Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom the Liberals LNG decision angering environmentalists and throwing a lifeline to the NDP, to Montreal's pit bull ban and if banning breeds really works, to Attica prisoner that still resonates today... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTIt's been 45 years since Attica became a byword for excessive police force. The prisoner uprising and bloody crackdown were products of their time that still resonate today. The Current looks into how Attica's legacy lives on in America's crowded jails.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTTo some, pit bull dogs are beloved pets. But to others, they are violent, snarling menaces. And Montreal has come down on the side of those who believe pit bulls must be banned for the sake of public safety. But does banning specific breeds really work?
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau argues his government is striking the right balance between growing economy and protecting the environment with the conditional approval of the LNG pipeline. But some say it's a startling reversal of campaign promises.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom debating if the Syrian crisis should be called a holocaust, to journalist David Cay Johnston on how Trump - the businessman - operates, to Canada's Minister of Public Safety on Bill C-51... This is The Current.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe Current follows up on security issues in Canada with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to ask what happened to all those Liberal election promises to amend the Harper government's anti-terror bill, C-51.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAs Donald Trump campaigns for the U.S. presidency, everything from his taxes, to his net worth, to the deals he made is a blur of contradictory numbers. David Cay Johnston shares his insights after following the numbers to understand the making of Trump.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe bombing of eastern Aleppo has become relentless. Victims are overwhelmingly civilians — many are children. The devastation is so great, so deliberate, some have begun to characterize it as a holocaust. Others say that is neither factual nor accurate
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom New York Times' Maureen Dowd on the fear and anger of the 2016 U.S. election, to burnt out author Anna Katharina Schaffner on the history of exhaustion, to a mother who created a mental health centre devoted to youth... This is The Current.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTStella Green Sanderson was 16 when she was in need of psychiatric help that simply wasn't available due to a long waiting list. Today her mother's opened a non-profit mental health centre in her name specifically to help youth.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTWith the prevalence of burnout, stress and sleeplessness in daily life, you'd think exhaustion is a malady of our times. But it turns out, we've been running on empty for thousands of years. The Current looks back on the history of exhaustion.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAlthough many pundits have pronounced a winning first debate performance for Hillary Clinton, New York Times' columnist Maureen Dowd who has scrutinized her record and trajectory over years in the political spotlight still have questions.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom an analysis of the first Clinton-Trump televised debate, to a difficult conversation with Harold R. Johnson about alcohol and Indigenous people, to neurotechnology that's linking different people's brains together... This is The Current.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTResearchers are connecting human brains via computer and have seen one person's brain move another's body. The meeting of mind over machine is a breakthrough that could help paralyzed patients rewire rewire their brains, but it comes with ethical issues.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTHarold R. Johnson is an Indigenous crown prosecutor and says alcohol is killing his people. He is urging for a new narrative on alcohol abuse, finding inspiration in those who overcome rather than thinking there are only those who succumb.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTIt was must-watch television, cringe politics and alternately delicious and poisonous electoral jockeying, but how will American voters react? The Current dissects last night's Clinton-Trump presidential debate where fact and fiction make a dizzying blur.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFor decades, scientists studied Patient H.M. who was lobotomized in his late 20s. Now the grandson of the doctor who performed that surgery has pieced together his grandfather's track record of brain surgeries raising uncomfortable ethical questions.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAn extraordinary rescue team of Syrian civilians called The White Helmets run toward the scene of an attack to try to save lives. The team has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for saving tens of thousands of lives during Syria's civil war.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Canada's plans to remove branding from tobacco packaging, to The Syrian Civil Defense, aka The White Helmets nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, to the story of Dr. Scoville, Patient H.M. and pushing the limits of science... This is The Current.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTJasmeet Singh grew up in Guelph, Ont. He is Sikh. He wears a turban. And he felt the sting of racism growing up. But the bullying he experienced in high school set him on a path toward a surprising career — becoming one of Canada's biggest YouTube stars.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTCigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France, as both countries follow Australia's lead with regulations forcing plain cigarette packaging in 2017. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom insurance companies wanting to be exempt from a genetic discrimination bill, to B.C.'s foreign owner's tax challenged by a class action lawsuit, to a documentary that follows ISIS' online recruitment process... This is The Current with Laura Lynch.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTISIS is notorious for courting western youths online — turning social media into a recruitment tool. So filmmaker Martin Himel decided to see for himself how the process works and documents his journey meeting an ISIS recruiter in Undercover in ISIS
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTScientific advances have allowed us to know more about our genetic makeup. But for some, genetic testing may risk getting insurance. Parliament is debating a new bill meant to put a stop to genetic discrimination but insurers are warning against it.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTSales began dropping almost right away after B.C. imposed a new tax mean to cool down a hot housing market. Data shows the slide is continuing. But a class action lawsuit claims the province is running afoul of the constitution and international treaties.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Canada's commitment to negotiate China's extradition treaty, to an Alabama lawyer on the links between lynching and death row, to how torture documents could be the basis of a criminal investigation into the RCMP... This is The Current.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTBryan Stevenson goes to work every day on a mission — to get black men off Alabama's death row. The author and lawyer shares how the legacy of slavery and lynching still lives in America today in his book, Just Mercy.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTEarlier this week, CBC's Terence McKenna told us about a trove of documents he'd obtained relating to the three Canadians tortured in Syria. Law professor Amir Attaran says the documents could form the basis of a criminal investigation into the RCMP.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAs Canada works on negotiating an extradition treaty with China, critics say there will be no way to monitor compliance in a country with torture and a death penalty. Supporters say new extradition and trade treaties are far better than the status quo.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Saskatchewan doctors calling for the government to declare a public health state of emergency, to negotiating peace between FARC and the Colombian government, to a study suggesting gut feelings are more important than we think... This is The Current.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTNew research suggests those who trust their guts when making a decision may be more successful. Meet a former stock trader turned neuroscientist whose research looking into the science of gut feelings could help you reap dividends.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTTen years ago, a moment changed Jill Goldberg's life forever. It was late at night when she was sleeping and a stranger entered her Montreal apartment. The trauma left a serious impact but says the experience created something positive.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTDag Nylander used every diplomatic trick he knew to edge the Colombian government and its decades-old adversary FARC toward a peace deal. Eventually, the cool, diplomatic guidance of this Norwegian succeeded in disrupting a five-decade-long conflict.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTPeople are dying of HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan at a rate 4-times higher than the rest of Canada. Indigenous people are disproportionately affected. Doctors in the province who treat those with HIV say this is nothing less than a public health emergency.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom critics questioning Canada's commitment to refugees, to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau on his draw to Donald Trump, to a loneliness epidemic for seniors... This is The Current.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTNew research suggests that the experience of loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking or obesity. With as many as 1.4 elderly Canadians reporting feeling lonely some are calling this a public health crisis that needs to be addressed.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTDoonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau began including Donald Trump in his comic strip 30 years ago. His early portrayals turned out to be prophetic on the political front. After sketching Trump for decades, Trudeau shares some of his YUGE! opinions.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAs Canada announces an increase in aid for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, millions in charitable donations from Canadian sponsorship groups remains frozen — leaving families stuck in refugee camps and caught in the system.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom obtained torture documents involving RCMP and CSIS working with Syrian and Egyptian interrogators, to how an orca changed the world view of whales in captivity, to the Trudeau family's unique relationship with China... This is The Current.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTCanada may have a unique relationship with the Trudeau family. But the Trudeaus have a unique relationship with China. In Chairman Mao's day, China was a special place for the former prime minister. In the 21st century, Alexandre Trudeau feels its pull.Al
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTUnder great political and public pressure to identify potential terrorist suspects, RCMP emails newly obtained by CBC News indicate Canada's national police force knew what was in store for three Canadians who were tortured in Syria.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAt one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once —frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThis week Monsanto agreed to be taken over by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer at a price of $66 billion. There's a chance genetically altered seeds may still be sold but without the brand name, could this move change the conversation on all things GMO?
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom the Monsanto-Bayer take over potentially changing the discussions on GMOs, to the disappearance of Deborah Campbell's fixer in Damascus, to the legal challenges people in polyamorous relationships face... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAs unconventional, multi-person partnerships become more mainstream in Canadian society, The Current gets a first-hand look into legal challenges polyamorous families face such as getting benefits, doing taxes and filling out government forms.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTJournalist Deborah Campbell tells remarkable stories in her book, A Disappearance in Damascus. It's the story of her fixer, the trusted emissary relied on by foreign correspondents to get the story. But in the case of Ahlam, she became the story herself.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAdvocates are calling for a mandatory public registry for sperm donors and offspring. They say there are important legal and public health benefits to tracking sperm donation. Currently, the only privately-run registry relies on voluntary information.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThis month, HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition — was found in an Arctic Bay. While many history buffs are excited by the news, it raises questions of sovereignty for Inuit people who want input over the division of the artifacts.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom whether Canada should use airships to transport food to the North, to the discovery of HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition, to the Liberals' aim to balance expanding pipelines while reducing emissions... This is The Current.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTJust before parliament resumes, The Current looks at what's on the Liberal's agenda and if it's even possible to balance approving pipelines while aiming to reduce emissions. Some say that just doesn't make sense.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe high cost of groceries in First Nations communities in the North, and Arctic, has a Winnipeg man calling on Canada to use airships to transport food and supplies to the North - a move he says would significantly reduce the cost of living.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe story of a personal moment of disruption from a U.S. trauma surgeon who surprised himself by speaking up in the face of a tragic shooting last summer.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Calgary's fluoride debate and advocates calling for more public funding of dental care, to author JD Vance on his hillbilly roots, to what the return of the federal sponsorship scandal in the news means for the Liberal Party... This is The Current.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTMore than a decade after details of the federal sponsorship scandal outraged a nation, the trial of a key player and close Chretien ally has begun. The Current looks at how the scandal's legacy has shaped the direction of today's governing Liberal party.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTHillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance grew up between the Rust Belt and Appalachia surrounded by poverty, anger and love. Part of a culture that he says is in crisis in America today and that feeds into the politics playing out in this U.S. election year.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTProfessionals in dental health believe there's a link between tooth decay and Calgary's choice five years ago to pull fluoride out of the water. But the city's elected officials aren't interested in the details.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom coverage of Hillary Clinton's health condition deemed as sexist, to half-siblings who share the same sperm donor meeting for the first time, to non-white lawyers in Canada who say they're not treated the same as white peers... This is The Current.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTToronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters has filed a lawsuit alleging humiliating treatment based on his race by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Now other lawyers who say they have faced similar situations are speaking up about racial bias in the court system.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTA new U.S. donor sibling registry allows children of sperm donors to connect with their half-siblings, from far and wide. The Current follows the story of a brother and two sisters who share the same anonymous sperm donor and meet for the first time.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTNews of Hillary Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis has fueled her critics' viral outrage over the transparency of her health and character. But supporters say the real fever is over the fact she's female. Is the Clinton campaign in crisis?
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom sounding the alarm on North Korea's nuclear tests, to controversy and criticism following Nate Parker in the film The Birth of A Nation, to a new film documenting the tragedy of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean... This is The Current.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe tiny Italian island of Lampedusa has been thrust into the centre of Europe's migration crisis. Now a new bold documentary shows us a year in the life of the island - for its residents, migrants passing through and those trying to make a difference.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTNate Parker's The Birth of a Nation is one of the most talked about movies at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. For many, Parker's history involving a sexual assault charge raises complex questions about whether to even see the film.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAnalysts are warning North Korea's continued nuke testing goes beyond basic posturing and is extremely dangerous for the region, and the world. The Current explores North Korea's nuclear weapons potential.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom the rights of mentally ill patients and parents who want more say in their health care, to novelist Anosh Irani on Mumbai's child sex trade, to a filmmaker's exploration of East Germany's Stasi police... This is The Current with Piya Chattopadhyay.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTDuring life in communist East Germany, the Stasi secret police were everywhere. It meant neighbours spied on each other and no one really knew who was who. For filmmaker Petra Epperlein, that included her father. Her documentary explores Karl Marx City.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTNovelist Anosh Irani takes us into Mumbai's red light district in his latest novel, The Parcel. The light he sheds on the dark corner of reality reveals harsh truths about child sex workers in Mumbai. But it's ultimately redeeming.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTParents of mentally ill adult children are calling for more involvement over the health care of their children admitted to hospital. The Current speaks to Lorraine Johnson who lost her son to suicide and says the system failed him.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTEmployment lawyer, Janice Rubin says Ontario's Bill 132 is game-changing. It's the first time in Canada where employers are obligated to investigate both, complaints and incidents of harassment, and also must train employees on this issue.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTDonald Trump and his supporters have a plan for a wall on the U.S. Mexican border. But a wall authorized by George W. Bush is already there, and it's affecting everything from wildlife migration to flooding.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch's proposal to screen immigrants for "anti-Canadian values," to a documentary that examines how mainstream media misses deception, to how Trump's border wall endangers wildlife... This is The Current.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe documentary, All Governments Lie argues mainstream, corporate, U.S. media rolls over, not only for government but for commerce. Filmmaker Fred Peabody and journalist Amy Goodman discuss what the media misses, allowing deceptions to go uncovered.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTConservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is proposing to screen would-be immigrants for "anti-Canadian values." Many politicians and pundits are critical of this move, but Leitch says this is a conversation Canada needs to have.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Judge Robin Camp facing a review of his fitness to remain on the bench, to part two of our discussion on a new Renaissance with Chris Kutarna, to a lawsuit against B.C.'s ban on the purchase of private insurance... This is The Current.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTEight years ago, Dr. Brian Day began his court challenge to have private health insurance for surgery in private clinics. It is a case with the potential to reshape our health-care system. But health advocates foresee negative consequences for Canada.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAge of Discovery author Chris Kutarna is back. Yesterday, he argued we are.living through a second Renaissance. Today, he finds similarities in the populist politics of the 1400's and the words of a certain presidential candidate just over our border.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTJustice Robin Camp made headlines when he asked a 19-year-old complainant in a sexual assault case why she couldn't "just keep her knees together." Now, the judge is facing a judicial review and shinning a spotlight on how, or if judges are disciplined.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom a road trip to Virginia searching for voter insights into the U.S. election, to author Chris Kutarna who says we're lucky to be living through what he calls a new renaissance, to the homework load Canadian students face... This is The Current.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAs students return to school, some families are pushing for no homework for their kids saying there's no evidence that homework helps academic achievement. Critics say homework can actually hurt both learning and overall well-being.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTUndeniably, we're living in an age of disruption. From breakneck advances in technology; to staggering wealth inequality, and global terrorism. Author Chris Kutarna says it's the best time in history to be alive in what he calls a new renaissance.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFollow The Current's Anna Maria on the road to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains as she meets voters and asks them which U.S. president candidate should occupy the White House.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom concern over how to resolve Canada's faltering economy to Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa's political protest at the finish line to anxious students heading back to school in Fort McMurray... This is The Current.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe first day of school has been looming on the calendar, all summer long. Tomorrow is a hard day for some kids. The Current checks in on Syrian refugees starting a new grade and Fort McMurray students who had to flee before the end of the school year.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTHis marathon run in the Rio Olympic games won him the silver medal. But his defiant protest at the finish line, he says, has earned him the enmity of the Ethiopian government. Feyisa Lilesa explains why he says he can't go home again.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTCanada's GDP numbers reveal a faltering economy and critics argue more needs to be done to fix our economic situation. With key members of the Liberal's economic team at the G20, it's time to ask what fiscal forensics mean to Canada's financial future.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom research that shows how the benefits of vacations are short-lived, to Aboriginal painter Roy Henry Vickers on how art helped him beat a life-threatening addiction... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe B.C. artist, carver, designer and storyteller, Roy Henry Vickers, explains how art helped him beat a life-threatening addiction, and says he's now eager to create and share Aboriginal stories.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTAs summer comes to a close, The Current examines the latest research on the long-term benefits of taking time off. What is the ideal length of a holiday? Does a staycation have the same effect as a vacation abroad?
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom skyrocketing home energy costs in Ontario causing energy poverty to a powerful pig named Esther changing lives around the world... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTEsther is a powerful pig. Her parents, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter quit their jobs, stopped eating meat and bought a farm thanks to Esther the Wonder Pig. And she's been changing lives ever since.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMTOntario's energy minister may not be calling energy prices a crisis, but many in the province would beg to disagree. With skyrocketing hydro bills forcing many into 'energy poverty,' Ontarians are calling on the government to lower rates.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom revelations that tens of millions of dollars in UN aid is going to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to why First Nations students in Northern Ontario travelling to Thunder Bay for high school are dying... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTSeven First Nations students, each dead under bewildering circumstances over the period of a decade, found in Thunder Bay where they'd moved for school. The Current's Marc Apollonio speaks with the families hoping for answers with the inquest.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTAn investigation by the Guardian newspaper has revealed the United Nations has paid tens of millions of dollars in aid money to the Assad regime and businesses close to it. Critics are calling the UN "morally bankrupt" but the UN says it's complicated.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom an American psychiatrist rule against weighing in on the mental well-being of high-profile politicians such as Donald Trump to a filmmaker who has devoted his life to tracking the Siberian Tiger... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTIn remote Siberia, ecologist Chris Morgan joined renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park to document his methods, a man observing three generations of tigers in the harsh Siberian landscape. Chris Morgan comes out of the cold to share his experience.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTSince 1973, the American Psychiatric Association has not allowed its members to analyze politicians' personalities from afar. But some psychiatrists say Trump breaks the mould and the stakes are too high to not comment on the Republican candidate.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom Trudeau's visit to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai before the annual G-20 meeting to reset Canada's relationship with China to three terror attack survivors on living with the experience... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTFrom a special committee looking into electoral reform in response to the Liberals' promise to abolish the first-past-the-post system to uncorking the world of fine wine fraud... This is The Current with Robyn Bresnahan.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMTThe biggest wine fraud in history is the subject of the documentary, Sour Grapes. It's a story about the astronomically wealthy, an obsession with fine wines worth tens-of-thousands of dollars and the con man who duped them all.