The Current

The Current for March 1, 2021

Today on The Current: Canada moves into next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations; author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence and facing a new age; Siri Agrell on reconnecting post-COVID, without our screens; and lawyer says Biden reopening Trump facility to house migrant children a "huge betrayal."
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current

As the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations begins, who should be prioritized? And how will you know when it's your turn? Matt Galloway talks to Dr. Nadia Alam, a family physician in Halton Hills, Ont.; Caroline Colijn, a Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health at Simon Fraser University; and Lorian Hardcastle is an assistant professor in the faculty of law at the University of Calgary.

Plus, Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is here to talk about his new book, Klara and the Sun, as well as artificial intelligence, what it means to be human, and the role of the storyteller in these times.

Then, our phones and screens have kept us in touch during the pandemic, but are we losing some of the skills that come with face-to-face interaction? Author Siri Agrell reflects on how we could reconnect, post-COVID, in her book How To Get Laid Without Your Phone.

And in the U.S., the Biden administration has reopened a facility to house migrant children in Texas, created under Trump to handle children arriving at the border. Immigration lawyer Linda Brandmiller says it's unnecessary and a "huge betrayal."