About That with Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang finds the awesome in daily news by expanding our understanding of the stories everybody's talking about. We dig deep with a clear focus, a sense of wonder and will geek out, laugh, and admit when we don’t get it.

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Episodes Season 1

  • New cigarette warnings, NASA's UFO panel, 'unprecedented' wildfires

    June 1, 2023 | Canada will require health warnings on individual cigarettes, a world first. Andrew Chang talks to CBC's Christine Birak about the strategy. Plus, what we can learn from NASA's UFO panel. And Canada's 'unprecedented' wildfires.

  • AI doomers, a drone attack on Moscow and 24 Sussex Drive

    May 31, 2023 | Tech leaders issued another dire warning about AI. Who is listening? Then, how will Russia respond after a large-scale drone attack on Moscow? Also, explaining how the prime minister’s official residence became full of rats and mould.

  • Nova Scotia wildfires and New Brunswick’s controversial policy review

    May 30, 2023 | What’s behind the wildfires raging in Nova Scotia? And what has it been like for the thousands of people who’ve had to flee? Also: why reviewing a policy meant to protect LGBTQ students is causing uproar in New Brunswick.

  • Alberta election, U.S. debt ceiling

    May 29, 2023 | It's election day in Alberta, as party leaders Danielle Smith and Rachel Notley go head to head. Andrew Chang breaks down key moments from the rollercoaster campaign. Then, Andrew explains what the debt ceiling is, and what would happen if it wasn't raised.

  • Ron DeSantis, France’s short-haul flight ban, remembering Tina Turner

    May 25, 2023 | Andrew Chang discusses who Ron DeSantis is and his history with Donald Trump. Then, breaking down France's short-haul flight ban. Plus, musicians and music journalists reflect on what you might not know about Tina Turner.

  • No public inquiry into foreign interference... so far, South Korean entertainment's global appeal

    May 24, 2023 | David Johnston has recommended against calling a public inquiry into foreign interference in Canadian politics. Andrew Chang discusses why. Plus, how South Korea has developed its media sector into a global phenomenon.

  • Debt concerns, AI-powered content and 1.5 degrees of warming

    May 23, 2023 | The Bank of Canada is raising concern over household debt. About That producer discusses why with an economics lecturer. Then, what AI-powered content means for you. Also, the significance of 1.5 C of global warming.

  • WestJet pilots strike looms, Florida immigration bill and baseball cheating accusations

    May 18, 2023 | How could a possible WestJet pilots strike affect long weekend travel plans? Then, a new immigration bill in Florida may target an essential labour force. Also: breaking down cheating accusations in the Blue Jays vs. Yankees series.

  • AI regulation, California reparations, Stellantis plant

    May 17, 2023 | A leading AI company raises concerns over risks of increasingly powerful AI systems. Then, California is considering giving compensation to Black Californians for historic harms caused by slavery. Also, how a U.S. law contributed to the stalling of the Stellantis plant.

  • Wildfires impacting Alberta's election; asking for a raise; a dog for Toronto mayor?

    May 16, 2023 | About That producer Lauren Bird and CBC's Jason Markusoff discuss how wildfires are impacting the race to become Alberta premier. Plus, is now a good time to ask for a raise? And, Toronto's diverse mayoral candidates.

  • Turkey's election, Ottawa Senators' celebrity bidding war; the WNBA and Canada

    May 15, 2023 | Turkey's presidential election will be decided in a run-off; Lauren Bird discusses the potential impacts. Plus, the celebs bidding for the Ottawa Senators. Finally, what a sellout crowd means for the WNBA and Canada.

  • Ending Title 42, Pakistan's Imran Khan arrested, wildfire-fuelled weather

    May 11, 2023 | Migrants are gathering at Mexico's border with the United States as the U.S. prepares to lift COVID-19-era immigration policy Title 42. Plus, why Pakistan's former prime minister was arrested. Also: wildfire-fuelled weather in Alberta.

  • Trump found liable for sexual abuse, violent viral video and ‘junk fees’

    May 10, 2023 | A jury found Donald Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation. How will it affect his bid for re-election? Then, the debate over online video moderation after a mass shooting. Also: why it’s hard to get rid of hidden fees.

  • Alberta's wildfires, Surrey named 'next great food city'; CBC's Minecraft world

    May 9, 2023 | About That producer Lauren Bird and CBC meteorologist Christy Climenhaga discuss if Alberta's unprecedented' wildfires could become the new normal. Plus, the food scene heating up in one Canadian city. Also: CBC's Minecraft world.

  • Calls to expel a diplomat, Canada’s job numbers and remembering Gordon Lightfoot

    May 8, 2023 | There are growing calls to expel a Chinese diplomat from Canada: how would that work? Then, the good and bad news about Canada’s latest job numbers. Also: fans remember Gordon Lightfoot.

  • CRA strike ends, Diana’s shadow, and COP28 controversy

    May 4, 2023 | The PSAC strike is over. But what actually happens at the bargaining table? Then, how Princess Diana’s shadow still looms over King Charles. Also: how will COP28 be affected by its oil-producing host and oil executive president?

  • Evacuating Sudan; Hollywood writers' strike; Leafs vs Panthers

    May 3, 2023 | About That Producer Lauren Bird delves into the journey facing civilians escaping Sudan. Then, what you need to know about the Hollywood writers' strike, and why Leafs fans might have trouble getting NHL playoff tickets in Florida.

  • PSAC deal, explained. Plus, Smith vs. Notley in Alberta

    May 1, 2023 | The Public Service Alliance of Canada says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with more than 120,000 federal government workers. Andrew Chang breaks down the details. Plus, three points to watch for in the neck-and-neck Alberta elect

  • Could PSAC's fight backfire? Understanding excited delirium; Jerry Springer's legacy

    April 27, 2023 | Andrew Chang explores how the Public Service Alliance of Canada's fight for fair pay could impact your wages. Plus, exploring controversy about excited delirium, more on the new COVID-19 variant, and Jerry Springer's legacy.

  • Joe Biden's age and the 2024 election, the push for electric vehicles and remembering Harry Belafonte

    Apr. 25 | U.S. president Joe Biden plans to run for re-election. Andrew Chang breaks down criticism of Biden’s age — and his response. Then, four things to know about the government push behind electric vehicles. Also: remembering Harry Belafonte.

  • Explaining PSAC’s ‘remote work’ demand, new air passengers’ rights and Biden 2024

    Apr. 25 | Striking federal public servants say it’s not just about wages at the bargaining table — remote work is also a key issue. Then, three key takeaways from the government’s new rules for airlines, and Joe Biden kicks off his 2024 re-election campaign.

  • Conflict in Sudan, save the baby eels, and Canada's air passenger rights bill

    April 24, 2023 | How did Sudan, a country on the cusp of a civilian-led democracy, end up in turmoil? Plus, why Canada shut down one of its most lucrative fisheries, and proposed changes to Canada's air passenger rights bill.