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What this Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer saw in ICUs fighting COVID-19

Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario gained access to several hospitals in the U.K., where she captured the daily struggle to help patients fighting COVID-19.

Green Eggs and Ham is 60 years old. It started as a $50 bet between Dr. Seuss and his publisher

Dr. Seuss biographer Brian Jay Jones explains how a wager between the author and his publisher became a beloved children's classic.

When 'math is accessible to any brain,' we can make better political, social choices, says mathematician

Canadian mathematician John Mighton, founder of the charitable organization JUMP Math, says math could be the key to solving big social and political problems.

The Current for Aug. 14, 2020

Today on The Current: Violence on the streets in Belarus, Inside the ICUs fighting COVID-19, Green Eggs and Ham turns 60, John Mighton on math

Everyday sounds could be damaging your hearing, says author

New Yorker writer and author of Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World David Owen says people need to pay more attention to things that could damage their hearing because it is easier than ever to cause hearing loss with everyday activities.

The Current for Aug. 13, 2020

Today on The Current: National affairs panel on Bill Morneau's political future, Jeffrey Toobin on scandals surrounding Trump administration, The link between hearing loss and cognitive decline

Rivals will 'cherry pick' on Kamala Harris's record on crime, but she's no Nixon, says author Carol Anderson

U.S. professor Carol Anderson says opponents of the Biden-Harris ticket may 'cherry pick' details from the senator's record to discredit her, but her broader history paints a more progressive picture.

Podcast listeners, The Current wants to hear from you

We want to know more about you, your listening habits, what you want from us — and how your podcast listening habits have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic — so we’ve put together a survey.

What was that podcast I heard on The Current?

All summer long, The Current is bringing you the best of CBC podcasts. Here's what we're playing on air, and where to find episodes online.

The Current for Aug. 12, 2020

Today on The Current: Kamala Harris’s record and what she brings to Joe Biden’s bid for the White House, Russia unveils COVID-19 vaccine before clinical trials are completed, Final episode of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

The Current for Aug. 11, 2020

Lebanon’s government resigns after Beirut explosion, Reaction to arrest of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong, Collapse of Milne ice shelf on Canada's Ellesmere Island, Episode seven of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain
No Easy Answers

Kids may find masks uncomfortable, but they'll be vital to stopping COVID-19 in schools, says expert

Jason Kindrachuck says that without a vaccine, masks are part of the toolkit to curb COVID-19 from spreading.

The Current for Aug. 10, 2020

Today on The Current: The science around kids and COVID-19, Episode six of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

'We had no hospital left': Lebanese doctor recounts aftermath of Beirut explosion

An already fractured Lebanon was left reeling in the wake of a devastating explosion in Beirut’s port. Sarah Haddad, a doctor in the city, describes how Beirut is struggling to cope with limited resources and infrastructure.

COVID-19 has shown the ugly truth about how we treat our elders: André Picard

André Picard outlines what's next in the pandemic, from the impact on dementia sufferers, to the promise of a vaccine and plans for schooling this fall.

The Current for Aug. 7, 2020

Today on The Current: The Beirut explosion, André Picard on COVID-19 and episode five of Unlocking Bryson's Brain

'Dancing with the virus': What can Canada learn from places plunged back into COVID-19 lockdown?

Cities and even countries around the world are being plunged back into lockdowns and strict distancing measures, as COVID-19 cases rise. We discuss new measures to correct what went wrong in Australia — and discuss what Canada can learn from their experience.

The Current for Aug. 6, 2020

Today on The Current: Cities plunged back into lockdown, Episode four of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

Beirut explosion could lead to 'real aftershock' of political change: Rami Khouri

Journalist Rami Khouri says the explosion in Beirut is the latest "body blow" to the Lebanese, after successive crises have hit their country.

Why the pandemic might change queer spaces

Following the closure of queer spaces across the country, a researcher based in London suggests that remaining venues might become more inclusive following the pandemic.

The Current for Aug. 5, 2020

Today on The Current: Calls for systemic change after Beirut explosion, Queer spaces closing under financial stress of COVID-19, Episode three of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

Biden could choose Black woman as running mate, making her 'presumptive favourite' in future race: analyst

Political analyst Rebecca Sive says putting a Black woman on the ticket could help Biden in key states where "Black women are a significant group of voters who really care and really turn out."
No Easy Answers

Return to school raises concerns for parents and teachers

Kids will be back in schools across Canada in a month, but how will that happen safely? Today we start No Easy Answers — our new series on education in the time of COVID-19 — hearing from a parent and a teacher about their concerns.

The Current for Aug. 4, 2020

New series No Easy Answers looks at how we can safely return kids to school, Joe Biden set to reveal his running mate, Episode two of CBC podcast Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

High school grads face uncertain future as they prepare for university amid pandemic

A month from now — in normal times — university and college dorms would be filling up with students, but high school graduates are facing a number of unknowns as they prepare to attend their first year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.