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We want to know more about you, your listening habits, what you want from us — and how your podcast listening habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic — so we’ve put together a survey.

The Current for Aug. 11, 2020

Lebanon’s government resigns after Beirut explosion, Reaction to arrest of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong, Collapse of Milne ice shelf on Canada's Ellesmere Island, Episode seven of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain
No Easy Answers

Kids may find masks uncomfortable, but they'll be vital to stopping COVID-19 in schools, says expert

Jason Kindrachuck says that without a vaccine, masks are part of the toolkit to curb COVID-19 from spreading.

The Current for Aug. 10, 2020

Today on The Current: The science around kids and COVID-19, Episode six of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

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All summer long, The Current is bringing you the best of CBC podcasts. Here's what we're playing on air, and where to find episodes online.

'We had no hospital left': Lebanese doctor recounts aftermath of Beirut explosion

An already fractured Lebanon was left reeling in the wake of a devastating explosion in Beirut’s port. Sarah Haddad, a doctor in the city, describes how Beirut is struggling to cope with limited resources and infrastructure.

COVID-19 has shown the ugly truth about how we treat our elders: André Picard

André Picard outlines what's next in the pandemic, from the impact on dementia sufferers, to the promise of a vaccine and plans for schooling this fall.

The Current for Aug. 7, 2020

Today on The Current: The Beirut explosion, André Picard on COVID-19 and episode five of Unlocking Bryson's Brain

'Dancing with the virus': What can Canada learn from places plunged back into COVID-19 lockdown?

Cities and even countries around the world are being plunged back into lockdowns and strict distancing measures, as COVID-19 cases rise. We discuss new measures to correct what went wrong in Australia — and discuss what Canada can learn from their experience.

The Current for Aug. 6, 2020

Today on The Current: Cities plunged back into lockdown, Episode four of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

Beirut explosion could lead to 'real aftershock' of political change: Rami Khouri

Journalist Rami Khouri says the explosion in Beirut is the latest "body blow" to the Lebanese, after successive crises have hit their country.

Why the pandemic might change queer spaces

Following the closure of queer spaces across the country, a researcher based in London suggests that remaining venues might become more inclusive following the pandemic.

The Current for Aug. 5, 2020

Today on The Current: Calls for systemic change after Beirut explosion, Queer spaces closing under financial stress of COVID-19, Episode three of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

Biden could choose Black woman as running mate, making her 'presumptive favourite' in future race: analyst

Political analyst Rebecca Sive says putting a Black woman on the ticket could help Biden in key states where "Black women are a significant group of voters who really care and really turn out."
No Easy Answers

Return to school raises concerns for parents and teachers

Kids will be back in schools across Canada in a month, but how will that happen safely? Today we start No Easy Answers — our new series on education in the time of COVID-19 — hearing from a parent and a teacher about their concerns.

The Current for Aug. 4, 2020

New series No Easy Answers looks at how we can safely return kids to school, Joe Biden set to reveal his running mate, Episode two of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

High school grads face uncertain future as they prepare for university amid pandemic

A month from now — in normal times — university and college dorms would be filling up with students, but high school graduates are facing a number of unknowns as they prepare to attend their first year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Current for August 3, 2020

High school grads prepare for higher education amid pandemic, Unlocking Bryson's Brain - "The Mystery Disease"

Migrant worker says he was fired from Ontario farm, faced deportation after voicing COVID-19 fears

A migrant worker says he was unfairly fired from Scotlynn Farms in southwestern Ontario and threatened with deportation after speaking out about the conditions on the farm following the death of his bunkmate from COVID-19. 

Australia's wildfires killed or displaced more than 3 billion animals, report says

Nearly three billion koalas, kangaroos and other native species are estimated to have been killed or displaced during Australia's devastating wildfires. The University of Sydney's Chris Dickman explains the findings of a new study on the loss of biodiversity.

Polio vaccine set off wave of relief, and a wave of resistance. COVID-19 era may be similar, says Jill Lepore

The New Yorker's Jill Lepore takes a look back at how the polio vaccine saved lives and changed the course of history, and how resistance to it may be repeated in the era of COVID-19.

The Current for July 31, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grilled over WE Charity scandal, Migrant worker fired, facing deportation after voicing COVID-19 fears, Migrant workers need more protections, lawyer says, 3 billion animals killed, displaced during Australian wildfires

Face mask or shield? It's all down to personal preference, health expert says

As provinces and municipalities continue to re-open and enforce mandatory face coverings, questions are being over which type is the best at curbing the spread of COVID-19 — a face mask or shield. 

How music pulled Richard Antoine White out of homelessness to tuba stardom

Richard Antoine White, the first African American to earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance, recounts what it was like to grow up black and homeless in Baltimore as the son of an alcoholic mother — and how, through music, that childhood did not come to define the rest of his life.

The Current for July 30, 2020

U.S. lawmakers grill the Big Tech CEOs, Local spikes of COVID-19 more likely than “second wave,” Are face shields an alternative to masks?, From homelessness to elite classical tuba player