The Current

The Current for Sept. 24, 2021

Today on The Current: Angela Merkel’s legacy after 16 years as Germany’s chancellor; Anderson Cooper on the distance he kept from his family, the ultra-rich Vanderbilts; and the impact of Instagram on teenager’s mental health and self image
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

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Today on The Current:

Elections in Germany this weekend bring an end to Angela Merkel's 16-year tenure as the country's chancellor. What will her legacy be? Matt Galloway talks to Anne Applebaum, staff writer with The Atlantic and author of Twilight of Democracy; and Oliver Schmidtke, professor and director at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. 

Plus, in his new book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of An American Dynasty, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper digs into the tale of his own family, the ultra-rich Vanderbilts, and why for most of his life he did everything possible to distance himself from their prestige and money.

And a recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that Facebook has known for years that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, damages teens' mental health. We talk to Wall Street Journal technology reporter Jeff Horwitz about what he found, and discuss what safeguards are needed with Dr. Patricia Conrod, a neurodevelopmental researcher at Sainte-Justine children's hospital, and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.