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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.

    March 27, Part 2: Stranded Canadians; China easing restrictions; Poetry in the pandemic; Michael Bublé; Sports historian Johnny Smith

    March 27, Part 2: Stranded Canadians; China easing restrictions; Poetry in the pandemic; Michael Bublé; Sports historian Johnny Smith

    Canadians were urged not to travel, but for some that wasn’t an option. We talk to people stranded abroad — including a man who went to India to see his dying father — and ask what’s being done to help them.

    China plans to lift restrictions as new COVID-19 cases in the country drop off, but is the timing right? Reporters Nathan VanderKlippe and Shawn Yuan bring us the latest from the country, and we hear from Mark Henshaw, a Canadian who has been in lockdown in Wuhan province for two months.

    Poetry can connect and comfort us in uncertain times. That may explain why all your friends are sharing poems online, according to Canadian poet Meaghan Strimas. She shares some of the poems helping her cope.

    Michael Bublé is on a personal mission — to get Canadians to stay home and take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. He talks to q host Tom Power.

    Sports historian Johnny Smith says Major League Baseball survived the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, and future historians will look back at how sports today survived COVID-19.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    March 27, Part 1: New York in crisis; Feeding hungry Canadians; Tracking cell phone data to curb COVID-19

    March 27, Part 1: New York in crisis; Feeding hungry Canadians; Tracking cell phone data to curb COVID-19

    Today on The Current: New York has a third of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S., but not enough face masks and ventilators to go around. We talk to patients and doctors who say the situation is desperate.

    The pandemic has left some people struggling to get groceries or a hot meal — but here come the helpers. We talk to food banks and workers who are helping to feed hungry Canadians.

    Data from your cell phone could be used to track your movements and compliance with pandemic rules. We’re talking to experts about the practical benefits, and the ethical concerns.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    March 26, Part 1: Health-care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19; Dr. Allison McGeer answers your questions; David Frum on Trump’s pandemic response

    March 26, Part 1: Health-care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19; Dr. Allison McGeer answers your questions; David Frum on Trump’s pandemic response

    We talk to two health-care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. How are they holding up, and is our healthcare system ready for a spike in cases?

    Then, we put listener questions to Dr. Allison McGeer of Sinai Health Systems in Toronto, one of the country's leading voices on infectious disease outbreaks.

    And writer and political commentator David Frum discusses how U.S. President Donald Trump has handled the evolving pandemic in the U.S. — and what happens if Trump pushes ahead with plans to end social distancing measures in just a few weeks.

    Host of q, Tom Power, brings us an interview with singer-songwriter Serena Ryder.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    March 26, Part 2: COVID-19 and surface transmission; Substance dependency and the pandemic; Facebook’s Kevin Chan on fake news; Jenn Agg on challenges facing hospitality

    March 26, Part 2: COVID-19 and surface transmission; Substance dependency and the pandemic; Facebook’s Kevin Chan on fake news; Jenn Agg on challenges facing hospitality

    Professor Jamie Lloyd-Smith has studied how long COVID-19 can exist on various surfaces, and the different modes of transmission for the virus. He tells us what he found.

    Living with substance dependency already has its challenges; problems that are exacerbated by the service closures and isolation that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk to people at the heart of the issue.

    Is Facebook doing enough to fight fake news about COVID-19 on its platform? We’re putting those concerns to Kevin Chan, Facebook’s head of public policy in Canada.

    Host of q, Tom Power, brings us an interviews with musician and actor Alan Doyle, and a tribute to playwright to playwright Terence McNally, who died this week of COVID-19 complications.

    And finally, restaurateur Jenn Agg says the Canadian government needs to do more in supporting people in the food service industry.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Dr. Allison McGeer answers your COVID-19 questions

    Dr. Allison McGeer answers your COVID-19 questions

    We put listener questions to Dr. Allison McGeer of Sinai Health Systems in Toronto, one of the country's leading voices on infectious disease outbreaks.

    • 24 min
    David Frum on Trump’s pandemic response

    David Frum on Trump’s pandemic response

    Writer and political commentator David Frum discusses how U.S. President Donald Trump has handled the evolving pandemic in the U.S. — and what happens if Trump pushes ahead with plans to end social distancing measures in just a few weeks.

    • 17 min

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