Dec 21, 2012 | 51:27The Current How Hallelujah became the anthem of everything Audio
The Current How Hallelujah became the anthem of everything Dec 21, 2012 | 51:27If you loved the song -- in one of its dozens of cover versions -- perhaps you'll love the book. A tune that barely shook turntable needles back in 1984 now thunders across soundtracks, concerts, funerals and weddings. Today we focus on a song with a title that praises the Almighty from the author of a new book that charts its rise from obscurity.
Dec 20, 2012 | 22:00The Current Newtown shooting media mistakes: Is it okay to get facts wrong? Audio
The Current Newtown shooting media mistakes: Is it okay to get facts wrong? Dec 20, 2012 | 22:00In the first hours after Friday's massacre in Newtown, there was a volley of information and a flurry of corrections. Two shooters ... one ... a mother who taught there ... who didn't ... a name that was wrong ... the gunman buzzed in ... broke in... And so it continued. Breaking news with all-news television, ready radio and online updates, tweets, postings and blogs can be a cacophony. Yes, journalists can make mistakes and correct them but in this era of information-surround ... Is it okay to get facts wrong? Again? And again? And still?
Dec 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.
Dec 20, 2012 | 23:24The Current Checking-In: Listener Response Audio
The Current Checking-In: Listener Response Dec 20, 2012 | 23:24So much to follow up on from the stories of the week. We've got your emails, tweets, thoughts and outrage on everything from Guns-in-America ... to a Smoking Santa ... to today's Supreme Court Ruling on the Niqab in Court.
Dec 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.
Dec 19, 2012 | 24:00The Current The end of organized labour? Audio
The Current The end of organized labour? Dec 19, 2012 | 24:00Federal legislation is forcing all unions to publicly disclose salaries and expenses. And across Ontario teachers are striking over legislation that allows the province to suspend the right to strike and impose collective agreements. And in the US there are a growing number of states bringing in anti-union "Right-To-Work" laws. Our experts weigh in this morning on whether organized labour can survive these economic times.
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 18, 2012 | 21:59The Current Gun Rights or Gun Control? Audio
The Current Gun Rights or Gun Control? Dec 18, 2012 | 21:59Last week ... the week that ended so tragically in Newtown Connecticut saw a series of political gun victories: Michigan passed a bill allowing concealed guns into schools. Ohio passed a bill allowing guns in cars in the Statehouse garage. The Illinois ban on concealed weapons was struck down in court. And Florida moved closer to issuing its one-millionth concealed weapon and firearm license. From the ads ... to the laws ... a lot of Americans want their guns. An estimated 300-million guns in a country of 330 million people. Today, a former lobbyist with the NRA suggests some middle ground.
Dec 18, 2012 | 24:00The Current Regulating access to Medical Marijuana Audio
The Current Regulating access to Medical Marijuana Dec 18, 2012 | 24:00Some 26,000 Canadians have been given Health Canada's approval to use medical marijuana ... many of them growing their own. The rules start to change this coming Spring when only sanctioned commercial operations will be able to provide medical marijuana. It could be a boon for research - no one can track effectiveness now. But it could also present real pain management crises for those who need specific genetic strains of marijuana.
Dec 18, 2012 | 27:29The Current Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: Wally Oppal Audio
The Current Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: Wally Oppal Dec 18, 2012 | 27:29From ineffective police leadership at virtually every stage ... to a systemic bias in police responses to missing women. The inquiry that grew out of the mass murders of Robert Pickton paints a devastating picture over how vulnerable women in B.C. were ignored. We hear from commissioner Wally Oppal.
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 17, 2012 | 24:00The Current Senator Doug Finley on politics and cancer Audio
The Current Senator Doug Finley on politics and cancer Dec 17, 2012 | 24:00His opponents dubbed him Harper's pit bull but Senator Doug Finley defends his political strategies and talks about a struggle larger than the politics he loves. Doug Finley is confronting a cancer his doctors tell him he cannot survive. Between the chemo, he continues wor
Dec 17, 2012 | 27:28The Current Mali on the Brink: Should there be intervention? Audio
The Current Mali on the Brink: Should there be intervention? Dec 17, 2012 | 27:28It is a very difficult time to be a citizen of Mali. In the North, Islamist rebels rule with an iron and religious fist and a fighting force entwined with al-Qaeda. In the South, the army that might fight them is unstable and in disarray. Into this uncertainty, Western Nato nations including Canada are considering some kind of intervention.
Dec 14, 2012 | 22:59The Current Santa quits smoking in edited version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Audio
The Current Santa quits smoking in edited version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Dec 14, 2012 | 22:59A small re-write of a beloved holiday poem has a lot of creatures stirred up. T'was the night before Christmas, and traditionalists choke at changes that make Santa give up the smokes. A Canadian publisher's attempts to weed out tobacco from Clement Moore's poem has made some readers ashen ... even Santa Claus himself argues it is censorship and political correctness gone wild.