Dec 14, 2012 | 27:29The Current The story of Shabeen Zareen, a brave school principal in Pakistan Audio
The Current The story of Shabeen Zareen, a brave school principal in Pakistan Dec 14, 2012 | 27:29Malala Yousufzai continues to recover from the shooting that almost ended her life and brought her fight for girls' education in Pakistan to worldwide attention. That struggle simply to go to school in parts of the country has been a fact of life for years. It's not only the Taliban that make it so difficult. Even in villages where militants pose no immediate threat, girls must fight their own families for the chance to learn. We take a closer look at one school and one remarkable woman trying to make a difference in northern Pakistan.
Dec 14, 2012 | 23:49The Current Truth & Reconciliation lawsuit wants records to residential school program Audio
The Current Truth & Reconciliation lawsuit wants records to residential school program Dec 14, 2012 | 23:49Four years ago, all the talk was of reconciliation, of respect and of a new start for Canada and its aboriginal people. A Prime ministerial apology marked the birth of the Truth and Reconciliation commission. It's mission? To try to come to terms with the painful legacy of the more than 150 thousand aboriginal children who were forced into residential schools between the 1880's and the 1980's. Now, the Commission is taking the federal government to court, saying truth itself is at stake.
Dec 13, 2012 | 21:59The Current Fighting words over F-35 Fighter Jets Audio
The Current Fighting words over F-35 Fighter Jets Dec 13, 2012 | 21:59For the past two-and-a-half years, the Harper government
has insisted 65 new F-35 fighter jets would be affordable, that warnings of cost overruns were wrong and that these particular Lockheed Martin models were the best stealth fighter jets for Canada. As the government now confronts costs that are three times higher and reviews its options, the man in the U.S. tracking costs on the same planes there warns the numbers could climb even higher. Today we get the the view from Ottawa.
Dec 13, 2012 | 24:00The Current What's behind North Korea's long range missile launch? Audio
The Current What's behind North Korea's long range missile launch? Dec 13, 2012 | 24:00Today we assess what the satellite launch in North Korea says about its new leader. One year after inheriting power, Kim Jong Un has shown some national scientific prowess to a wary world, burnished his image with publicity photos and Facebook posts even while closing the border to China and keeping his own people locked in a cycle of repression and hunger. Can the son and grandson of dictators be anything but? We look at Kim Jong Un.
Dec 13, 2012 | 25:44The Current December 13, 2012 Audio
The Current December 13, 2012 Dec 13, 2012 | 25:44Worried about that doomsday thing coming up? We are happy to report that those seers convinced the Mayan calendar signals our end-of-days in-a-matter-of-days are projecting. Not predicting. We're talking perspective on everything from pranks ... to family planning ... to that calendar as we check your pulse on reaction to the stories of the past week.
Dec 12, 2012 | 23:27The Current UN declares contraception as a human right Audio
The Current UN declares contraception as a human right Dec 12, 2012 | 23:27Citing statistics of tens-of-millions of unwanted pregnancies in the poorest countries, millions of abortions and tens-of-thousands of women dying in childbirth, the UN's Population Fund is asserting that access to family planning and contraceptives is a Universal Human Right. It is a designation that has outraged conservative and religious critics who accuse the UN of colonialism and of misguided policies that will infringe on basic rights and fob western drugs onto unsuspecting women. Proponents argue family planning rights will reduce infant and maternal death, enable women and bring prosperity. Today we take on this debate.
Dec 12, 2012 | 27:30The Current Hugh Brody: From Nunavut to Kalahari Audio
The Current Hugh Brody: From Nunavut to Kalahari Dec 12, 2012 | 27:30The Bushmen of the Southern Kalahari were dispersed, forced off their land under South African apartheid, only to be identified decades later in squalor. Some posing as token natives for tourists on the very land they lost. It was a long way from the people of Northern Canada with whom Hugh Brody worked for land claims. His invitation to work with those in the Kalahari for land claims settlements began an odyssey that lasted a dozen years and saw broken people transformed into effective leaders for change. Today, Hugh Brody's long journey with the Khomani San people.
Dec 11, 2012 | 21:59The Current Pranks, Hoaxes & Jokes: How far is too far? Audio
The Current Pranks, Hoaxes & Jokes: How far is too far? Dec 11, 2012 | 21:59From Candid Camera in the 50s .. to MTV's Punk'd, entertainers have pranked their way through the decades. Until last week when it all appeared to go horribly wrong when two Australian DJs played a hoax on a nurse at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was staying. But where is the Line In the Sand between funny and mean? Today we speak to Mary - Marg Delahunty - Walsh and Gilbert Rozon of Just for Laughs to ask how far is too far?
Dec 11, 2012 | 23:59The Current Regulating health care in private clinics Audio
The Current Regulating health care in private clinics Dec 11, 2012 | 23:59Sometimes the more you ask, the less you learn. Ontario's College of Physicians and Surgeons has inspected private clinics failing 9 and passing 64 - with conditions. But it can't tell us who they are and nor can the provincial health ministry. Across the country, a patchwork of private clinics operates with little public transparency. Today, we are asking why.
Dec 11, 2012 | 27:29The Current Turkey's stray dog legislation has animal lovers enraged Audio
The Current Turkey's stray dog legislation has animal lovers enraged Dec 11, 2012 | 27:29They have taken to the streets by the thousands in Istanbul over the last few weeks. But the city that straddles Europe and Asia is upset not about its economy or its national politics, Turks are enraged over plans to round up stray dogs. The government is learning that messing with the city's legendary canines puts you in the dog-house.
Dec 10, 2012 | 27:29The Current Exclusion of women in ground combat roles Audio
The Current Exclusion of women in ground combat roles Dec 10, 2012 | 27:29Canada assigns women to combat roles, but the U.S. Pentagon still upholds a policy that makes more than 200-thousand combat-related jobs unavailable to female military personnel. Those in support of the Pentagon site everything from pregnancy to strength to putting a damper on teamwork in the argument to uphold its gender exclusion policy. Now, the legal fight against the Pentagon is going to court.
Dec 10, 2012 | 23:58The Current Frank Stronach, Magna Man Audio
The Current Frank Stronach, Magna Man Dec 10, 2012 | 23:58Canadians know Frank Stronach as the founder and longtime chair of Magna International. It began as a small tool and die company and became a giant auto parts corporation. He's stepped down from the board of Magna, but he's still creating. This time he's trying to build a political party in his home country of Austria. Frank Stronach on his humble beginnings in Canada and the economic system he calls Fair Enterprise.
Dec 10, 2012 | 21:58The Current Egypt Divided Audio
The Current Egypt Divided Dec 10, 2012 | 21:58We start the show in Cairo, where the euphoria of Egypt's revolutionary ouster of a tyrant has been replaced by an uncomfortable and even deadly reality. This ancient land, with a democracy in its infancy, may have chosen a government leader whose own idea of democracy leaves them with fears of theocracy.
Dec 7, 2012 | 27:28The Current Laurence Kotlikoff: Is the United States Broke? Audio
The Current Laurence Kotlikoff: Is the United States Broke? Dec 7, 2012 | 27:28Bracing for the U.S. to fall off the fiscal cliff is nothing compared to the financial free fall predicted by Laurence Kotlikoff. The Boston University economist and failed U.S. presidential candidate joins us with his thoughts on the economic end of times. So, never mind the melting ice caps, the perfect storms or even the zombie apocalypse. Kotlikoff believes Washington has been running a Ponzi scheme for six decades and higher taxes and belt tightening won't be enough to stop the coming Greek tragedy.