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Joe Rogan's appeal and $100-million deal

Love him or hate him, Joe Rogan is one of the biggest names in podcasting. Now, he’s inked a $100-million deal with Spotify that could turn the podcasting industry on its head.
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Ontario's COVID-19 case count is climbing — why?

As crowds spark outrage by converging on a popular Toronto park, CBC’s Mike Crawley reports on why COVID-19 cases are increasing in Ontario.
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Fan culture and #ReleaseTheSnyderCut

After years of fervent campaigning from fans, director Zack Snyder’s cut of the 2017 Justice League movie has been greenlit for release in 2021. Culture critics John Semley and Tina Hassannia on why this campaign struck a cultural chord, and what it says about fandom today.
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Alberta beef, outbreaks and the flaws of industrial farming

Today we explore what the pandemic is revealing about the Canadian meat processing industry and how it’s affecting the whole chain — from Alberta cattle ranchers to food inspectors.
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A practical guide to Canada's slow reopening

The public health orders may be different from province by province, but Canada is starting to reopen. Today on Front Burner, infectious disease expert Isaac Bogoch provides guidance on what you should consider as you get more social.
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Amazon whistleblowers on their journey from inspired to fired

Two former Amazon employees say they were fired for their activism, while working for the e-commerce giant. They say they were trying to bring attention to working conditions in the warehouses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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'Big companies getting bigger': The post-pandemic future of retail

Shutdowns in cities across North America have forced some shops to close their doors for good. Here's how the retail landscape could change in the post-pandemic future.
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COVID-19 unlocks wave of loneliness

Loneliness was a public health crisis long before COVID-19. Today, the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to harm the mental health of millions of people as lockdowns continue around the world.
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Bryan Adams backlash sparks conversation about xenophobia

After Bryan Adams sparked a backlash with an inflammatory comment about the origins of the pandemic, we hear about growing concerns over xenophobia towards Canadians of East Asian descent.
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Pro sports begin to climb back

As major leagues strategize how to open amid the coronavirus, sports columnist Bruce Arthur shares his thoughts on the future of sports, post-pandemic.
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Is COVID-19 an 'extinction event' for newsrooms?

COVID-19 is posing an existential threat to Canada's media industry, especially local news. Here’s how it got to this point and what can be done about it.
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Who will be the next leader of the Conservative Party?

Who will be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada? The race is back on, with the announcement that the vote will now take place in August through mail-in ballot. Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos brings host Jayme Poisson up to speed on the various campaigns.
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Cargill: North America's largest single coronavirus outbreak

Over 900 employees at the Cargill meat-packing plant in Alberta tested positive for the coronavirus. Hundreds of other cases have been linked to it. Today on Front Burner, CBC reporter Carolyn Dunn on what led to the outbreak.
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Sex assault allegation lingers after Joe Biden's denial

Washington correspondent Paul Hunter reports on the allegation of sexual assault against Joe Biden from a former staffer and explains how the Democrats are navigating the political bombshell heading into the U.S. election.
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In Brief: How does COVID-19 affect kids?

As the world continues to physically distance, a few countries are easing restrictions for children. But, it’s still unclear how COVID-19 affects kids. Some doctors are raising concern over a mysterious illness in a small number of children, which could be linked to COVID-19. Meanwhile, public health experts in Australia say kids may not be superspreaders after all.
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'Too big to fail': COVID-19 and Canadian real estate

Could the “wealth-conjuring machine” that is Canadian real estate grind to a halt after the COVID-19 crises exposed its worst weaknesses?
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The puzzling unknowns of COVID-19

Despite a wealth of new information and research about the novel coronavirus, we still don't know very much about it and COVID-19, the illness it causes. We talk about the many unknowns and try to understand why this pandemic is such an unprecedented crisis.
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Canadian Peter Nygard, 'pamper parties' and rape allegations

Fifth Estate co-host Bob McKeown and producer Timothy Sawa bring us their longtime investigation into fashion mogul Peter Nygard and report on the sexual assault allegations from 46 women, including at least 17 Canadians.
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Quebec's high-stakes plan to reopen

Quebec’s premier says the COVID-19 crisis is under control outside long term care facilities. Is it? But will his controversial plan to begin reopening the province spark wider spread of the virus?
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The Last Dance and the making of Michael Jordan

The new television series The Last Dance gives a rare and intimate glimpse into Michael Jordan’s career and legacy. Washington Post reporter Ben Golliver talks to host Jayme Poisson about why it’s so timely.
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Lawrence Wright predicts a pandemic in "The End of October"

Pulitzer-award winning writer Lawrence Wright on “The End of October”, a novel about an influenza pandemic that paralyzes the world, and its eerie and prescient similarities to the COVID-19 outbreak we face today.
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In Brief: Ontario's reopening roadmap, herd immunity in Quebec

Quebec Premier Franç​​​​​​​ois Legault is pushing “herd immunity” as part of his strategy to reopen the province. But that's been tried elsewhere and led to climbing death rates. Tonight on Front Burner, we speak to infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch about how this could play out.
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13 hours, 22 killings: New details emerge in Nova Scotia

What exactly happened over the course of the 13 hours a mass shooting unfolded in Nova Scotia? The RCMP has given a more detailed account - leaving some questions unanswered.
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ICU workers on the job, in their own words

CBC’s Wendy Mesley takes us inside Markham Stouffville Hospital to hear from front-line workers themselves on how they’re dealing with COVID-19, and the unprecedented professional and personal challenges it brings.
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In Brief: Why oil prices tumbled below $0

Oil prices tumbled below zero this week. But what is a negative oil price? And what will it ultimately mean for the Canadian economy?