The Current

The Current for Jan. 18, 2022

Today on The Current: New book shines light on who betrayed Anne Frank to the Nazis; Pfizer's COVID treatment drug won’t end pandemic by itself, says doctor; new podcast looks into disappearance of four-year-old Michael Dunahee; and what will it take to close Guantanamo Bay?
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

A new book dives into the riddle of who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis — with an international cold case team believing they have found not a culprit, but another victim. Matt Galloway talks to Rosemary Sullivan, author of The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation.

Then, Pfizer's new COVID-19 drug has been approved for use in Canada, but some experts have their concerns. They say its usefulness may be limited by the testing and timeframe requirements to receive it, and the sheer number of Omicron cases that Canada's public health system is struggling to deal with. We talk with infectious disease expert Dr. Ilan Schwartz.

Plus, Michael Dunahee was just four years old when he vanished from a playground in Victoria, B.C. in 1991. We talk to Laura Palmer about her new podcast, Missing Michael, which looks at his disappearance and his family's search for answers.

And this month marks 20 years since the opening of a U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay, despite repeated U.S. presidential promises to close it. We talk to Ramzi Kassem, a professor of law at the City University of New York, who has also defended 14 detainees at Guantanamo; and Carol Rosenberg, a military affairs reporter for the New York Times and author of Guantánamo Bay: The Pentagon's Alcatraz of the Caribbean.

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