The Current

The Current for January 7, 2019

Today on The Current: The trial of El Chapo is laying bare a history of drug trafficking and cartel warfare, but would a conviction do anything stop the flow of illegal drugs?; plus why one expert thinks a mass migration to Mars isn’t the solution to humanity’s problems on Earth; and how our dreams could be a tool for confronting the anxieties and fears of our waking lives.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

  • As the trial of suspected Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo resumes in a New York courtroom, so too does a compelling-yet-bloody story of drug trafficking, cartel warfare and incredible violence. But would a conviction do anything stop the flow of illegal drugs.
  • Some experts envision that a mass migration to Mars could save the human race some day. But U.K. astronomer royal Martin Rees says we shouldn't abandon the planet just yet.

  • Writers and artists have long drawn inspiration from their dreams, but science writer Alice Robb argues that we should all be paying more attention to what happens when we're asleep, because dreams can help us to process new information, work through our anxieties, and confront our worst fears.

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