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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Oct 1, 2012 | 27:30The Current NHL lockout sparks call for more Canadian teams Audio
The Current NHL lockout sparks call for more Canadian teams Oct 1, 2012 | 27:30With the NHL players locked out, the musings and mutterings about bringing the game home to Canada are getting more attention. Some fans and even economists think the game would be much better off if a lot more teams had home ice in this country. The so-called 'Southern Strategy' that put teams in sunshine and ice-free states is still seen as a brilliant move by some. But to others it's an idea that's melted. Is this about an NHL that can't admit when it is wrong?
Oct 1, 2012 | 24:00The Current The push for ordination of women in the Catholic Church Audio
The Current The push for ordination of women in the Catholic Church Oct 1, 2012 | 24:00There are an estimated 100 wives, mothers and grandmothers who call themselves 'Women Priests'. They are Roman Catholic women ordained against the wishes of rulers of the Vatican. But even as some Roman Catholic groups break away on this issue, others are fighting internally to convince the Vatican to agree to ordain women. We hear from a Manitoba woman who says her conversations with a top Vatican official suggests there are cracks in the wall of opposition to female priests.
Oct 1, 2012 | 22:00The Current Omar Khadr is back in Canada Audio
The Current Omar Khadr is back in Canada Oct 1, 2012 | 22:00From Ezra Levant to Romeo Dallaire, the debate over the fate of Omar Khadr has raged for a decade. And now he is here on Canadian soil, in a Canadian prison and under Canadian law.
We ask about the wider meaning and symbolism around the case of Omar Khadr and what it says about Canadians just over a decade into a post 9/11 world.