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The roots of Lebanon’s anti-government protests
14 Aug, 2020 | 0:19:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

This week, Lebanon’s prime minister announced his resignation, along with his entire cabinet. The announcement follows massive anti-government demonstrations that erupted in the wake of the explosion that rocked central Beirut last week. But even with the government stepping down, the protests have persisted. Today, reporter Rebecca Collard, who’s been reporting from Beirut for years, joins us to explain how...
Why influencers won’t stop partying during the pandemic
13 Aug, 2020 | 0:22:46 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canadian YouTubers Nelk, known for staging controversial pranks, recently threw a so-called “bro-test” to fight for gyms to open back up in California, a state still dealing with thousands of new coronavirus cases every day. The event sparked widespread criticism for drawing a crowd of people who weren’t wearing masks. This “bro-test” is part of a larger trend involving influencers...
Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s V.P. pick
12 Aug, 2020 | 0:19:55 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Tuesday, Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making history by choosing the first woman of colour to compete on a major party's presidential ticket. Today on Front Burner, Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott on what Harris brings to the Democratic Party’s ticket, and what it might mean for Biden’s chances against U.S President...
A prominent Saudi activist's detention and sudden silence
11 Aug, 2020 | 0:25:34 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Loujain Alhathloul, a Saudi women's rights activist who studied in Canada, has been imprisoned for the past two years. And now, her family, who used to be able to talk to her regularly, hasn't heard from her in seven weeks. Today, the CBC's Michelle Ghoussoub joins us to talk about how Alhathloul became one of the most prominent faces in...
Life under Melbourne’s stringent COVID-19 lockdown
10 Aug, 2020 | 0:24:51 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The city of Melbourne, Australia, is currently under some of the world's strictest pandemic lockdown measures. Residents have to be home by 8 p.m., and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 can expect frequent, unannounced visits by police to ensure they're staying home. Today, on Front Burner, we speak to Melissa Davey, Australian bureau chief for The Guardian, to find...
How the pandemic is shaping the future of dining
07 Aug, 2020 | 0:23:02 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As provinces loosen COVID-19 restrictions, more restaurants are opening back up, in some capacity, all across Canada. Today, we hear from two restaurateurs about what the shutdown meant for their own businesses and how they think the pandemic will change the way we dine-out for years to come. Robert Belcham is the chef and owner of Vancouver’s Campagnolo, Monarch Burger...
The aftermath of the Beirut explosion
06 Aug, 2020 | 0:20:13 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The explosion near Beirut’s port on Tuesday killed 135 people and injured thousands more, according to the Lebanese health ministry. Officials say 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was the cause. According to public records, the chemicals were held at the port for six years, despite warnings about the danger they posed. Today on Front Burner, we get a first-hand account...
Homeless encampments, COVID-19, and Canada’s housing crisis
04 Aug, 2020 | 0:25:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Since the start of the pandemic, homeless encampments have multiplied in parks across Canada. City officials are worried about safety and sanitation, and as a result, many have tried to dismantle such camps, with varying degrees of success. That’s because some residents are fighting for their right to stay. Today on Front Burner, you’ll meet residents of one encampment in...
The risks vs. rewards of sending kids to school
03 Aug, 2020 | 0:23:26 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In September, schools across the country will reopen — many for the first time since the pandemic shut them down months ago. And while provinces have released their plans to keep students and teachers safe, parents are still struggling with whether to send their children to class. Today on Front Burner, Emily Oster, an economics professor at Brown University and...
After backlash, a public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting
30 Jul, 2020 | 0:23:52 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On April 18-19, a gunman went on a shooting rampage across central Nova Scotia killing 22 people. Since then, families of the victims have been pushing for a public inquiry. That’s because there continues to be questions about the RCMP’s response to the shooting. After initially opting for a review into the tragedy, which drew much criticism, provincial and federal...
There are daily COVID-19 tests, no fans and no going home.
29 Jul, 2020 | 0:24:28 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For the 24 NHL teams in Toronto and Edmonton, however, the prize for spending two months in a “bubble” could be the Stanley Cup. Last night, the NHL played its first exhibition games since pausing the season in March. It also showed fans how the sport will be different in the league’s hub cities. Today on Front Burner, The Athletic...
Inside 60 nights of protests in Portland
28 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:29 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

For more than 60 nights, protesters have gone out on the streets of Portland, Ore. to fight anti-Black racism and police violence. It seemed like things were calming down, but then US President Donald Trump sent federal agents into the city. Today on Front Burner, we’re joined by Tuck Woodstock, an independent journalist who has spent the majority of the...
2020 on track to be Canada’s worst year for police killings
27 Jul, 2020 | 0:21:14 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

D'Andre Campbell. Ejaz Choudry. Chantel Moore. Those are just some of the names of people killed by police in Canada this year. Until now, there hasn't been a national database to keep track of these deaths. The CBC recently made one called "Deadly Force." It goes back 20 years, and it found what many people have been saying: Black and...
Tenet’ postponement spells trouble for Hollywood blockbusters
24 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:18 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The release of Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated movie “Tenet” has been indefinitely postponed. CBC’s Eli Glasner breaks down what that signifies for the future of Hollywood blockbusters.
The race for a COVID-19 vaccine, explained
23 Jul, 2020 | 0:19:38 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

There’s new hope this week in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine. Trials for two vaccines, one at Oxford University and one being worked on here in Canada, are showing some promising results. And they’re just two possible frontrunners from scores of vaccines being tested around the globe. Today, Emily Chung, the creator of CBC’s vaccine tracker, tells us where...
B.C. admits harm in multimillion-dollar settlement for victims of disgraced social worker
22 Jul, 2020 | 0:25:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

While Robert Riley Saunders worked as a social worker in British Columbia, he was supposed to provide care and guardianship to some of the province’s most vulnerable foster children. Instead, he is alleged to have stolen from them, leaving many to fend for themselves. Now, the B.C. government has reached a proposed multimillion dollar settlement for more than 100 of...
The return of MLB: No spitting, fans or games in Canada
21 Jul, 2020 | 0:22:09 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After a four-month suspension due to COVID-19, Major League Baseball returns for a condensed 60-game season on Thursday. The old ball game, however, is going to look a bit different: there’s social distancing in the dugouts, no fans in the stands and no games in Canada. This weekend, the federal government announced that the Blue Jays can’t play in Toronto...
30 years later a Mohawk filmmaker reflects on the Oka crisis
20 Jul, 2020 | 0:23:51 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

It’s been 30 years since an explosion of violence and the death of a Quebec provincial police officer on an early July morning marked the beginning of the Oka Crisis. That summer, thousands of Canadian soldiers surrounded two Mohawk communities, just outside Montreal, who were trying to protect a forest and burial ground from the expansion of a golf course....
‘Above the Law’ chronicles police violence in Calgary
15 Jul, 2020 | 0:21:07 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the last few weeks on this show, we've talked about a number of police forces under scrutiny across the country. But there’s a city we haven’t talked about, one that frequently has the highest number of police-involved shootings in the country -- Calgary. A new documentary streaming on CBC Gem examines the issue of police violence in Calgary. It's...
As Bolsonaro downplays COVID-19, Brazil nears two million cases
14 Jul, 2020 | 0:21:53 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Brazil is nearing two million confirmed cases of COVID-19. The country is second to only the United States in its number of cases and deaths. And recently, Brazil’s leader himself has tested positive. Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the threat of the virus. Today on Front Burner, we’re joined by Gustavo Ribiero, a journalist with The Brazilian...
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