The Current for Aug. 12, 2022

Today on The Current: Passengers left frustrated as airlines deny compensation; Carol Todd reflects on the fight for justice for her daughter Amanda; and episode five of CBC podcast White Hot Hate

Serena Williams' legacy, both on and off the tennis court

Sports journalists Stephanie Myles and Renee Washington discuss Serena Williams' decision to retire, the trailblazing moments of her career and what her legacy will be.

What was that podcast I heard on The Current?

This summer on The Current, hear the best of CBC Podcasts. Find out more about the series and where to find them here.

The Current for Aug. 11, 2022

Today on The Current: Encampment tents removed from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside; Serena Williams' legacy, both on and off the tennis court; and episode four of CBC podcast White Hot Hate

Political fallout of Biden and Trump's very different weeks

U.S. President Joe Biden passed a health care, tax and climate bill that some say is legacy-defining. Meanwhile, the FBI raided the home of former president Donald Trump. We discuss these duelling political narratives and the upcoming midterms.
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Shazam for birds: Merlin Bird ID app can identify a bird from its song

If you're wondering what that chirping noise you hear is, but you're not a bird expert, wonder no more. There's an app for that. The Merlin Bird ID app can identify a bird by listening to its song.

The Current for Aug. 10, 2022

Today on The Current: Newfoundland faces worst forest fires in decades; political fallout of Biden and Trump’s very different weeks; the app that can identify a bird's song; and episode three of CBC podcast White Hot Hate

Safety at Ukraine nuclear plant not designed with 'full-scale war in mind': expert

Nuclear expert Mariana Budjeryn discusses the risks posed by shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, a Ukrainian facility under Russian control.

Donald MacPherson reflects on decades of drug policy in Canada

Donald MacPherson has been called a visionary when it comes to the way we think about drug use in Canada. As he steps down as the executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, he joins us to reflect on decades of shifting drug policy and helping the vulnerable.

The Current for Aug. 9, 2022

Today on The Current: Fears of catastrophe at Ukrainian nuclear plant under Russia control; Donald MacPherson reflects on decades of drug policy in Canada; and episode two of CBC podcast White Hot Hate.

What needs to happen to fix toxic hockey culture in Canada

Amid controversy surrounding Hockey Canada, parents and experts weigh in on what they feel needs to happen going forward to improve hockey culture in the country.

The Current for Aug. 8, 2022

Today on The Current: Fixing the toxic culture of hockey in Canada; why restaurants might be broken; and episode 1 of CBC podcast White Hot Hate

Alex Jones has learned that 'speech is free, but lies you have to pay for,' says lawyer

After conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was ordered to pay $4 million US in damages over false claims about the Sandy Hook school shooting, lawyer Louis Tompros says courts are playing a role in fighting disinformation.

Appeal or wait? Brittney Griner's legal team faces tough decision post-sentencing, says expert

U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner's legal battle is far from over, despite being sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison, says Russia expert Kimberly St. Julian Varnon.

The Current for Aug. 5, 2022

Today on The Current: Two years after Beirut blast, fight for justice and stability drags on; the role courts can play in fighting misinformation; and U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russian prison

Congo unrest plunging 'further into an abyss' without more aid, humanitarian warns

As violence and protests flare in Congo, humanitarians say more money is needed to help those displaced by the unrest there. 

The Current for Aug. 4, 2022

Today on The Current: Ontario hospitals in grip of a staffing crisis; and UN peacekeepers under fire over violent protests in Congo

Pelosi's Taiwan visit could spark future confrontation with China, warns expert

How is Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan being received by the people there — and will it inflame tensions with China, even making a confrontation more likely?

The Current for Aug. 3, 2022

Today on The Current: How China might react to Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan; and the impact beach resorts have on the environment and local communities.

Is dynamic ticket pricing preventing you from seeing your favourite artist? You're not alone

The working-class fan is having trouble paying for a ticket to go see their working-class hero. People wanting to see Bruce Springsteen on his upcoming tour have been met with fluctuating, high prices for even the furthest of seats.

How pooling government rebates let this group buy 600 hectares of grasslands

A group in Saskatchewan pooled together their government rebates to kickstart a fund to buy more than 600 hectares of grasslands — and preserve them for future generations.

The Current for Aug. 2, 2022

Today on The Current: Dynamic pricing leaves consumer facing exorbitant, fluctuating costs; calls for international community to act as Myanmar executes pro-democracy activists; and the final episode of Welcome to Paradise

Saving endangered trees and forests under threat from climate change

Guest host Anthony Germain discusses efforts to save endangered trees from extinction with Wesley Knapp, chief botanist at the biodiversity conservation NGO Nature Serve; and Alessandro Cescatti, co-author of a recent study published in Nature that looked into how tree resilience to climate change is declining to critical levels.

The Current for Aug. 1, 2022

Today on The Current: Saving endangered trees and forests under threat from climate change; legendary journalist Carl Bernstein on his days as a newspaper copy boy; and episode five of Welcome to Paradise.

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.