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The Current for June 7, 2023

Today on The Current: Striking tenants refuse to pay rising rents; massive dam breach in southern Ukraine; the psychology behind the tip screen; and the fight to save Chinatown.

This 3D-printed fish fillet may not be the reel deal, but it could be a necessary step in sustainable cuisine

A partnership between Steakholder Foods and Umami Meats has created a 3D-printed fish fillet — all without the use of a hook, line or sinker.

How wildfire smoke affects your health

Wildfires have created smoky skies across much of Canada, with air quality and smog warnings in various parts of the country. Matt Galloway talks to a doctor and a meteorologist about the health risks, and whether climate change means these hazy skies are the new normal.

Once We Were Many by Dennis Saddleman

Later in life, residential school survivor Dennis Saddleman discovered a talent for poetry that helped with his healing. Here he reads one of his poems, Once We Were Many.

The extraordinary life of Dag Aabye

A new book from Brett Popplewell explores the extraordinary life of Dag Aabye, a man born in Nazi-occupied Norway who became one of the world's first extreme skiers and a Hollywood stuntman. Now 82, he lives in a bus in the B.C. bush, running two to six hours a day and occasionally befriending bears.

A 'penicillin moment' in war against cancer?

While a cure for cancer still seems like a long way off, there are remarkable advancements in tackling the disease in the lungs, pancreas and cervix. We hear about some of those breakthroughs, including a study that suggests a daily pill can significantly cut lung cancer mortality.

The Current for June 6, 2023

Today on The Current: What wildfire smoke means for your health; the extraordinary life of Dag Aabye; and a potential ‘penicillin moment’ in the war against cancer.

Tuesday June 6, 2023 Episode Transcript

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Migrants risk their lives to reach North America. This centre offers a pitstop, and an alternative

At the Guatemala-Honduras border, a centre offers migrants and refugees a chance to rest and regroup, and perhaps consider staying in Central America instead of making the dangerous journey north.

David is friends with Lazarus. Lazarus is an AI chatbot

More and more people are forming friendships and even romantic relationships with AI chatbots, prompting concerns among experts who study the ethics around the rapidly evolving technology.

The Current for June 5, 2023

Today on The Current: A snapshot of migration at a Central American border; the promise of 3D-printed fish fillets; and unpacking the latest in Canadian politics.

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American horseracing not 'designed with the horse in mind,' trainer says in light of Kentucky Derby deaths

Hundreds of thoroughbreds die at race tracks every year. Trainer Gina Rarick says she is troubled by the way horseracing is conducted in the United States.

Stories of kindness in the Nova Scotia wildfires

Wildfires have displaced thousands of Nova Scotians this week, but stories of kindness, and strangers helping strangers have emerged from the devastation.

The dark histories behind some birds' names

Some birds and animals are named after historical figures, but there is a growing awareness of the atrocities some of those figures committed.

A Canadian on Ukraine's frontlines

When Russia invaded Ukraine, former Canadian army reservist Brandon Mitchell went to the frontlines. He explains why he went to fight a war in a country he has no connection to.

The Current for June 2, 2023

Today on The Current: Stories of kindness emerge from the Nova Scotia wildfires; the dark histories behind the names of some birds; and a Canadian on Ukraine’s frontlines.

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Ontario Soccer is introducing body cameras to curb ref abuse, but some say culture change starts with adults

Referees will wear body cameras as part of an Ontario Soccer pilot program to protect them from abuse. But some say the culture change needs to start with educating parents and coaches.

Tracking bad reactions to natural health products

Health Canada is looking to include natural health products in Vanessa’s Law, which requires the reporting of serious adverse effects for medications. Matt Galloway talks to an ER doctor and a naturopath about the natural health products that many Canadians are regularly taking.

The Current for June 1, 2023

Today on The Current: Tracking bad reactions to natural health products; forming relationships with AI chatbots; horses dying at race tracks; and fears of renewed violence in Kosovo.

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This N.S. resident created a team to rescue pets from wildfires

Wildfires are still raging outside of Halifax, and people are worried about what’s waiting for them when they return to their communities. As the flames came, Lisa Parsons rescued 18 dogs — and she has since put together a volunteer force to try to rescue as many pets as possible.

Canadian researchers use AI to find a possible treatment for bacteria superbug

A group involving McMaster University scientists have used artificial intelligence to find a treatment for Acinetobacter baumannii, a deadly superbug that, until now, was resistant to previously known antibiotics.

The Current for May 31, 2023

Today on The Current: Ontario farmers object to housing on prime farmland; referees adopt body cameras to confront abuse; rescuing animals from Nova Scotia wildfires; and the mystery of a Black sailor from the 1800s.