The Current

The Current for May 13, 2019

Why renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives; plus, how will escalating trade tensions between China and the U.S. affect Canada?; and surfers debate whether catching some waves will be ruined by becoming an Olympic sport.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)
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Today on The Current:

  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been offering advice on sex and intimacy for decades, and she's not done yet. She speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti about a new documentary on her life and career, and why she thinks our smartphones are ruining our sex lives. 
  • Tensions between China and the U.S. are escalating, with both countries imposing tariffs on the other's imports. We look at the dispute, and the knock-on effect it could have on Canada. 
  • Surfing will be an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, but not everyone agrees it should be included. Some surfers argue that it's a corporate move, which betrays the counterculture at the heart of catching some waves. We hear both sides of the debate.

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