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Extreme heat could make Athens uninhabitable, warns city's chief heat officer

Athens first Chief Officer of Heat, Eleni Myrivili, has been given the task of keeping people cool, and saving lives, in the face of climate change and rising temperatures.

The Current for Aug. 4, 2021

Today on The Current: Provinces lifting mask mandates; activists face government crackdown in Belarus; Athen appoints first chief officer of heat to keep things cool; and episode two of Brainwashed

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All summer long, The Current is bringing you the best of CBC podcasts. Here's what we're playing on air, and where to find episodes online.
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'We are on survival mode': Lebanon's financial crisis limiting basic supplies including medicine, says doctor

One year after the enormous explosion that rocked Beirut, Lebanon faces a financial crisis that affects every aspect of daily life, including access to basic medicine.

A gory 'pinata': Here's what happens when a whale dies in the ocean

Whales enrich the ecosystem around them by falling to the depths of the ocean when they die and serving as a feast for a “bewitching menagerie of strange organisms,” says an award-winning Australian science writer who has been studying the marine mammals.

The Current for Aug. 3, 2021

Today on The Current: Financial crisis affecting every aspect of life in Lebanon; Rebecca Giggs on why whales loom large in our collective imagination; and episode one of CBC podcast Brainwashed

Despite more female competitors, sexism remains prominent in women's sports

The International Olympic Committee has been trying to push gender equality at Tokyo 2020, but sports writer Kavitha Davidson and Michele Donnelly, an assistant professor of sports management at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., say there's still a long way to go.

The Current for Aug. 2, 2021

Today on The Current: how women athletes are pushing back against sexist policies and regulations, and we revisit a conversation with British author Eley Williams about the power of fake words.
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Concern over Alberta lifting COVID-19 restrictions

Infectious diseases expert Ilan Schwartz says it's far too early for Alberta to lift its COVID-19 restrictions; and political science professor Lori Williams says Premier Jason Kenney is 'gambling' with his political base with the decision.
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The pandemic fuelled a need 'to be seen' — even in Crocs, says psychologist

Carolyn Mair — a psychologist, business consultant and author of The Psychology of Fashion — helps to explain the foamy, colourful, comfy clogs' resurgence.

The Current for July 30, 2021

Today on The Current: reaction to Alberta's announcement the province will end nearly all COVID-19 restrictions; deadly floods in China and what's being done to prepare for future climate disasters; the return of controversial crocs shoes; and we revisit the story of the now-disgraced fertility doctor Norman Barwin.

NDP MPP criticizes Ford for not calling state of emergency as wildfires burn across Northern Ontario

Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa joined First Nations leaders in Northern Ontario who are calling on Premier Doug Ford's provincial government to declare a state of emergency to save their communities from unprecedented wildfires that have so far forced 3,000 people from their homes.

How to repair friendships strained by different perspectives on the pandemic

Canadians have the chance to reconnect with friends and family they might not have seen through successive lockdowns, but the pandemic strain on relationships has some people wondering if they want to.

The Current for July 29, 2021

Today on The Current: Northern Ontario wildfires; post-pandemic friendships; and the harrowing story of a Dutch explorer's 16th-century Arctic expedition.

Roman Mars spotlights cool urban design elements in his book The 99% Invisible City

In his podcast 99% Invisible, Roman Mars tells the fascinating backstories of everyday things that we may not give a second thought, from barbed wire to a plaque on a bench. He's spun that out into his book The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.

The Current for July 28, 2021

Today on The Current: COVID-19 vaccine passports prompt privacy, public health debate; TJ Newsman, flight attendant-turned-author, on her bestseller; and author Roman Mars about the hidden wonders of a city.

Nobel author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human

British author Kazuo Ishiguro says the world may be on the brink of a new era similar to the industrial revolution, thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence. He explores that theme, and what it means to be human, in his newest book, Klara and the Sun.

The Current for July 27, 2021

Today on The Current: The delta variant surges in the U.S.; Nobel author Kazuo Ishiguro on AI; and Episode 9 of A Death In Cryptoland
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Why Canadian nurses are leaving the profession

The pandemic has taken its toll on nurses. Some are leaving the profession, while others are burned out, working long hours and trying to provide sufficient care amid staffing shortages. To discuss how we can alleviate the pressures on nurses, as well as how we can attract more Canadians to the profession, guest host Robyn Bresnahan talks to two nurses about their experiences. We also speak to Kim McMillan, assistant professor of nursing and health sciences at University of Ottawa.

The Current for July 26, 2021

Today on The Current: Why Canadian nurses are leaving the profession and how they are struggling during the pandemic; plus, we revisit our interview with Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins on his career and legacy.

LISTEN | Why Canada needs a reckoning on Islamophobia

Plus, following yesterday's national summit on Islamophobia, we discuss the severity of Islamophobia in Canada with Aymen Derbali, a survivor of 2017's Quebec City mosque shooting that left six dead; lawyer Nusaiba Al-Azem from London, Ont.; and Noor Al-Henedy, a member of the Canadian Islamic Centre in Edmonton.

LISTEN | How Indigenous fire practices could help to combat future wild fires

With the recent heat waves and subsequent wildfires in B.C., experts are calling for Indigenous fire management practices to be implemented across North America so that fire services can better prepare for the future. To discuss how cultural burns could have a positive impact going forward, guest host Robyn Bresnahan talks to fire research scientist Amy Christianson, as well as Don Hankins, professor of geography and planning at California State University, Chico.

The Current for July 23, 2021

Today on The Current: Why Indigenous fire management practices might be needed to make up for hundreds of years of fire suppression policies that don't work; Islamophobia in Canada and how to combat it; and Episode 8 of A Death in Cryptoland.
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Extreme heat battering Canada's farmers and food supply

Recent extreme heat ‘cooked’ fruit still on the tree in B.C., as well as forcing farmers in Manitoba to sell their cattle at emergency auctions, due to failed crops and a lack of available feed.
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After South Africa's worst unrest in decades, what are the possible paths forward?

Hundreds of people have been killed in South Africa’s worst unrest in decades, after protests triggered by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma widened into rioting and anger over inequality.

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