extensive steps WCK says it took to coordinate its movements stop the IDF from firing on them? And what does this breakdown of the way aid is delivered during war mean for getting help to Gazans on the brink of famine?</p><p><br></p><p>David Miliband is the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian group partnering to deliver aid and medical help to Gazans. He says it’s time for a “paradigm shift” in how we think about aid during conflict.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
05/04/2425m 9s

Is Canadian aluminum being green-washed?

<p>In the last year alone, the Canadian government has poured billions of dollars into the electric vehicle industry. Wrapped up in that is the production of aluminum, a lightweight and recyclable material that EV car manufacturers want.</p><p><br></p><p>In Quebec, aluminum is big business. Rio Tinto, one of the largest manufacturers of aluminum in the world, has several plants there. It often advertises the product as green.</p><p><br></p><p>But a new investigation by Radio-Canada’s Enquête calls that into question.</p><p><br></p><p>Investigative producer Gil Shochat is here to talk about how it’s brought to light the environmental cost of this industry in Quebec, and deep into the Amazon.</p>
04/04/2423m 36s

Facebook whistleblower on school boards’ social media lawsuits

<p>In a Canadian first, four Ontario school boards are taking the companies behind Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok to court, alleging the platforms are knowingly harming students and disrupting the ways schools operate.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The claims haven’t been proven in court, and all three companies say they do their best to keep young people safe online.</p><p><br></p><p>Our guest today has been speaking for years about the kinds of issues raised in the Ontario school board lawsuits. In 2021, Frances Haugen quit Facebook, took tens of thousands of internal documents and leaked them. She later testified to the U.S. Congress, and alleged the company’s products were harming children.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, we’ve got Haugen on the podcast to discuss the Ontario school board lawsuits, the harms she believes these companies are causing to children, and what she thinks should be done about it.</p><p><br></p><p>A previous version of this episode included an anecdote about a boy who was bullied, and later took his own life after videos of his bullying were posted online. That anecdote has been removed. In fact, the boy was murdered by two other boys, in an attack that investigators say was planned on social media, and was triggered by an online conflict in a chat group.&nbsp;</p>
03/04/2430m 56s

Ohtani, Porter and sport’s gambling problem

<p>&nbsp;At a time when major sports leagues are embracing online betting, the MLB’s biggest star and a player for the Toronto Raptors are now involved in gambling investigations.</p><p><br></p><p>So what do we know about Shohei Ohtani and Jontay Porter? How could gambling partnerships be impacting fans and athletes? And have these leagues opened a Pandora’s box of betting culture that could threaten the future of their sports?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Declan Hill is an associate professor of investigations at the University of New Haven, an expert on match fixing and corruption, and the author of CrimeWaves on Substack.</p>
02/04/2423m 31s

Front Burner Presents: The Pornhub Empire Episode 2

<p>Not only did Pornhub become a massive moneymaker, it also helped push porn into the spotlight by using data, clever PR, and the power of celebrity. How did Pornhub make itself a household name?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>This is episode 2 of The Pornhub Empire: Understood. Hosted by Samantha Cole.</p><p><br></p><p>More episodes are available <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
01/04/2424m 5s

Beyoncé and country’s Black roots

<p>When Beyoncé took the stage at the 2016 Country Music Awards, alongside the Chicks, the racist backlash was immediate.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Eight years later, she alluded to that experience when she announced her new album, Cowboy Carter.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>In recent years, we’ve seen some pushback against the genre’s whiteness. And with Cowboy Carter, Beyoncé is reminding us once again that at its roots, country music is Black.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Today, music, pop culture, and politics writer Taylor Crumpton joins us to talk about how for decades, country music has been packaged for a white audience. And how that’s starting to change.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
29/03/2423m 35s

Why didn’t the U.S. block a Gaza ceasefire vote?

<p>This week, for the first time since the start of the Gaza war, the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. It passed after the U.S. abstained from voting, rather than using their veto power — as they did three times before.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For many watching, it was a very big deal — and the strongest sign yet of a fracture in the long and special relationship the US has with Israel. But is it really?</p><p><br></p><p>Today the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, joins us to talk about that pivotal UN vote, and whether it’s just symbolic — or if it means something more.</p>
28/03/2421m 55s

Inflation has slowed. At what cost?

<p>Canada&aposs inflation numbers have once again come in lower than expected, and are nearing where our central bank wants them. But to get here, the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates high to slow the economy.</p><p><br></p><p>So was it actually the Bank&aposs rate hikes that brought inflation down? Is the sting of high rates worth the success so far? And how much further does inflation — and the economy — need to slow before the Bank drops rates?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Armine Yalnizyan is an economist and the Atkinson Fellow On The Future Of Workers.</p>
27/03/2422m 13s

Drought bears down on Alberta

<p>After a warm, dry winter, Albertans are preparing for what could be a devastatingly dry summer. Snowpack is low, reservoirs around the province are well below seasonal levels, and farmers are already anticipating a difficult growing season.</p><p><br></p><p>But this isn&apost a one-off. Experts say the multi-year drying trend is likely to continue, which will have major implications for water use in the province — the biggest of which is agriculture. Is the future of the province&aposs biggest industry at risk? CBC Calgary&aposs Joel Dryden explains what a deepening drought could mean for life in Alberta in the decades ahead.</p>
26/03/2424m 14s

Why would ISIS-K attack Russia?

<p>On Friday night, gunmen stormed the packed Crocus City concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow, where thousands had gathered for a rock concert. At least 133 people were killed, making it the deadliest attack in Russia for the last 20 years.</p><p><br></p><p>ISIS-K, an ISIS affiliate, has claimed responsibility — although Russia is casting doubt on those claims.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, the CBC’s Briar Stewart takes us through what we know so far about the Crocus City Hall attack, and the many questions that remain.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
25/03/2422m 42s

Front Burner Presents: The Pornhub Empire

<p>How did a handful of competitive foosball players in Montreal create the world’s largest online porn site? And what do a picturesque Dutch cabin, thousands of pornographic VHS tapes, and the subprime mortgage crisis have to do with it?</p><p><br></p><p>This is episode 1 of The Pornhub Empire: Understood. Hosted by Samantha Cole.</p><p><br></p><p>More episodes are available at:</p>
22/03/2427m 39s

Political grab-bag: Palestinian statehood, carbon tax fight

<p>This week, the NDP introduced a motion to recognize Palestinian statehood. The negotiations went into the night with last-minute amendments made. Why did it get so messy? What ramifications could we see come out of the passed motion?</p><p><br></p><p>Plus, a growing number of provincial leaders are pushing for the Liberal government to cut the carbon tax, or to pause the scheduled increase for it in April. What might happen next?</p><p><br></p><p>Senior writer Aaron Wherry joins us from the CBC’s Parliamentary bureau.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
21/03/2425m 32s

The dark side of family influencers

<p>Vanessa had her entire life put online during the 2000s “mommy blogger” era. She’s in her 20s now. And as she tells influence culture journalist Fortesa Latifi, her life was anything but glamorous.</p><p><br></p><p>The TikTok generation of child influencers is a multi-billion dollar industry. And with that money, comes concerns of exploitation.</p><p><br></p><p>Fortesa Latifi recently published a three part series and mini-doc for Cosmopolitan called “The Sharenting Reckoning”. She joins us to talk about it.</p>
20/03/2426m 0s

West Bank real estate, protests at Canadian synagogue

<p>Ahead of its event at a Thornhill, Ontario synagogue, the “great Israeli Real Estate Event” seemed to list settlements in the occupied West Bank on its website – settlements which the UN and Canada consider a violation of international law.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>On March 7th, Front Burner’s team made their way into the event and confirmed the marketing of West Bank real estate.</p><p><br></p><p>So how did some real estate enterprises discuss properties in the West Bank? How did protesters outside the synagogue react? And what can their face off outside a synagogue tell us about how the conflicts in Gaza and the West Bank are reverberating in Canada?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Front Burner host Jayme Poisson explains.&nbsp;</p>
19/03/2436m 21s

What went wrong with Boeing’s planes?

<p>From emergency landings to mechanical failures, airplane manufacturer Boeing has been in the news a lot recently.&nbsp;Earlier this year, a panel flew off mid-air on a flight, and just this month, a former employee turned&nbsp;whistleblower&nbsp;died while a key legal proceeding was underway.</p><p><br></p><p>So what exactly is going on?</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Washington Post reporter Lori&nbsp;Aratani&nbsp;on how Boeing went from being the crown jewel of the American aviation industry to being mired in a seemingly endless series of problems with their planes.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
18/03/2423m 48s

How gang leader “Barbeque” took over Haiti

<p>On Monday, Haiti&aposs Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced from Puerto Rico that he would be stepping down. He’s been unable to return to Haiti since January, because heavily armed gangs have shut down the airport and taken over much of the country.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Haitian reporter and editor-in-chief of AyiboPost, Widlore Merancourt, explains what it’s like on the streets of Port-au-Prince, what the gangs want, and whether more foreign intervention is really the answer.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
15/03/2424m 12s

Will America really ban TikTok?

<p>On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill that could lead to the forced sale or nationwide ban of TikTok in the U.S. To become law, the bill still needs to pass the U.S. Senate, and that’s not guaranteed.</p><p><br></p><p>All of this has massive implications for the social media platform’s 170 million users in the U.S, and millions more around the world, including here in Canada.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, NPR tech correspondent Bobby Allyn on the arguments for and against the bill, how realistic a forced sale or ban would be, and what all this might mean for TikTok’s users.</p>
14/03/2424m 9s

Royal mystery: What’s going on with Kate Middleton?

<p>Kate Middleton is one of the most photographed people in the world. But for months she’s been out of the public eye, recovering from what Kensington Palace says was abdominal surgery.</p><p><br></p><p>However, many people are not buying that everything is fine with the Princess of Wales. Bizarre choices by the palace’s PR team have only fueled speculation — like releasing a photo of Kate that major new agencies refused to use because it appears to have been manipulated.</p><p><br></p><p>So what’s really going on?</p><p><br></p><p>Ellie Hall was the official royal correspondent for BuzzFeed News until it shut down, and she’s going to help us unravel the mystery.</p>
13/03/2426m 47s

Why is air travel so miserable?

<p>March break, one of the busiest travel times of the year, just started in Ontario.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>It’ll kick off across much of the country in the next few weeks. Chances are, if you’re flying out, you’re probably worried about something going wrong. It seems like everyone has a horror story about delays and cancellations, extra fees or tiny seats.</p><p><br></p><p>Today on Front Burner, author and law professor Ganesh Sitaraman on how air travel became such a frustrating and unpleasant experience for so many, and whether there’s a solution in sight. Sitaraman is the author of Sitaraman is the author of&nbsp;Why Flying Is Miserable and How to Fix It.</p>
12/03/2424m 58s

Why does Russia want Canadian tech for its war drones?

<p>Orlan-10 drones are arguably one of Russia’s most important assets on the battlefield. Which is why the West has sanctions in place to keep the tech needed to build the drones out of Russian hands.</p><p><br></p><p>So why do hacked emails show that a Russian arms dealer was seeking out parts made by Canadian tech companies? And how are Western parts ending up on the frontlines of Russia’s war with Ukraine?</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Ben Makuch shares his CBC investigation.</p>
11/03/2422m 31s

Pierre Poilievre confronts Canada's media

<p>Pierre Poilievre does not hide how he feels about Canadian mainstream media. His numerous, testy exchanges with reporters earn lots of online traction.</p><p><br></p><p>Is the relationship between Poilievre and the media different from politicians that came before him? When Poilievre takes on reporters, who is he talking to?</p><p><br></p><p>Today we explore those questions with journalist and author Paul Wells.</p>
08/03/2427m 4s

Unraveling the Winnipeg disease lab mystery

<p>Since 2019, questions have swirled around why two scientists, originally from China, were marched out of a high-security infectious disease lab in Winnipeg. They were later stripped of their security clearances and fired, in a case that has raised suspicions about Chinese espionage, and prompted calls for the Liberal government to release more information.</p><p><br></p><p>Now, at least some questions have been answered. Last week the federal government released hundreds of documents, largely from Canada’s spy agency, CSIS, about the scientists’ dismissal. The documents contain revealing insights — but also leave many questions unanswered, putting further pressure on the government to allow a deeper investigation into this story.</p><p><br></p><p>Today CBC reporters Karen Pauls and Catharine Tunney join us to dive into the revelations in these documents, the political firestorm they’re causing, and what questions remain unanswered.</p>
07/03/2422m 46s

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and a legion of Saudi-backed bots

<p>The legal proceedings between ex-spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made nonstop headlines in 2022 — and online discourse at the time seemed to be overwhelmingly in favour of Depp. The tweets in particular caught the eye of investigative reporter and Tortoise Media editor Alexi Mostrous. They seemed to be part of a coordinated effort to smear Heard. And the closer he looked, the weirder it got.</p><p><br></p><p>What&aposs the connection between that trial, Johnny Depp’s friendship with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and a legion of Twitter bots for hire? Mostrous, who hosts the new podcast Who Trolled Amber?, walks us through his investigation and what it says about whether you can ever really trust what you read online.</p>
06/03/2426m 8s

As Gazans crowded for aid, Israeli troops opened fire

<p>Gaza health authorities say 118 people were killed and 760 people were injured while trying to get food staples like flour from aid trucks on Thursday, after Israeli soldiers opened fire.</p><p><br></p><p>The Israeli military claims most people were killed in a stampede of people around the trucks, but accounts from witnesses and medical workers say most of the victims were shot.</p><p><br></p><p>So what precipitated this deadly search for aid? How close is Gaza to famine? And what would it take to get food to the people there who are starving?</p><p><br></p><p>Yarden Michaeli explains. He’s a reporter with Haaretz based in Tel Aviv.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
05/03/2424m 25s

Brian Mulroney’s political legacy

<p>Brian Mulroney, Canada&aposs 18th Prime Minister, has died at the age of 84.</p><p><br></p><p>He had an incredibly eventful nine-year tenure, from 1984 to 1993, at a time when the governments in the U.S. and the U.K. were shifting&nbsp;towards&nbsp;more deregulation and privatization.</p><p><br></p><p>He was a champion of free trade, his work on the Canada-U.S free trade agreement, and&nbsp;NAFTA&nbsp;later, had an indelible impact on Canada&aposs economy, but was also met with a lot of criticism along the way.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Peter&nbsp;Mansbridge, who covered much of Mulroney&aposs time in office, is here to talk about his legacy.&nbsp;Mansbridge&nbsp;was the chief correspondent at&nbsp;CBC&nbsp;News for many years, and now hosts a podcast called&nbsp;The Bridge.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
04/03/2428m 36s

In Ukraine: a popular president, a less popular war

<p>After two years of leading a country at war, Ukraine’s president remains popular.&nbsp;But as support for the fight wavers both inside and outside the country, Volodymyr Zelensky faces a new set of high-stakes challenges.</p><p><br></p><p>Does demoting a popular general signal a shift in military strategy? Will international allies deliver the support Zelensky says he needs? If not can he negotiate a popular end peace?</p><p><br></p><p>Today we’re joined by Tim Mak, founder of the Kyiv-based publication The Counteroffensive.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
01/03/2424m 26s

Israel’s occupation scrutinized at the Hague

<p>This week, the International Court of Justice wrapped up a set of historic hearings into the legality of Israel’s decades-long occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.</p><p><br></p><p>The proceedings were requested by the UN General Assembly back in 2022, and so the timing of them — almost five months into Israel’s bloody war with Hamas — is in essence coincidental. But many believe that finding a resolution to this question is fundamental to securing a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.</p><p><br></p><p>While many are familiar with the term “occupation” in relation to this conflict, it’s another thing to understand the specific legal meaning of that term, or its practical implications. Or why Israel argues that this term doesn’t actually apply to them.</p><p><br></p><p>Today we’re going to explain all of that, and then look at how these questions played out at these recent hearings at the UN’s top court.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>We’re joined by Nahlah Ayed, host of the CBC Radio show Ideas. Among other things, Nahlah was previously a foreign correspondent based in the Middle East, and she has covered other cases at the Hague, most recently one relating to the conflict in Gaza.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
29/02/2431m 45s

The Liberals’ pitch to regulate online harms

<p>The Liberals originally promised a bill tackling online harms would come within 100 days of their re-election in 2021.</p><p><br></p><p>Instead, Justice Minister Arif Virani tabled their new act on Monday, which aims to create a new commission and regulate content from hate, to extremism, bullying and child abuse materials.</p><p><br></p><p>So did the Liberals learn lessons from a previous bill criticized for the risk of censorship? And will this current bill actually make the internet safer for children?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC senior reporter Raffy Boudjikanian explains.</p>
28/02/2423m 8s

Law & Order Toronto and why the franchise endures

<p>Law &amp; Order Toronto: Criminal Intent premiered last Thursday.</p><p><br></p><p>The series, adapted by CityTV, features cases that are &aposripped from headlines&apos from Canada&aposs largest city, Toronto. It films in Toronto neighbourhoods and has a very Canadian cast and crew.</p><p><br></p><p>It is also part of a long-running network TV franchise that premiered back in 1990, and one that seems to have weathered the changes in TV as a medium, and changes in attitudes towards police and the justice system.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Vulture TV critic Kathryn VanArendonk on Law &amp; Order&aposs Toronto spinoff, and why the franchise still draws a big audience.</p>
27/02/2422m 39s

The Joe Biden age problem

<p>The debate over whether or not Joe Biden is too old to be president is getting heated.</p><p><br></p><p>He has struggled to collect his thoughts, mumbled incoherently at press conferences, referenced recent conversations with long-dead politicians, and recently, had to be reminded of Hamas&apos name.</p><p><br></p><p>It’s not a good look for any president. But it’s especially bad for the presumed Democratic nominee during an election year.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, CBC Washington senior correspondent Paul Hunter explains why an 81-year-old with memory lapses might be the only option the Democrats have.</p>
26/02/2425m 26s

Could an ID law trigger a Pornhub blackout?

<p>Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre says his party supports a bill from an independent senator that would require websites to verify users&apos ages before allowing them to see sexually explicit content — similar to laws recently passed in the U.K., several E.U. countries and numerous American states. But critics say the law would be disastrous for privacy and civil liberties — and industry titan Pornhub says it might force them to block Canadians from the site altogether, as they&aposve already done in some of those other jurisdictions.</p><p><br></p><p>Sam Cole — a journalist with 404 Media and the host of Front Burner&aposs upcoming spinoff podcast, The Pornhub Empire: Understood — explains the controversy around a seemingly simple push to protect children online, and what it could mean for the future of the online porn industry.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
23/02/2424m 51s

Is it time for an NDP, Liberal divorce?

<p>On paper, the Liberals’ deal for the NDP’s support is supposed to prop up their minority government until next summer.</p><p><br></p><p>But in exchange, the Liberals agreed to a bill on pharmacare, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is threatening that the deal could be done if they miss an approaching March 1st deadline.</p><p><br></p><p>So could the coming weeks see the end of the deal? Would the Liberals really risk an election right now? And did the deal deliver wins for the NDP that voters will remember?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton returns to unpack it all.</p>
22/02/2421m 41s

Why fast-fashion garment workers' lives are still at risk

<p>&nbsp;In 2013, Rana Plaza - an eight-storey garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing over 11-hundred people.</p><p><br></p><p>It&aposs a tragedy that led to a lot of public anger towards the brands that made clothes there. Brands like Zara, Walmart, and Joe Fresh, owned by Loblaw. And at the time, Loblaw promised safe working conditions and fair wages.</p><p><br></p><p>But ten years later has it followed through on those promises? The Fifth Estate&aposs Mark Kelley tells guest host Daemon Fairless about the investigation.</p>
21/02/2426m 17s

AI video’s groundbreaking, controversial leap forward

<p>&nbsp;OpenAI has just introduced a new tool, Sora, which turns text prompts into short, shockingly realistic videos. Sora hasn’t been released to the public yet, but it’s already sparking controversy about its potential implications for industries like animation and video games, as well as for deepfake videos — and for democracy as a whole.</p><p><br></p><p>Today, Gary Marcus — a cognitive scientist, AI researcher and entrepreneur, and author of the forthcoming book&nbsp;Taming Silicon Valley&nbsp;— talks to us about the promise and potential consequences of Sora and other generative AI video tools.</p>
20/02/2426m 12s

With Navalny dead, is Putin absolute?

<p>The Kremlin says Alexei Navalny died Friday in an Arctic prison. After surviving a poisoning and still making the decision to return to Russia, President Vladimir Putin&aposs most significant opposition figure was serving 19 years on extremism charges.</p><p><br></p><p>What do we know about how Navalny died?</p><p><br></p><p>Amid accusations that he was murdered, what motivations would Navalny&aposs enemies have for acting against him now?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Not long after a number of Western commentators predicted Putin&aposs demise over the Ukraine war, what does Navalny&aposs death mean for Putin&aposs tightening grip on Russia?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC&aposs Briar Stewart explains.</p>
19/02/2425m 20s

Jon Stewart is back. Does America still need him?

<p>When Jon Stewart stepped down as host of the Daily Show in 2015, it seemed pretty conclusive. For nearly 16 years, he guided the show through 9/11, the Iraq war, the 2008 financial crisis and more, becoming a voice of reason for many amid growing political divisions — but it was time to move on.</p><p><br></p><p>This week saw him back in the host&aposs chair once again, where he&aposll now be every Monday. But things have changed a lot in the last nine years — especially politics. Does Stewart&aposs brand of Bush-era both-sides-ism still work in 2024? Slate writer and senior editor Sam Adams unpacks the legacy of the Daily Show and whether the world still needs it.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
16/02/2429m 8s

Overdoses and a small city state of emergency

<p>Last week, paramedics in Belleville, Ontario responded to 13 drug overdoses in a single hour. By the time the city declared a state of emergency two days later, the total had reached almost two dozen.</p><p><br></p><p>So how did these near-simultaneous overdoses unfold? What caused them? And how can we stop the spikes of drug poisonings that have been happening in cities across Ontario?</p><p><br></p><p>Dan Taekema is CBC’s reporter covering eastern Ontario communities from Belleville, to Kingston, and beyond.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
15/02/2422m 38s

As assault looms, Palestinians are trapped in Rafah

<p>Rafah, a tiny city at Gaza’s border with Egypt, is currently sheltering more than half of the territory’s population. Many, crammed together in tent cities, have already relocated multiple times, as Israel’s war with Hamas has pushed them further and further south. </p><p><br></p><p>Now, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledges to move ahead with a major assault on Rafah, the civilians sheltering in the city say there’s nowhere else to go. </p><p><br></p><p>Today our guest is Haaretz reporter Yarden Michaeli. He and his colleague Avi Scharf recently <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">investigated</a> the vast devastation that the Israel Defense Forces’ operations have left in Gaza. He talks to us about the path of destruction that kettled 1.4 million people into Rafah, and what it could mean if a full-scale invasion goes ahead. </p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: </p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
14/02/2427m 20s

The unknown cost, and political price of the ArriveCan app

Canada’s Auditor General has found the government overpaid for the ArriveCan app. And poor record keeping has made it impossible for her to figure out that final total. Catherine Cullen, the host of “The House” joins Front Burner to talk about how an app that was supposed to make pandemic travel easier has ended up costing millions. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
13/02/2422m 40s

Organized crime's system for stealing cars

Auto thefts have been spiking in Canadian cities, with criminals using and disposing of the vehicles or selling them to fund organized crime, even exporting them overseas. . Why have cars become so easy for thieves to steal? What systems are organized crime using to take vehicles in large quantities? Will the federal Liberal’s national summit on auto theft last Thursday provide lasting solutions? Peter Edwards is a crime reporter with the Toronto Star and the author of numerous books on organized crime. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
12/02/2420m 2s

Down the Super Bowl conspiracy rabbit hole

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and the teams on the field are no surprise. What is surprising is that the off-field mania around Taylor Swift dating a Chiefs player has gotten deeply, deeply weird. Some American networks have been stirring up conspiracy theories that Swift and Kelce’s relationship is a deep-state psy-op. The Super Bowl has morphed into a sort of singularity-level conspiracy, pulling in everything: vaccines, the CIA, light beer, billionaire investor George Soros, and President Joe Biden. Drew Magary is an author and a columnist with Defector and SFGate. He writes a lot about football, and he’s one of the hosts of Defector’s Distraction podcast. He’s here to dig into it. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
09/02/2421m 25s

Why did Trump tank a border bill Republicans fought for?

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate was set to vote on a sweeping national defense bill. It included reforms to immigration, in reaction to a surge in migration across the U-S southern border. It also included military support for the war in Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. It came together through months of bipartisan meetings. But the vote failed. Why? The CBC’s Alex Panetta is here with the answers. He’s a reporter with our bureau in Washington D.C. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
08/02/2423m 25s

Are trans youth a 'political football' in Alberta?

Alberta premier Danielle Smith has frequently said that she doesn&apost want to politicize issues around the rights and personal decisions of transgender youth. But then, last week, she unveiled the toughest set of policies affecting trans teens in the country. The proposed rules would have wide-ranging impacts for gender-affirming medical care, sports, sex education and the use of preferred pronouns in schools. Today, CBC Calgary&aposs Jason Markusoff joins us for a look at the reaction in Alberta to the proposed policies, and why Smith may have so dramatically changed her position on this issue now. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
07/02/2423m 24s

What’s going on at Neuralink, Musk’s brain implant company?

Elon Musk says a person has had a computer chip implanted in their brain as part of Neuralink’s first human trial. The billionaire’s company is racing to develop a device, in an attempt to catch up to competitors in the brain-computer interface industry. Marisa Taylor, an investigative journalist with Reuters, joins Front Burner to separate fact from fiction, as Neuralink tries to revolutionize brain implants. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
06/02/2423m 2s

Why are men fleeing Ukraine, and the war?

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion nearly two years ago, most men have been banned from leaving Ukraine. That hasn’t stopped thousands from making illegal border crossings to escape. Why are so many Ukrainian men risking these journeys? How is Ukraine trying to stop them? What could the crossings signal about Ukrainians’ attitudes toward a new phase of this war? CBC’s Briar Stewart went to neighbouring Moldova to find answers. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
05/02/2424m 16s

Weekend Listen: Hollywood Exiles

From the BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts comes Hollywood Exiles. Host Oona Chaplin tells the story of the decades-long campaign to root out communism in Hollywood. It’s a campaign that eventually drove her grandfather, Charlie Chaplin, and many others out of tinseltown. Hollywood Exiles is a tale of glamour, duplicity and political intrigue that reverberates to this day. It’s the story of how Tinseltown became an ideological battleground. The toll of the fight was enormous – reputations, careers and families were torn apart by the campaign to drive communists from the movie business. More episodes are available at:
03/02/2436m 9s

Former Canadian world junior hockey players face sex assault charges

Four NHL players, and one pro European player, are charged with sexual assault, in a troubling story that began years ago. The charges relate to the alleged group assault of a woman in 2018, that took place when the accused were members of Canada’s world junior hockey team. Katie Strang is a senior investigative writer with The Athletic and walks us through these new charges — and whether anything has actually changed in hockey since this scandal first came to light. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
02/02/2420m 57s

Is $10 daycare in trouble?

The Trudeau government’s announcement in 2021 that they would bring daycare fees down to $10 a day within five years was a massive relief to many parents across the country. But two years after all the provinces signed on, this extremely popular program is clearly facing some bumps in the road: staffing shortages, massive wait lists, and daycares that can’t cover their costs. Today, Martha Friendly, executive director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, speaks to us about the growing pains confronting affordable daycare.
01/02/2422m 23s

Oilsands pollution 'vastly underestimated': study

According to a new study published in Science, operations in Alberta’s oilsands are pumping out as much as 64 times more air pollutants than officially reported. How could industry estimates be missing these huge amounts of chemicals? What could the health and environmental consequences be? How does this study add to other concerns that don&apost we truly understand the impact of the oil sands? Drew Anderson is the Prairies reporter for The Narwhal, whose team of investigative journalists report on the natural world. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
31/01/2419m 54s

Is Palworld more than ‘Pokémon with guns’?

Pokémon is the single biggest grossing media franchise on the planet. So when a game best described as "Pokémon with guns" was released earlier this month, it&aposs perhaps no surprise that it quickly became one of the most played — and talked about — video games in the world. Washington Post video game critic and reporter Gene Park explains why the game has blown up, and whether the developers might find themselves in Nintendo&aposs legal crosshairs for copying their homework. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
30/01/2419m 12s

What’s at stake with Canada’s foreign interference inquiry

The public inquiry into foreign electoral interference begins today. The independent commission was sparked by allegations that China had interfered in Canadian elections — a bombshell accusation that ignited a major political battle in Ottawa. The inquiry is already facing hard questions about who gets to take part and how, and how much of the findings can actually be shared with the public. CBC parliamentary reporter Catharine Tunney on what’s ahead, and what’s at stake with the inquiry. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
29/01/2422m 53s

Death at the border and a search for the smugglers

A new investigation by the CBC’s Fifth Estate sheds light on who might have been responsible for a devastating and fatal human smuggling case two years ago. On January 19, 2022, police found four people frozen to death, just metres away from the US border in Manitoba. RCMP confirmed all four were Indian citizens, and all from the same family. Today, Fifth Estate co-host Steven D’Souza on his search for answers about the smugglers that sent that family, the Patels, into a blinding snowstorm.
26/01/2431m 46s

A fake CEO, a failed investment scheme, and millions lost

A scheme called HyperVerse attracted more than a billion dollars in investments and endorsements from celebrities including Chuck Norris and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. But a Guardian Australia investigation found that the CEO of HyperVerse didn’t even exist. Sarah Martin, a senior correspondent with Guardian Australia, explains how the scheme worked, who was behind it, and how regular people lost a lot of money. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
25/01/2425m 23s

Invasive strep A: what you need to know

Invasive Group A strep is a rare form of infection that happens when the usually harmless bacteria invades parts of the body where it&aposs not normally found. This can lead to complications like flesh-eating disease, meningitis and even death — and case numbers are on the rise in Canada, with 10 children dead of the disease since October. CBC health reporter Lauren Pelley breaks down what you need to know about invasive strep A and the multiple factors that could be behind the recent surge in cases. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
24/01/2420m 2s

After Siakam, what's next for the Raptors?

Pascal Siakam was traded to the Indiana Pacers in a blockbuster deal last week that, for many, marked the end of the team’s 2019 championship era. So, what direction are the Raptors headed in? And how are fans feeling about saying goodbye to one of the most beloved players in franchise history? Freelance NBA writer and author of “Prehistoric: The Audacious and Improbable Origin Story of the Toronto Raptors”, Alex Wong, explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
23/01/2421m 47s

Mass stabbing inquest hears horror, heroism

Less than a year and a half after a mass stabbing devastated James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities in Saskatchewan, a coroner’s inquest began last week into how Myles Sanderson killed 11 people and hurt 17 others. What happened in the days prior to the attacks? What do police analysts say the motive could have been? What supports do community members need now? Jason Warick is a reporter with CBC Saskatoon. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
22/01/2420m 57s

Police crackdown and a homelessness emergency

The prairies are just emerging from a record-breaking cold snap, with multiple days of temperatures well below -30. But that didn&apost stop the City of Edmonton from proceeding with its plan to dismantle eight homeless camps across the city. CBC Edmonton&aposs Wallis Snowdon explains why the city is so keen to remove the camps, in a city where more than 300 people died in connection to homelessness in the last year alone. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
19/01/2424m 44s

Sex workers, a rural property and an alleged serial rapist

The trial of Richard Mantha, 59, is set to begin this week in Calgary. Mantha is charged with more than two dozen counts related to seven women, including drugging, kidnapping, and sexually assaulting his alleged victims. In this episode, CBC Calgary reporter Meghan Grant walks us through the troubling case, and the allegations levelled against Mantha by women working in the sex trade. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
18/01/2420m 15s

Immigration and housing costs. What’s the link?

After mounting political pressure, last weekend Immigration Minister Marc Miller acknowledged that the number of non-permanent residents in Canada is putting a strain on housing. As Canada brings in a historic number of temporary residents and population growth sets records, some of the country’s top bank economists and even the Bank of Canada say that the federal government’s immigration policy is significantly affecting housing affordability. So how did we get here? What is Canada’s immigration policy? Would a cap on non-permanent residents help alleviate the housing crisis – or could it hurt the economy as some critics say?  Canadian Press economics reporter Nojoud Al Mallees explains.  For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
17/01/2422m 18s

Chaos, gang war erupts in Ecuador

For over a week, Ecuador has been in a state of emergency. Armed gang members have set cars on fire, taken people hostage, and attacked staff at a major TV station during a live broadcast. These acts of violence came after the disappearance of a notorious gang leader with ties to the illegal drug trade. Today, freelance journalist Carolina Loza León, based in Manta, Ecuador, on what’s been happening on the ground, the gangs at the heart of escalating violence, and whether the government’s approach is likely to quell the chaos. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
16/01/2422m 46s

Israel faces genocide case at UN’s top court

In hearings at the International Court of Justice last week, South Africa accused Israel of genocide in Gaza. A potential final ruling at the court could take years, but within weeks, judges could order Israel to stop its military operations So what&aposs behind South Africa’s argument? Why is Israel saying the case should be dismissed? And in a court without a mechanism to enforce orders, why would a ruling really matter? Canadian academic William Schabas, a professor of international law at Middlesex University recognized with the Order of Canada as a foremost authority on genocide, explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
15/01/2427m 7s

The downfall of the NRA's Wayne LaPierre

For more than three decades, Wayne LaPierre has led the National Rifle Association — turning gun policy into a deeply partisan political issue. But now, facing a civil trial on corruption allegations, he&aposs announced his resignation. With membership and revenue dropping, could this be the end of the NRA? New York Times investigative reporter Danny Hakim explains the rise of one of America&aposs most influential lobby groups — and how, even if this is the end, the NRA&aposs biggest battles may have already been won. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
12/01/2428m 17s

Why are Canadian churches being burned?

Thirty-three churches have burned to the ground across Canada, since the discovery of possible unmarked children&aposs graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May, 2021. In most cases, officials have blamed arsonists. CBC’s Terry Reith details his investigation into the pattern of arson, and how it’s tied to Canada’s dark residential school history. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
11/01/2422m 57s

Is Trudeau in dire need of a new story?

While Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has been campaigning across the country, gaining momentum in the polls, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message of positivity and progress is failing to connect. After eight years in power, is the long-time Liberal leader in dire need of a new story? What political narrative could captivate Canadians in 2024? And what story is Poilievre betting on? CBC’s Aaron Wherry explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
10/01/2422m 28s

Life and death at a Gaza hospital

A few weeks ago, Syrian-Canadian doctor Anas Al-Kassem, along with 5 other doctors from the U.S and Canada, went on a medical mission to southern Gaza. They were stationed at two hospitals in Khan Younis. With explosions nearby, they closed wounds, amputated limbs, and saved the lives that they could. Today, Dr. Anas Al-Kassem on what he saw during the mission, the state of the hospitals in Gaza, and the continuing health and humanitarian crisis in the region. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
09/01/2422m 21s

High tension on the Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthi militias are attacking commercial shipping vessels in the Red Sea, and say the attacks will continue until Israel ends its “crimes in Gaza.” Who’s backing the Houthi rebels? Why is the U.S. sinking Houthi ships and sailing naval destroyers in the region? What could the attacks mean for fears of a broader regional conflict? Iona Craig is an investigative journalist who’s been covering Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula for over a decade.
08/01/2424m 3s

The ‘Epstein list’ explained

Jeffrey Epstein died in a New York prison cell in 2019, before he could stand trial for allegedly running a sex trafficking ring involving underaged girls and dozens of high-profile clients. Now, court documents including names of Epstein&aposs known associates are being unsealed, shedding new light on the nature and scale of his network. Senior Washington Post editor Marc Fisher walks us through the list so far — which includes Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump — and why further document releases might never fully answer the remaining mysteries. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
05/01/2425m 45s

A new dawn for women’s pro hockey

The brand new Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) kicked off its inaugural season this week, with Toronto hosting the team from New York. Hailey Salvian, a senior writer for The Athletic, walks us through the promise of the fledgling new league — but also the challenges ahead for the organization, which is hoping to succeed where others have failed. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
04/01/2422m 26s

Indictments, old age and the US election

2024 is an election year in the U.S., but the country is still dealing with the fallout of their last election. Could former President Donald Trump’s legal troubles and accusations of insurrection interfere with his bid to return to office? Why are some Democrats questioning whether current President Joe Biden should be their nominee? Could a close election result trigger another violent, January 6-style reaction? Cameron Joseph is a freelance political reporter writing for the Guardian. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
03/01/2422m 49s

Lessons from a decade of failed revolutions

From the Arab Spring that swept across the Middle East and North Africa to the fare increase protests in Brazil that snowballed into much more, the 2010s started off with a wave of mass protests all over the world. But why did so many of them end in ways the activists behind them didn’t intend? That’s what journalist Vincent Bevins tries to answer in his new book, If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
02/01/2423m 50s

Front Burner Introduces: The Dose | What does my mental health have to do with the health of my gut?

The Dose is a weekly look at the health news that matters to you. Dr. Brian Goldman brings you the best science from top experts in plain language. This episode examines the many factors that influence our mood, including one we may not think about: our diet. It turns out the emotions you feel have a lot to do with what’s happening in your gut, or your gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Mary Sco., a family doctor with a PhD in nutrition, breaks it all down. More episodes of The Dose are available at:
01/01/2425m 10s

Syria’s forgotten children

In 2018, under bombardment in Syria, a 2-year-old boy named Salmaan disappeared along with his mother. At the time, the Islamic State was at the brink of defeat. For years, ISIS led a brutal campaign across Syria and Iraq, killing and kidnapping thousands of people. After the war against the Islamic State was won, many of the wives and children of its fighters were placed in prison camps in Northeast Syria. Today, BBC investigative journalist Poonam Taneja on her journey to those camps to find out what happened to Salmaan, and the fate of the thousands of children left behind in the Syrian desert.
29/12/2323m 48s

Encore: Inside a busy food bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto had their worst month on record last March: more people used their services than at any other time in their 40-year history. The situation is similarly dire at food banks across the country. Today on Front Burner, producer Imogen Birchard heads out to a food bank in Etobicoke, to find out who’s using the service now and what’s driving them there. This is an encore of that documentary.
28/12/2328m 0s

Encore: Why the internet is getting worse

Does it feel harder these days to find the info you need on Google? Do the Amazon products that show up at the top of your search turn out to be poorer quality than the ones you really wanted? Cory Doctorow calls that &aposEnshittification.&apos Today, an encore of our interview with Doctorow, explaining how the big internet companies have changed their profit-making strategy over time in ways that are making our experience of the internet worse.
27/12/2328m 15s

A salute to hip-hop at 50

Hip-Hop celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. What started out in the South Bronx, became a best-selling, record-breaking, and globally influential art form. But for a long time, the genre and its innovators were not only debated but often dismissed. We look back at 50 years of art form with rapper and broadcaster Shad. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
22/12/2330m 22s

The year in pop culture

In 2023, Taylor Swift dominated the music industry. Beyonce had a Renaissance. HBO’s Succession ended. Tina Turner died. Online, we debated how much men think about The Roman Empire and Martin Scorsese went viral on TikTok. But more than anything, there was an extreme amount of pink thanks to Greta Gerwig’s Barbie blockbuster. For better or worse, what drove pop culture in 2023? And when we look back on the art we consumed this year… What was it that we were collectively looking for? Culture writer and podcaster Niko Stratis and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, host of CBC’s Commotion, explain. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
21/12/2328m 40s

A landmark trial and Hong Kong’s future

The trial for Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai began on Monday. Lai is charged under China’s national security legislation, which has been used to crack down on dissenters in the city-state since 2020. Many activists have been prosecuted under the law already, but this is arguably the most high-profile case yet. Sebastien Lai, Jimmy Lai’s son, joins Front Burner senior producer Elaine Chau for a conversation about the work that led up to his father’s arrest, and what this case might mean for Hong Kong’s future. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
20/12/2322m 47s

The time Canada built a million cheap homes

Housing Minister Sean Fraser says he’s bringing back a housing idea from the Second World War that helped build over a million homes. Could catalogues of pre-approved blueprints create more homes, faster? What other lessons should we be taking from Canada’s post-war housing effort? How has mass construction of ready-made designs impacted housing in other countries? Carolyn Whitzman is a housing policy consultant and expert advisor to the Housing Assessment Resource Tools project For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
19/12/2320m 41s

Elon Musk’s very bad year

Elon Musk kicked off 2023 by losing $200 billion in wealth. And the South African entrepreneur is ending the year with a series of blunders. X, formerly known as Twitter, is absolutely bleeding advertisers. Tesla, once his bread and butter, is facing a massive recall. And Musk’s reputation has shifted from media darling and climate saviour to ill-tempered, eccentric rich guy. So, what exactly went wrong in 2023? How has Musk derailed his public persona? And is there any hope that the CEO can turn things around in 2024? Paris Marx, host of the podcast Tech Won’t Save Us, explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
18/12/2334m 24s

Desperation in Gaza amid winter, war and hunger

As fighting in Gaza continues, civilian deaths are rising and those that remain face worsening conditions that include a severe lack of food and clean water, overcrowded shelters, floods and disease. As Canada and other Western nations show their support for a ceasefire, Bushra Khalidi, a policy lead with Oxfam, paints a vivid picture of what she’s hearing from family and colleagues on the ground in Gaza. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
15/12/2322m 17s

Half a million strike in Quebec

Unions in Quebec have united for one of the largest strikes in Canadian history, with more than 6% of Quebec’s population currently on strike. Is the public blaming unions or Premier François Legault for widespread school closures and delays in healthcare? How does the unions’ “Common Front” moniker invoke Quebec’s deep history of labour solidarity? If deals aren’t reached soon, how long could strikes continue? CBC Montreal journalist Jennifer Yoon explains.
14/12/2324m 23s

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs allegations explained

Rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ long-time ex-girlfriend Cassie has filed a lawsuit against him, alleging years of sexual assault and physical abuse. She’s not alone. Three other women have filed similar suits. Andre Gee, staff writer at Rolling Stone, joins us to go through the details of the cases and what it could mean for the music industry. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
13/12/2320m 14s

Can Ukraine win without U.S. money?

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is heading to Washington to make a desperate plea for weapons, as a $60 billion military aid package for Ukraine is tangled up in U.S. domestic politics. Meanwhile, trench warfare with Russia grinds on. With international support faltering, and a failed counter-offensive, can Ukraine win its war with Russia? Francis Farrell, a reporter with The Kyiv Independent, details Ukraine’s dire situation. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
12/12/2320m 42s

Emission cap hits Canadian oil, gas

Last week at COP28 the Canadian government announced a framework that will put a concrete limit on the amount of CO2 that oil and gas can emit. The idea is to accelerate how quickly Canada reduces its emissions. But the plan has sparked harsh criticism from all sides, including climate activists, the Conservatives, the NDP and oil and gas companies. How will the cap work? Does it go far enough? Will it impact production? And how does it fit into Canada’s climate targets? CBC senior writer Aaron Wherry explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
11/12/2321m 30s

Weekend Listen: Crime Story

Fraud. Abduction. Murder. Every week, Crime Story host and investigative journalist Kathleen Goldhar goes deep into a tale of true crime with the storyteller who knows it best. From the reporter who exposed Bill Cosby, to the writer who solved one of Australia’s most chilling cold cases — Crime Story guests include: Gilbert King (Bone Valley), Eric Benson (Project Unabomb),Carole Fisher (The Girlfriends), and many more. More episodes are available at:
09/12/2350m 22s

Millions exposed by 23andMe breach

Genetic testing company 23andMe says attackers were able to gain access to the profiles of nearly 7 million of its users. What kind of information was exposed? How did hackers try to sell the info? What broader and future concerns do experts have about sending DNA to services like 23andMe? Jason Koebler is a co-founder of the independent tech website, For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
08/12/2322m 3s

Are Israel and America at odds over Gaza?

As fighting in Gaza resumed, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued strong words of caution for Israel to obey international humanitarian law and to minimize civilian casualties. It was a significant shift in tone compared to the total support Blinken had delivered earlier in the war. And it’s a message that’s been echoed by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Are the long-time allies at odds over Gaza? What does strain in that relationship mean for the future of the war – and for the civilians caught in the middle? Gregg Carlstrom, Middle East Correspondent for The Economist, explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
07/12/2328m 31s

Will Purdue’s opioid settlement be overturned?

A bankruptcy deal for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma gave a legal shield to the Sackler family that ran the company. Now, a challenge to the settlement has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court. Why are families of opioid victims split on whether they want the multi-billion dollar settlement to stand? How could the ruling change who can get immunity from lawsuits in massive corporate settlements? Why have the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops submitted briefs calling for Purdue’s deal to stand? David Ovalle is a national reporter with the Washington Post focusing on opioids and addiction. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. An earlier version of this episode stated that the movie Pain Hustlers was inspired by Purdue and Oxycontin. That film was based on a different company which also sold opioid based pain medication. We&aposve corrected this episode to remove that error.
06/12/2322m 29s

Alleged India-linked assassination plot deepens

Prosecutors in New York accuse an employee of the Indian government of conspiring to assassinate a member of the movement to create an independent Sikh state. The plot was foiled in the U.S., but the indictment sheds light on murder that was carried out in Surrey, B.C., in June. CBC’s Alex Panetta details what we learned from the indictment, and what it says about India’s alleged assassination plans in North America. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
05/12/2320m 14s

Is a mortgage crisis on the way?

Millions of Canadians will soon feel the impact of jumps in interest rates as their mortgages come up for renewal. In some cases, their payments could go up by 40% or more.  What will happen to Canadians already struggling to make mortgage payments? What could the impact be on real estate prices?  And as banks set aside hundreds of millions more in reserves for bad loans, are there risks to Canada’s economy and financial institutions?  Ron Butler, mortgage broker at Butler Mortgage and host of the Angry Mortgage Podcast, explains.  For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
04/12/2320m 56s

How the Google news blackout was avoided

On Wednesday, the federal government announced an agreement with Google over Bill C-18: The Online News Act. The tech giant had threatened to limit Canadians’ access to news on its platforms — similar to the one Meta imposed. Under the deal, Google will pay news companies $100 million annually. But is it enough? Who got the better deal? And what does it mean for the future of journalism in Canada? Alfred Hermida, a digital media scholar and professor at the UBC School of Journalism and the co-founder of The Conversation Canada, explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
01/12/2318m 47s

Living on the volcanic edge in Iceland

A spike in seismic activity and the imminent threat of a volcanic eruption in Iceland has displaced the town of Grindavik, located near the country’s famous Blue Lagoon and a massive geothermal power plant. We hear from Hanna Evenson who’s been going into the danger zone to rescue residents’ pets and Ragga Agustsdottir, the co-founder of Lava Show Iceland, about the challenges and benefits of living in a hotbed of volcanic activity. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
30/11/2323m 17s

As electric vehicles wobble Canada bets big

Canada is betting big on electric vehicles. Ahead of COP28, we’re asking why the government is pouring billions of dollars into EVs, despite debate about the industry. Just how critical is the switchover to electric vehicles? What does major investment mean for Canada’s ability to hit critical emissions targets. And what happens if we don’t make the move to zero-emissions vehicles fast enough? Ottawa-based climate reporter for the National Observer John Woodside explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
29/11/2320m 4s

The Canadian helping U.S states defend anti-trans laws

Since 2020, state-level politicians in the U.S. have passed dozens of bills that LGBTQ advocates say are anti-trans. When it comes to defending these laws in court, states have been turning to an unlikely ally: Toronto psychologist James Cantor. He’s testified in more than 20 cases in the U.S. involving transgender issues. Today on Front Burner, CBC investigative journalist Jonathan Montpetit on Cantor’s influence, and how his scientific expertise is being weaponized by conservative Christian groups and Republican politicians to roll back trans rights in the U.S. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
28/11/2334m 32s

How the Israel-Hamas hostage deal happened

How did Israel and Hamas reach a deal that led to a brief pause in fighting and the release of dozens of captives on both sides of the conflict? Julian Borger, a Washington-based world affairs editor with the Guardian takes us through the tense negotiations. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
27/11/2330m 32s

Canada’s debt is growing. How bad is it?

On Tuesday, the federal government’s fall economic statement was overshadowed by this year’s deficit and Ottawa’s skyrocketing debt. How did it get so bad? What does it mean for Canadians? And what’s the economic outlook in a climate of uncertainty? Armine Yalnizyan, an economist and the Atkinson Fellow On The Future Of Workers, breaks it all down. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
24/11/2322m 38s

Meet ‘Chainsaw Man’, Argentina’s new president

Known as “Chainsaw Man”, “El Loco” and “The Wig”, Argentina’s new far-right president is a controversial economist that’s often compared to Donald Trump. And he’s promised to slash government, kill the central bank and ditch the national currency. So, who is Javier Milei? How did the self-described libertarian manage to win? And what does his presidency mean for Argentina’s devastating economic crisis? Buenos Aires-based freelance journalist Natalie Alcoba explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
23/11/2326m 36s

Chaos at OpenAI: did profit and safety collide?

When ChatGPT was released last year, artificial intelligence was suddenly a reality in our everyday lives. The company, OpenAI, and its CEO, Sam Altman, seemed to be on a meteoric rise. So why was Sam Altman just fired by a board tasked with keeping AI in check? Steven Levy, Editor at Large for Wired, joins us to talk about the chaos at OpenAI, and who controls the artificial intelligence that could change our world. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
22/11/2322m 16s

The assassin next door

Nearly 50 years ago Nur Chowdhury was at the centre of an assassination and coup that killed Bangladesh’s first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was convicted by a court in Bangladesh, but now he lives in a Toronto suburb. Mark Kelley, co-host of CBC’s The Fifth Estate, shares his investigation into why the Canadian government still hasn’t deported Chowdhury to face justice. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
21/11/2326m 24s

Guilty verdict for Muslim family truck attack

Nathaniel Veltman has been found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, after violently hitting a Muslim family in London, Ontario, with a pick-up truck in 2021. What is the reaction to the verdict from the family and community? And how has this trial tested Canada’s terrorism laws? First we hear from Hina Islam, a member of the Afzaal family and a registered psychotherapist who has provided trauma support for members of London’s Muslim community. Later in the episode, CBC’s Kate Dubinski explains what led up to the verdict. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
20/11/2322m 54s

Weekend Listen: Gay Girl Gone

Of all the young revolutionaries in Syria during the Arab Spring, Amina is different. An out lesbian in a country where homosexuality is illegal, she bravely documents her life on the blog Gay Girl in Damascus. Her candid posts attract readers from around the world, and soon she has a wide, ardent following. But then a post appears saying Amina has been abducted. Her fans mobilize, desperate to track down and save their fearless heroine. What they find shocks them. Journalist Samira Mohyeddin investigates what actually happened to the infamous Gay Girl in Damascus in this 6-part series. The result is a twisted yarn that spans the globe and challenges our thinking on love, politics and identity in cyberspace. More episodes are available at:
18/11/2336m 12s

Zyn, Zonnic, and the nicotine pouch craze

Snus in Sweden, Zyn all over TikTok and now, Zonnic in Canada. Nicotine pouches have been gaining profile, from Major League baseball dugouts to Joe Rogan’s podcast. What are they? How are they different from vapes, dip and cigarettes? Are they a helpful tool for people looking to quit, or just hooking a new generation? First, freelance journalist Ashwin Rodrigues takes us through the product’s rise in the U.S. and then CBC’s Marina von Stackelberg tells us why Zonnic, the brand being sold in Canada, is already controversial. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
17/11/2326m 8s

Is Marvel’s reign coming to an end?

<p>After years of superhero films dominating the box office, The Marvels just had the worst opening weekend the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. Sam Adams, culture writer and senior editor at Slate, joins us to talk about why audiences might finally be sick of superhero movies and what that could mean for the film industry as a whole.</p><p><br></p><p>For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit:</p><p><br></p><p>Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.</p>
16/11/2326m 4s

Protests grip Panama over Canadian mining deal

Protests that began over a mining contract with a Canadian company have seized Panama for weeks, with key highways blocked, schools shut down, and a port choked with boats. Why has the situation reignited a century of anger over North American interests?  Freelance journalist Michael Fox has been covering the protests from Panama. The first season of his upcoming podcast, Under the Shadow, looks at the lingering impact of U.S. intervention in Central America. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
15/11/2320m 59s

The ceasefire debate

Demonstrators around the world are calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, as the destruction and death toll in Gaza continues to climb. Meanwhile, some of Israel’s allies, including the United States and Canada, want ‘humanitarian pauses’ in the fighting. Jonathan Guyer, senior foreign policy writer at Vox, explains the difference, and why the calls for a ceasefire are being rejected. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
14/11/2328m 45s

A buried history of Canada’s Afghan war

In 2007, military historian Sean Maloney was commissioned to write Canada’s account of the war in Afghanistan. Unlike other official histories, this one would be documented as it was being fought. The three-volume The Canadian Army in Afghanistan, was set to be published in 2014, but it didn’t see the light of day for nearly a decade due to, according to Maloney, concerns within the military. The book was quietly, and some say reluctantly, released last summer. CBC senior defence reporter Murray Brewster on the long delay, what’s actually in the book, and why historical accounts of war can be so divisive. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
13/11/2325m 36s

Weekend Listen: Evil By Design

More than 80 women from around the world have accused the fast-fashion mogul Peter Nygard of rape, sexual assault, and human trafficking in incidents across four decades and at least four countries. He has been charged for sex crimes in three Canadian provinces and the state of New York. He denies it all, and has claimed his accusers are lying as part of a vast conspiracy. In his words, the acts he is accused of are things he “would never do.” Nygard had built a sprawling international retail empire over the past 50 years — but his professional achievements are now overshadowed by a sinister personal life, one that has earned him the moniker, ‘Canada’s Jeffrey Epstein’. Listen to the Podcast Evil by Design at:
12/11/2347m 24s

Why did WeWork fail?

WeWork was buzzy from the beginning. The coworking company was sold not just as office space, but a lifestyle. Its leader, Adam Neumann, not just as a CEO – but a revolutionary. Now, as the company files for bankruptcy, Eliot Brown, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal and co-author of the book The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann and the Great Startup Delusion, joins us to chronicle how the tech unicorn fell so far. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
10/11/2323m 49s

Did an ex-RCMP boss have secrets for sale?

Inside the trial of former RCMP intelligence director Cameron Ortis, who’s facing allegations he tried to sell secrets to some of the very people police were targeting. What sensitive documents do police say Ortis exposed? For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. How are an encrypted phone dealer and international money laundering network involved? What’s behind the defence’s bombshell claim that Ortis was acting on foreign intel? CBC Parliamentary reporter Catharine Tunney returns to explain.
09/11/2321m 0s

A carbon tax carve-out, or cold feet?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax exemption for home heating oil has renewed criticism of the entire scheme — a cornerstone of Canada’s plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. CBC’s Aaron Wherry weighs in on how the Liberal government is weathering a storm of its own making. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
08/11/2321m 55s

Whose Police?

In 2017, an RCMP unit called the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) was created to police resource-related protests in B.C. Since then, it’s been subject to lawsuits and hundreds of complaints. Critics argue that it’s a de facto private security force for resource companies. So what exactly does C-IRG do? And who does it serve? The CBC’s Steven D’Souza brings us his findings from The Fifth Estate investigation. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
07/11/2326m 32s

Guilty: The fall of Sam Bankman-Fried

A jury has found FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried guilty on seven counts, from conspiracy to fraud, following the collapse of his crypto exchange last year. Jacob Silverman, host of The Naked Emperor podcast, walks us through Bankman-Fried’s trial and explains what the verdict means for FTX customers and the cryptocurrency industry. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
06/11/2326m 20s

Weekend Listen: Bloodlines

From BBC Sounds and CBC Podcasts. Syria. 2018. ISIS is on the brink of defeat. A toddler disappears in the chaos. In London, his grandad needs answers. Poonam Taneja investigates. More episodes are available at:
04/11/2331m 14s

A game of war: Call of Duty turns 20

Iconic first-person shooting game, Call of Duty, is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. As it turns 20, the Washington Post’s Gene Park joins us to talk about its enduring cultural and societal impact. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
03/11/2324m 33s

A compounding crisis in Gaza

After weeks of Israeli bombardment, and now a ground invasion, Gaza is in desperate need of food, water, fuel and electricity. We hear about the humanitarian crisis on the ground. Today, a first hand account of the conditions at the center of Gaza from Amjad Shawa, coordinator for the Palestinian NGO Network. Details on the UN World Food Program’s struggles to get aid to those who need it in Gaza from spokesperson Alia Zaki. And Gaza Medic Voices founder Dr. Omar Abdel-Mannan shares the accounts of health workers in Gazan hospitals as fuel shortages make some care impossible.
02/11/2328m 17s

What is Hezbollah?

As Israel’s ground war in Gaza escalates, there’s another conflict threatening to spill over. Israel and Hezbollah continue to exchange fire on the Lebanon border, stoking fears that a second front may open up. What is Hezbollah? Why does it present a growing threat to Israel? How could an escalating conflict between the two could spark a wider regional war? Journalist Rebecca Collard in Beirut explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
01/11/2320m 24s

The emotional fallout of Buffy Sainte-Marie revelations

After CBC’s The Fifth Estate released a bombshell documentary last week calling Canadian music icon and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Indigenous ancestry into question, the reaction has been swift and complex. Drew Hayden Taylor and Kim Wheeler join us to talk about why the revelations have been painful and difficult to process for many in the Indigenous community. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
31/10/2326m 22s

Can Alberta take half Canada’s pension fund?

A report commissioned by Alberta’s UCP government says if it left the Canada Pension Plan, the province is entitled to take over half the plan’s hundreds of billions worth of assets with it. Why have analysts ridiculed the estimate? Why is the UCP spending millions on a push to leave the CPP? What could an Alberta exit mean for pensions across the country? CBC writer and producer Jason Markusoff explains.
30/10/2323m 22s

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Indigenous ancestry challenged

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s claims to Indigenous ancestry are being contradicted by members of the iconic singer-songwriter&aposs own family and an extensive CBC investigation from The Fifth Estate, making her the latest high-profile public figure whose ancestry story has been contradicted by genealogical documentation, historical research and personal accounts. Geoff Leo is a senior Investigative Reporter with CBC Saskatchewan. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
27/10/2329m 57s

What happens when the QAnon ‘Queen’ comes to town?

The village of Richmound, Saskatchewan, is struggling to get rid a QAnon cult that moved into a former school in the community. But how do you convince Romana Didulo, the self-styled ‘Queen of the Kingdom of Canada,’ and her followers to hit the road? Mack Lamoureux, a reporter with Vice News, brings us the latest on Didulo’s group, after paying a visit to Richmound. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
26/10/2325m 18s

Will the Airbnb crackdown lower rents?

With high living costs and rising rents, governments are going after Airbnb and Vrbo. British Columbia is the latest, along with New York and Quebec. How much are short-term rentals to blame? Will this action be enough? David Wachsmuth, a researcher and professor at the School of Urban Planning at McGill University, joins us. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
25/10/2320m 43s

The Rent Trap

With housing supply low and rent going up across the country, Canada’s rental crisis is getting worse. And it’s given rise to people who feel rent trapped — stuck in less-than-ideal and difficult living conditions. Front Burner’s Elaine Chau and Shannon Higgins bring you stories from Toronto and Vancouver. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
24/10/2334m 21s

Aid trickles into Gaza, as Israel ramps up airstrikes

This weekend, a limited number of aid trucks finally began moving through the Rafah border crossing from Egypt, toward Gaza. Resources are critically low in the region. Today, the CBC’s Margaret Evans, who’s currently in East Jerusalem, on the status of aid there, escalating airstrikes in Gaza and the West Bank, and how tensions are growing in the region. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
23/10/2324m 41s

The true story behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

In the 1920s, something nefarious started happening to members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. Within four years, at least 60 people were murdered or disappeared. Journalist David Grann takes us through the true crime story that inspired his book, and now a movie, Killers of the Flower Moon. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
20/10/2325m 21s

Hamas hostages’ uncertain future

A former peace negotiator who worked on a high-profile prisoner swap on what it could take for captives in Gaza to be returned. Middle East director for the International Communities Organization Gershon Baskin also explains what he’s hearing from his contacts in Hamas. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
19/10/2327m 6s

The 'algorithmic fog of war' with Israel and Hamas

Avi Asher-Schapiro, tech reporter with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, takes us through some of the reasons fake news or misleading content about the fight between Israel and Hamas is being amplified on social media feeds. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
18/10/2326m 1s

After 5 years of legal weed, what's changed?

In October 2018, Canada legalized cannabis after decades of prohibition. The goals were to improve safety, public health and curb the illegal market. There were great expectations for a thriving cannabis industry. What’s changed in the industry since legalization? What challenges does it still face? And where does it go next? Solomon Israel, a journalist covering the cannabis industry for MJBizDaily, explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
17/10/2321m 16s

Israel prepares to invade Gaza

As Israeli forces sit poised for a land invasion into Gaza in their campaign against Hamas, hundreds of thousands of Gazans are facing displacement or worse. Ishaan Tharoor, global affairs columnist with the Washington Post, brings us a recap of the latest developments, and where things could be headed next. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
16/10/2327m 12s

Who’s responsible for the fentanyl crisis?

The U.S is cracking down on fentanyl’s global supply chain by targeting Mexican and Chinese individuals with indictments and sanctions. Officials from those countries insist it’s largely an American problem. What’s actually happening on the ground in China and Mexico? What impact will U.S. retaliation have? Today, journalist Zachary Siegel explains. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
13/10/2323m 45s

Voices from Gaza under ‘complete siege’

After Hamas’ attack on Israel, Israeli officials announced a full siege of Gaza, cutting off all supplies, including water, electricity and food. Intense missile attacks continue to hit the territory. Today, three people who call Gaza home tell us how they’re coping. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
12/10/2324m 15s

What is Hamas?

In today&aposs episode, we take a closer look at Hamas, the militant group behind this weekend’s assault on Israel. How did it end up governing Gaza? What are its origins and its goals? Lawrence Pintak — former CBS News Middle East correspondent and author of five books on religion, media and the Middle East — is our guest. For transcripts of Front Burner, please visit: Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.
11/10/2319m 25s

Hamas attacks, Israel declares war

After Hamas launched thousands of rockets, broke through the Israeli border and took hostages in southern towns in a surprise attack on Saturday, Israel has retaliated with its own missile strikes and declared war. Now, Hamas has threatened to execute an Israeli captive for every unannounced strike on civilians, and Israel says it will block food, water and fuel from entering Gaza in a “complete siege.” As Israeli troops amass near Gaza, what could come next? Shayndi Raice is the Wall Street Journal’s deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and North Africa, and she’s based in Tel Aviv. An earlier version of this episode stated Hamas paragliders landed at the center of an Israeli music festival before opening fire. As CBC has not independently verified the involvement of paragliders in shootings at the festival, the reference has been removed.
10/10/2320m 20s

Front Burner Introduces: Someone Knows Something | Season 8

Host David Ridgen joins victims&apos family members as they investigate cold cases, tracking down leads, speaking to suspects and searching for answers. In the highly-anticipated 8th season of Someone Knows Something, award-winning investigator David Ridgen delves into a cold case that has haunted Whitehorse for more than 15 years. Angel Carlick was a vibrant youth worker, nicknamed ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ by her loved ones. She had plans after graduation to become legal guardian of her brother and work to support struggling youth at her local resource centre. But just days before she was set to graduate in 2007, at age 18, Angel disappeared. Months later, her remains were found in a remote area in the Canadian north. As David works alongside Angel&aposs family, friends, and community, he uncovers details surrounding her death and strives to bring her justice, while honouring the legacy of her late mother, Wendy. More episodes are available at:
09/10/2348m 1s

Canadian CIA MK-Ultra victims still fight for justice

What was MK-ULTRA? What brought the CIA to McGill University? What effects did the covert mind-control program have on its unwitting test subjects? How were the experiment results used in Guantanamo Bay? Why are survivors and their families still fighting for justice? Lisa Ellenwood, a producer with CBC’s The Fifth Estate and co-author of the book Les cobayes oubliés: l’histoire du programme MKULTRA à Montréal, tells the story. For more information on MKULTRA, you can check out the CBC Podcast Brainwashed that investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments. All episodes from the series are available at:
06/10/2327m 37s

Bonus: Brainwashed

Brainwashed, hosted by Michelle Shephard, veteran national security reporter, investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. The series is an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back. More episodes are available at:
06/10/2324m 17s

Why Wab Kinew’s election win in Manitoba was historic

How did Wab Kinew, leader of the Manitoba NDP, win his province’s election to become the first First Nations premier of a Canadian province? What burden does this place on him in a province struggling with reconciliation? Ian Froese, a reporter with CBC Manitoba, breaks down the campaign.
05/10/2322m 47s

A Tupac killing arrest. What took so long?

It&aposs been 27 years since rapper Tupac Shakur was shot near the Las Vegas Strip, dying in hospital less than a week later. No charges were ever laid – that is, until Friday, when the police arrested long-time suspect Duane "Keefe D" Davis. Today, author and journalist Santi Elijah Holley explains how the Shakur legacy continues, and weighs in on the question we&aposre all asking about the investigation: what took so long?
04/10/2325m 11s

Anti-Canada rhetoric ramps up in India

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are credible allegations linking India to the murder of a Canadian Sikh leader. CBC’s South Asia correspondent Salimah Shivji answers: how has Canada’s accusation played in the India media? What does the coverage tell us about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s politics? What could it mean for India’s Sikh community?
03/10/2325m 18s

Front Burner Presents | The Naked Emperor | The Trial of Sam Bankman-Fried

Today we bring you a bonus episode of The Naked Emperor, our spinoff miniseries about the rise and fall of the crypto exchange FTX. As Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial kicks off in New York, host Jacob Silverman is back to bring you up to speed on the latest. What’s happened at the courthouse in the lead-up to the trial? And what’s expected in the weeks to come? Joining Jacob is Zeke Faux, an investigative reporter at Bloomberg, and the author of “Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall.”
02/10/2326m 33s

As crises mount can Trudeau get back on track?

<p>A dispute with India over assassination allegations. A Nazi fighter in Parliament. Plus a housing and cost of living crisis.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>What damage has been done? Can Justin Trudeau find a path forward? Or will his party and the country lose faith?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Catherine Cullen, senior reporter and host of CBC’s political podcast The House, answers those questions and more.&nbsp;</p>
29/09/2322m 47s

Sexual misconduct crisis rages on in Canada’s military

<p>One of Canada’s first military sexual assault cases to be transferred to a civilian court since late 2021 will never go to trial because it took too long to get there. Is this a foreshadowing of what’s to come, in addressing the Canadian Armed Forces’ decades-long sexual misconduct crisis?</p><p><br></p><p>CBC senior reporter Ashley Burke explains.&nbsp;</p>
28/09/2320m 15s

How did a Nazi fighter end up in Parliament?

Canada’s Parliament gave two standing ovations to a Ukrainian man who fought for a Nazi division. What is this division, why are its fighters in Canada, and why is it receiving modern day memorials? Ottawa Citizen journalist David Pugliese explains.
27/09/2320m 0s

How Rupert Murdoch changed the world

How did Rupert Murdoch build one of the most successful and politically influential media empires in the world? David Folkenflik, media correspondent for NPR News, tells the story of Murdoch&aposs astonishing rise, the growth of Fox News, how world leaders flew around the globe in hopes of his support, and — from sexual harassment to phone hacking — how his companies got embroiled in scandal.
26/09/2332m 53s

Following the trial of accused killer of Muslim family

It’s been just over two years since four members of the Afzaal family were killed after a truck drove into them on a summer evening in London, Ontario. Now, 22-year-old Nathaniel Veltman is on trial for four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and terrorism charges for what prosecutors are calling an attack motivated by “white nationalism”. An earlier version of this episode incorrectly stated that Anders Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in 2021. That date is incorrect. The killings happened in 2011. So far, the jury has heard testimonies from the detective that interviewed him, arresting officers, audio of the 911 call and have seen footage Veltman’s statements to police hours after the attack. Kate Dubinski of CBC London takes us through the details of the trial, what members of the Muslim community are saying about the case and the impact it could have on the country’s terrorism laws.
25/09/2323m 2s

The Canada-wide protests over LGBTQ school rights

A call from a group called “1 Million March 4 Children” drew protestors in dozens of cities across Canada over LGBTQ-inclusive education and school policies. According to the organizers’ website, the day was supposed to be about advocating for the elimination of a number of things in schools: the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) curriculum, pronouns, “gender ideology” and mixed bathrooms. Coast-to-coast, they were met with counter-protesters who said they were there to defend LGBTQ rights. Today, Mel Woods, a senior editor with Xtra Magazine, recaps what they saw at the Vancouver protests and what turnout looked like across the country. Then we speak with Alex Harris, a grade 12 student in New Brunswick, about how the controversy over inclusive education policies and curricula is affecting LGBTQ students. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
22/09/2325m 38s

Did India kill a Canadian Sikh leader in B.C.?

Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot and killed outside his gurdwara in Surrey in June just after evening prayers. While the Sikh community has been urging investigators to get the bottom of what happened, it’s been quiet until a bombshell announcement from Prime Minister Trudeau on Monday: Canada believes there are “credible allegations” the Indian government was behind it. Since then it’s been a diplomatic firestorm. Diplomats are being pulled from both Canada and India and Canada’s allies are weighing next moves. But who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar and why do some, particularly members of the Sikh community, believe the Indian government wanted him dead? Jaskaran Sandhu from Baaz News and the World Sikh Organization takes us through who Nijjar was, the reasons he feared for his life and the long-standing tensions between India and the Sikh community. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
21/09/2324m 14s

How politics made Libya’s flood more deadly

The port city of Derna, Libya, has been devastated by flooding, with thousands of people killed. Mediterranean Storm Daniel brought torrential rain to the region last week, but it was the collapse of two dams that caused some of the worst damage, with entire sections of Derna washed away. Now, as rescue turns to recovery, we speak with Anas El Gomati, director of Sadeq Institute, a Libyan think tank, about the political situation in Libya since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted, and how that may have contributed to the scale of the disaster. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
20/09/2322m 41s

An interview with Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he "could have" and "should have" moved faster on making affordable housing a priority for his government, but asks how much worse the situation would be without his policies. The concession comes as his government faces the worst polling it has seen since coming to power. Host Jayme Poisson returns for this special in-depth interview where Trudeau answers questions including: why he waited until last week to enact a 2015 housing promise, why his support from young people is tanking and whether his government&aposs attempts to force grocery stores to stabilise prices will amount to anything. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
19/09/2338m 37s

What’s the future for global climate action?

It’s been a devastating summer of climate events in Canada, and the world. Canada saw its worst wildfire season on record, and the country was abnormally dry. There were also dramatic floods: on July 21st, Halifax got three months worth of rain in 24 hours. That’s the backdrop for the large-scale global climate action protests we saw this past weekend. Arno Kopecky is a longtime environmental journalist who attended the protests in Vancouver. After this summer, he decided that he wouldn’t just write about the environment, and the dangers it faces…he wanted to be part of trying to save it. Today on Front Burner, he’ll share what led to that decision, the challenges facing the climate action movement, and what it means to figure out how to respond in the face of escalating climate change. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
18/09/2325m 3s

Why the GOP wants to impeach Joe Biden

On Tuesday, U.S. House Speaker, Republican Kevin McCarthy announced he is launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Republicans accuse Biden and his son, Hunter, of business dealings that benefited their family while he was Vice President. Though McCarthy says he is acting on “credible allegations” that Biden is entrenched in “a culture of corruption,” months of committee investigations led by the GOP failed to uncover any evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Today, CBC Washington Correspondent Paul Hunter joins the show to discuss the inquiry, the allegations, and the politics driving it all. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
15/09/2321m 52s

Modern ‘slavery’ faced by Canada’s migrant workers: UN report

“A breeding ground for contemporary forms of slavery.” That’s how a statement from a UN special rapporteur described Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program last week, focusing particularly on low-wage and agricultural workers. The TFWP allows Canadian employers to bring in workers from abroad if they couldn’t fill a position domestically, and Canada has recently expanded the program to allow more workers to stay longer. But migrant workers have complained about abuse and exploitation, as well as a reliance on employers that can leave them powerless. Today, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Tomoyo Obokata explains his findings from two weeks on a fact-finding mission in Canada, and why some migrant workers’ situations amount to debt bondage and slavery. Transcripts of this series are available here
14/09/2323m 28s

After years of struggle, Canada’s men’s basketball levels up

Germany may have won gold this weekend, their first FIBA Men&aposs Basketball World Cup ever, but it was Canada’s overtime upset against the United States in the bronze medal playoff game that has fans and sports writers breathlessly arguing that Canadian men’s basketball has finally hit the world stage. Today we’re talking about the long road to success, the volume of Canadian talent in the NBA and what this new victory means for Canada’s chances at the 2024 Paris Olympics with Oren Weisfeld, a freelance sports journalist in Toronto. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
13/09/2322m 12s

Google on trial: U.S. takes on tech giant

On Tuesday, a judge in the U.S. will begin hearing arguments in what’s been called the first monopoly trial of the modern Internet era. At the heart of the case is whether Google used its search engine dominance to illegally throttle competition – an accusation Google denies, claiming “competition is just one click away.” Leah Nylen is an antitrust and investigations reporter with Bloomberg News, and today, she explains what the U.S. government is alleging, how Google is responding, and what this case could mean for the future of the Internet. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
12/09/2322m 30s

The origins of “parental rights”

Over the last couple of months, the provincial governments in both New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have made controversial changes to their LGBTQ+ policies at schools. Parental consent is now needed when a student under 16 wants to use a different name or pronoun in the classroom. Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has also been saying that schools should leave conversations about LGBTQ issues to parents. This is all happening at a time when the concept of “parental rights” is a top issue for U.S Republicans. A parental rights bill was passed in the Republican-held House earlier this year and more than two dozen statehouses have passed similar legislation. Today on Front Burner, the Washington Post’s Emma Brown on the origins of the parental rights movement in the U.S. and how it became a massive political force and how that might help us understand the implications in Canada. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
11/09/2323m 59s

How Burning Man got stuck in the mud

This year’s Burning Man festivities were more chaotic than usual when rain poured down in the Nevada desert, turning the usually dry, dusty terrain into a thick sludge. Thousands of revelers were trapped onsite, as organizers encouraged attendees to shelter in place and conserve food, water and fuel until the grounds dried on Monday and roads were passable. Meanwhile, much of the reaction on social media had a whiff of schadenfreude. To understand more about Burning Man’s origins, how it has changed, and why it provokes derision amongst some outsiders, host Tamara Khandaker speaks with freelance journalist Keith Spencer, who’s written about – and attended – Burning Man. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
08/09/2320m 45s

Greenbelt blowback continues to slam Ford government

Doug Ford’s Greenbelt scandal continues to deepen. In the past few weeks, there have been two high-profile political resignations, revelations about a mysterious consultant known as “Mr. X”, and another provincial watchdog who panned the Greenbelt land swap as rushed and flawed. It’s all related to Ontario’s decision to allow construction on previously protected farmlands, forests and wetlands that would allow a small group of well-connected developers to make an estimated $8.3-billion. Today we’re joined by Emma McIntosh. She’s an Ontario environment reporter at The Narwal, who has been closely following this story. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
07/09/2324m 6s

China's boom changed the world. Now, it faces a slump

As Canada deals with high inflation and a housing shortage, the world’s second-largest economy is grappling with a nearly opposite reality. China has been booming for over 40 years as Beijing invested heavily to build up the country. But now, demand for housing is sinking amid overbuilding and developers mired in debt, and consumer prices have recently fallen into deflation. Today, Wall Street Journal China bureau chief Jonathan Cheng explains the signs that China’s economy is slowing down, and what it could mean for the boom that changed the world to come to an end. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
06/09/2322m 15s

Pierre Poilievre’s tightrope walk at the Conservative convention

Conservatives from across the country will gather this week in Quebec City for their party convention. There are some heated issues on the agenda; like a policy pushing the party to oppose gender-affirming care for minors and one advocating for the right to refuse vaccine mandates, and there are less controversial resolutions on things like housing affordability and tax reform. Today, J.P. Tasker, a reporter with CBC&aposs parliamentary bureau, walks us through what’s at stake for Poilievre in his first Conservative convention as leader, what the party’s grassroots is asking for and what it could mean for the future of the Conservative Party. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
05/09/2322m 34s

Front Burner Introduces: CBC Marketplace | Our five-year fight to stop scam calls

As Canada’s top consumer watchdog, CBC Marketplace looks out for your health, your safety and your money. Hosts Asha Tomlinson and David Common bring you inside eight action-packed investigations, uncovering the truth about popular products and services — and pushing hard for accountability. Phone scammers have stolen millions from Canadian victims and the losses are staggering. This episode takes you inside an investigation the team has been working on for more than five years and introduces you to an inside man at an illegal call centre who’s putting his life on the line to help people. More episodes are available at:
04/09/2327m 49s

Over 100 deaths, lethal substances, and a global investigation

This week – Ontario police charged Kenneth Law, of Mississauga, with 12 counts of counselling or aiding suicide. That’s on top of the two counts he was charged with when he was first arrested in May. Law is accused of running several websites that were used to sell sodium nitrite and other items that can be used for self harm. He’s alleged to have sent at least 1,200 packages to people in more than 40 countries, and is being investigated by police forces from the UK to New Zealand. Thomas Daigle has been covering this story extensively for CBC News. He’s here to explain this complicated case, and what we know about the man at the centre of it. If you or someone you know is struggling, here&aposs where to get help: Talk Suicide Canada: 1-833-456-4566 | Text 45645 (between 4 p.m. and midnight ET) Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, live chat counseling on Find a 24-hour crisis centre, via the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
01/09/2324m 26s

ChatGPT in university: useful tool or cheating hack?

The ChatGPT hype cycle has died down a bit lately. There are fewer breathless headlines about generative AI’s potential and its risks. But in a recent American survey – one in five post-secondary students said they had used AI to complete school work. Today, a closer look at what this means for the academic experience with Simon Lewsen, journalist and the author of a recent piece in Toronto Life titled ‘CheatGPT.’ We discuss if AI’s use really constitutes an epidemic of cheating, or if it’s simply a new technological tool for students to take advantage of. Plus, how post-secondary institutions might adapt, and what might be lost along the way. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
31/08/2320m 55s

As fires burn, N.W.T.’s premier calls out Ottawa

As wildfires burn in the Northwest Territories, premier Caroline Cochrane called out Ottawa for failing to respond to decades-long requests to address basic infrastructure gaps. And as the residents who were forced to evacuate know, things like safe road systems and strong telecommunication networks are essential for emergency management. Today we’re talking about how this lack of infrastructure combined with other barriers have affected access to vital communication on the ground. Ollie Williams is the Editor of Cabin Radio, an independent internet radio station and an online news service based in Yellowknife that’s become a beacon of information during the crisis. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
30/08/2326m 45s

International students in Canada face discrimination, exploitation

Since new Housing Minister Sean Fraser said Canada “ought to consider” a cap on international students last week, the impact of the program on the housing market has dominated the affordability debate. This year, the number of international students entering Canada is expected to be 900,000, almost triple the total from a decade ago. Some, including the Prime Minister, have cautioned against blaming students for housing problems. But as some students are forced to live in unsafe housing or fall victims to scams, housing experts are questioning whether it’s ethical to welcome this many students until Canada fixes its planning failures. Today, York University gender, sexuality and women&aposs studies professor Tania Das Gupta tells us what she’s learned about the experience of international students through her research into Punjabi migrants, and explains how Canada relies on their tuition and labour. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
29/08/2323m 32s

What Prigozhin’s death means for Putin

Russian officials said on Sunday that genetic tests had confirmed that Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash last week. Just two months ago, Prigozhin led an armed rebellion in Russia, in a mutiny that lasted less than 36 hours. Now – many, including western intelligence, are speculating that this crash could have actually been an assassination – ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin himself. Today, the Washington Post’s Russia correspondent, Francesca Ebel, discusses Prigozhin’s death, what it means for the future of the notorious Wagner group, and Putin’s Russia. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
28/08/2322m 17s

The fight for better sunscreen, from AOC to skincare influencers

Sharing your skincare routine, whether it’s on DermTok or Instagram, is a hugely popular trend on social media. These days, there is one product that you’ll hear talked about religiously: sunscreen. You’ll find dermatologists and skincare influencers alike evangelizing about the importance of cancer- and wrinkle-preventing SPF. But there’s another reason why sunscreen is top of mind this summer — it’s become a political issue in the United States, thanks to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She recently took to TikTok to talk about how few quality sunscreens are available in America, compared to Asia and Europe. And it’s not just the U.S. — it’s a problem that’s also playing out here in Canada. Today we’ll be talking about the rise of sunscreen as a skincare must-have and the fight for better SPF options with Julian Sass. He is a cosmetic research and development professional and a content creator focused on sunscreen in Montreal. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
25/08/2323m 44s

How Meta’s news ban is affecting Canadians

On Monday, as people were still reeling from the devastation of the wildfires in B.C. and in the Northwest Territories, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, over its decision to block news from its platforms in Canada. The ban started a few weeks ago, in response to the federal government passing the Online News Act, Bill C-18. It’s a law that’s meant to get tech companies like Meta and Google to pay news outlets when their content is posted on their platforms. But rather than comply, Meta is choosing to block the sharing of news content on its platforms. Today on Front Burner, Alfred Hermida, a digital media scholar and professor at the UBC school of journalism, tells us how the ban has been working so far, and the kind of political and community reaction it’s brought out. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
24/08/2322m 59s

COVID-19 on the rise: What you need to know

Over the last month, the percentage of COVID tests coming back positive started going up again, and wastewater COVID signals are also rising, suggesting a fall COVID-19 wave could be starting in Canada. Today on Front Burner, Dr. Allison McGeer, infectious disease specialist at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, discusses the state of COVID-19 in Canada and what you need to know. Looking for a transcript of the show? They’re available here daily:
23/08/2320m 34s

Can the Liberals win back younger voters?

The Liberal cabinet retreat is underway in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, with ministers discussing fall priorities amid flagging poll numbers. Once a source of strength for the party, the Liberals appear to be losing ground with Canadians in their 20s and 30s who are concerned with affordability. Abacus Data says the Liberals have fallen over 10 points behind the Conservatives with millennial voters. Today, CBC senior writer Aaron Wherry explains how a leader once obsessed with the middle class ended up on the opposite side of affordability anger, and what the Liberals could still do to reclaim their 2015 image. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
22/08/2323m 48s

Homes destroyed, people displaced as wildfires scorch B.C., N.W.T.

Unpredictable and unrelenting wildfires have destroyed blocks of homes, stores and buildings in West Kelowna and part of the Shuswap region in British Columbia. The province is currently under a state of emergency. 30,000 people are on evacuation order across B.C. and 36,000 more are under evacuation alert. This is happening against the backdrop of the country’s worst wildfire season on record, with ongoing evacuation efforts in the Northwest Territories, as fire approaches Yellowknife. Today, we head to Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories and Kelowna, B.C., to hear about the human cost of these unprecedented wildfires. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
21/08/2327m 25s

Weekend Listen: The Dose

The Dose is a weekly look at the health news that matters to you. Dr. Brian Goldman brings you the best science from top experts in plain language. This episode answers listener questions about perimenopause and menopause symptoms and treatments. Dr. Shafeena Premji, a family doctor and medical director of Mahogany Clinic in Calgary, shares her best advice on how to manage symptoms and when to speak to a health-care provider. More episodes are available at:
19/08/2328m 7s

Hawaii wildfires lay bare tensions between locals, tourists

For tourists interested in a beach vacation, Maui residents have a simple message: this is not the time to visit Hawaii. The wildfires that decimated the historic town of Lahaina, leaving at least 111 people dead and hundreds more still missing, have also laid bare the long-simmering tensions between native Hawaiians, and wealthy tourists and developers. Today we’ll be talking about why many Hawaiians have been asking tourists to stay out long before the fires and why many are afraid recovery will open the door to even more outside ownership. Savannah Harriman-Pote is an energy and climate change reporter and the lead producer of This Is Our Hawaiʻi, a new podcast from Hawai‘i Public Radio. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
18/08/2323m 23s

Rudy Giuliani: from RICO prosecutor to RICO defendant

This week, Donald Trump and 18 of his associates were charged under the state of Georgia’s RICO Act. RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, and it was originally designed to crack down on organized crime. And while Trump’s at the center of these latest charges, a lot of the heat is also on his former attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The former mayor of New York made his name in the 80s as a federal prosecutor for using the RICO act to take down the city’s mob. So how did this tough-on-crime anti-mafia crusader end up being charged with a legal tool he himself pioneered? Today on Front Burner, VICE News reporter Greg Walters on what led Giuliani to this point, and what these charges in Georgia could mean for his future. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
17/08/2322m 56s

Why is Alberta pausing new renewable energy projects?

It’s been a busy month in Alberta energy politics. In early August, the provincial government caught many by surprise with a six-month pause on any new solar and wind projects that would produce more than one megawatt of power. Since then, Premier Danielle Smith has doubled down on her vow not to go along with the federal government’s plan to get to a net zero power grid by 2035. Meanwhile, Canada is experiencing its worst wildfire season on record. Today, CBC’s Jason Markusoff discusses these recent developments and the politics at play. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
16/08/2320m 19s

Niger, and an era of mutiny in Africa’s Sahel region

Last month, the African nation of Niger became the seventh government in Western and Central Africa to suffer a military takeover in the last three years. And as of today, virtually every country in Africa’s Sahel region is governed by a current or former military officer. The Sahel is a part of the world that was dominated by France through the colonial period — and many leaders of military governments that have taken over, from Mali to Burkina Faso, have identified the unresolved legacies of colonialism as a source of their dissatisfaction. For decades, Niger, and countries in the Sahel more broadly, have received enormous investment from both France and the U.S. They have been called a “strategic partner” by both nations in the fight against islamic extremism in West Africa. Niger specifically was long touted as West Africa’s last bastion of democracy. So what happened? Today, BBC journalist Beverly Ochieng, whose reporting has long focused on the region, on what’s happening in Niger, and whether this era of insurrection in the Sahel is evidence of an anti-colonial renaissance, or something a little more complicated. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
15/08/2330m 59s

Ontario’s Greenbelt, Doug Ford and an explosive audit

Last Wednesday, Ontario auditor general Bonnie Lysyk delivered a scathing report about the province’s plans to build on parts of the protected Greenbelt. While Premier Doug Ford had promised to preserve this vast network of vulnerable greenspace, he announced in November that the province would lift protections on thousands of acres to build more houses. The auditor general’s report finds there’s no evidence the land was needed to meet the government’s housing target and says that it was chosen under heavy influence from a small group of well-connected developers. The report goes on to say that those same landowners now stand to make a lot of money and could “ultimately see more than a collective $8.3 billion increase to the value of their properties”. To make sense of the report, we’re joined by an Ontario reporter with The Narwhal, Fatima Syed. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
14/08/2324m 35s

Weekend Listen: Buffy

Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has announced that she&aposs retiring from live performances. For 60 years Buffy’s music has quietly reverberated throughout pop culture and provided a touchstone for Indigenous resistance. This five-part series, hosted by Mohawk and Tuscarora writer Falen Johnson explores how Buffy’s life and legacy is essential to understanding Indigenous resilience. In this episode, Buffy is traveling from gig to gig in the 60s, armed with her guitar and little else. She makes a splash on the coffeehouse folk scene, rubbing shoulders with artists like Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Tectonic changes are around the corner, and her rising success comes with some hard lessons about who to trust — and what it means to be a Indigenous woman in the music business. More episodes are available at:
12/08/2333m 7s

The Eras Tour, and Taylor Swift’s massive popularity

Taylor Swift has been on tour for months but finally, Canadian fans have been given a chance to see her here. She’s having not one or two but six shows at the Rogers Centre in Toronto next year and even though there are 300,000 tickets up for grabs, fans have been likening the scramble to the Hunger Games. Swifties may be known for their dedication but those outside the fandom might be wondering: what is it about Taylor Swift that commands this kind of hype? Elamin Abdelmahmoud, host of CBC Radio’s Commotion and known Swiftie, breaks it down for us. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
11/08/2324m 3s

Metro workers on strike and a “Hot Labour Summer”

Right now, some 3,700 workers from 27 Metro grocery stores across the Greater Toronto Area are on strike – and they’re not alone. From British Columbia’s ports to Manitoba’s liquor stores to Hollywood, a wave of people across different industries have gone on strike this summer. Today on Front Burner, we head to a Metro picket line in East Toronto. We talk to workers there about what’s at stake for them as they strike, and take a closer look at what’s driving this recent labour unrest with McGill University’s Barry Eidlin, author of ‘Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada’ For transcripts of this series, please visit:
10/08/2324m 58s

Worldcoin’s utopian aims, dystopian fears

A metallic orb scans your iris and turns it into a numeric code, providing a unique ID that confirms you as human. This is the process people in dozens of countries are undergoing for Worldcoin, a new cryptocurrency project that’s handing out free tokens and even local currency in exchange for biometric verification. The project claims it can prove our personhood online and enable voting, financial equality or even the distribution of a universal basic income. But even before its official launch late last month, Worldcoin was already facing accusations of deception, exploitation and crypto-colonialism in countries like Kenya and Sudan. Today, Jacob Silverman explains the utopian promises and dystopian fears surrounding Worldcoin. Silverman is co-author of Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud, and he’s also the host of Front Burner’s special series The Naked Emperor. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
09/08/2324m 33s

Anti-LGBTQ backlash spurs debate in Canada’s Muslim community

In June, a group called YYC Muslims organized a large protest in front of Calgary&aposs city hall. They were there to oppose what they call "gender ideology" in schools. They chanted, “leave our kids alone” saying they don’t want it imposed on young children. They were joined by seniors wearing T-shirts with biblical verses on them, and others sporting shirts with slogans about “government tyranny.” Counter-protesters were there too, many baffled by the unlikely alliances between the different groups of people there. This protest in Calgary is just one example of Muslim parents pushing back against LGBTQ representation in schools. Today, Omar Mosleh, a Toronto Star reporter based in Edmonton, walks us through this pushback, the people behind it, and how it has spurred a challenging conversation within the wider Muslim community in Canada. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
08/08/2320m 34s

Front Burner Introduces: Stuff The British Stole | Season 3

Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today the Empire&aposs loot sits in museums, galleries, private collections and burial sites with polite plaques. But its history is often messier than the plaques suggest. In each episode of this global smash hit podcast, Walkley award-winning journalist, author and genetic potluck, Marc Fennell, takes you on the wild, evocative, sometimes funny, often tragic adventure of how these stolen treasures got to where they live today. These objects will ultimately help us see the modern world - and ourselves - in a different light. This is a co-production between the ABC and CBC Canada. More episodes are available at:
07/08/2342m 13s

How Shohei Ohtani is changing Major League Baseball

It has been five years since Japanese phenomenon Shohei Ohtani left Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball to fulfil his dream of playing for Major League Baseball in the U.S. The 29-year-old has been compared to the great Babe Ruth for his ability to bat and pitch with equal prowess. In fact, some say he’s the greatest baseball player of all time. Fans are flocking to his games to catch a glimpse of Ohtani in action, and he has sparked renewed interest in the struggling MLB. But as a player with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani has had to get used to losing. The team hasn’t made the playoffs in nearly a decade and hit a 14-game losing skid in the 2022 season. With Ohtani’s contract coming to an end, Ben Lindbergh, a senior editor at The Ringer, explains why the player is so impressive, and where he could go from here. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
04/08/2323m 39s

Congress, aliens and the search for E.T.

Crashed crafts, non-human biologics, and the Pentagon in possession of UFOs. Last week, former military and intelligence figures appeared as whistleblowers at a U.S. congressional hearing, testifying about the government’s apparent secrecy around UAPs: unidentified anomalous phenomena. But one former air force intelligence official, David Grusch, claimed the Pentagon collected non-human organic material and that he knew where it was keeping UFOs. Researchers searching the universe for alien life say this is far from proof they’re among us. Today, Seth Shostak explains. He’s the senior astronomer for the SETI Institute – the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – and the host of its radio show and podcast, Big Picture Science. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
03/08/2322m 31s

What’s driving polarization in Canadian politics?

Were the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests in Ottawa a “peaceful protest against a tyrannical ruler,” or a bunch of people driven by “lies and misinformation, disturbing the peace of everyone, and being bigoted”? These two conflicting perspectives help illustrate Canadian polarization in a new report from the Public Policy Forum, authored by journalist Justin Ling, titled ‘Far and Wider: The Rise of Polarization in Canada.’ Ling joins guest host Tamara Khandaker to discuss political polarization in Canada, what’s driving it, and how it’s impacting young Canadians. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
02/08/2325m 17s

Where did Ron DeSantis’ campaign go wrong?

In January, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seemed like a real contender to win the GOP presidential nomination over former U.S. president Donald Trump. His team pitched his Florida track record, electability and “war on woke” ideals as a Trump-like candidate without the baggage. But now, just two months into his White House bid, DeSantis’s campaign is in trouble. A New York Times/Siena College poll found the Florida Governor is trailing Trump by 37 percentage points nationally. Meanwhile, the campaign has undergone a reboot, firing staff, cutting costs and reevaluating its strategy. Today, Isaac Arnsdorf, a national political reporter for the Washington Post and the author of Finish What We Started, takes us through the hype, the strategy and where the DeSantis campaign has gone wrong. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
01/08/2326m 47s

TikTok is coming for books, music and e-commerce

TikTok is one of the biggest, most influential social media networks in the world — and its parent company ByteDance is making moves to capitalize on its enormous cultural influence. The company has announced plans to launch a music streaming service, a book publishing division and an e-commerce platform, all of which would allow people to connect directly to the music, books and products they see in the app&aposs most viral videos. It&aposs a move that puts them in direct competition with tech heavyweights like Spotify, Apple and Amazon. What will this kind of vertical integration mean for the musicians, authors and content creators who are garnering those billions of views in the first place? Insider senior media reporter Dan Whateley breaks down ByteDance&aposs big plans, and whether TikTok could truly become the "everything app" of the Western world. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
31/07/2330m 32s

Supreme Court changes ‘tear the fabric’ of Israel

Despite months of mass protests, Israel’s far-right government pushed through a law weakening the country’s Supreme Court on Monday. Under it, the Court is no longer able to strike down some government decisions. Fears over the effect this and other planned changes could have on Israel’s democracy have driven hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to the streets, and a growing number of military reservists are refusing to report for active duty. Allison Kaplan Sommer is a journalist at Haaretz and host of Haaretz Weekly podcast. Today, she discusses where Israel goes from here, whether the country has fundamentally changed, and what this all means for Palestinians. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
28/07/2323m 1s

A major shakeup in Ottawa, but why?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is almost entirely different than it was just two days ago. In Wednesday’s shuffle, all but eight of Trudeau’s 38 ministers stepped into new files. Some ministers were forced out after controversial missteps. Other star MPs got bigger economic assignments. And a number of new faces were sworn in from important election regions. Today, Catherine Cullen – the host of CBC’s political podcast The House – returns to explain why Trudeau has transformed his cabinet, and what it says about his strategy to stay in power. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
27/07/2323m 26s

MDMA: from ‘club drug’ to the doctor's office

Australia is leading the way on normalizing the use of some psychedelics. The country’s medical regulator has approved M-D-M-A for use for people suffering from PTSD. Regulators in the US – just last month – published guidance into the use of psychedelics for possible use treating some medical conditions. How does a drug, known for its use on the dance floor, make its way to the medicine cabinet? To find out more about all this we have Rachel Nuwer on the pod today. She’s a freelance journalist and the author of “I Feel Love: MDMA and the quest for connection in a fractured world." For transcripts of this series, please visit:
26/07/2331m 40s

Voices from inside Toronto’s refugee crisis

This summer a humanitarian crisis played out on the streets of downtown Toronto. With city and federal shelters at capacity, dozens of asylum seekers resorted to camping on the sidewalk, in the busy entertainment district, sleeping outside in the blistering heat and through thunderstorms, for weeks. Last week, the federal government announced a one-time $212 million dollar injection into an existing program that helps provide temporary housing to refugee claimants. And most of that funding goes to Toronto. But the city’s mayor and the Ontario premier want more funding and resources from Ottawa. While the funding is being negotiated, about 200 asylum seekers are now staying at two churches in North York, thanks to mostly Black-led community organizations and faith groups. Today on Front Burner, producer Shannon Higgins visits one of those churches to hear from the refugee claimants themselves. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
25/07/2325m 44s

‘The Heat Will Kill You First’

Floods, fires, storms and droughts are all upending lives around the globe. And at the centre of it all is a warming planet. Heat – is the driving force. We are living through the Earth’s hottest month on record. Extreme heat has led to flash floods and property destruction in northern Italy and the Balkans, and fueled wildfires in Croatia and Greece. Nova Scotia’s dealing with historic flooding, much of B-C is engulfed in wildfires and parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest territories are under heat warnings. Our guest today warns: heat and the chaos it can unleash is serious and often deadly. Jeff Goodell is a climate reporter and contributing editor of Rolling Stone magazine. He’s also the author of the book The Heat will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
24/07/2325m 35s

Jason Aldean and country music’s culture war

Jason Aldean is one of contemporary country radio’s most played voices, and he’s no stranger to controversy. He’s been accused of misogynist comments, worn blackface at Halloween, taken an anti-mask stance during the pandemic and, last year, his wife’s transphobic comments got him dropped by his long-time PR firm. Now, his latest single, “Try That in a Small Town” is facing backlash. Depending on who you ask, it’s either an ode to old-fashioned community values, or a racist dog-whistle. Today, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, the host of CBC’s Commotion, is here to talk about the song, where the controversy is coming from, and how it all connects to a deeper divide that’s hounding country music. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
21/07/2324m 2s

Conspiracy campaign: RFK’s presidential bid

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., John F. Kennedy’s nephew, is running for U.S. president. Like his forefathers, he’s vying to lead the Democrats – but his political focus is noticeably different. For decades, RFK Jr. has been spreading false information about vaccines, and has more recently been peddling conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and 5G. Vera Bergengruen, a senior correspondent at TIME, recently interviewed RFK Jr. Today, she explains why RFK is campaigning on conspiracy theories and how he reflects a conspiratorial shift in U.S. society. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
20/07/2324m 16s

Forever chemicals are in Canadians’ air, water and blood

Forever Chemicals, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have been around since the 1940s and are used in everything from non-stick pans to take-out containers to cosmetics and fire retardant. But flash-forward to today and the long-lasting, man-made substances have been found inside Canadian blood samples – brought in through the air and dust we breathe, and even in our drinking water. And now the federal government is proposing to list them as toxic. Today on Front Burner, we’re asking why forever chemicals are seemingly everywhere, what can be done about them, and why it’s taken so long for the government to act. Joining us is Miriam Diamond, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Earth Sciences and School of the Environment. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
19/07/2324m 49s

Actors, writers shut down Hollywood

The union representing almost 160,000 actors, SAG-AFTRA, is striking after negotiations fell through with the group representing most major Hollywood studios. The news comes about two months after 11,000 members of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) announced their strike. Studios say the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Crave and Disney+ has caused financial strain. Meanwhile, actors say the shift to streaming has led to decreasing residuals, meaning they aren’t being paid for repeats of films and television shows. They&aposre also concerned about proposals from studios to use their images and likeness in combination with artificial intelligence to create new content without their involvement. Maureen Ryan, a Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of “Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood,” explains why Hollywood actors are striking and what it could mean for the future of television, film and the labour movement as a whole. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
18/07/2331m 48s

Canada: the Anthropocene’s ground zero?

It&aposs a well-established scientific fact that humans have had a massive impact on the planet. But has it been big enough to warrant the definition of a new geological epoch? It&aposs an idea that&aposs been hotly debated in the scientific community for years — and now, a group of researchers are arguing that a small lake in rural Ontario provides the best evidence for defining that new epoch. Crawford Lake, about 60 km southwest of Toronto, captures the history of the world in its sediment deposits, calcified like tree rings. Scientists say those layers show dramatic changes starting in the 1950s and that they mark a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. Canadian Geographic contributing editor Alanna Mitchell explains the latest research, what makes Crawford Lake so special, and why defining the Anthropocene has been causing scientific controversy for more than two decades. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
17/07/2322m 21s

Weekend Listen: 10 Minutes to Save the Planet

Our brains aren’t wired to save the world. But if you’re ready to make changes that actually stick, 10 Minutes to Save the Planet will show you the way. Co-hosts meteorologist and climate reporter Johanna Wagstaffe and broadcaster Rohit Joseph work through the UN’s 10 actions for a healthy planet, but in a way that won’t shame, overwhelm or bore you. Think of each episode as a bite-size guide to fight climate change, rooted in behavioural therapy. More episodes are available at:
15/07/2312m 9s

A landfill blockade and demands to find Indigenous women’s remains

It&aposs been a week since protesters began a blockade of the Brady Road landfill in Winnipeg. They&aposre calling on the government to search the Prairie Green landfill — a privately owned dump outside the city — for the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, two murdered Indigenous women. But the government says that, despite police believing the two women&aposs remains are there, the site won&apost be searched, primarily due to safety concerns. But for Cambria Harris, that&aposs not good enough. Her mother Morgan, along with Myran and two other women whose remains were found at the Brady Road landfill, are believed to be the victim of an alleged serial killer, Jeremy Skibicki. He’s been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection to their deaths. In refusing to search the landfill, Harris says the government is perpetuating a long history of systemic racism that has led to the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Canada. With tensions flaring as the city seeks an injunction to remove the protesters, CBC reporter Josh Crabb takes us inside the story, and where things could be headed next. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
14/07/2326m 43s

Has the Bank of Canada gone too far?

There’s a growing chorus of critics of the central bank’s decision to increase interest rates, as things like food and housing are keeping inflation up, and seem largely unaffected by higher rates. This comes as the Bank of Canada increased its key interest rate on Wednesday. It’s the 10th time the central bank has hiked the rate since March, 2022 — bringing it to five per cent. The move is all part of an effort to rein in high inflation, but that has come down significantly since its peak last year. Armine Yalnizyan, economist and the Atkinson Fellow On The Future Of Workers, explains on today’s episode. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
13/07/2323m 55s

Jonah Hill and the rise of “therapy speak”

“Boundaries,” “trauma,” “holding space,” “gaslighting” — These are all examples of what’s known as “therapy speak”: Phrases and buzzwords that have made their way out of the therapist’s office, onto social media and into our everyday lives. But what happens when those same words are misunderstood or used in manipulative and harmful ways? That’s what many are asking after Jonah Hill’s ex-girlfriend, professional surfer Sarah Brady, posted screenshots of text messages from their past where the actor allegedly asked her to respect his “boundaries,” which included not posting swimsuit pictures or surfing with men. Today, we sat down with Rebecca Fishbein, a culture writer that’s been following the “therapy speak” phenomenon, to unpack the benefits and pitfalls of relationship discourse in a moment where so many use the language of psychotherapy. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
12/07/2320m 23s

Will Threads be the Twitter killer?

After Twitter caused chaos by limiting how many Tweets users can see, the company behind Instagram and Facebook made a play for its audience last week. On Wednesday, Meta released Threads, an app also centered around short text posts. With its built in connection to Instagram accounts, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Threads already has 100 million users. But Threads is already experiencing the same privacy concerns as other apps, and Twitter owner Elon Musk is threatening to sue over intellectual property. Today, Mashable reporter Matt Binder discusses whether it&aposs possible for Threads to truly replace Twitter, and the good and bad of its audience fracturing across the internet. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
11/07/2324m 30s

Nuclear power in an unstable world

In two parts of the world, the future of nuclear power plants and their remains are causing alarm for very different reasons. In Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear plant has become a battleground in the war. Further east, Japan is one step closer to releasing 1.32 million tonnes of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown into the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, for many, nuclear power is one of the tools we have to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. Today, Jim Smith, a Professor of Environmental Science at Portsmouth University joins us to discuss whether nuclear power in an unstable world is a net positive, or a terrifying liability. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
10/07/2325m 35s

Remembering Sex Ed legend Sue Johanson

Canadian nurse and sex educator Sue Johanson, who died last week at 93, was best known for her unapologetic and taboo-breaking advice on radio and TV shows like ‘Sunday Night Sex Show’ and ‘Talk Sex with Sue’ From opening a birth control clinic in a Toronto high school in the ‘70s and traveling school to school teaching sex ed seminars, to becoming a media sensation, Sue made it her mission to destigmatize sexual desire and health, one question at a time. We take a look back at her iconic life and career with her daughter, Jane Johanson, and sex advice columnist, Dan Savage, and explore why her work is even more relevant today. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
07/07/2330m 56s

‘The Drugs Store,’ safe supply, and its backlash

Two months ago, Jerry Martin opened up a shop in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside selling a clean supply of drugs like cocaine and heroin. His store was shut down by B.C. police less than 24 hours later. Last Friday, Martin himself died from a suspected fentanyl overdose. For the last several months, safe supply has been the subject of fiery debate in the House of Commons. Conservatives like Pierre Poilievre say that safe supply policies lead to an increase in drug-related deaths. But many experts and B.C. officials disagree. Today on Front Burner, VICE News reporter Manisha Krishnan discusses the life and legacy of Jerry Martin, as well as the current state of safe supply policies in Canada. Two months ago, Jerry Martin opened up a shop in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside selling a clean supply of drugs like cocaine and heroin. His store was shut down by B.C. police less than 24 hours later. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
06/07/2324m 32s

Did the Wagner mutiny weaken Vladimir Putin?

After Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Wagner Group’s rebellious march towards Moscow was cut short over a week ago, questions have been swirling about how it could happen and what it reveals about Russia’s stability right now. The Kremlin and Vladimir Putin have been working in overdrive to project an image of calm and control. But behind the scenes, a top general is missing and the military is facing Ukraine’s counteroffensive without Wagner’s crucial support. Is Putin losing his grip on power? Could what happened with The Wagner Group and its leader Prigozhin end up costing Russia the war? The Financial Times’ Polina Ivanova joins us to discuss the aftermath of the mutiny and what could happen next. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
05/07/2322m 34s

Google, Meta to block news in Canada

It&aposs a Canadian media power play unlike any other: Alphabet and Meta are fighting back against the Canadian government&aposs Bill C-18. And caught in the middle is the news media.  The Online News Act – was supposed to make tech giants pay for posting news stories to their platforms.  Now Google and Meta say they aren&apost going to pay. Instead — they&aposll remove Canadian news from their sites and apps. It&aposs a move that will make it more difficult for Canadians to access news. And may very well plummet news companies further into the red. This all comes as news companies are cutting back, looking at mergers, trying to get out of obligations of providing local news to Canadians. Chris Waddell joins Tamara Khandaker to sort through this. He&aposs a former professor at  the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. He&aposs also the publisher at J-Source, a website dedicated to the Canadian media industry. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
04/07/2327m 13s

Front Burner Introduces: CBC Marketplace

As Canada’s top consumer watchdog, CBC Marketplace looks out for your health, your safety and your money. Hosts Asha Tomlinson and David Common bring you inside eight action-packed investigations, uncovering the truth about popular products and services — and pushing hard for accountability. CBC Marketplace has your back. More episodes are available at:
03/07/2327m 47s

Sex, music and cringe – HBO’s The Idol

There’s been a lot of buzz about the latest show to fill HBO’s prestigious Sunday night slot, The Idol. Co-created by a team including Euphoria’s Sam Levinson and Canadian pop-icon the Weeknd, the series follows a pop star played by Lily Rose Depp who’s working on her comeback after a mental health crisis. For transcripts of this series, please visit: But what was initially sold as a sexy satire of the music industry’s dark underbelly has been panned by critics and mocked on the internet. Today, Vox senior correspondent Alex Abad-Santos and Lucy Ford, a culture writer with British GQ, take us through the series so far and why it’s garnering attention for all the wrong reasons.
30/06/2326m 29s

Political revolt amid LGBTQ changes in New Brunswick

This month, New Brunswick’s Department of Education announced changes to a policy meant to protect LGBTQ students. As of Saturday, the minister responsible says staff can’t call kids under 16 by their preferred pronouns or names unless they have parental permission, though the actual text of the changes differs. Premier Blaine Higgs has added to the controversy with misleading comments about coming out as transgender being “trendy” and the risks of gender-affirming care. For these changes and a number of Higgs’ past moves, two of his cabinet ministers have resigned, and more than half the party’s riding presidents have signed letters that could trigger a vote on his leadership. Today on Front Burner, CBC New Brunswick reporter Hadeel Ibrahim and provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras explain the upheaval amoung LGBTQ advocates and Higgs’ own MLAs, and the fears for backsliding of rights beyond the province. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
29/06/2324m 33s

Enduring the Wrap: “I was left broken.”

When Matthew Michel was 14, he was subject to a device called the Wrap for the first time, while in youth detention in Saskatchewan. It’s essentially a series of straps that bound his torso, legs and ankles. A shoulder harness would keep his body in a forward-sitting position, with his hands cuffed behind his back and clipped in. According to provincial records, Michel was in the Wrap 12 times. CBC investigative journalist Joseph Loiero talks about Michel’s story, wider concerns about the Wrap itself, and what its use might say about Canada’s youth detention system. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
28/06/2324m 37s

What's behind the murder of a Sikh leader in B.C.?

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Gurduwara leader and Khalistani separatist advocate, was gunned down in his car just outside his temple last week after evening prayers. Now, as investigators search for two suspects and a possible motive, some in the Sikh community are saying they think the Indian government could have been behind it. The killing comes after similar murders of Sikh leaders over the past year in Canada and abroad. Independent journalist Gurpreet Singh joins us to talk about who Nijjar was, why he was afraid for his life and how this incident could impact the separatist movement and the greater Sikh community. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
27/06/2322m 17s

What just happened in Russia?

After the Wagner Group’s leader made threats against Russian military leadership on Friday, Wagner mercenaries came over the border from Ukraine, captured a military headquarters, and marched toward the capital. The world discussed whether a coup was unfolding. But after just 36 hours of rebellion, Belarus announced it had brokered a deal for the Wagner Group to turn around, and for its leader to leave the country unscathed. It was a confusing end to a chaotic insurgency. Today, Washington Post reporter Mary Ilyushina returns to discuss why the Wagner Group stopped, why President Vladimir Putin was so soft on a “mutiny,” and what this could mean for the future of the Kremlin and the conflict in Ukraine. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
26/06/2326m 55s

Weekend Listen: The Banned Teacher

From the host that brought you The Band Played On, The Banned Teacher is a new investigation, in a different city. He says it was consensual sex. She says it was rape. He was her music teacher. She was a teen. And it wasn&apost just once, with one girl. He had sex with students in closets, classrooms, and cars. The Banned Teacher begins with one victim&aposs search for justice but turns into a full investigation by host Julie Ireton. Warning: This series contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault. More episodes are available at:
24/06/2330m 18s

Can a new mayor fix Toronto’s problems?

Skyrocketing housing costs, decaying infrastructure, anxiety over public safety and budgets stretched thin. On June 26, Canada’s biggest city goes to the polls to decide who will lead Toronto’s approximately two-and-half-million residents amidst all these issues and more. For transcripts of this series, please visit: A lot of the problems that the Toronto mayoral candidates are going to have to confront are felt in cities across the country. Today on Front Burner, CBC Toronto municipal affairs reporter, Shawn Jeffords, discusses the problems Toronto’s facing and how the big names in the mayoral race are saying they’ll tackle them.
23/06/2324m 15s

Five men, a tiny sub and a massive search

Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard officials are undertaking a desperate search in a vast swath of the North Atlantic, after five men in a small sub embarked on a risky dive to the wreck of the Titanic, 3,800 metres below the surface. Passengers each paid $250,000 for a spot in the cramped submersible, which has no chairs, one small portal, a consumer-grade gaming controller to operate the vessel, and a limited amount of oxygen to sustain life. On this episode, Timothy Bella, a national reporter with the Washington Post, shares the latest details of the search, the expedition that’s gone awry, and the company offering the pricey opportunity for tourists to see the Titanic for themselves, OceanGate. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
22/06/2324m 28s

Boycotts, threats and the limits of corporate ‘Pride’

In recent years, Pride Month has seen a flood of corporations using rainbow logos and products to show LGBTQ support. Whether the brands are being helpful or opportunistic has been cause for debate. But this year, amidst a wave of hate against queer and trans people, boycotts and threats are leading some brands to walk back their Pride marketing and merch. Today, Xtra Magazine senior editor Mel Woods discusses whether corporate support for Pride matters, and what brands giving in to homophobic demands could signal about rising hatred. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
21/06/2325m 7s

The political fallout from Paul Bernardo’s prison transfer

To the frustration and hurt of the families of Paul Bernardo’s victims, the notorious rapist and murderer has been moved from a maximum security prison to a medium security one. Conservatives are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene and move Bernardo back to a maximum security facility. They also want Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to resign over how his office handled information about the transfer. Ashley Burke is a senior reporter at the CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau. She’s been looking into how the Liberals handled Bernardo’s move and the controversy that has followed. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
20/06/2322m 42s

Why the internet is getting worse

There’s a growing sense that the internet – or at least the big sites we use all the time like Amazon, Facebook and Google – is becoming worse. Instead of seeing what’s best for us at the top of our searches, we’re seeing more and more of what makes the tech giant the most money pop to the top. Cory Doctorow calls it ‘Enshittification.’ He explains how it works. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
19/06/2327m 59s

The Beatles and the future of AI music

Before his death, John Lennon recorded a demo of a new song, "Now and Then" on a cassette. His Beatles bandmates later tried to repurpose it for release, but abandoned the project in part because of the poor voice quality. This week, Paul McCartney revealed that, 43 years after Lennon&aposs death, the song will drop – thanks to AI technology. It&aposs just the latest example of artificial intelligence&aposs increasing presence in the music industry. Fake Drake songs, AI-generated Kanye covers and posthumous Biggie collabs have raised alarm about copyright, and existential questions about songwriting and creativity. Today, Saroja Coelho speaks with the host of Vulture&aposs Switched on Pop podcast, Charlie Harding, about what the technology means for the music industry and art itself. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
16/06/2329m 10s

Money, sex, and populism: The life of Silvio Berlusconi

This week, Silvio Berlusconi died at the age of 86. He served as Italy’s prime minister three separate times, leaving a permanent mark on the country’s politics, media, and culture. Berlusconi created an empire for himself, based on money, sex and a willingness to push legal limits — and in many ways, he created a template for billionaire populist political leaders. For transcripts of this series, please visit: On this episode, Alexander Stille, professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author of The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man named Silvio Berlusconi, discusses how Berlusconi changed Italy and the world.
15/06/2326m 29s

Donald Trump pleads not guilty, again

Former U.S. president Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 37 federal criminal charges that he unlawfully kept national-security documents when he left office and lied to officials who sought to recover them. CBC’s Washington Correspondent Alex Panetta explains the evidence against him and the ramifications of this case for the next presidential election. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
14/06/2326m 39s

As wildfires burn, climate debate stagnates

As smoke from wildfires in Ontario and Quebec blanketed the nation’s capital early last week, air quality advisories caused residents to wear masks and kids to stay inside for recess. Most debate in the House of Commons, however, remained around the economy and inflation – including arguments that climate change measures should be stopped or curtailed. Smoke and burning skies in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia and Washington have since sparked international conversations about our changing climate. Today, CBC senior writer Aaron Wherry joins us to discuss why – even as Canada itself burns – our environmental policy debate continues to stagnate around the merits of carbon taxes. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
13/06/2324m 58s

On the front line of mass migration out of Sudan

After more than eight weeks of fighting, the power struggle between two rival military groups continues in Sudan. The conflict has turned the capital of Khartoum into a battleground. With hundreds of civilians killed and thousands wounded, people are migrating en masse to bordering countries in search of safety. Tens of thousands of people have headed southward into South Sudan, the world’s poorest nation. CBC News Foreign Correspondent Chris Brown spent several days at the border between the two countries. Today, he joins us to share what he learned from refugees and humanitarian workers about concerns the conflict’s spillover effects could destabilize an already vulnerable region. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
12/06/2324m 17s

Front Burner Introduces: The Dose - How does drinking coffee affect my health?

For many of us, coffee is an essential part of our day. So what impact is it having on us, beyond just waking us up in the morning? To try to answer that question, Dr. Brian Goldman from the CBC podcast The Dose speaks to Thomas Merritt, a geneticist and professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury. More episodes are available at:
10/06/2325m 40s

Politics roundup: David Johnston, budget tactics and byelections

MPs have just a couple weeks before Parliament is set to break for the summer, but there’s still a lot going on in Ottawa. David Johnston continues to fend off calls to step aside as special rapporteur on foreign interference, Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre is signalling Conservatives will continue to protest the Liberals’ budget in the Senate, despite its passage in the House of Commons, and the People’s Party of Canada leader is trying to make his return to the Parliament. On this episode, guest host Saroja Coelho dives into the top political stories with Catherine Cullen, host of the CBC political podcast, The House. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
09/06/2325m 13s

Binance and its Canadian CEO sued in major crypto case

The biggest crypto exchange in the world is being sued by an American regulator accusing Binance and its Canadian billionaire founder of breaking a string of laws and misusing investor funds. Changpeng Zhao and his company say they will fight back “vigorously.” Today on Front Burner, Jacob Silverman, who you may know from our podcast The Naked Emperor, joins us to talk about what all this means for crypto’s future. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
08/06/2323m 44s

Why some tenants are going on ‘rent strikes’

There are two rent strikes underway in Toronto, where some tenants have organized and are withholding rent to protest against above-guideline rent increases. But the strategy carries serious risks – including potential eviction. Today, we hear from one tenant in Thorncliffe Park on why he’s taking part in the strike, and Ricardo Tranjan of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives talks more about the radical tactic, and tenant organizing in Canada. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
07/06/2324m 19s

As fires rage, Canada urged to get on ‘war footing’

Forest fire season has come in with a bang. A record-setting blaze in Nova Scotia, plus sprawling fires in Alberta and now Quebec have claimed homes and forced tens of thousands to flee. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned this week federal modeling shows we’re entering an especially severe wildfire season. He also pledged the Canadian government would be there with “whatever it takes to keep people safe, and provide support.” But do we have the capacity? What is the plan to fight the fires of the future? Wildfire ecologist Robert Gray explains why Canada should get on a “war footing” to address these climate-change enhanced super-fires. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
06/06/2325m 12s

Inside the fundamentalist Christian movement that wants to remake Canadian politics

Warning: This story contains anti-trans comments and deals with suicide. Today on Front Burner, CBC investigative reporter Jonathan Montpetit goes inside a fundamentalist Christian movement deeply conservative in its social values and radical in its ideas for reform – one that came together in the pandemic, and has since joined the backlash to LGBTQ rights. You can read more on this story at This documentary was produced by Jonathan Montpetit and Julia Pagel at CBC’s Audio Doc Unit. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
05/06/2334m 1s

Soccer star faces racist mobs, league inaction

Earlier this month, one of football’s brightest stars was targeted with an unprecedented amount of racist abuse during a game. Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Junior — the heir to the throne of Brazilian football — was called a monkey and abused with monkey noises by tens of thousands of fans during a game in Spain’s La Liga. But rather than punish those abusing the athlete, it was Vinicius who was shown a red card. In the aftermath of the incident, everyone from the Spanish press to the president of the Spanish football league seemed to blame the victim of the racist attack, rather than his attackers. On this episode, guest host Jodie Martinson talks to sports journalist Shireen Ahmed about one of the brightest stars in world sports, but also about the broader tradition of racism in soccer, and why it remains an ugly issue in the beautiful game. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
02/06/2324m 37s

What do drone strikes in Moscow, Kyiv signal about the war?

Ukraine has been dealt some blows in the last month. Kyiv has seen the most air strikes since the start of the war, and the city of Bakhmut is almost entirely occupied by the Russians. However, a shift could be coming. After receiving billions of dollars worth of international military aid, Ukraine may be ready to launch its much anticipated spring counteroffensive. And after a drone strike hit an apartment block in a Moscow suburb, some are asking whether it’s already underway. Plus, tensions between the powerful mercenary organisation, The Wagner Group, and the Kremlin are increasing, after more than 20,000 of their soldiers were killed in Bakhmut. Could Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin be a threat to Putin’s leadership? Paul Adams, the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent, has been watching this all closely and helps us make sense of the latest developments — and where the war in Ukraine could be headed. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
01/06/2323m 19s

Are the killer whales fighting back?

Orcas ramming boats and chewing on rudders pierced the hull of a yacht near Spain last week. They&aposve also brought down three vessels in the surrounding waters in the last year. Many experts are suggesting the killer whales could be playing. Others have wondered whether a matriarch named White Gladis could be teaching her pod the behaviour, following a traumatic incident with a ship. The internet, meanwhile, can&apost stop joking about the orcas taking revenge on humanity. If this is a case of psychological projection, it might be because orcas have reason to be mad at us. Today, Raincoast Conservation Foundation senior scientist Peter Ross tells us about the health of the orca population including the one we understand best, the Southern Resident killer whales near our west coast, and discusses why humans see so much of themselves in these neighbours. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
31/05/2322m 5s

The United Conservative Party holds onto power in Alberta

Danielle Smith and her United Conservative Party have been returned to power in Alberta, as voters reject the NDP and Rachel Notley&aposs vision for the province. Smith overcame a slew of stumbles and hiccups in her first seven months as premier, and won over enough people to secure another four years in control for her party. On this episode, CBC Calgary&aposs Jason Markusoff shares his analysis of how Smith won, what it means for Alberta, and for the rest of the country. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
30/05/2322m 53s

The End of COVID?

COVID-19 disrupted almost everything about our lives when it struck. Now, as the WHO says the global emergency over the novel virus is over, how dangerous is the virus and what will it be like to live with it into the future? Helen Branswell is a world-respected reporter who has spent her career writing about infectious disease and global health. She writes for STAT News and takes us through the latest science. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
29/05/2326m 36s

Bonus | Nothing is Foreign: How Argentina deals with crushing 104% inflation

Argentina&aposs annual inflation rate reached a staggering 104.3 per cent in March. It&aposs one of the highest rates in the world, resulting in a cost-of-living crisis for many in the country. It&aposs not a new problem in Argentina, where the market has been volatile for decades, especially during the 1980s debt crisis.From bartering to stocking up on goods before inflation spikes, Argentines have found inventive ways to cope with this economic reality. But there&aposs also been growing discontent with the government, and the country&aposs relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) — especially as a general election approaches this fall. This episode from Nothing is foreign looks at how people on the ground deal with this sky-high inflation rate, the historical conditions that led to this and what happens to a society when it&aposs trapped in a cycle of debt and austerity. More episodes are available at:
27/05/2329m 14s

Why JPMorgan is being sued over ties to Jeffrey Epstein

It’s been nearly four years since Jeffrey Epstein died in jail while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Yet more of his ties to the world’s rich and powerful are still being uncovered, and attempts to obtain some measure of accountability continue. One route is through Epstein’s former bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., which is currently embroiled in two lawsuits, including one from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein kept an estate. The Virgin Islands has issued subpoenas to a number of billionaires in connection with the case – including Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and more recently, embattled Tesla CEO Elon Musk. And there are new revelations about Epstein’s relationship with Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates. Today, Wall Street Journal reporter David Benoit speaks with guest host Alex Panetta about these lawsuits, Epstein’s history with America’s biggest bank and what we’re still learning about the convicted sex offender’s web, years after his death. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
26/05/2323m 2s

Is a housing crash an affordability fix?

As some prospective home buyers watched prices climb to dozens of times their income during the pandemic, they pinned their hopes of ownership on a market crash. And for nearly a year starting last April, prices did fall – in Toronto, the average price of a home dropped about 18%. But now, for the last two months, prices have been on the rise again. So with houses still historically unaffordable, what would it take for Canada’s home prices to drop or crash toward affordability, and would the economic damage do more harm than low prices can help? Today, Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives senior economist Marc Lee explains the paths that remain to ownership for the low and middle class. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
25/05/2319m 30s

A matter of trust: Election meddling inquiry rejected

Former governor general David Johnston — now serving as a special rapporteur — says a public inquiry into foreign interference in Canadian elections would not satisfy the public, because so much of the material is classified and can’t be shared. Will the decision to reject a public inquiry on foreign interference in Canadian elections darken the cloud of mistrust, or help clear it? On this episode, David Fraser, a reporter with the Canadian Press, details what Johnston is recommending instead of an inquiry. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
24/05/2324m 22s

Crime is up, is bail reform the solution?

Violent crime is up in Canada. The country’s homicide rate jumped 42 per cent from 2013 to 2021, and attacks have increased on public transit. With crime in the headlines, public safety has become a real concern for many Canadians. Last week, federal Justice Minister David Lametti introduced new bail-reform legislation to address that anxiety. If passed, Bill C-48 would make it more difficult for some repeat violent offenders to get released from prison on bail. But reviews for the plan are mixed. Today, CBC parliamentary bureau reporter JP Tasker and Vancouver-based criminal defence lawyer Kyla Lee take us through the Liberals’ bail reform legislation and the political pressure campaign that preceded it. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
23/05/2330m 39s

Front Burner Introduces: Let’s Not Be Kidding with Gavin Crawford

If laughter really was the best medicine, Gavin Crawford would have cured his mother of Alzheimer’s disease. As a son, his mother’s dementia has been devastating. As a comedian though…it’s been sort of funny. Honestly, how do you respond when your mom confuses you with her teenage crush and wants you to take her to the high-school dance? Well, you laugh. Because it’s the only thing you can do. In this seven-part series, Gavin tells the story of losing his mother — his best friend and the inspiration for a lot of his comedy — to a disease that can be as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. He’s joined by comedian friends who share their experience caring for family members with dementia. The result is a cross between an improv act and a support group. Part memoir, part stand-up, part meditation on grief and loss, Let’s Not Be Kidding is a dose of the very best medicine for anyone dealing with hard times. More episodes are available at:
22/05/2335m 52s

Front Burner Introduces: The Secret Life of Canada - The Forgotten War

Not all Canadian history happens in Canada. Over 70 years ago, nearly 30,000 Canadians volunteered to fight in the Korean War. It was the third-deadliest overseas conflict in Canada’s military history — so why is it often referred to as “The Forgotten War”? In this episode from The Secret Life of Canada, friend of the pod and producer Eunice Kim joins in to explore what led to the conflict, why Canada got involved, the lasting impact of a war that technically never ended, and how some Korean Canadians are making sure we never forget. More episodes are available at:
20/05/2348m 10s

Book bans and Black history in Florida

This week, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed yet another bill targeting the state’s education system into law. In this case, the law will defund state college programs that encourage diversity in higher education and limit the discussion of race in many courses. Under his leadership, Florida has become the epicentre of the culture war in America — a struggle that often focuses on classrooms and public education. On this episode, guest host Matthew Amha speaks with Alex Ingram, a high school teacher who taught in Jacksonville, Florida, for a decade, before deciding that teaching there had become untenable. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
19/05/2322m 10s

The rise and fall of Vice Media

This week, Vice Media filed for bankruptcy. According to reports, the company may be bought for $225 million, plus its sizable debt. At its peak not long ago, Vice was valued at nearly $6 billion. It was shaping the media landscape, had a huge influence on culture, fashion, and how to draw young audiences to news stories around the world. On this episode, Reeves Wiedeman, writer with New York Magazine, explains how Vice rose to such stunning heights, and what contributed to its downfall. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
18/05/2332m 37s

Hotter, faster, more destructive: wildfire’s new reality

Albertans are suffering an unprecedented wildfire season. Tens of thousands have been evacuated out of the path of massive blazes. Across the province, skies are smoky and air quality is poor. Author John Vaillant is watching it unfold with a terrifying comprehension of the science of these super fires and just how dangerous they can be. He has spent years investigating what happened in 2016 when parts of Fort McMurray burned to the ground. His new book, ‘Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast,’ explains why the fires we battle today are hotter, faster and more destructive than the fires of before. He joins Alex Panetta for a conversation about the future of fire in our changing climate. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
17/05/2328m 48s

Canada closed a border loophole. Where will migrants go?

For a year and a half, almost 50,000 migrants had walked into Canada via Quebec’s Roxham Road to seek asylum. Then, at midnight on the morning of March 25th, Roxham Road – and the immigration loophole that made it a famous irregular border crossing – effectively closed. CBC Montreal reporter Verity Stevenson has been speaking to migrants who arrived at Roxham soon after the change, only to suddenly discover their journey would be cut short. Today, she brings us their stories, as well as what she saw in towns south of the U.S. border that are hosting hundreds of asylum seekers rejected from Canada. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
16/05/2325m 11s

Inside a busy food bank: 'It’s the person across the cubicle'

The Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto had their worst month on record in March: more people used their services than at any other time in their 40-year history. This, at a time when Canada’s unemployment rate is at a near-record low. The situation is similarly dire at food banks across the country. So today on Front Burner, producer Imogen Birchard heads out to a food bank in Etobicoke, to find out who’s using the service now and what’s driving them there. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
15/05/2327m 0s

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom changes the game, again

When it comes to classic video games, there are names everyone’s heard of. There&aposs Mario. Donkey Kong. And of course there’s the Legend of Zelda. The game made its pixelated debut over thirty-five years ago and, in the decades since, the Zelda series has come to represent the spirit of adventure for millions of gamers. But, six years ago, the influential franchise managed to outdo itself with the release of Breath of the Wild – a game that redefined gaming for the modern age by giving players unparalleled control and creativity. Today, the long-awaited sequel is out. Lucy James, a senior video producer for Gamespot and Giant Bomb, joins Front Burner to explain the hype of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and the series’ influence on the highest grossing industry in entertainment. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
12/05/2323m 48s

Have Congressman George Santos’ lies caught up with him?

Shortly after George Santos was elected to Congress in 2022, the New York Times found that he had fabricated almost every aspect of his life story – personally and professionally.  On Wednesday, this once rising star was hit with 13 charges including fraud, money laundering, and theft of public funds. Santos, echoing the words of former President Donald Trump, calls it a "witch hunt." Despite calls for him to resign, he vows to continue to serve in Congress and pledges he will run again in 2024.  Today, Washington Post national reporter Azi Paybarah joins us to explain Santos&apos lies, the criminal charges he now faces, and how the American political star-making machine can sometimes attract fraudsters. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
11/05/2325m 42s

Canada-China tension high as diplomats expelled

A growing crisis between Canada and China has led to the expulsion of diplomats from both countries, following revelations that a Chinese official reportedly targeted Canadian MP Michael Chong’s family. CBC parliamentary reporter Catharine Tunney joins Front Burner to sort through what happened to Chong, what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government knew about the 2021 incident, and how the two countries are now handling it. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
10/05/2320m 1s

Wildfires force Alberta state of emergency

The weather turned hot suddenly this year in Alberta and it is already remarkably dry. Wildfires, some burning out of control, have forced people to flee their homes, triggered a provincial state of emergency, and now there’s a request for the military to move in. CBC Edmonton host and producer Nancy Carlson is no stranger to wildfires in her home province. She covered the 2016 fires that swept Fort McMurray. She was evacuated last week when fires threatened her neighbourhood. Nancy explains what led to this season and how Albertans like her are managing with the threat of what’s already being called an ‘unprecedented’ fire season. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
09/05/2324m 13s

AI ‘godfather’ on the tech’s global threat

Artificial intelligence is developing at such a rapid pace that leading figures in the field are warning about the mortal threats of losing control. Among the trio known collectively as the “godfathers of artificial intelligence,” two researchers – both Canadian – are calling out the economic, ethical and existential risks of the tech they pioneered. University of Toronto scientist Geoffrey Hinton recently announced he’d quit his job at Google to speak out, and Yoshua Bengio is calling to pause the development of powerful AI systems like GPT-4. Today, Bengio joins us to explain the near-term dangers of AI, and what it would take for the tech to be a threat to humanity. Bengio is a professor at Université de Montréal and scientific director at Mila - Quebec AI institute. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
08/05/2328m 38s

The Cost of the Crown

On Saturday, pomp, circumstance and royal wealth will be on display in the official crowning ceremony of King Charles III. The ceremony’s estimated price tag is 100 million pounds and comes at a time when so many people are struggling to put food on the table. This has led to questions about just how wealthy the royal family is and why they aren’t footing the bill. Reporter David Pegg has worked with The Guardian on a comprehensive investigative series into the royal finances called Cost of the Crown. Today, he takes us through where the monarchy gets its money, explains the secrecy around the Windsor fortune and breaks down the confusion about what belongs to the royals and what belongs to Britain. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
05/05/2328m 33s

The impact of the writers' strike, on screen and off

On Monday at midnight, over 11,000 television and film writers with the Writers’ Guild of America officially went on strike. The strike has triggered a sense of déjà vu in the TV world, in part because Saturday Night Live and late night talk shows are headed into reruns. But it’s also rekindling memories of the last major work stoppage in Hollywood: the 100 day writers’ strike in 2007 which caused a boom in reality TV and – by some estimates – cost the California economy over $2 billion USD. Lucas Shaw covers media and entertainment for Bloomberg, and today he’ll explain why writers are striking in an industry changed by streaming, and what parallels exist with other job action happening across the economy. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
04/05/2321m 18s

Police, a private spa, and more from Ford’s Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced new measures to get more police “boots on the ground,” including covering the costs of mandatory training and scrapping the post-secondary education requirement to be hired as an officer. Ford has also been making headlines for his plans for the redevelopment of a parcel of public land on Toronto’s waterfront which include a sprawling private spa. Today, provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley brings guest host Alex Panetta up to speed on both issues, and discusses the role Ford could play in Toronto’s upcoming mayoral election. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
03/05/2324m 18s

Fugees star Pras snared in bizarre criminal conspiracy web

Pras Michel, the rapper known for being one third of the famed ‘90s-era group, the Fugees, has been convicted of 10 criminal counts connected to a web of international political influence, conspiracy, and embezzlement. As Front Burner guest Michael Ames wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, the wild story of includes former U.S. president Barack Obama, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and a wealthy Malaysian fugitive. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
02/05/2330m 10s

Why the Alberta election race is neck and neck

Two women who have both served as Alberta premier are the leading candidates in a tight race to run the province. The United Conservative Party’s Danielle Smith, is facing rival Rachel Notley of the NDP. Elise von Scheel, provincial affairs reporter for CBC Calgary, explains why the race is shaping up to be a very close one. And how the changing demographics of Calgary could be a huge factor. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
01/05/2324m 8s

Can China help bring peace to Ukraine?

For more than a year the possibility of peace in Ukraine has seemed out of reach. But this week, a new world leader stepped in with an offer to mediate. After months of waiting, this week Ukraine&aposs President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the phone. Zelensky described the call as "meaningful" and as a potential step toward the elusive goal of peace. China says it plans to help facilitate communication between Russia and Ukraine. Emma Graham-Harrison is the senior international affairs correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer. She has lived in China and is currently reporting from Ukraine. Today, she takes us through what Xi Jinping is proposing, whether China could bring peace to Ukraine and whether there is reason to be skeptical.
28/04/2320m 13s

Ryan Reynolds scores with Wrexham soccer gambit

Two years ago, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, the creator and star of the show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, bought Wrexham AFC. The small Welsh soccer team had been languishing in the lowest possible division of football in the U.K. This week, the team celebrated a triumphant victory that earned it promotion out of the game’s backwater. On this episode, Richard Sutcliffe, a writer for The Athletic covering Wrexham AFC, discusses how the Hollywood touch has helped turn the relatively obscure team into a global sensation. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
27/04/2326m 23s

How Tucker Carlson mastered Fox News fear and outrage

For over seven years on Fox News, Tucker Carlson Tonight leveraged immigration, vaccines and racial tensions to divide viewers’ worlds into “us” and “them”. Carlson became a kingmaker who could make or break Republican primary campaigns or set the policy agenda. Then, this week, the show’s incendiary reign atop cable news ended, when Fox News sent him packing. Today on Front Burner, New York Times political and investigative reporter Nicholas Confessore explains the political transformation that informed the world of Tucker Carlson Tonight, and what could be next for one of the most powerful voices in right-wing politics. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
26/04/2328m 55s

Eight years after Myles Gray’s death, police finally testify

This episode deals with details of violence. In August 2015, 33-year-old Myles Gray was making a delivery for his wholesale florist business in B.C. when he confronted a woman who was watering her lawn in the midst of an extended drought. The police were called. Within an hour, Gray – who was unarmed – was dead. His list of injuries – including a fractured voice box, several broken bones, brain hemorrhaging and a ruptured testicle – was so extensive that forensic experts could not pinpoint the exact cause of death. The officers involved are speaking publicly for the first time since Gray’s death at a coroner’s inquest. CBC’s Rhianna Schmunk joins guest host Alex Panetta to explain what we’re learning about what happened to Myles Gray, and his family’s hopes for answers and accountability. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
25/04/2322m 38s

‘Pentagon Leaks’ detail Canada’s military shortcomings

According to new reporting on the trove of leaked documents known as the ‘Pentagon Leaks,’ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau privately told NATO officials that Canada will never meet a two per cent defense-spending target. A secret document, accessed by the Washington Post, also details criticisms leveled at Canada by its NATO allies. For transcripts of this series, please visit: On this episode, Amanda Coletta, who covers Canada for the Washington Post, discusses what the leaks mean for Canada’s military standing among its peers, and what shortcomings have been identified by those allies. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
24/04/2324m 44s

The ‘15-minute city’ conspiracy spreads to Canada

The concept of 15-minute cities — where a person’s daily needs in a city are accessible within a 15-minute walk, bike or transit ride from their home — is a few years old. It’s been picked up by many cities to guide urban planning and design. But in recent months, the 15-minute city idea has also been seized on by people who fear it’s an elaborate conspiracy to limit individual freedoms, mobility, and to create barricaded sectors to keep them trapped. In this episode, Tiffany Hsu, a reporter who covers disinformation for the New York Times, breaks down the actual idea, where it came from, and how it got twisted into a dystopian conspiracy. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
21/04/2326m 23s

What’s at stake in the federal workers’ strike?

Picket lines have been set up at major government buildings and ministers&apos offices across the country as more than a hundred thousand public servants go on strike. After nearly two years of bargaining without a contract, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) says Ottawa has failed to propose a reasonable agreement and wage increases that keep apace with inflation. But the government says the union&aposs demands are untenable. Meanwhile, Canadians could see delays in accessing government services as passport office workers, immigration processing staff and most Canada Revenue Agency employees will be off the job in the biggest labour action the federal government has seen in nearly 20 years. Today, J.P. Tasker, a reporter with CBC&aposs parliamentary bureau, walks us through the points of contention, how the government is responding and the possible consequences. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
20/04/2319m 53s

Fox News settles voting case but ‘Big Lie’ remains

Fox News is the most watched news network in the United States. In the days after the 2020 Presidential election, it broadcasted Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie”: that the election was stolen from him and voting machines were partly to blame. The company that makes some of those voting machines, Dominion Voting, pushed back suing Fox for defamation and settling for $787-million. Today, CBC’s Washington-based correspondent Alex Panetta takes us through what court filings revealed about how Fox’s most powerful people knew they were telling their audience was untrue, but did it anyway for ratings. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
19/04/2322m 42s

The impact of anti-trans laws in the US

This year alone, hundreds of new laws targeting trans people have been introduced by Republicans in the United States. Many of them make it harder for doctors to provide gender-affirming care for young people, or ban it completely. On this episode, Ryan Sallans, a transgender author and consultant focused on gender diversity based in Nebraska, and Dr. Hussein Abdul-Latif, an endocrinologist who works with trans kids in Alabama, discuss the impact of the new bills. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
18/04/2324m 50s

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation controversy, explained

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has been pulled into the ongoing controversy surrounding allegations of Chinese meddling in Canadian elections. Last week, the foundation’s president and board of directors resigned en masse, saying in a media statement that “the circumstances created by the politicization of the foundation have made it impossible to continue with the status quo.” Today, Catherine Cullen explains how a $140,000 donation to the foundation in 2016 led to these resignations, the implications of the ongoing controversy, and the calls for further investigation. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
17/04/2324m 32s

War secrets, infighting and spies: inside the Discord leaks

Last week, classified U.S. military documents largely about the Ukraine war started circulating around the internet and making headlines. But the files appear to have started out on Discord, a platform mostly known for its popularity with gamers, where some were posted months ago. And by Thursday afternoon, the FBI had swooped into a North Dighton, Massachusetts home and arrested Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old member of the intelligence wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Today, Julian Borger, a Washington-based world affairs editor with the Guardian, takes us through how and why this leak may have come out, how it compares to past ones and the real world consequences of the breach. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
14/04/2325m 27s

Measuring a decade of Trudeau’s Liberal leadership

Ten years ago this week, Justin Trudeau took over the Liberals’ top job. He won it in a landslide. In his acceptance speech to the excited room, Trudeau swore that unlike Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, he heard Canadians’ pleas for something better, and vowed that he was going to devote his leadership to addressing the issues of “the millions upon millions of middle class Canadians and the millions more who work hard to join the middle class.” Now, a decade into Trudeau’s tenure, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is arguing that far from getting better, “everything feels broken.” Today on Front Burner, CBC senior writer Aaron Wherry looks back at the Trudeau of ten years ago, compares him to where he’s at today, and talks about what it means for his political future. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
13/04/2330m 37s

Why movies about products are everywhere

Last weekend The Super Mario Bros. Movie had the biggest global opening weekend for an animated movie ever. The story of how Nike brought the world Air Jordans is also raking it in at the box office. And the internet was abuzz last week after the teaser trailer for Barbie dropped. It all begs the question: when did Hollywood movies start looking like a ten year old&aposs Christmas list circa 1993? Host of CBC Radio&aposs Commotion, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, joins us to dig into this growing trend of movies about products. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
12/04/2323m 1s

Who attacked the Nord Stream pipelines?

In late September of 2022, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines — which supply Russian natural gas to Germany and the rest of Europe via the Baltic Sea — were hit by a series of underwater explosions. Against the backdrop of Russia&aposs invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing tensions that have resulted, officials soon concluded that it was an act of intentional sabotage. But by whom? More than half a year later, there&aposs still no clear answer. Today, Washington Post reporter Shane Harris takes us inside this high-stakes whodunnit, explaining the various theories, and the evidence supporting or undercutting them — and how it all hinges on an unassuming 50-foot sailing yacht known as the Andromeda. For transcripts of this series, please visit:
11/04/2326m 49s

Front Burner Presents | The Naked Emperor E4: It Takes a Village

Sam Bankman-Fried couldn’t have marketed FTX to the masses on his own. He had help – from the institutional investors who brought in the big bucks, to the celebrity endorsers who told the public that FTX was “a safe and easy way to get into crypto.” One FTX brand ambassador was Kevin O’Leary, from the reality show Shark Tank. Host Jacob Silverman questions O’Leary about his due diligence before accepting the multimillion dollar endorsement deal. We also hear from everyday investors and hopeful beneficiaries of SBF’s charitable largesse and learn how their hopes were dashed on the rocks of alleged fraud. Zooming out, we learn that a lot of people may be responsible for what happened to FTX and that the losses, especially in a big alleged financial fraud scheme, can reverberate widely. Fourteen years into the crypto experiment, we survey the damage and the successes, and ask what we can learn from the disaster that Sam Bankman-Fried left in his wake. For more episodes of The Naked Emperor, check out its podcast feed: For transcripts of this series, please visit:
10/04/2335m 6s

Front Burner Presents | The Naked Emperor E3: Busted

In the weeks after FTX filed for bankruptcy Sam stuck to his story: he did not commit fraud. FTX’s post-collapse CEO claimed the company had been a managerial and financial disaster, writing that he had never seen “such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information.” In response to his cratering public image, Sam Bankman-Fried talked. A lot. He exhibited an almost reckless desire to tell his side of things, insisting he could explain – and vindicate – himself. It was an exceptionally bizarre move for someone who had lost not just his personal fortune, but potentially the funds of millions of customers. Even as U.S. prosecutors filed charges, and his former friends turned on him, SBF was unwavering. With the legal odds against him, why would SBF risk so much by refusing to shut up? Update: Since this episode was published, U.S. prosecutors have added a new charge against Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing him of conspiring to bribe one or more Chinese government officials. The charge has not been proven in court. For more episodes of The Naked Emperor, check out its podcast feed: For transcripts of this series, please visit:
07/04/2332m 58s