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.
Dec 31, 2012 | 24:00The Current The Fiscal Cliff and Canada Audio
The Current The Fiscal Cliff and Canada Dec 31, 2012 | 24:00Will this New Year's eve bash cause the world economy to tank? Despite last-ditch talks and a hint of optimism from some quarters over the weekend, the political stalemate between the Democratic White House and Republican dominated House of Representatives continued in Washington this morning. And if nothing changes, the United States will go over the so-called fiscal cliff. What this means for the American and world economy is unknown. How hard will Canada fall if the United States goes over the fiscal cliff?
Dec 31, 2012 | 53:59The Current The New Year's Day Edition of The Current Audio
The Current The New Year's Day Edition of The Current Dec 31, 2012 | 53:59As The Current celebrates ten years on the air, we're revisiting our top ten interviews from our first decade. Coming up, Anna Maria Tremonti's conversations with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Patient Number Three, the third Canadian diagnosed with SARS. But we begin with literary legend Kurt Vonnegut.
Dec 28, 2012 | 22:00The Current The end of Baby Boxes Audio
The Current The end of Baby Boxes Dec 28, 2012 | 22:00All over the world, children are abandoned within hours of being born. Some, sadly, are left to die. Other foundlings though, are left in what are known as baby boxes: safe, secure places, usually at hospitals or clinics, where a desperate mother can drop off her child anonymously and know he or she will be cared for. But now, there are calls for an end to baby boxes and claims that they do more harm than good to those most vulnerable among us.
Dec 28, 2012 | 22:49The Current Saskatchewan's 1962 Medicare strike Audio
The Current Saskatchewan's 1962 Medicare strike Dec 28, 2012 | 22:49In Saskatchewan 50 years ago, the province was in the grip of a controversy that lead to fears of violence. The issue was medicare: It came into existence there on July 1st, 1962. The same day, doctors went on strike, beginning a 23 day standoff with the government. We revisit the birthplace of Medicare in Canada and rediscover the truth: that it was a messy, troubling, divisive moment that pitted physicians against politicians.
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.
Dec 27, 2012 | 22:00The Current Protests in India in response to gang rape Audio
The Current Protests in India in response to gang rape Dec 27, 2012 | 22:00Just over a week ago, a 23 year old woman was brutally raped after she boarded a bus with a male friend. He was also beaten. They were dumped naked, by the roadside and she is now on life support in Singapore. Now there are massive protests. It's not just about this case, but also about the prevalence of sexual assault in India - and the attitude of police and politicians who are quick to blame the victim.
Dec 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.
Dec 27, 2012 | 26:29The Current Straightening the Record: Documentary Repeat Audio
The Current Straightening the Record: Documentary Repeat Dec 27, 2012 | 26:29A noted American psychiatrist has found his way back to the center of controversy because of a choice he made late in his life and his career. Dr. Robert Spitzer authored a study that supported attempts to "cure" people of their homosexuality. He was hailed by social and religious conservatives. But months ago, he made a public apology, calling that study fatally flawed. Today we rebroadcast a documentary on Dr.Spitzer's decision to say he's sorry.
Dec 26, 2012 | 23:59The Current 10th Anniversary Interview: Jean Chretien Audio
The Current 10th Anniversary Interview: Jean Chretien Dec 26, 2012 | 23:59The Current is celebrating ten years on the air by bringing you our top ten interviews of all time. Today, we revisit our conversation with the twentieth Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien. He reveals why he decided to stay for a third term and why no one pushes him around.
Dec 26, 2012 | 25:39The Current The Contender: Documentary Repeat Audio
The Current The Contender: Documentary Repeat Dec 26, 2012 | 25:39London, England is a city steeped in history ... awash in stories ... a place where ghosts linger in every cathedral and pub. The dedication and training required to tell those stories at an elite level, to master the minutia of 1,500 years of history is almost as extraordinary as the history itself. Our documentary takes us inside the fierce competition for the highest honour that city can bestow upon a tour guide ... the coveted Blue Badge.
Dec 24, 2012 | 22:00The Current A Kosher Christmas: Rabbi Joshua Plaut Audio
The Current A Kosher Christmas: Rabbi Joshua Plaut Dec 24, 2012 | 22:00This is a complicated time of year for many Jews in our part of the world who can often feel like outsiders whether they decide to participate or not. One American rabbi - who sat on Santa's knee as a child - has penned a detailed look at just how Jews have both marked and helped shape the festive season. Part of it involves Chinese food and a sense of humor.
Dec 24, 2012 | 24:00The Current Leonardo and The Last Supper: Ross King Audio
The Current Leonardo and The Last Supper: Ross King Dec 24, 2012 | 24:00Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper is regarded by many as his greatest painting. It took three years of painstaking effort and there are many tales of intrigue that lie behind the magnificent mural painted on the wall of a refectory in Milan. We share the story of an artist's work that was nearly lost -- more than once.
Dec 24, 2012 | 27:30The Current Auschwitz Artist: Dina Babbit (Repeat) Audio
The Current Auschwitz Artist: Dina Babbit (Repeat) Dec 24, 2012 | 27:30Today, we revisit a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz. Hers is a remarkable story - chosen by the Angel of Death, Josef Mengele to paint portraits of those in the camp, she lived only because of her talents as an artist. We reprise a powerful interview done with Dina Babbit.