Tuesday, October 27

The Big Story Podcast

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Have you been sold a lie about recycling? – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, you are a good citizen, so you probably throw your plastic in the recycling bin. Especially if it has those little recycling arrows. Why wouldn't you? Have public service campaigns been telling you to do this forever? But what if those campaigns were a lie, designed to make you feel better about the plastic you use? What is plastic recycling that was never going to be effective, except by selling more plastic? GUEST: Laura Sullivan, NPR News Investigative CorrespondentYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google Y Spotify. You can also find it in thebigstorypodcast.ca.
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The case that gave rise to the Ontario Special Investigations Unit – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast in 1988, Toronto attorney Clayton Ruby represented the family of a young man named Michael Wade Lawson. Although neither Ruby, the family nor anyone else involved at the time knew about it, it is a case that has had a profound impact on the way that police forces in Canada's largest province are and are not held accountable. Michael Wade Lawson, you see, was 17, a young black man who was shot and killed by the police. After his death, amid a public outcry, the Ontario Special Investigations Unit was created to investigate cases of police misconduct that resulted in the injury or death of civilians. And that's where today's story begins. GUEST: Clayton RubyYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify. You ca...
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Now we know how COVID-19 has changed the workday – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, the last six months have featured a lot of speculation about what the pandemic has done to the average workday for those lucky enough to have a job that can be done at home. Now we have some real data on how the lives of millions of workers have changed. Are we working more or less? Do our meetings drag on? What are we missing from the office? How can companies adapt to the needs of their workforce? And what strategies that we are learning now will stick? GUEST: Jeff Polzer, Professor of Human Resource Management, Harvard Business SchoolYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify. You can also find it in thebigstorypodcast.ca.
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What ‘Anne With An E’ fans taught us about cultural politics – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, Anne with an E is a reinvention of Lucy Maude Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables tales. It ran for three seasons and was later canceled. And the fans took it personally. However, this is not a conversation about Anne With An E, it is a conversation about what happens when popular culture becomes a political identity. GUEST: John SemleyYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify. You can also find it in thebigstorypodcast.ca.
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What just happened in Ottawa? – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, the nation's federal government has seen a high-profile resignation, a landmark appointment, an extension of parliament amid a pandemic, the release of 5,000 pages of documents on the latest government scandal, the promise of a reboot and the threat of a fall election. Just another August weekend in Ottawa. So why did the Liberals extend parliament? What will happen when I return? Did Bill Morneau resign or was he fired? And what will Chrystia Freeland include in what is expected to be an ambitious economic recovery plan? GUEST: Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliament Hill ReporterYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify. You can also find it in thebigstorypodcast.ca.
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What is “is what is”? – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, you probably first heard it from the mouth of a losing coach or player, but that's not where it came from. You may have noticed that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, used it to ignore 150,000 dead Americans and everything that happened afterwards. It is a phrase that means almost nothing, but is used to describe everything. So why has it become so ubiquitous? When we say "it is what it is," what are we trying to convey? How versatile is it and how much depends on who is using it? And when we use it, what exactly is the "it" we mean? GUEST: Miles Klee, MEL MagazineYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify. You can also find it in thebigstorypodcast.ca.
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What does the future of dining out look like? – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, in most venues, restaurants can reopen for indoor dining, with many restrictions. But with the limited seating available, it will be impossible for most places to keep business with just diners. And most of us don't feel good about going back to a restaurant anyway. So ... what's next? As terrible as COVID-19 has been for the hospitality industry, it has simply accelerated some old trends, such as moving into delivery and takeout, the ghost kitchen phenomenon, and other more creative ways of doing business. So what will the restaurants that survive the pandemic look like when life returns to normal? GUEST: Corey Mintz, Food ReporterYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify You can also find it in ...
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Tracy Moore Brings Anti-racism Directly to Daytime Lifestyle Television – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, Tracy Moore took over as Cityline host 12 years ago, the first black woman to host a Canadian daytime lifestyle show. The reaction to her debut was ... ugly. But 12 years later, Tracy is still here, and she's been talking about fashion, health, recipes, and everything else you'd expect for over a decade. But now he's also talking about anti-racism and white supremacy. In a lifestyle program. In a space that has traditionally been considered off limits to any political or uncomfortable topic. So how is that working? GUEST: Tracy Moore, Cityline hostYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify You can also find it in thebigstorypodcast.ca.
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The Raptors are back and ready to repeat. Here’s why this team is unique. – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, what the Toronto Raptors are attempting has never been done before: They are trying to shed a superstar and get even better. When the reigning champions begin the NBA Playoffs on Monday against Brooklyn, they will do so with a better winning percentage than they did with Kawhi Leonard shutting down opponents and filling the bucket. What makes this group so special? How are they going to win games against teams that have Hall of Famers at the top of their lists? What will they have to do to thrive in a star-driven playoff series? What is your biggest weakness? And can they really win another NBA title? GUEST: Michael Grange, SportsnetYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify You can also find it i...
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What if back to school is not the best option for children? – The Canadian News

In today's Big Story podcast, there are many reasons why schools should open in the fall. From the sanity and productivity of parents to the fact that without the daycare that schools provide, working parents are basically screwed and economic recovery is impossible. But there is another assumption we make when we talk about sending the children back in September: that returning will be the best for their mental health. What if that assumption is wrong?School can be a source of anxiety and stress for children at best, no matter how you feel when it comes to fear of contracting Covid-19 and bringing it home to make a parent or grandparent sick. Classroom learning doesn't work for some kids, even without masked and socially distanced teachers. Perhaps we should have a more...
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Dos and Don’ts During a Pandemic – The Canadian News

In today's Big Story podcast, should I drive, take the train, or fly? Where should you stay when you arrive? Can You Use Public Restrooms And How To Do It Safely? Are airlines still enforcing social distancing inside airplanes? Do you need to clean the table from your tray? Can you travel in a car with another family if everyone wears masks? Traveling is about getting out of our comfort zone, which means something very different in 2020. But for those of us with loved ones in other cities, provinces, and countries, it can be a necessity, whether due to an emergency or just because of ours. mental health. So how do you assess risk when you're on the road? And if you are going to travel, how do you do it safely?You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podca...
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Doug Ford Against the Pandemic – The Canadian News

On today's Big Story podcast, Ontario's prime minister won a landslide election in 2018, but by the end of last year his approval rating was under water. It's fair to say that when COVID-19 started, Ontarians were skeptical of his leadership. Yet six months later, Ford's approval is through the roof. So what happened? Did Ford rise to the challenge or did it simply exceed low expectations? Has he really changed his mind or is it just a crisis hit? What did Ford do right and wrong in the past six months? And what's next for a leader who could be back on shaky ground if his plan to reopen schools ends in disaster? GUEST: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Maclean'sYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast at Apple podcasts, Google and Spotify. You can also find it in thebigstorypodca...