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The Current for March 20, 2023

Today on The Current: Concerns about the Colorado River’s low water levels; revisiting the Iraq War, 20 years later; and what sheep shearing during the pandemic taught author Peggy Orenstein

After fleeing Ukraine, international medical students have been told to go back for exams

International medical students left Ukraine when Russia invaded, but were shocked to recently be told to return to sit a final exam. The government ministry that oversees the exam is working on a solution, but students remain in limbo.

The Current for March 17, 2023

Today on The Current: How Credit Suisse reached a crisis point; Canadian libraries grapple with increase in violent incidents; Texas lawsuit seeks to ban access to abortion pill; and international medical students ordered to return to Ukraine for exams.

Friday March 17, 2023 Episode Transcript

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Sense of 'protest and turmoil' as strikes drag on in garbage-strewn Paris

Garbage is piling up in Paris as sanitation workers strike over government plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

Cities must be a place where people can find pleasure: architect Phyllis Lambert

Renowned architect Phyllis Lambert has always been a passionate advocate for design that puts people first. She talks to Matt Galloway about how to build better cities, and staying curious well into her 90s.

The Current for March 16, 2023

Today on The Current: Sense of ‘protest and turmoil’ as strikes drag on in garbage-strewn Paris; architect Phyllis Lambert on how to build better cities; Catholic group using phone data to out gay priests; and Cyclone Freddy devastates Malawi.

Thursday March 16, 2023 Episode Transcript

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'Sharenting' may seem like harmless family fun, but experts are concerned about its impact on kids' privacy

Parents who overshare pictures and videos of their kids online are sometimes accused of “sharenting” — using cute or embarrassing moments to boost views, likes and sometimes income. But there are growing concerns about the impact on children’s privacy.

Millions pledged to clear airline complaint backlog, but how can we tackle root problems?

The federal government has pledged $75.9 million to address the backlog of passenger complaints related to lost luggage and delayed or cancelled flights. But some experts say that funding won’t get at the root problems.

Demand for ejiao is leading to the mass slaughter of African donkeys, says advocate

Collagen is generating big business as a hair and skincare product — but the billion-dollar industry has been linked to deforestation in the Amazon, and the large-scale slaughter of donkeys and other livestock in Africa.

The Current for March 15, 2023

Today on The Current: Funding to tackle backlog of airline passenger complaints; companies adopt 4-day work week after U.K. trial; scientists map fruit fly brain; community reeling after truck attack in Amqui, Que.; and orca spotted with baby pilot whale.

Wednesday March 15, 2023 Episode Transcript

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13 times more babies born with syphilis in Canada over 4 years, data shows

Syphilis infections are surging across Canada, including cases of babies born with congenital syphilis.

The Current for March 14, 2023

Today on The Current: Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank puts Canadian businesses on edge; concerns over ‘sharenting’ and kids’ privacy online; and the large-scale slaughter of donkeys to feed the beauty industry’s demand for collagen.

Tuesday March 14, 2023 Episode Transcript

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'The Naked Emperor' holds a mirror up to Sam Bankman-Fried and the collapse of FTX

Tech and crypto journalist Jacob Silverman hosts CBC Podcasts' 4-part series about the stratospheric rise and spectacular fall of Sam Bankman-Fried — in which familiarity with crypto is very much not required.

The Current for March 13, 2023

Today on The Current: Canadians turn to fee-charging private clinics to access health care; new CBC podcast looks at Sam Bankman-Fried and the collapse of FTX; tackling rising syphilis cases; and what the Oscars tells us about Canada’s film industry

Monday March 13, 2023 Episode Transcript

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Past pandemics and epidemics may hold lessons for how to tackle future ones, researchers say

Historians are studying what happened during previous epidemics to help us understand how the current COVID-19 pandemic may end.

How the humble cabbage got this P.E.I. woman a shout out in the New York Times

P.E.I. resident Ann Thurlow used pandemic lockdown time to create a recipe book all about cabbage — a project that’s brought her all the way to coverage in The New York Times.

Margaret Atwood on grief, censorship — and whether AI could ever replicate her writing

Matt Galloway speaks to Margaret Atwood about her new book, Old Babes in the Wood, a collection of short stories that may be her most personal work yet.

'We have no future here' Rohingya teenager says on life in the world's largest refugee camp

Nearly six years into the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Rohingya Muslims say they feel like the world has forgotten them. In Cox’s Bazar, overcrowding and poorly constructed shelters make the site prone to disease and fires, with the latest erupting Sunday, leaving more than 12,000 people homeless.

Facing early onset Alzheimer's, a Quebec woman fights for a good death

Sandra Demontigny is 43 years old and has early onset Alzheimer’s. She watched her father and grandmother suffer with the same disease, and wants to one day access medical assistance in dying. To do that, she has been pushing the Quebec government to allow advanced consent for people with forms of neurocognitive impairment.

As pandemic fades, long COVID patients fear they'll be forgotten

Three years after the World Health Organization declared a global COVID-19 pandemic, some Canadians are still living under the shadow of long COVID.