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Surging violence in the West Bank

With the world’s eyes on Gaza, a Palestinian farmer in the West Bank says his community is facing a surge in Israeli settler violence, which has prompted fears of escalating conflict in the wider region.


Fifth Estate investigates actor Nathan Chasing Horse

Multiple women in Canada say they were sexually assaulted by the Dances with Wolves actor Nathan Chasing Horse, and that accusations against him were overlooked for years. The actor has been charged with sexual assault in Nevada, where Las Vegas police also allege he’s the leader of a cult called The Circle. In a new CBC Fifth Estate investigation, Surviving the Circle, Mark Kelley explores the allegations, which the actor denies.


Saving the wriggle fence, and other endangered Nfld. crafts

Traditional crafts like weaving, instrument- and broom-making are disappearing in Newfoundland, but the award-winning Crafts at Risk project is helping experts pass their skills on to the next generation. Matt Galloway talks to some of the people bringing those traditions back from the brink of extinction, and learns how to make something called a wriggle fence.


Like ‘day and night’: India’s reaction to assassination plot allegations in Canada and U.S.

U.S. prosecutors allege that an Indian government employee ordered the killing of a Sikh separatist leader on U.S. soil — just two months after Ottawa accused India of playing a role in the killing of a Sikh leader in B.C. Matt Galloway talks to former CSIS director Richard Fadden about the allegations, and why India’s reaction to each country's accusations has been very different.


Nanalan finds new fans on TikTok

The classic Canadian kids TV show Nanalan is entertaining millions in memes on social media, almost 20 years after it went off air. Jamie Shannon, the show’s co-creator and voice of Mona, tells us why a trip to Nana’s house might be just what the world needs right now.


Green ambition or just greenwashing? COP28 kicks off in Dubai

The United Nations COP28 climate talks have begun in the United Arab Emirates, amid criticism that the summit’s leader is also head of the country's largest oil and gas company. The CBC’s Susan Ormiston joins us from Dubai to discuss the country’s enormous new solar farm, accusations of greenwashing and whether the meeting will meet this climate moment.


Why focusing on talent can obscure potential

We often think that people who achieve great success must have been born with raw, natural talent. But in his new book Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, psychologist Adam Grant says that idea misses the potential lurking in all of us.


How to talk to your kids about online sexual extortion

A 12-year-old boy in B.C. took his own life after becoming a victim of online sexual extortion. In a world where kids are increasingly online, we discuss how parents can start conversations about digital safety.


Lost Salieri ballet found after 200 years

Researcher Ellen Stokes was sifting through library archives when she happened upon the pieces of a long-lost work by Antonio Salieri, Mozart's arch rival. She tells us about the discovery, and what it was like to see it performed for the first time in 200 years.


Alberta to fund nurse practitioner clinics, but critics urge more action on family doctor shortage

Alberta will soon fund nurse practitioners to open their own clinics, in the hopes of providing primary care to the estimated 800,000 Albertans without a family doctor. But some medical associations say the move leaves physicians overlooked and disrespected, and the province needs to do more to fix the root causes of the shortage.


Why Martin Baron thinks journalists should keep their opinions to themselves

Veteran editor and journalist Martin Baron led the Washington Post through seismic shifts in the world of journalism, as well as the newspaper’s sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Baron tells Matt Galloway about being yelled at by former U.S. president Donald Trump, and why he believes objectivity is still a vital part of journalism.


Brodutch family reunited after weeks held hostage by Hamas

Hagar Brodutch and her three children have been released by Hamas, seven weeks after they were taken hostage in the Oct. 7 attack. Hagar’s brother-in-law Aharon Brodutch tells Matt Galloway about the family’s long-awaited reunion; and the CBC’s Margaret Evans discusses the ceasefire deal that has allowed much-needed aid into Gaza.


Tackling the housing crisis with prefabricated modular homes

Could modular homes be a key part of solving Canada’s housing crisis? Some experts say this type of structure, built quickly in a warehouse like Lego, could be what's needed to get more Canadians into homes of their own.


Path to limit climate change ‘narrowing by day’: Fatih Birol

Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, discusses the role of the energy sector in addressing climate change, what we'd have to change in our lives to meet climate targets — and whether those targets are still realistic.


These young Canadians are pushing the boundaries of science

Matt Galloway meets grade 12 student Anush Mutyala and grade 11 student Vinny Gu, two young scientists who are inventing the future for the benefit of others.


Why a moving iceberg has scientists’ attention

A giant iceberg three times the size of Manhattan has broken from the Antarctic ice shelf. Its movement — and environmental impact — is being closely monitored by scientists around the world, including David Holland, a professor of math and environmental science at New York University.


Could rent banks soften the impact of rising rent?

The impact of rising rent is being felt across the country — and with more people on the edge of affording rent, some municipalities are looking at rent banks as a possible solution. Matt Galloway discusses this with Gladys Wong, executive director of Neighbourhood Information Post; and a panel of Melissa Giles, managing director of the BC Rent Bank, and Tobin Leblanc Haley, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick.


Inquest looks into the death of Soleiman Faqiri

In 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was being held at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont., awaiting trial. But 11 days after he went into custody, Faqiri, who lived with schizophrenia, died in a violent confrontation with guards. An inquest into Soleiman Faqiri's death is underway. CBC’s Shanifa Nasser walks us through the details.


Can 'public adjusters' really take on big insurance?

A little-known field is growing in Canada, as public adjusters step in to represent homeowners in the wake of disaster. "It's like having a lawyer in a lawsuit," says Brandon Sobel, an insurer-turned-adjuster who sees a “massive power imbalance” between laypeople and the professionals who handle their claims – one he compares to a beer league team going up against the NHL. “We become their voice.” He joins Matt Galloway to share some of what he’s learned from big fights and fine print.


Rise of Islamophobia worse now than after 9/11, says sociology professor

An increase in anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim hate crimes has taken place in Canada since Israel declared war on Hamas in early October. Matt Galloway discusses living in the shadow of Islamophobia and anti-Palestinian racism with Jasmin Zine, a professor of Sociology and Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.; and Dalia El Farra, a Palestinian-Canadian who works in human rights and equity, diversity and inclusion at the post-secondary level.