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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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Inside a boxer's brain

Inside a boxer's brain

2024-04-1820:33

Professional boxer Claire Hafner gets tested every year for signs of head trauma, by researchers studying hits to the head and long-term degenerative brain conditions. But there’s a personal factor for Hafner: she says if there’s evidence of decline, she’ll retire. The CBC’s Katie Nicholson went with Hafner for this year’s testing — and the results. 
A Quebec class action lawsuit is looking to hold 16 pharmaceutical companies responsible for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic. Matt Galloway talks to the lawyer leading the case and asks a pain doctor about how opioids are prescribed now.
Jasmin Paris tells us about becoming the first woman to complete the Barkley Marathons in Tennessee, one of the most gruelling ultramarathons in the world.
Our national affairs panel convenes to break down the federal government’s 2024 budget, which proposes $52.9 billion in new spending over five years.
The show Bluey is ostensibly for kids, but it’s gained a significant following among adults for the way it handles moments like death and infertility — like in its recent season finale, in which Bluey and her family processed tough emotions about a potential move. Meryl Alper, an associate professor in communication studies at Northeastern University in the U.S., tells us more about this charming blue heeler dog.
Author Salman Rushdie was attacked with a knife on a New York stage in 2022, suffering severe injuries and losing his eye. He tells Matt Galloway about the book he’s written to move past the attack and what he intends to do with his “second chance” at life.
Jacob Opwapo, a humanitarian worker with Islamic Relief, gives us the latest on the civil war in Sudan that broke out about a year ago and has killed an estimated 14,000 people while displacing roughly eight million.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump is accused of falsifying business records in attempts to cover up an affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The presumed Republican presidential candidate also faces three other indictments. Washington Post columnist Philip Bump tells us more.
The drug Trikafta has changed the lives of many Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. But in many other parts of the world, the drug is either not available — or if it is, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. That’s why Cheri Nel, who is based in Johannesburg, is suing American pharmaceutical company Vertex over its patent and price tag.
Former Thunder Bay, Ont., police chief Sylvie Hauth is facing charges of obstruction and breach of trust. Guest host Rebecca Zandbergen speaks with Willow Fiddler, a reporter for the Globe and Mail in Thunder Bay; and Thunder Bay Police Chief Darcy Fleury.
Some survivors of sexual assault are coming face-to-face with their assailants — not in court, but in rooms focused on something called restorative justice. The CBC documentary Marlee’s Circle explores that process, which emphasizes accountability and healing over punishment. 
Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel over the weekend, in retaliation for Israel’s bombing of Iran’s embassy in Syria on April 1. Matt Galloway asks international affairs expert Thomas Juneau: what comes next?
A new report suggests there’s an “urgent” need to improve training for truck drivers, and that new drivers who have not received adequate training are making Canada's roads less safe.
Some dietitians online have adopted anti-diet messaging, pushing back against shaming people for the food they eat. But a Washington Post investigation suggests food manufacturers have co-opted that messaging and are sponsoring dietitian influencers to promote products like sugary cereal. We discuss what to watch for when you seek dietary advice online, as part of our series Well Founded.
Tamara Moir says her 93-year-old father-in-law was billed $5,200 after a hospital stay last year because he refused to move to a long-term care home that his family felt was too far away. The $400-a-day charge is allowed under a controversial Ontario law designed to free up hospital beds, but criticized for forcing older Canadians into care homes not of their choosing. 
Dan Pashman wants people to get inventive with how they cook pasta. The Sporkful podcast host and author of Anything's PASTAble tells Matt Galloway about inventing a new pasta shape, cascatelli, and bringing in influences beyond Italy.
O.J. Simpson died this week at age 76. We look at the cultural impact and racial tensions around his trial and acquittal for double murder in the 1990s — and how it foreshadowed celebrity culture, the 24-hour news cycle and reality TV.
More than 140 BMO customers say $1.5 million was transferred out of their accounts by hackers — but the bank is refusing to reimburse that money. Cybersecurity specialist John Wunderlich talks us through how to prevent this from happening to you.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau testified Wednesday at the public inquiry into foreign interference, which is looking into claims that China in particular meddled in Canada's past two elections. The Toronto Star’s Stephanie Levitz and former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole dissect what the prime minister said, and what’s needed to protect Canadian democracy.
Record-breaking wildfires devastated much of Canada last year, but there are warnings that this coming fire season could be equally catastrophic. We ask climate change expert Blair Feltmate how bad it might get and what should be done to protect Canadians. 
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Comments (88)

Giselle Buchanan

Matt, let people speak. Asking closed questions,interrupting...sounds like a bad lawyer badgering a witness. Relax.

Feb 6th
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km

Oh yeah sure, AI solves everything. 🤦‍♂️ well, the "Intelligence" of Canadian economists certainly wasn't enough. ~14:00.

Aug 31st
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km

Canada is doomed. Young Canadians can't even manage.

Aug 31st
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David Schaefer

BS hahaha 😆 west jet is a bs artist. go ahead cbc, let him blow smoke up everyone's ass.

Jan 14th
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Ali Moghaddam

please help Iranian people. we are being killed easily. help us 😭💔

Sep 23rd
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Dennis Mayer

The questions asked in this interview are annoying. You soften her up with questions about the challenges women face to get to the top level, then you grill her about whether she feels bad about what she has been selling or that she makes 31MM vs a minimum wager??? What do you want from her? Who do you think you're talking to, some environmental, health and equity advocate? She's a capitalist, a successful one, and she did her job well. She wasn't being paid to change the world at PepsiCo, but she did make some improvements. Move on - annoying.

Aug 21st
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km

Read "The War on Normal People" by Andrew Yang. and, #HumanityFirst

Feb 13th
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km

"everyone's replaceable right?" The psychopathy of our modern Western culture runs deep.

Feb 13th
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Eric Lauzon

So dissapointed to hear our Polticians lie like this. Prtoesters have been nice and peaceful and thats from someone who lives downtown Ottawa

Feb 9th
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Ted treller

A very naive appreciation for issues and the interpretation of those issues. My goodness while I appreciate the persistence of CBC to visit the area but an absolute misunderstanding of the history and realities of Eastern Ukraine.

Jan 23rd
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C W

Sweet ending.

Nov 29th
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km

This is a horrifically whiny interview.

Nov 16th
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km

YouTube "Roger Hallam" and "Facing Future". It gets worse.

Oct 11th
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Midnight Rambler

no it's a tragic event. but the left wants to make every tragic event into Martyr

Oct 7th
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km

Things aren't looking good... YouTube "Roger Hallam"

Sep 21st
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Midnight Rambler

this guy loved toxicity during the trump years. but under Biden we need to heal..🤣😆

Sep 7th
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km

The economists here continue to normalize psychopathy. Current economic thinking is an absolute joke. YOU HAVE NOTHING if you don't have a liveable climate you god damned fools. You CONTINUE to eat your young ITS SICK!!!!! $'s/ton Oh Booooo-hooooo. Go f*ck yourselves. You've ALREADY f*cked the rest of Humanity... and most of life on Earth for that matter!!!

Aug 30th
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km

Let's be very clear: we *remain* in a pandemic because of anti-vaxers and the hesitant. An election now is incredibly important. Let's hear what the people want to do next.

Aug 18th
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km

Where's all the money go?? The Early Childhood Educators are paid nowhere near enough. Business owners???

Aug 13th
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Les Anderson

The female nurse has to hide her identity but the male nurse doesn't; not surprised.

Jul 27th
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