Wednesday, Nov 15: Making changes in Canada's Armed Forces
In the Spring of 2015, former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps penned a damning report about the sexual misconduct and assault in Canada's armed forces. The report sent shock waves through the military and in its wake the Forces launched "Operation Honour" to address the problem. Wednesday on The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with Marie Deschamps, together with the person in charge of making changes in the Forces, Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett.
Thursday, Nov 16: Rachel Jeffs on Escaping Her Father and Polygamy
Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture defined by powerful husbands and subordinate 'sister wives.' No one in this radical splinter sect of the Mormon Church was more powerful or terrifying than its leader. Rachel's father, Warren Jeffs. Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Jeffs arranged marriages between under-age girls and middle-aged and elderly members of his congregation. In her new book, Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs, Rachel Jeffs offers a harrowing look at the years of physical and emotional abuse she suffered before finally escaping the church in 2015.
Monday, Nov 20: American astronaut Scott Kelly
American astronaut Scott Kelly has spent more time orbiting the earth than any man in history. And spending all that time in space has given him deep insights into the things that are important both on earth and beyond. Scott Kelly joins Anna Maria Tremonti to discuss his year on the International Space Station, what he learned about being human and the next great adventure in space.
Tuesday, Nov 21: Harry Leslie Smith
Harry Leslie Smith has seen a lot in his 94 years -- from the extreme poverty of his childhood in Britain, to the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the creation of the modern welfare state. Now, he's using the tools of a younger generation to warn them that the gains his generation fought so hard for are in peril. The author, activist and podcaster speaks with Anna Maria Tremonti about why he'll keep on fighting.
Wednesday, Nov 22: How Wildfire Will Shape our Future
It's been a year of wildfires. Throughout B.C., Alberta and around the world, fires raged so intensely they forced tens of thousands to flee their homes. And Canadian author Edward Struzik says there's much more to come. In his new book, Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape our Future," he warns that the mega fires will only get worse in the years ahead, as climate change takes hold, temperatures rise, and our forests become drier. Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with Edward Struzik about our future and adapting to life with wildfire.
Thursday, Nov 23: Author A.J. Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs wants you to know that he's related to Gwyneth Paltrow and Albert Einstein. And you probably are too. The bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-it-all is on a quest to build a family tree that includes the entire human race. In his new book It's All Relative: Adventures Up And Down the World Family Tree, Jacobs explores genealogy, history, black sheep, bad apples, and the definition of family. A.J. Jacobs joins host Anna Maria Tremonti.