The CurrentRob Cohen's 'Being Canadian' delves into our national identity - April 24, 2015Apr 24, 2015 | 26:26When comedy writer and ex-pat Canadian Rob Cohen decided to investigate Canadian-ness, he ended up picking the brains of many Canadian comedy stars. Rob Cohen joins us to talk about his coast-to-coast journey in search of the elusive Canadian identity.
The Current'Missoula' author Jon Krakauer investigates campus rape - April 24, 2015Apr 24, 2015 | 25:00It's a story of college town football stars who would seem to think they can get away with anything. It's also a familiar story of how systems and society deal with rape. The author of "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" joins us.
The CurrentEx Machina's portrayal of gendered robot perpetuates stereotypes - April 24, 2015Apr 24, 2015 | 22:00From the Terminator to the most recent 'lady robot' Ava in the film, Ex Machina, our robots tend to follow such formulaic gender roles. Critics say it's a problem in pop culture we need to take care, before the robots are really living among us.
The CurrentChecking-In on milk, religious accommodation, almond shaming and more - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 27:29We get to only some of the many letters we received from you after this week's milk debate when we look back at the week that was on The Current in our weekly listener feedback segment, Checking-In.
The CurrentCalifornia drought creates sharming around eating and farming almonds - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 7:05If you're thinking of replacing dairy milk with almond milk in your diet or you stock up on almonds for a healthy snack, we have an update on whether almonds are really to blame for the California drought.
The CurrentCanadian companies, poor record in aftermath of Rana plaza collapse - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 8:58It was two years ago this week. There were promises for reform from the garment industry after the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than a thousand people. We're checking in on what kind of progress has been made, especially by Canadian companies.
The CurrentWhen a Syrian gay blogger 'Amina' disappears, deception is found - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 25:00When the blogger "Gay Girl in Damascus" was captured by government forces in 2011, questions emerged. A Montreal woman developed a relationship with the blogger Amina and her journey is a cautionary tale for us all about how we look upon a revolution.
The CurrentCredit checks to screen job applicants commonplace in Canada - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 22:00You may still be able to buy a used car with bad credit. But what about landing a job? A job that could even help you pay down your debt. It turns out certain employers are turning away job applicants with bad credit. And some say that's a big problem.
The CurrentKenya's crackdown on Hawala money transfers cuts Somali lifeline - April 22, 2015Apr 22, 2015 | 25:42After this month's gruesome attack on Garissa University, Kenya decides to follow the money -- but its move could lead to real hardship for innocents. We look at how a ban on remittances into Somalia may be targeting al-Shabab, but hitting many more.
The CurrentEccentricity documentary 'A Different Drummer' celebrates quirks - April 22, 2015Apr 22, 2015 | 25:00"A Different Drummer" is a new documentary that follows people, often misunderstood, who march through life to the beat of a different drum. And they're not just entertaining characters... research shows they may live longer, and are healthier, too.
The CurrentFederal budget 2015 reveals who Conservatives are courting - April 22, 2015Apr 22, 2015 | 22:00It's balanced, It's election-ready. The Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver, fresh off cheers in the House yesterday, joins us to talk Budget 2015. And with their own reactions we have two federal finance critics, from the NDP and Liberals.
The Current'Elephant's Dream' highlights everyday life in war-torn Congo - April 21, 2015Apr 21, 2015 | 27:29Filmmaker Kristof Bilsen set out to show us the Congo we don't know in his documentary "Elephant's Dream." We hear about day-to-day life in the civil war-torn nation and the colonial baggage the filmmaker brought to the project along with his cameras.
The Current'Got Milked?' author Alissa Hamilton wants dairy food group gone - April 21, 2015Apr 21, 2015 | 25:00'Milk helps build strong bones' has always been the conventional wisdom through the ages But the author of of a new book suggests it's not so wise and she's urging you to put down the milk for the sake of your health... and even your bones.
The CurrentMigrant ship disasters will continue unless Xenophobia sentiment ends - April 21, 2015Apr 21, 2015 | 22:00They are would-be migrants making the trip from North Africa to Europe. While there is concern for those who board boats for a better life, there are questions being asked about whether mounting deaths will change immigration policies inside Europe.
The CurrentAmazon tribe's gut bacteria reveals toll of Western lifestyle - April 20, 2015Apr 20, 2015 | 27:29Scientists had a chance to visit an Amazonian village that never had contact with the outside world. It was a prime opportunity to see what its people were made of...on the inside. And what they found may help us better understand the role of antibiotics.