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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.

    Montreal lab working on coronavirus cure

    Montreal lab working on coronavirus cure

    Containing coronavirus may be in the headlines, but behind the scenes, scientists are working hard on a cure. As part of our series The Fix, we talk to Michel Chrétien and Majambu Mbikay of the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, about the work being done in their lab.

    • 18 Min.
    Why are people fascinated by Love is Blind?

    Why are people fascinated by Love is Blind?

    Have you seen Love is Blind on Netflix? Strangers go on dates where they can’t see each other, and if they hit it off, they get engaged (as you do). Biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher discusses what’s happening in the brains (and maybe hearts) of both the contestants and the viewers.

    • 11 Min.
    Heathrow Airport and climate change

    Heathrow Airport and climate change

    Plans to expand Britain's Heathrow Airport were blocked recently, by a court ruling that the government had failed to consider its climate change commitments. Tim Crosland, of climate litigation charity Plan B, explains the case he helped to bring to fight the expansion; and international public law expert Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh discusses what it all means for future large-scale projects.

    • 15 Min.
    Members of L'Arche respond to reports Jean Vanier sexually abused women

    Members of L'Arche respond to reports Jean Vanier sexually abused women

    Jean Vanier was considered a near-saint in Canada for the work he did with L’Arche, helping thousands of people with disabilities. But a year after his death, people in that community tell us they’re shaken by reports that he sexually abused women.

    • 20 Min.
    Medical assistance in dying and mental illness

    Medical assistance in dying and mental illness

    Proposed changes to medical assistance in dying would remove the need for a person’s natural death to be “reasonably foreseeable,” and in some cases allow people to consent early, if they will lose the capacity to give final consent at the time of the procedure. But requirements would continue to disqualify those whose sole underlying condition is a mental illness. We hear both sides of the debate on whether mental illness should be acceptable grounds to access MAID, and talk to Justice Minister David Lametti.

    • 23 Min.
    Elite tuba player Richard Antoine White

    Elite tuba player Richard Antoine White

    Richard Antoine White experienced homelessness as a child, but is now an elite classical tuba player. His message for kids? Hard work and kindness is a key to success. We talk to White and his friend, fellow tuba player Chris Lee, and the importance of diversity at the top of their field; and OrKidstra co-founder Tina Fedeski about how she brings music to the lives of hundreds of Ottawa kids who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

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