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Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world. Hosted by Jayme Poisson. Every morning, Monday to Friday.

Visit https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner for show descriptions, links, and transcripts.

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Front Burner CBC News & Politics

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    • 4.4 • 3.4K Ratings

Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world. Hosted by Jayme Poisson. Every morning, Monday to Friday.

Visit https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner for show descriptions, links, and transcripts.

Subscribe to Sounds Good: CBC's Podcast newsletter for the finest podcast recommendations and behind-the-scenes exclusives. 

    Are Canadian cities crumbling?

    Are Canadian cities crumbling?

    Calgarians are still rationing water more than two weeks after a catastrophic pipe break — and the city says they’ve got at least two more weeks to go before it’s fixed.

    There’s still much we don’t know about why this pipe broke down, but what experts do know is that other Canadian cities should be gearing up for similar crises. Huge amounts of their infrastructure — from roads to subway cars to schools and community centres — hasn’t been properly maintained for decades, and it’s nearing the end of its life span.

    Matti Siemiatycki, the Director of the Infrastructure Institute at the University of Toronto.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts

    • 22 min
    The ‘pronatalists’ trying to engineer a baby boom

    The ‘pronatalists’ trying to engineer a baby boom

    Simone and Malcolm Collins are pronatalists: they believe many countries are headed toward a catastrophe of shrinking population, and that we need to have more babies to save them. Other supporters of the movement include Elon Musk and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

    By choosing embryos with the genetic traits they want, are they practicing eugenics?

    Is their push to boost babies in rich countries really different from racist conspiracy theories about immigrants?

    Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and broadcaster, as well as the author of books including The Price of Life: In Search of What We're Worth and Who Decides. She recently visited the Collins’ home in Pennsylvania.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts

    • 27 min
    Why you can’t buy a cheap Chinese electric car

    Why you can’t buy a cheap Chinese electric car

     If price is one of your top reasons for why you haven’t bought an electric car, China is looking to solve that problem. Chinese consumers can buy high quality electric cars for as little as $10 -thousand USD and Chinese carmakers are looking to expand their reach globally.

    But American and European governments are hoping to put a stop to it with high tariffs to give local manufacturers a fighting chance. But is it too late?

    Steve LeVine, the author of The Powerhouse: America, China and The Great Battery War and editor of the Electric, joins us to talk about why China’s electric vehicle market is booming and what that could mean for western automakers.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts

    • 21 min
    War grinds on in Ukraine. Is peace possible?

    War grinds on in Ukraine. Is peace possible?

    On the weekend, more than 90 countries held a conference in Switzerland billed as a “peace summit” for Ukraine.

    But Russia was not in attendance. The summit failed to reach a consensus on a final statement. And the way forward on a peace process remains totally unclear, with Russia and Ukraine drawing intersecting red lines on territory and security.

    So after over two years of war, what do Ukrainians feel like the path is to ending it?

    How are they coping with mounting losses and strains on resources?

    And what would they – and Russia – be willing to sacrifice to finally reach peace?

    CBC’s Briar Stewart brings us the view from the northeastern city of Kharkiv, where Russia began a new offensive last month.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts

    • 26 min
    What's behind massive anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel?

    What's behind massive anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel?

    Over the weekend, tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against the Israeli government. This particular protest was calling for early elections and a hostage deal now. Demonstrations similar to the one over the weekend have been a regular occurrence across Israel for months now.

    Today on Front Burner, Amir Tibon on how representative these protests are of broader Israeli sentiment, and what that says about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s grip on power. He’s the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz in Tel Aviv.

    For transcripts of this series, please visit: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/transcripts

    • 26 min
    The “brain school” that experimented on Indigenous children

    The “brain school” that experimented on Indigenous children

    In 2014, a U.S. brainwave scientist claimed he could increase people’s creativity and cure their traumas. And he got permission to experiment on Indigenous children in Canada, offering an all-expenses-paid trip to Victoria, B.C.

    But a decade later, some study participants say the testing they went through — which included staff attaching electrodes to their heads and being asked to talk about the most traumatic moments of their lives — wasn’t what they signed up for and may have left side-effects.

    We hear from CBC’s Geoff Leo about what his investigation turned up and why critics are demanding more accountability and transparency over how the study was approved in the first place.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

ThunderCam2 ,

Great hosts, great Canadian news show

Love the show, listen everyday along with NY times daily. Small criticism is sometimes guests make derogatory comments about “right” issues (guests being other reporters). It’s a failure of objective journalism. NY times daily are less prone to these slights, Frontburner has room to grow.

RicardoCoral ,

It truly shows how much Israeli lobbyist control Canada news

I listen to this podcast daily, for the past 10 years, along NPR , NYT and Aljazeera… it’s just really evident I need to listen to this news commentary with a grain of salt when it comes to Middle East issues and the current genocide in Palestine. It’s so enduring that every time the voice we hear are those of Israelis . It feels truly unbalanced. It really shows how some lives matter more than others. I like the podcast, but it truly shows that CbC cannot be fully trusted when it comes to reporting the news and the issues of Palestinian people. This last episode truly showed me how little push back was into the comments about the war. And how “reading between lines” was more important than the actual facts and written agreements” … the world has been Israeled, and CBC just like the Canadian Government are another mouthpiece for the Israeli propaganda .
Sadly the NyT has also shown their bias but this sadly a western media problem. The agenda is always western and white supremacy

Originale1 ,

Good reporting but very annoying ads

Other podcasts have ads but they are geared to podcasts. These are like horrible radio ads especially the spec savers. I can’t listen to it. If I can’t fast forward then I don’t listen to podcast. I tolerate ads on other podcasts because they are informative. These are so kitschy. Also the ads for other podcasts. So produced. Just get them podcasted to talk about their podcast. That’s all you need

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