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The Proud Boys: A brief history
15 Jan, 2021 | 0:27:33 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

In the wake of last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Proud Boys — a group founded by Canadian Gavin McInnes — has been under intense pressure. The FBI is arresting some of its members. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has called for the them to be designated a terrorist group, and the federal government is considering it. Today, how...
Paul Craig Roberts, Barrie Zwicker and Jason Bermas comment on the January 6 event
14 Jan, 2021 | 0:59:18 |
EN | Michael Welch | Global Research News Hour

On this week's Global Research News Hour we take a closer look at the mobs descending on Capitol Hill on January 6 and realize the prospects that the incident may have been a False Flag. First up, we hear a general explanation by commentator and former Assistant to the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts indicating the role of provocateurs and security...
Timothy Snyder on the present and future of Trump's 'big lie'
14 Jan, 2021 | 0:20:15 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

"Post-truth is pre-fascism." So wrote historian Timothy Snyder in his 2017 book, On Tyranny. He penned it in the lead-up to Donald Trump's inauguration, and he's been warning ever since: The United States is not exceptional, a coup could be attempted there, too. Now, Trump's presidency is in its dying days. He has been impeached by the House again, this...
Her father died from COVID-19, and now the RCMP are investigating
13 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:21 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Last Friday, 16-year-old Ariana Quesada walked into an RCMP station in High River, Alta., to file a formal complaint about the death of her father, Benito, who died eight months ago of COVID-19. He worked at the Cargill meat-packing plant, home to the largest coronavirus outbreak in the country, with at least 950 staff members contracting it last spring. The...
Democrats scramble to remove Trump from power
12 Jan, 2021 | 0:21:17 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Monday, for the second time in his one-term presidency, Democrats introduced an article to impeach Donald Trump. Previously, Trump was impeached but not convicted by the Senate. But following last week's deadly riot at the Capitol building, Democrats are trying to hold Trump accountable. Their tactics also include a resolution urging Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment...
Trump gets deplatformed
11 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:08 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

U.S. President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter after the platform cited “the risk of further incitement of violence” following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Facebook previously banned him for the remainder of his time in office, and many other tech companies have followed suit. Today on Front Burner, Julia Angwin joins host Jayme Poisson for...
Canada’s slow drip vaccine rollout
08 Jan, 2021 | 0:22:31 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada has received more than 430 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. But as of Thursday, only about 45 percent of those doses have gone into arms. Those numbers are sourced from the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group, made up of public health experts and data scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. Governments across...
Patrick Henningsen on highlights of 2020; Andy Lee Roth and most censored stories
07 Jan, 2021 | 0:59:20 |
EN | Michael Welch | Global Research News Hour

This week we once again review a lot of the pivotal stories of 2020 and where they will lead going into 2021. Guest Patrick Henningsen, founder and editor with 21st century Wire offers his take on the key stories. Dmitry Orlov expresses some sentiments about prospects of war, and Andy Lee Roth of Project Censored speaks about Project Censored 2021:...
Georgia's make-or-break election
05 Jan, 2021 | 0:23:40 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Tuesday, voters in Georgia go to the polls for a pair of pivotal run-off elections that will determine which party has control of the United States senate. Meanwhile, outgoing President Donald Trump pressured and pleaded with the state's election chief to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state, according to a recorded phone call obtained by the Washington Post...
Problems and opportunities for women journalists
04 Jan, 2021 | 0:28:46 |
EN | Frieda Werden | WINGS

The advent of COVID added new problems to an already increasingly precarious situation for journalists. More than 600 have been laid off since the start of the pandemic in Kenya alone, and freelancers are especially challenged by things like not having enough money to buy their own PPE. Mwendwa describes what is happening in detail, over a background of her...
Anger grows over politicians’ pandemic travelling
04 Jan, 2021 | 0:24:45 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

You’ve probably heard the words “avoid non-essential travel” frequently since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in Canada. But a growing number of provincial and federal politicians haven’t heeded that message. And as more stories emerge about vacations or travelling to see sick family members, many Canadians are furious. Today, Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos discusses what we know so...
Pop culture and the pandemic
23 Dec, 2020 | 0:26:06 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As 2020 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year in pop culture. From TV shows adjusting to the pandemic to the NBA bubble, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Amil Niazi from the CBC podcast Pop Chat drop by to talk about what movies, TV shows, and music helped us make sense of this unprecedented year.
Mutated COVID-19 sparks closures, questions
22 Dec, 2020 | 0:19:19 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

A new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom has triggered border restrictions internationally and in Canada. It’s also sparked many questions. Dr. Isaac Bogoch is an infectious diseases physician and a member of the Ontario government’s vaccine task force. Today, he shares his thoughts on the mutation and explains its potential impact on treatment and transmission of the virus...
The story of how Canada's National Observer and its people pulled through one infernal year
21 Dec, 2020 | 0:13:35 |
EN | Shaghayegh |

Illness. Financial upheaval. Parenting and lockdown. A podcast about how the people bringing you the news experienced the pandemic.
Night shift at the crisis line
21 Dec, 2020 | 0:24:11 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Suicide prevention lines are dealing with an enormous surge in calls, and crisis centres say COVID-19 is to blame. Crisis Services Canada says that calls between August and October increased 159 per cent compared to last year. That surge is being felt at distress centres across the country, including at the Crisis Centre of BC. Front Burner producer Elaine Chau...
Its effects on women's economic development
18 Dec, 2020 | 0:28:43 |
EN | Frieda Werden | WINGS

Measures taken by the Kenyan government to stop the spread of COVID include imposing a curfew, travel bans, and closing schools. But they've provided no income supplements for small business and workers in the informal sector. Problems to solve include food scarcity, how families make a living, large numbers of idle men, and an increase in sexual violence and "defilement"...
Vaccine hesitancy, the next pandemic hurdle
18 Dec, 2020 | 0:31:38 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Saluting Robert Fisk, Andre Vltchek and Kevin Zeese
17 Dec, 2020 | 0:59:32 |
EN | Michael Welch | Global Research News Hour

Three incomparable champions of outstanding service to their fellow human beings in international conflict pass away all within a two month period. Global Research News Hour pays tribute through their own voices and the voices of those who respected and admired them. Saluting Robert Fisk, independent journalist, Andre Vltchek, leading filmmaker, writer and political analyst, and Kevin Zeese, lawyer, activist,...
A conversation with Canada’s environment minister
17 Dec, 2020 | 0:20:23 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The Liberals released a new, long-awaited climate change plan last week that they say will meet Canada's commitments under the Paris Agreement and cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2030. The plan includes $15 billion in federal investment and a gradual tripling of the carbon tax. Today on Front Burner, host Jayme Poisson asks Environment...
The arrest of Peter Nygard, disgraced fashion mogul
16 Dec, 2020 | 0:18:10 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was arrested Monday night in Winnipeg under the Extradition Act. He faces nine charges related to sex trafficking and racketeering in a New York court. You may remember that Nygard has already been accused by dozens of women across the globe of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking. While he has denied all allegations, these...
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