Nov 12, 2012 | 44:28The Current Ashley Smith Case & Mental Health in Canadian Prisons Audio
The Current Ashley Smith Case & Mental Health in Canadian Prisons Nov 12, 2012 | 44:28A video shows a teenage Ashley Smith heavily restrained on a prison transfer flight, her face covered with 2 hoods - they call them spit hoods - and later scenes of her surrounded by guards in gas masks and riot gear that prompted federal officials to stop their efforts to restrain the scope of an inquest that resumes this week. The questions in the death of Ashley Smith have raised wider issues. Today as part of our project, Line in the Sand: The Dilemmas that Define Us, we look at the intersection of mental illness and our criminal justice system.
Oct 15, 2012 | 27:30The Current "It's a Girl" documentary on Gendercide Audio
The Current "It's a Girl" documentary on Gendercide Oct 15, 2012 | 27:30They call it Gendercide, the killing of infant girls, the abortion of female fetuses, the abandonment of little girls, the abuse of girls and young women in societies where pressure is strong to bring Boys into the world. We hear from filmmaker Evan Grae Davis about that and about the other side, those women in India and China who dare to ignore family wishes to save their girls.
Oct 19, 2012 | 22:00The Current The Ethical Implications of Assisted Migration Audio
The Current The Ethical Implications of Assisted Migration Oct 19, 2012 | 22:00History shows we have little control of nature once we have changed it and there are often negative and (mostly unintended and unforeseen ) consequences to our meddling with nature in as effort to conserve it. Today, we look at the experiments in assisted migration that raises ethical and moral concerns. And debate how to deal with shifting habitat caused by our changing climate.
Sep 3, 2012 | 12:40The Current Farewell to the Voice Audio
The Current Farewell to the Voice Sep 3, 2012 | 12:40The Voice, our Baritone Buddy, is a man of box-office-buzz in his parallel life an actor. He can terrify you or pull you into the not-so-Merry Old Land of Oz. He has set the tone for our voice at The Current for ten years and before he walks off - not into the sunset but onto another movie set, we've got an Exit Interview.
Dec 27, 2012 | 26:29The Current Straightening the Record: Documentary Repeat Audio
The Current Straightening the Record: Documentary Repeat Dec 27, 2012 | 26:29A noted American psychiatrist has found his way back to the center of controversy because of a choice he made late in his life and his career. Dr. Robert Spitzer authored a study that supported attempts to "cure" people of their homosexuality. He was hailed by social and religious conservatives. But months ago, he made a public apology, calling that study fatally flawed. Today we rebroadcast a documentary on Dr.Spitzer's decision to say he's sorry.
Oct 8, 2012 | 21:58The Current Slavoj Zizek and 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously' Audio
The Current Slavoj Zizek and 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously' Oct 8, 2012 | 21:58Come with us on a journey, through the logic, the musings, and the divergent thoughts of a philosopher with rock star status. Slavoj Zizek examines the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring and everything from HBO's 'The Wire' to Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'.
Oct 12, 2012 | 25:58The Current Boredom: Not mental inactivity but a state of stress Audio
The Current Boredom: Not mental inactivity but a state of stress Oct 12, 2012 | 25:58Evelyn Waugh said boredom was like a cancer in the breast. For Kierkegaard it was the root of all evil. Sartre compared it to the 'gray monotony of provincial life.' Today we talk about boredom with a man who's just made a film on the subject, and he'll tell us why boredom could have dire implications for your health.
Oct 16, 2012 | 24:00The Current Prescribing ADHD medication to children Audio
The Current Prescribing ADHD medication to children Oct 16, 2012 | 24:00A U.S. doctor says what many suspect is true, that he and others use pharmacology - drugs for ADHD to deal with issues that really need social and economic solutions. Our project Line in The Sand looks at the dilemma of doctors faced with what to do for ADHD-kids in low-income neighbourhoods where the schools can’t afford to help them.
Nov 7, 2012 | 36:08The Current Abuse Allegations: The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Audio
The Current Abuse Allegations: The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Nov 7, 2012 | 36:08It is a shelter for young people with a name from the past
that can still make you flinch: "The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children" is at the centre of a lawsuit and a controversy with allegations of physical and sexual abuse stretching back decades. We hear from three former residents and from the Nova Scotia government minister responsible for the file.
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 27, 2012 | 22:00The Current Protests in India in response to gang rape Audio
The Current Protests in India in response to gang rape Dec 27, 2012 | 22:00Just over a week ago, a 23 year old woman was brutally raped after she boarded a bus with a male friend. He was also beaten. They were dumped naked, by the roadside and she is now on life support in Singapore. Now there are massive protests. It's not just about this case, but also about the prevalence of sexual assault in India - and the attitude of police and politicians who are quick to blame the victim.
Sep 4, 2012 | 5:32The Current The Voice's finale (Last Word) Audio
The Current The Voice's finale (Last Word) Sep 4, 2012 | 5:32We're really going to miss our fulminating front man, Stephen Hart. But the ideas he personified remain a vital part of this program. Actually, the Voice -- as usual, says it best. And he gets the Last Word today on the program.
Oct 8, 2012 | 27:29The Current Of Mothers and Merchants - Documentary Repeat Audio
The Current Of Mothers and Merchants - Documentary Repeat Oct 8, 2012 | 27:29One couple's overwhelming desire to become parents led to an exploration that raises questions we explore as we re-play Tanya Springer's award-winning documentary. This is the story of surrogacy abroad - specifically in developing countries and the debate over whether surrogates are empowered or exploited.
Oct 9, 2012 | 24:00The Current The rise of Greece's extreme right wing Golden Dawn Party Audio
The Current The rise of Greece's extreme right wing Golden Dawn Party Oct 9, 2012 | 24:00On the surface, they appear to be a political party on the rise
going from point-4-percent of the popular vote to 12-percent support in less than three years. The Golden Dawn party of Greece is populist, religious, increasingly entrenched in poorer neighbourhoods and according to some of those tracking it ... alarmingly Fascist. Its members wear black t-shirts emblazoned with an emblem that has been likened to a Swastika. For about a month, it has had an office in Canada. Today, we're asking about Golden Dawn.
Oct 10, 2012 | 22:00The Current Enbridge Executive makes the case for the Gateway Pipeline Audio
The Current Enbridge Executive makes the case for the Gateway Pipeline Oct 10, 2012 | 22:00While Enbridge and its Northern Gateway Pipeline partners talk Re-Vision, their critics see No Vision in that pipeline route from Alberta through B.C. to the coast. And it is that route in all its various details that they are taking before the regulatory panel this week in Prince George. Today, Enbridge executive Janet Holder makes the case for that pipeline.