The Current

The Current for April 9, 2021

Today on The Current: Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, dead at 99; our national affairs panel on talk of a federal election; what's fuelling violence in Northern Ireland; and the popularity of the pink princess philodendron.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth, died Friday, at age 99. Matt Galloway talks to the CBC's senior London correspondent, Margaret Evans, and Ann MacMillan, who for years had a front row seat to the Royal family's lives as former CBC London bureau chief.

Then, with election talk in the air in Ottawa, the Liberals and the NDP are holding their policy conventions. Our national affairs panel — Vassy Kapelos, host of the CBC's Power And Politics; and Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute — discuss what's at stake, and we hear from Anne McGrath, the NDP's national director. 

Then, what's going on in Northern Ireland? After several nights of riots, we talk to journalist Chris Leebody about what's fuelling the violence. And Queen's University Belfast politics lecturer Peter McLoughlin discusses the Brexit factor, and why the Good Friday Agreement brought peace, but not reconciliation.

And the pink princess philodendron has become a coveted houseplant, with some enthusiasts paying more than $100 for a cutting. Has its popularity on social media played a role?  We dig into the hype with Celia Aceae, a horticulturist based in Montreal.