Why a Swiss adventurer left the Western world to join a nomadic Indigenous community

Journalist Carl Hoffman follows two Western adventurers in his new book The Last Wild Men of Borneo, and reveals much about the forces shaping the island today.

The Current for August 17, 2018

From the case of a horse suing owner its owner for neglect and suffering; to Lily Rose Lee — formerly known as Michelle Knight — on finding love and purpose after 11 years of being tortured in captivity; to The Last Wild Men of Borneo, a true life adventure story ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Newspapers rebuking Trump probably won't change anyone's mind, says veteran reporter

More than 200 newspapers in the U.S. have published co-ordinated editorials as a rebuttal to President Trump's repeated attacks on the media. But opinion is divided over whether it will have any effect.

How B.C. homeowners can prepare for wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn through B.C. and weather forecasts are calling for more hot, dry conditions, one UBC professor shares proactive steps homeowners and communities can take to lessen the risk of damage when the next fire hits.

Boy on the beach: How Alan Kurdi's family are turning their grief into a fight to help refugees

After the drowned body of her three-year-old nephew Alan washed up on a Turkish beach, Tima Kurdi became an advocate for the world's refugees. She has now written a book about her own loss, and what the world must do to stop it happening again.

The Current for August 16, 2018

From residents of areas hit by B.C. Wildfires questioning the province's delayed response to declare a state of emergency; to how the media should respond to attacks by political leaders; to Alan Kurdi's family turning their grief into help for refugees ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Space travel could contaminate Mars with human germs, warns professor

Astronauts have always had rules that stop them bringing contamination back to Earth from outer space, but now some experts are arguing we need to protect other planets from the human germs we bring with us.

Crazy Rich Asians criticized for Chinese-centric 'colourism'

The new movie Crazy Rich Asians is receiving critical acclaim, but it's also causing a stir for its lack of diverse representation of the Asian diaspora's experience.

How a Muslim undercover FBI agent foiled Via Rail terror plot in Canada

Tamer Elnoury is a member of a very small club: FBI undercover agents who are Muslim, speak Arabic and are willing to try to infiltrate suspected terrorist groups.

The Current for August 15, 2018

From whether the opening of Crazy Rich Asians is a watershed moment for Asians in movies; to how far we should go to protect planets from germ-ridden humans; to a Muslim FBI agent who goes undercover to target a Canadian terror cell ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

'A Nazi in all but name': Author argues Asperger's syndrome should be renamed

Hans Asperger's pioneering work on autism led to Asperger syndrome being named after him. But the author of a new book claims that he also collaborated in the Nazis' euthanization of children.

Turkey's lira crisis puts European economies at risk, says expert

As the Turkish lira tumbles and the country's president remains defiant in a tariff battle with the U.S., one expert warns the economic stability in Turkey could spread beyond its borders with serious implications.

These designers think everyone should wear jumpsuits — so they've made one in 248 sizes

The Rational Dress Society proposes that we clear out our wardrobes and wear jumpsuits 24/7. It's not just a fashion statement, it's a path to unity and equality, they say.

The Current for August 14, 2018

From signs of deeper economic and political problems in Turkey as the currency crisis escalates; to the hidden history of the Nazi connection to autism's most famous researcher; to freedom from fashion: making the leap into jumpsuits ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Charlottesville resistance 'knocked the alt-right back on its heels,' says prof

Charlottesville is still grappling with the trauma and fallout from last year's Unite the Right rally, but one professor says the resistance to the white supremacists has been effective.

Canadian 'Raccoon Whisperer' draws international admirers

Jim Blackwood has been feeding raccoons from his deck for two decades. Videos showcasing his raccoon family have been met with such enthusiasm online that some international fans are travelling to see the interactions first-hand.

How Judy Rebick's 11 personalities helped her cope with the abuse she suffered as a child

Feminist Judy Rebick reveals she lived with multiple personalities — and that it made her a stronger activist.

The Current for August 13, 2018

From a community still reckoning with the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville; to the love of raccoons and tourists traveling to rural Nova Scotia to meet the Raccoon Whisperer and his furry friends; to the inner lives of famed Canadian feminist Judy Rebick ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Children at daycare shielded in windowless room amid fatal Fredericton shooting

A shooting in Fredericton, N.B., has left at least four people dead. We speak to locals about how they coped during those fearful hours.

How 'counter-monuments' can solve the debate over controversial historical statues

Amidst the disagreement over what to do about John A. Macdonald statues in Canada, one expert points to "counter-monuments" as a way to add historical context without removing what already exists.

Telling their stories on canvas: Syrian refugees take art classes to overcome trauma

An art project in Toronto aimed to help Syrian refugees confront their trauma, by letting them tell their stories on canvas.

The Current for August 10, 2018

From a Fredericton shooting that has left four dead; to the argument for "counter-monuments" in the debate over removing a John A Macdonald statue in Victoria; to how art has helped Syrian newcomers express their trauma; to confronting our adultitarian system by giving kids permission to cut hair ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Activist says Saudi police threatened his family after he tweeted about diplomatic row with Canada

A Saudi Arabian man living in Canada says he won't stop speaking out about the diplomatic row between the two countries, even though Saudi police have allegedly threatened his family.

Would you let a 10-year-old cut your hair? Artist argues we should give kids more control

Theatre artist Darren O'Donnell says it's time to break down our 'adultitarian' society and take children and their abilities more seriously.

Why the origins of deep brain stimulation fell into obscurity

In 1950, Dr. Robert Heath invented a technique to change the human brain using deep brain stimulation. Now it's used to treat a range of illnesses. Author Lone Frank shares the forgotten story behind Heath's controversial work in her book.