The Current

The Current for July 14, 2021

Today on The Current: U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan emboldens resurgent Taliban; why space junk could have damaging consequences; swim cap ban points to history of racism and discrimination in swimming; and Episode 2 of A Death in Cryptoland.
Mark Kelley is guest host of The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has already emboldened a resurgent Taliban. Guest host Mark Kelley talks to Jim Davis about his son, Cpl. Paul Davis, who died serving as part of Canada's mission in the country. And Muska Dastageer, a lecturer at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, discusses life in Kabul right now, and what's at risk as the Taliban reclaims more territory.

Then, since humans started venturing into outer space, they've been leaving a lot of junk behind — with no plans to clean it up. Moriba Jah, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin's aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics department, says we need to flatten the space junk curve, or the consequences could be disastrous.

Plus, the Soul Cap is a swim cap designed to be worn with natural Black hair, but was recently banned by the International Swimming Federation, which means it can't be worn by Black female swimmers at the upcoming Olympics. We discuss that decision, and the history of racism and discrimination in swimming, with Chantique Carey-Payne, head coach of the University of Guelph swim team.

And this summer, we're bringing you a few of the best original CBC podcasts. Today it's Episode 2 of A Death in Cryptoland, in which host Takara Small explores the cataclysmic chain of events that come after the young CEO of Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange is reported dead.