Dec 23, 2011 | 21:59The Current The Giving of Gratitude Audio
The Current The Giving of Gratitude Dec 23, 2011 | 21:59Psychologists have been studying gratitude and its effects on those of us who feel it and then go on to express it. And these researchers are finding that an attitude of gratitude leads to a greater satisfaction with life and to kinder behaviour toward others. That's not to diminish the value of outrage. Outrage can change the world. And no one is saying gratitude can change the world, but perhaps it can grease the cogs and gears in such a way as to make everything turn a little more smoothly.
Dec 23, 2011 | 23:59The Current Canadians: Consumers of war, neglecting of aid Audio
The Current Canadians: Consumers of war, neglecting of aid Dec 23, 2011 | 23:59Canadians may think of themselves as peace-loving, but we speak to a woman who thinks we're avid consumers of war. She says you can see it in our pension plans and even our jewelry. Her new book, "Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid" looks at what happens when greed and guns get in the way of providing aid.
Dec 23, 2011 | 27:29The Current Chris Goodall's report on "Peak Stuff" Audio
The Current Chris Goodall's report on "Peak Stuff" Dec 23, 2011 | 27:29Anyone who's sat through first-year economics knows societies have to consume to grow. But we may need to rewrite the Economics 101 textbook. We speak with a man who believes we can grow without increasing consumption. In fact, we may already be doing it.
Dec 22, 2011 | 22:00The Current The cost of Egypt's revolution Audio
The Current The cost of Egypt's revolution Dec 22, 2011 | 22:00Inflation is up, productivity is down, tourists are gone and unemployment hasn't been this high for a decade. Egyptians may have revelled in a revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak but now they are questioning the cost of it all.
Dec 22, 2011 | 23:59The Current Bullying in the schoolyard and the NHL Audio
The Current Bullying in the schoolyard and the NHL Dec 22, 2011 | 23:59His point is simple, the brain can't take it. The Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has added his voice to those calling for an end to hockey violence that results in hits to the head. We hear from him and read your thoughts on some of the stories of the week.
Dec 22, 2011 | 27:29The Current Hardship Christmas for several Canadian communities Audio
The Current Hardship Christmas for several Canadian communities Dec 22, 2011 | 27:29The fire that swept through Slave Lake Alberta last May stays with those who escaped in the simplest and most profound of ways. This was a year of brutal actions and swift consequences in several Canadian communities. In the midst of the holiday season, we're going back to take the
pulse of communities that refuse to give up in Slave Lake Alberta and Marystown, Newfoundland.
Dec 21, 2011 | 22:00The Current Proposed changes to HIV disclosure law Audio
The Current Proposed changes to HIV disclosure law Dec 21, 2011 | 22:00Modern medicine is presenting a challenge for the law over the issue of HIV-AIDS. Should you be charged with a criminal offence like murder for willfully spreading the HIV virus to an unknowing sex partner if the newest drugs have changed, a deadly disease into a chronic illness?
Dec 21, 2011 | 24:00The Current The real life story of the Tin Tin creator Audio
The Current The real life story of the Tin Tin creator Dec 21, 2011 | 24:00He is forever young, the teenage boy with that odd hair and his loyal dog off on another adventure that takes him around the world. Tin Tin is the anti-hero, the Belgian comic strip character that spawned 23 graphic novels and millions of fans over the last 70 years. But for all the pleasure he brought millions of children, Tin Tin's creator had a darker side. Herge - Georges Remi - found his greatest success publishing in Nazi-controlled, pro-German papers in occupied Belgium. And while Tin Tin's illustrations were deliberately simplistic, the life of Herge was incredibly complex. We speak with biographer Pierre Assouline on Tin Tin's creator.
Dec 21, 2011 | 27:29The Current Psychological profiles of world leaders Audio
The Current Psychological profiles of world leaders Dec 21, 2011 | 27:29The Family that Slays together, Stays together or so says the man who created the CIA branch that profiles so-called Rogue world leaders. As North Koreans mourn Kim Jong Il and analysts puzzle over Kim Jong-un, as Bashar Al Assad maintains his grip on power in Syria and Ahmadinejad confounds Iran-watchers, we're looking for insights into the psychological state of leaders who make the news for all the wrong reasons.
Dec 20, 2011 | 21:58The Current Sorrow in Syria as human rights abuses still continue Audio
The Current Sorrow in Syria as human rights abuses still continue Dec 20, 2011 | 21:58As the optimists and activists of so many middle eastern countries blossomed in an Arab Spring this year, the hopeful people of Syria have been locked in a perpetual winter by a dictator whose behaviour was and actually still is worse than most of the others but where geopolitics has and still does conspire to keep them frozen in a troubling time. Today, the day after President Assad agreed to the arrival of special observers, the day after more dissenters were gunned down, we're back on the Syria story where some say the long arm of Assad is reaching into Canada.
Dec 20, 2011 | 23:59The Current Environment Commissioner, Scott Vaughan on hazardous shipments Audio
The Current Environment Commissioner, Scott Vaughan on hazardous shipments Dec 20, 2011 | 23:59There are stacks of rules and regulations designed to keep hazardous or dangerous goods from harming people as they are trucked, shipped or piped across the country. But Canada's top Environmental watchdog says the key federal departments responsible for keeping hazardous goods from being hazardous to us are failing to followup or even track high-risk violators. And that puts us all on a road to potential trouble. Scott Vaughn takes us through his findings.
Dec 20, 2011 | 27:29The Current The high cost of workplace mental health Audio
The Current The high cost of workplace mental health Dec 20, 2011 | 27:29Canada's oil-and-gas and mining industries are an economic bright spot, their output worth about 4-percent of the GDP. So picture that productivity - four percent of GDP - because that is also what Corporate Canada loses every year to mental illness. Former Federal Finance Minister Michael Wilson weighs in on the need for Bosses and Businesses to confront an illness that we can all see but still treat as invisible.
Dec 19, 2011 | 22:00The Current Death of Kim Jong-Il, and the future of First Nations in Canada Audio
The Current Death of Kim Jong-Il, and the future of First Nations in Canada Dec 19, 2011 | 22:00With the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, world leaders are watching closely for any signal from North Korea on its nuclear intentions. Also in this segment, Federal opposition leaders are critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding he travel to Attawapiskat to meet with people and see first hand the desperate conditions of the First Nations community. Instead, the P.M. is prepping for a different meeting with First Nations leaders in late January. Today, a few of those leaders share their hopes, expectations and exasperation.
Dec 19, 2011 | 23:59The Current Former paralympian is now able-bodied Olympic hopeful Audio
The Current Former paralympian is now able-bodied Olympic hopeful Dec 19, 2011 | 23:59She was 13 when a simple operation went inexplicably wrong and she found herself unable to walk. But Monique Van de Vorst concentrated on what she could do becoming a paralympic athlete, excelling at handcycling. Still she was beset by random events that injured her further, she was hit by a car, then hit by a bike and then one day she experienced some feeling in her feet and 12 years after being paralyzed, she was re-learning to walk.
Dec 19, 2011 | 27:29The Current CIA drone attacks and the explosive rift between U.S. and Pakistan Audio
The Current CIA drone attacks and the explosive rift between U.S. and Pakistan Dec 19, 2011 | 27:29The already hostile friendship between the U.S. and Pakistan is getting more uncomfortable. Tens-of-thousands of Islamists rallied in Peshawar and Lehore yesterday condemning the United States and denouncing a NATO attack. All this as Pakistanis along the Afghan border insist dozens of U.S. drone attacks this year killed civilians, not just combatants as the U.S. insists.