The Currentwith Anna Maria Tremonti
How letters from migrants shed light on the 'intolerable' conditions inside U.S. detention centres
Appalled that migrants were being funnelled into a U.S. detention centre near their home, a group of San Diego residents starting writing letters to the migrants. Then the migrants wrote back, starting a conversation about the conditions they face, and what those ordinary folk on the outside could do to help.
Stuck in a 'really bad bind,' Zeballos residents defy months-long evacuation order in wake of B.C. wildfire
A forest fire damaged the mountainside above the tiny village of Zeballos, B.C. last year, creating a risk that rocks and trees could tumble on to the homes below. After an evacuation order dragged on for months, residents began to move back, despite the threat that the scorched mountain could give way.
'Let me die with my mother': Samsung to compensate sick workers, but many will never recover
Samsung has apologized for conditions in its South Korean factories, after a decade-long campaign by workers who claimed chemical exposure had left them with life-changing health issues. The former workers, and relatives of the deceased, have vowed to fight on to secure safe working conditions.
'The kids aren't yours': Barwin sperm mix-up sheds light on 'broken' fertility industry
A couple who had a fertility treatment with disgraced Ottawa doctor Norman Barwin says Canada's fertility laws need to change to give people born through donor eggs or sperm the right to know their origins.
Decision to kill: A police sniper's bullet saved one life and ended another
On the morning of Aug. 25, 2004, an armed man took a stranger hostage in front of Toronto’s main transit hub. After an intense standoff with police that lasted about an hour, he was dead.
Clint Malarchuk suffered a horrific sporting injury. But PTSD put his life in peril again, decades later
Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again.
Unsolved death of Toronto high school basketball star leaves mother still pleading for a witness 2 decades on
Nearly two decades after a promising Toronto high school basketball star was gunned down, police are still waiting for someone to come forward and identify the shooter.
'You don't build condos in the Vatican': Tensions linger as 1st tenants move in to Ottawa-Gatineau development
The newly opened O Condos building is part of the $1.5-billion Zibi development, which has divided Algonquin First Nations because of its proximity to the Chaudière Falls.
Fed up with their liberal home states, U.S. conservatives find a place they can belong in Texas
Paul and Brenda Chabot are conservatives who left California for political reasons, and are now helping like-minded families to leave liberal blue states for red ones.
Meet the black women doing justice differently in Georgia
The new city of South Fulton, Ga., is attracting attention and inspiring hope because it was briefly the first city in U.S. history where the entire criminal justice system was run by black women.
The ban on cannabis in Canada is ending — do you know how it started?
With an era coming to an end this Wednesday, the host of CBC's On Drugs podcast explains how politics and fear drove the early days of cannabis prohibition in Canada.
Behold the Peacock: a fowl with the power to divide a B.C. neighbourhood
Residents in a Surrey, B.C., neighbourhood are embroiled in a row over what to do with a flock of dozens of peacocks who have set roost in their backyards and trees.
The long, slow road to healing in Humboldt begins on the ice
A hockey season often represents a period of rebuilding and new beginnings for a team — but this year, for the Humboldt Broncos, it also, hopefully, one of healing and moving on for the entire town.
He married her in a 'campaign' to take her money: How a woman with dementia fell into a predatory marriage
There is no defined legal test to ascertain if someone is fit to enter into a marriage, which means that vulnerable adults, like those with dementia, are at risk of being exploited. Experts say greater protections are needed for those who are at their frailest.
'I know the Yazidis are going through hell': ISIS survivors in Canada plead for help for family left behind
After surviving sexual slavery under the brutal rule of ISIS, Yazidis who escaped to Canada cannot find closure because of family members who are still missing, languishing in refugee camps or still in ISIS hands. They want Canada to do more to reunite them.
Finding Adler: The music and mystery of the Jewish refugee who shaped the lives of a Chinese family
During the Second World War, a Jewish refugee escaped the Nazis and fled to Shanghai. There, he taught music to a group of orphans, but abruptly disappeared in 1947. The Chinese-Canadian son of one of those orphans, Fang Sheng, set out to solve the mystery of what happened to him.
Jail time for using a plastic bag: Is Kenya's strict ban helping or hurting its people?
Rivers and lakes are cleaner since Kenya introduced a sweeping ban of single-use plastic bags, but thousands of jobs have been lost. Caro Rolando's documentary, From The Frontlines: The War on Plastics, examines the debate about whether the ban is doing more harm than good.
The body on the boat: The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean, and the toll on those who try to save them
When the crew of the Aquarius picked up a migrant boat in the Mediterranean late last year, they found the body of a young woman on board. CBC correspondent Megan Williams set out to find out who this woman was, and how she died.
Paralyzed survivor of Quebec mosque attack is still fighting to find peace
On the anniversary of the attack on a mosque in Quebec, one of the survivors, Aymen Derbali, is still putting his life back together.
How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies
Surrogate mother Jessica Allen gave birth to twins but never expected one of the babies was biologically hers. Now she and her husband are fighting for their child.
Fighting ISIS: Why Canadians join Kurdish forces in Syria
"It's a way to get involved in some kind of legal war."
'We could all be dying': Grassy Narrows, Ont., youth suffer mercury poisoning consequences
The mercury-contaminated waters still have deadly consequences today — even for teens who weren't born when it happened half a century ago.
'Ben has defined who I am': Teen and autistic twin head to different schools for first time
For the first time in 10 years, twin siblings Amy and Ben Goodes aren't going to the same school. Not atypical, but what raises the stakes is Ben has autism.
'We have to keep looking': Family believes missing U.S. student abducted by North Korea
A Mormon family is still searching for answers about their son who went missing in China 13 years ago.
Cue the rage over queues: Documentary explores social science of lining up
Director Josh Freed’s new documentary looks at the history and tensions around the queue, or the lineup.
'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.
'Don't rely on promises': How arrangements with known sperm donors can unravel
Three sperm donors all set out with the same intention: Donate sperm, don't get involved. But the laws are murky when it comes to donors' rights and each of the three donors is facing a different dilemma. Are they parents or purely donors?
How two friends fought to be legal 'co-mommas' to a 7-year-old boy — and won
Two moms have forced Canada to re-examine the definition of family and who can be parents. Natasha and Lynda are colleagues, platonic friends, neighbours and legal parents to the same little boy. This is the story of Elaan and his two "mommas."
New life, new business: Syrian refugees bring taste of home to Canada
This is the story of a new life, in a new country with a successful new business. It starts in the kitchen where three Syrian refugees created a catering company to bring the taste of home to Canada.
Ottawa family sues fertility doctor for use of wrong sperm — his own
Somewhere in the back of his mind Dan Dixon always thought his daughter didn't look much like him. Now the Dixon family has filed a lawsuit alleging the doctor who treated them during fertility treatments used the wrong sperm — his own.
'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.
Decades after Lebanon's civil war, thousands still missing
In 1984, 20-year-old Emad Abdullah left his Beirut home to see friends and disappeared. It was the height of Lebanon's civil war and Syria was known to be jailing Lebanese. Now many families are hoping those who disappeared might now come home.
Failed resettlement vote divides N.L.'s Little Bay Islands residents
Perry and Larry share a lot. They both have spent their lives on Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland. Both share a last name: Locke. But the neighbours do not share the same opinion on what should happen to their tiny, struggling community and now tension divides the town.
ENCORE: The Harry Potter generation can't let go of 'The Boy Who Lived'
"You're a wizard, Harry." And just like that, a new generation of readers was hooked. But who knew he would follow them into adulthood? The Current revisits the documentary that shares how the magic of Harry Potter inspired fans to discover themselves.
The Harry Potter generation can't let go of 'The Boy Who Lived'
"You're a wizard, Harry." And just like that, a new generation of readers was hooked. But who knew he would follow them into adulthood? Today we share how the magic of Harry Potter inspired fans to discover themselves.
Is 'ethical meat' helping pigs or salving consciences?
Not long ago, the biggest moral dilemma would-be meat eaters faced, was whether or not to put meat on their forks. Today, with the proliferation of options like "humanely raised," "grass fed," "free range," and on and on, there's a lot more to chew on.
How a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory
Demetri Kofinas had a benign brain tumour that was too tricky to remove, so he left it. But then it grew, and threw him into dementia in his 20s. Today we bring you the story of one man's journey toward profound loss and the turnaround that brought everything back.
Atheist minister fights to keep her place in the United Church
Gretta Vosper is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. She's also an Atheist. Gretta Vosper's theological views have been offensive to many. To others, she is a beacon. But can she continue as a minister?
Toronto group comes together to sponsor Syrian refugee family
A group of 17 individuals in Toronto have banded together to raise money and sort out the logistics of refugee sponsorship for an eight-member family. Today, we bring you the story of the Ripple Refugee Group who have become inextricably linked in their efforts to reach out, and bring a family in.
Unaccompanied refugee minors in Europe are disappearing
Humanitarian workers in Italy have been doggedly working to protect unaccompanied minors as child refugees and migrants pour into the country. Some estimate thousands of migrant children are simply disappearing into Europe... many looking for work. And fears of exploitation run high.
Child refugees working Beirut streets for money, exploited by families
Beirut has received more Syrian refugees than any other in the world. Many of the child migrants working to make money on the streets of Beirut are routinely being picked up by police and taken to orphanages. There are fears families are exploiting their children, expecting to bring home money.
Inge Rapoport earns doctorate at age 102, after Nazis denied degree
There's lifelong education, and then there's the story of Ingeborg Rapoport... a woman denied of a medical degree by the Nazis but obtained it 77 years later. At the age of 102, Dr. Inge Rapoport has made history as the oldest person in Europe ever to be granted a medical degree.
Shannon Moroney examines how crime hurts families of perpetrators
When Shannon Moroney's husband was charged with a violent sexual assault and kidnapping two women, she became a pariah... blamed and shunned. Today, we bring you the stories of those thrust into a world of victimization and judgement, and look at the consequences faced by families of perpetrators.
Refugees revive Riace, a struggling Italian town
After so many people emigrated from the small town of Riace Italy, mayor Domenico Lucano saw an opportunity for the near ghost town and decided to welcome migrants in search of a better life. Join us as we travel to Italy to meet the residents of Riace.
Unlikely artists are given a voice with music in UBC project
Today we introduce you to a man who never dreamed what he wrote while living on the streets, or in jail, would be good enough to publish and share. Our documentary looks at Vancouver's Voice to Voice project.
'Your Call Is Important To Us': Designing the best 'on hold' experience
Today we are looking into the people who spend time researching what will keep you 'on hold'. People build careers or empires or fat bank accounts, offering what they think are the right 'on hold' messages. The Current's Josh Bloch delves into the tricks and trade of those who keep us on-the-line… By Design.
Police brutality far from over in Baltimore, meet Tyrone West
There were eye witnesses when Baltimore police chased down Tyrone West and beat him. Officially his death was blamed on a heart condition and the summer heat. But Tyrone West has a champion in a family that won't stop asking questions and fighting for justice.
'I want to be a woman': Rural senior asks wife for help transitioning to female
Married for nearly 40 years, they saw each other through ups and downs and now she's helping him put on his makeup, standing by him as he transitions. Today, we bring you the story of change, of a raw reality that at first triggered confusion and anger but also exposed fierce loyalty and enduring love.
Peace in the House: A not-so-religious Jew and her Orthodox siblings
Danielle Nerman grew up in a secular Jewish household, with two secular Jewish siblings. Then something happened when they became adults. Her siblings got religion, in a major way ... but Danielle didn't. In her documentary, "Peace in the House", she seeks out the true reasons behind their leaps of faiths.
A soldier's suicide and a quest for the truth
Rick and Ellen Rogers are on a mission -- to get the truth about their daughter Shawna Rogers' death. She was a lieutenant in the Canadian military. Their fight for answers could change the way the Canadian military investigates soldiers' deaths.
Gay men and honour killings: 'The Invisible Crime'
Today, we bring you the documentary story of a young man who feared for his life at the hands of his own father because of his sexuality. So-called crimes of honour make the news when daughters are targeted but this is the story of a young man bridging two cultures who says he was ... and continues to be as...
Deaf musicians shatter myths about hearing impairments and sound
Little is known or understood about deaf musicians. Today, we bring you the documentary "Deaf Jam" with an American Sign Language interpreted version online.
Bletchley Park code-buster Anne V. Hereford's secret WWII story
The Current producer Howard Goldenthal follows up on a listener's email only to uncover new details of a mother's secretive war-time work for the British in our documentary "In Search of Anne."...
'Next Goal Wins' soccer documentary follows 'world's worst' team
A decade after a devastating defeat that branded them the "the worst soccer team in the world," filmmakers Steve Jamison and Mike Brett spent months with the American Samoa team as they faced a daunting task--qualifying for last summer's World Cup....
The story of Harry Manson, the first aboriginal person to be inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame
Harry Manson is the first aboriginal soccer player to be inducted into our National Soccer Hall of Fame; a pioneer of the sport.
To No Man's Land: The story of Saeed Jama's deportation to Somalia
The deportation of Saeed Jama to Somalia, one of the world's most dangerous countries, and one where he had never lived.
Health Canada warns surgery using a morcellator could spread undetected cancer, Amy Reed & her husband are fighting to stop the practice
Not long ago, only surgeons and their patients would have heard of a morcellator. But now lawyers have become involved in a big way, following efforts to declare the devices dangerous.Considered by many Gynecological surgeons to be a useful procedure to minimize the risks of certain surgeries, morcellation is seen by others to be a cause of risk, especially for...
Allison Woyiwada had no speech or memory after brain surgery but she had music
After complicated brain surgery, Allison Woyiwada's family was heartbroken to witness all that she'd lost. But then they realized she still had her music. The CBC's Julie Ireton brings us the moving story of one woman's remarkable comeback through the music she loved....
Missionaries in remote Nigeria save twins from sacrifice: 'They are witch, they are evil'
A story of missionaries in Nigeria and their desperate rescue effort -- to save twin children from parents who believe their babies are an evil to be destroyed.