The Current

The Current for Oct. 23, 2020

Today on The Current: Unpacking the last 2020 U.S. presidential debate, What it's like being a Black university student in Canada, Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens on race, music and the banjo
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current

Thursday night marked the last debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. New York Times writer Amanda Taub and Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott join us to unpack the highs and lows of the night. 

Then, a University of Ottawa professor's use of the N-word last month has ignited a firestorm. We hear from Black university students about what they say needs to change to help them feel supported on campus. Our guests are fourth-year University of Guelph student Laila El Mugammar; first-year Mount Saint Vincent University student Priscillia Olawunmi; and University of Ottawa student Jamal Koulmiye-Boyce.

Plus, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Silkroad artistic director Rhiannon Giddens joins us to talk race, music and why the banjo embodies America.