The Current

The Current for November 30, 2018

Today on The Current: we look at the mystery around diplomats falling ill in Cuba, and the theory that they're victims of a secret sonic weapon; we meet the woman who uncovered a piece of music last played in Auschwitz-Birkenau, who's giving it new life as a way to remember the Nazis' victims; and as GM pulls out of Oshawa just a few years after it received billions of dollars in bailouts, we look at what role, if any, government should play in the manufacturing industry.
Our guest host Michelle Shephard is an author, filmmaker and former investigative reporter with the Toronto Star. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

  • A Canadian diplomat's reported brain injury is fuelling the mystery around the so-called "Havana Syndrome,"  allegedly caused by a high-pitched, cricket-like sound heard by embassy workers and family members in Cuba. Could an unusual weapon be responsible?
  • When Patricia Hall found a handwritten music manuscript in the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial, she didn't realize she was looking at notes arranged by prisoners of the camp, and probably last played within its iron gates. Now she's brought that music back to life, as a way to remember the people who suffered under the Nazis.
  • The Canadian government spent billions of dollars supporting the auto industry after the financial crisis 10 years ago. As General Motors announces plans to pull out of Oshawa, Ont., people are asking what we got in return for all that government money, and what role, if any, government should play in the manufacturing industry.