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The Current

The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada's most trusted and listened-to journalists.

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Blondie

Who was Sheryl Sheppard? David speaks to her family, friends and coworkers to try to find out clues to explain her sudden disappearance.

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How drug use fuelled Nazi Germany

German writer Norman Ohler argues methamphetamines and opioids played a significant role in fuelling the Nazi war machine.

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Inspiring wanderlust

6 podcasts on trotting the globe: Outside/In, Vox Tablet, The Expats, The Moth, Still Buffering, The Memory Palace.

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Cities need to plan for sex in public parks

Jen Roberton argues all those users have a right to be in the park, and that cities should plan for public sex in their parks.

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'I just want to find my daughter. I just want to bring her home.' MMIW mother on her continued search

To end The Current's public forum in Winnipeg talking about MMIW cases, we heard from families in the audience about their struggles with access to support from the police and community in their desperate search for their loved ones.

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How the murder of Tina Fontaine galvanized Bear Clan Patrol’s James Favel

Communities in Winnipeg are not just looking to police to improve safety. The Current hears from the founder of the Bear Clan Patrol, a volunteer-run program that patrols the streets of the North End.

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'We don't have to wait for a national inquiry to start making changes' says Winnipeg police chief

Chief Danny Smyth of the Winnipeg Police Services and NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine speak about the broken relationship between MMIW families and police. This is part two of The Current's Winnipeg public forum on MMIW cases.

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'I understood...because I was one of them.' Sheila North Wilson on creating #MMIW

Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson created the hashtag #MMIW to amplify the grassroots activism being done on the issue to a national level.

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Families of MMIW push police to take cases seriously

The Current's Winnipeg public forum exploring how police respond to MMIW cases hears from Bernadette Smith, who says police failed to properly investigate her sister's disappearance in 2008 because she's female, Aboriginal, had an addiction and a record.

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Full Episode for December 7, 2016 - A special edition of The Current

A special edition of The Current comes to you from Winnipeg with a public forum in front of a live audience focusing on the relationship between families of murdered, missing and Indigenous women, the police and justice system.

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Dec 6: Meet the people living along Kinder Morgan pipeline route

The Current heads on a road trip along the route of Kinder Morgan's newly-approved pipeline expansion to gauge support for it in communities along the way.

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Dec 6: 'Still a lot of work to do': Despite Standing Rock victory, protesters stay put

Protesters at Standing Rock are celebrating a fragile victory. But a woman protesting for three months says the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline isn't over until it's over.

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Dec 6: 'I need to know your name': A desperate search for Emad Rozik's killer

There's a video of a fatal shooting that shows the murderer, two witnesses and a getaway car. But six years on, the police are still looking for the killer. The CBC's Dave Ridgen shares the cold case investigation on the death of Emad Rozik.

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Full Episode for December 6, 2016 - The Current

From a cold case investigation and the family of Emad Rozik waiting for justice, to Standing Rock protesters celebrating a fragile victory, to visiting communities along Kinder Morgan's newly-approved pipeline expansion ... This is The Current.

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Dec 5: Trevor Noah on growing up mixed race in South Africa, 'a product of my parents' crime'

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's book Born A Crime talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa when the relationship between his black mother and white father was illegal.

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Dec 5: 'I have no doubt it saved my life': MDMA drug helps former firefighter with PTSD

Researchers say pure MDMA — not the stuff on the street — has the potential to change the brain and create conditions that allow psychotherapy. Ed Thompson who suffers from PTSD says MDMA treatment saved his life.

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Full Episode for December 5, 2016 - The Current

From Daily Show host Trevor Noah on growing up mixed race and poor in South Africa, to how MDMA — a prescription drug — helped a former firefighter with PTSD to regain control of his life ... This is The Current.

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Fear of Trump Presidency has the Internet Archive moving to Canada

Fear of Trump Presidency has the Internet Archive moving to Canada.

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Economist warns insufficient oil demand hinders Trans Mountain pipeline

With declining global demand for oil, author Jeff Rubin says the pipeline expansion will not be the economic salvation for Alberta.

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Supreme Court hears landmark case on Indigenous religious freedoms

The Ktunaxa First Nation contests their constitutional rights to religious freedom are being violated by a proposed ski resort.

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Full Episode for December 2, 2016 - The Current

From the Internet Archive coming to Canada, to the Supreme Court case testing Indigenous claims to religious freedom, to the elderly women still fighting to get the Japanese government to apologize for abuse they suffered in WWII... This is The Current.

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Elderly women seek official apology from Japan for being used as sexual slaves in WW II

NFB documentary "The Apology" chronicles the lives of 3 "comfort women" in their 80s who are part of an international petition to get the Japanese government to recognize the abuse they suffered, before it's too late.

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Dec 1: How Lennie in Of Mice and Men influences Texas death row cases

Psychological evaluations that determine whether Texas inmates get sent to death row are based on the 1937 book, Of Mice and Men. Critics say it's high time that changed.

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Dec 1: A tax on meat would reduce emissions and save lives, study suggests

Should that sizzle in your steak get a little more expensive? A new study suggests on a tax on meat could save the environment.

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Dec 1: South Koreans call for president's impeachment amid corruption scandal

For weeks, protesters have been in the streets demanding the disgraced president to step down. But the political scandal has also become a flash point for broad public discontent.

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Full Episode for December 1, 2016 - The Current

From South Koreans protesting for President Park Geun-hye's resignation, to whether a tax on meat could save the environment, to how Of Mice and Men is playing a role in death penalty decisions in Texas ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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Nov 30: When will we cure cancer? Dr. Pier Paolo Pandolfi says 'we are doing it every day'

Cancer is complicated and it's personal, but a leading cancer researcher says those are also the keys to a cure. Dr. Pier Paolo Pandolfi shares insights from the forefront of a new approach to studying human cancers.

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Nov 30: Should Canadian unions take up the cause for working animals?

They help us see, they calm us down and they can catch dangerous blood-sugar levels by scent alone. Service animals do life-changing work for humans every day. But who's looking out for them?

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Nov 30: Kinder Morgan decision a black day for Canada, say West Coast environmentalists

There's anger and elation over Justin Trudeau's approval of two major new oil pipelines — Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. Environmentalists are seeing red. The Current looks at all sides of the debate.

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Full Episode for November 30, 2016 - The Current

From celebration and anger as Justin Trudeau approves pipelines, to a doctor who says we're on the cusp of finding breakthroughs in cancer, to protecting the rights of working animals ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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Nov 29: Where in the world is the best tasting butter?

You can make it with a cow, a yak, an ox, a sheep, or even a reindeer. It's industrial. It's artisanal, and probably in your fridge. Food writer Elaine Khosrova pays tribute to the rich history of butter.

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Nov 29: Manitoba wildlife group raises concerns over big game night hunting

Night hunting is supposed to end fatally for animals. But it's not supposed to kill livestock — and especially not people. In Manitoba, there are concerns hunting at night is becoming too dangerous.

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Nov 29: Fidel Castro should not be celebrated, says journalist

As Cuba marks the death of Fidel Castro, journalist James Kirchick looks back on his record on gay rights, from the round-ups of the 60s to the laws that still haven't changed.

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Nov 29: How solving community problems with social enterprise is changing lives

Social entrepreneur Shaun Loney believes you need to find the problem solvers, not the problems. He shares his practical vision to address issues communities face, transforming lives along the way.

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Full Episode for November 29, 2016 - The Current

From a social entrepreneur tackling issues with an army of problem solvers, to a look at Fidel Castro's history of violence towards the LGBT community, to paying tribute to butter ... This is The Current.

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Nov 28: Post-U.S. election, electoral reform debate is all about popular vote

The U.S. electoral college is under scrutiny for a past that critics say was informed by slave-owning policy makers and for a present that has many asking why with a popular vote that is.

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Nov 28: Canadian startup founders on disruptive innovation

The Canadian startup scene is heating up. Meet three people whose startups are sending seismic signals into industries as diverse as construction, health care and financial services.

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Nov 28: CBC's Margaret Evans shares 'apocalyptic' view of Aleppo

The Syrian military has announced it has taken control of two more districts in rebel-held Eastern Aleppo. The CBC's Margaret Evans shares her observations on the many sides of a once-vibrant city ripped apart by an unending conflict.

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Full Episode for November 28, 2016 - The Current

From a view of a deeply divided Aleppo, to the world of Canadian startups, to reforming the U.S. electoral college and Canada's first-past-the-post system ... This is The Current.

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Nov 25: How changes in today's marijuana make it more addictive

Legalized marijuana is on its way next year. And one of the big questions looming is what it will mean for Canadian teens. A CBC investigation looks into the potency of today's pot.

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Nov 25: Some Arabs welcome Trump — the reason why may surprise you

During the U.S. presidential election campaign, he called for a ban on Muslims from entering the country. So why are some in the Arab world welcoming the election of Trump?

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Nov 25: Want to talk to aliens? Here's how.

Talking to aliens is not a just strictly theoretical, sci-fi question for the movies. Humans are actively trying to make contact with any intelligent life in the universe today.

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Full Episode for November 25, 2016 - The Current

From exploring how to speak the language of aliens, to why some in the Arab world are welcoming the election of Trump, to a CBC investigation into the potency of today`s pot ... This is The Current with Duncan McCue.

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Nov 24: America should not take Trump lightly, says Russian journalist

Russian journalist Masha Gessen has lived in Vladimir Putin's Russia, chronicled his governing style, and profiled the man himself. When she looks at U.S. president-elect Trump, she sees a very similar, autocratic leader in the making.

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Nov 24: How Canadians can be more inclusive of diverse names

What's in a name? Everything. Your identity. Your sense of self. It sets you apart. It helps you belong. In a society where names come in many languages, from different origins of race, culture, and geography, it's possible to be wounded over a name.

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Nov 24: Super Hornet jet announcement continues saga of CF-18 replacement

Canada's decision to purchase 18 hornet fighter jets without proper tendering has some experts up in arms over what they say perpetuates the culture of waste and non-transparency.

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Full Episode for November 24, 2016

From Canada's plan to purchase Super Hornet jets as a CF-18 replacement, to why getting a person's name right matters post-Trump win, to Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen's fear that Trump may emulate Putin in office ... This is The Current

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Full Episode for November 23, 2016 - The Current

From Trump's rocky relationship with the media, to life for the families of cold case victims, to the Lawren Harris painting inspiring global appreciation for Canadian art and culture... This is the Current.

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Rethinking how the mainstream media should cover Donald Trump

With the failure of hard-hitting investigative reporting to sway voters on election day, and continued hostility from the president-elect, do journalists need to revise their approach in covering Trump?

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Potential record-breaking art auction shows a growing interest in Canadian art

The auction of Lawren Harris' "Mountain Forms" is projected to go for as much as ten million dollars, and possibly to a U.S. buyer. Are Canadians losing out?

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'I still don't have the answers': the lifelong grief of open cold cases

Not knowing who perpetrated the crime, family members of victims are haunted by questions including if they should be doing more to solve the case, and whether they are also at risk.

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Nov 22: The personal history behind Zapruder's JFK assassination film

Whether you're old enough to remember the assassination of JFK, the image that likely comes to mind is from an amateur film shot by Abraham Zapruder. His granddaughter shares the story of how the 486 frames of film still haunts America.

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Nov 22: Ethics not just a discussion for philosophers, says Peter Singer

Philosopher Peter Singer has never shied away from controversy: he's defended euthanasia for disabled infants, pushed for veganism, and called out the rich for choosing luxury over helping the poor. Today, we explore Singer's thoughts on real world ethics

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Nov 22: Canada's plan to phase-out coal-powered electricity by 2030 sparks concern

Canada's coal reserves are the fifth largest in the world but within 14 years Ottawa says it wants none of it to be used to make electricity. Industry workers say the cost in jobs will be high but environmentalists say the cost in lives is already high.

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Full Episode for November 22, 2016 - The Current

From Canada's plan to phase-out coal-powered electricity more quickly, to thinking through ethical taboos with philosopher and bioethicist Peter Singer, to the assassination of JFK and the infamous video shot by Abraham Zapruder ... This is The Current.

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Nov 21: Italian Navy Commander recalls 'devastating' memories of his year rescuing migrants

When migrants making the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean radio for help, Commander Massimo Tozzi would answer the call. The former captain of an Italian military ship shares his experience rescuing desperate refugees wanting to start a new life.

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Nov 21: 'The revolutionary in pearls': Julia Child's recipe for success

Julia Child was the first television celebrity chef and one who broke all the rules. The Current looks back on the life of the American who mastered French cuisine and how the star in her 60s changed the way we eat and how we think about food.

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Nov 21: 'Like a religious moment': The gift that gave Camilla Gibb a new life

Two decades ago, Camilla Gibb had set herself up for what she thought would be her dream job in academia — only to realize the realities of the ivory tower didn't sit right with her. Then a man she barely knew gave her a gift that would change her life.

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Nov 21: Embedded CBC journalist Murray Brewster on Canadian special forces mission in Iraq

According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian special forces are in Iraq to train and "empower" against ISIS, but it's not playing out that way. CBC's Murray Brewster, embedded with the troops, says he saw them doing much more than that.

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Full Episode for November 21, 2016 - The Current

From a sense of Canada's mission in Iraq from Murray Brewster who was embedded with Canadian forces last week, to the first ever celebrity chef Julia Child, to Commander Massimo Tozzi who helped save countless migrants ... This is The Current.

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Nov 18: How a concussion led Carla Ciccone to value life's fragility

Four years ago, Carla Ciccone was out for dinner when a stack of plates smashed onto her head. Diagnosed with a concussion which led to a deep depression, she says the experience turned out to be a because of what she learned along the way to recovery.

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Lawsuit protesting Indigenous ceremony blurs line between cultural and religious values

A mother is causing controversy with a Supreme Court petition objecting to her children participating in a cleansing ceremony at school, citing religious freedom. The school district maintains the ritual is cultural and plans to continue the practice.

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Diplomacy in difficult times

How will progressive world leaders advance liberal values in a world where Donald Trump is president?

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Trump, Brexit based on misconceptions about race and nationality, says renowned philosopher

Kwame Anthony Appiah says race and nationality are social constructs, yet essentialist myths surrounding these concepts are being used in politics to cause deadly divisions.

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Full Episode for November 18, 2016 - The Current

From a big picture philosophical look at the misconceptions around identity and race, to what diplomacy looks like in the age of Trump, to a Supreme Court lawsuit blurring the lines between religious and cultural practices... This is The Current.

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Nov 17: Why 'post-truth' wins Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year

There's fiction. And then there's fact. But these days it seems there's a narrowing line between the two. So what's the perfect word to describe that? Oxford Dictionaries thinks the term deserves to be called the word of the year.

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Nov 17: Facebook, online culture, coarsened political discourse, says Sherry Turkle

Those viral, fake news stories may have had a bigger impact on the U.S. presidential election then many people realize, according to MIT's Sherry Turkle. She says internet and digital technology play a big role in political discourse and in real life.

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Nov 17: From Brexit to Trump, are we entering a post co-operative world?

From Brexit, to Trump, to some countries leaving the International Criminal Court. Are we entering a new, post co-operative world? The Current looks at the increased appetite for countries to "go it alone" and increased protectionism around the world.

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Nov 17: CBC obtains data on 700 disciplinary cases of RCMP members breaking rules or law

In 2012, RCMP boss Bob Paulson was adamant his officers who broke the rules — or the law — would face serious consequences. Four years on, a CBC News investigation looking at RCMP officer infractions is raising questions about how punishment is doled out.

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Full Episode for November 17, 2016 - The Current

From how the RCMP is tracking officers' misconduct and discipline, to the post-cooperative world where more countries seem to want to go it alone, to why post-truth was Oxford dictionary's word of the year .... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Nov 16: Holocaust survivor shares lessons from 'voyage of the damned' on MS St. Louis

Ana Maria Gordon watches the plight of Syrian refugee children with a deep understanding. She was four-years-old on the MS St. Louis ship that carried Jews across the Atlantic looking for refuge only to be turned away and forced into concentration camps.

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Nov 16: RCMP commissioner calls for greater police powers online

The police have opened their files to CBC News in an effort to show specific cases where they argue they need enhanced online surveillance and interception abilities. Canada's top cop acknowledges its not an easy ask but says it's necessary.

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Nov 16: Trump win gives 'permission' to racists, but hate crimes are nothing new in Canada

Amidst multiple reports of racist attacks and expressions of hate, there are concerns that the outcome of the U.S. presidential election there will enable and normalize hate crimes here in Canada — even when every day racism already exists.

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Full Episode for November 16, 2016 - The Current

From a rise in racist attacks in Canada after a Trump victory, to making the case for increased police powers to get around digital roadblocks, to holocaust survivor Ana Maria Gordon who was also on 'the voyage of the damned' ... This is The Current.

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Nov 15: 'It's not safe': South Africans fear using public toilets after woman murdered

In this country using a flush toilet in the privacy of our own home is something we take for granted. But in South Africa, people are fighting for safe, private toilets after a woman was murdered on her way to use a public bathroom.

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Nov 15: Meet Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the man behind alt-right Breitbart News

Now that Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been appointed, critics are concerned the alt-right media mogul behind Breitbart News will promote populist ideals in the White House. Journalist Josh Green gives us a profile on Bannon.

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Nov 15: Ann Goldstein on the art of translating for mysterious Elena Ferrante

Bestselling Italian author Elena Ferrante's work is adored by millions around the world. The Current speaks to Ann Goldstein, the woman tasked with translating the words into English and tells us why the mysterious storyteller revels in her anonymity.

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Nov. 15: U.S. drone warfare needs more oversight and controls, says lawyer

The Obama White House created guidelines to control targeted killings and drone strikes but they are not enforceable and not open to judicial review. The Current looks at how Obama's anti-terror track record feeds into Trump's anti-terror Inheritance.

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Full Episode for November 15, 2016 - The Current

From lawyer Jameel Jaffer on U.S. drone warfare needing more oversight, to Ann Goldstein on the imprecise art of translation, to the fight for safe, private toilets in South Africa ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for November 14, 2016 - The Current

From what to expect in a Trump presidency by looking at populist leaders, to an antidote that can bring those who overdose from fentanyl back from the brink of death, to author Tim Wu who says our attention is the biggest commodity... This is The Current.

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How your attention has become the biggest commodity

What used to be a straight-up scrimmage for advertising attention has evolved into clever, cyber seduction to harvest our attention and sell it. Author Tim Wu argues we're having so much fun online, we don't even realize that we have become the product.

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'He was blue as a smurf ': Fentanyl overdoses take toll on front-line workers

From long-time addicts to teens experimenting for the first time, fentanyl is not discriminating in who it kills. The Current looks into how an antidote drug that counters a fentanyl overdose is taking a toll on patients and front-line health workers.

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From Trump to Berlusconi: How well do populist leaders govern?

Populist leaders like Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and the Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte may shed some light on what to expect in a Trump presidency. As the U.S. president-elect works on transition, The Current looks at the record of populist leaders.

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Full Episode for November 11, 2016 - The Current

From Americans mobilizing out of concern over Trump's policies, to the first time women were allowed to vote and run for office in Saudi Arabia in 2015, to how a Trump win effects Canada's climate change strategy ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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What Trump's climate change denial means for Canada

If president-elect Donald Trump doesn't believe the science, how do you combat climate change? The Current looks into the new reality of environment protection and how it will factor in Canada's big decisions— from pipelines to carbon taxes.

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Documentary chronicles women running for office in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia

The year was 2015 — the first time women were allowed to vote and run for office in Saudi Arabia. Now a New York Times documentary "Ladies First" gives a rare look into the differing views that exist within the ultra-conservative nation on women's rights.

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American groups mobilize to minimize Trump policy damage

With inauguration day approaching and Donald Trump set to lead as the next U.S. president, many Americans are mobilizing to fight and protect the gains made during the Obama years — from immigration, to abortion, to the environment and Obamacare.

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Post Trump win, Don Sawyer is moving back to Canada

Many Americans — both celebrities and everyday citizens — have vowed to move to Canada if Donald Trump won the election. But how many really will now that the Trump White House is imminent? Duel-citizen Don Sawyer is booking his flight right away.

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Prince Harry's relationship exposes racism in British press, says journalist

Amidst the gossip of a new royal romance for Britain's Prince Harry is the story of vile media judgment of an actress living in Toronto. The Current looks into the racism at play in the tabloid criticism of Meghan Markle with writer Afua Hirsch.

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Full Episode for November 10, 2016 - The Current

From Donald Trump as the ultimate political disruptor changing the the rules of the game, to James Gleick on the history of time travel, to Britain's racism exposed in the reporting of Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle ... This is The Current

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'Imagine what might have been': Author James Gleick's time travel adventure

The very possibility of travelling back in time, of second chances and missed opportunities, has captured imaginations for centuries. The pull is strong. Join author James Gleick through an excellent adventure through the space-time continuum.

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Trump as ultimate political disruptor, breaking all the rules

How did Trump do it? By breaking every rule in the book — up-ending the traditional way of doing things. As he prepares to enter the oval office, The Current looks at U.S. president-elect Donald Trump as the ultimate disruptor.

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What Trump's historic victory says about America today

It was also a long, drawn-out election night, and a result only Trump's pollsters had predicted. The Current looks at the numbers that indicate Trump supporters cut a wider swath through the American electorate than anticipated. How did this happen?

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Full Episode for November 9, 2016 - The Current

On the morning after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S., The Current brings you a special edition with analysis about what the election result means for women voters, for best friends divided, for a polarized America, for the world.

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Reporters covering U.S. election reflect on Trump victory

There is an old saying that journalism is the first draft of history. The Current convenes three reporters immersed in one of the ugliest, strangest and dramatic elections, to reflect the morning after Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president.

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'We agree to disagree': Best friends for 12 years divided on election results

If there was one thing that everyone seemed to agree on in this election, it was just how polarizing the race has been. It's something Clinton supporter Ernie Lou and Trump supporter Tod Steward know first hand — testing their friendship with their votes.

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'President for all Americans': Women voters react to Trump's win

Donald Trump's divisive victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton is the result of a populist campaign. The Current asks what does a Trump presidency mean for women and minorities in the U.S.? And what about the glass ceiling and the rift that remains?

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Full Episode for November 8, 2016 - The Current

From summing up the 2016 U.S. election campaign through literature, to how judgment plays into evaluating risk for kids, to the theory of disruptive innovation inspiring countless entrepreneurs ... This is The Current.

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From Shakespeare to Greek Tragedy: A literary guide to the epic Trump-Clinton battle

If politics is a place where the lines between fact and fiction can blur, the U.S. election campaign has left many saying you can't make it up. The Current looks back on this election through the lens of literature from Shakespeare drama to Greek tragedy.

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'Disruptive innovation' theory often misunderstood, says creator Clayton Christensen

Back in the '90s Clayton Christensen developed the business theory of "disruptive innovation" and watched as the Blackberry disrupted the laptop and then became disrupted by Apple. Our series The Disruptors looks at the theory that is often misunderstood.

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Would you leave your child home alone? Study suggests judging moms skews risk to kids

Barbara Sarnecka and her colleagues did an experiment where a Mom would leave a child — safe but alone — for a period of time. What changed is the mother's excuse. The findings determine risk is based more on moral judgment than real safety factors.

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Mosul civilians traumatized, desperately need support, says advocate

In the thick of what is being called the toughest urban warfare the world has seen, Iraqi counter-terror troops have moved into Mosul to fight ISIS. And fleeing all the intense fighting are the civilians who carry trauma and fear in their escape.

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Full Episode for November 7, 2016 - The Current

From deep concerns over the fate of one million civilians in Mosul, to Captain Henthorne recounting the sinking of The Queen of the North, to Patty Wesley Briscall Krawec on finding the meaning of being Indigenous ... This is The Current.

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How finding her father taught Ont. woman meaning of being Indigenous

Patty Krawec grew up knowing she was Indigenous but lived with her Caucasian mother, and didn't know her father. When they met, she says she went from feeling different to feeling she belonged. She shares her story in our series, Moments of Disruption.

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Captain of The Queen of the North recounts 'heartbreaking' night ship went down

As he watched The Queen of the North rise vertically and then disappear into the waters of B.C.'s inland coast, the ship's Captain Colin Henthorne did not yet know the full extent of what would unfold. He shares the story of that fateful 2006 night.

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Full Episode for November 4, 2016 - The Current

From the traumatizing effects of the online video of Abbotsford school stabbing, to rethinking the gifted program in schools, to the story of Rais Bhuiyan trying to save his would-be-executioner from execution ... This is The Current with Dave Seglins.

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Shooting victim recounts fight to save his would-be killer from death penalty

Rais Bhuiyan forgives the man who once attempted to murder him as a hate crime, in cold blood. He even fought tooth and nail to have his would-be-killer removed from death row. He shares his remarkable story in the documentary, An Eye for an Eye.

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Cuts to gifted classes spark debate over value of program

Some Canadian school boards may soon do away with specialized classes for gifted students. While some parents are upset, critics argue gifted classes are elitists and research suggests students in gifted classes do just as well in regular classrooms.

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Abbotsford school stabbing video raises questions about sharing raw footage online

Thousands have seen the vicious attack of an Abbotsford high school student in a video circulating online. Many are traumatized and say the video should not exist. But others say posting the raw footage is a statement about the ubiquity of social media.

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Surveillance of journalists sparks concern over Canada's freedom of press

This week several journalists learned police were tracking their phone calls and texts in response to a complaint from a former union boss. The Current looks into the implications this kind of surveillance has for press freedom across the country.

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Indigenous women and girls at risk due to resource development projects, says Fort St. John activist

In advance of the release of a report by Amnesty International, Fort St. John activist Connie Greyeyes says approving resource development projects without better safeguards is harming Indigenous women and girls.

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Full Episode for November 3, 2016 - The Current

From finding solutions to the youth suicide crisis in Saskatchewan, to a growing number of Canadian veterans treating PTSD with medical marijuana, to police surveillance of journalists in Quebec... This is The Current.

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Veterans say medical marijuana helps treat PTSD

Rob Martin is a retired Canadian soldier who's using pot to treat his PTSD. He's one of a growing number of former soldiers turning to medical marijuana, but some researchers say there's not enough evidence that it's an effective treatment for PTSD.

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Finding solutions to youth suicide crisis in Saskatchewan

The tragedy of losing too many young lives in many First Nations communities is a crisis that needs a solution. The Current asks what separates Indigenous communities that have high suicide rates from those that do not, and what can be done to fix this.

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Full Episode for November 2, 2016 - The Current

From an Ottawa doctor allegedly using his own sperm during fertility treatments, to author Robert Harris on the peculiar politics of picking a pope, to critics blaming Philippines' President Duterte for the recent surge in violence... This is The Current.

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Philippine president's war on drugs leaves thousands dead

The president of the Philippines makes no apologies for his war on drugs. But critics say he's enabled vigilante and extra-judicial killings that now number into the thousands. The Current hears the critics' concerns and the government's justifications.

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Robert Harris goes behind the scenes of Papal politics in Conclave

If you think the U.S. presidential election has been a nail biter, wait till you hear about what happens behind the scenes in Rome when electing a new pope. Writer Robert Harris explains the peculiar politics of picking a pope in his novel, Conclave.

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Ottawa family sues fertility doctor for use of wrong sperm — his own

Somewhere in the back of his mind Dan Dixon always thought his daughter didn't look much like him. Now the Dixon family has filed a lawsuit alleging the doctor who treated them during fertility treatments.used the wrong sperm — his own.

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Full Episode for November 1, 2016 - The Current

From a months-long pipeline protest in North Dakota coming to a head, to parenting advice from microbiologist B. Brett Finlay who says let kids eat dirt, to questioning the origin story of the AIDS epidemic ... This is The Current.

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New research clears Gaétan Dugas as 'patient zero' in AIDS epidemic

For decades Gaétan Dugas was known as "patient zero" — the man who brought HIV/AIDS to the U.S. Now new research shows the French-Canadian was never a breakthrough link to spreading the disease. The Current questions the need for an origin story at all.

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Kids need to get dirty to ward off disease, says microbiologist

If the idea of the germs on objects that get ingested into your child's gullet makes you queasy then you need to hear B. Brett Finlay extol the power of microbes. The microbiologist says kids could use more dirt in their lives and even in their mouths.

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No end in sight for Standing Rock protest against Dakota Access pipeline

Indigenous activists in Canada and the U.S. are urging the Lakota Sioux to stand their ground in the Dakota Access pipeline dispute that they say has implications for Native lands. The company behind the pipeline says it's safe but the standoff continues.

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Full Episode for October 31, 2016 - The Current

From a proposed ban on using a mobile device while crossing the street, to Jennifer Welsh on the historical forces behind our tumultuous present, to how microplastic fibres in our oceans are affecting creatures of the deeps... This is The Current.

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Oceans 'absolutely choked' by plastic bottles and microplastic fibres

Our oceans are choking from plastic water bottles washing up on the beach to tiny microplastic fibres beneath the sea. It's not clear what the long-term effects will be. The Current explores the efforts to haul tons of plastic off Vancouver's west coast

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Liberal democracy on defensive as history returns with vengeance: Jennifer Welsh

After the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, it seemed to some thinkers we'd arrived at the "end of history." But it sure doesn't seem that way today. This year's Massey lecturer Jennifer Welsh shares her thoughts on The Return of History.

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Would a 'distracted walking' ban make streets safer?

There are moments when content on a smartphone can make you oblivious to your surrounding and at imminent risk. It's called "distracted walking" and the push to criminalize it, or at least outlaw it, has begun in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Heads up!

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Full Episode for October 28, 2016 - The Current

From wildlife potentially set to decline by two-thirds by 2020, to "preppers" bracing themselves for the worst after the U.S. election in their American Redoubt, to digging into the reality of the shipping world...This is The Current with Dave Seglins.

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Documentary unveils murky world of shipping

Cheap clothes, electronics, food — all of it travels the globe by ship. And the true cost of shipping is higher than you may think. The Current looks into an eye-opening investigation into the murky world of shipping with the director of Freightened.

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'Prepper' movement brace for the worst after U.S. election

"Preppers" are the latest incarnation of the U.S. survivalist movement. They're moving into remote, rural areas to set up safe havens against global warming and some are convinced that after the U.S. election this year, society will come unglued.

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Two-thirds of wildlife may disappear by 2020 — because of humans, says WWF

The planet's biodiversity is under attack. New numbers tracking wildlife species over the past half-century reveal a dire prediction — two-thirds of wildlife will disappear by 2020. Is there anything that can be done to reverse the trend?

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Meet Lindell Smith: Halifax's first black councillor in 16 years

Halifax has elected its first black councillor in 16 years. The people in Canada's oldest black community in Halifax — District 8 — hope that 26-year-old Lindell Smith will bring change. He shares his thoughts on the historic win.

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Talking to strangers is good for us - and for politics, says author

Loneliness is an epidemic in Canada and author Kio Stark argues the lost art of talking to strangers can help address the feeling of being alone. It can help the lonely, the person reaching out and may even alter political views.

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Full Episode for October 27, 2016

From Trump's "alt-right" supporters launching attacks against journalists online, to psychiatrist Norman Doidge on new ways of thinking about how the brain works, to Halifax's first black councillor in 16 years... This is The Current.

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'Alt-right' Trump supporters attack journalists online

The Anti-Defamation League has identified 2.6 million tweets containing anti-Semitic language by alt-right Trump supporters in the past year. Hundreds of journalists have been targeted, and the ADL says it won't disappear after the election.

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How 'plastic' brain can heal from traumatic injuries

Traumatic brain injuries once considered permanent can now be treated with non-invasive techniques such as light and sound therapy to help re-align brain signals. It's all thanks to discovering that the brain is plastic or pliable rather than mechanical.

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CBC documentary captures life of asylum seekers on rescue boat

For nine days, the CBC's Nahlah Ayed chronicled the desperation of asylum seekers and the efforts of rescue workers, filming it all for a documentary for the CBC's Fifth Estate. Ayed shares the stories of what she saw and who she met.

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Full Episode for October 26, 2016 - The Current

From the alleged murder of eight nursing home residents and long-term care facility oversights, to filmmaker Werner Herzog on his new documentary and what inspires him, to CBC's Nahlah Ayed witnessing the rescue of asylum seekers,,, This is The Current.

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Seniors advocate says long-term care homes need better inspections

Eight elderly victims allegedly murdered by a nurse in a long-term care home has triggered concerns far beyond the communities involved. How could these deaths go undetected for years? The Current looks into the oversights in nursing homes.

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Werner Herzog's new documentary pays homage to the volcano

Werner Herzog has spent close to five decades making films and just as long breaking the rules. The legendary, documentary filmmaker shows no sign of slowing down with three films coming out this year, including Into the Inferno, about active volcanoes.

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Full Episode for October 25, 2016 - The Current

From protesters calling on the government to halt the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, to billionaire former Seagram co-chair Charles Bronfman on his new memoir, to Canada's finance minister on precarious work as the new normal... This is The Current.

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Are short-term jobs the new normal?

You've heard it before — that there's no such thing anymore as a job for life. Now even the minister of finance says contract to contract — short-term work — is the new reality. Others call the state of affairs, precarious. Does it have to be this way?

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'Nobody wins in a family war': Billionaire Charles Bronfman on Seagram's demise

He always had a big job. Charles Bronfman was born into wealth and privilege and stepped into the family distillery business, Seagram. But he faced self-doubt and complicated family relationships all of which he's sharing in a new memoir, Distilled.

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Protesters on hunger strike oppose plan for Muskrat Falls project

Protesters are calling on the government to halt the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in N.L. If the project goes through as planned, they say local Indigenous communities will be harmed. Hunger strikers in Ottawa want this project done right.

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Cognitive scientist celebrates profanity, argues swearing a primal skill

Comedian George Carlin's famous "seven dirty words" may be over 40-years-old but the taboo around swearing continues to persist, especially around children. But some studies suggest swearing can't hurt, so stop feeling guilty.

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Full Episode for October 24, 2016 - The Current

From refugees facing uncertainty as France demolishes the Calais refugee camp, to a cognitive scientist delving into what swear words reveal about ourselves, to anthropologist Wade Davis who says cultural life is under assault... This is The Current.

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PHOTOS: Anthropologist Wade Davis on disappearing world cultures

Wade Davis has spent more than a decade travelling the globe to visit the peoples, cultures, and languages, in danger of extinction. The anthropologist says the cultural life of our planet is under assault and deserves to be heard.

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Uncertainty looms for refugees as Calais camp dismantled

Among the thousands of refugees French officials are forcing out of the Calais camp called "The Jungle" are an estimated 1,200 unaccompanied minors. Many have relatives in Britain but the U.K. is divided on its obligations.

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A special edition of The Current focused on disability for October 21, 2016

From to a panel of young people living with visible and invisible disabilities, to the disability minister on Canada's upcoming accessibility legislation, to a comic who finds humour living with disability... This is a special edition of The Current with

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Teen Syrian refugee recounts journey to Germany in wheelchair

In a way, she's just a face in the crowd — one of millions of Syrian refugees who have fled their home in search of a better life. But young Nujeen Mustafa made her escape in a wheelchair and says next she'd like to head to the moon.

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Comedian Josh Blue says new show Speechless isn't 'delicate' about disability

Josh Blue is a stand-up comedian who has been promoting Speechless, a TV comedy he says paints a realistic view of life with disability. He joins The Current to talk about finding humour in living with cerebral palsy.

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Minister Carla Qualtrough says Canada's new disability act will 'make history'

Canada's top politician in charge of disability issues Carla Qualtrough knows her file, inside and out. The federal minister joins The Current to talk about her quest to make history by drafting a national accessibility law — the first of its kind.

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Meet the next generation of disability activists 'calling for a revolution'

The next generation of disability activists aren't waiting for society to 'help them', they're calling for a revolution. Meet young Canadians living with both visible, and invisible disabilities, fighting against gaps in funding, services, and attitudes.

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Meet Friday host disability advocate Ing Wong-Ward

Ing Wong-Ward lives with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a wheelchair. She will be hosting a special Friday edition of The Current focused on the abilities of those with disabilities and joins Anna Maria to share some details about herself and tomorrow.

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Virtual reality powerfully amplifies Indigenous stories, says filmmaker

The cornerstone of The Current's public forum in Prince George was the release of CBC's first virtual reality documentary that tells the story of Ramona Wilson's disappearance along the Highway of Tears. The Current speaks to the director of the project.

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Full Episode for October 20, 2016 - The Current

From how Trump has fractured the Republican party, to the online battleground of Syria's civil war, to journalist-turned-activist Ing Wong-Ward as tomorrow's host ofThe Current focusing on the abilities of those with disabilities... This is The Current.

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The online front line in Syria's civil war is a click away

Computers and smartphones are the front-line weapons in the Syrian war that is playing out in cyberspace. The Current introduces you to the online players in a conflict that is reaching through computer screens, unleashing troll threats and even PTSD.

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'Trump not a Republican': Can a divided GOP still stand?

The unprecedented disdain among Republican voters for their own candidate Donald Trump could potentially cleave the party. Can a divided Republican party still stand? And did last night's final U.S. presidential debate hurt or help the Republican party?

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How a bike accident led Luke Anderson to become an accessibility activist

In 2002, a mountain bike accident left Luke Anderson in a wheelchair. From then on, Anderson made it his life's mission to provide barrier-free access to businesses all throughout Canada. Here is his story as part of our series, Moments of Disruption.

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Full Episode for October 19, 2016 - The Current

From the first anniversary of the election that gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a majority, to housing as a human right not just a commodity, to why jihadist groups look at the migrant crisis as a major money-making opportunity... This is The Current.

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How ISIS has turned refugee trafficking into multi-billion dollar business

Journalist Loretta Napoleoni's new book Merchants of Men is about human trafficking, kidnapping, and selling women for sex. For Jihadi groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda, those sources of human misery are sources of tremendous revenues.

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Housing a human right not a commodity, says UN rapporteur

In a world of haves and have-mores, those without a home can be found in wealthy Western cities and in the rapidly urbanized spaces of developing countries. The UN's special rapporteur on housing argues housing is not a commodity, it's a human right.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reflects on one year after his election win

It's been a year since Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party rode a red wave to power in Ottawa. The prime minister was elected on a promise of change. The Current asks the prime minister how much change we've really seen, and what he's planning on next.

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Born in the grey zone: Journalist parents explore medical frontier of micro-preemies

Born in the grey zone. Micro-preemies are babies born so premature, they're on the edge of viability. Modern medicine means these babies can increasingly be saved. But with the advances, come thorny new questions about where life truly begins.

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Full Episode for October 18, 2016 - The Current

From the significance of retaking Mosul — the jewel in the crown of ISIS, to the quest to find new homes for hundreds of parrots after a B.C. sanctuary shuts down, to the story of Juniper — a micro-preemie baby... This is The Current.

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How one woman mends broken relationships between parrots and people

What happens when a sanctuary for parrots closes? Today's documentary brings us into the heart of the mass re-homing of hundreds of birds from B.C.'s World Parrot Refuge and delves into the complex relationship these birds have with people.

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Defeat of Mosul won't be the end of ISIS, says author

Considered the jewel in the crown of ISIS, the retaking of Mosul holds strategic significance as the campaign to liberate Iraq's second-largest city is underway. But author Fawaz Gerges warns it's likely ISIS will lash out after the epic battle.

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MMIW public forum: 'We'd like to see something happen soon'

The Current devotes the program to a public forum on the issues surrounding missing, murdered Indigenous women along the Highway of Tears. With the launch of a public inquiry, families, community leaders and residents of Prince George search for justice.

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MMIW: Trust a barrier with Indigenous girls and RCMP, says advocate

Community leaders involved in the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women hope the national inquiry will have an impact prompting the changes desperately needed to move forward. Many question if the necessary action will really happen.

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MMIW: A special edition of The Current for October 17, 2016

Highway 16 got the name Highway of Tears more than a decade ago as women of all ages began to disappear. The Current comes to you from Prince George, B.C. to begin our public forums series on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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'Not just a statistic, they are people': Families of MMIW search for justice

Ramona Wilson was 16 years old when she disappeared in 1994. Her murder remains unsolved. As a public inquiry looks into murdered, missing Indigenous women, families continue to search for answers about MMIW on the Highway of Tears and hope for justice.

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Lack of treatment for prisoners with ADHD leads to recidivism, says advocate

If they were in school and suffering from ADHD, they'd likely be diagnosed and treated. But prisoners — youths and adults — usually go without. And some say that fixing that could go a long way to reducing recidivism.

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Chances are your memories are untrue and unreliable, says criminal psychologist

Forget everything you think you know about memory. Canadian criminal psychologist and author of The Memory Illusion, Julia Shaw, says our memories are usually unreliable. She may even have you questioning everything you think you know about yourself.

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Full Episode for October 14, 2016 - The Current

From recent sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump revealing a gender divide, to criminal psychologist Julia Shaw on questioning your memory, to the high prevalence of ADHD in prisons... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Sexual assault allegations against Trump reveal gender divide in U.S.

As allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump continue to drive the media cycle, The Current convenes women political observers to share their thoughts on the campaign race and what it says about the state of democracy in the U.S.

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Ethiopian government should end state of emergency, says Oromo online editor

Editor of an online publication for the Oromo people, Mohammed Ademo says Ethiopia's current situation is appalling and the government needs to end the state of emergency and offer concessions to avoid a civil war.

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The Current for October 13, 2016 - The Current

From malnourished children in Yemen overshadowed by other conflicts, to Somali female presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib, to The Current's new virtual reality documentary on The Highway of Tears... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Monday: Watch The Current's virtual reality Highway of Tears documentary

The Current has produced a virtual reality documentary about the notorious Highway of Tears where dozens of Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered. Anna Maria Tremonti is in Prince George, B.C. hosting a public forum and shares more details.

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Could Fadumo Dayib become Somalia's first female president?

Death threats haven't deterred Fadumo Dayib from running to be Somalia's next president. The first-ever female candidate for Somalia's presidency shares with The Current her plan to put an end to corruption in politics by the male-dominated clan system.

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'No one is speaking for Yemen' as 370,000 malnourished children face risk of death

Week after week, Yemen's civil war grinds. To date, almost 3,000 children have been killed or injured in the conflict. As 370,000 severely malnourished children face a greater risk of death, many question why the plight of Yemen has been overlooked.

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Decades-old cold case investigated by David Ridgen finally closed

After more than a decade old, a cold case is finally closed. David Ridgen first brought us the story of the murder of Christine Harron back in 2012. Now the man accused of her death has been sentenced to life in prison. The Current brings you an update.

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Full Episode for October 12, 2016 - The Current

From the desperate situation in Haiti in need of aid, to Sweden's proposed tax break for repairing rather than replacing goods, to revisiting the cold case of Christine Harron that has now been solved... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Sweden offering tax breaks to repair - not replace - broken objects

Fix your clothes, appliances or whatever you're tempted to take to the curb. It's part of a burgeoning "fixer movement" that not only is good for the environment and pocket but in Sweden repairing what's broken can actually give you a tax break.

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Haiti devastation post-Hurricane Matthew pose challenges for aid organizations

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, people in southern Haiti say there's nothing left. And the worst may still be in store: starvation, cholera, most likely more deaths. Warnings about where to donate has The Current looking into how aid is helping Haiti.

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A new synthetic alcohol promises good times drinking without the headaches and hangovers

Is it too good to be true?

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How a teacher who impeded Joyce Graham Fogwill as a child changed her life for the better

She would not have made it as a college instructor if not for this turning point in her education.

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Liberals need to stick to their promise of electoral reform: NDP's Nathan Cullen

Vice-chair of the committee charged with looking into federal voting practices says reforms are needed to make the federal system more representative.

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Conservationists fear surplus of Atlantic bluefin tuna does not equate to healthy stock

As with any fishy story, there's a dispute over facts.

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Full Episode for October 11, 2016 - The Current

From alcohol without the hangover, to conservation concerns for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, to the implementation of a new federal voting system... This Is The Current.

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Canadian Army vet on fighting ISIS in Iraq

Dillon Hillier spent three months with Kurdish militias in northern Iraq.

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Round 2: Trump and Clinton square off in second presidential debate

With only a month until the election, both candidates played hard in the second televised debate, but who won?

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Full Episode for October 10, 2016 - The Current

From the Trump-Clinton showdown, to an encore presentation of Anna-Maria Tremonti's Virginia road trip, to the Canadian Army veteran who joined Kurdish militias in his fight against ISIS... This is The Current.

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How algorithms are targeting implicit bias

Researchers are using technology to offer new insights into the mechanisms of unconscious bias and its societal effects.

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Over 200 B.C. foster children victims of sexualized violence since 2011: report

Calls to overhaul Canada's foster program re-emerge as B.C.'s representative for children and youth reveals high instances of abuse in care, particularly among Indigenous children.

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Trudeau's 'unilateralism' raises regional tensions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a bold strategy for dealing with provinces: We're doing it my way, like it or not. Observers say he's walking a fine line and could risk alienating provinces and rekindling old hostilities.

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Full Episode for October 7, 2016 - The Current

From a B.C. report reveals staggering rates of sexual violence against children in care, to how Prime Minister Trudeau is managing regional expectations in his plan to fight climate change, then new insights on implicit bias...This is the Current.

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Homa Hoodfar's detention in Iranian prison not unique, says Human Rights Watch

A researcher who investigates human rights abuses in Iran and Oman says Homa Hoodfar's case is not a unique injustice. She tells The Current how Iran has arrested many people — particularly dual nationals — on questionable charges.

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Russian media coverage of the Syrian conflict is propaganda, says journalist

Despite western media attention that chronicles Russia's role in the Syrian government's relentless bombing of civilians in Aleppo, Russia's own news organizations present a far more benign view. The Current looks at what message Moscow is sending.

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Full Episode for October 6, 2016 - The Current

From a look into the bizarre sightings of clowns across North America, to Iranian-Canadian academic Homa Hoodfar released from an Iranian prison, to analyzing Russia's role n the Syrian government's relentless bombing of Aleppo... This is The Current.

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Homa Hoodfar shares her story after 112 days in an Iranian prison

When anthropologist Homa Hoodfar was suddenly imprisoned, she treated her own incarceration in Iran's notorious Evin prison as something to study — refusing to be afraid. After 112 days in jail, the Montreal professor is finally home and shares her story.

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Creepy clown sightings inspire hysteria across North America

Creepy clowns have been popping up eerily across North America, from Nova Scotia to Texas. And there have been repercussions to this bizarre trend. In Nova Scotia, police are investigating two clown-related threats to schools and individuals.

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Digitizing brain and consciousness is possible, says neuroscientist

Neuroscientists are making advances in their efforts to duplicate our brains — consciousness, memories and all — so we can live in a digital afterlife. The Current looks into disrupting death by allowing us to live on after our biological lives are over.

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Full Episode for October 5, 2016 - The Current

From a new study linking depression to the use of hormonal birth control, to a white farm family who escaped Zimbabwe to live in Canada, to the possibility that our minds could live on in a digitized afterlife... This is The Current.

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White farming family flee Zimbabwe for Canada amid new wave of upheaval

The McKinnon family had a farm in Zimbabwe until three weeks ago when they fled to Canada. Forced off their property in a land grab, they left everything behind. Zimbabwe doesn't make the news these days but violence in the last decade has not abated.

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New study linking hormonal contraception to depression is vindication, says author

When Danish researchers tracked one million women on various forms of hormonal birth control, they found a higher risk of needing anti-depressants. And adolescents are at increased risk of depression. The Current explores the effects of hormones on women.

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Teachers debate the merits of smartphones in classrooms

Some teachers want to ban smartphones in class, others want to use them. Are cellphones a distraction or a device to help students learn? The Current convenes a panel of teachers to debate the issue.

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How the black women of NASA broke ground for equality during space race

Segregated, underestimated and invaluable. A group of African-American women whose job at NASA was to do the math pushed for civil rights and made a lasting mark on the U.S. space program. Author Margot Lee Shetterly shares this hidden story.

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Full Episode for October 4, 2016 - The Current

From criticism on the Liberal government's plan for carbon pricing, to a panel of teachers on how to deal with smartphones in the classroom, to the hidden contributions made by African-American women to the U.S. space program... This is The Current.

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'Time to put a price on pollution': Environment minister defends carbon pricing ultimatum

The Liberal's plan for carbon pricing is being criticized from all sides. Environmentalists consider it a paltry effort at addressing climate change. But Canada's environment minister says this issue is not a polarized debate and it's time for a solution.

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Full Episode for October 3, 2016 - The Current

From Aleppo's toy smuggler risking his life to help restore childhood to kids in Syria, to the terror years with journalist Lawrence Wright, to entrepreneur Elon Musk who says we could be colonizing Mars by the year 2022... This is The Current.

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Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars by 2022 faces huge challenges

Last week, Elon Musk revealed his vision for commercial flights to Mars. In fact, he says, we could be colonizing the red planet by the year 2022. But before you buy tickets, The Current investigates what life on Mars might really be like.

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Journalist Lawrence Wright's journey through The Terror Years

Long before 9/11 Osama Bin Laden wanted a holy war. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Lawrence Wright argues he got what he wanted — a bloody, ideological showdown with worldwide implications. Wright takes us through The Terror Years.

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'Left with no hope': Aleppo's toy smuggler risks life to bring toys to kids

It seems like such a little thing — a stuffed animal or doll but for the kids in Aleppo toys from Rami Adham means so much. The toy smuggler sneaks across borders and front lines to give Syrian children stuck in war a little bit of childhood.

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Full Episode for September 30, 2016 - The Current

From the Liberals LNG decision angering environmentalists and throwing a lifeline to the NDP, to Montreal's pit bull ban and if banning breeds really works, to Attica prisoner that still resonates today... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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45 years after Attica massacre tensions in America's prisons still high

It's been 45 years since Attica became a byword for excessive police force. The prisoner uprising and bloody crackdown were products of their time that still resonate today. The Current looks into how Attica's legacy lives on in America's crowded jails.

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Stop targeting pit bulls! Evidence shows bans don't work, say critics

To some, pit bull dogs are beloved pets. But to others, they are violent, snarling menaces. And Montreal has come down on the side of those who believe pit bulls must be banned for the sake of public safety. But does banning specific breeds really work?

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LNG decision broke Canada's promise to be climate change world leader, says environmentalist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues his government is striking the right balance between growing economy and protecting the environment with the conditional approval of the LNG pipeline. But some say it's a startling reversal of campaign promises.

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Full Episode for September 29, 2016 - The Current

From debating if the Syrian crisis should be called a holocaust, to journalist David Cay Johnston on how Trump - the businessman - operates, to Canada's Minister of Public Safety on Bill C-51... This is The Current.

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More oversight of national security agencies coming, says Ralph Goodale

The Current follows up on security issues in Canada with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to ask what happened to all those Liberal election promises to amend the Harper government's anti-terror bill, C-51.

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Investigative journalist explains the making of Trump as a businessman

As Donald Trump campaigns for the U.S. presidency, everything from his taxes, to his net worth, to the deals he made is a blur of contradictory numbers. David Cay Johnston shares his insights after following the numbers to understand the making of Trump.

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The power of a word: Is it time to call Syrian atrocities a holocaust?

The bombing of eastern Aleppo has become relentless. Victims are overwhelmingly civilians — many are children. The devastation is so great, so deliberate, some have begun to characterize it as a holocaust. Others say that is neither factual nor accurate

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Full Episode for September 28, 2016 - The Current

From New York Times' Maureen Dowd on the fear and anger of the 2016 U.S. election, to burnt out author Anna Katharina Schaffner on the history of exhaustion, to a mother who created a mental health centre devoted to youth... This is The Current.

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Mom opens youth mental health centre after struggle to get daughter treatment

Stella Green Sanderson was 16 when she was in need of psychiatric help that simply wasn't available due to a long waiting list. Today her mother's opened a non-profit mental health centre in her name specifically to help youth.

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History of exhaustion reveals burnout not unique to modern age

With the prevalence of burnout, stress and sleeplessness in daily life, you'd think exhaustion is a malady of our times. But it turns out, we've been running on empty for thousands of years. The Current looks back on the history of exhaustion.

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'Running for president is the new selfie': NYT's Maureen Dowd

Although many pundits have pronounced a winning first debate performance for Hillary Clinton, New York Times' columnist Maureen Dowd who has scrutinized her record and trajectory over years in the political spotlight still have questions.

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Full Episode for September 27, 2016 - The Current

From an analysis of the first Clinton-Trump televised debate, to a difficult conversation with Harold R. Johnson about alcohol and Indigenous people, to neurotechnology that's linking different people's brains together... This is The Current.

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How brain-machine connections can help paraplegics move again

Researchers are connecting human brains via computer and have seen one person's brain move another's body. The meeting of mind over machine is a breakthrough that could help paralyzed patients rewire rewire their brains, but it comes with ethical issues.

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Indigenous people need to tell their stories of sobriety, says lawyer

Harold R. Johnson is an Indigenous crown prosecutor and says alcohol is killing his people. He is urging for a new narrative on alcohol abuse, finding inspiration in those who overcome rather than thinking there are only those who succumb.

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What just happened? The Current's take down on 1st presidential debate

It was must-watch television, cringe politics and alternately delicious and poisonous electoral jockeying, but how will American voters react? The Current dissects last night's Clinton-Trump presidential debate where fact and fiction make a dizzying blur.

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Author learns dark truth about lobotomist grandfather and his famous patient

For decades, scientists studied Patient H.M. who was lobotomized in his late 20s. Now the grandson of the doctor who performed that surgery has pieced together his grandfather's track record of brain surgeries raising uncomfortable ethical questions.

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Syria's White Helmets leader says hope keeps rescue team focused

An extraordinary rescue team of Syrian civilians called The White Helmets run toward the scene of an attack to try to save lives. The team has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for saving tens of thousands of lives during Syria's civil war.

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Full Episode for September 26, 2016 - The Current

From Canada's plans to remove branding from tobacco packaging, to The Syrian Civil Defense, aka The White Helmets nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, to the story of Dr. Scoville, Patient H.M. and pushing the limits of science... This is The Current.

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Moments of Disruption: How Jasmeet Singh used comedy to diffuse anger facing racism

Jasmeet Singh grew up in Guelph, Ont. He is Sikh. He wears a turban. And he felt the sting of racism growing up. But the bullying he experienced in high school set him on a path toward a surprising career — becoming one of Canada's biggest YouTube stars.

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'Nothing to do with public health': Big Tobacco fights Canada's plain packaging plans

Cigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France, as both countries follow Australia's lead with regulations forcing plain cigarette packaging in 2017. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.

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Full Episode for September 23, 2016 - The Current

From insurance companies wanting to be exempt from a genetic discrimination bill, to B.C.'s foreign owner's tax challenged by a class action lawsuit, to a documentary that follows ISIS' online recruitment process... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Documentary reveals how ISIS recruits young radicals on social media

ISIS is notorious for courting western youths online — turning social media into a recruitment tool. So filmmaker Martin Himel decided to see for himself how the process works and documents his journey meeting an ISIS recruiter in Undercover in ISIS

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Bill to protect genetic discrimination sparks debate with insurance industry

Scientific advances have allowed us to know more about our genetic makeup. But for some, genetic testing may risk getting insurance. Parliament is debating a new bill meant to put a stop to genetic discrimination but insurers are warning against it.

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Foreign buyers sue B.C. over property sales tax

Sales began dropping almost right away after B.C. imposed a new tax mean to cool down a hot housing market. Data shows the slide is continuing. But a class action lawsuit claims the province is running afoul of the constitution and international treaties.

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Full Episode for September 22, 2016 - The Current

From Canada's commitment to negotiate China's extradition treaty, to an Alabama lawyer on the links between lynching and death row, to how torture documents could be the basis of a criminal investigation into the RCMP... This is The Current.

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'Very clear line' between lynching and death penalty: Alabama lawyer

Bryan Stevenson goes to work every day on a mission — to get black men off Alabama's death row. The author and lawyer shares how the legacy of slavery and lynching still lives in America today in his book, Just Mercy.

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Canadians tortured in Syria: Lawyer calls for investigation into RCMP

Earlier this week, CBC's Terence McKenna told us about a trove of documents he'd obtained relating to the three Canadians tortured in Syria. Law professor Amir Attaran says the documents could form the basis of a criminal investigation into the RCMP.

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Extradition treaty with China signals troubling trade-offs, say critics

As Canada works on negotiating an extradition treaty with China, critics say there will be no way to monitor compliance in a country with torture and a death penalty. Supporters say new extradition and trade treaties are far better than the status quo.

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Full Episode for September 21, 2016 - The Current

From Saskatchewan doctors calling for the government to declare a public health state of emergency, to negotiating peace between FARC and the Colombian government, to a study suggesting gut feelings are more important than we think... This is The Current.

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What does gut instinct have to do with being a successful trader?

New research suggests those who trust their guts when making a decision may be more successful. Meet a former stock trader turned neuroscientist whose research looking into the science of gut feelings could help you reap dividends.

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How a haunting home invasion changed the course of Jill Goldberg's life

Ten years ago, a moment changed Jill Goldberg's life forever. It was late at night when she was sleeping and a stranger entered her Montreal apartment. The trauma left a serious impact but says the experience created something positive.

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Inside 4 years of secret negotiations to reach Colombia's peace agreement

Dag Nylander used every diplomatic trick he knew to edge the Colombian government and its decades-old adversary FARC toward a peace deal. Eventually, the cool, diplomatic guidance of this Norwegian succeeded in disrupting a five-decade-long conflict.

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Rising HIV rates in Saskatchewan push doctors to call for state of emergency

People are dying of HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan at a rate 4-times higher than the rest of Canada. Indigenous people are disproportionately affected. Doctors in the province who treat those with HIV say this is nothing less than a public health emergency.

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Full Episode for September 20, 2016 -The Current

From critics questioning Canada's commitment to refugees, to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau on his draw to Donald Trump, to a loneliness epidemic for seniors... This is The Current.

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Loneliness in Canadian seniors an epidemic, says psychologist

New research suggests that the experience of loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking or obesity. With as many as 1.4 elderly Canadians reporting feeling lonely some are calling this a public health crisis that needs to be addressed.

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Doonesbury cartoonist says not drawing Trump would be 'comedy malpractice'

Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau began including Donald Trump in his comic strip 30 years ago. His early portrayals turned out to be prophetic on the political front. After sketching Trump for decades, Trudeau shares some of his YUGE! opinions.

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Frustrated sponsorship groups call on government for more resources to settle refugees

As Canada announces an increase in aid for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, millions in charitable donations from Canadian sponsorship groups remains frozen — leaving families stuck in refugee camps and caught in the system.

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The Current for September 19, 2016 - The Current

From obtained torture documents involving RCMP and CSIS working with Syrian and Egyptian interrogators, to how an orca changed the world view of whales in captivity, to the Trudeau family's unique relationship with China... This is The Current.

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Alexandre Trudeau shares unique relationship family has with China

Canada may have a unique relationship with the Trudeau family. But the Trudeaus have a unique relationship with China. In Chairman Mao's day, China was a special place for the former prime minister. In the 21st century, Alexandre Trudeau feels its pull.Al

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Documents reveal CSIS and RCMP's role in torture of 3 Canadians in Syria

Under great political and public pressure to identify potential terrorist suspects, RCMP emails newly obtained by CBC News indicate Canada's national police force knew what was in store for three Canadians who were tortured in Syria.

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How Moby Doll changed the world view of 'monster' orca whales

At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once —frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.

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Can the Monsanto-Bayer deal change the image of GMOs?

This week Monsanto agreed to be taken over by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer at a price of $66 billion. There's a chance genetically altered seeds may still be sold but without the brand name, could this move change the conversation on all things GMO?

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Full Episode for September 16, 2016 - The Current

From the Monsanto-Bayer take over potentially changing the discussions on GMOs, to the disappearance of Deborah Campbell's fixer in Damascus, to the legal challenges people in polyamorous relationships face... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Polyamorous families want Canadian law to catch up with their relationships

As unconventional, multi-person partnerships become more mainstream in Canadian society, The Current gets a first-hand look into legal challenges polyamorous families face such as getting benefits, doing taxes and filling out government forms.

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'Real heroes': Journalist highlights invaluable role of fixers in foreign reporting

Journalist Deborah Campbell tells remarkable stories in her book, A Disappearance in Damascus. It's the story of her fixer, the trusted emissary relied on by foreign correspondents to get the story. But in the case of Ahlam, she became the story herself.

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Advocates call for public registry for sperm donors and offspring

Advocates are calling for a mandatory public registry for sperm donors and offspring. They say there are important legal and public health benefits to tracking sperm donation. Currently, the only privately-run registry relies on voluntary information.

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Inuit demand input over division of Franklin expedition artifacts

This month, HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition — was found in an Arctic Bay. While many history buffs are excited by the news, it raises questions of sovereignty for Inuit people who want input over the division of the artifacts.

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Full Episode for September 15, 2016 - The Current

From whether Canada should use airships to transport food to the North, to the discovery of HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition, to the Liberals' aim to balance expanding pipelines while reducing emissions... This is The Current.

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Liberal agenda to reduce emissions while expanding pipelines is contradictory, say critics

Just before parliament resumes, The Current looks at what's on the Liberal's agenda and if it's even possible to balance approving pipelines while aiming to reduce emissions. Some say that just doesn't make sense.

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How airships could make life more affordable in northern Canada

The high cost of groceries in First Nations communities in the North, and Arctic, has a Winnipeg man calling on Canada to use airships to transport food and supplies to the North - a move he says would significantly reduce the cost of living.

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How Dr. Brian Williams changed his life in a moment

The story of a personal moment of disruption from a U.S. trauma surgeon who surprised himself by speaking up in the face of a tragic shooting last summer.

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Full Episode for September 14, 2016 - The Current

From Calgary's fluoride debate and advocates calling for more public funding of dental care, to author JD Vance on his hillbilly roots, to what the return of the federal sponsorship scandal in the news means for the Liberal Party... This is The Current.

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Liberal sponsorship scandal trial recalls perception of party entitlement

More than a decade after details of the federal sponsorship scandal outraged a nation, the trial of a key player and close Chretien ally has begun. The Current looks at how the scandal's legacy has shaped the direction of today's governing Liberal party.

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Yale University hillbilly J.D. Vance on learned helplessness in America

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance grew up between the Rust Belt and Appalachia surrounded by poverty, anger and love. Part of a culture that he says is in crisis in America today and that feeds into the politics playing out in this U.S. election year.

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Study suggests more tooth decay in Calgary kids after end of water fluoridation

Professionals in dental health believe there's a link between tooth decay and Calgary's choice five years ago to pull fluoride out of the water. But the city's elected officials aren't interested in the details.

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Full Episode for September 13, 2016 - The Current

From coverage of Hillary Clinton's health condition deemed as sexist, to half-siblings who share the same sperm donor meeting for the first time, to non-white lawyers in Canada who say they're not treated the same as white peers... This is The Current.

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Non-white lawyers in Canada call out racial profiling in justice system

Toronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters has filed a lawsuit alleging humiliating treatment based on his race by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Now other lawyers who say they have faced similar situations are speaking up about racial bias in the court system.

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'I always wanted a sister': 3 half-siblings of same sperm donor meet for first time

A new U.S. donor sibling registry allows children of sperm donors to connect with their half-siblings, from far and wide. The Current follows the story of a brother and two sisters who share the same anonymous sperm donor and meet for the first time.

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Coverage of Hillary Clinton's health is sexist, says media watcher

News of Hillary Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis has fueled her critics' viral outrage over the transparency of her health and character. But supporters say the real fever is over the fact she's female. Is the Clinton campaign in crisis?

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Full Episode for September 12, 2016 - The Current

From sounding the alarm on North Korea's nuclear tests, to controversy and criticism following Nate Parker in the film The Birth of A Nation, to a new film documenting the tragedy of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean... This is The Current.

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Documentary offers unflinching look into migrant crisis in Mediterranean

The tiny Italian island of Lampedusa has been thrust into the centre of Europe's migration crisis. Now a new bold documentary shows us a year in the life of the island - for its residents, migrants passing through and those trying to make a difference.

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Nate Parker's Birth Of A Nation: can you separate art from the artist?

Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation is one of the most talked about movies at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. For many, Parker's history involving a sexual assault charge raises complex questions about whether to even see the film.

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North Korea's nuclear test cause for alarm, experts warn

Analysts are warning North Korea's continued nuke testing goes beyond basic posturing and is extremely dangerous for the region, and the world. The Current explores North Korea's nuclear weapons potential.

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Full Episode for September 9, 2016 - The Current

From the rights of mentally ill patients and parents who want more say in their health care, to novelist Anosh Irani on Mumbai's child sex trade, to a filmmaker's exploration of East Germany's Stasi police... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Documentary explores legacy of East Germany's Stasi secret police

During life in communist East Germany, the Stasi secret police were everywhere. It meant neighbours spied on each other and no one really knew who was who. For filmmaker Petra Epperlein, that included her father. Her documentary explores Karl Marx City.

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Anosh Irani sheds light on Mumbai's child sex workers in The Parcel

Novelist Anosh Irani takes us into Mumbai's red light district in his latest novel, The Parcel. The light he sheds on the dark corner of reality reveals harsh truths about child sex workers in Mumbai. But it's ultimately redeeming.

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'Brian should be alive today': Mother of man who committed suicide says health system failed him

Parents of mentally ill adult children are calling for more involvement over the health care of their children admitted to hospital. The Current speaks to Lorraine Johnson who lost her son to suicide and says the system failed him.

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Ontario law strengthens workplace harassment investigations, says lawyer

Employment lawyer, Janice Rubin says Ontario's Bill 132 is game-changing. It's the first time in Canada where employers are obligated to investigate both, complaints and incidents of harassment, and also must train employees on this issue.

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Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall will endanger wildlife, says scientist

Donald Trump and his supporters have a plan for a wall on the U.S. Mexican border. But a wall authorized by George W. Bush is already there, and it's affecting everything from wildlife migration to flooding.

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Full Episode for September 8, 2016 - The Current

From Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch's proposal to screen immigrants for "anti-Canadian values," to a documentary that examines how mainstream media misses deception, to how Trump's border wall endangers wildlife... This is The Current.

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'All Governments Lie' documentary takes aim at mainstream media, investigative reporting

The documentary, All Governments Lie argues mainstream, corporate, U.S. media rolls over, not only for government but for commerce. Filmmaker Fred Peabody and journalist Amy Goodman discuss what the media misses, allowing deceptions to go uncovered.

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Kellie Leitch makes the case for screening new immigrants for 'anti-Canadian values'

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is proposing to screen would-be immigrants for "anti-Canadian values." Many politicians and pundits are critical of this move, but Leitch says this is a conversation Canada needs to have.

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