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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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Dam betrays Trudeau's pledge to First Nations, say critics

Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government's support of the Site C dam is facing criticism. The dam is opposed by First Nation leaders, the Royal Society of Canada and Amnesty International.

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'Some relief': Taran Killam's SNL ax

Well-liked and versatile actor Taran Killam reflects on life after his six season run with Saturday Night Live.

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Toll of assisted deaths on doctors

What impact do assisted deaths take on the doctors involved? Dr. Jeff Blackmer says some doctors will struggle, and Canada needs a framework to support them.

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Conservation officer kills 9 bears in 'most difficult week'

A B.C. conservation officer says Revelstoke residents' carelessness with their food and trash led to the euthanization of nine bears there last week. Guest host Laura Lynch interviews Dan Bartol.

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Full Episode for August 29, 2016 - The Current

From Trudeau's visit to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai before the annual G-20 meeting to reset Canada's relationship with China to three terror attack survivors on living with the experience... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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Full Episode for August 26, 2016 - The Current

From a special committee looking into electoral reform in response to the Liberals' promise to abolish the first-past-the-post system to uncorking the world of fine wine fraud... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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

The biggest wine fraud in history is the subject of the documentary, 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.

Download ENCORE: Sour Grapes documentary uncorks high-end world of fine wine fraud
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Electoral reform: Moving beyond first-past-the-post voting system

Electoral reform was a key promise of the Trudeau Liberals as they swept to power last fall. The deadline to introduce new legislation is December 1st. Today, The Current explores what might replace the first-past-the-post system?

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Full Episode for August 25, 2016 - The Current

From the UN and Red Cross preparing for a humanitarian crisis in the mounting battle for Mosul to the rise of the death cafe — an unlikely trend in cafe culture ordering coffees and talking mortality... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Death cafes serve up life and death conversations

A death cafe is full of lively conversations that confront fears of dying. What began in a basement in the U.K. 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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UN prepares for mass displacements as anti-ISIS troops approach Mosul

The Iraqi city, Mosul, has been controlled by ISIS for the past two years. Now, they are poised for a battle as Iraqi forces seek to liberate it. But the most likely immediate result of the battle for Mosul will be chaos and a vast new wave of refugees.

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Full Episode for August 24, 2016 - The Current

From the Trudeau government facing tough criticism for supporting the Site C dam project in B.C. to eavesdropping on the fascinating conversations of sperm whales... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Canadian researcher reveals how sperm whales communicate

In an unprecedented study, Canadian marine biologist Shane Gero has been decoding a group of sperm whale families for more than a decade. Find out what sperm whales are talking about and what Gero has learned about their society.

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Site C Dam project betrays Trudeau's commitment to First Nations, say critics

Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is facing tough criticism for supporting the Site C dam - a project opposed by many First Nation leaders, Amnesty International and the Royal Society of Canada.

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Full Episode for August 23, 2016 - The Current

From doctors and humanitarian workers inside Aleppo and the logistics of bringing aid and support to the Syrian city to retired judge, Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'

For all the power they wield in the justice system, we don't often hear frank talk from judges, in part because they seldom step down from their prestigious posts. But judge Marie Corbett retired early and is opening up about the life she left behind.

Download ENCORE: Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'
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'My life is like a horrible movie': Doctors share harrowing stories from Aleppo

The image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh went viral last week - drawing the world's attention, however fleetingly, to the horrors of the crisis in Syria. But doctors in Aleppo see dozens of desperate children like him - every week. We hear their stories.

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Prisoners should have access to air conditioning as a human right, says advocate

Prison life isn't meant to be a five-star hotel but temperatures soar to nearly 40 degrees celsius in some prisons during summer. Critics say it's inhumane and some prisoners have even died from the extreme heat. Should air conditioning be a human right?

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Full Episode for August 22, 2016 - The Current

From the debate over access to air conditioning as a human right to New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova exploring the mind of con men and women to find out what makes them tick... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.

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ENCORE: Inside the con artist's confidence game

Why is it that people who are otherwise smart and rational keep getting sucked in by the con artist's magic? From snake oil to email scams, writer Maria Konnikova gets inside the con artist's head in her book, The Confidence Game.

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The Current for August 19, 2016 - The Current

From the Montreal 1976 Olympics and a push to take away medals won by East German swimmers who were found doping to filmmaker John Aitchison on a career spent filming the glories of nature... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: 'We have an obligation to care for nature,' says wildlife filmmaker

Wildlife filmmaker John Aitchison 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.

Download ENCORE: 'We have an obligation to care for nature,' says wildlife filmmaker
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Should the IOC redistribute medals to swimmers who lost to doping East Germans in 1976?

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Canada's women swimmers were gold medal favourites but it was East Germany that dominated. Their success was due to a state-sponsored doping program and some in the swimming community want the injustice to be rectified.

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Full Episode for August 18, 2016 - The Current

From a look at the recent Trump campaign staffing shuffle and its lasting impact to former NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan on the enduring physical and psychological abuse by his hockey-obsessed father... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan on living with an abusive father

Patrick O'Sullivan spent an entire childhood in pursuit of an NHL career. In the end, he walked off the ice and away from the game. The former NHL player shares his story of parental expectations that turned into abuse, most of it hidden in plain sight.

Download ENCORE: Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan on living with an abusive father
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Trump's campaign shuffle is 'crazy pants,' says former GOP strategist

If you thought the U.S. presidential election campaign couldn't get any darker, it just did with the shakeup of Trump's campaign. The appointment of the new Republican presidential campaign's CEO Steve Bannon suggests Trump could be getting meaner.

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Full Episode for August 17, 2016 - The Current

From abandoned Olympic venues and the push for one permanent location to host future Games to author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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

When 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 book Brown explores what being brown in today's world means to everyone.

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Should the Olympic Games have a permanent venue?

Despite some headaches, The Rio 2016 Olympic Games appear to be a success so far. But what will happen when the world moves on? Will Rio be dotted with abandoned venues like in Athens? Maybe it's time for a permanent Olympic Games site?

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Full Episode for August 16, 2016 - The Current

From the killing of Colten Boushie exposing what many say are long-simmering racial tensions in Saskatchewan to journalist Peggy Orenstein on the real-life sex lives of young women today... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Young women missing out on pleasures of intimacy, says author

When journalist Peggy Orenstein reached out to young women to talk about sex, she found many are missing out on the pleasures of intimacy. Her new book reveals how young women live in a world that confuses being sexualized with being sexually fulfilled.

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Racial tensions flare in Sask. following killing of 22-year-old First Nations man

The killing of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man shot dead on a farmyard near Biggar, Sask. has set off a firestorm of hate-filled response online. Many are not surprised saying the death exposes long-simmering racial tensions in Saskatchewan.

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Full Episode for August 15, 2016 - The Current

From a Canadian-owned company selling armoured vehicles to South Sudan and other countries with poor human rights records to how a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: How a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory

Demetri Kofinas had a benign brain tumour that was too tricky to remove, so he left it. But then it grew and threw him into dementia in his 20s. This is the story of one man's journey toward profound loss and the turnaround that brought everything back.

Download ENCORE: How a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory
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Canada must be accountable for armoured vehicle sales to South Sudan, says activist -31

According to the UN, South Sudan government soldiers have been committing violence and rape. Some say Canada shares some complicity in the atrocity as a Canadian-owned company sells armoured vehicles to those same soldiers.

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Full Episode for August 12, 2016 - The Current

From Aaron Driver and the effectiveness of peace bonds for radicalized Canadians, to the abandoned objects found along the US-Mexico border... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Gone with a Trace, the story of lost items on the US/Mexico border

Many objects have been found in the no man's land along the U.S./Mexico border. These pieces of other people's lives become art and soundscape in this documentary.

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Examining the effectiveness of peace bonds in alleged terrorist activity

Aaron Driver was a radicalized Canadian placed under a peace bond, which limited what he could do, but wasn't enough to stop him from planning an attack.

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Full Episode for August 11, 2016 - The Current

From Dr. Dilan Ellegala's mission to bring life-saving surgery within reach of rural Africans, to a panel about the realities of living trans today... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Transgender Canadians discuss acceptance in 2016

Whether the trans people in your life are family, colleagues, or just on TV... there's a decent chance that you've still got some questions about what it all means. We hear from transgender people about the assumptions people make and how it affects them.

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How brain surgery with a tree saw led to a rethink of medical aid

Neurosurgeon Dr. Dilan Ellegala set about creating a new model to solve the chronic shortage of doctors and surgeons in rural Africa by putting the surgeon's skills in their hands.

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Full Episode for August 10, 2016 - The Current

From sexism toward female athletes in media coverage of the Rio Olympics, to awarding a doctorate to a 102-year-old woman, 77 years after the Nazis denied it to her... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: Inge Rapoport earns doctorate at age 102, after Nazis denied degree

The Nazis withheld her degree 77 years ago, but Dr. Inge Rapoport finally obtained it, becoming the oldest person in Europe ever to be granted a medical degree.

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Rio 2016: Female Olympians face sexism in media

Whether it's referring to women athletes as "girls," undue attention being paid to their appearances, or being introduced as "Mrs. So-and-So" — why are female athletes often covered in a way that undercuts their achievements?

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Full Episode for August 9, 2016 - The Current

From fears about whether Republican candidate Donald Trump can be trusted with the nuclear codes, to Gulwali Passarlay's harrowing story as a child refugee trying to get to Europe... This is The Current with Connie Walker.

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ENCORE: A 12-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan

Gulwali Passarlay's mother paid traffickers to get him out of Afghanistan in what became a journey of suffering, abuse and occasional kindness.

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The Donald and The Bomb: Can Trump be trusted with nukes?

Between his speeches and claims he asked a foreign policy expert about the use of nuclear weapons three times, could Donald Trump put national security "at risk"?

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Full Episode for August 8, 2016 - The Current

From the billionaires of Brazil and what they stand to gain from the Rio Olympics, to a new study that shows a third of the world's population can't see the Milky Way... This is The Current with Connie Walker

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

As stars disappear for many, a look at light pollution's implications, the push for dark sky preservation zones and what humanity loses without the Milky Way.

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How Brazil's wealthy benefit from the Rio Olympics

With the games underway, journalist Alex Cuadros explains why Brazil's ultrarich, or "Brazillionaires," will be the real winners of this Olympiad.

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Full Episode for August 5, 2016 - The Current

From the 1,109 carat diamond that failed to sell at auction in a story laced with intrigue, to the Zika virus in Brazil, a special report from the front lines of a medical and scientific struggle... This is The Current with Laura Lynch

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ENCORE: Zika's Ground Zero: Brazil hits 4,000 suspected Zika-related cases of birth defects

The CBC's Dr. Brian Goldman travels to the front lines to meet the families affected by the Zika virus, the doctors trying to help and those trying to stop it.

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Intrigue and greed: the failed auction of a 1,109 carat diamond

It's a diamond the size of a tennis ball that some believed would fetch a record breaking multi-million dollar price at auction, but it didn't — the story behind its failure to sell.

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Full Episode for August 4, 2016 - The Current

From the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and what the process may look like going forward, to former chief spymaster on terrorism, torture and Donald Trump... This is The Current with Laura Lynch

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ENCORE: Inside America's intelligence with former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden

The former chief spymaster — a leader in America's intelligence through 9/11, the Iraq war and criticism over torture methods — on "Playing to the Edge."

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Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women inquiry launches with hope and concern

The national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was just launched with the hope that it's a step towards justice for victims and their families, but also concern about police accountability.

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Full Episode for August 3, 2016 - The Current

From John Nuttall and Amanda Korody's overturned conviction and how the case will impact future terrorism investigations, to how the ancients learned Latin and what it reveals about Roman civilization...This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Translations of ancient Latin give unique insights into Roman culture

A classics scholar is the the first to investigate centuries-old manuals on how to learn Latin, what she reveals about life in the ancient world may surprise you.

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Police undercover tactics questioned after Canada Day bomb plot conviction overturned

A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that John Nuttall and Amanda Korody could not have carried out a bomb plot without help from the RCMP, but how will their overturned conviction impact future terrorism investigations?

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Full Episode for August 2, 2016 - The Current

From "White Trash" author Nancy Isenberg on the issue of class in this year's presidential election, to one woman's search to uncover the truth about her biological mother... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Nurse tracks down birth mother, cares for her without revealing identity

Phyllis Whitsell's birth mother was incapable of giving her answers so Whitsell embarked on a journey where only one of them knew the other's identity.

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Modern American politics and the Untold History of Class in America

Author Nancy Isenberg on her book "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America" and the roles of race and class in this year's presidential election.

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Full Episode for August 1, 2016 - The Current

From the seemingly growing political divide between parties in the United States to Sebastian Junger's take on the role tribal culture has in modern warfare... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: 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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America grapples with deep polarization ahead of election

The recent Republican and Democratic conventions highlighted the deep divide in America today, but is this political polarization fact or perception?

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Full Episode for July 29, 2016 - The Current

From Hillary Clinton's historic win this week and the challenge of uniting a party after the Democratic convention, to making the case for and against segregating prisoners in Canada's correctional institutions... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Deaths of two prisoners in segregated custody renew solitary confinement debate

After news of more suicides by prisoners serving time in solitary confinement in Canada, there's renewed debate about ending or changing the practice. But one guard says given the challenges facing those who work inside prison walls, it just won't work.

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Bernie Sanders supporters caution Hillary Clinton to ease rifts within party

There's just one person standing between Hillary Clinton and her chance to be the first woman to sit in the Oval Office as president. The race for the presidency is on. But coming out of this convention, has she galvanized the support of all of her party?

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Full Episode for July 28, 2016 - The Current

From allegations of racism within Pokemon Go stemming from it not generating as many Pokemons in black neighbourhoods, to the dilemma of the compassionate carnivore and ensuring a quality of life for livestock... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Is 'ethical meat' helping pigs or salving consciences?

Not long ago, the biggest moral dilemma would-be meat eaters faced, was whether or not to put meat on their forks. Today, with the proliferation of options like "humanely raised," "grass fed," "free range," and on and on, there's a lot more to chew on.

Download ENCORE: Is 'ethical meat' helping pigs or salving consciences?
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Pokemon Go discriminates based on bias embedded in algorithm, says prof

This summer's craze features cartoon characters, smartphones and crowds of people roaming the streets. Pokemon Go is a game and a popular one. But critics say it isn't just fun and games - it's discriminatory. The Current looks at race, class and Pokemon.

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Full Episode for July 27, 2016 - The Current

From the Fort McMurray fire and three firefighters in charge looking back on the battle of the "beast" and evacuation, to Neil Strauss confronting his pickup artist past in his book, The Truth... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Neil Strauss rethinks his pickup artist past, confesses 'The Truth' about relationships

Neil Strauss was a music journalist when he turned an assignment on pickup artists into a book. The Game was wildly popular, even considered a bible for how to pick-up-women-for-sex. But after living the game, he eventually realized it was game over.

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Fort McMurray Fire: Three men in charge recall the firefight they will never forget

They call fire chief Darby Allen a hero. But when wildfire started tearing through Fort McMurray, he didn't feel like one. He shares what was going through his mind and his fear that many would die in the fire as we look back at the battle of the beast.

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Full Episode for July 26, 2016 - The Current

From the increase in attacks in Germany being blamed on the country's controversial immigration policies, to a conversation with Dr. Nadine Caron about being Canada's first female Indigenous general surgeon... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: Meet Dr. Nadine Caron, Canada's first female 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.

Download ENCORE: Meet Dr. Nadine Caron, Canada's first female First Nations surgeon
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Germany's spate of attacks blamed on Merkel's immigration policy

A week of violence and death in Germany has some asking if the country was right to welcome so many refugees last year. And those concerns are prompting blame on German chancellor Angela Merkel's controversial immigration policies.

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Full Show for July 25, 2016 - The Current

From the trauma and escape of a Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by ISIS to an unexpected love story with a man behind bars... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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ENCORE: 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 memoir, "This is Not My Life."

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'I wished I was killed': Yazidi ISIS slave shares her harrowing story

A young Yazidi woman's life in Iraq took a horrific turn when her town was taken over by ISIS. She was captured, enslaved, and endured weeks of rape and torture. Now, she is calling on Canada to take in more refugees like her.

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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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