The Current

The Current for Oct. 13, 2021

Today on The Current: Growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan; global supply chain problems lead to empty shelves and worried retailers; Giller Prize-winning author Ian Williams on having meaningful conversations about race
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

There is a growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and the United Nations chief is calling for the international community to help people suffering on the ground. Matt Galloway talks to the CBC's Susan Ormiston, who has been in Afghanistan this week; and Eileen McCarthy, advocacy manager for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Afghanistan. 

Plus, the pandemic has gummed up the global supply chain, leading to shortages of everything from books to kitchen appliances. And with poorly stocked shelves, some businesses are warning customers to do their holiday shopping sooner rather than later. We talk to Kristi Weisgerber, operations Manager at Owl's Nest Books in Calgary; Barbary Vininsky, owner of Jack and Jill in Montreal — a family-owned business that sells clothing and toys; and Thomas Goldsby, a professor of logistics at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and co-faculty director for its Global Supply Chain Institute.

And Giller Prize-winning author Ian Williams has been reticent to speak his mind on race — until now. He tells us about his new book, Disorientation: Being Black in the World, and diving into some uncomfortable places.

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