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How famed war correspondent Marie Colvin lost her eye in an ambush in Sri Lanka

War correspondent Marie Colvin reported the plight of the helpless from conflicts in the world's most dangerous places, with a tenacity that eventually cost her her life. Lindsey Hilsum, her friend and fellow war correspondent, tells us about Colvin's life — a life lived on the edge.

Expel Russia from Interpol, former U.S. ambassador suggests ahead of election

A former U.S. ambassador to Russia says he is “appalled” at the prospect a Russian could soon be the leader of Interpol, arguing the country should instead be kicked out of the international policing organization.

Heat waves are damaging beetle sperm, and that could be bad news for the entire planet

A new study found male beetles exposed to heat waves suffered issues with fertility and produced fewer offspring, but also passed sperm-count and life-expectancy issues on to those they did have. Could that news include a climate change warning to humans?

The Current for November 20, 2018

Today on The Current: a former U.S. ambassador to Russia argues the country should be kicked out of Interpol; we hear about the life and work of Marie Colvin, a tenacious war correspondent who lived, and died, on the edge; and we look at a study that found heat waves have a damaging effect on beetle sperm-counts — and whether that could mean trouble for human fertility.

Cases like abuse at Ottawa high school still 'far too common,' says expert

Over a span of decades, three different teachers at the same Ottawa high school preyed on students. Now, for the first time, some of the victims are speaking about what they endured.

More can be done to curb vaping among Canadian youth, professor says

David Hammond was picking out an Archie comic for his kids when he noticed a poster for vaping behind the corner store counter. Then, he spotted vaping products above the candy.

The Current for November 19, 2018

Today on The Current we hear how three different teachers at the same Ottawa high school preyed on students over the span of decades; and are regulations to stop young people vaping too little, too late?

'It made me who I was': How growing up adopted fuelled Curtis Joseph's NHL career

It wasn't until Curtis Joseph was a grown man playing in the NHL that he met his biological mother. When he did, he knew exactly what he wanted to say: he thanked her for having him.

Missing former Guantanamo inmates are 'worst nightmare' for U.S. officials: reporter

U.S. President Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise to halt the closure of Guantanamo Bay. He did so by closing the office responsible for shutting it down. But that office also tracked released inmates, and now some of them are missing. We look at the risks both to the public, and the former detainees.

We should regulate Facebook just like we did cars, says professor

Facebook has been on the defensive this week, after allegations about how it handled crises like privacy breaches. And one professor of media studies says Facebook is disrupting democracy.

The Current for November 16, 2018

Today on The Current we look at accusations that Facebook has been 'screwing up, covering up and lawyering up' over recent scandals; hockey great Curtis Joseph opens up about overcoming a difficult childhood to realize his sporting dreams; and we explore how a White House decision about Guantanamo Bay has inadvertently led to former inmates going missing.

There needs to be a global policy to govern gene editing, says molecular biologist

Gene drive technology, which can introduce and spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species, is near the point where it leaves the lab and enters the real world. Some experts are calling for a global agreement on how the technology should be deployed, which could make for a showdown between scientists and policy makers at a UN meeting on biodiversity later this week.

As death toll rises in California fires, forensic anthropologists face grim task of identifying remains

As wildfires ravage California and the death toll continues to rise, we talk to a forensic anthropologist about the challenges in identifying victims and the importance of bringing some sense of closure to their loved ones.

Trade talks would have run smoother if the U.S. had been more organized, says former ambassador

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman says the renegotiation of NAFTA could have gone a lot smoother but there is plenty of hope for the future of Canada-U.S. relations.

The Current for November 15, 2018

Today on The Current we speak to a forensic anthropologist about the challenges they face in identifying victims in disasters like the California wildfires; we ask former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman what's in store for Canada-U.S. relations; and we discuss the ethical issues regarding gene drives, which can introduce and spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species.

How a Canadian 'giraffologist' stuck her neck out to fight sexism in academia

Canadian biologist Anne Dagg was denied tenure decades ago, despite her pioneering research on giraffes. She's finally getting recognition in her field — and she wants to make sure young women scientists today don't have to fight the way she did.

Are long hours and little pay scaring off potential public servants?

Alcide Bernard was appointed mayor of Wellington, P.E.I last week — because nobody else wanted the job. Is there a crisis in local politics, where the long hours and little pay are scaring off potential public servants?

Doctors 'incensed' after NRA tweets they should 'stay in their lane' on gun violence

When the American College of Physicians published a paper recommending gun control measures, the National Rifle Association responded with a tweet telling "anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane." We speak to two physicians who disagree about whether doctors have a place in the gun control debate.

The Current for November 14, 2018

Today on The Current we speak to two physicians who disagree about whether doctors have a place in the U.S. gun control debate; we ask if long hours and little pay are scaring people away from local politics; we look at the life and work of Canadian biologist Anne Dagg, a pioneer in giraffe research whose finally getting the 'attention she deserves.'

Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer

At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a lawsuit alleging they were sterilized against their will, as recently as last year. Is there an issue of systemic racism within Canada's healthcare system?

Meet Raven Wilkinson, the black ballerina who blazed a trail long before shoes came in brown and bronze

A U.K company has announced it will now make ballet shoes in colours that reflect the diverse skin tones of dancers, but one woman dared to dance against prejudice long before this.

Meet the Kenyan woman urging village elders to abandon female genital mutilation

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete narrowly escaped undergoing a female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was eight years old. She's since been on a crusade to eliminate the practice, known as "the cut," which still threatens millions of girls in Africa.

The Current for November 13, 2018

Today on The Current: We look at a lawsuit taken by at least 60 Indigenous women who say they underwent forced sterilization, as recently as last year; Ballet shoes now come in brown — that's a little thing that means a lot for inclusion; and we meet the young woman convincing her Kenyan community's elders to end FGM, and celebrate women and girls a little way.

Suicide shouldn't be 'normal' in Indigenous communities, says 2018 Massey Lecturer Tanya Talaga

For the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures, Indigenous journalist Tanya Talaga examined the devastating problem of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. She spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about what she found.

'Nostalgia is not a vision': Campaigners lay out risks and rewards of Calgary Olympic bid

Calgarians go to the polls Tuesday, in a plebiscite on whether to pursue the bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Current spoke to two people from either side of the debate.