The Current

The Current for May 4, 2021

Today on The Current: How the third wave of COVID-19 is battering Brampton, Ont.; and Stewart Brand on his remarkable career, and bringing back the woolly mammoth.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

The third wave of COVID-19 is battering the city of Brampton in Ontario's Peel Region, where many essential workers have weathered the pandemic without paid sick days. We hear the stories of people living and working on the front lines of the crisis, and talk to those trying to help. Plus, we discuss the systemic inequity the city faces, and how that hurts all of Canada, with Dr. Brooks Fallis, a critical care physician at Brampton Civic Hospital; and Fatima Syed, a freelance reporter from Peel Region.

Also today, we talk to Stewart Brand, whose remarkable life and career are the subject of the documentary We Are As Gods. Brand created the Whole Earth Catalog, and is considered a key figure in the creation of the 1960s counter-culture, as well as an influence on the environmental movement and the rise of personal computing. He tells us about that work, and one of his new projects: to bring back the woolly mammoth.