The Current

The Current for Sept. 20, 2021

Today on The Current: Pakistan’s complicated relationship with the Taliban; Back to the Land: How a first-generation farmer hopes to make rural agriculture more diverse; and how scorching temperatures and water shortages are affecting the Okanagan Valley.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston was recently in Pakistan, and she joins Matt Galloway to discuss the country's complicated relationship with the Taliban and what the future may hold for the region. Obaidullah Kabeer, a lecturer at the American University in Afghanistan in Kabul, discusses what the first month under Taliban rule has been like.

Plus, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Aminah Haghighi faced what she calls her quarter-life crisis and began gardening at her Toronto home. Today, she runs a farm in Prince Edward County, Ont., that sells everything from tomatoes to seedlings at the local farmer's market. But in her journey to launch Raining Gold Farms, Haghighi says she's faced racism from those living in the rural community. Jacqueline Scott, a University of Toronto Ph.D candidate who studies race and the outdoors, says that's not surprising given that nature is often coded as a "white space" — and farmers are often considered to be white men. Back to the Land is a four-part series about people who are (re)connecting with nature and the outdoors.

And summer in B.C. brought scorching heat, drought, and even cooked some fruit still on the trees. Matt Galloway recently visited the Okanagan Valley to find out how people are coping. We hear from Sukhpal Bal, a cherry grower in Kelowna and president of the B.C. Cherry Association; and Corinne Jackson, with the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

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