The Current

The Current for Sept. 8, 2021

Today on The Current: National affairs panel on vaccine passport protests across provinces; Graeme Smith on what he learned covering the war in Afghanistan; and new Texas abortion law creating devastating situation for young people.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Protests are flaring up across the country as vaccine passports are rolled out. How are premiers handling it? Matt Galloway discusses the politics of the fourth wave with our national affairs panel: Kelly Cryderman, a reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail in Alberta; Rob Benzie, the Queen's Park bureau chief for the Toronto Star; and Tanya Fletcher, the CBC's provincial affairs reporter for B.C.

Plus, the first in a series of special interviews — Afghanistan: In the Shadow of the Taliban. Former Canadian correspondent for the Globe and Mail Graeme Smith discusses his time in the country and what he calls a 'meat grinder' of a war. He discusses what he thinks the future might hold for his friends now living under the Taliban and his new TVO Original documentary, Ghosts of Afghanistan. CBC Radio's Ideas will be airing a radio adaptation of the TVO documentary.

And a new law in Texas prohibits abortion after six weeks — before some women even know they're pregnant. We hear about the particular impact on young people, from Rosann Mariappuram, executive director of Jane's Due Process, a nonprofit that ensures legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. And a discussion on how the new law works, and how it might be challenged, with Professor Priscilla Smith, senior fellow at the program for the study of reproductive justice at Yale Law School.