The Current | Oct 12, 2012 | 24:00

The Energy of Slaves: Andrew Nikiforuk

We speak with journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk about his new book, "The Energy of Slaves". He believes there needs to be a new abolitionist movement. Not to free slaves from galleys or cotton fields, but to free all of us from the slavery of cheap oil.

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The Current - University students calling for a divestment from fossil fuel industryDec 20, 2012 | 25:35The Current University students calling for a divestment from fossil fuel industry Audio
The Current University students calling for a divestment from fossil fuel industry Dec 20, 2012 | 25:35It is being called the biggest student movement in the U.S. in years. Students at 192 university campuses across North America want their schools to step up on the issue of climate change by divesting what would be millions-of-dollars worth of endowments from the fossil fuel industry. Their campaign parallels the actions of universities back in the 80's when they used the same tactic to fight apartheid in South Africa. The founder of 350-dot-org, Bill McKibben will Do The Math on the campaign he's encouraging.
The Current - Prescribing ADHD medication to childrenOct 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.
The Current - Heads in Beds: Jacob TomskyDec 27, 2012 | 24:00The Current Heads in Beds: Jacob Tomsky Audio
The Current Heads in Beds: Jacob Tomsky Dec 27, 2012 | 24:00A new book, penned by a former hotel employee, spills some of the behind the scenes intrigues. A few hints: why you want to be careful about drinking from a glass in your room. Why you should worry when the valet drives off to park your car. All that and a strategy for getting the most out of your mini-bar.
The Current - Child Custody for RapistsDec 5, 2012 | 32:18The Current Child Custody for Rapists Audio
The Current Child Custody for Rapists Dec 5, 2012 | 32:18Rape and pregnancy became explosive issues during the last US election. And the statistics that emerged were startling. It's estimated that about 32,000 women become pregnant as a result of rape in the United States each year. About a third of those women choose to keep the babies. Whatever the emotional cost of that decision, many women face a further blow. Rapists in the US may use the constitutionally protected right of a biological father to demand access to their child. And that begs the question .. how vulnerable are women in Canada?
The Current - The Voice's finale (Last Word)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.
The Current - "It's a Girl" documentary on GendercideOct 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.
The Current - Sexy Breast Cancer campaigns: Are we saving breasts or women's lives?Oct 25, 2012 | 21:11The Current Sexy Breast Cancer campaigns: Are we saving breasts or women's lives? Audio
The Current Sexy Breast Cancer campaigns: Are we saving breasts or women's lives? Oct 25, 2012 | 21:11As October draws to close, so does Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But are ad campaigns like "breast-centric" and fundraisers called "Booby Ball" offensive, insensitive, and mysoginistic. We're debating the focus on the breast in breast cancer.
The Current - Malala Yousafzai Update (Check-in)Nov 1, 2012 | 27:30The Current Malala Yousafzai Update (Check-in) Audio
The Current Malala Yousafzai Update (Check-in) Nov 1, 2012 | 27:30Long before the Taliban targeted 15 year old Malala Yousefzai, she was anticipating their wrath. We listen to tape never aired before of one girl's refusal to buckle to their oppression. And CBC Wiretap's Jonathan Goldstein, host of a special pre-U.S, election edition of The Current tomorrow. He joins Anna Maria to read some of your mail on your discomfort with a cancer campaign, with platonic relationships and with a proposed new Canadian agreement with China.
The Current - Abuse Allegations: The Nova Scotia Home for Colored ChildrenNov 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.
The Current - Ashley Smith Case & Mental Health in Canadian PrisonsNov 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.
The Current - Chrystia Freeland: PlutocratsNov 14, 2012 | 24:00The Current Chrystia Freeland: Plutocrats Audio
The Current Chrystia Freeland: Plutocrats Nov 14, 2012 | 24:00Chrystia Freeland she says the richest people on earth aren't the 1 % ... they are the .01%. The Plutocrats, whose staggering wealth and dexterity with private equity is hollowing out the middle class, whose influence gives them a disproportionate voice and whose distance from the rest-of-us .. may be transforming our society. Today, Chrystia Freeland introduces us to the Haves and the Have Mores.
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The Current Urge to Kill: The story of a potential serial killer Dec 6, 2012 | 21:38Our lead story today raises disturbing questions about everything from public safety ... to individual rights ... to the scope and the limitations of our criminal justice system. It is the story of a young woman whose actions - though upsetting and even criminal ... pale in comparison to her words. * We warn you four discussion will get graphic. This story is not for young children *
The Current - Idle No More movement gains momentum across CanadaDec 19, 2012 | 22:00The Current Idle No More movement gains momentum across Canada Audio
The Current Idle No More movement gains momentum across Canada Dec 19, 2012 | 22:00Idle No More is a growing grass roots movement. It has turned into a social media movement embracing everything from flashmobs to protests. It's founders are outraged over Ottawa's all-encompassing Omnibus bill and are calling for a new conversation on First nation treaty rights. We speak with Sylvia McAdam and Chelsea Vowel, two members of Idle No More.
The Current - National Mental Health StrategyMay 9, 2012 | 23:59The Current National Mental Health Strategy Audio
The Current National Mental Health Strategy May 9, 2012 | 23:59A new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada hopes to persuade Ottawa to take a lead role on mental health care. It says, each year, one out of five Canadians experience mental illness -- with a 50 billion dollar cost to the economy.
The Current - Farewell to  the VoiceSep 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.

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