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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.




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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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


Author Andrea Pitzer on her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

Journalist and author Andrea Pitzer's book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World tells the story of death and survival in the North more than four centuries ago.


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.


COVID-19 vaccine passports prompt privacy, public health debate

Provinces and businesses are split on requiring people to show proof of immunization, ramping up a debate on privacy versus public health. Guest host Robyn Bresnahan speaks to Regina business owner Colin Hall, who implemented proof of vaccination; Cara Zwibel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; Dr. Peter Jüni, scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table; and Dr. Jia Hu, a physician and former medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services.


TJ Newsman, flight attendant-turned-author, on Falling

TJ Newman, a former flight attendant turned author, on her debut thriller Falling that recently made the bestseller list.


Roman Mars about the hidden wonders of a city

With his podcast 99% Invisible, Roman Mars tells the fascinating backstories of everyday things that we may not give a second thought, from barbed wire to a plaque on a bench. He joins us to discuss his new book The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, and the benefit of slowing down and looking around.


Delta variant surges in U.S. amid lagging vaccination rates

COVID-19 is ravaging parts of the U.S., fuelled by the highly contagious delta variant and lagging vaccination rates. Now Republican politicians are speaking out to encourage those who are hesitant to get the shot, after some spent months stoking fears and downplaying the virus. Guest host Robyn Bresnahan speaks to Katie Towns, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in Missouri; University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Medical Center CEO Stephen Mette; and conservative...


Author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence and facing a new age

In his latest book Klara and the Sun, Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro explores the themes of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.


Why Canadian nurses are leaving the profession

The pandemic has taken its toll on nurses. Some are leaving the profession, while others are burned out, working long hours and trying to provide sufficient care amid staffing shortages. To discuss how we can alleviate the pressures on nurses, as well as how we can attract more Canadians to the profession, guest host Robyn Bresnahan talks to two nurses about their experiences. We also speak to Kim McMillan, assistant professor of nursing and health sciences at University of Ottawa.


"It's just the icing on the cake now," Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins

We revisit Matt Galloway's interview with Canadian baseball legend Fergie Jenkins following the announcement that the Chicago Cubs will erect a statue of him outside Wrigley Field. He tells us about a career that took him from Chatham, Ont., to Chicago and his time playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.


How Indigenous fire practices could help to combat future wild fires

With the recent heat waves and subsequent wildfires in B.C., experts are calling for Indigenous fire management practices to be implemented across North America so that fire services can better prepare for the future. To discuss how cultural burns could have a positive impact going forward, guest host Robyn Bresnahan talks to fire research scientist Amy Christianson, as well as Don Hankins, professor of geography and planning at California State University, Chico.


Why Canada needs a reckoning on Islamophobia

Plus, following yesterday's national summit on Islamophobia, we discuss the severity of Islamophobia in Canada with Aymen Derbali, a survivor of 2017's Quebec City mosque shooting that left six dead; lawyer Nusaiba Al-Azem from London, Ont.; and Noor Al-Henedy, a member of the Canadian Islamic Centre in Edmonton.


South Africa suffers worst unrest in decades

Hundreds of people have been killed in South Africa’s worst unrest in decades, after protests triggered by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma widened into rioting over inequality. We discuss the root causes of the unrest, and possible paths forward, with Xolani Dube, a political analyst at the Xubera Institute for Research and Development in Durban; and Kwandiwe Kondlo, a professor of political economy at the University of Johannesburg.


Extreme heat battering Canada’s farmers and food supply

Recent extreme heat ‘cooked’ fruit still on the tree in B.C., as well as forcing farmers in Manitoba to sell their cattle at emergency auctions, due to failed crops and a lack of available feed. To discuss climate change and the impact on Canada’s farmers and food supply, guest host Robyn Bresnahan talks to Kirk Kiesman, a farmer and general manager of the Ashern Auction Mart in Ashern, Man.; Lenore Newman, the Canada Research Chair in food security and environment at the University of the...


The Tasmanian devil’s return to Australian mainland

Last year the Tasmanian devil was reintroduced to the Australian mainland for the first time in 3,000 years. In a conversation from October, we discuss the project with Menna Jones, an ecologist at the University of Tasmania who has studied the animals for 30 years.


Health concerns for communities shrouded in smoke from hundreds of wildfires

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires is wreaking havoc on communities and businesses across Canada. Guest host Robyn Bresnahan discusses the impact on air quality and people’s health with Anne Hicks, assistant professor of pediatric respiratory medicine at the University of Alberta; and Michael Mehta, professor of geography and environmental studies at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, B.C.