Oct 29, 2012 | 21:58The Current Canada-China Agreement (FIPA) Audio
The Current Canada-China Agreement (FIPA) Oct 29, 2012 | 21:58Canada is set to ratify an enormous investment treaty with China in the coming days. Haven't heard of it? You're not alone. It may be the biggest agreement since NAFTA, but it's also a deal that was largely kept quiet until recently. Critics say that's a problem, and there are many more with the agreement itself. Proponents argue this is a big win for Canadian businesses, and the country as a whole. We hear both sides of the debate.
Nov 1, 2012 | 27:30The Current Malala Yousafzai Update (Check-in) Audio
The Current Malala Yousafzai Update (Check-in) Nov 1, 2012 | 27:30Long before the Taliban targeted 15 year old Malala Yousefzai, she was anticipating their wrath. We listen to tape never aired before of one girl's refusal to buckle to their oppression. And CBC Wiretap's Jonathan Goldstein, host of a special pre-U.S, election edition of The Current tomorrow. He joins Anna Maria to read some of your mail on your discomfort with a cancer campaign, with platonic relationships and with a proposed new Canadian agreement with China.
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.
Oct 8, 2012 | 27:29The Current Of Mothers and Merchants - Documentary Repeat Audio
The Current Of Mothers and Merchants - Documentary Repeat Oct 8, 2012 | 27:29One couple's overwhelming desire to become parents led to an exploration that raises questions we explore as we re-play Tanya Springer's award-winning documentary. This is the story of surrogacy abroad - specifically in developing countries and the debate over whether surrogates are empowered or exploited.
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 31, 2012 | 27:30The Current The BBC & Jimmy Savile Scandal Audio
The Current The BBC & Jimmy Savile Scandal Oct 31, 2012 | 27:30For decades, Savile was an icon of British Television. A larger than life star who endlessly entertained, helped raise millions for charities, and courted fans far and wide. And so in the year since his death, many Britons were shocked to learn that the man referred to as Saint Jimmy may have been sexually abusing children for years. And the BBC now finds itself drowning in scandal. We cross the Atlantic to hear about the Saville Scandal today.
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.
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.
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.