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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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When we spoke to Dr. James Maskalyk in March, he told us about using meditation to cope with the stress of being on the front lines in the early days of the pandemic. Now it's helping him to process his own Stage 4 cancer diagnosis. He tells us about the transition from physician to patient.
The women at the forefront of the climate crisis have stories to tell — so Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson have collected them in a new book of essays, stories and poems: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. They discuss what's already been lost to climate change, and what can still be saved.
QAnon is a baseless conspiracy theory centred around the idea that Donald Trump is fighting a ring of child traffickers that includes government officials, Democrats and Hollywood stars. We discuss how and why it's finding a foothold in Canada, including in some churches, with Jessica DiSabatino, lead pastor of the Journey Church in Calgary, and investigative journalist Justin Ling.
In a discussion about her new book On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist, CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward remembers her first brush with death in a conflict zone, and how it taught her to weigh those risks, and why she was taking them, more carefully.
After 25 years without clean running water, dozens of people from Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario have now been evacuated from the community due to possible contamination in their reservoir. We talk to Allan Moonias and Chief Chris Moonias about the conditions in their community, and Chris Skead, chief of the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, where a boil water advisory was lifted last month.
Our Road to November series stops in Harrison, Ark., dubbed "the most racist town in America." We talk to residents who say that isn't true, and get their take on how issues around race are playing out in the U.S. presidential election.
Thursday night marked the last debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. New York Times writer Amanda Taub and Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott join us to unpack the highs and lows of the night.
A University of Ottawa professor's use of the N-word last month has ignited a firestorm. We hear from Black university students about what they say needs to change to help them feel supported on campus. Our guests are fourth-year University of Guelph student Laila El Mugammar; first-year Mount Saint Vincent University student Priscillia Olawunmi; and University of Ottawa student Jamal Koulmiye-Boyce.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Silkroad artistic director Rhiannon Giddens joins us to talk race, music and why the banjo embodies America.
A COVID-19 outbreak that started at a Hamilton spin studio is raising questions about how Canadians will continue to exercise and stay healthy this winter, as the colder weather forces people indoors. We talk to gym owners Victoria Wickett, of Bomb Fitness in Toronto, and Melanie Wall of Inferno Fitness in Sherwood Park, Alta. And epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan explains why when it comes to gyms, it's better to keep them open with tight controls than to close them outright.
We continue our Road to November series ahead of the U.S. federal election with a stop in Tennessee. We'll hear from young people about what's important to them in this election, and why they're voting. Our guests are Austin Dowell, a Nashville native and Democrat, and Alex Schramkowski, chair of the Tennessee College Republican Committee and a first-year law student at Belmont University in Nashville.
In a new documentary, Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time in his role as head of the Catholic Church. Father James Martin, editor at large of America Media, and Joey Laguio, who is gay and was raised in the Catholic church, share their reaction.
We examine how a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Google could remake the global tech landscape. Antitrust expert and author Sally Hubbard joins us for that discussion.
Our national affairs panel discusses the possibility of a snap federal election, pandemic fatigue amid reports of a second wave around the country, and violence against Indigenous fishers in Nova Scotia. We take stock of those issues with Winnipeg Free Press columnist Niigaan Sinclair, Canadian Press reporter Mia Rabson, and the Globe and Mail's Marieke Walsh.
Award-winning actor, writer and director Tim Robbins has a new satirical podcast, Bobbo Supreme, which follows a fictional, tyrannical U.S. president in a frantic re-election bid. He says that while U.S. President Donald Trump may have killed parody, he has not killed satire.
Amid an academic year unlike any other, some school boards in Ontario are opting to cancel exams entirely this year. We ask Grade 12 students Luca DiPietr and Bridget Salamon to debate whether or not it's time to ditch the exam. We also speak with Joel Westheimer, a professor with the University of Ottawa's faculty of education, and Richelle Marynowski, from the University of Lethbridge.
The Globe and Mail's health columnist, André Picard, is here with the latest on the fight to curb COVID-19.
We're asking: how safe is it to trick-or-treat this year? Infectious disease expert, dad and Halloween fan Dr. Matthew Oughton explains why he thinks the festivities can still go ahead safely.
A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found two-thirds of gun-related deaths in Ontario over a 15-year period were suicides affecting men in rural areas. We speak with Dr. David Gomez, the lead author behind the study; Dr. Allison Crawford, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; and Bill Farley, a member of the Men's Sheds organization, about the need for a co-ordinated public health approach to address the issue.
Even through the pandemic, Canada's real estate market is booming. We talk to Simon Mammone, a first-time homebuyer in Montreal, about the challenges of securing a home right now, and ask mortgage broker Ron Butler and personal finance columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq what's driving these hot markets.
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David Schaefer

you interview this person on a day to celebrate young girls, and yet this individual would gleefully take girls rights away to decide what they do with their bodies. no thank you. I dont need to listen to this grotesque spin.

Oct 7th
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James Knight

alcohol is harmful in any amount.. to make it more available, more acceptable as a general company to all activity is a bad idea. profitable but not good. yes, I do drink alcohol occasionally.

Jul 16th
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Keith waters

Absolutely shameful podcast. Not once did you mention what US sanctions have done to the country since the '90s nor touch on the economic and social upheaval that has created. All to get their oil. Or talk about Britain's "confiscation" of a billion dollars of their gold. Yet again Canada led by our own sweet little Ms Freeland plays front man nice guy to US imperialism. Who was that a-hole prof regugitating press releases from the White House. and a 21 yr old mother wants more stuff? Stay out of other people's business, let them figure it out. I expect better from CBC. Grow some balls and try real journalism for a change, rather than pablum filled sound bites.

Jul 8th
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David Schaefer

I was discussed by the questioning of the WHO representative. How dare cbc do Donald Trump 's bidding. No questions about what the limitations of the WHO when it comes to demanding access or how much authority the WHO has in countries around the world. Why not question the US about how ignorant thier response has been. Almost ready to give up listening to the ignorant interviewers.

May 26th
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Imperfectionist Podcast

the whirlyburly of the day to day!

Apr 3rd
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David Schaefer

don't expect a sorry from the CBC.

Mar 24th
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Wyatt Gillis

the audio quality in this was so bad I had to turn it off. not sure if was even worth posting tbh. :(

Feb 25th
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Amie's Book Reviews

I fully support the need for a digital #BillOfRights

Feb 19th
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Amie's Book Reviews

I fully support the need for a digital #BillOfRights

Feb 19th
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Sean Fontana

https://castbox.fm/vb/228695456 another insight into the vaporfly trainer🏃‍♂️

Feb 9th
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David Schaefer

b.s. on conservatives being a big tent party.

Jan 31st
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Michael Koch

Such a shame! The United Nations provides the perfect protection for bullying, murderous regimes and organisations.

Jan 24th
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Yang Liu

Although I like some of the topics discussed in the show, I really don't like the anchor. He askes tough questions, and this is fine, because we like interesting discussions. What I cannot stand is his aggressiveness and provoking way of asking and talking. I don't know who he thinks he is. He often don't have expert views, but he sounds like he knows more than the people he interviews.

Jan 21st
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Canadian Sunrise

a new era for web cam workers

Jan 8th
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David Schaefer

stop spreading China's bullshit.

Nov 25th
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kiki kittenfox

not one media outlet has properly covered the Jeffrey Epstein story. this install is too much Megan Markle and poor poor royals and ignores the tragedy of all Jeffrey's victims

Nov 19th
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James Knight

positive message? play my game or I will kick the board over?

Oct 10th
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Carson Chiu

let them seperate, would love to see how a land locked nation sells oil much less a pipeline also economy has been going down in the past 4 years? it's almost like oil has a boom bust cycle

Oct 10th
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Britney Lee Elizabeth Smith

There’s no ottawa in Texas 😩🤦🏼‍♀️😟. Is this this a joke. This thing at the end. I hope so

Oct 9th
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Britney Lee Elizabeth Smith

Um. It’s not been silent about indigenous issues. I always hear a lot about those issues. There was hardly any talk about ANY topics

Oct 9th
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