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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.

    The impact of Instagram on teenager’s mental health and self image

    The impact of Instagram on teenager’s mental health and self image

    A recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that Facebook has known for years that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, damages teens' mental health. We talk to Wall Street Journal technology reporter Jeff Horwitz about what he found, and discuss what safeguards are needed with Dr. Patricia Conrod, a neurodevelopmental researcher at Sainte-Justine children's hospital, and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.

    • 25 min
    Angela Merkel’s legacy after 16 years as Germany’s chancellor

    Angela Merkel’s legacy after 16 years as Germany’s chancellor

    Elections in Germany this weekend bring an end to Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure as the country’s chancellor. What will her legacy be? Matt Galloway talks to Anne Applebaum, staff writer with The Atlantic and author of Twilight of Democracy; and Oliver Schmidtke, professor and director at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria.

    • 19 min
    Anderson Cooper on the distance he kept from his family, the ultra-rich Vanderbilts

    Anderson Cooper on the distance he kept from his family, the ultra-rich Vanderbilts

    In his new book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of An American Dynasty, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper digs into the tale of his own family, the ultra-rich Vanderbilts, and why for most of his life he did everything possible to distance himself from their prestige and money.

    • 23 min
    Talking about climate change requires honesty and connection — not just arguing, says scientist Katharine Hayhoe

    Talking about climate change requires honesty and connection — not just arguing, says scientist Katharine Hayhoe

    Debates about climate change can often become heated, but Katharine Hayhoe says that most people who are labelled as climate change deniers aren't actually deniers at all — they just have questions. Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist, and professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University. She wants people to change the conversation and focus on connection, rather than division.

    • 22 min
    Haitians deported as Biden uses Trump-era policy to deny them chance to claim asylum

    Haitians deported as Biden uses Trump-era policy to deny them chance to claim asylum

    Haitian migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande river were chased by U.S. border agents on horseback this past week. Some will be deported back to Haiti, a country many say they haven’t been to in years, because President Joe Biden has kept a Trump-era policy that allows them to be deported without the chance to seek asylum. Matt Galloway speaks with Arelis Hernandez, Texas correspondent for the Washington Post, who has been covering the situation from the Mexico-Texas border; and Lee Gelernt, a lawyer and deputy director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.

    • 17 min
    Tensions rise as vaccination rate remains low in Winkler, Man.

    Tensions rise as vaccination rate remains low in Winkler, Man.

    The city of Winkler, Man., has low vaccination rates, and heightened tensions over COVID-19 restrictions. The situation has become so acrimonious that the city’s police chief has called for civility on Facebook. We talk to Winkler’s mayor, Martin Harder, about the divisions.

    • 12 min

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