The Current

The Current for Aug. 5, 2022

Today on The Current: Two years after Beirut blast, fight for justice and stability drags on; the role courts can play in fighting misinformation; and U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russian prison
Peter Armstrong is guest host on The Current. (Dustin Rabin Photography)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Two years since the massive explosion in Beirut — what's changed?  Guest host Peter Armstrong talks to Mariana Fodoulian about seeking justice for her sister Gaia, who was killed in the blast; and investigative journalist Habib Battah discusses the obstacles facing Lebanon's people.

Plus, what role can the courts play in fighting disinformation? We talk to lawyer and Harvard Law School lecturer Louis Tompros about the news that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay more than $4 million in damages for repeatedly calling the Sandy Hook school massacre a hoax.

And U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in prison for bringing two vape cartridges with cannabis oil into Russia. We discuss the verdict with Russia expert Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, who advised the WNBA Players' Association on the case.

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