The Current

The Current for April 17, 2019

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel looks at Alberta’s provincial election; plus, we speak to a medievalist about the Notre-Dame fire, and the idea that centuries-old churches are never destroyed, but live and change with the ages; and an author talks us through some things you might not know about hell, in his sinner’s guide to eternal torment.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts the 17th season of The Current. (CBC)
Listen to the full episode1:14:29

Today on The Current:

  • United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney won big in Alberta's provincial election Tuesday, seizing a majority and ending the province's first-ever NDP government. Our national affairs panel looks at the promises Kenney made on the campaign trail, and what his premiership might mean for the election battle coming this fall.
     
  • The fire that ravaged Notre-Dame prompted an outpouring of sadness over the damage suffered by the iconic structure — as well as billions in funding pledged to restore it. We speak to a medievalist about the life cycle of iconic monuments like the Paris cathedral, and the idea that they are never destroyed, but live and change with the ages.
     
  • The more author Marq de Villiers learned about hell, the more he thought 'what the hell?' He speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how different cultures and different religions have approached the idea of damnation, and why he wanted to write a sinner's guide to eternal torment. 

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