The Current

The Current for March 1, 2022

Today on The Current: Amid Russia-Ukraine crisis, what’s the risk of a nuclear strike?; spotting online lies and disinformation around the invasion of Ukraine; and how society’s understanding of addiction has changed over the centuries.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Russian President Vladimir Putin put his nuclear deterrent forces on high alert late last week, raising the spectre of nuclear strikes globally. Matt Galloway talks with Ankit Panda, the Stanton Senior Fellow in the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and asks David Perry, president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, whether Putin expected the resistance his forces have met in Ukraine.

Plus, the Russian invasion of Ukraine involves an online fight between truth and disinformation. We discuss how to spot lies and propaganda, with Svitlana Matviyenko, an assistant professor of critical media analysis at Simon Fraser University's School of Communication; Jane Lytvynenko, a journalist and senior research fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University; and Lukas Andriukaitis, associate director of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab in Belgium. 

And addiction psychiatrist Carl Erik Fisher's new book, The Urge: Our History of Addiction, looks at how society's understanding of addiction has changed over the centuries, and what that taught him about his own recovery.

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