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The Current

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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Hong Kong standoff

After two days of violent clashes, roughly 100 protesters are holed up inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, surrounded by police. We ask how the standoff can be resolved, and if more violence is inevitable.

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Drone warfare

An expert on peace discusses how drones are reshaping the landscape of war.

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What a meme of a woman yelling at a cat tells us about ourselves

A meme of two incongruous images — a woman screaming and a cat sitting at a dinner table — was one of the most popular pieces of internet humour this summer. Why did it strike a nerve, and what does it tell us about ourselves, and how we handle anger and frustration?

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Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein

A BBC interview with Prince Andrew was supposed to explain his ties to the late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, but it’s being called a “car crash,” and has prompted calls for him to step down from public life. Is this another annus horribilis for the Royal Family?

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One year into legal weed industry

We look at how the legal marijuana industry is faring one year in, and the differences from province to province

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Medical wait times

Laws that bar patients from paying for care at private clinics are the subject of a legal challenge, which reaches closing arguments in B.C. today. Could a change shorten wait times, or actually make them worse?

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Swiss stockpiles of coffee

We look at a row brewing over Switzerland’s move to exclude coffee from its emergency stockpiles of food.

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Abuse and the Catholic Church

A CBC investigation looks at why no Canadian Catholic diocese has ever released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.

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Coastal erosion in P.E.I.

Coastal erosion in P.E.I. is putting homes by the water at risk, but people haven't been discouraged from building there. We talk to a climate change scientist about the “crazy” measures people are taking to firm up the shoreline — using everything from tires filled with cement, to headstones.

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"I went in for a C-section and they left a sponge inside of me!"; Modern-day slavery on the high seas; Sesame Street turns 50; Australia fires; 20-hour non-stop flights

Medical mishaps in Canada are on the rise; NY Times reporter Ian Urbina on his new book The Outlaw Ocean; An educational icon celebrates a milestone; a pregnant volunteer fights fires on the frontlines in Australia; Qantas is testing the limits of long-haul flights.

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Why do we fight?

In his new book, author and former soldier Mike Martin looks at why we go to war, and how our ancestors have shaped our behaviour towards conflict. We ask him if there’ll ever be a time that humans can put an end to bloodshed.

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The historical hunt for the sasquatch

A hunter in northern Ontario recently heard screams in the woods, screams that he couldn’t explain. He posted a recording online and ignited a debate about whether he’d heard a sasquatch. Whether he did or not, writer John Zada says these creatures have played an important role in human cultures throughout history. He takes us on the trail of the sasquatch.

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Saudi Arabia’s move to take state oil company Aramco public

We look at Saudi Arabia’s move to take state oil company Aramco public — with a valuation that could be in the trillions — and ask what it says about our world’s relationship with oil.

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Venice flooding

As the floating city sinks under another round of heavy flooding, we look at the challenges facing Venice, and what needs to be done to save it.

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Climate Music Project

The Climate Music Project is a group of scientists, musicians and artists who are creating sound from data points in scientific research, to give a changing climate a soundtrack.

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Would you take a 20-hour flight?

Australian airline Qantas is testing out a direct flight from New York to Sydney — putting passengers in the air for 20 hours. Would you take it? Reporter Sarah Lyall tried it, she tells us how she coped.

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Australia wildfires

Kat Robinson Williams is a volunteer firefighter helping to battle what some are calling Australia’s worst wildfires. The 24-year-old, who is 14 weeks pregnant, tells us why she couldn’t just sit back and watch her country burn — and Andrew Coghlan at the Australian Red Cross discusses what his organization is doing to help those affected.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s new Fair Deal Panel

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has set up a new Fair Deal Panel to explore ways the province can be more independent from Ottawa, such as by replacing the RCMP or collecting their own taxes. We ask a panel of Albertans whether it will meet calls for change within the province.

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Myanmar formally accused of genocide

We look at the formal accusation of genocide levelled against Myanmar by The Gambia — and ask why Canada didn't pursue the matter in the international court.

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Arctic research on climate change

Scientists are hoping for groundbreaking results from several climate change studies in the Arctic this winter — we're asking them what they hope to achieve.

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The impeachment inquiry goes public

We bring you our guide to the impeachment inquiry: how did we get here, what to expect from proceedings, and what to listen for as key witnesses take the stand.

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The latest on clashes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protests are in their sixth month, but clashes between police and protesters are ramping up even further. Monday saw police shoot a protester at close range, and a man was set on fire after confronting demonstrators. We check in with the latest on the violence and look at what the international community should do.

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The Outlaw Ocean

New York Times investigative reporter Ian Urbina spent 4 years reporting on criminal culture at sea, to understand how pirates, smugglers, and murderous fisher crews could get away with their crimes. We speak to him and maritime detective Karsten von Hoesslin about lawlessness on the high seas — and what it means for those of us that eat seafood.

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Where does Hockey Night in Canada go from here?

Now that Don Cherry's out...what's next for Hockey Night in Canada? For Bhupinder Hundal, former broadcaster with Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi, this is an opportunity to bring new fans into the tent of hockey fandom and make the good ol' hockey game more inclusive. We speak to Hundal, the Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur, and the Gist's Ellen Hyslop about what happens now.

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The medics of WWII

Canadian military historian Ted Barris had always known his father had served as a decorated medic in the Second World War, but his father never shared much about his experience with his family. Now in his latest book, Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire, Barris explores his father's story and the history of medics in combat.

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The roots of women's inequality

Why does patriarchy persist? Author, journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong uncovers the origins of women's inequality in this year's CBC Massey Lectures, which are airing this week on CBC Radio's Ideas. We spoke to Armstrong about the astonishing discoveries she made while researching for those lectures — and about why she believes that, around the world, "there's never been a better time" to be a woman.

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How Sesame Street reflected Canada to itself

If you can believe it, Sesame Street is turning 50 years old this week. We spoke to University of Guelph history professor Matthew Hayday about the special role the beloved show has played in Canadian history.

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The forgotten WWI history of the Chinese Labour Corps

In the First World War, more than 80,000 Chinese labourers were smuggled across Canada and then sent to Europe to support the Allied war effort. Some were buried in unmarked graves across Canada. Yet few Canadians know their story. Author Dan Black says it's time their legacy was recognized.

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Former Black Watch Soldier Recalls the Bloodiest Days in the Storied Regiment's History

The Black Watch Regiment was involved in some of the most ferocious battles of the Second World War. On Remembrance Day, historian David O'Keefe — who served with the Black Watch long after the war ended — brings us some lesser known stories of the famous regiment. His new book is called Seven Days in Hell: Canada's Battle for Normandy and the Rise of the Black Watch Snipers.

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The Current Weekly: Bill Bryson; The legacy of Auschwitz; Life undercover in the CIA; Winnipeg liquor thefts; 'OK boomer'

This week we’ve got a moving conversation between the granddaughter of Auschwitz survivors, and the grandson of the camp’s most notorious Nazi commandant. Bill Bryson explains how much it would cost to build your own Benedict Cumberbatch, chemical element by element. One of the youngest women to ever join the CIA tells us about her life undercover. We delve into Winnipeg’s rash of liquor store thefts. And we take a deeper look at two words you may have heard a lot of lately: “OK, boomer!”

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Forget Paris, go to Winnipeg

Is the Mona Lisa on your bucket list? Being face to face with that ambiguous smile, alone in quiet room with da Vinci’s masterpiece? Get in line. Robin Esrock says some of the world’s big attractions are just too popular to be properly enjoyed now — he tells us what to see instead.

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How your 'consumer score' affects the service you get

New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill requested all the data that a third-party analyst was holding on her. The company sent back a 400-page report, dating back years. She says that kind of data informs your "consumer score," which can affect the customer service you get.

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Global affairs panel: Russia's place on the world stage

Our global affairs panel looks at Russia’s clout on the world stage.

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Rise in objects left in patients after surgery

New data shows a rise in surgical objects mistakenly left inside patients in Canada — one woman tells us about how her hospital left her just such a "present."

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Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk on Trump, Putin, and changing alliances

Longtime Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk says the Trump administration's lack of policy in the region is leaving a vacuum that others are eager to fill — particularly Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The legacy of the Berlin Wall, 30 years after it fell

The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago this week. But for many who grew up in its shadow, the barriers remain. Our documentary, The Wall in the Head, speaks to two East Berliners about the night it fell, and the decades since.

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OK boomer

There’s a new weapon in the war of words between baby boomers and generation Z — and some of the older generation aren’t happy to find out they’re being made fun of online. The Gen Z response? Ok boomer. Our producer Julie Crysler has been looking into it.

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Liquor store thefts in Winnipeg

Videos of brazen liquor store thefts in Winnipeg have been circulating online. We speak to staff in the line of fire — who say they’ve seen thieves with guns, knives, pipes and machetes — and ask what can be done about it.

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Brad Wall on western alienation

The CBC’s Kathleen Petty recently spoke to former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall about concerns his province shares with Alberta. Then, our national affairs panel discusses how Justin Trudeau should be addressing “Wexit.”

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Jon Ronson on porn

Author Jon Ronson discusses his investigation into the internet’s disruptive effect on the porn industry, from the impact on performers’ mental health, to why some porn stars are now hired to destroy stamp collections.

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11,000 signatures on a declaration of a climate emergency

As the warnings about climate change grow ever more dire, we discuss what needs to be done with climate scientist Merritt Turetsky and glaciologist Gwenn Flowers — who was one of 11,000 signatories to a declaration of a climate emergency.

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Author Bill Bryson on the body

Author Bill Bryson takes us on a journey inside our own bodies, with some surprising results.

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Introducing Hunting Warhead

A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web. Listen at hyperurl.co/huntingwarhead

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Amaryllis Fox

Writer and activist Amaryllis Fox tells us what it was like to be one of the youngest-ever female officers at the CIA, assigned to work in the world's most dangerous places.

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CBC podcast Hunting Warhead

We speak to Daemon Fairless about his new CBC podcast Hunting Warhead, which tracks a global hunt to stop child abuse online.

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Safe Third Country Agreement

Is Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. putting refugees at risk? As the deal faces a court challenge, we look at how similar arrangements work elsewhere.

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Legacy of Auschwitz

We talk to two people touched by the Holocaust. Allison Nazarian's grandparents survived the death camp, but it has haunted her family through the generations. And Rainer Höss — the grandson of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss — explains why he believes the evil of Nazism never died, and why he's fighting his grandfather's legacy.

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Meet the Alberta band keeping the spirit of Spinal Tap alive

Heavy metal band Striker comes from Edmonton, Alta., and say that compared to a lot of modern rock bands, they have a little more in common with fictional band Spinal Tap.

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Race to the White House — one year to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election

It’s one year to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election — can Donald Trump win four more years? We’re checking in with both Republican and Democratic strategists and supporters, asking what to expect from the fight ahead.

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Twitter's political ad ban

Many people are lauding Twitter's decision to ban political ads — but there are concerns there could be unintended consequences for activist movements.

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'Permanent jet lag': B.C.'s time change plan won't suit our body clock, says sleep expert

Legislation has been tabled in B.C. to stop changing the clocks every year — but one sleep expert says the plan could pose a problem for our body's circadian clock.

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Samantha Power: The Education of an Idealist

Samantha Power was a war correspondent in Bosnia in her 20s, and served as a key adviser to former president Barack Obama, becoming the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. She tells us about her memoirs, The Education of an Idealist.

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The Current Weekly: The rise of eating roadkill; the benefits of being scatterbrained; Boeing boss comes clean; the problems with gender reveal parties and the Internet turns 50

California just made it legal to eat roadkill, joining almost half the US and several provinces that say it's fine to eat animals you find on the side of the road. Neuroscientist Henning Beck explains the benefits of being scatterbrained. Boeing CEO testifies before Congress. The woman who invented gender reveal parties explains their downside. Celebrating the Internet's 50th birthday with the computer scientist who sent the first online message

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SUVs, safety and the environment

Is Canad becoming an SUV nation? We discuss whether the kings of the road are also the villains of the climate crisis, and whether there's an "arms race" happening on our highways.

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Syria and the chance for peace

Delegates are gathering in Geneva to try to find the next steps towards peace in Syria. We’re talking to former war correspondent Janine di Giovanni about their chances of success.

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Justice Richard Schneider

Justice Richard Schneider talks to us about what he learned during his years serving at the mental health court in Toronto's Old City Hall.

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The history of witch hunts

A Halloween-themed history lesson with Mary Beth Norton, emerita professor of history at Cornell and author of In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692.

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How our flawed brains make us creative

We’re talking to neuroscientist Henning Beck about his new book Scatterbrain, and why the shortcomings in our brains are actually what makes us creative.

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Twists and turns of impeachment inquiry into Trump

As a vote moves the impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump into the next stage, we’re looking back at the twists and turns of how we got here.

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Are gender reveal parties getting out of hand?

We’re discussing gender reveal parties: are they good, clean fun, or are getting out of hand, and furthering damaging stereotypes?

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National affairs panel on Andrew Scheer's leadership

Our national affairs panel discusses what Andrew Scheer needs to do to stay on as Conservative leader.

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Apples of the future

We visit one of the world's most diverse apple orchards in Nova Scotia, to learn about the apples that will line the supermarket shelves of the future.

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Families react to Boeing CEO's apology for 737 Max jet crashes

A man who lost five of his family members in a 737 Max jet crash tells us how he feels about Tuesday’s apology from Boeing’s CEO — and we discuss what needs to be done to improve safety.

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The killing of Barry and Honey Sherman

Journalist Kevin Donovan discusses his new book about the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, and why he thinks valuable leads may have been missed in the early days of the police investigation.

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The internet @ 50

Fifty years after the birth of what would become the world wide web, we speak to Leonard Kleinrock, one of the scientists who was there when the very first message between two computers was sent. Sometimes called the “Father of the Internet,” Kleinrock says the net is still just a young adult, with a dark side, and a lot of maturing to do.

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California wildfires

Karen Maley was evacuated from her home to escape the threat of wildfires in Sonoma County, Calif., but the family who run the winery where she works chose to stay. That’s not unusual, she says, as people try to protect their homes and livelihoods by fighting “side-by-side with the firefighters.”

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Could roadkill be the most ethical way to eat meat?

Roadkill has been legalized for human consumption in California — we talk to some people who argue that it's the ultimate in organic, ethical meat.

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Filmmaker Feras Fayyad remembers an underground Syrian hospital, The Cave

Director Feras Fayyad's new film, The Cave, is about a team of doctors working in an underground Syrian hospital, desperately trying to save lives as the war raged above them.

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Death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Former national security analyst Stephanie Carvin discusses the brutal legacy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and how the extremists will react to his killing.

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Protests around the world

From Chile to Lebanon, Hong Kong to Catalonia, the world is experiencing a moment of protest. We're asking what’s driving so many people to the streets, to make their voices heard.

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Introducing our incoming host, Matt Galloway

For CBC Toronto listeners, Matt Galloway, host of Metro Morning, is a household name. But for the rest of the country, The Current's incoming host — who will be taking over in January — might not be so familiar. He tells us a little bit about himself — including his love for baking bread, and why he hopes he can help listeners in a divided country hear one another a bit better. (And a special thanks to our interim host Laura Lynch, who we're very excited to have with us for a couple more months!)

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Essex truck deaths reveal the dangers migrants face crossing through Europe

Many questions remain about the 39 people, believed to be Chinese nationals, who were found dead in a refrigerated truck trailer in Essex, UK. But the horrific story is revealing the dangers many migrants face while trying to cross through Europe, and raising serious questions about the realities of modern-day human trafficking.

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Ban Comic Sans: A love story

It's the 25th anniversary of Comic Sans, and that squiggly, round, playful font is as polarizing as ever. But divisive as it may be, it has also brought two people together. Holly and Dave Combs fell in love over their mutual hatred of Comic Sans, and they created a movement to ban it. Two decades later, they're still in love, but one of them is having second thoughts about the ban.

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Ronan Farrow on Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, NBC and Matt Lauer

Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist Ronan Farrow tells us about his new book, "Catch and Kill," the lengths he had to go to in order to get the story of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse out into the world, and why he says NBC refused to let him report on that story because they were, he alleges, covering up abuse allegations against one of their own hosts, Matt Lauer.

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The Canadian kids suing the federal government for climate action.

15-year-old Ira Reinhart-Smith one of 15 Canadian children filing a climate lawsuit against the federal government for violating their Charter rights. We speak to him and one of the lawyers on the case, Joseph Arvay, about why they've decided to get the courts involved in the climate fight.

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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs discusses national unity, federal-provincial relations, the carbon tax, and his post-election phone call with Justin Trudeau.

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The ethics of editing human genes

Human genome editing could eliminate certain diseases and even turn your children into star athletes — if you can afford it. Françoise Baylis joins us to discuss the ethics of CRISPR, and the risks it could become the reserve of a tiny elite.

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A 13-year-old Canadian ran a record marathon — only to have it disputed because she was a girl

In 1967, 13-year-old Canadian Maureen Wilton (now Mancuso) ran a marathon in 3 hours,15 mins and 23 secs. At the finish line, they asked if she cheated. “They were disputing it, because they couldn’t believe that a kid — a girl — could run the marathon, and at that speed," Mancuso tells Laura Lynch.

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Violence in schools

CBC News asked 4,000 students about violence in school, and found that one third of those surveyed say they have experienced it. Senior data journalist Valérie Ouellet tells us there are major problems with how these incidents are reported and tracked.

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Politics and the NBA: Should 'We The North' find a way to 'Stand With Hong Kong'?

On the heels of a dispute between China and the NBA, Raptors fans at a game in Toronto were given free T-shirts emblazoned with the usual “We The North,” but also with the words “Stand With Hong Kong.” We discuss the intersection between sport and politics.

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This journalist crowdsources tips to help solve murders in his spare time

Investigative journalist Billy Jensen uses social media to help police track down killers. He takes out ads — targeting them in the area of the crime — and “crowdsources” clues. He tells us about the results.

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National affairs panel: Challenges facing next government

As the dust settles on the vote, our national affairs panel discusses the challenges, and opportunities, for the next government.

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Former MPs on what happens now

As the election dust settles, are you wondering what happens next? Our panel of former MPs is here to discuss just that. We've got former NDP MP Olivia Chow, former Liberal MP Allan Rock, and former Conservative MP Gerry Ritz. Plus, a surprise call mid-segment from Green Party leader Elizabeth May!

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What the election results mean to voters across the country

We’re looking at the issues that struck a chord during the campaign, from the economy to the environment to Indigenous rights, and asking Canadians in those fields what the results mean to them.

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A country divided

Our panel of experts is here to break down what happened in last night's election. With so much to discuss, they all agree on one thing: the results point to a country divided.

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Reaching for the stars: why young people are turning to astrology

Astrology is enjoying a boom in popularity among millennials — but that doesn’t mean they necessarily believe in it. The Atlantic's Julie Beck tells us why young people may be turning to the stars for reassurance.

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The central banks that are taking cash digital

China and Switzerland are exploring the idea of digital currency to replace cash — and Canada may be far behind. For some, this is an exciting prospect — but it comes with plenty of concerns.

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This is That: Vote Butler

Satire: A startup out of Calgary has a solution to mediocre turnout at the polls: 'Vote Butler,' where with a few simple clicks you can outsource the drudge work of voting to a stranger, who will cast a ballot for you.

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'We will bring the polling location to you': The lengths Elections Canada goes to to get Canadians a ballot

From setting up a "super poll" for Manitobans displaced by a massive snow storm, to bringing ballots to lighthouses by helicopter, here are some of the lengths Elections Canada will go to to make sure Canadians are able to exercise their right to vote.

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Two pillars of Western democracy, under strain

As Canadians head to the polls, we’re looking at two giants of democracy — the U.S. and the U.K. — where the state of the nations are messy and troubled. Is democracy in danger?

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Checking in on the campaign trail, for a behind-the-scenes look at the final days

We're dashing across the country to check in with CBC reporters on the campaign trail with party leaders, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the last-minutes pitches they're making to voters.

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The Current Weekly - Voting while homeless, Andrew Scheer, Justin Trudeau

This week, we're bringing you three election-themed documentaries. First, the CBC's Rafferty Baker speaks to homeless residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside about the challenges of voting with no fixed address; then, our producer Julie Crysler speaks to friends of Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer about who he really is behind the scenes — including his encyclopedic knowledge of The Simpsons; and our producer Alison Masemann hears from longtime friends of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, including his boxing coach, about the lesser-known details of a man who has lived his whole life in the spotlight — and hears their thoughts on the blackface photos. And finally, a little This is That to start your weekend off right!

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SATIRE | This candidate is running against himself, but it helps that he's also the only voter

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring — the satirical showmen of This is That fame — bring us a man who is the only candidate, and the only voter, in his constituency.

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The mood among voters in Atlantic Canada

Pollster Margaret Brigley tells us how the campaign is playing out in Atlantic Canada, and what issues matter to voters.

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What impact has disinformation had on this election?

CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare discusses the impact disinformation has had this election cycle

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Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt

We talk to Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt about what her party is offering Canadians.

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Longtime friends reflect on how Justin Trudeau originally wanted 'nothing to do with politics'

In the lead-up to Monday's vote, The Current spoke to longtime friends of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau about pivotal moments in his political career and life.

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Chantal Hébert on Quebec politics

Veteran journalist Chantal Hébert talks to Laura Lynch about Quebec politics, and what's at stake this election.

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The mood among voters in Quebec

We talk to voters in the batleground of Quebec, where a resurgent Bloc Québécois is wresting support away from the other parties.

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From the Start: the life and career of Andrew Scheer

Who is Andrew Scheer? Today we're asking the people who know him best. The Current's Julie Crysler brings us her documentary on Scheer, "From the Start."

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In Milton, Ont., crossing political divides over coffee

Four voters of different political persuasions gather around a coffee table in Miton, Ont. to talk about the election — and see if they can convince each other to switch their ballots.

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Dispatch from northeastern Syria

Martin Chulov has been reporting from northeastern Syria since the Trump Administration's sudden decision to withdraw US troops last week. In the days since, he has watched as the region's fragile peace quickly disintegrated. He tells us about what he has seen, and what he describes as "the moment that changed the Middle East."

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Vying for a majority in the federal election

Minority report: with just days to go until election day, the Liberals and Conservatives are working hard to hold onto the chance of forming a majority government. Meanwhile, the NDP is talking about how it might wield influence in a minority scenario. With us to discuss the latest twists and turns are Tanya Talaga of the Toronto Star, Shachi Kurl of the Angus Reid Institute, and Marie Vastel of Le Devoir.

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The homeless count: Challenges of voting with no fixed address

"Here I am on the fringes of society, but I do have a voice," says Richard Vanderwal. At 48, he's planning to vote for the first time in the upcoming election. He's one of the homeless residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside who the CBC's Rafferty Baker interviewed for this documentary, "A Little Voice."

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How the federal parties stack up on climate change

Climate policy experts Mark Jaccard and Kathryn Harrison talk to us about how they think the federal parties' climate change policy plans stack up.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

“Voting out of fear is a waste of your vote — voting because two parties believe they own your vote is a waste of your vote,” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tells us. We spoke to him about where he and his party stand on everything from affordability to climate change, and press him on that big question about whether he would form a coalition with the Liberals.

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When reforestation goes wrong

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has vowed to plant 2 billion trees over the next decade, and the push to plant trees is being advocated by climate leaders around the world. It sounds like a pretty straightforward solution to a big problem — but it can have a lot more pitfalls than you might think.

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This B.C. woman lodged hundreds of 911 complaints about the homeless. Now she's advocating for them.

This Thanksgiving Monday, we're replaying producer Anne Penman's documentary about a one woman's years-long evolution from battling the homeless people who lived in her area, to finding ways to help them.

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Why some Republicans are turning on Trump

Are the latest twists and turns in Donald Trump's presidency wearing away his support within the Republican party? Nicholas Fandos, a Congressional correspondent for the New York Times, tells us why some Republicans are distancing themselves from the president. Then, two Republican strategists, Alice Stewart and Rick Wilson, tell us about their own feelings on the president and how serious the fallout might be for him.

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Update on Saudi sisters in Turkey

The lawyer of Dua and Dalal al-Showaiki, two sisters who fled their home in Saudi Arabia, tells us about an attempt to lure them to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — the same one where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

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How financial pressures are hitting voters in one of Canada's fastest growing cities

In this special election edition of The Current, Laura Lynch hosts a town hall in Surrey, BC, to talk to Canadians in one of the country's fastest-growing cities about the financial pressures weighing on their minds ahead of the federal election.

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The Current Weekly - Chef Shane Chartrand, the case for robot politicians, affordability town hall, Sugar Sammy

Host Laura Lynch talks to Chef Shane Chartrand about finding his indigenous heritage and repping it in the kitchen; speaks to a transhumanist about why robot politicians would do a better job than the real ones; travels to Surrey BC for an election town hall on affordability and poverty, and hears from comic Sugar Sammy about the election.

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Living Colour: The deep role that colour plays in our lives

Director Judith Pyke speaks to us about her new documentary, 'Living Colour,' on the science of colour and the challenges faced by people who are colour blind, from issues in the workplace to knowing whether a banana is ripe

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Western Canada and the election

Our national affairs panel looks at the election issues that matter most to western Canada. Political strategist Zain Velji argues that in previous elections, national issues chimed with concerns in Alberta — but now there’s a bigger divide.

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Jason Kenney says he didn't attend climate strike because manifesto was 'radical left'

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney spoke to The Current's guest host Kathleen Petty about climate protests; the federal election and whether rifts over pipelines are leading Canada into a national unity crisis.

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Turkey's intervention in Syria

Have western countries betrayed the Kurds in northern Syria? We’re discussing the impact of Turkey’s intervention, and what it might mean for the millions of lives in the path of the incursion.

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Indigenous chef Shane Chartrand

Shane Chartrand talks to Kathleen Petty about how he first got interested in food, how he discovred it was a way to connect with his heritage; and why his new cookbook — Tawaw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine — is about much more than the recipes.

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Liberal staffers tried to warn U.S. about election interference in 2016: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

In his new book about the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal, whistleblower Christopher Wylie describes an unofficial 2016 meeting in which he and a group of Liberal staffers tried to warn the Obama administration of election interference.

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Are Alberta voters feeling part of the national conversation?

In Alberta, unemployment is up, pipelines are stalled, and the lights remain off in many office towers — particularly in once booming Calgary. Yet there's a feeling that the rest of Canada doesn't quite get it. We talk to three voters in Alberta about what’s on their mind as election day approaches.

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Who won and who lost in last night's leaders' debate?

Six candidates, five moderators, plenty of bickering and a whole lot of cross-talk. Last night the federal leaders went head-to-head in the federal election campaign's main English-language debate, and today political strategists Omar Khan, Melissa Lantsman and Sally Housser joined us to break down the winners, losers, and what it may all mean at the polling booth.

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Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria seems to have taken even his own administration by surprise. Today we're discussing what it means for Turkey's conflict with the Kurds, the fight against ISIS, and Canadian prisoners of war.

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Three undecided voters weigh in on the federal election debate

Did Monday night's debate change the minds of voters? We spoke to three voters who were undecided before the debate, to see if any of the leaders swayed their opinions last night.

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The history and future of extinct foods

'Ansault' pears so creamy you could spread them like jam, mammoth stew, and dishes of the Roman empire seasoned with the long-lost herb silphium. These are some of the extinct foods that culinary geographer Lenore Newman looks at in her new book, 'Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction And The Future of Food.' She speaks to us about why humans are so good at loving foods to death, which of our favourite foods are in danger of disappearing now, and what we can do about it.

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Should we just elect robots to lead us?

Brexit chaos in the UK, the spectre of Donald Trump's impeachment, and a multitude of corruption scandals and other headaches in democracies around the world have some experts asking, should we just elect robots to run our countries instead? Yes, we know, it sounds pretty out there, but it's not quite as far-fetched as it sounds. Three experts tell us why artificial intelligence could run a country more fairly and effectively than humans, how close we might be to actually seeing this happen, and — surprise — how robot rulers could come with their own red flags.

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What these former MPs will be looking for in tonight's leaders debate

A good debate is “like a rock dropped in water,” creating a ripple effect right up to voting day, former Conservative MP Gerry Ritz tells us. He, along with Olivia Chow, former NDP MP, and Allan Rock, former Liberal MP, spoke to us about what they'll be watching for in tonight's federal leaders debate.

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Childhood obesity and protecting our kids’ health

Childhood obesity is set to rise dramatically by 2030 according to new research. We speak to two experts about what we can do to protect our children’s health.

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The Current Weekly - Jonathan Safran Foer, election town hall, other Khashoggis, track star Harry Jerome

Host Laura Lynch talks to author Jonathan Safran Foer about turning words into action in the climate fight, hosts The Current's first federal election town hall with q's Tom Power, hears about other victims of Saudi Arabia's oppression, and remembers a Canadian track icon.

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Why this author made a personal, 4-point plan to fight climate change (and you can too)

Author Jonathan Safran Foer has written a new book about how the food we eat could be a part of the fight against climate change.

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Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland

The Current’s Laura Lynch sits down with Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland to talk about affordability, pipelines and the environment, and Justin Trudeau’s blackface photos.

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How have the parties fared in recruiting women candidates this election?

CBC data journalist Valérie Ouellet brings us an update on her investigation into how women have fared in Canadian elections historically, and in the contest happening right now.

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2 Shows, 1 Stage, Your Vote: The Current and q celebrate democracy — in all its imperfection

At a special town hall event hosted by The Current and q, three first-time voters shared their stories with the audience; two experts discuss the problems that need to be fixed in our electoral system; and audience members shared their thoughts and concerns about the decision they’re facing.

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There’s a gender pay disparity in the operating room — what can be done about it?

New research shows that female surgeons in Ontario earn 24 per cent less per hour than their male counterparts. We speak to one of the report’s authors Dr. Fahima Dossa, and medical student Darby Little about what why they think the problem isn’t about “fixing women.”

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SATIRE | Meet the candidate who really doesn’t want your vote

“I’m a fraud, I’m too dumb to be a politician”: Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring — the satirical showmen of This is That fame — talk to an election candidate who really, really, really doesn’t want your vote.

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Vying for votes in Quebec

Tonight, party leaders will try to win over Quebec voters in the French-language TVA debate. Our rotating national affairs panel breaks down what's at stake for all of them in Quebec, and what else the leaders have been up to this week on the campaign trail. Joining us this week are Salimah Shivji, Heather Scoffield, and Martin Patriquin.

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'Adults can ruin anything': Kids' hockey is facing a crisis in Canada, says author

Sean Fitz-Gerald, a senior writer for The Athletic and a long-time hockey dad, talks to us about his new book, 'Before the Lights Go Out: A Season Inside a Game on the Brink,' and why he believes hockey has become inaccessible to many Canadian families.

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Critics say the West has failed to keep pressure on Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing

In the year since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, critics say that Western democracies have demanded too little accountability from the Saudi government

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An undercover look at the deadly fentanyl trade

Journalist Ben Westhoff went undercover to investigate the dangerous world of synthetic drugs like fentanyl. He tells us about the labs in China where fentanyl is made, how the internet brought the recipes for these synthetic drugs from research labs to the streets, and why he thinks the war on drugs is failing.

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Federal parties aren't really listening to First Nations communities, says Indigenous voter

We speak to three Indigenous voters about the issues they want to see highlighted this election, and how seriously they feel the parties are treating the issues that impact Indigenous communities.

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The latest on violence in Hong Kong

On the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, as a huge military parade rolled through Beijing, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters demonstrated in the streets of Hong Kong, and police shot a protester with live ammunition. The Globe and Mail's Asia correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe gives us the latest from Hong Kong after a day of intense violence.

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Three federal candidates debate immigration

From safe third country agreements to skilled foreign workers, we discuss the big questions about Canada's immigration policies with three federal candidates. On the show today we have NDP candidate Jenny Kwan, Conservative candidate Arpan Khanna, and Liberal candidate Ahmed Hussen.

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David Cameron regrets losing Brexit vote, but says referendum was always inevitable

David Cameron regret losing the Brexit referendum, but not calling it. He tells The Current interim host Laura Lynch that the EU was a "running sore" in British politics.

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Rebecca Solnit on ditching "hero" stories

Author Rebecca Solnit spoke to us about her new book, "Whose Story Is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters," the cultural shift in who gets to be at the centre of the stories we tell, and about how, while working at a restaurant at 18 years old, she used a tray of glasses to outsmart the cook who was harassing her.

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The West needs 'collective action' to push China on human rights: expert

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, but tensions between Canada and the superpower have been on the rise in recent years. We speak to a panel of experts about the West's evolving relationship with China.

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Canadians are 'addicted to fossil fuels,' but the Green Party can change that, says Elizabeth May

We talk to Green Party Leader Elizabeth May about her party's platform and electoral prospects.

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The Current Weekly - Edward Snowden, Beverley McLauchlin, Robin Doolittle

Laura Lynch talks to former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin about her new memoir, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about coming home, and journalist Robin Doolittle about her new book on sexual assault investigations in Canada.

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The Current Weekly trailer

A weekly collection of the most insightful, in-depth interviews and audio documentaries from CBC Radio's flagship morning program, The Current.

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As Canadians join the climate strike, what does it take to turn a day of protest into lasting change?

We talk to Rachel Plotkin, who’s taking part in today’s climate strike; and Zeynep Tufekci, an expert on protest in the age of Twitter. What makes the difference between a day of action leading to change, or just fizzling out?

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Trump's former defence secretary says whistleblower probe just a 'raucous' period for U.S. democracy

Former U.S. defence secretary James Mattis says the whistleblower scandal threatening U.S. President Donald Trump with impeachment is just the "normal heave and ho of democracies."

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Democrats must pursue impeachment or risk Trump appearing ‘above the law,’ says Charlie Sykes

Democrats decided this week that President Donald Trump’s actions merit an impeachment inquiry. They should have made that decision sooner, says Charlie Sykes, founder and editor of The Bulwark and the author of How the Right Lost its Mind.

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‘I don’t think it’s realistic to say I’m going to have a future’: Why climate change is weighing heavily on some young people’s minds

The Current’s producer Liz Hoath talks to Laura Lynch about the pessimism young people are feeling around climate change — something he sees even in her own children.

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A 'simple, clear' case: Why Edward Snowden thinks U.S. Congress will support the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says a whistleblower's complaint, which triggered Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is strategically "quite wise."

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Is it time to move on from The Beatles?

As Beatles fans soak up the 50th anniversary remix of Abbey Road, we look at why Baby Boomer culture has loomed so large, for so long. Is it time to make way for some more modern loves.

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National affairs panel: Election battlegrounds, and the fallout from photos of Justin Trudeau in blackface

We're into the third week of the election campaign — where are the leaders focusing their time and messaging? Our national affairs panel discusses the party pledges, and the fallout from the photos of Justin Trudeau in blackface.

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The dos and don'ts of protest signs: A good sign can empower you, no matter what it looks like, says graphic designer

As students across Canada are gearing up for the climate strike tomorrow, we talk to graphic designer Bonnie Siegler about the dos and don'ts of the best protest signs.

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British MPs are back in Parliament — but can they do anything to solve the Brexit saga?

After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was deemed unlawful, MPs are back in the mother of parliaments today. We speak to Labour MP Ben Bradshaw about the latest twist, and what’s next, in the Brexit saga.

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Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on her remarkable life and legacy

Beverley McLachlin, the first woman to be named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, spoke to us about her remarkable ascent from a small Alberta town to the highest court in the country, the people who encouraged her to get there, and some of the most difficult legal and personal decisions she's had to make along the way.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould wants a minority government and is willing 'to work with whomever' is in power

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she hopes the result of next month's federal election is a minority government, and she'd be "willing to work with whomever forms government."

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SATIRE | Boom the Vote: This election, baby boomers are fighting to finally have their voices heard

Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring — the satirical showmen of This is That fame — bring us some of the most unheard voices in this election: baby boomers.

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Republican dam of support for Trump 'could break in a hurry,' says impeachment expert

Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel talks us through how the new impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump compares to older cases, and why the Democrats may have decided to make their move now.

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The financial sector's role in fighting climate change

A growing movement is calling on investors to stop the flow of money to industries that contribute to climate change, which they say could achieve faster results than government action. We look at why some investors think this might make economic sense — while others think it's risky.

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Robyn Doolittle on where the #MeToo movement goes from here

Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle talks to us about her new book, "Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo?"

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Trump, Ukraine, and the renewed buzz around impeachment

We're breaking down the Trump-Ukraine allegations, what they could mean for both Republicans and Democrats, and the growing number of Democrats supporting the possibility of impeachment.

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The journalists who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein on their new book

The dogged work of New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey helped break open the Harvey Weinstein scandal and launch the #MeToo movement. The two women have now written a book pulling back the curtain on their investigation - and the network of people who worked to keep the story buried.

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Lessons from Germany’s troubled shift towards green energy

Germany was once held up as a global leader in the shift to renewable energy. But, despite pouring billions of dollars into the transition to solar and wind power, the country will still miss its 2020 Paris emission reduction targets. Does Germany need more time, or has the experiment failed? And what are the lessons for Canada? Kristin Nelson explores this issues in her documentary, “The Power Struggle.”

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Youth activists want action from this week’s UN climate summit

Today is the beginning of the UN Climate Action Summit, so we've convened a panel of teen — and tween — activists who are watching closely. Sophia Mathur, Joe Crabtree and Aditi Narayanan have watched momentum around climate issues growing in recent months, and they’re cautiously optimistic that a turning point is close.

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The return of monarch butterflies

Some good news: we look at why Canada's monarch butterfly numbers are on the up. Then, as conversations heat up around handgun bans, The Fifth Estate’s Mark Kelley gives us a look inside Canada’s gun lobby.

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Canada's media diversity problem

Most of the journalists peppering Trudeau with questions about the brown and blackface images have been white. And many journalists of colour say when you’re covering an explosive story about race, that’s a big problem. Manisha Krishnan of Vice, Anita Li of Canadian Journalists of Colour, and Tanya Talaga from the Toronto Star discuss what Canadian newsrooms need to change.

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Confronting Canada's history of racism

What do those images of Justin Trudeau in blackface say about confronting racism in Canada, and how we reckon with our past? El Jones, activist and former poet laureate for Halifax, and Kamal Al-Solaylee, from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, dive into what it means and where we go from here.

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Following in the footsteps of three legendary female primatologists

In the documentary 'She Walks With Apes,' Mark Starowicz and his daughter, Caitlin Starowicz, trace the work of primatologists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. The father-daughter team discuss their work alongside primatologist Julia Badescu, who is featured in the film.

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Political chaos in Israel as the fight to form a new government continues

Two days after election night, there's still no clarity on who the next prime minister of Israel will be. Washington Post reporter Ruth Eglash describes where things stand and what could happen next. Plus, conversations with Einat Wilf, a former member of the Israeli Parliament, and Nour Odeh, a political analyst based in Ramallah.

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Political strategists react to Justin Trudeau's brownface photo

Political strategists Omar Khan and Shuvaloy Majumder react to the latest bombshell to surface for the Trudeau campaign: a 2001 photo of the Liberal leader in brownface and a turban. Plus, a talk with CBC reporter Tom Parry on Trudeau's reaction when the news broke.

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The ‘Joe-bituary’: An extraordinary obituary, for a man who was anything but ordinary

When Joe Heller died earlier this month at the age of 82, his family wanted to commemorate him with an obituary that captured his humour, mischievousness and striking individuality. When it was printed in a Connecticut newspaper, it was quickly shared around the world. Monique Heller, Joe’s youngest daughter, tells us more.

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Author Alexandra Fuller reflects on Rhodesia, the racism she grew up with, and the agony of losing a child

Author Alexandra Fuller grew up in the violence and racism of the bloody bush war in Rhodesia, the country that would become Zimbabwe. She tells us about her childhood, and why she sees shadows of Rhodesian racism in Donald Trump's America.

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The ‘My-Plan-is-Better Olympics’: Party leaders are making pledges — but how are voters reacting?

Our national affairs panel looks at party pledges about the money in your pocket, and Maxime Bernier’s participation in the leaders debates.

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‘Damage-control mode’: Canada will have to rebuild trust with international allies after RCMP spy allegations, says former CSIS analyst

After the arrest of one of our top intelligence officials, former CSIS analyst Jessica Davis says Canada will need to be in “a bit of a damage-control mode” with allies in the international intelligence community. She talks us through the damage done

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Forget the treadmill, an intense game of chess can burn hundreds of calories, research suggests

Research shows high-level chess players can burn hundreds of calories while competing. We talk to grandmaster Maurice Ashley about why the game needs brains, and brawn.

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What we know so far about the the attack on Saudi oil facilities, and what could happen next

We’re discussing tensions between Iran and the U.S., and what we know so far about the Saudi oil attacks.

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'A transformational vision for the next economy': Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal

Canadian author Naomi Klein's new book of essays, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, argues that fighting climate change requires a fundamental economic shift.

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Handgun bans, social programs, more police powers: Three candidates on what they'd do to fight gun violence

After a fatal shooting in Mississauga, Ont., over the weekend, we ask a panel of federal election candidates what their parties are planning to do about gun violence.

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What an alleged spy scandal could mean for Canada's national security

After the arrest of senior RCMP official Cameron Ortis under the Security of Information Act, we speak to members of the Canadian intelligence community about what a spy scandal could mean to Canada's national security and relationship with our Five Eyes spying partners.

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What's at stake as the Alberta government fights back against groups critical of the oilsands?

As the Alberta government fights back against groups critical of the oilsands, we look at the strategy, the reaction and what's at stake.

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David Byrne on why we all need reasons to be cheerful

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has a new project: an online magazine delving into solutions to issues around the world. He tells us about why there are actually plenty of reasons to feel positive about the state of the world.

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'Dog-whistle politics': Liberals trying to 'provoke fear' over abortion, says Conservative strategist

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer insisted the debate on abortion will not be reopened if he's elected, but one political strategist says fear around the issue is understandable.

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‘Portholes to another world’: Cave diver Jill Heinerth on what draws her to the depths, even when faced with fear of death

Cave diver Jill Heinerth reached the top of her field by exploring the depths of the Earth. She's here to tell us about fighting for her place in male-dominated field, mastering her fear, and her closest calls.

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'This is why I revolt': How Alanis Obomsawin's painful childhood experiences inform her filmmaking

Alanis Obomsawin's 53rd film tackles the legal battle for Indigenous children to receive equal healthcare services. She spoke to Laura Lynch about how her own experiences of discrimination as a child have informed her long career as a filmmaker.

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Meet the woman who designed an early version of Monopoly — and only made $500

Hasbro has released a new version of Monopoly that celebrates female entrepreneurs, but is now facing criticism for not acknowledging Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magie, an inventor who designed an early version of the game. We talk to author and journalist Mary Pilon about Magie's role in the game's roots.

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Alleged extraction of U.S. spy was meant to calm nerves over Trump's handling of secrets: former agent

The alleged exfiltration of a U.S. spy from Russia was a message to calm other agents nervous about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of sensitive information, according to author and former spy Naveed Jamali.

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Does Canada's new Arctic policy go far enough to protect sovereignty in the North?

The Liberals have released the long-awaited Arctic policy, which vows to tackle poverty, hunger and eliminate homelessness in Canada's North. But some experts argue the framework doesn't pay attention to protecting threats to Canada's sovereignty from international players.

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House of Commons to review MPs' websites after CBC investigation finds advertising trackers

CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare tells us about concerns around political websites and your data.

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Federal election campaign won't focus on a single issue, but rather a 'visceral' appeal to voters: journalist

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting the Gov. Gen. Julie Payette this morning, asking her to dissolve Parliament so Canadians can go to the polls on Oct. 21. Our national affairs panel is here to discuss what voters can expect over the next five-and-a-half weeks of campaigning.

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'Campaigns are all about leaders': Three former MPs on what to expect on the road to the federal election

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau visited Gov. Gen. Julie Payette Wednesday, asking her to dissolve Parliament so Canadians can go to the polls on Oct. 21. We speak to a panel of former MPs about what to expect from the campaign ahead.

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Passion and pain: Why this writer studied women's most intimate desires

Journalist Lisa Taddeo spoke to hundreds of women for her book about human desire, but one thing stood out about the three women who eventually became her focus: their bravery.

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‘Floating in water … for almost two days’: Bahamians share stories of what it took to survive Hurricane Dorian

Aid efforts are continuing in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, as harrowing stories emerge. We talk to two survivors: a man who had to flee rising waters with his heavily pregnant wife, and a woman who had to keep her elderly mother alive, as she floated in water for two days.

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Is it time to give up on changing the clocks?

More than 200,000 people in B.C. responded to a poll asking if they wanted to ditch daylight saving time — and 93 per cent said yes. We talk to historian and author Michael Downing about how the ritual came about, and whether it still makes sense today.

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Think you can read a stranger's intentions based on their demeanour? Think again, says Malcolm Gladwell

Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell explains why people aren't as good at reading strangers as they might think.

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Introducing Uncover: Sharmini

On June 12, 1999, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared. Michelle Shephard returns to an investigation that has haunted her for 20 years. Subscribe to Uncover: Sharmini now: hyperurl.co/uncovercbc

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“Any tool can be used as a weapon”: Microsoft’s global president on how to fight back against the dangers of the internet

Microsoft president Brad Smith wants technology companies and governments to work together to affect how technology is used, because he fears that the tools of the digital age could be turned into dangerous weapons. He's just co-authored a new book on the topic: 'Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.'

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'Disturbing' sexist abuse towards Catherine McKenna common for women climate leaders, say experts

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has been assigned an RCMP security detail after attacks against her have moved from the internet into the real world. Experts say that kind of attack is not uncommon for women in climate — and that there's a link between climate denial and misogyny.

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In new series of CBC podcast Uncover, Michelle Shephard investigates 1999 murder of 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel

Twenty years after Sharmini Anandavel's death in Toronto, no one has been charged.

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Smelly neighbours? Complaints in close quarters are only going to get worse as cities become denser, says lawyer

A vegan in Australia has taken legal action over the smell of her neighbours barbecuing meat. Lawyer Karen Andrews says the solution lies in building homes that don't "leak" sound and odour, but that "we have to be generous with each other, we have to be understanding."

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'Staying in the zone': Why Bianca Andreescu credits meditation for helping keep her mind on the game

Bianca Andreescu's U.S. Open win has propelled her into the top 5 tennis players in the world, after she started the year at a ranking of 152. We're looking at her meteoric rise, and also discussing the value of meditation in sport — something Andreescu and many other athletes utilize.

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Why Margaret Atwood waited more than 30 years to write The Testaments

Margaret Atwood had notes about a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale that date back to the early 1990s, but didn't notify her publishers until 2017. For those intervening decades, she wrestled with the idea. She talks to Laura Lynch about her new novel The Testaments.

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'I love her': Why one man risked waiting out Dorian aboard his 53-foot wooden schooner

As post-tropical storm Dorian bore down on Atlantic Canada at the weekend, Tom Gallant decided to stay aboard his home — a 53-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg Harbour. He tells us why he took that risk.

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‘Charisma on the court’: Former tennis champion says Bianca Andreescu is a great role model for young female players

We also talk to former Canadian national tennis champion Patricia Hy-Boulais about Bianca Andreescu's prospects, and what her rise could mean for future generations.

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Friends TV series may not have aged well but it's still popular due to a 'nostalgia boom'

As the TV series Friends turns 25, we're taking a look at the show's complex legacy — and what all this yearning for the past says about us.

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Closure of B.C. sawmill will devastate entire town, says woman who has worked there for 30 years

Madeleine Devooght has worked at a sawmill in Vavenby, B.C. for decades, and considers the people she works with to be family. It’s closure won’t just affect that “family,” she says, but the entire town — from restaurants to hardware stores — that relies on it.

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In Syrian refugee camp, alleged ISIS wives intent on enforcing rules of the former caliphate: reporter

Journalist Louisa Loveluck visited the camp in northern Syria that is holding thousands of women displaced from ISIS’s former strongholds. She found people living in terrible conditions — and a contingent intent on enforcing the rules of the former, self-declared caliphate in their new surroundings.

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Health Canada caught 'flat-footed' by rise of popularity of vaping among youths, expert says

We explore how Canada is addressing health concerns over vaping, as hundreds of people in the United States fall victim to serious illness that doctors fear may be related to the practice.

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The Current presents Party Lines

Podcast bonus! Following our chat with Rosemary Barton and Elamin Abdelmahmoud we're excited to share the first episode of Party Lines, a political primer for every kind of concerned citizen, from CBC News and CBC Podcasts.

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Election 2019: A new CBC podcast aims to keep you informed, and the reporters helping you assess information online

We look ahead to the federal election with a preview of new CBC podcast Party Lines, and a discussion about how to trust the information you see online.

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'Disappeared into thin air': New book tells the story of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Author and journalist Isha Sesay has followed the story of Boko Haram's kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls from the very beginning — getting so close that some of the girls even call her Auntie. She tells us the story that the world missed, when the media's cameras turned elsewhere.

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New investigation finds a stubborn gender disparity in Canadian politics

A new CBC/Radio-Canada investigation found a stubborn gender disparity in politics. The CBC's senior data journalist Valérie Ouellet is here with the findings of her investigation Set up to fail: Why women still don't win elections as often as men in Canada.

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Internet words like LOL can cause confusion between generations, but it's nothing to be afraid of, says author

The internet has changed the way we speak and write to each, with emojis and acronyms like LOL now commonplace — but often causing confusion between the generations. Author Gretchen McCulloch argues that's not necessarily a bad thing, she joins us to discuss her new book Because Internet: Understanding The New Rules of Language.

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This woman could have left the Bahamas before Dorian hit — she tells us why she stayed

We look at the devastation in the Bahamas left by Hurricane Dorian, and ask what climate change means for life on small islands.

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‘Freedom, sunlight and joy’: How schools around the world are rediscovering the connection between play and learning

Play-based learning is an important part of Canada's kindergarten curriculum, but two experts argue it shouldn't be limited to younger students. Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle talk to Laura Lynch about their new book Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive.

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The spy inside Auschwitz: How a volunteer went inside the death camp to fight Nazis

Author Jack Fairweather tells the story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish officer who wanted to save his country and the world from the horrors of the Nazi regime, so he became a spy inside Auschwitz.

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Brexit decision was 'based upon lies,' says voter who wants another referendum

We look at the latest twists and turns in the Brexit saga, as the British Labour party seeks an extension to the Brexit deadline, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens to call a general election.

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Are saltwater beavers a thing? Scientists observe Canadian critters in potentially deadly habitat

Our documentary A Salty Tail explores beaver behaviour that is puzzling scientists. Canada's national animal is being discovered in saltwater zones, despite the long-held understanding that the rodents only live in freshwater. Are saltwater beavers actually a thing?

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Fired airline union head says staff are targets of censorship campaign over Hong Kong protests

Rebecca Sy, former Cathay Pacific cabin crew union head, says the recent dismissal of several employees underscores the very fears that sparked the Hong Kong political crisis: that China is intervening in the freedoms of the one-country, two-systems formula.

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Math curriculum needs to get back to using 'more numbers than words,' says teacher

Ontario's provincial government is shaking up the math curriculum after fewer than half of Grade 6 students met the standard last year. We're asking teachers whether "going back to basics" adds up.

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This man is unfriending every one of his more than 500 Facebook friends — one at a time, with a phonecall

James Avramenko is calling one of his Facebook friends every week — to tell them he's unfriending them online. He tells us why he's hoping those phone calls will move those online friendships back into the real world.

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Wildly popular Popeyes chicken sandwich doesn't have to be a 'referendum on black culture': writer

A new Popeyes chicken sandwich became a viral sensation, with customers lining up for hours and a lot of overworked staff. But the online discussion quickly became a vehicle to shame black people, according to one writer. He argues that instead of a "referendum on black culture," maybe a sandwich can just be a sandwich.

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Doctors share responsibility in the 'perfect storm' of Canada's opioid crisis, expert says

What role did doctors play in the opioid crisis, and what responsibility do they bear? We talk to two physicians about the crisis, and how to move forward in helping those whose lives are caught up in it.

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Removing anti-immigration billboards is censorship, says columnist

We're discussing the removal of billboards telling Canadians to "Say NO to Mass Immigration," after complaints they were promoting anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric. With the federal election just weeks away, what are Canadians concerns about immigration, and how do we discuss them?

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People using CBD oil for depression, bipolar disorder without consulting doctors: expert

The cannabis extract CBD oil has become popular for claims it relieves a list of ailments including chronic pain, depression — and your cat's anxiety. But beyond the hype and hope, experts argue we need more research into how — and if — it works.

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Brazil wary of foreign help with Amazon fires over fear region is 'ripe for invasion': writer

As fires rage across South America and the Amazon Rainforest, we look at the public anger and pressure being directed at politicians to do more to save what's often called "the lungs of the Earth."

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Protests in Hong Kong are a source of discord for families here in Canada, says activist

The protests in Hong Kong are causing divisions among families and friends in the diaspora. We talk to two Hong Kong Canadians about what kinds of conversations they're having at the dinner table.

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Protecting jobs is no defence in wake of SNC-Lavalin ethics report: Conservative strategist

Our national affairs panel looks at how the SNC-Lavalin report could affect the fall election, and whether the prime minister's defence that he was looking out for jobs holds water.

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Your smartphone is ruining your sex life, says renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth

Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been offering advice on sex and intimacy for decades, and she's not done yet. She speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about a new documentary on her life and career, and why she thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives.

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