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The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and the love that helped him survive

During his time in Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov was forced to tattoo other prisoners with their concentration camp serial numbers. Despite the horror that surrounded him, Sokolov fell in love, and survived. But it wasn't until decades later that he told his story to the writer Heather Morris.

Ottawa woman saw deck fly off her house as tornado bore down

Ramyza Naji told The Current's Kristin Nelson about her close call with the tornado that ripped through the Ottawa region last weekend.

The power of logic: How math can help you win your next argument

What's the secret to winning arguments in a world of divisive politics? According to the author of The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, the answer is math.

The Current for September 25, 2018

From the people picking up the pieces after a tornado tore through Ottawa; to how understanding the art of logic can help you succeed in an illogical world; to the tattooist of Auschwitz, and the love story that helped him survive its horrors ... This is The Current.

Responsibility and rehabilitation: What's next for the #MeToo conversation?

As the anniversary of the rise of #MeToo approaches, The Current invited listeners to call in and join a discussion about where the movement should go next.

The Current's National Call-In Show for September 24, 2018

Nearing the one-year anniversary of #MeToo, The Current will opened the phone lines Monday to hear where you want to see the conversation go next. Anna Maria Tremonti was joined by Maclean's senior writer and columnist Anne Kingston, who has been covering #MeToo from its beginning last October, and Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd.

Brian Wansink, researcher behind 100-calorie snacks, discredited after 13 papers retracted

Brian Wansink, an expert in eating behaviour, became a daytime TV darling that used science to promote eating smaller portions. Now his theories are being questioned after 6 studies were retracted in one day.

Why scientists have become attached to 'Oppy', the Mars rover stranded by a dust storm

It's not that surprising to Joelle Renstrom, a robot columnist, that scientists and others around the world have become attached to Opportunity the Mars rover. She says it's quite common to associate human attributes to intimate objects.

King Con: Man successfully impersonates Indigenous leaders his whole life, acquiring riches and fame

Edgar Laplante was a world-class grifter. It won him world-class women; adulation from royalty and presidents, and it eventually landed him in prison.

The Current for September 21, 2018

From how retracted studies of an influential food scientist has renewed calls for how research gets published; to the story of how the king of con-men Edgar Laplante became an international sensation; to the outcry over NASA's decision to pull the plug on Oppy the Mars rover ... This is The Current with guest host, David Common.

How lunch with Bono led Steve Jobs to reveal he named a computer after his daughter

In many ways, Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir Small Fry tells stories that will ring true to many kids of parents who have split — except that her father was Apple co-founder and tech messiah Steve Jobs.

'Don't plow our Charter': Doug Ford finds support and opposition at Plowing Match

Ontario's provincial politicians rushed through one of the most controversial debates in the history of the legislature in part because they wanted to be at the annual plowing match — an event to connect with rural voters.

CBC doc tells story of Muslim high school students who just want to be seen as 'regular kids'

CBC documentary, 14 & Muslim, chronicles Muslim teens as they transition from Grade 8 at Islamic school to different high schools. What they reveal is tolerance of their religious beliefs are only an issue outside of the classroom.

The Current for September 20, 2018

From Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath on opposing tractors at the International Plowing Match; to Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir about her childhood and her father, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; to life for Muslim teens as they transition from Grade 8 at Islamic school, to different high schools ... This is The Current.

Kavanaugh case brings Anita Hill's historic testimony to the fore: journalist

The recent accusation of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh bears resemblance to the Anita Hill case, according to Jill Abramson who covered the 1991 testimony.

Minimalism: Upper-class luxury or liberating lifestyle?

In a world of stuff, there's a movement that sells the idea of space as a path to happiness. But some critics see this lifestyle trend as self-centered, and say it includes its own kind of consumerism that only people with money can afford.

Politicians need to listen to their voters' fears, says expert

As the West grapples with the rise of populism, experts argue that mainstream politicians should listen to the public's grievances, even if they don't adopt their solutions.

The Current for September 19, 2018

From how the Anita Hill case in 1991 parallels the hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh; to why living with less as a minimalist is a form of consumerism; to the allure and dangers of populism in politics today ... This is The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

Publishers of 'atonement' essays face backlash in #MeToo era

Two media outlets have garnered backlash in recent weeks after featuring personal essays penned by disgraced radio hosts, reflecting on the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the era of #MeToo.

Laws to suppress black vote in U.S. are being drafted with 'horrific efficiency,' says author

In her new book, author and academic Carol Anderson explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S., and argues that a resurgence of those tactics affected the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The Current for September 18, 2018

From whether there is room for redemption for the men exposed by #MeToo, and what they have to do to achieve it; to author Carol Anderson's new book on how voter suppression is destroying democracy ... This is The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

Girl wins refugee status, but her family could still be deported

An 11-year-old girl has been granted refugee status in Canada due to the risk of facing FGM in her native Sierra Leone. Her mother and young brother have not been granted permission to stay, leaving her mother with an impossible choice.

How domestic abusers are leveraging technology to harass and control

The rise of technology has created new avenues for domestic abusers to target victims. An Edmonton woman shares her story of how her ex-boyfriend sent men to her house for sexual encounters by setting up a fake online dating account.

One year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico crisis hotline receiving 600 calls a day

A year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the population of the U.S. territory is in the grips of a mental health crisis.

The Current for September 17, 2018

From Puerto Ricans living in broken homes, struggling with mental health issues a year after Hurricane Maria; to a shelter teaching women to protect themselves against domestic abusers using spyware on smartphones; to a mother's choice: leave her 11-year-old daughter in Canada or go back to Sierre Leone ... This is The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.