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A humanitarian catastrophe looms over Afghanistan
21 Oct, 2021 | 0:23:20 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

It's been nearly two months since U.S. forces pulled out of Afghanistan, marking the end of a two-decades long war. The Taliban is once again in control. Now, much of the international aid that once flowed into the country has been suspended, and Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian crisis. CBC's Susan Ormiston just returned from Afghanistan, where she reported from...
The Mighty Ducks, Inspector Gadget and the search for crypto billions
18 Oct, 2021 | 0:24:09 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A “stablecoin” with ties to a Mighty Ducks star and the co-creator of Inspector Gadget has found its way to the center of the global cryptocurrency trade. Tether says each of its coins is backed by one U.S. dollar, keeping Tether’s value consistent even in the volatile crypto market. But there are now 69 billion coins in circulation — and...
Flashpoint Taiwan: Tensions escalate between China and the West
13 Oct, 2021 | 0:18:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As Taiwan celebrated its National Day on Sunday, the autonomous island was also sending a message to China: Leave us alone. Taiwan has become a flashpoint for China's escalating tension with the United States, which provides political and military support for Taiwan, and its other Western allies. But what does that mean for the people who actually live there? Brian...
321 days of protest — India’s farmers deepen resolve
12 Oct, 2021 | 0:22:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

CBC’s Salimah Shivji takes a closer look at India’s farmer protests, where a fatal collision has ignited more anger in the 300-day standoff with the government.
Facebook's bad week
08 Oct, 2021 | 0:21:36 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, a former Facebook employee, Frances Haugen, testified before Congress, stating that she believes the company's products "harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy." She argues internal Facebook documents she's leaked back up her claims. Meanwhile, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said many of her claims "don't make any sense," and that the company's work and motives...
Pandora Papers reveal 'shadow economy' of the rich and powerful
08 Oct, 2021 | 0:23:18 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Dubbed "the Panama Papers on steroids," the millions of leaked financial documents known as the Pandora Papers provide new insights into the secretive world of tax havens. And they expose how the wealthy and powerful — including many world leaders — are able to benefit from this system, while keeping billions of dollars out of public coffers. Today, Zach Dubinsky,...
Squid Game's not-so-subtle message about capitalism
06 Oct, 2021 | 0:20:45 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The survival drama Squid Game has gotten international attention for its focus on economic inequality. But UCLA’s Suk-Young Kim explains that this globally relatable horror show is also uniquely Korean in its approach.
The wild saga of Ozy Media
05 Oct, 2021 | 0:15:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In 2013, former TV news contributor Carlos Watson promised to shake up the media landscape by launching a new company, Ozy Media. Over the years, Watson's company struggled to connect. Then a week ago, a bombshell New York Times investigation brought Ozy a tidal wave of attention — exactly the wrong kind. It revealed that Watson's right-hand man, Samir Rao,...
Wellness culture's link to COVID denialism
04 Oct, 2021 | 0:25:22 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Journalist Matthew Remski explains why new age spirituality is such fertile ground for anti-vaccine movements.
Inside the push to decriminalize opioids in Canada
01 Oct, 2021 | 0:24:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Toronto has become one of the epicentres of the opioid crisis in Canada, and soon, the city will be asking Health Canada for an exemption to drug possession laws to try and keep those struggling with addiction out of the court system and potentially save more lives. The city is following in the footsteps of Vancouver, which is already grappling...
Stories from inside Canada's hospital crisis
29 Sep, 2021 | 0:00:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Even with 80 per cent of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, hospitals in many parts of the country are facing an unprecedented crisis: staff shortages, intensive care units (ICUs) nearing capacity, protests and violence. Today, we speak to doctors and nurses about how the fourth wave is pushing Canadian health-care systems to their breaking point — and how that could have...
Auf Wiedersehen, Chancellor Merkel
28 Sep, 2021 | 0:19:27 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Angela Merkel is preparing to step aside after 16 years as Germany’s Chancellor, but Sunday’s election has left questions over who will lead next. Preliminary results show Merkel’s Christian Democrats with their worst ever performance, and a scattered vote means multiple parties will enter coalition talks that could last months. Today on Front Burner, we’re joined by the host of...
The day that set the Michaels free
27 Sep, 2021 | 0:21:13 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After 1,020 days in Chinese jail cells, the two Michaels — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor — came home. CBC’s Jason Proctor and the University of Ottawa’s Errol Mendes break it down.
The mystery surrounding Gabby Petito
23 Sep, 2021 | 0:21:16 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Back in July, 22-year-old Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, set off from Long Island, New York, on a planned months-long journey across the United States in a camper van, sharing their adventures on social media. Earlier this month, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida — alone. This week, Petito's body was found in Wyoming, and her death...
Conservatives lose again. What now?
22 Sep, 2021 | 0:19:34 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Erin O’Toole’s election campaign pitched him as the face of a new, moderate Conservative party. But in the end, O’Toole’s strategy delivered a loss nearly identical to that of his predecessor. Today on Front Burner, CBC senior writer John Paul Tasker joins us to explain what went wrong for O’Toole, where the party goes from here, and why they might...
Election changes little, Liberal minority continues
21 Sep, 2021 | 0:22:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After a day of voting and with some ballots still left to be counted, Justin Trudeau will remain Canada's prime minister, and the Liberals will continue ruling with a minority. CBC's Aaron Wherry breaks down the results of the election so far.
Undecided voters grill leaders face to face
17 Sep, 2021 | 0:24:05 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Party leaders Justin Trudeau, Erin O'Toole, Jagmeet Singh and Annamie Paul — all vying to be the next prime minister — recently went face to face with a group of undecided voters and CBC's senior political correspondent Rosemary Barton to make the final case for their platforms ahead of the federal election. On today's episode of Front Burner, we bring...
Election platform primer (Part 2 of 2)
16 Sep, 2021 | 0:18:52 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the conclusion to Front Burner’s 2021 election primer, we’re back with part two of our rundown on the major national parties' platforms. We’ve done deep dive conversations on the election’s top issues like housing and climate, but this is your guide to the other big promises and defining policies. It’s what you need to know to make an informed...
Election platform primer (Part 1 of 2)
15 Sep, 2021 | 0:26:28 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Election day is less than a week away, and this short summer campaign has flown right by. We’ve done some deep dives on a few issues we know are important to a lot of you, like housing affordability, and climate change. But today and tomorrow, we want to give you a quick rundown of some of the other things in...
Afghanistan's refugee crisis: The view from Pakistan
14 Sep, 2021 | 0:19:00 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Seventeen-year old Zakirullah, who didn't give his surname, and his family drove for three days from Afghanistan to the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, seeking medical help for his mother. He is one of many Afghan refugees who have made the journey after the Taliban took control of his home country, in light of rising food prices and the currency falling....
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