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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.

    Devastating floods in China, and what climate change has to do with it

    Devastating floods in China, and what climate change has to do with it

    China's Henan province saw a year's worth of rain in just three days last week. At least 99 people have died, and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced. What's happening on the ground now, and how is China preparing itself to deal with future flooding linked to climate change? We speak to Keith Bradsher, Shanghai bureau chief for the New York Times; environmental scientist Faith Chan; and climate scientist Roxy Mathew Koll.

    • 23 min
    'The kids aren't yours': Barwin sperm mix-up sheds light on 'broken' fertility industry

    'The kids aren't yours': Barwin sperm mix-up sheds light on 'broken' fertility industry

    We revisit Alison Motluk's documentary, And That's Why Everything is Difference, which tells the story of a family who discovered their daughter was the biological child of their now-disgraced fertility doctor Norman Barwin.

    • 18 min
    Concern over Alberta lifting COVID-19 restrictions

    Concern over Alberta lifting COVID-19 restrictions

    Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced Wednesday that the province will lift nearly all restrictions related to COVID-19 in the coming weeks. We speak with infectious diseases expert Ilan Schwartz, who says it's far too early to lift the restrictions; and political science professor Lori Williams, who says Premier Jason Kenney is "gambling" with his political base with the decision.

    • 19 min
    Crocs are back. But why?

    Crocs are back. But why?

    Crocs are back. Not the reptiles, the shoes. Those foamy, floatable, squeaky and comfy clogs from the early 2000s have made a comeback during the pandemic, to the horror of some fashion-minded commentators. We speak to Carolyn Mair, author of The Psychology of Fashion, to better understand the resurgence of the shoes' resurgence.

    • 7 min
    How to repair friendships strained by different perspectives on the pandemic

    How to repair friendships strained by different perspectives on the pandemic

    The pandemic has tested some friendships, leaving many people wondering if they want to reconnect now that restrictions are easing. Clinical psychologist Miriam Kirmayer says for those who do want to repair strained relationships, listening is the key.

    • 23 min
    First Nations leaders urge Ont. government to declare state of emergency over wildfires

    First Nations leaders urge Ont. government to declare state of emergency over wildfires

    First Nations leaders in Northern Ontario are calling for the Ontario government to declare a state of emergency to save their communities from unprecedented wildfires that have so far forced 3,000 people from their homes. Guest host Robyn Bresnahan speaks to Mathew Hoppe, CEO of the Independent First Nations Alliance, and Sol Mamakwa, the NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong.

    • 19 min

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