The CurrentElf on the Shelf normalizes surveillance state for kids, says Academic - Dec 22, 2014Dec 22, 2014 | 9:14Santa knows if you've been bad or good because the Elf on the Shelf is filling him in! We hear from a Canadian academic who has some qualms with a certain new Christmas tradition.
The Current'Give Directly' advocates for cash in the hands of the Poor - Dec 22, 2014Dec 22, 2014 | 16:41It's a time of year that puts many of us in a charitable frame of mind. 'Give Directly' is a new style of charity that aims to give cash to those who need it, no strings attached. Today, we speak to some experts about whether it works in the long term.
The CurrentAfghanistan is a nation ruled by drug lords, says Matthieu Aikins - Dec 22, 2014Dec 22, 2014 | 25:00In the years after 9/11, the West went into Afghanistan to root out the Taliban, and improve Afghan life. The military mission is largely over now, but journalist Matthieu Aikins says, after 13 years of war, Afghanistan is now a "Narco State."
The Current10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami, still gaps in disaster prep - Dec 22, 2014Dec 22, 2014 | 22:00A decade ago on Boxing Day, many woke up to news of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The number of dead from the Asian tsunami would be more than 200, 000 spread out over several countries. We speak with a woman who barely escaped the tsunami's waves that day.
The CurrentThe British Museum's loan of Parthenon Marbles to Russia ignites repatriation debate - Dec 19, 2014Dec 19, 2014 | 27:28The Parthenon Marbles have sat for centuries in the British Museum. Calls to return them to their homeland of Greece have grown louder each year and have reached fever pitch now that the marbles have been loaned to Russia for a museum display.
The CurrentDalhousie's decision to use Restorative Justice can be traumatizing for women, says counsellor - Dec 19, 2014Dec 19, 2014 | 7:57Dalhousie University plans to use Restorative justice to resolve complaints of sexually violent Facebook posts made by students. A women's trauma counsellor says Restorative Justice in this case is not a good way to address the abuse. She tells us why.
The CurrentAshley Smith's mother says it's time to limit solitary confinement in prison - Dec 19, 2014Dec 19, 2014 | 16:03The death of Ashley Smith sparked many questions about the use and abuse of solitary confinement and inmates' access to mental health care. Her death also sparked more than a hundred recommendations to government. Ashley's mother speaks up.
The CurrentPressure is on the U.S to retaliate against Sony hackers, but who's behind attack? - Dec 19, 2014Dec 19, 2014 | 22:00The Sony Pictures flick, "The Interview", about snubbing out North Korea's leader Kim Jung-Un has led to retaliation. But is the Hermit Kingdom really behind the Hack? And what kind of precedent is Sony Pictures setting by halting the release of the film?
The CurrentChecking-in on the price gap in Canada, hospital security and detained in North Korea - Dec 18, 2014Dec 18, 2014 | 27:30It's Thursday - time to check in on your feedback about some of the stories from the past week. Plus, we have an interview with Rehtaeh Parons father, Glen Canning. And speak with Jeffrey Fowle, the Ohio man who spent six months in a North Korean jail.
The CurrentReleased from North Korea: Jeffrey Fowle's personal account in detention - Dec 18, 2014Dec 18, 2014 | 9:51In April, American Jeffery Fowle left a Korean-English bible in a restaurant in North Korea. That act got him arrested by officials at the airport on May 7th and spent 6 months in detention until he was released in October. Jeffrey Fowle shares his story.
The CurrentPublication ban lifted, Rehtaeh Parsons can be named without prosecution - Dec 18, 2014Dec 18, 2014 | 7:57For months the media couldn't say the name Rehtaeh Parsons with a publication ban in effect. That ban was lifted yesterday. Today, the late teen's father, Glen Canning, shares his thoughts about restoring his daughter's name to the discussion on suicide.
The CurrentThe design behind the perfect greeting card - Dec 18, 2014Dec 18, 2014 | 25:00From Santa to singing tacos, there's a greeting card to cover all of life's occasions. Behind those cards is a fiercely competitive billion-dollar industry that taps into your deepest emotions. Today, we delve into the making of the perfect greeting card.
The CurrentA new era for U.S. and Cuba relations - Dec 18, 2014Dec 18, 2014 | 22:00When U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower imposed the first trade embargo with Cuba in the early 60s, Barack Obama hadn't even been born. Now Barack Obama's decision to restore relations with Cuba has political opponents considering the move catastrophic.
The CurrentComing up on Thursday: The design behind the perfect greeting cardDec 17, 2014 | 0:59There is a greeting card to cover every one of life's occasions. And behind those cards is a fiercely competitive billion-dollar industry tapping into your deepest emotions. Tomorrow, Jason Proctor delves into designing the perfect greeting card.