The Current

The Current for Oct. 12, 2020

Today on The Current: How COVID-19 has affected homelessness in Canada, Yaa Gyasi on her new book Transcendent Kingdom, Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe: Morley’s Garden, Canadians turn to canning to save fruits of summer pandemic gardens
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

COVID-19 has been particularly challenging for people experiencing homelessness — but has also led to some new programs to help. We talk to Raquel Winslow, who has been homeless for several years but says she is "ecstatic" to get a place in a new shelter in Coquitlam, B.C., and Dr. Andrew Bond, medical director at Inner City Health Associates in Toronto, who says Canada's increasing affordability crisis is part of the problem.

Then, Yaa Gyasi — author of Homegoingtalks about her new, and very different, book Transcendent Kingdom: a story about faith, science, addiction, depression, and family.

Plus, the pandemic means many of us can't gather as we'd like on this Thanksgiving Monday, so instead we're spending some time with an old friend: Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe. We join Morley in the garden as summer gives way to fall, and she unearths some memories as she tills the soil. [Note: The Vinyl Cafe story that aired in this broadcast is no longer available online.]

And you were locked down, so you planted a garden. Now what are you supposed to do with all those cucumbers and tomatoes? Well, it's canning season — and if it's your first attempt, Ana Stoica-Constantin and Johwanna Alleyne are here with some tips.

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