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U.S.-Canada border could remain closed until next year unless 'something miraculous' happens: doctor

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says Canada needs to be very careful around international travel, and that the U.S. does not appear to be "getting this epidemic under control."
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The Current for July 8, 2020

Today on The Current: COVID-19 and border concerns; CBC podcast Uncover: Satanic Panic, episode five

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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.

Segway was the 'device of the future,' in the perfect moment to succeed. So why did it fail?

Just as the pandemic is driving interest in micro mobility, the last Segways are rolling off the production line. Journalist Mark Wilson says the device may have been ahead of its time, but that doesn't mean it was right.

The Current for July 7, 2020

Today on The Current: Canada’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan, CBC podcast Uncover: Satanic Panic, episode 4

The Current for July 6, 2020

Today on The Current: Reuniting long-term care home residents with their families, Last Segways roll off production line, CBC podcast Uncover: Satanic Panic, episode 3
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In the fight against COVID-19, how effective are mandatory mask policies?

To fight COVID-19, it will soon be mandatory for millions of Canadians to wear masks in certain situations. Dr. Amy Tan and Dr. Mustafa Hirji discuss the effectiveness of mandatory mask policies.

What on Earth, a new CBC Radio series about climate change, is hitting the airwaves

What on Earth launches this Sunday, July 5. Every week, it will give listeners the opportunity to learn something surprising about the climate crisis.

The Current for July 3, 2020

Today on The Current: Mandatory mask policies; CBC’s What on Earth explores climate change fight; CBC podcast Uncover: Satanic Panic, episode 2

The Current for July 2, 2020

Today on The Current: U.S. surge of COVID-19 cases; Putin’s new powers; CBC podcast Satanic Panic: episode one

What being Canadian means to new, and soon-to-be, citizens

On Canada Day, The Current spoke to two immigrants about what Canadian citizenship means to them as the COVID-19 pandemic changes citizenship ceremonies for newcomers.

The Current for July 1, 2020

Today on The Current: New Canadians on coming to Canada, National affairs panel on the year so far, and Dave & Morley take a trip to the cottage: Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe.

What playing poker taught this journalist about decision making and luck

Following a run of bad luck, journalist Maria Konnikova wanted to learn more about what humans can and cannot control, so she decided to learn the game of poker.

The Current for June 30, 2020

Today on The Current: Facebook ad boycott, Journalist Maria Konnikova on what poker taught her about life, Global medical oxygen shortages, Andre Picard on migrant workers and COVID-19 spikes in the U.S.

Following wrongful arrest of Black man, advocates uneasy about 'flawed' facial recognition use in policing

The prevalence of facial recognition systems, which use artificial intelligence to match images of people with images of suspects, is growing in the U.S. and Canada. Recent studies have found that while the systems are fairly accurate when it comes to identifying Caucasian men, it can be faulty for other demographics.
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Celebrating Pride at home with a curbside drag show

COVID-19 changed Pride celebrations around the country, and events like drag performances have found new homes — like suburban driveways north of Toronto. Rachel Matlow visited the neighbourhood to catch the show starring Joshua Petrie, aka Jessyca Prosecco.

The Current for June 29, 2020

Today on The Current: Facial recognition and race, Government responses to COVID-19, Celebrating Pride at home, and Sask. family pushes for greater anti-racism efforts in schools. Rosemary Barton guest hosts.

Trump had superficial, transactional view of Meng extradition case, Bolton tells CBC Radio

President Donald Trump had little interest in the fine-grained details of charges Meng Wanzhou faces for allegedly skirting U.S. sanctions and viewed the case with far-ranging international implications in transactional terms, John Bolton told CBC Radio's The Current in his first interview with Canadian media since the publication of his memoir of his time in the administration.

The Current for June 26, 2020

Today on The Current: Panel of parents on school during the pandemic and beyond, Avoiding a COVID-19 surge this summer, and John Bolton on his new book.

NBA's plan to resume season is too soon amid pandemic, says sports columnist

In March, major sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL and MLB, halted their seasons because of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, as efforts to restart economies and life as we know it occur around the world, some of those leagues are looking to get back to playing.

The Current for June 25, 2020

Today on The Current: Mental health and police wellness checks, National Affairs Panel on Canada’s foreign policy, The return of sports during a pandemic, Andre Picard

Amid reckoning over systemic racism at Ontario school board, trustee seeks accountability

A March report found that systemic racism was pervasive at Ontario's Peel District School Board. Trustee Kathy McDonald told The Current that the issues highlighted in the report are long-standing — and one researcher says racism in education is prevalent in other parts of the country, too.

Visits between foster kids and birth parents during pandemic should be considered essential service: lawyer

A Toronto lawyer says physical distancing restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic has made life even harder for some of Ontario's most vulnerable children, with foster kids being barred from seeing their biological parents for about three months.

The Current for June 24, 2020

Today on The Current: Racism in education, Freeing the two Michaels, Wil Fundal on new CBC podcast They & Us, COVID-19 and children in care.

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