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'I expected to die in there': Canadian jailed in Ethiopia for 11 years wants Ottawa to learn from his ordeal

Bashir Makhtal languished in an Ethiopian prison for 11 years, while human rights groups fought for his release. Now, back in Canada, he is asking why it took so long to secure his release.

The race for the perfect red: Why we still haven't cracked the colour of love, excitement and blood

In the history of producing colour pigments, our efforts to make the perfect red have often resulted in shades not quite bright enough or prone to fading. But after scientists accidentally discovered a new shade of blue, the race is on to create the right red.

Female politicians push to make Parliament more family-friendly

It's Karina Gould's first day back in Parliament after taking a 10-week maternity leave. The federal Minister of Democratic Institutions is bringing her son to work, balancing motherhood and politics. But some argue that message is the wrong one for many working women.

The Current for May 22, 2018

From the case of Canadian Bashir Makhtal who spent 11 years in an Ethiopian prison; to the search for the next red pigment and how the colour became the most fought-over in history; to making the world of politics family-friendly ... This is The Current.

A vaccine for Lyme disease was shelved years ago. Is it time to bring it back?

Dogs and horses can be vaccinated against Lyme disease, but an inoculation for humans was taken off the market in 2002. As the ticks that can cause the disease become more common, some researchers are saying it's time the vaccine made a comeback.

Efforts to block hate speech on Facebook actually work to discriminate against minorities, critics say

As Facebook looks to expand its fleet of moderators, critics say the current system promotes biased decision-making against marginalized people.

Music in mind and mouth: How beatboxing is helping kids with speech problems

Kaila Mullady discovered that her incredible beatboxing skills could help her young cousin overcome a debilitating speech problem. She's been helping kids like him ever since.

The Current for May 21, 2018

From why a viable vaccine for Lyme disease has been sidelined in Canada; to the business and politics of moderating content on social media; and how beatboxing skills are being used to help people with speech impediments ...This is The Current with Gillian Findlay.

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.