The Current

The Current for November 23, 2018

Today on The Current: as Alberta feels the effects of a downturn in oil prices, one expert says there may be no quick fix; we explore what the much-maligned termite can teach us about biofuels and robotics; and should western museums return the cultural artifacts stolen from former African colonies?
The CBC's Laura Lynch is guest host of The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current:

  • With Canadian oil prices in a slump, Alberta communities are feeling the pain — communities like Fort McMurray. Don Scott, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, tells us why residents are worried about their future, while an economist says there's no short-term fix.
  • Researchers have discovered a network of 4,000-year-old termite mounds in Brazil that are so big, they can be seen from space. We hear all about the discovery, and how the much-maligned termite could teach humans a lot about biofuels and even robotics.
  • A new study commissioned by the president of France looks at repatriating cultural artifacts the country stole from its former African colonies. We speak with an art historian who's leading the charge to return those pieces of art, as well as a former U.S. museum director who wants a more balanced approach.