The Current

The Current for June 17, 2019

Today on The Current: We hear from Canadians who are dropping everything to celebrate the Raptors; then, author Douglas Rushkoff calls on everyone to resist technology and reclaim our human connection; and finally, we listen back to one of Anna Maria Tremonti’s most memorable interviews: Esther the Wonder Pig.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)

Today on The Current

  • A historic win means a big party, one some Canadians deem worthy of ditching school or work. Two million fans are expected to show up to the Raptors' victory parade in downtown Toronto Monday morning, and we talk to some folks who ditched their daily duties to celebrate the champions of The North.
  • Author and digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff argues that human beings are special in how they thrive off of connecting with one another. Technology makes these connections harder to maintain, he argues, and we must push back against the tech that is isolating and repressing us.
  • We listen back to one of Anna Maria Tremonti's favourite interviews, with the owners of Esther the Wonder Pig. Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter moved to the countryside, stop eating meat and started an animal rescue farm all because the 650-pound beauty — initially thought to be a micro pig — entered their lives and hearts.

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