Books discussed on The Current

  • Diet Weight Gain

    Tuesday July 11, 2017

    The Current Gastrophysics explains how potato chips can taste even better

    Why do we like food? It's more than just taste. We bring you a lesson in gastrophysics and a new way to look at eating what's on your plate.

    Posted: Jul 11, 2017 12:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 13, 2017 10:01 AM ET
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    Wednesday July 05, 2017

    The Current ENCORE | Trevor Noah on growing up mixed race in South Africa, 'a product of my parents' crime'

    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's book Born A Crime talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa when the relationship between his black mother and white father was illegal.

    Posted: Jul 05, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017 9:17 AM ET
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  • Scott Anderson

    Monday May 29, 2017

    War correspondent Scott Anderson explores why Arab Spring failed in new book

    In his new book, journalist Scott Anderson tells the story of why Arab Spring failed through six individuals who lived through it.

    Posted: May 29, 2017 2:50 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 29, 2017 11:24 AM ET
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  • Jen Agg

    Tuesday May 23, 2017

    'I don't see myself as a bitch': Jen Agg challenges 'bro culture' in restaurant business

    Jen Agg has restaurants in Toronto and Montreal but her success in a tough business often still comes with a side of judgment — served cold.

    Posted: May 23, 2017 2:51 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 23, 2017 1:20 PM ET
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  • Ariel Levy with book

    Wednesday May 10, 2017

    The Current 'For 10 minutes I was somebody's mother': Ariel Levy explores life and loss in memoir

    How one night in a hotel room in Mongolia changed everything for journalist Ariel Levy.

    Posted: May 10, 2017 2:35 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 11, 2017 10:29 AM ET
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  • rorschach 5

    Monday February 27, 2017

    How Rorschach's 10 inkblots turned psychiatry upside down

    The creator of the Rorschach test argued he could see beyond a person's deliberate defences by grading their interpretation of inkblots. Today, the images are referenced in everything from fashion to politics but does it contribute to psychiatry?

    Posted: Feb 27, 2017 1:37 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 29, 2017 10:52 AM ET
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  • Carrie Jenkins

    Tuesday February 14, 2017

    The Current It's possible to be in love with two people, says philosopher

    What is love? Magic? Chemistry? A sweet mystery? Today The Current explores the definition of love with a Canadian philosophy professor who has probed the question deeply and believes it's time we started looking for answers.

    Posted: Feb 14, 2017 8:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 1:31 PM ET
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  • 91282268

    Monday December 05, 2016

    The Current Trevor Noah on growing up mixed race in South Africa, 'a product of my parents' crime'

    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's book Born A Crime talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa when the relationship between his black mother and white father was illegal.

    Posted: Dec 05, 2016 2:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 2:41 PM ET
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  • butter

    Tuesday November 29, 2016

    Where in the world is the best tasting butter?

    You can make it with a cow, a yak, an ox, a sheep, or even a reindeer. It's industrial. It's artisanal, and probably in your fridge. Food writer Elaine Khosrova pays tribute to the rich history of butter.

    Posted: Nov 29, 2016 2:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016 12:44 PM ET
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  • li-620-kennedy2

    Saturday November 26, 2016

    The Current 26 seconds: The history behind Zapruder's JFK assassination film

    Whether you're old enough to remember the assassination of JFK, the image that likely comes to mind is from an amateur film shot by Abraham Zapruder. His granddaughter shares the story of how the 486 frames of film still haunts America.

    Posted: Nov 26, 2016 2:19 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016 11:41 AM ET
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  • The German Girl - Ana Maria Gordon

    Wednesday November 16, 2016

    Holocaust survivor shares lessons from 'voyage of the damned' on MS St. Louis

    Ana Maria Gordon watches the plight of Syrian refugee children with a deep understanding. She was four-years-old on the MS St. Louis ship that carried Jews across the Atlantic looking for refuge only to be turned away and forced into concentration camps.

    Posted: Nov 16, 2016 3:33 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016 10:37 AM ET
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  • Frantumaglia Book Cover - Elena Ferrante

    Tuesday November 15, 2016

    Ann Goldstein on the art of translating for mysterious Elena Ferrante

    Bestselling Italian author Elena Ferrante's work is adored by millions around the world. The Current speaks to Ann Goldstein, the woman tasked with translating the words into English and tells us why the mysterious storyteller revels in her anonymity.

    Posted: Nov 15, 2016 3:17 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 3:25 PM ET
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  • Tim Wu, author of

    Monday November 14, 2016

    How your attention has become the biggest commodity

    What used to be a straight-up scrimmage for advertising attention has evolved into clever, cyber seduction to harvest our attention and sell it. Author Tim Wu argues we're having so much fun online, we don't even realize that we have become the product.

    Posted: Nov 14, 2016 3:07 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 14, 2016 12:27 PM ET
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  • 14304479041

    Thursday November 10, 2016

    'Imagine what might have been': Author James Gleick's time travel adventure

    The very possibility of travelling back in time, of second chances and missed opportunities, has captured imaginations for centuries. The pull is strong. Join author James Gleick through an excellent adventure through the space-time continuum.

    Posted: Nov 10, 2016 3:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 10, 2016 2:29 PM ET
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  • Robert Harris

    Wednesday November 02, 2016

    Robert Harris goes behind the scenes of Papal politics in Conclave

    If you think the U.S. presidential election has been a nail biter, wait till you hear about what happens behind the scenes in Rome when electing a new pope. Writer Robert Harris explains the peculiar politics of picking a pope in his novel, Conclave.

    Posted: Nov 02, 2016 1:06 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 02, 2016 10:58 AM ET
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  • Jennifer Welsh

    Friday October 28, 2016

    Liberal democracy on defensive as history returns with vengeance: Jennifer Welsh

    After the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, it seemed to some thinkers we'd arrived at the "end of history." But it sure doesn't seem that way today. This year's Massey lecturer Jennifer Welsh shares her thoughts on The Return of History.

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016 2:22 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 31, 2016 11:00 AM ET
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  • EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE

    Wednesday October 19, 2016

    How ISIS has turned refugee trafficking into multi-billion dollar business

    Journalist Loretta Napoleoni's new book Merchants of Men is about human trafficking, kidnapping, and selling women for sex. For Jihadi groups including ISIS and al-Qaeda, those sources of human misery are sources of tremendous revenues.

    Posted: Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 25, 2016 8:57 AM ET
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  • Dr. Julia Shaw

    Friday October 14, 2016

    The Current Chances are your memories are untrue and unreliable, says criminal psychologist

    Forget everything you think you know about memory. Canadian criminal psychologist and author of The Memory Illusion, Julia Shaw, says our memories are usually unreliable and wrong. She may even have you questioning everything you think you know about yourself.

    Posted: Oct 14, 2016 3:35 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017 3:53 PM ET
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  • Lawrence Wright: Terror Years

    Monday October 03, 2016

    America now 'security state': Lawrence Wright's The Terror Years tracks rise of al-Qaeda and ISIS

    Long before 9/11,Osama bin Laden wanted a holy war. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Lawrence Wright argues he got what he wanted — a bloody, ideological showdown with worldwide implications. Wright takes us through The Terror Years.

    Posted: Oct 03, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 03, 2016 10:59 AM ET
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  • Attica Whistleblower

    Friday September 30, 2016

    45 years after Attica massacre tensions in U.S. prisons still high

    It's been 45 years since Attica became a byword for excessive police force. The prisoner uprising and bloody crackdown were products of their time that still resonate today. The Current looks into how Attica's legacy lives on in America's crowded jails.

    Posted: Sep 30, 2016 10:14 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016 12:42 PM ET
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  • ARP4212077

    Thursday September 29, 2016

    The Current 'Terrible, terrible problems' if Trump runs U.S. like his business: David Cay Johnston

    As Donald Trump campaigns for the U.S. presidency, everything from his taxes, to his net worth, to the deals he made, is a blur of contradictory numbers. David Cay Johnston shares his insights after following the numbers to understand the making of Trump.

    Posted: Sep 29, 2016 9:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016 10:38 AM ET
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  • CHINA/

    Wednesday September 28, 2016

    The Current Exhausted? History shows you're not alone

    With the prevalence of burnout, stress and sleeplessness in daily life, you'd think exhaustion is a malady of our times. But it turns out, we've been running on empty for thousands of years. The Current looks back on the history of exhaustion.

    Posted: Sep 28, 2016 8:58 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016 10:01 AM ET
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    Wednesday September 28, 2016

    The Current A lot of Americans are not racist or sexist — they're just angry, says NYT's Maureen Dowd

    Although many pundits have pronounced a winning first debate performance for Hillary Clinton, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who has scrutinized Clinton's record and trajectory over years in the political spotlight, still have questions.

    Posted: Sep 28, 2016 8:03 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 28, 2016 12:00 PM ET
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  • Harold R. Johnson

    Tuesday September 27, 2016

    The Current Indigenous people need to tell their stories of sobriety, says lawyer

    Harold R. Johnson is an Indigenous crown prosecutor and says alcohol is killing his people. He is urging for a new narrative on alcohol abuse, finding inspiration in those who overcome rather than thinking there are only those who succumb.

    Posted: Sep 27, 2016 9:17 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 28, 2016 7:31 AM ET
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  • SOUTHERN IDENTITY BLACKS

    Thursday September 22, 2016

    The Current 'Very clear line' between lynching and death penalty: Alabama lawyer

    Bryan Stevenson goes to work every day on a mission — to get black men off Alabama's death row. The author and lawyer shares how the legacy of slavery and lynching still lives in America today in his book, Just Mercy.

    Posted: Sep 22, 2016 9:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 2:07 PM ET
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  • YUGE Book cover

    Tuesday September 20, 2016

    The Current Doonesbury cartoonist on why he's drawn to Trump's 'unthinkable' character

    Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau began including Donald Trump in his comic strip 30 years ago. His early portrayals turned out to be prophetic on the political front. After sketching Trump for decades, Trudeau shares some of his YUGE! opinions.

    Posted: Sep 20, 2016 8:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 20, 2016 1:36 PM ET
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  • Killer Whale 9

    Monday September 19, 2016

    The Current How Moby Doll changed the worldview of 'monster' orca whales

    At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once-frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.

    Posted: Sep 19, 2016 8:29 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 9:34 AM ET
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  • J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy author

    Wednesday September 14, 2016

    Why white working class voters favour Trump: Hillbilly Elegy author

    Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance grew up between the Rust Belt and Appalachia surrounded by poverty, anger and love. It's a culture that Vance says is in crisis in America today and that feeds into the politics playing out in this U.S. election year.

    Posted: Sep 14, 2016 10:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016 1:54 PM ET
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  • Kamal Al-Solaylee

    Wednesday August 17, 2016

    ENCORE: Author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity

    When Kamal Al-Solaylee travelled to 10 countries to capture the experience of being brown, he concluded that a brown racial identity has been shaped by the cheap labour movement. His book Brown explores what being brown in today's world means to everyone.

    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 9:08 AM ET
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  • Journalist Peggy Orenstein

    Tuesday August 16, 2016

    The Current ENCORE: Young women missing out on pleasures of intimacy, says author

    When journalist Peggy Orenstein reached out to young women to talk about sex, she found many are missing out on the pleasures of intimacy. Her new book reveals how young women live in a world that confuses being sexualized with being sexually fulfilled.

    Posted: Aug 16, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016 11:21 AM ET
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  • Mexico US border

    Friday August 12, 2016

    ENCORE: Gone With A Trace, the story of lost items on the U.S.-Mexico border

    Many objects have been found in the no man's land along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pieces of other's lives become art and soundscape in this documentary.

    Posted: Aug 12, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 12, 2016 7:17 AM ET
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  •  Gulwali Passarlay - The Lightless Sky

    Tuesday August 09, 2016

    ENCORE: A 12-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan

    Gulwali Passarlay's mother paid traffickers to get him out of Afghanistan in what became a journey of suffering, abuse and occasional kindness.

    Posted: Aug 09, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2016 12:50 PM ET
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  • Phyllis Whitsell, age 6

    Tuesday August 02, 2016

    ENCORE: Nurse tracks down birth mother, cares for her without revealing identity

    Phyllis Whitsell's birth mother was incapable of giving her answers so Whitsell embarked on a journey where only one of them knew the other's identity.

    Posted: Aug 02, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 02, 2016 7:39 AM ET
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  • Kay Parley 1

    Tuesday June 14, 2016

    The Current 93-year-old former psychiatric patient and nurse on lessons from LSD

    Kay Parley was a psychiatric patient turned psychiatric nurse. Now at the age of 93, she shares her reflections from both sides of the gurney from the then-called Weyburn Mental Institution and speaks to her experience with the therapeutic use of LSD.

    Posted: Jun 14, 2016 9:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 1:56 PM ET
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  • Roy Henry Vickers

    Thursday June 09, 2016

    Artist Roy Henry Vickers on making art, beating addiction and turning 70

    The B.C. artist, carver, designer and storyteller, says he's more keen than ever to create and share Aboriginal stories.

    Posted: Jun 09, 2016 8:11 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016 12:02 PM ET
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  • Dean Burnett

    Thursday May 26, 2016

    The Current Neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett thinks your brain is an idiot

    Dean Burnett's new book helps unpack the mysteries of the brain, which he says is a messy and silly organ worthy of greater exploration.

    Posted: May 26, 2016 8:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016 2:20 PM ET
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  • Parag  Khanna - Author of Connectography

    Friday May 20, 2016

    How connectivity reshapes world map

    National borders are vanishing, new megacities are emerging and it's all good, according to author Parag Khanna. He joins The Current to share his visions for our hyper-connected future, including surprising predictions for Canada.

    Posted: May 20, 2016 9:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 20, 2016 2:58 PM ET
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  • The Shark and the Albatross

    Wednesday May 18, 2016

    The Current 'We have an obligation to care for nature,' says wildlife filmmaker

    Wildlife filmmaker John Aitchison has made his living watching predators stalk their prey. He joins The Current to talk about the beauty, brutality and inevitability of nature and shares what he's learned watching for the perfect shot.

    Posted: May 18, 2016 9:37 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2016 11:36 AM ET
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  • Kamal Al-Solaylee

    Tuesday May 17, 2016

    Author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity

    Author Kamal Al-Solaylee travelled to 10 countries to capture the experience of being brown. He concluded that a brown racial identity has been shaped by the cheap labour movement. His new book Brown explores what being brown in today's world means to everyone.

    Posted: May 17, 2016 10:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 17, 2016 3:02 PM ET
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  • Diane Schoemperlen

    Tuesday May 03, 2016

    Author Diane Schoemperlen has no regrets on relationship with convicted murderer

    You never know when you're going to fall in love. For Diane Schoemperlen, it happened when she was volunteering with some prison inmates. Her rocky, six-year-relationship with a convicted killer is the subject of her new memoir, This is Not My Life.

    Posted: May 03, 2016 9:31 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 25, 2016 8:46 AM ET
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  • GERMANY-POLITICS/

    Monday May 02, 2016

    Former Greek finance minister says Greece was fiscally waterboarded by creditors

    Yanis Varoufakis has been called a narcissist, belligerent and brilliant. When he was the Greek finance minister, everyone from the IMF to the EU, wanted to blame Greece for its financial crisis. He's still looking to set the record straight.

    Posted: May 02, 2016 10:55 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 02, 2016 1:07 PM ET
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  • Burglar City Guide - Geoff Manaugh

    Tuesday April 26, 2016

    The Current How burglars use city architecture as opportunity for heists and escapes

    Every city that boasts beautiful buildings and breathtaking skyscapes is also a tease for burglars who love a puzzle. Where we see soaring architecture, they see nefarious opportunity. The Current takes a guided tour of a burglar's city.

    Posted: Apr 26, 2016 8:47 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016 1:21 PM ET
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  • abu-ghraib-cp-6289334-wide

    Wednesday April 20, 2016

    Tortured conscience haunts former Abu Ghraib interrogator

    Eric Fair never intended to torture for the U.S. government but there he was in Iraq, an interrogator at Abu Ghraib and then Fallujah. Eric Fair returned to the U.S. laden with guilt at what he'd done and seen. Now he confronts the consequences in his memoir.

    Posted: Apr 20, 2016 8:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 20, 2016 1:32 PM ET
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  • hi-anderson-8col

    Thursday April 14, 2016

    The Current Anderson Cooper reflects on love, loss and his relationship with mom Gloria Vanderbilt

    Being the son of Gloria Vanderbilt wasn't necessarily an asset for Anderson Cooper, an aspiring journalist aiming to get ahead on his own merits. But now, he has collaborated with his mother to produce a memoir about life, love and loss.

    Posted: Apr 14, 2016 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016 2:22 PM ET
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  • Former Judge Marie Corbett

    Tuesday April 12, 2016

    Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'

    For all the power they wield in the justice system, we don't often hear frank talk from judges, in part because they seldom step down from their prestigious posts. But judge Marie Corbett retired early and is opening up about the life she left behind.

    Posted: Apr 12, 2016 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016 12:53 PM ET
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  • Former Judge Marie Corbett

    Tuesday April 12, 2016

    ENCORE: Retired judge Marie Corbett reflects on feeling 'powerless over crime'

    For all the power they wield in the justice system, we don't often hear frank talk from judges, in part because they seldom step down from their prestigious posts. But judge Marie Corbett retired early and is opening up about the life she left behind.

    Posted: Apr 12, 2016 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 11:59 AM ET
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  • BRITAIN

    Wednesday April 06, 2016

    The dream of Scottish independence lives on for Alex Salmond

    Alex Salmond stepped aside as leader of the Scottish National Party when they lost a referendum on Scottish independence but to him the dream isn't over. Alex Salmond joins Anna Maria Tremonti to muse on politics, rival politicians and his one-time ally, Donald Trump.

    Posted: Apr 06, 2016 10:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 06, 2016 12:39 PM ET
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  • Gun Culture - The Way of The Gun

    Tuesday April 05, 2016

    Roughly a billion guns in the world — and other startling facts about firearms

    Guns are so omnipresent in our society we don't talk about them. But when Iain Overton started counting the number of guns on the planet, he hit the billion mark. The Current looks at the global destruction and cultural significance of the gun.

    Posted: Apr 05, 2016 9:37 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016 1:15 PM ET
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  • Journalist Peggy Orenstein

    Wednesday March 30, 2016

    The Current Young women missing out on pleasures of intimacy, says author

    When journalist Peggy Orenstein reached out to young women to talk about sex, she concluded many are missing out on the pleasures of intimacy. In her book, Girls & Sex, she reveals how young women live in a world that confuses being sexualized with being sexually fulfilled.

    Posted: Mar 30, 2016 8:34 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016 1:44 PM ET
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  • Mvd1586771

    Tuesday March 29, 2016

    Exiled Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi fights for Iranians in new memoir

    They harassed her, intimidated her and jailed her but nothing Iranian intelligence could do would dent Shirin Ebadi's determination to speak up for human rights for Iranian citizens. Shirin Ebadi lives in exile and tells The Current why she'll never give up the fight.

    Posted: Mar 29, 2016 8:50 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016 1:23 PM ET
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  • Peter Bergen/Mark Bourrie Book Covers

    Friday March 04, 2016

    Authors delve into radical world of homegrown terrorism in North America

    CNN's Peter Bergen, author of The United States of Jihad and historian Mark Bourrie, author of The Killing Game trace the roots of homegrown Jihadists and examines the extremist propaganda machine and its reach into North America.

    Posted: Mar 04, 2016 9:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016 12:29 PM ET
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  • Journalist Scott Shane

    Friday March 04, 2016

    Killing Anwar al-Awlaki made him a better terrorist recruiter, says journalist

    U.S. President Barack Obama stands by the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. But journalist Scott Shane questions the legality and wisdom of the drone attack assassination that killed the U.S. propagandist working with al-Qaeda.

    Posted: Mar 04, 2016 8:56 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016 12:32 PM ET
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  • Phyllis Whitsell, age 6

    Monday February 29, 2016

    Nurse tracks down birth mother, cares for her without revealing identity

    Phyllis Whitsell began a search for her birth mother in the U.K. The woman she met was incapable of giving her any answers and Phyllis Whitsell embarked on a journey where only one of them knew the other's identity. The Current shares the story of her secret mother.

    Posted: Feb 29, 2016 9:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016 1:55 PM ET
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  • Nicolas Hénin prisoner of ISIS

    Monday February 22, 2016

    The Current Former ISIS hostage Nicolas Hénin says Western bombing only helps Islamic State

    For 10 months, French correspondent Nicolas Hénin was a prisoner of ISIS. One of his captors was the notorious extremist known as "Jihadi John" and his fellow captive was U.S. reporter James Foley. Nicolas Hénin joins Anna Maria to share what he thinks is the best strategy for defeating ISIS.

    Posted: Feb 22, 2016 8:14 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2016 8:05 AM ET
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  • A Mother's Reckoning Image - Sue and Dylan

    Monday February 15, 2016

    The Current 'An incredible, helpless agony': Sue Klebold, Columbine shooter's mother, on living with legacy of tragedy

    Seventeen years after Dylan Klebold took part in the Columbine High School shooting, his mother Sue Klebold has finally started talking about living with grief and shame, in her new book, A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.

    Posted: Feb 15, 2016 7:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016 7:55 AM ET
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  • Author  Eric Weiner of The Geography of Genius

    Wednesday February 03, 2016

    The Current Genius linked to geography more than genes, says author Eric Weiner

    Noted travel writer Eric Weiner says, if you really want to predict genius it might be best to stop looking at the stars and find a map because genius is more about place than parentage. He takes us through "The Geography of Genius" to explain.

    Posted: Feb 03, 2016 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 03, 2016 12:28 PM ET
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  • THOMPSON

    Thursday January 28, 2016

    The Current Hunter S. Thompson's son on fearing, loathing and loving the 'gonzo' journalist

    For millions of his fans, Hunter S. Thompson was the gonzo, hard-drinking, drug-taking, gun-shooting wild man of American counter-culture journalism. But to Juan Thompson, he was dad. Now he shares what it was like to grow up with Hunter S. Thompson.

    Posted: Jan 28, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 12, 2016 8:37 AM ET
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    Monday January 25, 2016

    Rwandan president 'extremely effective at crushing dissent,' says author

    After covering brutal conflict and crisis in several African countries. Anjan Sundaram headed to Rwanda to teach journalism. He was excited to be in a country praised by the West for its progressive President. And then he tried actually reporting.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 8:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 26, 2016 8:28 AM ET
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  • CATCH ME ABAGNALE

    Tuesday January 19, 2016

    Inside the con artist's confidence game

    Why is it that people who are otherwise smart and rational keep getting sucked in by the con artist's magic? From snake oil, to email scams, psychology writer Maria Konnikova gets inside the con artist's head in her book, The Confidence Game.

    Posted: Jan 19, 2016 8:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016 12:37 PM ET
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  • Heal - Arlene Weintraub

    Wednesday January 13, 2016

    the current Dogs could be the key to curing cancer

    Loyal, loving and furry. There's a new partner in the fight against cancer: dogs. Author of "Heal" joins us to explain how dogs could unlock a cure for cancer and how some dogs are literally sniffing-out cancers in humans.

    Posted: Jan 13, 2016 8:06 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 13, 2016 11:50 AM ET
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  •  Gulwali Passarlay - The Lightless Sky

    Tuesday January 12, 2016

    A 12-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan

    Gulwali Passerlay was just 12 years old when his mother paid human traffickers to get him out of Afghanistan. It was expected to be a difficult trip, but it became a year-long odyssey of suffering, abuse, deprivation and only occasional kindness. He shares his story.

    Posted: Jan 12, 2016 8:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016 2:46 PM ET
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  • Indigenous Book Club

    Friday January 08, 2016

    The Current First Nations authors discuss Carolyn Bennett's proposed indigenous book club month

    Last week on The Current, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, mentioned the idea of a nation-wide indigenous book club month. We love the idea and convened a panel of aboriginal writers to offer their thoughts and book picks. *Audio posted momentarily*

    Posted: Jan 08, 2016 8:44 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 08, 2016 3:02 PM ET
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  • KENYA-SECURITY/UN

    Monday January 04, 2016

    Forgotten Dadaab camp refugees share their harrowing stories of survival

    While Canada works to settle thousands of refugees, and Europe welcomes many more, life in the largest refugee camp in the world goes on, unchanged. Journalist Ben Rawlence shares the stories from Dadaab, Kenya, home to half a million refugees.

    Posted: Jan 04, 2016 8:59 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 04, 2016 1:39 PM ET
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  • Comedian Charlie Demers

    Tuesday December 29, 2015

    Comedian Charlie Demers faces 'The Horrors' to survive life

    Comedian Charlie Demers always looks on the bright side of dark situations. It's a philosophy that's served him well in dealing with the tragedies of everyday life. He joins us to talk about his new book, "The Horrors."

    Posted: Dec 29, 2015 8:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 31, 2015 9:43 AM ET
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  • William Gilbert Grace in the late 1880s

    Tuesday December 15, 2015

    The Current Beards 101: From the dawn of civilization to lumbersexuals

    From Plato to Freud... to that tattooed guy in the toque who insists pour-overs are the only way to make a decent cup of coffee. Historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore says beards speak volumes about the wearer, and the society in which they live.

    Posted: Dec 15, 2015 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2015 12:34 PM ET
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  • SYRIA-CRISIS/IRAQ

    Thursday December 03, 2015

    The Current ISIS defector exposes caliphate's highly organized society

    Today we bring you the story of life in the so-called ISIS "caliphate." For one, its remarkably, meticulously planned and organized: from a functioning government bureaucracy with its own separate ministries, to citizenship tests, courts, and even healthcare and welfare payments.

    Posted: Dec 03, 2015 7:52 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015 2:22 PM ET
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  • Spegazzini glacier

    Monday November 30, 2015

    'We need to accept that we failed on climate change,' says Roy Scranton

    Author of "Learning to Die in The Anthropocene," Roy Scranton believes the world has passed the point of no return with climate change. At this point, civilization is doomed and we need to learn how to have a good death.

    Posted: Nov 30, 2015 8:51 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015 2:01 PM ET
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  • George Marshall - 2 Degrees

    Monday November 30, 2015

    Our brains are wired to ignore climate change, says George Marshall

    Don't even think about it! That's still how too many people, including some important decision makers, approach climate change. And that is one of the most significant roadblocks to action. George Marshall joins us to discuss the psychology of climate change denial.

    Posted: Nov 30, 2015 8:35 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015 2:01 PM ET
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  • Trees on Mars - Hal Niedzviecki

    Friday November 20, 2015

    Our obsession with our future is leading to a bleak outlook for humanity

    The serial entrepreneur Elon Musk is celebrated for his bold ideas about the future. He's just one of the many people today determined to "own the future." In fact, you could say, that's the mantra of our times. But cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki joins us to knock off our rose-tinted spectacles.

    Posted: Nov 20, 2015 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015 12:19 PM ET
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  • Sherry Turkle

    Monday November 16, 2015

    The Current Smartphones hurt our face-to-face relationships, says Sherry Turkle

    MIT professor and best-selling author Sherry Turkle is making a call to put down the phone and talk. Today, we take a second look at technology and look at how to reclaim conversation because too many of us are silenced by our smartphones.

    Posted: Nov 16, 2015 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016 4:44 PM ET
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  • Neil Strauss - Truth

    Thursday November 12, 2015

    The Current Neil Strauss rethinks his pickup artist past, confesses 'The Truth' about relationships

    Neil Strauss was a music journalist when he turned an assignment on pick-up artists into a book. "The Game" was controversial and wildly popular, even considered a bible for how to pick-up-women-for-sex. But after living The Game, he eventually realized it was Game Over.

    Posted: Nov 12, 2015 8:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016 8:11 AM ET
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  • IRAQ-SECURITY/

    Wednesday November 11, 2015

    Inside ISIS philosophy, Will McCants on the inscrutable enemy

    Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was a devout kid in an Iraqi farming community whose marks weren't good enough to get into law school. Instead, he got a PhD in Islamic studies and eventually became the Caliph of the so-called Islamic State and a man with an apocalyptic vision.

    Posted: Nov 11, 2015 8:41 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 11, 2015 12:38 PM ET
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  • Bees

    Tuesday November 10, 2015

    Lessons from the bee hive teach us how to better communicate and be present

    They may seem like menacing insects to you, but Mark Winston says governments and corporations could learn a lot from the way bees communicate, collaborate and look after each other. He joins Anna Maria today to share his lessons from the hive.

    Posted: Nov 10, 2015 8:07 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016 2:31 PM ET
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  • Ordos Kangbashi, China’s Ghost City

    Monday November 09, 2015

    China's deserted 'ghost cities' appeal to new residents

    It is urban planning Chinese-government style, whole tracts of underdeveloped land used to create move-in ready cities in anticipation of a growing population. But apartments in highrises are empty and wide streets ready to funnel traffic are curiously unclogged. We visit China's "ghost cities."

    Posted: Nov 09, 2015 8:22 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015 8:51 AM ET
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  • lawrence-hill_584

    Thursday November 05, 2015

    The Current 3 novelists humanize the refugee experience in powerful fiction

    Amidst the real-life stories of so many refugees fleeing war and persecution, we are turning today to literature and how the portrayal of refugees in fiction can offer new insights. Canadian novelists Lawrence Hill, Tasneem Jamal and Kim Thuy share their stories about refugees.

    Posted: Nov 05, 2015 8:25 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015 12:04 PM ET
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  • Rio's Favelas

    Friday October 30, 2015

    Misha Glenny inside Rio's favelas' poverty and drug cartels

    Sunny Rio de Janeiro is fresh off of hosting World Cup of Soccer games and will welcome the world for the 2016 Olympic Games. But there's a Rio that's hidden from the rest of the world. Crime writer Misha Glenny went deep into Rio's favela slums and emerged with a story the world needs to hear.

    Posted: Oct 30, 2015 8:38 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 30, 2015 11:41 AM ET
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  • Jon Palfreman - Brain Storms author

    Thursday October 29, 2015

    Parkinson's research turns personal for 'Brain Storms' author

    When journalist Jon Palfreman began investigating research into Parkinson's disease, he had no idea it would take over his life. The more he learns about Parkinson's, the more he understands the shape of his own future. The "Brain Storms" author joins us to uncover Parkinson's from the inside out.

    Posted: Oct 29, 2015 8:47 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 29, 2015 12:38 PM ET
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  • John Stackhouse - Mass Disruption

    Monday October 26, 2015

    John Stackhouse: Canada needs traditional media in digital era

    Media in the digital era gave us the ability to get information long before the presses print and from places we never could. But some worry how this affects the future of serious journalism and accountability. John Stackhouse shares his thoughts on "Mass Disruption".

    Posted: Oct 26, 2015 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 26, 2015 1:48 PM ET
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  • Breaking Away - Patrick O'Sullivan

    Wednesday October 21, 2015

    Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan on living with an abusive father

    Patrick O'Sullivan laced on skates not long after he was walking with an entire childhood spent in pursuit of an NHL career. In the end Patrick O'Sullivan walked off the ice and away from the game. He shares his story of parental expectations that turned into abuse, most of it hidden in plain sight.

    Posted: Oct 21, 2015 8:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 21, 2015 12:41 PM ET
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  • Can't Have It All-Plan B

    Wednesday October 14, 2015

    The Current Anne-Marie Slaughter on work-life balance without the struggle

    The high-achieving woman who wrote an Atlantic article entitled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" says real work-life balance for women and men requires mutual support, flexible work hours and careers built in intervals. Anne-Marie Slaughter joins us to talk about Unfinished Business.

    Posted: Oct 14, 2015 8:56 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 23, 2015 7:36 AM ET
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  • USA-FED/

    Tuesday October 13, 2015

    The Current Ben Bernanke shares inside account of global financial meltdown

    Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve takes us inside the stick-handling of the Wall Street meltdown that nearly led to another depression. And he shares his concerns that top bank executives were not criminally investigated.

    Posted: Oct 13, 2015 8:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 13, 2015 1:33 PM ET
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  • 76867507

    Wednesday October 07, 2015

    Ray Kelly, NYPD former head says NY detectives embedded in Toronto

    After 9-11, Ray Kelly returned as New York City's top cop. He gave elite members of the force heavy weapons training, embedded his officers in Toronto and Montreal and around the world. Vigilant and unapologetic. His legacy will define policing in the US's largest city for decades to come.

    Posted: Oct 07, 2015 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015 1:11 PM ET
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  • Kevin and Alex Newman - All Out

    Tuesday October 06, 2015

    Kevin & Alex Newman confront hard truths in father/son relationship

    Veteran broadcaster Kevin Newman spent years getting to know audiences but during that time, he and his son Alex were growing further apart. When a teenage Alex finally came out to his dad as gay, it kick started a bigger discussion that was long overdue. They've put it into a book, "All Out."

    Posted: Oct 06, 2015 8:17 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 06, 2015 12:17 PM ET
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  • 78099346

    Thursday October 01, 2015

    The Current Robert Reich is out to save Capitalism from itself

    Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labour says the only free market is the one governments legislate. The man who had a seat in shaping the economy inside the Clinton Administration, is now trying to save Capitalism … from Itself. And it involves some heavy lifting.

    Posted: Oct 01, 2015 8:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 01, 2015 1:55 PM ET
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  • FAVOR HAMILTON

    Wednesday September 30, 2015

    The Current Olympian-turned-Vegas escort Suzy Favor Hamilton shares her story

    She grew up running in small town America and became an Olympic darling . And when she began a secret life, she was just as competitive. Suzy Favor Hamilton became one of Las Vegas's most sought after escorts. She shares her personal struggle with mental illness in her memoir, "Fast Girl."

    Posted: Sep 30, 2015 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 30, 2015 1:18 PM ET
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  • Canoes on a beach

    Thursday September 24, 2015

    'No Canoe, No Canada': Roy MacGregor on their vital relationship

    The canoe, quintessentially Canadian, is credited for the very development and evolution of this country. Author Roy MacGregor joins us to talk about the ageless mode of transportation, how it helped to shape Canada and even how it ended up adrift on the Nile.

    Posted: Sep 24, 2015 7:49 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 28, 2015 3:24 PM ET
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  • Lori Shenher, Former Vancouver Police Detective

    Thursday September 10, 2015

    Robert Pickton case haunts former detective Lori Shenher

    Four years before serial killer Robert Pickton was arrested, then Detective Lori Shenher had Pickton on her radar but couldn't convince anyone to investigate him. Her work on the file took her to what she calls "That Lonely Section of Hell".

    Posted: Sep 10, 2015 8:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 11, 2015 9:08 AM ET
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  • Mike Duffy trial

    Monday August 31, 2015

    Donald Savoie: Duffy trial reveals how public service 'lost its way'

    The Prime Minister's Office wields a lot of of power throughout the public service. Too much power, according to Donald Savoie who says that power has become so centralized, and the public service has become so beholden to top-down orders, it may be warping our democracy.

    Posted: Aug 31, 2015 7:49 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 31, 2015 2:22 PM ET
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  • CANADA-POLITICS/

    Tuesday August 25, 2015

    The Current 'What's Happened to Politics?': Bob Rae says authenticity is amiss

    He's had a career at the centre of Canadian politics as the premier of our most populous province and as the interim leader of the federal Liberal party. But now that he's retired from the political to-and-fro, Bob Rae doesn't mind saying that the state of politics today leaves much to be desired.

    Posted: Aug 25, 2015 8:05 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015 11:32 AM ET
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  • Jonathan Kozol with Pineapple

    Tuesday June 23, 2015

    Dementia patients are not silent stones

    Jonathan Kozol has chronicled his psychiatrist father's descent into dementia in his new book "The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time".

    Posted: Jun 23, 2015 8:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 23, 2015 12:12 PM ET
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  • Dr. Henry Marsh

    Monday June 15, 2015

    The Current Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on a career probing brains

    Henry Marsh's long career as a neurosurgeon has only increased his awe of the human brain. But he's also candid about the danger involved, and about the mistakes he's made that had devastating consequences. Neurology, he says, is not a precise science and doctors aren't as in control as we want to believe.

    Posted: Jun 15, 2015 8:20 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015 7:55 AM ET
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  • Lesser Beasts Humble Pig Mark Essig

    Wednesday June 10, 2015

    'Lesser Beasts' explores our uneasy relationship with the humble pig

    Could the pig be the most misunderstood animal of all? Adore them, or abhor them. Hate them, or plate them. Writer Mark Essig brings home the bacon with his new history of our long and muddied relationship with pigs.

    Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:31 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015 3:02 PM ET
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  • disaster-heroes

    Friday June 05, 2015

    'Disaster Heroes' tells story of everyday people who step up in crisis

    We look at a new book, "Disaster Heroes", that tells the stories of the anonymous, ordinary people that volunteer to help in times of catastrophe.

    Posted: Jun 05, 2015 9:28 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 05, 2015 9:30 AM ET
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  • Shepherd's Life

    Thursday June 04, 2015

    The Current Thousands flock to Twitter to follow a shepherd in Lake District

    He's got more than 60,000 twitter followers but the work he does depends less on technology and more on dogs. James Rebanks is a shepherd in the Lake District of northwest England. He's Oxford educated but realized early on that his attachment to his family's centuries old profession was his real intellectual calling.

    Posted: Jun 04, 2015 8:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 12, 2015 12:27 PM ET
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  • Geoffrey Pyke Habakkuk aircraft made of ice

    Tuesday June 02, 2015

    How Winston Churchill came on board Pyke's ice aircraft carrier

    Ideas so zany, they just may work. That's how Winston Churchill seemed to like them, as he led the Allies to victory in WWII. Our series, By Design meets some outside-the-box ideas, and their out-of-the-ordinary inventor as we look at warfare, eccentricities and the role of science in battle.

    Posted: Jun 02, 2015 8:49 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 02, 2015 12:34 PM ET
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  • Elon Musk Biography

    Monday June 01, 2015

    The Current Elon Musk: Out to change the way we live on Earth and in space

    As a child, he was a loner... unimpressive in school, lost in his own thoughts. Today, he's a multi-Billionaire entrepreneur celebrated as a visionary. From the Tesla electric car to the rocket factory that has revolutionized the space industry, Elon Musk is a man not afraid to chase big ideas.

    Posted: Jun 01, 2015 8:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 11:00 AM ET
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  • RIM CEOs Resign

    Wednesday May 27, 2015

    Insider accounts of BlackBerry's dramatic rise and fall

    Research In Motion's Blackberry once ruled the market. But for all their foresight with smartphones, the BlackBerry was dwarfed by Apple and even the android. Today journalists Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff piece together the epic story of two men and one little machine.

    Posted: May 27, 2015 7:50 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 27, 2015 12:11 PM ET
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  • The Outside Circle - Graphic Novel

    Tuesday May 26, 2015

    'The Outside Circle': Rethinking rehabilitation for aboriginal offenders

    She was 15 years old. Sent to federal prison. Now, she's on day parole, with a good job, and plans to give back to her First Nations community. Today, we explore the Warrior Program, an Alberta effort that helps aboriginal offenders understand their shared history and a chance for a promising future.

    Posted: May 26, 2015 9:03 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 26, 2015 11:58 AM ET
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  • Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own," author Kate Bolick

    Wednesday May 20, 2015

    The Current All the Single Ladies! 'Spinster' author says celebrate party of one

    "Spinster" may sound like a rather old-fashioned term to our ears. But the fact is, a growing number of modern women are choosing to stay single. In her new book, "Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own," author Kate Bolick explores her own relationships and her reluctance to tie the knot.

    Posted: May 20, 2015 7:54 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 20, 2015 11:21 AM ET
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  • Was2673900

    Tuesday May 19, 2015

    Popping Canada's 'Carbon Bubble' good for economy, says Jeff Rubin

    Economist Jeff Rubin questions the ongoing government reliance - and hope - on Canada's oil industry. He says The Carbon Bubble is bursting and it is time to embrace new industry boosted by the climate change Carbon has created.

    Posted: May 19, 2015 8:15 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 25, 2015 10:37 AM ET
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