The Currentwith Anna Maria Tremonti
There needs to be a global policy to govern gene editing, says molecular biologist
Gene drive technology, which can introduce and spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species, is near the point where it leaves the lab and enters the real world. Some experts are calling for a global agreement on how the technology should be deployed, which could make for a showdown between scientists and policy makers at a UN meeting on biodiversity later this week.
As death toll rises in California fires, forensic anthropologists face grim task of identifying remains
As wildfires ravage California and the death toll continues to rise, we talk to a forensic anthropologist about the challenges in identifying victims and the importance of bringing some sense of closure to their loved ones.
Trade talks would have run smoother if the U.S. had been more organized, says former ambassador
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says the renegotiation of NAFTA could have gone a lot smoother but there is plenty of hope for the future of Canada-U.S. relations.
The Current for November 15, 2018
Today on The Current we speak to a forensic anthropologist about the challenges they face in identifying victims in disasters like the California wildfires; we ask former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman what's in store for Canada-U.S. relations; and we discuss the ethical issues regarding gene drives, which can introduce and spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species.
How a Canadian 'giraffologist' stuck her neck out to fight sexism in academia
Canadian biologist Anne Dagg was denied tenure decades ago, despite her pioneering research on giraffes. She's finally getting recognition in her field — and she wants to make sure young women scientists today don't have to fight the way she did.
Are long hours and little pay scaring off potential public servants?
Alcide Bernard was appointed mayor of Wellington, P.E.I last week — because nobody else wanted the job. Is there a crisis in local politics, where the long hours and little pay are scaring off potential public servants?
Doctors 'incensed' after NRA tweets they should 'stay in their lane' on gun violence
When the American College of Physicians published a paper recommending gun control measures, the National Rifle Association responded with a tweet telling "anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane." We speak to two physicians who disagree about whether doctors have a place in the gun control debate.
The Current for November 14, 2018
Today on The Current we speak to two physicians who disagree about whether doctors have a place in the U.S. gun control debate; we ask if long hours and little pay are scaring people away from local politics; we look at the life and work of Canadian biologist Anne Dagg, a pioneer in giraffe research whose finally getting the 'attention she deserves.'
Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer
At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a lawsuit alleging they were sterilized against their will, as recently as last year. Is there an issue of systemic racism within Canada's healthcare system?
Meet Raven Wilkinson, the black ballerina who blazed a trail long before shoes came in brown and bronze
A U.K company has announced it will now make ballet shoes in colours that reflect the diverse skin tones of dancers, but one woman dared to dance against prejudice long before this.
Meet the Kenyan woman urging village elders to abandon female genital mutilation
Nice Nailantei Leng'ete narrowly escaped undergoing a female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was eight years old. She's since been on a crusade to eliminate the practice, known as "the cut," which still threatens millions of girls in Africa.
The Current for November 13, 2018
Today on The Current: We look at a lawsuit taken by at least 60 Indigenous women who say they underwent forced sterilization, as recently as last year; Ballet shoes now come in brown — that's a little thing that means a lot for inclusion; and we meet the young woman convincing her Kenyan community's elders to end FGM, and celebrate women and girls a little way.
Suicide shouldn't be 'normal' in Indigenous communities, says 2018 Massey Lecturer Tanya Talaga
For the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures, Indigenous journalist Tanya Talaga examined the devastating problem of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. She spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about what she found.
'Nostalgia is not a vision': Campaigners lay out risks and rewards of Calgary Olympic bid
Calgarians go to the polls Tuesday, in a plebiscite on whether to pursue the bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Current spoke to two people from either side of the debate.
'I wasn't going to die a slave': Dikgang Moseneke looks back at the struggle to end South African apartheid
Dikgang Moseneke was imprisoned on Robben Island when he was 15, where he befriended Nelson Mandela. After a lifetime fighting for justice, he says that Mandela's lessons still hold true in today's political climate.
New CBC podcast looks at the bombing of Canadian Pacific Flight 21
A bomb exploded on Canadian Pacific Flight 21 in 1965, killing all 52 people on board. The new season of CBC podcast Uncover offers insight into what happened — and why no one has ever been held responsible.
The Current for November 12, 2018
Today on The Current: We look at the pros and cons of Calgary's 2026 Olympic bid; a CBC podcast takes a fresh look at a legendary cold case; we talk to Dikgang Moseneke — who fought alongside Nelson Mandela — about justice; and Tanya Talaga, this year's Massey Lecturer, discusses the devastation of youth suicide in Indigenous communities.
Grocery store fire prompts panic-buying in Iqaluit, but not everyone can afford high prices, says activist
A fire at one of Iqaluit's only two large grocery stores has left the city's residents concerned about food shortages, but high food prices mean not everyone can afford to stock up, says a community activist.
How youth support staff are using their sleuthing skills to connect teens with family
Youth who find themselves at an emergency youth centre in St. Catherine's, Ont., have been taking part in a unique program in which staff scour government records and databases to find family members who have gone missing from the teens' lives.
U.K. surgeon gives thumbs down to medical students' lack of dexterity
A prominent British surgeon says he's concerned that medical students don't have the same manual dexterity as their predecessors. Have we turned our backs on our hands?
The Current for November 9, 2018
From how an Iqaluit grocery store fire highlights food insecurity in the North; to a U.K. surgeon raising concern over medical student's lack of dexterity; to an Ontario youth shelter bringing together family reunions ... This is The Current, with guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.
Survivors broke windows with barstools to escape gunman in California: reporter
Police said that 13 people died after a gunman opened fire at a country-and-western bar in southern California late Wednesday. The Current spoke to a reporter at the scene.
'Glee' over Tony Clement sexting scandal minimizes victims facing similar blackmail, says advocate
Those cheering the resignation of Tony Clement in a sexting scandal are losing sight of the fact that similar extortion attempts happen all the time, and there must be a hard line against blackmail, says advocate Julie Lalonde.
U.S. voters would be 'stunned' to know midterms monitored by Russian officials: author
The presence of two Russian politicians as official monitors in the U.S. midterms, but the problems they're trying to catch start long before polling day, says author Carol Anderson.
The ozone layer is healing — what can that success teach us in the fight against climate change?
A UN report suggests the ozone layer is healing itself — thanks in large part to the Montreal Protocol signed three decades ago. The news is giving activists hope that in the fight against climate change.