23 episodes

You’ve heard the stories. You’ve felt for the people involved. But what happens after the cameras shut off and the reporters walk away? Just because a story disappears from the news doesn’t mean it’s gone. So what happened to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima? or the trapped Chilean Miners? And did anything actually come out of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Join Global News reporter, Erica Vella on this unique history podcast as she takes you inside these stories and talks to the people at the heart of each one to find out exactly what’s happened since. 

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    • 4.6 • 362 Ratings

You’ve heard the stories. You’ve felt for the people involved. But what happens after the cameras shut off and the reporters walk away? Just because a story disappears from the news doesn’t mean it’s gone. So what happened to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima? or the trapped Chilean Miners? And did anything actually come out of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Join Global News reporter, Erica Vella on this unique history podcast as she takes you inside these stories and talks to the people at the heart of each one to find out exactly what’s happened since. 

    Murder Hornets | 1

    Murder Hornets | 1

    Moufida Holubeshen and her husband John Holubeshen have long been passionate about beekeeping; the couple has three hives of their own at their home in Nanaimo, B.C.

    In 2019, Moufida recalled an email that sparked her attention; several sightings of large hornets had led officials to believe there was a suspected Asian giant hornet nest in Nanaimo.

    On this episode of Global News’ What happened to…? Erica Vella finds out more about the Asian giant hornet and how they managed to arrive in Canada in 2019. She also learns how the insect earned the nickname "murder hornets" and finds out if the insects pose a significant risk to North American honeybees.

    Contact:

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca

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    • 47 min
    Season 2 Trailer

    Season 2 Trailer

    There are stories…..that grabbed the whole world’s attention…

    But what happens when the news cycle continues to turn and new stories take over the headlines?

    This season, not only do we revisit major new events, we dig deep into topics YOU have asked for.

    We have 20 brand new episodes for you this season. 

    Global News What Happened To...? arrives November 25th.





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    • 1 min
    Interview episode

    Interview episode

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    • 33 min
    A look back on 'What happened to…? | 18

    A look back on 'What happened to…? | 18

    On this episode of the Global News podcast What happened to…?, Erica Vella updates stories that were covered in Season 1 of the podcast, including the Quebec mosque shooting, Boko Haram and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @ericavella

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca

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    • 20 min
    Lucky Loonie | 17

    Lucky Loonie | 17

    In 2002, Trent Evans was overcome with excitement when he learned he would be invited to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah to volunteer as an icemaker.

    Originally from Edmonton, Alta., Evans had been working as a supervisor for the maintenance team that cared for the ice during Oilers games, team practices and other activities.

    Evans was one of 16 people invited to make and maintain the ice that would be on the international stage at the Olympics.

    When Evans arrived in Salt Lake City in February 2002, he started working on creating the ice that would be eventually used in the Olympic hockey tournaments for both the women’s and men’s teams.

    To mark centre ice, he placed a loonie — a piece of luck for the Canadian teams.

    Canada’s men’s hockey team hadn’t won a gold medal since 1952.

    Wayne Gretzky was the team’s executive director, Pat Quinn was the head coach and with players like Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Eric Lindros and Jerome Iginla, Eric Zweig, a sports historian and author, said people were hopeful Canada could win the 2002 tournament.

    On this episode of Global News’ What happened to…? Erica Vella finds out if the loonie was really lucky and speaks with Trent Evans to see what happened once it was revealed that it was hidden in the ice. She also finds out where the loonie is now and if its legacy has continued on.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @ericavella

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    • 40 min
    Introducing... China Rising

    Introducing... China Rising

    Introducing Episode 1 of China Rising - Hostage Diplomacy

    On the first episode of China Rising, we examine  the Chinese government's practice of detaining political prisoners, by hearing directly from Canadians who've become caught in the crossfire. Christian aid workers Julia and Kevin Garratt lived in China for 30 years before their arrest in 2014, when they were suddenly cast as pawns in a geopolitical chess match. The Garratts’ traumatic experience is eerily similar to the case of the 'Two Michaels,' Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, detained in China since December 2018. Using their stories and others as a guide, we'll investigate how Western countries, including Canada, should respond to China's so-called 'Hostage Diplomacy.'

    You can listen to more episodes here: https://link.chtbl.com/china-rising

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
362 Ratings

362 Ratings

SMinCalgary ,

Worth listening to

This is a podcast that brings back stories which used to be upfront but got forgotten as the news move too fast in search of the next event. The updates are so interesting and informative, showing us how little we are told on the regular news. Love it and will keep on following as long as it lasts.

Leahy49er ,

Obsessed!

I love the concept of this podcast! Following up “once the dust settles” is such a great idea! Erica is very well spoken, intelligent and informative, I honestly can’t get enough of this podcast! Highly recommend & can’t wait for the next season!!

ListenerFromToronto ,

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