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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.

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.

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. However, now some experts are arguing we need to protect other planets from the human germs we bring with us.

Crazy Rich Asians called groundbreaking, criticized by some for Chinese-centric 'colourism'

The new film Crazy Rich Asians is receiving critical acclaim. But it's also causing a stir for another reason. Some critics say it focusses on East Asians & doesn't represent other Asian experiences (particularly non-Chinese people).

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Protect the galaxy by keeping human germs at home, argues 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.

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.

'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.

Aug. 14, 2018 episode transcript

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'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.

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.

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.

'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 the Nazi's euthanization of children.

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

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

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How 'counter-monuments' can solve the debate over controversial historical statues

Karen Franck, the co-author of Memorials as Spaces of Engagement, has been researching counter-monuments — both in opposition to existing monuments and as memorials to bad chapters in history.

Would you let a 10-year-old cut your hair?

In his new book, Haircuts by Children and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract, O'Donnell argues that we need to take children more seriously — and maybe ourselves a little less so.