The Current

The Current for Dec. 17, 2020

Today on The Current: Midwives warn of little support and burnout due to the pandemic; remembering the dead, and battling vaccine hesitancy in the U.S.; a Nova Scotia community awaits news of a missing fishing boat; and Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage make the case for a fusion cuisine comeback.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Midwives report paying for their own personal protective equipment, working overtime to manage sky-high demand, and facing burnout. Matt Galloway talks to Ontario midwife Remi Ejiwunmi and Lehe Spiegelman, president of the Midwives Association of B.C.

Plus, with over 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and rising in the U.S., the Twitter account FacesOfCOVID is remembering those who have died. We talk to Alex Goldstein, who started the memorial, and Karen Nascembeni, who lost her husband Steven Richard in March. And as vaccinations begin, a history of health-care discrimination in the U.S. means there is skepticism among some communities. We talk to Michael Pearson in Philadelphia, who volunteered for vaccine trials to reassure his community, and Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Then, a scallop fishing boat has gone missing in Nova Scotia, with one body recovered, but five men still missing. We talk to Pam Mood, mayor of Yarmouth, N.S., about the tragedies that have hit the province this year, and how her community is coping.

And in a conversation first aired in October, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage discuss their new cookbook, Flavour, and make the case for why fusion cuisine needs to make a comeback.