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The Current for Nov. 14, 2019

Today on The Current, we ask whether Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s Fair Deal Panel can meet calls for change within the province? Plus, we look at the challenges facing Venice as the floating city sinks under another round of heavy flooding; a volunteer firefighter tells us about battling deadly wildfires in Australia; and we look at a new non-stop, 20-hour flight from New York to Sydney — would you take it?

What is Canada's role now that a genocide case against Myanmar has been launched?

Now that Myanmar has been formally accused in an international court of acts of genocide, there are a number of ways that Canada can help the case and the displaced Rohingya population, according to Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar.

Putting Trump impeachment inquiry on TV allows public to see the facts up close: former congresswoman

We bring you our guide to the impeachment inquiry: how did we get here, what to expect from proceedings, and what to listen for as key witnesses take the stand.

The Current for Nov. 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We bring you our guide to the impeachment inquiry as it kicks off in Washington; plus, we look at the formal accusation of genocide levelled against Myanmar by The Gambia; and a group of scientists discuss hopes for groundbreaking results from several climate change studies in the Arctic this winter.

Why now? Here's why Don Cherry's poppy comments may have been 'the final straw'

We spoke to three sports broadcaster and commentators about why Don Cherry's comments about immigrants and poppies on Remembrance Day led to his firing by Sportsnet, taking into account his long history of making divisive remarks.

Your seafood dinner could be tied to slavery on fishing vessels, says journalist

Investigative reporter Ian Urbina has spent years investigating human trafficking and slavery on fishing vessels on the world's oceans. His new book looks at these abuses and the obstacles to ending them.

The Current for Nov. 12, 2019

Today on The Current: What's next for Hockey Night in Canada now that Don Cherry is out; the latest on the clashes and violence in Hong Kong, and how the international community should respond; and how pirates, smugglers and murderous fishing crews on the high seas get away with their crimes.  

'There's never been a better time' to be a woman, says activist Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong's 2019 CBC Massey Lectures, about the long push for gender equality, are airing this week on Radio One's Ideas. The Current spoke to her about why, despite many injustices, she's optimistic about where the women's movement is headed.

The forgotten Canadian history of the Chinese Labour Corps

More than 81,000 Chinese labourers travelled across Canada on their way to support the war effort in Europe. Some of them died and were buried in Canada. But few Canadians know their story.

The Current for Nov. 11, 2019

Today on The Current: Author David O'Keefe on what Canadian soldiers saw as they battled their way through Normandy; the forgotten First World War story of more than 80,000 Chinese labourers who were smuggled across Canada and then sent to Europe to support the Allied war effort; Canadian military historian Ted Barris explores his own father's story as a medic in the Second World War; on the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, a look at how the show has reflected Canada to itself; and 2019 CBC Massey Lecturer Sally Armstrong on the roots of women's inequality and why "there's never been a better time" to be a woman.

Forget Paris: Go to Winnipeg, says author who has visited more than 110 countries

After a recent New York Times article called for the Mona Lisa to come down, travel writer Robin Esrock argues tourists need to stop focusing on hot-ticket bucket list attractions like the famed painting and try some humbler travel destinations.

When companies analyze your data, your 'consumer score' can mean you end up on hold for longer: tech reporter

A New York Times reporter requested all the data that a third-party analyst was holding on her. The company sent back a 400-page report dating back years.

The Current for Nov. 8, 2019

Today on The Current: We discuss new data that shows a rise in surgical objects mistakenly left inside patients in Canada — one woman tells us about how her hospital left her just such a “present.” Plus, our global affairs panel looks at Russia’s clout on the world stage; a tech reporter tells us how your “consumer score” can affect the customer service you get; and we discuss whether some of the world’s big attractions are just too popular.

30 years after fall of Berlin Wall, 2 women born in its shadow wrestle with its legacy

Vera Lengsfeld and Susanne Schädlich both grew up in East Berlin. And while many are celebrating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, they believe invisible barriers still exist there today.

No 'quick fix' for what's driving spate of Winnipeg liquor store thefts, expert says

Videos of brazen liquor store thefts in Winnipeg have been circulating online. We speak to staff in the line of fire — who say they’ve seen thieves with guns, knives, pipes and machetes — and ask what can be done about it.

The Current for Nov. 7, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the spate of brazen liquor store thefts in Winnipeg; longtime correspondent Robert Fisk says President Trump is leaving a vacuum in the Middle East; why the internet is rife with retorts of “OK boomer”; and the lasting divides of the Berlin Wall, 30 years after it fell.

From support lines to 'bespoke' fan films: How the porn industry is opening up about mental health

Journalist Jon Ronson spoke to us about what he learned by making two podcasts about the people in the adult entertainment industry.

The Current for Nov. 6, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to a scientist who was one of 11,000 signatories to a declaration of a climate emergency; plus, what former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (and our national affairs panel) thinks about western alienation; and author Jon Ronson discusses his investigation into the internet’s disruptive effect on the porn industry.

U.S. too focused on 'freezing out asylum seekers' to fix refugee deal with Canada: researcher

Is Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. putting refugees at risk? We look at how similar deals work elsewhere.

Here's how much it would cost to build your very own Benedict Cumberbatch

The cost of the British actor, broken down into his basic chemical elements, is just one of the surprising facts about our physical selves bestselling author Bill Bryson has gathered for his latest book The Body: A Guide for Occupants.

Former CIA agent talks smuggling video out of Myanmar and working undercover in new memoir

Amaryllis Fox was just 21 when she was recruited into the CIA. She told us about her new memoir on her 10 years as an undercover counterterrorism operative.

Online child abuse 'goes undetected because no one wants to talk about it': Daemon Fairless

Hunting Warhead is a new investigative podcast from CBC Podcasts and Norway's VG. Follow investigators as they take down one of the biggest child abuse sites on the dark web.

The Current for Nov. 5, 2019

Today on The Current: Is Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. putting refugees at risk? We look at how similar deals work elsewhere. Plus, author Bill Bryson takes us on a journey inside our own bodies, with some surprising results. We also speak to Daemon Fairless about his new CBC podcast Hunting Warhead, which tracks a global hunt to stop child abuse online. And writer and activist Amaryllis Fox tells us what it was like to be one of the youngest-ever female officers at the CIA, assigned to work in the world's most dangerous places.

With U.S. election 1 year away, Republicans and Democrats weigh up Trump's chances of 4 more years

Pollster Celinda Lake says U.S. Democrats would unite behind Dennis the Menace "if he could beat Donald Trump" when Americans go to the polls in 2020. But former Republican strategist Rick Wilson says they still have a hard campaign ahead of them to win back the White House.

The Current for Nov. 4, 2019

Today on The Current: It’s one year to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election — can Donald Trump win four more years? Plus, we talk to two people touched by Auschwitz: Allison Nazarian, whose family lived with the aftermath of her grandparents’ time at the death camp, and Rainer Höss, who is fighting the legacy of his grandfather, camp commander Rudolf Höss.