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Students call for systemic change in wake of N-word controversy at University of Ottawa

A University of Ottawa professor's controversial use of the N-word during class demonstrates the need for human rights boards to be created at universities across Canada, says a Black student who was carded on the school's campus last year.

Rhiannon Giddens on making art during a pandemic, and how music bridges divides

Grammy Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens says the pandemic is forcing artists to re-examine why they make art in the first place.

The Current for Oct. 23, 2020

Today on The Current: Unpacking the last 2020 U.S. presidential debate, What it's like being a Black university student in Canada, Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens on race, music and the banjo

Pope's stance on same-sex unions an important step for Catholic Church: priest

The pope’s endorsement of same-sex civil unions is a “highly significant” change in tone for the Vatican that could help change the way church leaders around the world approach the topic, says a Jesuit priest who has made supporting LGBT Catholics a cornerstone of his work.
Road to November

U.S. election is a 'now-or-never' moment, say young voters worried about country they'll inherit post-pandemic

In Tennessee, young voters are concerned about the country and economy they'll inherit after the pandemic, but not all agree on who is the right candidate to lead the country through it.

Road to November takes listeners down the Mississippi River, all the way to polling day

The Current's series Road to November is a virtual trip down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana, to meet some of the people whose lives will be shaped by the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The Current for Oct. 22, 2020

Today on The Current: Staying fit through a COVID-19 winter; Road to November: Tennessee, and what’s important to young voters, Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions, Google faces antitrust lawsuit.

The pandemic is forcing educators to rethink how they evaluate students. Here's why

As high schools across the country scrap exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts say now is the time to re-evaluate what those tests look like, to ensure they serve all students.

As confidence vote looms, do Liberals want an election, or a distraction?

Our national affairs panel discusses the possibility of a snap federal election, and what might be behind the Liberal federal government's move to call a confidence vote.

Tim Robbins on satirizing Trump, and the time he turned him away from a party

Tim Robbins new satirical podcast Bobbo Supreme follows a fictional, tyrannical U.S. president in frantic re-election bid. He says that while U.S. President Donald Trump may have killed parody, he has not killed satire.

The Current for Oct. 21, 2020

Today on The Current: Our national affairs panel on a possible snap election, pandemic fatigue and Nova Scotia fisheries dispute, Tim Robbins on his new satirical podcast, Debating the value of exams, André Picard on the latest in fight against COVID-19

How promoting social connection could help combat suicide among rural men

Older men living in rural areas need better access to culturally relevant programs to stem the risk of gun-related harm, says the lead author of a new study on firearm-related injuries and deaths in Ontario.

The Current for Oct. 20, 2020

Today on The Current: Gun-related suicides in rural men, Canada’s booming pandemic real estate market; American satirist P.J. O’Rourke on his new book; Trick-or-treating safety amid COVID-19.

Fed up with afros 'based on cauliflower,' Black players of The Sims eager for better representation

Calgary gamer Jade Ade-Yusuf says the current options for Black players of The Sims to recreate their own diverse skin tones and hair styles "fall short of the mark."

Genetic genealogy technique used in Christine Jessop cold case comes with privacy concerns, warns expert

A Canadian privacy expert warns that there are risks involved in using genetic genealogy as a tool for investigating crimes, despite its ability to help solve cold cases like the 1984 murder of nine-year-old Christine Jessop.

The Current for Oct. 19, 2020

Today on The Current: Privacy concerns over genetic genealogy, Nova Scotia fisheries dispute draws calls for government intervention, The Sims creators agree to make video game more diverse, COVID-19 resurgence in Europe.

Is it time for a fusion cuisine comeback? Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage think so

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage discuss their new cookbook, Flavour, and argue that fusion cooking may have fallen out of fashion, but still has a lot to offer.

More answers needed after Christine Jessop's killer revealed: veteran reporter

Thursday’s announcement that police have identified nine-year-old Christine Jessop’s true killer leaves many unanswered questions, says a veteran justice reporter who wrote a book about the case.

The Current for Oct. 16, 2020

Today at The Current: Fisheries dispute in Nova Scotia turns violent, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage make the case for a fusion cuisine comeback, Long lineups to vote in the U.S., Kirk Makin on the long road to find Christine Jessop’s killer.
Road to November

Activists wanted this Black race horse owner to boycott the Kentucky Derby. Here's why he said no

Greg Harbut, one of the few Black horse owners in Derby history, was asked to boycott the race this year amid protests about racism and the police killing of Breonna Taylor. He explains why he refused the request.

Road to November takes listeners down the Mississippi River, all the way to polling day

The Current's series Road to November is a virtual trip down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana, to meet some of the people whose lives will be shaped by the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Calls to pursue herd immunity are 'callous, dangerous nonsense': immunologist

A U.S. proposal that calls for an end to lockdowns and for people to try to achieve herd immunity is raising alarm bells among health experts who say such a move would have devastating consequences.

How a convicted killer's passion for math inspired him to change his life — and others'

Convicted killer Christopher Havens taught himself advanced math from behind bars. He's now sharing his love of numbers with other inmates and says prisoners need opportunities to better themselves so they can be rehabilitated.

The Current for Oct. 15, 2020

Today on The Current: The Great Barrington Declaration calls for an end to COVID-19 lockdowns, Road to November: Kentucky, the Derby, and protests over the killing of Breonna Taylor, Christopher Havens found meaning in math while in prison for murder

This deaf author is boycotting his own book after criticism its illustrations include an 'Asian stereotype'

Saskatoon author Adam Pottle has just published his first children’s book, but he’s urging people not to buy it because it contains an illustration that he says is offensive — but the publisher won’t change it.