The Current for March 23, 2018

From whether bands can recreate magic to make sweet music again when they reunite; to if sex education in schools should address online pornography; to questions raised after video is released of American police fatally shooting an unarmed black man ... This is The Current.

Shot in the face by her husband in Afghanistan, former teen bride starts anew in Canada

Shakila Zareen has spent years trying to put her life back together after a violent attack in Afghanistan, but now Canada has offered her hope.

Emoji evidence is causing confused faces in courtrooms

Emojis can present a challenge in court as judges try to decode the nuances of winking faces, thinking faces and faces blowing a kiss.

This former white supremacist says hate music is recruiting alienated, angry youth

A former neo-nazi argues hate music is luring youth in to extremism but says censorship is not the answer to the problem.

The Current for March 22, 2018

From Shakila Zareen's harrowing story surviving violent abuse by her husband who shot her in the face; to how emojis are causing confusion in court; to the challenges controlling the spread of hate music online in the digital age ... This is The Current.

Advocates call for empathetic police practices after Fredericton woman left stranded by jail staff

A New Brunswick woman charged with panhandling was left stranded by correctional staff upon her release 200 km from home.

An Indigenous family's fight to find the truth about Cleo, their sister taken in Sixties Scoop

CBC investigative journalist Connie Walker talks about the year she spent with an Indigenous family trying to find the sister they lost during the Adopt Indian Métis program in the 1970s.

Rania Abouzeid spent years with the people of war-torn Syria. Her new book tells their story

Lives in Syria have been altered forever, says Rania Abouzeid, an award-winning journalist who spent years covering the civil war. But there is still hope.

The Current for March 21, 2018

From a New Brunswick woman who says she was left stranded 200 km from home after being released from police custody; to the CBC's Connie Walker on the 1960s Adopt Indian and Metis program in Saskatchewan; to a searing look inside Syria from a journalist who has been there since the civil war erupted seven years ago ... This is The Current.

In wake of Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, does the tech sector need a code of conduct?

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the personal data of millions of Americans was allegedly misused by a consulting firm working for Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, is renewing calls for a tech sector code of ethics.

Should Canada risk soldiers' lives in its peacekeeping mission in Mali?

Committing troops to peacekeeping efforts in Mali will risk Canadian lives, some say. But retired Lt.-Gen Roméo Dallaire thinks it’s 'high time' that Canada returns to the global stage.

Meet the woman who saved Stephen Hawking's voice, and then gave the technology away to those in need

Stephen Hawking's achievements raised awareness for people whose disabilities limit their ability to communicate, but access to those technologies remains out of reach for many.

The Current for March 20, 2018

From Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie warning about how data analytics are manipulated; to whether the peacekeeping initiative in Mali is in Canada's best interest; to some who find assisted communication technologies a hindrance in today's world ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

'They don't know they're victims': She was trafficked at 17, but didn't recognize the signs

Members of parliament are travelling across Canada to discuss how to fight human trafficking, but it's often difficult to identify those who need help.

Trump's 'space force' isn't a new idea. We've been doing that for decades, say experts

Donald Trump's idea of a "space force" isn't as outrageous as it sounds. Experts say that governments have been studying the prospect of conflict in space for decades.

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 March 19, 2018

From addressing what more Canada can do to end human trafficking through laws and social support; to author Carl Hoffman on the last wild men of Borneo; to exploring U.S. President Trump's idea of a new military branch for outer space ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

Conjoined twins and a doctor's dilemma: Is it ever morally acceptable to sacrifice one child for another?

Dr. Allan Goldstein explains why he felt it was in the best interests to perform a physically challenging surgery on conjoined twins, despite the serious risk to both twins' survival.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... a gondola? This could be Edmonton's newest transit solution

Could urban gondolas be a wave of the future as public transit? After an Edmonton couple proposed the idea, the case for elevated sky cars could be a solution for many other cities.

Jagmeet Singh's view of Sikh separatism under scrutiny after appearances at rallies

What is the significance of Jagmeet Singh’s decisions to take part in public forums sponsored by Sikh extremists?

U.S. 'ignored tips about Russian plot to undermine elections'

The U.S. has been aware of a Russian plot for several years, claim journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn in a new book, but options to fight back have been limited.

The Current for March 16, 2018

From mixed reactions in the Sikh community to Jagmeet Singh's appearances at events linked to Sikh extremists; to a novel public transportation idea that's catching on in cities around the world; to journalists exposing the inside story of Putin's war on America ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

If Russia doesn't care about expelling diplomats, hit Putin in his wallet, says Bill Browder

Britain has expelled 23 diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy, but the man who calls himself Putin's number-one enemy says that doesn't go far enough.

The mind-blowing future of mind reading (which may be closer than you think)

Reading thoughts and extracting information from our brains may soon be a science reality, but some researchers say we need 'neurorights' to protect the privacy of our minds.

How Fox News stood between novelist Marilynne Robinson and her mother

American writer Marilynne Robinson's latest collection of essays, called 'What are We Doing Here?, takes on a country divided inspired, in part, by her mother's recent conversion to Fox News.

Conjoined twins and a doctor's dilemma: Is it ever morally acceptable to sacrifice one child for another?

Dr. Allan Goldstein explains why he felt it was in the best interests to perform a physically challenging surgery on conjoined twins, despite the serious risk to both twins' survival.