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Meet the Sherlock Holmes of bird crimes investigating the black market for dead hummingbirds

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.

The Current for June 22, 2018

From on the ground in McAllen, Texas, to hear from migrants who have been left in flux, many without their kids; to a U.S. program that's killing one species of owl to save an endangered owl species; to a conversation with a Canadian doctor who's served Indigenous communities for more than 30 years ... This is The Current.

Why thousands of barred owls are being shot by U.S. conservationists

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.

June 22, 2018 episode transcript

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What makes it murder? Ontario coroner to review 'concealed homicides' after 3 family members die in same home

Three family members died in their home over several years, but it was only after the 3rd death that police established a suspicious pattern. We talk to investigators about how they approach the scene of a death, and where mistakes can be made.

The Current for June 21, 2018

From the long history of removing children from parents in the U.S. and Canada; to a singer and a technologist who has released an album composed with artificial intelligence; to meeting a forensic ornithologist who is fighting to save hummingbirds ... This is The Current.

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.

Meet the Sherlock Holmes of bird crimes investigating the black market for dead hummingbirds

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.

Thursday June 21, 2018 Full Episode Transcript

Full text transcript for June 21st episode.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

Wednesday June 20, 2018 Full Text Transcript

Full text transcript for June 20th episode.

'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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