The Current

The Current for December 28, 2018

Today on The Current: as the Federal Reserve faces criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, we look at what role it plays in the U.S. economy; experts tell us what new research around the placenta could mean for maternal health; and the daughter of an African revolutionary shares an experience in racism and accountability.
Piya Chattopadhyay is guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current

  • U.S. President Donald Trump has been on the attack this year, repeatedly criticizing the Federal Reserve for hiking interest rates. We look at the role of the Federal Reserve in the roller coaster ride that is the U.S. economy.
  • There's been plenty of attention around what some moms choose to do with the placenta after birth — like celebrities who tout the supposed benefits of freeze-dried placenta pills or placenta smoothies. But less is known about how the vital organ functions during pregnancy. We talk to two experts about new research on placentas and what it could mean for maternal and fetal health.
  • We revisit our conversation with the daughter of an African revolutionary who tells us how an experience with a school bully taught her about racism and accountability.