The Current

The Current for Sept. 17, 2020

Today on The Current: Road to November: Wisconsin and voter suppression; economist Jeff Rubin on globalization and The Expendables; rising Canadian basketball star Jamal Murray; and the pandemic is inspiring people to pick up the guitar.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

We continue our Road to November series on the U.S. election, with a stop in Wisconsin to discuss voter suppression. We talk to pastor Greg Lewis, of voting rights organization Souls to the Polls, and Molly McGrath, with the American Civil Liberties Union's national political advocacy department.

Then, in his new book The Expendables, Canadian economist Jeff Rubin argues that globalization has not been good for organized labour or middle class wages — and warns that people left behind in the economy will turn their backs on liberal democracy. 

Plus, the Toronto Raptors may be out of the NBA playoffs, but basketball fans here can still cheer on Jamal Murray, the rising Canadian star who is turning heads and leading his team, the Denver Nuggets, to success. We talk to Rowan Barrett, the general manager and executive vice-president of the senior men's program for Canada Basketball, who has watched Murray play and develop for years.

And we're putting away the sourdough starter to talk about the latest pandemic past time: learning to play the guitar. We talk to Fort McMurray resident Chris Ash about why he decided to pick up the instrument, and Max Kerman, lead singer of the Canadian band Arkells, about why he's been offering lessons.