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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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Laurie Anderson finds hope in loss

Iconic avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson talks about how her experience of Hurricane Sandy inspired her new album and book.

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Kelsey Serwa

Kelly VanderBeek explores Ski Cross with silver winner Kelsey Serwa.

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Dismay over Fontaine verdict

The not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Tina Fontaine shouldn't be a surprise, according to one advocate.

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The Deer

Danielle and Justin meet with Ed Galick who was Wayne’s former employer and mentor. He was also a person of interest to police.

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'I reject the silencing of women in any community': #MosqueMeToo creator speaks up for those who can't

Mecca is having its own #MeToo moment as women pilgrims are speaking out about experiences of sexual harassment and abuse on the Hajj.

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Trudeau's troubled visit to India 'highlights Canada's soft stance on separatism'

The controversy over Jaspal Atwal's invitation to dine with Justin Trudeau has cast a cloud over the prime minister's trip to India, and highlighted "Canada's long-standing reputation in India as being soft on [Sikh] separatism, and not just separatism but extremism."

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Injustice is a way of Indigenous life, say advocates dismayed at verdict in Tina Fontaine murder trial

Advocates say that 150 years of policy have created a justice system that will continually fail vulnerable Indigenous women and girls, but one lawyer argues the case against Raymond Cormier was always going to be difficult to prove.

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Full Episode for February 23, 2018 - The Current

From the elusive fight for a larger justice after the not guilty verdict in the Tina Fontaine murder trial; to the political influence of Sikh extremists in Canadian politics after Jaspal Atwal was invited to dine with the Prime Minister; to women pilgrims assaulted in Mecca facing backlash for speaking out in this #MosqueMeToo moment ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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As civilian deaths in Syria continue to rise, proxy conflicts are making it worse

Civilians are still dying by the hundreds each week in Syria as battles rage on — and despite ISIS's recent defeat, proxy conflicts by other nations threaten to make it even worse.

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The ban on cannabis in Canada is ending — do you know how it started?

With an era coming to an end, host of CBC's On Drugs podcast explains how politics and fear drove the early days of cannabis prohibition in Canada.

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'Blame everything but a gun': School shooting survivors say political response is just crocodile tears

Feeling failed by the adults supposed to protect them, students have started #NeverAgain, a growing movement calling for gun control in the U.S.

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Full Episode for February 22, 2018 - The Current

From U.S. students rallying for tougher gun laws to prevent deadly school shootings from ever happening again; to the colourful 95-year history of banning marijuana in Canada; to why the intractable war in Syria continues to escalate ... This is The Current.

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How African-Nova Scotians are confronting a history of environmental racism

We start our town hall in Shelburne, N.S., where residents say they live in "a community of widows" as a result of environmental racism.

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Facing Race: The Current's town hall event in Halifax

The Current explores issues of race facing all Canadians today, from environmental racism, to gentrification of traditionally black communities, to how the #MeToo moment is excluding black women and the violence they live under.

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#MeToo (but not you): Black women are being left out of the conversation on violence, says El Jones

The #MeToo conversation excludes a lot of women, says El Jones, but also ignores different types of violence, and different types of power used to oppress women.

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A community of closed doors: Gentrification frays the social fabric in Halifax's North End

Halifax’s North End has been transformed in recent years, but as house prices creep up and gentrification creeps in, what’s left for the families and community that have lived there for generations?

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What does Patrick Brown's leadership bid mean for the #MeToo movement?

It is unclear how Patrick Brown's bid to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario — which he left last month over sexual misconduct allegations — will affect both the election, and the #MeToo movement.

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How safe are Canada's elections from fake news on Facebook?

It's the most-mentioned social media platform in recent U.S. indictments and critics aren't convinced efforts made by Facebook to prevent future interference are all that airtight.

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The secret to happiness? Ask this Yale professor (and the 1,200 students taking her class)

Laurie Santos started a course at Yale to teach students how to be happy. They responded by signing up in bigger numbers than the elite school has ever seen, and now it's going global.

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Full Episode for February 20, 2018 - The Current

From how Patrick Brown's decision to fight for his old job will affect the Ontario PC leadership race, as well as the #MeToo movement; to Yale's most popular course at Yale teaching students to achieve happiness and a good life; to what responsibility Facebook has to bear in allegedly swaying the 2016 U.S. election ... This is The Current.

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'We don't see the reality of what bullets do to bodies': Should images of school shootings be public?

While some argue that releasing images from school shootings might end a sense of ambivalence among the public, others argue that it would be an invasion of privacy for victims and their families.

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Give your memory a workout: Scientists explore high-tech and low-key ways to improve recall

From exercise to cutting-edge brain implants, researchers are discovering ways to improve our memory.

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'Does cancer not care I have plans?': Terminal diagnosis forces author to grab hold of life

Kate Bowler spent years studying the Christian belief that everything happens for a reason. When she was diagnosed with incurable cancer, it was a belief she had to face head on.

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Full Episode for February 19 , 2018 - The Current

From whether showing more graphic imagery after mass shootings can help spur action on gun control, then the most cutting edge and practical ways to improve your memory, and the Christian historian who stopped believing in God's plan after she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer ... This is The Current.

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Rise of superbugs could make chemotherapy impossible

With some predicting we're headed for a future of complete antibiotic resistance — scientists are looking outside the box for solutions.

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Squash isn't an Olympic sport, but video gaming might be. How do they decide?

Winning a spot at the Olympics is often about a sport's media visibility, but one Canadian campaign has finally paid off.

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Who should pay to clean up abandoned oil wells? Farmers say they're left with someone else's mess

The Supreme Court case on abandoned oil wells in Alberta pits provincial environmental laws against federal bankruptcy laws. Industry watchers say billions of dollars are at stake.

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Full Episode for February 16, 2018 - The Current

From who is responsible for clean up when an oil company goes bankrupt and billions of dollars are at stake; then scientists grasp for solutions to antibiotic resistance; and the politics behind which sports make it to the Olympics — and which get cut ... This is The Current.

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Will Trudeau's new legal framework go far enough to protect Indigenous rights?

Indigenous and treaty rights are already recognised in Section 35 of the Constitution, but people are often forced to go to the courts to have them upheld. The prime minister is pledging to change that.

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Meth crisis in Canada: Addiction explosion means drug users are being turned away by police, hospitals

Manitoba is in the grip of a methamphetamine crisis that officials are struggling to contain.

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Scientists thrilled as woman finds 14 worms in her eye

Creepy worms don't often prompt enthusiasm, but scientists are fascinated by a rare and unusual case that is the first of its kind.

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'Thoughts and prayers a grossly inadequate response' in wake of Florida school shooting

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the 18th school shooting in the U.S. this year — one journalist says that America must address its 'self-inflicted cancer of gun violence.'

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Full Episode for February 15, 2018

From the latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting; to how a new legal framework enshrining Indigenous rights in Canada fits into reconciliation; to the escalating crystal meth use in Winnipeg destroying lives and communities; to a woman who had an eye worm — a medical first ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Hitler in L.A.: How private spies foiled a Nazi Hollywood takeover

Murder plots, secret spies, and big sums of money. In his new book, professor Steven J. Ross tells the unbelievable story of how Nazis intent on affecting America culture almost co-opted Hollywood.

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Full Episode for February 14, 2018 - The Current

From security concerns prompting a government national review before the sale of Canadian company, Aecon to a Chinese state-owned firm; to how far the human body and mind can go in elite athletic performance; to author Steven Ross on Hollywood's secret undercover war against Nazi Terror on U.S. soil ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Retired at 50: How five-time Olympian David Ford pushed the limits in sport

A new study suggests performance has peaked in professional sport. But one of Canada's top whitewater kayakers, David Ford testifies otherwise.

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'We don't need to be paranoid': Security concerns over Aecon deal unwarranted, says expert

Should Canada assume the worst about the takeover of Canadian construction company, Aecon by a Chinese state firm? Wenran Jiang argues security concerns are overblown.

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Death of Iranian-Canadian professor was not suicide, says Evin prison survivor

Survivor of notorious Evin prison Homa Hoodfar does not believe the claims by Iranian authorities that the death of Kavous Seyed-Emami was by suicide. The families request for an autopsy has been denied.

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Canadian aid agencies say Oxfam's sex scandal symptomatic of sector-wide abuse

In the wake of the allegations of sexual abuse in Haiti, humanitarians say the industry lacks the necessary oversight needed to stop predators from bouncing between agencies.

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How NAFTA helped an American company sue Canada — and won

An American concrete company Bilcon successfully sued Canada for rejecting its plans to build a giant basalt quarry in a small Nova Scotia fishing community.

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Full Episode for February 13, 2018 - The Current

From calls for Canada to condemn the death of a Canadian-Iranian dual citizen in Iran's notorious Evin prison; to how American companies are using NAFTA to sue the Canadian government and why they are winning; to allegations of sexual exploitation by members of Oxfam in Haiti prompting a heated debate over humanitarian aid funding ... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.

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Benjamin Netanyahu's 'projection of strength secures the support of young Israelis'

The majority of young Israelis support Benjamin Netanyahu because of his projection of strength to the outside world, says Asaf Romirowsky.

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Convicted pot offenders need special access to the legal weed market: sociologist

Should people with pot convictions in their past have special access to the burgeoning legal market? Sociologist Akwasi Owusu-Bempah thinks it's important to take this step.

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Fallout from Gerald Stanley verdict could have been avoided, says lawyer

A 2013 report highlighted the 'crisis' of Indigenous under-representation in the justice system, but its recommendations have not been acted on, says a criminal lawyer.

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Kremlin opponent, poisoned twice, vows to keep on fighting

Vladimir Kara-Murza has been close to death twice in recent years, following poisonings that he blames on the Russian domestic security service. The democracy advocate is adamant that he won't be intimidated.

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Full Episode for February 12, 2018 - The Current

From a call to alter the jury process selection as the Gerald Stanley verdict divides farmers and Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan; to the man who says he has survived two poisoning attempts from the Kremlin; to calls for an amnesty of pot convictions because they bar people from the burgeoning legal marijuana industry ... This is The Current.

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As terminations rise, will Gerber's Down syndrome 'spokesbaby' change attitudes?

Gerber has chosen Lucas Warren, a one-year-old with Down syndrome, as its 'spokesbaby' of the year. Will his cute grin lead to greater visibility for the Down syndrome community, even as early-pregnancy screening means that more and more people are choosing to terminate?

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The genome puzzle: Mapping DNA has gotten cheaper, but do we know how to use the data?

Sequencing the human genome has gone from costing billions to being something that the average person can order online. But a Canadian project has highlighted issues with interpreting the data.

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Gay at the Games: How Canada is hosting Pride House, a safe space for LGBT athletes at the Olympics

After local fundraisers failed to raise enough to create a Pride House at the Winter Games, Canada has stepped in to save the day — but LGBT athletes still face difficulties in the sporting world.

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Introducing Someone Knows Something Season 4

SKS host David Ridgen continues the work he started 9 years ago, investigating the murder of Wayne Greavette. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. For more information visit cbc.ca/sks

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Full Episode for February 9, 2018 - The Current

From how Canada has stepped up to create inclusive spaces for LGBT athletes at the Winter Olympics; to why the complexities of gene mapping are putting a dampener on its potential for health care; to how the celebration of the new Down Syndrome Gerber baby comes with mixed messages ... This is The Current with David Cochrane.

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'Stop caricaturing us': Why removing Chief Wahoo as Cleveland Indian mascot matters

After decades of protests from Indigenous Americans, the Cleveland Indians has agreed to remove Chief Wahoo as a mascot from its uniforms. Many are asking: what took so long?

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Is Canada one country or 13? Trudeau must end the Alberta-B.C. pipeline fight, says business leader

The trade war between Alberta and B.C. is sending a harmful message to investors overseas, says the CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Black Panther puts black lives on screen: How an African superhero is turning a fantasy into reality

The release of Black Panther is being seen as a watershed moment for black representation in popular culture, and is capturing the global imagination.

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Full Episode for February 8, 2018 - The Current

From the war of the rosés as Alberta bans B.C. wine over their pipeline feud; to the release of Black Panther and a watershed moment for black representation in popular culture; to why removing Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo caricature is necessary for the Indigenous community ... This is The Current

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Full Episode for February 7, 2018 - The Current

From speaking to young Palestinians and Israelis about their future and the conflict they're inheriting, then calls for Canada to launch a major rocket program as SpaceX and other international players steam ahead, and why mixed doubles curling is suddenly gaining traction ... This is The Current.

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Failure to launch: Canada's lack of a rocket program leaves us grounded, say experts

The latest launch from SpaceX has highlighted Canada's lack of a rocket launch program. If the world is ready to look to the stars again, are we about to be left behind?

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A generation born into conflict: Young Israelis and Palestinians speak about the path to peace

We spoke to four young people from across dividing lines about their hopes for the future.

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Half the players, twice the fun? Mixed doubles curling debuts at Winter Games & Canada seeks the gold

Canada's curling duo Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris take on this faster and more exciting variation of a favorite Canadian sport.

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ISIS on your doorstep: Meet Mosul Eye, the man who defied the terrorists to save his city

Omar Mohammed spent two years living under ISIS in Mosul, documenting their atrocities so that he could preserve the true history of the city he loved.

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People with disabilities have a right to live in the community, not institutions, argues lawyer

A human rights case that starts this week argues forcing people with disabilities to live in institutions — and denying them homes within the community — is a violation of charter rights.

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A crash or a correction? What stock market turbulence means for your money

A turbulent spell on the markets has economists and investors wondering if we're heading into a major crash, or if this is just a much-needed correction.

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Full Episode for February 6, 2018 - The Current

From the record stock market tumble that has investors worldwide questioning where the volatility is heading; to Mosul Eye, now revealed as Omar Mohammed, the blogger chronicling life under ISIS, deep inside the so-called caliphate; to how a human rights case in Nova Scotia is breaking new ground fighting the institutionalization of people with mental disabilities ... This is The Current.

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Should boiling lobsters alive be banned? Experts disagree on whether crustaceans can feel pain

As Switzerland bans boiling lobsters live, is it time to show these creatures we care about their feelings — even if many scientists argue they don't have any?

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Full Episode for February 5, 2018 - The Current

From a brewing trade war between Alberta and B.C. as Trudeau approves pushing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion; to the roiling debate over if lobsters feel pain and if we should reconsider cooking them alive; to a literary prize that honours the best thriller in which no female character is sexually exploited, raped or murdered ... This is The Current.

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Now is not the time for silence on violence against women, say crime novelists

Some writers say that violence is a reality, and fiction provides a safe space to address it.

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As Alberta and B.C. go to war over Kinder Morgan oil pipeline, politicians are worried about jobs — their own

A trade war could erupt between Alberta and B.C. if a row over the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not resolved, but politicians on all sides, including the prime minister, have a lot to lose.

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Full Episode for February 2, 2018 - The Current

From how the political undertones in this year's Super Bowl are playing out on the field and with fans; to safety and regulation concerns with edible cannabis as Canada approaches legalizing pot; to the accommodation for support animals as an emerging human rights issue ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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How dogs, ducks and horses end up as emotional support animals — and allowed on planes

Peacocks as support animals? Hazy rules and laws as to what constitutes an emotional support animal have created a complicated situation — and rife for abuse.

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Cooking with cannabis: How can we educate about edibles to avoid a kitchen nightmare?

There is a lack of education about edible cannabis, which experts say the government must address before legalization takes effect.

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Super Bowl politics: Two teams line up on different sides of a divided nation

Football fans wait anxiously for their holiday to begin this Sunday as the Super Bowl game pits last year's winners, New England Patriots against the underdog Philadelphia Eagles. And the field is brimming with politics.

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Trump is leading us into nuclear war, says Daniel Ellsberg (and he should know, he used to plan them)

We're living in the shadow of a Doomsday Machine, says famous whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. From the Cuban Missile crisis to President Trump and North Korea, his career in nuclear development puts him in a unique position to dissect the current crisis.

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Due process is for the courts, not for #MeToo, argues lawyer

Criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt argues that due process is a concern for the courts — when someone is charged with an offence — but should not be what sets the bar outside of the legal system.

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Full Episode for February 1, 2018 — The Current

From the juxtaposition of what is legal and what is moral in the #MeToo movement; to Daniel Ellsberg's vast experience of nuclear weapons and the Doomsday machine that he says threatens us all; to The Current on the road with a series of town halls that examines the most pressing issues of race in Canada ... This is The Current.

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Iranian women risk arrest as they remove their veils for #WhiteWednesdays

As the economic protests in Iran fizzle out, a new form of resistance is gaining momentum: women who are defying the compulsory wearing of the veil. Social media movements are both encouraging and documenting their acts of defiance.

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Full Episode for January 31, 2018 - The Current

From White Wednesdays creator Masih Alinejad on Iranian women risking arrest to protest compulsory hijab; to how people on the West Coast are adapting to a tsunami threat; to a proposed law that would make it illegal to say Poland was involved with Nazi atrocities against Jews ... This is The Current.

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'Polish death camps': Outlawing phrase will protect Poland's good name, says minister

A proposed law wants to set the record straight and make it illegal to blame Poland for Nazi atrocities committed on its soil during the Second World War. But critics say the bill is whitewashing Holocaust history.

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Avoiding the 'human liquidizer': Getting ready for a tsunami strike on the West Coast

From earthquakes to tsunamis, people along the west coast are going to extreme lengths to prepare for 'the big one.'

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Full Episode for January 30, 2018 - The Current

From Toronto Police identifying Bruce McArthur as an alleged serial killer and the LGBTQ community saying their concerns raised were ignored; to author David Patrikarakos navigating the weaponization of social media and what it means for future conflicts; to a look at why violence is spiking in Afghanistan .. This is The Current.

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Toronto's 'serial killer': Was police denial a strategic move to catch the alleged murderer?

Bruce McArthur has been charged with the murders of five men from marginalized groups and the LGBT community. Did Toronto police do enough to join the dots, or was their denial of a serial killer in the city a strategic move?

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Could a tweet start a war? How smartphones and social media changed the world of war

Author David Patrikarakos dissects the weaponization of social media in the age of modern war.

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'Chaos benefits the Taliban': Why the war in Afghanistan is getting worse

A series of recent terror attacks in Kabul underline how precarious life remains for those in Afghanistan. But what has triggered this spike in violence?

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Saskatchewan on trial: Race relations under spotlight as death of Colten Boushie reaches court

Farmer Gerald Stanley is charged with second-degree murder over the death of 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie.

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Should Canada scrap military deals with Saudi Arabia over war in Yemen?

After Germany announced it will stop providing arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries involved in the war in Yemen, Canada is under mounting pressure to do the same.

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Paralyzed survivor of Quebec mosque attack is still fighting to find peace

On the anniversary of the attack on a mosque in Quebec, one of the survivors, Aymen Derbali, is still putting his life back together.

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Full Episode for January 29, 2018 - The Current

From the story of Aymen Derbali who was shot seven times in the Quebec City mosque attack that happened a year ago today and what his recovery has been like; to the trial of Gerald Stanley, accused of murdering a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan; to exploring the argument that Canada should stop arming Saudi Arabia out of principle ... This is The Current.

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Breaking up the Old Boys club: #MeToo is encouraging women to run for office

In the United States, women have reacted to the election of President Donald Trump by running for office in record numbers.

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Propositioned, groped, assaulted in the lobby: Staffers reveal culture of harassment in politics

Three former political staffers say Parliament Hill is rife with a culture of harassment.

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Beet juice and cheese brine: what cities are spreading on streets to replace corrosive road salt

Scientists are calling on Canadian cities to stop using road salt because it's toxic to the environment and causes billions of dollars of damage to infrastructure and cars.

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Full Episode for January 26, 2018 - The Current

From women in politics revealing sexual misconduct on parliament hill is an open secret; to more women running for office than ever before in the age of Trump; to unorthodox alternatives to salt showing up on North American roads ... This is The Current.

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A special edition of The Current | In Care and In Crisis: Canada's Indigenous Child Welfare Emergency

The Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott has called the emergency gripping Canada's child welfare system, "a humanitarian crisis." Today The Current dedicates the entire program to this issue speaking with the Minister, Indigenous parents, community members and young adults who were formerly in care - an important voice in this conversation.

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The Millennium Scoop: Indigenous youth say care system repeats horrors of the past

Three young people who spent time in the care system speak about their experiences, and the responsibility they feel to help future generations.

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'I felt like my heart was ripped out': Indigenous mother under 'birth alert' fears she will lose second child

A 20-year-old woman is seven months pregnant and homeless. She is terrified that her unborn daughter will be taken away under the "birth alert" system.

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Solving the puzzle: Indigenous groups offer solutions to foster care crisis

An innovative approach piloted by the Yukon government this month aims to keep foster children living in the same home as their biological parents. It's solutions like this one that may be on the table in Ottawa at an emergency meeting to address problems in Canada's child welfare system.

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We must disrupt the foster care system and remove perverse incentives, says Minister Jane Philpott

A two-day emergency meeting in Ottawa begins today, to discuss what the Minister of Indigenous Services has called a “humanitarian crisis.”

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Olympic committee risks trust of athletes and the public over Russian involvement in Winter Games

Athletes and anti-doping advocates are wary of a ban on the Russian team at the Winter Olympics, with some saying it's not strict enough.

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Could the wealth gap be closed by giving babies $50,000? Some economists think so

The proposal, called baby bonds, suggests giving every child born in America a lump sum payment up to $50,000. The money would have to be spent on "wealth building actions" like going to university, starting a business or buying a home.

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Full Episode for January 24, 2018 - The Current

From new frontlines opening up in Syria as Turkey joins the fight against Syrian Kurds; to officials and athletes saying the International Olympic Committee has gone too far in allowing Russian athletes back in the games; to a proposal that could be the answer to wealth inequality - baby bonds ... This is The Current.

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Will Turkish airstrikes reignite war in Syria?

A U.S. commitment not to withdraw from Syria could have prompted Turkish aggression against Syrian Kurds.

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David Frum was once 'Trump-curious', but now says his presidency is like America's gum disease

In a wide-ranging conversation, David Frum tells The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti that he believes U.S. democracy is being slowly undermined, and that those installed to keep Trump's power in check have become his greatest enablers.

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Why more people aren't talking about the Asian oil spill as big as Paris

It's an oil spill the size of Paris. But only now is the world's attention catching up with the vast scale of the disaster in the East China Sea — the largest tanker spill in decades.

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'Point of no return': Cape Town projected to run out of water by April

Cape Town's mayor has been issuing dire warnings to citizens for months to keep the amount of water they use to less than 87 litres per person per day. The city is predicted to run out of water on April 21.

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Full Episode for January 23, 2018 - The Current

From the consequences of an Iranian oil tanker spill in the East China Sea; to longtime Republican David Frum on how American democracy is under threat from the Trump administration; to inside Cape Town's water crisis and what it means for the rest of the world ... This is The Current.

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Jan 22 | Bangladesh postpones plan to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar

The repatriation deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh has been delayed, raising questions about what the safety of those Rohingya that do eventually go back.

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Jan 22 | 'We Matter': Indigenous youth raise their voices in the fight against suicide

In the first national conference involving youth leaders, politicians and social media to address the epidemic of aboriginal youth suicide — young people call for hope.

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Full Episode for January 22, 2018 - The Current

From the highs and lows of a year covering Trump, then Indigenous youth talk suicide prevention, and the risks facing returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar ... This is The Current.

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Jan 19 | 'He could have been stopped in 1997': Survivor of Larry Nassar's alleged sex abuse says victims were ignored

Dozens of women have been delivering victim impact statements at the trial of former U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, but one woman says repeated opportunities to stop him were missed.

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Jan 19 | Using willpower to reach your New Year's resolutions? Don't, says psychologist

New research shows willpower doesn’t work to change habits. All the more shocking — psychologist David DeSteno says the “social emotions” of gratitude, compassion and pride are the trick to big change.

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Jan 19 | 'Mommy Wildest': Female-led animal families smash the patriarchy

A new documentary turns our idea of who rules in the animal kingdom on its head, revealing animals like lions, elephants and baboons live in powerful matriarchies.

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Full Episode for January 19, 2018 - The Current

From a Canadian perspective on sexual abuse in Olympic gymnastics, to females ruling the animal kingdom, and the surprising new research that can help you keep those New Years resolutions... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for January 18, 2018 - The Current

From medicinal marijuana users who say the cannabis that helped for a while made them sick; to a documentary chronicling a Montreal mother's quest to get her daughter out of the clutches of ISIS; to what the joint Korean Olympic team means for peace ... This is The Current.

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One mother's mission to save her daughter from life as an ISIS bride

In 2014, a 19-year-old woman, born and raised in Montreal, left her entire life behind one day to join ISIS in Syria. Her mother embarked on a perilous mission to bring her home.

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'Constant nausea': Halifax woman suing medical marijuana producer after becoming ill

Does the Canadian government have the right controls to test what's really in medically prescribed cannabis?

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North Korea's 'real motives': Olympic unity may mask hostile plan, experts warn

North Korea's agenda has only ever been the conquest and control of the whole peninsula, a historian warns.

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Full Episode for January 17, 2018 - The Current

From how the false story of an 11-year old girl having her hijab cut by a stranger challenges communities that encounter hate crimes; to an investigation into suspicious deaths at a London, Ont. jail; to a male panel exploring what the #MeToo movement means for men ... This is The Current.

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'It's about safety, it's about humanity': What the #MeToo movement means to men

What role do men play in the #MeToo movement? Our male panel explores the question and looks at how to take ownership of their part in moving this forward.

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Crying hate crime: how hoaxes give bigots ammunition to undermine real victims

Organizations that help victims say they won't stop advocating against hate crime, but online abuse aims to undermine their credibility.

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'Inmates are dying left, right, and centre': Third death in six weeks renews criticism of Ontario prison

James Pigeau, an inmate who criticised the conditions at a jail in London, Ont., was found dead in his cell on Jan. 7.

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New shingles vaccine should be free, argues seniors advocate

As the cases of shingles rise, especially among seniors, advocates are pushing for provincial governments to cover the cost of a new and effective vaccine.

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'An extraordinary moment': North Korea summit shows tug-of-war over how to deal with rogue state

A one-day summit in Vancouver will discuss three main options on quelling the threat from North Korea: increased diplomacy, stronger sanctions, or a pre-emptive strike.

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Is there a generational divide in the #MeToo movement?

A backlash to the evolving #MeToo conversation shows a shifting dynamic, and rifts along the lines of age, class and race.

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Full Episode for January 16, 2018 - The Current

From a generational divide over consent in the MeToo era; to Vancouver hosting a one-day summit of U.S. allies on the Korean conflict; to asking if provincial governments should cover the cost of a new, effective shingles vaccine ... This is The Current.

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Full Episode for January 15, 2018 - The Current

From what Abdoul Abdi's pending deportation reveals about Canada's foster care system; to hundreds of faith-based groups protest a reproductive-rights caveat in a government grant application; and a female police chief in India tackles sexual assault...

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Jan 15 | 'The government was our parents': Abdoul Abdi's sister says Somali refugee failed by Canadian foster system

Fatouma Abdi says it was the government's responsibility to ensure her brother received Canadian citizenship, given that he grew up in state care. Without it, he faces deportation.

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Jan 15 | The abortion clause: Should groups that work against reproductive rights receive public funding?

A summer funding program now requires applicants to say they support reproductive rights, but faith-based groups say they cannot in good conscience agree to it.

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Jan 15 | 'Change is slow': Female superintendent of police in India tackles sexual violence and harassment

Rema Rajeshwari is a rare figure in a country where women make up only 7 per cent of police officers, and she’s at the forefront of pushing change in how the country deals with sexual violence against women.

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Full Episode for January 12, 2018 - The Current

We look at the charm offensive of Canada's leaders; the plight of 200,000 Salvadorans facing deportation — with or without their U.S.-born children; and the environmental impact of the marijuana industry. This is The Current, with Catherine Cullen.

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Jan 12 | Commons People: Trudeau, Singh and Scheer keen to prove they're just like us

The leaders of the main parties are going to great lengths — criss-crossing the entire country, in fact — to appear relatable. Are Canadians feeling the love?

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Jan 12 | Trump's alleged 's---hole countries' comment frames plight of 200,000 Salvadorans facing deportation

Parents with children born in the U.S. now face choice of separation or uprooting them to one of the most dangerous countries in the world — could Canada be another option?

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Jan 12 | Growing weed is not so great for the environment — what Canada can do to make it greener

Canada needs to grow greener pot once it becomes legal, says botanist.

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Jan 11 | 'I saw tree trunks roll up my driveway': What it's like to get caught up in California mudslides

A California resident and reporter speak about the chaos and fear they witnessed as the disaster unfolded.

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Full Episode for January 11, 2018 - The Current

From California mudslides sending warning signals to Canada's west coast, to a justice system accommodating men convicted of sexual assault, to the right to religious beliefs colliding with the right to a medically assisted death ... This is The Current.

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Jan 11 | Should Catholic hospitals have to provide access to medically assisted dying?

When religious health-care institutions block access to a doctor-assisted death, patients are stuck in the middle. Should the government step in?

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Jan 11 | 'Justice can wait': advocate says leniency for convicted sex offenders ignores victims' rights

When it comes to sentencing, critics are arguing the criminal justice system is too lenient and accommodating to the men convicted of sexual assault.

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Full Episode for January 10, 2018 - The Current

From Michael Wolff's new controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, to taking the temperature of this year's cold and flu epidemic, to why Canada is falling behind in pay equity and how we can bridge the gap ... This is The Current.

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Jan 10 | Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff defends book, but feels 'guilty' about Steve Bannon backlash

It's the book that everybody's talking about — even Donald Trump. Journalist Michael Wolff shares his revelations inside the Trump White House.

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Jan 10 | Canada should work to arrest Iranian official hospitalized in Germany, says lawyer

A failure to act would "send a signal that we really don't care about the brutal rape, torture and murder of a Canadian citizen."

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Jan 10 | This year's flu shot may be ineffective, but you should still get it, argues Dr. Brian Goldman

Australia confirmed 217,000 cases of H3N2 from June until August, and discovered the vaccine used was only 10 per cent effective.

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Jan 10 | Women still earn 25% less as Canada slips down global rankings

Canada has slipped 18 places in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap rankings, falling from 19th to 35th in just two years.

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Jan 9 | 'We need to let social media run amok,' says scholar Chris Kutarna

While scholar Chris Kutarna acknowledges the dangers in the huge power of social media, he also sees benefits to the truths about our society that social media is exposing.

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Jan 9 | Civilization video game paints an 'inaccurate and dangerous' picture of Poundmaker Cree Nation chief

The depiction of Chief Poundmaker amounts to cultural appropriation and is dangerous and inaccurate, say members of a Saskatchewan First Nation.

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Full Episode for January 9, 2017

From Saskatchewan First Nation arguing a video game depicts Chief Poundmaker inaccurately, to Chris Kutarna on adapting to the fast changes in our world, to Nightwood's Kelly Thorton on gender imbalance among playwrights/directors ...This is The Current.

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Jan 9 | 'Women need to take up more space': Feminist theatre calls on industry to hire female directors

"If you can get more female directors directing on the main stages then the next time a leadership change happens then they can come from those ranks."

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Full Episode for January 8, 2017 - The Current

From seeking justice in sexual misconduct cases through criminal court vs. civil court, to how Canada should engage with Iran after protests, to Wind Mobile founder Anthony Lacavera on the need for Canada to up its game in business ...This is The Current.

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Jan 8 | Canada can't settle for bronze in business, says WIND Mobile founder

WIND Mobile founder Anthony Lacavera says Canada's entrepreneurs are "setting their sights far too low." He says we need to up our game in business or be left behind.

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Jan 8 | In wake of Iran protests, should Canada reopen embassy in Tehran?

Iranians protesting their own government have sparked some difficult questions for Canada about how to react to and engage with the country.

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Jan 8 | Civil cases for sexual harassment — a new avenue for women seeking justice?

For survivors of abuse who feel the criminal justice system is failing them, the civil courts may offer hope. But what are the key differences?

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Full Episode for January 5, 2017 - The Current

From the impact of the weather bomb gripping eastern Canada, to approaching sex scenes with actors the same way fight scenes are choreographed, to a documentary on the life of circus superstar Jumbo the Elephant ... This is The Current with Scott Simmie.

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Jan 5 | Jumbo the Elephant: The life and mysterious death of the world's first animal superstar

More than a century after his untimely death, Jumbo the Elephant remains larger than life. The circus star captivated audiences during the 19th century, and now a new documentary is separating fact from legend.

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Jan 5 | People will die in this cold snap without city's help, says homeless advocate Cathy Crowe

Officials are not stepping up to deal with the homelessness crisis, says street nurse Cathy Crowe, and people's lives are at risk as a result.

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Full Episode for January 4, 2018 - The Current

From four women filing lawsuits against Canadian theatre star Albert Schultz alleging unwanted sexual touching and harassment, to combining Indigenous knowledge with technology to help Northern communities adapt to climate change ... This is The Current.

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Jan 4 | 'I was being groomed to think this was normal': Actors sue director Albert Schultz alleging sexual harassment

Kristin Booth and Patricia Fagan were excited to start their careers under the tutelage of Soulpepper theatre's Albert Schultz. Years later, they are two of four women suing Schultz, alleging sexual battery and harassment.

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Jan 4 | As ice thins underfoot, technology is combining with traditional Inuit knowledge to save lives

SmartICE is a company that puts sensors in sea ice to stop people falling through, and they're teaming up with Inuit communities to make it even more effective.

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Full Episode for January 03, 2018 - The Current

From massive protests in Iran taking aim at four decades of dictatorial rule, to protecting borrowers of payday loans with new regulations, to author Stephen Marche exploring if robots can write better than humans ... This is The Current.

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Jan 3 | 'When it gets to this level of crisis, everything is scary': an Iranian protester speaks

'Standing your ground is scary. Protest is scary but you know what else is scary? Silence.'

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Jan 3 | Can an algorithm make science fiction better? Author Stephen Marche finds out

Author Stephen Marche decided to write science fiction with an unlikely co-author: an algorithm. The finished product appeared in Wired magazine, complete with footnotes on how the algorithm helped craft the story.

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Jan 3 | How a $200 payday loan cost over $31,000

"I am on a limited income, right? So paying it back I was left with no money. I had no choice but to re-borrow."

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Full Episode for January 2, 2018 - The Current

From concerns bitcoin is an environmental hazard, to the 'Degrassi' star who had to re-learn life's most basic tasks, and scientists debate if there's a limit to what humans can understand ... This is The Current.

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Jan 2 | Is bitcoin an environmental hazard?

By some estimations, bitcoin could be consuming enough electricity to power the U.S. by the middle of 2019.

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Jan 2 | What's it like to re-learn how to run, walk, pee, and have sex? 'Degrassi' actor tells her story

Ruth Marshall led what she calls 'a charmed life', until odd symptoms led to a diagnosis that turned her life upside down.

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Jan 2 | Here's a brain teaser: is there a limit to what we can know? Scientists say they know so

"It could be that the very deep elements of reality, which are as far beyond our grasp as quantum theory is beyond a monkey's grasp."

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Full Episode for January 1, 2018 - The Current

From futurists predicting the important trends and technological developments of the year to come, to two authors immersing themselves in every self-improvement trick in the book ... This is The Current with Catherine Cullen.

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Jan 1 | 'We are moving into uncharted territory': Futurists shed light on the robotic revolution

"It is inevitable. The train left the station, the boat has left the slip — and I don't think there's preparation."

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Jan 1 | ENCORE | These authors dedicated a year to self-improvement. Here's what they learned

Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer share first-hand experience on their never-ending quest to be your best self.

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Full Episode for December 29, 2017 - The Current

From psychologist Eli Finkel on the all-or-nothing marriage, and journalists analyze the important stories of 2017 ... This is The Current with Catherine Cullen.

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Dec 29 | ENCORE | How 'love hacks' can make your marriage better: author

"We're simply asking too much and the marriage can't really accommodate everything that we're asking," says Eli Finkel, author of The All-or-Nothing Marriage.

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Dec 29 | A journalistic journey through the big and memorable stories of 2017

CBC’s Chris Hall, Nahlah Ayed, and the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale look at the big news and newsmakers of 2017.

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Full Episode for December 28, 2017 - The Current

From a comedic look at 2017, to the chilling effects of extreme weather across the country, and Rick Hansen's calling on our cities to adapt to everyone's different abilities ... This is The Current with Catherine Cullen.

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Dec 28 | ENCORE | 30 years after Man in Motion tour, Rick Hansen still fighting for accessibility

"Right now there's over a billion people on the planet living with a disability according to the World Health Organization — that is one in seven people."

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Dec 28 | Why it has been bitterly cold in Canada this holiday season

Right across the country Canadians are wrapping up the holiday season in a deep freeze.

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Dec 28 | Seeing the funny side: Satirists take their best shot at the highs, lows and headlines of 2017

Amanda Barker, Terry Fallis and Tim Fontaine look back at the year that was.

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Full Episode for December 27, 2017 - The Current

From behind the scenes of Obama's presidency, to fears of a "waste crisis" as China moves to close ports to recycling imports, and Barbara Kingsolver on adapting to the reality of climate change ... This is The Current with Catherine Cullen.

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Dec 27 | Your recycling could become trash: The 'golden age' of recycling is coming to an end

Summary * With China banning more recycling imports, Canadian municipalities will see no place for their mounting waste to go but into the landfill.

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Dec 27 | Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza on what a president looks like

Shadowing the president, no one knows the true behind the scenes stories of the Obama White House better than his official photographer.

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Dec 27 | ENCORE | 'This is not going to end well': Author Barbara Kingsolver on climate change

"Because climate change is really, really terrible, let's face it. This is not going to end well."

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Full Episode for December 26, 2017 - The Current

From questioning the health benefits of strict dieting, to A.J. Jacobs and the world's largest family tree... This is The Current with Catherine Cullen.

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Dec 26 | Forget everything you've heard about 'bad food' to avoid, says doctor

"People can't figure out what a healthy diet looks like anymore."

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Dec 26 | ENCORE | 'We are all family': Author A.J. Jacobs on how everyone in the world's related to each other

"So when we're told as kids we're all family, that now scientifically you can see how we're all related through DNA and these massive family trees."

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Full Episode for December 22, 2017 - The Current

From Becoming Santa: the Ottawa man who inherited the vintage red suit, to the problems with long-term care and seniors, and to author Stephen Greenblatt on the story of Adam and Eve ... This is The Current with Megan Williams.

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Dec 22 | Becoming Santa: Ottawa man carries on legacy of vintage red suit

The Santa suit belonged to Jimmy Lomax, Hamilton's best-known Santa. When Lomax retired, the suit was passed on to Larry Lantz, who wore it until his death in 2013. Now Ottawa's Michael Morin is carrying on the legacy of the vintage red suit.

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Dec 22 | Adam and Eve story still resonates in its simplicity, says professor

"You hear this story as a little child and you never forget it… It explains everything, or professes to explain everything."

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Dec 22 | 'It's heartbreaking': New Brunswick couple married 69 years separated before Christmas

Herbert Goodine, 91, lived with Audrey Goodine, 89, his wife of 69 years at a special-care home. After a health assessment, Herbert was moved to another residence.

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Full Episode for December 21, 2017 - The Current

From investigating bread price-fixing by major Canadian retailers, to how many germs passengers are exposed to on airplanes, to scientists concerned about chronic wasting disease spreading through deer will reach humans ... This is The Current.

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Dec 21 | Bread price-fixing: Investigation into at least 7 companies

On Tuesday, Loblaw Companies Ltd. and its parent company George Weston Ltd. admitted to participating in a bread price-fixing arrangement that started in 2001 and lasted until 2015.

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Dec 21 | Germs on a plane: How to stay healthy while travelling

Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba studies just how dirty planes can get and says hand sanitizer is the best option to ward off germs during travel.

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Dec 21 | Study raises the alarm on chronic wasting disease

An ongoing study suggests the deadly chronic wasting disease spreading through North American deer herds has the potential to cross over to the human population.

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Full Episode for December 20, 2017 - The Current

From a secret Pentagon program that reveals UFO investigations, to the first-ever Tiramisu World Cup in northern Italy, to historian Judith Flanders on her new "biography" of Christmas ... This is The Current.

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Dec 20 | Italy hosts first-ever Tiramisu World Cup

"The champion of this competition must create a tiramisu with great equilibrium."

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Dec 20 | Christmas banned? The unknown, forgotten and surprising history of this holiday tradition

Author Judith Flanders explores the history of the Christmas holiday — from its beginnings to present-day traditions.

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Dec 20 | What the Pentagon's secret UFO program reveals

"The real story here is the political one in that for decades now the U.S. government said we are not interested in UFOs. We are not investigating them. Turns out they are."

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Full Episode for December 19, 2017 - The Current

From a recent survey that finds male executives don't think sexual harassment is a problem in their workplace, to the rich history of improvisational theatre, to a contraception app recognized in the EU as a medical device ... This is The Current.

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Dec 19 | Why some women are ditching the birth control pill for an app

Natural Cycles app is the first and only app to receive medical certification in the EU, and has its sights set on North America next.

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Dec 19 | From Second City to Stephen Colbert: author Sam Wasson tracks history of improv comedy

Author Sam Wasson shares the colourful history of improv theatre with some of the biggest names in comedy in his book, Improv Nation.

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Dec 19 | Sexual harassment in the workplace? Not according to male Canadian executives surveyed

Sexual harassment is not a problem at work according to male Canadian executives surveyed — despite almost a third of them saying they know of specific cases.

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Full Episode for December 18, 2017 - The Current

From research showing toys are more gendered now more than ever, to a look back at The Beaverton's untrue stories of Canadian history, to a scientific study that claims dogs are smarter than cats ... This is The Current.

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Dec 18 | The Beaverton's scandalous untrue stories of Canadian history

Authors Luke Field and Alex Huntley's alternative look at Canada's past through fake news.

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Dec 18 | Can gender-specific toys affect a child's development? Researchers weigh in

The pink-and-blue divide has widened in kids toys, say researchers.

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Dec 18 | Feline lovers beware: Study suggests dogs are smarter than cats

For years, the taunt has been that cats rule, and dogs drool. But dog lovers — fear not — it turns out science is on your side.

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Full Episode for December 15, 2017 - The Current

From plane crash survivors and rescuers sharing their stories, to the lifeline that activist Meron Estefanos provides to Eritrean refugees, to the ethics of denying transplants due to strict sobriety rules ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.

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Dec 15 | 'I didn't want to die': Plane crash survivor and rescuer share their stories

"It was a traumatic event. Whether people die or not, I think you still question whether you could have done more."

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Dec 15 | How Meron Estefanos saves Eritrean refugees with her cellphone

For Eritreans fleeing their country, knowing journalist and activist Meron Estefanos's phone number can be their only chance of survival.

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Dec 15 | Delilah Saunders needs a life-saving liver transplant. Ontario rules say she's ineligible

Delilah Saunders needs a liver transplant, but the 26-year-old is not eligible due to her history with alcohol use. Family and friends say the policy is unethical.

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Full Episode for December 14, 2017 - The Current

From black women getting the vote out against Alabama's Roy Moore, to the new Canadian Digital Service, and to Gina Miller, who challenged the way Brexit was being implemented in Britain ... This is The Current.

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Dec 14 | Government's new startup aims to create better services for Canadians

If tech companies around the world can invent ground-breaking programs, apps and services every day — why can't the government?

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Dec 14 | Meet Gina Miller, the woman who took Brexit to court

"I still think we have a huge lack of honesty and transparency and reasonableness about Brexit."

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'It's about saving themselves': Why black women got the vote out to defeat Roy Moore

“I was infuriated, but I used that anger ... You know it paid off. It worked. It worked out in our favour.”

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Full Episode for December 13, 2017 - The Current

From a look at if the #MeToo movement is creating moral panic, to Eastern Ghouta, Syria, under siege and the desperate position doctors are put in with no medical resources, to the robot therapist Woebot accepting new patients ... This is The Current.

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Dec 13 | Has the #MeToo campaign gone too far?

Some feminists are questioning whether the movement has created a moral panic, saying different forms of sexual misconduct are becoming conflated.

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Dec 13 | Doctors forced to decide who lives or dies in besieged Syrian suburb

"I don't know if we can forgive ourselves as doctors to make those decisions. This is very hard to face as a doctor."

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Dec 13 | Would you talk to a robot therapist? Woebot is accepting new patients

Meet "Woebot," the chatbot that uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

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Full Episode for December 12, 2017 - The Current

From the largest wildfires in California's history, to two authors spending a year on self-improvement, to Ethiopia using commercial spyware to keep tabs on foreign dissidents ... This is The Current.

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Dec 12 | These authors dedicated a year to self-improvement. Here's what they learned

Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer share first-hand experience on their never-ending quest to be your best self.

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Dec 12 | Southern California restaurant remains open despite 'Armageddon' wildfire

"I want to say it looks like fog, but because of the red glow behind everything, it looks like nothing you've ever seen until you've been in a fire."

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Dec 12 | Ethiopian government used spyware against dissidents: report

It's never been easier for governments to keep track and spy on dissidents, but now that spyware software can be bought virtually off-the-shelf, any country can get in the game.

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Full Episode for December 11, 2017 - The Current

From Evangelical Christians supporting Donald Trump's move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, to Will Pegg embracing life awaiting his medically assisted death, to doctors adapting to the reality of medically assisted dying ... This is The Current.

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Dec 11 | Will Pegg will die an assisted death. He couldn't feel more alive

Will Pegg's body is slowly falling apart, riddled with metastatic bone cancer. He knows he doesn't want to die this way. So he's chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.

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Dec 11 | Doctors frustrated with lack of clarity for medically assisted dying practices in Canada

“When someone is given the permission to go ahead and have an assisted death ... it’s very clear to me that their life is no longer about dying," says Dr. Stephanie Green.

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Dec 11 | American evangelicals embrace Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital

"We're very, very pleased that the Jewish people in the Jewish state could have a capital," says American evangelical Christian leader Jerry Johnson.

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Full Episode for December 08, 2017 - The Current

From Prime Minister Trudeau's progressive stance in talks about a potential free trade agreement with China, to dismantling net neutrality rules in the U.S., to protecting Canada's "intangible" cultural gems ... This is The Current with Piya Chattopahyay.

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Dec 8 | From poutine to windchill: Which Canadian 'cultural intangibles' are worthy of UNESCO's recognition?

UNESCO's recent Intangible Cultural Heritage List added 33 new cultural practices to its list from all around the world. But there are none from Canada.

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Dec 8 | Q&A: What would a U.S. repeal of net neutrality mean for Canadians?

The FCC's upcoming vote on whether to repeal "net neutrality" in the U.S. could have sweeping implications for Americans, but Canadians also have a lot to lose.

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Dec 8 | Trudeau's 'progressive' trade agenda with China seen as arrogant, say critics

"We like to think of ourselves as being nice and the rest of the world likes us but when it comes to these trade agreements ... we're coming across as being patronizing."

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Dec 7 | BBC alleges journalists' families harassed, intimidated by Iranian authorities

The BBC is appealing to the United Nations for help after 152 of its BBC Persian staff had their bank accounts frozen and their families threatened by the Iranian government.

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Dec 7 | 'Willful ignorance cannot be an excuse': How to navigate complicity

"In our society where everyone is so interlinked ... we do have a cumulative effect."

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Full Episode for December 06, 2017 - The Current

From the purchase of 14 cases of beer upending out of province trade barriers, to revisiting the Halifax explosion 100 years ago, to what's at stake with Trump's plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem ... This is The Current.

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Dec 6 | 'It's part of the DNA of Haligonians': 100 years after the Halifax Explosion

The Halifax explosion levelled most of the city, killing 2,000, and injuring 9,000.

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Dec 6 | Trump's plan to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem divides Israelis and Palestinians

"It's not so much what President Trump announces today. It's how does that fit into a larger vision of how you move from chronic confrontation and conflict to a path of peace."

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Dec 6 | How reporter James Hickey broke the Halifax Explosion story, 30 minutes after blast

Canadian Press reporter James Hickey was the first to file a report on the Halifax Explosion, sending out a 100-word flash bulletin to the Associated Press.

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Dec 6 | Cross-border booze case challenges interprovincial trade laws

The Current explores how interprovincial trade barriers stand in the way of Canadian wineries and what other implications a Supreme Court case involving 14 cases of beer taken across provincial borders brings to the forefront.

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Full Episode for December 05, 2017 - The Current

From the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen amid escalating violence, to a surrogate pregnancy that resulted in giving birth to two unrelated babies, to advocating the many lost or forgotten words in the English language ... This is The Current.

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Dec 5 | How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies

"I just thought of it as, 'Wow, you learn something new every day' because I didn't know that identical twins can come out not looking identical."

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Dec 5 | Meet the author on a mission to rescue 'lost' words

"It's always a bit of a tragedy when a word falls out of use."

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Dec 5 | What's next for Yemen after killing of former president?

Yemen likely headed into further chaos and bloodshed after rebel forces have killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to political watchers.

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Dec 4 | Michael Flynn 'extraordinarily dangerous' for Trump's White House: Charlie Sykes

What can former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea mean for Trump's presidency?

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Dec 4 | Assyrian activist calls government policy on returning ISIS fighters 'cruel joke'

"The indignation ... of just being fundamentally disrespected and fundamentally neglected in terms of our experience at the hands of a campaign of genocide that ISIS perpetrated against us."

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Full Episode for December 4, 2017 - The Current

From the latest in the Mueller investigation and Michael Flynn's guilty plea lying to the FBI, to Assyrians who fled ISIS and now fear for their safety in Canada, to critics of the federal government's disability tax credit system ... This is The Current.

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Dec 4 | Canada Revenue Agency needs to be 'more consistent' with disability tax credits, say advocates

Canadians with disabilities and their families are raising concerns about how the Canada Revenue Agency applies tax credits — where some say those who are entitled to a break are missing out.

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Full Episode for December 1, 2017 - The Current

From Canada's obstacles entering trade talks with China, killing and torture in Chechnya's gay purge, and the fine line between protecting free speech and enabling hate speech in the class room ... This is The Current with Susan Ormiston.

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Dec 1 | Meet the Russian journalist who exposed Chechnya's anti-gay crackdown

Russian journalist Elena Milashina exposed the Chechnyan "gay purge" and was forced to flee her home country after facing death threats for her reporting.

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Dec 1 | Where's the line between free expression and protecting students from hate speech?

Academic freedom and hate speech: how are Canadian campuses navigating that tension in an increasingly polarized climate?

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Dec 1 | Trudeau's China visit: What's at stake?

The trip comes at a critical time for international trade relations given the uncertainties around NAFTA.

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Full Episode for November 30, 2017 - The Current

From an investigation into suspicious deaths at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, to journalist Luke Harding digging into Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, to concern over the health of Canada's West Coast salmon ... This is The Current.

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Nov 30 | Why are so many inmates dying in this Ontario jail? Fifth Estate investigates

There have been 10 questionable deaths since 2009 inside the the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London, Ont., according to an investigation by the CBC's Fifth Estate.

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Nov 30 | Trump-Russia 'scandal bigger than Watergate,' says author and reporter Luke Harding

"This is one group of Americans, basically, allegedly kind of seeking the help of a traditional enemy of the United States to try to discredit and chop the legs of political opponents. This is new territory."

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Nov 30 | Blood discharge spewing into B.C. ocean infecting salmon: scientist

B.C. wild salmon are swimming in blood-coloured effluent from a nearby farmed-salmon processing plant, alarming scientists and activists.

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Full Episode for November 29, 2017 - The Current

From people struggling to pay for dental care, to the debate on whether universal dental care is feasible, to the evolution of our teeth, this is a special edition of The Current.

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Nov 29 | Dave Stock beat cancer twice but faces a $10,000 dental bill

"People don't think cancer will lead to dental issues. Once you're done with the cancer, there's nothing to cover what happens next."

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Nov 29 | From tooth pullers to dentists: Dental care's 'really painful' history

When it comes to the history of dentistry, "it's really, really painful."

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Nov 29 | Overall health includes oral health: Should dental be part of universal healthcare

Dentists are divided on whether universalizing dental care is the way to fix problems of inadequate and inequitable coverage.

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Full Episode for November 28, 2017 - The Current

From far-right groups gaining strength in Quebec, to 400 Canadians stranded on the island of Bali who face an imminent volcanic eruption, and the wondrous adventures of Yellowstone's most beloved wolf … This is The Current.

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Nov 28 | 'Extremely dangerous': Unclouding the threat of Bali's Mount Agung volcano

What happens when a volcano explodes? What are the chances Agung actually will? Who is at risk? Volcanologist Glyn Williams-Jones explains.

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Nov 28 | Are actions of police legitimizing far-right groups in Quebec ?

Critics accuse police of "normalizing" fascist groups after a Quebec City far-right protest left 44 counter-protesters arrested.

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Nov 28 | How O-Six became Yellowstone's 'most beloved' wolf

Author Nate Blakeslee looks at how the life of a famous Yellowstone wolf named O-Six provides a poignant insight into the struggle for survival of wolves in the U.S.

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Nov 28 | Parents of disabled baby overcome expectation and adapt to new circumstances

At 8 weeks old, Cohen was diagnosed with the rare genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy. From fears of early death, to experimental drugs and new leases on life — his parents have come to learn how to appreciate what's within reach.

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Full Episode for November 27, 2017

From how kids interact with AI toys creating false emotional bonds, to what happens to former ISIS fighters now living in Canada, to research showing nurses face more violence on the job than police officers or prison guards ... This is The Current.

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Nov 27 | Would you let your kids play with AI robots?

"What these robots are really tapping into is simulated feeling and simulated empathy, and I think we are playing with fire when we offer them to our children."

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Nov 27 | What should Canada do with foreign fighters who return home?

The conundrum of how to deal with foreign fighters coming back to Canada: it's not as easy as locking them up.

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Nov 27 | Colombians finally taste their own brewed coffee

With the peace agreement between FARC and the government, Colombians are finally enjoying their own coffee for the first time.

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Nov 27 | Health-care workplace violence under-reported, suggests Ontario study

"People who go to work literally every day worried that they will be beat up or assaulted."

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