The Current

The Current for April 30, 2020

Today on The Current: COVID-19 and the mental health of front-line workers; How can Canadian theatre survive lockdown?; Believers say Pentagon’s UFO video shows proof of spacecraft; Learning from the 1918 pandemic
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

What have we learned about COVID-19 since the pandemic started? We ask doctors what we now know from these initial months, and what questions remain unanswered.

Then, we discuss the toll that the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the mental health of front-line workers, and the extra support they'll need when this is all over.

Plus, what could an extended lockdown mean for Canadian theatre? We hear about worried conversations behind the scenes and how theatre-makers are getting creative to survive.

And Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Jamie Campbell is helping out people during the pandemic by picking up the phone — and calling baseball fans who are missing the sport, and each other.

The Pentagon has released videos that some UFO enthusiasts say show proof of spacecraft. But what do these videos actually show? A skeptic and a former UFO investigator discuss.

Then, what can we learn from the painful lessons in the 1918 pandemic, and do we face greater hardship if we don't heed them?

Plus, CBC reporter Andrea Bellemare brings us the story of a free publication some say is stoking racism and xenophobia with misleading stories about the origin of COVID-19.