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Kim Thúy on Montreal

The award-winning novelist has called the city home since leaving communist Vietnam by boat.

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Young and Indigenous in the city

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Ottawa unlikely to scrap Safe Third Country Agreement with U.S., says immigration expert

The federal government is facing political pressure from the opposition who want to see a long-term plan to address the steady influx of asylum seekers - including a call to scrap the Safe Third Country Agreement.

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'The Russians tried to destroy our country,' says former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee

Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile says she walked into a "huge mess" during the 2016 campaign and believes the Russians "took active measures to destabilize" U.S. democracy.

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Bruce McArthur investigation still generating new leads, investigator says

The Toronto police detective leading the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is still reviewing leads and cold cases, after more human remains were found last week.

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Missing the soccer? Try this - the Tiramisu World Cup

It's a dessert that Italy's had a love affair with and translates to "Pick me up." CBC reporter Megan Williams takes on the hard job of judging the first ever, world Tiramisu competition.

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Why Tim Hortons in China is a hard sell

Tim Hortons proudly plays up its Canadian heritage in its marketing. Some even consider the coffee chain a part of the fabric of this country. So how will a double double fare in China, as the company plans on expanding there in the next decade?

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Trump not the first president to be 'soft' on Russia, says political scientist

Donald Trump has met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, days after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted on accusations of hacking Democrats. But the attitude towards Russia could undergo a stark change by the next election, one analyst says.

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How cities are finding solutions to combat scorching heat waves

There's never been such an urgency for cities to adapt to the extreme heat that experts say will continue. Here are some ideas cities are implementing to keep cool in summers to come.

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Listen to CBC's Mic Drop - a podcast by teenagers who share intimate parts of their lives

On Fridays this summer, The Current's handing the mic over to teenagers who share their real-life struggles in a new CBC podcast called Mic Drop. The podcast uses only their first names, or in some cases, pseudonyms, so they can really open up about their lives.

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Will more police on the streets be enough to curb wave of gun crime in Toronto?

An extra 200 police officers will deployed overnight on Toronto streets, in the hopes of stopping a recent spate of deadly shootings. But advocates and experts warn the problem won't be solved just by putting boots on the ground.

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Facing Race Pt 1: Highlights from our Montreal town hall examining race in Canada

Here's a look back on one of our most important series of this past season, Facing Race. This town hall was recorded live in Montreal where we asked what Quebec's special status means for the pursuit of racial equity, looked at racial disparities in employment and meet a former neo-Nazi who is fighting to deradicalize young Quebecers.

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Facing Race Pt 2: Highlights from our Montreal town hall examining race in Canada

Here's part two of our town hall in Montreal as part of our series Facing Race. We look at what Quebec's special status means for the pursuit of racial equity, examine racial disparities in employment and meet a former neo-Nazi who is fighting to deradicalize young Quebecers.

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A vote for Doug Ford was a vote against reconciliation, says Indigenous activist

The folding of the Indigenous Relations portfolio into another department in Doug Ford's new administration has alarmed First Nations advocates, who argue it shows reconciliation is not a priority for the new premier.

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Greyhound bus cancellations: Should affordable transportation be considered an essential service?

Greyhound bus service in much of Western Canada is about to become history. With many rural communities relying on transportation to access health care, some argue the government needs to subsidize this service.

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Thai boys' recovery could be put at risk by media spotlight, says author who worked with Chilean miners

The soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand have a long recovery ahead of them, but there may be lessons to learn from the case of the Chilean miners, who were tapped underground for 69 days in 2010.

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Meet Mega Traun, the Canadian veteran who went from a roadside bomb to gold at the Invictus Games

Mike Trauner suffered life-changing injuries when a roadside bomb exploded during his deployment in Afghanistan. After being trapped at home for months on end, the Invictus Games gave him a new goal in life.

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High stakes, high emotions: Why crying in sports can hurt the game

There's a time and place to cry in sports and it's not in the middle of the game, says a sports psychologist behind a study that found tears are accepted on the field, with caveats.

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'We could all be dying': Grassy Narrows, Ont., youth suffer mercury poisoning consequences

More than a half a century after mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation, the poisoning continues to have deadly consequences - especially for youth.

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U.K. will have a 'gun to its head' over Brexit resignations, says politics professor

The resignations of senior U.K. politicians show divisions over how Theresa May's government wants to approach Brexit, and the EU could use that to strengthen its negotiating hand, says a politics professor in Britain.

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'Human crisis': Ai Weiwei's documentary showcases plight of refugees

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has turned his lens on the massive scale of the global refugee crisis in a powerful documentary, Human Flow. He says this crisis is not limited to refugees and represents the human condition.

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Why Canaan, a Haitian city without a government, is at a crossroads

Canaan is a unique settlement in Haiti, built by displaced survivors of the 2010 earthquake with little government oversight. But with a population of 250,000, the city is at risk of becoming just "another slum" unless the government gets involved, argues one expert.

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Facebook marks Nunavut Day with Inuktut translation tool in Canada

Some Indigenous people are praising Facebook's new Inuktut translation tool as a way to promote and maintain Indigenous languages but argue more needs to be done to fill the language gap for essential services.

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Journalist describes 'eerily silent' scene as first of boys rescued from Thai cave

As rescue efforts continue, we speak to a journalist at the scene in Thailand about how the young soccer team is holding up.

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'God doesn't make wine. God makes vinegar': Backlash against natural wine trend is a corker

The natural wine movement means there's no filtering or fining of the wine and no chemicals are added in the process. It's a method some wine lovers won't buy into.

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Why these thrill-seekers are reluctant to geotag the stunning sites they find

Is social media - and the pursuit of the perfect Instagram picture - changing how we interact with nature? And what are the effects on the environment?

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Listen to an episode from a new CBC podcast called MicDrop where teens pick the topics and take the mic

On Fridays throughout the summer, The Current is passing the mic to Canadian youth with a podcast that features unfiltered conversation about real-life struggles. Subscribe through Apple Podcasts.

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SLAV backlash highlights Canada's history of denying racism, says poet George Elliott Clarke

The controversy around SLAV - a show about slave songs with a predominantly white cast - plays out against the complexity of French-Canadian identity, and a tendency to erase Canada's history of racism and slavery, argues George Elliott Clarke.

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This author believed her family was fleeing the Mafia. Then she uncovered the real story

Former CBC reporter Pauline Dakin shares the story of her fugitive childhood with a twist you'll never see coming.

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Sickboy podcast tackles chronic illness with laughter

Jeremie Saunders has a fatal illness and wants to talk about it. He and his friends mix raw emotion with waves of laughter in the infectious podcast Sickboy.

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Stephen Harper criticized for speaking at 'Free Iran' event hosted by dissident group

Former prime minister Stephen Harper is under scrutiny after speaking at a weekend rally organized by an Iranian dissident group that some critics call a 'cult-like' organization.

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Montreal heat wave: People with health conditions, no air conditioning at most risk

Since Monday, firefighters and police have been working their way through neighbourhoods to check on vulnerable residents suffering in the extreme heat that has been the cause of 11 deaths to date.

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Stuck 'like a cork' in the Bastard's Crawl, Canadian cavers' 18-hour ordeal to stay alive

As efforts to rescue a young soccer team from a cave in Thailand continue, we hear from experienced cavers about the accidents and disasters they've lived through, and why even a brush with death won't stop them exploring

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The body on the boat: The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean, and the toll on those who try to save them

When the crew of the Aquarius picked up a migrant boat in the Mediterranean late last year, they found the body of a young woman on board. CBC correspondent Megan Williams set out to find out who this woman was, and how she died.

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Social media 'turf wars' influencing rise in public shootings, anti-gun violence advocate says

Three separate shootings in the heart of downtown Toronto stir concern that gun violence is on the rise in Canada's largest city.

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30 years after Man in Motion tour, Rick Hansen still fighting for accessibility

"Right now there's over a billion people on the planet living with a disability according to the World Health Organization - that is one in seven people."

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How will Mexico's new president shake up NAFTA negotiations?

Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador secured a wide majority on Sunday, all but guaranteeing sweeping reforms for the country. In the midst of NAFTA negotiations, what does that mean for Canada?

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The pen pal project: How a Chicago charity taught teens the joy of letter writing

After news of two Canadian pen pals who have finally met face-to-face - after 56 years of letter writing - we look at a program in Chicago that aimed to teach teens how writing can forge a connection.

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Mic Drop: Here's why The Current is giving a voice to Canadian youth

The Current is passing the mic to Canadian youth on Fridays throughout the summer. Listening could spark a conversation with a young person in your life.

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How overcoming adversity brought together a Syrian teen and Mi'kmaq grandmother

Since meeting Mi'kmaq grandmother Charlotte Morris, 13-year-old Syrian refugee Basel Alrashdan has immersed himself in Indigenous history. When he takes his Oath of Citizenship, he's hoping to use the opportunity to highlight Indigenous treaty rights.

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Open-plan offices leave women subject to sexism at work, research suggests

Research shows that sexism is more prevalent in open-concept offices because women feel overexposed and have no privacy.

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Why migrants are desperate to flee Central America to cross U.S. border

Migrants aren't fleeing the so-called Northern Triangle countries to pursue the American dream. They're risking their lives to escape gang violence, according to a Central American analyst.

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Facing Race: Highlights from The Current's town hall event in Halifax

The Current explores issues of race facing all Canadians today, from environmental racism, to gentrification of traditionally black communities, to how the #MeToo moment is excluding black women and the violence they live under.

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How legalizing pot will help a Fort McMurray reserve become self-sufficient

With the legalization of recreational marijuana months away, Indigenous leaders are split over whether this new law should be embraced as an economic opportunity or be concerned over the potential health implications it could have on communities.

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Should boiling lobsters alive be banned? Experts disagree on whether crustaceans can feel pain

Switzerland has banned boiling lobsters alive, is it time to show these creatures we care about their feelings - even if many scientists argue they don't have any?

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Uncivil society: The divide between passion and practicality in U.S. politics now

Can politics maintain a civil tone when disenfranchised people feel their lives are on the line? And is it fair to ask people who feel that way to be patient?

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Should Canada ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity?

A bill to ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity has been under consideration since December 2015, leaving animal rights activists frustrated by the long delays. But one Senator cites expert testimony that suggests animals in amusement parks are not suffering.

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Senior podcaster Harry Leslie Smith says he'll 'drop dead' before he stops fighting for equality

Harry Leslie Smith says he's seen humanity at its best - and worst. The Second World War veteran has lived through poverty and the Great Depression and warns a younger generation to heed his message: Don't let my past be your future.

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Meet Rwanda's only female neurosurgeon who trained in Canada

When Dr. Claire Karekezi returns to her native Rwanda next month after training in Canada. She will be one of only five neurosurgeons - and the only woman - serving a population of 12 million people.

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There's a 'major contradiction' between Trudeau's apology to LGBT Canadians and Bill C-66, prof says

The bill omits convictions from bathhouse raids, which critics of the bill say targeted gay men even if the charges themselves were not specific to sexual identity.

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Under the knife and unaware? What happens when we're under anesthesia

Before anesthesia, there were stories of people preferring death to surgery; of hopping off operating tables and running. But are we truly fully unaware? Or does a part of us retain some memory of what happens when we're under?

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Is Canada prepared for climate change? Adaptation is key, say experts

In 2014, Burlington, Ont. was hit with a so-called "weather bomb" leaving many with flooded basements. But it also kicked off city-wide efforts to adapt to the new reality of disruptive weather events.

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Migrant crisis: When media leaves, nothing will change, says mayor of town on U.S.-Mexico border

Images of young children in cages have shocked the world this week, as a zero-tolerance immigration policy saw families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Current's Julie Crysler was in McAllen, Texas, meeting people on both sides of the immigration debate.

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Métis doctor honoured for serving remote Indigenous communities

Dr. Catherine Cook has served Indigenous communities for more than three decades. Her work has recently been honoured with the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.

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The magnificent bully: Why thousands of barred owls are being shot by U.S. conservationists

Barred owls are being culled in large numbers in the Pacific Northwest, in an effort to save their close cousins, the endangered spotted owl. Is it fair to kill one species to save another? conservationists disagree, but it's a question that will become more pertinent as climate change forces animals to migrate.

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Rhetoric around migrants in U.S. has parallels to slavery, says historian

Both Canada and the U.S. have a long history of removing children from the care of their parents, and one historian says the rhetoric in use today is the same as during the time of slavery.

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Why are dead hummingbirds showing up for sale? Investigating the love charm black market

Forensic ornithologist Pepper Trail has been investigating the apparent rise in a black-market trade for chuparosas: love charms made with the bodies of dead hummingbirds that appear to be growing in popularity in Hispanic-American communities.

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This pop artist used artificial intelligence to compose an entire album

Singer and technologist Taryn Southern has just done something no musician has ever done before: released an album composed with artificial intelligence. Critics argue it's not really music if a human isn't composing it.

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Full Episode for June 20, 2018 - The Current

From Yazidi women settling in Canada after surviving sexual slavery but who are not at peace knowing their family members are in the hands of ISIS; to the support Yazidi refugees rely on; to a bill passed that pushes legalizing weed forward; to the impact of scrapping cap-and-trade in Ontario ... This is The Current.

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Doug Ford's vow to fight federal carbon tax part of concerted effort, prof says

Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed to scrap the cap-and-trade system. But critics warn the move against taxing greenhouse gas emissions will have a domino effect both politically and economically.

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The Senate passed the pot bill. What happens now?

Canada is on its way to being the first industrialized country in the world to legalize pot nationally. The contentious Bill C-45 to legalize recreational marijuana passed on Tuesday.

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Government must do more to help Yazidi refugees, says advocate

Majed El Shafie and Mavis Himes have become lifelines for Yazidi refugees who have settled in Canada - as well as those still living under ISIS rule.

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'I know the Yazidis are going through hell': ISIS survivors in Canada plead for help for family left behind

After surviving sexual slavery under the brutal rule of ISIS, Yazidis who escaped to Canada cannot find closure because of family members who are still missing, languishing in refugee camps or still in ISIS hands. They want Canada to do more to reunite them.

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Increase in Toronto shootings will continue without new strategy, argues anti-gun advocate

More than a decade after the 'summer of the gun,' Toronto has seen a recent spike in shootings, including two little girls at a playground. Some argue policing and prevention strategies need a new approach.

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What makes it a murder? Coroner's office inquiry into 'concealed homicides' after Mississauga deaths

Three family members died in their Mississauga home over a period of several years, but it was only after the third death that police established a suspicious pattern. The Current talks to investigators about how they approach the scene of a death, and where mistakes can be made.

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Drummer Sheila E. encourages female musicians to keep smashing taboos

Legendary drummer Sheila E. had to fight for recognition throughout her career. She advises other young and aspiring female musicians to be confident, despite obstacles like sexism and harassment that can still be found in the industry.

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Full Episode for June 19, 2018 - The Current

From solutions addressing Toronto's surge in gun violence; to breaking down the taboo of female drummers; to how three deaths in an Ontario family is shining a light on so-called concealed murders ... This is The Current.

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Helping refugees becoming a 'popularity contest,' says advocate

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel has called for the government to let in more LGBT refugees and to track the numbers, but some advocates worry about politicizing the refugee system and warn against prioritizing any particular group over others.

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Finding Adler: The music and mystery of the Jewish refugee who shaped the lives of a Chinese family

During the Second World War, a Jewish refugee escaped the Nazis and fled to Shanghai. There, he taught music to a group of orphans, but abruptly disappeared in 1947. The Chinese-Canadian son of one of those orphans, Fang Sheng, grew up hearing stories of this man, and set out to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

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What Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings had was not a 'love affair,' new Monticello exhibit reveals

An exhibit at the Monticello plantation is being applauded by many descendants for acknowledging the life of Sally Hemings, and for sharing the truth behind her relationship with Thomas Jefferson.

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Full Episode for June 18, 2018 - The Current

From a call on the government to admit more LGBTQ refugees into Canada; to debating the legacy of Thomas Jefferson with the exhibit of Sally Hemings' bedroom; to how an Austrian Jew taught orphans to become members of China's symphony orchestra ... This is The Current.

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Daughter of Wettlaufer's last victim unconvinced inquiry will result in changes to system

Susan Horvath has lost faith in long-term care after her father was murdered by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. She's also not confident an inquiry looking into how her crimes went undetected for a decade will result in any improvements.

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Should Canada scrap immigration deal with the U.S. over safety concerns?

Safe Third Country Agreement is based on the understanding that both countries are safe for refugees

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Lea Garofalo was killed by her Mafia family. Now she's the face of anti-mob protests

Alex Perry's new book looks at the women who are fighting to bring down the Mafia, and inspiring people across Italy to say enough is enough.

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Full Episode for June 15 - The Current

From the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer murders raising questions about how long-term care homes are run; to the story of women who took on a powerful mafia; to a 'zero tolerance' migrant policy in the U.S. separating children from their parents ... This is The Current with Ioanna Roumeliotis.

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Does Canada need a national cycling strategy?

As cycle advocates lobby for more bike lanes to make travel safer, critics argue Canada needs a more strategic solution than simply building more infrastructure.

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How reporter Seymour Hersh uncovered a massacre, and changed the Vietnam War dialogue

Seymour Hersh brings great insight into investigative journalism - past and present - because he has broken some of the most important and history-making stories of the last fifty years.

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Why fans still flock to the World Cup despite politics and controversy

Despite political controversy in this year's World Cup in Russia, soccer fans are still get excited for the tournament and argue the game has a powerful connection to unite the world.

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Full Episode for June 14, 2018 - The Current

From cycling advocates calling for a Canadian strategy to keep people safe; to whether Russia's controversies will affect the FIFA World Cup; to investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on reporting some of the biggest stories of the past 50 years ... This is The Current.

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Movie trailer-like video starring Trump and Kim resembles North Korean propaganda, says historian

A White House movie trailer-style video depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as heroes was made to help negotiate peace. But did it have a positive affect?

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Should the U.S. adopt Canada's supply management system in order to save its dairy farmers?

U.S. President Donald Trump has said high tariffs and Canada's supply management system are hurting American dairy farmers, who are already struggling to make ends meet. While some argue the U.S. could solve those problems by adopting a similar system, others warn it can be bad for consumers, and for global trade.

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'Ear-witness testimony': Detainees' memories used to map out a notorious Syrian prison

A research group called Forensic Architecture has recreated a prison in Syria, a place no outsider has had access to since the beginning of the war. Former detainee testimony is used to construct an interactive model.

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Full Episode for June 13, 2018 - The Current

From what was accomplished between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un at the Korea Summit; to how forensic architecture can determine if human rights abuses have occurred; to whether Canada's supply management system is a solution for U.S. dairy farmers ... This is The Current.

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North Korean defector to Trump: 'Don't believe Kim Jong-un'

A man who defected from North Korea has a stark warning for U.S. president Donald Trump about trusting the regime.

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Supreme Court to rule on controversial risk assessment tests accused of bias against Indigenous offenders

An upcoming Supreme Court of Canada ruling could decide whether controversial tests that are used to predict criminals' likelihood to reoffend violate the Charter rights of Indigenous people.

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Watch out, Alberta - close encounters with cougars are on the rise

Wildlife experts say that as humans encroach more into cougar habitats, and as cougars adapt more to being where people live, the possibility of a close encounter is increasing.

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Full Episode for June 12, 2018 - The Current

From whether a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump will bring peace; to the growing conflict between cougars living with humans; to questioning cultural bias in risk assessments for Indigenous prisoners ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for June 11, 2018 - The Current

From how the war of words between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump will affect the future of NAFTA; to MMIW cases gaining traction in the U.S. after an indifference to the issue; to turning captured carbon into fuel ... This is The Current.

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Canadian company says it can make cost-effective fuel by sucking carbon dioxide from the air

Carbon Engineering is a Canadian company that sucks carbon out of the air and converts it to fuel. New research conducted by its founder suggests the company's methods could be a viable tool in the fight against climate change.

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U.S. activists inspired by Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

As U.S. faces up to its own problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women, what can the country learn from Canada's success - and failures?

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Rift between Trump and Trudeau could be first step towards a recession, warns former foreign affairs minister

The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called "unprecedented" by observers. Former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay says it's alarming and could even lead to a recession if it persists.

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'Interesting times': Political heavyweights assess Doug Ford's win in Ontario

As Ontario welcomes a new incoming premier and a seismic shift in the political landscape, we speak to three political heavyweights about what this means for the province, and the rest of Canada.

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From piety to prosperity: What obituary trends reveal about society's shifting values

With a rise of particularly frank memorials, should we be worried?

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Could marijuana help people addicted to opioids, or are we swapping one addiction for another?

The potential for cannabis to wean people off opioid addiction is getting renewed attention after Canopy Growth, Canada's biggest marijuana grower, gave UBC $2.5 million research endowment to investigate the idea.

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Full Episode for June 8, 2018 - The Current

From what Doug Ford's majority win means for Ontario and the rest of Canada, to the potential of cannabis in the fight against the opioid crisis, and what the trend of painfully honest obits says about changing attitudes towards death and journalism ... This is The Current.

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Actors in new play don't see script until they get on stage - and it's in a language they don't understand

Nassim Soleimanpour, who had a global smash with White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, is back with a new concept that explores language and the feeling of being a foreigner.

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Union's defence of Elizabeth Wettlaufer was 'grossly disappointing,' says employment lawyer

The former nurse's union filed grievances against her previous employers after she was fired for medication errors and professional misconduct.

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U.S. government treats Puerto Rico with 'disdain' in aftermath of Hurricane Maria, says lawyer

People in Puerto Rico have watched friends and relatives die as the infrastructure crumbled in the wake of Hurricane Maria last September. As the new hurricane season starts, people on the island say they are ill-equipped to cope with another storm.

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Women over 50 'probably not benefiting at all from chemotherapy,' says oncologist

An oncologist and co-author of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that each year in Canada, 30,000 women battling a specific type of breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy.

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U.S. Coast Guard detentions of drug smugglers 'violating international law,' and Canada may be complicit

A joint investigation by CBC's The Current and The Investigative Fund heard from seven suspected drug traffickers, who were picked up in international waters with the support of the Canadian navy. They report being mistreated after being handed to U.S. Coast Guard vessels.

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Rural and northern Ontario voters sound off before critical election

Issues like the price of electricity, school closures and dwindling populations are becoming life-or-death issues for communities far away from Queen's Park.

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Survivor of sexual assault goes public to create a sporting world free of abuse

Former Olympian Geneviève Simard says that bringing her former ski coach Bertrand Charest to court over sexual abuse is the hardest thing she's ever had to do. Now she's fought to have her name made public, so she can make sure other young athletes don't experience the same ordeal.

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Israel's greatest threats are internal, not Hamas or Iran, says former prime minister Ehud Barak

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak calls the Middle East a 'tough neighbourhood,' doesn't underestimate - or apologize for - Israel's position of strength. Noura Erakat, a Palestinian-American human rights attorney, argues that Barak's views are emblematic of a wider problem in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Should Canada ditch Mexico and go it alone with U.S. on new trade agreement?

As the trade dispute between Canada and the U.S. escalates, some observers are arguing that Ottawa should drop Mexico and form a bilateral agreement with Washington. But one former diplomat argues that Mexico is Canada's third-largest trading partner, and we could be turning our backs many other markets.

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U.K. cracks down on Russian oligarchs bringing wealth into country

British lawmakers say the flood of rubles from super wealthy Russian expats could be a threat to national security in the U.K.

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How brain cancer gave a neuroscientist insight into mental illness

After a career studying brains, neuroscientist Barbara K. Lipska developed a whole new understanding of mental illness when brain cancer caused her to lose her mind.

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Full Episode for June 4, 2018 - The Current

From whether Canada should ditch Mexico and go it alone with the U.S. on trade agreement; to the neuroscientist who lost her mind and recovered her sanity; to the impact of Russian wealth on Britain ... This is The Current.

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Tariffs are a NAFTA bargaining chip, argues Canadian steel magnate

The steel tariffs announced by the U.S. are a NAFTA bargaining chip, argues one industry insider. But others argue that the White House should focus on countries which dump cheap metal into the North American market — instead of imposing tariffs on close trading partners.

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Arrest of UBC graduate casts doubt on Saudi Arabia's push for reform

As Saudi Arabia is set to life the notorious ban on women driving in mere weeks, a UBC grad and outspoken women's rights activist finds herself detained - again - along with other human rights activists caught in the country's crackdown.

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Happiness doesn't come without hard work, according to neuroscience

The key to happiness, according to neuroscientist Dean Burnett is complex. The author explains the scientific facts behind what's going on inside the happy brain.

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Full Episode for June 1, 2018 - The Current

From the escalating trade war as the U.S. announces stiff tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum; to arrests in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on women's rights activists; to how our brains work to make us feel happy ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for May 31, 2018 - The Current

From how Jean Chrétien would handle President Trump and the Trans Mountain Pipeline; to making the digital realm more inclusive and equitable; to whether the child stars of YouTube and Instagram are being exploited ... This is The Current.

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What is digital justice? For many, it starts with their internet bill, says activist

Social and economic inequality in our everyday lives are finding a foothold in the digital world. Activist Nasma Ahmed launched the Digital Justice Lab to fight back.

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Leave Lil Tay alone, tech writer says of controversial YouTube child star

Social media is generating a new breed of child stars and critics argue young YouTube personalities need to be protected from exploitation. But tech writer Alexandra Samuel argues there's no difference between putting your kid on YouTube versus on the ice to play hockey.

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Trump and the Trans Mountain pipeline: What would Jean Chrétien do?

Nearly 15 years after leaving public office, former prime minister Jean Chrétien has plenty to say about today's Canada — from the Trans Mountain pipeline, to divisions in Quebec. A new documentary on the CBC Documentary Channel offers fresh insights into his life and political career.

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Government should have 'removed all political obstacles' to Trans Mountain pipeline sooner: Conservative MP

A Conservative government would have exercised constitutional powers to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline stayed in the hands of the private sector, finance critic Pierre Poilievre told The Current.

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Full Episode for May 30, 2018 - The Current

From critics calling out the government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline; to an Iraqi-Canadian grad student's petition against the New York Times' removal of ISIS files in Iraq; to how dinosaur fossils can provide clues for adapting to climate change ... This is The Current.

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Academics call removal of ISIS documents by New York Times 'unethical'

After a New York Times report in April revealed journalist Rukmini Callimachi collected thousands of ISIS documents from Iraq, several academics have put forth a petition calling the act of removing the files illegal and unethical.

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Is there a dinosaur hiding in your drawer? Meet the man who's found 15 new species

Dozens of new species of dinosaur are being discovered every year, which keeps expert fossil hunters like Steve Brusatte busy.

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Full Episode for May 29, 2018 - The Current

From concerns over a pilot program in two federal prisons providing clean needles to drug users; to whether a ban on plastic bags is helping or hurting Kenya; to research that suggests conventional anti-bias training may do more harm than good ... This is The Current.

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Evidence shows Starbucks' anti-bias training may backfire, says expert

As Starbucks closes U.S. stores today for racial bias training, critics argue companies are going about diversity training all wrong as research suggests it can have a negative effect.

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Advocate group supporting needle exchange trial in prisons concerned over roll out

Next month, Correctional Service of Canada is providing clean needles to drug users in two federal prisons. Critics argue it's a dangerous move but a prisoner support group worries how the pilot project will roll out.

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Jail time for using a plastic bag: Is Kenya's strict ban helping or hurting its people?

Rivers and lakes are cleaner since Kenya introduced a sweeping ban of single-use plastic bags, but thousands of jobs have been lost. Caro Rolando's documentary, From The Frontlines: The War on Plastics, examines the debate about whether the ban is doing more harm than good.

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Pipeline expansion is 'last gasp of fossil fuel industry,' says activist

A Thursday deadline set by Kinder Morgan to be assured the Trans Mountain pipeline is going ahead is not stopping opponents from pushing back on the project. The expansion contradicts the future of renewable energy, says environmental activist.

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Final stretch in Ontario election has polls seeing orange

With only 10 days remaining in the fight to run Ontario, political watchers recap the unorthodox election and react to how Sunday's leaders debate plays into the endgame.

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Cutting funds to aid groups accused of sexual misconduct will hurt the vulnerable, says UN official

Aid workers are speaking out about sexual harassment on the job, but many say the industry is still reluctant to face the issue, and can even discourage reporting.

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Full Episode for May 28, 2018 - The Current

From whether the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline is a constitutional crisis or democracy in action; to aid workers speaking out about sexual harassment and assault on the job; to a look inside the Ontario election and Sunday's debate ... This is The Current.

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'The supply chain is so tightly integrated': industry reacts to proposed tariffs

The auto sector reacts to Trump's proposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on imported vehicles.

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Congo Ebola outbreak maps are riddled with errors. Volunteers are racing to fix them

Vaccines to treat affected areas of the Ebola outbreak in the Congo are available, but the maps distributed to get to them are inaccurate. Volunteer mappers are rapidly fixing this to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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Alex Jones faces lawsuits after calling Sandy Hook shooting a hoax

Three defamation lawsuit have been filed against conspiracy theorist and right-wing radio host Alex Jones. The suits are in relation to repeated comments he has made calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax.

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Full Episode for May 25, 2018 - The Current

From how U.S. President Trump's latest threat of auto tariffs affects NAFTA negotiations; to why families of Sandy Hook victims are suing talk-show host Alex Jones; to an Ebola vaccine made in Canada rolling out in the DRC ... This is The Current.

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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.

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U.S. schools turn to facial recognition technology to stop gun attacks

U.S. schools are adopting facial recognition technology as a way of keeping students safe, but there are concerns about privacy, particularly as the technology becomes more widespread.

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Music industry is complicit in R. Kelly's continued success, says culture critic

For decades, American R&B star R. Kelly has been followed by allegations he's denied, yet his music career continues. Critics argue the artist's #MeToo movement is long overdue.

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Full Episode for May 24, 2018 - The Current

From how Fortnite, the biggest E-sport in the world, is opening up financial opportunities; to the music industry turning a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse against R Kelly; to U.S. schools embracing facial recognition A.I. to combat campus shooters ... This is The Current.

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'We have to eradicate this behaviour': RCMP commissioner tasked to reform workplace harassment

Brenda Lucki made history when she became the first female RCMP commissioner. Her task to reform the force's work culture and to foster reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is no small feat, but she says she's committed to the challenge.

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Vice reporter says RCMP's demands for his notes puts journalism at risk

As the RCMP's fight to compel a journalist to hand over his notes reaches the Supreme Court of Canada, opinion is divided over whether sources should be protected, and concerns of national security.

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What can Ireland's abortion referendum teach us about election meddling in the internet age?

Ireland is about to hold a historic referendum on repealing the country's Eighth Amendment, which in effect bans abortion. As international interest in the vote has grown, it is being seen as a test case for electoral integrity.

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Full Episode for May 23, 2018 - The Current

From the first woman to become RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki tasked to reform work culture; to how election integrity is playing out as Ireland is set to vote on abortion; to journalist Ben Makuch's fight to protect the identity of an ISIS recruiter ... This is The Current.

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'I expected to die in there': Canadian jailed in Ethiopia for 11 years wants Ottawa to learn from his ordeal

Bashir Makhtal languished in an Ethiopian prison for 11 years, while human rights groups fought for his release. Now, back in Canada, he is asking why it took so long to secure his release.

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Female politicians push to make Parliament more family-friendly

It's Karina Gould's first day back in Parliament after taking a 10-week maternity leave. The federal Minister of Democratic Institutions is bringing her son to work, balancing motherhood and politics. But some argue that message is the wrong one for many working women.

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The race for the perfect red: Why we still haven't cracked the colour of love, passion and blood

In the history of producing colour pigments, our efforts to make the perfect red have often resulted in shades not quite bright enough or prone to fading. But after scientists accidentally discovered a new shade of blue, the race is on to create the right red.

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Full Episode for May 22, 2018 - The Current

From the case of Canadian Bashir Makhtal who spent 11 years in an Ethiopian prison; to the search for the next red pigment and how the colour became the most fought-over in history; to making the world of politics family-friendly ... This is The Current.

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A vaccine for Lyme disease was shelved years ago, is it time to bring it back?

Dogs and horses can be vaccinated against Lyme disease, but an inoculation for humans was taken off the market in 2002. As the ticks that can cause the disease become more common, some researchers are saying it's time the vaccine made a comeback.

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Efforts to block hate speech on Facebook actually work to discriminate against minorities, critics say

As Facebook looks to expand its fleet of moderators, critics say the current system promotes biased decision-making against marginalized people.

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Music in mind and mouth: How beatboxing is helping kids with speech problems

Kaila Mullady discovered that her incredible beatboxing skills could help her young cousin overcome a debilitating speech problem. She's been helping kids like him ever since.

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Full Episode for May 21, 2018 - The Current

From why a viable vaccine for Lyme disease has been sidelined in Canada, to the business and politics of moderating content on social media, and how beatboxing skills are being used to help people with speech impediments... This is The Current with Gillian Findlay.

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Full Episode for May 18, 2018 - The Current

From the subtle racism towards Meghan Markle as she's set to join the royal family tomorrow; to the role climate change is having on Canada's volcanoes; to the story behind why vanilla bean is now worth more than silver ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Why the soaring cost of vanilla could put your favourite ice cream flavour off the menu

Taking the kids for ice cream this holiday weekend? Soaring prices in the vanilla bean market are having an impact on ice cream mixtures — and a lot of other products too.

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Canada has dormant volcanoes. Climate change could wake them up

While the activity of B.C.'s dormant volcano presents no danger to the public, scientists are monitoring Mount Meager closely as climate change continues to affect the stability of rock in the area.

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Should palace officials have done more to prepare Meghan Markle's family for the royal wedding?

The world's gaze falls on the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But that intense scrutiny has been on Markle's family for months, says a veteran royal biographer, and the palace could have done more to help them cope.

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Halifax university's decision to have white prof teach residential schools course ignites controversy

A Halifax university stands by their decision to have a non-Indigenous scholar teach a course on residential schools. But critics are outraged that lived experience is not considered necessary to share this traumatic history.

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Aging with HIV is an absent reality for Africa, says Stephen Lewis

Thanks to access to necessary treatment, Canadians with HIV are living longer than ever expected. But that's not the case for the rest of the world, says Stephen Lewis, pointing to a lack of global interest in the crisis.

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Aging with HIV: Survivors have outlived expectations, but still face stigma and uncertainty

As the population of people living with HIV gets older, they face new challenges — related to their health, finances, and isolation — in unprecedented circumstances.

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Full Episode for May 17, 2018 - The Current

From the controversy over a non-Indigenous scholar teaching a university course on residential schools; to a cohort of Canadians aging with HIV facing unexpected challenges; to Stephen Lewis on the lack of accessible HIV treatment around the world ... This is The Current.

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Canada must do more to minimize flood risk, says climate expert

The devastating floods in B.C. and New Brunswick are a reminder to homeowners and communities to do more to minimize flood risk, according to a climate expert who says expect more extreme weather to come.

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From an 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. She alleges that she was abused by a violent brother, but getting an education — culminating in a PhD from Cambridge — helped her to break the cycle.

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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.

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Full Episode for May 16, 2018 - The Current

From how to minimize flood risk as B.C. residents brace for more rising water this week; to Mokhtar Alkhanshali's quest for the best coffee in Yemen; to Tara Westover's transformation after leaving a non-conformist family against schooling to earning a PhD ... This is The Current.

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After moving embassy to Jerusalem, can the U.S. play a fair role in peace?

As Palestinians were killed protesting on the Gaza border, the U.S. embassy officially opened in Jerusalem on Monday. In the move towards a peace agreement, opinions are divided as to whether the U.S. can be a neutral mediator in the region.

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Who is George Soros? Four things you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)

As Hungary’s prime minister pushes for his country to enact a set of ‘Stop Soros’ laws, we look at how George Soros — an investor turned philosopher and philanthropist whose generosity was championed in the 90s — become a modern-day liberal bogeyman.

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Meet the lawyer and ultrarunner who creates safe spaces for others to compete in sport

Canadian competitive ultrarunner and human rights lawyer Stephanie Case can't stop pushing herself — even while working in war zones where training is near impossible. That's because she sees the freedom to move in open space is a privilege, which is why she started a charity to help other women and girls in areas of conflict do the same.

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Full Episode for May 15, 2018 - The Current

From whether U.S. President Donald Trump has tacitly given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a freer hand with some of his more controversial policies; to a Canadian competitive ultrarunner who won't stop pushing herself — even in conflict zones; to Hungary's move to enact “Soros Law,” in reaction to the political influence of George Soros ... This is The Current.

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There's underlying sexism when the romance genre is criticized, novelists says

The dismissal and judgment of romance novels seem a common trope for literary types. But romance authors argue some criticism is rife with sexism and the genre, and readers, deserve a lot more respect.

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From Thanksgiving dinners to nuclear meltdowns, why complex systems are often doomed to fail

The authors of a new book say we need to learn how complexity causes failure in all kinds of modern systems — from social media to air travel — so we can prevent meltdowns in society, and our daily lives.

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Full Episode for May 14, 2018 - The Current

From what Canada should do about people who return from fighting for ISIS; to the literary merits of romance fiction; to why systems fail, and what we can do about it ... This is The Current.

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James Comey says Trump's presidency is like a 'forest fire'

Former FBI director James Comey says the destruction of Donald Trump's presidency will be followed by a period of new growth. He wants the conversation of what that looks like to start now.

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Is 'swagger' an inherently un-Canadian trait?

This week's passionate pride over Canada's swagger by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Question Period got The Current questioning the merit of this trait with the country's identity.

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Full Episode for May 11, 2018 - The Current

From a wide-ranging interview with the former FBI director James Comey on Donald Trump's presidency, Hillary Clinton's emails, the future of democracy in America, and even his favourite music; to whether Canada needs more swagger ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for May 10, 2018 - The Current

From whether Gina Haspel's past involvement with the CIA's torture program should disqualify her from running the agency; to the debate over fighting climate change with solar geoengineering; to scrapping the "lean in" approach and focusing on rebuilding a more inclusive workforce ... This is The Current.

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Forget 'lean in': Topple the system to reach true gender parity, says former CEO

Forget women leaning in, prominent U.K. businessperson Helena Morrissey says it's time to reform the system and work towards a workforce that is truly inclusive for all - men and women of underrepresented groups.

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Geoengineering could help fight climate change, but topic is political taboo, says scientist

Some scientists believe solar geoengineering could be a key tool in combating climate change, but the risks are unclear, and there are concerns that it could become a political tool to argue against cutting carbon emissions.

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Is 'Bloody' Gina Haspel the right choice to lead the CIA?

The nomination of Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA is creating controversy over her involvement running the agency's torture and waterboarding program. Should this disqualify her for a promotion?

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'A high-risk, high-reward gamble': What happens next with the Iran nuclear deal?

Reaction to Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal has been swift — and mixed. While some experts argue there is now a risk of Iran restarting its nuclear program, others say the move gives the U.S. a strong negotiating position.

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'We don't see a person': Terese Marie Mailhot confronts Indigenous stereotypes in memoir

Writer Terese Marie Mailhot lived a traumatic childhood. But when she ran away from home she realized as an Indigenous woman she couldn't escape the labels placed upon her.

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In wake of allegations against MP Christine Moore, why don't male victims of sexual harassment report?

As NDP MP Christine Moore faces allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards an Afghanistan veteran, we look at support available to male survivors of sexual assault in the age of #MeToo.

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Full Episode for May 9, 2018 - The Current

From the implications of President Donald Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and if it can survive without the U.S.; to male survivors of sexual violence during the age of the #MeToo movement; to Indigenous writer Terese Marie Mailhout on her poetic memoir and life's path ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for May 8, 2018 - The Current

From the success and stumbles meeting Afghanistan reconstruction goals and what Canada's own development dollars have yielded; to the admiration and criticism over Childish Gambino's "This is America"; to why milk has been controversial for centuries ... This is The Current.

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Milk might be history's most controversial food, says author

Milk has been the topic of all sorts of debate, from health benefits to pasteurization. Author Mark Kurlansky looks at the most primal nutrient and the food fights its caused throughout the ages.

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Does Canada need U.S.-style oversight of money spent rebuilding Afghanistan?

Corruption is rife in Afghanistan, and the benefit of Canadian funds to ordinary people has been called into question. But Ottawa has no official body to audit the money sent to rebuild the country.

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Full Episode for May 7, 2018 - The Current

From how severe flooding is affecting lives in New Brunswick; to the inside story of Operation Medusa, a pivotal moment for the Canadian military; to the molecular approach to cooking ... This is The Current.

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Hot sauce with chili and bananas? Using science to discover surprising food pairings

Have you ever thought of mixing strawberries with mushrooms or blueberries with horseradish? Science suggests we should. It turns out pairing certain food ingredients unlocks what American chef James Briscione calls the "flavour matrix."

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'The hardcore people are still here': Flood victims stay home to fend off looters in New Brunswick

Floodwaters in New Brunswick have reached record levels, and are expected to rise further. Some residents, eager to protect the homes they love, are refusing to leave.

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From missing ammo to friendly fire: retired major-general recalls dire challenges of Afghan mission

Operation Medusa was a turning point in the Afghanistan War — saving the country from falling back to Taliban rule in 2006. Retired major-general David Fraser look backs on that pivotal time to share some behind the scenes stories that have never been heard before.

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You can't opt out of public space, says critic of Toronto's proposed 'smart neighbourhood'

A new 'smart neighbourhood' proposed for Toronto has raised concerns about the data that could be collected. Who would own it, and what would it be used for?

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Former NFL cheerleader calls for changes in how the profession is treated

Revelations about the working conditions and alleged exploitation of cheerleaders has put the NFL under the spotlight.

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Record flooding hits New Brunswick but some are hesitant to leave

Despite stark warnings from officials, some people in New Brunswick are reluctant to evacuate, says a CBC reporter in the area.

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Do guitar industry struggles signal the death of rock 'n' roll?

Gibson, the iconic creator of electric guitars, filed for bankruptcy protection this week. Is it the end of rock 'n' roll as we know it? Different industry voices weigh in.

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Full Episode for May 4, 2018 - The Current

From data and privacy concerns about a proposed high-tech community in Toronto; to the flooding in southern New Brunswick; to allegations of the mistreatment of cheerleaders in the U.S.; to whether financial woes for Gibson Guitars means the death of rock and roll ... This is The Current, with guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.

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'A compromised life is worth living': Why Ing Wong-Ward won't choose medically assisted death

Ing Wong-Ward, a disability rights advocate, was diagnosed with colon cancer over a year ago. Now in palliative care, she is fighting to make her remaining time meaningful — and to help others to do the same.

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Unpacking the ever-growing caucus allegations coming out of The Rock

The complaints over behaviour in the caucus of Newfoundland's governing Liberal party just keep coming. CBC's Anthony Germain unpacks the bullying and harassment allegations.

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Trump is creating a world of empty embassies and risking global stability, says Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow's new book argues that the U.S. State Department is being gutted to the point where American influence in the world is at risk.

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Full Episode for May 3, 2018 - The Current

From reporter Ronan Farrow on how the U.S. state department was destroyed by President Trump; to accusations of bullying and workplace harassment in the Newfoundland Liberal caucus; to disability advocate Ing Wong-Ward's push to talk about living with dignity through palliative care ... This is The Current.

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The 'nocebo effect': Is Googling your symptoms making them worse?

A new study looks at whether knowing about the potential side-effects of medications leaves you more likely to believe you're experiencing them. Not everyone is convinced it does, and this leaves doctors with ethical questions about how much information is too much.

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Extradition could happen to anyone, says professor fighting for change in law

Ottawa man Hassan Diab was extradited to France for his alleged involvement in a 1980 bombing. He spent more than three years in prison, despite little evidence to prove the charges. Now one expert argues it's time to change the law to prevent this from happening to innocent Canadians again.

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Escaping 'the man box': How parents raising sons are rethinking masculinity

Raising boys in the era of MeToo has some parents calling for a rethink in how we define masculinity because they say expectations can harm both boys and girls.

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Full Episode for May 2, 2018 - The Current

From a Canadian study raising questions about the impact of the nocebo effect; to parents discussing what it means to raise boys and how masculinity needs to be redefined; to new information about Canada's role in Hassan Diab's extradition ... This is The Current.

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'There was no hesitation': Why a couple married 73 years chose doctor-assisted death together

In March, George and Shirley Brickenden became one of the very few couples in Canada to have chosen — and to have been allowed — to die together with medical assistance. And they're the first such couple to speak publicly about it.

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'Peace industry' must stop violence in Afghanistan from derailing elections, says expert

An eruption of violence in Afghanistan is threatening to destabilize elections later this year, but what can the global community do to protect democracy worldwide?

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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.

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Full Episode for May 1, 2018 - The Current

From the deadly attacks in Afghanistan that are aimed at destabilising the upcoming elections; to the British "fatberg" and why we need to stop pouring grease down the drain; to a couple who were married for 73 years, and chose to end their lives together in a medically assisted death ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for April 30, 2018 - The Current

From communities rallying together to support victims of Toronto's van attack working on ways to heal; to if U.S. President Trump should be credited for the two Koreas calling a truce; to how a DEA agent helped put El Chapo behind bars ... This is The Current.

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DEA agent describes the hunt for El Chapo, the world's most dangerous drug lord

Andrew Hogan had one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. government. As the DEA officer in Mexico, he was tasked with tracking down the drug lord known as El Chapo.

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How much credit does Donald Trump deserve for Korean leader summit?

The historic summit between North and South Korea has happened under Donald Trump's administration, but experts are divided over what exactly prompted Kim Jong-un to come to the table.

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'We are in this together': Community rallies to support victims of Toronto van attack

In the wake of last week's van attack, a stretch of Yonge Street is scattered with small and large shrines to honour the victims. Emotions are raw and communities are coming together to help with the healing.

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After surviving attack, Scott Jones chronicles the 'lifelong process' of forgiveness

After an apparent homophobic attack paralyzed Scott Jones, he filmed his journey toward recovery — and acceptance — with his best friend. That film titled Love, Scott is premiering at Hot Docs, a film festival in Toronto.

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Full Episode for April 26, 2018 - The Current

From University of Alberta's decision to award David Suzuki an honourary degree raising questions about corporate influence on campus; to determining if the incel movement is dangerous; to a trip through the heart of Texas with author Lawrence Wright ... This is The Current.

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Lawrence Wright on why Texas matters to America's future

When journalist Lawrence Wright searched for the soul of Texas, he found his home state to be a powerhouse under the radar that needs to be reckoned with.

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Violent misogyny found in 'incel' is a form of terrorism, says author

What is an 'incel,' and what do the subculture's links to Monday's van attack in Toronto tell us about the violence that can come from the objectification of women?

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David Suzuki should not be celebrated in Alberta, says Dragon's Den star

University of Alberta's decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree has prompted a donor to withdraw funding. How much influence should corporate partners have on campus, and in the classroom?

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How a hunger for a wider world led Kate Harris to cycle the Silk Road

On a mission to seek 'the world's wildness,' Kate Harris and her friend Mel biked 10,000 km along the Silk Road. Throughout her travels, she learned how the landscape can teach us a lot about human fragility.

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In the wake of the Toronto van attack, how can city planners protect our streets from vehicle attacks?

While vehicle attacks are difficult to predict and prevent, urban planning and design — like installing bollards — could play a role in mitigating the death and carnage, experts say.

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Is India's gender imbalance to blame for rise in violence against women?

A gender imbalance of more men than women in India is a societal consequence that promotes a culture of devaluing women, says an advocate for women's health and safety.

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Full Episode for April 25, 2018 - The Current

From how urban design can make cities safer in the wake of the Toronto van attack; to Kate Harris on cycling in the footsteps of Marco Polo along the Silk Road; to the far-reaching impact of India's gender imbalance with more men than women ... This is The Current.

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'There was no time for hysteria': Bystanders leap to aid Toronto van attack victims

Two ordinary citizens who rushed to help victims of yesterday's van attack in Toronto say that first aid training helped them to keep a cool head, and are urging others to take the classes.

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Officer's cool head may have helped rule out terrorism in Toronto van attack

Const. Ken Lam apprehended the suspect in the Toronto van attack yesterday. The fact that he arrested him alive and uninjured, says one expert, will have helped authorities with a complicated investigation.

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How empathy can transform healthcare: Dr. Brian Goldman

ER physician Brian Goldman makes the case for kindness in his medical memoir that includes research suggesting an empathetic bedside manner can benefit patients and doctors.

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Dreams, visions — and diarrhea. Here's what to expect if you take ayahuasca

The killing of a Canadian man in Peru has highlighted a whole industry around the hallucinogenic ayahuasca. But what is the drug, and why does it attract so many people to the Amazon?

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Full Episode for April 24, 2018 - The Current

From two witnesses who describe the scene after a van attacked pedestrians in Toronto; to how the killing of a Canadian man in Peru is shining a light on the ayahuasca tourism industry; to Dr. Brian Goldman on his personal quest to be kinder ... This is The Current.

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The body on the boat: How a mystery unravelled on a migrant rescue ship, and the toll it took on an MSF doctor

When the crew of the Aquarius picked up a migrant boat in the Mediterranean late last year, they found the body of a young woman on board. CBC correspondent Megan Williams was on board; she set out to find out who this woman was, and how she died.

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Nuclear waste disposal in Canada is 'an accident waiting to happen,' says Indigenous leader

First Nations leaders say that plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage facility in Ontario are dangerous, but one nuclear expert argues that fears are overblown.

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Full Episode for April 23, 2018 - The Current

From First Nations leaders voicing their concerns over how nuclear waste is handled in Canada; to a documentary by journalist Megan Williams, who spent more than two weeks aboard the Aquarius - one of only two humanitarian rescue boats operating in the Mediterranean ... This is The Current.

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Where does 420 come from? Meet the men who coined the phrase and lit up a movement

As Canada drifts toward marijuana legislation, April 20 may appear to be losing its relevance as a day of protest. But the men who say they coined '420' disagree.

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Book a stay at this space hotel in 2022 - if you have $9.5M to spare

For just under $10 M, you can be an astronaut-in-training. The company Orion Span has announced the first luxury space hotel expected to launch in 2022.

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Grace Acan spent years as a captive of Ugandan rebels, now she helps casualties of war rebuild their lives

Grace Acan was among 139 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army in 1996. After years in captivity, she escaped and now helps other conflict survivors to find their place in the world.

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Full Episode for April 20, 2018 - The Current

From the origins of 420 and if the protest day of pot is still relevant; to a woman who survived eight years in captivity under the Lord's Resistance Army; to exploring space tourism with the potential of a hotel in space open for business in three years ... This is The Current.

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To catch a criminal, police sketches can be useful — or hilarious

The sketch of the man alleged to have threatened Stormy Daniels has led to mirth and mockery online, but it has also raised questions about how useful these artist impressions of suspects can be.

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10 minutes later, a death sentence: How Iraq is dealing with the aftermath of ISIS

Human rights campaigners are concerned about perfunctory trials taking place in Iraq, as the country tries to deal with thousands of people detained as ISIS collaborators.

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Should physicians tell police if their patients have been drinking and driving?

Some ER doctors are feeling conflicted balancing a patients' privacy with public safety when treating drunk drivers.

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Full Episode for April 19, 2018 - The Current

From the art of police sketches and how even a rudimentary image can help solve crimes; to balancing patients' privacy with public safety when it comes to drunk drivers; to whether ISIS fighters in Iraq can have a fair trial, or if they deserve one ... This is The Current.

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Canadian sex worker says new U.S. trafficking laws are a risk to her safety

Two new laws to combat sex trafficking are having unintended consequences for Canadian sex workers, but advocates say the safety of children must take priority.

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Mosque shooter's search history shouldn't be a cause for online censorship: expert

Alexandre Bissonnette was reading extreme content online in the weeks prior to the attack on the Quebec mosque, but opinion is divided over whether Canada should crack down harder on hate speech online.

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How right-wing populist leaders are eroding democracy: author

Hungary's Viktor Orban's re-election earlier this month is just the latest example of democracy at risk, says author.

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Full Episode for April 18, 2018 - The Current

From how online hate speech influenced the radicalization of Alexandre Bisonette; to critics arguing a new U.S. law targeting sex trafficking that is endangering sex workers on both sides of the border; to the state of press freedom in strongman Viktor Orban's Hungary ... This is The Current.

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