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The Current

The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada's most trusted and listened-to journalists.

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The Doppelgänger

Julia struggles flirting over text messages and it’s hampering her love life. But she also struggles with all text messages.

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9-1-1

When a flashlight bomb killed Wayne Greavette in 1996, it also destroyed his family. David Ridgin searches for answers.

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Discovering you`re a psychopath

James Fallon is determined to overcome his worst instincts.

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Native Child and the Full Moon

Tegan Smallwood, 15, isn’t sure which nation she's from because her mom was adopted during the Sixties Scoop.

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The magnificent bully: Why thousands of barred owls are being shot by U.S. conservationists

Barred owls are being culled in large numbers in the Pacific Northwest, in an effort to save their close cousins, the endangered spotted owl. Is it fair to kill one species to save another? conservationists disagree, but it's a question that will become more pertinent as climate change forces animals to migrate.

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Métis doctor honoured for serving remote Indigenous communities

Dr. Catherine Cook has served Indigenous communities for more than three decades. Her work has recently been honoured with the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.

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Migrant crisis: When media leaves, nothing will change, says mayor of town on U.S.-Mexico border

Images of young children in cages have shocked the world this week, as a zero-tolerance immigration policy saw families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Current's Julie Crysler was in McAllen, Texas, meeting people on both sides of the immigration debate.

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This pop artist used artificial intelligence to compose an entire album

Singer and technologist Taryn Southern has just done something no musician has ever done before: released an album composed with artificial intelligence. Critics argue it's not really music if a human isn't composing it.

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Why are dead hummingbirds showing up for sale? Investigating the love charm black market

Forensic ornithologist Pepper Trail has been investigating the apparent rise in a black-market trade for chuparosas: love charms made with the bodies of dead hummingbirds that appear to be growing in popularity in Hispanic-American communities.

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Rhetoric around migrants in U.S. has parallels to slavery, says historian

Both Canada and the U.S. have a long history of removing children from the care of their parents, and one historian says the rhetoric in use today is the same as during the time of slavery.

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'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.

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Government must do more to help Yazidi refugees, says advocate

Majed El Shafie and Mavis Himes have become lifelines for Yazidi refugees who have settled in Canada - as well as those still living under ISIS rule.

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Doug Ford's vow to fight federal carbon tax part of concerted effort, prof says

Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed to scrap the cap-and-trade system. But critics warn the move against taxing greenhouse gas emissions will have a domino effect both politically and economically.

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The Senate passed the pot bill. What happens now?

Canada is on its way to being the first industrialized country in the world to legalize pot nationally. The contentious Bill C-45 to legalize recreational marijuana passed on Tuesday.

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Full Episode for June 20, 2018 - The Current

From Yazidi women settling in Canada after surviving sexual slavery but who are not at peace knowing their family members are in the hands of ISIS; to the support Yazidi refugees rely on; to a bill passed that pushes legalizing weed forward; to the impact of scrapping cap-and-trade in Ontario ... This is The Current.

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Increase in Toronto shootings will continue without new strategy, argues anti-gun advocate

More than a decade after the 'summer of the gun,' Toronto has seen a recent spike in shootings, including two little girls at a playground. Some argue policing and prevention strategies need a new approach.

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What makes it a murder? Coroner's office inquiry into 'concealed homicides' after Mississauga deaths

Three family members died in their Mississauga home over a period of several years, but it was only after the third death that police established a suspicious pattern. The Current talks to investigators about how they approach the scene of a death, and where mistakes can be made.

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Drummer Sheila E. encourages female musicians to keep smashing taboos

Legendary drummer Sheila E. had to fight for recognition throughout her career. She advises other young and aspiring female musicians to be confident, despite obstacles like sexism and harassment that can still be found in the industry.

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Full Episode for June 19, 2018 - The Current

From solutions addressing Toronto's surge in gun violence; to breaking down the taboo of female drummers; to how three deaths in an Ontario family is shining a light on so-called concealed murders ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for June 18, 2018 - The Current

From a call on the government to admit more LGBTQ refugees into Canada; to debating the legacy of Thomas Jefferson with the exhibit of Sally Hemings' bedroom; to how an Austrian Jew taught orphans to become members of China's symphony orchestra ... This is The Current.

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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, grew up hearing stories of this man, and set out to solve the mystery of what happened to him.

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What Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings had was not a 'love affair,' new Monticello exhibit reveals

An exhibit at the Monticello plantation is being applauded by many descendants for acknowledging the life of Sally Hemings, and for sharing the truth behind her relationship with Thomas Jefferson.

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Helping refugees becoming a 'popularity contest,' says advocate

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel has called for the government to let in more LGBT refugees and to track the numbers, but some advocates worry about politicizing the refugee system and warn against prioritizing any particular group over others.

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Should Canada scrap immigration deal with the U.S. over safety concerns?

Safe Third Country Agreement is based on the understanding that both countries are safe for refugees

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Lea Garofalo was killed by her Mafia family. Now she's the face of anti-mob protests

Alex Perry's new book looks at the women who are fighting to bring down the Mafia, and inspiring people across Italy to say enough is enough.

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Daughter of Wettlaufer's last victim unconvinced inquiry will result in changes to system

Susan Horvath has lost faith in long-term care after her father was murdered by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. She's also not confident an inquiry looking into how her crimes went undetected for a decade will result in any improvements.

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Full Episode for June 15 - The Current

From the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer murders raising questions about how long-term care homes are run; to the story of women who took on a powerful mafia; to a 'zero tolerance' migrant policy in the U.S. separating children from their parents ... This is The Current with Ioanna Roumeliotis.

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Does Canada need a national cycling strategy?

As cycle advocates lobby for more bike lanes to make travel safer, critics argue Canada needs a more strategic solution than simply building more infrastructure.

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How reporter Seymour Hersh uncovered a massacre, and changed the Vietnam War dialogue

Seymour Hersh brings great insight into investigative journalism - past and present - because he has broken some of the most important and history-making stories of the last fifty years.

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Why fans still flock to the World Cup despite politics and controversy

Despite political controversy in this year's World Cup in Russia, soccer fans are still get excited for the tournament and argue the game has a powerful connection to unite the world.

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Full Episode for June 14, 2018 - The Current

From cycling advocates calling for a Canadian strategy to keep people safe; to whether Russia's controversies will affect the FIFA World Cup; to investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on reporting some of the biggest stories of the past 50 years ... This is The Current.

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Movie trailer-like video starring Trump and Kim resembles North Korean propaganda, says historian

A White House movie trailer-style video depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as heroes was made to help negotiate peace. But did it have a positive affect?

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'Ear-witness testimony': Detainees' memories used to map out a notorious Syrian prison

A research group called Forensic Architecture has recreated a prison in Syria, a place no outsider has had access to since the beginning of the war. Former detainee testimony is used to construct an interactive model.

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Should the U.S. adopt Canada's supply management system in order to save its dairy farmers?

U.S. President Donald Trump has said high tariffs and Canada's supply management system are hurting American dairy farmers, who are already struggling to make ends meet. While some argue the U.S. could solve those problems by adopting a similar system, others warn it can be bad for consumers, and for global trade.

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Full Episode for June 13, 2018 - The Current

From what was accomplished between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un at the Korea Summit; to how forensic architecture can determine if human rights abuses have occurred; to whether Canada's supply management system is a solution for U.S. dairy farmers ... This is The Current.

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North Korean defector to Trump: 'Don't believe Kim Jong-un'

A man who defected from North Korea has a stark warning for U.S. president Donald Trump about trusting the regime.

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Supreme Court to rule on controversial risk assessment tests accused of bias against Indigenous offenders

An upcoming Supreme Court of Canada ruling could decide whether controversial tests that are used to predict criminals' likelihood to reoffend violate the Charter rights of Indigenous people.

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Watch out, Alberta - close encounters with cougars are on the rise

Wildlife experts say that as humans encroach more into cougar habitats, and as cougars adapt more to being where people live, the possibility of a close encounter is increasing.

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Full Episode for June 12, 2018 - The Current

From whether a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump will bring peace; to the growing conflict between cougars living with humans; to questioning cultural bias in risk assessments for Indigenous prisoners ... This is The Current.

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Canadian company says it can make cost-effective fuel by sucking carbon dioxide from the air

Carbon Engineering is a Canadian company that sucks carbon out of the air and converts it to fuel. New research conducted by its founder suggests the company's methods could be a viable tool in the fight against climate change.

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U.S. activists inspired by Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

As U.S. faces up to its own problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women, what can the country learn from Canada's success - and failures?

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Rift between Trump and Trudeau could be first step towards a recession, warns former foreign affairs minister

The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called "unprecedented" by observers. Former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay says it's alarming and could even lead to a recession if it persists.

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Full Episode for June 11, 2018 - The Current

From how the war of words between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump will affect the future of NAFTA; to MMIW cases gaining traction in the U.S. after an indifference to the issue; to turning captured carbon into fuel ... This is The Current.

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From piety to prosperity: What obituary trends reveal about society's shifting values

With a rise of particularly frank memorials, should we be worried?

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Could marijuana help people addicted to opioids, or are we swapping one addiction for another?

The potential for cannabis to wean people off opioid addiction is getting renewed attention after Canopy Growth, Canada's biggest marijuana grower, gave UBC $2.5 million research endowment to investigate the idea.

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'Interesting times': Political heavyweights assess Doug Ford's win in Ontario

As Ontario welcomes a new incoming premier and a seismic shift in the political landscape, we speak to three political heavyweights about what this means for the province, and the rest of Canada.

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Full Episode for June 8, 2018 - The Current

From what Doug Ford's majority win means for Ontario and the rest of Canada, to the potential of cannabis in the fight against the opioid crisis, and what the trend of painfully honest obits says about changing attitudes towards death and journalism ... This is The Current.

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Actors in new play don't see script until they get on stage - and it's in a language they don't understand

Nassim Soleimanpour, who had a global smash with White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, is back with a new concept that explores language and the feeling of being a foreigner.

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U.S. government treats Puerto Rico with 'disdain' in aftermath of Hurricane Maria, says lawyer

People in Puerto Rico have watched friends and relatives die as the infrastructure crumbled in the wake of Hurricane Maria last September. As the new hurricane season starts, people on the island say they are ill-equipped to cope with another storm.

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Union's defence of Elizabeth Wettlaufer was 'grossly disappointing,' says employment lawyer

The former nurse's union filed grievances against her previous employers after she was fired for medication errors and professional misconduct.

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Women over 50 'probably not benefiting at all from chemotherapy,' says oncologist

An oncologist and co-author of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that each year in Canada, 30,000 women battling a specific type of breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy.

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U.S. Coast Guard detentions of drug smugglers 'violating international law,' and Canada may be complicit

A joint investigation by CBC's The Current and The Investigative Fund heard from seven suspected drug traffickers, who were picked up in international waters with the support of the Canadian navy. They report being mistreated after being handed to U.S. Coast Guard vessels.

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Israel's greatest threats are internal, not Hamas or Iran, says former prime minister Ehud Barak

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak calls the Middle East a 'tough neighbourhood,' doesn't underestimate - or apologize for - Israel's position of strength. Noura Erakat, a Palestinian-American human rights attorney, argues that Barak's views are emblematic of a wider problem in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Rural and northern Ontario voters sound off before critical election

Issues like the price of electricity, school closures and dwindling populations are becoming life-or-death issues for communities far away from Queen's Park.

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Survivor of sexual assault goes public to create a sporting world free of abuse

Former Olympian Geneviève Simard says that bringing her former ski coach Bertrand Charest to court over sexual abuse is the hardest thing she's ever had to do. Now she's fought to have her name made public, so she can make sure other young athletes don't experience the same ordeal.

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How brain cancer gave a neuroscientist insight into mental illness

After a career studying brains, neuroscientist Barbara K. Lipska developed a whole new understanding of mental illness when brain cancer caused her to lose her mind.

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Should Canada ditch Mexico and go it alone with U.S. on new trade agreement?

As the trade dispute between Canada and the U.S. escalates, some observers are arguing that Ottawa should drop Mexico and form a bilateral agreement with Washington. But one former diplomat argues that Mexico is Canada's third-largest trading partner, and we could be turning our backs many other markets.

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U.K. cracks down on Russian oligarchs bringing wealth into country

British lawmakers say the flood of rubles from super wealthy Russian expats could be a threat to national security in the U.K.

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Full Episode for June 4, 2018 - The Current

From whether Canada should ditch Mexico and go it alone with the U.S. on trade agreement; to the neuroscientist who lost her mind and recovered her sanity; to the impact of Russian wealth on Britain ... This is The Current.

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Arrest of UBC graduate casts doubt on Saudi Arabia's push for reform

As Saudi Arabia is set to life the notorious ban on women driving in mere weeks, a UBC grad and outspoken women's rights activist finds herself detained - again - along with other human rights activists caught in the country's crackdown.

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Happiness doesn't come without hard work, according to neuroscience

The key to happiness, according to neuroscientist Dean Burnett is complex. The author explains the scientific facts behind what's going on inside the happy brain.

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Tariffs are a NAFTA bargaining chip, argues Canadian steel magnate

The steel tariffs announced by the U.S. are a NAFTA bargaining chip, argues one industry insider. But others argue that the White House should focus on countries which dump cheap metal into the North American market — instead of imposing tariffs on close trading partners.

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Full Episode for June 1, 2018 - The Current

From the escalating trade war as the U.S. announces stiff tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum; to arrests in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on women's rights activists; to how our brains work to make us feel happy ... This is The Current.

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Leave Lil Tay alone, tech writer says of controversial YouTube child star

Social media is generating a new breed of child stars and critics argue young YouTube personalities need to be protected from exploitation. But tech writer Alexandra Samuel argues there's no difference between putting your kid on YouTube versus on the ice to play hockey.

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What is digital justice? For many, it starts with their internet bill, says activist

Social and economic inequality in our everyday lives are finding a foothold in the digital world. Activist Nasma Ahmed launched the Digital Justice Lab to fight back.

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Full Episode for May 31, 2018 - The Current

From how Jean Chrétien would handle President Trump and the Trans Mountain Pipeline; to making the digital realm more inclusive and equitable; to whether the child stars of YouTube and Instagram are being exploited ... This is The Current.

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Trump and the Trans Mountain pipeline: What would Jean Chrétien do?

Nearly 15 years after leaving public office, former prime minister Jean Chrétien has plenty to say about today's Canada — from the Trans Mountain pipeline, to divisions in Quebec. A new documentary on the CBC Documentary Channel offers fresh insights into his life and political career.

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Government should have 'removed all political obstacles' to Trans Mountain pipeline sooner: Conservative MP

A Conservative government would have exercised constitutional powers to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline stayed in the hands of the private sector, finance critic Pierre Poilievre told The Current.

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Academics call removal of ISIS documents by New York Times 'unethical'

After a New York Times report in April revealed journalist Rukmini Callimachi collected thousands of ISIS documents from Iraq, several academics have put forth a petition calling the act of removing the files illegal and unethical.

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Full Episode for May 30, 2018 - The Current

From critics calling out the government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline; to an Iraqi-Canadian grad student's petition against the New York Times' removal of ISIS files in Iraq; to how dinosaur fossils can provide clues for adapting to climate change ... This is The Current.

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Is there a dinosaur hiding in your drawer? Meet the man who's found 15 new species

Dozens of new species of dinosaur are being discovered every year, which keeps expert fossil hunters like Steve Brusatte busy.

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Advocate group supporting needle exchange trial in prisons concerned over roll out

Next month, Correctional Service of Canada is providing clean needles to drug users in two federal prisons. Critics argue it's a dangerous move but a prisoner support group worries how the pilot project will roll out.

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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.

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Evidence shows Starbucks' anti-bias training may backfire, says expert

As Starbucks closes U.S. stores today for racial bias training, critics argue companies are going about diversity training all wrong as research suggests it can have a negative effect.

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Full Episode for May 29, 2018 - The Current

From concerns over a pilot program in two federal prisons providing clean needles to drug users; to whether a ban on plastic bags is helping or hurting Kenya; to research that suggests conventional anti-bias training may do more harm than good ... This is The Current.

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Pipeline expansion is 'last gasp of fossil fuel industry,' says activist

A Thursday deadline set by Kinder Morgan to be assured the Trans Mountain pipeline is going ahead is not stopping opponents from pushing back on the project. The expansion contradicts the future of renewable energy, says environmental activist.

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Cutting funds to aid groups accused of sexual misconduct will hurt the vulnerable, says UN official

Aid workers are speaking out about sexual harassment on the job, but many say the industry is still reluctant to face the issue, and can even discourage reporting.

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Final stretch in Ontario election has polls seeing orange

With only 10 days remaining in the fight to run Ontario, political watchers recap the unorthodox election and react to how Sunday's leaders debate plays into the endgame.

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Full Episode for May 28, 2018 - The Current

From whether the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline is a constitutional crisis or democracy in action; to aid workers speaking out about sexual harassment and assault on the job; to a look inside the Ontario election and Sunday's debate ... This is The Current.

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'The supply chain is so tightly integrated': industry reacts to proposed tariffs

The auto sector reacts to Trump's proposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on imported vehicles.

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Alex Jones faces lawsuits after calling Sandy Hook shooting a hoax

Three defamation lawsuit have been filed against conspiracy theorist and right-wing radio host Alex Jones. The suits are in relation to repeated comments he has made calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax.

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Full Episode for May 25, 2018 - The Current

From how U.S. President Trump's latest threat of auto tariffs affects NAFTA negotiations; to why families of Sandy Hook victims are suing talk-show host Alex Jones; to an Ebola vaccine made in Canada rolling out in the DRC ... This is The Current.

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Congo Ebola outbreak maps are riddled with errors. Volunteers are racing to fix them

Vaccines to treat affected areas of the Ebola outbreak in the Congo are available, but the maps distributed to get to them are inaccurate. Volunteer mappers are rapidly fixing this to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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Music industry is complicit in R. Kelly's continued success, says culture critic

For decades, American R&B star R. Kelly has been followed by allegations he's denied, yet his music career continues. Critics argue the artist's #MeToo movement is long overdue.

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U.S. schools turn to facial recognition technology to stop gun attacks

U.S. schools are adopting facial recognition technology as a way of keeping students safe, but there are concerns about privacy, particularly as the technology becomes more widespread.

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Do your kids play Fortnite? Here's how it could win them a college scholarship

As esports grow exponentially in popularity, young players are starting to take advantage of the financial opportunities that lie in becoming a professional gamer. And some universities are starting to offer scholarships to attract them.

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Full Episode for May 24, 2018 - The Current

From how Fortnite, the biggest E-sport in the world, is opening up financial opportunities; to the music industry turning a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse against R Kelly; to U.S. schools embracing facial recognition A.I. to combat campus shooters ... This is The Current.

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'We have to eradicate this behaviour': RCMP commissioner tasked to reform workplace harassment

Brenda Lucki made history when she became the first female RCMP commissioner. Her task to reform the force's work culture and to foster reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is no small feat, but she says she's committed to the challenge.

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What can Ireland's abortion referendum teach us about election meddling in the internet age?

Ireland is about to hold a historic referendum on repealing the country's Eighth Amendment, which in effect bans abortion. As international interest in the vote has grown, it is being seen as a test case for electoral integrity.

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Vice reporter says RCMP's demands for his notes puts journalism at risk

As the RCMP's fight to compel a journalist to hand over his notes reaches the Supreme Court of Canada, opinion is divided over whether sources should be protected, and concerns of national security.

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Full Episode for May 23, 2018 - The Current

From the first woman to become RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki tasked to reform work culture; to how election integrity is playing out as Ireland is set to vote on abortion; to journalist Ben Makuch's fight to protect the identity of an ISIS recruiter ... This is The Current.

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Female politicians push to make Parliament more family-friendly

It's Karina Gould's first day back in Parliament after taking a 10-week maternity leave. The federal Minister of Democratic Institutions is bringing her son to work, balancing motherhood and politics. But some argue that message is the wrong one for many working women.

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The race for the perfect red: Why we still haven't cracked the colour of love, passion and blood

In the history of producing colour pigments, our efforts to make the perfect red have often resulted in shades not quite bright enough or prone to fading. But after scientists accidentally discovered a new shade of blue, the race is on to create the right red.

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'I expected to die in there': Canadian jailed in Ethiopia for 11 years wants Ottawa to learn from his ordeal

Bashir Makhtal languished in an Ethiopian prison for 11 years, while human rights groups fought for his release. Now, back in Canada, he is asking why it took so long to secure his release.

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Full Episode for May 22, 2018 - The Current

From the case of Canadian Bashir Makhtal who spent 11 years in an Ethiopian prison; to the search for the next red pigment and how the colour became the most fought-over in history; to making the world of politics family-friendly ... This is The Current.

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Efforts to block hate speech on Facebook actually work to discriminate against minorities, critics say

As Facebook looks to expand its fleet of moderators, critics say the current system promotes biased decision-making against marginalized people.

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Music in mind and mouth: How beatboxing is helping kids with speech problems

Kaila Mullady discovered that her incredible beatboxing skills could help her young cousin overcome a debilitating speech problem. She's been helping kids like him ever since.

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A vaccine for Lyme disease was shelved years ago, is it time to bring it back?

Dogs and horses can be vaccinated against Lyme disease, but an inoculation for humans was taken off the market in 2002. As the ticks that can cause the disease become more common, some researchers are saying it's time the vaccine made a comeback.

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Full Episode for May 21, 2018 - The Current

From why a viable vaccine for Lyme disease has been sidelined in Canada, to the business and politics of moderating content on social media, and how beatboxing skills are being used to help people with speech impediments... This is The Current with Gillian Findlay.

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Canada has dormant volcanoes. Climate change could wake them up

While the activity of B.C.'s dormant volcano presents no danger to the public, scientists are monitoring Mount Meager closely as climate change continues to affect the stability of rock in the area.

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Why the soaring cost of vanilla could put your favourite ice cream flavour off the menu

Taking the kids for ice cream this holiday weekend? Soaring prices in the vanilla bean market are having an impact on ice cream mixtures — and a lot of other products too.

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Should palace officials have done more to prepare Meghan Markle's family for the royal wedding?

The world's gaze falls on the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But that intense scrutiny has been on Markle's family for months, says a veteran royal biographer, and the palace could have done more to help them cope.

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Full Episode for May 18, 2018 - The Current

From the subtle racism towards Meghan Markle as she's set to join the royal family tomorrow; to the role climate change is having on Canada's volcanoes; to the story behind why vanilla bean is now worth more than silver ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Halifax university's decision to have white prof teach residential schools course ignites controversy

A Halifax university stands by their decision to have a non-Indigenous scholar teach a course on residential schools. But critics are outraged that lived experience is not considered necessary to share this traumatic history.

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Full Episode for May 17, 2018 - The Current

From the controversy over a non-Indigenous scholar teaching a university course on residential schools; to a cohort of Canadians aging with HIV facing unexpected challenges; to Stephen Lewis on the lack of accessible HIV treatment around the world ... This is The Current.

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Aging with HIV is an absent reality for Africa, says Stephen Lewis

Thanks to access to necessary treatment, Canadians with HIV are living longer than ever expected. But that's not the case for the rest of the world, says Stephen Lewis, pointing to a lack of global interest in the crisis.

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Aging with HIV: Survivors have outlived expectations, but still face stigma and uncertainty

As the population of people living with HIV gets older, they face new challenges — related to their health, finances, and isolation — in unprecedented circumstances.

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How a search for the world's best coffee led to Yemen in the midst of civil war

What lengths would you go to for the perfect cup of coffee? For Mokhtar Alkhanshali his quest took him to Yemen where the daunting hikes up the highland mountains were the least of his challenges during the civil war.

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From an isolated homeschooling to a PhD from Cambridge: How Tara Westover was saved by her education

Tara Westover grew up with isolationist parents who didn't trust the government, and gave her an erratic homeschooling. She alleges that she was abused by a violent brother, but getting an education — culminating in a PhD from Cambridge — helped her to break the cycle.

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Canada must do more to minimize flood risk, says climate expert

The devastating floods in B.C. and New Brunswick are a reminder to homeowners and communities to do more to minimize flood risk, according to a climate expert who says expect more extreme weather to come.

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Full Episode for May 16, 2018 - The Current

From how to minimize flood risk as B.C. residents brace for more rising water this week; to Mokhtar Alkhanshali's quest for the best coffee in Yemen; to Tara Westover's transformation after leaving a non-conformist family against schooling to earning a PhD ... This is The Current.

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Who is George Soros? Four things you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)

As Hungary’s prime minister pushes for his country to enact a set of ‘Stop Soros’ laws, we look at how George Soros — an investor turned philosopher and philanthropist whose generosity was championed in the 90s — become a modern-day liberal bogeyman.

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After moving embassy to Jerusalem, can the U.S. play a fair role in peace?

As Palestinians were killed protesting on the Gaza border, the U.S. embassy officially opened in Jerusalem on Monday. In the move towards a peace agreement, opinions are divided as to whether the U.S. can be a neutral mediator in the region.

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Meet the lawyer and ultrarunner who creates safe spaces for others to compete in sport

Canadian competitive ultrarunner and human rights lawyer Stephanie Case can't stop pushing herself — even while working in war zones where training is near impossible. That's because she sees the freedom to move in open space is a privilege, which is why she started a charity to help other women and girls in areas of conflict do the same.

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Full Episode for May 15, 2018 - The Current

From whether U.S. President Donald Trump has tacitly given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a freer hand with some of his more controversial policies; to a Canadian competitive ultrarunner who won't stop pushing herself — even in conflict zones; to Hungary's move to enact “Soros Law,” in reaction to the political influence of George Soros ... This is The Current.

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There's underlying sexism when the romance genre is criticized, novelists says

The dismissal and judgment of romance novels seem a common trope for literary types. But romance authors argue some criticism is rife with sexism and the genre, and readers, deserve a lot more respect.

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From Thanksgiving dinners to nuclear meltdowns, why complex systems are often doomed to fail

The authors of a new book say we need to learn how complexity causes failure in all kinds of modern systems — from social media to air travel — so we can prevent meltdowns in society, and our daily lives.

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Full Episode for May 14, 2018 - The Current

From what Canada should do about people who return from fighting for ISIS; to the literary merits of romance fiction; to why systems fail, and what we can do about it ... This is The Current.

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Is 'swagger' an inherently un-Canadian trait?

This week's passionate pride over Canada's swagger by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Question Period got The Current questioning the merit of this trait with the country's identity.

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James Comey says Trump's presidency is like a 'forest fire'

Former FBI director James Comey says the destruction of Donald Trump's presidency will be followed by a period of new growth. He wants the conversation of what that looks like to start now.

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Full Episode for May 11, 2018 - The Current

From a wide-ranging interview with the former FBI director James Comey on Donald Trump's presidency, Hillary Clinton's emails, the future of democracy in America, and even his favourite music; to whether Canada needs more swagger ... This is The Current.

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Forget 'lean in': Topple the system to reach true gender parity, says former CEO

Forget women leaning in, prominent U.K. businessperson Helena Morrissey says it's time to reform the system and work towards a workforce that is truly inclusive for all - men and women of underrepresented groups.

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Geoengineering could help fight climate change, but topic is political taboo, says scientist

Some scientists believe solar geoengineering could be a key tool in combating climate change, but the risks are unclear, and there are concerns that it could become a political tool to argue against cutting carbon emissions.

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Is 'Bloody' Gina Haspel the right choice to lead the CIA?

The nomination of Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA is creating controversy over her involvement running the agency's torture and waterboarding program. Should this disqualify her for a promotion?

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Full Episode for May 10, 2018 - The Current

From whether Gina Haspel's past involvement with the CIA's torture program should disqualify her from running the agency; to the debate over fighting climate change with solar geoengineering; to scrapping the "lean in" approach and focusing on rebuilding a more inclusive workforce ... This is The Current.

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In wake of allegations against MP Christine Moore, why don't male victims of sexual harassment report?

As NDP MP Christine Moore faces allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards an Afghanistan veteran, we look at support available to male survivors of sexual assault in the age of #MeToo.

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'We don't see a person': Terese Marie Mailhot confronts Indigenous stereotypes in memoir

Writer Terese Marie Mailhot lived a traumatic childhood. But when she ran away from home she realized as an Indigenous woman she couldn't escape the labels placed upon her.

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'A high-risk, high-reward gamble': What happens next with the Iran nuclear deal?

Reaction to Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal has been swift — and mixed. While some experts argue there is now a risk of Iran restarting its nuclear program, others say the move gives the U.S. a strong negotiating position.

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Full Episode for May 9, 2018 - The Current

From the implications of President Donald Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and if it can survive without the U.S.; to male survivors of sexual violence during the age of the #MeToo movement; to Indigenous writer Terese Marie Mailhout on her poetic memoir and life's path ... This is The Current.

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Milk might be history's most controversial food, says author

Milk has been the topic of all sorts of debate, from health benefits to pasteurization. Author Mark Kurlansky looks at the most primal nutrient and the food fights its caused throughout the ages.

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Does Canada need U.S.-style oversight of money spent rebuilding Afghanistan?

Corruption is rife in Afghanistan, and the benefit of Canadian funds to ordinary people has been called into question. But Ottawa has no official body to audit the money sent to rebuild the country.

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Full Episode for May 8, 2018 - The Current

From the success and stumbles meeting Afghanistan reconstruction goals and what Canada's own development dollars have yielded; to the admiration and criticism over Childish Gambino's "This is America"; to why milk has been controversial for centuries ... This is The Current.

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Hot sauce with chili and bananas? Using science to discover surprising food pairings

Have you ever thought of mixing strawberries with mushrooms or blueberries with horseradish? Science suggests we should. It turns out pairing certain food ingredients unlocks what American chef James Briscione calls the "flavour matrix."

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'The hardcore people are still here': Flood victims stay home to fend off looters in New Brunswick

Floodwaters in New Brunswick have reached record levels, and are expected to rise further. Some residents, eager to protect the homes they love, are refusing to leave.

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From missing ammo to friendly fire: retired major-general recalls dire challenges of Afghan mission

Operation Medusa was a turning point in the Afghanistan War — saving the country from falling back to Taliban rule in 2006. Retired major-general David Fraser look backs on that pivotal time to share some behind the scenes stories that have never been heard before.

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Full Episode for May 7, 2018 - The Current

From how severe flooding is affecting lives in New Brunswick; to the inside story of Operation Medusa, a pivotal moment for the Canadian military; to the molecular approach to cooking ... This is The Current.

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Former NFL cheerleader calls for changes in how the profession is treated

Revelations about the working conditions and alleged exploitation of cheerleaders has put the NFL under the spotlight.

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Do guitar industry struggles signal the death of rock 'n' roll?

Gibson, the iconic creator of electric guitars, filed for bankruptcy protection this week. Is it the end of rock 'n' roll as we know it? Different industry voices weigh in.

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You can't opt out of public space, says critic of Toronto's proposed 'smart neighbourhood'

A new 'smart neighbourhood' proposed for Toronto has raised concerns about the data that could be collected. Who would own it, and what would it be used for?

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Record flooding hits New Brunswick but some are hesitant to leave

Despite stark warnings from officials, some people in New Brunswick are reluctant to evacuate, says a CBC reporter in the area.

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Full Episode for May 4, 2018 - The Current

From data and privacy concerns about a proposed high-tech community in Toronto; to the flooding in southern New Brunswick; to allegations of the mistreatment of cheerleaders in the U.S.; to whether financial woes for Gibson Guitars means the death of rock and roll ... This is The Current, with guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Trump is creating a world of empty embassies and risking global stability, says Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow's new book argues that the U.S. State Department is being gutted to the point where American influence in the world is at risk.

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Unpacking the ever-growing caucus allegations coming out of The Rock

The complaints over behaviour in the caucus of Newfoundland's governing Liberal party just keep coming. CBC's Anthony Germain unpacks the bullying and harassment allegations.

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'A compromised life is worth living': Why Ing Wong-Ward won't choose medically assisted death

Ing Wong-Ward, a disability rights advocate, was diagnosed with colon cancer over a year ago. Now in palliative care, she is fighting to make her remaining time meaningful — and to help others to do the same.

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Full Episode for May 3, 2018 - The Current

From reporter Ronan Farrow on how the U.S. state department was destroyed by President Trump; to accusations of bullying and workplace harassment in the Newfoundland Liberal caucus; to disability advocate Ing Wong-Ward's push to talk about living with dignity through palliative care ... This is The Current.

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Escaping 'the man box': How parents raising sons are rethinking masculinity

Raising boys in the era of MeToo has some parents calling for a rethink in how we define masculinity because they say expectations can harm both boys and girls.

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The 'nocebo effect': Is Googling your symptoms making them worse?

A new study looks at whether knowing about the potential side-effects of medications leaves you more likely to believe you're experiencing them. Not everyone is convinced it does, and this leaves doctors with ethical questions about how much information is too much.

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Extradition could happen to anyone, says professor fighting for change in law

Ottawa man Hassan Diab was extradited to France for his alleged involvement in a 1980 bombing. He spent more than three years in prison, despite little evidence to prove the charges. Now one expert argues it's time to change the law to prevent this from happening to innocent Canadians again.

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Full Episode for May 2, 2018 - The Current

From a Canadian study raising questions about the impact of the nocebo effect; to parents discussing what it means to raise boys and how masculinity needs to be redefined; to new information about Canada's role in Hassan Diab's extradition ... This is The Current.

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Only you can prevent gross, smelly fatbergs from clogging up city sewers, says inspector

Fatbergs are giant congealed masses of grease, oil and other detritus improperly flushed into city sewers. A program in London, Ont., aims to educated people on how to properly dispose of fatberg-feeding materials to prevent damage to the city's underground infrastructure.

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'Peace industry' must stop violence in Afghanistan from derailing elections, says expert

An eruption of violence in Afghanistan is threatening to destabilize elections later this year, but what can the global community do to protect democracy worldwide?

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'There was no hesitation': Why a couple married 73 years chose doctor-assisted death together

In March, George and Shirley Brickenden became one of the very few couples in Canada to have chosen — and to have been allowed — to die together with medical assistance. And they're the first such couple to speak publicly about it.

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Full Episode for May 1, 2018 - The Current

From the deadly attacks in Afghanistan that are aimed at destabilising the upcoming elections; to the British "fatberg" and why we need to stop pouring grease down the drain; to a couple who were married for 73 years, and chose to end their lives together in a medically assisted death ... This is The Current.

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'We are in this together': Community rallies to support victims of Toronto van attack

In the wake of last week's van attack, a stretch of Yonge Street is scattered with small and large shrines to honour the victims. Emotions are raw and communities are coming together to help with the healing.

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How much credit does Donald Trump deserve for Korean leader summit?

The historic summit between North and South Korea has happened under Donald Trump's administration, but experts are divided over what exactly prompted Kim Jong-un to come to the table.

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DEA agent describes the hunt for El Chapo, the world's most dangerous drug lord

Andrew Hogan had one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. government. As the DEA officer in Mexico, he was tasked with tracking down the drug lord known as El Chapo.

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Full Episode for April 30, 2018 - The Current

From communities rallying together to support victims of Toronto's van attack working on ways to heal; to if U.S. President Trump should be credited for the two Koreas calling a truce; to how a DEA agent helped put El Chapo behind bars ... This is The Current.

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After surviving attack, Scott Jones chronicles the 'lifelong process' of forgiveness

After an apparent homophobic attack paralyzed Scott Jones, he filmed his journey toward recovery — and acceptance — with his best friend. That film titled Love, Scott is premiering at Hot Docs, a film festival in Toronto.

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David Suzuki should not be celebrated in Alberta, says Dragon's Den star

University of Alberta's decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree has prompted a donor to withdraw funding. How much influence should corporate partners have on campus, and in the classroom?

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Lawrence Wright on why Texas matters to America's future

When journalist Lawrence Wright searched for the soul of Texas, he found his home state to be a powerhouse under the radar that needs to be reckoned with.

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Violent misogyny found in 'incel' is a form of terrorism, says author

What is an 'incel,' and what do the subculture's links to Monday's van attack in Toronto tell us about the violence that can come from the objectification of women?

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Full Episode for April 26, 2018 - The Current

From University of Alberta's decision to award David Suzuki an honourary degree raising questions about corporate influence on campus; to determining if the incel movement is dangerous; to a trip through the heart of Texas with author Lawrence Wright ... This is The Current.

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In the wake of the Toronto van attack, how can city planners protect our streets from vehicle attacks?

While vehicle attacks are difficult to predict and prevent, urban planning and design — like installing bollards — could play a role in mitigating the death and carnage, experts say.

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Is India's gender imbalance to blame for rise in violence against women?

A gender imbalance of more men than women in India is a societal consequence that promotes a culture of devaluing women, says an advocate for women's health and safety.

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How a hunger for a wider world led Kate Harris to cycle the Silk Road

On a mission to seek 'the world's wildness,' Kate Harris and her friend Mel biked 10,000 km along the Silk Road. Throughout her travels, she learned how the landscape can teach us a lot about human fragility.

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Full Episode for April 25, 2018 - The Current

From how urban design can make cities safer in the wake of the Toronto van attack; to Kate Harris on cycling in the footsteps of Marco Polo along the Silk Road; to the far-reaching impact of India's gender imbalance with more men than women ... This is The Current.

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Dreams, visions — and diarrhea. Here's what to expect if you take ayahuasca

The killing of a Canadian man in Peru has highlighted a whole industry around the hallucinogenic ayahuasca. But what is the drug, and why does it attract so many people to the Amazon?

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Officer's cool head may have helped rule out terrorism in Toronto van attack

Const. Ken Lam apprehended the suspect in the Toronto van attack yesterday. The fact that he arrested him alive and uninjured, says one expert, will have helped authorities with a complicated investigation.

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How empathy can transform healthcare: Dr. Brian Goldman

ER physician Brian Goldman makes the case for kindness in his medical memoir that includes research suggesting an empathetic bedside manner can benefit patients and doctors.

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Full Episode for April 24, 2018 - The Current

From two witnesses who describe the scene after a van attacked pedestrians in Toronto; to how the killing of a Canadian man in Peru is shining a light on the ayahuasca tourism industry; to Dr. Brian Goldman on his personal quest to be kinder ... This is The Current.

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'There was no time for hysteria': Bystanders leap to aid Toronto van attack victims

Two ordinary citizens who rushed to help victims of yesterday's van attack in Toronto say that first aid training helped them to keep a cool head, and are urging others to take the classes.

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Nuclear waste disposal in Canada is 'an accident waiting to happen,' says Indigenous leader

First Nations leaders say that plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage facility in Ontario are dangerous, but one nuclear expert argues that fears are overblown.

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The body on the boat: How a mystery unravelled on a migrant rescue ship, and the toll it took on an MSF doctor

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 was on board; she set out to find out who this woman was, and how she died.

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Full Episode for April 23, 2018 - The Current

From First Nations leaders voicing their concerns over how nuclear waste is handled in Canada; to a documentary by journalist Megan Williams, who spent more than two weeks aboard the Aquarius - one of only two humanitarian rescue boats operating in the Mediterranean ... This is The Current.

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Book a stay at this space hotel in 2022 - if you have $9.5M to spare

For just under $10 M, you can be an astronaut-in-training. The company Orion Span has announced the first luxury space hotel expected to launch in 2022.

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Where does 420 come from? Meet the men who coined the phrase and lit up a movement

As Canada drifts toward marijuana legislation, April 20 may appear to be losing its relevance as a day of protest. But the men who say they coined '420' disagree.

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Grace Acan spent years as a captive of Ugandan rebels, now she helps casualties of war rebuild their lives

Grace Acan was among 139 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army in 1996. After years in captivity, she escaped and now helps other conflict survivors to find their place in the world.

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Full Episode for April 20, 2018 - The Current

From the origins of 420 and if the protest day of pot is still relevant; to a woman who survived eight years in captivity under the Lord's Resistance Army; to exploring space tourism with the potential of a hotel in space open for business in three years ... This is The Current.

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Should physicians tell police if their patients have been drinking and driving?

Some ER doctors are feeling conflicted balancing a patients' privacy with public safety when treating drunk drivers.

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10 minutes later, a death sentence: How Iraq is dealing with the aftermath of ISIS

Human rights campaigners are concerned about perfunctory trials taking place in Iraq, as the country tries to deal with thousands of people detained as ISIS collaborators.

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To catch a criminal, police sketches can be useful — or hilarious

The sketch of the man alleged to have threatened Stormy Daniels has led to mirth and mockery online, but it has also raised questions about how useful these artist impressions of suspects can be.

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Full Episode for April 19, 2018 - The Current

From the art of police sketches and how even a rudimentary image can help solve crimes; to balancing patients' privacy with public safety when it comes to drunk drivers; to whether ISIS fighters in Iraq can have a fair trial, or if they deserve one ... This is The Current.

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Canadian sex worker says new U.S. trafficking laws are a risk to her safety

Two new laws to combat sex trafficking are having unintended consequences for Canadian sex workers, but advocates say the safety of children must take priority.

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How right-wing populist leaders are eroding democracy: author

Hungary's Viktor Orban's re-election earlier this month is just the latest example of democracy at risk, says author.

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Mosque shooter's search history shouldn't be a cause for online censorship: expert

Alexandre Bissonnette was reading extreme content online in the weeks prior to the attack on the Quebec mosque, but opinion is divided over whether Canada should crack down harder on hate speech online.

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Full Episode for April 18, 2018 - The Current

From how online hate speech influenced the radicalization of Alexandre Bisonette; to critics arguing a new U.S. law targeting sex trafficking that is endangering sex workers on both sides of the border; to the state of press freedom in strongman Viktor Orban's Hungary ... This is The Current.

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Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion divides Indigenous communities

Politicians in Alberta and B.C. aren't the only ones split on Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion project, Indigenous leaders are also divided on whether the project should move forward.

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Why a water-gulping Wisconsin plant is a wake-up call for Canada

Environmentalists are concerned about Foxconn's proposed industrial plant that would suck nearly 22 million litres of water from Lake Michigan per day. They argue that it could contravene the Great Lakes Compact, while one expert says Canada should be worried.

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Boy on the beach: How Alan Kurdi's family are turning their grief into a fight to help refugees

After the drowned body of her three-year-old nephew Alan washed up on a Turkish beach, Tima Kurdi became an advocate for the world's refugees. She has now written a book about her own loss, and what the world must do to stop it happening again.

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Full Episode for April 17, 2018 - The Current

From First Nations in Alberta and B.C. split on the Kinder Morgan pipeline project going forward; to Tima Kurdi on how the tragic death of her nephew Alan Kurdi became the symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis; to environmentalists crying foul over Foxconn's daily use of water from Lake Michigan ... This is The Current.

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How a B.C. caribou herd on verge of extinction is making a comeback

Mountain caribou are vanishing in B.C., but a wildlife biologist and two First Nations have found success reviving a herd in the province's interior.

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Is the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in the national interest?

As the prime minister insists that the Trans Mountain pipeline will go ahead, competing sides argue the benefit it offers to Canada.

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One night of bombing may not stop Assad using chemical weapons, expert warns

The U.S.-led coalition that bombed Syrian targets at the weekend may need to take further steps if chemical weapons are used again.

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Full Episode for April 16, 2018 - The Current

From whether the latest airstrikes against Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France will have an impact on the civil war; to a recent meeting on the Trans Mountain pipeline project with no resolve; to what - if anything - can be done to save the South Selkirk caribou in B.C. ... This is The Current.

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Can Canadians spot a political bot? Fair elections may depend on it

The use of bots to sway political opinions is only going to become more prevalent, and some argue it's time political parties came clean about how they use them.

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Through the Humboldt tragedy, youth have found a way to 'lean on each other'

Many young kids and teens are struggling to process the Humboldt crash but parents, educators and hockey coaches are there to be their support.

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Music in mind and mouth: How beatboxing is helping kids with speech problems

Kaila Mullady discovered that her incredible beatboxing skills could help her young cousin overcome a debilitating speech problem. She's been helping kids like him ever since.

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Full Episode for April 13, 2018 - The Current

From kids looking for guidance on how to process the tragic Humboldt crash; to how beatboxing skills are being used to help people with speech impediments; to researchers warning Canadians to be wary of automated social media bots designed to sway voters ... This is The Current.

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What should the 'inevitable' regulation of Facebook look like?

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces tough questions at the congressional hearing, critics are calling for more regulation of the tech sector because big platform giants have a lot of power.

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Officers must have options other than to kill, says former head of police board

The former head of the Toronto Police Services Board Alok Mukherjee says police forces have become isolated from the communities they are supposed to be serving — and they must reform to address the issue.

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What do Syrians think it will it take to end their country's bloody conflict?

After a suspected chemical attack in Syria, the international community waits and watches — few more so that the Syrian diaspora around the globe. We spoke to two of its members about what can be done to end the bloodshed.

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Full Episode for April 12, 2018 - The Current

From Syrians from the diaspora imaging a solution to end the seven-year-long conflict; to the Facebook hearings and if virtual privacy is worth striving for; to a call for police reform from a former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board ... This is The Current.

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'I have a right to be named': Child pornography survivor fails to lift publication ban

What’s in a name? Everything to "Sarah." Now an adult, she wants to lift the publication ban on her case as a child pornography survivor.

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How ISIS held on to power in Iraq through paperwork

ISIS brought a fastidious efficiency to running their regime in Syria and Iraq, a New York Times reporter reveals.

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What's at stake if B.C. opposition derails the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline?

Tensions over the Trans Mountain pipeline are back on the agenda, as Kinder Morgan gives Ottawa a date by which to resolve the B.C.-Alberta fight.

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Full Episode for April 11, 2018 - The Current

From the tension building as the Kinder Morgan pipeline moves forward; to why a year-long fight to lift her publication ban failed; to journalist Rukmini Callimachi on what she discovered in the thousands of internal ISIS files she analyzed ... This is The Current.

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Humboldt Broncos player's organ donation prompts call for stronger protocol around consent

Logan Boulet, who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, donated his organs to six people. As this tragedy highlights organ donation, advocates want to see better protocol so opportunities for donors aren't lost.

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My 11 personalities helped me cope with the child abuse I suffered, says activist Judy Rebick

Feminist Judy Rebick reveals she lived with multiple personalities — and that it made her a stronger activist.

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Veteran firefighter says he's never seen anything like Humboldt Broncos crash

The magnitude of Friday's Humboldt Broncos crash was greater than anything one veteran firefighter has ever seen, but he and his team just focused on doing their jobs, he said.

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Full Episode for April 10, 2018 - The Current

From the first responders at the Humbodlt bus crash site coping with the tragedy they witnessed; to how Broncos player Logan Boulet's legacy includes shining a light on organ donation; to activist Judy Rebick's memoir revealing she lived with multiple personalities ... This is The Current.

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Where 'the culture of every team is formed': Why the bus is more than a ride to the game

The Humboldt tragedy resonates especially deeply for current and former players who've experienced junior hockey's bus culture.

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How 50 million Muslim women are revolutionizing the workforce

According to economist Saadia Zahidi, an extra 50 million women in predominantly-Muslim countries have entered the workforce since 2000, transforming the countries in which they live.

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'He was like another brother': Humboldt Broncos player mourned by billet family who took him in

Friday's bus crash claimed the lives of 15 people, many of them junior hockey players who were away from home and being hosted by billet families. The Current spoke to one family whose members are mourning a young man they took in as one of their own.

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Full Episode for April 9, 2018 - The Current

From the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash devastating the community and country; to a former junior hockey player reflecting on the brotherhood of the bus; to author Saadia Zahidi on how Muslim women are creating a seismic shift by entering the workforce ... This is The Current.

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Fungi offers promise of medical cures, cleaner garbage and better beer

Did you know that there are an estimated five million species of fungi on earth, and that we've identified only one per cent of them? Or that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants?

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How a k-pop concert in North Korea is the latest in a trend of musical diplomacy

A recent concert by South Korean musicians in North Korea is being called an act of musical diplomacy, especially because it was attended by the rogue nation's leader Kim Jong-un.

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Are killer robots inevitable? Tech world uneasy about use of AI in warfare

Experts in the field of AI are calling for bans or strict limits on its use in warfare, but some say that the potential of the technology is too great to contain.

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Full Episode for April 6, 2018 - The Current

From engineers exploring a future of weaponized artificial intelligence; to the kingdom of fungi, the third form of life essential in evolution; to whether a recent concert in North Korea is an attempt at musical diplomacy ... This is The Current with Gillian Findlay.

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How bad is Canada's food waste problem? Among the world's worst, report finds

Canada is among the worst globally in wasting food, according to a recent report on the state of food loss and waste in Canada, U.S. and Mexico.

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We're competing with extremists for our young people's futures, says author who escaped gang culture

When young people are alienated from the society that is supposed to support them, it creates an opportunity for violent extremism to creep in, says an author who escaped that life.

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Majority of Canadians who die in police encounters have mental health issues: CBC investigation

A CBC investigation has revealed that 460 people have died in encounters with police across Canada since the year 2000, and the majority have suffered from mental health issues.

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Full Episode for April 5, 2018 - The Current

From a CBC investigation looking into fatal police encounters in Canada - a majority involve mental health issues; to confronting food waste with innovation; to activist Jamil Jivani on why so many young men are drawn to extremist ideology ... This is The Current.

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These designers think everyone should wear jumpsuits — so they've designed one in 248 sizes

The Rational Dress Society proposes that we clear out our wardrobes and wear jumpsuits 24/7. It's not just a fashion statement, it's a path to unity and equality, they say.

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Much of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy distorted in modern times, says historian

Civil rights historian Nathan Connolly says our view of Martin Luther King Jr. is often over-simplified and creates a one-dimensional version of history. He calls for a deeper look into his legacy.

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Trump's tweets stall Central American migrant caravan amidst calls for U.S. asylum process reform

A migrant caravan heading across Mexico to the U.S. has stalled after invoking Donald Trump's fury, but experts say this is just one example of a recurring issue that the U.S. must face in the coming years.

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Full Episode for April 4, 2018 - The Current

From a caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S., provoking an angry President Trump; to escaping the tyranny of fashion by wearing jumpsuits 24/7; to examining the legacy of Martin Luther Jr. through the eyes of an activist and historian ... This is The Current.

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Diagnosing UTIs is 'a dog's breakfast,' and that's affecting women

It's time to rethink how urinary tract infections are diagnosed, says Dr. James Malone-Lee, because some tests are false negative and patients are not getting necessary treatment.

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Drug company knew Oxycontin was addictive and lied about it, says plaintiff in class action suit

A judge has blocked a $20 million settlement that a drug company offered to victims of the opioid crisis, saying he was not convinced it was fair or reasonable to the plaintiffs.

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Would you let a 10-year-old cut your hair? Artist argues we should give kids more control

Theatre artist Darren O’Donnell says it's time to break down our “adultitarian” society, and take children and their abilities more seriously.

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Why businesses are hiring philosophers to help their bottom line

Philosophy attracts some brilliant minds, and now the business world is starting to take advantage of that potential.

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Cecil the lion 'died in agony' 10 hours after being shot by hunter, says zoologist

What really happened to Cecil the lion? A new book from the conservationist who studied him has new details on what happened the day he was killed by hunters.

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ENCORE | How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies

"I didn't know that identical twins can come out not looking identical." A California surrogate mom carrying twins gets quite the surprise when she finds out after birth that one of the babies is biologically her own.

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Full Episode for April 2, 2018 - The Current

From how philosophers are being enlisted into boardrooms to help businesses thrive; to a story of a California surrogate who was not expecting to give birth to her own biological child; to the story behind the death of Cecil the Lion... This is The Current with Liz Hoath.

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Should surrogate mothers be paid for their labour?

A Liberal MP has called for changes in the law which would allow surrogates to be compensated. While some say it's the right move to pay women for what is essentially work, others fear it could lead to exploitation of vulnerable women.

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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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Full Episode for March 30, 2018 - The Current

From whether Canadian surrogates should be paid for carrying to term; to a story of forgiveness after an Ottawa police sergeant posted a racist remark about the death of Annie Pootoogook ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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How white-hat hackers are helping cities fight back against ransomware attacks

Cities and organizations are turning to ethical hackers to protect themselves against malicious attacks on their computer systems.

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Why you should be happy you're alive right now

In his new book, Steven Pinker argues that our culture's focus on negativity blinds us from humanity's achievements. The facts support optimism, he says, and should embolden us to solve whatever problems our society faces.

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Full Episode for March 29, 2018 - The Current

From looking into how vulnerable Canada's computer-dependent government system is after Atlanta's ransomware attack; to Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker making the case to focus on the positive in the world; to caregivers searching for better ways to prevent falls in seniors ... This is The Current.

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Arrest of alleged cult leader 'better than my wedding day,' former Nxivm member says

After being branded, Sarah Edmondson blew the whistle on the purported ‘self-help’ group last year.

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Why are Indigenous women disproportionately represented in federal prisons?

Even though Indigenous women make up only five per cent of the population, they account for almost 40 per cent of the prison population - and the discrepancy in the numbers is getting worse.

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Full Episode for March 28, 2018 - The Current

From the arrest of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere for sex trafficking and the whistleblower who prompted a criminal investigation; to mortician Caitlin Doughty on death traditions around the world; to what can be done to avoid the incarceration of Indigenous women ... This is The Current.

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Why U.K. doctors are doling out 'social prescriptions' to treat mental health

Sometimes the best cure to what ails you isn't pills. In Britain, doctors are prescribing art classes and gardening to patients struggling with mental health challenges and the approach is gaining popularity.

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25 years after the Bosnian War, a survivor brings solace to the peacekeepers haunted by helplessness

Maria Cioffi was 11 when war broke out in the Balkans, a bloody conflict in which U.N. rules forced Canadian peacekeepers to stand by and watch the slaughter. Now, 25 years later, a letter written by Cioffi is bringing solace to the soldiers who have been haunted by helpless.

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Canada's federal parties aren't covered by privacy laws — is that a threat to democracy?

Data-driven approaches to election campaigns have implications for our democracy as well as our personal data, says one expert.

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Full Episode for March 27, 2018 - The Current

From a call for Canadian political parties to be more transparent about data collected and used in elections; to how Canadian peacekeepers changed Maria Cioffi's life when she was a girl in Bosnia; to why doctors in the UK are prescribing tango lessons instead of pills ... This is The Current.

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Are we living in a computer simulation? It's more likely than you might think, scientist argues

The simulation hypothesis suggests that we're all living inside a computer simulation, possibly programmed by our own future selves. But scientists are split over the theory.

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How washing your clothes is harming the ocean

Tiny fibres from our clothes are escaping our washing machines and winding up in the air, water, fish and us, scientists say.

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Watch the fur fly in the surprisingly competitive world of cat shows

Rivalry is rife in the competitive world of the Cat Fanciers' Association.

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Full Episode for March 26, 2018 - The Current

From the complexities preventing synthetic microfibres in our clothing from polluting our oceans; to computer simulation theory that has impressive adherents like Elon Musk; to behind the scenes of the competitive cat show circuit ... This is The Current.

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