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The Current for June 18, 2019

Today on The Current: Quebec’s new immigration bill will negate thousands of immigration applications currently underway — we speak to a woman who will have to start over; then, a documentary seeks to answer some gnawing questions about Canada’s national animal, the beaver, and whether they can live in saltwater; and finally, 20 years after the Bosnian war, Anna Maria Tremonti returned to Sarajevo and spoke with two women about the children they bore after the violence.

Time is 'ripe' for big businesses to get behind Canadian basketball: Men's national team GM

Two million fans are expected to show up to the Raptors' victory parade in downtown Toronto Monday morning. That kind of interest should lead to corporate sponsorship that can be used to grow the game, according to leading figures in the sport.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Esther the Wonder Pig

As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 years as the show’s host.

Turn away from social media and join 'Team Human,' urges author

In his new book Team Human, author and digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff says that people thrive by making meaningful connections with one another, but technology like social media networks are actively working towards weakening those connections for their own purposes.

The Current for June 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We hear from Canadians who are dropping everything to celebrate the Raptors; then, author Douglas Rushkoff calls on everyone to resist technology and reclaim our human connection; and finally, we listen back to one of Anna Maria Tremonti’s most memorable interviews: Esther the Wonder Pig.

Veteran journalist Anna Maria Tremonti reveals the key to good interviews — and her love of opera

Anna Maria Tremonti will sign off of The Current for one last time after 17 seasons in the host chair. Ahead of her departure, she took phone calls about her career, journalism and the challenges facing Canadians on Cross Country Checkup.

Raptors fan ditches prom to watch his team 'make history' in NBA championships

Raptors fans across the world are waking up to the team's first day as NBA champions. We look back at a night of victory and raucous celebration, and what the sacrifices that some fans have made on the road here.

'This is just the beginning': Raptors' win signals new chapter in Canadian basketball

The Raptors' first-ever NBA title could go a long way toward changing the future of the sport in this country as more young people across the country are enticed to take part.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: The man who shared his $25M lottery jackpot

As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 seasons as the show’s host.

You're invited to Anna Maria's Tremonti's Last Show: Farewell to The Current LIVE

After 17 seasons on the air, Anna Maria Tremonti is hanging up the microphone as host of the CBC's flagship current affairs radio show, The Current. Get tickets to her final show here.

The Current for June 14, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to fans waking up to the team’s first day as NBA champions, and ask if this means a bright future for Canadian basketball; plus, we listen back to one of Anna Maria Tremonti’s favourite documentaries, about a man who won the lottery — and decided to pass it around.

Hong Kong authorities are inciting protest violence, says singer and activist Denise Ho

Police in Hong Kong cracked down on pro-democracy protesters Wednesday by using tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray. Singer, actor and activist Denise Ho says the violence was provoked by police, not protesters.

CNN's Jim Acosta chronicles reporting under Trump, combating 'enemy of the people' rhetoric in new book

As CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta has been on the receiving end of multiple anti-fake news remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump. In his new book, Acosta reflects on his career in a position that is regularly subject to attacks from Trump supporters and the president himself.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Malala Yousafzai

As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 years as the show’s host.

The Current for June 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We get the view from the streets of Hong Kong, where one of the region’s largest political crises continues to unfold; plus, a conversation with CNN’s Chief White House correspondent on covering the president in the face of accusations of 'fake news'; and finally, we listen back to one of Anna Maria Tremonti’s most memorable interviews: her inspiring 2013 discussion with Malala Yousafzai.

You're invited to Anna Maria's Tremonti's Last Show: Farewell to The Current LIVE

After 17 seasons on the air, Anna Maria Tremonti is hanging up the microphone as host of the CBC's flagship current affairs radio show, The Current. Get tickets to her final show here.

What these Canadians want to see in Ottawa's final call on the Trans Mountain pipeline

The debate over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving from Alberta to Burnaby for international shipment, has pitted individuals, ideologies — and even provinces — against one another.

Jason Kenney is using 'economic outreach' to connect with First Nations, says columnist

Since settling in as Alberta's new premier, Jason Kenney has made a point of seeking support from local Indigenous communities via 'economic outreach,' according to political commentator Graham Thomson.

The Current for June 12, 2019

Today on The Current: Anna Maria Tremonti takes a road trip along the Trans Mountain pipeline, to meet the people whose lives have become tangled up in the debate about its expansion; plus, our national affairs panel discusses how pipeline politics, and competing climate change strategies, will be major issues in this year's federal election.

How Toronto Raptors' breakthrough year helps inspire Canada's next generation of basketball players

Nova Scotia hoops legend Steve Konchalski, says the Toronto Raptors' historic run has energized Canadians' fandom for basketball, and it could spark a new generation of players in the next 10 to 15 years.

85 years gold: Why Madhur Jaffrey would rather spice up her career than slow down

Madhur Jaffrey's latest incarnation as a rapping grandma in a music video is proof that the 85-year-old has no plans of slowing down. The "queen of Indian cooking" discusses her new cookbook, as well as politics, the Instant Pot and her-hip hop cameo with Anna Maria Tremonti.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: Firefighters in Fort McMurray

As her time as host of The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of her favourite conversations from the past 17 years. In 2016, she travelled to Fort McMurray, Alta., as a massive wildfire swept across the city.

The Current for June 11, 2019

Today on The Current: Despite a heartbreaking, one-point loss to the Golden State Warriors last night, Toronto Raptors and basketball fever is at an all-time high in Canada; then, a conversation with Madhur Jaffrey, the queen of Indian cooking, an experienced actor and now, a rapping grandma; then, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back to 2016, when she spoke to firefighters who were going face-to-face with the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, B.C.

Men need to stand up and apologize for sexual abuse, says Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler

Playwright Eve Ensler's new book is an apology, written as a letter to herself, from her abusive father. Find out why she chose to write from her deceased father's perspective and how it helped her cope with the trauma of the past.

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: When Henry Kissinger walked out

As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 years as the show’s host.

June 17, 2019 episode transcript

Full text transcript for the June 17th episode