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'It's pretty staggering': Returned online purchases often sent to landfill, journalist's research reveals

From unopened shampoo to unworn clothes, perfectly good products end up in dumpsters and landfill sites. Why? The Current went dumpster diving with a seasoned scavenger to find out.

The Current for Dec. 12, 2019

Today on The Current: After a lesson on climate change angered parents in Alberta, we look at controversy in the classroom. Plus, author Robert Harris discusses his new dystopian novel Second Sleep; we ask why businesses are putting perfectly good products in dumpsters across Canada; and what are the pros and cons of the four-day work week?

Afghans will not be surprised by documents alleging U.S. failures in war, says activist

We discuss the Afghanistan Papers, a vast trove of documents that shows the war effort against the Taliban was doomed from the beginning — and top US officials knew it.

The most successful civilizations have always been the most open-minded: author

In a new book, Canadian scientist Andrew Rader looks at the role exploration has played in shaping the contemporary world, and how that continued desire to explore will shape our future exploration of space.

The Current for Dec. 11, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel unboxes NAFTA 2.0; plus, we discuss the Afghanistan Papers, a vast trove of documents showing the war effort was doomed from the beginning, and top US officials knew it. Finally, Canadian scientist Andrew Rader discusses his new book on exploration, and how our curiosity has shaped our history, and will shape our future.

U.K. election: Why a Labour stronghold of half a century could fall to a pro-Brexit party

Labour Party strongholds in the U.K. are being targeted by both the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party, both of which hope to capitalize on voters' disaffection over Brexit.

'Surreal feeling' as cruise ship awaits news of missing in New Zealand eruption, says Canadian tourist

Canadian Sylvain Plasse thought he was lucky to see Monday's volcanic eruption in New Zealand from a distance, until he realized others were caught up in it, including tourists he thinks he met on his cruise.

The Current for Dec. 10, 2019

Today on The Current: We talk to a man who witnessed the eruption in New Zealand, and fears he may have met some of the people caught up in it. Plus, we look at efforts to make flying more sustainable, from electric planes to carbon capture technology that makes fuel out of thin air. And we take a closer look at the Russia-Ukraine ceasefire in a conflict that claimed 13,000 lives, and the complicated geopolitics behind it.

Should Canada's public golf courses be converted to parks and affordable housing?

Vancouver is debating the future of its three full-length public golf courses, part of a trend across Canada as less people golf and conversations grow about whether those spaces might be better used.

Sealand is the world's 'smallest independent state.' For a small fee, Prince Liam will make you a royal

Wondering what to get that friend who has everything this Christmas? Why not make them a lord or lady of Sealand? Prince Liam of Sealand tells us about the history of his principality — created when his grandfather wanted to start a pirate radio station — and how you too can join its noble ranks.

The Current for Dec. 9, 2019

Today on The Current: We take the pulse of voters in Britain, as they head to the polls this week in their third general election since 2015. Plus, we look at a deadly measles outbreak in Samoa; then discuss whether converting public golf courses could help to solve the housing shortage. Finally, Prince Liam of Sealand tells us about the history of his principality, and how you too can join its noble ranks.

Dolly Parton refuses to take a stance on many political issues. Should more people follow her lead?

In his new podcast, Dolly Parton's America, host Jad Abumrad explores why the singer is such a unifying force in American life — and wonders if her refusal to take a political stance might have some upsides.

Montreal Massacre survivor welcomes new recognition it was an 'anti-feminist attack'

Nathalie Provost didn't see herself as feminist at the time of the Montreal Massacre 30 years ago, and received criticism for saying as much to the attacker at École Polytechnique. But she welcomes a new memorial sign that recognizes the killings as anti feminist.

The Current for Dec. 6, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to a survivor of the Montreal Massacre, and look at how the way we view the attack has changed over 30 years. Plus, a new podcast that examines superstar Dolly Parton, and what her career tells us about divisions in North America. And we speak to the two journalists who commissioned the Steele Dossier, which investigated alleged links between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Putting loudspeakers in the ocean can help coral reefs, says marine biologist

Scientists say that coral reefs have a distinct sound — and it's quite different if the reefs are healthy, or dying. But by playing the sound of a healthy reef underwater, Tim Gordon says at-risk reefs can be saved.

The Current for Dec. 5, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Canada’s new environment minister about balancing the country’s economic needs with the fight against climate change. Plus, we take a look at shingles and what you can do to avoid it; and also discuss research that shows the life of a coral reef can be measured in sound. Then we’re looking ahead to the throne speech and the beginning of the 43rd parliament; and finally asking whether more and more satellites are a threat to our view of the night sky — and our study of deeper space.

Tensions at NATO summit are what 'you might hear in a playground,' says historian Margaret MacMillan

Things are tense at the NATO summit, highlighting the pressures on the 70-year-old alliance within its own ranks — and from rivals like Russia and China. Professor Margaret MacMillan tells us where these issues come from, and what's at stake for Canada.

Abby Stein went from being an ultra-Orthodox rabbi to a transgender activist. Her new book tells her story

Abby Stein lived as an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jew for most of her life, but says she always questioned the conventions of the faith. She left the community in 2012, and came out as transgender a few years later.

The Current for Dec. 4, 2019

Today on The Current: We discuss the challenges facing NATO, both from rivals like Russia and China, and from within its own ranks. Plus, should Canada consider a prisoner swap, offering Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Canadians detained in China? And Abby Stein tells us about her journey from being an ultra-Orthodox rabbi to a transgender rights advocate.

This Nazi-hunting spy had a secret weapon: Being a nice guy

Eric Roberts lived a double life in England as an unassuming bank clerk and an MI5 agent in charge of rooting out Nazi sympathizers, before retiring to live out his later years on Salt Spring Island.

The Current for Dec. 3, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel looks at the demands being made by the provincial premiers, and asks whether they’re starting to sound like the official opposition. Plus, we look at the potential and concerns around small modular reactors — or mini nuclear plants; we take a trip around the world of audio, with a streaming website called Radio Garden; and we look at the secret life of Eric Roberts, also known as Agent Jack, a Nazi hunter in wartime London.

It may be possible to 'alter' memories of heartbreak so they hurt less, research finds

McGill University psychiatric researchers have found a treatment they say can help reduce the intensity of emotions associated with a traumatic memory. But according to some ethicists, painful memories can also be useful.

The Current for Dec. 2, 2019

Today on The Current: Vaping was billed as a way to help smokers cut back, but has it brought us to the verge of a public health crisis instead? Plus, lawyer Robert Bilott tells us about his decades-long battle with Dupont, over the alleged effects of a toxic chemical used in the production of Teflon. Then, we speak to a Sudanese activist about the country’s repeal of laws restricting women’s freedom — and why she says the fight’s not over. And we talk to a scientist working on how to make painful memories hurt less.

'We can't shop our way out of this': Why all those Black Friday deals are costly for the environment

Is it time to ban Black Friday? Some lawmakers in France are trying to, on the grounds it’s a waste of resources and causes over-consumption. We discuss whether all those cheap deals have a high cost for the environment.

This documentary about women in prison handed the cameras to the inmates themselves

A new Canadian documentary is taking a different approach to talking about the lives of women behind bars, by giving them their own cameras and allowing them to help tell their own stories.