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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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Chapter 1: Not if, how

A drunken tarot card reading returns Michelle to 1999, when she first met The Scientist (soon to be The Husband) and all was filled with promise.

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Making the leap to Canada

What's it really like for people building a new life in Canada?

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Explainer: North Korea's nukes

North Korean nuclear threat could lead to long term climatic consequences.

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Narcos location scout murder

Journalist Diana Washington Valdez says the murder of Carlos Muñoz Portal might have been prevented if Netflix had done more to ensure his safety.

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Full Episode for September 19, 2017 - The Current

From Canadian doctors debating the government's proposed tax changes, to the CBC's Carol Off on her journey into the lives of others, to ecologist Chris D. Thomas on how species thriving in this age of mass extinction ... This is The Current.

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Sept 19 | Open letter signed by 300 doctors supports federal government tax changes

In an open letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, 300 Canadian doctors said they "support an equitable taxation system as a pillar for a just and healthy society."

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Sept 19 | Carol Off's long journey to save Afghan man who risked his life to talk to her

What happens when a journalist used to keeping herself out of the story realizes her reporting has put an entire family in danger? For the CBC's Carol Off, it would be life-changing.

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Sept 19 | How nature fights back against extinction: Inheritors of the Earth author

Ecologist and author Chris D. Thomas argues many plant and animal species are thriving and adapting to human-created change.

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Full Episode for September 18, 2017 - The Current

From debating if Canada needs a ballistic missile defence system, to Daniel Tammet looking at words — and the world — from a different perspective, to a handful of Canadian cities hoping to land in Amazon's shopping cart as a ... This is The Current.

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Sept 18 | Should Canada join ballistic missile defence program?

It's not U.S. policy to protect Canada from potential missile attacks. As missile defence becomes more of a concern for North America, what should Canada do?

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Sept 18 | Numbers 'were my mother tongue': How autistic savant Daniel Tammet sees language

Daniel Tammet sees the world very differently than most people. He sees language in numbers — and words are a rainbow of different colours.

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Sept 18 | Amazon's 2nd headquarters in Halifax? Mayor says city's worthy contender

A handful of Canadian cities hope to wind up in Amazon's shopping cart as home to the company's second headquarters.

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Full Episode for September 15, 2017 - The Current

From a London subway explosion, to the alleged murder of uncontacted tribe members in Brazil, to filmmaker Morgan Spurlock taking on big chicken, to a Chinese expedition through the Northwest Passage ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Sept 15 | 'People yelling and screaming, trying to get out': London subway explosion injures 22

London police are investigating an explosion on a subway train that happened during the Friday morning commute.

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Sept 15 | Why Brazil's Indigenous land — home to uncontacted tribes — needs to be protected: researcher

"By protecting large swaths of the Amazon, this is a climate assurance for all of us."

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Sept 15 | Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock targets 'Big Chicken' in his new film

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock takes aim at the chicken and fast-food industry in the film Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

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Sept 15 | Critics fear China's foray into Northwest Passage endangers Arctic sovereignty

A Chinese research vessel that went through the North West passage this summer has critics worried about potential consequences to Arctic sovereignty.

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Full Episode for September 14, 2017 - The Current

From anxiety around math affecting how well students perform, to Malcolm Gladwell on why he's upending history, to delusional disorder where one is trapped in a frightening world the brain has created ... This is The Current.

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Sept 14 | How anxiety around math hurts student performance

As educators across the country try to recalculate teaching of math, The Current asks if the problem is calculation or communication.

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Sept 14 | History is 'more than statues and names on buildings': Malcolm Gladwell

"History is an awful lot more than statues and names on buildings. If it was that easy to erase, we'd all be in trouble."

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Sept 14 | Delusional disorder: The undiagnosed, understudied mental illness

Trapped in a frightening world created by her brain, a person with delusional disorder shares what it's like to live in fear.

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Full Episode for September 13, 2017 - The Current

From Jagmeet Singh`s front runner status forcing questions about the party's platform, to journalist Katy Tur up close and personal covering Donald Trump, to the front lines of evolutionary science with Jonathan Losos .... This is The Current.

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Sept 13 | Jagmeet Singh's response to heckler puts spotlight on NDP leadership race, say media experts

Some say Jagmeet Singh's response to a heckler at a rally was a defining moment in a leadership race that has the potential to reshape Canada's political landscape.

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Sept 13 | What NBC'S Katy Tur learned from covering Donald Trump's campaign

NBC's Katy Tur says covering Donald Trump's campaign made her a better reporter, despite being the target for his abuse.

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Sept 13 | How woodpeckers and aye-aye lemurs can teach us about evolution

When you think of evolution, you probably imagine timescales of millions of years. But scientists say species can adapt way more quickly than that.

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Full Episode for September 12, 2017 - The Current

From a hurricane hunter chasing Irma, to the youth of Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern, Ontario dealing with the effects of mercury poisoning, to questioning the ethics of keeping pets ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for September 11, 2017 - The Current

From the imprint of Hurricane Irma and the devastation it has left behind in Florida and the Caribbean, to Finance Minister Bill Morneau on the proposed tax changes that have many Canadians concerned ... This is The Current.

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Sept 11: As the planet warms, 'we're going to see more hurricanes like Irma'

As Hurricane Irma hits Florida after battering the Caribbean, climate experts warn to expect more ferocious storms in the future living on a warmer globe.

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Sept 11 | 'A system that works for all Canadians': Finance Minister Bill Morneau defends tax plan

The government defends proposed changes to the way incorporated businesses are taxed, saying it's based on fairness. Critics say the plan is creating a class warfare.

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Sept 11 | Now a tourist attraction, history shows Florida as 'a place that people avoided': author

Not long ago, it would have been impossible to imagine living in Florida, say the author of The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise.

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Full Episode for September 8, 2017 - The Current

From Mexico's earthquake and the path of Irma, to the misunderstood pregnancy condition hyperemesis gravidarum, to Canadian Rohingya calling for action as families face devastation in Myanmar ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Sept 8: Mexico quake kills at least 32 while Irma leaves trail of destruction in Caribbean

While people on the Atlantic coast are dealing with Hurricane Irma, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken Mexico's Pacific coast.

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Sept 8: Why women battling acute pregnancy nausea suffer in silence

Many women who have hyperemesis gravidarum suffer in isolation. The debilitating nausea is a condition widely misunderstood, even by doctors.

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Sept 8 | 'We have the right to exist': Rohingya refugees call for intervention in Myanmar

Canadian Rohingya are calling for action as their families face devastation as a result of violence in Myanmar.

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Full Episode for September 7, 2017 - The Current

From how proposed changes to Canada's tax system will impact small business, to big changes for teen twins starting different schools for the first time, to allegations the Boston Red Sox have crossed a technological red line ... This is The Current.

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Sept 7: How proposed changes to Canada's tax system could hit small business

'I will make no apologies for this approach,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says on the government's proposed tax plan. Notes

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Sept 7 | 'Ben has defined who I am': Teen and autistic twin head to different schools for first time

For the first time in 10 years, twin siblings Amy and Ben Goodes aren't going to the same school. Not atypical, but what raises the stakes is Ben has autism.

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Sept 7 | Technology brings 'higher danger of being dishonest,' says professor

"What technology is doing to us is not letting us think about the consequences."

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Full Episode for September 6, 2017 - The Current

From Japan and South Korea strategizing in light of North Korea's nuclear tests, to former CBC reporter Pauline Dakin on her memoir that reveals a real life family mystery with twists and turns worthy of a thriller ... This is The Current.

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Sept 6: This author believed her family was fleeing the Mafia. Then she uncovered the real story

Former CBC reporter Pauline Dakin shares the story of her fugitive childhood with a twist you'll never see coming.

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Sept 6: Nuclear weapons for South Korea may be 'only answer': political expert

The increasing nuclear threat from North Korea is making it evident to some that South Korea and Japan need to rethink their place in the military world.

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Sept 5: Is Canada prepared for climate change? Adaptation is key, say experts

We know climate change is a factor in the intensity of the recent Texas storm, but did you know that flooding and fires are the most common identifiers of climate change in Canada?

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Full Episode for September 5, 2017 - The Current

From an Ontario city at the forefront of climate change adaptation after severe flooding in 2014, to Blair Feltmate on preparing Canadians for climate change consequences, to the "Dreamers" program being rescinded... This is The Current.

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Sept 5: Immigration protection for 'Dreamers' rescinded by Trump

The so-called "Dreamers" who came into the U.S. illegally as children have been allowed to live and work under an Obama era program. Now in a Trump era, the program has been rescinded.

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Full Episode for September 4, 2017 - The Current

From questioning U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, to a glimpse of this summer's worst B.C. forest fires through the eyes of a fire chief, to the nefarious underbelly of commercial DNA testing involving racial purity ... This is The Current.

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Sept 4: Why the U.S. 'war machine' is driving troops into Afghanistan: Jeffrey Sachs

U.S. President Trump's recent change of heart to now send troops into Afghanistan to "defeat the enemy" is not a strategy at all, says Jeffrey Sachs.

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Sept 4: B.C.'s wildfires spark mental health concern for firefighters: chief

Fire chief Stan McCarthy on the unimaginable summer of 2017 — 41 days straight fighting B.C.'s worst forest fires on record.

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Sept 4: White nationalists are using DNA ancestry tests to prove 'purity'

White nationalists are using DNA tests to legitimize their "purity," says sociology researcher Joan Donavan. It's not how the test was intended to be used.

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Full Episode for September 1, 2017 - The Current

From the hiring and firing of coach Art Briles and the culture of college football involving and sexual assault, to stories of summer wildfires in B.C. ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Full Episode for August 31, 2017 - The Current

From parents calling on the government to start a national food program in schools, to a Canadian sex researcher who's made the mysteries of female desire her life's work ... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 31: ENCORE | What do women want? Sex researcher explores mysteries of female desire

"We need to do the science to understand how women's sexuality is unique."

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Aug 31: Canada needs national school lunch program, say advocates

Canada is the only G8 country without a national school food program.

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Full Episode for August 30, 2017 - The Current

From the Houston floods bringing people together in time of need, to the nature of play, and why in a digital era, some classic toys and games never get old .... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 30: Houston's 'Mattress Mack' opens store to Harvey survivors

"My parents taught me it was better to give than receive. And I'm trying to live up to their legacy."

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Aug 30: ENCORE | Why we should take time to play games

Join in on the fun and games as The Current opens up the toy chest to find out what we can learn from play.

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Full Episode for August 29, 2017 - The Current

From the renewal of the Saskatchewan Party post-Brad Wall and if there will be a focus on Indigenous issues, to author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin on rethinking treatment for back pain ... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 29 | Saskatchewan government gets 'below fail' grade on Indigenous issues: professor

Critics point to the Saskatchewan Party's lack of progress on Indigenous issues. Will a new premier make this a priority?

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Aug 29 ENCORE | Chronic back pain? Journalist investigates what works and what doesn't

Back pain affects most Canadians. Investigative journalist and back pain sufferer Cathryn Jakobson Ramin says it's time to rethink treatment.

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Full Episode for August 28, 2017 - The Current

From the catastrophic flooding of Texas brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey, to debating whether schools named after Sir John A. Macdonald should be renamed ... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 28 | 'My street looks like a river': Catastrophic tropical storm Harvey floods Texas Deck

Tropical storm Harvey has killed five people, and more than 1,000 have had to be rescued. Emergency crews are racing to keep up with calls for help.

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Aug 28: Renaming John A. Macdonald schools is part of reconciliation, argues professor

Ontario school boards are being urged to remove the name of the man considered to be the Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macondald.

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Full Episode for August 25, 2017 - The Current

From family tension surrounding the inheritance of heirlooms and how one generation's jewels is another's unwanted junk, to ground zero in Vancouver's fentanyl crisis ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Aug 25: How unwanted family heirlooms create a divide with aging parents

It's a demographic certainty that as baby boomers age, the volume of unwanted family heirlooms will skyrocket — and families navigating this inheritance are finding it stressful.

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Aug 25: ENCORE | Vancouver's opioid overdose crisis: 'I was dead for 10 minutes'

Even with Narcan kits, first responders worry fentanyl is getting so powerful the antidote won't be enough. The CBC's Natalie Clancy looks at the raw reality of what is now considered to be Canada's opioid crisis.

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Full Episode for August 24, 2017 - The Current

From a look inside the antifascist movement and whether violence has a place in stopping white supremacy, to a story of forgiveness after a woman meets the man who murdered her father ... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 24: Anti-fascist handbook explores long history of opposition movement

Historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray explores the contemporary anti-fascist movement, known as Antifa.

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Aug 24: ENCORE | How one woman came to forgive the man who murdered her father

"[There's a] paradox of being very good friends with Glen, who I respect and love very deeply, and I loved my father very deeply."

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Full Episode for August 23, 2017 - The Current

From recent nuclear missile threats by North Korea towards Guam making residents very nervous, to food writer Elaine Khosrova's search for the best tasting butter ... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 23: Without being tested, we don't know U.S. ballistic missile defence works, says historian

Despite billions of dollars in research, historian Garrett Graff says there's no degree of certainty the U.S. ballistic missile defence system could shield an attack.

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Aug 23: ENCORE | 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. Food writer Elaine Khosrova pays tribute to the rich history of butter.

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Full Episode for August 22, 2017

From Rebel Media facing internal revolt and public shaming in wake of its coverage of violence in Charlottesville, to a look back at our MMIW town hall as uncertainty continues to swirl around a national inquiry ... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 22: Is there a future for right-wing Rebel Media?

Ezra Levant, the self-proclaimed commander of right-wing media site, The Rebel, has been accused of hosting coverage tolerant of white supremacists in Charlottesville, seen star contributors leave, and watched politicians keep a safe distance.

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Aug 22: Families still full of doubts one year after MMIW inquiry

This past season, The Current hosted a series of moving public forums across the country examining the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The project was launched in October in Prince George, B.C.

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Full Episode for August 21, 2017 - The Current

From the rare and magical cosmic event that some have been waiting for years to see, to how an ultramarathoner and a scruffy little dog formed an unbreakable bond... This is The Current with Matt Galloway.

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Aug 21: How an amateur astronomer got hooked on solar eclipses

"I wasn't just an amateur astronomer anymore. Now, I was an eclipse chaser. I was hooked," says science journalist Dan Falk.

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Aug 21: What the 'once in a lifetime' total solar eclipse means for the scientific community

The town of Carbondale in Southern Illinois is hosting tens of thousands of sky gazers for the highly anticipated total solar eclipse.

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Aug 21: ENCORE | How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.

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Full Episode for August 18, 2017 - The Current

From the latest on the Barcelona terror attack, to the fight over removing Confederate statues, to Charlottesville's Jewish community under attack from white nationalist protesters ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Aug 18: 'Spain is a target', says terrorism expert who's not surprised of Barcelona attacked

Terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni says it was just a matter of time Spain would be attacked given previous terror plots that have been thwarted.

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Aug 18: Confederate statues represent 'image of America as a white society,' says historian Deck

"[Confederate statues] were put up mostly to be part of the legitimacy of white supremacy, of the Jim Crow system in the South, long after slavery," says Civil War expert Eric Foner.

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Aug 18: Anti-semitism in Charlottesville exposes an 'assault on empathy,' says Jewish author

"This violent speech has to be put back where it belongs, which is in the shadows,” says author Nathan Englander.

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Full Episode for August 17, 2017 - The Current

From a look inside the relationship between White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and U.S. President Donald Trump, to going deep with chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Aug 17: Are Steve Bannon's days in the White House numbered?

U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser Steve Bannon has been criticized for his right-wing influence on the presidency and many want to see him go. But will Trump let his right-hand guru go?

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Aug 17: ENCORE | Defeated by a computer, world chess champion Garry Kasparov embraces artificial intelligence

In the dawning world of artificial intelligence, who is the pawn and who is the king? Garry Kasparov, the grandmaster of chess, rethinks his "rage against the machine."

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Full Episode for August 16, 2017

From a "Google Manifesto" by employee James Damore that's sparked women in the workforce to debate its sexist content, to a new gene editing tool that promises amazing breakthroughs ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Aug 16: ENCORE | How gene editing technology could change the course of evolution

A gene editing technology called CRISPR could allow us to change DNA, not just in individuals, but in all their future children and grandchildren.

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Aug 16: Why the anti-diversity Google 'manifesto' misses the point

Feminist critics argue James Damore's Google "manifesto" debating a woman's biological abilities is just another example of the enduring discrimination women face in the workplace.

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Full Episode for August 15, 2017 - The Current

From a former white supremacist who takes us inside the alt-right/white nationalist movement, to a report outlining the human rights violations experienced by migrants fleeing Libya ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Aug 15: 'Ideology on violent far right is just as toxic as ISIS', says former white supremacist

A look into the white supremacist mindset from someone who was once himself a true believer - but now works to convince others to give up on hate.

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Aug 15: Oxfam report reveals migrants in Libya suffer harrowing abuse and exploitation

A new Oxfam report finds Libyans are exploiting African migrants for profit and abusing them while in detainment.

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Full Episode for August 14, 207 - The Current

From white nationalism bolstered in part by the rhetoric and policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, to a genetically modified salmon available in Canada without labeling ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Aug 14: Would you eat genetically modified fish? Chances are you already have

Genetically modified fish is now being sold in Canada — but without any labels, who knows if you are buying it?

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Aug 14: Trump has emboldened white nationalists with racist policies, says author

"Trump is a racist ... and what Stephen Bannon and Steven Miller do are to give the policy ideas behind that racism."

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Full Episode for August 11, 2017 - The Current

From Princess Diana's enduring legacy 20 years after her death, to the doctor who discovered the degenerative brain disease CTE ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Aug 11: How Princess Diana's legacy lives on 20 years after her death

As the 20 year anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death approaches, "unofficial" biographer Andrew Morton reflects on the impact of her enduring legacy.

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Aug 11: Kids should not be allowed to play contact sports, warns concussion expert

A new study provides irrefutable proof that repeated head hits in contact sports like football lead to degenerative brain disease — a fact Dr. Bennet Omalu already discovered in 2002.

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Full Episode for August 10, 2017 - The Current

From dissecting Donald Trump's rhetoric and use of hyperbolic language, to Lyme disease sufferers saying Ottawa's $4 million commitment isn't enough ... This is The Current.

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Aug 10: Why the 'fire and fury' of Trump's salesman approach to diplomacy doesn't work

According to political historian Heather Cox Richardson, Donald Trump is a salesman trying to perform international diplomacy — and it's not going well.

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Aug 10: ENCORE | Lyme disease patient argues government funding misguided

Some researchers and patients say Ottawa's recent $4 million commitment to fight Lyme disease is targeting the wrong areas.

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Aug 10 : 'Like a religious moment': The gift that gave Camilla Gibb a new life

Twenty years ago, Camilla Gibb started her dream job — but it didn't feel right. Then a man she barely knew gave her a gift that would change her life.

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Full Episode for August 09, 2017 - The Current

From experts calling for cities to adapt to heat waves as the new normal, to Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg's most important accomplishment - finding resilience after terrible loss ... This is The Current.

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Aug 9: Experts warn heat waves are the new normal, adaption is key

Experts warn this new age of heat waves is not going anywhere so adapt accordingly.

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Aug 9: ENCORE | Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg explains how grief can lead to joy

Growth can come from grief, according to Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. After her husband Dave Goldberg's death, she shares how to build resilience and find joy.

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Full Episode for August 8, 2017 - The Current

From today's electoral vote in Kenya already marked with reports of violence, to science writer James Gleick on the history and future of time travel ... This is The Current with host Megan Williams.

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Aug 8: Kenyans on edge as presidential vote puts democracy to the test

The run up to today's presidential vote in Kenya has been marked with violence, including the murder of an election official. Will Kenya revisit the post-election unrest of 2007?

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Aug 8: ENCORE | Author James Gleick's time travel adventure

Back to the future and forward to the past, author James Gleick explores the curious history of travelling through time.

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Full Show for August 7, 2017 - The Current

From first-hand efforts to solve the problem of North Atlantic right whale deaths, to making the case against sugar as harmful as tobacco ... This is The Current.

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August 7: What can be done to save the right whales and what will it mean if we don't?

The North Atlantic right whale are dying in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in unprecedented numbers. At least 10 of them have died this year — which is a massive blow to a population hovering around 500 in total worldwide.

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August 7: ENCORE | Is sugar killing us? Author Gary Taubes makes his case

Sugar is a ubiquitous part of our lives and author Gary Taubes warns sugar should be treated like tobacco — there's no safe level. He argues it's sugar, not over consumption and sedentary behaviour, that's behind our obesity crisis, and it's killing us.

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Full Episode for August 4, 2017 - The Current

From a satirical look at the political year so far, then a former Vatican official says homophobia in Catholic Church is due in part to high numbers of gay priests ... This is The Current.

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August 4: Too much material: A satirical look at the political year so far

We usually wait until the end of the year to make light of political absurdities - but with Trump in office and Scaramucci's farewell, we had to check in with those who get their comedy material from places like the West Wing.

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August 4: ENCORE | Vatican expert says homophobia in Catholic Church due in part to high numbers of gay priests

"I started to go out to gay places, beaches and nightclubs and I was running into all kinds of priests and seminarians and officials that worked at the Vatican, even at gay bath houses."

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Full Episode for August 3, 2017 - The Current

From a large spike in Haitian asylum seekers coming into Quebec from the U.S., to the man who decides how much a life is worth in compensating victims of tragedy ... This is The Current.

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August 3: ENCORE | What's life worth? Ken Feinberg on victim compensation

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, known as the Master of Disaster, has been charged over the years with deciding just how much a life is worth — compensating victims of tragedy.

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August 3: ENCORE | 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 blessing ... she explains why on The Current.

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August 3: Quebec's resources stretched thin as hundreds arrive at border

Humanitarian workers in Montreal are struggling to keep up with growing numbers of asylum seekers coming to Quebec from the U.S.

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August 2: Is Venezuela's Maduro putting the pieces in place for a dictatorship?

As the government moves to rewrite the constitution, fears circulate that President Nicolás Maduro is consolidating power. Is it a dictatorship, or is that an oversimplification of the crisis in Venezuela?

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ENCORE | 46 years after Attica massacre, tensions in U.S. prisons still high

It's been 46 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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Full Episode for August 2, 2017 - The Current

From Venezuela's potential slide towards dictatorship, to how 46 years later, the legacy of prison riot Attica lives on in America's crowded jails ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for August 1, 2017 - The Current

From parsing through the increasingly worrying and complex politics of the Korean peninsula, to the provocative Camille Paglia on men and modern feminism ... This is The Current.

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August 1: ENCORE | Modern feminism needs to 'stop blaming men,' says Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia is one of the most provocative public intellectuals in America. She's never afraid to speak her mind — even when it rankles her fellow feminists.

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August 1: 'There are not any good options': Rising tensions with North Korea leave U.S. scrambling

As sanctions and diplomatic efforts fail to curb North Korea's nuclear expansion, critics say the U.S. must change course.

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Full Episode for July 31, 2017 - The Current

From questions about whether mental health is appropriately assessed in the courts, to trying to solve the messy mystery of love ... This is The Current with guest host Laura Lynch.

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July 31: ENCORE | It's possible to be in love with two people, says philosopher

What is love? Magic? Chemistry? A sweet mystery? Today The Current explores the definition of love with a Canadian philosophy professor who has probed the question deeply and believes it's time we started looking for answers.

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July 31: Via Rail plotter appeal reveals 'low bar' for mental health before the courts

Chiheb Esseghaier was sentenced to life in prison despite two psychiatric assessments determining he was likely mentally ill. He is now being treated for schizophrenia and is seeking an appeal.

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July 28: From the Taliban to ISIS, journalist faces jihadist leaders to understand their cause

Souad Mekhennet spent 15 years getting access to extremist leaders few in the West have spoken to — facing many dangers along the way.

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Full Episode for July 28, 2017 - The Current

From the gripping stories of a journalist who spent 15 years interviewing jihadist leaders, to chronicling the return of the Rubik's Cube in the digital age ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 28: The Rubik's Cube's puzzling return in the digital age

The Rubik's Cube can be scrambled 43 quintillion ways and the competition to do it ever-faster is growing.

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Full Episode for July 27, 2017 - The Current

From what Turkey's war on journalists signals for a shift towards autocracy, to the heated debate over pineapple on pizza ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 27: Turkey's journalists: 'We have 171 of our colleagues in jail'

The current trial of 17 Turkish journalists follows a pattern of mounting hostility since the coup attempt of 2016. Of all the journalists imprisoned last year, a third were in Turkey.

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July 27: ENCORE | Pizza protocol: Should pineapple be banned as a topping?

Pineapple threatens the sanctity of pizza — at least according to Iceland's president, who sparked an international furor with his offhand comments on the most deliciously divisive pizza in the world.

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Full Episode for July 26, 2017 - The Current

From Donald Trump's status "above the law," to Dr. James Maskalyk, who says ERs from Canada to Ethiopia provide a window on society ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 26: ENCORE: From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

Emergency room doctor James Maskalyk looks at how societal and personal issues emerge in the ER — from a hospital in Toronto and another in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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July 26: Trump can make himself and his family 'above the law,' says conservative commentator

Charles Sykes says U.S. checks and balances rely on an honour system. 'We don't have a system set up for a Donald Trump.'

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Full Episode for July 25, 2017 - The Current

From the geoengineering technology being used in a quarter of the world's countries — including Canada, to activist Don MacPherson on legalizing and regulating illicit drugs ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 25: ENCORE: Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives

Don MacPherson has worked for decades to fix what he sees as a broken system. The solution he says is legalizing and regulating illicit drugs.

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July 25: Can geoengineering technology combat extreme weather?

"Cloud seeding" is being considered a tool for controlling extreme weather, with one in four countries using the technology already. But can it work?

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Full Episode for July 24, 2017 - The Current

From the persistent controversy of women going topless in public decades after it became legal, to new science that suggests emotions aren't as hardwired as we may have first believed ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 24: Ontario woman fights for her right to swim topless

Twenty-six years after women gained the right to go "top-free" in public, a new human rights battle reveals just how controversial female nudity continues to be.

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July 24: ENCORE: Emotions are not hardwired but learned in our brains, says author

If emotions could talk, they'd tell you we don't understand them as much as we think.

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Full Episode for July 21, 2017 - The Current

From the link between an epidemic of sexual abuse among Indigenous youth and the suicide crisis in northern Ontario, to the latest attempt to eradicate the rats of Haida Gwaii ... This is The Current.

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July 21: 'It's an epidemic': Sexual abuse and suicide rate among Indigenous youth

Sexual abuse is being understood as the continuation of a shared legacy that dates back to residential schools.

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July 21: ENCORE: Parks Canada calls for rat tails and ears to trace rodent's move to Haida Gwaii

Rats are the scourge of the Haida Gwaii archipelago in B.C., decimating seabird population. After efforts to eradicate the rodents, scientists are using recovered rat corpses to investigate how they travel and how they survive.

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Full Episode for July 20, 2017 - The Current

From the role of Islamophobia in a referendum that successfully blocked the construction of Quebec’s first Muslim cemetery, and to how flying may finally be ready for liftoff ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 20: Did a far-right group meddle in Quebec cemetery referendum?

Jonathan Montpetit identifies links with far-right group La Meute and the "No" side of Saint-Apollinaire's rejected Muslim cemetery proposal.

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July 20: ENCORE: Flying cars? 'We are closer than we've ever been'

Are you ready to take a drive on the highway in the sky? Industry experts say flying cars are coming.

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Full Episode for July 19, 2017 - The Current

From whether the slowdown in Canada's real estate market is a threat to homeowners, to a former Wall Street worker who started a Somaliland school to help young people get ahead ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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July 19: How worried should Canadians be about the real estate slowdown?

Canada's overheated market finally shows signs of cooling. But is it a blip, a soft landing, or the bursting of a bubble? Should Canadian homeowners be concerned their properties will continue to decrease in value?

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July 19: ENCORE: Somali school paves way for students to get into Harvard, MIT

Abdisamad Adan is one of the first students from Somaliland ever admitted to a top-tier, Western university. And it's thanks to a school, set up by a former Wall Street hedge fund manager, that helps young people in Africa get ahead.

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July 18: Cache Creek, B.C., residents — forced out by wildfire — now set to return home

Cache Creek, B.C., was the first community to be ordered to evacuate in this summer's wildfires. But as mayor John Ranta explains, the town's residents are finally allowed to come home.

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July 18: 'Neighbour helps neighbour': volunteer firefighters battle to protect B.C. homes

With massive wildfires raging through B.C., Chief Stan McCarthy and his crew of about 125 volunteer firefighters are deployed "24/7."

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Full Episode for July 18, 2017 - The Current

From the town of Ashcroft coming together after a fire forced 80 residents to leave their homes, to volunteer firefighters protecting their communities in B.C., and finally a sign of hope as Cache Creek reopens ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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July 18: 'They're not just numbers. These are people we know': Ashcroft, B.C.'s wildfire devastation

“It’s hard seeing people you love … losing everything.”

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July 17: Pets 'the only thing they have left': B.C. animal owners flee wildfires

As more evacuees take refuge in Kamloops, B.C., volunteers are scrambling to find food and shelter not only for the families but also their pets.

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July 17: Intense wildfires 'inevitable,' says environmental writer and expert

Even after the Fort McMurray fires, Ed Struzik says Canada has failed to make changes needed for forest management and wildfire research.

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July 17: 'I want to go home': B.C. wildfire evacuees seek refuge in Kamloops

​In this special edition of The Current, Laura Lynch speaks to evacuees about the horror of leaving their homes and the fear of what's next.

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Full Episode for July 17, 2017 - The Current

From inside the chaos and pain at B.C.'s Kamloops evacuation centre, to how recent wildfires could have been avoided if valuable lessons from Fort Mac hadn't been ignored ... This is a special edition of The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Full Episode for July 14, 2017 - The Current

From journalist Elaine Dewar on how Canadian publisher McClelland and Stewart was acquired by a German company, to the film Abu exploring mixed emotions involved in "coming out" to conservative religious parents ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 14: How Canada's book publisher McClelland & Stewart became German-owned: author

McClelland & Stewart published Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler — to name a few. So how was this Canadian cultural literature staple sold to a foreign multinational despite Canada's national ownership rules, asks author Elaine Dewar.

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July 14: 'I felt like a sinner': Film ABU tackles taboo of 'coming out' for LGBT South Asians

"I imagined coming out would cleanse the guilt — it didn't. It just highlighted internal schisms and tacked a few more hyphens to my identity."

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Full Episode for July 13, 2017 - The Current

From anxiety in professional sports, former baseball pitcher Rick Ankiel is ready to tell all, to the challenge of finding "forever homes" for parrots ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 13: How anxiety derailed former MLB pitcher Rick Ankiel's career

"I really didn't know what was happening. All I was thinking was why is the ball not going where it was supposed to go."

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July 13: ENCORE | 'Parrot listener' mends broken relationships between people and their birds

"[A] parrot will tell you everything you need to know. You just have to listen."

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Full Episode for July 12, 2017 - The Current

From families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls losing hope with another resignation from the inquiry — this time a commissioner, to exploring the technology linking our brains with computers ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 12: 'There's a lot of disrespect': Families want all MMIWG inquiry commissioners to resign

After the latest resignation from the MMIWG inquiry, families want all commissioners to resign, pointing to a dysfunctional process.

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July 12: ENCORE | 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 — but it comes with ethical issues.

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Full Episode for July 11, 2017 - The Current

From Venezuelans calling for the Canadian government to do more to advance their refugee claims, to the science of taste with a lesson in gastrophysics ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 11: 'We need help': Venezuela crisis forces many to seek asylum in Canada

Many Venezuelans are seeking refuge in Canada to escape the violence and economic turmoil that continue to escalate in their country.

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July 11: Gastrophysics explains how potato chips can taste even better

Why do we like food? It's more than just taste. We bring you a lesson in gastrophysics and a new way to look at eating what's on your plate.

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Full Episode for July 10, 2017 - The Current

From B.C. under a state of emergency as wildfires force people to evacuate their homes over the weekend, to how a serial killer got inside the head of journalist Claudia Rowe ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 10: Title * 'I just wanted my dog': Cache Creek, B.C., evacuee flees home amid raging wildfires

“I was able to able to grab my cameras that were right by the door and a photograph of my boys off the wall. That was it. And then I left.”

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July 10: 'I just wanted my dog': Cache Creek, B.C., evacuee flees home amid raging wildfires

“I was able to able to grab my cameras that were right by the door and a photograph of my boys off the wall. That was it. And then I left.”

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July 10: ENCORE | How a serial killer taught a reporter the complicated meaning of evil

Journalist Claudia Rowe on the murders of eight women in the town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in the 1990s.

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Full Episode for July 7, 2017 - The Current

From the burgeoning field of sex robots and the difficult ethical questions attached, to the fight for legal recognition in Ontario of Elaan's two mommas ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 7: Designing robots for sex a 'dehumanizing practice': robot ethicist

Robot experts say it's time to deal with the ethics of sexual robotics since the advanced technology has implications for human intimacy and our evolving relationship with robots.

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July 7: ENCORE | How two friends fought to be legal 'co-mommas' to a 7-year-old boy — and won

Two moms have forced Canada to re-examine the definition of family and who can be parents. Natasha and Lynda are platonic friends, neighbours and legal parents to the same little boy. This is the story of Elaan and his two "mommas."

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Full Episode for July 6, 2017 - The Current

From four Arab states calling for Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera, to why more and more pet owners are scoring pot for their dogs ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 6: Why Arab states want to shut down Al-Jazeera

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Their long list of demands for Qatar includes shutting down Al-Jazeera, the cable news network.

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July 6: ENCORE | 'We have our dog back': B.C. woman treats pet with medical marijuana

Rebecca Hass's dog Hudson was constantly whimpering, inconsolable and no veterinarian could offer a treatment to help him — until they tried medicating with marijuana. We explore treating pets with cannabis.

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Full Episode for July 5, 2017 - The Current

From Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stuck in the middle of Angela Merkel and Donald Trump at the G20 meeting, to Daily Show host Trevor Noah on how his mother helped him survive poverty and racism in South Africa ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 5: Trudeau 'in middle' between Merkel and Trump at G20 summit

As the world anticipates a showdown between German leader Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 meeting — how will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintain relations with both countries and keep to his commitments?

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July 5: ENCORE | 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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Full Episode for July 4, 2017 - The Current

From party drugs being tested at some music festivals as a safety precaution, to how a march for civil rights in America collided with the space race in the book, Hidden Figures ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 4: Could drug testing at music festivals save lives?

Some music festival goers are getting their party drugs tested this summer. Critics argue this sends the wrong message, but advocates say people should know what they're taking in the age of fentanyl.

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July 4: ENCORE | Meet the black women who broke ground in NASA space race

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.

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Full Episode for July 3, 2017 - The Current

From the devastating cost of liberating Mosul from ISIS control, to anthropologist Wade Davis who says some of the world's cultures are on the verge of disappearing ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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July 3: After ISIS is pushed out, what's the future of Mosul?

Re-capturing one of Iraq's main cities has come at an enormous cost, especially at the expense of civilians.

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July 3: ENCORE | 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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June 30: Canada Day history has tradition of dissent, says professor

As crowds gather on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation to celebrate, there are those who resist marking the day — not unlike other years in Canada's history.

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June 30: ENCORE | Syrian refugees bring taste of home to Canada

Meet new Canadians who started a catering business in Hamilton, Ont. It's called Karam Kitchen, created by a group of Syrian refugees who are bringing a taste of home to Canada.

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Full Episode for June 30, 2017 - The Current

From preparations for Canada 150 celebrations across this country, to how a group of Syrian refugees turned their home cooking into a successful catering business, to B.C.'s shaky new political era ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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June 30: How long can this new B.C. government last?

B.C.'s shaky new political era will have a brand new premier at the helm and a lot of challenges ahead to remain sustainable.

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Full Episode for June 29, 2017 - The Current

From a documentary following one man through five years in Iraq's "triangle of death" to feasting on Canada's distinctive creole cuisine from cod tongues to sushi ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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June 29 | 'Nobody's listening': Documentary reveals firsthand struggle of survival in Iraq

Medic Nori Sharif takes us through five years of dramatic change in Iraq's "triangle of death" in the the documentary, Nowhere to Hide.

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June 29: ENCORE | From cod tongues to butter chicken pizza: Lenore Newman's Canadian culinary journey

Join us for a feast of Canadian cuisine — from poutine, to cod's tongues, to sushi with food writer Lenore Newman.

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Full Episode for June 28, 2017 - The Current

From how to celebrate Canada his weekend and still acknowledge the country's difficult history, to scientist John England on the majesty of the Canadian North, and the breathtaking changes it's undergoing ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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June 28: Can you celebrate Canada 150 and still respect Indigenous rights?

Celebrating Canada's 150 can be complicated for some Canadians. While many will answer the call and attend Canada Day events, we're asking if there's a way to toast the country and also acknowledge its difficult history.

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June 28: ENCORE: Arctic researcher shares 50 years of watching climate change happen

John England has spent half a century exploring the Arctic and its ice. He shares some of his passion for Canada's underappreciated frozen assets.

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Full Episode for June 27, 2017 - The Current

From British activists using the Tinder app to try to sway the recent U.K. election, to why author Will Schwalbe says reading is the best thing we can do for ourselves and other people in our lives ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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June 27: How British activists used Tinder to get young people to vote

Can you swipe a vote from your phone? A British activist explains how she — along with her roommate — used the Tinder app to campaign in the U.K.'s recent election.

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June 27: ENCORE: Life-altering books? Author Will Schwalbe has 26 that changed his

Author Will Schwalbe believes books can change a life and offer great lessons. He shares his list of 26 books for living.

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Full Episode for June 26, 2017 - The Current

From Conservative senators calling out the Liberal-appointed Independents for supporting the government's controversial budget bill to many Indigenous people seeing no reason to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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June 26: How independent is the Senate under Justin Trudeau's rule?

Last week the Senate passed the Liberal government’s controversial budget bill. Liberal-appointed Independents voted with the party and Conservatives say their red is showing. So how independent are the independent senators?

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June 26: ENCORE: What does Canada 150 mean for Indigenous communities?

For First Nations people, the territory known as Canada is much, much older than a century-and-a-half. Many Indigenous people see no reason to celebrate Canada 150.

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Full Episode for June 23, 2017 - The Current

From LGBT activists on the divisions within their communities, to how the razor industry has disrupted the economy for decades, to the story of Canada's notorious bootlegger and the undercover Mountie that brought him down ... This is The Current.

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June 23: LGBT activists raise questions about inclusion in Pride

The issue of whether and how police should belong at Pride has been grabbing headlines across the country. But it's not the only issue simmering in LGBT communities.

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June 23: How razors changed the way we shop

King Camp Gillette created a business model of two-part pricing that changed the way we shop and is now seen in everything from printer ink cartridges, to video games, to coffee pods.

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June 23: Author Trevor Cole on the rise and disappearance of Canada's Whisky King

Rocco Perri was once the most infamous mobster in Canada, making millions as a bootlegger in the Prohibition years. But one day in 1944, he disappeared.

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Full Episode for June 22, 2017 - The Current

From the looming alcohol health crisis that experts say shouldn't be ignored, to the parents convinced their son was abducted by North Korean officials, to how an ultramarathoner and a scruffy little dog formed an unbreakable bond ... This is The Current.

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June 22: More Canadians hospitalized for alcohol than heart attacks last year: study

While the opioid crisis continues to grip many provinces, experts warn that a looming alcohol health crisis should not be ignored.

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June 22: 'We have to keep looking': Family believes missing U.S. student abducted by North Korea

A Mormon family is still searching for answers about their son who went missing in China 13 years ago.

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June 22: How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.

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Full Episode for June 21, 2017 - The Current

From Peter Mansbridge reflecting on his decades-long career and the future of journalism, to the neuroscientist exploring the fine line between life and death, to a sex researcher overturning assumptions about female desire ... This is The Current.

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June 21: The National's Peter Mansbridge signing off for final time on Canada Day

The veteran journalist reflects on a career path full of breaking stories, cut-throat federal politics and major world events.

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June 21: 'It's still amazing to me': Neuroscientist on connecting with patients in vegetative states

Adrian Owen has been developing ways to communicate with people in the "grey zone" — patients who are not aware and not responsive.

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June 21: What do women want? Sex researcher explores mysteries of female desire

"We need to do the science to understand how women's sexuality is unique."

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