The Current

The Current for August 16, 2019

Today on The Current: Why the death of Jeffrey Epstein has spawned a rash of conspiracy theories; plus, we speak to an author who says mosquitoes are humanity’s deadliest predator, even implicated in the rise and fall of an empire; and we listen to Episode 5 of CBC podcast Finding Cleo.
Duncan McCue is this week's guest host of The Current.
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Today on The Current:

  • We discuss why the death of Jeffrey Epstein has spawned a rash of conspiracy theories. One expert tells us that while social media may have played a role in spreading the theories, the simple fact is that evidence moves slowly, and chatter moves fast.
  • Author Timothy Winegard tells about his new book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator. It's abuzz with facts about the insects, including the role they played in creating gin and tonic, and how the Nazis tried to utilize them in the Second World War.
  • All summer long, we're bringing you the best in CBC podcasts. Today, we listen to Episode 5 of Finding Cleo, her siblings learn some astonishing new information about where she died.  

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