The CurrentEbola Panic Goes Viral: Is media coverage of the outbreak causing undue fear and panic? - Oct 17, 2014Oct 17, 2014 | 21:57We hear differing opinions on just how much we should worry about a disease that's hard to catch and hard to cure, and the media's role in perpetuating the panic that surrounds it.
The CurrentU.S. courts must decide if United Nations is responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti - Oct 17, 2014Oct 17, 2014 | 27:28There is a cry for justice from those who blame the United Nations for Haiti's cholera outbreak. The UN has responded with a deafening silence, but now the matter is headed to court. We find out more about the lawsuit and its potential implications.
The CurrentMartin Lee: The father of Hong Kong's democracy movement on the ongoing protests - Oct 17, 2014Oct 17, 2014 | 24:58Martin Lee is affectionately known as the father of Hong Kong democracy. As its streets remain choked with resentful protestors, Mr. Lee joins us to explain what the people want, and what they're likely to get.
The CurrentFacebook and Apple add egg freezing to employee benefit plans, spark controversy - Oct 16, 2014Oct 16, 2014 | 22:00While some tout they can set-the-clock back on fertility with frozen eggs, other women in the workforce worry they will be no room for promotion. Apple and Facebook are now offering to cover the costs of egg freezing and storage. Perk or pressure?
The Current'160 Girls' landmark lawsuit ruling propels Kenyan police to develop training with lessons from Canada - Oct 16, 2014Oct 16, 2014 | 25:00Kenya's police are seeking help after a ruling that faulted its government for not protecting girls and young women from rape. The Canadian organization that helped win that case is still involved and training Kenyan police courtesy of Canadian police.
The CurrentWho`s running the Hermit Kingdom? Long-time Kim-watcher assumes we've been played - Oct 16, 2014Oct 16, 2014 | 8:34Kim Jung-un ended his prolonged absence from the public eye, but it hasn't ended speculation about what's going on behind the scenes in the hermit kingdom. Long-time Kim-watcher Bradley Martin says that disappearance act may have been a trick all along.
The CurrentAn unprecedented wave of overdoses raises questions at Insite - Oct 16, 2014Oct 16, 2014 | 6:40Insite, the supervised drug injection site in Vancouver, has been a source of controversy in the past week. There have been 31 overdoses at the site in just two days. We speak to to Vancouver's Coastal Health Authority, which operates Insite.
The CurrentChecking-In on listener feedback from perfect apples in Canada to bad apples in North Korea - Oct 16, 2014Oct 16, 2014 | 27:29Social media's role in relationship train wrecks and fears of actual train wrecks. We share listeners' thoughts on stories of the week. Plus Kim Jong-un is back in the spotlight and long-time Kim-watcher Bradley K. Martin wonders if we're being played.
The Current'Who am I to judge?' says Pope Francis on homosexuality. Will the Vatican's Synod on the Family change the Catholic Church? - Oct 15, 2014Oct 15, 2014 | 24:14Cardinals and bishops meeting in a Synod are said to be changing their tone on homosexuality but they aren't confronting the doctrine that classifies it a sin. Still, Pope Francis wants to embrace the reality or modern relationships, rather then shun.
The CurrentCanada By Design: A plan to develop the 'Mid-Canada Corridor' - Oct 15, 2014Oct 15, 2014 | 27:30North of our Southern metropolises and still South of the treeline lurks an economic sweet spot. Our series By Design considers the Mid-Canada Corridor, home to up to 70 per cent of Canada's wealth but not a lot of its people.
The CurrentHealth Canada warns surgery using a morcellator could spread undetected cancer, Amy Reed and her husband are fighting to stop the practice - Oct 15, 2014Oct 15, 2014 | 22:00Not long ago, only surgeons and patients would have heard of a morcellator. Gynecological surgeons say morcellation minimizes the risks of certain surgeries, but others see the procedure to be a cause of risk, especially for women with undetected cancer.
The CurrentThe Ebola crisis prompts some health care workers to call for a NATO-like rapid reaction force to tackle outbreaks - Oct 14, 2014Oct 14, 2014 | 25:00Six months ago, Intl. President of MSF identified Ebola's devastating potential but could get no traction from the WHO on rapid action. Now the hemorrhagic fever has the world's attention underlining how unprepared we are for such a public health crisis.
The CurrentMindfulness meditation moves into the classroom - Oct 14, 2014Oct 14, 2014 | 22:00When did you last take any time at all to do nothing? No emailing, no internet, not chatting. There's a new trend in some classrooms aimed to incorporate Mindfulness as daily practice. Our producer Peter Mitton takes us on a trip inside ourselves.
The CurrentHospitals offering family-centered health care say the best way to make a patient healthy is to include the whole family - Oct 14, 2014Oct 14, 2014 | 27:30Our ongoing project, By Design, looks at the architecture of health care from the physical and visible, to the psychological and familial. Today our conversation includes a debate on policies to allow loved ones to be present during resuscitation.
The CurrentThe quest to design the perfect apple - Oct 13, 2014Oct 13, 2014 | 22:00Forget red delicious, horticulturists are racing to design for a market that demands better tasting, longer lasting, apples. Author of "Apples of Uncommon Character" says we're experiencing an apple renaissance sparked by the success of the Honey Crisp.