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CBC Radio's The Current is a meeting place of perspectives with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today.

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News & Politics


Fusion GPS: Trump, Russia and the 2020 election

Dec 6, 2019 00:25:04


Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson investigated alleged links between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and commissioned the Steele Dossier. They say in 2020, democracy itself is at risk.

Dolly Parton's America

Dec 6, 2019 00:23:39


A new podcast about Dolly Parton describes her world as a place where church ladies, lesbians, drag queens and cowboys all come together — but why does her music mean so much to so many? Host and creator Jad Abumrad explains the unifying force of Dolly Parton's America.

Montreal Massacre, 30 years on

Dec 6, 2019 00:20:25


Survivor Nathalie Provost didn't see herself as feminist at the time of the Montreal Massacre 30 years ago, and received criticism for saying as much to the attacker at École Polytechnique. But she welcomes a new memorial sign that recognizes the killings as anti feminist.

The Current Weekly: École Polytechnique; Canada-China prisoner swap?; "altering" memories of heartbreak; change for women in Sudan; the sounds of coral

Dec 6, 2019 00:40:55


A survivor of the École Polytechnique massacre on why it matters to call the attack "antifemnist"; former deputy prime minister John Manley makes the case for a prisoner swap with China; research finds it may be possible to alter memories of heartbreak so they hurt less; Sudanese activist Fadia Khalaf on the country’s repeal of laws restricting women’s freedom; how sound can save a coral reef.

Canada’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson

Dec 5, 2019 00:19:33


As the UN Climate Change Conference kicks off in Madrid this week, we speak to Canada’s new Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson, about balancing the country’s economic needs with the fight against climate change.


Dec 5, 2019 00:17:28


What vaccines are there against shingles, and who can take them? Are they costly, and are they covered? We take a look at the virus — and what you can do to avoid it.

Are we losing the night sky?

Dec 5, 2019 00:17:57


How we see the night sky is in danger from a new form of light pollution — lots and lots of satellites! While they’re vital for our GPS and mobile internet, Ethan Siegel warns it could hinder our study of the universe

The 43rd Canadian parliament begins

Dec 5, 2019 00:07:15


The next parliament kicks off today when the throne speech is delivered in Ottawa. CBC's National Affairs Editor Chris Hall tells us what to expect.

How sound can save a coral reef

Dec 5, 2019 00:06:55


Scientists have discovered that coral reefs have a distinct sound — and it's quite different if the reefs are healthy, or dying. But by playing the sound of a healthy reef underwater, Tim Gordon says at-risk reefs can be saved. He tells us more.

Tension at NATO summit

Dec 4, 2019 00:20:11


Things are tense at the NATO summit, highlighting the pressures on the 70-year-old alliance within its own ranks — and from rivals like Russia and China. Professor Margaret MacMillan tells us where these issues come from, and what's at stake for Canada.

Campobello mail checks

Dec 4, 2019 00:06:01


Due to a geographical quirk, mail from the Canadian mainland to the Canadian island of Campobello must go through the U.S., where it has been undergoing checks. Some residents aren't happy.

Is a Canada-China prisoner swap a good idea?

Dec 4, 2019 00:18:28


Should Canada exchange Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Canadians detained in China? A year after Meng's arrest, we talk to former deputy prime minister John Manley and Stephanie Carvin about what progress has been made.

Abby Stein went from being an ultra-Orthodox rabbi to a transgender activist. Her new book tells her story

Dec 4, 2019 00:25:09


Abby Stein lived as an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jew for most of her life, but says she always questioned the conventions of the faith. She left the community in 2012, and came out as transgender a few years later.

Mini nuclear plants

Dec 3, 2019 00:18:45


Three Canadian provinces are betting big on small modular reactors — or mini nuclear plants. But while some say Canada could reap the benefits and use the plants to fight climate change, others warn that they have the same safety and cost problems as other plants. We hear both sides of the debate.

Agent Jack, the spy who hunted Nazi sympathizers in wartime London

Dec 3, 2019 00:27:29


As the war raged in Europe, MI5 agents waged secret battles in London, rooting out Britons who wanted to help the Nazis invade. Writer Robert Hutton tells us about the life of one of those spies, Eric Roberts — or Agent Jack — who settled in Canada after the war.

National Affairs Panel: Provincial premiers make their demands

Dec 3, 2019 00:20:25


Canada's provincial premiers have issued several demands for Justin Trudeau, perhaps emboldened by the prime minister’s lack of a majority government. Are they starting to sound like the official opposition? Our national affairs panel discusses the latest in Canadian politics.

The research — and the ethics — of memory editing

Dec 2, 2019 00:18:07


If you could take a pill to make a bad memory hurt less, would you? We talk to Alain Brunet about his cutting-edge research into making that possible, and Judy Illes about the ethics of doing it.

Sudanese activist Fadia Khalaf on why the fight’s not over

Dec 2, 2019 00:09:22


We speak to a Sudanese activist Fadia Khalaf about the country’s repeal of laws restricting women’s freedom — and why she says the fight’s not over.

Robert Bilott’s legal battle with Dupont

Dec 2, 2019 00:24:29


Lawyer Robert Bilott tells us about his decades-long battle with Dupont, over the alleged effects of a toxic chemical used in the production of Teflon.

Is vaping creating a public health crisis?

Dec 2, 2019 00:19:55


Vaping was billed as a way to help smokers cut back, but instead ti seems it's introduced a new generation to nicotine. David Hammond and Dr Andrew Pipe weigh in on whether its creating a public health crisis.

The Current Weekly: Susan Rice on Benghazi; the healing power of soup; 1st female lobster crew; China's Uighur detention centres

Nov 29, 2019 00:40:28


Former top Obama aide Susan Rice reflects on the Benghazi attacks, Huawei, and Barbara Frum; Scientists study the health benefits of soup; Nova Scotia was its first all-female lobster crew; and a Canadian Uighur worries about his family in China, who he hasn't spoken to in years

Black Friday and the environment

Nov 29, 2019 00:20:23


Is it time to ban Black Friday? Some lawmakers in France are trying to, on the grounds it’s a waste of resources and causes over-consumption. We discuss whether all those cheap deals have a high cost for the environment.

Holiday films we love (and love to hate)

Nov 29, 2019 00:13:15


The holiday season is almost upon us, and so are all those classic films we watch at this time of year. From Miracle on 34th Street, to Love Actually, to Die Hard (don’t @ me), film critic Di Golding is here to discuss the ones we love, and the ones we love to hate.

Corinne Vella

Nov 29, 2019 00:10:40


Two years after a car bomb killed Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the investigation into her murder is implicating some of the most senior officials in Malta's government. We're speaking to her sister, Corinne Vella.

Women in prison

Nov 29, 2019 00:23:18


Do we need an alternative to prison for women? Filmmaker Nance Ackerman's new documentary looks at women behind bars, and puts the cameras in the hands of prisoners themselves. She joins us — along with a former inmate, and a former guard — to discuss.

Nir Eyal on how to overcome digital distractions and find your focus

Nov 28, 2019 00:24:06


When did you last read a book, without checking your phone every few pages? Or watched TV, without tweeting about it? If you feel distracted, author Nir Eyal says don’t blame the tech. We can focus, we can function, and he’s here to tell us how.

Calling the Butterball turkey hotline

Nov 28, 2019 00:05:27


As the U.S. celebrates their Thanksgiving, we place a call with the Butterball Turkey talk-line, where operators are standing by to help with all your bird-related questions (and disasters).

Documentary '19 and homeless' follows kids as they age out of foster system

Nov 28, 2019 00:22:38


At 19, kids living in foster care in B.C. age out of the system — and many end up on the streets. A new documentary follows these young people as they deal with homelessness, mental health issues and addiction.

Racism and abuse in hockey

Nov 28, 2019 00:20:45


Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters faces allegations he used racial slurs against players, in a scandal rocking the NHL. As players speak out, we talk to three people close to hockey in Canada, who take us inside the locker room.

The fight to save .org

Nov 27, 2019 00:17:38


The registry of .org web addresses is being sold off to a private equity firm — but there are concerns that could have implications for the non-profits that use the addresses (think Greenpeace or Human Rights Watch). We’re hear from both sides of the debate.

HIV activist Ruth Awori

Nov 27, 2019 00:25:01


As a child, Ruth Awori took medication every day, even though she didn’t feel sick. One day she refused until her mother told her the truth: Awori had been HIV positive since birth. Now, she fights the stigma of HIV in Uganda, with Young Generation Alive. She tells Laura Lynch about her work.

Dayna Spiring, the first woman on the Grey Cup

Nov 27, 2019 00:06:40


A celebration 29 years in the making, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers took home the Grey Cup this week. It was a double celebration for Dayna Spiring, who became the first woman to have her name engraved on the cup. She tells us what that felt like.

National affairs panel on Freeland's western tour and Scheer’s leadership

Nov 27, 2019 00:20:17


Our national affairs panellists on Chrystia Freeland's western tour, and questions about Andrew Scheer's leadership of the Conservative Party.

Challenge to compensation for Indigenous children

Nov 26, 2019 00:20:04


The government is challenging a human rights tribunal order that Ottawa compensate First Nations children affected by the on-reserve welfare system.

CN Rail strike resolved

Nov 26, 2019 00:13:45


A tentative deal looks set to end a week-long strike of CN Rail workers. Teamsters Canada President François Laporte says the deal ensures safer working conditions, but there is still discussion to be had about improving conditions further.

Row over Taylor Swift’s back catalogue

Nov 26, 2019 00:09:26


Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Decade at the AMAs Sunday, but the controversy over who owns her back catalogue drags on — a rights battle making waves in the court of public opinion.

Blasting wine into space — for science

Nov 26, 2019 00:23:55


A dozen bottles of red wine were recently launched into space by a private company, for a year-long stint on the International Space Station. We discuss what the experiment hopes to achieve, and ask what are the wider implications as more businesses take an interest in space exploration.

Gail Atkinson's all-women lobster fishing crew

Nov 25, 2019 00:10:05


As lobster season gets underway this week, Gail Atkinson is making history as captain of what's believed to be the very first all-female lobster fishing crew in Nova Scotia.

Ambassador Susan Rice

Nov 25, 2019 00:25:06


Ambassador Susan Rice discusses China, Trump, and how the politics of personal destruction took a toll on her own family.

Archdiocese of Vancouver's review of files related to clerical sexual abuse

Nov 25, 2019 00:14:01


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver has completed a review of accusations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1950s, naming some perpetrators and making recommendations to prevent future abuse. We talk to Mary Margaret MacKinnon, who led the review.

China Cables

Nov 25, 2019 00:19:28


Leaked documents show the mass surveillance and internment of China's Muslim population, with as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs in detention. CBC's Adrienne Arsenault joins us to discuss what the China Cables reveal.

Minister of Middle Class Prosperity Mona Fortier

Nov 22, 2019 00:11:44


What exactly is a Minister of Middle Class Prosperity? We're speaking to Mona Fortier about her new job to find out.

Author Bryan Walsh on the end of the world

Nov 22, 2019 00:26:49


Bryan Walsh's new book End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World looks at a pretty grim topic, but he tells Laura Lynch that there is hope to stave off Armageddon if humanity can learn to work together.

The medicinal power of soup

Nov 22, 2019 00:21:22


A bowl of hot, nutritious soup is every grandma's prescription when someone has a cold, but now scientists are looking into whether the medicinal properties of soup go beyond being just soothing and delicious. Professor Jake Baum is part of a team suggesting some homemade soups might contain malaria-fighting properties.

The 107th Grey Cup

Nov 22, 2019 00:03:08


Canadian football fans are getting ready for the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary, where the Hamilton Tiger Cats face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday. The CBC's Lisa Robinson met with some fans to find the celebration already in full swing.

Amnesty says tech giants are abusing human rights

Nov 22, 2019 00:08:59


A new report from Amnesty International looks at how tech giants collect and monetize our personal data online — and calls the practice not just intrusive, but an "unprecedented" abuse of human rights. We speak to Joe Westby, the report's lead author, about why Amnesty wants governments to take action.

The Current Weekly - Rumana Manzur and "Untying the Knot"; State of Legal Pot 1 year on; Sasquatch; Iran Protests; Wild Skating

Nov 22, 2019 00:47:13


New documentary "Untying the Knot" tells Rumana Manzur's story and examines intimate partner abuse; It's been more than a year since pot went legal in Canada, but it's been anything but a smooth ride for some hopeful pot shop owners, especially in Ontario; Exploring the history and mythology of Sasquatches with author John Zada; Iran faces mounting protests over sky-high fuel prices; and the wonders of Wild Skating in Alberta.

Rumana Monzur: Untying the Knot

Nov 21, 2019 00:23:23


Bangladeshi-Canadian woman Rumana Monzur tells us how she rebuilt her life after a vicious attack from her husband blinded her. She found hope, and the will to keep going, for the sake of her daughter.

Deep-sea mining

Nov 21, 2019 00:17:01


Gerard Barron’s company retrieves potato-sized nodules from the ocean floor, jammed full of base metals. He says they could help to wean us off fossil fuels, but oceanographer Craig Smith warns that the risk to sea life could be too high.

Women in politics

Nov 21, 2019 00:08:13


Valérie Ouellet brings us an update on her investigation into why women are more likely than men to find themselves running in hard-to-win ridings — and what that means for Parliament's gender balance.

Are impeachment hearings swaying voters?

Nov 21, 2019 00:20:11


We’re checking in on the latest in the impeachment hearings with the CBC’s Susan Ormiston, and speaking to two Americans who are watching — but aren't convinced the process will sway their vote.

National affairs panel on the new cabinet

Nov 20, 2019 00:19:12


Our national affairs panel unpacks the prime minister’s options as he prepares to unveil his new cabinet.

Wild skating

Nov 20, 2019 00:04:31


Around this time of year in Alberta’s Bow Valley, the lakes are frozen just enough for skating, but not yet covered in snow. We join some locals to try out "wild skating."

Iran protests

Nov 20, 2019 00:21:36


We discuss the unrest in Iran, where more than 100 protesters are reported killed, amid an internet blackout.

Superbugs and antibiotic-resistance

Nov 20, 2019 00:24:22


Doctor and author Matt McCarthy discusses the rise of antibiotic-resistant bugs, and the work being done to avoid catastrophe.

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein

Nov 19, 2019 00:24:12


A BBC interview with Prince Andrew was supposed to explain his ties to the late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, but it’s being called a “car crash,” and has prompted calls for him to step down from public life. Is this another annus horribilis for the Royal Family?

Drone warfare

Nov 19, 2019 00:19:40


An expert on peace discusses how drones are reshaping the landscape of war.

What a meme of a woman yelling at a cat tells us about ourselves

Nov 19, 2019 00:06:15


A meme of two incongruous images — a woman screaming and a cat sitting at a dinner table — was one of the most popular pieces of internet humour this summer. Why did it strike a nerve, and what does it tell us about ourselves, and how we handle anger and frustration?

Hong Kong standoff

Nov 19, 2019 00:19:39


After two days of violent clashes, roughly 100 protesters are holed up inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, surrounded by police. We ask how the standoff can be resolved, and if more violence is inevitable.

One year into legal weed industry

Nov 18, 2019 00:23:40


We look at how the legal marijuana industry is faring one year in, and the differences from province to province

Medical wait times

Nov 18, 2019 00:18:15


Laws that bar patients from paying for care at private clinics are the subject of a legal challenge, which reaches closing arguments in B.C. today. Could a change shorten wait times, or actually make them worse?

Swiss stockpiles of coffee

Nov 18, 2019 00:07:27


We look at a row brewing over Switzerland’s move to exclude coffee from its emergency stockpiles of food.

Abuse and the Catholic Church

Nov 18, 2019 00:19:57


A CBC investigation looks at why no Canadian Catholic diocese has ever released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Why do we fight?

Nov 15, 2019 00:24:13


In his new book, author and former soldier Mike Martin looks at why we go to war, and how our ancestors have shaped our behaviour towards conflict. We ask him if there’ll ever be a time that humans can put an end to bloodshed.

The historical hunt for the sasquatch

Nov 15, 2019 00:11:42


A hunter in northern Ontario recently heard screams in the woods, screams that he couldn’t explain. He posted a recording online and ignited a debate about whether he’d heard a sasquatch. Whether he did or not, writer John Zada says these creatures have played an important role in human cultures throughout history. He takes us on the trail of the sasquatch.

Coastal erosion in P.E.I.

Nov 15, 2019 00:12:37


How coastal erosion in P.E.I. is putting homes by the water at risk, but not discouraging people from building there. We talk to a climate change scientist about the “crazy” measures people are taking to firm up the shoreline — using everything from tires filled with cement, to headstones.

Saudi Arabia’s move to take state oil company Aramco public

Nov 15, 2019 00:17:14


We look at Saudi Arabia’s move to take state oil company Aramco public — with a valuation that could be in the trillions — and ask what it says about our world’s relationship with oil.

"I went in for a C-section and they left a sponge inside of me!"; Modern-day slavery on the high seas; Sesame Street turns 50; Australia fires; 20-hour non-stop flights

Nov 15, 2019 00:45:13


Medical mishaps in Canada are on the rise; NY Times reporter Ian Urbina on his new book The Outlaw Ocean; An educational icon celebrates a milestone; a pregnant volunteer fights fires on the frontlines in Australia; Qantas is testing the limits of long-haul flights.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s new Fair Deal Panel

Nov 14, 2019 00:20:27


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has set up a new Fair Deal Panel to explore ways the province can be more independent from Ottawa, such as by replacing the RCMP or collecting their own taxes. We ask a panel of Albertans whether it will meet calls for change within the province.

Venice flooding

Nov 14, 2019 00:17:12


As the floating city sinks under another round of heavy flooding, we look at the challenges facing Venice, and what needs to be done to save it.

Climate Music Project

Nov 14, 2019 00:04:54


The Climate Music Project is a group of scientists, musicians and artists who are creating sound from data points in scientific research, to give a changing climate a soundtrack.

Would you take a 20-hour flight?

Nov 14, 2019 00:12:05


Australian airline Qantas is testing out a direct flight from New York to Sydney — putting passengers in the air for 20 hours. Would you take it? Reporter Sarah Lyall tried it, she tells us how she coped.

Australia wildfires

Nov 14, 2019 00:14:24


Kat Robinson Williams is a volunteer firefighter helping to battle what some are calling Australia’s worst wildfires. The 24-year-old, who is 14 weeks pregnant, tells us why she couldn’t just sit back and watch her country burn — and Andrew Coghlan at the Australian Red Cross discusses what his organization is doing to help those affected.

Myanmar formally accused of genocide

Nov 13, 2019 00:24:36


We look at the formal accusation of genocide levelled against Myanmar by The Gambia — and ask why Canada didn't pursue the matter in the international court.

Arctic research on climate change

Nov 13, 2019 00:26:57


Scientists are hoping for groundbreaking results from several climate change studies in the Arctic this winter — we're asking them what they hope to achieve.

The impeachment inquiry goes public

Nov 13, 2019 00:20:27


We bring you our guide to the impeachment inquiry: how did we get here, what to expect from proceedings, and what to listen for as key witnesses take the stand.

The latest on clashes in Hong Kong

Nov 12, 2019 00:22:29


Hong Kong protests are in their sixth month, but clashes between police and protesters are ramping up even further. Monday saw police shoot a protester at close range, and a man was set on fire after confronting demonstrators. We check in with the latest on the violence and look at what the international community should do.

The Outlaw Ocean

Nov 12, 2019 00:26:28


New York Times investigative reporter Ian Urbina spent 4 years reporting on criminal culture at sea, to understand how pirates, smugglers, and murderous fisher crews could get away with their crimes. We speak to him and maritime detective Karsten von Hoesslin about lawlessness on the high seas — and what it means for those of us that eat seafood.

Where does Hockey Night in Canada go from here?

Nov 12, 2019 00:20:25


Now that Don Cherry's out...what's next for Hockey Night in Canada? For Bhupinder Hundal, former broadcaster with Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi, this is an opportunity to bring new fans into the tent of hockey fandom and make the good ol' hockey game more inclusive. We speak to Hundal, the Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur, and the Gist's Ellen Hyslop about what happens now.

The forgotten WWI history of the Chinese Labour Corps

Nov 11, 2019 00:11:57


In the First World War, more than 80,000 Chinese labourers were smuggled across Canada and then sent to Europe to support the Allied war effort. Some were buried in unmarked graves across Canada. Yet few Canadians know their story. Author Dan Black says it's time their legacy was recognized.

The roots of women's inequality

Nov 11, 2019 00:17:04


Why does patriarchy persist? Author, journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong uncovers the origins of women's inequality in this year's CBC Massey Lectures, which are airing this week on CBC Radio's Ideas. We spoke to Armstrong about the astonishing discoveries she made while researching for those lectures — and about why she believes that, around the world, "there's never been a better time" to be a woman.

How Sesame Street reflected Canada to itself

Nov 11, 2019 00:07:18


If you can believe it, Sesame Street is turning 50 years old this week. We spoke to University of Guelph history professor Matthew Hayday about the special role the beloved show has played in Canadian history.

The medics of WWII

Nov 11, 2019 00:11:45


Canadian military historian Ted Barris had always known his father had served as a decorated medic in the Second World War, but his father never shared much about his experience with his family. Now in his latest book, Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire, Barris explores his father's story and the history of medics in combat.

Former Black Watch Soldier Recalls the Bloodiest Days in the Storied Regiment's History

Nov 11, 2019 00:17:40


The Black Watch Regiment was involved in some of the most ferocious battles of the Second World War. On Remembrance Day, historian David O'Keefe — who served with the Black Watch long after the war ended — brings us some lesser known stories of the famous regiment. His new book is called Seven Days in Hell: Canada's Battle for Normandy and the Rise of the Black Watch Snipers.

The Current Weekly: Bill Bryson; The legacy of Auschwitz; Life undercover in the CIA; Winnipeg liquor thefts; 'OK boomer'

Nov 8, 2019 00:41:53


This week we’ve got a moving conversation between the granddaughter of Auschwitz survivors, and the grandson of the camp’s most notorious Nazi commandant. Bill Bryson explains how much it would cost to build your own Benedict Cumberbatch, chemical element by element. One of the youngest women to ever join the CIA tells us about her life undercover. We delve into Winnipeg’s rash of liquor store thefts. And we take a deeper look at two words you may have heard a lot of lately: “OK, boomer!”

Forget Paris, go to Winnipeg

Nov 8, 2019 00:07:17


Is the Mona Lisa on your bucket list? Being face to face with that ambiguous smile, alone in quiet room with da Vinci’s masterpiece? Get in line. Robin Esrock says some of the world’s big attractions are just too popular to be properly enjoyed now — he tells us what to see instead.

How your 'consumer score' affects the service you get

Nov 8, 2019 00:17:54


New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill requested all the data that a third-party analyst was holding on her. The company sent back a 400-page report, dating back years. She says that kind of data informs your "consumer score," which can affect the customer service you get.

Global affairs panel: Russia's place on the world stage

Nov 8, 2019 00:24:12


Our global affairs panel looks at Russia’s clout on the world stage.

Rise in objects left in patients after surgery

Nov 8, 2019 00:20:10


New data shows a rise in surgical objects mistakenly left inside patients in Canada — one woman tells us about how her hospital left her just such a "present."

Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk on Trump, Putin, and changing alliances

Nov 7, 2019 00:19:19


Longtime Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk says the Trump administration's lack of policy in the region is leaving a vacuum that others are eager to fill — particularly Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The legacy of the Berlin Wall, 30 years after it fell

Nov 7, 2019 00:27:18


The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago this week. But for many who grew up in its shadow, the barriers remain. Our documentary, The Wall in the Head, speaks to two East Berliners about the night it fell, and the decades since.

OK boomer

Nov 7, 2019 00:04:39


There’s a new weapon in the war of words between baby boomers and generation Z — and some of the older generation aren’t happy to find out they’re being made fun of online. The Gen Z response? Ok boomer. Our producer Julie Crysler has been looking into it.

Liquor store thefts in Winnipeg

Nov 7, 2019 00:16:44


Videos of brazen liquor store thefts in Winnipeg have been circulating online. We speak to staff in the line of fire — who say they’ve seen thieves with guns, knives, pipes and machetes — and ask what can be done about it.

Brad Wall on western alienation

Nov 6, 2019 00:23:49


The CBC’s Kathleen Petty recently spoke to former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall about concerns his province shares with Alberta. Then, our national affairs panel discusses how Justin Trudeau should be addressing “Wexit.”

Jon Ronson on porn

Nov 6, 2019 00:23:40


Author Jon Ronson discusses his investigation into the internet’s disruptive effect on the porn industry, from the impact on performers’ mental health, to why some porn stars are now hired to destroy stamp collections.

11,000 signatures on a declaration of a climate emergency

Nov 6, 2019 00:20:16


As the warnings about climate change grow ever more dire, we discuss what needs to be done with climate scientist Merritt Turetsky and glaciologist Gwenn Flowers — who was one of 11,000 signatories to a declaration of a climate emergency.

Author Bill Bryson on the body

Nov 5, 2019 00:22:17


Author Bill Bryson takes us on a journey inside our own bodies, with some surprising results.

Introducing Hunting Warhead

Nov 5, 2019 00:04:00


A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web. Listen at hyperurl.co/huntingwarhead

Amaryllis Fox

Nov 5, 2019 00:17:10


Writer and activist Amaryllis Fox tells us what it was like to be one of the youngest-ever female officers at the CIA, assigned to work in the world's most dangerous places.

CBC podcast Hunting Warhead

Nov 5, 2019 00:09:35


We speak to Daemon Fairless about his new CBC podcast Hunting Warhead, which tracks a global hunt to stop child abuse online.

Safe Third Country Agreement

Nov 5, 2019 00:20:09


Is Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. putting refugees at risk? As the deal faces a court challenge, we look at how similar arrangements work elsewhere.

Legacy of Auschwitz

Nov 4, 2019 00:22:05


We talk to two people touched by the Holocaust. Allison Nazarian's grandparents survived the death camp, but it has haunted her family through the generations. And Rainer Höss — the grandson of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss — explains why he believes the evil of Nazism never died, and why he's fighting his grandfather's legacy.

Meet the Alberta band keeping the spirit of Spinal Tap alive

Nov 4, 2019 00:05:27


Heavy metal band Striker comes from Edmonton, Alta., and say that compared to a lot of modern rock bands, they have a little more in common with fictional band Spinal Tap.

Race to the White House — one year to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election

Nov 4, 2019 00:44:30


It’s one year to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election — can Donald Trump win four more years? We’re checking in with both Republican and Democratic strategists and supporters, asking what to expect from the fight ahead.

The Current Weekly: The rise of eating roadkill; the benefits of being scatterbrained; Boeing boss comes clean; the problems with gender reveal parties and the Internet turns 50

Nov 1, 2019 00:53:32


California just made it legal to eat roadkill, joining almost half the US and several provinces that say it's fine to eat animals you find on the side of the road. Neuroscientist Henning Beck explains the benefits of being scatterbrained. Boeing CEO testifies before Congress. The woman who invented gender reveal parties explains their downside. Celebrating the Internet's 50th birthday with the computer scientist who sent the first online message

'Permanent jet lag': B.C.'s time change plan won't suit our body clock, says sleep expert

Nov 1, 2019 00:03:10


Legislation has been tabled in B.C. to stop changing the clocks every year — but one sleep expert says the plan could pose a problem for our body's circadian clock.

Samantha Power: The Education of an Idealist

Nov 1, 2019 00:27:12


Samantha Power was a war correspondent in Bosnia in her 20s, and served as a key adviser to former president Barack Obama, becoming the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. She tells us about her memoirs, The Education of an Idealist.

Twitter's political ad ban

Nov 1, 2019 00:20:57


Many people are lauding Twitter's decision to ban political ads — but there are concerns there could be unintended consequences for activist movements.

SUVs, safety and the environment

Nov 1, 2019 00:19:58


Is Canad becoming an SUV nation? We discuss whether the kings of the road are also the villains of the climate crisis, and whether there's an "arms race" happening on our highways.

How our flawed brains make us creative

Oct 31, 2019 00:20:44


We’re talking to neuroscientist Henning Beck about his new book Scatterbrain, and why the shortcomings in our brains are actually what makes us creative.

Justice Richard Schneider

Oct 31, 2019 00:15:43


Justice Richard Schneider talks to us about what he learned during his years serving at the mental health court in Toronto's Old City Hall.

Syria and the chance for peace

Oct 31, 2019 00:10:05


Delegates are gathering in Geneva to try to find the next steps towards peace in Syria. We’re talking to former war correspondent Janine di Giovanni about their chances of success.

The history of witch hunts

Oct 31, 2019 00:03:49


A Halloween-themed history lesson with Mary Beth Norton, emerita professor of history at Cornell and author of In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692.

Twists and turns of impeachment inquiry into Trump

Oct 31, 2019 00:19:21


As a vote moves the impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump into the next stage, we’re looking back at the twists and turns of how we got here.

Are gender reveal parties getting out of hand?

Oct 30, 2019 00:24:01


We’re discussing gender reveal parties: are they good, clean fun, or are getting out of hand, and furthering damaging stereotypes?

National affairs panel on Andrew Scheer's leadership

Oct 30, 2019 00:17:01


Our national affairs panel discusses what Andrew Scheer needs to do to stay on as Conservative leader.

Apples of the future

Oct 30, 2019 00:10:45


We visit one of the world's most diverse apple orchards in Nova Scotia, to learn about the apples that will line the supermarket shelves of the future.

Families react to Boeing CEO's apology for 737 Max jet crashes

Oct 30, 2019 00:19:55


A man who lost five of his family members in a 737 Max jet crash tells us how he feels about Tuesday’s apology from Boeing’s CEO — and we discuss what needs to be done to improve safety.

The killing of Barry and Honey Sherman

Oct 29, 2019 00:21:48


Journalist Kevin Donovan discusses his new book about the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, and why he thinks valuable leads may have been missed in the early days of the police investigation.

The internet @ 50

Oct 29, 2019 00:27:42


Fifty years after the birth of what would become the world wide web, we speak to Leonard Kleinrock, one of the scientists who was there when the very first message between two computers was sent. Sometimes called the “Father of the Internet,” Kleinrock says the net is still just a young adult, with a dark side, and a lot of maturing to do.

California wildfires

Oct 29, 2019 00:20:45


Karen Maley was evacuated from her home to escape the threat of wildfires in Sonoma County, Calif., but the family who run the winery where she works chose to stay. That’s not unusual, she says, as people try to protect their homes and livelihoods by fighting “side-by-side with the firefighters.”

Filmmaker Feras Fayyad remembers an underground Syrian hospital, The Cave

Oct 28, 2019 00:17:34


Director Feras Fayyad's new film, The Cave, is about a team of doctors working in an underground Syrian hospital, desperately trying to save lives as the war raged above them.

Death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Oct 28, 2019 00:08:20


Former national security analyst Stephanie Carvin discusses the brutal legacy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and how the extremists will react to his killing.

Could roadkill be the most ethical way to eat meat?

Oct 28, 2019 00:21:51


Roadkill has been legalized for human consumption in California — we talk to some people who argue that it's the ultimate in organic, ethical meat.

Protests around the world

Oct 28, 2019 00:19:25


From Chile to Lebanon, Hong Kong to Catalonia, the world is experiencing a moment of protest. We're asking what’s driving so many people to the streets, to make their voices heard.

The Canadian kids suing the federal government for climate action.

Oct 25, 2019 00:13:33


15-year-old Ira Reinhart-Smith one of 15 Canadian children filing a climate lawsuit against the federal government for violating their Charter rights. We speak to him and one of the lawyers on the case, Joseph Arvay, about why they've decided to get the courts involved in the climate fight.

Introducing our incoming host, Matt Galloway

Oct 25, 2019 00:05:28


For CBC Toronto listeners, Matt Galloway, host of Metro Morning, is a household name. But for the rest of the country, The Current's incoming host — who will be taking over in January — might not be so familiar. He tells us a little bit about himself — including his love for baking bread, and why he hopes he can help listeners in a divided country hear one another a bit better. (And a special thanks to our interim host Laura Lynch, who we're very excited to have with us for a couple more months!)

Essex truck deaths reveal the dangers migrants face crossing through Europe

Oct 25, 2019 00:18:28


Many questions remain about the 39 people, believed to be Chinese nationals, who were found dead in a refrigerated truck trailer in Essex, UK. But the horrific story is revealing the dangers many migrants face while trying to cross through Europe, and raising serious questions about the realities of modern-day human trafficking.

Ban Comic Sans: A love story

Oct 25, 2019 00:07:47


It's the 25th anniversary of Comic Sans, and that squiggly, round, playful font is as polarizing as ever. But divisive as it may be, it has also brought two people together. Holly and Dave Combs fell in love over their mutual hatred of Comic Sans, and they created a movement to ban it. Two decades later, they're still in love, but one of them is having second thoughts about the ban.

Ronan Farrow on Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, NBC and Matt Lauer

Oct 25, 2019 00:24:30


Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist Ronan Farrow tells us about his new book, "Catch and Kill," the lengths he had to go to in order to get the story of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse out into the world, and why he says NBC refused to let him report on that story because they were, he alleges, covering up abuse allegations against one of their own hosts, Matt Lauer.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs

Oct 24, 2019 00:11:21


New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs discusses national unity, federal-provincial relations, the carbon tax, and his post-election phone call with Justin Trudeau.

The ethics of editing human genes

Oct 24, 2019 00:25:08


Human genome editing could eliminate certain diseases and even turn your children into star athletes — if you can afford it. Françoise Baylis joins us to discuss the ethics of CRISPR, and the risks it could become the reserve of a tiny elite.

A 13-year-old Canadian ran a record marathon — only to have it disputed because she was a girl

Oct 24, 2019 00:12:20


In 1967, 13-year-old Canadian Maureen Wilton (now Mancuso) ran a marathon in 3 hours,15 mins and 23 secs. At the finish line, they asked if she cheated. “They were disputing it, because they couldn’t believe that a kid — a girl — could run the marathon, and at that speed," Mancuso tells Laura Lynch.

Violence in schools

Oct 24, 2019 00:17:09


CBC News asked 4,000 students about violence in school, and found that one third of those surveyed say they have experienced it. Senior data journalist Valérie Ouellet tells us there are major problems with how these incidents are reported and tracked.

Politics and the NBA: Should 'We The North' find a way to 'Stand With Hong Kong'?

Oct 23, 2019 00:24:52


On the heels of a dispute between China and the NBA, Raptors fans at a game in Toronto were given free T-shirts emblazoned with the usual “We The North,” but also with the words “Stand With Hong Kong.” We discuss the intersection between sport and politics.

This journalist crowdsources tips to help solve murders in his spare time

Oct 23, 2019 00:25:09


Investigative journalist Billy Jensen uses social media to help police track down killers. He takes out ads — targeting them in the area of the crime — and “crowdsources” clues. He tells us about the results.

National affairs panel: Challenges facing next government

Oct 23, 2019 00:20:24


As the dust settles on the vote, our national affairs panel discusses the challenges, and opportunities, for the next government.

Former MPs on what happens now

Oct 22, 2019 00:23:10


As the election dust settles, are you wondering what happens next? Our panel of former MPs is here to discuss just that. We've got former NDP MP Olivia Chow, former Liberal MP Allan Rock, and former Conservative MP Gerry Ritz. Plus, a surprise call mid-segment from Green Party leader Elizabeth May!

What the election results mean to voters across the country

Oct 22, 2019 00:26:56


We’re looking at the issues that struck a chord during the campaign, from the economy to the environment to Indigenous rights, and asking Canadians in those fields what the results mean to them.

A country divided

Oct 22, 2019 00:20:39


Our panel of experts is here to break down what happened in last night's election. With so much to discuss, they all agree on one thing: the results point to a country divided.

This is That: Vote Butler

Oct 21, 2019 00:08:08


Satire: A startup out of Calgary has a solution to mediocre turnout at the polls: 'Vote Butler,' where with a few simple clicks you can outsource the drudge work of voting to a stranger, who will cast a ballot for you.

Two pillars of Western democracy, under strain

Oct 21, 2019 00:18:37


As Canadians head to the polls, we’re looking at two giants of democracy — the U.S. and the U.K. — where the state of the nations are messy and troubled. Is democracy in danger?

'We will bring the polling location to you': The lengths Elections Canada goes to to get Canadians a ballot

Oct 21, 2019 00:03:38


From setting up a "super poll" for Manitobans displaced by a massive snow storm, to bringing ballots to lighthouses by helicopter, here are some of the lengths Elections Canada will go to to make sure Canadians are able to exercise their right to vote.

Reaching for the stars: why young people are turning to astrology

Oct 21, 2019 00:19:34


Astrology is enjoying a boom in popularity among millennials — but that doesn’t mean they necessarily believe in it. The Atlantic's Julie Beck tells us why young people may be turning to the stars for reassurance.

The central banks that are taking cash digital

Oct 21, 2019 00:20:51


China and Switzerland are exploring the idea of digital currency to replace cash — and Canada may be far behind. For some, this is an exciting prospect — but it comes with plenty of concerns.

Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt

Oct 18, 2019 00:23:36


We talk to Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt about what her party is offering Canadians.

The Current Weekly - Voting while homeless, Andrew Scheer, Justin Trudeau

Oct 18, 2019 01:14:20


This week, we're bringing you three election-themed documentaries. First, the CBC's Rafferty Baker speaks to homeless residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside about the challenges of voting with no fixed address; then, our producer Julie Crysler speaks to friends of Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer about who he really is behind the scenes — including his encyclopedic knowledge of The Simpsons; and our producer Alison Masemann hears from longtime friends of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, including his boxing coach, about the lesser-known details of a man who has lived his whole life in the spotlight — and hears their thoughts on the blackface photos. And finally, a little This is That to start your weekend off right!

SATIRE | This candidate is running against himself, but it helps that he's also the only voter

Oct 18, 2019 00:07:14


Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring — the satirical showmen of This is That fame — bring us a man who is the only candidate, and the only voter, in his constituency.

The mood among voters in Atlantic Canada

Oct 18, 2019 00:09:06


Pollster Margaret Brigley tells us how the campaign is playing out in Atlantic Canada, and what issues matter to voters.

What impact has disinformation had on this election?

Oct 18, 2019 00:08:24


CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare discusses the impact disinformation has had this election cycle

Checking in on the campaign trail, for a behind-the-scenes look at the final days

Oct 18, 2019 00:19:35


We're dashing across the country to check in with CBC reporters on the campaign trail with party leaders, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the last-minutes pitches they're making to voters.

The mood among voters in Quebec

Oct 17, 2019 00:20:00


We talk to voters in the batleground of Quebec, where a resurgent Bloc Québécois is wresting support away from the other parties.

Chantal Hébert on Quebec politics

Oct 17, 2019 00:21:25


Veteran journalist Chantal Hébert talks to Laura Lynch about Quebec politics, and what's at stake this election.

Longtime friends reflect on how Justin Trudeau originally wanted 'nothing to do with politics'

Oct 17, 2019 00:23:50


In the lead-up to Monday's vote, The Current spoke to longtime friends of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau about pivotal moments in his political career and life.

Vying for a majority in the federal election

Oct 16, 2019 00:20:24


Minority report: with just days to go until election day, the Liberals and Conservatives are working hard to hold onto the chance of forming a majority government. Meanwhile, the NDP is talking about how it might wield influence in a minority scenario. With us to discuss the latest twists and turns are Tanya Talaga of the Toronto Star, Shachi Kurl of the Angus Reid Institute, and Marie Vastel of Le Devoir.

In Milton, Ont., crossing political divides over coffee

Oct 16, 2019 00:18:34


Four voters of different political persuasions gather around a coffee table in Miton, Ont. to talk about the election — and see if they can convince each other to switch their ballots.

Dispatch from northeastern Syria

Oct 16, 2019 00:08:33


Martin Chulov has been reporting from northeastern Syria since the Trump Administration's sudden decision to withdraw US troops last week. In the days since, he has watched as the region's fragile peace quickly disintegrated. He tells us about what he has seen, and what he describes as "the moment that changed the Middle East."

From the Start: the life and career of Andrew Scheer

Oct 16, 2019 00:24:05


Who is Andrew Scheer? Today we're asking the people who know him best. The Current's Julie Crysler brings us her documentary on Scheer, "From the Start."

How the federal parties stack up on climate change

Oct 15, 2019 00:24:34


Climate policy experts Mark Jaccard and Kathryn Harrison talk to us about how they think the federal parties' climate change policy plans stack up.

The homeless count: Challenges of voting with no fixed address

Oct 15, 2019 00:23:15


"Here I am on the fringes of society, but I do have a voice," says Richard Vanderwal. At 48, he's planning to vote for the first time in the upcoming election. He's one of the homeless residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside who the CBC's Rafferty Baker interviewed for this documentary, "A Little Voice."

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

Oct 15, 2019 00:19:50


“Voting out of fear is a waste of your vote — voting because two parties believe they own your vote is a waste of your vote,” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tells us. We spoke to him about where he and his party stand on everything from affordability to climate change, and press him on that big question about whether he would form a coalition with the Liberals.

Why some Republicans are turning on Trump

Oct 14, 2019 00:20:30


Are the latest twists and turns in Donald Trump's presidency wearing away his support within the Republican party? Nicholas Fandos, a Congressional correspondent for the New York Times, tells us why some Republicans are distancing themselves from the president. Then, two Republican strategists, Alice Stewart and Rick Wilson, tell us about their own feelings on the president and how serious the fallout might be for him.

This B.C. woman lodged hundreds of 911 complaints about the homeless. Now she's advocating for them.

Oct 14, 2019 00:24:47


This Thanksgiving Monday, we're replaying producer Anne Penman's documentary about a one woman's years-long evolution from battling the homeless people who lived in her area, to finding ways to help them.

When reforestation goes wrong

Oct 14, 2019 00:21:37


Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has vowed to plant 2 billion trees over the next decade, and the push to plant trees is being advocated by climate leaders around the world. It sounds like a pretty straightforward solution to a big problem — but it can have a lot more pitfalls than you might think.

How financial pressures are hitting voters in one of Canada's fastest growing cities

Oct 11, 2019 01:36:42


In this special election edition of The Current, Laura Lynch hosts a town hall in Surrey, BC, to talk to Canadians in one of the country's fastest-growing cities about the financial pressures weighing on their minds ahead of the federal election.

Update on Saudi sisters in Turkey

Oct 11, 2019 00:08:22


The lawyer of Dua and Dalal al-Showaiki, two sisters who fled their home in Saudi Arabia, tells us about an attempt to lure them to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — the same one where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

Living Colour: The deep role that colour plays in our lives

Oct 11, 2019 00:18:36


Director Judith Pyke speaks to us about her new documentary, 'Living Colour,' on the science of colour and the challenges faced by people who are colour blind, from issues in the workplace to knowing whether a banana is ripe

The Current Weekly - Chef Shane Chartrand, the case for robot politicians, affordability town hall, Sugar Sammy

Oct 11, 2019 00:50:00


Host Laura Lynch talks to Chef Shane Chartrand about finding his indigenous heritage and repping it in the kitchen; speaks to a transhumanist about why robot politicians would do a better job than the real ones; travels to Surrey BC for an election town hall on affordability and poverty, and hears from comic Sugar Sammy about the election.

Western Canada and the election

Oct 10, 2019 00:24:07


Our national affairs panel looks at the election issues that matter most to western Canada. Political strategist Zain Velji argues that in previous elections, national issues chimed with concerns in Alberta — but now there’s a bigger divide.

Turkey's intervention in Syria

Oct 10, 2019 00:21:28


Have western countries betrayed the Kurds in northern Syria? We’re discussing the impact of Turkey’s intervention, and what it might mean for the millions of lives in the path of the incursion.

Jason Kenney says he didn't attend climate strike because manifesto was 'radical left'

Oct 10, 2019 00:19:48


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney spoke to The Current's guest host Kathleen Petty about climate protests; the federal election and whether rifts over pipelines are leading Canada into a national unity crisis.

Liberal staffers tried to warn U.S. about election interference in 2016: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

Oct 9, 2019 00:24:34


In his new book about the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal, whistleblower Christopher Wylie describes an unofficial 2016 meeting in which he and a group of Liberal staffers tried to warn the Obama administration of election interference.

Indigenous chef Shane Chartrand

Oct 9, 2019 00:22:28


Shane Chartrand talks to Kathleen Petty about how he first got interested in food, how he discovred it was a way to connect with his heritage; and why his new cookbook — Tawaw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine — is about much more than the recipes.

Are Alberta voters feeling part of the national conversation?

Oct 9, 2019 00:20:19


In Alberta, unemployment is up, pipelines are stalled, and the lights remain off in many office towers — particularly in once booming Calgary. Yet there's a feeling that the rest of Canada doesn't quite get it. We talk to three voters in Alberta about what’s on their mind as election day approaches.

Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria

Oct 8, 2019 00:26:17


U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria seems to have taken even his own administration by surprise. Today we're discussing what it means for Turkey's conflict with the Kurds, the fight against ISIS, and Canadian prisoners of war.

Three undecided voters weigh in on the federal election debate

Oct 8, 2019 00:22:33


Did Monday night's debate change the minds of voters? We spoke to three voters who were undecided before the debate, to see if any of the leaders swayed their opinions last night.

Who won and who lost in last night's leaders' debate?

Oct 8, 2019 00:20:20


Six candidates, five moderators, plenty of bickering and a whole lot of cross-talk. Last night the federal leaders went head-to-head in the federal election campaign's main English-language debate, and today political strategists Omar Khan, Melissa Lantsman and Sally Housser joined us to break down the winners, losers, and what it may all mean at the polling booth.

What these former MPs will be looking for in tonight's leaders debate

Oct 7, 2019 00:20:06


A good debate is “like a rock dropped in water,” creating a ripple effect right up to voting day, former Conservative MP Gerry Ritz tells us. He, along with Olivia Chow, former NDP MP, and Allan Rock, former Liberal MP, spoke to us about what they'll be watching for in tonight's federal leaders debate.

Should we just elect robots to lead us?

Oct 7, 2019 00:26:56


Brexit chaos in the UK, the spectre of Donald Trump's impeachment, and a multitude of corruption scandals and other headaches in democracies around the world have some experts asking, should we just elect robots to run our countries instead? Yes, we know, it sounds pretty out there, but it's not quite as far-fetched as it sounds. Three experts tell us why artificial intelligence could run a country more fairly and effectively than humans, how close we might be to actually seeing this happen, and — surprise — how robot rulers could come with their own red flags.

The history and future of extinct foods

Oct 7, 2019 00:23:56


'Ansault' pears so creamy you could spread them like jam, mammoth stew, and dishes of the Roman empire seasoned with the long-lost herb silphium. These are some of the extinct foods that culinary geographer Lenore Newman looks at in her new book, 'Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction And The Future of Food.' She speaks to us about why humans are so good at loving foods to death, which of our favourite foods are in danger of disappearing now, and what we can do about it.

Childhood obesity and protecting our kids’ health

Oct 4, 2019 00:19:17


Childhood obesity is set to rise dramatically by 2030 according to new research. We speak to two experts about what we can do to protect our children’s health.

The Current Weekly - Jonathan Safran Foer, election town hall, other Khashoggis, track star Harry Jerome

Oct 4, 2019 00:44:14


Host Laura Lynch talks to author Jonathan Safran Foer about turning words into action in the climate fight, hosts The Current's first federal election town hall with q's Tom Power, hears about other victims of Saudi Arabia's oppression, and remembers a Canadian track icon.

Why this author made a personal, 4-point plan to fight climate change (and you can too)

Oct 4, 2019 00:24:34


Author Jonathan Safran Foer has written a new book about how the food we eat could be a part of the fight against climate change.

Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland

Oct 4, 2019 00:16:43


The Current’s Laura Lynch sits down with Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland to talk about affordability, pipelines and the environment, and Justin Trudeau’s blackface photos.

How have the parties fared in recruiting women candidates this election?

Oct 4, 2019 00:07:12


CBC data journalist Valérie Ouellet brings us an update on her investigation into how women have fared in Canadian elections historically, and in the contest happening right now.

2 Shows, 1 Stage, Your Vote: The Current and q celebrate democracy — in all its imperfection

Oct 3, 2019 00:45:14


At a special town hall event hosted by The Current and q, three first-time voters shared their stories with the audience; two experts discuss the problems that need to be fixed in our electoral system; and audience members shared their thoughts and concerns about the decision they’re facing.

There’s a gender pay disparity in the operating room — what can be done about it?

Oct 3, 2019 00:19:36


New research shows that female surgeons in Ontario earn 24 per cent less per hour than their male counterparts. We speak to one of the report’s authors Dr. Fahima Dossa, and medical student Darby Little about what why they think the problem isn’t about “fixing women.”

SATIRE | Meet the candidate who really doesn’t want your vote

Oct 3, 2019 00:06:31


“I’m a fraud, I’m too dumb to be a politician”: Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring — the satirical showmen of This is That fame — talk to an election candidate who really, really, really doesn’t want your vote.

Vying for votes in Quebec

Oct 2, 2019 00:18:17


Tonight, party leaders will try to win over Quebec voters in the French-language TVA debate. Our rotating national affairs panel breaks down what's at stake for all of them in Quebec, and what else the leaders have been up to this week on the campaign trail. Joining us this week are Salimah Shivji, Heather Scoffield, and Martin Patriquin.

'Adults can ruin anything': Kids' hockey is facing a crisis in Canada, says author

Oct 2, 2019 00:27:30


Sean Fitz-Gerald, a senior writer for The Athletic and a long-time hockey dad, talks to us about his new book, 'Before the Lights Go Out: A Season Inside a Game on the Brink,' and why he believes hockey has become inaccessible to many Canadian families.

Critics say the West has failed to keep pressure on Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing

Oct 2, 2019 00:24:23


In the year since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, critics say that Western democracies have demanded too little accountability from the Saudi government

An undercover look at the deadly fentanyl trade

Oct 1, 2019 00:20:51


Journalist Ben Westhoff went undercover to investigate the dangerous world of synthetic drugs like fentanyl. He tells us about the labs in China where fentanyl is made, how the internet brought the recipes for these synthetic drugs from research labs to the streets, and why he thinks the war on drugs is failing.

Federal parties aren't really listening to First Nations communities, says Indigenous voter

Oct 1, 2019 00:18:19


We speak to three Indigenous voters about the issues they want to see highlighted this election, and how seriously they feel the parties are treating the issues that impact Indigenous communities.

The latest on violence in Hong Kong

Oct 1, 2019 00:07:48


On the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, as a huge military parade rolled through Beijing, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters demonstrated in the streets of Hong Kong, and police shot a protester with live ammunition. The Globe and Mail's Asia correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe gives us the latest from Hong Kong after a day of intense violence.

Three federal candidates debate immigration

Oct 1, 2019 00:20:09


From safe third country agreements to skilled foreign workers, we discuss the big questions about Canada's immigration policies with three federal candidates. On the show today we have NDP candidate Jenny Kwan, Conservative candidate Arpan Khanna, and Liberal candidate Ahmed Hussen.

Rebecca Solnit on ditching "hero" stories

Sep 30, 2019 00:22:22


Author Rebecca Solnit spoke to us about her new book, "Whose Story Is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters," the cultural shift in who gets to be at the centre of the stories we tell, and about how, while working at a restaurant at 18 years old, she used a tray of glasses to outsmart the cook who was harassing her.

The West needs 'collective action' to push China on human rights: expert

Sep 30, 2019 00:24:23


This week marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, but tensions between Canada and the superpower have been on the rise in recent years. We speak to a panel of experts about the West's evolving relationship with China.

David Cameron regrets losing Brexit vote, but says referendum was always inevitable

Sep 30, 2019 00:18:54


David Cameron regret losing the Brexit referendum, but not calling it. He tells The Current interim host Laura Lynch that the EU was a "running sore" in British politics.

As Canadians join the climate strike, what does it take to turn a day of protest into lasting change?

Sep 27, 2019 00:20:24


We talk to Rachel Plotkin, who’s taking part in today’s climate strike; and Zeynep Tufekci, an expert on protest in the age of Twitter. What makes the difference between a day of action leading to change, or just fizzling out?

Trump's former defence secretary says whistleblower probe just a 'raucous' period for U.S. democracy

Sep 27, 2019 00:18:28


Former U.S. defence secretary James Mattis says the whistleblower scandal threatening U.S. President Donald Trump with impeachment is just the "normal heave and ho of democracies."

Democrats must pursue impeachment or risk Trump appearing ‘above the law,’ says Charlie Sykes

Sep 27, 2019 00:08:26


Democrats decided this week that President Donald Trump’s actions merit an impeachment inquiry. They should have made that decision sooner, says Charlie Sykes, founder and editor of The Bulwark and the author of How the Right Lost its Mind.

Canadians are 'addicted to fossil fuels,' but the Green Party can change that, says Elizabeth May

Sep 27, 2019 00:13:17


We talk to Green Party Leader Elizabeth May about her party's platform and electoral prospects.

‘I don’t think it’s realistic to say I’m going to have a future’: Why climate change is weighing heavily on some young people’s minds

Sep 27, 2019 00:10:13


The Current’s producer Liz Hoath talks to Laura Lynch about the pessimism young people are feeling around climate change — something he sees even in her own children.

The Current Weekly - Edward Snowden, Beverley McLauchlin, Robin Doolittle

Sep 27, 2019 00:44:51


Laura Lynch talks to former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin about her new memoir, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about coming home, and journalist Robin Doolittle about her new book on sexual assault investigations in Canada.

The Current Weekly trailer

Sep 27, 2019 00:01:04


A weekly collection of the most insightful, in-depth interviews and audio documentaries from CBC Radio's flagship morning program, The Current.

A 'simple, clear' case: Why Edward Snowden thinks U.S. Congress will support the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower

Sep 26, 2019 00:20:26


Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says a whistleblower's complaint, which triggered Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is strategically "quite wise."

Is it time to move on from The Beatles?

Sep 26, 2019 00:17:50


As Beatles fans soak up the 50th anniversary remix of Abbey Road, we look at why Baby Boomer culture has loomed so large, for so long. Is it time to make way for some more modern loves.

National affairs panel: Election battlegrounds, and the fallout from photos of Justin Trudeau in blackface

Sep 26, 2019 00:23:42


We're into the third week of the election campaign — where are the leaders focusing their time and messaging? Our national affairs panel discusses the party pledges, and the fallout from the photos of Justin Trudeau in blackface.

The dos and don'ts of protest signs: A good sign can empower you, no matter what it looks like, says graphic designer

Sep 26, 2019 00:07:59


As students across Canada are gearing up for the climate strike tomorrow, we talk to graphic designer Bonnie Siegler about the dos and don'ts of the best protest signs.

British MPs are back in Parliament — but can they do anything to solve the Brexit saga?

Sep 25, 2019 00:09:35


After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was deemed unlawful, MPs are back in the mother of parliaments today. We speak to Labour MP Ben Bradshaw about the latest twist, and what’s next, in the Brexit saga.

Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on her remarkable life and legacy

Sep 25, 2019 00:25:29


Beverley McLachlin, the first woman to be named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, spoke to us about her remarkable ascent from a small Alberta town to the highest court in the country, the people who encouraged her to get there, and some of the most difficult legal and personal decisions she's had to make along the way.

Jody Wilson-Raybould wants a minority government and is willing 'to work with whomever' is in power

Sep 25, 2019 00:16:09


Jody Wilson-Raybould says she hopes the result of next month's federal election is a minority government, and she'd be "willing to work with whomever forms government."

SATIRE | Boom the Vote: This election, baby boomers are fighting to finally have their voices heard

Sep 25, 2019 00:07:11


Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring — the satirical showmen of This is That fame — bring us some of the most unheard voices in this election: baby boomers.

Republican dam of support for Trump 'could break in a hurry,' says impeachment expert

Sep 25, 2019 00:10:19


Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel talks us through how the new impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump compares to older cases, and why the Democrats may have decided to make their move now.

Robyn Doolittle on where the #MeToo movement goes from here

Sep 24, 2019 00:25:05


Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle talks to us about her new book, "Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo?"

The financial sector's role in fighting climate change

Sep 24, 2019 00:24:14


A growing movement is calling on investors to stop the flow of money to industries that contribute to climate change, which they say could achieve faster results than government action. We look at why some investors think this might make economic sense — while others think it's risky.

Trump, Ukraine, and the renewed buzz around impeachment

Sep 24, 2019 00:19:54


We're breaking down the Trump-Ukraine allegations, what they could mean for both Republicans and Democrats, and the growing number of Democrats supporting the possibility of impeachment.

Youth activists want action from this week’s UN climate summit

Sep 23, 2019 00:19:08


Today is the beginning of the UN Climate Action Summit, so we've convened a panel of teen — and tween — activists who are watching closely. Sophia Mathur, Joe Crabtree and Aditi Narayanan have watched momentum around climate issues growing in recent months, and they’re cautiously optimistic that a turning point is close.

Lessons from Germany’s troubled shift towards green energy

Sep 23, 2019 00:25:25


Germany was once held up as a global leader in the shift to renewable energy. But, despite pouring billions of dollars into the transition to solar and wind power, the country will still miss its 2020 Paris emission reduction targets. Does Germany need more time, or has the experiment failed? And what are the lessons for Canada? Kristin Nelson explores this issues in her documentary, “The Power Struggle.”

The journalists who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein on their new book

Sep 23, 2019 00:23:29


The dogged work of New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey helped break open the Harvey Weinstein scandal and launch the #MeToo movement. The two women have now written a book pulling back the curtain on their investigation - and the network of people who worked to keep the story buried.

The return of monarch butterflies

Sep 20, 2019 00:24:39


Some good news: we look at why Canada's monarch butterfly numbers are on the up. Then, as conversations heat up around handgun bans, The Fifth Estate’s Mark Kelley gives us a look inside Canada’s gun lobby.

Canada's media diversity problem

Sep 20, 2019 00:24:06


Most of the journalists peppering Trudeau with questions about the brown and blackface images have been white. And many journalists of colour say when you’re covering an explosive story about race, that’s a big problem. Manisha Krishnan of Vice, Anita Li of Canadian Journalists of Colour, and Tanya Talaga from the Toronto Star discuss what Canadian newsrooms need to change.

Confronting Canada's history of racism

Sep 20, 2019 00:20:13


What do those images of Justin Trudeau in blackface say about confronting racism in Canada, and how we reckon with our past? El Jones, activist and former poet laureate for Halifax, and Kamal Al-Solaylee, from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, dive into what it means and where we go from here.

Following in the footsteps of three legendary female primatologists

Sep 19, 2019 00:23:59


In the documentary 'She Walks With Apes,' Mark Starowicz and his daughter, Caitlin Starowicz, trace the work of primatologists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. The father-daughter team discuss their work alongside primatologist Julia Badescu, who is featured in the film.

Political chaos in Israel as the fight to form a new government continues

Sep 19, 2019 00:18:30


Two days after election night, there's still no clarity on who the next prime minister of Israel will be. Washington Post reporter Ruth Eglash describes where things stand and what could happen next. Plus, conversations with Einat Wilf, a former member of the Israeli Parliament, and Nour Odeh, a political analyst based in Ramallah.

Political strategists react to Justin Trudeau's brownface photo

Sep 19, 2019 00:19:25


Political strategists Omar Khan and Shuvaloy Majumder react to the latest bombshell to surface for the Trudeau campaign: a 2001 photo of the Liberal leader in brownface and a turban. Plus, a talk with CBC reporter Tom Parry on Trudeau's reaction when the news broke.

Forget the treadmill, an intense game of chess can burn hundreds of calories, research suggests

Sep 18, 2019 00:11:40


Research shows high-level chess players can burn hundreds of calories while competing. We talk to grandmaster Maurice Ashley about why the game needs brains, and brawn.

The ‘Joe-bituary’: An extraordinary obituary, for a man who was anything but ordinary

Sep 18, 2019 00:04:48


When Joe Heller died earlier this month at the age of 82, his family wanted to commemorate him with an obituary that captured his humour, mischievousness and striking individuality. When it was printed in a Connecticut newspaper, it was quickly shared around the world. Monique Heller, Joe’s youngest daughter, tells us more.

Author Alexandra Fuller reflects on Rhodesia, the racism she grew up with, and the agony of losing a child

Sep 18, 2019 00:23:57


Author Alexandra Fuller grew up in the violence and racism of the bloody bush war in Rhodesia, the country that would become Zimbabwe. She tells us about her childhood, and why she sees shadows of Rhodesian racism in Donald Trump's America.

The ‘My-Plan-is-Better Olympics’: Party leaders are making pledges — but how are voters reacting?

Sep 18, 2019 00:20:26


Our national affairs panel looks at party pledges about the money in your pocket, and Maxime Bernier’s participation in the leaders debates.

‘Damage-control mode’: Canada will have to rebuild trust with international allies after RCMP spy allegations, says former CSIS analyst

Sep 18, 2019 00:11:18


After the arrest of one of our top intelligence officials, former CSIS analyst Jessica Davis says Canada will need to be in “a bit of a damage-control mode” with allies in the international intelligence community. She talks us through the damage done

'A transformational vision for the next economy': Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal

Sep 17, 2019 00:24:14


Canadian author Naomi Klein's new book of essays, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, argues that fighting climate change requires a fundamental economic shift.

What we know so far about the the attack on Saudi oil facilities, and what could happen next

Sep 17, 2019 00:24:51


We’re discussing tensions between Iran and the U.S., and what we know so far about the Saudi oil attacks.

Handgun bans, social programs, more police powers: Three candidates on what they'd do to fight gun violence

Sep 17, 2019 00:20:04


After a fatal shooting in Mississauga, Ont., over the weekend, we ask a panel of federal election candidates what their parties are planning to do about gun violence.

David Byrne on why we all need reasons to be cheerful

Sep 16, 2019 00:19:10


Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has a new project: an online magazine delving into solutions to issues around the world. He tells us about why there are actually plenty of reasons to feel positive about the state of the world.

What's at stake as the Alberta government fights back against groups critical of the oilsands?

Sep 16, 2019 00:25:49


As the Alberta government fights back against groups critical of the oilsands, we look at the strategy, the reaction and what's at stake.

What an alleged spy scandal could mean for Canada's national security

Sep 16, 2019 00:20:18


After the arrest of senior RCMP official Cameron Ortis under the Security of Information Act, we speak to members of the Canadian intelligence community about what a spy scandal could mean to Canada's national security and relationship with our Five Eyes spying partners.

'Dog-whistle politics': Liberals trying to 'provoke fear' over abortion, says Conservative strategist

Sep 13, 2019 00:19:35


Conservative leader Andrew Scheer insisted the debate on abortion will not be reopened if he's elected, but one political strategist says fear around the issue is understandable.

‘Portholes to another world’: Cave diver Jill Heinerth on what draws her to the depths, even when faced with fear of death

Sep 13, 2019 00:24:01


Cave diver Jill Heinerth reached the top of her field by exploring the depths of the Earth. She's here to tell us about fighting for her place in male-dominated field, mastering her fear, and her closest calls.

'This is why I revolt': How Alanis Obomsawin's painful childhood experiences inform her filmmaking

Sep 13, 2019 00:14:30


Alanis Obomsawin's 53rd film tackles the legal battle for Indigenous children to receive equal healthcare services. She spoke to Laura Lynch about how her own experiences of discrimination as a child have informed her long career as a filmmaker.

Does Canada's new Arctic policy go far enough to protect sovereignty in the North?

Sep 12, 2019 00:20:06


The Liberals have released the long-awaited Arctic policy, which vows to tackle poverty, hunger and eliminate homelessness in Canada's North. But some experts argue the framework doesn't pay attention to protecting threats to Canada's sovereignty from international players.

Alleged extraction of U.S. spy was meant to calm nerves over Trump's handling of secrets: former agent

Sep 12, 2019 00:24:24


The alleged exfiltration of a U.S. spy from Russia was a message to calm other agents nervous about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of sensitive information, according to author and former spy Naveed Jamali.

Meet the woman who designed an early version of Monopoly — and only made $500

Sep 12, 2019 00:11:51


Hasbro has released a new version of Monopoly that celebrates female entrepreneurs, but is now facing criticism for not acknowledging Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magie, an inventor who designed an early version of the game. We talk to author and journalist Mary Pilon about Magie's role in the game's roots.

House of Commons to review MPs' websites after CBC investigation finds advertising trackers

Sep 12, 2019 00:09:50


CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare tells us about concerns around political websites and your data.

Is it time to give up on changing the clocks?

Sep 11, 2019 00:05:37


More than 200,000 people in B.C. responded to a poll asking if they wanted to ditch daylight saving time — and 93 per cent said yes. We talk to historian and author Michael Downing about how the ritual came about, and whether it still makes sense today.

Federal election campaign won't focus on a single issue, but rather a 'visceral' appeal to voters: journalist

Sep 11, 2019 00:20:02


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting the Gov. Gen. Julie Payette this morning, asking her to dissolve Parliament so Canadians can go to the polls on Oct. 21. Our national affairs panel is here to discuss what voters can expect over the next five-and-a-half weeks of campaigning.

'Campaigns are all about leaders': Three former MPs on what to expect on the road to the federal election

Sep 11, 2019 00:25:28


Liberal leader Justin Trudeau visited Gov. Gen. Julie Payette Wednesday, asking her to dissolve Parliament so Canadians can go to the polls on Oct. 21. We speak to a panel of former MPs about what to expect from the campaign ahead.

Passion and pain: Why this writer studied women's most intimate desires

Sep 11, 2019 00:20:43


Journalist Lisa Taddeo spoke to hundreds of women for her book about human desire, but one thing stood out about the three women who eventually became her focus: their bravery.

‘Floating in water … for almost two days’: Bahamians share stories of what it took to survive Hurricane Dorian

Sep 11, 2019 00:23:33


Aid efforts are continuing in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, as harrowing stories emerge. We talk to two survivors: a man who had to flee rising waters with his heavily pregnant wife, and a woman who had to keep her elderly mother alive, as she floated in water for two days.

Think you can read a stranger's intentions based on their demeanour? Think again, says Malcolm Gladwell

Sep 10, 2019 00:23:12


Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell explains why people aren't as good at reading strangers as they might think.

Introducing Uncover: Sharmini

Sep 10, 2019 00:04:37


On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared. Michelle Shephard returns to an investigation that has haunted her for 20 years. Subscribe to Uncover: Sharmini now: hyperurl.co/uncovercbc

“Any tool can be used as a weapon”: Microsoft’s global president on how to fight back against the dangers of the internet

Sep 10, 2019 00:16:03


Microsoft president Brad Smith wants technology companies and governments to work together to affect how technology is used, because he fears that the tools of the digital age could be turned into dangerous weapons. He's just co-authored a new book on the topic: 'Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.'

'Disturbing' sexist abuse towards Catherine McKenna common for women climate leaders, say experts

Sep 10, 2019 00:20:31


Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has been assigned an RCMP security detail after attacks against her have moved from the internet into the real world. Experts say that kind of attack is not uncommon for women in climate — and that there's a link between climate denial and misogyny.

In new series of CBC podcast Uncover, Michelle Shephard investigates 1999 murder of 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel

Sep 10, 2019 00:10:24


Twenty years after Sharmini Anandavel's death in Toronto, no one has been charged.

Smelly neighbours? Complaints in close quarters are only going to get worse as cities become denser, says lawyer

Sep 9, 2019 00:10:18


A vegan in Australia has taken legal action over the smell of her neighbours barbecuing meat. Lawyer Karen Andrews says the solution lies in building homes that don't "leak" sound and odour, but that "we have to be generous with each other, we have to be understanding."

'Staying in the zone': Why Bianca Andreescu credits meditation for helping keep her mind on the game

Sep 9, 2019 00:24:46


Bianca Andreescu's U.S. Open win has propelled her into the top 5 tennis players in the world, after she started the year at a ranking of 152. We're looking at her meteoric rise, and also discussing the value of meditation in sport — something Andreescu and many other athletes utilize.

Why Margaret Atwood waited more than 30 years to write The Testaments

Sep 9, 2019 00:25:03


Margaret Atwood had notes about a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale that date back to the early 1990s, but didn't notify her publishers until 2017. For those intervening decades, she wrestled with the idea. She talks to Laura Lynch about her new novel The Testaments.

'I love her': Why one man risked waiting out Dorian aboard his 53-foot wooden schooner

Sep 9, 2019 00:07:36


As post-tropical storm Dorian bore down on Atlantic Canada at the weekend, Tom Gallant decided to stay aboard his home — a 53-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg Harbour. He tells us why he took that risk.

‘Charisma on the court’: Former tennis champion says Bianca Andreescu is a great role model for young female players

Sep 6, 2019 00:10:29


We also talk to former Canadian national tennis champion Patricia Hy-Boulais about Bianca Andreescu's prospects, and what her rise could mean for future generations.

In Syrian refugee camp, alleged ISIS wives intent on enforcing rules of the former caliphate: reporter

Sep 6, 2019 00:14:22


Journalist Louisa Loveluck visited the camp in northern Syria that is holding thousands of women displaced from ISIS’s former strongholds. She found people living in terrible conditions — and a contingent intent on enforcing the rules of the former, self-declared caliphate in their new surroundings.

Closure of B.C. sawmill will devastate entire town, says woman who has worked there for 30 years

Sep 6, 2019 00:17:30


Madeleine Devooght has worked at a sawmill in Vavenby, B.C. for decades, and considers the people she works with to be family. It’s closure won’t just affect that “family,” she says, but the entire town — from restaurants to hardware stores — that relies on it.

Friends TV series may not have aged well but it's still popular due to a 'nostalgia boom'

Sep 6, 2019 00:22:11


As the TV series Friends turns 25, we're taking a look at the show's complex legacy — and what all this yearning for the past says about us.

Health Canada caught 'flat-footed' by rise of popularity of vaping among youths, expert says

Sep 5, 2019 00:20:16


We explore how Canada is addressing health concerns over vaping, as hundreds of people in the United States fall victim to serious illness that doctors fear may be related to the practice.

The Current presents Party Lines

Sep 5, 2019 00:25:17


Podcast bonus! Following our chat with Rosemary Barton and Elamin Abdelmahmoud we're excited to share the first episode of Party Lines, a political primer for every kind of concerned citizen, from CBC News and CBC Podcasts.

Election 2019: A new CBC podcast aims to keep you informed, and the reporters helping you assess information online

Sep 5, 2019 00:25:45


We look ahead to the federal election with a preview of new CBC podcast Party Lines, and a discussion about how to trust the information you see online.

'Disappeared into thin air': New book tells the story of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Sep 5, 2019 00:21:55


Author and journalist Isha Sesay has followed the story of Boko Haram's kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls from the very beginning — getting so close that some of the girls even call her Auntie. She tells us the story that the world missed, when the media's cameras turned elsewhere.

New investigation finds a stubborn gender disparity in Canadian politics

Sep 4, 2019 00:23:50


A new CBC/Radio-Canada investigation found a stubborn gender disparity in politics. The CBC's senior data journalist Valérie Ouellet is here with the findings of her investigation Set up to fail: Why women still don't win elections as often as men in Canada.

Internet words like LOL can cause confusion between generations, but it's nothing to be afraid of, says author

Sep 4, 2019 00:26:01


The internet has changed the way we speak and write to each, with emojis and acronyms like LOL now commonplace — but often causing confusion between the generations. Author Gretchen McCulloch argues that's not necessarily a bad thing, she joins us to discuss her new book Because Internet: Understanding The New Rules of Language.

This woman could have left the Bahamas before Dorian hit — she tells us why she stayed

Sep 4, 2019 00:20:50


We look at the devastation in the Bahamas left by Hurricane Dorian, and ask what climate change means for life on small islands.

‘Freedom, sunlight and joy’: How schools around the world are rediscovering the connection between play and learning

Sep 3, 2019 00:23:47


Play-based learning is an important part of Canada's kindergarten curriculum, but two experts argue it shouldn't be limited to younger students. Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle talk to Laura Lynch about their new book Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive.

The spy inside Auschwitz: How a volunteer went inside the death camp to fight Nazis

Sep 3, 2019 00:25:18


Author Jack Fairweather tells the story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish officer who wanted to save his country and the world from the horrors of the Nazi regime, so he became a spy inside Auschwitz.

Brexit decision was 'based upon lies,' says voter who wants another referendum

Sep 3, 2019 00:20:08


We look at the latest twists and turns in the Brexit saga, as the British Labour party seeks an extension to the Brexit deadline, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens to call a general election.

Are saltwater beavers a thing? Scientists observe Canadian critters in potentially deadly habitat

Sep 2, 2019 00:27:36


Our documentary A Salty Tail explores beaver behaviour that is puzzling scientists. Canada's national animal is being discovered in saltwater zones, despite the long-held understanding that the rodents only live in freshwater. Are saltwater beavers actually a thing?

Fired airline union head says staff are targets of censorship campaign over Hong Kong protests

Sep 2, 2019 00:19:16


Rebecca Sy, former Cathay Pacific cabin crew union head, says the recent dismissal of several employees underscores the very fears that sparked the Hong Kong political crisis: that China is intervening in the freedoms of the one-country, two-systems formula.

This man is unfriending every one of his more than 500 Facebook friends — one at a time, with a phonecall

Aug 30, 2019 00:05:41


James Avramenko is calling one of his Facebook friends every week — to tell them he's unfriending them online. He tells us why he's hoping those phone calls will move those online friendships back into the real world.

Math curriculum needs to get back to using 'more numbers than words,' says teacher

Aug 30, 2019 00:20:32


Ontario's provincial government is shaking up the math curriculum after fewer than half of Grade 6 students met the standard last year. We're asking teachers whether "going back to basics" adds up.

Wildly popular Popeyes chicken sandwich doesn't have to be a 'referendum on black culture': writer

Aug 29, 2019 00:19:48


A new Popeyes chicken sandwich became a viral sensation, with customers lining up for hours and a lot of overworked staff. But the online discussion quickly became a vehicle to shame black people, according to one writer. He argues that instead of a "referendum on black culture," maybe a sandwich can just be a sandwich.

Doctors share responsibility in the 'perfect storm' of Canada's opioid crisis, expert says

Aug 28, 2019 00:20:13


What role did doctors play in the opioid crisis, and what responsibility do they bear? We talk to two physicians about the crisis, and how to move forward in helping those whose lives are caught up in it.

Removing anti-immigration billboards is censorship, says columnist

Aug 27, 2019 00:19:54


We're discussing the removal of billboards telling Canadians to "Say NO to Mass Immigration," after complaints they were promoting anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric. With the federal election just weeks away, what are Canadians concerns about immigration, and how do we discuss them?

People using CBD oil for depression, bipolar disorder without consulting doctors: expert

Aug 26, 2019 00:20:19


The cannabis extract CBD oil has become popular for claims it relieves a list of ailments including chronic pain, depression — and your cat's anxiety. But beyond the hype and hope, experts argue we need more research into how — and if — it works.

Brazil wary of foreign help with Amazon fires over fear region is 'ripe for invasion': writer

Aug 26, 2019 00:19:13


As fires rage across South America and the Amazon Rainforest, we look at the public anger and pressure being directed at politicians to do more to save what's often called "the lungs of the Earth."

Protests in Hong Kong are a source of discord for families here in Canada, says activist

Aug 22, 2019 00:20:06


The protests in Hong Kong are causing divisions among families and friends in the diaspora. We talk to two Hong Kong Canadians about what kinds of conversations they're having at the dinner table.

Your smartphone is ruining your sex life, says renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth

Aug 21, 2019 00:14:18


Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been offering advice on sex and intimacy for decades, and she's not done yet. She speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about a new documentary on her life and career, and why she thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives.

Protecting jobs is no defence in wake of SNC-Lavalin ethics report: Conservative strategist

Aug 21, 2019 00:19:18


Our national affairs panel looks at how the SNC-Lavalin report could affect the fall election, and whether the prime minister's defence that he was looking out for jobs holds water.

Canadian-made Ebola vaccine could have saved more lives if research was funded earlier: microbiologist

Aug 20, 2019 00:16:55


A Canadian microbiologist who helped develop the Ebola vaccine currently being used to save lives in Congo is frustrated because he believes it could have been used to save more lives if governments and pharmaceutical companies committed to its funding and support years earlier.

'I'm myself now': What it's like to come out as gay late in life

Aug 20, 2019 00:19:27


Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson spoke openly about his sexuality for the first time in a column in the Ottawa Citizen. Coming out of the closet is an intensely personal decision no matter what the age. We speak to two people who, like Watson, came out later in life.

Shaming people into fighting climate change won't work, says expert

Aug 19, 2019 00:19:59


First up on the show today, we're asking whether the "flight shame" movement helps — or hurts — climate activism. One expert says inspiring people is a more effective way to create change.

Mosquitoes are 'our most deadly predator,' even weaponized by Nazis, says author

Aug 16, 2019 00:23:24


Author Timothy Winegard tells about his new book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator. It's abuzz with facts about the insects, including the role they played in creating gin and tonic, and how they are implicated in the rise (and fall) of the Roman Empire.

Conspiracy theories over Jeffrey Epstein's death will always move faster than evidence: expert

Aug 16, 2019 00:20:04


We discuss why the death of Jeffrey Epstein has spawned a rash of conspiracy theories. One expert tells us that while social media may have played a role in spreading the theories, the simple fact is that evidence moves slowly, and chatter moves fast.

Google Earth project about Indigenous languages feels like 'tourism,' scholar says

Aug 15, 2019 00:10:32


A new Google Earth project aims to celebrate Indigenous languages, but Canadian scholar Jennifer Wemigwans is less than impressed. She tells us why we need better tools to preserve and revitalize endangered tongues.

Conservatives may not win new voters, but will use SNC-Lavalin ethics report to galvanize base: pollster

Aug 15, 2019 00:20:34


Our national affairs panel weighs in on the ethics commissioner's findings on the SNC-Lavalin affair. As party leaders line up to condemn the prime minister, we explore how different parties will try to leverage the report ahead of the federal election.

Summer camps and facial recognition

Aug 14, 2019 00:20:29


Today on The Current, we explore summer camps that are deploying facial recognition technology to send anxious parents image updates of their unsuspecting kids.

Bianca Andreescu could be role model for next generation of Canadian tennis stars, says Patricia Hy

Aug 13, 2019 00:10:27


Former professional player Patricia Hy says that Bianca Andreescu's Rogers Cup win could turn her into an amazing role model for the next generation of Canadian players — but she'll need to be wary of the distractions that come with being a high-profile athlete.

Chinese intervention in Hong Kong protests could change the region 'as we know it': former diplomat

Aug 13, 2019 00:20:33


As protests close Hong Kong airport for a second day, we explore how the unrest is being portrayed in mainland China. We speak to an activist in Canada, and a former diplomat who warns that an intervention could be on the table.

Ordinary people paying the real price as governments face off over Kashmir: analyst

Aug 12, 2019 00:20:41


We discuss the situation in Kashmir, talking to people with family caught up in the political tensions.

This filmmaker wanted to help people get over their Islamophobia. So he offered them a free trip to Egypt

Aug 12, 2019 00:16:33


Canadian-Egyptian Tarek Mounib wanted Islamophobes in the U.S. to explore what drove their prejudice, so he offered them a free trip to Egypt. We talk to the filmmaker, and a woman who took him up on his offer.

Canada's oldest nudist club is marking its 80th anniversary

Aug 9, 2019 00:07:51


Birthday suits of all shapes and sizes will be on display Saturday as Canada's oldest nudist club marks its 80th anniversary in Vancouver.

How Canadian farmers are 'leading the front' on sustainable agriculture to protect food stability

Aug 9, 2019 00:12:48


In the wake of a damning UN-backed report about the links between climate change, land use and food resources, Megz Reynolds says Canadian farmers are "leading the front" on sustainable agriculture practices that curb greenhouse gas emissions.

'A lot of speculation': Mystery replaces fear in Gillam, Man., where pursuit of B.C. suspects ended

Aug 8, 2019 00:18:05


A sense of relief and mystery has replaced weeks of fear in a remote northern Manitoba community where a lengthy cross-Canada hunt for homicide suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ended Wednesday with the discovery of two bodies, says Tessa Vanderhart.

Domestic terrorism charge would help track 'mobilization of violence' online, former FBI agent says

Aug 7, 2019 00:19:59


U.S. authorities need to attach a federal penalty to domestic terrorism in order for law enforcement to combat violent ideology online that apparently triggered the El Paso, Texas, attack, says Clint Watts.

This Syrian refugee spent months stuck in a Malaysian airport. Now he wants to bring 200 migrants to Canada

Aug 6, 2019 00:19:07


Hassan Al Kontar wants to give up to 200 asylum seekers who have spent years detained in Australia's disputed offshore immigration system the same freedom he was given: a chance to resettle in Canada.

Victims of El Paso attack could sue 8chan forum linked to alleged gunman, extremism expert says

Aug 5, 2019 00:19:55


Survivors and the families of those killed in the El Paso, Texas, shooting over the weekend could sue the alt-right forum 8chan because it appears responsible for stoking violence, an extremism expert says.

How the Conservatives and Liberals are trying to score political points ahead of the election

Aug 2, 2019 00:17:48


As party leaders test out their campaign messages ahead of the October federal election, Richard Warnica highlights the hurdle Justin Trudeau's Liberals face is being able to convey a decisive plan to voters.

Canada has 'no reason' to support U.S. plan to import prescription drugs, expert says

Aug 1, 2019 00:20:46


Canada has "no reason" to support the U.S. government's plan to allow imports of cheaper prescription drugs from north of the border, says Andre Picard, health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail.

Son of Wettlaufer victim hopes 'more vigilance' will come from Ontario long-term care inquiry

Jul 31, 2019 00:20:21


The son of serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer's last victim hopes the release of the highly anticipated public inquiry report into how the former nurse's attack on patients in Ontario long-term care facilities went undetected for years "will make the whole system better" and prevent similar crimes.

'He will never stop looking for us': Saudi sisters who fled allegedly abusive father seek asylum in Canada

Jul 30, 2019 00:20:00


Saudi sisters Dua and Dalal al-Showaiki claim they "didn't have any choice" but to flee their controlling and abusive father who tried to force them to abandon their dreams of independence in order to marry older, religious men.

'Not supported by foreign forces': Critics dispute China's claim Hong Kong protests fuelled by West

Jul 29, 2019 00:19:47


A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist is firing back at the Chinese government’s accusation the ongoing political crisis is fuelled by Western forces, calling it "absurd" and a tactic used to "stigmatize our movement."

18-year water crisis in Eabametoong First Nation 'would not be tolerated' anywhere else, chief says

Jul 26, 2019 00:10:23


A long-standing water crisis in Eabametoong First Nation in northern Ontario "would not be tolerated" anywhere else in Canada, said Chief Harvey Yesno.

Gun violence takes heavy toll on families of victims, trauma surgeon explains

Jul 26, 2019 00:24:28


As part of our One Bullet series, we spoke to two trauma surgeons who are faced with the reality of what bullets do to bodies and say gun violence is a public health issue.

Ignoring climate change is like 'putting off homework,' teen says

Jul 26, 2019 00:23:15


Young people fearing the effects of climate change walked out of school this spring, hoping their global day of action would push the older generation to take action. We speak to some of the youth involved.

Canada-wide pursuit for fugitives in B.C. killings is distinct from other landmark searches: criminologist

Jul 26, 2019 00:10:16


The nationwide hunt for two young B.C. men sought in three high-profile killings is distinct from other landmark pursuits of some of the most elusive criminals in Canada and the United States because of where they are believed to be hiding, according to a criminologist and former police officer.

Trying to get your dad joke to land? Just add a laugh track, study says

Jul 25, 2019 00:03:57


A new study has found that even the most groan-inducing dad joke can seem funnier with a bit of canned laughter. 

Jurors in traumatic trials need counselling and support, not just 'a coffee and a handshake': advocate

Jul 25, 2019 00:23:57


Jurors are often expected to examine extremely violent and disturbing cases, but despite a report from the justice committee urging change, advocates argue there is still a lack of counselling and support.

What Robert Mueller's testimony means for Democrats and Trump's political future

Jul 25, 2019 00:20:19


Former special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited testimony Wednesday did not deliver any bombshell revelations that Democrats sought but a political commentator highlights it was a "really important moment" to draw more attention to his final report.

Clint Malarchuk suffered a horrific sporting injury. But PTSD put his life in peril again, decades later

Jul 24, 2019 00:22:41


Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again. His story is part of our One Bullet series that takes a closer look at shootings in Canada.

Why there's a cross-border fight to save B.C.'s killer whales

Jul 24, 2019 00:24:17


A new CBC original podcast, Killers: J pod on the brink, dives deep into the elements putting B.C.'s orca population at risk and explores climate change, pollution and politics.

Puerto Ricans are 'tired of corruption,' activist says amid reports Gov. Ricardo Rossello set to resign

Jul 24, 2019 00:10:48


As Puerto Ricans anticipate Gov. Ricardo Rossello's resignation Wednesday after nearly two weeks of protests against his administration, a resident says many are hopeful his departure will clear the way for a "clean government."

As manhunt for 2 men rocks Northern B.C. community, some are 'thinking twice' about hiking, camping trips

Jul 24, 2019 00:10:01


The bombshell revelation that two men initially considered missing are now the main suspects in the deaths of three people in Northern B.C. is a "step towards closure" for residents, a CBC journalist says.

Will Boris Johnson deliver Brexit? Critics say new U.K. PM has 'been making up fiction' for decades

Jul 23, 2019 00:20:26


Boris Johnson handily won the Conservative leadership race on Tuesday and will succeed Theresa May as U.K. prime minister within a day. But critics warn the party has voted to "put a giant clown face on top of the country" who won't be able to deliver on his campaign promises.

Fatal sniper bullet was 'only solution' to end 2004 Union Station standoff, negotiator says

Jul 23, 2019 00:20:42


On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man with a long history of spousal abuse took a stranger hostage in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The gunman had just tried to kill his estranged wife at a nearby food court and was cornered by police in a tense standoff that captivated Canadians and ended with a sniper’s bullet. Hostage negotiator recalls the dramatic moment before he ordered a sniper to kill the gunman in The Current's series One Bullet.

This author is writing 365 children's stories, one each day, to 'make a better world' for his daughter

Jul 23, 2019 00:23:12


Matt Zurbo isn't the first person to write a book, or even a story, after being inspired by the birth of a first child. But he's going several hundred steps further: he's resolved to write one story a day, every day for an entire year.

8 years ago, a retired RCMP officer shot his spouse — and shattered multiple lives in the process

Jul 22, 2019 00:23:45


Four out of five victims in solved homicides are known to their killer. That was exactly the case for Lynn Kalmring, who was shot and killed by her common-law partner in 2011. As part of The Current's One Bullet series, we look at the dramatic effect her death continues to have on the people close to her.

'Far too many commonalities': Trump's tweets serve as reminder Canada and U.S. need to combat racism

Jul 22, 2019 00:20:27


U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets attacking four ethnically diverse congresswomen has launched a firestorm of national discourse around racism, but a Canadian activist points out rhetoric that stokes fear and hatred toward minority groups doesn't stop at the border.

Unsolved death of high school basketball star leaves mother pleading for a witness

Jul 22, 2019 00:19:47


Justin Shephard, a promising high school basketball star, was 19 when he was gunned down near his Toronto home in 2001. Nearly two decades later, his mother Audette is still waiting for someone to come forward and identify the shooter. Her story is part of The Current's series, One Bullet, which examines the impact of gun violence in Canada.

Love, anger and grief: Animals can display wide range of humanlike emotions, says author

Jul 19, 2019 00:27:03


Do chimpanzees feel love the same way that humans do? Author and primatologist Frans de Waal says yes — and not only that, he claims many animals feel a wide range of emotions that have historically been considered exclusive to the human race.

CBC podcast The Pit traces disappearance of Saskatchewan woman, co-host says

Jul 19, 2019 00:12:56


In 2015, Sheree Fertuck left her parent's farm in Kenaston, Sask., to work at the nearby gravel pit. Her semi-truck was found the next morning abandoned at the site. Investigators tirelessly searched the area with no trace. Fertuck's husband, Greg, has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. Co-host Alicia Bridges interviewed him from behind bars for CBC's investigative podcast series, The Pit.

How should Canada adopt e-scooters? These experts say regulation and safety measures are key

Jul 19, 2019 00:16:24


A number of Canadian cities are divided over how to tackle the electric scooter. The transportation method has already rolled into major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, along with a focus on enforcement and safety. We speak to three experts about whether the challenges of this dockless technology overshadow the benefits.

The Lion King is a fascist fable that portrays a 'hyper-conservative political view,' cultural theorist argues

Jul 19, 2019 00:09:53


The new remake of The Lion King opened in theatres Friday, and Dutch cultural theorist Dan Hassler-Forest says the narrative path of the Disney classic unpacks an ideological agenda by way of who rules the animal kingdom.

Refusing to be ignored, Roberta Bondar took up space as Canada's 1st female astronaut

Jul 18, 2019 00:24:10


When she was a girl, Roberta Bondar dreamed of going into space. But at the time, every astronaut she saw on the evening news was a man. She resolved to make sure she was so qualified to join them that no one could ignore her — so she got four degrees.

Astrophysicist hopes history's trailblazing women can help young girls look to the stars

Jul 18, 2019 00:27:00


In a conversation last February, astrophysicist Jo Dunkley told Anna Maria Tremonti that as our understanding of the universe gets more complex, she's worried that people are daunted by trying to understand outer space. She wants everyone to look to the stars, especially young girls who could be inspired by trailblazing female scientists that came before them.

Behind the scenes of the moon landing: NASA did incredible work, but almost forgot the flag, says author

Jul 18, 2019 00:19:43


Author Charles Fishman recounts the amazing behind-the-scenes efforts to get Apollo 11 to the moon 50 years ago. His new book, One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, takes a look back on that achievement.

Nuking the oilsands: Why Ernest Manning wanted nuclear weapons to jumpstart Alberta's oil industry

Jul 17, 2019 00:22:20


Darren Dochuk's new book, Anointed with Oil, looks at the connection between Christianity and the oil industry, including how late premier Ernest Manning opened up the oilsands for development in the late 1960s. Dochuk talks us through that history, including an aborted plan to set off nuclear weapons under the oilsands.

The new 007 will be a 'strong, black woman.' How are fans of James Bond reacting?

Jul 17, 2019 00:07:52


We speak to writer Eliana Dockterman about how James Bond fans are reacting to the reported casting of Lashana Lynch as the new 007.

Social media can be a 'toxic space' for young people, says woman who took 2-year hiatus

Jul 17, 2019 00:18:46


A new study looks at how social media is affecting teenagers' mental health. We talk to two young people about how they use those platforms, and what they do to manage the potentially harmful effects.

Want to fight the hordes of rats in our cities? Start with the data, expert says

Jul 16, 2019 00:09:52


Our cities may be an appealing habitat for rats, but what can we do when their numbers reach infestation levels? We hear from two women whose homes have fallen victim to a network of rat tunnels, and an expert who says our approach to eradicating them might be part of the problem.

'Call a spade a spade': Trump tweets about congresswomen were racist: liberal activist

Jul 16, 2019 00:20:36


U.S. President Donald Trump drew global criticism after tweeting that four congresswomen of colour should "go back" to the countries they came from, but many Republicans remained silent. We discuss the controversy with people on both sides of the political divide.

Space archeologist says heritage protections needed to stop people trampling the moon landing site

Jul 15, 2019 00:11:24


Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon, some scientists are arguing that we should preserve our space heritage the way we would any historical site on Earth. We look at the push to protect historical sites that are out of this world.

New Orleans spared worst predictions of downgraded Barry, but hurricane season is just beginning

Jul 15, 2019 00:20:18


Barry was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday, but that doesn't mean the threat is over for the Gulf Coast U.S. states. We speak to people on the ground who are trying to cope with power outages and flash-flood warnings.

Climate change is making flights more turbulent, meteorologist says. Here's what to do about it

Jul 12, 2019 00:12:32


More than three dozen people were injured when Air Canada Flight 33 suddenly hit clear air turbulence early this week. Paul Williams, an atmospheric science professor at the University of Reading, warns that changes in the jet stream are "completely invisible" and almost impossible to detect.

After deadly 2018 heatwave, Montreal scientists are working on science of keeping cool

Jul 12, 2019 00:17:25


We visit a heat lab in Montreal, where scientists are testing the tricks we all use to keep cool. They're looking for the science behind how we cope when the mercury is rising.

Jeffrey Epstein case suggests a 'panoply of different powerful men covering for each other': Molly Jong-Fast

Jul 11, 2019 00:20:01


Writer Molly Jong-Fast thinks the allegations of sex trafficking against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein point to a wider problem of power and corruption in society. "This has been a sort of panoply of different powerful men covering for each other," she said.

Flying fish? Migrating salmon trapped in Fraser River Canyon could be helicoptered out, says biologist

Jul 11, 2019 00:09:02


A landslide has trapped thousands of salmon in B.C.'s Fraser River Canyon, preventing the fish from making it to their spawning ground. Scientists are racing to find a way to free them — including the option of using helicopters to airlift the fish.

Conservative premiers' unity means the system is working 'in a weird and twisted way,' says columnist

Jul 10, 2019 00:20:10


Our national affairs panel discusses what to expect from the provincial premiers' annual meeting, and what it can tell us about the upcoming federal election.

Introducing Uncover: The Cat Lady Case

Jul 9, 2019 00:34:15


What happened to Joan Lawrence? In episode one of Uncover: The Cat Lady Case, investigative journalist Zander Sherman sheds light on one of cottage country’s darkest crimes. All six episodes are available right now. Subscribe to Uncover for free wherever you get your podcasts.

Protecting right whales needs a more proactive approach: researcher

Jul 9, 2019 00:18:21


Three right whales were spotted tangled in fishing gear this week. We ask Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson if enough is being done to protect them, and speak to a frustrated researcher who argues that it isn't.

CBC podcast Uncover: The Cat Lady Case looks at how a local legend disappeared — and became a mystery

Jul 8, 2019 00:15:36


An enigmatic woman called Joan Lawrence became a local legend for the community of Huntsville, Ontario, where she became known as "Cat Lady." That legend became a mystery when she disappeared twenty years ago, but now a new CBC podcast, Uncover: The Cat Lady Case, takes another look at her story.

Separation of families at Canadian border is creating 'invisibly detained children': advocate

Jul 8, 2019 00:16:07


We explore the impact on children being separated from their parents at border crossings — not just in the U.S., but around the world.

Migrants killed in Libyan airstrike were waiting to go home, says UN worker

Jul 5, 2019 00:19:02


Migrants stopped from entering Europe are often detained in Libya, but an airstrike on a detention centre near Tripoli on Tuesday has renewed safety concerns. We discuss the dangers for people in detention, and ask whether there's a political will to address them.

Canada needs to do more to combat disinformation in upcoming election: ex-justice minister

Jul 4, 2019 00:09:13


Canada needs to do more to guard against potential meddling in the upcoming federal election by cracking down on social media giants, says former justice minister Allan Rock.

Why E. Jean Carroll waited almost 25 years to accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault

Jul 4, 2019 00:19:48


Last month, advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid 1990s. While he denies the allegation, she tells us why she waited so long to make it.

Newspaper editorial cartoons face 'existential threat' from advertisers, online memes: artist

Jul 3, 2019 00:20:59


Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Nick Anderson says that newspapers are growing increasingly "gun-shy" about running editorial cartoons about controversial topics, thanks in part to growing pressure from advertisers, shrinking newsroom budgets and online meme culture.

A tour of the flooded Toronto Islands, from the kids exploring their new watery world

Jul 2, 2019 00:05:10


Months of flooding is making life harder for residents on Toronto Islands, with lots of sandbagging, and pumps running day and night. But while patience may be wearing thin for the adults, some of the younger residents are finding it all just a little exciting. We take a tour with some children exploring their new, watery world.

Land acknowledgements can be used as tools to erase Indigenous people's presence, says writer

Jul 2, 2019 00:20:22


Last week, Pride Toronto apologized for a land acknowledgement that failed to mention Indigenous communities, or the origins of the territory on which the events took place. We speak to a panel of experts about what these acknowledgements mean — and what you need to know before you make one.

Canada geese wreak havoc in U.S., the mystery of Oak Island

Jul 1, 2019 01:14:24


Today on The Current: Canada geese have been wreaking havoc all over the U.S. and here's how experts are humanely trying to control their populations; then, the mysterious allure of Oak Island in Nova Scotia, site of the world’s longest-running treasure hunt; and writer Ann Hui explores uniquely Chinese-Canadian food across the country.

Why Canada can expect more heat waves, mapping the world's birds

Jun 28, 2019 01:13:11


Today on The Current: Brutally hot weather is gripping large parts of western and central Europe and we hear from a tour guide in Rome about how she's coping, along with an extreme weather expert who says Canada needs to plan for rising temperatures; we also talk to the creator of an app that lets users log their bird sightings to gather important data about the species; and we continue with Episode 5 from the CBC podcast Uncover: The Village.

Democratic Party needs to figure out 'what it wants to be going into the 21st century,' prof says

Jun 27, 2019 00:19:55


Across the United States, Democrats are sizing up a long list of presidential candidates, trying to determine who is the best fit to square off against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Three voters discuss their early favourites and what issues mean the most to them.

50 years after Stonewall riots, LGBT rights are in 'midst of a backlash,' says activist

Jun 26, 2019 00:20:26


As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City approaches, we look back on the pivotal moment in the history of LGBT rights, and the progress still left to be made.

Sidewalk Labs' $1.3B plan for Toronto's waterfront is bad for democracy, critic says

Jun 25, 2019 00:20:16


Sidewalk Labs's master development plan for the Toronto waterfront is out. While critics say it's a recipe for a dystopian, surveilled future, supporters say there's promise in the proposal and the future of smart cities, which aim to use technology and data to make communities more efficient. We hear arguments from both sides of the debate.

'Little by little': How this woman is saying goodbye to single-use plastics

Jun 25, 2019 00:07:25


Concerns over mounds of Canadian plastic waste in Malaysia and the Philippines have amplified the issue of non-recyclable plastic. We explore what it would take to reduce the use of single-use plastics in daily life.

Migrant kids in U.S. detention are separated from adults for their own safety, says former immigration judge

Jun 24, 2019 00:20:05


Lawyers representing migrant children at the southern U.S. border say the minors are being held without access to necessities like soap or toothpaste, and that many are falling ill in facilities where kids are left to care for kids. One of the lawyers tells The Current that conditions are terrible, while a former judge says the concerns are overblown.

Adult playgrounds 'reignite' childhood joy, but is that a good thing?

Jun 24, 2019 00:10:04


An indoor playground designed for adults opened in Toronto earlier this year, part of a trend gaining popularity worldwide. Despite being good fun, some experts say they can help adults deal with stress and emotional issues. Others say it's time we all just grew up a little. We hear both sides of the argument.

Digital exclusive: Anna Maria Tremonti takes questions from her listeners

Jun 21, 2019 00:22:14


After her final show as the host of The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti passed the microphone to the live studio audience. The veteran journalist answered questions on everything from her favourite books, to how her parents felt when she ran off to cover wars around the world, to why she started her career as 'Terri Tremonti.'

There is fascism in the air around the world, says famed novelist Arundhati Roy

Jun 21, 2019 00:25:48


One of India's most celebrated writers, Arundhati Roy, says that "fascism is in the air" in her homeland, and warns that the same thing is happening all over the world.

How Instagram saved the egg: Author argues social media has changed the way we eat

Jun 21, 2019 00:24:36


Food writer Bee Wilson says that the food we eat has changed dramatically over two generations, and so has our relationship with it. Her new book explores how the pressures of contemporary life has left us all eating the same thing, but without really much time to eat it, and sometimes not even knowing what we're putting in our bodies.

Trump cancelling strike on Iran was both a warning, and an offer to negotiate: expert

Jun 21, 2019 00:17:44


After the downing of an American military drone, the U.S. planned limited strikes on Iran Thursday, and then abruptly cancelled them. We discuss tensions between the two countries, and fears that they could lead to outright hostilities.

Our humanity 'shines' when we connect: What Anna Maria Tremonti has learned from hosting The Current

Jun 20, 2019 00:18:41


Carol Off, host of As It Happens, interviews Anna Maria Tremonti about her time as a foreign correspondent and about her departure from the show.

Anna Maria Tremonti hosts her final edition of The Current

Jun 20, 2019 01:10:42


After 17 seasons on the air, Anna Maria Tremonti is hanging up the microphone as host of the CBC's flagship current affairs radio show, The Current. For her final outing, she hosted a special live show in the heart of the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto — featuring music, a live audience, special guests, and more.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Neil Harbisson the cyborg

Jun 19, 2019 00:19:10


In 2014, Anna Maria Tremonti chatted with self-described cyborg Neil Harbisson, who has a surgically-implanted device that has given him a sixth sense — the ability to hear colour. We listen back on that musical conversation.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Paul Salopek the pilgrim

Jun 19, 2019 00:26:15


It's been more than six years since Paul Salopek set off on his trek across the world on foot. Along the way, he's been checking in with Tremonti to share the stories of his journey. We revisit some of their previous conversations, and get one final update from the traveller.

Pipeline debates a sign of polarizing election campaign to come, says columnist

Jun 19, 2019 00:20:31


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the approval of the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and our weekly national affairs panellists weigh in on this latest twist in the long-running fight, including how it might shape the fall election.

Are saltwater beavers a thing? Scientists observe Canadian critters in potentially deadly habitat

Jun 18, 2019 00:24:48


Our documentary A Salty Tail explores beaver behaviour that is puzzling scientists. Canada's national animal is being discovered in saltwater intertidal zones, despite the long-held understanding that the rodents only live in freshwater. Are saltwater beavers actually a thing?

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: The Bosnian women who bore children of war

Jun 18, 2019 00:22:04


As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 seasons as the show’s host.

Quebec's new immigration law could be attempt to win more powers from Ottawa: expert

Jun 18, 2019 00:20:17


Bill 9, the newly passed immigration legislation in Quebec, would allow the government to cancel thousands of in-progress immigration applications and impose a values test that would-be immigrants will need to pass in order to become a permanent resident.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Esther the Wonder Pig

Jun 17, 2019 00:25:17


We listen back to one of Anna Maria Tremonti's favourite interviews, with the owners of Esther the Wonder Pig. Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter moved to the countryside, stop eating meat and started an animal rescue farm all because the 650-pound beauty — initially thought to be a micro pig — entered their lives and hearts.

Turn away from social media and join 'Team Human,' urges author

Jun 17, 2019 00:24:17


Author and digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff argues that human beings are special in how they thrive off of connecting with one another. Technology makes these connections harder to maintain, he argues, and we must push back against the tech that is isolating and repressing us.

Time is 'ripe' for big businesses to get behind Canadian basketball: Men's national team GM

Jun 17, 2019 00:19:52


Two million fans are expected to show up to the Raptors' victory parade in downtown Toronto Monday morning. That kind of interest should lead to corporate sponsorship that can be used to grow the game, according to leading figures in the sport.

Raptors fan ditches prom to watch his team 'make history' in NBA championships

Jun 14, 2019 00:20:05


Raptors fans across the world are waking up to the team's first day as NBA champions. We look back at a night of victory and raucous celebration, and what the sacrifices that some fans have made on the road here.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable moments: The man who shared his $25M lottery jackpot

Jun 14, 2019 00:18:57


As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 seasons as the show’s host.

'This is just the beginning': Raptors' win signals new chapter in Canadian basketball

Jun 14, 2019 00:23:55


Raptors fans across the world are waking up to the team's first day as NBA champions. We look back at a night of victory and raucous celebration, and ahead to what the win might mean for the future of basketball in Canada.

CNN's Jim Acosta chronicles reporting under Trump, combating 'enemy of the people' rhetoric in new book

Jun 13, 2019 00:24:10


As CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta has been on the receiving end of multiple anti-fake news remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump. In his new book, Acosta reflects on his career in a position that is regularly subject to attacks from Trump supporters and the president himself.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Malala Yousafzai

Jun 13, 2019 00:27:33


We look back on Anna Maria Tremonti's 2013 chat with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, which took place a year after the young woman was shot by the Taliban — and a year before she won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hong Kong authorities are inciting protest violence, says singer and activist Denise Ho

Jun 13, 2019 00:19:24


Police in Hong Kong cracked down on pro-democracy protesters Wednesday by using tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray. Singer, actor and activist Denise Ho says the violence was provoked by police, not protesters.

Jason Kenney is using 'economic outreach' to connect with First Nations, says columnist

Jun 12, 2019 00:24:56


The federal government is expected to make a final decision about the Trans Mountain pipeline by next Tuesday. Our national affairs panel discusses how pipeline politics, and competing climate change strategies, will be major issues in this year's federal election.

On the Line: Meet the people living along the proposed path of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion

Jun 12, 2019 00:45:41


Anna Maria Tremonti recently travelled the 1,150 km route of the Trans Mountain pipeline, to meet the people whose lives have become tangled up in the debate about its expansion.

85 years gold: Why Madhur Jaffrey would rather spice up her career than slow down

Jun 11, 2019 00:24:05


Madhur Jaffrey's latest incarnation as a rapping grandma in a music video is proof that the 85-year-old has no plans of slowing down. The "queen of Indian cooking" discusses her new cookbook, as well as politics, the Instant Pot and her-hip hop cameo with Anna Maria Tremonti.

How Toronto Raptors' breakthrough year helps inspire Canada's next generation of basketball players

Jun 11, 2019 00:19:33


Despite a heartbreaking, one-point loss to the Golden State Warriors last night, Toronto Raptors and basketball fever is at an all-time high in Canada.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Firefighters in Fort McMurray

Jun 11, 2019 00:25:58


Anna Maria Tremonti looks back to 2016, when she spoke to firefighters who were battling the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, B.C.

Men need to stand up and apologize for sexual abuse, says Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler

Jun 10, 2019 00:24:18


Groundbreaking playwright Eve Ensler's new book is an apology, written as a letter to herself, from her abusive father. Find out why she chose to write from her deceased father's perspective and how it helped her cope with the trauma of the past.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: When Henry Kissinger walked out

Jun 10, 2019 00:08:56


In another instalment of Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable moments on The Current, we revisit her conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger from 2003, when the interview took an unexpected turn.

Little fish, big impact: How the loss of herring hurts more than our oceans

Jun 10, 2019 00:16:30


Herring are a small fish that play a massive role in the marine ecosystem. We examine what the animal's declining population numbers mean for the oceans - and us.

Colombia, other Latin American countries strained by flow of Venezuelan refugees, says filmmaker

Jun 10, 2019 00:19:43


As neighbouring countries deal with a "staggering" number of refugees from Venezuela, the worsening situation becomes the second-biggest migrant crisis in the world after Syria. The UN is renewing its call for international help, and we discuss the unique role Canada could play in a possible solution.

Don't pity the single ladies, author says - they're probably happier than you

Jun 7, 2019 00:24:51


A new book suggests that while society expects them to be sad and lonely, single women who don't have children are actually a very happy population. Not everyone agrees with the idea, however. We chat with the author, as well as people on either side of the debate.

Despite growing audience, women's soccer still fighting for respect, says journalist

Jun 7, 2019 00:19:38


The Women's World Cup kicks off in France today, and FIFA is expecting record-breaking viewership numbers. But advocates for women in soccer say the organisation - and the world - still don't take the sport seriously.

Why Jully Black wants kids to put down their phones and make a connection

Jun 7, 2019 00:23:28


A lot of people would agree that they spend too much time staring at a screen - but many of us still have a hard time tearing ourselves away. We talk to two people who want you to put down your phone, and think about the "attention economy."

Centuries of intrigue, turmoil and death: Why treasure hunters can't stay away from Oak Island

Jun 6, 2019 00:21:48


No one knows what's buried on Nova Scotia's Oak Island - or even whether there's anything buried there at all. This hasn't stopped explorers from hunting for treasure on the island for centuries. Author Randall Sullivan dug into the history and lore of the land, which he shares with Anna Maria Tremonti.

How to die well: What David Maginley has learned from counselling hundreds on their deathbeds

Jun 6, 2019 00:28:08


David Maginley is a hospital chaplain who sits with people on their deathbed. He shares the most common regrets people reveal, and what's holding them back from being at peace in their final hours.

As the situation worsens in Sudan, how should the rest of the world respond?

Jun 6, 2019 00:20:24


Dozens of Sudanese pro-democracy protesters were shot and killed this week when armed forces stormed a sit-in in Khartoum. What led up to that moment, and how should the international community respond? A man who was at the protest shares his story, as well as a Sudan researcher and analyst.

A tour of flooded Toronto Island from the kids who live there

Jun 5, 2019 00:04:50


Lake Ontario's levels have reached record-breaking numbers. We meet a few children of Toronto Island, who are getting used to their watery new surroundings.

Anna Maria Tremonti's favourite interviews: Werner Herzog

Jun 5, 2019 00:27:47


As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonit looks back at some of her favourite conversations from her 17 years as the show's host.

Former Jehovah's Witness says she was turned away from the religion for having doubts

Jun 5, 2019 00:19:50


Amber Scorah was a Jehovah's Witness in Shanghai, trying to bring new converts on board. But then she left - both the country and the faith. Her new book Leaving the Witness chronicles why and how she got out.

Indigenous communities need to see government action on MMIWG, not just words, says reporter

Jun 5, 2019 00:19:48


Indigenous communities were critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking a day to say his government accepts that the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls across Canada amount to an act of "genocide," says APTN reporter Kathleen Martens.

Why global access to female contraceptives is critical to Melinda Gates' philanthropy

Jun 4, 2019 00:24:26


Melinda Gates speaks with Anna Maria Tremonti about her new book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World, and how billionaire philanthropy is a piece of the puzzle in achieving global equity.

'Warnings were ignored': New CBC podcast explores pervasive past of sexual abuse at Ottawa high school

Jun 4, 2019 00:24:44


For decades, an Ottawa high school was the site of sexual abuse, violation of trust and a lack of action by authorities. A new CBC Podcast, The Band Played On, investigates what took place behind closed doors and why it fell on deaf ears for so long.

Call what happened to Indigenous women a genocide so we can move forward, says MMIWG inquiry's lead counsel

Jun 4, 2019 00:20:41


The inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women concludes there has been a "Canadian genocide," a term that has prompted mixed reactions. We discuss why the report used the term, and whether Canadians will understand what it means in this context.

Populist leaders offer 'mesmerizing promise' to lure voters into a dictatorship, warns author

Jun 3, 2019 00:24:04


Author Ece Temelkuran says Western countries should look to today's Turkey as a warning for what can happen when polarization and arguing drowns out the state of democracy.

'This isn't over': MMIWG inquiry wraps, but much work remains, says sister of missing woman

Jun 3, 2019 00:20:12


The national inquiry into MMIWG calls the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women a 'Canadian genocide.' We explore what the report will mean for the victims' families.

RIM co-founder warns of dire consequences if big data, tech are left unchecked

Jun 3, 2019 00:23:36


Former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie has spoken out about the business practices of large tech companies and how the government is failing to regulate them.

Last Mohawk code talker 'lit up' at praise for helping WWII Allies: granddaughter

May 31, 2019 00:10:29


We speak with the daughter and granddaughter of Louis Levi Oakes, the last of the Second World War Mohawk code talkers. He died this week, at the age of 94.

Could the U.S. abortion battle spill over to Canada? The answer's a bit murky: writer

May 31, 2019 00:19:42


With abortion rights under fire in the U.S., could a similar debate happen here in Canada? We speak with CBC columnist Robyn Urback.

Support your local drag queen: What three queens - from ages 10 to 87 - think about RuPaul's Drag Race

May 31, 2019 00:24:09


The world of drag is firmly in the mainstream these days, thanks to television shows like RuPaul's Drag Race. We talk to some performers about how this newfound popularity is affecting the art form.

How a B.C. man is navigating life after a fentanyl overdose

May 31, 2019 00:16:06


CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman brings us a voice that's too often lost in the coverage of the opioid crisis: those who survive overdoses, but struggle with the aftermath.

Cancelling plans and spending thousands: Meet the sports superfans going all out

May 30, 2019 00:25:05


There are sports fans... and then there are superfans. We speak to the folks who live and breathe team colours, including skipping out on social obligations and spending thousands of dollars a year to support their team.

Following death of his 2-year-old daughter, this author had to find 'a way to live in the world again'

May 30, 2019 00:28:09


Jayson Greene and his wife Stacy lived through the unimaginable when their two-year-old daughter Greta died unexpectedly. Greene wrote a memoir to chronicle his journey from profound grief to healing; he shares that story with us.

'Little by little': How this woman is saying goodbye to single-use plastics

May 30, 2019 00:19:49


Concerns over mounds of Canadian plastic waste in Malaysia and the Philippines have amplified the issue of non-recyclable plastic. We explore what it would take to reduce the use of single-use plastics in daily life.

Wilson-Raybould, Philpott may have rejected the Greens to keep Liberal door open, pundit says

May 29, 2019 00:24:46


This week's panel discussion delves into privacy and democracy in an age of increasingly powerful tech companies, as well as the role of Independent MPs.

Facebook's head of public policy says he'd welcome regulation, but warns it's easier said than done

May 29, 2019 00:19:58


Kevin Chan, head of public policy for Facebook Canada, speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his company's record on privacy and the fight against fake news amid growing criticism, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg ignoring a summons to appear before the Canadian government.

UFO sightings by U.S. Navy should be taken seriously - but not too seriously, says astronomer

May 29, 2019 00:19:29


Recent UFO sightings have come from some unusually reliable sources, prompting the Pentagon to introduce new reporting regulations for pilots spotting things in the sky. Is the stigma of talking about flying saucers starting to fade?

Veteran Mount Everest climber describes crowds stepping over bodies in the snow

May 28, 2019 00:17:47


A recent spate of deaths on Mount Everest has prompted concerns over the numbers of climbers being allowed to attempt the summit. But one experienced climber say that individuals also bear a responsibility, and must have the humility to know when to turn back.

Hope can be a double-edged sword when life feels 'meaningless,' says author Mark Manson

May 28, 2019 00:25:56


In this vast universe, it's easy to feel as though life is fleeting. We talk to author Mark Manson about his latest book, Everything is F--ked: A Book About Hope, and why he says hope can be destructive to our happiness.

This B.C. woman lodged hundreds of 911 complaints about the homeless. Now she's advocating for them

May 27, 2019 00:23:59


We bring you the story of a B.C. woman who spent nearly 15 years trying to bar the homeless from trespassing on her property, but is now advocating for them.

How fear of the Soviets inspired a U.S. scheme to bomb the moon

May 27, 2019 00:25:41


When the Soviet Union successfully launched the Sputnik spacecraft into orbit in 1957, the U.S. reacted with fear and a desire to prove its own worth. The solution? A proposal to detonate nuclear weapons on the moon. Author Vince Houghton tells us all about it.

Theresa May's successor will face 'exactly same problem' of divided Britain, says historian

May 24, 2019 00:19:59


British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her departure date, after months of crises and humiliation over her Brexit plan. But her resignation won't solve the larger problems with Brexit, says author and historian Anne Applebaum.

B.C. ruling will 'dial down tension' on Trans Mountain, but not for long: professor

May 24, 2019 00:24:15


In a unanimous decision released Friday, the B.C. Court of Appeal says British Columbia does not have the right to impose environmental laws that could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Canada's wild pig populations are on the rise. How big of a problem is this?

May 24, 2019 00:25:18


Wild pigs are smart, hardy, and multiplying, proving to be a major force to contend with in cities, farmers fields and beyond. Their numbers in Canada are rising - what could this population boom mean for us?

CBC's Jason D'Souza goes back to highschool

May 24, 2019 00:16:38


What happens when you send a journalist back to high school? CBC's Jason D'Souza brings the answer, having spent a month attending classes at L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey, B.C.

Tower of London welcomes its first raven chicks in 3 decades

May 24, 2019 00:07:58


Last fall, we introduced you to Christopher Skaife, the ravenmaster of the Tower of London. This spring, he's welcoming the first raven chick to have hatched on the property in 30 years. He tells us what new ravens mean for the fate of the kingdom.

'Deep grief, and outrage': Family of Colten Boushie shares frustration at justice system in new film

May 23, 2019 00:24:06


The shooting death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan in 2016 was national news. Now, a new documentary lingers on the perspective of his family, and puts their story in the context of how the Canadian legal system has treated Indigenous people. We speak to a member of the young man's family, one of their lawyers, and the documentary's director.

'They followed me everywhere': Reporter tailed, deterred while investigating Uighur detention in Xinjiang

May 23, 2019 00:25:46


What's really happening inside China's so-called "training camps" for the country's Uighur ethnic minority? Globe and Mail Asia correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe has been following that story for years; he tells Anna Maria Tremonti about what he's seen.

Fire-driven weather is 'new reality' for Canada and elsewhere, expert cautions

May 23, 2019 00:19:54


An evacuation order remains in place for High Level, Alta., as a wildfire rages south of the town. We hear from some of the people living in limbo, and examine a phenomenon you might not have heard of: the 'firenado.'

Case of 'white supremacist' professor raises debate about free speech vs. hate speech on campus

May 22, 2019 00:24:16


A University of New Brunswick professor has been criticized for his activities outside of the classroom, including appearances on far-right podcasts and YouTube channels, and authoring blog posts with headlines like "Only Whites Can Teach Western Civilization." Where does academic freedom end and hate speech begin? We discuss free speech in the university landscape.

Exploring the dark side of a widely-celebrated psychological experiment

May 22, 2019 00:25:48


Author Gina Perry explores Muzafer Sherif's famous 1950s experiment in "realistic conflict theory," where unknowing young boys were driven to conflict, in an effort to see if peace coulld then be engineered. Perry argues the experiment has a dark side, and should be considered in its full context.

Pipelines are irrelevant in the debate over Bill C-69, reporter argues

May 22, 2019 00:19:55


There are two controversial bills currently before the Senate, both with a focus on pipeline and the energy industry. Our national affairs panel unpacks the political pull between environmental concerns and economical incentives - and how it might impact the upcoming federal election.

Poland's LGBT community gets unexpected allies because of a painting looted by Nazis

May 21, 2019 00:24:49


Poland's LGBT community just gained a pair of unexpected allies in their fight for equality: a gay Californian couple who learned a painting in their kitchen was looted from the eastern European country by Nazis.

'A no-brainer': Why reporter Mark Bowden revisited crime case that haunted him for decades

May 21, 2019 00:26:26


Mark Bowden was a young reporter when two young sisters were abducted from a mall in 1975, and never found. Forty years later, police found a suspect that had been under their noses the whole time - and Bowden returned to the crime for his new book The Last Stone.

U.S.-Iran war unlikely: John Bolton is all bark, no bite, says columnist

May 21, 2019 00:19:20


Should the world be bracing for a U.S.-Iran war? We hear from the experts who have been keeping a close eye on the escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Medieval era was more diverse - and less violent - than Game of Thrones would have you believe, says expert

May 20, 2019 00:24:33


Game of Thrones has finally come to an end, after eight seasons of political power struggles, epic battles and dragons. We look at the show's cultural impact, as well as its treatment of women and people of colour.

Why this writer says burnout carries 'a different weight' for people of colour

May 20, 2019 00:27:11


A Buzzfeed essay arguing millennials have become the burnout generation has struck a chord with many people since it went viral this month, but one woman says burnout isn't a new phenomenon solely affecting white, middle-class people.

Original Toronto Raptor Tracy Murray on how the team became so important to Canadians

May 20, 2019 00:22:18


We look at the popularity of the Toronto Raptors, talking to Tracy Murray, one of the players who was there when it all began.

It will take 'rewiring all of us' to change myths about sexual assault victims: reporter

May 17, 2019 00:19:31


A 2012 video of an RCMP officer asking an Indigenous teenager if she was "turned on" by an alleged sexual assault was condemned as "absolutely abhorrent" by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale this week. We discuss the video, and what more needs to be done to support survivors.

Farmer says weed killer Roundup is vital to his businesses, despite allegations it causes cancer

May 17, 2019 00:24:56


Earlier this week, a jury awarded $2 billion US in damages to a California couple who claim the weed killer Roundup gave them cancer. But not everyone agrees that the chemical in question - glyphosate - is harmful, and some farmers here in Canada say it's vital to their work.

Niagara servers protest policy forcing them to share tips with management

May 17, 2019 00:24:38


Servers in Ontario are striking over changes to their tip out - the portion of tips they share with kitchen workers and other staff. One worker says the amount they gave away doubled overnight, and alleges it's all going to salaried managers. We look at tipping culture in Canada.

Alabama anti-abortion legislation shows 'abysmal lack of knowledge' on trauma of sexual assault: survivor

May 16, 2019 00:24:42


We look at the implications of Alabama's new restrictions on abortion. The legislation has no exceptions for rape or incest unless the mother's life is in danger, and threatens doctors who perform abortion with 99 years in jail.

Liberalism is constantly under siege but always comes out on top, says author

May 16, 2019 00:26:30


We speak to writer Adam Gopnik about his new book A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, and why he believes liberals have nothing to apologize for.

Money laundering is Canada's problem - not just the West Coast's, expert warns

May 16, 2019 00:20:24


B.C. is launching a public inquiry to examine money laundering in the province, after two reports found more than $7 billion was laundered in the province last year. We speak to two experts who say it's not just a west-coast problem, and all of Canada should be concerned.

You can help people with schizophrenia by looking past the delusion, says writer

May 15, 2019 00:24:21


Susan Doherty has been volunteering to help people with severe mental illness for more than a decade. She's written about what she's learned in her new book The Ghost Garden: Inside the Lives of Schizophrenia's Feared and Forgotten.

What today's labour movement can learn from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

May 15, 2019 00:27:51


On the 100th anniversary of what has become known as the Winnipeg General Strike, we take a look back at the milestone moment in the history of labour relations and politics for this country.

Mark Norman, SNC-Lavalin controversies may hamper Liberal election run: reporter

May 15, 2019 00:20:39


Our political panel weighs in on the fallout from the Mark Norman case, discussing it in light of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Could the consecutive controversies have an impact on the fall election?

Why the former chair of the TRC is worried about the Indian day school settlement

May 14, 2019 00:24:38


The federal government has offered survivors of Indian day schools a settlement - but is it enough? Former students are divided. We look at the settlement, and hear concerns from Sen. Murray Sinclair, who served as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

World's last male northern white rhino was 'ambassador of extinction': filmmaker

May 14, 2019 00:25:15


A new documentary chronicles Kenyan rangers and their efforts to care for the last northern white male rhino. The rangers wanted to bring audiences face-to-face with extinction and the challenges of protecting endangered wildlife.

History will judge 'reckless, even criminal' politicians ignoring climate change crisis: Elizabeth May

May 14, 2019 00:20:30


Elizabeth May has been at the helm of the federal Green Party for over a decade. What has this historic year for the party been like for her, and how will she leverage this momentum going into the fall election? She discusses these topics and more with Anna Maria Tremonti.

'We need to build allies': How Canada should navigate the escalating U.S.-China trade war

May 13, 2019 00:28:49


Tensions between China and the U.S. are escalating, with both countries imposing tariffs on the other's imports. We look at the dispute, and the knock-on effect it could have on Canada.

Your smartphone is ruining your sex life, says renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth

May 13, 2019 00:19:52


Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been offering advice on sex and intimacy for decades, and she's not done yet. She speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about a new documentary on her life and career, and why she thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives.

Surfing should be a 'rebel yell,' not an Olympic event, critic argues

May 13, 2019 00:19:46


Surfing will be an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, but not everyone agrees it should be included. Some surfers argue that it's a corporate move, which betrays the counterculture at the heart of catching some waves. We hear both sides of the debate.

Facebook has become one of world's 'most dangerous monopolies,' says expert

May 10, 2019 00:20:17


You may have had thoughts about breaking up with Facebook, by deleting your account. Now one of the company's co-founders is calling on Uncle Sam to dismantle the social media giant itself. But is it an idea worth "liking"? Our experts debate the pros and cons.

Harvard scientist fears advancements in genetic manipulation 'much more than war'

May 10, 2019 00:24:38


There are few things more frightening than the spectre of biological warfare - from anthrax to weaponized viruses. We speak with the man being recognized for his pioneering work in having biological weapons banned internationally.

Having less sex? Why experts say there's no need to panic

May 10, 2019 00:24:25


A recent study from Britain found people are having less sex, even though many respondents said they wanted to be having more. We ask why sex matters, and what it says that we're going with less of it.

What Uber's IPO could say about its role in the market

May 9, 2019 00:24:14


Uber is expected to make an initial public stock offering on Friday, in a move the tech giant hopes will raise billions of dollars. But it comes on the heels of protests by rideshare drivers who are worried about the ethical and economic implications of Uber's dominance. We'll hear from a driver who took part in Thursday's protests, and from a technology columnist who calls Uber a "moral stain" on Silicon Valley.

Many Americans 'shooting themselves in the foot' to maintain racial hierarchy: author

May 9, 2019 00:18:40


We speak with author Jonathan Metzl about his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland.

Kawhi Leonard could be the 'truly great player' Raptors need, sports writer says

May 9, 2019 00:08:24


They were once dismissed as a joke in purple uniforms. Now, the Toronto Raptors' fanbase and success has reached new heights, and they've proven themselves as legitimate playoff heavyweights. Sports writer Cathal Kelly joins us to explain the rise of the Raptors.

Why Bill 21 has some feeling freedom of expression is an 'illusion' in Quebec

May 9, 2019 00:20:22


If Quebec's Bill 21 gets the green light, some civil servants could be banned from wearing religious symbols on the job. But not everyone is on board with the idea. We hear from groups on both sides of the debate who are giving their two cents at the ongoing legislative hearings on the bill.

How the New York Times' top lawyer stands up to Trump's attacks on media

May 8, 2019 00:24:34


Lawyer David McCraw has fought some of the New York Times's toughest and most controversial legal battles. The newspaper's vice-president and deputy general counsel tells us about his new book, Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts.

'It's not fair that TB is still in Canada': One Nunavut woman on life with the disease

May 8, 2019 00:25:38


Tuberculosis is a disease many Canadians never have to worry about. But for some, it's an all-too-common fact of life. Kilikvak Karen Kabloona opens up about life with TB, and why a disease the rest of the country has largely done away with still has a hold in the North.

Scheer has yet to distinguish himself from previous Conservative leaders, expert says

May 8, 2019 00:18:46


After a tumultuous winter in Ottawa, Andrew Scheer's Conservatives find themselves at the top of the polls - just as this fall's federal election starts to come into focus. But who is he? And what does he stand for? Our political panel weighs in.

Meet the woman who went to the brink of death, and back, to treat her depression

May 7, 2019 00:32:20


Heather B. Armstrong went to the brink of death 10 times as part of an experiment trial to reverse the effects of depression on her brain. We speak to the author about the life-changing experience, and hear from an expert at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health about new technologies for treating depression.

Inclusive education isn't living up to its name, former special ed teacher says

May 7, 2019 00:16:38


On Monday, the New Brunswick government announced plans to track the number of students who attend school part-time because of behavioural or developmental issues. We hear from a parent and educational studies professor about just how inclusive - or not - the education system is, and what they think needs to change.

'A reaffirmation of what we know': Grim UN biodiversity report unsurprising to many scientists, First Nations

May 7, 2019 00:20:30


A new UN report paints a grim picture of the amount of damage done to the earth's biodiversity at the hands of humankind. Unnerving, yes, but are these findings unexpected? Not for First Nations communities and scientists, community members tell us.

As permafrost thaws in Canada's Arctic, locals and researchers raise 'alarm bells'

May 6, 2019 00:24:14


As the planet warms, its normally-frozen layer of permafrost is melting. We talk to northerners about how it's impacting their communities, and hear from a researcher studying the situation.

How the Satanic Temple aims to promote pluralism in the U.S.

May 6, 2019 00:25:40


We speak with the director of the new film Hail Satan? about a group called the Satanic Temple, and hear from the organization's co-founder about how it's working to defend pluralism.

Trial of NXIVM leader will reveal dark underbelly of sex cult, expert says

May 6, 2019 00:20:20


For almost two decades, NXIVM promised to help its members find self-fulfillment and personal success through courses and workshops. On Tuesday, its leader Keith Raniere will stand trial for his alleged role in the subjugation and abuse of women through the group, which the FBI has dubbed a cult. We speak to the host of the podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM about what to expect from the court proceedings, and hear from a woman who escaped a cult herself.

Military aid should only be a last resort for natural disaster relief, says expert

May 3, 2019 00:19:53


There are more soldiers deployed within Canada than there are overseas right now, with many of the personnel on home soil helping to battle the severe flooding in several provinces. But if climate change is going to make extreme weather more common, does Canada need to stop relying on the army, and create a new group to lead disaster relief?

Chinese police app 'illegally' tracks ethnic Uighurs' everyday lives, says Human Rights Watch

May 3, 2019 00:25:46


Human Rights Watch says it has proof of a massive system of state surveillance in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, and that it's being used to target the country's Uighur minority. The advocacy group says there's even an app used by police to log the minute details of an individual's movements, and build cases for detention.

As Frank Zappa is resurrected as a hologram, expert warns wishes of dead artists should be considered

May 3, 2019 00:23:59


Frank Zappa is the latest in a series of famous artists to have a hologram created in his image, giving people the chance to see a digital version of the performer, live in concert once more. But while some critics say these hologram concerts are an entertaining way to keep music alive, others argue that it's a morbid cash grab that doesn't consider the wishes of the dead.

China's one-child policy was enforced through abortion and sterilization, says documentary director

May 2, 2019 00:24:39


Two film directors, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, returned to their native China to examine the country's former one-child policy. They told Anna Maria Tremonti that they were shocked by what they found, and the violence with which it was enforced.

How a former rival had a change of heart about Caster Semenya's right to compete

May 2, 2019 00:27:38


Olympic champion Caster Semenya lost her appeal against the IAAF's testosterone rules, and many have embraced the move, saying it will level the playing field. The pushback, however, has also been swift; critics argue the decision is discriminatory, paternalistic and hypocritical.

Oilfields are economy of the past, expanding them would be like building a Blockbuster video, says lawyer

May 2, 2019 00:20:27


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney may have backed down from "turning off the taps" to B.C., but says his decision is only conditional upon B.C. reversing its opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Indie opera is enticing newcomers, but is it enough to keep the genre relevant?

May 1, 2019 00:26:10


There's a growing indie opera scene in Canada, led by troupes determined to bring the artform to a wider audience. That might mean ditching the concert hall for a performance in your local pub, but it also means more work for performers, and could boost the industry overall. Music credits: "Policeman's aria" from "Harrison" by Domenic Jarlkaganova Brittany Rae, soprano Lindsay Connolly, director Daniel Arthur, music director

Competitive spelling bees show Gen Z kids aren't interested in participation trophies: author

May 1, 2019 00:24:39


Author Shalini Shankar talks us through the world of spelling bees, and the insight they give into the aspirations and psychology of Generation Z. Shankar says these kids, born in the late 90s and 2000s, have seen the world as competitive from a young age, and they're not afraid to fight for their spot.

'We need China more than they need us': Canada's options limited for quelling tensions with Beijing

May 1, 2019 00:20:01


Our political panel weighs in on the latest twists and turns in Canada's corridors of power, including tensions with China, and developments in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

How former Bruins winger Willie O'Ree kept his vision impairment a secret from the NHL

Apr 30, 2019 00:23:33


Willie O'Ree was the first black man to ever play for the NHL, but racism wasn't the only thing he had to overcome to make his hockey dreams come true. The hockey legend sat down with Anna Maria Tremonti to talk about re-learning how to play after losing an eye - and why he's still involved with the league today.

Second Amendment supporters should be 'deeply concerned' about NRA infighting, says conservative pundit

Apr 30, 2019 00:23:29


The NRA was keeping up appearances at its annual convention this past weekend, but behind closed doors, chaos engulfs the organization. What could the internal conflict mean for the future of the group - and its role in American politics? Our panellists weigh in.

As floodwaters wreak havoc in eastern Canada, impact on mental health can be 'profound,' says sociologist

Apr 30, 2019 00:19:45


The physical damage caused by floods across Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick are hard to miss - but they're also leaving an emotional toll among citizens forced from their homes that may linger years after repairs to infrastructure are completed.

Canadians held in China will feel 'forgotten,' says artist and dissident Ai Weiwei

Apr 29, 2019 00:23:58


Ai Weiwei says he understands what two Canadians detained in China are going through, because he himself spent months in a Chinese jail. He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about China's rise to power, and his new film about powerless refugees in Europe.

Meals, medical aid and more: The evolving role of public libraries and what they stand to lose

Apr 29, 2019 00:28:00


From cooking classes to acting as a community hub, public libraries are offering much more than books these days, even as the institutions face funding cuts. We explore the evolving role of libraries, and who those cuts will affect.

Expectant mother worries hospital staffing shortage may mean 200 km drive to give birth

Apr 29, 2019 00:20:23


Stephanie Ellis is among pregnant women in Nova Scotia who may have to travel long distances to give birth, due to staffing shortages at their nearest hospital. Separately, in a video that went viral last week, Inez Rudderham said the cancer she is battling went undiagnosed for two years because she didn't have a family doctor. The video has shone a spotlight on health care across the country, and concerns that recruitment problems are leaving patients with nowhere to turn.

How floating homes could guard against floodwater damage

Apr 26, 2019 00:20:18


We check back in on Quebec's rising floodwaters, and examine how other jurisdictions have mitigated flooding, including 'amphibious homes'.

6 years after Rana Plaza collapse, many fashion giants still unwilling to make changes, says industry expert

Apr 26, 2019 00:24:40


It's been six years since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. What's changed for workplace safety since then? One expert tells us that, if anything, labour conditions have gotten worse.

'Killing Patient Zero' profiles Quebec man unfairly targeted in AIDS epidemic

Apr 26, 2019 00:25:25


The new documentary "Killing Patient Zero" tells the story of the Quebec flight attendant who was wrongly blamed for the spread of AIDS.

'Canada is in the wrong': Environmentalists urge the country to clear out its trash from the Philippines

Apr 25, 2019 00:20:17


More than 100 containers of Canadian garbage have been sitting in a Manila port for years, after being mistakenly sent there as recyclable material. Now the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, says he will "declare war" if Canada doesn't take the trash back. We get all the details on the diplomatic stink.

Populism can be positive and constructive - even when fuelled by anger, says Preston Manning

Apr 25, 2019 00:26:06


As the founder of two federal political parties - both of which became the official opposition - Preston Manning has been called the godfather of Canadian conservatism. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his history with the movement, and what he thinks of the political landscape today.

'A landlord on speed': Documentary shows how trading homes on stock market is pushing up rent worldwide

Apr 25, 2019 00:24:44


A new documentary argues that the global shortage of affordable housing is not just a simple matter of neighbourhood gentrification, but something much more complex. We speak to the documentary's director, and the UN's Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, about the problem.

This woman won't have children because of climate change. She says she's not alone

Apr 24, 2019 00:24:58


We speak to a woman so concerned about climate change that she has decided not to have children. She says she's not alone, and has found solidarity with hundreds of others who feel the same.

Blocking social media could do more harm than good for Sri Lanka, journalist warns

Apr 24, 2019 00:27:42


In the wake of Sunday's bombings, Sri Lanka imposed a social media blackout to stop the spread of misinformation and limit the chance of further attacks. But some experts argue that the measure just isolates ordinary people in a time of mass trauma and mourning. We hear both sides of the debate.

'People don't like change': Why tough action on climate change is such a hard sell

Apr 24, 2019 00:20:35


Our national affairs panel discusses how Canada's leaders are dealing with climate change - and whether they've convinced the public to join the fight.

Homes in high-risk floodplains should be subject to mandatory buyouts, says expert

Apr 23, 2019 00:25:07


As parts of Quebec suffer serious flooding for the second time since 2017, one expert warns that by helping them to rebuild, authorities are just risking it happening again and again.

How letters from migrants shed light on the 'intolerable' conditions inside U.S. detention centres

Apr 23, 2019 00:25:06


Appalled that migrants were being funnelled into a U.S. detention centre near their home, a group of San Diego residents starting writing letters, to the migrants themselves. And then the migrants wrote back, starting a conversation about the conditions they face, and what those ordinary on the outside could do to help.

'I tried to bury it down': NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he was sexually abused as a child

Apr 23, 2019 00:20:21


In his new book, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh alleges he was sexually abused as a child. He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about the abuse, and why he hopes his revelation will help other survivors.

Sri Lanka bombings likely orchestrated by outside force, expert says

Apr 22, 2019 00:19:55


We hear updates and reaction on the attacks in Sri Lanka, including what the massacre could mean for an already fractured community.

11 Years: A Blueprint For Climate Action

Apr 22, 2019 00:27:46


We listen back to our special episode on climate change, and the ranging global efforts to address it.

Family of woman killed in Toronto van attack donates piano to Mel Lastman Square

Apr 22, 2019 00:22:27


As Toronto prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly van attack on Yonge St, the family of one victim shares how they have found comfort in helping others.

Mueller report won't sway public opinion enough for Democrats to attempt impeaching Trump: journalist

Apr 19, 2019 00:22:50


After much anticipation, U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has finally been made public - except for the redacted parts, that is. But what we do know about the report's contents is plenty to talk about. A panel of experts talk us through it.

This author thinks reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Apr 19, 2019 00:25:42


Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

'A real access-to-justice issue': Why lawyers are reluctant to take on medical malpractice suits

Apr 18, 2019 00:15:28


A new CBC News Investigation has examined data going back decades and found that the number of patients who successfully sue doctors over medical mistakes is small - and getting smaller. We ask why it's so hard to sue doctors in Canada, even in cases of patient death.

Mueller report released to Congress

Apr 18, 2019 00:12:44


As the Mueller report is released to Congress Thursday, we discuss what kind of impact - if any - its findings could have on how Republicans and Democrats alike see Trump.

Baby blues vs. postpartum depression: How can new parents tell the difference?

Apr 18, 2019 00:17:46


On Monday, we heard the heartbreaking stories of mothers who suffered the isolation and agony of postpartum depression. We continue the discussion with a doctor who specializes in the condition, and ask what needs to be done to help new parents receive the treatment they need.

How citizen science is changing the research landscape

Apr 18, 2019 00:24:41


Online communities and new technology are making it easier than ever for anyone to get involved in scientific research. But how reliable is user-generated data? And what value does it bring to major studies?

Notre-Dame fire just another chapter in the life of a historic monument, says medievalist

Apr 17, 2019 00:24:49


The fire that ravaged Notre-Dame prompted an outpouring of sadness over the damage suffered by the iconic structure - as well as billions in funding pledged to restore it. We speak to a medievalist about the life cycle of iconic monuments like the Paris cathedral, and the idea that they are never destroyed, but live and change with the ages.

Hell does freeze over (and other things you never knew about damnation)

Apr 17, 2019 00:24:38


The more author Marq de Villiers learned about hell, the more he thought 'what the hell?' He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how different cultures and different religions have approached the idea of damnation, and why he wanted to write a sinner's guide to eternal torment.

Jason Kenney's big win positions him as Canada's true conservative leader, political scientist says

Apr 17, 2019 00:20:07


United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney won big in Alberta's provincial election Tuesday, seizing a majority and ending the province's first-ever NDP government. Our national affairs panel looks at the promises Kenney made on the campaign trail, and what his premiership might mean for the election battle coming this fall.

Federal-versus-provincial powers take centre stage in Ontario carbon tax court battle

Apr 16, 2019 00:22:05


Ontario premier Doug Ford takes his fight over the so-called federal carbon tax to a Toronto courtroom this week, in a bid to have the measure ruled unconstitutional. We weigh up the arguments about provincial authority, and national health and the fight against climate change.

Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi was likely kidnapped by ISIS for her medical skills, global security expert says

Apr 16, 2019 00:23:57


Five years after a New Zealand nurse was captured by ISIS, her story is finally being told, as efforts to rescue her go public. We speak to two experts about why authorities fought to keep Louisa Akavi's name out of the headlines, and what's changed.

'You cannot rebuild the dust': A restored Notre-Dame won't be the same, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

Apr 16, 2019 00:20:48


The world watched in horror Monday as fire ravaged Notre-Dame in Paris, an international landmark that has withstood war and disaster for centuries. We speak to an eyewitness and a prominent French intellectual about the cathedral's cultural significance, and the loss felt both in France and around the world.

Isolated and invisible: Meet the moms writing about the secret agony of postpartum depression

Apr 15, 2019 00:26:30


Teresa Wong and Amanda Munday both struggled with postpartum depression, a condition reported to affect as many as 20 per cent of Canadian mothers. Both women have written books about their experiences, from their feelings of inadequacy, to difficulties breastfeeding, and even being admitted to a psychiatric ward.

After complaints from parents, Our Planet director defends footage of walruses plummeting to their death

Apr 15, 2019 00:25:15


Netflix nature documentary Our Planet has provoked an angry response from people caught off guard by one graphic scene. Parents say their children were traumatized by video of walruses falling from a cliff to their deaths, but the program's makers say the scene was caused by climate change, and is an important story to tell. We look at the ethics and arguments that go into bringing these types of stories to the screen.

As Alberta election looms, some voters 'stuck' on who to support

Apr 15, 2019 00:20:38


In the run-up to Alberta's provincial election Tuesday, we speak to three voters about what's on their minds - from the local economy to the province's relationship with Ottawa.

Assange's legacy could be undermined by his own 'selfish attitude': former diplomat

Apr 12, 2019 00:15:12


The arrest of Julian Assange Thursday starts a new chapter in the saga of the Wikileak's founder. We ask how the world should view him and what will be his legacy: as a whistleblower, a free-speech fighter, or a traitor?

Joy in Sudan becomes anger over 'recycled regime', says protester who vows to keep fighting

Apr 12, 2019 00:24:52


A military coup ended the 30-year rule of Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan this week, after months of protests on the streets of Khartoum. But the situation is far from settled. Demonstrators have rejected the decision to set up a transitional military council to run the country for two years, and vowed to continue protests until a civilian government is established. We speak to people on the ground about what happens next.

Beijing-funded classes on China for Canadian kids is a lesson in propaganda: expert

Apr 12, 2019 00:24:18


Students in New Brunswick have been learning about Chinese language, food and culture in weekly half-hour classes paid for by the Confucius Institute. What they're not taught is anything remotely controversial, such as China's record on human rights violations. Are the classes a lesson in soft power and propaganda?

Years after fleeing war-torn Syria, this man learns what's left of his old home

Apr 11, 2019 00:24:03


When the UN's Chris Reardon found himself in the old neighbourhood of his friend and Syrian refugee Hani Al Moulia, he wrote a letter to share with Al Moulia. The two friends reconnect in a discussion with Anna Maria Tremonti, and Al Moulia, now settled in Canada, processes what's left of his old life in Syria.

Julian Assange's arrest is 'a vendetta, not justice,' says friend Vaughan Smith

Apr 11, 2019 00:08:11


Julian Assange was arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday, where he has lived under asylum since 2012. His friend Vaughan Smith spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about the developments.

Superbugs like deadly Candida auris are part of a drug-resistance 'crisis,' says doctor

Apr 11, 2019 00:16:27


There is growing concern around Candida auris, a life-threatening and stubbornly drug-resistant fungus that has been showing up all over the world in the past decade.

New exhibit displays artwork of residential school students

Apr 11, 2019 00:09:48


A new art exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver displays the work of Indigenous children attending residential and day schools. It's titled There is Truth Here, and curator Andrea Walsh says that at this point in our nation's history, these pieces compel us to stop and listen.

The human cost of highly-priced insulin

Apr 11, 2019 00:13:31


Diabetes can cost Canadians $15,000 a year if they don't have any help and that demands a national strategy, says Kimberley Hanson, who lives with Type 1 diabetes and is the executive director for federal affairs at Diabetes Canada.

Love, anger and grief: Animals can display wide range of humanlike emotions, says author

Apr 10, 2019 00:24:23


Do chimpanzees feel love the same way that humans do? Author and primatologist Frans de Waal says yes - and not only that, he says many animals feel a wide range of emotions that have historically been considered exclusive to the human race.

P.E.I. election could be a breakthrough moment for the Green Party, says pollster

Apr 10, 2019 00:23:52


While the SNC-Lavalin affair might not seal the P.E.I. Liberal party's fate, pollster David Coletto says a positive showing for the surging Green Party may convince more Canadians that it is a viable alternative option.

Facebook's hate speech ban is 'part of the problem' with online division, expert warns

Apr 10, 2019 00:20:03


What should governments and tech companies do to combat the online spread of white nationalism and other forms of extremism? We talk to tech entrepreneur Vidhya Ramalingam and analyst/professor Taylor Owen.

Adult playgrounds 'reignite' childhood joy, but is that a good thing?

Apr 9, 2019 00:11:57


A new indoor playground designed for adults has opened in Toronto, part of a trend gaining popularity worldwide. Despite being good fun, some experts say they can help adults deal with stress and emotional issues. Others say it's time we all just grew up a little. We hear both sides of the argument.

Mother whose 9-year-old daughter died of asthma welcomes London's new low-emission zones

Apr 9, 2019 00:20:23


A new Ultra Low Emission Zone came into effect this week in London, U.K., meaning that drivers will have to pay to drive anything but the greenest vehicles through the centre of the capital. We look at efforts around the world, and speak with a mother who says air pollution near their south London home played a role in the death of her nine-year-old daughter.

Climate change opening up new resources in the Arctic, and a new fight to claim them

Apr 9, 2019 00:25:02


Russia's latest display of military might in the Arctic highlights a coming tug-of-war over influence in the far north. Is Canada ready to protect its interests?

As Nova Scotia switches to opt-out option for organ donation, expert examines the ethics of government 'nudging'

Apr 9, 2019 00:16:09


Nova Scotia has introduced a "presumed consent" system for organ donation, meaning that people must opt out if they don't want to donate. The idea behind it - "nudging" citizens into better choices - is part of a global trend steeped in behavioural science, but not everyone agrees. Tim Harford, who writes The Undercover Economist column for the Financial Times, argues that the tactic should be used carefully, and warns there is a darker flipside.

25 years after the Rwandan genocide, this retired Canadian soldier still lives with horror of what he saw

Apr 8, 2019 00:16:13


Retired Major Brent Beardsley was in Rwanda when the genocide started 25 years ago this week. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about watching the world turn its back as the massacre unfolded, and the PTSD that he still lives with today.

'A grotesque travesty': Inuit men hanged in 1923 to assert Canada's control over the north, says author

Apr 8, 2019 00:27:54


In 1923, two Inuit men were tried for murder and executed, in a trial now seen as deeply flawed. Author and forensic anthropologist Debra Komar says the men were sacrificed in Canada's push for Arctic sovereignty.

Scheer 'almost salivating' at the prospect of Trudeau lawsuit, but it won't happen, says legal expert

Apr 8, 2019 00:08:58


Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer struck a defiant tone Sunday when he revealed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had threatened him with a lawsuit, over remarks made by Scheer on the SNC-Lavalin scandal. But will the lawsuit ever see the light of day?

Quebec nurses strike against 'being taken hostage' for overtime shifts

Apr 8, 2019 00:20:09


Nurses in Quebec say mandatory overtime has left them exhausted, demoralized, and feeling like they've been "taken hostage." As they strike Monday, we hear from experts who say we should be concerned about staff and patients across Canada.

Woman who has never felt pain hopes scientists can study her DNA to help others

Apr 5, 2019 00:24:25


Jo Cameron has a remarkable gene mutation that leaves her unable to feel pain or anxiety. We speak to Cameron about how it affects her daily life, and how the rare condition could be the key to groundbreaking treatment options.

Tackling money laundering in B.C. is like a game of 'whack-a-mole,' says AG

Apr 5, 2019 00:25:34


The B.C. government introduced legislation this week to curb tax evasion and money laundering, by creating Canada's first public registry of property owners that would stop anonymous owners hiding behind shell and numbered companies. The new laws come on the heels of a pledge from Ottawa to create a multi-agency task force to tackle the problem on a national scale, but will it be enough?

Albertans want a leader who sees Trudeau as an adversary, not an ally: pollster

Apr 5, 2019 00:19:41


We check in on the provincial election in Alberta, asking whether any party has taken the lead following Thursday's televised leaders' debate.

Former teacher says there's no proof larger class sizes hurt students' learning experience

Apr 4, 2019 00:24:57


Students in Ontario are staging a walk-out this week to protest provincial policy changes that they say threaten their education. We hear from students, parents, teachers and researchers about one of their concerns: class sizes, an issue that animates those in education across all of Canada.

After escaping Rwanda's genocide, this woman confronted the neighbour who handed her over to would-be killers

Apr 4, 2019 00:27:43


Twenty-five years ago in Rwanda, close to a million Tutsi Rwandans were massacred in 100 days. We speak to a woman who survived that genocide, and went on to settle in Canada.

Inside the 'brief conversation' in which Jane Philpott was expelled from the Liberal caucus

Apr 4, 2019 00:20:26


Jane Philpott, one of the former ministers at the centre of the SNC-Lavalin affair, speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about the scandal and her recent expulsion from the Liberal caucus.

'It destroys your humanity': Albert Woodfox on surviving 44 years in solitary confinement

Apr 3, 2019 00:35:03


Albert Woodfox spent more than forty years in solitary confinement for a 1972 murder he says he didn't commit. He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how he survived decades inside a 9 foot by 6 foot cell, in one of the most notorious prisons in the United States.

'Get used to being disrupted': Expert warns of the financial implications of climate change

Apr 3, 2019 00:15:07


A new study from scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada this week warns that the country is warming more quickly than the rest of the world. What can Canadians do to adapt and fight climate change?

Trudeau tried doing politics differently by not expelling former ministers sooner, says columnist

Apr 3, 2019 00:20:08


Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns through Canada's corridors of power, today looking at the ousting of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.

Introducing Uncover: The Village

Apr 2, 2019 00:41:31


Two waves of murders, 40 years apart. Who's killing men in Toronto's gay community and why are they getting away with it? Subscribe now at cbc.ca/uncover.

New CBC podcast explores unsolved homicides in Toronto's LGBTQ community

Apr 2, 2019 00:06:30


Journalist Justin Ling talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about Uncover: The Village, the new season of the CBC podcast. As host, Ling explores the investigation into serial killer Bruce McArthur, and unsolved homicides in Toronto's LGBTQ community.

Digital technology is reshaping our world - and coders are deciding how, says author

Apr 2, 2019 00:21:51


Digital technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, but one author argues that the computer code underlying all our apps is also influencing how our society and wider world develops, and the people doing the coding are making decisions with far-reaching implications.

'Lack of investment in women's sports' to blame for demise of Canadian Women's Hockey League

Apr 2, 2019 00:24:37


The Canadian Women's Hockey League has announced it will cease operations as of May 1, citing an "economically unsustainable" business model. But is the league's demise a matter of profit, or the value we place on women's sports?

Changes to veterans' disability claims could cause PTSD rather than treat it, advocate warns

Apr 2, 2019 00:19:41


Veterans applying for disability benefits now have to fill out a new, shorter government questionnaire on PTSD, which eliminates some specific questions, and references to symptoms including nightmares, flashbacks and emotional numbing. Officials with Veterans Affairs Canada say the shorter form will be more efficient, but advocates warn that the change is going to make it harder for veterans to qualify for help, and could lead to more suicides.

Stuck in a 'really bad bind,' Zeballos residents defy months-long evacuation order in wake of B.C. wildfire

Apr 1, 2019 00:20:06


A forest fire damaged the mountainside above the tiny village of Zeballos, B.C. last year, creating a risk that rocks and trees could tumble on to the homes below. After an evacuation order dragged on for months, residents began to move back, despite the threat that the scorched mountain could give way.

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq on progress, ongoing challenges on territory's 20th anniversary

Apr 1, 2019 00:26:55


On the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a Canadian territory, we speak to Premier Joe Savikataaq about the improvements made for the people who live there, and the challenges they still face.

Carbon tax will turn sustainability efforts into a fight for bottom line, warns farmer

Apr 1, 2019 00:19:46


The federal government's carbon tax comes into effect Monday in the four provinces that have not yet introduced their own carbon pricing scheme. Depending on who you are and where you live, it's either a triumph for the environment, or bad news for your bottom line.

Researchers are getting closer to a male birth control gel, but will men use it?

Mar 29, 2019 00:23:47


Researchers are exploring options for male contraceptives similar to the pill, and scientists say they're getting closer to putting something on the shelves. But will men take them, will women trust men to take them - and why didn't this happen years ago?

Are scientists asking the right questions when it comes to testing Alzheimer's drugs?

Mar 29, 2019 00:23:57


The cancellation of a clinical trial for a potential Alzhemier's drug is raising questions over the feasibility of the "amyloid hypothesis" - a specific theory for a cure that scientists have been pursuing for years. Do scientists need to start exploring new avenues?

Teacher opposed to Quebec secularism bill says she should be able to choose what she wears

Mar 29, 2019 00:19:37


The Quebec government has tabled its long-awaited secularism bill, laying down proposed ground rules it says will ensure religious neutrality. We hear from two teachers with opposing views on whether the hijab should be worn at the head of the classroom.

How are tensions between Ottawa and Beijing affecting the Chinese-Canadian community?

Mar 28, 2019 00:24:13


Tensions between Ottawa and Beijing are lingering over the Huawei affair and the detention of two Canadian citizens in China. In recent weeks, canola exporters in Canada say they've seen contracts dry up, with some suggesting the diplomatic row has spilled over into trade relations. We hear from a panel of Chinese-Canadians about how these issues are affecting their community.

'I was profoundly afraid': New book explores life-long process of understanding transgender identity

Mar 28, 2019 00:25:41


Lorimer Shenher knew he was transgender from a young age, but did not transition until later in life. He has written about the experience in his new book This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man.

Journalists let 'animus towards Trump' override objectivity in Mueller coverage: columnist

Mar 28, 2019 00:19:57


In covering the allegations of Russian collusion against U.S. President Donald Trump, did the media measure up to its own standards of objectivity? Or were some organizations overcome by their own bias, reporting their hopes as facts? We hear from both sides of the debate.

Living with lice for a decade became a metaphor for the shame of poverty, says writer Alicia Elliott

Mar 27, 2019 00:23:56


Author Alicia Elliott wants Canadians to think about how colonialism, poverty and mental health affect families in our society. Those issues affected her own childhood, which she's written about in her new book A Mind Spread Out On The Ground.

'Get those machines out of the clubs': N.L. residents still grappling with 'addictive' video lottery terminals

Mar 27, 2019 00:21:30


A class-action lawsuit in Newfoundland and Labrador is putting a new spotlight on an old problem: addiction to video lottery terminals. We hear from people fighting to have these VLTs removed from bars, and those who say the economic benefits outweigh the human cost.

The Current's political panel: SNC-Lavalin, China tensions, and Maxime Bernier's search for candidates

Mar 27, 2019 00:20:11


Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns through Canada's corridors of power, today looking at developments in the SNC-Lavalin affair, tensions with China, and Maxime Bernier's search for candidates for his new party, the People's Party of Canada.

Some young Brits are calling for a new Brexit vote. Others argue it's undemocratic

Mar 26, 2019 00:19:52


British MPs have voted to take control of the Brexit process, prompting speculation that Prime Minister Theresa May could soon name her own departure date. We explore the latest twist in the Brexit saga, and ask how young voters are feeling.

'Seen as part of the job': Ontario nurses, PSWs report 'pervasive' abuse in long-term care facilities

Mar 26, 2019 00:26:21


A new study looks at the violence suffered by staff in Ontario's long-term care facilities, at both the hands of residents and their families. We speak to the author of the study, as well as one nurse who ended up going to the police over the abuse she says she faced.

'I feel I am not alone anymore': Afghan woman shot in face by her husband is building a new life in Canada

Mar 26, 2019 00:23:56


Afghan woman Shakila Zareen came to Canada after she was shot in the face by her husband. The CBC's Laura Lynch has been with the young woman as she rebuilds her life in a new country.

Mueller report isn't the 'magic bullet' Democrats hoped for, says Charlie Sykes

Mar 25, 2019 00:19:42


Special counsel Robert Mueller's report found insufficient evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But on obstruction of justice, the report does not exonerate him. We examine the reaction, and ask what happens next.

Sea urchins are devouring Haida Gwaii's kelp forest, so ecologists are smashing them

Mar 25, 2019 00:25:53


Sea urchins have been devouring kelp forests in B.C. - an important part of the local ecosystem. But one expert is optimistic these areas will be able to flourish again, with the help of projects like an urchin culling program happening in Haida Gwaii.

Stand up to China's ban on canola by building alliances with other countries they've targeted: expert

Mar 25, 2019 00:24:08


China has cut off all imports of canola from Canada, after customs officials said they found "dangerous pests" in a shipment earlier this month. Farmers working in the $4-billion industry are worried, and just weeks away from planting. We look at how the move fits into the wider tensions between the two countries.

'Your tears are our tears': Jewish community to form rings of peace around Toronto mosques for Friday prayers

Mar 22, 2019 00:24:21


An imam and a rabbi in Canada tell us about their efforts to reassure worshippers here in the wake of the New Zealand attack, and how people of different faiths are coming together to find strength in difficult times.

Meet Dr. Dick Smith, the Manitoba physician and activist who has been fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS for four decades

Mar 22, 2019 00:15:14


We talk to Dr. Dick Smith, a pioneering doctor and activist in Manitoba, who is retiring after a career spent fighting the AIDS crisis.

Broadcaster who held on to his language through residential school to call NHL game in Cree

Mar 22, 2019 00:11:53


Clarence Iron will call Sunday's game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes in Plains Cree on APTN. He tells Megan Williams how he kept his language alive while he was growing up.

Man who survived attack on New Zealand mosque says he can forgive suspected killer

Mar 22, 2019 00:19:37


As the initial shock gives way to grief and anger, we hear from people directly affected by the attack in New Zealand, who tell us how different communities are supporting each other.

Is your child an orchid or dandelion? How one expert's theory can help us raise better people

Mar 21, 2019 00:24:05


A new theory suggests children are either dandelions that can thrive anywhere, or orchids that need a little more care. We speak to the author about how his ideas could help us raise happier, healthier kids, who blossom into better adults.

Unpaid internships hit female students harder because 'women's work' is devalued: expert

Mar 21, 2019 00:20:58


Students in Quebec are on strike this week over unpaid internships, which are allowed as an exception to labour laws in most Canadian provinces. We speak to an expert who says female students are hit especially hard, as unpaid internships are more common in female-dominated fields.

In wake of Cyclone Idai, how can cities build for climate change?

Mar 21, 2019 00:19:20


Mozambique is in the midst of three days of national mourning for the hundreds of people killed in the devastation of Cyclone Idai. We look at the situation on the ground, and how rapidly expanding cities around the world can build with climate resilience in mind.

Conservatives heckling during budget didn't do Andrew Scheer 'any favours': strategist

Mar 20, 2019 00:20:27


Conservatives tried to drown out Finance Minister Bill Morneau as he delivered his budget Tuesday, in protest of the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Our political panel dissects the drama and discusses what it means for the fall election.

How ditching hospital gowns for clothes is helping patients regain a sense of humanity

Mar 20, 2019 00:19:44


The hospital gown may not seem like the worst part of a long stay at a medical facility, but some advocates are arguing it contributes to what they call "PJ paralysis," and can slow patients' recovery.

There are no far-right groups on Canada's terror watchlist. This expert says we need to talk about that

Mar 20, 2019 00:27:33


In the wake of the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, there are calls for social media companies and the government to do more to tackle the way hate and extremism are spread online. We speak to three experts about the challenge, and how to tackle it

What's stopping millennials from getting a foot on the housing ladder?

Mar 19, 2019 00:19:59


When the Liberal government delivers its budget Tuesday, it's expected to include measures to make houses more affordable for millennials and other first-time buyers. We speak to two experts about the problems young people face trying to get a foot on the property ladder.

Northern Ireland's 'brittle peace' doesn't face up to atrocities of the past: author

Mar 19, 2019 00:26:03


The 1972 murder of Jean McConville by Republican paramilitaries echoed through decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as the peace process that followed. Author Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the murder in his new book, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, and tells Anna Maria Tremonti it's emblematic of Northern Ireland's "brittle peace."

The K-pop sex scandal reveals a 'disgusting' practice of sharing spy cam 'porn': journalist

Mar 19, 2019 00:21:34


Some of the biggest stars in K-pop have become embroiled in a sex scandal, including allegations of prostitution and filming sex acts without consent. One journalist says it's a practice that's gone on for years.

Why this Muslim-Canadian mother is talking to her kids about 'survival' in wake of New Zealand mosque attacks

Mar 18, 2019 00:20:06


Last week's attack on two mosques in New Zealand was a terrible echo of the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017. One Muslim Canadian woman says she's having to engage in tough conversations with her kids, as she worries they could fall victim to the same extremist violence.

This author thinks reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Mar 18, 2019 00:24:54


Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

Albertans are 'yawning' over Jason Kenney, Jeff Callaway controversy, says columnist

Mar 18, 2019 00:24:35


Leaked documents show the campaign teams of Jason Kenney and Jeff Callaway collaborated to undermine rival candidate Brian Jean during the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race. But with a provincial election in the coming months, do voters care?

Ignoring climate change is like 'putting off homework,' says teen in School Strike for Climate

Mar 15, 2019 00:24:29


Young people fearing the effects of climate change are walking out of school today, hoping their global day of action will push the older generation to take action. We speak to some of the youth involved.

Where was Taliban leader Omar Mullah? New book challenges long-held narrative

Mar 15, 2019 00:23:05


Was Taliban commander Mullah Omar in Afghanistan all along, and not hiding out in Pakistan after all? We talk to Dutch author and journalist Bette Dam about her latest book, which turns conventional wisdom about the Taliban, and Afghanistan, on its head.

Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings 'wanted to start a race war': expert

Mar 15, 2019 00:20:10


At least 49 people were killed in an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, that was live-streamed online. One expert says the video was created to incite more violence.

Adding complex safety systems to planes could make flying more dangerous: pilot

Mar 14, 2019 00:20:00


The Ethiopian Airlines crash has focused global scrutiny on safety features on the now-grounded Boeing 737 Max 8. We speak to a pilot and expert on the aviation industry, who says aviation is already so safe that adding more complex systems just creates opportunities for catastrophe.

How Theresa May could fail her way to Brexit success: journalist

Mar 14, 2019 00:09:09


British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost another vote on her Brexit deal, with the departure date just 15 days away. We ask what's next for the country's troubled divorce from the EU.

What the cuteness of characters like Mickey Mouse can tell us about our world

Mar 14, 2019 00:15:53


Could there be more to cuteness than we think? U.K. philosopher and author Simon May explains what the concept can tell us about our world.

Chinese-Canadian farmers are facing hostility as they settle in rural areas. A new CBC doc aims to change that

Mar 14, 2019 00:23:29


A new CBC documentary looks at growing Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture - from foreign investors to hardworking Chinese-Canadian farmers - and examines concerns that foreign investment is eroding communities. We speak to the documentary director, and a farming father and son trying to put down some roots in Coronach, Sask.

Syrian refugees file claim against Bashar al-Assad at the International Criminal Court

Mar 13, 2019 00:23:29


A group of Syrian refugees is attempting to bring President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court, but some experts say the case is too weak to succeed. We discuss its chances, and whether just the attempt is a path to healing.

Doctor forced to tell lung-transplant patients to fundraise to pay for life-saving treatment

Mar 13, 2019 00:12:27


Patients in need of a lung transplant in Atlantic Canada need to move to Toronto for care, but the cost of that move is so high that some patients are choosing death over the debt. We speak to a doctor about the heartbreaking conversations she has with patients, and what should be done about it.

'A mirror on America': How the U.S. college admissions scam reveals pervasive inequality in society

Mar 13, 2019 00:11:50


U.S. federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in connection to a multimillion-dollar scam to get their children into the most elite colleges. What does the case tell us about privilege in America?

Tina Fontaine report is a 'postmortem on the misery' of First Nations: advocate

Mar 13, 2019 00:19:50


On Tuesday, Manitoba's Advocate for Children and Youth Daphne Penrose released her report into the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine. We ask if its recommendations go far enough to protect vulnerable Indigenous youth, and hear from one expert who says First Nations need more control in those efforts.

Did the milkman have it right? How a new twist on an old idea could reduce the amount of waste we make

Mar 12, 2019 00:20:05


Goods ranging from laundry detergent to Haagen-Dazs ice cream will soon be available in reusable packaging that can be returned to stores after use, in the hopes of reducing the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in your shopping basket. The U.S. company behind the system, called Loop, says it will also reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean. But are consumers ready to compromise on convenience?

How SNC-Lavalin affair draws line between personal morals and ethics of power

Mar 12, 2019 00:17:01


The SNC-Lavalin affair has shone a spotlight on how priorities of government - the sanctity of the rule of law versus protecting Canadian jobs - can sometimes come into conflict. Our panel of experts discuss how politicians weigh up competing concerns, and whether ethics and politics are mutually exclusive.

The human cost of Venezuela's political crisis

Mar 12, 2019 00:10:04


As electricity begins to return to parts of Venezuela, we speak to a Venezuelan-Canadian about her concerns for family and friends there, and the human cost of the political turmoil.

Former pilot blasts U.S. authorities for not grounding planes involved in Ethiopia crash

Mar 12, 2019 00:19:45


Families and loved ones are mourning the loss of 18 Canadians who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. We speak look at safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8.

Theresa May sticking with Brexit like a 'tedious version of The Terminator': author

Mar 11, 2019 00:10:15


British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a second parliamentary vote on her deal to leave the European Union this week, after MPs overwhelmingly rejected it in January. A second rejection could mean leaving with no deal, which could have stark economic ramifications. We look at what's happening in the country as the Brexit countdown nears departure day, March 29.

Misinformation on social media can create hesitancy about vaccinating, expert warns

Mar 11, 2019 00:27:28


Last week, Facebook announced it would lower its search rankings of groups and pages that promote anti-vaccination content, in an effort to slow the spread of misinformation. We explore how social media is being leveraged to sow doubt about the safety of vaccinations, and hear how it's creating a hesitancy to vaccinate that threatens us all.

There's a gender gap in medical data, and it's costing women their lives, says this author

Mar 11, 2019 00:22:08


Author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this "data gap" can literally kill.

'A gloomy feeling' in Ethiopia's capital city after plane crash kills 157

Mar 11, 2019 00:09:51


When an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner crashed outside Addis Ababa Sunday, it claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians. We ask a reporter in the Ethiopian capital about the investigation, and how people there are coping with the tragedy.

U.S. millennials are embracing democratic socialism because the American Dream is 'crazy': writer

Mar 8, 2019 00:24:22


Millennials in the U.S. are embracing brands of democratic socialism espoused by politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We discuss what's driving their disenchantment with the status quo.

École Polytechnique massacre 'left a scar,' says first woman to have engineering school named after her

Mar 8, 2019 00:23:43


Gina Parvaneh Cody graduated from Concordia with her PhD in engineering the same year as the École Polytechnique massacre. She talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how she donated $15 million to her alma mater to "make a future where women are allowed in engineering."

Apology for treatment of Inuit with tuberculosis must be followed with 'action': Inuit leader

Mar 8, 2019 00:20:23


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Iqaluit on Friday to apologize for the mistreatment of Inuit during the tuberculosis epidemics of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. But while Indigenous leaders welcome the apology, some say action is needed to tackle the tuberculosis problem, which still blights northern communities today.

Trudeau's speech on SNC-Lavalin would have been great - three weeks ago: writer

Mar 7, 2019 00:19:59


The SNC-Lavalin affair has trundled on for weeks, as the drip, drip of information served only to raise further questions. At the heart of the scandal is the accusation that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould faced political pressure over the criminal prosecution of the Quebec company, a claim that officials deny. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out Thursday about the allegations; we discuss and dissect his comments.

How China's 'social credit' system blocked millions of people from travelling

Mar 7, 2019 00:24:02


Since 2014, the Chinese government has been experimenting with a system that rewards - and punishes - people for their public behaviour through so-called "social credit" points. Points are deducted for offences as minor as walking a dog without a leash, and if your score drops too low, penalties include being stopped from buying airline and train tickets. We hear from experts worried about government control, and people who say those fears are overblown.

How a hunger for a wider world led Kate Harris to cycle the Silk Road

Mar 7, 2019 00:24:41


On a mission to seek 'the world's wildness,' Kate Harris and her friend Mel biked 10,000 kilometres along the Silk Road. Throughout her travels, she learned how the landscape can teach us a lot about human fragility.

Yazidi children escaping ISIS don't recognize relatives, have forgotten language: reporter

Mar 6, 2019 00:12:42


A few years ago, ISIS held territory spanning two countries, and controlled the lives of millions. Now the group's defeat seems inevitable, as Kurdish forces surround the militants' last stronghold: a village in eastern Syria. We discuss what happens next, from the fate of the refugees fleeing the caliphate, to the fighters who propped it up.

Contradictions in Butts' testimony may mean Wilson-Raybould testifies again: former diplomat

Mar 6, 2019 00:19:43


Gerald Butts, the prime minister's former senior political advisor, offered his side of the SNC-Lavalin story in testimony before the House of Commons justice committee on Wednesday. Rather than drawing a line under the controversy, two experts warn it just raises more questions.

As 2nd person declared HIV-free, advocate says finding 'functional cure' is key

Mar 6, 2019 00:25:49


A man known as the London Patient, who had been living with HIV, appears to have had the virus eradicated from his system after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor. But even though transplants like this have failed in other patients, and are impractical in terms of curing the millions living with the virus, we look at what's being called a critical moment in the search for a cure.

Why Molly Jong-Fast wrote about the sex life of her famous mother, Erica Jong

Mar 6, 2019 00:23:33


As the daughter of an American novelist whose work became symbolic of the sexual liberation movement in the 1970s, Molly Jong-Fast's childhood was often lonely and confusing. We talk to the writer about what it was like growing up in the world of novelist Erica Jong, and why she writes about her parents' sex life.

How 2 strangers struck up a platonic relationship online to have a child together

Mar 5, 2019 00:25:16


When Tatijana Busic and Brendan Schulz decided to co-parent a child in a platonic relationship, their friends and family had a lot of questions. We explore how strangers are coming together to raise children in non-romantic relationships, and the factor motivating them to do it.

SNC Lavalin affair: Philpott and Wilson-Raybould aren't lifelong Liberals, and some say that's the problem

Mar 5, 2019 00:19:56


Our political panel discusses Jane Philpott's resignation from cabinet, and what it means for the prime minister and the deepening scandal surrounding SNC-Lavalin.

How the arrest of 5 Chinese women galvanized the country's feminist movement

Mar 5, 2019 00:24:29


When five Chinese activists were arrested and jailed on International Women's Day in 2015, it sparked an international outcry. We talk to an author who has written about the women, about what this latest wave of activism means for the country's authoritarian regime.

Trans youth need help sooner rather than later, says pediatric nurse

Mar 4, 2019 00:24:28


Clinics and hospitals across Canada are reporting a spike in the number of transgender and non-binary youth coming forward with questions about gender identity. We speak with medical experts about the transition process, and what getting help sooner could mean for youth grappling with their identity.

How this couple used a bacteria-fighting virus to thwart a deadly superbug

Mar 4, 2019 00:27:09


A couple have written a book that tells the story about their brush with death to spread awareness of the surprising, experimental treatment that saved his life: a bacteria-fighting virus known as a phage.

'An Arab Spring for women': The secret group helping young women flee oppression

Mar 4, 2019 00:19:27


A network of young women helping other women and girls like them escape oppression in Gulf Arab countries is taking part in a kind of "Arab Spring for women," says CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed.

ADHD is the most common mental health disorder in kids but can 'ravage' adult life, says reporter

Mar 1, 2019 00:26:30


ADHD is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada, but it's less understood in adults. Reporter Yashar Ali says ADHD can ravages their lives, and it's made that much harder by the fact that many others don't take it seriously.

Opposition parties close in with SNC-Lavalin affair, but Liberals 'haven't lost the election' yet: expert

Mar 1, 2019 00:19:38


Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony has been reverberating through the House of Commons, and across the country, since her appearance before the justice committee on Wednesday. We speak to two experts about how the controversy could affect the Liberals, and what the other parties stand to gain from it.

Amateur athletes deserve a say in how competitions are run, says Benoit Huot

Mar 1, 2019 00:18:01


Olympic athletes can devote their whole lives to training for a brief shot at glory. But some say all that work doesn't leave them with much say in how their competitions are run, or how they're rewarded.

Liberals will look to 'shed doubt' on Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony: reporter

Feb 28, 2019 00:20:23


Jody Wilson-Raybould says she faced intense political pressure and veiled threats over the SNC-Lavalin affair. That's at odds with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's account - and led Opposition leader Andrew Scheer to call for his resignation. We assemble a political panel to discuss what the fallout might be for the Liberals.

Businesses paid to have Pokemon Go players directed to their locations, says author

Feb 28, 2019 00:27:39


Author and academic Shoshana Zuboff says we're living in an age of surveillance capitalism, where our very lives are the raw material that tech giants are turning into massive profits. That's money that we never see, but it's also a threat to democracy, she tells Anna Maria Tremonti.

Cohen's testimony alone not enough to indict U.S. President, says expert

Feb 28, 2019 00:24:32


Testifying in Washington on Wednesday, Michael Cohen painted a damning picture of Donald Trump. We examine the accusations, and ask whether the words of a confirmed liar could ever be used in an effort to indict the U.S. president.

Why experts say schools shouldn't shy away from a little physicality during recess

Feb 27, 2019 00:24:43


Canadian schools are experimenting with that fourth "R" in our children's school days: recess. One school near Edmonton has introduced a short recess in every hour of the day, while some schools in Quebec have set up "roughhousing" zones where kids can get a little more hands-on. We speak to two experts about how putting more thought into time outside the classroom could boost our kids' learning, both in and out of the classroom.

Astrophysicist hopes history's trailblazing women can help young girls look to the stars

Feb 27, 2019 00:27:02


Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley worries that as our understanding of the universe gets more complex, people are daunted by trying to understand outer space. She wants everyone to look to the stars, especially young girls who could be inspired by trailblazing female scientists that came before them.

Trump doesn't see 'the big picture' on how to handle North Korea, says military analyst

Feb 27, 2019 00:20:48


It wasn't so long ago that U.S. President Donald Trump was referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "little rocket man," but now the pair are meeting for their second summit to discuss the rogue state's denuclearization, and a potential end to the Korean War. We discuss what might come from the meeting.

Why this Montreal chef says up-and-coming cooks need to learn about wellness, sobriety

Feb 26, 2019 00:24:29


For years, Montreal chef David McMillan struggled with alcoholism while working in an industry saturated with booze. And in the high-stress business, he says he was never taught how to take care of his well-being. He tells us how he hopes things will change.

How fixing pesky potholes could help fight climate change: expert

Feb 26, 2019 00:23:54


The potholes on Canadian roads may wreck rims, pop tires, and cause you to turn the air blue, but are they also making the fight against climate change harder? We take a deep dive into potholes, asking what can be done to cut their costs to cities and drivers.

Jagmeet Singh's win could reboot NDP, but only if party stands on firm socialist ground, says former MPP

Feb 26, 2019 00:21:02


After capturing Burnaby South in Monday's byelection, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will take a seat in the House of Commons for the first time. Will it give him a chance to turn around the party's flagging fortunes before the next election?

Starbucks' music is driving employees nuts. A writer says it's a workers' rights issue

Feb 25, 2019 00:23:12


Irritated Starbucks employees took to Reddit in a rage last month after being subjected to a constant loop of hits from the Broadway musical Hamilton. We ask whether the constant, repetitive music employees have to endure on the job - whether in restaurants, bars, or retail - should be a workers' rights issue, and what can be done to fix it.

Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a 'big political fault,' Bernard-Henri Lévy warns

Feb 25, 2019 00:24:02


U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a "big political fault," which has created a "vacuum" for a new, benevolent empire of five anti-democratic nations to take control, a prominent French philosopher argues.

Border battle over aid in Venezuela helps Maduro opponents make case for intervention, analyst says

Feb 25, 2019 00:20:41


Attempts to bring aid into Venezuela resulted in violent clashes over the weekend, as soldiers loyal to embattled President Nicolas Maduro faced off against anti-government protesters. We examine the latest in the country's political and economic crisis.

FDA warning halts U.S. company that charged $8K to transfuse older people with millennial blood

Feb 22, 2019 00:24:37


Here's an unusual way to stay feeling young and healthy: inject the blood of a younger person directly into your veins. A company in the U.S. was charging people thousands of dollars for a litre of blood from someone aged 16-25, but authorities have warned that "there is no proven clinical benefit." We look at the latest idea in bio-hacking.

The National Energy Board handed down 16 new recommendations for the Trans Mountain pipeline. What happens next?

Feb 22, 2019 00:08:30


The National Energy Board has released a list of conditions that will have to be met for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to go ahead. We speak to Mia Rabson, energy and environment reporter with The Canadian Press, about what lies ahead for the troubled project.

'It's like a hall of mirrors': In a spacecraft, some personalities work better than others

Feb 22, 2019 00:24:19


The technology to send astronauts to Mars may be here before we know it, but the trip to get there could put astronauts under serious psychological strain. We look at some of the work being done to understand and improve that often-overlooked aspect of travelling to the stars: astronauts' mental health.

Clerk's comments before justice committee risked 'raising the perception of bias'

Feb 22, 2019 00:20:17


Ottawa was gripped when Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, spoke before the justice committee Thursday. But has it shed any more light on the SNC-Lavalin affair? We ask three experts to dissect what he had to say.

'Canaries in the coal mine': Skiers speak up on climate change to save winter sports

Feb 21, 2019 00:14:01


Winter sports may be the latest casualty of climate change, as advocates say winters are getting shorter, and certain sports are becoming less viable. We talk to two skiers about what's being done to save the snow.

To tackle sexual abuse, Catholic Church must match words with concrete action: survivor

Feb 21, 2019 00:26:19


Pope Francis has summoned bishops to an unprecedented summit designed to tackle sexual abuse in the priesthood, a persisting problem that has shaken the faith of Catholics globally. We speak to a survivor about policies recently enacted in Canada, which are being discussed at the summit as a way to tackle what the Pope has called "the urgent challenge of our time."

FBI had 'reasonable belief' to suggest Trump had ties to Russia, Andrew McCabe says

Feb 21, 2019 00:29:34


Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who led the bureau for three months last year, contends a "crime may have been committed" during U.S. President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI chief James Comey.

Karl Lagerfeld's death is end of an era, and end of a way of seeing women: fashion critic

Feb 20, 2019 00:22:40


Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died Tuesday, after decades holding sway over the direction of the multibillion-dollar industry. But does his death also herald the end of the fashion era he embodied?

There may be no difference between your brain and Hitler's, says psychologist

Feb 20, 2019 00:26:03


Canadian psychological scientist Julia Shaw has worked extensively as an expert in criminal cases, an experience that has convinced her we shouldn't label anyone, or anything, as evil. In her new book Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side, she argues that even in the worst cases, it's seldom so black and white.

With Canadians 'confused' by SNC-Lavalin affair, no party is controlling narrative: pollster

Feb 20, 2019 00:20:48


Plenty of questions, but not many answers. Our political panel discusses what the Canadian public is making of the SNC-Lavalin affair, and what it could mean for the elections this year.

Director who lived undercover with jihadists calls it 'most dangerous thing I did in my life'

Feb 19, 2019 00:25:25


To make the Oscar-nominated documentary Of Fathers and Sons, filmmaker Talal Derki went undercover in Syria's Idlib province, posing as an extremist sympathizer to gain the trust of a jihadist named Abu Osama. Over two and a half years living with the jihadist and his family, he captures a rare glimpse of how hatred and extremism are passed down from generation to generation. He tells us about how the film was made, and the danger he faced.

On her first day in Parliament, security didn't believe Monique Bégin was really an MP

Feb 19, 2019 00:27:09


Monique Bégin was a female pioneer in federal politics, advancing policies concerning issues of inequality, health, poverty and women's rights in the 70s and 80s.

As pro-pipeline convoy reaches Ottawa, leader says protest was years in the making

Feb 19, 2019 00:20:45


A couple hundred vehicles have converged on Ottawa, carrying angry westerners demanding the government scrap the carbon tax and measures that they say will introduce oppressive regulation on the energy sector. We speak to one of the organizers about the protesters' message, and accusations that the movement has been hijacked by extremist, anti-immigrant elements.

Parenting throughout history could be weird, and downright dangerous: author

Feb 18, 2019 00:24:39


"Parenting" only became a verb in the last century, a fact that becomes clear when you look back at the history of how we used to treat our children. As much of Canada celebrates Family Day, author Jennifer Traig gives us the lowdown on some of the weird and downright dangerous parenting practices from history.

How a Canadian 'giraffologist' stuck her neck out to fight sexism in academia

Feb 18, 2019 00:27:48


Canadian biologist Anne Dagg was denied tenure decades ago, despite her pioneering research on giraffes. She's finally getting recognition in her field - and she wants to make sure young women scientists today don't have to fight the way she did.

Canadian doctor recounts 'hair-raising' experience trying to escape Haiti protests

Feb 18, 2019 00:20:20


Several hundred tourists, including dozens of Canadians, have found themselves trapped in Haiti as street demonstrations make it dangerous to move around the country. We hear from a Canadian who was trapped there and look at what's driving the unrest.

Canadian women who went to join ISIS 'not willing to express regret': reporter

Feb 15, 2019 00:20:45


Several women who joined ISIS in the Middle East now want to return to their home countries - including Canada. But were they innocents who were pressured to join, or accomplices to the caliphate's atrocities?

Why one advocate says nuclear energy needs to be part of the plan to solve climate change

Feb 15, 2019 00:23:15


While some say nuclear energy is our best bet to wean the world off fossil fuels, others say the threat is so severe we just don't have time to build the reactors needed. We hear from both sides of the debate.

This man ran 138 km across the frozen Yukon landscape. He's disappointed he didn't do more

Feb 15, 2019 00:24:49


France's Thierry Corbarieu won the Yukon Arctic Ultra race this week, after nine days and nearly 700 kilometres, in temperatures of -50 C. Not everyone finished the race though. We talk to two athletes about what it takes to compete, and what it takes to call it a day.

A Venezuelan soldier speaks out about his country's political crisis

Feb 14, 2019 00:11:58


The unfolding political crisis in Venezuela shows no sign of resolution as two president's spar, people struggle with food shortages, and soldiers consider their loyalties. The National's Adrienne Arsenault has been in the country for weeks; she tells us what she's seen.

The dark side of Philip Johnson: how the famous architect helped the Nazis in WW II

Feb 14, 2019 00:25:47


We look at the career of famed American architect Philip Johnson, whose buildings dot cities all across the continent, including the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Author and architecture critic Mark Lamster tells us there was another side to Johnson - a fascist who helped the Nazis push their agenda during the Second World War.

How some trees could protect kids from air pollution linked to Alzheimer's: scientist

Feb 14, 2019 00:24:23


A new CBC documentary warns that air pollution may be far worse than you think. We look at the data, and hear from one expert who says there could be a link between ultrafine particles in our air, and Alzheimer's.

SNC-Lavalin lobbied for Criminal Code changes while 'courts breathing down' company's neck: journalist

Feb 14, 2019 00:09:12


What exactly are the politics at play behind former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation, and the SNC-Lavalin affair? Maclean's writer Paul Wells helps us connect the dots.

Parkland shooting survivors delivered more 'powerful' message than any politician: author

Feb 13, 2019 00:24:45


In the immediate aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, author David Cullen went there to meet the survivors who were leading a political discussion on gun violence in the U.S. He's written a book about how a group of young people living through a nightmare found the energy and clarity to exert such an enormous influence.

As measles outbreak grips Washington, a health expert argues vaccination is a child's human right

Feb 13, 2019 00:20:20


A measles outbreak in Washington state has officials examining the legal ins and outs of refusing to vaccinate your child. We speak to one expert who thinks immunization should be a child's human right.

Speak, or stay silent? How Jody Wilson-Raybould's choice could impact the Liberals

Feb 13, 2019 00:20:12


Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet Tuesday, in the latest twist to allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured her to intervene in a criminal case against Quebec company SNC-Lavalin. We look at what her resignation means for the federal government.

How Toronto's SickKids hopes to use AI to predict cardiac arrests

Feb 12, 2019 00:24:46


At Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, artificial intelligence is being used to analyze some of the vast amount of medical data that's generated each and every minute. We speak to the experts involved in how AI could improve health outcomes for patients.

How veteran reporter Joe Schlesinger found the heartbeat in every story

Feb 12, 2019 00:26:11


Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada's most prominent journalists, died Monday at the age of 90. Anna Maria Tremonti spoke with Schlesinger in 2009, and we listen back to their conversation.

Companies guilty of wrongdoing should be hit where it hurts - in their pockets, says business prof

Feb 12, 2019 00:21:43


Before allegations that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution, the Quebec company faced suspensions, forced resignations, and arrests related to major construction projects at home and abroad. We look at the company's history, and what happens when big companies face big accusations.

Flat or round? What one editor learned about believers of the flat-Earth theory

Feb 11, 2019 00:25:06


After a Quebec politician seemed to question whether the Earth is actually round, we look at how the conspiracy theory has spread online, and what it will take to convince some people that this rock we live on isn't flat.

On 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution, former CBC reporter recalls her love affair with one of its leaders

Feb 11, 2019 00:24:59


When Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and seized power 40 years ago, CBC reporter Carole Jerome was on the plane that brought him out of exile. Jerome tells us how she watched the revolution unfold up-close, and how she fell in love with one of its leaders.

'No sport is immune': CBC investigation reveals scope of sexual abuse in Canada's amateur sports over 20 years

Feb 11, 2019 00:20:42


An investigation by CBC News and Sports reveals at least 222 coaches who were involved in amateur sports in Canada have been convicted of sexual offences against minors in the past 20 years.

Trudeau's denial of SNC-Lavalin allegations like 'a hand grenade with the pin pulled out,' says commentator

Feb 8, 2019 00:24:44


Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns in Canada's corridors of power. Today, we look at accusations that the prime minister pressed former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of construction giant SNC-Lavalin - and the challenges facing the NDP.

Refugee detained on Manus Island wins $95K literary prize for book written on WhatsApp

Feb 8, 2019 00:08:09


For the past six years, writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained on Manus Island - an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. In that time, the Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker wrote a book, composing it one text message at a time to his translator, Omid Tofighian. Last week he was awarded Australia`s richest literary prize. We spoke to Tofighian about how the story came about.

'Whack-a-mole' Ebola outbreak could morph from epidemic to endemic, says expert

Feb 8, 2019 00:20:10


We look at the Ebola epidemic spreading through Congo and hear from experts who say that without intervention, it's only going to get worse.

'We had to fight': Diplomats accused of faking brain injuries, says plaintiff

Feb 8, 2019 00:20:18


Five Canadian diplomats and members of their families, who fell victim to mysterious health issues while posted to Cuba, are suing the Canadian government for $28 million in damages. We speak to one of the plaintiffs about her frustration.

Trump more concerned with money than leading the U.S., says Pultizer-Prize winning journalist

Feb 7, 2019 00:25:14


Now that the Democrats control Congress in the U.S., investigations into alleged ties between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia could enter a new phase. We look at what's happened, and what's next, with Greg Miller, national security correspondent for The Washington Post and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Why an expert says it's time Canada confronts its values clash with China

Feb 7, 2019 00:26:06


In the wake of Canada's ongoing diplomatic spat with China, a former foreign correspondent who has covered Asia says "it's about time" Canada confronts its fundamental differences with the Far Eastern country and starts aligning itself with middle powers that share its beliefs.

ISIS fighters could find their way back to Canada whether government intervenes or not, says expert

Feb 7, 2019 00:20:29


The U.S. State Department has called on Canada to repatriate Canadians who went to fight with ISIS, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Ottawa will not put citizens in danger to do that - here or overseas. We examine the legal and ethical conundrum of what to do about returning Canadian ISIS fighters.

Why a former Facebook advisor says the 'like' button was 'beginning of the end' of company's good old days

Feb 6, 2019 00:24:53


Roger McNamee was an early adopter of Facebook, and an early believer. While he was once even an adviser to founder Mark Zuckerberg, today McNamee is one of the tech giant's fiercest critics. He speaks to host Anna Maria Tremonti about his new book Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe.

'It was rotting in me': How Kerri Rawson came to forgive her father, the notorious BTK killer

Feb 6, 2019 00:28:07


Fourteen years ago, Kerri Rawson found out her father was a notorious serial killer, the so-called BTK killer. She's written a book about trying to reconcile the man who raised her with the horrific acts he committed, and how she put her life back together, despite facing online abuse after she forgave him.

When Trump says unity, he means surrender, says expert on rhetoric

Feb 6, 2019 00:20:30


U.S. President Donald Trump called for unity in his state of the union address Tuesday, but one analyst says he also managed to undermine his own message of bipartisan co-operation.

Chris Christie warned Trump not to 'poke the bear' by attacking Mueller investigation

Feb 5, 2019 00:25:01


Former Republican governor Chris Christie has known U.S. President Donald Trump for 17 years, but says the advice he's offered hasn't always been heeded. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his time working on Trump's campaign, and having the president's ear.

'It's a mess': Quadriga CEO's death a wake-up call for cryptocurrency industry, says tech writer

Feb 5, 2019 00:15:41


Gerald Cotten, CEO of the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, died suddenly in India in December. His company's passwords seem to have been lost with him, leaving investors wondering if they've lost an estimated $250 million, amid calls for greater regulation of the cryptocurrency industry.

How a Scottish artist is using art to inspire compassion for dementia patients

Feb 5, 2019 00:13:26


Mark Gilbert is a medical researcher and artist who creates portraits of people suffering from dementia, along with the people who care for them. He tells The Current about his work, and the hope that his art will help people feel more compassion for those living with the disease.

Dropping steel tariffs on U.S. would be rotten negotiating strategy: Chrystia Freeland

Feb 5, 2019 00:21:09


From the evolving political crisis in Venezuela, to the diplomatic dispute between Ottawa and Beijing, and U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel, we talk to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland about the role Canada is playing on the world stage today.

'We don't want to simply sacrifice it:' Afghan women worry Taliban peacedeal could set back women's rights

Feb 4, 2019 00:24:36


U.S. negotiators have been meeting with the Taliban and have drafted a framework for a peace deal to end the long-running conflict there. But no Afghans are a part of the negations, and women's rights were not one of the key negotiating points in those talks. That's concerning for women inside Afghanistan, who have lived under Taliban rule in the past.

How some of the last subsistence whalers are balancing tradition with modern life

Feb 4, 2019 00:26:10


Living as hunter-gatherers on a remote Indonesian island, the Lamaleran people are among the last subsistence whalers in the world. But as the modern world creeps closer, many worry their traditions and very identity is under threat. Writer Doug Bock Clark spent time living with the Lamaleran people; he talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about what he learned about a vanishing way of life.

Canada and allies 'placing a bet' that Maduro supporters will desert him under pressure

Feb 4, 2019 00:20:41


International support for Venezuela's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido is growing, but supporters of embattled president Nicolas Maduro insist he is the country's rightful leader. We speak to supporters of both men, and ask whether common ground can be found.

Just finished dry January? This author wants you to keep going - until April

Feb 1, 2019 00:24:20


Author Ruby Warrington's new book Sober Curious starts with one question: would your life be better without alcohol? She tells guest host Connie Walker dry January is a good starting point to examine your relationship with alcohol, but you need more time to really address the deeper questions.

Ariana Grande's latest tattoo went all wrong. Here's how to avoid an inking mishap

Feb 1, 2019 00:07:10


Ariana Grande had social media snickering this week when she had the name of her new single - 7 Rings - tattooed on her hand in Japanese. Unfortunately, something got lost in translation, because the tattoo actually says "small charcoal grill." We speak to a tattoo artist about what to do when getting inked goes very wrong.

Are we seeing Canada's strong job market through rose-coloured glasses?

Feb 1, 2019 00:19:52


Statistics paint a rosy picture of Canada's job market, but that's not the case in some parts of the country, and wages aren't going up the way economists expect they should in a tight labour market. We speak to Carolyn Wilkins, the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, about what's being done to solve the puzzle.

Quebec's new long-gun registry is a symbol, not a solution, says opponent

Feb 1, 2019 00:21:02


The deadline for Quebecers to register their rifles and shotguns has passed, with only 25 per cent of the province's 1.6 million non-restricted firearms added to the system. We hear from both sides of the debate.

Writer Ann Hui found uniquely Chinese-Canadian food across the country. Is your favourite on the list?

Jan 31, 2019 00:25:01


Author and journalist Ann Hui sampled the food and culture of Canadian-Chinese restaurants across the country, and wrote about what she found in Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants.

Raising taxes for the ultra-rich can save capitalism, argues author

Jan 31, 2019 00:26:39


U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has suggested America's richest people could pay a 70 per cent tax on everything they earn over a $10-million US threshold. The idea provoked debate in the U.S., but Ocasio-Cortez is not alone in supporting the idea as a way to bridge income disparity. We talk to three experts and ask: is it really such a radical idea?

Venezuela needs support of democratic countries to fight 'criminal state,' says political opponent of Maduro

Jan 31, 2019 00:20:53


President Nicolas Maduro is clinging to power in Venezuela, as self-declared interim president Juan Guaido finds support both on the streets and on the international stage. We look at the situation on the ground, and what role Canada could play in restoring stability.

How should parents talk to their kids about AI devices?

Jan 30, 2019 00:23:18


Following our look at whether we need to treat digital assistants like Alexa with some respect - and what it says about us as people - we take a closer look at how our kids interact with the devices.

New podcast made by drug users aims to change how you think about addiction

Jan 30, 2019 00:26:29


Journalist and drug activist Garth Mullins says drug users are either pitied by the media and general public, or seen as scapegoats. He thinks they can offer a lot more than that, including valuable insight into how to tackle addiction crises. Mullins speaks to host Anna Maria Tremonti about his new podcast, Crackdown, which looks at the opioid crisis through the eyes of drug users themselves.

Bruce McArthur's guilty plea shouldn't end scrutiny of investigation, journalist says

Jan 30, 2019 00:21:09


Serial killer Bruce McArthur's guilty plea means the families of his eight victims won't have to sit through a trial, but it also means they might not get the answers they seek. We talk to people close to the case about their relief, and the questions they want answered.

From robots to fraudulent badges, key details illuminate U.S. allegations against Huawei

Jan 29, 2019 00:23:29


The U.S. Department of Justice has announced 13 criminal charges against the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, its CFO Meng Wanzhou, and its affiliates in the U.S. and Hong Kong. We take a look at the charges and what happens next with the extradition process, amid the diplomatic row it's sparked between China and Canada.

'Let me die with my mother': Samsung to compensate sick workers, but many will never recover

Jan 29, 2019 00:28:39


Samsung has apologized for conditions in its South Korean factories, after a decade-long campaign by workers who claimed chemical exposure had left them with life-changing health issues. The former workers, and relatives of the deceased, have vowed to fight on to secure safe working conditions.

Survivor's father wants Humboldt bus crash driver to 'understand the gravity of what happened'

Jan 29, 2019 00:20:45


Victim impact statements are being heard this week in the trial of Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the truck driver in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 last April. Experts weigh in on the significance of their statements, and how they affect both those who deliver, and hear them, in court.

Foreign intervention risks 'the hostility of most Venezuelans,' warns expert

Jan 28, 2019 00:09:43


As the world watches the unfolding political instability in Venezuela, U.S. President Donald Trump says that "all options are on the table" when it comes to the question of U.S. intervention. We look at the likelihood of putting American boots on the ground, and how the Venezuelan people might react to outside interference.

Why Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days in a Tehran prison, thinks suing Iran will help others

Jan 28, 2019 00:25:23


U.S-born Jason Rezaian was an established journalist in Iran when he was suddenly arrested in 2014. He spent 544 days in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, as U.S. efforts to secure his release took place against the tense backdrop of the Iran nuclear deal. He speaks to The Current about his time in the infamous prison and his fight to prevent others from suffering the same nightmare.

Why this politician says courts, not victims, must adapt to deal with sexual assault crimes

Jan 28, 2019 00:23:50


Parti Québécois politician Véronique Hivon is pushing for a specialized court that would hear sexual assault cases, in the hopes of rebuilding victims' confidence in the justice system. But not everyone is so sure of the idea.

After McCallum's firing, expert looks at what's next in Canada-China spat

Jan 28, 2019 00:10:51


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to China, over the weekend - following McCallum's comments on the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou. Observers are warning that while the prime minister may not have had a choice, McCallum's departure won't help solve the dispute between the two countries.

No need to bleed: Why U.K. women are outraged to learn they can skip their period

Jan 25, 2019 00:26:20


New guidelines from British health officials say there's no need to menstruate while taking oral contraceptives. So why are birth control pills made so that you do?

What can doctors do when they face racism from the people they're trying to help?

Jan 25, 2019 00:24:26


We look at patient racism in the doctor's office, and what a physician can do when a patient is demanding treatment from someone with a different skin colour.

Air traffic controllers driving Ubers to cope during U.S. shutdown, says union rep

Jan 25, 2019 00:20:21


A union official says air traffic controllers and other flight staff are having to take on second jobs due to the partial government shutdown in the U.S. Is the political deadlock putting air passengers at risk?

'The kids aren't yours': Barwin sperm mix-up sheds light on 'broken' fertility industry

Jan 24, 2019 00:24:05


After a mix-up during their fertility treatment with disgraced Ottawa doctor Norman Barwin, a couple says Canada's fertility laws need to change and give people born through donor eggs or sperm the right to know their origins.

'Always a way to go around': Border walls create insecurity, not remove it, says expert

Jan 24, 2019 00:28:10


Funding for U.S. President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall has led to the longest partial government shutdown in history. While there are dozens of border walls around the world, not everyone is convinced they work. We look at the long history, and lasting consequences, of border walls.

Venezuelans have spoken, but which leader will their military choose?

Jan 24, 2019 00:19:46


After a turbulent week, two men now claim to be president in Venezuela. We speak to activists on the ground and experts who are watching the unfolding political crisis.

Could 2019 be the year that we all go vegan?

Jan 23, 2019 00:25:14


Food and business writer David Sax says Canada's new food guide might help contribute to a rise in veganism as it pushes people to eat less meat and more plant-based protein.

How a wildlife criminal built a career snatching eggs from rare birds

Jan 23, 2019 00:24:12


After smuggling dozens of endangered bird eggs into the U.K. last year, Jeffrey Lendrum is now facing a three-year jail sentence. Journalist Joshua Hammer recounts the story behind the wildlife criminal who, for years, has poached rare bird eggs from around the world.

China's criticism of Canadian law is a change from refusing criticism of their own: expert

Jan 23, 2019 00:20:39


As tensions between China and Canada escalate over the detention of citizens on both sides, we talk to two experts about how to solve the dispute and repair diplomatic relations.

We're working to 'plug the leaks' that put guns in wrong hands: Minister Bill Blair

Jan 22, 2019 00:13:03


After One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence last week, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair discusses efforts to reduce gun violence in Canada.

Do you swear at Alexa? What our treatment of AI assistants says about humans

Jan 22, 2019 00:26:39


Do you swear or lash out at Siri or Google when the AI assistant doesn't follow your commands? We talk to experts about what our interactions with the devices could say about human beings.

Death of Gilles Duceppe's mother is latest in series of preventable tragedies: reporter

Jan 22, 2019 00:11:29


Hélène Rowley Hotte, 93, died of hypothermia Sunday after getting locked out of the Lux Gouverneur seniors' complex when an alarm went off. We talk to The Globe and Mail's health columnist André Picard about how tragedies like this can be avoided.

Video of teen, Indigenous protester standoff let people confirm their own fears: writer

Jan 22, 2019 00:20:46


As more information emerges, a rush to draw damning conclusions from video of an Indigenous protester and teenagers in MAGA hats shows our personal and political bias, says one writer.

Meet Papa Goose, the man who raised and flew with seven fluffy goslings - all in the name of science

Jan 21, 2019 00:25:42


Scientist Michael Quetting raised seven goslings from the moment they hatched, in an elaborate experiment to gather weather data. But after three months of providing round-the-clock care for the gaggle, he says he learned a lot from being their Papa Goose.

No 'silver bullet' solution to urban-rural divide on gun ownership, says expert

Jan 21, 2019 00:25:16


We hear from listeners moved by our One Bullet series, and talk to advocates, activists and policy makers about how to combat gun violence.

Women allege that RCMP doctor used his authority to sexually assault them in 1980s

Jan 21, 2019 00:21:09


Three women are alleging that they were sexually assaulted as new RCMP recruits in the 1980s, by the doctor who performed their medical examinations. Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault.

Fear a 'prominent feature' in Burkina Faso, as armed presence grows, says expert

Jan 18, 2019 00:19:50


Canadian citizen Kirk Woodman was abducted and killed in Burkina Faso this week, while Quebec woman Edith Blais went missing in the country weeks ago. We speak to two experts about who is behind the violence, and why.

Why one writer says burnout carries 'a different weight' for people of colour

Jan 18, 2019 00:27:12


A Buzzfeed essay arguing millennials have become the burnout generation has struck a chord with many people since it went viral this month, but one woman says burnout isn't a new phenomenon solely affecting white, middle-class people. Notes

Video of baby being taken by child services will follow the girl her whole life: expert

Jan 18, 2019 00:24:09


You may have seen images this week a fraught encounter in a Winnipeg hospital. Did you share them? In a world saturated with powerful, painful, personal images, we look at how we bear witness, and what to consider before you hit "share."

Clint Malarchuk suffered a horrific sporting injury. But PTSD put his life in peril again, decades later

Jan 17, 2019 00:22:33


Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again. Warning: This story contains graphic detail of injury and a suicide attempt.

Removing Lac-Mégantic images from Netflix shows should be 'no-brainer,' says academic

Jan 17, 2019 00:09:57


A real-life catastrophe killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013, but now footage from the event has found its way into a series and film on Netflix, upsetting residents of the Quebec town. We look at the ethics around using archival footage for entertainment purposes.

Indigenous ownership won't solve problems with Trans Mountain pipeline, says Squamish Nation councillor

Jan 17, 2019 00:18:12


A group of Indigenous leaders are meeting in Calgary this week with the oil industry to discuss options for purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline. We hear from those on both sides of the debate.

Gun violence takes a heavy toll on families of victims, says trauma surgeon

Jan 17, 2019 00:24:42


As part of One Bullet, The Current's series on gun violence, we speak to two trauma surgeons who are faced with the reality of what bullets do to bodies.

'Dark times ahead,' but Brexit will be worth it in the long term, says financier

Jan 16, 2019 00:24:41


After British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was defeated in parliament Tuesday, what's next for the troubled process? And what does it all mean for the people living in uncertainty?

From 46 to 77 years old, these women are defying age to pursue a figure skating dream

Jan 16, 2019 00:26:11


On a whim, a tight-knit squad of adult female figure skaters in Kelowna, B.C., decided to try and compete in the 2018 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition in Germany. We heard from two of the women about the bond the group formed on the ice, and a journey that was both life-affirming and exhausting.

Fatal sniper bullet was 'only solution' to end 2004 Union Station standoff, negotiator says

Jan 16, 2019 00:22:41


On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man with a long history of spousal abuse took a stranger hostage in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The gunman had just tried to kill his estranged wife at a nearby food court and was cornered by police in a tense standoff that captivated Canadians and ended with a sniper's bullet.

Jurors in traumatic trials need counselling and support, not just 'a coffee and a handshake': advocate

Jan 15, 2019 00:25:11


Jurors are often expected to examine extremely violent and disturbing cases, but despite a report from the justice committee urging change, advocates argue there is still a lack of counselling and support. We continue our One Bullet series with a look at the emotional toll that can come with doing your civic duty.

Cabinet shuffle suggests government 'reacts to change' instead of changing itself, says columnist

Jan 15, 2019 00:26:15


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with his newly reshuffled cabinet in Quebec later this week - and the federal election this fall is sure to be on the agenda. We gather a political panel to discuss how the Liberal government is performing in Canada and on the world stage, and what the political shakeup could mean with an election looming.

A heavy burden

Jan 15, 2019 00:22:25


Eight years after she was shot to death by her spouse, Lynn Kalmring's homicide still weighs on friends, family and the lawyer who defended her killer. As part of our One Bullet series investigating the impact of gun violence in Canada, we look at the dramatic effect Kalmring's death continues to have on the people close to her.

Waiting for a witness

Jan 14, 2019 00:43:14


Nearly two decades after a promising Toronto high school basketball star was gunned down, police are still waiting for someone to come forward and identify the shooter.

'Moment of truth' nears for Brexit, but not everyone is worried, says academic

Jan 14, 2019 00:10:44


In Britain this week, a divided House of Commons will vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal. We take a look at what's at stake.

Polygamy is happening in Canada's Muslim community, but convictions are rare, says reporter

Jan 14, 2019 00:16:19


As some women in Canada's Muslim community are speaking out against polygamous marriages in their community, a CBC reporter investigating the issue for The Fifth Estate says charges and convictions related to the practice are "extremely rare" in Canada.

U.S. company trying to sue Canada over coal phase-out made a bad bet, says academic

Jan 11, 2019 00:20:02


Canadian plans to stop using coal have left one U.S. company crying foul. Westmoreland Coal owns seven Canadian coal mines, and claims that it should be receiving part of the $2 billion in government compensation being offered to the Canadian companies being told to phase out operations.

Signal from deep space is probably not aliens, just 'exotic physics': prof

Jan 11, 2019 00:14:13


The Canadian telescope CHIME has found a repeating fast radio burst in deep space, only the second of its kind to be discovered. We look at some of the theories around what causes the phenomenon - and why some scientists are cautioning that it's probably not aliens.

White Coat Black Art's Dr. Brian Goldman talks about the popular Keto diet

Jan 11, 2019 00:10:20


A large number of health care professionals are on the Keto diet, and they're trying to convince their colleagues that it can help fight disease, but not everyone's convinced.

New CBC doc 'Pugly: A Pug's Life' looks at the short-snouted pups and their owners

Jan 11, 2019 00:24:20


Pug owners say they're never more than a pug-hug away from a better day, and if you take a peek at Instagram, you'll find plenty of people who adore their pug-faced pooches. It's clear that pugs' popularity is on the rise, but so too are the health problems associated with the breed. We take a look inside the world of pugs and those who love them.

Should the advice in the Canadian Food Guide be taken with a pinch of salt?

Jan 10, 2019 00:17:37


We look at the new Canada Food Guide and examine how business interests have influenced our nutrition over the decades, since the first guide in the 1940s.

Reporter who covered Robert Dziekanski's death says there's more to the story than 'four bad-apple cops'

Jan 10, 2019 00:26:38


Long-time CBC journalist Curt Petrovich covered the death of Robert Dziekanski in 2007. The Polish immigrant was Tasered by RCMP officers in Vancouver airport, but Petrovich says there's more to the story than a narrative of "four bad apple cops." Now he's written a book about Dziekanski, and the four RCMP officers present that night, and whether justice has been served.

Trump's border wall will cut through National Butterfly Center, devastating wildlife, says director

Jan 10, 2019 00:20:23


We look at how the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall will affect people living along its route, and explore the environmental impact that the plans will have on one particular nature centre.

Why Garden Hill First Nation is leery of its tap water

Jan 9, 2019 00:24:35


CBC's Connie Walker explains to The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti why many residents in Garden Hill First Nation still do not trust their tap water.

U.S. scientist says he tried to stop Chinese researcher from making first gene-edited babies

Jan 9, 2019 00:28:10


How did a scientist in China pull off his experiment using gene-editing technology on embryos without anyone knowing, and what impact has he had on the ethics of CRISPR research?

Trump's border wall 'rhetoric does not add up,' says immigration journalist

Jan 9, 2019 00:19:55


Following U.S. President Donald Trump's prime-time Oval Office speech last night insisting a southern border wall is needed, two journalists discuss the efficacy of his message and fact-check his claims.

Marie Kondo's tidying method won't work everywhere, says author who believes in the power of mess

Jan 8, 2019 00:24:44


As organizing consultant and global sensation Marie Kondo's new Netflix show extols the benefits of a tidy life, we look at whether some people just need to be messy.

Alleged sexual abuse destroyed World Cup dreams of Afghanistan women's soccer team, says former captain

Jan 8, 2019 00:28:11


In 2007, a group of women in Afghanistan came together to play soccer under their nation's flag for the first time, after years of living under Taliban rule. But after some players came forward alleging physical and sexual abuse and harassment by members of the Afghanistan Football Federation, that beautiful dream for the beautiful game turned dark. We talk to the team's founding captain, Khalida Popal.

B.C. 'safe supply' pilot aims to help entrenched addicts avoid overdoses, says advocate

Jan 8, 2019 00:20:26


Fifty people who use street drugs will be regularly prescribed opioid pills to crush up and inject, as part of a new "safe supply" program launching in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Can the initiative help entrenched addicts avoid overdoses?

Science writer says tapping into our dreams can help improve mental health, overcome traumas

Jan 7, 2019 00:25:48


Writers and artists have long drawn inspiration from their dreams, but science writer Alice Robb argues that we should all be paying more attention to what happens when we're asleep, because dreams can help us to process new information, work through our anxieties, and confront our worst fears.

'No planet B': Sending humans to Mars isn't the answer to Earth's problems, says U.K. astronomer royal

Jan 7, 2019 00:24:42


Some experts envision a mass migration to Mars could save the human race some day. But U.K. astronomer royal Martin Rees says we shouldn't abandon the planet just yet.

Trial of El Chapo won't resolve the corruption that empowered him, says journalist

Jan 7, 2019 00:20:30


As the trial of suspected Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo resumes in a New York courtroom, so too does a compelling-yet-bloody story of drug trafficking, cartel warfare and incredible violence. But would a conviction do anything stop the flow of illegal drugs.

Online 'smear campaign' during election highlights 'wild, wild west' of social media, Toronto councillor says

Jan 4, 2019 00:20:44


A Toronto city councillor alleges she was attacked in a 'smear campaign' on social media last year, ahead of the city's municipal election. And her story is raising questions about the impact of social media on elections and democracy.

Meet the Kenyan woman urging village elders to abandon female genital mutilation

Jan 4, 2019 00:26:03


Nice Nailantei Leng'ete narrowly escaped undergoing a female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was eight years old. She's since been on a crusade to eliminate the practice, known as "the cut," which still threatens millions of girls in Africa.

Robo-lawyers? How AI could do jobs we once thought couldn't be automated

Jan 4, 2019 00:24:59


Machines have been doing physical work for years, and edging out human workers in the process. But as artificial intelligence advances, it's finding a foothold in professional fields that require human judgment and creative thinking. What does the future of automation really look like?

Democrats issuing 'a blizzard of subpoenas' against Trump isn't constructive, argues former Republican senator

Jan 3, 2019 00:21:27


We look at what lies ahead for the Trump administration - and the state of U.S. politics - as Democrats take control of Congress.

'His heart still beats strong to give life': How an organ donation united 2 families

Jan 3, 2019 00:26:05


While she still grieves the loss of her 20-year-old son to suicide, Pat Loder says meeting the recipient of his heart has given her a sense of peace and a ray of hope.

U.S. should respond with 'all hell and fury' to arrest of American in Russia: Bill Browder

Jan 3, 2019 00:24:35


Following the arrest of a U.S. citizen in Moscow on accusations of spying, anti-Kremlin critic Bill Browder says the West should take decisive action to stop innocent people becoming diplomatic bargaining chips.

The power of logic: How math can help you win your next argument

Jan 2, 2019 00:28:14


What's the secret to winning arguments in a world of divisive politics? According to the author of The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, the answer is math.

Why women are choosing to give birth without the help of medical professionals

Jan 2, 2019 00:24:39


The stillbirth of a baby in California has raised serious questions about the practice of freebirthing - birth without the help of medical professionals. We hear from experts about the possible legal issues and dangers associated with unassisted births.

Her husband invented naloxone, her son died from overdose, now she advocates for harm reduction

Jan 2, 2019 00:20:38


Joy Stampler Fishman's late husband was the co-creator of naloxone. Then, her son died of a drug overdose. Now, she advocates for equipping as many people as possible with the life-saving overdose reversal drug.

'He clearly did not believe in Canada': The surprising story behind the man who wrote O Canada

Jan 1, 2019 00:21:22


Musical prodigy Calixa Lavallée spent years donning blackface, fought in the American Civil War, and thought Quebec should join the United States.

'It made me who I was': How growing up adopted fuelled Curtis Joseph's NHL career

Jan 1, 2019 00:23:56


It wasn't until Curtis Joseph was a grown man playing in the NHL that he met his biological mother. When he did, he knew exactly what he wanted to say: he thanked her for having him.

Why a Canadian who fled the U.S. after Trump's election says Canada isn't perfect either

Jan 1, 2019 00:07:42


A Canadian man who moved home from Alabama after U.S. President Donald Trump's election in 2016 warns Canada is susceptible to the same kind of populism that propelled Trump into the White House.

#Trumpsterfire and a dog's Brexit: Canadian satirists take on the year that was

Dec 31, 2018 00:24:59


A panel of comedians discuss 2018's high highs, low lows, and biggest losers.

CBC correspondents look back on the stories that defined 2018

Dec 31, 2018 00:20:10


Three of the CBC's top journalists gather for The Current's year-end news panel to discuss 2018's winners and losers, and what's to come in 2019.

Is luck real? A probability expert untangles the difference between fate and chance

Dec 31, 2018 00:27:29


Can someone truly be lucky or are life events just random? Statistician Jeffrey Rosenthal untangles the meaning behind luck, chance, fate and magic in his new book, Knock on Wood.

New project looks at 'the most important organ that none of us have': the placenta

Dec 28, 2018 00:24:48


The study of the placenta before birth has always been hampered by the dangers that could be posed to the fetus. Now, a U.S. group is funding ways to study the organ safely during development, and researchers say it could mean healthier pregnancies.

Why one conservationist is lauding Japan's return to commercial whaling

Dec 27, 2018 00:20:07


Conservationist Paul Watson says that in three decades of a whaling moratorium, Japan has never stopped hunting under the guise of research. He argues that now, the country will at least be restricted to whaling in a much smaller area.

An Afghani asylum seeker on the story behind his illegal crossing into Canada

Dec 27, 2018 00:24:17


Mohammad Amin Sadiqi is one of thousands of asylum seekers who have sought refuge in Canada by crossing the U.S. border illegally. He told The Current why he felt compelled to do it.

How the daughter of an African revolutionary learned about racism in a Canadian playground

Dec 27, 2018 00:24:39


The daughter of an ANC guerrilla in exile, Sisonke Msimang grew up moving from country to country. The author says it gave her an outsider's perspective, and framed her understanding of "home."

'Don't do it': Trump's criticism of central bank could backfire, warns former vice-chair

Dec 27, 2018 00:20:32


U.S. President Donald Trump has lambasted the Federal Reserve for repeatedly hiking interest rates. But Stanley Fischer, the former vice-chair of the central bank, says it's not doing much to help the president get what he wants.

Michael Palin's new book retraces doomed voyage of HMS Erebus

Dec 27, 2018 00:26:04


Michael Palin's new book traces the journey of HMS Erebus, which tried to find a path through the Northwest Passage in 1845. After becoming locked in the ice, its crew met their deaths in a frozen wasteland, and the ship was lost for almost 170 years.

A millennial writer tested all the online products you can't afford, and was seriously disappointed

Dec 26, 2018 00:23:38


Vox's Rebecca Jennings spent a week trying direct-to-consumer products marketed at young consumers. But her experience wasn't as ideal as marketers claim.

Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?

Dec 26, 2018 00:25:13


He's a Sillicon Valley pioneer and a scientist employed by Microsoft - but Jaron Lanier is calling on all of us to take back control and abandon social media for good. He says the catastrophic losses of personal dignity are not worth it.

Full Episode for December 26, 2018 - The Current

Dec 26, 2018 00:50:08


Today on The Current: we look at how millennials are changing the world of retail; and why one technology pioneer thinks it's time you delete your social media accounts.

Becoming Santa: Ottawa man carries on legacy of vintage red suit

Dec 24, 2018 00:19:33


Meet Michael Morin, a lifelong public servant who began a new role last holiday season - as Santa.

Mary, Jesus and Trump? Nativity scenes feature 'uncensored' take on life in Naples

Dec 24, 2018 00:19:39


For centuries, people in Naples, Italy, have been putting a different twist on the traditional, biblical nativity scene usually seen around Christmastime. And some interesting nativity figures have popped up this year.

Christmas banned? The unknown, forgotten and surprising history of this holiday tradition

Dec 24, 2018 00:26:18


Author Judith Flanders explores the history of the Christmas holiday - from its beginnings to present-day traditions.

Meet the man who travelled the world to thank the 1,000 people who made his morning coffee

Dec 21, 2018 00:32:27


Do you ever forget to look up from your phone and say thank you to the person who hands you your coffee in the morning? A.J. Jacobs caught himself doing that too often, so he set out on a journey to make gratitude a habit. He ended up meeting about 1,000 people involved in creating that cup of coffee; he tells us what they taught him

Mixing pot and sex? Make communication a priority, says sexologist

Dec 21, 2018 00:25:08


When it comes to cannabis and sex, communication is key, a sexologist says.

A dying man left 14 gifts for his neighbour's young daughter - one a year until her 16th birthday

Dec 21, 2018 00:12:23


An elderly man in Wales who recently died left a heartwarming surprise for his neighbours: a pile of wrapped Christmas gifts for their toddler daughter, enough for one every year until her 16th birthday.

Ontario workers in 'grey area' as Canada considers scrapping sale of arms to Saudis

Dec 20, 2018 00:24:55


Recent remarks from the prime minister have fuelled speculation about whether Canada will stop supplying Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles. We look to London, Ont., where those vehicles are made, and weigh up the ethical considerations against the livelihoods at stake.

'Human crisis': Ai Weiwei's documentary showcases plight of refugees

Dec 20, 2018 00:28:16


Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has turned his lens on the massive scale of the global refugee crisis in a powerful documentary, Human Flow. He says this crisis is not limited to refugees and represents the human condition.

Trudeau's refusal to call Chinese president is 'ridiculous,' says MP Erin O'Toole

Dec 20, 2018 00:20:51


If the diplomatic row with China is escalating, has Canada's response has been too soft? MP Erin O'Toole thinks the prime minister should be doing more.

'We were able to get one over on death': Author describes finishing novel for friend who died of breast cancer

Dec 19, 2018 00:24:42


Vanessa Lafaye died in February with her final novel unfinished. Her friend and fellow novelist Rebecca Mascull tells Anna Maria Tremonti how she stepped in to finish the acclaimed writer's final work.

He married her in a 'campaign' to take her money: How a woman with dementia fell into a predatory marriage

Dec 19, 2018 00:28:08


There is no defined legal test to ascertain if someone is fit to enter into a marriage, which means that vulnerable adults, like those with dementia, are at risk of being exploited. We look at one such case, and hear from experts who say greater protections are needed for those who are at their frailest.

'The ship deserting the sinking rat': How will Republicans respond to mounting allegations against Trump?

Dec 19, 2018 00:20:49


As the Mueller probe gets closer to the Oval Office, one experts argues the political cost of defending U.S. President Donald Trump against "clearly impeachable offences" could become too much for Republicans.

'A lot of heavy lifting to be done' before Montreal Expos can return, says sports writer

Dec 18, 2018 00:23:39


There's magic in the air for Montreal Expos fans, after a recent study concluded the conditions are ripe for major league baseball's return to the city. We talk with the man leading the charge behind the team's comeback, about just how possible it is.

Meet Raven Wilkinson, the black ballerina who blazed a trail long before shoes came in brown and bronze

Dec 18, 2018 00:10:28


Last month a U.K company announced it will now make ballet shoes in colours that reflect the diverse skin tones of dancers, but one woman dared to dance against prejudice long before this.

How a self-defence course is arming Indigenous women with the tools to heal

Dec 18, 2018 00:16:39


After realizing the healing benefits of self-defence, Patty Stonefish has been on a mission to arm Indigenous women with self-love and empowerment.

MSF president worries world could lose its humanity over treatment of migrants

Dec 18, 2018 00:20:15


Millions of migrants are fleeing violence around the world, but some countries don't want them coming to their borders. On International Migrants Day, the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières reflects on whether the world is losing its humanity.

Smaller families are pushing 'the middle child' into extinction, study suggests

Dec 17, 2018 00:26:16


Could the overlooked middle-born child really become obsolete? A recent study suggests families are no longer having more than two kids.

Conflict inevitable with Canada stuck in middle of U.S.-China row: expert

Dec 17, 2018 00:19:44


The arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Vancouver was followed by the detention of two Canadians in Beijing. We look at the geopolitical fallout surrounding Huawei, and whether Canada is stuck in the middle of a U.S.-China fight.

Could expanding the role of pharmacists alleviate pressure on the health-care system?

Dec 17, 2018 00:25:04


With a number of Canadian provinces allowing pharmacists to take on new responsibilities - such as administering rapid strep tests or prescribing contraceptives - some experts say expanding pharmacists' responsibilities could be good for patients and the health-care system.

'Do we want to survive or not?': Elizabeth May says climate change talks too focused on technicalities

Dec 14, 2018 00:20:20


As the UN talks on climate change are extended in Poland, Green Party leader Elizabeth May tells us that those expecting decisive action will be disappointed.

How the ravenmaster of London protects the kingdom with birds

Dec 14, 2018 00:24:50


As the ravenmaster at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife's job responsibilities include the care and feeding of a few birds - and holding together the United Kingdom.

How a lawsuit over gender-equal pay could change the classical music industry

Dec 14, 2018 00:24:24


A journalist covering an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit launched against the Boston Symphony Orchestra by its principal flutist says the case could have broader implications for classical musicians.

Some jobs in new energy industries come with a pay cut of $50K: coal miner

Dec 13, 2018 00:25:25


As industries change around plans to cut greenhouse emissions, will the "green jobs" that replace them match the pay and benefits of the fossil fuel sector?

What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement?

Dec 13, 2018 00:11:16


What can environmentalists learn from the civil rights movement? We talk to Dr. Rev. Gerald Durley, a civil rights worker turned climate justice activist.

Two Canadians discuss how to find common ground in fight against climate change

Dec 13, 2018 00:17:40


How do we build a consensus in order to move forward? We look at the deep divide in perspectives, and how to bridge them.

Activist urges WWII-level global effort to fight climate change

Dec 13, 2018 00:22:52


As part of The Current's special edition on climate change, we talk to two experts about the level of commitment needed to tackle the problem - and why that action isn't taking place.

'In the middle of a battle,' journalist Maria Ressa, named among Time's Person of the Year, won't back down

Dec 12, 2018 00:20:14


Maria Ressa, named among Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year,' says the Philippines is a warning to the world about the power of social media to spread misinformation. She wants platforms like Facebook to take more responsibility.

Arrest of former Canadian diplomat suggests China 'doesn't respect the rule of law,' says former ambassador

Dec 12, 2018 00:24:38


A former ambassador says that the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in China is latest in string of crises that suggest China "evades its responsibilities."

Myers-Briggs tests in the workplace help the employer, not the employee, says author

Dec 12, 2018 00:24:53


Using the Myers-Briggs personality test is a way to engineer a workforce while appearing to care about employees' self fulfillment, says Merve Emre, the author of The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.

Throwing a wrench in political system led to chaos in Britain and France, says expert

Dec 11, 2018 00:20:39


The political turmoil and rioting in Britain and France highlight a fault line in Western democracies. Voters have seized on a 'generalized' rebellion against 'thriving' elites, according to one expert.

Bill to curb violence against Indigenous women could hurt those it aims to protect, warns lawyer

Dec 11, 2018 00:22:27


Senator Lillian Dyck is proposing harsher sentences for those who commit violent crimes against Indigenous women, such as sexual assault, manslaughter or murder. But some advocates argue that Bill S-215 could have unintended consequences that actually harm those it seeks to protect.

Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?

Dec 11, 2018 00:25:08


In a world of stuff, there's a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centred, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

James Allison won a Nobel for defying scientific orthodoxy. What about the mavericks that don't succeed?

Dec 10, 2018 00:24:32


James Allison is an immunologist who rejected scientific orthodoxy early in his career, but has earned the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his revolutionary work on cancer treatment. Not all scientists who go rogue reap the rewards however, so where's the line between confidence and stubbornness?

How lunch with Bono led Steve Jobs to reveal he named a computer after his daughter

Dec 10, 2018 00:24:21


In many ways, Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir Small Fry tells stories that will ring true to many kids of parents who have split - except that her father was Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jobs.

Concerns percolating over Huawei's 'leverage' over Canadian cybersecurity

Dec 10, 2018 00:20:31


The Arrest of tech exec Meng Wanzhou is underlining worries that her company, Huawei, could use its position in Canada as a means for espionage or retaliation against the government.

A martyr, or misguided? Death of missionary sparks debate over evangelical work

Dec 7, 2018 00:19:56


A 26-year-old Christian missionary was killed last month when he snuck onto a remote island in the Indian Ocean. John Allen Chau hoped to preach to an uncontacted tribe, but he was killed. His death has sparked a debate: was he a martyr, or misguided?

'Fighting is easier than peace': Ending war in Yemen will require global effort, says expert

Dec 7, 2018 00:24:08


With over 60 per cent of the population living on the brink of famine and an estimated 85,000 children dead from malnutrition, the war has propelled the country into a devastating humanitarian crisis.

'Crazy' to expect consumers to guard against smart device hacks: cybersecurity expert

Dec 7, 2018 00:23:00


A new government report says hackers are increasingly targeting smart home devices, from thermostats to security cameras.

The École Polytechnique massacre 'left a scar,' says first woman to have engineering school named after her

Dec 6, 2018 00:24:38


Gina Parvaneh Cody graduated from Concordia with her PhD in engineering the same year as the École Polytechnique massacre. She talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how she donated $15 million to her alma mater to "make a future where women are allowed in engineering."

Lemurs could hold the key to human hibernation, says scientist

Dec 6, 2018 00:21:01


We look at how the fat-tailed dwarf lemur could hold the secret to human hibernation, and whether that could be the key to deep-space travel.

Formula-fed infants at risk thanks to 'breast is best' approach, says researcher

Dec 6, 2018 00:19:53


The health benefits of breastfeeding are well-established, but not every new mother can do it. Those who can't are finding themselves relying on expensive formula - sometimes having to forage for it online or in food banks - with little help from health policy that insists "breast is best."

Brain injuries are 'a natural consequence' of 'dangerous' boxing: George Chuvalo's son

Dec 5, 2018 00:25:14


After a boxing match in Quebec City left a fighter in an induced coma, questions are being asked about the sport's safety. Anna Maria Tremonti spoke to two medical professionals, and the son of a Canadian boxing legend.

Parts of Tehran are sinking into the ground at 25cm a year, says scientist

Dec 5, 2018 00:19:28


We hear from scientists who are saying we need to pay more attention to something called subsidence, or sinking ground, because they say is being exacerbated by climate change.

Canada's $50 million pledge will educate 350,000 children, says global fund director

Dec 5, 2018 00:07:54


Justin Trudeau's $50 million tweet to Trevor Noah caused consternation among his opponents this week - but where is the money actually going? We speak to Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Cannot Wait.

Oil production cuts are part of a bigger plan, says Rachel Notley

Dec 5, 2018 00:19:09


Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the temporary cut in oil production may be a short-term stopgap for what she has called a "crisis" on oil prices, but she's promising upgrades and more pipelines as long-term solution.

Residential school survivors' stories motivated people to make Canada better, says Murray Sinclair

Dec 4, 2018 00:24:48


Witnesses to testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have been motivated to build a better country, says the commission's chair Senator Murray Sinclair. He's seen firsthand who suffers most when the truth is sidelined.

'It's an arms race': Technology amplifies fake news, but could it also hold the solution?

Dec 4, 2018 00:28:09


Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with a journalist and a technologist about how technology is being deployed to undermine truth in the modern world, and whether technology could also be used to fight back.

'Evolution didn't work on truth, it worked on survival': A psychologist explains why we cling to our beliefs

Dec 4, 2018 00:20:46


People will find a way to defend their beliefs even when faced with contradictory evidence, says psychologist James Alcock. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about why we believe what we believe, and how evolution played a role.

Arrested youth should not be interrogated alone, says man wrongfully convicted of murder

Dec 3, 2018 00:46:27


Ron Moffatt was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1956, when he was 14 years old. After months in jail, he was released when the real serial killer, Peter Woodcock, was caught. The judge recommended police should no longer interrogate minors without a guardian or lawyer present, but six decades later they still do.

Why does the idea of a carbon tax divide conservatives in Canada?

Dec 3, 2018 00:20:46


As COP24 gets underway in Poland, the question of putting a price on carbon is back in the spotlight. The idea divides conservatives in Canada; some argue it's the best way to fight climate change, while others say it's a surefire way to kill jobs. Is there a conservative case for carbon taxes? We hear from voices on both side of the debate.

Are energy weapons behind mystery injuries in Cuba? Unlikely, but they do exist: author

Nov 30, 2018 00:20:24


A Canadian diplomat's reported brain injury is fuelling the mystery around the so-called "Havana Syndrome," allegedly caused by a high-pitched, cricket-like sound heard by embassy workers and family members in Cuba. Could an unusual weapon be responsible?

GM cuts an 'old-style, greed-driven' decision, argues former Unifor economist

Nov 30, 2018 00:27:16


In the wake of General Motors' decision to close its facility in Oshawa, Ont., McMaster University professor and former Unifor economist Jim Stanford argues the company is more concerned about Wall Street shareholders than the Canadian workers it employs.

Why a piece of music last played in Auschwitz is being brought back to life

Nov 30, 2018 00:24:46


When Patricia Hall found a handwritten music manuscript in the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial, she didn't realize she was looking at notes arranged by prisoners of the camp, and probably last played within its iron gates. Now she's brought that music back to life, as a way to remember the people who suffered under the Nazis.

Journalism must be remade to rebuild public trust, says veteran editor of The Guardian

Nov 29, 2018 00:24:59


Anna Maria Tremonti speaks to Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian whose 20-year tenure involved explosive investigations and ushering the newspaper in the digital age.

Fears around climate change are causing some people to seek out support groups

Nov 29, 2018 00:28:14


A new report argues that climate change is having a measurable impact on our physical and mental health, and policymakers need to plan accordingly.

Reconciliation or betrayal? First residents of controversial development in Ottawa-Gatineau move in

Nov 29, 2018 00:19:52


The newly opened O Condos building is part of the $1.5-billion Zibi development, which has divided Algonquin First Nations because of its proximity to the Chaudière Falls.

'We give the patients a voice': Online platforms offer support to people allegedly injured by medical devices

Nov 28, 2018 00:24:39


A global investigation has highlighted concerns in the way medical devices are approved and monitored in many countries, and patients who have suffered as a result. Some people found relief for that suffering on social media, in online groups for people with similar health issues.

Citizens must become leaders in order to combat populism, says former diplomat

Nov 28, 2018 00:18:53


As a former diplomat, Ben Rowswell witnessed populist politics has taken hold in recent years, and the impact that had on countries like Venezuela. Now he's urging citizens to organize and fight back against the threat - and he's got an app for that.

Earliest freeze 'in nearly 30 years' is causing problems for P.E.I. oyster farmers

Nov 28, 2018 00:09:43


An early freeze is causing havoc for oyster farmers in P.E.I., where more than 1,000 people are employed in the industry. We spoke to one oyster grower about the challenges they're facing.

Use of tear gas a 'good public relations move' for police forces, says expert

Nov 28, 2018 00:20:14


The use of tear gas on child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border drew condemnation from groups such as Amnesty International, and a rebuttal from President Trump that it was a "a very minor form" of tear gas. We look at what happened at the border, and what the substance does to the human body.

Youth would be better leaders in fight against climate change, says veteran environmentalist

Nov 27, 2018 00:24:43


In the late 1980s, Bill McKibben was a young environmental reporter who was writing about the greenhouse effect. Climate change was a new idea back then, but today it's everywhere. McKibben joined us to discuss that 30-year trajectory, and why decades of climate change discussion hasn't turned into decisive action.

Insulin pumps require careful management to work safely and effectively, says endocrinologist

Nov 27, 2018 00:28:14


Insulin pumps are billed as improving quality of life for people with diabetes, but a CBC/Radio-Canada/Toronto Star investigation found that they are linked to more reports of injury and death than any other medical device.

'A deep sense of betrayal': Oshawa GM plant closure could spark political fallout, warns prof

Nov 27, 2018 00:20:37


The GM decision to shut down operations in Oshawa highlights the rapid change brought about by technological change and shifting trade conditions. As industries change, will there be a political fallout from the communities these companies have supported for generations?

Harry Leslie Smith, 95-year-old activist and podcaster, critically ill in hospital

Nov 26, 2018 00:27:33


Harry Leslie Smith has inspired countless people with his fight for equality. Now the 95-year-old activist and podcaster is in hospital, battling pneumonia. According to his son John, "the battle Harry is fighting now is for his life."

Vancouver 'using rainbow trout and different baits' to catch koi-killing otter

Nov 26, 2018 00:11:27


An otter has found its way into the koi carp pond in Vancouver's Chinatown; we check in on efforts to catch it before all the fish are gone.

New investigations reveals implanted medical devices approved in Canada despite risks

Nov 26, 2018 00:30:37


A new investigation led by CBC/Radio-Canada, the Toronto Star and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found concerns in the way medical devices are approved and monitored in many countries, and patients who have suffered as a result.

Slumping Alberta oil prices could have 'dire' impact on rest of Canada, warns economist

Nov 23, 2018 00:20:29


As Alberta oil prices remain low, thanks to a backlog in exporting oil to market from the pipelines, a Calgary-based economist says the situation is teetering on becoming a national crisis.

Should western museums return artifacts looted from former African colonies?

Nov 23, 2018 00:26:37


Some people are applauding a report urging France to return cultural artifacts held in western museums to the former African colonies they were taken from. But one expert says, as long as they were traded legally, they should stay where they are.

'Just unbelievable': Termite mound network the size of Great Britain discovered in Brazil

Nov 23, 2018 00:24:49


Researchers have discovered a network of 4,000-year-old termite mounds in Brazil that are so big, they can be seen from space. We hear all about the discovery, and how the much-maligned termite could teach humans a lot about biofuels and even robotics.

Youth see bullying as 'paying off for some people' in today's world, says expert

Nov 22, 2018 00:25:07


Teenage bullying and violence has made headlines in recent weeks. One expert says we should accept that if people can be kind, they also have the capacity to be cruel.

Congo's armed conflict is stopping Ebola patients from getting help, says aid worker

Nov 22, 2018 00:24:54


A Congolese humanitarian aid worker says the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could be disastrous for the East African nation if it is not dealt with properly, and armed conflict in the country is making things worse.

Is salad a luxury food? One writer argues it's time to rethink leafy greens

Nov 22, 2018 00:20:18


If you hate eating your vegetables, you may be off the hook - at least when it comes to lettuce. One writer argues salad is hard on the environment, and isn't all that nutritious.

Jackie Speier was shot five times during the Jonestown massacre. She says it made her fearless

Nov 21, 2018 00:24:34


Jackie Speier was shot five times as she tried to help defectors leave the Jonestown commune in Guyana in 1978, on the same night that more than 900 people died after drinking Flavour Aid laced with poison. On the 40th anniversary of the massacre, Speier reflects on the effect that looking death in the eye has had on her life.

'Go for it,' says father of slain U.K. woman on Sask.'s proposed domestic violence law

Nov 21, 2018 00:25:54


Saskatchewan could become the first province to adopt its own version of the Clare's Law, allowing police to inform people of their partner's criminal history if they are seen to be at risk.

'I wasn't believed': Injured Canada Post employee describes unsafe workplace

Nov 21, 2018 00:20:13


The federal government is threatening striking Canada Post workers with back-to-work legislation as the holidays loom. But with job demands changing, and the volume of parcels becoming larger and heavier, one Canada Post worker says the job has simply become "unsafe."

How famed war correspondent Marie Colvin lost her eye in an ambush in Sri Lanka

Nov 20, 2018 00:24:20


War correspondent Marie Colvin reported the plight of the helpless from conflicts in the world's most dangerous places, with a tenacity that eventually cost her her life. Lindsey Hilsum, her friend and fellow war correspondent, tells us about Colvin's life - a life lived on the edge.

Heat waves are damaging beetle sperm, and that could be bad news for the entire planet

Nov 20, 2018 00:23:06


A new study found male beetles exposed to heat waves suffered issues with fertility and produced fewer offspring, but also passed sperm-count and life-expectancy issues on to those they did have. Could that news include a climate change warning to humans?

Expel Russia from Interpol, former U.S. ambassador suggests ahead of election

Nov 20, 2018 00:20:07


A former U.S. ambassador to Russia says he is "appalled" at the prospect a Russian could soon be the leader of Interpol, arguing the country should instead be kicked out of the international policing organization.

More can be done to curb vaping among Canadian youth, professor says

Nov 19, 2018 00:27:31


David Hammond was picking out an Archie comic for his kids when he noticed a poster for vaping behind the corner store counter. Then, he spotted vaping products above the candy.

Cases like abuse at Ottawa high school still 'far too common,' says expert

Nov 19, 2018 00:44:45


Over a span of decades, three different teachers at the same Ottawa high school preyed on students. Now, for the first time, some of the victims are speaking about what they endured. Warning: This story contains details some listeners may find disturbing.

Former Guantanamo inmates who have gone missing are 'worst nightmare' for U.S. officials: reporter

Nov 16, 2018 00:23:36


U.S. President Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise to halt the closure of Guantanamo Bay. He did so by closing the office responsible for shutting it down. But that office also tracked released inmates, and now some of them are missing. We look at the risks both to the public, and the former detainees.

'It made me who I was': How growing up adopted fuelled Curtis Joseph's NHL career

Nov 16, 2018 00:24:34


It wasn't until Curtis Joseph was a grown man playing in the NHL that he met his biological mother. When he did, he knew exactly what he wanted to say: he thanked her for having him.

We should regulate Facebook just like we did cars, says professor

Nov 16, 2018 00:20:16


Facebook has been on the defensive this week, after allegations about how it handled crises like privacy breaches. And one professor of media studies says Facebook is disrupting democracy.

As death toll rises in California fires, forensic anthropologists face grim task of identifying remains

Nov 15, 2018 00:20:17


As wildfires ravage California and the death toll continues to rise, we talk to a forensic anthropologist about the challenges in identifying victims and the importance of bringing some sense of closure to their loved ones.

There needs to be a global policy to govern gene editing, says molecular biologist

Nov 15, 2018 00:27:56


Gene drive technology, which can introduce and spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species, is near the point where it leaves the lab and enters the real world. Some experts are calling for a global agreement on how the technology should be deployed, which could make for a showdown between scientists and policy makers at a UN meeting on biodiversity later this week.

Trade talks would have run smoother if the U.S. had been more organised, says former ambassador

Nov 15, 2018 00:25:03


Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says the renegotiation of NAFTA could have gone a lot smoother but there is plenty of hope for the future of Canada-U.S. relations.

Are long hours and little pay scaring off potential public servants?

Nov 14, 2018 00:24:30


Alcide Bernard was appointed mayor of Wellington, P.E.I last week - because nobody else wanted the job. Is there a crisis in local politics, where the long hours and little pay are scaring off potential public servants?

How the world's first 'giraffologist' stuck her neck out to fight sexism in academia

Nov 14, 2018 00:27:32


Canadian biologist Anne Dagg was denied tenure decades ago, despite her pioneering research on giraffes. She's finally getting recognition in her field - and she wants to make sure young women scientists today don't have to fight the way she did.

Doctors 'incensed' after NRA tweets they should 'stay in their lane' on gun violence

Nov 14, 2018 00:20:27


When the American College of Physicians published a paper recommending gun control measures, the National Rifle Association responded with a tweet telling "anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane." We speak to two physicians who disagree about whether doctors have a place in the gun control debate.

Meet Raven Wilkinson, the black ballerina who blazed a trail long before shoes came in brown and bronze

Nov 13, 2018 00:25:21


A U.K company has announced it will now make ballet shoes in colours that reflect the diverse skin tones of dancers, but one woman dared to dance against prejudice long before this.

Meet the Kenyan woman urging village elders to abandon female genital mutilation

Nov 13, 2018 00:26:16


As a young girl, Nice Nailantei Leng'ete convinced her grandfather not to subject her to FGM. Now, she's convincing elders in her Kenyan community to forgo "the cut" and find another way to celebrate women.

Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer

Nov 13, 2018 00:20:24


At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a lawsuit alleging they were sterilized against their will, as recently as last year. Is there an issue of systemic racism within Canada's healthcare system?

Introducing Uncover: Bomb On Board

Nov 12, 2018 00:39:29


A bomb exploded on Canadian Pacific Flight 21 killing all 52 people on board. Chuck was on the ground. Didi's dad was on the plane. Witnesses offer insight into what happened July 8, 1965 - and why no one has ever been held responsible.

Suicide shouldn't be 'normal' in Indigenous communities, says Massey lecturer Tanya Talaga

Nov 12, 2018 00:28:21


For the 2018 Massey Lectures, Indigenous journalist Tanya Talaga examined the devastating problem of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. She spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about what she found.

'I wasn't going to die a slave': Dikgang Moseneke looks back at the struggle to end South African apartheid

Nov 12, 2018 00:15:05


Dikgang Moseneke was imprisoned on Robben Island when he was 15, where he befriended Nelson Mandela. After a lifetime fighting for justice, he says that Mandela's lessons still hold true in today's political climate.

'Nostalgia is not a vision': Campaigners lay out risks and rewards of Calgary Olympic bid

Nov 12, 2018 00:20:44


Calgarians go to the polls Tuesday, in a plebiscite on whether to pursue the bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Current spoke to two people from either side of the debate.

Grocery store fire prompts food shortage concern in Iqaluit, but not everyone can afford high prices, says activist

Nov 9, 2018 00:20:32


A fire at one of Iqaluit's only two large grocery stores has left the city's residents concerned about food shortages, but high food prices mean not everyone can afford to stock up, says a community activist.

How youth support staff are using their sleuthing skills to connect teens with family

Nov 9, 2018 00:25:57


Youth who find themselves at an emergency youth centre in St. Catherine's, Ont., have been taking part in a unique program in which staff scour government records and databases to find family members who have gone missing from the teens' lives.

U.K. surgeon gives thumbs down to medical students' lack of dexterity

Nov 9, 2018 00:22:08


A prominent British surgeon says he's concerned that medical students don't have the same manual dexterity as their predecessors. Have we turned our backs on our hands?

Survivors broke windows with barstools to escape gunman in California: reporter

Nov 8, 2018 00:04:45


Police said that 13 people died after a gunman opened fire at a country-and-western bar in southern California late Wednesday. The Current spoke to a reporter at the scene.

U.S. voters would be 'stunned' to know midterms monitored by Russian officials: author

Nov 8, 2018 00:26:06


The presence of two Russian politicians as official monitors in the U.S. midterms, but the problems they're trying to catch start long before polling day, says author Carol Anderson.

The ozone layer is healing - what can that success teach us in the fight against climate change?

Nov 8, 2018 00:24:35


A UN report suggests the ozone layer is healing itself - thanks in large part to the Montreal Protocol signed three decades ago. The news is giving activists hope that in the fight against climate change.

'Glee' over Tony Clement sexting scandal minimizes victims facing similar blackmail, says advocate

Nov 8, 2018 00:16:36


Those cheering the resignation of Tony Clement in a sexting scandal are losing sight of the fact that similar extortion attempts happen all the time, and there must be a hard line against blackmail, says advocate Julie Lalonde.

Voters and families remain divided as congress splits in U.S. midterm results

Nov 7, 2018 00:25:19


Heated rhetoric in the U.S. midterm campaign has increased divisions between voters, including among families and friends.

U.S. midterm results won't deter Trump from 'bombastic, over-the-top' style, says strategist

Nov 7, 2018 00:24:53


As the dust begins to settle on the U.S. midterms, strategists from both sides of the divide explore what the results mean for the next two years of U.S. President Donald Trump's term.

U.S. midterms marred by 'ethical dilemmas' and voter suppression, says Black Votes Matter co-founder

Nov 7, 2018 00:20:21


In the aftermath of Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, Black Votes Matter co-founder Cliff Albright says the bar for getting out the vote is even higher given the alleged voter suppression tactics at work.

Saskatchewan's changes to trespassing law target First Nations community: FSIN Vice-Chief

Nov 6, 2018 00:25:31


A new push to combat rural crime in Saskatchewan is welcomed by some but Indigenous communities are raising red flags, calling the proposed changes to trespass legislation dangerous and a violation of treaty rights.

'As Goes Texas': The Current digs deep into the political divide of the Lone State

Nov 6, 2018 00:46:04


When it comes to politics, Texas is a big deal. With a population approaching 30-million and an economy bigger than Canada's, Texas plays an outsized role in Washington. In the lead-up to the pivotal U.S. midterm elections, Anna Maria Tremonti visits the Lone State to hear from Texans.

Do fish feel pain? Scientists are divided on the answer

Nov 5, 2018 00:25:10


For centuries, the consensus has been that fish don't feel pain. A growing body of research suggests to some scientists that fish can indeed feel pain, but not everyone in the field agrees.

Trauma survivors 'can change society,' says psychologist helping Yazidi survivors of ISIS

Nov 5, 2018 00:23:25


Western society doesn't understand what trauma survivors can achieve, says Dr Jan Kizilhan, a Kurdish-German psychologist who helps Yazidi survivors of ISIS sexual slavery.

After Parkland shooting, students 'marched for their lives': Now they're urging youth to vote in U.S. midterms

Nov 5, 2018 00:20:04


Survivors of the Parkland school shooting started a political movement in the U.S. to increase youth voter participation. It's unclear how successful they will be.

Tough to tackle sexism, harassment in tech world with 'narcissistic men' at the top: lawyer

Nov 2, 2018 00:15:43


In the wake of a worldwide walkout by Google employees to protest the company's handling of executives accused of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment, a San Francisco lawyer says more such action is needed.

Sister of slain Maltese reporter fights to end impunity for crimes against journalists

Nov 2, 2018 00:20:15


Corinne Vella says her sister, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed for exposing high-level corruption involving Maltese government officials. She wants justice and is calling on the government to launch a public inquiry.

Black journalist RJ Young explores why guns matter to white Americans

Nov 2, 2018 00:23:53


RJ Young learned to shoot to better understand his future in-law's feelings about guns

How B.C. biologists plan to save South Selkirk caribou from extinction

Nov 2, 2018 00:09:29


South Selkirk caribou are close to a local extinction. The CBC's Bob Keating describes the last ditch efforts to save the dwindling species.

Halifax woman, who chose early medically assisted death, gets 'the last say' with her life

Nov 1, 2018 00:25:10


Audrey Parker will receive a medically assisted death Thursday. She feared if she waited any longer, she would risk being able to have the procedure.

These award-winning photojournalists share the emotional cost of covering war

Nov 1, 2018 00:26:20


As photojournalist covering war zones seek to expose the cost of war in a powerful image, there's a heavy toll that's left behind. Three of the best war photographers in the world share their stories.

Meet the group of African-American women running the justice system in a city in Georgia

Nov 1, 2018 00:20:35


The new city of South Fulton, Ga., is attracting attention and inspiring hope because it was briefly the first city in U.S. history where the entire criminal justice system was run by black women.

Meet the Queen of Haunts - she makes it her business to frighten you out of your wits

Oct 31, 2018 00:20:20


Amber Arnett-Bequeaith is an expert on haunting people. She grew up in the business with her family being involved in the first haunted house. She's now the industry spokesperson.

How feeling frightened can be therapeutic for some

Oct 31, 2018 00:24:35


Turning to fear-inducing experiences may not seem like the best way to ease anxiety but a sociologist who studies fear says people can experience many benefits from daring adventures.

Could a conflict along language lines push Cameroon to civil war?

Oct 31, 2018 00:27:51


Increasing civil unrest in Cameroon could be pushing the country to the brink of civil war, as the government battles Boko Haram in the north and its own Anglophone minority in the south.

How the ravenmaster of London protects the kingdom with birds

Oct 30, 2018 00:24:31


As the ravenmaster at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife's job responsibilities include the care and feeding of a few birds - and holding together the United Kingdom.

Why a transplant recipient says writing a donor family can feel impossible

Oct 30, 2018 00:27:25


For 11 years, Joan Wynden has anxiously been waiting to hear from one of the five recipients who received her late brother's organs. The silence feels like a second loss, she says. Sherry Robinson, a liver recipient, explains why she can't write a letter to the donor family.

Pittsburgh shooting stresses a need to 'deplatform' sites that spread hate, says tech reporter

Oct 30, 2018 00:20:13


Social media networks that allow hatred to spread unchecked should be "deplatformed," according to a technology writer who investigates hate groups.

Tensions over Northern Pulp Mill effluent pipe have reached fever pitch, says Nova Scotia MP

Oct 29, 2018 00:24:41


Tensions over a pulp mill's plan to release treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait are so high that fishermen are "thinking about carrying rifles on board," says Nova Scotia MP.

How a controversial adoption ban on Pakistan kept a Canadian family in limbo for years

Oct 29, 2018 00:18:01


The Fifth Estate's Habiba Nosheen shares details into a year-long investigation that found Canada bans adoptions from Muslim countries saying Shariah law prohibits it. The Liberal government inherited the 2013 policy and it's still in effect.

Jewish leaders demand Trump denounce white nationalism or 'you are not welcome in Pittsburgh'

Oct 29, 2018 00:20:06


A mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has prompted a Jewish group to call on U.S. President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacy.

Should Muslims still travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj after journalist Khashoggi's death?

Oct 26, 2018 00:24:39


Hajj, the journey to Mecca in Saudia Arabia, is considered a pillar of the Muslim faith. But the death of journalist Jamal Khahsoggi and the civil war in Yemen has sparked a difficult moral quandary in the hearts and minds of Muslims like Aymann Ismail.

MEC's commitment to more diverse models in ads is welcome, if overdue, say critics

Oct 26, 2018 00:26:11


Outdoor equipment company Mountain Equipment Co-op has committed to better representing the diversity of Canadians who love the outdoors, after being called out for the use of predominantly white models in its advertising.

Canadian astronaut Dave Williams shares life lessons from outer space

Oct 26, 2018 00:20:10


Astronaut Dave Williams' remarkable life as an ER doctor, astronaut, aquanaut and even hospital CEO has life lessons for all of us. His accomplishments have taught him to see a life's legacy as living a truly fulfilled life.

The Third Dive explores controversial death of Sharkwater director Rob Stewart

Oct 25, 2018 00:26:20


A new CBC documentary, The Third Dive, explores the mysterious circumstances surrounding acclaimed filmmaker Rob Stewart's death and aims to uncover new details of its aftermath.

Migrant caravan headed towards U.S. sparks heated debate ahead of midterm elections

Oct 25, 2018 00:24:42


U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a thousands-strong caravan of migrants heading towards the U.S. border is teeming with criminals. But New York Times reporter Annie Correal, who has been travelling with the caravan, says the people bear little resemblance to the president's account.

Explosives mailed to Democrats signal 'a dangerous period of American politics,' Trump critic says

Oct 25, 2018 00:19:24


Charlie Sykes says this week's slew of suspicious packages and crude explosives sent to prominent Democrats and news media reflects the intense political polarization and divisiveness in the United States.

McKenna defends federal government's carbon tax plan amid premiers' opposition

Oct 24, 2018 00:20:11


Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke to The Current about the federal government's plan to slap a carbon tax on the provinces and territories that did not sign onto the pan-Canadian framework on climate change.

Expert advice on how to stop 'using our houses like ATM machines'

Oct 24, 2018 00:24:17


As part of the CBC News series, Debt Nation, chartered accountant Doug Hoyes explains how Canadians carrying debt need to understand how higher interest rates will affect their payments.

Sentencing of Jamaican phone scam mastermind a milestone for U.S. prosecutors

Oct 24, 2018 00:26:49


A recent jail sentence in a Jamaican phone scam operation may have put a dent in what has become a rival to the drug trade as one of the country's most lucrative criminal enterprises.

'His heart still beats strong to give life': How an organ donation united 2 families

Oct 23, 2018 00:26:04


While she still grieves the loss of her 20-year-old son to suicide, Pat Loder says meeting the recipient of his heart has given her a sense of peace and a ray of hope.

Should Canada try to bring alleged foreign fighters for ISIS, like 'Jihadi Jack,' home?

Oct 23, 2018 00:15:47


The case of Jack Letts, a young British-Canadian man dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by British media, has sparked a contentious debate about the Canadian government's role and responsibilities when a citizen is accused of terrorism, according to Phil Gurski and Lorne Dawson.

Doctors censure Australian government over treatment of migrants held in island detention centre

Oct 22, 2018 00:19:28


A former Australian medical officer is calling out his government after reports that hundreds of migrants currently detained on the remote island of Nauru were suffering from severe mental and physical distress.

Nurse reveals her secret 16-year battle with bulimia to inspire others to get help

Oct 22, 2018 00:25:42


Saskatchewan couple Andrea and Mick Parmar lay bare the challenges they faced overcoming a more-than-decade-long eating disorder in their new book Alone in a Crowd.

Michael Palin's new book retraces doomed voyage of HMS Erebus

Oct 22, 2018 00:23:11


Michael Palin's new book traces the journey of HMS Erebus, which tried to find a path through the Northwest Passage in 1845. After becoming locked in the ice, its crew met their deaths in a frozen wasteland, and the ship was lost for almost 170 years.

How to be a good house guest? Don't be like Julian Assange, says this master butler

Oct 19, 2018 00:22:04


The Ecuadorian Embassy has set some house rules for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to clean up after his cat and do his own laundry. It's perfectly in line to set these kinds of rules, says veteran majordomo Charles MacPherson.

Quebec Inuit leaders plea for support in wake of youth suicides

Oct 19, 2018 00:43:22


The northern Quebec Inuit community of Nunavik is reeling from a recent spike in suicides. Nigel Adams and Mary Simon discuss how suicide - especially the deaths of youths in their community - has affected their lives.

Mixing pot and sex? Make communication a priority, says sexologist

Oct 18, 2018 00:24:57


When it comes to cannabis and sex, communication is key, a sexologist says.

'Leadership shapes culture': Addressing doctor burnout, depression must start at the top, doctors say

Oct 18, 2018 00:26:13


After hearing The Current's segment earlier this month about doctors and medical residents who suffer burnout and depression, we heard from doctors who wanted to add their voice to this "public health issue."

Could outcry over missing Saudi journalist change tide of war in Yemen?

Oct 18, 2018 00:20:08


A Yemeni-Canadian says that allegations that Saudi Arabia was involved in the disappearance of one of its own citizens will not come as a surprise to those following the Kingdom's involvement in the war in Yemen.

'Legalization 1.0': Cannabis is legal now, but what problems still need to be solved?

Oct 17, 2018 00:47:15


The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti hosted a town hall event to discuss the road to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and the bumps that still lie in the road ahead.

How do you talk to your kids about cannabis? First, know the facts

Oct 17, 2018 00:28:10


Ottawa Public Health nurses have been running information sessions for parents about how to talk to kids about cannabis in the lead up to Canada's end of prohibition. Here's how to inform your kids about marijuana use.

Introducing Someone Knows Something Season 5

Oct 17, 2018 01:04:23


Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Over 30 years later, SKS host David Ridgen joins Kerrie's friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe now at cbc.ca/sks.

Saudi Arabia's 'new face' of reform has been destroyed, says friend of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Oct 16, 2018 00:09:47


A Saudi activist who was friends with Jamal Khashoggi says that the journalist's disappearance has dealt a blow to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to brand himself a reformer.

What Canada can learn about legal pot from Colorado

Oct 16, 2018 00:26:12


Cannabis will be legal and regulated across Canada tomorrow, but Colorado has a four-year head start on ending prohibition. Host Geoff Turner travelled to Colorado to see what legalization looks like..

By suing U.S. government over climate change, young people 'take some of that control into our own hands'

Oct 16, 2018 00:24:23


Twenty-one young co-plaintiffs say they are fed up with the U.S. government's lack of action on climate change. So they're taking their government to court.

The stakes are higher to report abuse as #MeToo hasn't come to Nunavut, says Iqaluit mayor

Oct 16, 2018 00:10:57


Women who try to report sexual harassment in the North face enormous risk, says Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern because the smaller communities mean there are fewer jobs, and there's still a tendency to believe abusers in a position of power.

New research suggests dogs aren't exceptionally smart

Oct 15, 2018 00:22:12


Dogs owners brace yourself. While you may think your brilliant pooch stands out in a crowd, research suggests they aren't exceptionally intelligent compared to similar animals. Don't tell the cats.

The ban on cannabis in Canada is ending - do you know how it started?

Oct 15, 2018 00:24:39


With an era coming to an end this Wednesday, the host of CBC's On Drugs podcast explains how politics and fear drove the early days of cannabis prohibition in Canada.

Canadian peacekeepers can accomplish 'very little' in Mali conflict, says expert

Oct 15, 2018 00:20:32


As a UN report warns that the situation in Mali has deteriorated sharply, one expert argues that Canada's peacekeeping mission in the conflict-ridden country is "a wasted opportunity to do more."

Frank Stronach's lawsuit against family is in true form for billionaire, says business columnist

Oct 12, 2018 00:24:41


Magna founder Frank Stronach is suing daughter Belinda and grandchildren over mismanaging family assets, demanding $520 million in damages. Business columnist Andrew Willis says the lawsuit is in character with the billionaire's personality.

Nuclear war expert warns of future crisis in the form of a novel

Oct 12, 2018 00:24:40


Author and nuclear war expert Jeffrey Lewis hopes his new speculative fiction novel will send a warning about how easily the world could find itself in the midst of nuclear war.

Alleged plot surrounding missing Saudi journalist didn't factor in his fiancée, says Lawrence Wright

Oct 12, 2018 00:20:05


Speculation is rife about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but his close friend Lawrence Wright says that whoever is behind it has underestimated the missing man's fiancée.

'Eat less steak and ice cream': What climate change means for the food you love

Oct 11, 2018 00:25:02


Evan Fraser says he doesn't want to live in a world without steak and ice cream. But after this week's UN report urging global action to combat climate change, he says it's time to rethink what we eat and how food is produced as part of the solution to slow down global warming.

Canada's justice system holds Indigenous women at fault for 'ending up murdered,' says NDP MLA

Oct 11, 2018 00:28:04


The Supreme Court's hearing on the case of Cindy Gladue will decide whether Bradley Barton will face a new trial, but could also have implications for sexual assault laws, and the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada's criminal justice system.

'It was like a nightmare': Police investigate fire started at Toronto hotel housing refugees

Oct 11, 2018 00:16:12


A flaming gas can was found at a Toronto hotel last week. The hotel, which is currently housing 577 refugees, has drawn the attention of anti-migrant groups.

Author 'condemned' for alleging abuse by J.D. Salinger in 1998 says little has changed despite #MeToo movement

Oct 10, 2018 00:24:34


An author who was "excoriated" in 1998 when she published allegations of sexual abuse by J.D. Salinger says that despite the growth of the #MeToo movement, not much has changed in the past 20 years.

Medical residents vulnerable to depression and burnout, survey suggests

Oct 10, 2018 00:26:18


A new report says medical residents experience burnout and depression in Canada at a greater rate than other physicians. The Current hears from a Vancouver resident who says it's a lack of support in the system that contributes to symptoms.

Ottawa too 'timid' in its fight against climate change, says environment reporter

Oct 10, 2018 00:20:06


A new UN report is urging swift international action to tackle climate change. A journalist following the political response to this urgent call says environmental groups are angry the federal government isn't moving fast enough.

'What country is next?' Amnesty director warns inaction on Rohingya crisis could lead to wider abuse

Oct 9, 2018 00:19:28


CBC reporter Nahlah Ayed watched the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in 2017. She recently returned and was let into the country. She told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti what she learned there.

Is luck real? A probability expert untangles the difference between fate and chance

Oct 9, 2018 00:27:46


Can someone truly be lucky or are life events just random? Statistician Jeffrey Rosenthal untangles the meaning behind luck, chance, fate and magic in his new book, Knock on Wood.

Elaborate hoax speaks to flaws in academic review process, says expert

Oct 9, 2018 00:24:17


Three academics have pranked their colleagues, publishing fake papers in prestigious gender, race, and cultural studies journals.

Midterm election candidates 'can't be neutral' on Kavanaugh decision, says prof

Oct 8, 2018 00:20:20


Brett Kavanaugh's ascent to the Supreme Court has divided the U.S. public. With next month's midterm elections, one expert argues that candidates seeking election won't be able to ignore the issue.

Behold the Peacock: a fowl with the power to divide a B.C. neighbourhood

Oct 8, 2018 00:25:32


Residents in a Surrey, B.C., neighbourhood are embroiled in a row over what to do with a flock of dozens of peacocks who have set roost in their backyards and trees.

Russian trolls 'pushed their agenda' with Star Wars critiques, study suggests

Oct 8, 2018 00:23:55


A new study about Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggests the rhetoric that surrounded its release in 2017 was in part the product of organized twitter campaigns by activists, bots and even Russian trolls trying to advance wider political agendas.

Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?

Oct 5, 2018 00:24:45


He's a Sillicon Valley pioneer and a scientist employed by Microsoft - but Jaron Lanier is calling on all of us to take back control and abandon social media for good. He says the catastrophic losses of personal dignity are not worth it.

Could Brazil be about to elect 'the Tropical Trump'?

Oct 5, 2018 00:26:12


As Brazilians head to the polls Sunday, a dramatic election campaign - where one candidate is in prison, and another was stabbed - could deliver a watershed moment in the country's history.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats could just impeach him, says Republican activist

Oct 5, 2018 00:20:21


As the Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, we talk to two Republican women about where they stand on the allegations made against him.

U.S. Coast Guard acted 'legally and ethically' in anti-smuggling co-op, Canadian Forces review finds

Oct 4, 2018 00:23:00


The Canadian Forces says it conducted an investigation into allegations of detainee mistreatment by its U.S. Coast Guard partners in an operation aimed at capturing drug smugglers at sea, but did not find evidence of the reported mistreatment.

How TV shows like 24 helped set the stage for 'extreme' politics

Oct 4, 2018 00:26:04


Culture critic Peter Biskind argues extremes have now become mainstream in movies and TV - and they've helped lay the ground for extremes in politics, too.

'Very naive' to think election interference can't happen in Canada, says MP Charlie Angus

Oct 4, 2018 00:20:33


Charlie Angus, the NDP MP questioning a Canadian company's role in the Brexit vote, has warned that Canada is not immune to efforts to undermine elections.

China's development could undermine $40B natural gas investment, warns environmentalist

Oct 3, 2018 00:25:03


The liquefied natural gas project announced for B.C. has been hailed by some as an economic boon, but one environmentalist warns that energy development could overtake its usefulness.

Parti Québécois's promise not to pursue sovereignty let voters drift away, says Bernard St-Laurent

Oct 3, 2018 00:27:43


Once a powerhouse in Quebec, the Parti Québécois lost official status in Monday's election. Anna Maria Tremonti is joined by three political observers to discuss what went wrong, and what comes next.

3 women have a Nobel Prize in Physics. This UBC professor aims to eliminate the gender bias

Oct 3, 2018 00:20:00


Canadian Donna Strickland became the third woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. A UBC professor explains how she's working toward inspiring more underrepresented young students to pursue the field.

Who are the real winners and losers in the USMCA deal?

Oct 2, 2018 00:15:22


Trade experts from all three countries weigh up the wins, losses, and the fine detail of the new United States-Mexico-Canada deal.

It's my human right not to wear a bra, says B.C. woman fired for doing just that

Oct 2, 2018 00:25:15


A B.C. woman has filed a human rights complaint after she says she was fired from her job for refusing to wear a bra.

FBI's Brett Kavanaugh investigation is a 'fishing expedition,' says Federalist Society member

Oct 2, 2018 00:25:00


As the FBI investigates sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh has become a symbol in a broader political battle.

François Legault's immigration proposals probably won't 'see the light of day,' says pollster

Oct 2, 2018 00:06:11


Coalition Avenir Québec won a majority in Monday's provincial election with 74 seats, but one pollster predicts they will shy away from proposals on immigration.

After going through 7 pairs of shoes, Paul Salopek continues his walk around the world

Oct 1, 2018 00:26:29


Journalist Paul Salopek has been trekking the world by foot retracing our ancestors journey out of Africa. The National Geographic Fellow estimates he's walked 12,000 km in over five years - only a third of the way along his global walk.

Quebec politics moving away from sovereignty debate, says pollster

Oct 1, 2018 00:24:51


Parties outside the federalist-sovereigntist axis are expected to make gains in the Quebec provincial election, which some experts argue will mean a reshaping of the political landscape.

'Death by a thousand cuts': Canadian dairy farmer disappointed by USMCA deal

Oct 1, 2018 00:21:01


As details of the new USMCA trade deal emerge, one Canadian dairy farmer argues that the stability of Canada's supply management system is being eroded.

Research suggests double standard of onus when alcohol involved in sexual assault

Sep 28, 2018 00:19:52


Amid discussions of the role alcohol may have played in the Brett Kavanagh allegations, research suggests blame and responsibility tends to fall on the victim.

How the daughter of an African revolutionary learned about racism in a Canadian playground

Sep 28, 2018 00:23:40


The daughter of an ANC guerrilla in exile, Sisonke Msimang grew up moving from country to country. The author says it gave her an outsider's perspective, and framed her understanding of "home."

How Will Smith conquered his fear - by leaping into the Grand Canyon

Sep 28, 2018 00:23:26


The internet is drowning with videos of people confronting their fears, from jumping out of airplanes or wearing a cobra as a scarf. But one author argues there's another way to face your fear - just embrace it.

Attacks on Christine Blasey Ford could backfire on Republicans, says Rebecca Solnit

Sep 27, 2018 00:19:33


The Senate judiciary committee will hear testimony today from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accuses him of sexual misconduct. Commentators say the proceedings represent a pivotal moment for both the #MeToo movement, and the United States in general.

This man made $1M investing in cannabis - but expert warns it's a lottery

Sep 27, 2018 00:26:09


Cannabis companies have had a wild ride on the stock market, with share prices soaring and plummeting before legalization next month. One investor has enjoyed huge success, but experts warn the odds are against average individuals.

New book reveals how the CBC lost Hockey Night in Canada

Sep 27, 2018 00:25:17


In 2013, the CBC lost the NHL national broadcasting rights to Rogers, setting off a massive change to hockey on television. Journalist Dave Shoalts documents the rough-and-tumble backstory in his book Hockey Fight in Canada.

Myers-Briggs tests in the workplace help the employer, not the employee, says author

Sep 26, 2018 00:24:39


Using the Myers-Briggs personality test is a way to engineer a workforce while appearing to care about employees' self fulfillment, says Merve Emre, the author of The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.

Anthropocene project highlights the apocalyptic beauty of humans' effect on the planet

Sep 26, 2018 00:27:11


The creators of the Anthropocene project are using large-scale photography, film and installations to illustrate just how much impact humans are having on the planet - documenting landscapes many people normally don't see .

The true story behind BlacKkKlansman: How a black police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

Sep 26, 2018 00:20:06


Ron Stallworth was the first African-American detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department - and he also ran a sting operation that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and the love that helped him survive

Sep 25, 2018 00:26:24


During his time in Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov was forced to tattoo other prisoners with their concentration camp serial numbers. Despite the horror that surrounded him, Sokolov fell in love, and survived. But it wasn't until decades later that he told his story to the writer Heather Morris.

The power of logic: How math can help you win your next argument

Sep 25, 2018 00:24:19


What's the secret to winning arguments in a world of divisive politics? According to the author of The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, the answer is math.

Ottawa woman saw deck fly off her house as tornado bore down

Sep 25, 2018 00:20:02


Ramyza Naji told The Current's Kristin Nelson about her close call with the tornado that ripped through the Ottawa region last weekend.

Where should the #MeToo conversation go next?

Sep 24, 2018 00:52:28


Today's podcast focuses on what's next in the Me Too conversation - for the victims, the accused, and the movement itself? Anna Maraia Tremonti was joined by Maclean's Anne Kingston and criminology professor Neil Boyd. We have also included highlights from today's national call-in portion.

Brian Wansink, researcher behind 100-calorie snacks, discredited after 13 papers retracted

Sep 21, 2018 00:19:27


Brian Wansink, an expert in eating behaviour, became a daytime TV darling that used science to promote eating smaller portions. Now his theories are being questioned after 6 studies were retracted in one day.

Why scientists have become attached to 'Oppy', the Mars rover stranded by a dust storm

Sep 21, 2018 00:23:20


It's not that surprising to Joelle Renstrom, a robot columnist, that scientists and others around the world have become attached to Opportunity the Mars rover. She says it's quite common to associate human attributes to intimate objects.

King Con: Man successfully impersonates Indigenous leaders his whole life, acquiring riches and fame

Sep 21, 2018 00:24:36


Edgar Laplante was a world-class grifter. It won him world-class women; adulation from royalty and presidents, and it eventually landed him in prison.

How lunch with Bono led Steve Jobs to reveal he named a computer after his daughter

Sep 20, 2018 00:24:30


In many ways, Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir Small Fry tells stories that will ring true to many kids of parents who have split - except that her father was Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jobs.

'Don't plow our Charter': Doug Ford finds support and opposition at Plowing Match

Sep 20, 2018 00:19:59


Ontario's provincial politicians rushed through one of the most controversial debates in the history of the legislature in part because they wanted to be at the annual plowing match - an event to connect with rural voters.

CBC doc tells story of Muslim high school students who just want to be seen as 'regular kids'

Sep 20, 2018 00:25:50


CBC documentary, 14 & Muslim, chronicles Muslim teens as they transition from Grade 8 at Islamic school to different high schools. What they reveal is tolerance of their religious beliefs are only an issue outside of the classroom.

Kavanaugh case brings Anita Hill's historic testimony to the fore: journalist

Sep 19, 2018 00:20:11


The recent accusation of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh bears resemblance to the Anita Hill case, according to Jill Abramson who covered the 1991 testimony.

'A broken clock is right twice a day': Politicians need to listen to their voters' fears, says author

Sep 19, 2018 00:26:14


As the West grapples with the rise of populism, experts argue that mainstream politicians should listen to the public's grievances, even if they don't adopt their solutions.

Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?

Sep 19, 2018 00:25:09


In a world of stuff, there's a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centered, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

Laws to suppress black vote in U.S. are being drafted with 'horrific efficiency,' says author

Sep 18, 2018 00:46:58


In her new book, author and academic Carol Anderson explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S., and argues that a resurgence of those tactics affected the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

How publishers have ignited the debate on redemption in the #MeToo era

Sep 18, 2018 00:21:03


Two prestigious platforms have garnered backlash in recent weeks after featuring personal essays penned by disgraced radio hosts, reflecting on the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the era of #MeToo.

How domestic abusers are leveraging technology to harass, control

Sep 17, 2018 00:25:19


The rise of technology has created new avenues for domestic abusers to target victims. An Edmonton woman shares her story of how her ex-boyfriend sent men to her house for sexual encounters by setting up a fake online dating account.

Facing FGM in Sierra Leone, girl wins refugee status, but her family could still be deported

Sep 17, 2018 00:26:26


An 11-year-old girl has been granted refugee status in Canada due to the risk of facing FGM in her native Sierra Leone. Her mother and young brother have not been granted permission to stay, leaving her mother with an impossible choice.

One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico crisis hotline receiving 600 calls a day

Sep 17, 2018 00:20:20


A year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the population of the U.S. territory is in the grips of a mental health crisis.

The financial crisis happened 10 years ago - that's how long it took this man to sell his house

Sep 14, 2018 00:24:23


Ten years after the financial crash, many people are still struggling with the aftermath. One man's dream home turned into a nightmare that lasted ten years.

Allegedly poisoned Russian activist's life could depend on Canada's response: Browder

Sep 14, 2018 00:24:42


The alleged poisoning of a member of Pussy Riot, along with the appearance of two alleged poisoners on Russian state TV, is a message to the West, says Putin critic.

Apple tech explains why the iPhone won't let you ducking swear

Sep 14, 2018 00:19:23


Thank Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda for turning your foul language into fowl language on your iPhone. He shares the thinking behind the autocorrect feature that he says was the right decision at the time.

Doug Ford is 'running roughshod over our rights,' says Andrea Horwath

Sep 13, 2018 00:20:56


Ontario Premier Doug Ford is undermining Canadian democracy by invoking the notwithstanding clause, according to Andrea Horwath, the leader of the official opposition.

Uighurs in Canada fear deportation after China's crackdown on Turkic Muslims

Sep 13, 2018 00:27:05


Uighurs who have made refugee claims in Canada are anxiously waiting to find out if they'll be deported back to China, now that the country is doubling down on its suppression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

Behold the Peacock: a fowl with the power to divide a B.C. neighbourhood

Sep 13, 2018 00:25:21


Residents in a Surrey, B.C., neighbourhood are embroiled in a row over what to do with a flock of dozens of peacocks who have set roost in their backyards and trees.

Telling women they have dense breasts could save lives, says cancer survivor

Sep 12, 2018 00:17:19