The Current

The Current for January 30, 2019

Today on The Current: After serial killer Bruce McArthur's guilty plea, we ask what questions still need to be answered about his crimes and how they were investigated; plus, we explore how kids are interacting with AI assistants in our homes; and, we look at a new podcast that examines the opioid crisis through the eyes of drug users themselves.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

  • Serial killer Bruce McArthur's guilty plea means the families of his eight victims won't have to sit through a trial, but it also means they might not get the answers they seek. We talk to people close to the case about their relief, and the questions they want answered.
  • Following our look at whether we need to treat digital assistants like Alexa with some respect — and what it says about us as people — we take a closer look at how our kids interact with the devices.
  • Journalist and drug activist Garth Mullins says drug users are either pitied by the media and general public, or seen as scapegoats. He thinks they can offer a lot more than that, including valuable insight into how to tackle addiction crises. Mullins speaks to host Anna Maria Tremonti about his new podcast, Crackdown, which looks at the opioid crisis through the eyes of drug users themselves.