The National

The National is CBC's flagship news program, featuring in depth and original journalism, with hosts Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing in Toronto, Rosemary Barton in Ottawa, and Andrew Chang in Vancouver.

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Episodes

The National Big Thirst: The Coming Drought

Many climate experts say a serious drought is on its way — unlike anything Canadians have ever seen. What’s more, this one will last not just a few seasons, but years and years. For the Canadian prairies, and its farmers, a drought of this magnitude will be devastating. In interviews with a glaciologist, water ecologist, leading prairie climate expert and ...
  • 2006
  • 00:22:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Canada's Shame: Illiteracy

Canada is considered one of the world’s leading countries, but our hidden shame is the 42% of our population who are illiterate. Illiteracy means many are living on the edge of poverty, unable to get ahead. With numerous roadblocks in our present federal and provincial system, what is the future for Canadians who cannot read and write? The program profiles ...
  • 2006
  • 00:22:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Cooling the Planet

A series of four short documentaries on innovative community environmental projects. The first documentary examines Sherbrooke University’s love affair with city buses, as staff and students ride public transit for free. Next, the program visits the town of Craik, SK, which wants to become Green Town, Canada. Eco-friendly toilets and water filtration systems are just a few steps this community ...
  • 2006
  • 00:16:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Finding Normal

It started with a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, but for Jay, it was just the beginning of a long and painful journey. He wound up in the care of Durham Children's Aid Society and on an increasing amount of medication. Jay was eventually removed from the system by his grandparents, but they demanded to know why, at such a ...
  • 2006
  • 00:24:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/12/2016

The National Karen Refugees: Fleeing Burma's Forgotten War

In recent years, Canada has accepted 2,000 Karen people in to the country. The Karen make up about seven percent of the population of Myanmar, formally known as Burma, and for decades they've been fighting what's called the Forgotten War with the Burmese military. Patrick Brown introduces us to a Karen woman and her family as they leave behind a ...
  • 2006
  • 00:21:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Teacher's Challenge: Seven Days in a Struggling School

Prince Rupert’s Roosevelt Park Elementary School recently found itself at the bottom of the list in the Fraser Institute’s ranking of BC elementary schools. In response, principal Steve Riley invites Mark Kelley to take a closer look at his troubled school. In his short tenure, Mark comes up against some tough questions. In a primarily First Nations community with severe ...
  • 2006
  • 00:25:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National What We Eat

In North America, food is a multi-billion dollar a year industry encompassing everything from advertising to production to sales. Everyone needs food. The biggest paradox is this: we’ve known for 100 years what we should be eating, and now we know even more about what we’re eating. So why then, in a culture that focuses on thin, is obesity on ...
  • 2006
  • 00:44:52
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013