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'Blood on their hands': Critics decry U.S. decision to allow 3D-printed gun blueprints online

Blueprints outlining how to 3D print a gun will be available online starting next month. But critics argue the move opens up a dangerous frontier in America.

The fight against 'deepfake' videos includes former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul

As technology continues to make it easier for people to create 'deepfake' videos, the threat to democracy has become more urgent. Former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul shares how he was a target of this technology that aimed to discredit him.

Why tracking 'hate incidents' that don't break the law is crucial to tackling rise in hate crimes

Irfan Chaudhry, who monitors reports of hate-fuelled encounters in Alberta, says paying closer attention to more subtle forms of violence is crucial to understanding Canada's climate of hate and possibly preventing future attacks.

Mic Drop: Here's why The Current is giving a voice to Canadian youth

The Current is passing the mic to Canadian youth on Fridays throughout the summer. Listening could spark a conversation with a young person in your life.

The Current for July 20, 2018

From anti-racism advocates calling for an open discussion on the rise of hate crimes in this country; to combating the advanced technology behind deep fake videos; to another episode of Mic Drop - a podcast made by teens ... This is The Current with guest host, Ioanna Roumeliotis.

Journalists today face a 'brick wall of nationalism,' says director Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner's new film Shock and Awe tells the story of a dogged investigation into the justifications for the Iraq War. He and two of the journalists it portrays joined Duncan McCue to discuss the mistakes the media made back then, and whether those lessons are being remembered today.

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.

The Current for July 19, 2018

From concerns over unregistered firearms after the U.S. has ruled 3D blueprints of weapons can go online; to Rob Reiner's film, Show and Awe, about journalists who exposed gaps in the case to invade Iraq after 9/11; to an ultra-marathoner championing human rights ... This is The Current, with guest host Duncan McCue.

Human rights groups want Canada to respond to U.S. Coast Guard's alleged mistreatment of drug smugglers at sea

Two human rights organizations are calling on the Canadian government for answers amid "troubling revelations" of the U.S. Coast Guard's alleged mistreatment of suspected drug smugglers at sea and Canada's alleged complicity.

Why 'treason' doesn't quite describe Trump's actions in Helsinki

Treason might feel like the right word to describe Donald Trump's behaviour, argues one law professor, but its narrow legal definition may mean it's not the right charge.

The Current for July 18, 2018

From whether it's fair to use the term "treason" in reference to U.S. President Donald Trump after his meeting in Helsinki; to an update on an investigation that revealed the Canadian military knew about allegations of detainee abuse aboard U.S. Coast Guard cutters ... This is The Current with guest host, Duncan McCue.

Lynching of Emmett Till no different than modern-day police shootings, argues law professor

The U.S. Justice Department's review of the 1955 killing of black teenager Emmett Till is being regarded with suspicion by some activists. One law professor argues that there are strong links between the decades of lynchings and modern-day police shootings.

Ottawa unlikely to scrap Safe Third Country Agreement with U.S., says immigration expert

The federal government is facing political pressure from the opposition who want to see a long-term plan to address the steady influx of asylum seekers - including a call to scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement.

'The Russians tried to destroy our country,' says former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee

Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile says she walked into a "huge mess" during the 2016 campaign and believes the Russians "took active measures to destabilize" U.S. democracy.

The Current for July 17, 2018

From political pressure on the government to do more for asylum seekers; to the U.S. Justice Department's reopening of the Emmett Till case; to a former DNC chair Donna Brazille on a "campaign by the Russians to destroy the Democratic Party" ... This is The Current with guest host, Duncan McCue.

Trump not the first president to be 'soft' on Russia, says political scientist

Donald Trump has met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, days after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted on accusations of hacking Democrats. But the attitude towards Russia could undergo a stark change by the next election, one analyst says.

Why Tim Hortons will be a hard sell in China

Tim Hortons proudly plays up its Canadian heritage in its marketing. Some even consider the coffee chain a part of the fabric of this country. So how will a double double fare in China, as the company plans on expanding there in the next decade?

Bruce McArthur investigation still generating new leads, investigator says

The Toronto police detective leading the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is still reviewing leads and cold cases, after more human remains were found last week.

Missing soccer? Try this — the Tiramisu World Cup

It's a dessert that Italy's had a love affair with and translates to "Pick me up." CBC reporter Megan Williams takes on the hard job of judging the first ever, world Tiramisu competition.

The Current for July 16, 2018

From whether Vladimir Putin is playing Donald Trump's hand in today's Helsinki summit; to Canadians protective over their national identity as China plans to open 1,500 Tim Hortons restaurants; to Italy's first-ever Tiramisu World Cup ... This is The Current, with guest host Ioanna Roumeliotis.

Will more police on the streets be enough to curb wave of gun crime in Toronto?

An extra 200 police officers will deployed overnight on Toronto streets, in the hopes of stopping a recent spate of deadly shootings. But advocates and experts warn the problem won't be solved just by putting boots on the ground.

How cities are finding solutions to combat scorching heat waves

There's never been such an urgency for cities to adapt to the extreme heat that experts say will continue. Here are some ideas cities are implementing to keep cool in summers to come.

Mic Drop: Here's why The Current is giving a voice to Canadian youth

The Current is passing the mic to Canadian youth on Fridays throughout the summer. Listening could spark a conversation with a young person in your life.

The Current for July 13, 2018

From solutions to gun violence in Toronto beyond more police officers on the streets; to what Canadian cities can do to adapt to increasing extreme heat waves; to another installment of the CBC podcast, Mic Drop, made by teens for teens ... This is the Current with Ioanna Roumeliotis.

A vote for Doug Ford was a vote against reconciliation, says Indigenous activist

The folding of the Indigenous Relations portfolio into another department in Doug Ford's new administration has alarmed First Nations advocates, who argue it shows reconciliation is not a priority for the new premier.

Mic Drop: Here's why The Current is giving a voice to Canadian youth

The Current is passing the mic to Canadian youth on Fridays throughout the summer. Listening could spark a conversation with a young person in your life.

Mic Drop: Here's why The Current is giving a voice to Canadian youth

The Current is passing the mic to Canadian youth on Fridays throughout the summer. Listening could spark a conversation with a young person in your life.

Why tracking 'hate incidents' that don't break the law is crucial to tackling rise in hate crimes

Police-reported hate crimes are on the rise, according to Statistics Canada. Recently, a Mississauga, Ont., father of two was severely beaten on his way home from a picnic. But experts say paying closer attention to more subtle forms of violence is also crucial.