The Current

The Current for March 23, 2021

Today on The Current: RCMP watchdog finds police racially discriminated against family of Colten Boushie; Walter Isaacson on facing up to the moral questions of CRISPR and gene editing; and Russia sharing millions of doses of Sputnik V vaccine, despite slow uptake at home.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

An RCMP watchdog has concluded that police racially discriminated against Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Colten Boushie, after he was shot and killed in 2016. Matt Galloway discusses the findings with Eleanore Sunchild, one of the lawyers representing Boushie's family, and Heather Bear, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

Plus, author Walter Isaacson's new book The Code Breaker looks at the work of Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel Prize-winning pioneer in gene editing. He tells us about what he learned writing the book, the moral questions around gene editing and CRISPR, and why confronting those questions isn't far off.

And Russia is sending millions of doses of its Sputnik V vaccine abroad, even though less than two per cent of its own population is fully vaccinated. We discuss the move to share the vaccine, and the international influence it brings, with Moscow-based journalist Dasha Ryzhkova; Aurel Braun, a professor of international relations at the University of Toronto; and Achal Prabhala of the AccessIBSA project, a campaign for global access to medicines.