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.
Oct 4, 2012 | 22:00The Current Are long maternity leaves a good idea? Audio
The Current Are long maternity leaves a good idea? Oct 4, 2012 | 22:00Today, we're looking at a kind of family where women with big jobs and little children confront their own personal dilemmas,
even as everyone-else weighs in too. After Marrisa Mayer has announced she is taking a week or two off work after the birth of her son, we're talking about Maternity Leave for those who are both New Moms and Big Bosses.
Dec 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?
Dec 5, 2012 | 26:53The Current Covering Suicide in the Media Audio
The Current Covering Suicide in the Media Dec 5, 2012 | 26:53The Vancouver School Board wants Media reporting on teen suicide to follow guidelines created by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. There's concern about copycat suicides, repetition, use of language. But there was a time not so long ago when Journalists didn't even cover teen suicide. So where's the line? What's the role of the journalist? What's the fallout around incessant coverage in a 24 hour news cycle? And with so much information, discussion and comment swirling on Social Media who will take Guidance from Guidelines?
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.
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.
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 17, 2012 | 25:21The Current Developing the oilsands: Former Suncor CEO Rick George Audio
The Current Developing the oilsands: Former Suncor CEO Rick George Oct 17, 2012 | 25:21Two decades ago, Rick George looked at the patch of land around Fort McMurray, Alberta and saw dollar signs where most people saw headaches. As the head of Suncor, he took some gambles, listened to his gut, helped build the modern oil sands and earned a reputation as one of the first oil-patch CEOs to take environmental issues seriously. But not everyone is happy with what he has wrought.
Nov 29, 2012 | 22:00The Current The conundrum of Bradley Manning: whistleblower or traitor? Audio
The Current The conundrum of Bradley Manning: whistleblower or traitor? Nov 29, 2012 | 22:00Arguably Julian Assange and his creation - Wikileaks wouldn't have the fame or notoriety they do without Bradley Manning, the US Army Private alleged to have copied and leaked hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war documents and 250-thousand diplomatic cables. With Bradley Manning's court martial at the pre-trial phase this week, his is a case that transcends his own circumstances. Will it embolden future whistleblowers or stop them? We get a range of perspectives on Bradley Manning today.
Dec 17, 2012 | 22:00The Current Sandy Hook, Columbine & Taber: Life after a mass shooting Audio
The Current Sandy Hook, Columbine & Taber: Life after a mass shooting Dec 17, 2012 | 22:00On the Monday after the Friday … after a weekend of evocative stories, images, analysis about a small-town in America saturated in sorrow, some people know what the rest of us can never know. Today, amidst the grief ... the calls for change ...the fallout that put a little place called Newtown on the world map, we hear from three people whose own encounter with the horror of a school shooting shapes what they need us to hear.
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.
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 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.
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.