Ground-breaking clinical trial offers hope for Toronto boy diagnosed with rare genetic disorder; Afghanistan, the international community, and press freedom under the Taliban; and episode six of CBC podcast White Hote Hate
After Michael Pirovolakis was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease as a toddler, his family raised $3 million, funding gene therapy in a groundbreaking clinical trial where the four-year-old is the only participant. Guest host Michelle Shephard talks to Michael’s father, Terry Pirovolakis, about the search for a cure; and Dr. Jim Dowling, a clinician-scientist at SickKids Hospital, and the lead doctor on Michael’s clinical trial.
Plus, we continue our special series Afghanistan: A Year Under The Taliban. Former Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi tells us where she thinks the international community has gone wrong in its dealings with the Taliban; and Lotfullah Najafizada, CEO of Amu Television, discusses the destruction of press freedom under Taliban rule.
And we hear the final episode of the CBC podcast, White Hot Hate. It tells the story of violent, white supremacist ideology spreading around the world, with believers trying to create chaos in order to seize control.