The Current

The Current for Oct. 29, 2021

Today on The Current: Chicago NHL sexual assault accusations prompt questions about hockey culture; how climate change could jolt the price of your morning coffee; and Rebecca Solnit on what George Orwell’s love of gardening tells us about his politics
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Former Chicago NHL draft pick Kyle Beach went public this week with allegations that coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him — and he was ignored when he told the team about it. Matt Galloway discusses whether the revelations are a reckoning for hockey culture with journalist Rick Westhead, who brought Kyle Beach's story to the public; and Jashvina Shah, author of Game Misconduct: Hockey's Toxic Culture and How to Fix It.

Plus, how is climate change affecting the production of coffee, and will that disrupt the price of your morning cup? We talk to Pedro Ronca, a coffee farmer and an agronomist with the Global Coffee Platform in Brazil; Vava Angwenyi, owner of Vava Coffee in Nairobi, Kenya; and Emily Pappo, a PhD student at the University of Florida who has looked at whether coffee production could migrate to different parts of the world.

And when you think of George Orwell, your mind probably jumps to his novel 1984. But as author Rebecca Solnit discovered, Orwell's antifascist politics were closely entwined with his love of gardening. She tells us about her new book, Orwell's Roses.