The Current

The Current for June 30, 2020

Today on The Current: Facebook ad boycott, Journalist Maria Konnikova on what poker taught her about life, Global medical oxygen shortages, Andre Picard on migrant workers and COVID-19 spikes in the U.S.
Rosemary Barton guest hosts The Current. (CBC)
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Full episode transcript

Today on The Current with guest host Rosemary Barton:

Starbucks, Lululemon and MEC are among a growing list of brands pulling ads from Facebook over hate speech. But will this boycott make a real difference to Facebook's bottom line? We speak with Jessica Gonzalez, co-CEO of Free Press, one of the organizations behind Stop Hate For Profit; Taylor Owen, who studies media and democracy at McGill University; and Shoshana Wodinsky, an enterprise reporter for Gizmodo.

Then, she was a writer with a PhD in psychology who never played a hand of Texas Hold'em in her life. A year later, she was a poker champion. Maria Konnikova speaks with guest host Rosemary Barton about her new book, The Biggest Bluff, and what she learned from the game.

Also, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO has warned that there is a global oxygen shortage. Now, experts are calling on health leaders around the world to get medical oxygen to countries who desperately need it — but it's not just COVID-19 causing the shortages. Dr. Steve Adudans is CEO of Hewa Tele in Kenya and helping source the much-needed supply. Leith Greenslade is a global health activist and coordinator of Every Breath Counts Coalition.

Finally, the Globe and Mail's Andre Picard joins us to discuss the spike in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., migrant workers and outbreaks in Canada and how this country is doing when it comes to slowing the spread.