The Current

The Current for Nov. 29, 2021

Today on The Current: Making a "managed retreat" from areas at high risk of devastating floods; how an Afghan interpreter and his family found a new life in Newfoundland; omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in Canada; and how Julia Child changed how — and what — we eat.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

After devastating floods in British Columbia, we explore the idea of a "managed retreat" — moving homes, or even entire towns, away from flood plains. Matt Galloway talks to Thomas Little, who grappled with that question after floods at his home in Gatineau, Que.; and Jason Thistlethwaite, a professor at the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development.

Then, a world away from Afghanistan, a Canadian military adviser has been reunited with her Afghan interpreter in his new home: St. John's, Newfoundland. We hear their story of friendship — and his escape to a new life following a handwritten threat from the Taliban.

Plus, cases of the omicron coronavirus variant have been confirmed in Canada. We talk to Alexandra Phelan, an assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, about the global response and what governments should be doing to handle new variants in the future.

And a new documentary, Julia, explores how Julia Child changed how and what we eat. Co-directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West explain how an unlikely TV star used her fame (and a lot of butter) for good.

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