The Current

The Current for Aug. 2, 2021

Today on The Current: how women athletes are pushing back against sexist policies and regulations, and we revisit a conversation with British author Eley Williams about the power of fake words.
Rosemary Barton hosts this edition of The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current

The International Olympic Committee has been trying to push gender equality in the 2020 Olympics, but some say we still have a long way to go. Sports writer Kavitha A. Davidson speaks to guest host Rosemary Barton about how tough conversations will help make sports better, and Michele K. Donnelly, an assistant professor of sports management at Brock University, talks about what the numbers tell us and don't tell us about the representation of women athletes at the Olympics.

Plus, we revisit a conversation Matt Galloway had with British writer and language expert Eley Williams earlier this year. The conversation focused on Williams's new novel, The Liar's Dictionary, which explores fake words that are deliberately inserted in written works. Williams spoke to us about the power of defining words, from the perspective of a character who slips made-up words into dictionaries.