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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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The ethics of a morality pill

An increasing number of drugs can be used to alter self-control, empathy and benevolence. Are we getting dangerously close to a 'morality pill'?

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Day 2

With one book down and four remaining, it's day two of the battle of the books.

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Rachel Dolezal speaks

With the launch of Rachel Dolezal's memoir, Piya Chattopadhyay tries to understand the story that sparked so much hurt and outrage.

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Reaction To Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak continues to face criticism over her comments about residential schools. Matt Galloway spoke with our pop culture columnist, Jesse Wente.

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March 29: ENCORE: Why some schools say letter grade report cards fail students

What if there were no more "A" students? Some schools in B.C. are already experimenting with going letter-grade free. And the Yukon is following suit.

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March 29: Nunavut's delay of bilingual education a threat to Inuit language, says critic

Nunavut's government promised Inuktut in the classroom by 2019. But plans to expand bilingual learning all the way up to Grade 12 may be in jeopardy—and so is the language itself.

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March 29: How did thieves steal gigantic $1M Canadian gold coin from Berlin museum?

Just how did thieves make off with a giant $1 million dollar gold Canadian coin from a Berlin museum, remains a mystery. But it was a heist that proved once again that the world's priceless artifacts are seldom safe in their museum hideaways.

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The Current for March 29, 2017 - The Current

From a million-dollar, solid-gold Canadian coin stolen from a Berlin museum, to the case for making sure Inuktitut is taught in Nunavut schools, to more Canadian schools getting rid of letter grades ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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March 28: Yale historian shares lessons of 20th-century tyranny relevant today

Yale Historian Timothy Snyder has studied the bloody regimes of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler of the 20th century. He sheds light on the present, by sharing the lessons of tyranny from the dark episodes of the past.

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March 28: Is it ethical to swallow a morality pill?

An increasing number of drugs can be used to alter self-control, empathy and benevolence. Are we getting dangerously close to a 'morality pill'? The Current explores the ethics of a pill that would make us more moral.

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March 28: Canada's absence from UN nuclear weapon ban negotiations unacceptable, says advocate

Canada's absence from the UN nuclear weapon negotiations is being criticized because many see this conference as significant and timely — especially given the tension internationally thanks to America and North Korea.

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Full Episode for March 28, 2017 - The Current

From questioning why Canada isn't part of UN negotiations to create a worldwide nuclear ban, to the ethics of a morality pill, to lessons of tyranny from the 20th century ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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March 27: 'Don't rely on promises': How arrangements with known sperm donors can unravel

Three sperm donors all set out with the same intention: Donate sperm, don't get involved. But the laws are murky when it comes to donors' rights and each of the three donors is facing a different dilemma. Are they parents or purely donors?

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March 27: Liberal's 18-month parental leave a disservice to women, says critic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised an 18-month parental leave package in his election campaign and delivered. But critics are asking why a so-called feminist government's actions to empower women ends up giving them more time away from paid work.

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March 27: Andrew Potter's criticism of Quebec 'is just wrong,' argues columnist

What does the furor and the fallout about a column in Maclean's magazine say about our politics? The Current's panelists discuss academic freedom, free speech and gets to the heart of the national discussion: who has the right to criticize Quebec culture.

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Full Episode for March 27, 2017 - The Current

From the backlash after Andrew Potter's article criticizes Quebec society, to the proposal of paid parental leave for up to 18 months, to a documentary exploring the rights of sperm donors ... This is The Current.

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March 24: Soap-free for 7 years, Jackie Hong makes the case against lathering up

Meet Jackie Hong who isn't ashamed to say that she's been living soap-free for seven years and her skin is still smooth and supple. The Current asks: How essential is soap?

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March 24: Cellphone in your pocket? CBC's Marketplace investigates why you might reconsider

Did you know your cellphone likely comes with a warning about how close to hold it to your head and body? The CBC's Wendy Mesley has been tracking the research on cellphone health effects for years. She shares the results of her Marketplace report.

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March 24: Drake's global sound under fire for cultural appropriation

Drake's sampling of different accents and elements, from Jamaican patois, to South African beats, has sparked discussion about his style. Some are questioning if it's showcasing multi-ethnic musical appreciation, or just downright appropriation?

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Full Episode for March 24, 2017 - The Current

From Drake's new album challenging conventional conversations about cultural appropriation, to a CBC Marketplace investigation on cellphones and your health, to a person who has sworn off soap for seven years ... This is The Current with Nora Young.

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March 23: Why were charges against 35 Mafia associates in Montreal stayed?

Charges against 35 organized crime suspects were dropped recently and the Crown was curiously cryptic about why. The move appears to be related to intercepted cellphone messages and a fear that secret surveillance techniques will be exposed.

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March 23: 'It's very much about laying out a long-term vision': Finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses budget concerns

Finance Minister Bill Morneau had the floor in the House of Commons yesterday to present the government's new budget. The Current speaks with the minister to speak to the criticism that his budget leaves the middle class behind.

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March 23: How 'Black Twitter' and BlackLivesMatter hashtag gave voice to marginalized groups

Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner — three cases of black American men whose deaths came to mainstream attention thanks in part to what is called "Black Twitter." The Current tracks how social media shared the stories of marginalized groups.

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Full Episode for March 23, 2017 - The Current

From Crown lawyers deciding to stay charges against 35 Montreal Mafia associates, to how Black Twitter brought important stories to the forefront, to breaking down the 2017 federal budget with Finance Minister Bill Morneau ... This is The Current.

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March 22: How a dramatic boat rescue led to a career on the Nahanni River

All season long our series, The Disruptors, has shared personal moments of disruption from our listeners. Today, we head north to Whitehorse with a story from Neil Hartling's life that led him to a career connected to the Nahanni River.

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March 22: Kurdish academic living in Canada still stateless after purge from Turkey

A Kurdish academic has lost her job in Turkey and remains stateless in Canada — her personal and professional life on hold — after signing a petition criticizing the Turkish government.

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March 22: Canadian torture victim Abdullah Almalki calls apology a 'victory for human rights'

It's been over a decade but the case of Abdullah Almalki has finally been settled — including a Canadian government apology. Yet the intelligence officials who shared faulty information leading to the torture have not been held responsible.

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March 22: Federal budget 2017: Tech sector hopes for innovation boost

As the 2017 federal budget drops, entrepreneurs in the technology industry are hoping the Liberal government makes good on its commitment to support innovation — especially as a new U.S. administration presents challenges and opportunities, to Canada.

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Full Episode for March 22, 2017 - The Current

From the tech sector hoping the Liberal budget delivers "innovation" promise, to torture victim Abdullah Almalki searching for accountability, to a Turkish professor who criticized military action in the country and lost her job ... This is The Current.

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March 21: Membership fraud allegations nothing new in Tory leadership race, says strategist

As federal Conservative leadership candidates snipe at each other over alleged vote-buying fraud, The Current panellists share their thoughts on what's going on with the conservative movement in Canada.

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March 21: 'I really think people will die': Americans fear losing health care under Trump's plan

As Republican lawmakers and Donald Trump's inner circle start hacking away at Obamacare, some Americans are getting worried. The Current shares stories of hope and fear for the future of health care under President Donald Trump.

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March 21: 'I'm boiling with anger': 97-year-old Nuremberg prosecutor won't give up on peace

Benjamin Ferencz started his legal career in the spotlight — his first trial was as a chief U.S. prosecutor of the Nazi extermination squads in Nuremberg. Since then, he's spent seven decades fighting for peace and international justice.

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Full Episode for March 21, 2017 - The Current

From Jason Kenney's pitch to unite the right in Alberta, to the last-surviving Nuremberg prosecutor still fighting for peace, to Americans who fear the health care they gained under President Obama could now be lost ... This is The Current.

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March 20: Why a campus protest has the right and left calling for more civilized discourse

A protest that shuts down a controversial right-wing speaker on a U.S. campus has The Current asking about the state of discourse in this time of polarized politics.

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March 20: 'We have our dog back': B.C. woman treats pet with medical marijuana

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

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March 20: Fishermen and Transport Canada clash over timing of new safety regulations

To be lost at sea is a danger facing far too many commercial fishermen in Canada. The Current looks at what safety measures will save lives in the fishing industry and asks: When is it fair to begin enforcing new regulations?

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Full Episode for March 20, 2017 - The Current

From Canadian fishermen protesting new federal safety requirements, to treating pets with medical marijuana, to American social scientist Charles Murray shut down by angry students ... This is The Current.

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March 17: An American doctor's journey into the inferno of the Ebola crisis

Dr. Steven Hatch tells his harrowing story in his new book.

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March 17: 'Missing Richard Simmons' stirs questions about ethics of mystery podcasts

Should we hold true-crime podcasts to journalistic standards?

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March 17: U.S. climate change policy shift puts pressure on Canadian government

Voices in Canada are asking whether the Trudeau government should follow suit.

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Full Episode for March 17, 2017 - The Current

From how cuts to U.S. climate programs will effect Canada, to questioning the ethics of mystery podcasts, and a doctor's journey into the Ebola crisis...This is The Current.

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March 16: 'Never thought it would be that deep': Unstable winter ice poses serious risk

This year has a been particularly bad year for falling through the ice of the Great Lakes.

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March 16: Who is the Canadian charged in Russian hack of Yahoo accounts?

Karim Baratov, the 22-year-old accused in the massive hack, was arrested in Ancaster, Ont.

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March 16: 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.

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Full Episode for March 16, 2017 - The Current

From what we know about the Canadian arrested in the Yahoo hacks, to falling through the ice of the Great Lakes, and what Canada 150 means for Indigenous people...This is the Current.

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March 15: Former British child migrants seek apology from Canadian government

In public hearings about Britain's child migrant program, former child migrants testify they were physically and sexually abused.

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March 15: Woman sexually assaulted in a cab says it happens more than we think

With no official national or provincial statistics, the incidence of sexual assaults in cabs may be much higher than suspected.

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Full Episode for March 15, 2017 - The Current

From what the Dutch election can tell us about European right-wing populism, to calls for Canada to honour the memory of its child migrants, and investigating sexual assault from paid drivers...This is The Current.

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March 15: Dutch election a test for right-wing populism in Europe

Geert Wilders has been called the Dutch Donald Trump. Could he win today's election?

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March 14: Indigenous communities across Canada move to banish drug dealers

Questions are being raised with respect to the effectiveness of the controversial strategy.

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March 14: 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 March 14, 2017 - The Current

From how a woman not only came to forgive, but partner with the man who murdered her father, to reserves across Canada banishing suspected drug dealers as a mechanism of law enforcement...This is the Current.

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March 13: Cannibalism more natural than it seems, says zoologist

Bill Schutt chronicles the fascinating history of cannibalism, and projects a future that could very well include more of it among humans.

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March 13: Chrystia Freeland a target of Russian intelligence operation, says expert

Mark Hosenball says his U.S. intelligence sources are sure that Russian intelligence targeted Chrystia Freeland, following the pattern seen in other Western politicians.

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March 13: Gauging concern: foreign energy companies turn away from oil sands

Is Shell's sale of its majority stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project one more nail in the coffin for the Alberta oil patch?

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Full Episode for March 13, 2017 - The Current

From the shifting economic landscape of the oilsands, to concern Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is the victim of Russian spying, and the case that cannibalism is more natural than you would expect... This is The Current.

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March 10: 'Our complacency will be paid for in full with children's lives,' warns Indigenous health care advocate

In Wapekeka First Nation, two 12-year-old girls took their lives in January of this year. The Current speaks to their doctor, Mike Kirlew — a tireless advocate for improved health, and mental health care in First Nations communities.

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March 10: Does public trust suffer when journalists cross over to work in politics?

Since the Liberal government took power, at least half-a-dozen journalists have moved from jobs in media to jobs inside the corridors of power. Critics argue the move erodes the level of trust in our press, and in our democracy.

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March 10: Legalizing soccer hooliganism won't prevent fan violence, say experts

A Russian politician's proposal to make an organized sport out of soccer hooliganism, sheds light on the ugly side of the beautiful game. With the World Cup on its way to Moscow next year, we talk about the changing culture of hooliganism.

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Full Episode for March 10, 2017 - The Current

From a Sioux Lookout doctor who has become a fierce advocate for the need to transform Indigenous health care, to a proposal to make soccer hooliganism an organized sport, to journalists taking jobs in government ... This is The Current with Marcia Young.

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March 9: As Canada ponders mission in Mali, retired major recalls child soldier encounter

Any peacekeeping mission comes with its risks. But as Canadian officials ponder a mission to Mali, there's an especially troubling risk that needs to be considered: encountering child soldiers.

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March 9: Yes, Canada, anti-black racism lives here: journalist Desmond Cole

Journalist Desmond Cole says it's time to stop pointing over the border and look inward: Canada's own track record on anti-black racism is disturbing, long-standing and ubiquitous.

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March 9: Fukushima: 6 years after Japan's worst nuclear disaster

The CBC's Dr. Brian Goldman is just back from the Fukushima prefecture in Japan — the site of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear disaster. He shares stories of people still living with the fallout from the disaster.

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Full Episode for March 9, 2017 - The Current

From the after effects of the Fukushima disaster six years on, to journalist Desmond Cole on confronting anti-black racism, to Canada preparing forces to meet child soldiers in peacekeeping mission ... This is The Current.

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March 8: How death in Gaby Eirew's life inspired a legacy app

When Gaby Eirew's father passed away and a close friend died by suicide shortly after, she created a recording app for children whose parents have died — to leave a loving legacy after death.

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March 8: Inside Brexit: Craig Oliver recounts battle for the soul of Britain

The Brexit vote was a day of infamy for then prime minister David Cameron, an abrupt end of his political career. The former PM's chief strategist Craig Oliver shares the behind-the-scenes on the vote that is still changing everything.

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March 8: How to raise a feminist: a manifesto by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is many things: a respected writer, a vocal feminist and the face of a cosmetic line. She shares how her experiences, growing up in Nigeria and living in the U.S., inspired her to write a manifesto on how to raise a feminist.

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Full Episode for March 8, 2017 - The Current

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's manifesto on how to raise feminists, to the inspiration behind Gaby Eirew's app that records legacies for loved ones, to behind the scenes of the Brexit campaign with Craig Oliver ... This is The Current.

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March 7: How 4chan and troll culture helped elect Trump: comic artist

The website 4chan, synonymous with gruesome content and roguish behaviour, may be the key to understanding the world today — and the rise of Donald Trump.

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March 7: 'Capitalism on steroids': How big tech is gentrifying the Golden City

The documentary, Disruption City by The Current's Peter Mitton explores how big money from big tech is changing the face of San Francisco — threatening the city's celebrated diversity and bohemian character.

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March 7: North Korean threat enters new phase following missile tests

Recent missile tests and revelations of the failed U.S. cyber war in countering North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have many nations asking, what’s next, as the threat enters a new phase.

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Full Episode for March 7, 2017 - The Current

From experts planning for the worst as North Korea builds up its nuclear missile program, to how big money from big tech is changing the face of San Francisco, to understanding the rise of Trump through 4chan ... This is The Current.

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March 6: What rubella vaccine can teach us about fighting Zika virus

Against the backdrop of the hunt for a vaccine to fight the Zika virus, journalist and doctor Meredith Wadman examines the science and politics behind the creation of the rubella vaccine.

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March 6: From 'Uber for kids' to the 2.0 burger: touring Silicon Valley startups

As part of The Current's series, The Disruptors, our very own Peter Mitton takes us to Silicon Valley for a tour of some of the more surprising startups hoping to disrupt the way we live.

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March 6: Can video games promote empathy?

At a time when the real world faces wars, humanitarian crises, and hate propaganda, proponents of so-called empathy games say the video games can create new levels of empathy and understanding. But others are skeptical of the claim.

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Full Episode for March 6, 2017 - The Current

From the aim to create empathy and compassion through video games, to startups in the Silicon Valley hoping to disrupt the way we live, to the surprising history of the race to develop the rubella vaccine ... This is The Current.

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March 3: Famine declared in South Sudan, thousands at risk of starvation

The world’s youngest country is in trouble. The UN has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan where nearly 100,000 people are facing starvation. And after three years of civil war some say the country is also at risk of genocide.

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March 3: Are Catholic critics of Pope Francis strengthened by Trump's rise to power?

This month marks four years for Pope Francis. But the backlash against the so-called "Cool Pope" appears to be growing in conservative Catholic circles. The Current takes stock of Pope Francis and the ripples he's causing in the Catholic world.

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March 3: Are Russian ties to Trump team a true cause for concern?

Just what is going on between Donald Trump's administration and Russia? It's a question that keeps becoming more pressing no matter how much the U.S. president declares rumblings about Russia to be "fake news."

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Full Episode for March 3, 2017 - The Current

From questions over the connections between Trump's team and the Kremlin, to why Pope Francis may not be as universally beloved as you may think, to the UN declaring a famine in parts of South Sudan ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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March 2: Quebec MNA argues for medically-assisted dying advance consent

As Canada comes to terms with the reality of legal medically-assisted dying, some say it's time to allow advance consent for people with degenerative cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.

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March 2: How accounting firm KPMG helped wealthy Canadians dodge their taxes

The CBC investigative unit's Harvey Cashore shares what he and his team learned about how accounting giant KPMG helped wealthy Canadians dodge paying taxes. And how the Canada Revenue Agency dealt with them.

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March 2: Inuit children need foster care in their own communities to retain culture, says mother

The high number of Inuit children from Labrador who have been removed from their homes to live with non-Inuit foster families is raising concern — some are comparing it to the days of residential schools and the Sixties Scoop.

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Full Episode for March 2, 2017 - The Current

From high numbers of Inuit children relocating to distant foster homes, to a CBC investigation into how accounting firm KPMG helped Canadians evade taxes, to François Bonnardel making the case for advance consent in assisted-dying ... This is The Current.

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Why 'love is medicine' for Indigenous youth

The Current's public forum was filled with audience members ready to participate in the discussion on how MMIW issues affect children and youth. So we opened the conversation to questions and comments.

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'I'm in disbelief': Advocate overwhelmed by number of Indigenous children in care

From residential school survivor to principal of a First Nations school, John Kakegamic knows first-hand the value of an education. We also hear from Karen Hill who has worked 30 years to improve child welfare for Indigenous children and families.

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'Reconciliation is a two way street': Indigenous youth want 'more than canoes'

Three Indigenous youth activists share their experiences growing up in Canada, from coping with the erasure of two-spirit people, to fighting for space off reserve, to re-discovering Native identity after the death of a mother.

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The Current for March 1, 2017: Toronto MMIW public forum

This season The Current has been holding public forums across the country, exploring various issues related to missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Our fourth town hall focuses on how children and youth are affected.

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Full Episode for February 28, 2017 - The Current

From Libyan-Canadians taking it upon themselves to provide humanitarian relief to their families trapped in Libya, to the rebirth of vinyl records, to activist Julius Kaggwa on growing up as intersex in Uganda... This is The Current.

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Feb 28: 'I will give up a kidney': Canadian appeals to free family in Libya

In the eyes of many Libya has become a failed state. Six years after a revolutionary uprising we hear from a Canadian-Libyan with family trapped inside Libya... dealing with food and water shortages.

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Feb 28: Put your records on: Vinyl rebirth breathes life into music industry

Time to turn over the record. Ontario-based Sunrise Records says it's taking over 70 closing HMV stores across Canada to put vinyl front and centre.

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Feb 28: From Julia to Julius: Growing up intersex in Uganda

Julius Kaggwa was born intersex in Uganda. Today he travels the world advocating for Intersex acceptance and equality.

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Feb 27: Vital Indigenous voices missing in debate over Canada's grasslands, says Cree hunter

After The Current aired a segment on Canada's grasslands, Phillip Brass wrote us to say that vital voices from Indigenous peoples’ are missing in the debate over management of pastures that are essential to the existence of First Nations communities.

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Feb 27: Would getting rid of preliminary inquiries speed up justice?

Manitoba's three chief justices and its Attorney-General want to eliminate all preliminary inquiries to speed up the justice system. Chief justice Glenn Joyal weighs in on the problem of long court delays and what might be done about it.

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Feb 27: How Rorschach's 10 inkblots turned psychiatry upside down

The creator of the Rorschach test argued he could see beyond a person's deliberate defences by grading their interpretation of inkblots. Today, the images are referenced in everything from fashion to politics but does it contribute to psychiatry?

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Feb 27: Trump's media war 'calculated distraction' from Russia, say observers

If reporters are labelled enemies, does that erode journalistic efforts to chronicle the actions of elected officials? After some news organizations were shut out by the White House, The Current looks at the consequences of freedom from the press.

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Full Episode for February 24, 2017 - The Current

From the story of two refugees seeking sanctuary in Winnipeg after nearly losing their hands to frostbite, to the debate over pineapple on pizza, to what the Milo Yiannopoulos scandal reveals about online trolling ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 23: Why this literary critic rejects modern-day feminism

When a radical movement moves into the mainstream, is that a mark of its success? Or has it been co-opted? In the fight for rights, culture and literary critic Jessa Crispin says not everyone is a worthy fighter. So who gets to be a feminist?

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Feb 23: The truth about fat: the body's least understood organ

Body fat is obsessed over but how well do we understand it? Biochemist Sylvia Tara went on a quest to learn about the fat she'd been battling all her life and shares her findings in The Secret Life of Fat.

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Feb 23: Does Canada have a looming refugee crisis with influx of illegal border crossings?

As the U.S. forces migrants deemed illegal out of that country, the destination of choice has become Canada — even as critics demand a crackdown on rules.

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Full Episode for February 23, 2017 - The Current

From concerns over the influx of illegal asylum-seekers coming to Canada, to biochemist Sylvia Tara unveiling the secret life of fat, to why culture and literary critic Jessa Crispin defies the label of feminist ... This is The Current.

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Feb 22: Hate the gym? History explains why the treadmill can feel like torture

If you dread the gym, it might not surprise you that the treadmill was originally a device used to punish prison inmates. As the treadmill turns 200, The Current looks at how far we've really moved away from the idea of exercise as punishment.

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Feb 22: Clinical trial aims to crack cancer code using genome sequencing

It won't work for everyone but a trial underway in Vancouver to sequence the genomes of individual cancers is offering new information on how cancer treatment may be evolving. The Current speaks to the doctor leading the clinical work on this idea.

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Feb 21: 'Canadians will welcome you': Refugees begin long trek north via Mexico

As the U.S. toughens and revises its immigration policies, those desperate for a better life are looking to Canada. And many of them are gathering in Mexico with a plan to travel north into Canada. The CBC's Evan Dyer shares their stories.

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Full Episode for February 22, 2017 - The Current

From would-be asylum seekers in Mexico who have set their sights on Canada, to how history explains why the treadmill can feel like torture, to new Canadian research that could help crack cancer ... This is The Current.

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Feb 21: Canada's grasslands: 'most endangered, least protected ecosystems'

The grasslands that stretch across Alberta through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba used to be monitored and managed by federally-funded cowboys. Now control over Canada's grasslands is shifting with the winds of political change.

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Feb 21: Anti-Islamophobia motion could stifle free speech, say critics

"Islamophobia is real," Liberal MP Iqra Khalid said in the House of Commons as she read a list of racial slurs and threats she received over her motion known as M-103. Critics argue the motion is a threat to free expression.

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Feb 21: 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 colleagues, 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 February 21, 2017 - The Current

From the continuing debate on the Liberals' motion M-103 to denounce discrimination and Islamophobia, to the story of redefining legal and cultural ideas about parenthood, to the fight over the future of Canada's grasslands ... This is The Current.

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Feb 20: Can a $500 billion geoengineering project save the Arctic from melting?

This plan could not come soon enough, with some forecasters saying the Arctic could be ice-free by 2030.

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Feb 20: Firing Lines: How three Canadian women became war reporters in WWI

Debbie Marshal's new book chronicles the women who fought gender conventions with their coverage of the First World War.

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Feb 20: Canada's support for Ukraine questioned amid escalating violence

With tensions flaring in Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Canada called to extend military resources.

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Full Episode for February 20, 2017 - The Current

From Canadian women war correspondents in WW I, to refreezing the melting arctic, and Canada's obligations to the growing violence in Ukraine... This is The Current.

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Feb 17: For Mosul's SWAT team, battle against ISIS personal: photojournalist

Victor Blue shares insight into the motivations of those putting their lives on the line in the fight against ISIS, having spent six weeks with Mosul’s SWAT team.

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Feb 17: Bus drivers call for a national policy to protect them on the job

The death of a Winnipeg bus driver has mobilized public transit drivers who say they face constant threats and danger.

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Feb 17: Trump battles U.S. intelligence agencies amid leaks

Leaks are becoming a go-to strategy for analysts alarmed by the new presidency, but to do so is treasonous and all the more dangerous as Trump signals a war on security breaches.

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Full Episode for February 17, 2017 - The Current

From the impact of U.S. intelligence leaks in the age of Trump, to the photojournalist who spent six weeks with Mosul's SWAT team in their fight against ISIS, and Canadian bus drivers call for a national strategy to keep them safe... This Is The Current.

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Feb 16: Colorado newspaper to sue Senator over 'fake news' allegation

A local newspaper in Colorado is taking matters into it's own hands after being accused of publishing "fake news." The paper is launching a lawsuit to defend its reputation and its work — as another politician cries fake news.

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Feb 16: New UBC research suggests stronger connection between addiction and genetics

New research published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests a stronger connection between genetics, biology and addiction — and may provide more clues on how to treat addiction in the future.

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Feb 16: Majority of Canadians distrust government: poll suggests

A new survey suggests most Canadians don't trust government, the media and business. The Current looks into what's behind the remarkable change in attitude in the year or so since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office.

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Feb 16: Trump-Russia scandal 'has shades of Watergate,' says former diplomat Richard Haass

The head of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass joins The Current to explain how the end of order and rise of chaos have created a world in disarray.

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Full Episode for February 16, 2017 - The Current

From the rise of chaos in Richard Haass' new book, to a Colorado newspaper suing Sen. Ray Scott over fake news allegations, to an Edelman poll that shows more Canadians distrust their civic institutions ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 15: Bomb shelter sales skyrocket in response to Trump presidency

Since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, there's been a spike in sales of custom- designed buildings meant to withstand the fallout from a nuclear bomb. The Current looks into the big money maker in an increasingly anxious world.

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Feb 15: Why Trump needs to develop a North Korea policy now: analyst

Kim Jong-un's leadership of North Korea is raising questions after the murder of his brother this week, the execution of his uncle in 2013, and the recent testing of a nuclear- capable missile.

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Feb 15: How Atlantic Canada responds to mass whale strandings: marine mammal biologist

Marine mammal biologist Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society says events like the death of 400 whales in New Zealand is happening in smaller numbers along Canada's east coast.

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Feb 15: 'We want to fix this': Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on Sixties Scoop ruling

An Ontario judge has ruled the federal government failed in its duty to protect Indigenous children from harm in what's known as the Sixties Scoop. The Current hears from Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett on what comes next.

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Full Episode for February 15, 2017 - The Current

From Minister Carolyn Bennett on the judgment for plaintiffs in the Sixties Scoop, to raising questions about how to deal North Korea's Kim Jong-un, to how bomb shelter sales are booming after the U.S. election ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 14: Scientists plan march on Washington in defence of facts

American scientists are taking a stand and grabbing protest signs this coming spring to march on Washington — demanding that their government stop playing politics with their research. But not all scientists are behind the demonstration.

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Feb 14: 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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Feb 14: Female politicians speak out about sexist, violent cyberbullying

Alberta premier Rachel Notley is just one of many female politicians enduring a spike in threats and online abuse. The Current looks at why women in politics are facing more vitriol these days and what can provide an antidote to the poison in the air.

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Full Episode for February 14, 2017 - The Current

From female politicians speaking out about sexist, violent cyber-bullying they face on the job, to trying to solve the mystery of love, to the politics of non-partisanship in scientists' labs and beyond ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Full Episode for February 13, 2017 - The Current

From Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, to the mystery surrounding the mass stranding of whales, to digital security and the post-password era... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 13: Death of the password? Biometrics could be the future of digital security

Passwords have become a memory-bending chore. What mix of letters, numbers and symbols will keep the hackers at bay? Word that passwords may soon be discarded entirely for biometrics has us asking about the future of digital security.

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Feb 13: Hundreds of whales die on beach, mass strandings remain a mystery

Hundreds of pilot whales are lying dead on a beach in New Zealand after one of the biggest mass strandings in the country's history. Today we ask why large groups of whales beach themselves.

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Feb 13: 'It's so unpredictable': Trudeau faces challenge in 1st meeting with Trump

Today is the first real test for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vow to make things work with U.S. President Donald Trump as the two meet at the White House. Based on Trump's interactions with other world leaders, it's not certain things will go smoothly.

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Full Episode for February 10, 2017 - The Current

From humour as a weapon, to heroin as a medical treatment, and why Canada should suspend an agreement with the U.S. that acts to keep some refugee claimants out... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 10: How liberals are using humour as a weapon against Trump

Republicans control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, but they can't control Trump's sensitive skin.

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Feb 10: Repeal Safe Third Country Agreement with U.S., say immigration lawyers

Critics say with President Donald Trump’s policy changes, the U.S. can no longer be assumed a safe place for refugees.

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Feb 10: Can supervised injection sites help tackle the opioid crisis?

With a growing opioid crisis in Canada's cities, Vancouver's medical professionals are trying new ways to tackle addiction.

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Feb 9: How getting beat up taught a new Canadian not to be racist

Growing up in South Africa in the 1970s, under apartheid, Derek Newman and his friends used to play a game. Little did he know that game would change his life.

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Feb 9: Canada's Bombardier loans: Should public dollars go to private companies?

The Canadian government has offered Bombardier an interest-free loan touted as an investment. But critics see it as a bailout, tinged with pragmatic political considerations — and some claim it's an illegal subsidy.

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Feb 9: Big Tobacco's Philip Morris says it's quitting cigarettes. Critics doubt it

One of the world's biggest tobacco companies, Philip Morris has invested heavily in new e-cigarettes — promising a much safer product. But can you trust an industry with such a history of doublespeak and duplicity?

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Feb 9: Why rayon is killing industry workers: author Paul Blanc

It's been part of the fabric of our lives for more than a century, but what you might not know about rayon is the dangerous process used to make its silky smooth fibres is killing many industry workers.

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Full Episode for February 9, 2017 - The Current

From the Canadian government's interest-free loan of $372.5 million dollars to Bombardier, to big tobacco marketing healthier alternatives to cigarettes, to the surprisingly dangerous world of manufacturing rayon ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 8: U.S. travel ban and famine put pressure on Somali refugee plight

As the risk of famine in Somalia grows more dire and the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya is set to close, some Somali-Canadians want the Canadian government to admit more Somali refugees.

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Feb 8: Why some B.C. schools say letter grade report cards fail students

What if there were no more "A" students? Some schools in B.C. are already experimenting with going letter-grade free. The Current looks into what goes on the report card instead and what's behind the move.

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Feb 8: 'I wanted a conviction': Father says court delays denied his toddler justice

Parents of a three-year-old girl watched a 15-year-old boy, accused of sexually assaulting their daughter, walk free because proceedings had been delayed for so long it violated his charter rights. The Current's coverage of Canada's trial delays continues

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Full Episode for February 8, 2017 - The Current

From Somali-Canadians who want the Canadian government to admit more Somali refugees, to a father who says court delays denied his young daughter justice, to ditching letter grades in some B.C. schools .... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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Feb 7: 'I felt it was so immoral': Why author Linwood Barclay cancelled U.S. book tour

President Donald Trump's travel ban may be temporarily lifted but many Canadians are boycotting travel to the U.S. The Current hears from those who say it's a valid way to protest the ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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Feb 7: Inside the prison Amnesty International calls Syria's human slaughterhouse

The Current goes inside one of Syria's most notorious prisons — a place where few people leave alive. What are the prospects of holding those responsible for what's happened there — guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity?

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Feb 7: Is it time to ban the hunt on moose calves?

Ontario conservationists are calling for a ban on moose calf hunting because of a dramatic decline in their numbers. The Current hears from both sides of the issue and looks into why this iconic Canadian animal is under threat.

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Full Episode for February 7, 2017 - The Current

From a call to ban the hunt of moose calves to protect population, to inside Syria's notorious Saydnaya prison, to Canadians who are boycotting travel to the U.S. ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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Feb 6: 'Life is going to get even better': Residents rebuild in divided city of Aleppo

It's been about a month now since Aleppo was returned to regime control. The city in Syria remains divided between East and West.The Current checks in with residents as they struggle to get back normalcy, in a city left in ruins by civil war.

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Feb 6: How Trump's travel ban could mean a brain gain for Canadian universities

With all the uncertainty over U.S. President Trump's travel ban, students and academics are considering alternatives to U.S. universities — providing a great opportunity for a boon for Canadian institutions.

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Feb 6: Lawyers warn court delays are creating black hole in Canada's justice system

The growing number of trial delays have been creating a black hole in the justice system. Now the Supreme Court of Canada has laid down strict deadlines on how long a trial can take and the courts are struggling to ensure a fair trial for all.

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Full Episode for February 6. 2017 - The Current

From the Supreme Court of Canada's strict deadlines on how long trials can take, to Trump's travel ban as a brain gain for Canadian universities, to Aleppo one month after Syrian government forces regained control ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Feb 3: Orwell's 1984 eerily parallels reality in the age of Trump, says author

It was a novel set in a dystopian future —the year 1984. But in today's world of fake news and alternative facts, George Orwell's doublethink and newspeak seem more relevant than ever.

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Feb 3: Corporate CEOs push back on Trump's policies

Facebook, Apple, Uber Ford and Starbucks are just some of America's biggest corporations united this week in their condemnation president Trump's controversial travel ban. As they speak out, The Current looks at the role of corporate activism.

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Feb 3: How Muslim Canadians are coping after Quebec City attack

As the country mourns the loss of six men killed at a mosque in Quebec City, their deaths cast light on the anti-Muslim sentiment that remains far too pervasive in Canada. A panel of Muslims share their experiences and reflect on the tragedy.

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Full Episode for February 3, 2017 - The Current

From living as a Muslim in Canada after the Quebec City mosque shooting, to why George Orwell's 1984 is at the top of the bestseller charts, to the role of corporate activism in response to Trump's travel ban ... This is The Current with Nora Young.

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Feb 2: Mosque attack forces Quebec politicians to confront inflammatory rhetoric

After the shock of Sunday's mosque shooting in Quebec City, people in the province are taking stock of the often inflammatory language in Quebec politics and media, and the climate it creates. The Current examines mea culpas.

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Feb 2: 'You can't look away from a smell': A reporter's struggle with PTSD

After a trip to the Philippines to report on a devastating typhoon, longtime CBC correspondent Curt Petrovich couldn't shake the tragic scenes from his mind. He shares his experience with PTSD in a new CBC documentary.

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Feb 2: How Trump can build a U.S. autocracy: David Frum

Conservative commentator David Frum shares his grim vision of America under Trump. He says democracy could be giving way to autocracy — and what can make it possible is citizen indifference.

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Full Episode for February 2, 2017 - The Current

From the erosion of democracy and the makings of autocracy with Trump's presidency, to taking stock of inflammatory rhetoric in Quebec media and politics after the recent mosque shooting, to a reporter's struggle with PTSD ... This is The Current.

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'Culture is so much a part of healing': MMIW public forum audience share stories

As part of The Current's public forum in Vancouver, the audience weighs in with their stories involving murdered and missing Indigenous women — including the roots of violence against Indigenous women and the process of healing and closure.

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'I know my duty': Indigenous artists take on responsibility confronting MMIW issues

While it’s important to get the stories of MMIW out through arts and culture made by Indigenous people to battle stereotypes, some artists say it’s at the expense of telling a more thoughtful and nuanced story of the Indigenous experience.

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Family often feel 'used by media,' says Indigenous reporter of MMIW coverage

While the mainstream media is finally starting to cover the story of missing and murdered Indigenous women, communicating those stories in a way that's respectful and not re-traumatizing means striking a tricky balance.

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Full Episode for February 1, 2017 - The Current's Vancouver Public Forum

The police, the media and the public at large have been accused of ignoring the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. As part of our series, The Current's Vancouver public forum explores how the media and the arts share this story.

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Jan 31: How a serial killer taught a reporter the complicated meaning of evil

Kendall Francois was a serial killer from small town America. Journalist Claudia Rowe began to correspond with him. What started as simply reporting on the story, turned into an obsession that forever changed her life.

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Jan 31: Is Canada obliged to stand up to the Trump White House?

Should our government be reacting and creating policy based on the actions of the Trump administration? How should world leaders — including Canada's — respond to the new president's actions? Our panel of parliamentarians takes up that question.

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Jan 31: Quebec mosque attack symptom of 'populist hatred spreading,' says law prof

Can we connect political words to murderous deeds? We are in a world of political disruption, anger, change, protest and defiance, but how do we process all of this? Law professor Payam Akhavan tells us what we're not seeing.

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Full Episode for January 31, 2017 - The Current

From McGill law professor Payam Akhavan on the fear of normalizing hate and xenophobia, to if Canada has an obligation to stand up to Trump — both in policies and tone, to a true crime tale of murder and manipulation ... This is The Current.

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Jan 30: How the right trumped the left on anti-globalization

Does the anti-globalization movement, pioneered by the political left, have to redefine their efforts now that protectionist policies have proved so popular with a xenophobic hard-right?

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Jan 30: U.S. travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries criticized for its legality

Trump’s executive order to ban travel from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya is raising alarm and confusion among people with ties to those countries, while some legal experts say the policy is unconstitutional.

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Jan 30: Quebec City reacts to lethal terrorist attack at local mosque

Six people were killed and eight wounded during evening prayers Sunday, in what Quebec's premier described as a "murderous act directed at a specific community."

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Full Episode for January 30, 2017 - The Current

From reactions to the Quebec City terrorist attack that left 8 dead, to how Canadians might be affected by the U.S. new travel ban, and why the anti-globalization movement, pioneered by the political left, has proved so popular with the far-right

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Jan 27: Canadian news industry at crisis point, suggests new report

Canadian news media has been suffering through years of cuts, cutbacks, closures, consolidations and buyouts — Could they all be adding up to a threat to our democracy, and an opening for the spread of fake news?

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Jan 27: Minister Bennett lied about funding to Indigenous communities, says MP Charlie Angus

Yesterday Minister Carolyn Bennett joined The Current for a 'report card' on how well the Trudeau government has done on delivering its promises to Indigenous Canadians. NDP MP Charlie Angus wants to rebut one of her major claims.

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Jan 27: How two game-changing psychologists changed the way we think about thinking

Michael Lewis, author of financial thrillers such as "The Big Short" and "Moneyball" turns his attention to the world of psychology, and a bromance between two scientists who changed the way we think.

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Jan 27: YouTube launched a new generation of creators. Now what?

This month, the Google-owned company YouTube is rolling out new features for its Canadian users — proof that it's trying to adjust to a changing digital landscape. But exactly where YouTube is heading remains to be seen.

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Full Episode for January 27, 2017 - The Current

From YouTube as a major disruptor of our times, to author Michael Lewis on how two psychologists changed the way we see ourselves, to what a weakened Canadian media could mean for democracy ... This is The Current with Nora Young.

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Jan 26: Canada marketed as global tax haven, experts say

When you think of offshore tax havens, add Canada to the list. A joint CBC News and Toronto Star investigation reveals how Canada is becoming a destination for tax evasion.

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Jan 26: Search for meaning not happiness, says author

Could it be that being happy is overrated? It's the provocative thesis of a new book that just might change the way you think about life.

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Jan 26: Indigenous leaders give Trudeau government failing grade on delivering promises

Today marks the one year anniversary since the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's historic finding that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves. Critics say too little progress has been made to fix things.

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Full Episode for January 26, 2017 - The Current

From Indigenous leaders giving the government a failing grade on fulfilling their commitments, to the pursuit of happiness and the meaning of it all, to Canada being marketed around the world as a tax haven ... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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Jan 25: Scientists are tricking our senses to learn more about the brain

A new documentary about the secrets of the senses on CBC's The Nature of Things will have you questioning whether you can believe what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell.

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Jan 25: Breastfeeding 'lactivists' may be doing more harm than good, says author

It's a message you hear again and again: Breastfeeding is best. But some moms who struggle with breastfeeding say the pressure to do it can be too much to bear. The Current looks into the burden some mothers face and the pushback against "Lactivists."

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Jan 25: Is Keystone XL pipeline approval good news for Canada?

Yesterday U.S. President Donald Trump signed new life into the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But with plans afoot for Canada's own pipelines and lingering environmental concerns, is the return of Keystone something for Canada to celebrate?

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Full Episode for January 25, 2017 - The Current

From Donald Trump reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and how it affects Canada, to the pressure new mothers face to breastfeed, to tricking our senses to learn more about the brain ... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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Jan 24: How to rally Women's March spirit into action

After the Women's March, people across the U.S. and the world are fired up and eager for change. But the question remains — how to turn that passion and energy into action.

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Jan 24: Why more Canadians are ditching retirement for new careers

New research shows more Canadians aren't just hitting the golf course in their 60s, they're starting new jobs. Some because they have too, but many because they simply want to.

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Jan 24: NAFTA not to blame for job loss in U.S., says trade expert

Now that Donald Trump has the keys to the Oval Office, he's already unceremoniously pulled the U.S. out of one major trade deal — the Trans Pacific Partnership. Is NAFTA next? And what will ripping it up mean for Canada, the U.S., and Mexico?

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Full Episode for January 24, 2017- The Current

From NAFTA's uncertain future in a Trump era, to why many Canadians are choosing a second career instead of a traditional retirement, to what's next after the Women's March ... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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Jan 23: Is Russia on its way back to superpower status?

Russia has asserted itself on the global stage — from supporting Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, to its alleged involvement in the election of Trump. Is this all part of Putin's plan to make Russia great again?

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Jan 23: 'One of the worst crises I've ever seen': Vancouver Coastal Health calls for prescription heroin

Vancouver Coastal Health's chief medical health officer provides a solution to the fentanyl crisis — access to treatment with medical grade heroin, and decriminalizing illicit drugs.

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Jan 23: Fact-checking website Snopes fights fake news in 'post-truth' era

In a world of fake news, The Current looks to online resource Snopes.com — a website that is thriving in this 'post-truth' era by checking the facts.

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Jan 23: Journalists warn against normalizing Trump

The word "normalized" is heard quite a bit when it comes to how reporters should cover President Trump. How to cover this unprecedented American president is on the minds of editors and news consumers everywhere.

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Full Episode for January 23, 2017 - The Current

From the challenge of responsible reporting on President Donald Trump, to Vancouver Coastal Health calling for prescription heroin, to what's driving Vladimir Putin's increasing forays onto the global stage ... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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Jan 20: Kevin O'Leary, Kellie Leitch, test out Donald Trump-style tactics in Canada

Several Conservative leadership candidates are being compared to Donald Trump, but would a campaign similar to Trump's resonate with Canadians?

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Jan 20: Trump supporters flock to Washington to watch historic inauguration

The day is finally here. Donald John Trump will become the president of the United States of America. On the day of his inauguration, who will be in attendance? Perhaps more importantly — who will be missing?

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Jan 20: Trump supporters in Canada speak up

Meet Canadians who want to see a leader like Trump in this country.

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Full Episode for January 20, 2017 - The Current

From taking the pulse of Washington on the day Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, to meeting Canadians who want to see a leader like Trump in Canada, and we're asking whether Trump-style tactics would in Canada...This is the Current.

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Jan 19: Canadians with nut allergies aren't loving McDonald's new McFlurry flavour

A menu change at McDonald's has families with kids who suffer from nut allergies saying nuts. Now there's one less place for those families to eat worry-free.

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Jan 19: Why was Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted but no pardon for Snowden?

While Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted, Barack Obama won't consider clemency for Edward Snowden. The Current contrasts the two high-profile leakers.

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Jan 19: 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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Jan 19: Why thousands are heading to the Women's March in Washington

As women from across North America converge on Washington for a massive protest demonstration meant to send a message to the incoming Trump administration, they are also sending messages to each other.

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Full Episode for January 19, 2017 - The Current

From the Women's March and the state of feminism in the Trump age, to John England on half a century exploring the arctic and its ice, to McDonald's no longer guaranteeing nut free food ... This is The Current.

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Jan 18: Sugar acts similarly to alcohol or cocaine in our brains, says neuroscientist

It's the fine white powder that addicts blame for ruining their lives — and donuts are full of it. After hearing Gary Taubes make the case against sugar this week, The Current looks into treating sugar addiction.

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Jan 18: Decades later, Grassy Narrows First Nation waits for solution to mercury poisoning

"There's no dispute that band members are suffering from … mercury poisoning."

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Jan 18: Want to stop Trump? Copy Tea Party tactics, says Democratic group

Some Democrats say they're digging in for a fight against Donald Trump. The Current hears from U.S. Democrats who say they'll use the same tactics that the so-called 'Tea Party' used against Barack Obama to take on the new President-elect.

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Full Episode for January 18, 2018 - The Current

From Democrats stealing from the so-called Tea Party's playbook to fight against Trump, to solving the mercury poisoning mystery in Grassy Narrows First Nation, to the best strategies for kicking sugar addiction ... This is The Current.

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Jan 17: Can Twitter remain a viable business?

The social media platform where much of our political and social commentary happens is part of the infrastructure of the internet. But it's not without serious problems. Could Twitter just disappear? Like a deleted, late-night tweet?

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Jan 17: 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. And we hear from Alberto Manguel, Louise Penny and Neil Pasricha on the books that shaped their lives.

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Jan 17: 'For me every breath is work': Why Noreen Campbell chose assisted dying

One of the first Canadians to be approved for a medically-assisted death, Noreen Campbell, provides a rare, intimate insight into her life-ending decision with the CBC's Brian Goldman — days before dying.

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Full Episode for January 17, 2017 - The Current

From an open conversation with Noreen Campbell days before her assisted death, to the life-affirming power of great books with author Will Schwalbe, to how the troubled business of Twitter can remain viable... This is The Current.

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Jan 16: Do Canada's campuses have a diversity problem?

Black students in Canada say they face low expectations from professors and have no mentors. PhD student Huda Hassan is offering to help aspiring women of colour with grad school applications in an effort to promote greater diversity in higher education.

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Jan 16: La Loche, Sask., services still lacking 1 year after shooting, say residents

It's been a year since a teenaged shooter killed four people in La Loche, Sask. At the time, concern and pledges to help were pouring in but now the people in the small Northern community say they feel abandoned and need help to heal. What happened?

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Jan 16: 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 January 16, 2017 - The Current

From making the case against sugar as harmful as tobacco, to a year after the La Loche, Sask. shooting and a community still in need of services to heal, to the need for greater diversity in higher education ... This is The Current.

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Jan 13: We're bad at feeling compassion for large groups, says psychology professor

Research by psychology professor Paul Slovic finds humans are bad at dealing with big problems involving a lot of people — as opposed to individual suffering. He tells The Current how our brain plays tricks on us to prevent us from caring.

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Jan 13: Ont.'s anti-human trafficking director knows first-hand about 'hidden crime'

Ontario's new anti-human trafficking office is being led by a woman who knows exactly what it's like to be trafficked across the country. Jennifer Richardson gives voice to the hidden crime in Canada.

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Jan 13: 1 in 10 Canadians can't afford prescriptions: the case for national pharmacare

Canada is the only developed country in the world that has universal health care but no universal drug coverage. Canadians are being priced out of prescription drugs they desperately need — pushing advocates to call for a national pharmacare program.

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Jan 13: Donald Trump news conference 'clear attack on the free press'

Journalists who have covered other countries say Trump's press conference this week is worrying — showing signs he's taking the first steps towards becoming authoritarian. So how do news outlets best cover the incoming U.S. administration?

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Full Episode for January 13, 2017 - The Current

From examining the fractious four years between journalists and president-elect Trump's authoritarianism, to Canadians being priced out of prescription drugs, to the hidden crime of human trafficking ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Jan 12: Charles Smith scandal: How a mother wrongly accused of killing her son fought back

A judicial Ont. inquiry in 2008 identify 20 cases where findings by child forensic pathologist Charles Smith were mistaken and led to several wrongful convictions. The Current retraces the disgraced career of Charles Smith's and the lives he ruined.

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Jan 12: PM's trip to Aga Khan's private island 'warrants an investigation'

A close family relationship with the Aga Khan has Prime Minister Trudeau in hot water for a warm weather getaway. Was it a vacation with a friend or a breach of ethics?

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Full Episode for January 12, 2017 - The Current

From questioning the ethics of PM Trudeau's trip to the Aga Khan's private island, to retracing the wreckage of pathologist Charles Smith's career including the troubling case of a mother falsely accused of killing her son ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for January 11, 2017 - The Current

From further reports of Russian involvement in the US election, to some of the unique flavours of Canadian cuisine, to a new graphic novel remembering the civil rights movement... this is The Current.

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Jan 10: Engineers warn that Mosul Dam, at risk of collapse, could threaten more lives than ISIS

Has this crisis slipped by a press too distracted by the sensationalism of the war on terror?

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Jan 10: Ontario prepares for fentanyl crisis as the drug moves eastward

Leaders are calling for a co-ordinated strategy to prepare for a spike in fentanyl consumption. What can be learned from previous efforts to mitigate opioid abuse?

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Jan 10: 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 January 10, 2017- The Current

From Ontario's plans to tackle its growing fentanyl crisis, to the sinking Mosul dam that threatens the lives of millions living along the Tigris River, then a gay, former Vatican official explains homophobia in the Catholic Church... This is The Current.

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Jan 9: 'Football saved my life': One teen's personal Moment of Disruption

Nolan Bellerose was going down a dangerous road - and then suddenly, his whole life changed.

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Nolan Bellerose was going down a dangerous road. And then suddenly, his whole life changed.

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Jan 9: Corporations brace for Trump's impact on Canadian manufacturing

Manufacturing companies are having to devise new strategies to deal with the U.S. president-elect, considering a tweet from Trump has the power to move markets.

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Jan 9: No Band-Aid solutions: 'Six big ideas' to transform Canadian health care

Dr. Danielle Martin prescribes a drastic health care overhaul in her new book Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians.

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Jan 9: Before Obama's farewell address, a look back at his most memorable speeches

As Obama prepares for his last address as president, we look back at his landmark speeches and consider how he may use this final address to define and protect his legacy.

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Full Episode for January 9, 2017 - The Current

From how Canadian businesses will deal with the protectionist fallout of Trump's Twitter tirades, then a look back on Obama's most memorable speeches, and six big ideas that can save Canada's health-care system... This is The Current.

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Jan 6: Scott Riley and his improbable path to a decades-long goal

Riley waited half his life to be re-united with his birth parents - but he could never have predicted the shocking twist in store when he finally did so.

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Jan 6: Drafting policies to increase organ donations is complex but must be done, say experts

Premier Brad Wall's call to adopt a policy of presumed consent puts a spotlight on the challenges to increase organ donations in Canada.

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Jan 6: Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income

The province is preparing to launch a universal basic income pilot project, joining other governments around the world. What exactly is a base wage and how would it change things?

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Jan 6: Conservatives clash in fight to re-define party after Stephen Harper

The race for the Conservative Party's leadership is crowded competitive and crucial in setting the brand of the party in the post-Harper era.

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Full Episode for January 6, 2017 - The Current

From the merits of a universal basic income, and changing our transplant system to an opt-out policy, then political strategists weigh in on the Conservative Party leadership race ... This is The Current.

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Jan 5: Indigenous identity and the case of Joseph Boyden

Questions about Joseph Boyden's heritage stir conversations about race and identity.

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Jan 5: Journalist focused on racial unrest and police shootings in U.S. reveals hard truths

Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery has been on the frontline of American racial tensions for the past two years. He talks about what he's uncovered in his new book, They Can't Kill Us All.

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Jan 5: 'He knew that he was sick': Relatives mourn after apparent murder-suicide

Family members raise questions about the role of PTSD in this tragedy, and offer insight into the life and death of their loved ones.

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Full Episode for January 5, 2017 - The Current

From Lionel Desmond's sister-in-law, who reacts to the apparent murder-suicide of his family, to the journalist investigating police killings in the U.S., and a Joseph Boyden controversy stir's questions about race and identity... This is The Current.

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Jan 4: Researchers discover what may be the ocean's most prolific predator

This tiny predator plays a huge role in the ocean's food web.

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Jan 4: Parks Canada's free entry raises ecological impact concerns

Some conservationists are concerned 2017's free entry to national parks will bring significant harm to our natural reserves.

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Jan 4: Against Empathy: Yale psychology professor says too much emotion leads to bad moral decisions

Paul Bloom says empathy is a capricious feeling that plays on our prejudices, and what we need is more 'rational compassion.'

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Full Episode for January 4, 2017 - The Current

From the Yale psychology professor leading a fight against empathy, to the discovery of a tiny predator that has a huge role in the ocean's food web, and concern Canada's free entry to national parks will bring ecological devastation... This is The Curren

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Project adds Indigenous names to Canadian history

Project Naming aims to identify Indigenous people forgotten or misrepresented in archival photos, sparking conversations in Indigenous communities about their past.

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'I don't feel safe anymore': Turkish citizens react to attacks

Fear grows in a country saddled with terrorist attacks, bombings, and a government crackdown following a failed coup.

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Lack of jobs, housing: why some of Canada's Syrian refugees are relocating

In a move proving difficult for sponsors, Canadian Syrian refugees are leaving one location for another in an effort to find work or affordable housing.

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Full Episode for January 3, 2017 - The Current

From life in Turkey amongst escalating tensions, to Syrian migration within our borders as new Canadians look for work, to identifying Indigenous people erased from official archives... This is The Current.

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Jan 2: ENCORE: Werner Herzog 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 takes us inside the inferno and philosophizes about the role of volcanoes in our world.

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Jan 2: Is breaking the 2 hour barrier for running a marathon even possible?

A secretive project is underway to complete a marathon in under two hours — three long minutes short of the existing record. Only the elite are part of the 2017 quest to shatter the record in marathon running. But is it even possible?

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Jan 2: Canada vulnerable to Russian cyber attacks, says security expert

President Obama has imposed sanctions against Russia. Putin says he will not reciprocate. A security expert warns Canada is vulnerable to future attacks and needs to step up security.

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Jan 2: ISIS claims Istanbul nightclub attack, gunman used chaos to escape

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the New Year's Day attack at a popular Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded 69 people. The CBC's correspondent Nil Köksal gives us an update from Istanbul.

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Full Episode for January 2, 2017 - The Current

From a deadly New Year's Day attack at an Istanbul nightclub, to the quest for a sub-two-hour marathon, to inside the inferno with documentary director Werner Herzog ... This is The Current.

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Dec 30: ENCORE: Sweden offers 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, in Sweden repairing what's broken can actually give you a tax break.

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Dec 30: Top Canadian journalists scrutinize a politically tumultuous 2016

From the election of Donald Trump, Russia's comeback, to the rise of populism it's been a year full of zigs and zags. On this last episode of The Current for 2016, esteemed Canadian journalists look back on it all, and forward too.

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Full Episode for December 30, 2016 - The Current

From four top journalists looking back on the stories that made history in 2016, to the Swedish tax break as an incentive to fix things and the so-called "Maker Movement" in Canada ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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