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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.

Only you can prevent gross, smelly fatbergs from clogging up city sewers, says inspector

Fatbergs are giant congealed masses of grease, oil and other detritus improperly flushed into city sewers. A program in London, Ont., aims to educated people on how to properly dispose of fatberg-feeding materials to prevent damage to the city's underground infrastructure.

The Current for August 21, 2018

From the potential health risks for B.C. residents living under a blanket of smoke as a result of wildfires; to how education transformed Tara Westover from isolationist to earning a Cambridge PhD; to the revolting true tale of forming fatbergs ... This is The Current with guest host, Ioanna Roumeliotis.

Cutting ties with Saudi Arabia won't stop the war in Yemen, says expert

After dozens of children were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen, scrutiny of the West's support for the Kingdom has been renewed.

Do your kids play Fortnite? Here's how it could win them a college scholarship

As esports grow exponentially in popularity, young players are starting to take advantage of the financial opportunities that lie in becoming a professional gamer. And some universities are starting to offer scholarships to attract them.

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.

The Current for August 20, 2018

From critics calling on Canada to take a stand and stop arming Saudi Arabia; to the lucrative career of esports and an Ohio university that offers a Fornite scholarship; to one man's quest to revitalize Yemen's coffee culture ... This is The Current with guest host, Ioanna Roumeliotis.

From a house of horrors to a happy ending: Cleveland kidnapping survivor finds love

Michelle Knight was one of three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro, held in his house against their will, and abused for over a decade. Five years after her dramatic escape, she speaks to Laura Lynch about how she has rebuilt her life.

Justice the horse, a victim of neglect, is taking his former owner to court

A horse is filing a civil lawsuit against his owner for suffering neglect and is looking for compensation to pay for necessary medical care. Advocates hope the groundbreaking case will advance animal status under the law but critics argue giving animals the right to sue is a slippery slope.

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 August 17, 2018

From the case of a horse suing owner its owner for neglect and suffering; to Lily Rose Lee — formerly known as Michelle Knight — on finding love and purpose after 11 years of being tortured in captivity; to The Last Wild Men of Borneo, a true life adventure story ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Newspapers rebuking Trump probably won't change anyone's mind, says veteran reporter

More than 200 newspapers in the U.S. have published co-ordinated editorials as a rebuttal to President Trump's repeated attacks on the media. But opinion is divided over whether it will have any effect.

How B.C. homeowners can prepare for wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn through B.C. and weather forecasts are calling for more hot, dry conditions, one UBC professor shares proactive steps homeowners and communities can take to lessen the risk of damage when the next fire hits.

Boy on the beach: How Alan Kurdi's family are turning their grief into a fight to help refugees

After the drowned body of her three-year-old nephew Alan washed up on a Turkish beach, Tima Kurdi became an advocate for the world's refugees. She has now written a book about her own loss, and what the world must do to stop it happening again.

The Current for August 16, 2018

From residents of areas hit by B.C. Wildfires questioning the province's delayed response to declare a state of emergency; to how the media should respond to attacks by political leaders; to Alan Kurdi's family turning their grief into help for refugees ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Space travel could contaminate Mars with human germs, warns professor

Astronauts have always had rules that stop them bringing contamination back to Earth from outer space, but now some experts are arguing we need to protect other planets from the human germs we bring with us.

Crazy Rich Asians criticized for Chinese-centric 'colourism'

The new movie Crazy Rich Asians is receiving critical acclaim, but it's also causing a stir for its lack of diverse representation of the Asian diaspora's experience.

How a Muslim undercover FBI agent foiled Via Rail terror plot in Canada

Tamer Elnoury is a member of a very small club: FBI undercover agents who are Muslim, speak Arabic and are willing to try to infiltrate suspected terrorist groups.

The Current for August 15, 2018

From whether the opening of Crazy Rich Asians is a watershed moment for Asians in movies; to how far we should go to protect planets from germ-ridden humans; to a Muslim FBI agent who goes undercover to target a Canadian terror cell ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

'A Nazi in all but name': Author argues Asperger's syndrome should be renamed

Hans Asperger's pioneering work on autism led to Asperger syndrome being named after him. But the author of a new book claims that he also collaborated in the Nazis' euthanization of children.

Turkey's lira crisis puts European economies at risk, says expert

As the Turkish lira tumbles and the country's president remains defiant in a tariff battle with the U.S., one expert warns the economic stability in Turkey could spread beyond its borders with serious implications.

These designers think everyone should wear jumpsuits — so they've made one in 248 sizes

The Rational Dress Society proposes that we clear out our wardrobes and wear jumpsuits 24/7. It's not just a fashion statement, it's a path to unity and equality, they say.

The Current for August 14, 2018

From signs of deeper economic and political problems in Turkey as the currency crisis escalates; to the hidden history of the Nazi connection to autism's most famous researcher; to freedom from fashion: making the leap into jumpsuits ... This is The Current with guest host, Laura Lynch.

Charlottesville resistance 'knocked the alt-right back on its heels,' says prof

Charlottesville is still grappling with the trauma and fallout from last year's Unite the Right rally, but one professor says the resistance to the white supremacists has been effective.

Canadian 'Raccoon Whisperer' draws international admirers

Jim Blackwood has been feeding raccoons from his deck for two decades. Videos showcasing his raccoon family have been met with such enthusiasm online that some international fans are travelling to see the interactions first-hand.