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Drummer Sheila E. encourages female musicians to keep smashing taboos

Legendary drummer Sheila E. had to fight for recognition throughout her career. She advises other young and aspiring female musicians to be confident, despite obstacles like sexism and harassment that can still be found in the industry.

The Current for June 19, 2018

From solutions addressing Toronto's surge in gun violence; to breaking down the taboo of female drummers; to how three deaths in an Ontario family is shining a light on so-called concealed murders ... This is The Current.

Finding Adler: The music and mystery of the Jewish refugee who shaped the lives of a Chinese family

During the Second World War, a Jewish refugee escaped the Nazis and fled to Shanghai. There, he taught music to a group of orphans, but abruptly disappeared in 1947. The Chinese-Canadian son of one of those orphans, Fang Sheng, set out to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

Helping refugees becoming a 'popularity contest,' says advocate

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel has called for the government to let in more LGBTQ refugees and to track the numbers, but some advocates worry about politicizing the refugee system and warn against prioritizing any particular group over others.

What Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings had was not a 'love affair,' new Monticello exhibit reveals

An exhibit at the Monticello plantation is being applauded by many descendants for acknowledging the life of Sally Hemings, and for sharing the truth behind her relationship with Thomas Jefferson.

The Current for June 18, 2018

From a call on the government to admit more LGBTQ refugees into Canada; to debating the legacy of Thomas Jefferson with the exhibit of of Sally Hemings' bedroom; to how an Austrian Jew taught orphans to become members of China's symphony orchestra ... This is The Current.

Should Canada scrap immigration deal with the U.S. over safety concerns?

While centres for unaccompanied migrant minors are raising concerns about child welfare, some experts say it's reason enough to scrap Canada’s refugee agreement with the U.S.

Lea Garofalo was killed by her Mafia family. Now she's the face of anti-mob protests

Alex Perry's new book looks at the women who are fighting to bring down the Mafia, and inspiring people across Italy to say enough is enough.

Daughter of Wettlaufer's last victim unconvinced inquiry will result in changes to system

Susan Horvath has lost faith in long-term care after her father was murdered by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. She's not confident an inquiry looking into how her crimes went undetected for a decade will result in any improvements.

The Current for June 15, 2018

From the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer murders raising questions about how long-term care homes are run; to the story of women who took on a powerful mafia; to a 'zero tolerance' migrant policy in the U.S. separating children from their parents ... This is The Current with Ioanna Roumeliotis.

How reporter Seymour Hersh uncovered a massacre, and changed the Vietnam War dialogue

Seymour Hersh brings great insight into investigative journalism — past and present — because he has broken some of the most important and history-making stories of the last fifty years.

Why fans still flock to the World Cup despite politics and controversy

Despite political controversy in this year's World Cup in Russia, soccer fans are still get excited for the tournament and argue the game has a powerful connection to unite the world.

Does Canada need a national cycling strategy?

As cycle advocates lobby for more bike lanes to make travel safer, critics argue Canada needs a more strategic solution than simply building more infrastructure.

The Current for June 14, 2018

From cycling advocates calling for a Canadian strategy to keep people safe; to whether Russia's controversies will affect the FIFA World Cup; to investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on reporting some of the biggest stories of the past 50 years ... This is The Current.

Mock movie trailer starring Trump and Kim resembles North Korean propaganda, says historian

A White House movie trailer-style video depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as heroes was made to help negotiate peace. But did it have a positive affect?

'Ear-witness testimony': Detainees' memories used to map out a notorious Syrian prison

A research group called Forensic Architecture has recreated a prison in Syria, a place no outsider has had access to since the beginning of the war. Former detainee testimony is used to construct an interactive model.

Should the U.S. adopt Canada's supply management system in order to save its dairy farmers?

U.S. President Donald Trump has said high tariffs and Canada's supply management system are hurting American dairy farmers, who are already struggling to make ends meet. While some argue the U.S. could solve those problems by adopting a similar system, others warn it can be bad for consumers, and for global trade.

The Current for June 13, 2018

From what was accomplished between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un at the Korea Summit; to how forensic architecture can determine if human rights abuses have occurred; to whether Canada's supply management system is a solution for U.S. dairy farmers ... This is The Current.

Supreme Court rules on controversial risk assessment tests accused of bias against Indigenous offenders

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday that security tests used by Correctional Service of Canada may discriminate against Indigenous offenders and keep them behind bars longer and in more restrictive environments.

North Korean defector to Trump: 'Don't believe Kim Jong-un'

A man who defected from North Korea has a stark warning for U.S. president Donald Trump about trusting the regime.

Watch out, Alberta — close encounters with cougars are on the rise

Wildlife experts say that as humans encroach more into cougar habitats, and as cougars adapt more to being where people live, the possibility of a close encounter is increasing.

The Current for June 12, 2018

From whether a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump will bring peace; to the growing conflict between cougars living with humans; to questioning cultural bias in risk assessments for Indigenous prisoners ... This is The Current.

Canadian company says it can make cost-effective fuel by sucking carbon dioxide from the air

Carbon Engineering is a Canadian company that sucks carbon out of the air and converts it to fuel. New research conducted by its founder suggests the company's methods could be a viable tool in the fight against climate change.

U.S. activists inspired by Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

As U.S. faces up to its own problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women, what can the country learn from Canada’s success — and failures?

Rift between Trump and Trudeau could be first step towards a recession, warns former foreign affairs minister

The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called "unprecedented" by observers. Former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay says it's alarming and could even lead to a recession if it persists.