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CBC Radio's The Current is a meeting place of perspectives with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today.



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New shingles vaccine should be free, argues seniors advocate

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:46:00 EST

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

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:24:00 EST

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?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:30 EST

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

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:40:30 EST

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

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20180115_93852.mp3




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

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20180111_39509.mp3




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

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20180111_36562.mp3




Full Episode for January 10, 2018 - The Current

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

"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

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

'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

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

"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

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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?

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

"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

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

"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

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171219_38500.mp3




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

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171219_65737.mp3




Full Episode for December 18, 2017 - The Current

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171218_52643.mp3




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

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171218_12815.mp3




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

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171218_84376.mp3




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

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171218_19909.mp3




Full Episode for December 15, 2017 - The Current

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171215_91165.mp3




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

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171215_69667.mp3




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

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171215_61194.mp3




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

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171215_73028.mp3




Full Episode for December 14, 2017 - The Current

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171214_17427.mp3




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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171214_27677.mp3




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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171214_22365.mp3




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

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171214_50099.mp3




Full Episode for December 13, 2017 - The Current

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171213_73572.mp3




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

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171213_66887.mp3




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

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171213_71704.mp3




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

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171213_76987.mp3




Full Episode for December 12, 2017 - The Current

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171212_81287.mp3




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

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171212_15285.mp3




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

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

"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."


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171212_66110.mp3




Dec 12 | Ethiopian government used spyware against dissidents: report

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171212_92322.mp3




Full Episode for December 11, 2017 - The Current

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171211_52272.mp3




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

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171211_65870.mp3




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

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

“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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171211_40564.mp3




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

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST

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


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/current_20171211_67304.mp3