The Current

The Current for May 29, 2020

Today on The Current: Political fallout of disturbing long-term care reports; Ricky L Jones on America and the problem of white supremacy; Director Steve James on City So Real; How a choir helping dementia patients is overcoming pandemic restrictions
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

What are the political repercussions of the military's damning reports on long-term care homes? We ask our national affairs panel: CBC senior reporter on Parliament Hill Salimah Shivji, Queen's Park bureau chief for the Toronto Star Robert Benzie, and the Montreal Gazette's Aaron Derfel.

Then, the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, has sparked days of protests in the U.S. We talk to Dr. Ricky L Jones about why America needs to have a frank discussion about white supremacy.

Plus, five months ago, Hamed Esmaeilion lost his wife and daughter when Iran shot down flight PS 752. He tells us families are still fighting for answers, and we talk to Ralph Goodale, who has been appointed as a special adviser on the crash to the federal government.

Also, we hear from Steve James — acclaimed director of Hoop Dreams — about his new four-part docuseries about Chicago, City So Real.

Finally, Vancouver's Voices In Motion was created to see if singing in a choir could tell us more about how music interacts with the effects of dementia in the brain. The pandemic has stopped their gatherings, but they're still finding ways to bring people together, and bring people back.