The Currentwith Anna Maria Tremonti
From the fall of Rome to gin and tonic: How the mosquito 'shaped our history'
Author Timothy Winegard tells about his new book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator. It's abuzz with facts about the insects, including the role they played in creating gin and tonic, and how the Nazis tried to utilize them in the Second World War.
Some summer camps are using facial-recognition tech to give parents 'a glimpse of life at camp'
Some summer camps are partnering with companies like Bunk1 and Waldo Photos, which use facial recognition, to offer parents a steady stream of photos of their children sent directly to their phones. Not everyone is sold on the idea, however.
Conspiracy theories over Jeffrey Epstein's death will always move faster than evidence: expert
We discuss why the death of Jeffrey Epstein has spawned a rash of conspiracy theories. One expert tells us that while social media may have played a role in spreading the theories, the simple fact is that evidence moves slowly, and chatter moves fast.
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All summer long, The Current is bringing you the best from CBC podcasts. Here's what we're playing on air, and where to find more episodes online.
The Current for August 16, 2019
Today on The Current: Why the death of Jeffrey Epstein has spawned a rash of conspiracy theories; plus, we speak to an author who says mosquitoes are humanity’s deadliest predator, even implicated in the rise and fall of an empire; and we listen to episode 5 of CBC podcast Finding Cleo.
Conservatives may not win new voters, but will use SNC-Lavalin ethics report to galvanize base: pollster
Our national affairs panel weighs in on the ethics commissioner's findings on the SNC-Lavalin affair. As party leaders line up to condemn the prime minister, we explore how different parties will try to leverage the report ahead of the federal election.
Google Earth project about Indigenous languages feels like 'tourism,' scholar says
A new Google Earth project aims to celebrate Indigenous languages, but Canadian scholar Jennifer Wemigwans is less than impressed. She tells us why we need better tools to preserve and revitalize endangered tongues.
The Current for August 15, 2019
Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel discusses how the ethics report into the SNC-Lavalin affair will affect the federal election; plus, we look at a Google Earth project to celebrate Indigenous languages, and whether it could be doing more to preserve them; and we listen to episode 4 of CBC podcast Finding Cleo.
The Current for August 14, 2019
Today on The Current: We look at summer camps that are deploying facial recognition technology to send anxious parents image of their unsuspecting kids; plus we continue with CBC original podcast Finding Cleo, about a Cree family's search for their sister lost in the Sixties Scoop — and presumed murdered.
Chinese intervention in Hong Kong protests could change the region 'as we know it': former diplomat
As protests close Hong Kong airport for a second day, we explore how the unrest is being portrayed in mainland China. We speak to an activist in Canada, and a former diplomat who warns that an intervention could be on the table.
The Current for August 13, 2019
Today on The Current: We explore how protests in Hong Kong are being portrayed in China, as the unrest closes the airport for a second day; plus, we look at what Bianca Andreescu’s win means for her future, and future generations of Canadian tennis players; and we continue with CBC original podcast Finding Cleo, about a Cree family's search for their sister lost in the Sixties Scoop — and presumed murdered.
This filmmaker wanted to help people get over their Islamophobia. So he offered them a free trip to Egypt
Canadian-Egyptian Tarek Mounib wanted Islamophobes in the U.S. to explore what drove their prejudice, so he offered them a free trip to Egypt. We talk to the filmmaker, and a woman who took him up on his offer.
The Current for August 12, 2019
Today on The Current: We discuss the situation in Kashmir, talking to people with family caught up in the political tensions; plus, we speak to a Canadian-Egyptian who invited a group of U.S. Islamophobes to explore their own prejudice — with a free trip to Egypt; and we listen to episode one of CBC podcast Finding Cleo.
How Canadian farmers are 'leading the front' on sustainable agriculture to protect food stability
In the wake of a damning UN-backed report about the links between climate change, land use and food resources, Megz Reynolds says Canadian farmers are "leading the front" on sustainable agriculture practices that curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada's oldest nudist club is marking its 80th anniversary
Birthday suits of all shapes and sizes will be on display Saturday as Canada's oldest nudist club marks its 80th anniversary in Vancouver.
The Current for Aug. 9, 2019
Today on The Current: We hear about the practices two Canadian farmers are using to grow their crops and food without damaging the landscape. Next, Canada's oldest nudist club is set to celebrate its 80th anniversary this weekend. Then, we wrap chapter five of the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something into the 1986 murder of Kerrie Brown.
'A lot of speculation': Mystery replaces fear in Gillam, Man., where pursuit of B.C. suspects ended
A sense of relief and mystery has replaced weeks of fear in a remote northern Manitoba community where a lengthy cross-Canada hunt for homicide suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ended Wednesday with the discovery of two bodies, says Tessa Vanderhart.
The Current for Aug. 8, 2019
Today on The Current: A sense of relief has replaced weeks of fear in a remote northern Manitoba community where a Canada-wide hunt for homicide suspects Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ended with the discovery of two bodies. Next, an RCMP phone operator recalls a chilling call that may be linked to the 1986 murder of Kerrie Brown in the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something.
Domestic terrorism charge would help track 'mobilization of violence' online, former FBI agent says
U.S. authorities need to attach a federal penalty to domestic terrorism in order for law enforcement to combat violent ideology online that apparently triggered the El Paso, Texas, attack, a former FBI special agent says.
The Current for Aug. 7, 2019
Today on The Current: The El Paso, Texas, attack, which left 22 dead and dozens wounded on Saturday, has renewed the spotlight on far-right forums and calls for their elimination. Then, in the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something, we hear from Kerrie Brown's father who has spent three decades grieving the death of his daughter.
This Syrian refugee spent months stuck in a Malaysian airport. Now he wants to bring 200 refugees to Canada
A Syrian refugee wants to give up to 200 refugees who have spent years detained in Australia's disputed offshore immigration system the same freedom he was given: a chance to resettle in Canada.
The Current for Aug. 6, 2019
Today on The Current: A refugee-led initiative is aiming to sponsor hundreds of migrants detained in offshore detention camps on Manus and Nauru islands to resettle in Canada. We continue with the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something.
Victims of El Paso attack could sue 8chan forum linked to alleged gunman, extremism expert says
Survivors and the families of those killed in the El Paso, Texas, shooting over the weekend could sue the alt-right forum 8chan because it appears responsible for stoking violence, an extremism expert says.
The Current for Aug. 5, 2019
Today on The Current: The emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online shortly before the deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, has authorities treating the attack as a hate crime. And, the CBC podcast Someone Knows Something hears from an RCMP officer who believed he had uncovered useful information into the 1986 killing of Kerrie Brown.
How the Conservatives and Liberals are trying to score political points ahead of the election
As party leaders test out their campaign messages ahead of the October federal election, the hurdle Justin Trudeau's Liberals face is being able to convey a decisive plan to voters, a Toronto journalist says.