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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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Episode 7: Make Believe

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Full Episode for July 22, 2016 - The Current

From setting the stage for the November election now that Donald Trump has accepted the Republican nomination to the story of Kay Parley and the therapeutic use of LSD... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: 93-year-old former psychiatric patient and nurse shares lessons from LSD

Kay Parley was a psychiatric patient turned psychiatric nurse. Now at the age of 93, she shares her reflections from both sides of the gurney from the then-called Weyburn Mental Institution and speaks to her experience with the therapeutic use of LSD.

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Republican convention shows 'triumph of celebrity over politics,' says historian

Last night Donald Trump proclaimed only he could save the country. But some say he could end up destroying the Republican party itself. The Current looks back on the Republican National Convention and how Trump's candidacy fits in the history of the GOP.

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Full Episode for July 21, 2016 - The Current

From the extreme measures taken by Turkey to ban the travel of academics and what that says about the country's democracy to why neuroscientist/comedian thinks your brain is an idiot... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett thinks your brain is an idiot

New discoveries suggest the brain is more complex than previously known. The grey matter may be even more complicated. But according to one neuroscientist, it can really mess things up for us and feels the organ is worthy of greater exploration.

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Turkey's ambassador to Canada defends travel ban for academics

As academics grapple with the government crackdown banning them from travel for work, Turkish officials maintain the severe response is justified and abides by democratic principles. The Current hears from Turkey's ambassador to Canada on the rule of law.

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Full Episode for July 20, 2016 - The Current

From the McLaren report into Russian doping and how international sports can be cleaned up to Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist who returned home to train women to tell their stories of surviving the war... This is the Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim shares harrowing stories of life between bombings

She is 30 years old, a Syrian who had a good job in the UK but she went back to Syria because it is Zaina Erhaim's home, and as a journalist, she has work to do. Zaina Erhaim brings us into her troubled world.

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Should Russia be banned from the Olympics following McLaren doping report?

With the Rio Games just weeks away, an independent investigation confirming widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian Olympic athletes. Can international sporting competitions ever be clean and should the IOC ban Russia from competing?

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Full Episode for July 19, 2016 - The Current

From Bashar al-Assad's siege of Aleppo as a breaking point for the Syrian conflict to media mogul Arianna Huffington on the value of a good night's sleep... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Arianna Huffington calls for a Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington, the hard-charging founder of the Huffington Post, wants to change the world -- forty winks at a time. Her new book shares her quest to wake us up to the true costs of sleep deprivation and help lead what she calls a "Sleep Revolution."

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Aleppo siege: Doctor fears more civilian casualties with road closed to Turkey

For civilians living in war torn Aleppo, circumstances are becoming increasingly dangerous and desperate now that Syrian government-allied forces have cut off the only road leading in and out of rebel-held parts of the city.

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Full Episode for July 18, 2016

From what Turkey's failed coup means for democracy and U.S. relations to inside the mind of the mercurial candidate, Donald Trump... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Inside the mind of Donald Trump

Academics perform a philosophical analysis of Donald Trump. Their expert opinions determine he ranges between a narcissist and an "asshole."

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Blaming Gulen and followers for Turkey coup 'easy scapegoat', says expert

Turkish President Erdogan blames exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen for the failed military coup. Gulen denies the allegation but could not rule out the possibility his followers were involved. The Current looks at Gulenists and the Hizmet movement.

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Full Episode for July 15, 2016 - The Current

From what we know about the attack in Nice that left at least 84 dead, to an in-depth conversation with one of the journalists who broke the Panama Papers... This is The Current.

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Journalist central to breaking Panama Papers reveals story behind the massive leak

Frederik Obermaier explains how his German newspaper came to initiate the biggest data leak in the history of investigative journalism.

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Nice attack : why is France targeted?

A lorry plowed through families gathered for Bastille Day Thursday night, devastating a country that has seen three mass shootings in 18 months.

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'This mistrust is deep': how to improve relations between minorities and Canadian police

The Current hosts a panel discussion on how to best address long-standing tensions between police and minority communities in our country.

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Toronto police constable quits, says tension with community contributes to decision

Marc Rainford says growing polarization between law enforcement and those they are intended to serve compromised his ability to effectively police.

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Full Episode for July 14, 2016 - The Current

From a retired police constable who quit in part because of the challenges of policing in an increasingly polarized society, to how best to mend strained relations between law enforcement and certain minority communities in Canada... This is The Current.

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Being black and a cop: U.S. officer speaks out

As tensions between black Americans and the police flare, what is it like to be caught on both sides? How does it feel to live as a black police officer in the U.S.?

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ENCORE: Squash champion disguised herself as a boy to play sports in Pakistan

Maria Toorpakai grew up in Pakistan's tribal area known as Waziristan where all girls are taught to get in line. She never did. Now Toorpakai is a squash champion living in Toronto. She shares her story of defiance and determination for the love of sport.

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Full Episode for July 13 2016 - The Current

From a look at police and the racial divide in the U.S., to the Pakistani women's squash champion who lived as a boy in order to pursue her passion for sport... This is The Current.

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ENCORE: Life with 'gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson

For millions of his fans, Hunter S. Thompson was the gonzo, hard-drinking, drug-taking, gun-shooting wild man of American counter-culture journalism. But to Juan Thompson, he was dad. Now he shares what it was like to grow up with Hunter S. Thompson.

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Concordia professor Homa Hoodfar indictment tests Canada's decision to erase diplomatic ties with Iran

To what extent does Iranian foreign policy explain the arrest of this Montreal academic?

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Full Episode for July 12, 2016 - The Current

From the indictment of a Canadian anthropologist being held in Iran's notorious Evin prison, to Juan F. Thompson on what it was like to grow up with his famous writer dad, Hunter S. Thompson... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for July 11, 2016 - The Current

From a view of the chaos on the ground in Rio in the lead up to the upcoming Olympic Games to the fight to save Vancouver's distinctive character homes... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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Vancouver's hot real estate market puts character homes at risk

In Vancouver people are paying millions of dollars for character homes, only to tear them down, and build bigger. We hear about the fight to save the city's distinctive neighbourhoods.

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Brazilians deal with political, economic upheaval in lead up to Olympic Games

With less than a month to go until the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games, we hear from Brazilians who say their lives have been so disrupted by recent political and economic upheaval, they just can't bring themselves to get excited.

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Full Episode for July 8, 2016 - The Current

From a sniper shooting 12 police officers, killing five, at a peaceful protest against police violence in Dallas to so-called "calm technology" that promises to make our digital lives less busy... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: How 'calm technology' pulls attention from online temptation

If the digital revolution has left you distracted, constantly interrupted, and unable to concentrate, you're not alone. The Current explores 'calm technology' and speaks to technological pioneers who say our devices should learn to respect our time.

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'We are at a crossroads': Police targeted at Dallas protest, 5 killed

A sniper turns a peaceful demonstration against police violence into a backdrop where police are the targets. Twelve Dallas police officers were hit, five are dead. The Current looks at the danger this recent shooting presents for race relations.

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Full Episode for July 7, 2016 - The Current

From the shooting of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, by U.S. police this week to The Current putting the spotlight on Helium, an element more useful than you might think... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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Helium a finite resource, does much more than fill balloons

Interest in helium has been rising over the scarcity of the resource. Some even think kids' helium balloons are now just too frivolous a use for a gas that's necessary to make MRIs work. Prepare to burst your pre-conceived notions of helium.

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Another victim shot to death by U.S. police spark calls for justice

Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were both fatally shot by police just this week. As people demand justice, what will it take for things finally to change?

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Full Episode for July 6, 2016 - The Current

From the impact of ISIS-led terrorism internationally targeting Muslims and overshadowing Eid this year to CNN's Anderson Cooper on some of life's big questions and growing up as the son of Gloria Vanderbilt... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Anderson Cooper reflects on love, loss and his relationship with mom Gloria Vanderbilt

Being the son of Gloria Vanderbilt wasn't necessarily an asset for Anderson Cooper, an aspiring journalist aiming to get ahead on his own merits. But now, he has collaborated with his mother to produce a memoir about life, love and loss.

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Grim Eid looms for Muslims after month-long string of terror attacks

More people died in Baghdad this week than in the attacks on Paris and Orlando combined. And that wasn't all - in the past week, there were attacks in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Bangladesh. We're asking: Why these targets? Why this much blood in Ramadan?

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Death of Tesla driver tests future of driverless car

Self-driving car technology has come so far, so fast, many don't realize these cars are already on the road. Now that a man has died after using Tesla's autopilot feature, some question if it all happened too fast without proper safeguards in place?

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Full Episode for July 5, 2016 - The Current

From the first-ever death of a passenger in an accident involving a self-driving car last week raising tough questions about technology to activist Phyllis Frye, the first transgender judge in the United States... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Transgender judge Phyllis Frye helped put the 'T' in LGBTQ

When Phyllis Frye was in her 20s, a decision to come out as transgender cost her ... her family, children and profession. Phyllis Frye shares her journey from being a trans law student in the 70s, to becoming the first openly transgender U.S. judge.

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Full Episode for July 4, 2016 - The Current

From examining how intolerance outside our borders feeds Canadian racism, to travel writer Eric Weiner's secret to raising a genius ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Genius linked to geography more than genes, says author Eric Weiner

Travel writer Eric Weiner says if you want to predict genius, stop looking at the stars and find a map because genius is more about place than parentage.

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Canadians challenge racism on their streets

With anti-immigrant sentiment being stirred up in the U.K. and in America, we explore racism in our own country and how some Canadians are challenging it.

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ENCORE: David Suzuki in his 80th year, reflects on eco-morality and mortality

David Suzuki has been passionate about the planet for decades. Now in his 80th year, the environmental activist joins Anna Maria to talk science, celebrity, family and mortality.

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Full Episode for July 1, 2016 - The Current

Scientist, environmentalist and Canadian icon David Suzuki shares his thoughts on scientific advances, his dedication to defending the environment and reflects on his 80th year ... Happy Canada Day from The Current.

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Full Episode for June 30, 2016 - The Current

From the documentary about a North Korean-made film that the country is now trying to suppress, to inside the world of robotic farms where apps milk the cows ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: Cows that milk themselves? Farmers turn to high-tech for help

Robotic technology is changing farms and how they work. The Current's Julian Uzielli heads to a dairy farm where the cows get in line for the robots.

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North Korea documentary 'Under the Sun' reveals inner workings of propaganda machine

Filmmaker Vitaly Mansky shot the documentary in North Korea with consent, but it still became an indictment of the regime — now the country is trying to suppress it.

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Full Episode for June 29, 2016

From a recent suicide bomb explosion in Istanbul and whether ISIS is responsible for the attack to how the Brexit results have called into question the usefulness of referendum... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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Post-Brexit results, is governing by referendum democratic?

A referendum may seem like grassroots in action. But detractors argue it lets elected officials off the hook. The Current looks at if referendums are a clumsy, dangerous tool for deciding complex issues or fundamentally respectful of the people's will.

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ISIS to blame for Istanbul airport bombing, says Turkish prime minister

Suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's airport on Tuesday, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. Turkey's prime minister blames ISIS. How did Turkey go from being one of the safest countries in the region to this?

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Full Episode for June 28, 2016 - The Current

From 34 cases of missing or dead Indigenous women where no foul play was ruled, to our award-winning documentary tracking how an elderly prairie couple deals with Jim's transition to Jacqueline... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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'I want to be a woman': Rural senior asks wife for help transitioning to female

After almost 40 years of marriage, a couple's bond is tested when a long-kept secret comes to light. Today, we bring you the story of change, of a raw reality that at first triggered confusion and anger but also exposed fierce loyalty and enduring love.

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Families of 34 missing or dead Indigenous women demand proper investigations

CBC is investigating the deaths or disappearances of 34 Indigenous women - all cases where police said there is no evidence of foul play. But families say their loved ones may have been murdered and that police investigations were riddled with problems.

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Brexit aftermath: U.K. voters reflect on how 'Leave' vote prevailed

The initial shock of the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union has given way to soul-searching of how it came about. Voters from both sides are now coming to terms with what they have done. And what to expect moving forward.

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Full Episode for June 27, 2016 - The Current

From the aftermath of the Brexit and how the 'Leave' vote prevailed to parent's worst nightmare come to life. Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, shares her story of grief and shame ... This is The Current with Mike Finnerty.

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ENCORE: 'An incredible, helpless agony': Mother of Columbine shooter on living with tragedy

A parent's worst nightmare come to life. Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the Columbine school shooters shares her story on living with the legacy of the tragedy and how she copes with the grief and shame of what her son did.

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The Current for June 24, 2016

From what happens now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, to new research that has hospitals paying more attention to the sleep of children patients, and strategies for improving pedestrian safety in Canada's busy cities... This is The Current.

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The target for traffic fatalities should be zero, advocates say

Comparisons to European countries with robust road safety policies prompt calls for Canadian cities to do more.

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Sleep crucial to hospitalized children's healing - and they're not getting enough

New research reveals a direct link between sleep and health, prompting hospitals to pay more attention to pediatric patients' ability to get a good night's sleep.

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Brexit: what happens now?

With volatile international markets, a plunge in the pound, and the resignation of the British PM — what does the future hold for the UK and the international community?

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Curious George explains Ramadan to the masses

Author Hena Khan has written the new children's book "It's Ramadan, Curious George". She discusses Islamophobia, tolerance and childhood with The Current.

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Psychologist describes Australian migrant camps as an atrocity

With over 40 years working in trauma, Paul Stevenson believes the conditions of the island camps of Nauru and Manus are the worst he has ever witnessed.

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Sharks, bugs, and genital injury: author Mary Roach on military research

Issues like sleep deprivation, protective clothing, and even prosthetic penises can significantly affect a soldier's life on the battlefield.

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Canadian mayors worry that water to Waukesha sets a dangerous precedent

The decision to allow Waukesha to "borrow" water from Lake Michigan raises concern for the possibility of future water wars between Canada and the United States.

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Full Episode for June 23, 2016 - The Current

From how military research affects a soldier's quality of life, to why some worry allowing Waukesha to "borrow" water from Lake Michigan sets a dangerous precedent, to how a beloved children's character teaches tolerance... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for June 22, 2016 - The Current

From former CSIS director Richard Fadden on the challenges faced by Canadian intelligence, to Hillary Clinton and misogyny on the campaign trail, to why conflict over cottages is tearing families apart... This is The Current.

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Family cottage ownership the most contentious estate dispute, says psychologist

Before you get too cozy at the cottage, be warned. Inheriting a family cottage is a lot of work for estate lawyers, mediators and even psychologists. The Current looks at how family feuds about cottage ownership can put the shun in vacation.

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Sexism on the campaign trail: How Hillary Clinton can shatter the glass ceiling

In Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, talk around gender is unavoidable. From her ads that point out the potential to make history, to the comments of her detractors, she faces both obstacles and advantages as a woman running for president.

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Former CSIS director Richard Fadden on new oversight for Canada's spies

Canada's former top spymaster, Richard Fadden shares his insight into the challenges facing Canadian intelligence in countering terrorism, cyber threats. and Russian espionage and gives his personal threat assessment.

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Full Episode for June 21, 2016 - The Current

From the possible implications for the UK with a successful Brexit vote, to Dr. Nadine Caron - an Indigenous trailblazer in the medical community, to how people who live off the grid can get on the map... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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How 3 words could put 4 billion people without addresses on the map

Our home address marks our place in the world - enabling us to get mail, get services and to vote. But there's no such thing for four billion people in the world living in urban slums with no fixed address. Well, guess what? Now there's an app for that.

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Dr. Nadine Caron on her trailblazing path as a First Nations surgeon

As the first female indigenous woman to graduate from UBC's medical school, Dr. Nadine Caron says there's so much to be done to ensure Canada's Aboriginal people get the health care they need. And she knows how hard it can be from her own experience.

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Brexit vote wrong approach for UK to get out of EU, says historian

It's down to the final hours of campaigning to keep the UK in the European Union. The so-called Brexit referendum has become divisive and the polls suggest a dead heat. The Current looks at what's at stake for the UK and Europe with a successful vote.

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Full Episode for June 20, 2016 - The Current

From the Americans living in Canada and their thoughts on the U.S. election, to the forensic psychiatrist who worked on the Luka Magnotta murder case, to NATO's call for Canada's aid in defending Baltic states from Russia... This is The Current.

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NATO calls on Canada to help defend Baltic states from Russia

Canada has yet to answer to the request for hundreds of soldiers to help NATO nations stand up to Russia in what some worry will become another Cold War.

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Forensic psychiatrist opens up on his hours of analyzing killer Luka Magnotta

Dr. Joel Watts' job isn't to treat the killers he works with, but to assess their mental state — a side of the criminal justice system Canadians rarely hear about.

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Americans in Canada debate Clinton vs Trump

Two Americans living in Canada, each a supporter of Clinton and Trump respectively, reveal their thoughts on the upcoming U.S. election.

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Full Episode for June 17, 2016 - The Current

From the more than 100 Canadians on the ISIS "kill list," to the benefits of striking down the interprovincial trade barriers, to the first ever mammal to be driven extinct due to human-driven climate change... This is The Current.

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First mammal extinction due to human-caused climate change

The Bramble Cay melomys lived on a small island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but their extinction is being looked at as a 'canary in the coal mine' moment.

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Trade barriers between provinces costing us billions, according to new Senate report

A senate committee has been advised to 'tear down these walls' between provinces that make the free flow of goods harder and cost our economy billions yearly.

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ISIS kill list targeting civilians is a game changer in terrorism

Across the country, over a hundred Canadians are learning from police that they are on the ISIS 'kill list' — and most of them are women.

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Full Episode for June 16, 2016 - The Current

From a study that shows a third of the world's population can`t see the Milky Way, to a family hoping to see their loved one alive decades after disappearing during the Lebanese civil war, to decoding the language of Donald Trump ... This is The Current.

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How does Donald Trump get away with so much profanity in public?

From rude, lewd language on the lectern female genitalia references on the t-shirts, there's nothing politically correct about a Trump rally. The Current looks into what you don't hear in the coverage of Donald Trump.

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Decades after Lebanon's civil war thousands still unaccounted for

In 1984, 20-year-old Emad Abdullah left his Beirut home to see friends and disappeared. It was the height of Lebanon's civil war and Syria was known to be jailing Lebanese. Now many families are hoping those who disappeared might now come home.

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Why 80 per cent of North Americans can't see the Milky Way

The stars of the night sky have disappeared for a significant number of people around the world. Today we look at the implications of artificial light at night, the push for dark sky preservation zones and what's lost to humanity without the Milky Way.

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Full Episode for June 15, 2016 - The Current

From a look into the political influence of the NRA and if it's slowly waning, to calls to end medical intervention on the bodies of intersex children, to the debate over a tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy... This is The Current.

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Bay of Fundy tidal turbines on hold over environmental concerns

At the end point of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, in the Minas Basin, the tides can rise as high as 15 metres. Those hoping to harness that energy want to put giant turbines on the seabed but one very vocal lobster fisherman is already delaying the plan.

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Stop medical intervention on the bodies of intersex children, says advocate

What to do if your child is born with sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the norm? For years, the answer has been gender assignment surgery, but The Current speaks to two intersex guests who want this to invasive practice to stop.

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NRA's political influence on the wane, says gun control advocate

As the U.S. once again debates gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre, gun advocates are challenging the accepted wisdom the NRA is politically invincible. New research suggests the NRA is losing its grip to changing demographics.

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Full Episode for June 14, 2016 - The Current

From LGBTQ Muslim grieving after the Orlando shooting and bracing for backlash, to managing the growth of urban rat populations, to a 93-year-old former nurse reflecting on what was learned by experimenting with LSD... This is The Current.

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93-year-old former psychiatric patient and nurse on lessons from LSD

Kay Parley was a psychiatric patient turned psychiatric nurse. Now at the age of 93, she shares her reflections from both sides of the gurney from the then-called Weyburn Mental Institution and speaks to her experience with the therapeutic use of LSD.

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Rising urban rat population pose health risks to humans, says researcher

As a growing number of Canadian cities report increases in rat populations, The Current turns to a researcher and a rodentologist for their insight into the potential health risks to humans and how to get rid of rats. Yes, that's right - a rodentologist.

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Orlando shooting: Grieving LGBTQ Muslims brace for backlash

In the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Fla., Muslims in the LGBTQ community find themselves facing both homophobia and Islamophobia. We hear from three people navigating the emotion and backlash.

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Full Episode for June 13, 2016 - The Current

Carlisle on putting auto innovation on overdrive, to the life-long scars of childhood bullying ... This is The Current.

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Researcher says bullying 'scars' into adulthood should be classified as syndrome

The Current has looked into bullying in schools and communities, even the effects of bullying on siblings. Now new research suggests the impact of bullying follows many into adulthood and creates what is being called Adult Post Bullying Syndrome.

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GM Canada president says innovation keeps Canada in auto game

As technology companies grab the headlines on the development of new cars, GM Canada has unveiled its own strategies to harness and affect technological change. GM Canada President Steve Carlisle joins us to share the company's plan.

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Orlando witness shares account of deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history

Patrons of a gay dance club were targeted in Orlando during Pride month and Ramadan. The man, known to authorities, claimed a last-minute allegiance to the Islamic state. Amidst the grief and shock, we look into the many questions that remain.

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Persuasion has replaced reasoned argument, says philosopher

In his new book, James Garvey argues convincing through persuasion rather than reason threatens democracy.

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Saving wolves by teaching fear: Parks Canada's Bill Hunt explains shooting of wolf

The rise of aggressive wolf attacks in Canadian parks due to visitors failing to respect boundaries.

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Full Episode for June 10, 2016 - The Current

From the 74-hour filibuster over an unpopular budget in Newfoundland and Labrador, to wolves becoming increasingly common in parks across Canada, and how the power of persuasion increasingly overwhelms the role of reason in politics... This is The Current

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Newfoundland Premier's unpopularity peaks with 4-day filibuster

Opposition members filibustered for 74-hours to delay Premier Dwight Ball's budget, as the Liberal premier scores an 18 per cent approval rating among the province.

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Canadian professor detained in Iran prison

Concordia professor Homa Hoodfar was arrested in Iran while researching the public role of women in that country. She has been moved to Evin prison, where another Canadian woman died in 2003.

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Gang rape of 16-year-old Brazilian sparks protests

A video revealing the rape of a Brazilian girl by 30 men leads to angry demonstrations across Brazil.

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Full Episode for June 9, 2016 - The Current

From strategies to protect yourself against the rising trend of cyber crime, to a Concordia professor who inexplicably finds herself in the custody of the Iranian revolutionary guard, to Aboriginal artist and author Roy Henry Vickers...This is The Current

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Artist Roy Henry Vickers on making art, beating addiction and turning 70

The B.C. artist, carver, designer and storyteller, says he's more keen than ever to create and share aboriginal stories.

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Ransomware threat attacks hundreds of Canadians

Often attacking through email, cyber thieves are racking millions of dollars with the rise of ransomware attacks.

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Full Episode for June 8, 2016 - The Current

From white rage in America, to the uneasy intersection of bullying and suicide, to an Azerbaijani journalist just freed from prison... This is The Current.

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Blackmailed and imprisoned by government, journalist tells her story

Released from jail, Azerbaijani investigative journalist shares her experience with power, corruption, sex tapes, blackmail and revenge.

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Teen suicides in Woodstock, Ont., spur discussion on effectiveness of bullying programs

Experts say school anti-bullying programs can actually do more harm than good.

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'White rage' causes racial unrest in U.S., says author

Carol Anderson explores U.S. racial past and present in her new book White Rage:The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.

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Full Episode for June 7, 2016 - The Current

From Bernie Krause's 5,000 hours of recorded nature sounds, to Janine DiGiovanni's in-depth coverage of life in Syria, and why marginalized communities in Ontario see a disproportionate number of their children in care... This is The Current.

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Nature soundscapes reveal environmental devastation

By documenting change over time in particular areas, Bernie Krause's nature soundscapes offer insight into the effects of climate change, the California drought and other environmental problems.

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Ontario children's aid will collect race data to address overrepresentation

How does child welfare need to change to address the overrepresentation of black and Aboriginal children in care?

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Journalist Janine di Giovanni on life in Syria

Ranging experiences of brutal torture, struggle and survival - di Giovanni's new book "The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria" chronicles everyday life of the Syrian war.

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NASA aerospace engineer says we need to do more to stop killer asteroids

There are 1700 "potentially hazardous" asteroids around Earth, says NASA aerospace engineer.

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Full Episode for June 6, 2016 - The Current

From sounding the alarm over the asteroid threat, to mandatory co-op placements for all post-secondary students, to the legal limbo of physician-assisted death... This is The Current.

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All post-secondary students should do internship or co-op, says employment and education group

The Business Higher Education Round Table says too many students are entering the workforce without the practical skills that employers want, and believe mandatory workplace co-ops would assist all graduating students find the right job sooner.

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Doctors debate how to proceed as deadline passes for physician-assistance in dying legislation

With the federal government's medical assistance in dying legislation still in the senate, physician-assisted can no longer be prosecuted, but remains legally undefined.

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Full Episode for June 3, 2016 - The Current

From the emotional return to Fort McMurray, to questioning the practice of captive breeding, and what the German recognition of the Armenian Massacre as a genocide means for German-Turkish relations... This is The Current.

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German recognition of Armenian Genocide causes friction with Turkey

What impact will strained German-Turkish relations have on the EU and the migrant crisis?

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Fort Mac returnees share stories of coming home

Nearly a month after wildfire forced the city's evacuation, this week mark's the beginning of an emotional return home for an estimated 20,000 residents.

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Killing of Harambe the gorilla sparks debate over zoos

Cincinnati zoo keepers shot Harambe after a 4-year-old fell into his enclosure. The practice of captive breeding is under scrutiny after many question why the gorilla was in a zoo to begin with.

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Children in remote communities get psychiatric care via telehealth

Sick Kids Hospital offers psychiatric services technologically, reducing barriers to care for remote communities.

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Making sense of the prison death of Richard Wolfe, co-founder of the Indian Posse gang

Wolfe's death follows the fatal 2010 stabbing of his brother in a Saskatchewan prison. To what extent did their difficult upbringing inform these tragic outcomes?

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Full Episode for June 2, 2016 - The Current

From a psychological profile of Donald Trump, to what the death of two brothers reveals about the cyclical nature of childhood trauma, and why Canadian courts should consider a defendant's cultural heritage before sentencing... This is The Current.

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Inside the mind of Donald Trump

Academics perform a philosophical analysis of Donald Trump. Their expert opinions determine he ranges between a narcissist and an "asshole."

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Black Canadians need pre-sentencing cultural assessments, says lawyer

There's a recent push to consider a defendant's cultural background before sentencing, with a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge coming out in support of these reports.

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Former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré guilty verdict is a watershed moment for the African Union

Ruling marks the first time that one country has successfully prosecuted a leader of another for human rights abuses, and the first time a head of state has been found guilty of rape.

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The power of a pig: How Esther the Wonder Pig is changing lives

Esther the Wonder Pig's owners changed everything for the piglet who was supposed to stay small.

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The doctor will not see you: Quebec ends annual check-ups

Quebec follows other provinces in terminating annual physicals for people over the age of five.

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Full Episode for June 1, 2016 - The Current

From Quebec scrapping annual physicals for patients over 5, to a milestone moment in African justice with the conviction of former Chad dictator Hissène Habré , to a Wonder Pig changing lives and winning hearts. . . This Is The Current.

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Full Episode for May 31, 2016 - The Current

From thousands of migrants risking their lives for the chance of a better life across The Mediterranean, to economic turmoil in Venezuela, and stories of sibling bullying back at home... This is The Current.

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The not so safe sanctuary of home

A panel discussion on sibling bullying and its lasting effects.

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Europe's migrant crisis intensifies - again - with more drownings off the coast of Italy

Last week, an estimated 15,000 people have made the journey to Italy from North Africa, 700 of whom died in the crossing.

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Venezuela's economic crisis hurts the public's ability to get medical care and teaching services

An economic crisis has made basic provisions scarce to come by, while essential public services are deteriorating at a staggering rate.

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Full Episode for May 30, 2016 - The Current

From a firsthand account of medical care in Canada's remote communities, to Peter Junger's take on the role tribal culture has in modern warfare, to Fort McMurray mayor Melissa Blake describing the experience of evacuees...This is The Current.

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Fort McMurray mayor on return of evacuees

The mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Melissa Blake talks about the slow return to Fort McMurray, and the experience of evacuees.

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Community psychiatrist speaks to failures in care for remote communities

Dr. Elena Shurshilova frames a discussion about medical services in Canada's remote areas around one particular patient urgently referred to her attention.

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War reporter Sebastian Junger on why peace can be more traumatic for vets than war

Junger argues it is the experience of returning home, and not the trauma of war, behind PTSD.

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Full Episode for May 27, 2016

From the debate on the importance of breakfast, to Obama's Hiroshima visit sparking questions about if he should apologize for the attack, to a human embryo that lived in a petri dish for 13 days causing scientists to wonder if they could push it further.

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Breakthrough in human embryo research sparks ethics debate

Two teams of scientists did something never seen before when they grew human embryos in a petri dish, which they kept alive for a record 13 days.

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Should Obama apologize for the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima?

Obama is the first sitting president to visit the scene of the atomic bomb's detonation and while he made clear this wasn't to apologize, many are debating whether he should.

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Breakfast: Not what it's cracked up to be?

To breakfast or not to breakfast? Critics are saying the scientific evidence around the benefits of eating breakfast is shaky at best.

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Full Episode for May 26, 2016

From Matthew De Grood's trial and the implications of a not criminally responsible verdict, to why Dean Burnett says our brains are idiots, to why Brazil's scientists are going elsewhere, to the domestic abuse reports coming from refugee women in Toronto.

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Domestic abuse reports on the rise among refugee women after coming to Canada

The Arab Community Centre of Toronto says it's almost every week that they hear from a woman reporting domestic abuse.

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Brazil's scientists leaving the country amid demotion of science ministry

The interim president Michel Temer's downgrading of the Ministry of Science is the last straw for Brazil's scientists, who were already suffering under severe funding shortfalls.

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Neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett thinks your brain is an idiot

Dean Burnett's new book helps unpack the mysteries of the brain, which he says is a messy and silly organ worthy of greater exploration.

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Matthew de Grood ruling prompts concerns over criminal responsibility

Upon Matthew de Grood being found not criminally responsible on five counts of first degree murder, a look at what NCR verdicts mean for the victims and our communities.

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Full Episode for May 25, 2016

From the public funding of private schools in B.C. sparking debate in provinces across the country, to Arianna Huffington's vision for tackling the issue of sleep deprivation, to the growing number of Canadians working past 65 out of necessity.

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Canadian seniors still working to make ends meet

Studies say a third of Canadians who don't have an employer pension are reaching their mid-sixties without enough in retirement savings, forcing them to keep working.

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Arianna Huffington calls for a Sleep Revolution

As research suggests many of us are going without adequate sleep, Arianna Huffington's new book focuses on the importance of getting enough shut-eye.

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B.C. teachers union say taxpayer dollars shouldn't fund private schools

The impending closure of a public school in B.C. has caused debate over why taxpayers are subsidizing elite private schools while others are forced to close.

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Full Episode for May 24, 2016

From one town's solution to gun violence that's seen gun-related crimes drop, to Georgetown University's history in the slave trade, to the Liberal government's promise to put an innovation strategy into place and what that could mean for the future.

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What should Canada's innovation strategy look like?

Now that national innovation is on Ottawa's agenda, there's disagreement as to what the government can and should do to improve our record on the matter.

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How the slave trade ensured Georgetown University's existence

The Georgetown Memory Project wants the university to do more to recognize its history with slavery and make amends for the 272 people sold.

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Paying criminals to stay out of trouble

As gun violence rises in some Canadian cities, a program out of California called the Office of Neighbourhood Safety may provide a solution.

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Full Episode for May 23, 2016

From the financial side of flowers through a lawsuit between two identical strains, to the worker shortage looming in the trucking industry, to the firefighters who are still fighting back flames in Fort McMurray.

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Fort McMurray fire: Firefighters share stories from the frontlines

Battling the "beast." Firefighters tell their stories of what it's like facing the flames in Fort McMurray.

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Canadian trucking industry to face labour shortage unless it diversifies

As the trucking industry has an increasingly hard time attracting a new generation of drivers, we look at the challenges and potential solutions for the business.

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Flower's legal battle reveals the ugly side of the blooming business

The lawsuit is over who has the rights to a strain of the calibrachoa plant — one company has named it "Candy Bouquet," the other company has called it "Holy Moly."

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Full Episode for May 20, 2016 - The Current

From a video of an orca in distress making Marineland nervous, to Parag Khanna on where we fit on the global value chain, to how drone technology could shape the future of health care in Canada... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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Drones deliver possibility of better health care to remote parts of Canada

Can drones save lives? That's the latest question as innovators design flying robots to deliver medicine to remote parts of Canada and the world. But new technology brings with it new risks and new ethical questions.

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How cities compete over connectivity more than borders

National borders are vanishing, new megacities are emerging and it's all good, according to author Parag Khanna. He joins The Current today to share his visions for our hyper-connected future, including some surprising predictions for Canada.

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Marineland launches $1M lawsuit over unreleased orca film

A film that includes footage of Canada's only remaining captive orca, Kiska, has triggered a $1 million lawsuit by Ontario's Marineland. The 19-year-old filmmaker says he's surprised he's being sued because his project is not aimed at defaming the park.

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Hospital overcrowding leads to poor patient care and low staff morale

A new report shows the Ontario's major hospitals are operating at 100 per cent capacity which has significant impacts on patient care, and causes strain for hospital resources.

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Full Episode for May 19, 2016 - The Current

From pushing and shoving in the House of Commons, to overcrowding in Canadian hospitals, joined by an American who spent 735 days in custody in North Korean labour camp... This is The Current

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Canada's response to political turmoil in Ethiopia

Researcher says Canadian government should be more vocal in its criticism of the Ethiopian crackdown

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Checking in with Fort McMurray evacuees

Jeff Peddle and Kim Clemens share developments facing evacuees of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

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Kenneth Bae on life in North Korean labour camp

American pastor speaks about his experience of 735 days in captivity.

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The Current for May 18, 2016

From al-Qaeda's plans to create an emirate in Syria, to filmmaker John Aitchison documenting the secret lives of wildlife, to social workers bending the law in the name of justice... This is The Current.

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Social workers have a duty to skirt edge of the law, says author

Longtime social worker, Deena Mandell says working outside the legal system is necessary for social justice. She argues until oppressive systems change, subversion and extra-legal action may be the only way to help people who are vulnerable.

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Filmmaker documents wildlife to win people over to the side of nature

John Aitchison, an elite wildlife cinematographer, has made his living watching predators stalk their prey. He joins The Current to talk about the beauty, brutality and inevitability of nature and shares what he's learned watching for the perfect shot.

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Al-Qaeda turns attention to Syria to replace ISIS

Al-Qaeda plans to create an emirate in Syria. As top UN nations are talking ceasefires and peace plans, Western leaders seem oblivious to a power-play unfolding in strategic areas of Syria.

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Full Episode for May 17, 2016 - The Current

From debating the role Sophie Grégoire Trudeau should play as the PM's spouse, to re-calculating the effect of GPS navigation on the brain, to author Kamal Al-Solaylee on his exploration of what it means to have brown skin... This is The Current.

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Author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity

Author Kamal Al-Solaylee travelled to 10 countries to capture the experience of being brown. He concluded that a brown racial identity has been shaped by the cheap labour movement. His new book explores what being brown in today's world means to everyone.

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Overuse of GPS navigation shrinks part of the brain, says reseacher

As more people become dependent on the GPS, we may be neglecting an important part of our own brains. In an era of powerful satellite technology, experts suggest practicing basic navigation skills, like using maps, to keep the hippocampus active.

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's request for more staff sparks debate over role of PM's spouse

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has claimed she is overwhelmed with demands. Her request for more staff has raised lots of hackles and a few new questions. What is the role of the Prime Minister's spouse in Canada? Should it evolve?

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Full Episode for May 16, 2016 - The Current

From renewed calls for establishing an international anti-corruption court, to checking-in with Captain, a homeless man who is now facing a deportation order, why Conservative writers say Facebook is suppressing their views... This is The Current.

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Why it matters that Facebook decides what 1.5 billion see every day

Facebook is considered the biggest news distributor on the planet with an ever-expanding influence. Allegations the social media network suppresses topics of interest to Conservatives have created a firestorm, creating an algorithm controversy.

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'My life is here': Homeless man living in Canada for 48 years faces deportation

Earlier this year, The Current brought you the story of ‘Captain’ - a homeless man who dreamed of one day turning his life around, and reuniting with his family. Now his relatively minor crimes have triggered a deportation order - an even harsher reality.

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Can an international court stamp out government corruption?

Government corruption costs the global economy a staggering $1 trillion. Given the number of corrupt governments stealing from their own people, should there be an international anti-corruption court?

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Full Episode for May 13, 2016 - The Current

From lessons in human kindness in Fort McMurray helping those in need, to how sibling rivalry can escalate to bullying, to Apple Pay and a cashless society just a swipe away... This is The Current with Stephen Quinn.

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Apple Pay moves Canada towards a cashless society

Apple is bringing mobile payment systems to the mainstream - making it easy for people to pay with their smartphones. The Current explores why the beginning of the end of cold hard cash is a problem for many privacy and security experts.

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Driven to help: Eldon Hankins reunites Fort McMurray's abandoned cars with owners

Human kindness is overflowing in Fort McMurray with people helping those in need any way they can. Eldon Hankins from Edmonton is trying to do his part, putting long hours on the road to reunite people with their cars.

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Sibling bullying hurts kids the most, says parenting expert

The world has finally woken up to the crippling consequences of bullying in the school yard. But what about in the home? A growing body of research shows that sibling bullying is an increasingly serious problem and one with consequences later in life.

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Fort McMurray sandwiches: 'Belt Drive Betty' feeds over 2,000 first responders

For some, amidst the damage and desolation of the Fort McMurray wildfire was a chance to step up and help others. Meet "Belt Drive Betty" and how her sandwiches and sensitivity saved the day for famished firefighters on the frontlines.

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Trudeau apologizes after 'manhandling' Conservative and elbowing NDP MP in House of Commons

Trudeau grabbed an opposition whip by the arm and appears to elbow another MP in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

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Full Episode for May 12, 2016 - The Current

From the Conservative party rethinking term limits for party leaders, to a growing movement of death cafes providing a space to talk about death, to how hospital staff in Fort McMurray evacuated more than 100 patients to safety... This is The Current.

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Charlie Angus calls for permanent solution to address Attawapiskat suicide crisis

It's been a month since a suicide crisis in Attawapiskat was declared. The community has yet to receive permanent mental health workers to manage the crisis. NDP critic Charlie Angus is calling for a permanent solution to solve this emergency.

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Fort Mac hospital evacuation was 'calm' as flames raged close

David Matear oversaw the medevac of Fort McMurray's hospital - from newborns, to critical care, to long-term care patients - in one-and-a-half-hours. Hospital staff moved more than 100 patients to safety, with the raging fire in view of the ER doors.

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Death Cafes spark international conversation on fear of dying

A Death Cafe is a place for lively conversations that confront fears of dying. What began in a basement in the UK is now an international movement in 35 countries, with meetings across Canada. The Current explores the slightly darker take on cafe culture.

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Conservatives discuss 2-term limit for party leaders

Prime Ministers can serve for more than a decade. The Conservative Party wants that to change - proposing term limits on the party leader. There is no such tradition in any major Canadian federal party and the move seems a direct swipe at Stephen Harper.

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Full Episode for May 11, 2016 - The Current

From stories from frontline firefighters battling the epic Fort McMurray fire, to the lack of research on long-term risks of exposure to fire and ash, to how living in disguise helped Maria Toorpakai realize her athletic dreams... This is The Current.

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Squash champion Maria Toorpakai disguised herself as a boy to play sports in Pakistan

Maria Toorpakai grew up in Pakistan's tribal area known as Waziristan where all girls are taught to get in line. She never did. Today she's a squash champion living in Toronto. She shares her story of defiance and determination for the love of sport.

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Fire safety researcher concerned of toxicity risks in Fort McMurray

Not much is known about the effects of sustained exposure to ash and debris on frontline firefighters. But what is known is there are health risks. The Current speaks to a researcher concerned for Fort McMurray residents returning to burnt homes.

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'A lifetime of firefighting in an hour:' Firefighters recall tackling Fort McMurray fire

Within a day of orders that all residents had to leave Fort McMurray, three firefighters from St. Albert near Edmonton, joined hundreds of others to help extinguish a city on fire. They share their experience with The Current.

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Full Episode for May 10, 2016 - The Current

From Melinda Gates helping women and girls in the developing world, to maternity leave and job protection for new mothers in Ontario, to making the case for the Rio Olympics to be relocated, plus a Fort Mac tour... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Zika concerns prompt call to cancel Rio Olympic Games

The Zika virus is a serious cause for concern in Rio weeks before the Summer Games kick off. So serious, it has many wondering if Olympic glory is worth the risk, calling to cancel or move the Games — for the sake of athletes and to prevent Zika`s spread.

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Women fired while on maternity leave want better legal protection

Most people believe the law protects them and their jobs on maternity leave. Not always. The Current explores how the termination of a women's job during her maternity leave has sparked a conversation about job protection for new mothers in Ontario.

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Melinda Gates on the 'ingenuity' of women in the developing world

Melinda Gates stayed mostly silent for years as her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, became the richest man in the world. Now, as co-founder of the foundation, Ms. Gates is a woman of influence empowering women and girls in the developing world.

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'Couldn't have done any more': Fire chief gives tour of Fort McMurray fire damage

Several officials toured Fort McMurray neighbourhoods to survey the aftermath of the wildfire first hand. Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen said 85 per cent of Fort McMurray is still intact. CBC's Briar Stewart was on that tour and shares her insight.

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Full Episode for May 9, 2016 - The Current in Edmonton: Alberta Under Fire

From firefighters anxious to win the fight against the Fort McMurray fire, to Principal Lisa Hilsenteger who saved fifteen stranded students, to rebuilding once the flames in Fort McMurray are gone... This is The Current from Edmonton: Alberta Under Fire

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'Don't give up': Lessons for Fort McMurray's long road ahead to rebuilding

In the wake of devastation, it's only human to vow to rebuild. But how to rebuild once the flames in Fort McMurray are gone is a complicated question. The Current ask what can be learned from other cities that rebuild after disaster strikes.

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Fort McMurray school principal-turn-hero evacuates 15 stranded students to safety

Principal Lisa Hilsenteger made a quick decision that saved the lives of fifteen stranded students at her Fort McMurray school. As the school bus headed towards a closed road, she made a decision to head back into the belly of the beast to get out.

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'Fire shooting sparks and debris': Meet frontline firefighters in Fort McMurray

Firefighters are always needed in Alberta. It's estimated there are 40 fires across the province right now. As veteran firefighters, to new recruits, to water bomber crews continue to fight the Fort McMurray fire, we look at the toll this fire has taken.

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Full Episode for May 6, 2016 - The Current

From rebuilding communities in the wake of a fire, to the 'textalyzer' as a way to stamp out texting-while-driving, to a polarizing mining project in Northwestern B.C. and a filmmaker finding poetry in it all... This is The Current with Stephen Quinn.

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Filmmaker Nettie Wild finds cinematic poetry in 'polarized' mining debate

Canadian filmmaker Nettie Wild is known for taking on politically charged topics. Now, she trains her camera on the beauty of Northwestern B.C. and the tense coexistence of First Nations, nature, and the Red Chris Mine in "Koneline: Our Land Beautiful."

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'Textalyzer' device to catch texting and driving prompts privacy concerns

The "textalyzer" is a roadside test for your phone to see if you've been texting while driving. The device is a proposal in New York state but has people across North America talking. Privacy advocates say the "textalyzer" is invasive and unnecessary.

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'Be patient': Advice for rebuilding Fort McMurray from wildfire survivors

The people of Fort McMurray are determined to rebuild and come back. But it's a daunting challenge. Hard to even think about as the wildfire still burns. The Current hears from others who have rebuilt in Slave Lake, Alta. and Kelowna, B.C.

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Full Episode for May 5, 2016 - The Current

From the Fort McMurray wildfire evacuation and why it didn't happen sooner, to the biggest wine fraud in history revealed in "Sour Grapes," to an update on Froggy, the Afghan translator who worked with the Canadian military... This is The Current.

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Update: Afghan interpreter 'Froggy' and family officially Canadian citizens

Back in 2012, The Current brought you the story of "Froggy," the Afghan translator who worked with the Canadian military for years, He eventually emigrated to Canada with his family and now we have an update to announce his new Canadian citizenship.

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Sour Grapes documentary uncorks high-end world of fine wine fraud

The biggest wine fraud in history is the subject of a new documentary, called "Sour Grapes." It's a story about the astronomically wealthy, an obsession with fine wines worth tens-of-thousands of dollars and the con man who duped them all.

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Fort McMurray evacuee says people felt like 'sitting ducks' as fire approached

After another challenging day for firefighters and other first responders, evacuees face another overwhelming day to escape the ravenous flames. But questions arise over the pace of evacuation and the paucity of routes available to get out of the city.

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Fort McMurray evacuees scramble to safety as fire destroys homes

An entire city has been evacuated as Fort McMurray's wildfire rages out of control - creating panic with its sheer size and speed. The Current looks at what the fire has done, how people are getting out and what the situation is now.

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'Angry Inuk' argues anti-seal hunt campaign hurts Canadian Inuit life

If the Inuit want to keep their indigenous culture, does that mean they can't make money at the same time? Alethea Arniquq-Baril turns her lens on the fight over the sealing industry arguing the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic are collateral damage.

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Full Episode for May 3, 2016 - The Current

From medical staff working in conflict zones sounding the alarm over attacks on hospitals, to peacemaker Padraig O'Malley's gift to resolve conflict, to Diane Schoemperlen on her six-year-relationship with a convicted killer... This is The Current.

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Syrian hospital attacks prompt calls to declare medical clinics safe spaces - May 3, 2016 (1/3)

In the last week alone, an estimated six hospitals in Syria have been bombed. And the attacks on medical facilities go beyond Syria. What happened to medical neutrality that recognized medical workers could and should treat all sides in a conflict?

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Author Diane Schoemperlen has no regrets on relationship with convicted murderer

You never know when you're going to fall in love. For Diane Schoemperlen, it happened when she was volunteering with some prison inmates. Her rocky, six-year-relationship with a convicted killer is the subject of her new memoir, This is Not My Life.

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'Peacemaker' Padraig O'Malley uses addiction treatment to help bitter enemies

Padraig O'Malley, the behind-the-scenes "peacemaker", has a gift for bringing together people in conflict - from Northern Ireland, to South Africa and Iraq. His own struggle with alcoholism offered lessons to learn how to reconcile big differences.

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Former Greek finance minister says Greece was fiscally waterboarded by creditors - May 2, 2016 (2/2)

Yanis Varoufakis has been called a narcissist, belligerent and brilliant. When he was the Greek finance minister, everyone from the IMF to the EU, wanted to blame Greece for its financial crisis. He's still looking to set the record straight.

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Amanda Lindhout and Mom share painful phone call from captivity - May 2, 2016 (1/2)

Lorinda Stewart's nightmare began when a man from Somalia contacted her to demand ransom for her daughter, Amanda Lindhout. Now mother and daughter talk to us about their painful ordeal and share a recording of a raw, emotional phone call between them.

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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' gives black women in Canada a lot to savour - April 29, 2016 (3/3)

Millions watched Beyoncé's new "visual album" Lemonade when she released it last Saturday. And for many black women, they saw something in the music and film they seldom see in popular culture. They saw their own lives reflected back at them.

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Documentary exposes human cost of cleaning up Brazil's favelas before Olympics - April 29, 2016 (2/3)

All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro this summer, as Brazil hosts the Olympic games. The country has been hard at work burnishing its image in advance. The Current looks at a new documentary about the costs of cleaning up Rio's favelas - a timely film.

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Can public libraries survive as an institution in the digital age? - April 29, 2016 (1/3)

The closing of half of Newfoundland and Labrador's libraries has The Current asking what role do libraries play in the community? Is there a future for the institution in our communities and in our knowledge economy?

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Opioid crisis: Pain specialist calls on government to fix holes in system - April 28, 2016 (4/4)

Critics have blamed doctors for overprescribing painkillers leading to the public health emergency. Today The Current hears from a doctor who tells us just how limited his options are when trying to treat chronic pain.

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Why 43 students disappeared in Mexico may never be known - April 28, 2016 (3/4)

A report released by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights investigating the disappearance of 43 Mexican students has sparked questions into how officials handled the case. The Current speaks with a member of the panel that issued the report.

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'Migrant Dreams' broken as workers face exploitation on Ontario farms - April 28, 2016 (1/4)

People from Indonesia to Jamaica come to Canada to work in greenhouses that dominate the landscape around Leamington, Ont. Filmmaker Min Sook Lee follows migrant workers indebted to their recruiters and unable to claim labour rights from their employers.

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Rising STI rates prompt questions about sex ed for young and old - April 28, 2016 (1/4)

Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia among middle-aged and older adults are on the rise. And Alberta's latest figures on STIs show troubling increases among a wider age group. The Current looks at a call for sex education for all ages - young and old.

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How 'calm technology' pulls attention from online temptation - April 27, 2016 (3/3)

If the digital revolution has left you distracted, constantly interrupted, and unable to concentrate, you're not alone. Today The Current speaks to technological pioneers who say our devices should learn to respect our time and attention.

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Documentary reveals remote island camps where Australia sends asylum seekers - April 27, 2016 (2/3)

For years, successive Australian governments diverted boatloads of refugees to camps on two remote islands, to hold them in indefinite detention. No information is allowed out but filmmaker Eva Orner found a way to document the devastating conditions.

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Saudi Arabia announces plan to end 'addiction' to fossil fuels - April 27, 2016 (1/3)

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 30-year-old who is second in line to the throne in Saudi Arabia, wants to wean the kingdom off oil. He says the country's oil addiction is dangerous and announced big changes with a "Vision 2030" plan.

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How burglars use city architecture as opportunity for heists and escapes - April 26, 2016 (2/3)

Every city that boasts beautiful buildings and breathtaking skyscapes is also a tease for burglars who love a puzzle. Where we see soaring architecture, they see nefarious opportunity. The Current takes a guided tour of a burglar's city.

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Family places hope in drug trial for hereditary Alzheimer's gene mutation - April 26, 2016 (3/3)

If you knew you had a 50/50 chance of developing Alzheimer's, would you take a test to find out in advance? It's a real life dilemma for families living with a rare variation of Alzheimer's known as Autosomal-Dominant Alzheimer's Disease - or A.D.A.D.

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3 Halifax shootings in 6 days prompt community to stand up against violence - April 26, 2016 (1/3)

Three young black men were murdered in Halifax in the last week. In the last few years, Halifax has earned one of the highest rates of firearm-related violence in Canada. The Current looks at the calls to end violence in Canada's oldest black community.

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An open, 'uncomfortable' conversation on mental health, suicide and doctor-assisted death - April 25, 2016 (2/2)

At a time when there's a call for better mental health care due to suicides in First Nations communities, Graeme Bayliss is asking that suicidal people be given help to end their lives. * If you're struggling, go to cbc.ca/thecurrent for resource links.*

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Why women on currency makes sense - April 25, 2016 (1/2)

U.S. officials have chosen Harriet Tubman to be on their $20 bill. In Canada, a committee is huddling to determine a Canadian choice. Who do you think it should be? Check our website to add your suggestions.

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