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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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Inventors who regret their inventions

Sometimes it's because the product ended up being harmful. In most cases, the creators simply lost control.

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Far-right group linked to vote

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

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Zika testing in Canada

Canadian scientists are testing mosquitoes to see if they can transmit infections like the Zika virus.

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What's race got to do with it?

In many cases, drugs have been used to prop up mythologies around race and justify discriminatory policies against already struggling communities.

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Full Episode for July 21, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 20, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 19, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 18, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 17, 2017 - The Current

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

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Full Episode for July 14, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 13, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 12, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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July 12: ENCORE | How brain-machine connections can help paraplegics move again

Researchers are connecting human brains via computer and have seen one person's brain move another's body — but it comes with ethical issues.

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Full Episode for July 11, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 10, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 7, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 6, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 5, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for July 4, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

A group of African-American women, whose job at NASA was to do the math, pushed for civil rights and made a lasting mark on the U.S. space program.

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Full Episode for July 3, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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July 3: ENCORE | Anthropologist Wade Davis on disappearing world cultures

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

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June 30: Canada Day history has tradition of dissent, says professor

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 30, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 29, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 28, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 27, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 26, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 23, 2017 - The Current

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

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June 23: LGBT activists raise questions about inclusion in Pride

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

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June 23: How razors changed the way we shop

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 22, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 21, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for June 20, 2017 - The Current

From incidents of Islamophobia that have Muslim communities on edge, to the story of parents in P.E.I. fighting for their kids' mental health, to what Google searches can tell us about people's real lives ... This is The Current.

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June 20: 'How many Islanders have to be failed by the system?' P.E.I. parents fight for better mental health care

Parents across the province say they can't get the psychiatric help their children desperately need, even in emergencies.

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June 20: What Google searches reveal about the human psyche

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz spent years studying millions of Google searches and gained some surprising insights into people's real lives.

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June 20: Muslims in U.K., Canada and U.S. fighting fear and anxiety in wake of attacks

Muslim communities around the world are worried for their safety following the recent attacks in London and the U.S.

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Full Episode for June 19, 2017 - The Current

From concerns the U.S. could be on the path to a second civil war, to Roxane Gay challenging society's preoccupation with size in her memoir, to the federal immigration minister ordering a review of the asylum process for refugees ... This is The Current.

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June 19: London attack: Van plows into crowd near mosque

The van attack outside a north London mosque was the fourth terror incident in the U.K. in four months.

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June 19: Is America on the verge of a second civil war?

Some say this level of political polarization in the U.S. has only ever been seen once before.

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June 19: 'All they see is the fat': Author Roxane Gay on society's obsession with size

Writer and social commentator Roxane Gay confronts a topic that is inescapably political — the pre-conceived notions of our society when it comes to body size.

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June 19: Ahmed Hussen: From Somali refugee to Canada's immigration minister

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen fled to Canada as a teenage refugee to escape civil war in his native country.

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Full Episode for June 16, 2017 - The Current

From the controversial program that puts police officers in schools, to a filmmaker who circled the globe to see how people wait in lines, to learning how to collaborate with your enemies ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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June 16: Do police belong in schools?

Families and activists in Toronto are fighting to have police taken out of schools, saying it criminalizes youth. But defenders believe they make schools safer.

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June 16: Cue the rage over queues: Documentary explores social science of lining up

Director Josh Freed’s new documentary looks at the history and tensions around the queue, or the lineup.

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June 16: How to work with people you don't like: Tips from this Canadian negotiator

Adam Kahane has negotiated peace deals in 50 conflicts around the world. Now he's sharing a few tricks for dealing with the people in the workplace.

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Full Episode for June 15, 2017 - The Current

From Neil deGrasse Tyson on why it's more important than ever to educate people about science, to four men whose lives have been slowed by chronic pain, to a look at the role flattery plays in politics today ... This is The Current.

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June 15: Why Neil deGrasse Tyson says learning about science is more important than ever

The internationally-renowned astrophysicist's new book offers simplified answers to the universe's largest questions.

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June 15: How this men-only support group helps sufferers struggling with chronic pain and stigma

New research in the U.S. has found a dramatic increase in suicides among men over 50. Chronic pain is considered one of the main factors.

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June 15: Trump's cabinet meeting shows 'sense of unreality', says historian

The recent display of flattery towards U.S. President Donald Trump by his cabinet has drawn its fair share of mockery and concern.

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Full Episode for June 14, 2017 - The Current

From the financial fight over one life-saving drug, to the prospects of conflict between China and the U.S., to the debate over paid menstrual leave ... This is The Current.

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June 14: 'It's been a roller-coaster': Patient questions $750K price tag for life-changing drug

An Ottawa woman fighting for access to her life-changing drug has thrown the excessive price of pharmaceutical drugs into the spotlight.

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June 14: Should women get paid menstrual leave?

Critics say paid period leave could make workplace inequality worse, but supporters say it's a progressive step that recognizes women's unique health needs.

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June 14: Are U.S. and China headed for war?

Graham Allison says dark clouds are on the horizon between the two nuclear nations.

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Full Episode for June 13, 2017 - The Current

From the debate about Shakespeare's role in the modern classroom, to the single mother who was forced to choose between the Navy and her son, to the women's rights activist who went to jail for daring to drive in Saudi Arabia ... This is The Current.

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June 13: 'I dedicated my life to the Forces and got nowhere': Single mom told to choose between son and career

Canada's military can be a difficult place for women. One mother says the navy told her she had to choose between caring for her child or serving at sea.

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June 13: Barring the Bard: Should Shakespeare still be taught in schools?

To teach Shakespeare or not to teach Shakespeare? School boards are reigniting the debate over the playwright's role in modern-day curriculum.

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June 13: 'Symbol for civil disobedience': How a Saudi woman landed in jail for daring to drive

Manal al-Sharif was one of the first women to drive in Saudi Arabia — a country that strictly forbids women from getting behind the wheel.

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Full Episode for June 12, 2017 - The Current

From Naomi Klein on the cultural shift of the Trump presidency, to the gruesome war crimes photojournalist Ali Arkady witnessed in Iraq, to looking at the role mayors and cities play on the global front ... This is The Current.

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June 12: 'Corporate coup': Naomi Klein says Trump's goal is to make the rich richer

Author and activist Naomi Klein argues that Donald Trump's rise to the Oval Office in the U.S. is not an aberration, but a cultural shift that's made a "megabrand president" possible.

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June 12: 'That is not humanity': Photojournalist describes torture and abuse by Iraqi army

Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady is in hiding after witnessing Iraqi soldiers committing acts of torture and killing of civilians.

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June 12: Mayors defying federal politics is part of growing trend, says author

City leaders spoke out against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement.

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The Current for June 9, 2017

From British Prime Minister Theresa May's political gamble gone wrong, to why killers put their thoughts on paper, to how a new fossil discovery rewrites origins of human history ... This is The Current with Jan Wong.

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June 9: Conservatives hang on to minority in U.K. election

When British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election in April, she was expecting a landslide victory. But Thursday night, she only held onto a minority.

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June 9: 'Strong case for obstruction of justice' against Trump: historian Allan Lichtman

What impact will former FBI Director James Comey's testimony have on the Russia-Trump investigations?

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June 9: View into minds of killers? Look at their writing, say professors

Professors Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi say the best way to get into the minds of murderers is to look at their writing.

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June 9: New fossil discovery changes human origin story

Researchers say our understanding of the origin of the human species has been turned upside down with this new research.

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Full Episode for June 8, 2017 - The Current

From exploring Canada's new assertiveness on the world stage, to how Uber created a ride-sharing revolution, to the links between childhood trauma and healthcare ... This is The Current.

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June 8: Can Canada be the newest global leader?

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that Canada must take a leadership role on the international stage.

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June 8: 'Founded in controversy': Author's inside look into Uber's success and scandals

Author Adam Lashinsky traces Uber's rapid rise as a disruptor in the tech industry from its early beginnings.

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June 8: How childhood trauma can have a life-long impact on health

Doctors are realizing that to treat ongoing illness in adults, they need to ask about their childhood.

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Full Episode for June 7, 2017 - The Current

From asking what responsibility news outlets have in protecting identity of whistleblowers, to the veteran journalist who has covered terrorism for decades, to the stigma surrounding women with migraines ... This is The Current.

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June 7:Is media responsible for protecting identity of whistleblowers?

News outlet The Intercept has been criticized for compromising the identity of alleged NSA whistleblower Reality Winner.

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June 7: Not just a headache: Female migraine sufferers cope with pain and stigma

Migraine sufferers have taken to Twitter to change the conversation around debilitating migraines with the hashtag #notjustaheadache.

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June 7: Veteran reporter on how terror has changed in 50 years

Peter Taylor has spent five decades reporting on terrorism, conflict and political violence.

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Full Episode for June 6, 2017 - The Current

From the impact of the new $15 minimum wage on small businesses, to how much the Internet can be blamed for terrorism, to a scientific breakthrough that could change the code of life ... This is The Current.

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June 6: Can regulating the Internet stop terror attacks?

British Prime Minister Theresa May says tech giants need to crack down on online terrorist activity because they're creating "safe spaces" for terrorists, but others say that will just push terrorist activities further underground.

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June 6: Alberta launches investigation into jailing of sexual assault victim

An Indigenous sexual assault victim spent five days in the Edmonton Remand Centre during the trial of her attacker.

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June 6: Ontario's new $15 minimum wage bad for business, say critics

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that her government would see to a $15 minimum wage by 2019.

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June 6: Unicorns to designer babies: New gene editing tech could change course of evolution

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

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Full Episode for June 5, 2017 - The Current

From a sexual assault victim who was put in jail alongside her attacker, to the ripple effects of President Trump's exit from the Paris Agreement, to the long-held concerns about the Iraqi military ... This is The Current.

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June 5: 'I'm the victim and look at me, I'm in shackles': Alberta sexual assault victim jailed while testifying

Alberta's justice minister has apologized for the way a sexual assault victim was treated by the justice system two years ago.

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June 5: Paris climate agreement: Without U.S., what's next move for world leaders?

The aftershocks of U.S. President Donald Trump's exit from the Paris agreement are being felt all over the world, prompting other countries to take the lead.

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June 5: London attack by ISIS was 'all too predictable,' says security expert

The recent terrorist attack in London came just days before the U.K's general election.

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June 5: In fight against ISIS, Iraqi army committing 'gravest of abuses' with impunity: expert

From its battle for Mosul to how it treats its own citizens, the Iraqi military has a long history of committing crimes against humanity.

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June 2: Can Wonder Woman be 1st female-led superhero blockbuster?

It has taken a long time to get feminist icon Wonder Woman on the big screen, and now that she's here — she's demanding action, and attention.

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June 2: Self-driving cars may make cities worse — not better, says journalist

Silicon Valley has big ideas, and even bigger power. Should we be more skeptical of the tech industry's "visions" for our future?

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June 2: Taking it to the streets: Vancouver pharmacist makes house calls to a vulnerable population in Downtown Eastside

"He's not just a pharmacist, he's somebody you can talk to if you are having a bad day."

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June 2: Portland mayor wants pro-Trump 'free speech' rally cancelled after train attack

Calls to revoke permits for a Portland pro-Trump free speech rally has spurred a heated debated in a city still reeling from a racist tirade that killed two men.

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Full Episode for June 2, 2017 - The Current

From Wonder Woman and its potential impact on the future of film, to concern of Silicon Valley's outsized hold on democracy, and Portland's pro-Trump free speech rally raises questions about hate speech vs. free speech ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for June 1, 2017 - The Current

From the questionable investigations into Indigenous deaths in Thunder Bay, to the Iraqi photographer in hiding after witnessing torture, to the 32-year-old monk poised to lead the world's Tibetan Buddhists ... This is The Current.

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June 1: Iraqi photographer on the run for chronicling country's war crimes

When photographer Ali Arkady was invited to follow the Iraqi military, he never imagined it would turn into a tale of torture and tyranny.

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June 1: First Nations leaders call for RCMP investigation into Thunder Bay deaths

First Nations chiefs in Thunder Bay say the deaths of Indigenous people in the area have not been getting the police attention they need.

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June 1: 'It's difficult to make balance': Dalai Lama successor navigates modern world

Ogyen Trinley Dorje is deemed to be the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa, one of the most revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism and the successor to the Dalai Lama.

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Full Episode for May 31, 2017 - The Current

From the massive bomb blast in the Afghan capital, to Ottawa's announcement to fund Lyme disease research, to the life-threatening condition few know about, to the homelessness crisis tearing apart a B.C. community... This is The Current.

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May 31: Kabul bombing kills at least 80 near city's diplomatic district

A massive sewage tanker bomb killed at least 80 people and injured more than 300 in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital.

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May 31: 'It's not addressing the sick people': Lyme disease patient argues government funding misguided

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

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May 31: Why time is of the essence in treating sepsis — a growing killer in Canada

Doctors and patient groups are urging the medical community to pay more attention to recognizing and preventing sepsis, a life-threatening condition with a high mortality rate.

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May 31: Maple Ridge: B.C. town divided by homeless crisis

The debate over the issue of homeless and drug-addicted people in B.C. has left this small community angry and divided.

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Full Episode for May 30, 2017 - The Current

From looking at what Andrew Scheer's victory means for Canadian politics, to what US President Donald Trump's handshakes reveal about his power and personality, to how a doctor is radically changing the way patients manage pain... This is The Current.

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May 30: Who is Canada's new leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer?

Newly-elected Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer has spent most of his adult life in politics, yet many Canadians don't know much about him.

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May 30: Deal with NDP is what Canadians wanted, says B.C. Green Party MLA

The Green Party and NDP have joined forces to form a minority government in B.C. for the next four years.

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May 30: Trump and the art of the political handshake

World leaders are pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump with his favourite age-old weapon — the dominant handshake.

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May 30: 'Silent epidemic': How a doctor is changing the way we treat pain

Dr. Hance Clarke is challenging our approach to managing pain and getting people off addictive opioids at the same time.

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Full Episode for May 29, 2017 - The Current

From the lack of an agreement on the migration crisis at the G7 Summit, to a journalist who's spent years researching back pain, to Scott Anderson's unique look at why the hopes of the Arab Spring failed... This is The Current.

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May 29: G7 leaders failing migrants and EU nations, says MSF rescuer

Humanitarian organizations and rescue groups called on world leaders to address the migration crisis at the G7 summit in Italy, but they failed to deliver.

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May 29: Chronic back pain? Journalist investigates what works and what doesn't

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

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May 29: War correspondent Scott Anderson explores why Arab Spring failed in new book

In his new book, journalist Scott Anderson tells the story of why Arab Spring failed through six individuals who lived through it.

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Full Episode for May 26, 2017 - The Current

From exploring the divide in the federal Conservatives party amidst the leadership announcement, to why masculinity needs a makeover, to how an app is helping Iranian women talk about rights and sexual health ... This is The Current with Duncan McCue.

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May 26: Conservative Vote: Frontrunner Bernier's path to leadership far from certain

The long campaign is over. Which Conservative leadership candidate will take the crown on Saturday?

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May 26: Man in the mirror: Why artist Grayson Perry says masculinity needs a makeover

Provocative British artist Grayson Perry has been questioning manliness and suggests redefining masculinity could change the world.

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May 26: App brings sexual health info to Iranian women

A period tracker app in Iran is being called a stealthy Trojan horse, sneaking in taboo tips on sexual education and women's rights.

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Full Episode for May 25, 2017 - The Current

From finding out a gang Kim Bolan was reporting on wanted to kill her, to a father's mission to prevent drug-addicted teens from dying, culling wild dogs after a young mother was mauled to death ... This is The Current with Duncan McCue.

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May 25: Gang trial reveals alleged murder plot against B.C. crime reporter Kim Bolan

Vancouver Sun crime reporter Kim Bolan discovers she is the subject of her own story, covering the murder trial of United Nations gang member.

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May 25: 'It is a crisis': A father's mission to save drug-addicted teens from dying

Why an Ottawa-based entrepreneur has made it his life's mission to prevent drug-addicted teens from dying.

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May 25: After mauling death, dog cull may be only solution argues veterinarian

A community in northern Manitoba is offering a bounty of $25 for wild dogs after a young mother was mauled to death.

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Full Episode for May 24, 2017 - The Current

From the Sisyphean task of keeping England safe, to why Richard Harris says scientific research is riddled with problems, to how global warming could undermine the 'doomsday' global seed vault... This is The Current with Duncan McCue.

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May 24: Manchester attack: Can U.K. stop homegrown terrorism?

In the wake of the Manchester concert bombing, there are growing concerns of how England's security services will keep the country safe.

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May 24: Sloppy science creates worthless cures and wastes billions, says author

Biomedical researchers are always looking for the next breakthrough, but author Richard Harris says the search comes at a high price.

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May 24: Global seed vault at risk — and climate change is to blame, say experts

The deep Arctic is home to a vault that's keeping almost a million seed varieties safe. But rising temperatures have put them all at risk.

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Full Episode for May 23, 2017 - The Current

From an eyewitness account of the Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester, UK., to two Yazidi sisters who survived ISIS captivity, to restaurateur Jen Agg challenging stereotypes in a male-dominated field ... This is The Current.

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May 23: Manchester concert eyewitness says explosion was 'loudest noise I've ever heard'

An eight-year-old was among the 22 young fans dead in the wake of a suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K.

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May 23: 'I want my voice to be heard': How two Yazidi sisters escaped ISIS captors

Two Yazidi sisters, who survived ISIS captivity, now long to return home to Shingal Mountain.

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May 23: 'I don't see myself as a bitch': Jen Agg challenges 'bro culture' in restaurant business

Jen Agg has restaurants in Toronto and Montreal but her success in a tough business often still comes with a side of judgment — served cold.

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May 23: 'I'm going to be killed': How this Montreal woman survived the Rwandan genocide

Odile Sanabaso survived the Rwanda massacre, but her personal disruption came from a family friend. She shares her story as part of The Disruptors.

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May 22: Donald Trump acting like a "businessman President" on Middle East trip, says reporter

Washington Post reporter Callum Borchers says Trump's first foreign trip as head of state is guided by deal making, not human rights.

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May 22: What are the costs of Canada's spike in breakfast sandwich sales?

Last year, we gobbled up 552 million breakfasts-to-go — a 12 per cent increase since 2013. But what are the effects on national health?

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May 22: Does the government's transgender rights bill threaten female-only spaces?

A member of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter says Bill C-16 will erode the advances made to recognize the unique dangers and challenges facing women.

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May 22: ENCORE: Why we think we know everything, a cognitive scientist explains

Author and cognitive scientist Steven Sloman shares his theory on how humans can know so little yet accomplish so much.

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Full Episode for May 22, 2017

From the increasingly allure of the breakfast sandwich, to those who claim Bill C-16 will infringe on the feminist agenda, and a cognitive scientist explains how humans can accomplish so much, and yet know so little ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for May 19, 2017 - The Current

From the nightmare of waking up during surgery, to the promise of IVG as the future of fertility treatments, to local dog breeds around the world threatened with extinction ... This is The Current with Duncan McCue.

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May 19: 'I went into distress': patient wakes up during surgery

Patients waking up during surgery reportedly happens during one out of every 1,000 surgeries.

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May 19: Babies from skin cells? New fertility technology raises ethical questions

Scientists are studying a potential fertility treatment that takes adult human cells and transforms them into eggs and sperm.

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May 19: How a push to revive an ancient dog helps Mongolian farmers

Mongolian Bankhar dogs and Polish lowland sheepdogs are among many local dog breeds around the world threatened with extinction.

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Full Episode for May 18, 2017 - The Current

From Republicans standing by U.S. President Donald Trump during this time of crisis in the White House, to MPs from four different parties on how to reform Canada's parliament, to the politics of pulling down historic statues ... This is The Current.

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May 18: Why the Republican Party won't break ranks with President Trump

American conservatives say Republican lawmakers defending the president may face a choice of career over country or party over patriotism.

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May 18: How to reform Parliament: 4 MPs from different parties aim to fix democracy

Four sitting MPs (from four different parties) say Canadians are losing faith in Parliament and share practical ideas on how to fix it.

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May 18: Amid death threats, New Orleans dismantles Civil War statues at night

New Orleans is removing statues honouring slave-owning Confederates of the U.S. Civil War. But it's not without controversy.

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Full Episode for May 17, 2017 - The Current

From concern over the MMIW inquiry failing families of victims, to elderly patients stuck in hospitals due to lack of home care, to the story of Canadian public servant Bob Munro changing lives through soccer ... This is The Current.

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May 17: MMIW inquiry failing families, says Native Women's Association

A national Indigenous women's group gives a failing grade to the MMIW inquiry for lack of communication and respect.

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May 17: 'Kids are going to school because of football': How a Canadian gave Kenyan youth a future

Canadian civil servant Bob Munro had an idea that has changed everything — a soccer program run by youth in the slums of Nairobi.

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May 17: Elderly patients in hospital need adequate long-term care plans before discharge, say families

The pressure is so high for hospital beds, some elderly patients say they are being discharged too soon.

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Full Episode for May 16, 2017 - The Current

From the latest on the WannaCry ransomware cyber attack, to former world chess champion Garry Kasparov on exploring machine intelligence, to teenagers addicted to technology ... This is The Current.

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May 16: How to defend yourself against ransomware cyberattacks

The story of the weaponizing of WannaCry ransomware and a wake-up call to companies slow to update IT infrastructure.

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May 16: Defeated by a computer, world chess champion Garry Kasparov embraces artificial intelligence

In the dawning world of artificial intelligence, who is the pawn and who is the king?

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May 16: When does a teenager's cellphone use become an addiction?

In the world of smartphones and teenagers, we're asking: Who's in charge?

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Full Episode for May 15, 2017 - The Current

From writer Hal Niedzviecki responding to the controversy over cultural appropriation, to Prime Minister's message to "rebuild better" after floods across Canada, to the insatiable appetite for technology, texts, and timelines ... This is The Current.

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May 15: 'I invoked cultural appropriation in the context of literature and writing only': Hal Niedzviecki

Writer Hal Niedzviecki regrets using the term "cultural appropriation" in a recent column but says writers shouldn't limit themselves to what they know.

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May 15: Why technology is addictive and what to do about it

Author Adam Alter explains how technology keeps us hooked and reveals patterns of addiction akin to substance abuse.

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May 15: Why rebuild after flood if it's likely to happen again, asks climatologist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we need to 'rebuild better' after the floods but should we rebuild at all?

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Full Episode for May 12, 2017 - The Current

From Venezuela's health emergency, to lingering concerns over the use of OxyContin pain, to how overconfidence doomed Hillary Clinton's run for the U.S. presidency ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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May 12: Recovering addict still concerned after $20M class-action payout over OxyContin

This month, the makers of OxyContin settled a $20 million class-action lawsuit stemming from how the medication was marketed.

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May 12: 'Our people are dying': Venezuela's health crisis leaves doctors without medicine

Venezuela's dire economic crisis has led to life-threatening consequences as doctors have no access to medications to treat ill patients.

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May 12: Why did Hillary Clinton lose to Trump? New book looks inside failed campaign

A Washington journalist with sources deep inside Hillary Clinton's campaign reveals how overconfidence and a flawed candidate doomed her run for the U.S. presidency.

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Full Episode for May 11, 2017 - The Current

From the conversation on climate change likely to change in B.C. politics with the Green Party holding the balance of power, to how emotions are made, to re-introducing Nigerian schoolgirls — kidnapped three years ago — into daily ... This is The Current.

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May 11: B.C. Green Party looks to leverage new political power

How the political conversation on climate change is likely to shift due to the B.C.'s Green Party holding the balance of power.

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May 11: Emotions are not hardwired but learned in our brains, says author

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

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May 11: Former Boko Haram captives need help with reintegration, says advocate

The world chanted "Bring Back Our Girls" when Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. This weekend, 82 of them were released.

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Full Episode for May 10, 2017 - The Current

From sick leave for parents who are caregivers to critically ill kids, to Ariel Levy's new memoir on love and loss, to the legacy of the Westray mine disaster 25 years later, to Trump's surprise firing of FBI director James Comey ... This is The Current.

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May 10: Why did Trump fire FBI director James Comey?

The White House says the move to fire FBI director James Comey was made to restore public trust in the FBI, but what really led to the firing?

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May 10: Compassionate leave for parents with critically-ill kids seriously flawed, says expert

In a nation where the government has extended leave for parents of newborns, is there an obligation to support those caring for older children?

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'For 10 minutes I was somebody's mother': Ariel Levy explores life and loss in memoir

How one night in a hotel room in Mongolia changed everything for journalist Ariel Levy.

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May 10: 'I knew what hell looked like': Westray miner recalls scene of historic disaster

The Westray disaster inspired legislation aimed at holding employers criminally responsible when workers die on the job. But 25 years later, how effective is it?

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Full Episode for May 9, 2017 - The Current

From critics arguing to change solitary confinement use in prisons, to the controversy bright new LED streetlights have created for some Halifax residents, to Canada's first women's shelter that is still being used today ... This is The Current.

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May 9: Federal prisons must find alternatives to solitary confinement, says correctional investigator

The Ontario government has agreed to act on recommendations to alter the use of solitary confinement in prisons. Critics want Ottawa to follow suit.

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May 9: 'It's early morning all night long': Halifax residents revolt over LED street lights

Bright new LED street lights are causing a fury of complaints in Halifax — waking up residents, ruining ambiance and even causing health risks.

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May 9: Meet one of the pioneers behind Canada's first shelter for abused women

Domestic abuse was neither discussed nor understood when Interval House opened its doors in 1973. Now the shelter influences other safe houses.

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Full Episode for May 8, 2017 - The Current

From Emmanuel Macron's victory in France's presidential elections, to a former model speaking out about the dangerous demands for thinness of the fashion industry, to the flying cars of the future ... This is The Current.

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May 8: Montreal mayor declares state of emergency amid threat of rising flood waters

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has declared a state of emergency for his city as volunteers scramble to help deal with the flood crisis.

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May 8: France's future a mystery with Macron as new president-elect

The new president-elect of France Emmanuel Macron lands a solid victory introducing a brand new party — and a future that's unclear.

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May 8: Fashion industry drove her into anorexia, says former model

After a year of starving herself for couture catwalks, Victoire Dauxerre was literally a victim of fashion.

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May 8: A future with flying cars is near: 'We are closer than we've ever been'

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

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Full Episode for May 5, 2017 - The Current

From Canadians in the dark of flood risks and what to do when it happens, to taking stock of the treatment of farm animals on their way to the slaughterhouse, to survivors of polio still suffering the effects ... This is The Current with Nora Young.

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May 5:Canadian homeowners in the dark about flood risks, study suggests

What Canadians need to know about the risks of living in flood-prone areas.

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May 5: Farm animal transport to slaughterhouses need better rules, says advocate

Taking stock of the treatment of animals from the farm to the slaughterhouse.

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May 5: How polio still affects survivors decades later

The challenges of dealing with the aftereffects of polio when the disease has been eradicated for decades.

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May 5: 'I didn't care very much whether I lived or died'

Toronto emergency physician James Maskalyk who works in Toronto and Addis Ababa shares the moment that not only changed his life — but saved it.

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Full Episode for May 4, 2017 - The Current

From the impact of the #IamLinda incident on the B.C. election, to Catherine Mayer taking the battle for women's equality to the British ballot box, to decoding the biases and stereotypes in the field of artificial Intelligence ... This is The Current.

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May 4: Handshake plagues B.C. Liberal Christy Clark in last days of election

How a meet and greet with voter Linda Higgins has become the handshake that won't let go of B.C. Liberal Christy Clark.

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May 4: Traditional parties sideline women's rights, says Women's Equality Party co-founder

A new political party pushing gender parity is part of Britain's election campaign in a quest for a land called Equalia.

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May 4: How not to create a racist, sexist robot

Artificial intelligence researchers have spotted prejudice in programming deep learning machines — some say due in part to an industry dominated by white men.

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Full Episode for May 3, 2017- The Current

From looking for a real solution to the family doctor shortage in Canada, to the burden of gratitude for refugees in a new homeland, to DaddyOFive father learning a hard legal lesson about parenting and pranking on the internet ... This is The Current.

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May 3: Government has to stop looking for cheap way to address doctor shortage, says GP

Finding a doctor can be hard in many communities across Canada. In B.C. about 15 per cent of the population doesn't have a family physician.

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May 3: Expecting gratitude from refugees can be toxic, says author

How expecting gratitude can turn thankfulness sour for refugees in a new homeland.

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May 3: Where's the line when it comes to prank videos and children?

DaddyOFive father Mike Martin learns a hard legal lesson about parenting and pranking on the internet.

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Full Episode for May 2, 2017 - The Current

From Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's false claims about his role in the Afghan war, to a fire captain recalling heading into the epic Fort McMurray fire a year ago, to a documentary chronicling citizens fighting ISIS in Raqqa ... This is The Current.

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May 2: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan takes political hit over 'architect' claim in Afghan war

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s false claims about his role during the Afghan has garnered much reaction and critics are requesting he resign.

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May 2: How a Fort McMurray fire captain helped save the city but lost his home

Fire captain Damian Asher recalls fighting the wildfire that threatened to destroy Fort McMurray, a year ago.

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May 2: 'Show the truth': Citizen journalists report on life under ISIS in new film

The City of Ghosts documentary chronicles the struggles of citizen journalists in Raqqa through the camera lens as they fight ISIS.

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Full Episode for May 1, 2017 - The Current

From questioning if Canada should pull out of NAFTA, to Anthony Bourdain with one his culinary heroes Jeremiah Tower, to why a proposed icefield bike pathway through Jasper National Park is meeting resistance ... This is The Current.

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May 1: Should Canada pre-empt the U.S. and pull out of NAFTA?

The U.S. administration has begun a whole new dialogue around NAFTA. Now many Canadians question if the agreement is worth holding on to.

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May 1: Why Anthony Bourdain wants the world to know about chef Jeremiah Tower

Ever heard of Jeremiah Tower? Culinary celebrity Anthony Bourdain wants you to know he's the chef responsible for transforming American cuisine.

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May 1: Environmental group rejects proposed bike path through Jasper National Park

A proposed paved bike path through the Icefields Parkway will have harmful environmental consequences, says Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

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May 1: How Lynn Keane's life changed when her son took his own life

"What we didn't know could have potentially saved our son's life."

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Full Episode for April 28, 2017 - The Current

From attorney Ken Feinberg's work documented in film Playing God, to exploring how to prevent violent video sharing, to journalist Peter Edwards on the reign of the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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April 28: What's life worth? Ken Feinberg on victim compensation

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

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April 28: Meet the godfather of Canada's outlaw biker club, Satan's Choice

Meet Bernie Guindon, the leader of Satan's Choice Motorcyle Club — an important figure in the history of Canada's biker clubs and culture.

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April 28: Facebook isn't doing enough to control violent posts, says expert

Violent acts being filmed and posted to social media have many asking whether it's possible to reverse the trend of violent video sharing.

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The Current in Washington: Full Episode for April 27, 2017

With the 100 day mark of the Donald Trump U.S. presidency just days away, Anna Maria Tremonti hosts a special edition of The Current from the heart of Washington, D.C.

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April 27: Why this U.S. civil servant runs a rogue Twitter account against Trump

"We have a president in the United States. We do not have a king. We do not have a dictator."

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April 27: Election forecaster Allan Lichtman predicts Trump impeachment

Nobody saw the Donald Trump presidency coming — but Allan Lichtman did. And now the historian predicts Trump may well be impeached.

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April 27: How these young Republicans rate Donald Trump's 1st 100 days

No other president has kept campaign promises the way Donald Trump has, say young Republicans.

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April 27: Washington journalists share challenges covering 100 days of Trump

Trump's famously adversarial relationship with the media has created obstacles for reporters covering Trump. So how has the last 100 days been?

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Full Episode for April 26, 2017

From U.S. tariff's targeting Canada's dairy products and softwood lumber, to a documentary that chronicles living with chronic fatigue syndrome, to the provocative Camille Paglia on men and modern feminism ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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April 26: Trump targets Canada's lumber and dairy industry trade

Trade relations between Canada and the U.S. are heating up with recent tariffs imposed on importing soft lumber into the states. Is the dairy industry next?

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April 26: Unrest director documents debilitating life with chronic fatigue syndrome

Jennifer Brea was a vigorous woman until she became ill with what's known as chronic fatigue syndrome. She documents life's challenges in the film, Unrest

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April 26: Modern feminism needs to 'stop blaming men,' says Camille Paglia

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

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Full Episode for April 25, 2017 - The Current

From persecuted LGBTQ in Chechnya calling for help from countries like Canada, to activist Don MacPherson on legalizing and regulating illicit drugs, to creating a dialogue between a domestic violence survivor and her abuser ... This is The Current.

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April 25: Persecuted LGBTQ in Chechnya need help from Canada, says activist

Many gay men in Chechnya are attempting to flee the region — and many are calling on Canada, and other countries, to help resettle them.

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

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

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April 25: 'Has it affected him?' Woman confronts her abuser in documentary 'A Better Man'

On a hot summer night 22 years ago, Attiya Khan ran through the streets fleeing her ex-boyfriend Steve, who’d been abusing her on a daily basis. Now, years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet and filmed the process.

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Full Episode for April 24, 2017 - The Current

From Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on growing through grief, to the seismic shift in French politics after the first round of presidential voting, to health columnist André Picard on public health issues in Canada ... This is The Current.

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April 24: How grief can lead to joy: Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg explains Option B

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

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April 24: 'Fresh face' Macron and Le Pen head to 2nd round of French presidential election

The Current reviews the seismic shift in French politics after the first round of presidential voting leaves the mainstream parties chewing dust.

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April 24: Canadians too accepting of mediocre health care, says André Picard

Longtime health columnist André Picard tackles the biggest problems plaguing Canada's health-care system, and acknowledges the successes too.

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