'Dog-whistle politics': Liberals trying to 'provoke fear' over abortion, says Conservative strategist

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer insisted the debate on abortion will not be reopened if he's elected, but one political strategist says fear around the issue is understandable.

'This is why I revolt': How Alanis Obomsawin's painful childhood experiences inform her filmmaking

Alanis Obomsawin's 53rd film tackles the legal battle for Indigenous children to receive equal healthcare services. She spoke to Laura Lynch about how her own experiences of discrimination as a child have informed her long career as a filmmaker.

How to watch the federal leaders' debates — and (maybe) get your question asked

Five federal party leaders will face off in the English-language debate on Oct. 7. Here's how to watch.

The Current for September 13, 2019

Today on The Current: We looking at the performances at last night’s leaders debate; plus, we talk to world-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth about mastering fear, and her closest calls; and Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin tells us how her own experiences of discrimination as a child have informed her long career as a filmmaker.

Alleged extraction of U.S. spy was meant to calm nerves over Trump's handling of secrets: former agent

The alleged exfiltration of a U.S. spy from Russia was a message to calm other agents nervous about U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of sensitive information, according to author and former spy Naveed Jamali.

House of Commons to review MPs' websites

The House of Commons is going to review the websites of all MPs after an investigation by CBC News revealed that dozens of them have trackers that can be used to target advertising to people who have visited the site.

The Current for September 12, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re asking whether the Liberals’ new Arctic policy does enough to protect Canadian interests; plus, we’re digging into reports that the U.S. extracted a spy from Russia in 2017. Then, CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare tells us about concerns around political websites and your data; and we look at the origins of the board game Monopoly, asking why more people don’t know about the role played by female inventor Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magie.

'Campaigns are all about leaders': Three former MPs on what to expect on the road to the federal election

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visited Gov. Gen. Julie Payette Wednesday, asking her to dissolve Parliament. Canadians will go to the polls on Oct. 21. We speak to a panel of former MPs about what to expect from the campaign ahead.

Passion and pain: Why this writer studied women's most intimate desires

Journalist Lisa Taddeo spoke to hundreds of women for her book about human desire, but one thing stood out about the three women who eventually became her focus: their bravery.

'No technology is above the law': Microsoft's global president on tackling hate online

Microsoft global president Brad Smith wants technology companies and governments to work together to affect how technology is used, because he fears that the tools of the digital age could be turned into dangerous weapons.

The Current for September 11, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel on the beginning of the federal election campaign, plus a panel of former MPs on what lies ahead. Plus, we talk to two Bahamians who share the harrowing stories of how they survived Hurricane Dorian. Then, we’re looking at daylight saving time — is it time to save ourselves the hassle and ditch the changing of the clock? And we talk to journalist Lisa Taddeo about her book Three Women, and why she wanted to discuss desire from the female perspective.

Can a stranger's demeanour tell you what they're thinking? Maybe not, says Malcolm Gladwell

Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell explains why people aren't as good at reading strangers as they might think.

'Disturbing' sexist abuse towards Catherine McKenna common for women climate experts, says scientist

Kim Cobb, a climate scientist and Director of the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech, spoke to The Current about the vitriol — both online and offline — she faces as a woman working on climate change.

Who killed Sharmini? A suspect is behind bars — but not for the 1999 slaying of Toronto teen

Twenty years ago, 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel disappeared on her way to a job that police believe didn't exist. Four months later, her remains were found in a Toronto ravine.

The Current for September 10, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re looking at the misogynist abuse faced by women working on climate change; plus, Malcolm Gladwell explains why people aren't as good at reading strangers as they might think; also, a new CBC podcast looks at the 1999 murder of 15-year-old Sharmini Anandavel; and we talk to Microsoft's Global President Brad Smith and the promise — and perils — of the digital age.

Why Margaret Atwood waited more than 30 years to write The Testaments

Margaret Atwood had notes about a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale that date back to the early 1990s, but didn't notify her publishers until 2017. For those intervening decades, she wrestled with the idea.

'Staying in the zone': Why Bianca Andreescu credits meditation for helping keep her mind on the game

Bianca Andreescu is one of the many people touting the benefits of mindfulness meditation. But some experts point out that its popularization in North America has primarily focused on affluent, white populations, leaving others behind.

'I love her': This man risked waiting out Dorian aboard his 53-foot wooden schooner

As post-tropical storm Dorian bore down on Atlantic Canada at the weekend, Tom Gallant decided to stay aboard his home — a 53-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg Harbour. He tells us why he took that risk.

The Current for September 9, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Margaret Atwood about her new novel The Testaments; plus we talk to a sailor who stayed aboard his wooden schooner during post-tropical storm Dorian. We’re also talking to a lawyer about an Australian vegan who has taken legal action over the smell of her neighbours barbecuing meat; and we discuss Bianca Andreescu’s win at the U.S. Open.

Friends TV series may not have aged well but it's still popular due to a 'nostalgia boom'

As the TV series Friends turns 25, we're taking a look at the show's complex legacy — and what all this yearning for the past says about us.

Health Canada caught 'flat-footed' by rise of popularity of vaping among youths, expert says

We explore how Canada is addressing health concerns over vaping, as hundreds of people in the United States fall victim to serious illness that doctors fear may be related to the practice.

The Current for September 6, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at how closures at Canadian sawmills are affecting communities; plus, ahead of the 25th anniversary of Friends, we’re taking a look at the show’s complex legacy — and what all this yearning for the past says about us. We also talk to a former tennis champion about Bianca Andreescu's prospects; and speak to a reporter about what she saw in the Syria camp holding thousands of women displaced from the ISIS's self-declared caliphate.

Laura Lynch, veteran political and foreign correspondent, named interim host of The Current

Laura Lynch, a longtime CBC political reporter and foreign correspondent, will debut at the helm of CBC Radio's national weekday morning current affairs program on Monday.

5 questions with the co-hosts of Party Lines 

On launch day, we caught up with the new co-hosts of Party Lines, Rosemary Barton and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, to ask a few get-to-know-you questions.

The real 'fake news': how to spot misinformation and disinformation online

So you think a story or photo you've seen online might be fake - or exaggerated. Here's what you need to know about fake news online. First tip - stop calling it fake news.