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Meghan Markle, the monarchy, and racism
09 Mar, 2021 | 0:19:56 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

After a bombshell interview between Oprah and Meghan Markle watched by millions around the world, culture writer Kovie Biakolo discusses the revelations in the interview, and the issue of racism in the royal family.
Trickster cancelled after Michelle Latimer controversy
02 Feb, 2021 | 0:17:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Friday CBC announced it was ending Trickster, a well-received television show that aired both here and in the U.S. There will be no second season as previously planned. The cancellation follows scrutiny over showrunner Michelle Latimer and questions about her Indigenous identity. Today, Anishnawbe playwright and humorist Drew Hayden Taylor joins us to share his thoughts on the cancellation...
The alleged Canadian drug lord who upended the meth trade
28 Jan, 2021 | 0:18:01 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Following a massive international investigation led by Australia, an alleged meth kingpin was arrested by Dutch authorities at an Amsterdam airport. Chinese-Canadian Tse Chi Lop is accused of running a syndicate that commands the $70 billion-a-year Asia-Pacific drug trade. He's been compared to Pablo Escobar and called Asia's El Chapo. Today, we hear from Reuters chief correspondent in Southeast Asia,...
Gov. General out amid claims of harassment, verbal abuse
22 Jan, 2021 | 0:19:43 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Canada’s Governor-General Julie Payette has been accused of bullying, berating, and publicly humiliating staff at Rideau Hall. The allegations were substantial enough that an independent workplace review was ordered last year. On Thursday, it was revealed that that review had been completed, and that its findings were scathing. And so, late in the afternoon, Canada’s Governor-General, Julie Payette, resigned from...
Erin O'Toole's far-right line in the sand
19 Jan, 2021 | 0:19:11 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

"There is no place for the far right in our party." That's a quote from a statement released on Sunday by Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, where he condemns the riot in the U.S. Capitol and paints a moderate picture of the Conservative Party under his leadership. On the heels of the statement, PressProgress revealed that MP Derek Sloan accepted a...
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 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...
Trump vs. Biden: The final debate
23 Oct, 2020 | 0:19:31 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

With election day less than two weeks away, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden debated for the second and last time. Today, CBC Washington Correspondent Susan Ormiston joins us to explain what happened, and what it could mean for election day.
What it’s like being a performer during a pandemic
25 Aug, 2020 | 0:18:04 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Over the weekend, German researchers held a concert with over 1500 music fans to study how COVID-19 could spread at big indoor events. Here in Canada, provinces are still capping numbers at indoor shows and many venues are staying closed. Some have permanently shut down. This has been a huge challenge for musicians, and performing artists more widely. Today on...
Barry talks about the impact of COVID-19 on C/C radio in Canada
21 Aug, 2020 | 0:15:36 |
EN | Barry NCRA |

As aired on CKCU (welcome to others to air)
Bill Morneau steps down as Canada’s Finance Minister
18 Aug, 2020 | 0:17:38 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

On Monday evening, Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigned his cabinet position and his seat as MP for Toronto Centre, saying “Since I'm not running again, and since I expect that we will have a long and challenging recovery, I think it's important that the Prime Minister has by his side a finance minister who has that longer term vision.”...
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...
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...
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...
Protesting and police in the age of surveillance
15 Jun, 2020 | 0:18:19 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

We are living in a time of ubiquitous recording. There are cameras are everywhere; capturing the last moments of George Floyd’s life; recording the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta Police on Friday night; and documenting another angle of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam being punched by an officer during an arrest in Fort McMurray. There are...
COVID-19 human challenge trials could speed up vaccine development
03 Jun, 2020 | 0:15:51 |
EN | Kevin Midbo |

It’s currently uncertain how many people COVID-19 will affect worldwide and at what speed its impacts will be felt. Possible outcomes are shaped by interventions like social distancing, the capacity of health systems, potential drug treatments, and many other factors. A vaccine may come after the infection has peaked or once effective pharmaceutical treatments have blunted COVID-19’s impact. But it’s...
Hong Kong’s uncertain future
29 May, 2020 | 0:19:27 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

China’s ceremonial parliament, the National People’s Congress, endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday. Many residents are concerned that the law will undermine civil liberties and might be used to suppress political activity. Today on Front Burner, journalist and lawyer Antony Dapiran on what this might mean for Hong Kong’s future, and whether this could signal the...
Fan culture and #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
22 May, 2020 | 0:17:45 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

The DC Comics blockbuster Justice League, despite great expectations, came out in 2017 to the great disappointment of critics and fans alike. Some fans blamed that disappointment on the fact that its director, Zack Snyder, had to quit while the film was still in production. That’s how the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement came to be - spawning online petitions and even public...
Singer-songwriter James Kasper and his new single, released during COVID-19
04 May, 2020 | 0:19:00 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio: Life During COVID-19

Vancouver Island singer-songwriter James Kasper has just released his brand new single “How Blue is Your Hell”, and it’s a song that speaks of these times of isolation, patience, and the hope of moving forward amidst adversity. James is also the founder of Vancouver Island’s community record label, Mighty Speck Records. Lately, the label has been partnering with the Facebook...
“The Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Tool Kit” is now available online
04 May, 2020 | 0:15:51 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio: Life During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create massive challenges — and potentially long-lasting changes — in our individual and collective experience of family, community, and nationhood. We’re learning more about the need for mental, as well as physical, wellness. We’re also talking a lot more about the way society should — and could — function for the benefit of all. The...
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