The Current

The Current for May 3, 2021

Today on The Current: Physician Peter Singer on Canada’s third wave and global vaccine inequity; writer Patrick Radden Keefe on the Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis; and Alessandro Rossellini on his famous, film-making family, and his role in it.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Nearly a year ago, as the first wave of COVID-19 began to wane, Canadian physician Peter Singer told The Current that the worst of the pandemic may yet be to come. Where does he think we are now? Singer, the special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, talks to Matt Galloway about the COVID-19 crisis in India, the third wave in Canada and whether vaccines can keep up with a constantly evolving virus.

Plus, writer Patrick Radden Keefe discusses his new book, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, which explores the opioid crisis, and the role played by the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma.

And Alessandro Rossellini joins us to discuss his documentary The Rossellinis. The film is about his large, famous, film-making family — and his quest to understand his place in it.