The Current

The Current for April 29, 2022

Today on The Current: Finding ways to keep older workers in the workforce; new documentary looks at Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny post-assassination attempt; the case for digital public infrastructure; and how turning plastic waste into recycled materials can help refugees.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

New census data shows a record one in five working adults is getting close to retirement age. That means businesses and workplaces could soon be struggling to fill positions — but some say it doesn't need to be this way. Matt Galloway speaks with Helen Hirsh Spence, founder and CEO of Top Sixty Over Sixty; and Donna Wilson, a professor and gerontology researcher at the University of Alberta.

Then, an award-winning documentary by a Toronto filmmaker highlights the life — and attempted assassination — of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Daniel Roher talks about his documentary, Navalny, and the extraordinary access he got to Navalny.

And when Elon Musk forks over about 44 billion dollars to buy Twitter, he'll get to make the rules about how hundreds of millions of users interact. Ethan Zuckerman, an associate professor of public policy, communication and information at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, tells us why people should be concerned about allowing private corporations and billionaires to control our public communication infrastructure.

Also, as part of our ongoing coverage of the global refugee crisis, we're looking at a system turning plastic waste into recycled materials — and making refugees money in the process. Joseph Klatt, the managing director of Precious Plastics, tells us more. 

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