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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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Remembering Roger Moore

Director John Glen reflects on his time directing Roger Moore as Jame Bond.

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This Harvard grad submitted a rap album for his thesis

Obasi Shaw just became the first student ever to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in Harvard's English department.

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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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Full Episode for April 21, 2017 - The Current

From Wendy Walsh being credited for taking down Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, to the responsibility of playwrights in politically volatile times, to a breakdown of the political establishment in France before vote day ... This is The Current with Dave Seglins.

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April 21: 'I had to speak': Wendy Walsh addresses Fox News' Bill O'Reilly allegations

Following the termination of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, Wendy Walsh — one of the women credited with taking down the controversial host — speaks to The Current.

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April 21: Building the Wall: A theatrical response to the age of Donald Trump

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan on his new play, Building the Wall, and the responsibility of playwrights in politically volatile times.

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April 21: Could it soon be President Le Pen? Dissecting French election frontrunners

An extremist attack yesterday in Paris has cracked the French presidential election wide open. The Current explores the concerns of voters in the run-up to Sunday's vote.

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April 21: Freedom to practice polygamy in Canada on trial in small B.C. community

Is the practice of polygamy protected by the Charter's guarantee of religious freedom? A trial in Cranbrook, B.C. is testing this question.

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Full Episode for April 20, 2017 - The Current

From a veteran Ottawa police officer's search for forgiveness after making racist comments online, to sizing up the value of the Body Mass Index, to looking for a cure for medical misdiagnosis ... This is The Current.

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April 20: 'I want to understand': Ottawa police sergeant openly apologizes for racist comments

Last September Veldon Coburn exposed racist online comments made by an Ottawa police sergeant about the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook. Now the two men are meeting in person.

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April 20: BMI 'obsolete' and doesn't measure health, says doctor

The Body Mass Index (BMI) determines the weight of health care plans, medical insurance, even eligibility for surgery. But some doctors say it's bogus.

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April 20: Can anything be done to prevent hospital misdiagnoses?

After a string of misdiagnosis cases in the news, The Current looks at how diagnostic errors happen in hospital ER rooms — and what to do about it.

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Full Episode for April 19, 2017 - The Current

From the Bank of Canada's Carolyn Wilkins raising concerns over neglecting the automation economy, to the mystery behind one of the Yukon's missing rivers, to a Canadian doctor who made a difference in treatment for Ebola... This is The Current.

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April 19: Bank of Canada urges government to embrace automation economy

The Bank of Canada's Carolyn Wilkins is concerned Canada is slow in adapting to automation — a shift that will impact future jobs.

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April 19: How a Yukon river suddenly vanished in 4 days

One of Yukon's rivers is missing and scientists say they know the culprit behind the mystery — climate change.

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April 19: Canadian doctor Rob Fowler recognized for life-saving treatment in Ebola outbreak

Out of Africa: Life and death lessons about the Ebola outbreak from a Canadian doctor who made a difference.

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Full Episode for April 18, 2017 - The Current

From concerned citizens after the 'yes' side win in Turkey's referendum, to the search for safe and affordable daycare in Canada, to the case of disappearing emails and calls for more transparency in government ... This is The Current.

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April 18: Turkey's referendum win: decisive defeat or pyrrhic victory?

The "yes" win in Turkey's referendum has many concerned of the sweeping new powers granted to President Recep Erdogan.

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April 18: 'I promised Mac I would protect him': Grieving mother's plea to B.C. premier for daycare reform

In January, Shelley Sheppard's 16-month-old son died in an unlicensed daycare. Sheppard's voice is among many advocates calling for safe, affordable daycare.

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April 18: Do politicians avoid leaving an email trail to dodge freedom of information requests?

The Current looks into the case of the disappearing government emails and the fight between privacy and the public's right to know.

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Full Episode for April 17, 2017 - The Current

From a nurse fined $26K for a Facebook post criticizing her grandfather's health care, to a KGB agent who became a double agent for the Mounties during the Cold War era, to why the treadmill feels like torture ... This is The Current with Dave Seglins.

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April 17: Saskatchewan nurse fights $26K fine for criticizing grandfather's care on Facebook

What happens when health care professionals are punished for speaking out about health care? For Saskatchewan nurse Carolyn Strom who criticized her grandfather's care on Facebook, it means a $26,000 fine.

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April 17: Hate the gym? History explains why the treadmill can feel like torture

If you dread the gym, it might not surprise you the treadmill was originally a device used to punish prison inmates. But how far have we really moved away from the idea of exercise as punishment? *This is an encore broadcast*

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April 17: How a spy betrayed the KGB and was double-crossed by RCMP cop

The real-life Canadian spy story of KGB agent Yevgeni Brik who becomes a double agent for the Mounties during the Cold War era puts James Bond movies to shame.

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Full Episode for April 14, 2017 - The Current

From the U.S. targeting ISIS in Afghanistan with 'the mother of all bombs' to reigniting long-held fears for Coptic Christians after two deadly bomb attacks in Egypt hit churches on Palm Sunday ... This is The Current with Dave Seglins.

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April 14: Analysts question U.S. strategy over massive bomb strike in Afghanistan

Yesterday's massive bomb that hit an eastern Afghanistan province targeting ISIS came out of nowhere. The Current tries to make sense of the U.S. strategy behind the 'mother of all bombs' strike.

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April 14: Coptic Christian says recent ISIS attacks won't deter Easter celebrations

Two separate bombings of churches in Egypt — claimed by ISIS — have reignited the long-held fears of the country's Coptic community. But nothing will stop Easter celebrations.

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Full Episode for April 13, 2017 - The Current

From a Quebec reference guide advising daycares to allow roughhousing, to the issue of marijuana dependency in the wake of a new legislation, to Dr. James Maskalyk who says ER's from Canada to Ethiopia provide a window on society ... This is The Current.

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April 13: Roughhousing benefits kids, suggests Quebec daycare guide

A new community reference guide in Quebec is advising daycares to allow roughhousing saying it helps build better social skills.

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April 13: Will legalized marijuana lead to more addictions?

As the government moves to legalize marijuana use, specialists in addiction say we need to confront the dependency issues we already face with the drug.

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April 13: From Toronto to Addis Ababa: Life lessons from an ER doctor

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

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Full Episode for April 12, 2017 - The Current

From the leverage China holds in a standoff between U.S. and North Korea, to passenger rights when airlines overbook, to how the upcoming B.C. election highlights loose political fundraising rules ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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April 12: Can China help de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and North Korea?

As the U.S. faces a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea, president Donald Trump's latest tweets show his patience is wearing thin with China and has issued an ultimatum - fix it, or the U.S. will.

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April 12: What rights do passengers have when airlines overbook?

The violent removal of a bloodied man from a United Airlines Express flight has many people wondering about passenger rights, overbooked flights and what it's going to take for airlines to make it right.

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April 12: B.C. Liberals face heat over 'cash-for-access' fundraising ahead of election

B.C. is being called the "Wild West" of political fundraising. The province's unique rules have allowed the B.C. Liberal Party to rake in massive amounts of cash.

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Full Episode for April 11, 2017 - The Current

From lessons in Venezuela's political situation for countries under the sway of populism, to young girls risking death by escaping female genital mutilation, to the case for bringing death-ed into the classroom ... This is The Current with Kelly Crowe.

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April 11: Tanzanian safe house helps courageous girls escape female genital mutilation

Many young girls face female genital mutilation in Tanzania. But now a safe haven, run by a local woman, serves as a refuge to help these girls escape the painful and potentially deadly tradition.

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April 11: Can Venezuela protests break authoritarian rule of President Maduro?

As Venezuela president Nicolaus Maduro tightens his grip on power, many are saying the country is becoming increasingly unlivable — and it's not just democracy at stake, it's survival.

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April 11: Why an ICU doctor says death ed is as essential as sex ed in high school

Teens already learn sex ed in school, so why not death ed too? The Current speaks to a palliative care doctor who says high school students should be taught about death and dying.

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Full Episode for April 10, 2017 - The Current

From the implications and expectations created by Trump's decision to bomb after the sarin gas attack, to disciplining doctors accused of betraying their patients' trust, to co-author Steve Sloman on The Knowledge Illusion ... This is The Current.

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April 10: Russia and Iran closer allies in wake of Syria attack, says expert

As a new week begins with a planned U.S. diplomatic visit to Moscow, The Current looks at the long-term implications created by Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airbase after the sarin gas attack.

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April 10: Patients speak out about doctors accused of sexual impropriety still being allowed to practice

"I had sort of an inner dialogue going on at the time which was basically saying 'You've gotta get out of here ... this is wrong. You need to leave."

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April 10: Why we think we know everything, a cognitive scientist explains

You may think you have a pretty good handle on how the world works. But when it comes down to it, we know very little about a lot of things, according to The Knowledge Illusion co-author, Steve Sloman.

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April 7: U.S. airstrikes in Syria: What's next for Putin and Assad?

Last night, the U.S. military fired missiles at a Syrian airfield in retaliation to this week's chemical attack. It's a move that will likely change its relationship with key players in this conflict, namely Russia.

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April 7: How Wall Street billionaire Steve Cohen survived an insider trading scandal

The quest to bring down Wall Street's most wanted man, Steve Cohen, is captured in a new book detailing insider trading, dirty money and powerful hedge funds.

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April 7: My First 150 Days documents hardship of immigrant life in Canada

A new documentary, My First 150 Days, looks at what happens when families that have spent years apart from each other are reunited — but feel like strangers.

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April 6: 'Syrians are dying every single day': Why can't the conflict end?

While atrocities in Syria continue, the world is asking what needs to be done to prevent the violence and why it’s so difficult to find a way out of the current situation.

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April 6: Experiencing 'eco-anxiety'? Report suggests link between climate change and mental heatlh

A new report by the American Psychological Association suggests worrying about climate change is having a serious impact on our mental health.

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Full Episode for April 6, 2017 - The Current

From how the chemical attack in Syria triggers questions about the fate of the conflict, to a suicide epidemic in Cross Lake and how teens are coping, to the stress of climate change creating eco-anxiety ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Full Episode for April 5, 2017 - The Current

From a deadly chemical attack in Syria, to the Afghanistan reconstruction and how well aid is being used, to debating the Liberal government's proposed changes to parliament ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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April 5: Syria chemical attack: what we know so far

As the international community condemns the recent Syrian chemical attack and wrings its hands yet again, The Current looks into the impact of this latest deadly strike.

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April 5: Amanda Todd's mom confident alleged cyberbully will be extradited to Canada

Aydin Coban, the man alleged to have cyber-bullied Amanda Todd was found guilty in the Netherlands of similar charges involving 34 underage victims. Todd's mother hopes he will face trial in Canada to set a precedent for cyberbullying law.

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April 5: Have billions of aid dollars helped Afghanistan?

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction says the U.S. and allied forces — including Canada — poured too much money into Afghanistan, and that has contributed to the corruption that mars the country.

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April 5: Opposition MPs argue proposed parliament changes threaten democracy

Opposition MPs say a Liberal plan to 'modernize' the House of Commons is a thinly-veiled power grab. The Current hears from three MPs but no filibustering allowed.

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How Senator Murray Sinclair responds to why don't residential school survivors just 'get over it'

As The Current's public forum wraps up, the discussion continues on the work of the national inquiry into MMIWG and reconciliation with audience members, including Matilda Wilson from our virtual reality documentary.

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The Current for April 4: MMIWG Ottawa Public Forum

This special edition of The Current is a public forum held at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. — the fifth in a series of MMIWG public forums. Anna Maria and panellists explore the National Inquiry into MMIWG, leadership and reconciliation.

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'No quick fixes' to speed up MMIWG inquiry, says lawyer

Indigenous activists and family members of MMIWG had high hopes when the National Inquiry was launched last August, but many are critical of the Inquiry's work thus far and say little has been accomplished in seven months.

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'No one wants this report to be put on a shelf': Indigenous Affairs Minister responds to inquiry criticism

The national inquiry into MMIWG began seven months ago, but critics argue it's moving too slowly.

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Full Episode for April 3, 2017 - The Current

From Elon Musk's next venture implanting artificial intelligence into human brains, to growing beyond post-traumatic stress disorder, to a small Ontario community struggling to survive as a town ... This is The Current. * Audio includes Russia blast news.

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April 3: Elon Musk wants to merge human brain with artificial intelligence

Inventor Elon Musk says artificial intelligence could soon outsmart us all. His philosophy: if we can't beat them, we should join them. His latest venture involves implanting AI computers directly into our brains.

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April 3: PTSD victims of violent crime find positive self-growth facing trauma: study

While a traumatic incident can lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, for some it can also lead to growth. A new study looks at why some people who experience trauma are transformed in a positive way.

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April 3: Why Chapman's Ice Cream is desperate to save local school from closure

With more than 600 public schools slated for closure across Ontario — many in rural areas — The Current visits Markdale where local employer Chapman's Ice Cream has offered millions of dollars to save the local school from closing.

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Full Episode for March 31, 2017 - The Current

From a remarkable survival story of a young Syrian refugee, to the latest attempt to eradicate the rats of Haida Gwaii, to making the case for a brand new Conservative Party ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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March 31: 'I had a feeling of death before me': A refugee's survival story of 4 days floating at sea

In 2014, the deadliest migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean carrying 500 refugees sank near Greece. Only 11 people survived. After four days floating in the sea, with babies in her arms, Doaa Al Zamel survived. She shares her remarkable story.

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March 31: Parks Canada calls for rat tails and ears to trace rodent's move to Haida Gwai

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 may survive us all.

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March 31: It's time for red and blue Tories to part ways, says Conservative Party member

Not all Canadian conservatives are liking the looks of the Conservative Party leadership candidates. According to Conservative Scott Gilmore, the party today has strayed too far from the centre and he's proposing a brand new conservative party.

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The Current for March 30, 2017 - The Current

From Britons confronting the personal and political fallout from Brexit, to Calestous Juma on the history of resisting technology, to a former Wall Street worker who started a Somaliland school to help young people get ahead ... This is The Current.

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March 30: Britons confront political and personal fallout from EU breakup

Yesterday, Britain's European breakup became official as Theresa May, the British PM, delivered the official letter invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. But the fallout personally is just beginning.

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March 30: From coffee to tractors: Why fear of loss inspires resistance to new technology

The more disruptive the idea, the more pushback it's likely to receive. It's been true again and again of many innovations: from margarine to tractors; recorded music to coffee. The Current looks into why people resist technology.

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March 30: 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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The Current for March 29, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 28, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 27, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 24, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 23, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 22, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 21, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 20, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 17, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

Should we hold true-crime podcasts to journalistic standards?

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

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

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Full Episode for March 16, 2017 - The Current

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

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March 16: What does Canada 150 mean for Indigenous communities?

For First Nations people, the territory known as Canada is much, much older than a century-and-a-half.

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 15, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 14, 2017 - The Current

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

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March 14: How one woman came to forgive the man who murdered her father

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 13, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 10, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 9, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 8, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 7, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 6, 2017 - The Current

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

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March 6: Can video games promote empathy?

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 3, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for March 2, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why 'love is medicine' for Indigenous youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Full Episode for February 28, 2017 - The Current

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 6: 'I want to die so bad': Indigenous youth from Cross Lake, Man., document hope and despair

The residents of Cross Lake, Man., are struggling with a suicide epidemic. Youth say they just want opportunities to lead successful lives.

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