The Current

The Current for September 9, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to Margaret Atwood about her new novel The Testaments; plus we talk to a sailor who stayed aboard his wooden schooner during post-tropical storm Dorian. We’re also talking to a lawyer about an Australian vegan who has taken legal action over the smell of her neighbours barbecuing meat; and we discuss Bianca Andreescu’s win at the U.S. Open.
Laura Lynch, veteran CBC political reporter and foreign correspondent, is the recently named interim host of The Current. (CBC)

Today on The Current

  • Margaret Atwood had notes about a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale that date back to the early 1990s, but didn't notify her publishers until 2017. For those intervening decades, she wrestled with the idea. She talks to Laura Lynch about her new novel The Testaments.
  • As post-tropical storm Dorian bore down on Atlantic Canada at the weekend, Tom Gallant decided to stay aboard his home — a 53-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg harbour. He tells us why he took that risk. 
  • A vegan in Australia has taken legal action over the smell of her neighbours barbecuing meat. Lawyer Karen Andrews says the solution lies in building homes that don't "leak" sound and odour, but that "we have to be generous with each other, we have to be understanding."
  • Bianca Andreescu's U.S. Open win has propelled her into the top 5 tennis players in the world, after she started the year at a ranking of 152. We're looking at her meteoric rise, and also discussing the value of meditation in sport — something Andreescu and many other athletes utilize.

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