The Current

The Current for Sept. 15, 2020

Today on The Current: U.S. wildfires and online conspiracy theories; helping Canadians under 40 stay safe from COVID-19; Dr. Jane Philpott’s new book looks at the front lines of the pandemic; and Werner Herzog’s new film about the cultural impact of meteorites.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

As wildfires rage in the U.S., we hear from retired Oregon firefighter Dan Leavell about what needs to be done for protection and preparation, and journalist Jane Lytvynenko discusses the complications caused by online conspiracy theories.

With COVID-19 on the rise among those under 40 in Ontario, science communicator Samantha Yammine warns that playing the blame game won't help bring down the numbers among the young. She argues public health officials need a harm reduction model that tells people what they can do, not what they can't.

When a care home in Toronto faced a COVID-19 outbreak this spring, Dr. Jane Philpott answered the call to help. She tells us about the moments that have stayed with her, and why she's written about the experience in a book she co-edited, called Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19.

Co-directors Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer discuss their new film Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds, about the deep impact of meteorites on Earth and human society.

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