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Three stories to expand your worldview, delivered daily. Matt Galloway cuts through a sea of choice to bring you stories that transcend the news cycle. Conversations with big thinkers, household names, and people living the news. An antidote to algorithms that cater to what you already know — and a meeting place for diverse perspectives. In its 20 years, the Current has become a go-to place for stories that shape and entertain us. Released daily, Monday to Friday.

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Canada, ON

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Three stories to expand your worldview, delivered daily. Matt Galloway cuts through a sea of choice to bring you stories that transcend the news cycle. Conversations with big thinkers, household names, and people living the news. An antidote to algorithms that cater to what you already know — and a meeting place for diverse perspectives. In its 20 years, the Current has become a go-to place for stories that shape and entertain us. Released daily, Monday to Friday.

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English

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The Current CBC Radio P.O. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6 (877) 287-7366


Episodes
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Jundies, janties, jikinis — denim is having a weird moment

5/30/2024
Would you pay $1,000 for a pair of jeans that look like you had a bathroom accident? Or wear jundies or janties — jeans so short and tight they look like underwear? We hear why trends in denim are having a weird moment, and what that tells us about work, class and style.

Duration:00:24:18

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How can criminals steal entire herds of cattle?

5/30/2024
An entire herd of about 75 Black Angus cattle was stolen from a farm in Quebec last week. Geoff Morrison, creator of TV series Farm Crime, talks us through how criminals could even pull off a heist that big — and where those cattle might go.

Duration:00:10:41

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Why loyalty for Mandela’s party is waning in South Africa

5/30/2024
Nelson Mandela led the African National Congress to power in 1994, but the party’s 30-year majority could come to an end in a historic election this week. We hear why economic inequality has eroded loyalty for the party that many say freed South Africa from apartheid.

Duration:00:19:14

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Josh Gibson is now baseball’s best hitter — almost 80 years after his death

5/30/2024
Josh Gibson is now Major League Baseball’s all-time best hitter, after the MLB integrated stats from the previously excluded Negro Leagues — where Gibson played from 1930 to 1946. Matt Galloway talks to his great grandson Sean Gibson about what that recognition means.

Duration:00:15:09

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Sailing around the world — without GPS

5/29/2024
Catheryne Langford spent 165 days sailing around the world — in a race that didn’t allow GPS. The Quebecer shares what it was like to rough it on the open sea, showering in buckets of seawater and relying on an old-fashioned sextant for navigation.

Duration:00:12:13

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Push for more women in operating rooms

5/29/2024
A new study suggests that hospitals with at least 35 per cent female surgeons and anesthesiologists had better patient outcomes, including fewer deaths, following surgery. We talk to a surgeon and an anesthesiologist about getting more women in the operating room.

Duration:00:24:46

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What is Canada doing to end the fighting in Gaza?

5/29/2024
Dozens of Palestinians were killed by an Israeli airstrike on Rafah Sunday, just days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to halt its military offensive there. Matt Galloway talks to Ahmad Abualjedian, who has family in Rafah; and asks Bob Rae, Canada's ambassador to the UN, where global diplomacy goes from here.

Duration:00:19:32

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Jury deliberates in Trump hush money trial

5/29/2024
The jury is set to deliberate in Donald Trump's hush money trial. The Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett takes us inside a wild trial that is already having political ramifications.

Duration:00:11:02

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How the McMaster encampment ended in compromise

5/28/2024
The pro-Palestinian encampment at McMaster University in Hamilton has ended after protesters and the school agreed terms. Matt Galloway talks to encampment spokesperson Caleb Smolenaars about how they reached a compromise when other universities and protesters are at an impasse.

Duration:00:19:46

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Why Google’s new AI search can be ‘laughably inaccurate’

5/28/2024
Tech writer Shira Ovide says that Google’s new AI-powered search tool has returned some laughably inaccurate results, including instructions to drink plenty of urine if you’re trying to pass a kidney stone. She explains what the push for AI means for finding reliable information online.

Duration:00:13:09

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The couple who fought the Nazis behind enemy lines

5/28/2024
Sonia and Guy d'Artois were part of a hidden force that parachuted into occupied France to help fight the Nazis during the Second World War. Nahlah Ayed tells the story of their love affair — and their mission behind enemy lines — in her new book The War We Won Apart.

Duration:00:24:11

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‘God’s influencer’: Miracles of the first millennial saint

5/28/2024
Carlo Acutis is set to become the first millennial saint. We hear about the miracles attributed to the 15-year-old who died in 2006, and why his story is resonating with Catholics.

Duration:00:11:13

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The mood in Ottawa — and how it affects you

5/27/2024
Will a public service strike derail your vacation plans? Matt Galloway talks about the looming strike, the carbon tax and foreign interference with our national affairs panel: CBC’s Catherine Cullen, the Toronto Star’s Stephanie Levitz and the National Post’s Ryan Tumilty.

Duration:00:19:46

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Evolving advice in concussion care

5/27/2024
Mairlyn Smith has had four concussions and struggled with each recovery. But things changed when her most recent injury brought new medical advice. We hear about the evolving science around concussions, and why traditional advice may have actually hurt patients.

Duration:00:24:43

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Unknown soldier comes home to Newfoundland

5/27/2024
The remains of an unknown soldier have been returned to Newfoundland from France, more than 100 years after the First World War. We talk to veteran Berkley Lawrence and historian Frank Gogos about why it means so much to bring him home.

Duration:00:14:02

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A 50-year streak at the Ottawa marathon

5/27/2024
Howard Cohen ran in the first Ottawa marathon in 1975 — and has completed every single marathon since. The 74-year-old doctor tells us about keeping up his streak, even after a long night spent delivering a baby.

Duration:00:10:31

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U.S. sues Live Nation over monopoly concerns

5/24/2024
The U.S. Justice Department is suing Ticketmaster and its parent company LiveNation, alleging that the company has created a monopoly that drives up ticket prices and hurts artists.

Duration:00:07:36

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Got a job offer in a text? Here’s what scammers get out of it

5/24/2024
Have you ever responded to those spam texts offering jobs? Toronto Star reporter Alex Boyd did — she tells us what happened next.

Duration:00:10:02

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Why George Floyd’s uncle is still fighting for justice

5/24/2024
Four years after the murder of George Floyd, his uncle Selwyn Jones talks about his continuing fight for racial justice.

Duration:00:14:12

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Could walking backward push you to better health?

5/24/2024
The newest online sensation is walking backwards, but does moving in reverse push people towards better health? As part of our series Well Founded, Galloway speaks with bio-mechanist Janet Dufek, who has been studying this type of exercise for more than two decades.

Duration:00:16:08