Topic: disruptors

ENCORE | 'I want to understand': Ottawa police sergeant openly apologizes for racist comments

Here's one of our favourite documentaries from last year, "I Want to Understand," which just became a finalist in the Canadian Association of Journalists awards. It's a story of remorse, forgiveness and closure.
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What do women want? Sex researcher explores mysteries of female desire

"We need to do the science to understand how women's sexuality is unique."
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'Symbol for civil disobedience': How a Saudi woman landed in jail for daring to drive

Manal al-Sharif was one of the first women to drive in Saudi Arabia — a country that strictly forbids women from getting behind the wheel.

'Founded in controversy': Author's inside look into Uber's success and scandals

Author Adam Lashinsky traces Uber's rapid rise as a disruptor in the tech industry from its early beginnings.
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Unicorns to designer babies: New gene editing tech could change course of evolution

A gene editing technology called CRISPR could allow us to change DNA, not just in individuals, but in all their future children and grandchildren.

At 31, she was diagnosed with autism. Here's how it enriched her life

Classical vocalist and Google exec Paulette Penzvalto says being diagnosed with autism later in life answered many questions she had about herself.

'I'm going to be killed': How this Montreal woman survived the Rwandan genocide

Odile Sanabaso survived the Rwanda massacre, but her personal disruption came from a family friend. She shares her story as part of The Disruptors.

Babies from skin cells? New fertility technology raises ethical questions

Scientists are studying a potential fertility treatment that takes adult human cells and transforms them into eggs and sperm.
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'Kids are going to school because of football': How a Canadian gave Kenyan youth a future

Canadian civil servant Bob Munro had an idea that has changed everything — a soccer program run by youth in the slums of Nairobi.

When does a teenager's cellphone use become an addiction?

In the world of smartphones and teenagers, we're asking: Who's in charge?
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Why technology is addictive and what to do about it

Author Adam Alter explains how technology keeps us hooked and reveals patterns of addiction akin to substance abuse.

Meet one of the pioneers behind Canada's first shelter for abused women

Domestic abuse was neither discussed nor understood when Interval House opened its doors in 1973. Now the shelter influences other safe houses.

Flying cars? 'We are closer than we've ever been'

Are you ready to take a drive on the highway in the sky? Industry experts say flying cars are coming.

'I didn't care very much whether I lived or died': ER doctor shares the moment that saved his life

Toronto emergency physician James Maskalyk who works in Toronto and Addis Ababa shares the moment that not only changed his life — but saved it.

How Lynn Keane's life changed when her son took his own life

"What we didn't know could have potentially saved our son's life."
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Why Anthony Bourdain wants the world to know about chef Jeremiah Tower

Ever heard of Jeremiah Tower? Culinary celebrity Anthony Bourdain wants you to know he's the chef responsible for transforming American cuisine.
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Modern feminism needs to 'stop blaming men,' says Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia is one of the most provocative public intellectuals in America. She's never afraid to speak her mind — even when it rankles her fellow feminists.
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Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives

Don MacPherson has worked for decades to fix what he sees as a broken system. The solution he says is legalizing and regulating illicit drugs.
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'I want to understand': Ottawa police sergeant openly apologizes for racist comments

Last September Veldon Coburn exposed racist online comments made by an Ottawa police sergeant about the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook. Now the two men are meeting in person.

Canadian doctor Rob Fowler recognized for life-saving treatment in Ebola outbreak

Out of Africa: Life and death lessons about the Ebola outbreak from a Canadian doctor who made a difference.

How a concussion led Carla Ciccone to value life's fragility

Four years ago, Carla Ciccone was out for dinner when a stack of plates smashed onto her head. Diagnosed with a concussion which led to a deep depression, she says the experience turned out to be a blessing because of what she learned along the way to recovery.

ENCORE | How a concussion led Carla Ciccone to value life's fragility

Four years ago, Carla Ciccone was out for dinner when a stack of plates smashed onto her head. Diagnosed with a concussion which led to a deep depression, she says the experience turned out to be a blessing because of what she learned along the way to recovery.

Somali school paves way for students to get into Harvard, MIT

Abdisamad Adan is one of the first students from Somaliland ever admitted to a top-tier, Western university. And it's thanks to a school, set up by a former Wall Street hedge fund manager, that helps young people in Africa get ahead.
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From coffee to tractors: Why fear of loss inspires resistance to new technology

The more disruptive the idea, the more pushback it's likely to receive. It's been true again and again of many innovations: from margarine to tractors; recorded music to coffee. The Current looks into why people resist technology.

How 'Black Twitter' and BlackLivesMatter hashtag gave voice to marginalized groups

Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner — three cases of black American men whose deaths came to mainstream attention thanks in part to what is called "Black Twitter." The Current tracks how social media shared the stories of marginalized groups.
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'I'm boiling with anger': 97-year-old Nuremberg prosecutor won't give up on peace

Benjamin Ferencz started his legal career in the spotlight — his first trial was as a chief U.S. prosecutor of the Nazi extermination squads in Nuremberg. Since then, he's spent seven decades fighting for peace and international justice.
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How to raise a feminist: a manifesto by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is many things: a respected writer, a vocal feminist and the face of a cosmetic line. She shares how her experiences, growing up in Nigeria and living in the U.S., inspired her to write a manifesto on how to raise a feminist.

How 4chan and troll culture helped elect Trump: comic artist

The website 4chan, synonymous with gruesome content and roguish behaviour, may be the key to understanding the world today — and the rise of Donald Trump.
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'Capitalism on steroids': How big tech is gentrifying the Golden City

The documentary, Disruption City by The Current's Peter Mitton explores how big money from big tech is changing the face of San Francisco — threatening the city's celebrated diversity and bohemian character.
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From 'Uber for kids' to the 2.0 burger: touring Silicon Valley startups

As part of The Current's series, The Disruptors, our very own Peter Mitton takes us to Silicon Valley for a tour of some of the more surprising startups hoping to disrupt the way we live.

What rubella vaccine can teach us about fighting Zika virus

Against the backdrop of the hunt for a vaccine to fight the Zika virus, journalist and doctor Meredith Wadman examines the science and politics behind the creation of the rubella vaccine.
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From Julia to Julius: growing up intersex in Uganda

Julius Kaggwa was born intersex in Uganda. Today he travels the world advocating for intersex acceptance and equality.

How death in Gaby Eirew's life inspired a legacy app

When Gaby Eirew's father passed away and a close friend died by suicide shortly after, she created a recording app for children whose parents have died — to leave a loving legacy after death.

How Rorschach's 10 inkblots turned psychiatry upside down

The creator of the Rorschach test argued he could see beyond a person's deliberate defences by grading their interpretation of inkblots. Today, the images are referenced in everything from fashion to politics but does it contribute to psychiatry?
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Hate the gym? History explains why the treadmill can feel like torture

If you dread the gym, it might not surprise you that the treadmill was originally a device used to punish prison inmates. As the treadmill turns 200, The Current looks at how far we've really moved away from the idea of exercise as punishment.

How a brain tumour changed Madeleine Hardin's life for the better

Madeleine Hardin sees the baseball-sized benign tumour found in her brain as a gift. After surgery left Madeleine with a transcendent positive feeling: she left her academic career behind to appreciate life at a slower pace.

YouTube launched a new generation of creators. Now what?

This month, the Google-owned company YouTube is rolling out new features for its Canadian users — proof that it's trying to adjust to a changing digital landscape. But exactly where YouTube is heading remains to be seen.

'Football saved my life': One teen's personal moment of disruption

Nolan Bellerose was going down a dangerous road — and then suddenly, everything changed.

Scott Riley and his improbable path to a decades-long goal

Riley waited half his life to be re-united with his birth parents - but he could never have predicted the shocking twist in store when he finally did so.

Thought asbestos was fully banned in Canada? Not until 2018.

Today the federal government announces a comprehensive ban on asbestos which may come as a surprise to people who think asbestos is already banned in Canada. The CBC's Julie Ireton explains the long road ahead for getting rid of asbestos.

How a dead jaguar changed Sergio Avila's life

Since Sergio Avila was a child, he'd always dreamed of working with big cats. He grew up to be a conservation scientist and worked on a project to snare and collar jaguars to learn about them. Then one day, his dream was shattered.
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Problems can only be solved if we support problem solvers, says entrepreneur Shaun Loney

Social entrepreneur Shaun Loney believes you need to find the problem solvers, not the problems. He shares his practical vision to address issues communities face while transforming lives along the way.
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Canadian startup founders on disruptive innovation

The Canadian startup scene is heating up. Meet three people whose startups are sending seismic signals into industries as diverse as construction, health care and financial services.

Ethics not just a discussion for philosophers, says Peter Singer

Philosopher Peter Singer has never shied away from controversy: he's defended euthanasia for disabled infants, pushed for veganism, and called out the rich for choosing luxury over helping the poor. Today, we explore Singer's thoughts on real world ethics.

'Like a religious moment': The gift that gave Camilla Gibb a new life

Two decades ago, Camilla Gibb had set herself up for what she thought would be her dream job in academia — only to realize the realities of the ivory tower didn't sit right with her. Then a man she barely knew gave her a gift that would change her life.
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'The revolutionary in pearls': Julia Child's recipe for success

Julia Child was the first television celebrity chef and one who broke all the rules. The Current looks back on the life of the American who mastered French cuisine and how the star in her 60s changed the way we eat and how we think about food.
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Trump as ultimate political disruptor, breaking all the rules to victory

How did Trump do it? By breaking every rule in the book — up-ending the traditional way of doing things. As he prepares to enter the oval office, The Current looks at U.S. president-elect Donald Trump as the ultimate disruptor.

'Disruptive innovation' theory often misunderstood, says creator Clayton Christensen

Back in the '90s Clayton Christensen developed the business theory of "disruptive innovation" and watched as the Blackberry disrupted the laptop and then became disrupted by Apple. Our series The Disruptors looks at the theory that is often misunderstood.
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Captain of Queen of the North recounts 'heartbreaking' night ship went down

As he watched the Queen of the North rise vertically and then disappear into the waters of B.C.'s inland coast, the ship's Captain Colin Henthorne did not yet know the full extent of what would unfold. He shares the story of that fateful 2006 night.

How finding her father helped Patty Krawec understand her Indigenous identity

Patty Krawec grew up knowing she was Indigenous but lived with her Caucasian mother, and didn't know her Ojibwe father. When they met, she says she went from feeling different to feeling she belonged. She shares her story in our series, Moments of Disruption.

How a bike accident led Luke Anderson to become an accessibility activist

In 2002, a mountain bike accident left Luke Anderson in a wheelchair. From then on, Anderson made it his life's mission to provide barrier-free access to businesses all throughout Canada. Here is his story as part of our series, Moments of Disruption.

How a teacher who impeded Joyce Graham Fogwill as a child changed her life for the better

She would not have made it as a college instructor if not for this turning point in her education.

Digital afterlife: Can our minds live on after death?

Neuroscientists are making advances in their efforts to duplicate our brains — consciousness, memories and all — so we can live in a digital afterlife. The Current looks into disrupting death by allowing us to live on after our biological lives are over.

How brain-machine connections can help paraplegics move again

Researchers are connecting human brains via computer and have seen one person's brain move another's body. The meeting of mind over machine is a breakthrough that could help paralyzed patients rewire their brains, but it comes with ethical issues.

How Jasmeet Singh used comedy to diffuse anger facing racism

Jasmeet Singh grew up in Guelph, Ont. He is Sikh. He wears a turban. And he felt the sting of racism growing up. But the bullying he experienced in high school set him on a path toward a surprising career — becoming one of Canada's biggest YouTube stars.
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'Very clear line' between lynching and death penalty: Alabama lawyer

Bryan Stevenson goes to work every day on a mission — to get black men off Alabama's death row. The author and lawyer shares how the legacy of slavery and lynching still lives in America today in his book, Just Mercy.

How a haunting home invasion changed the course of Jill Goldberg's life

Ten years ago, a moment changed Jill Goldberg's life forever. It was late at night when she was sleeping and a stranger entered her Montreal apartment. The trauma left a serious impact but says the experience helped her find her way to becoming a writer.
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Inside 4 years of secret negotiations to reach Colombia's peace agreement

Dag Nylander used every diplomatic trick he knew to edge the Colombian government and its decades-old adversary FARC toward a peace deal. Eventually, the cool, diplomatic guidance of this Norwegian succeeded in disrupting a five-decade-long conflict.
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How Moby Doll changed the worldview of 'monster' orca whales

At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once-frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.

'We need a solution to the North': How airships could make life more affordable in Northern Canada

The high cost of groceries in First Nations communities in the North, and Arctic, has a Winnipeg man calling on Canada to use airships to transport food and supplies to the North - a move he says would significantly reduce the cost of living.

How Dr. Brian Williams changed his life in a moment

The story of a personal moment of disruption from a U.S. trauma surgeon who surprised himself by speaking up in the face of a tragic shooting last summer.
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'I always wanted a sister': Offspring with same sperm donor meet for first time

A new U.S. donor sibling registry allows children of sperm donors to connect with their half-siblings. The Current follows the story of a brother and two sisters who share the same anonymous sperm donor and meet for the first time.

Are we living in the age of the 2nd Renaissance? | Part 2

Age of Discovery author Chris Kutarna is back. Yesterday, he argued we through a second Renaissance. Today, he finds similarities in the populist politics of the 1400s and the words of a certain presidential candidate across the border.

Moments of Disruption: How a relationship can shake up a family

As part of our series, Moments of Disruption where we hear from our listeners with their own personal stories, The Current shares the story of how Shelley and Patel's relationship both disrupted their lives and the lives of their families.

What the Renaissance can teach us about our disruptive age

Undeniably, we're living in an age of disruption. From breakneck advances in technology; to staggering wealth inequality, and global terrorism. Author Chris Kutarna says it's the best time in history to be alive in what he calls a new Renaissance.
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'Hillary man or Trump man?' Maybe neither: Virginians on U.S. election

Follow The Current's Anna Maria on the road to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains as she meets voters and asks them which U.S. presidential candidate should occupy the White House.

Tuesday: Straight-up talk with Virginia voters on U.S. election

Coming up tomorrow on our new season-project The Disruptors, The Current's Anna Maria heads to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to hear from voters with their unvarnished thoughts on what they think of the two major party candidates. Tune in.

Introducing our season-long project, The Disruptors

On this, the last day of the summer edition of The Current, host Anna Maria Tremonti joins Robyn Bresnahan to explain our new season-long project, The Disruptors and gives you a preview of what to expect in the coming days.
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'Like a religious moment': The gift that gave Camilla Gibb a new life

Twenty years ago, Camilla Gibb started her dream job — but it didn't feel right. Then a man she barely knew gave her a gift that would change her life.

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From entrepreneurs to social movements, politicians to philanthropists, events to inventions. People and their beliefs are upsetting the orthodoxy for better or worse… changing how we live, our sense of ourselves, and society.