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.

The Current for March 15, 2018

From Vladimir Putin's "number one enemy" urging governments to adopt the Magnitsky Act — targeting Russian officials who violate human rights; to the science of mind reading and the need for neurorights to protect mental privacy and cognitive liberty; to a relationship between writer Marilynne Robinson and her mother divided by Fox News... This is The Current.

In Cape Breton, some homes are worth so little that people just walk away from them

There are nearly as many empty houses in Cape Breton as in Vancouver. After years of economic decline in one of the country's most beautiful areas, homes are worth so little that people just walk away from them.

Fracking for freedom: How U.S. energy independence could change the global political landscape

A surge in oil and gas production means the U.S. may be nearing long-sought energy independence, giving it powerful leverage on the world's political stage, according to economic and foreign policy analysts.

How National Geographic upheld colonialist, 'primitive' view of Africa and Asia

For 130 years, National Geographic magazine concentrated its reporting and photography on locations and subjects it called "exotic." But it now admits in an editorial that its coverage was blatantly racist.

The Current for March 14, 2018

From the growing number of vacant and crumbling houses in Cape Breton — as many as in Vancouver; to National Geographic admitting to decades of racist coverage; to the U.S. quest for energy dominance ... This is The Current.

Separating newborn babies from mothers with addiction does more harm than good, says doctor

Canadian hospitals are abandoning the practice of removing newborns from drug-addicted mothers, on the belief that both do better together.

Canadian soldiers died in Afghanistan because Pakistan was supporting the Taliban, says author

Pakistan's intelligence agency was supporting the Taliban during the war in Afghanistan, says author Steve Coll, which is why the war has dragged on for 17 bloody years.

A pill that replicates a cardio workout — would you take it?

Want to avoid gym fees and sweaty armpits? Researchers are close to creating a pill that mimics exercise. It has a lot of potential, but comes with some consequences.

The Current for March 13, 2018

From a life-changing program keeping mothers and babies together in the face of opioid withdrawal; to how an exercise pill could help people with disabilities and mobility issues; to author Steven Coll on America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan... This is The Current.

As Sweden gives up cash, churches let worshippers make an online offering during Sunday service

The switch to a cashless society is happening fast in Sweden — too fast according to some officials. Could the rest of the world soon follow suit?

Russia's corrupt hockey playoffs mirror Putin's ideology, says sports writer

It's hockey night in the Russian Federation, and some observers say recent controversies in the KHL — Russia's professional hockey league — have resonance off the ice.

'No body, no crime': Prevailing wisdom stops police catching killers, says former detective

As the Toronto police force faces criticism over the handling of an alleged serial killer in the city, a former detective details the challenges he faced trying to convince colleagues that a killer was at work in Vancouver.

The Current for March 12, 2018

From detectives who worked on the Robert Pickton and Clifford Olsen cases (and their insights about Toronto's alleged serial killer); to Sweden's switch to a cashless society (and whether Canada's next); to why the wild world of the Kontinental Hockey League is the perfect symbol for Putin's Russia... This is The Current.

A minority within a minority: Quebec's struggle to face racism

As a minority within Canada, Quebec is fiercely protective of its culture — but this leaves other minorities within Quebec itself with nowhere to turn.

'Had we known you were Muslim, not sure we would have hired you': Workers face discrimination in Quebec

Promoting diversity in the workplace is key to breaking down racial bias, but Quebec’s minorities still face greater obstacles to getting a foot in the door.

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.