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How Harnarayan Singh's hockey obsession shaped his life in small-town Canada

The voice behind Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi speaks with The Current’s Matt Galloway about his new memoir, One Game at a Time, which chronicles his childhood love of the game, and the challenges he’s faced in his career.

Trump 'the wrong man for the job,' says veteran journalist Bob Woodward

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward says he didn't report U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks about the severity of COVID-19 sooner, because he didn't have the full timeline of what Trump knew, and when he knew it.

The Current for Sept. 22, 2020

Today on The Current: Bob Woodward on his new book, Rage; COVID-19 testing amid a surge in cases; and Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi's Harnarayan Singh talks about his new memoir.

Yaa Gyasi hopes her new book 'champions' the science we need to navigate the pandemic

In Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi says both religion and science "are attempting to ask really big transcendent questions, attempting to kind of reconcile things that seem irreconcilable."

The Current for Sept. 21, 2020

Today on The Current: The legacies of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Canada's 17th prime minister, John Turner; the UN calls for aid as the pandemic worsens conditions in conflict zones; and Yaa Gyasi on her new book Transcendent Kingdom.

Some renters fear they'll be living on the streets as eviction bans, CERB come to end

A Vancouver-based housing advocate is sounding the alarm over an impending wave of evictions across this country, as provinces lift protections for renters and pandemic unemployment continues. But the CEO of an association representing property owners says further rent freezes could put landlords at risk of losing their own homes.

Trump's family separations at border played out 'exactly how it was designed to': journalist Jacob Soboroff

Journalist Jacob Soboroff, who visited a facility housing children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, says the Trump administration wanted to stoke public outcry to shock Congress into making immigration laws more restrictive.

The Current for Sept. 18, 2020

Today on The Current: Tenants worried as eviction moratoriums come to an end, Jacob Soboroff on Trump administration and families separated at U.S. border, Retired school teacher aiming to walk 2.2 million steps for Terry Fox anniversary, Alberta to stop asymptomatic testing

Registering to vote like trying to 'count the bubbles in the soap' in some U.S. states: activist

Pastor Greg Lewis, of voting rights organization Souls to the Polls, says process of registering to vote is complicated and not welcoming for many people — and as a result their voices are not heard.

Jamal Murray, the rising Canadian basketball star, is 'the real deal,' says man who scouted him

The man who discovered rising Canadian basketball star Jamal Murray says the young athlete is like “a heat-seeking missile” the sport has never seen at this level, and at his age.

Globalization has been bad for middle class, argues economist Jeff Rubin in new book

In his new book The Expendables, Canadian economist Jeff Rubin argues that globalization has not been good for organized labour or middle class wages — and warns people left behind in the economy will turn their backs on liberal democracy.

The Current for Sept. 17, 2020

Today on The Current: Road to November: Wisconsin and voter suppression; economist Jeff Rubin on globalization and The Expendables; rising Canadian basketball star Jamal Murray; and the pandemic is inspiring people to pick up the guitar.

The pandemic has made it clear just how broken the fashion industry is, says expert

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated just how broken the fashion industry is, says an expert who is calling for it to be “rewired” and to move away from fast fashion.

The Current for Sept. 16, 2020

Today on The Current: Increased demand for COVID-19 testing, Isabel Wilkerson on Caste, Pandemic impact on the fashion industry, U.S. wildfire smoke shrouding B.C.

Harm reduction approach is better than blaming young people for COVID-19 uptick, says neuroscientist

With COVID-19 on the rise among those under 40 in Ontario, science communicator Samantha Yammine warns that playing the blame game won’t help bring down the numbers among the young.

Werner Herzog on Fireball, his new film about the awe-inspiring power of meteors

The renowned German director behind a new film about the creative and destructive power of meteors says he isn’t losing sleep over the idea of space debris barrelling into Earth anytime soon.

The Current for Sept. 15, 2020

Today on The Current: U.S. wildfires and online conspiracy theories; helping Canadians under 40 stay safe from COVID-19; Dr. Jane Philpott’s new book looks at the front lines of the pandemic; and Werner Herzog’s new film about the cultural impact of meteorites.

Canada could avoid full lockdown in fall by targeting outbreaks and not taking 'our foot off the pedal': Tam

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Canadians must play a role in "minimizing the number of contacts and exposures, should a case occur."

From singing dogs to fat cats: Why Instagram pets could boost your pandemic spirits

COVID-19 has turned this year into a bit of a dog’s breakfast. But if you’re looking for a pandemic pick-me-up, the pets of Instagram just may be your answer, according to a new research paper that examines why people run Instagram accounts on behalf of their fur babies.

The Current for Sept. 14, 2020

Today on The Current: Canada’s top physician Dr. Theresa Tam on the months ahead, The return to pandemic restrictions, Instagram pets and the ‘cute economy,’ Director Hao Wu on his film 76 days

This Black-owned distillery raised $765K after it burned in Minneapolis protests. Now they're giving it away

Du Nord Craft Spirits was damaged in fires that spread through Minneapolis following George Floyd's death, but its owners have created an opportunity to help other local businesses in their community.

'It's not too late' to prevent major COVID-19 resurgence in Canada, Hajdu says

The last time Patty Hajdu appeared on The Current was March — a time of much uncertainty. Six months later, Hajdu speaks about how Canada is going to deal with COVID-19 situation during the autumn months.

The Current for Sept. 11, 2020

Today on The Current: Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu, Sam Pollard on his new film MLK/FBI, Dr. Tom Frieden on U.S. response to COVID-19, California wildfires

From Black Lives Matter to offcourt controversies, these sports writers say fans need to confront discomfort

Kavitha Davidson and Jessica Luther, co-authors of the book Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back, discuss how sports fans can reconcile their love of spectating with the recent pushbacks against both leagues and players.

'Recall: How to Start a Revolution' podcast explores the October Crisis, 50 years later

Host Geoff Turner discusses the new podcast, Recall: How to Start a Revolution, and explores the modern-day relevance of the October Crisis.