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.
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.
Nov 8, 2012 | 24:00The Current Biometrics security to track working hours Audio
The Current Biometrics security to track working hours Nov 8, 2012 | 24:00A swipe of the finger will register when you arrive at the office, when you leave and where you wander. As a Bay Street secretary blogs about Biometrics monitoring being introduced in her office, we're asking about the implications for workers and their bosses.
Nov 13, 2012 | 27:28The Current Face Transplant Doctor, Daniel Borsuk Audio
The Current Face Transplant Doctor, Daniel Borsuk Nov 13, 2012 | 27:28Today, the remarkable story of the 36 hour operation that changed the life of American Richard Norris. For 15 years, he was so disfigured that he would shop only at night and wear a mask during the day. Earlier this year, he had the most extensive face transplant on record. And among his doctors was a Canadian who has taken his expertise home. We speak to Dr. Daniel Borsuk.
Nov 20, 2012 | 24:00The Current Are Social Impact Bonds a good way to invest in public services? Audio
The Current Are Social Impact Bonds a good way to invest in public services? Nov 20, 2012 | 24:00Imagine a contract where private investors are paid by the government if there's a decrease in homelessness or convicts re-offending. It's a an idea that's taking shape in the UK and some US states. And now the Canadian government is considering piloting social impact bonds. Critics say it's a way of governments shirking their responsibilities. Today we make the case for and against social impact bonds, here at home.
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.
Dec 31, 2012 | 27:30The Current 10th Anniversary Interview: Shannon Moroney Audio
The Current 10th Anniversary Interview: Shannon Moroney Dec 31, 2012 | 27:30Barely a month after her wedding, Shannon Moroney's world was turned upside down. She was out of town at a conference when a police officer knocked on her hotel room door and told her that her husband Jason was in custody, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women. The officer also told her that Jason had confessed to the crimes. In that moment, Shannon Moroney also became a victim, but one who didn't have an easy or comfortable place in the criminal justice system. She writes about her experience in her memoir, "Through The Glass." Anna Maria Tremonti spoke to Shannon Moroney in October of 2011. As The Current celebrates its tenth anniversary on the air, it's one of the top ten interviews we've aired.
Oct 8, 2012 | 23:58The Current Kati Marton's two loves: Richard Holbrooke and Peter Jennings Audio
The Current Kati Marton's two loves: Richard Holbrooke and Peter Jennings Oct 8, 2012 | 23:58Today we bring you a love story. Actually, a few love stories. The 70s and 80s swirled through world politics, war, peace deals, and the push for women's equality. And through it all, Kati Marton, the accomplished foreign correspondent and prolific author, was also the wife of Canadian-born journalist Peter Jennings and later wed legendary diplomat Richard Holbrooke. She shares her story of life, loss, love and Paris.
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.
Nov 30, 2012 | 21:59The Current Stolen Face: How a mistaken photo changed Neda Soltani's life forever Audio
The Current Stolen Face: How a mistaken photo changed Neda Soltani's life forever Nov 30, 2012 | 21:59Neda Agha Soltan was killed during protests in Tehran in 2009. She became the face of the Iranian uprising but the picture that was used around the world was not of the dead girl. It was of Neda Soltani, a university English teacher who was alive and well. We hear from Neda Soltani who is trying to pull her life back together after she was forced to leave Iran.
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 19, 2012 | 27:30The Current Roy Bourgeois, excommunicated priest, on women's ordination Audio
The Current Roy Bourgeois, excommunicated priest, on women's ordination Dec 19, 2012 | 27:30For years Roy Bourgeois mixed activism with his religion as a Roman Catholic priest. He was a vocal proponent of human rights in Latin America. Then he took up the struggle for the ordination of women. For the Vatican that was one struggle too many. Roy Bourgeois has been excommunicated and this morning our project Line in The Sand, The Dilemmas That Define US hears from Roy Bourgeois.
Dec 28, 2012 | 27:30The Current Shin Dong-hyuk: Escape from Camp 14 Audio
The Current Shin Dong-hyuk: Escape from Camp 14 Dec 28, 2012 | 27:30The horrors were so normal, the brutality so casual for Shin Dong-hyuk. He was born in prison camp in North Korea and so never knew comfort, freedom or love. He was so hardened by the appalling conditions he felt nothing for his mother and brother. And because of that, he committed what many of us would consider an unspeakable act But Shin Dong-hyuk escaped from that camp and is now able to tell the awful tale, giving us a rare glimpse inside the hermit kingdom.
May 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.