The Current

The Current for April 27, 2020

Today on The Current: N.S. violence and misogyny; COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy; Kim Jong-un’s health; John Mighton on teaching your kids math; Antibody testing for COVID-19; Piloting the Mars Rover from your living room; Calgary Stampede cancelled
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

We now know the shootings in Nova Scotia started with domestic violence. We hear from experts and advocates who say the violence fits into a wider pattern of misogyny.

Then, even as the COVID-19 curve starts to flatten in Canada, we ask why Montreal's outbreak has been particularly bad? 

Plus, we hear from a family who are using the time together during lockdown to get to know the birds in their local neighbourhood. 

And an immunization expert discusses how an eventual vaccine for COVID-19 could sway those normally opposed to inoculations.

How much do we know about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and the line of succession if his condition takes a turn for the worse? Sung-Yoon Lee, professor of Korean Studies at Tufts University, weighs in.

Then, John Mighton, founder of JUMP Math, has some tips for teaching kids math at home — both for parents and kids themselves.

Then, researchers are exploring antibody testing for COVID-19, in the hopes it could reveal who has developed immunity, and might allow an easing of restrictions. We talk to Dr. Aenor Sawyer, who's helping to test the entire town of Bolinas, Calif.

Plus, if you thought doing your office job from home was tricky, imagine piloting a robot about 93 million miles away — from your living room. We hear about NASA engineers doing just that with the Mars Curiosity rover.

And finally, it's hard to sum up just how big a deal the Calgary Stampede is, and how much its cancellation this summer will hurt. George Brookman explains what it will mean for a city and province already facing tough economic times.