Should palace officials have done more to prepare Meghan Markle's family for the royal wedding?

The world's gaze falls on the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But that intense scrutiny has been on Markle's family for months, says a veteran royal biographer, and the palace could have done more to help them cope.

Canada has dormant volcanoes. Climate change could wake them up

While the activity of B.C.'s dormant volcano presents no danger to the public, scientists are monitoring Mount Meager closely as climate change continues to affect the stability of rock in the area.

Why the soaring cost of vanilla could put your favourite ice cream flavour off the menu

Taking the kids for ice cream this holiday weekend? Soaring prices in the vanilla bean market are having an impact on ice cream mixtures — and a lot of other products too.

The Current for May 18, 2018

From the subtle racism towards Meghan Markle as she's set to join the royal family tomorrow; to the role climate change is having on Canada's volcanoes; to the story behind why vanilla bean is now worth more than silver ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

What growing old looks like when you're living with HIV

As the population of people living with HIV gets older, they face new challenges — related to their health, finances, and isolation — in unprecedented circumstances.

Aging with HIV is an absent reality for Africa, says Stephen Lewis

Thanks to access to necessary treatment, Canadians with HIV are living longer than ever expected. But that's not the case for the rest of the world, says Stephen Lewis, pointing to a lack of global interest in the crisis.

Halifax university's decision to have white prof teach residential schools course ignites controversy

A Halifax university stands by their decision to have a non-Indigenous scholar teach a course on residential schools. But critics are outraged that lived experience is not considered necessary to share this traumatic history.

The Current for May 17, 2018

From the controversy over a non-Indigenous scholar teaching a university course on residential schools; to a cohort of Canadians aging with HIV facing unexpected challenges; to Stephen Lewis on the lack of accessible HIV treatment around the world .... This is The Current.

From isolated homeschooling to a PhD from Cambridge: How Tara Westover was saved by her education

Tara Westover grew up with isolationist parents who didn't trust the government and gave her an erratic homeschooling. But getting an education — culminating in a PhD from Cambridge — helped her break out.

How a search for the world's best coffee led to Yemen in the midst of civil war

What lengths would you go to for the perfect cup of coffee? For Mokhtar Alkhanshali his quest took him to Yemen where the daunting hikes up the highland mountains were the least of his challenges during the civil war.

Canada must do more to minimize flood risk, says climate expert

The devastating floods in B.C. and New Brunswick are a reminder to homeowners and communities to do more to minimize flood risk, according to a climate expert who says expect more extreme weather to come.

The Current for May 16, 2018

From how to minimize flood risk as B.C. residents brace for more water this week; to Mokhtar Alkhanshali's quest for the best coffee in Yemen; to Tara Westover's transformation after leaving a non-conformist family against schooling to earning a PhD ... This is The Current.

Who is George Soros? Four things you wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)

As Hungary’s prime minister pushes for his country to enact a set of ‘Stop Soros’ laws, we look at how George Soros — an investor turned philosopher and philanthropist whose generosity was championed in the 90s — became a modern-day liberal bogeyman.

Meet the lawyer and marathon runner who creates safe spaces for others to compete

Canadian competitive ultrarunner and human rights lawyer Stephanie Case can't stop pushing herself — even while working in war zones where training is near impossible.

After moving embassy to Jerusalem, can the U.S. play a fair role in peace?

As Palestinians were killed protesting on the Gaza border, the U.S. embassy officially opened in Jerusalem on Monday. In the move towards a peace agreement, opinions are divided as to whether the U.S. can be a neutral mediator in the region.

The Current for May 15, 2018

From whether U.S. President Donald Trump has tacitly given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a freer hand with some of his more controversial policies; to a Canadian competitive ultrarunner who won't stop pushing herself — even in conflict zones; to Hungary's move to enact “Soros Law,” in reaction to the political influence of George Soros ... This is The Current.

From Thanksgiving dinners to nuclear meltdowns, why complex systems are often doomed to fail

The authors of a new book say we need to learn how complexity causes failure in all kinds of modern systems — from social media to air travel — so we can prevent meltdowns in society, and our daily lives.

Canada must strengthen laws that deal with returning ISIS fighters, says former security analyst

Canadian policy on returning ISIS fighters is under the spotlight after a man, now living freely in Toronto, admitted in a podcast to participating in executions while fighting for ISIS in Syria.

There's underlying sexism when the romance genre is criticized, novelists say

The dismissal and judgment of romance novels seem a common trope for literary types. But romance authors argue some criticism is rife with sexism and the genre, and readers, deserve a lot more respect.

The Current for May 14, 2018

From what Canada should do about people who return from fighting for ISIS; to the literary merits of romance fiction; to why systems fail, and what we can do about it ... This is The Current.

James Comey says Trump's presidency is like a 'forest fire' but after that comes a chance for regrowth

Former FBI director James Comey says the destruction of Donald Trump's presidency will be followed by a period of new growth. He wants the conversation of what that looks like to start now.

Is 'swagger' an inherently un-Canadian trait?

This week's passionate pride over Canada's swagger by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Question Period got The Current questioning the merit of this trait with the country's identity.

Geoengineering could help fight climate change, but topic politically taboo, says scientist

Some scientists believe solar geoengineering could be a key tool in combating climate change, but the risks are unclear, and there are concerns that it could become a political tool to argue against cutting carbon emissions.

The Current for May 11, 2018

From a wide-ranging interview with the former FBI director James Comey on Donald Trump's presidency, Hillary Clinton's emails, the future of democracy in America and even his favourite music; to whether Canada needs more swagger ... This is The Current.

Forget 'lean in': Topple the system to reach true gender parity, says former CEO

Forget women leaning in, prominent U.K. businessperson Helena Morrissey says it's time to reform the system and work towards a workforce that is truly inclusive for all - men and women of underrepresented groups.