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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...
Local food and farmers’ markets advocate Marjorie Stewart on life during COVID-19
04 May, 2020 | 0:16:59 |
EN | Kevin Midbo |

As the weeks pass and we collectively experience the COVID-19 pandemic, stories are popping up about what life might look like once the pandemic ends — if the pandemic ends. At the same time, deaths from the virus continue to climb, or level off, or haven’t yet begun to make an impact — depending upon where you live.
ICU workers on the job, in their own words
23 Apr, 2020 | 0:18:17 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Since January, the staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital in Ontario have cared for hundreds of COVID-positive patients.Through a series of self-recordings and interviews, CBC's Wendy Mesley was able to access what life is like inside the hospital's intensive care unit. Today on Front Burner, she shares stories of the physical and emotional toll faced by front-line workers there, in the...
Could COVID-19 survivor blood keep people safe?
17 Apr, 2020 | 0:19:34 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

As scientists worldwide scramble for COVID-19 treatments and cures, some see promise in antibody-rich plasma of survivors. In Canada and beyond survivors are donating their blood for new, fast-tracked, clinical trials. Today, CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston joins us from Washington, D.C., to explain why antibody-rich plasma could be useful in the fight against COVID-19.
Artist and comics creator Von Allan on life during COVID-19
11 Apr, 2020 | 0:15:50 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio: Life During COVID-19

We’re all experiencing disruptions and big changes in our everyday lives. Some of us are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic battle. Others may not have left home for some time, while others have been suffering from COVID-19 infection. Any scan of the news will turn up hundreds of stories about our collective, human, experiences. Vancouver Island Mental...
Author and poet Kim Goldberg on life during COVID-19
11 Apr, 2020 | 0:15:38 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio: Life During COVID-19

We’re all experiencing disruptions and big changes in our everyday lives. Some of us are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic battle. Others may not have left home for some time, while others have been suffering from COVID-19 infection. Any scan of the news will turn up hundreds of stories about our collective, human, experiences. Vancouver Island Mental...
In brief: Remembering John Prine
09 Apr, 2020 | 0:17:26 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

Legendary singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73 due to complications caused by COVID-19. He was celebrated for the way he wrote about the human condition — from thoughtful reflections on heartbreak and loss, to funny quips about life’s absurdities. We remember him with Tom Power, host of CBC's q.
Why ‘V’ beats ‘U’ in the post-COVID economy
01 Apr, 2020 | 0:19:49 |
EN | The Velvet Studio | Front Burner

By most measures, COVID-19 has devastated the global economy. But how much worse could it get? And what can be done to help it recover? Today, CBC senior business correspondent Peter Armstrong drops by to explain what’s being done globally to keep the economy moving and what kind of outcomes could be in store for Canada, and the world.
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