The Current for Jan. 25, 2022
Today on The Current:
Cross-border truckers coming into Canada must now be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or face stringent testing requirements and a lengthy quarantine period. The prime minister has defended the policy as a way to keep travel-related infections under control, but critics say it could disrupt the supply chain and lead to empty shelves across the country. Matt Galloway talks to Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada; and Opher Baron, a distinguished professor of operations management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Then, Washington state Democratic representative Debra Lekanoff is trying to set up an Amber Alert-type system for Native American women who go missing in her state. She tells us more; and we discuss the problem in Canada with Marion Buller, former chief commissioner for the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Plus, the online game Wordle has gone viral, with people trying to find the five-letter word and then sharing their efforts with friends and family. We talk to Thi Nguyen, an expert on games and a professor of philosophy at the University of Utah, about what the craze says about our need for games right now.
And in his new podcast Things Fell Apart: Strange Tales From The Culture Wars, Jon Ronson traces the history of culture wars over issues like religion, gender, and sexuality — and finds some very weird stories along the way.