The Current

The Current for April 20, 2021

Today on The Current: Chrystia Freeland on the federal budget and fighting COVID-19’s third wave; chef Éric Ripert on cooking vegetables, and bringing Buddhism into the kitchen; and increasing number of Guatemala migrants heading to Mexico-U.S. border.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

After delivering her first budget as federal finance minister, Chrystia Freeland joins Matt Galloway to discuss fixing long-term care, a national child-care plan, and the federal and provincial responses to a third wave of COVID-19.

Renowned chef Éric Ripert learned to cook in France's top restaurants, where abusive behaviour was expected and endured. He tells us how Buddhism changed his own behaviour in the kitchen; how he misses his close friend Anthony Bourdain; and talks us through a recipe from his new book, Vegetable Simple.

And an increasing number of migrants from Guatemala are heading to the Mexico-U.S. border — prompting the Biden administration to look at the root causes driving them north. We talk to Celia Mendoza, a correspondent with Voice of America who is at the border; Ana Maria Mendez, the Central America cluster director for Oxfam; and Anita Isaacs, a professor of political science at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and director of Migration Encounters, an oral history project on migration.

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