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Youth blood won't 'cure' aging, FDA warns after U.S. company charges $8K to transfuse older people

Here's an unusual way to stay feeling young and healthy: inject the blood of a younger person directly into your veins. A company in the U.S. was charging people thousands of dollars for a litre of blood from someone aged 16-25, but authorities have warned that "there is no proven clinical benefit." We look at the latest idea in bio-hacking.

Clerk's comments before justice committee risked 'raising the perception of bias'

Ottawa was gripped when Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, spoke before the justice committee Thursday. But has it shed any more light on the SNC-Lavalin affair? We ask three experts to dissect what he had to say.

'It's like a hall of mirrors': In a spacecraft, some personalities work better than others

The technology to send astronauts to Mars may be here before we know it, but the trip to get there could put astronauts under serious psychological strain. We look at some of the work being done to understand and improve that often-overlooked aspect of travelling to the stars: astronauts' mental health.

The Current for February 22, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at whether what Michael Wernick told the justice committee sheds any more light on the SNC-Lavalin affair; plus, we explore an unusual way to stay young and healthy — injecting yourself with the blood of millennials; we also drill into what the National Energy Board wants in order for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to be built; and we discuss the effect that space travel can have on an astronaut’s mental health.

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Is Trump a Russian asset? 'I can't rule that out,' says ex-FBI head Andrew McCabe

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who led the bureau for three months last year, contends a "crime may have been committed" during U.S. President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI chief James Comey.

To tackle sexual abuse, Catholic Church must match words with concrete action: survivor

Pope Francis has summoned bishops to an unprecedented summit designed to tackle sexual abuse in the priesthood, a persisting problem that has shaken the faith of Catholics globally. We look at policies recently enacted in Canada, which are being discussed at the summit as a way to tackle what the Pope has called "the urgent challenge of our time."

'Canaries in the coal mine': Skiers speak up on climate change to save winter sports

Winter sports may be the latest casualty of climate change, as advocates say winters are getting shorter, and certain sports are becoming less viable. We talk to two skiers about what's being done to save the snow.

The Current for February 21, 2019

Today on The Current: We speak to former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe about working with U.S. President Donald Trump, right up until he fired him; plus, we explore the effect climate change is having on winter sports; and we look at whether a summit at the Vatican can help the Catholic Church find a path away from sexual abuse.

There may be no difference between your brain and Hitler's, psychologist says

Canadian psychological scientist Julia Shaw has worked extensively as an expert in criminal cases, an experience that has convinced her we shouldn't label anyone, or anything, as evil. In her new book Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side, she argues that even in the worst cases, it's seldom so black and white.

Karl Lagerfeld's death is end of an era, and end of a 'particular vision of women': fashion critic

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died Tuesday, after decades holding sway over the direction of the multibillion-dollar industry. But does his death also herald the end of the fashion era he embodied?

With Canadians 'confused' by SNC-Lavalin affair, no party is controlling narrative: pollster

Plenty of questions, but not many answers. Our political panel discusses what the Canadian public is making of the SNC-Lavalin affair, and what it could mean for the elections this year.

The Current for February 20, 2019

Today on The Current: As the SNC-Lavalin affair trundles on, our political panel discusses what the Canadian public is making of it; plus, does the death of Karl Lagerfeld also herald the end of the fashion era he embodied?; and we speak to one scientist who thinks we shouldn’t label anyone, or anything, as evil, because it’s seldom so black and white.

Director who lived undercover with jihadists calls it 'most dangerous thing I did in my life'

Living undercover with a jihadist and his family in Syria, filmmaker Talal Derki captured a rare glimpse of how hatred and extremism are passed from generation to generation. He tells us about the danger he faced making his Oscar-nominated film, Of Fathers and Sons.

As pro-pipeline convoy reaches Ottawa, leader says protest was years in the making

A couple hundred vehicles have converged on Ottawa, carrying angry westerners demanding the government scrap the carbon tax and measures that they say will introduce oppressive regulation on the energy sector. We speak to one of the organizers about the protesters' message, and accusations that the movement has been hijacked by extremist, anti-immigrant elements.

Her first day in Parliament, security didn't believe Monique Bégin was really an MP

Monique Bégin was a female pioneer in federal politics, advancing policies concerning issues of inequality, health, poverty and women's rights in the 70s and 80s.

The Current for February 19, 2019

Today on The Current: The organizer of an Albertan convoy approaching Ottawa tells us why it's crossed the country to protest government policy; plus, a filmmaker recounts the danger he faced going deep uncover to make an Oscar-nominated documentary about a jihadist family in Syria; and former politician Monique Bégin looks back on her trailblazing career.

Parenting throughout history could be weird, and downright dangerous: author

"Parenting" only became a verb in the last century, a fact that becomes clear when you look back at the history of how we used to treat our children. As much of Canada celebrates Family Day, author Jennifer Traig gives us the lowdown on some of weird and downright dangerous parenting practices from history.

Canadian doctor recounts 'hair-raising' experience trying to escape Haiti protests

Several hundred tourists, including dozens of Canadians, have found themselves trapped in Haiti as street demonstrations make it dangerous to move around the country. We hear from a Canadian who was trapped there and look at what's driving the unrest.

How a Canadian 'giraffologist' stuck her neck out to fight sexism in academia

Canadian biologist Anne Dagg was denied tenure decades ago, despite her pioneering research on giraffes. She's finally getting recognition in her field — and she wants to make sure young women scientists today don't have to fight the way she did.

The Current for February 18, 2019

Today on The Current: We look at the unrest in Haiti and the Canadians trapped there as a result; plus, author Jennifer Traig gives us the lowdown on some of weird and downright dangerous parenting practices from history; and we look at the life and work of Canadian biologist Anne Dagg, a pioneer in giraffe research whose finally getting the 'attention she deserves.'

Canadian women who went to join ISIS 'not willing to express regret': reporter

Several women who joined ISIS in the Middle East now want to return to their home countries — including Canada. But were they innocents who were pressured to join, or accomplices to the caliphate's atrocities?

This man ran 138 km across the frozen Yukon landscape. He's disappointed he didn't do more

France's Thierry Corbarieu won the Yukon Arctic Ultra race this week, after nine days and nearly 700 kilometres in temperatures of –50 C. Not everyone finished the race though. We talk to two athletes about what it takes to compete, and what it takes to call it a day.

Why one advocate says nuclear energy needs to be part of the plan to solve climate change

While some advocates say nuclear energy is our best bet to wean the world off fossil fuels, others claim the threat is so severe we just don't have time to build the reactors needed. We hear from both sides of the debate.

The Current for February 15, 2019

Today on The Current: The women who left Canada to join ISIS are often referred to as non-combatants, but does that absolve them of the caliphate’s atrocities?; plus, we talk to two athletes about what it takes to compete in the Yukon Arctic Ultra; and could nuclear energy be the solution to climate change?