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The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada's most trusted and listened-to journalists.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and the love that helped him survive

During his time in Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov was forced to tattoo other prisoners with their concentration camp serial numbers. Despite the horror that surrounded him, Sokolov fell in love, and survived. But it wasn't until decades later that he told his story to the writer Heather Morris.

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Ottawa woman saw deck fly off her house as tornado bore down

Ramyza Naji told The Current's Kristin Nelson about her close call with the tornado that ripped through the Ottawa region last weekend.

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The power of logic: How math can help you win your next argument

What's the secret to winning arguments in a world of divisive politics? According to the author of The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, the answer is math.

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Where should the #MeToo conversation go next?

Today's podcast focuses on what's next in the Me Too conversation - for the victims, the accused, and the movement itself? Anna Maraia Tremonti was joined by Maclean's Anne Kingston and criminology professor Neil Boyd. We have also included highlights from today's national call-in portion.

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King Con: Man successfully impersonates Indigenous leaders his whole life, acquiring riches and fame

Edgar Laplante was a world-class grifter. It won him world-class women; adulation from royalty and presidents, and it eventually landed him in prison.

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Brian Wansink, researcher behind 100-calorie snacks, discredited after 13 papers retracted

Brian Wansink, an expert in eating behaviour, became a daytime TV darling that used science to promote eating smaller portions. Now his theories are being questioned after 6 studies were retracted in one day.

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Why scientists have become attached to 'Oppy', the Mars rover stranded by a dust storm

It's not that surprising to Joelle Renstrom, a robot columnist, that scientists and others around the world have become attached to Opportunity the Mars rover. She says it's quite common to associate human attributes to intimate objects.

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CBC doc tells story of Muslim high school students who just want to be seen as 'regular kids'

CBC documentary, 14 & Muslim, chronicles Muslim teens as they transition from Grade 8 at Islamic school to different high schools. What they reveal is tolerance of their religious beliefs are only an issue outside of the classroom.

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'Don't plow our Charter': Doug Ford finds support and opposition at Plowing Match

Ontario's provincial politicians rushed through one of the most controversial debates in the history of the legislature in part because they wanted to be at the annual plowing match - an event to connect with rural voters.

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How lunch with Bono led Steve Jobs to reveal he named a computer after his daughter

In many ways, Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir Small Fry tells stories that will ring true to many kids of parents who have split - except that her father was Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jobs.

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Kavanaugh case brings Anita Hill's historic testimony to the fore: journalist

The recent accusation of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh bears resemblance to the Anita Hill case, according to Jill Abramson who covered the 1991 testimony.

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'A broken clock is right twice a day': Politicians need to listen to their voters' fears, says author

As the West grapples with the rise of populism, experts argue that mainstream politicians should listen to the public's grievances, even if they don't adopt their solutions.

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Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?

In a world of stuff, there's a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centered, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

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Laws to suppress black vote in U.S. are being drafted with 'horrific efficiency,' says author

In her new book, author and academic Carol Anderson explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S., and argues that a resurgence of those tactics affected the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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How publishers have ignited the debate on redemption in the #MeToo era

Two prestigious platforms have garnered backlash in recent weeks after featuring personal essays penned by disgraced radio hosts, reflecting on the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the era of #MeToo.

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How domestic abusers are leveraging technology to harass, control

The rise of technology has created new avenues for domestic abusers to target victims. An Edmonton woman shares her story of how her ex-boyfriend sent men to her house for sexual encounters by setting up a fake online dating account.

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Facing FGM in Sierra Leone, girl wins refugee status, but her family could still be deported

An 11-year-old girl has been granted refugee status in Canada due to the risk of facing FGM in her native Sierra Leone. Her mother and young brother have not been granted permission to stay, leaving her mother with an impossible choice.

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One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico crisis hotline receiving 600 calls a day

A year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the population of the U.S. territory is in the grips of a mental health crisis.

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The financial crisis happened 10 years ago - that's how long it took this man to sell his house

Ten years after the financial crash, many people are still struggling with the aftermath. One man's dream home turned into a nightmare that lasted ten years.

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Allegedly poisoned Russian activist's life could depend on Canada's response: Browder

The alleged poisoning of a member of Pussy Riot, along with the appearance of two alleged poisoners on Russian state TV, is a message to the West, says Putin critic.

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Apple tech explains why the iPhone won't let you ducking swear

Thank Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda for turning your foul language into fowl language on your iPhone. He shares the thinking behind the autocorrect feature that he says was the right decision at the time.

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Doug Ford is 'running roughshod over our rights,' says Andrea Horwath

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is undermining Canadian democracy by invoking the notwithstanding clause, according to Andrea Horwath, the leader of the official opposition.

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Uighurs in Canada fear deportation after China's crackdown on Turkic Muslims

Uighurs who have made refugee claims in Canada are anxiously waiting to find out if they'll be deported back to China, now that the country is doubling down on its suppression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

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Behold the Peacock: a fowl with the power to divide a B.C. neighbourhood

Residents in a Surrey, B.C., neighbourhood are embroiled in a row over what to do with a flock of dozens of peacocks who have set roost in their backyards and trees.

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Telling women they have dense breasts could save lives, says cancer survivor

Most women aren't routinely informed if they have dense breasts, but the condition can mean cancers are less likely to show up on mammograms. Kathy Kaufield, a cancer survivor and advocate, wants doctors to be mandated to tell women.

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Smaller families are pushing 'the middle child' into extinction, study suggests

Could the overlooked middle-born child really become obsolete? A recent study suggests families are no longer having more than three kids.

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Bob Woodward paints picture of chaotic White House under Donald Trump in new book

Legendary U.S. journalist Bob Woodward described the interactions between Donald Trump and his inner circle in the White House as resembling 'the absence of a reasonable logical process' in a Canadian exclusive interview with The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

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Venezuelans 'selling their hair' to feed their families, says CBC reporter at border

The economic situation in Venezuela is pushing civilians to the brink of desperation. As advocates warn that the exodus could rival the migrant crisis coming out of Syria, Venezuelans around the world fear for their loved ones back home.

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Researchers use 'HydroBall' technology to chart Arctic waters missing on maps

Almost all of the Canadian Arctic is unmapped. Researchers are hoping to fill the uncharted gaps with a new Canadian technology, to keep the increasing ship traffic passing through the territory out of danger.

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War erases what a human life could be, says Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent

In his new book The Fighters, C.J. Chivers explores the human cost of U.S. foreign policy following the 9/11 attacks - the price paid by the low-ranking soldiers that were sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Brazil's museum inferno signals a need to better manage collections, says expert

After Brazil's National Museum lost 90 per cent of its collection in a devastating fire earlier this month, museum expert Robert Janes suggests culling collections so that resources can be devoted to protecting irreplaceable material.

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Use of fentanyl to execute U.S. death row prisoners a risk to public safety: advocate

Fearing a public backlash that could harm their sales, pharmaceutical companies have increasingly tried to block U.S. officials using their drugs for lethal injections. That has left states "scrambling" for an alternative, says one advocate.

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Ryerson student's morning routine: Checking whether her family in Idlib are still alive

Syrian civilians in Idlib are preparing for the worst as Russian and pro-regime forces threaten an all-out bombing campaign to retake the region. Alaa Alakel, who lives in Canada but has family in the Syrian province, can only watch and wait in agony.

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After India strikes down gay sex ban, advocate hopes other colonial-era laws face repeal

This week India's Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex. Some activists hope that this victory could spark a new wave of decolonization.

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How opposition to vaccines caused a measles outbreak in Europe

A measles outbreak in Europe this summer is due to a lack of immunization, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers say that Russian trolls posting misinformation on vaccines are part of the problem.

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Syria's Idlib province on edge despite leaders pushing toward resolution

As the northern province of Idlib prepares for a Syrian government assault, talks between Iran, Russia and Turkey have resulted in a joint statement to come to a resolution. But citizens of the rebel-held province continue to live in fear.

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Author of NYT op-ed critical of Trump was right to stay anonymous, says lawyer

The author of a New York Times op-ed has been criticized for not putting their name to their criticism of President Donald Trump, but a constitutional lawyer who represents whistleblowers says staying anonymous could help their efforts at "resistance."

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'Bittersweet' new beginnings for Humboldt Broncos as new hockey season looms

In a special edition of The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti visits Humboldt as the new hockey season begins, and hears from a community learning to cope after tragedy.

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Nike needs to learn how to 'become more like Kaepernick,' not just profit off him, author says

American author Anand Giridharadas says Nike should take cues from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Introducing Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

NXIVM calls itself a humanitarian community. Experts call it a cult. Uncover: Escaping NXIVM is a new investigative podcast series about the group, its leader Keith Raniere and one woman's journey to get out. For more episodes visit cbc.ca/uncover.

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How Mike Pence plans to become the next U.S. president: author

What would a Mike Pence presidency look like? Journalist Peter Eisner, co-author of The The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, delves into the vice-president's plan toward becoming the next U.S. president.

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What new CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM reveals about the alleged cult

A new CBC investigative podcast exploring the alleged cult NXIVM is a deep dive into how groups like this can indoctrinate people and make them act against their own instincts, according to its producer.

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'I'm really going to be relying on parents': Ontario teachers grapple with Ford's sex-ed program

The Ontario government has scrapped its 2015 sex-ed program and has created a hotline for snitching on dissenting teachers, but critics say the interim curriculum is outdated.

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He married her in secret in 'campaign' to take her money: Predatory marriages put elderly at risk, say experts

There is no defined legal test to ascertain if someone is fit to enter into a marriage, which means that vulnerable adults, like those with dementia, are at risk of being exploited. Experts say greater protections are needed for those who are at their frailest.

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Mexico and Canada must work together - and keep Trump under control, says former president Vicente Fox

The former president of Mexico has been vocal about his opposition to Trump and his policies in the past, and now hopes a Democrat win in November can domesticate "the wild beast."

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CBC doc series chronicles how 'Farm Crime' hits vulnerable family businesses

A new CBC documentary series tells the stories of unconventional crimes that often don't make front page news, but nonetheless carry serious consequences for vulnerable family businesses trying to stay afloat.

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Kremlin opponent, poisoned twice, vows to keep on fighting

Vladimir Kara-Murza has been close to death twice in recent years, following poisonings that he blames on the Russian domestic security service. The democracy advocate is adamant that he won't be intimidated.

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

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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Pipeline purchase 'a positive financial' investment for Canada's economy: finance minister

The Liberal government vows to forge ahead and purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, despite the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to halt construction on the project due to inadequate consultations with Indigenous groups.

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'Humiliating' U.S.-Mexico trade deal will limit success of NAFTA negotiations, says Conservative MP

Critics of the Liberal government say it has mishandled the NAFTA file and will be forced to concede on big issues in order to get a deal.

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Indigenous leader calls on the government to accept Trans Mountain court decision

The Federal Court of Appeal has put an indefinite halt on the construction of the Trans Mountain expansion project. The decision is a major victory for Indigenous groups, but one First Nations leader argues the fight isn't over.

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Sex doll brothel turns 'women into objects,' says critic

A critic of Toronto's proposed 'sex doll brothel' says the silicone dolls teach men dangerous lessons about sex with women.

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The secret to happiness? Ask this Yale professor (and the 1,200 students taking her class)

Laurie Santos started a course at Yale to teach students how to be happy. They responded by signing up in bigger numbers than the university has ever seen, and now it's going global.

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Why migrant workers call this man for medical help instead of seeing a doctor

Meet Byron Cruz, the man migrant workers call for medical help when they're worried a trip to the doctor could cost them their livelihoods.

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Catholic man calls out priest during mass about sex abuse scandal

Naka Nathaniel is a devout Catholic living in Atlanta but after more allegations of sex abuse by priests came to the fore, this time in Pennsylvania, he couldn't stay quiet and interrupted mass to call for reform.

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'It has eaten a hole in my heart': Indigenous nurses call out systemic racism with life-or-death consequences

Two Indigenous nurses confront racism on the front-lines, not only by witnessing the discrimination but experiencing it themselves

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Aung San Suu Kyi 'bears some real responsibility' for Rohingya crisis, says Bob Rae

A new UN report accuses top military generals in Myanmar of genocide but Canada's Special Envoy to Myanmar says the country's head of government is also accountable.

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Trump needs a trade deal win - and that could help Canada, says former ambassador

After the surprise announcement of a trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico, there are fears that Canada could be left out in the cold. But Washington realizes any agreement is better if Canada is included, says a former ambassador to the U.S.

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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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'Concussions affect a life': Ken Dryden wants hockey rules changed to save players' lives

Hockey legend Ken Dryden is calling on the NHL to penalize any play that involves a player making contact with the head of another - no exceptions.

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Paralyzed survivor of Quebec mosque attack is still fighting to find peace

On the anniversary of the attack on a mosque in Quebec, one of the survivors, Aymen Derbali, is still putting his life back together.

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U.S. prison strikes spread to Canada, as advocates call for end to 'prison slavery'

Prison strikes across the U.S. have now spread to Nova Scotia, with hunger-striking inmates saying the conditions they are kept in are akin to modern-day slavery.

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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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'I have sex. Get over it': Disability activists call for sex education

For young people with cognitive and physical disabilities "sex ed" is virtually non-existent. Disability activists are fighting to change that, to make sure their needs are included too.

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Bernier's exit will split the vote - and help Liberals, says veteran Conservative

While one political commentator argues that a crisis in the Conservative party can only help the party's rivals, an Independent MLA says the party must listen to its membership.

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How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies

Surrogate mother Jessica Allen gave birth to twins but never expected one of the babies was biologically hers. Now she and her husband are fighting for their child.

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The Beaverton's scandalous untrue stories of Canadian history

History comes alive when it's full of manufactured, funny facts. The Beaverton's authors Luke Field and Alex Huntley's take an alternative look at Canada's past through fake news.

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Could Trump be impeached after Cohen plea? Not so fast, warns constitutional lawyer

Allegations made by Donald Trump's former lawyer have raised the question of whether the U.S. president could be impeached. A constitutional lawyer explains the process, and the political calculations that Trump's opponents would need to consider.

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Conservatives are coddling far-right in multiculturalism debate, says Liberal advisor

Thanks to MP Maxime Bernier's tweet last week claiming diversity will 'destroy' what makes Canada great, the Conservative Party has been beset with debate over politics of immigration, identity, and what it means to be Canadian.

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Trump could face federal conspiracy charge, says law prof

Michael Cohen's guilty plea, coupled with the conviction of Paul Manafort, has put U.S. President Donald Trump in "really serious legal jeopardy," according to one legal expert.

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From 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. But getting an education - culminating in a PhD from Cambridge - helped her break out.

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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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B.C. firefighters can't do much more than 'get out of the way,' says expert

Smoke from the fires in B.C. is both a danger to health, and an impediment to fighting the wildfires, says Al Beaver, who worked on fire management for governments in Canada and Australia.

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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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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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Cutting ties with Saudi Arabia won't stop the war in Yemen, says expert

After dozens of children were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen, scrutiny of the West's support for the Kingdom has been renewed.

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Why a Swiss adventurer left the Western world to join a nomadic Indigenous community

Journalist Carl Hoffman follows two Western adventurers in his new book The Last Wild Men of Borneo, and reveals much about the forces shaping the island today.

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From a house of horrors to a happy ending: Cleveland kidnapping survivor finds love

Michelle Knight was one of three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro, held in his house against their will, and abused for over a decade. Five years after her dramatic escape, she speaks to Laura Lynch about how she has rebuilt her life.

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Justice the horse, a victim of neglect, is taking his former owner to court

A horse is filing a civil lawsuit against his owner for suffering neglect and is looking for compensation to pay for necessary medical care. Advocates hope the groundbreaking case will advance animal status under the law but critics argue giving animals the right to sue is a slippery slope.

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Newspapers rebuking Trump probably won't change anyone's mind, says veteran reporter

More than 200 newspapers in the U.S. have published co-ordinated editorials as a rebuttal to President Trump's repeated attacks on the media. But opinion is divided over whether it will have any effect.

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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.

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How B.C. homeowners can prepare for wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn through B.C. and weather forecasts are calling for more hot, dry conditions, one UBC professor shares proactive steps homeowners and communities can take to lessen the risk of damage when the next fire hits.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Canadian 'Raccoon Whisperer' draws international admirers

Jim Blackwood has been feeding raccoons from his deck for two decades. Videos showcasing his raccoon family have been met with such enthusiasm online that some international fans are travelling to see the interactions first-hand.

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How Judy Rebick's 11 personalities helped her cope with the abuse she suffered as a child

Feminist Judy Rebick reveals she lived with multiple personalities - and that it made her a stronger activist.

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

Other groups followed Charlottesville's example in opposing alt-right, says professor

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Fredericton shooting leaves 4 people dead, suspect in custody

Two officers are among four fatalities in a Fredericton shooting that police are continuing to investigate. The Current speaks to eyewitnesses and CBC reporter Harry Forestell.

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Telling their stories on canvas: Syrian refugees take art classes to overcome trauma

An art project in Toronto aimed to help Syrian refugees confront their trauma, by letting them tell their stories on canvas.

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

Amidst the disagreement over what to do about John A. Macdonald statues in Canada, one expert points to "counter-monuments" as a way to add historical context without removing what already exists.

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Would you let a 10-year-old cut your hair? Artist argues we should give kids more control

Theatre artist Darren O'Donnell says it's time to break down our 'adultitarian' society and take children and their abilities more seriously.

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Hitler in L.A.: How private Jewish spies foiled a Nazi Hollywood takeover

Murder plots, secret spies, and big sums of money. In his new book, professor Steven J. Ross tells the unbelievable story of how Nazis intent on affecting America culture almost co-opted Hollywood.

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Activist says Saudi police threatened his family after he tweeted about diplomatic row with Canada

As a diplomatic row threatens to pull Saudi patients and student doctors out of Canadian hospitals, one activist living in Quebec alleges that his family has been threatened by police back in his home country.

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Why the origins of deep brain stimulation fell into obscurity

In 1950, Dr. Robert Heath invented a technique to change the human brain using deep brain stimulation. Now it's used to treat a range of illnesses. Author Lone Frank shares the forgotten story behind Heath's controversial work in her book.

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The race for the perfect red: Why we still haven't cracked the colour of love, excitement 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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Recycling injectors could help solve EpiPen shortage: researcher

Dr. Jackie Duffin offers a practical solution to curtail the ongoing EpiPen shortage - reusing expired injectors. She's calling on the government to do more to inform and protect Canadians.

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Banning Alex Jones, Infowars could 'backfire,' tech journalist says

The rules invoked to ban Alex Jones and Infowars from online platforms have existed for years, says a technology writer. By not addressing the issue until now, companies have allowed his popularity and influence to grow.

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Was Canada's criticism of Saudi Arabia a diplomatic faux-pas?

Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it would cease new trade deals with Canada in reaction to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's tweets calling for the 'immediate release' of detained Saudi activists.

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Overall health includes oral health: Should dental be part of universal health care

Dentists are divided on whether universalizing dental care is the way to fix problems of inadequate and inequitable coverage.

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Meet the Sherlock Holmes of bird crimes investigating the black market for dead hummingbirds

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.

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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, set out to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

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Too many tourists? Rethink how you travel or risk ruining destinations, says expert

International tourism grew by 7 per cent in 2017, with 1.3 billion people dragging suitcases around the world. But locals in popular destinations like Venice are fed up as large influxes threaten local culture, push up prices and damage the environment.

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Rohingya refugees 'very scared' as monsoon season approaches in Bangladesh

Rohingya Muslims fled persecution in Myanmar and many are in the world's biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh. But there's another threat they face - monsoon season.

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Feline lovers beware: Study suggests dogs are smarter than cats

For years, the taunt has been that cats rule, and dogs drool. But dog lovers - fear not - it turns out science is on your side.

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Watch the fur fly in the surprisingly competitive world of cat shows

Rivalry is rife in the competitive world of the Cat Fanciers' Association.

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Who foots the bill for forest fires? One expert argues there's a simple way to save taxpayer money

As forest fires rage across North America, one expert argues that governments should take out insurance policies to reduce the burden on taxpayers.

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Making street harassment a hate crime could unfairly target minorities, warns advocate

Some countries have introduced legislation in an effort to curb the street harassment of women, but one advocate warns there could be unintended consequences.

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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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Italian government's suggestion NGOs are colluding with traffickers is 'shameful politicking,' aid worker says

Matteo Salvini, Italy's newly installed far-right interior minister, defended his government's controversial decision to close Italy's ports to NGO rescue operations on the grounds of "collusion" between migrant traffickers and aid workers.

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How 'fat shaming' from doctors is leading to misdiagnoses for obese patients

Critics are calling out health-care provides who fat-shame obese patients, arguing it leads to inferior care compared to non-obese patients.

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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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Time to loosen up? Meet the mayor trying to ban mandatory neckties in the office

Citing health concerns and gender discrimination, a U.S. mayor is trying to free workers from having to wear neckties at the office.

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Journalism can't 'have all the answers' in the complex age of Trump, says veteran reporter

The public is "selective" about what it deems fake news, according to a veteran reporter covering the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Would you fly in a pilotless plane? AI aircrafts are on the horizon

From debate about the relative safety of unmanned cockpits to concern about the technology's lift-off among passengers, the future of pilotless planes remains cloudy.

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

American chef James Briscione's new cookbook Flavor Matrix explores why the pairing of certain foods based on their chemical compounds taste so good, like tomato with coconut or coffee with carrot.

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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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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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'We don't know all those stories': Impact of Toronto shooting hard to capture, Montreal Massacre survivor says

Two women who lived through mass shootings share their experiences of recovery and discuss what can be done to help those impacted by the shooting in Toronto's Danforth neighbourhood.

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Why tiny microbes could be the key to the search for life on Mars

Parallels between the evidence of water on Mars and subglacial lakes in Nunavut has renewed optimism for life beyond Earth among researchers.

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Listen to Mic Drop: A podcast by teens

On Friday's we pass the mic in our feed to teenagers with a CBC original podcast about teens and their real-life struggles. The podcast gives teens privacy - using only their first names, or in some cases, pseudonyms, so they can really open up about their life. This is the last installment.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial new show has critics reevaluating comedy in Trump era

Baron Cohen uses his usual deceptive tactics in Who is America?, which critics warn may fuel distrust in a time of fake news and growing tensions.

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New compilation of Nelson Mandela's letters shed light on his time in prison

Hundreds of letters Nelson Mandela wrote while incarcerated under apartheid rule have been compiled into a new book. The Current discusses the compilation with its editor, Sahm Venter, and Mandela's granddaughter.

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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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Canada needs to brace for wave of eco-refugees in future, climate scientist says

Extreme heat is here to stay and we need to prepare for more of it to come, says a climate scientist who suggests rising temperatures could lead to eco-refugees making their way to Canada in the decades to come.

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Americans can relate to life under dictatorship thanks to Trump, says 'Egypt's Jon Stewart'

When Bassem Youssef left his career as a thoracic surgeon to focus on political satire, he earned the moniker of Egypt's Jon Stewart. Now living in the U.S., he sees similarities between his native home under military rule and America in the age of Trump.

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How O-Six became Yellowstone's 'most beloved' wolf

Author Nate Blakeslee looks at how the life of a famous Yellowstone wolf named O-Six provides a poignant insight into the struggle for survival of wolves in the U.S.

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'Urban movement' grows as municipalities take sale of handguns into their own hands

After a deadly shooting in the city's Greektown neighbourhood, Toronto council approved a motion to urge the federal government to forbid the sale of handguns in the city.

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Academic research should be funded by public tax dollars - not corporations, says ethicist

The findings of a recent CBC News investigation is drawing the ire of academics who are concerned about the use of corporate money to fund research at public universities.

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'They are prime targets': White Helmets evacuation prompts concern for rescuers left behind

Political science professor Bessma Momani says government forces have the upper hand in Syria, and they are aiming for all those who actively opposed the regime.

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Toronto shooting: Why there are no simple explanations for acts of mass violence

Toronto's former deputy police chief Peter Sloly says the role mental health, guns and radicalization play in Canada's rising crime rates are far more nuanced than we think.

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'Everyone remembers it': B.C. Okanagan fires trigger reminder of 2003 disaster

Fires and smoke still smouldering in parts of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley have residents and business owners concerned they may see a repeat of previous record fires.

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Will Pegg will die an assisted death. He couldn't feel more alive

Will Pegg's body is slowly falling apart, riddled with metastatic bone cancer. He knows he doesn't want to die this way. So he's chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.

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'A lot can be done' to build on success of 3-day ceasefire in Afghanistan

A three-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr offered a ray of hope in the bloody war between the Afghan military, U.S. forces and the Taliban.

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As gunfire rips through Toronto's Greektown, a community is 'shaken'

CBC News reporter Meagan Fitzpatrick gives us an update from the shooting scene in the east end of Toronto that left two victims dead, 12 injured.

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The fight against 'deepfake' videos includes former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul

As technology continues to make it easier for people to create 'deepfake' videos, the threat to democracy has become more urgent. Former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul shares how he was a target of this technology that aimed to discredit him.

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Listen to Mic Drop: Teens discuss their struggle with depression

This episode of Mic Drop, a podcast made by teens, looks at the complicated mental health issues youth experience and the friendships that get them through.

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Why tracking 'hate incidents' that don't break the law is crucial to tackling rise in hate crimes

Irfan Chaudhry, who monitors reports of hate-fuelled encounters in Alberta, says paying closer attention to more subtle forms of violence is crucial to understanding Canada's climate of hate and possibly preventing future attacks.

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'Blood on their hands': Critics decry U.S. decision to allow 3D-printed gun blueprints online

Starting next month, blueprints outlining how to 3D print a gun will be available online. But critics argue the move opens up a dangerous frontier in America.

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Meet the lawyer and marathon runner who creates safe spaces for others to compete

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.

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Journalists today face a 'brick wall of nationalism,' says director Rob Reiner

Our greatest obligation is to hold those in power accountable, says former Knight Ridder journalist

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Human rights groups want Canada to respond to alleged mistreatment of drug smugglers at sea

Two human rights organizations are calling on the Canadian government for answers amid "troubling revelations" of the U.S. Coast Guard's alleged mistreatment of suspected drug smugglers at sea and Canada's alleged complicity.

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Why 'treason' doesn't quite describe Trump's actions in Helsinki

Treason may feel like the right word to describe Donald Trump's behaviour, argues one law professor, but its narrow legal definition might mean it's not the right charge.

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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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Lynching of Emmett Till no different than modern-day police shootings, argues law professor

The U.S. Justice Department's review of the 1955 killing of black teenager Emmett Till is being regarded with suspicion by some activists, while one law professor argues that there are strong links between the decades of lynchings and modern-day police shootings.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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