The Current

The Current for June 12, 2020

Today on The Current: Facing up to racist history in our statues and street names; The whiteness of celebrity food culture; A COVID-19 spike in the U.S. and how Kingston, Ont. is beating the virus
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Anti-racism protesters threw a statue of slave trader Edward Colston into Bristol harbour at the weekend, and highlighted who cities choose to celebrate in our monuments and street names. Matt Galloway talks to Professor David Olusoga and Professor Afua Cooper about the history all around us and whether it's time for a rethink.

Then, celebrity foodies embrace ingredients from around the world — but not always the people. We talk to Canadian food critics Navneet Alang, Chantal Braganza and Eden Hagos about the whiteness of food culture.

And there's a spike in COVID-19 cases in the US, particularly in rural areas that had so far escaped the worst. But meanwhile in Canada, Kingston, Ont., is reporting zero cases. That's no mean feat for a region of more than 200,000 people with many long-term care homes. We talk to people at these two extremes of the pandemic.