The Current

The Current for Aug. 10, 2022

Today on The Current: Newfoundland faces worst forest fires in decades; political fallout of Biden and Trump’s very different weeks; the app that can identify a bird's song; and episode three of CBC podcast White Hot Hate
Michelle Shephard is guest host on the Current. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Newfoundland is dealing with its worst forest fires in decades, with some communities cut off and running low on supplies. Guest host Michelle Shephard talks to Roy Drake, the deputy mayor of Harbour Breton on the island's southern shore; and Jeff Motty, a supervisor of forest protection for the province.

Then, U.S. President Joe Biden passed a health care, tax and climate bill that some say is legacy-defining. Meanwhile, the FBI raided the home of former president Donald Trump. We discuss what these duelling political narratives might mean for the upcoming midterms with Molly Ball, the national political correspondent at TIME; and Asawin Suebsaeng, a senior political reporter at Rolling Stone.

Plus, have you ever heard a bird in the wild and wished you knew what it was? There's an app for that! We revisit Matt Galloway's September conversation with Jessie Barry, one of the founders of Merlin Bird ID, an app that can identify birds using a sound recording.

And we hear the third episode of the CBC podcast, White Hot Hate. It tells the story of violent, white supremacist ideology spreading around the world, with believers trying to create chaos in order to seize control. Read more about our summer podcast series here.

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