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

UN special rapporteur Agnès Callamard on why Canada has been ‘too passive’ over Iran’s shooting down of flight PS752

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Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, released a scathing report this week on Iran's shooting down of Flight PS752. She calls into question who made what decisions, and when, and tells Matt Galloway the Canadian government has been "too passive" in the fight for answers.

Feb 26 2021

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Protests swell in Myanmar despite threat of force

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After weeks of civil unrest, violence, and refusals to back down, Myanmar is facing some of its largest protests to date. We talk to Aye Min Thant, a reporter in Myanmar covering the protests; Kyaw Win, founder and executive director of the Burma Human Rights Network; and Damien Kingsbury, who led the Australian election-observer mission to Myanmar's 2015 elections.

Feb 26 2021

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Listeners embracing letter-writing and slow correspondence in the pandemic

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This week we brought you stories of people using the old art of letter-writing to stay in touch in the pandemic, including Brian Barnes, who wrote 300 letters to his wife Joanne in her locked-down care home. Those stories prompted listeners to share their own. We hear your tales of embracing slow correspondence.

Feb 26 2021

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Canada’s Road Ahead: Helping the homeless in Sudbury, Ont.

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In our latest instalment of Canada's Road Ahead, we hear from people in Sudbury, Ont., who are helping those experiencing homelessness during a harsh pandemic winter, and looking for lasting solutions. Denise Sandul works with Street Outreach Sudbury, and has been working with people affected by the opioid crisis, after her son died last year. And Aaron St. Pierre is with the Native People of Sudbury Development Corporation.

Feb 25 2021

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Missing Millions: The Fifth Estate's investigation into one of the largest frauds in Canadian history

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In a new investigation, the CBC's Fifth Estate has uncovered clues in one of the biggest fraud cases in Canadian history. Could there be answers as to where hundreds of millions of dollars disappeared to? Mark Kelley, the show's co-host, tells us more.

Feb 25 2021

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Psychedelic therapy: Dr. Bruce Tobin on his work treating anxiety using psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms

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In the conclusion to our series on treating mental illness with psychedelic drugs, Dr. Bruce Tobin discusses his work on anxiety and psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms. We hear from Mona Strelaeff, who says she finally found relief through psychotherapy done with psilocybin. But while studies into psychedelics show promise, robust research is needed, says Dr. Ishrat Husain, a clinician scientist and psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Feb 25 2021

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Marc Garneau on China and Trudeau’s first bilateral meeting with Biden

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Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau joins Matt Galloway to talk about China-Canada relations, and break down the first bilateral meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden. And our national affairs panel weighs in on what it all means. Our guests are Emily Rauhala, foreign affairs correspondent for the Washington Post, and Vassy Kapelos, host of the CBC's Power & Politics.

Feb 24 2021

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We look at a ketamine-assisted therapy study out of Vancouver Island University

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We continue our series on the use of psychedelic drugs in treating mental illness, with a look at a ketamine-assisted therapy study at Vancouver Island University. The program is run by Shannon Dames, a nursing professor at the university, and resilience researcher. And Stephanie Hug is an operating room nurse and one of the participants in the study.

Feb 24 2021

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British author Eley Williams explores the power of fake words

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We speak with British writer and language expert Eley Williams about her new novel, The Liar's Dictionary, which explores fake words that are deliberately inserted in written works. It raises questions about how language changes over time, and who gets to change it. Williams tells us more about the power of defining words, from the perspective of a character who slips made-up words into dictionaries.

Feb 24 2021

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Psychedelic therapy: Dr. Evan Wood on research into MDMA as a tool in treating mental illness

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This week, we're airing a three-part series about research into using psychedelic drugs as a breakthrough tool in treating mental illness. We start today with renowned addictions researcher Dr. Evan Wood, who joined us to talk about therapy trials with the drug MDMA, and what concerns still exist.

Feb 23 2021

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MPs vote to label China's persecution of Uighurs a genocide

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Canadian parliamentarians voted Monday to declare that China is conducting a genocide against its Muslim minorities. The prime minister and his cabinet abstained, but what will this vote mean for Uighurs in China, and Canada? We ask Mehmet Tohti, the co-founder and the Canadian representative for the World Uyghur Congress, and executive director of the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project.

Feb 23 2021

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Survivors discuss Ontario's push to curb human sex trafficking

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The Ontario government has tabled legislation to curb human sex trafficking, including measures that would give police greater access to the guest registries of hotels and Airbnbs. Matt Galloway discusses the move — and what other supports are needed — with survivors Michelle Furgiuele and Karly Church, who works as a counsellor with Victims Services of Durham Region.

Feb 23 2021

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Tired of screens, people turn to letter-writing for pandemic connection

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If your eyes are starting to glaze over in endless video calls, have you considered staying in touch with something a little more old school? We hear from people who've embraced the art of letter-writing in the pandemic.

Feb 23 2021

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Concerns over human challenge trial that infects volunteers with COVID-19

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Would you allow yourself to be infected by COVID-19 for science? University of Oxford student Lauren Thomas hopes to do just that as part of the world's first human challenge trial for the virus. We talk to Thomas about her motivation, as well as Dr. Andrew Catchpole, chief scientific officer for hVIVO, one of the partners in the U.K. trial. And we discuss the ethics of the trial with Françoise Baylis, a professor and bioethicist at Dalhousie University, and Dr. Wilbur Chen, an infectious disease specialist with the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Feb 22 2021

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Spike in ships abandoned at sea during the pandemic

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The crew of the MT Iba — an oil tanker abandoned by its owners — are set to return home after years stranded aboard. We discuss ship abandonment and helping sailors with Andy Bowerman, regional director for the Middle East and South Asia with The Mission to Seafarers; Peter Lahay, Canadian national co-ordinator with the International Transport Workers Federation; and Ian Ralby, CEO of the I.R. Consilium, a maritime law and security consulting firm.

Feb 22 2021

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The pandemic is inspiring more people to become nurses

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The pandemic has inspired a surge of applications to nursing schools, but there are fears that won't be enough to solve Canada's nursing shortage. Rosemary Barton talks to professor Elizabeth Saewyc, director of the University of British Columbia's nursing program, and Tim Guest, president of the Canadian Nurses Association.

Feb 22 2021

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What Facebook’s spat with Australia means for Canada

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Facebook is drawing condemnation around the world for blocking Australian users from sharing and viewing news on its platform. The move comes after Australia announced plans to force tech giants to pay media companies for the work they do. Terry Flew, professor of communication and creative industries at the University of Sydney, shares his reaction to the situation. And Dwayne Winseck, a journalism and communication professor at Carleton University, explains why this could be a cautionary tale for Canada.

Feb 19 2021

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Health columnist Andre Picard gives a COVID-19 update

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Canadian health officials have been warning about the rise of new coronavirus variants, and how they could impact our COVID-19 curve. But with case numbers also dropping, is there reason for hope? Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard weighs in on that topic, and Canada's vaccine rollout.

Feb 19 2021

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Our national affairs panel on China, guns, and the pandemic

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Our national affairs panel weighs in on China, the Liberals' gun buy-back plan, and new vaccine targets. Our guests are Vassy Kapelos, host of the CBC's Power & Politics; Shachi Kurl, president of the Angus Reid Institute; and Maura Forrest, a political reporter for Politico Canada.

Feb 19 2021

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Advocates applaud funding for Inuit women impacted by violence

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Inuit women and children in Canada face violence at a rate 14 times higher than others in Canada. Last month, the federal government announced funding for shelters for Inuit women experiencing domestic violence — a move that women's advocates have welcomed. Matt Galloway speaks with Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada; Becky Michelin, who lost both of her parents in a murder-suicide in Rigolet, Labrador; and Ginette Demers, director of violence against women shelters and services for the YWCA NWT.

Feb 19 2021

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My new favorite interviewer, Matt Galloway

By Siobbahn - Feb 07 2020
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Have become a huge fan of The Current since Matt Galloway joined. He is one of the best interviewers and journalists. Always insightful, well-prepared, compassionate, and fantastic story teller, who let's the interviewee and their story be the star and regularly brings out a new perspective to the story that other outlets miss. Highly recommend you make this part of your daily listening as I have. You won't be sorry!

Another really good one.

By Hibiscus - Dec 23 2019
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When doing boring stuff, this helps keep my brain active.