The Currentwith Anna Maria Tremonti
Canadian women who went to join ISIS 'not willing to express regret': reporter
Several women who joined ISIS in the Middle East now want to return to their home countries — including Canada. But were they innocents who were pressured to join, or accomplices to the caliphate's atrocities?
This man ran 138 km across the frozen Yukon landscape. He's disappointed he didn't do more
France's Thierry Corbarieu won the Yukon Arctic Ultra race this week, after nine days and nearly 700 kilometres in temperatures of –50 C. Not everyone finished the race though. We talk to two athletes about what it takes to compete, and what it takes to call it a day.
Why one advocate says nuclear energy needs to be part of the plan to solve climate change
While some advocates say nuclear energy is our best bet to wean the world off fossil fuels, others claim the threat is so severe we just don't have time to build the reactors needed. We hear from both sides of the debate.
The Current for February 15, 2019
Today on The Current: The women who left Canada to join ISIS are often referred to as non-combatants, but does that absolve them of the caliphate’s atrocities?; plus, we talk to two athletes about what it takes to compete in the Yukon Arctic Ultra; and could nuclear energy be the solution to climate change?
The dark side of Philip Johnson: how the famous architect helped the Nazis in WW II
We look at the career of famed American architect Philip Johnson, whose buildings dot cities all across the continent, including the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Author and architecture critic Mark Lamster tells us there was another side to Johnson — a fascist who helped the Nazis push their agenda during the Second World War.
How some trees could protect kids from air pollution linked to Alzheimer's: scientist
A new CBC documentary warns that air pollution may be far worse than you think. We look at the data, and hear from one expert who says there could be a link between ultrafine particles in our air, and Alzheimer's.
SNC-Lavalin lobbied for Criminal Code changes while 'courts breathing down' company's neck: journalist
What exactly are the politics at play behind former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation, and the SNC-Lavalin affair? Maclean's writer Paul Wells helps us connect the dots.
The Current for February 14, 2019
Today on The Current: We look at the situation in Venezuela, from struggling hospitals to the soldiers considering their loyalties; plus, we examine the politics at play behind Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation and the SNC-Lavalin affair; a new CBC documentary warns that air pollution may be far worse than you think; and we look at the career of famed American architect Philip Johnson, who helped the Nazis push their fascist agenda during the Second World War.
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Speak, or stay silent? How Jody Wilson-Raybould's choice could impact the Liberals
Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet Tuesday, in the latest twist to allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured her to intervene in a criminal case against Quebec company SNC-Lavalin. We look at what her resignation means for the federal government.
As measles outbreak grips Washington, a health expert argues vaccination is a child's human right
A measles outbreak in Washington state has officials examining the legal ins and outs of refusing to vaccinate your child. We speak to one expert who thinks immunization should be a child's human right.
Parkland shooting survivors delivered more 'powerful' message than any politician: author
In the immediate aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, author David Cullen went there to meet the survivors who were leading a political discussion on gun violence in the U.S. He's written a book about how a group of young people living through a nightmare found the energy and clarity to exert such an enormous influence.
The Current for February 13, 2019
Today on The Current: We look at the fallout from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet; plus, we explore the political influence of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, almost one year after they survived a deadly school shooting; and as a measles outbreak grips Washington, one expert argues vaccinations should be a child’s human right.
Companies guilty of wrongdoing should be hit where it hurts — in their pockets, says business prof
Before allegations that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution, the Quebec company faced suspensions, forced resignations, and arrests related to major construction projects at home and abroad. We look at the company's history, and what happens when big companies face big accusations.
From the archives
How veteran reporter Joe Schlesinger found the heartbeat in every story
Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada's most prominent journalists, died Monday at the age of 90. Anna Maria Tremonti spoke with Schlesinger in 2009, and we listen back to their conversation.
How Toronto's SickKids hopes to use artificial intelligence to predict cardiac arrests
At Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, artificial intelligence is being used to analyze some of the vast amount of medical data that's generated each and every minute. We speak to the experts involved in how AI could improve health outcomes for patients.
The Current for February 12, 2019
Today on The Current: We look at the history of SNC-Lavalin and what happens when big companies face big accusations; plus, can artificial intelligence help us harness vast amounts of medical data to improve health outcomes for patients?; and we remember Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada's most prominent and beloved journalists, who died Monday.
Flat or round? What one author learned about believers of the flat-Earth theory
After a Quebec politician seemed to question whether the Earth is actually round, we look at how the conspiracy theory has spread online, and what it will take to convince some people this rock we live on isn't flat.
On 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution, former CBC reporter recalls love affair with one of its leaders
When Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and seized power 40 years ago, CBC reporter Carole Jerome was on the plane that brought him out of exile. Jerome tells us how she watched the revolution unfold up-close, and how she fell in love with one of its leaders.
'No sport is immune': CBC investigation reveals scope of sexual abuse in Canada's amateur sports over 20 years
An investigation by CBC News and Sports reveals at least 222 coaches who were involved in amateur sports in Canada have been convicted of sexual offences against minors in the past 20 years.
The Current for February 11, 2019
Today on The Current: We look at a CBC investigation that has revealed hundreds of coaches have been charged with a sexual offence against a minor in the last 20 years; plus, just what will it take to convince some people the Earth isn't flat?; and we talk to a former CBC journalist who had an up-close view of the Iranian revolution 40 years ago, and a deeply personal connection with one of its leaders.
Refugee detained on Manus Island wins $95K literary prize for book written on WhatsApp
For the past six years, writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained on Manus Island — an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. In that time, the Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker wrote a book, composing it one WhatsApp message at a time to his translator, Omid Tofighian. Last week he was awarded Australia's richest literary prize. We spoke to Tofighian about how the story came about.
Trudeau's denial of SNC-Lavalin allegations like 'a hand grenade with the pin pulled out,' says commentator
Our political panel takes stock of the latest twists and turns in Canada's corridors of power. Today, we look at accusations that the prime minister pressed former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of construction giant SNC-Lavalin — and the challenges facing the NDP.
'We had to fight': Canadian diplomats accused of faking brain injuries, says plaintiff
Five Canadian diplomats and members of their families, who fell victim to mysterious health issues while posted to Cuba, are suing the Canadian government for $28 million in damages. We speak to one of the plaintiffs about her frustration.
'Whack-a-mole' Ebola outbreak could morph from epidemic to endemic, says expert
We look at the Ebola epidemic spreading through Congo and hear from experts who say that without intervention, it's only going to get worse.