According to the Inside the CBC blog and the National Post, Toronto’s favourite boyish-looking provocateur, Avi Lewis, is back on the airwaves with his newest show, Frontline: USA. The show promises to “strip away the spin and highlight real issues such as poverty, violence, race, health, and immigration” in America. Considering that Lewis is involved and that the show airs on Al Jazeera English, chances are that Frontline: USA won’t be a Dobbsian exercise in blaming America’s problems on immigrants.
Avi Lewis is best known for being the first host of CBC’s current affairs debate program counterSpin. Although his last two CBC shows, The Big Picture and On the Map, didn’t make it to their second season, Lewis is still a highly respected media personality. The first episode of Frontline: USA examines the effects of Hurricane Katrina, exploring why America failed to protect its poorest citizens and how this affects the way New Orleans will vote in the upcoming election. The weekly show will continue until America’s election, and then who knows. In the meantime, you can watch the show and other Al Jazeera English programs on their YouTube channel.
Video from Frontline: USA. Part two of the episode is also available on YouTube.