Will Boris Johnson deliver Brexit? Critics say new U.K. PM has 'been making up fiction' for decades

Boris Johnson handily won the Conservative leadership race on Tuesday and will succeed Theresa May as U.K. prime minister within a day. But will he be able to lead the U.K. out of the shadow of one of the most turbulent junctures in its post-Second World War history?

This author is writing 365 children's stories — 1 each day — to 'make a better world' for his daughter

Matt Zurbo isn't the first person to write a story, or even a book, after being inspired by the birth of a first child. But he's going several hundred steps further: he's resolved to write one story a day, every day for an entire year.
One Bullet

Fatal sniper bullet was 'only solution' to end 2004 Union Station standoff, negotiator says

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man with a long history of spousal abuse took a stranger hostage in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. The gunman had just tried to kill his estranged wife at a nearby food court and was cornered by police in a tense standoff that captivated Canadians and ended with a sniper’s bullet.

The Current for July 23, 2019

Today on The Current: The public face of the U.K. is set to change dramatically as Boris Johnson will become the next prime minister. Next, we speak to an Australian author who is writing 365 children's stories, one each day for his daughter. Then we continue our One Bullet series on the impact of gun violence in Canada with a look back at a dramatic hostage situation outside Toronto's Union Station in 2004.

'Far too many commonalities': Trump's tweets serve as reminder Canada and U.S. need to combat racism

U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets attacking four ethnically diverse congresswomen has launched a firestorm of national discourse around racism, but a Canadian activist points out rhetoric that stokes fear and hatred toward minority groups doesn't stop at the border.

8 years ago, a retired RCMP officer shot his spouse — and shattered multiple lives in the process

Eight years after she was shot to death by her common-law spouse, Lynn Kalmring’s homicide still weighs on friends, family and the lawyer who defended her killer.

Unsolved death of high school basketball star leaves mother pleading for a witness 2 decades on

Audette Shephard's son Justin was widely thought to be headed for the NBA - just like his half-brother, Jamaal Magloire. But nearly 20 years ago, Justin was shot & killed near his home. His mom & police are still waiting for someone to come forward & identify the shooter.

The Current for July 22, 2019

Today on The Current: U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on four congresswomen of colour are mounting concerns about racism in Canada and what can be done to stop it. Then, we revisit our One Bullet series on gun violence in Canada with one mother's decades-long wait for justice following the death of her son. We continue the series by exploring the murder of Lynn Kalmring, who was shot to death by her common-law partner in 2011.

How should Canada adopt e-scooters? These experts say enforcement and safety are key

A number of Canadian cities are divided over how to tackle the electric scooter. The transportation method has already rolled into major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, along with a focus on enforcement and safety. We speak to three experts about whether the challenges of this dockless transportation overshadow the benefits.

Professor defends against claims he's 'culturally illiterate' for calling The Lion King fascist

The new remake of The Lion King opened in theatres Friday, and Dutch cultural theorist Dan Hassler-Forest says the narrative path of the Disney classic unpacks an ideological agenda by way of who rules the animal kingdom.

Love, anger and grief: Animals can display wide range of humanlike emotions, says author

Do chimpanzees feel love the same way that humans do? Author and primatologist Frans de Waal says yes — and not only that, he says many animals feel a wide range of emotions that have historically been considered exclusive to the human race.

'I loved her': Greg Fertuck denies killing his wife Sheree in interview at Saskatoon jail

Greg Fertuck is proclaiming his innocence from behind bars, saying he only told undercover police officers he "got rid of" his wife Sheree Fertuck because he thought the officers were going to kill him. 

The Current for July 19, 2019

Today on The Current: A number of cities across Canada are divided over how to tackle the electric scooter. We speak to three experts about whether the challenges of this dockless transportation outweigh the benefits. Next, the new remake of The Lion King roars into theatres, but an author argues it's a fascist storyline. Then, primatologist Frans de Waal says most animals have emotions as complex as humans.

Refusing to be ignored, Roberta Bondar took up space as Canada's 1st female astronaut

When she was a girl, Roberta Bondar dreamed of going into space. But at the time, every astronaut she saw on the evening news was a man. She resolved to make sure she was so qualified to join them — so she got four degrees.

Behind the scenes of the moon landing: NASA did incredible work, but almost forgot the flag, says author

Author Charles Fishman recounts the amazing behind-the-scenes efforts to get Apollo 11 to the moon 50 years ago. His new book, One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, takes a look back on that achievement.

Astrophysicist hopes history's trailblazing women can help young girls look to the stars

Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley worries that as our understanding of the universe gets more complex, people are daunted by trying to understand outer space. She wants everyone to look to the stars, especially young girls who could be inspired by trailblazing female scientists that came before them.

The Current for July 18, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to the author of a new book about the incredible behind-the-scenes efforts to get Apollo 11 to the moon; plus, Canadian astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar tells us what it was like to go into space, and why she wants to see more women make the same journey; and we listen back to Anna Maria Tremonti's conversation with an astrophysicist who wants us to consider the deep mysteries of the universe, and some of the trailblazing women who unlocked them.

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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.

Nuking the oilsands: Why Ernest Manning wanted nuclear weapons to jumpstart Alberta's oil industry

Darren Dochuk's new book, Anointed with Oil, looks at the connection between Christianity and the oil industry, including how late premier Ernest Manning opened up the oilsands for development in the late 1960s. Dochuk talks us through that history, including an aborted plan to set off nuclear weapons under the oilsands.

Social media can be a 'toxic space' for young people, says woman who took 2-year hiatus

A new study looks at how social media is affecting teenagers' mental health. We talk to two young people about how they use those platforms, and what they do to manage the potentially harmful effects.

The Current for July 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to young people about how social media affects their mental health; then, we speak to author Darren Dochuk about the links between Christianity and the oil industry; plus, we look at how James Bond fans are reacting to the news that the new 007 will be a black woman; and we continue our summer podcast season with award-winning CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM.

Want to fight the hordes of rats in our cities? Start with the data, expert says

Our cities may be an appealing habitat for rats, but what can we do when their numbers reach infestation levels? We hear from two women whose homes have fallen victim to a network of rat tunnels, and an expert who says our approach to eradicating them might be part of the problem.

'Call a spade a spade': Trump tweets about congresswomen were racist: liberal activist

U.S. President Donald Trump drew global criticism after tweeting that four congresswomen of colour should "go back" to the countries they came from, but many Republicans remained silent. We discuss the controversy with people on both sides of the political divide.

The Current for July 16, 2019

Today on The Current: We discuss President Trump’s tweet that four U.S. Congresswomen of colour could “go back” to their own countries; plus, we look at what to do when rats reach infestation levels in our homes and cities; and we continue our summer podcast season with episode seven of award-winning CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM.

Space archeologist says heritage protections needed to stop people trampling the moon landing site

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon, some scientists are arguing that we should preserve our space heritage the way we would any historical site on Earth. We look at the push to protect historical sites that are out of this world.