Bob Becken

Journalist

Bob Becken is a producer for CBC Radio’s Digital team. Previously, he was an executive producer with CBC Windsor, and held broadcast and digital news director duties with Bell Media and Blackburn Media. Bob and the teams he has worked with have won several Radio Television Digital News Association awards, including five with CBC Windsor from 2019 to 2020. He also taught digital journalism at the University of Windsor. You can reach him at bob.becken@cbc.ca.

Latest from Bob Becken

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This man fled Qatar in fear of persecution because he's gay. Now he's pushing back

Referred to as Qatar’s first person to come out publicly as gay, Dr. Nasser Mohamed thought having the World Cup on his home soil was the perfect opportunity to shed light on the country’s mistreatment of LGBTQ2+ people.

'Dirty debt secret' guides couple out of the red, others struggle to stay afloat

As Canada's debt-to-disposable income ratio rises, it can bond or break relationships, experts suggest. Statistics Canada says the average Canadian household had about $1.82 in credit market debt for every dollar of disposable income in the second quarter of 2022.
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Ontario rock duo cover Beatles classic as Canadian broadcaster's World Cup anthem

As the Canadian men's soccer team prepares to play in its first FIFA World Cup since 1986, up and coming Ontario progressive rock band Crown Lands was asked to record the team's 2022 anthem.  

This farmer says he reluctantly throws away enough cauliflower to feed a province

An estimated 13 per cent of fruits and vegetables grown in Canada go unharvested or are discarded, according to a federal government report. Many farmers say they can't afford to harvest, box and transport wasted produce to food-insecure Canadians for free.
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Should I Read It? Cormac McCarthy pens 2 new novels after 16-year hiatus

After a 16-year hiatus, Cormac McCarthy has published a pair of new novels: The Passenger released in late October, and Stella Maris coming out next month. Day 6 book columnist Becky Toyne weighs in on whether or not you should read them.
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A 'new generation' of Iranians is turning to board games for comfort and community during conflict

Journalist and author Kamiab Ghorbanpour says board games, and board game cafes, have become popular in Iran because they let players explore ideas that couldn't be spoken of publicly, and provide young people with a vision of a society they're willing to fight for. 

Some Canadians say remote employee tracking is justified. Others are dead set against it

Employee surveillance systems installed by a Quebec company helped determine an employee was sleeping on the job, while working from home. But some consider this type of tracking as spying.
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Could 'no smell' candle complaints help sniff out future COVID-19 waves?

Political scientist and statistician Nick Beauchamp was inspired by a tweet to research and publish a paper that analyzed reviews of scented products. It probed whether or not the “no smell” reviews could assist in predicting future waves of the virus.
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Rainbow fentanyl warnings ahead of Halloween are misleading families: toxicologist

Despite warnings from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, toxicologist Dr. Ryan Marino isn’t concerned about Halloween trick-or-treaters being targeted by drug dealers with rainbow fentanyl.

All-girl punk band the Linda Lindas makes lone Canadian stop in Montreal

Unlike a lot of young performers on the Billboard charts, the Linda Lindas scream and thrash hardcore punk tunes as their popularity continues to grow. The all-girl band hails from Los Angeles, and range in age from 12 to 18.

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