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February 9th, 2021

February 13 marks World Radio Day, a day dedicated by UNESCO to celebrate one of the most accessible and reliable forms of communication.

World Radio Day

Even though smartphones and social media platform usage are ubiquitous among today's news consumers, many still turn to the radio for timely and reliable information. It is particularly important in Canada where the winters are long and vast distances stretch between fragmented populations. As a tribute to radio's role as a linchpin to our democracy, we've curated three interactive news programs from Radio Canada International, the voice broadcasting Canada's point of view to the world.

Portraits of Black Canadians (23 Episodes)

Black communities have a long history in Canada, going as far back as 400 years ago and possibly longer. RCI's Portraits of Black Canadians is a great way to learn about how Black Canadians came to be an integral part of Canada's social fabric. With 27 episodes to choose from, you'll get to learn about important figures like: Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to arrive in Canada; Portia White, the internationally renowned classical singer from Nova Scotia; Canada's first Black Governor General Michaëlle Jean; and the record-breaking sprinter Donovan Bailey who won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.

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Canada: Becoming a Senior Society (9 minutes)

The current median age in Canada is 40 years old. And in ten years' time, about a quarter of the country's population will be over 65. A burgeoning aging population brings about new challenges, from economic to policies around immigration. In Canada: Becoming a Senior Society, RCI looks into how Canada is preparing in order to support its seniors and boost the numbers among its younger population.

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Canadian-Armenian journalist Raffi Elliott is pictured in this photo taken on November 2, 2020 in the Armenian village of Davit Bek, which had been repeatedly shelled by the Azerbaijani military during the latest war. Photo courtesy of Raffi Elliott

Canadian-Armenian journalist Raffi Elliott is pictured in this photo taken on November 2, 2020 in the Armenian village of Davit Bek, which had been repeatedly shelled by the Azerbaijani military during the latest war. Photo courtesy of Raffi Elliott

The Nagorno-Karabakh Knot podcast

Between September and November 2020, global attention was focused on the war happening in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed land-locked region separating Azerbaijan and Armenia. Although the conflict's lifespan in the news cycle was short-lived, it was a small part of decades-long tensions between the two countries. The territory is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but it is mostly governed by the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh. The conflict is further complicated with the involvement of external players like Turkey and Russia. Listen to this podcast to understand the where it all started and what's in store for the future of the region.

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