The CurrentDesigning safer cities for migrating birds dying from window collisions - Oct 7, 2014Oct 7, 2014 | 27:30Hundred of millions of birds die every year flying straight into windows. The locals, pigeons and seagulls, aren't as vulnerable but migrating songbirds routinely fly into glass. Today, a look at how glass design with hidden patterns is saving songbirds.
The CurrentTomorrow Douglas Coupland takes us inside Alcatel-Lucent, an internet design company he says has shaped the 21st centuryOct 7, 2014 | 1:21Tomorrow artist/writer Douglas Coupland joins us to talk about his book that looks at Alcatel-Lucent, a company that builds and maintains much of the Internet. Listen to a short preview with sound of spinning hard drives recorded by artist Matt Parker.
The CurrentGoogle's Eric Schmidt says his greatest fear is government control could end the internet - Oct 6, 2014Oct 6, 2014 | 22:00Google has created information technologies from how we search for information, to how we communicate, to how we see the world and how it sees us. Today we speak with Google's Eric Schmidt who feels internet freedom is vital to innovation.
The CurrentStopping the Spread of Ebola: Airlines and Airports on alert - Oct 6, 2014Oct 6, 2014 | 25:00As the first Ebola patient on North American soil fights-for-his-life in a Dallas hospital, a New Brunswick doctor is in Nigeria as part of a strategy to contain the virus. We look at how Africa's biggest transportation hub is holding Ebola at bay.
The Current'Yes means Yes' bill has some students asking for Affirmative Consent law on Canada's campuses to address sexual assault consistently - Oct 9, 2014Oct 6, 2014 | 24:48Savannah Badalich turned the trauma of sexual assault into campus activism with a fight that led to a California law called Affirmative Consent. Students are debating if Canada needs this policy but we already have the equivalent of Affirmative Consent.
The CurrentThe Khorasan Group: Fiction or an arm of al-Qaeda? - Oct 3, 2014Oct 3, 2014 | 22:00A few weeks ago, few Canadians had ever heard of the Khorasan group. Now it's members are apparently poised to kill us. Extremists threats from Syria and Iraq are very real. But there's some debate about whether the Khorasan group is real at all.
The CurrentCanada set to announce ISIS airstrikes, military experts call for boots on the ground - Oct 3, 2014Oct 3, 2014 | 25:00Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to detail more of what Canada's role in the struggle against ISIS will be. But Canadians are divided over whether this should be logistical support, soldiers on the ground, or if we should fight at all.
The CurrentRCMP keeps muskrat hats despite anti-fur campaign, trapping industry surprised by controversy - Oct 3, 2014Oct 3, 2014 | 25:45An old controversy bristled this week when the Mounties suggested they would retire their muskrat hats. Ottawa says that won't be happening and animal rights activists are stunned. Animals skins still provide lots of work and lots of fury in Canada.
The CurrentKarl Lagerfeld: Designer ... and feminist? - Oct 2, 2014Oct 2, 2014 | 21:29When Chanel models paraded down the runway in Karl Lagerfeld's show in Paris this week, they were carrying placards in a faux-demonstration for Feminism, a design choice that has critics and supporters unraveling.
The CurrentDiane Ackerman on The Human Age, how humanity is transforming the natural world - Oct 2, 2014Oct 2, 2014 | 25:00Science writer and author of "The Human Age" Diane Ackerman says humans are now the dominant force shaping the natural world. She says all the problems in our world, we've created and now its time to use that same might to fix them.
The CurrentChecking-In on elephants on trial, elements of writing style and the Michener Centre re-opens to gratitude - Oct 2, 2014Oct 2, 2014 | 27:30We're checking-in on our stories on online data shaping history, the dangers of texting and driving and the controversy in Iqaluit over opening a beer and wine store. Plus we have tracked the stories of those in a place known as the Michener Centre.
The CurrentResidents still calling Red Deer's Michener Centre home, Premier Jim Prentice haults shut down: Checking-In Interview - Oct 2, 2014Oct 2, 2014 | 8:08In 2013, the Alberta government announced it would close the Michener Centre and move the 125 residents into group homes. Now the Michener Centre will remain open. Bill Lough helped save the home but he is cautious about celebrating.
The CurrentHistorians want Canada to give them access to Big Data: Checking-In Interview - Oct 2, 2014Oct 2, 2014 | 9:18After our discussion on the changing history through online data with "Dataclysm" author Christian Rudder, our listeners encouraged us to get in touch with a Canadian academic who researches how historians can use online data. So, we did!
The CurrentOrphaned children of Ebola shunned by caregivers and the community for fear of infection - Oct 1, 2014Oct 1, 2014 | 22:00Children of parents who have succumbed to Ebola are in need of help. On a day when we are witnessing the first case of the disease in North America, when the full force of a western public health system is kicking-in, these children have no safety net.
The CurrentSteven Pinker says good writing in the 21st century needs clarity and simplicity - Oct 1, 2014Oct 1, 2014 | 23:35Psycholinguist Steven Pinker is fed up with sloppy, awkward communication. In an effort to change this, he offers up The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. He believes this book will free people from the antiquated notions of grammar.