CBC’s Current Affairs and Documentary Programming October 15-21, 2018

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Town Hall: Into the Weeds
Wednesday, October 17 at 8:30 a.m. (9 NT) on CBC Radio One and the CBC Radio app
When recreational marijuana is legalized on October 17, Canada is in store for sweeping social, economic and legal changes. Provinces, territories and municipalities will soon learn just how prepared they are for this new era. Anna Maria Tremonti hosts a special town hall from Ottawa, that explores issues around the legalization of marijuana. The Current looks at the challenges for regulators, law enforcement and consumers and finds out how Canadians are learning to talk about this new reality. The special broadcast features an interview with Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, and the man responsible for bringing the new law into force, and includes an expert panel, to address Canadian’s legal, practical, and medical concerns about legalization.


Scam Centres (repeat)

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app andcbc.ca/watch

Marketplace tracks the scammers behind one of the biggest cyber-crime schemes in Canadian history —  those fake CRA phone calls. Tens of thousands of Canadians scammed out of of millions of dollars. So, who is really behind the scheme? David Common travels to India to catch the fraudsters. Marketplace tracks down two illegal call centres and is told the RCMP could be doing more to bust the scammers. This is the closest any journalist has ever come to finding these criminal gangs.


Band Geeks

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch from 12noon the same day.

The countdown clock ticks down as Canada’s oldest and largest youth marching band preps for their biggest and most prestigious parades yet. With only four months before the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Olympics of the band world, 220 talented teenagers deal with the emotional highs and lows that come from juggling school and home demands with band practice. The intimate stories of three band members are interwoven with the greater band story to highlight the day-to-day life of these teens. After all, being in a marching band can be a life changer – if not a life-saver.

For more info and to watch the trailer online click here
Changing Face
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network (repeats Sunday, October 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network)  

What drives the decision to have plastic surgery? Why do people undergo risky procedures to alter the way they look? As a baby, Annie Price was injured in a fire. She had life-saving operations on her face, but growing up her mother convinced her that the way she looked wouldn’t determine her life. Now, in her 30s and expecting a child, Annie is considering further surgery. She travels to South Korea, the most cosmetically enhanced country in the world, with over 4,000 plastic surgery clinics in Seoul alone. Each year tens of thousands of people travel there specifically to get procedures done. Annie discovers that the popularity of plastic surgery in South Korea is driven not by the desire to stand out, but to blend in. 60% of women in their 20s have had at least one cosmetic procedure, with many opting for a painful and potentially dangerous facial surgery.
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The Nature of Things

The Real T-Rex

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 8  p.m.  (8:30 NT). The documentary will also be available to watch online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch Friday, October 19 from 5 p.m. EST.

A quest to find the truth about an iconic animal we all think we know: T-Rex, the most famous carnivore to ever walk the earth.  What did T-Rex really look like? Sound like? How did it move and behave?  Ground-breaking scientific discoveries reveal that for years we’ve gotten T-Rex wrong. 
For more info and to watch the trailer online click here

The Fifth Estate

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and online at the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch

For millions of people it is a daily routine: a couple of taps on their smart phone and a few minutes later a car arrives to take them wherever they want to go. It is why “ubering” has become a verb, synonymous with taking a taxi, and it has made Uber one of the world’s wealthiest companies. But with the success comes controversy, in every place that Uber has set up business. Gillian Findlay investigates.

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