The Current | Oct 29, 2013 | 2:16

Guest host Gail Vaz-Oxlade's personal essay

Self-described financial crusader Gail Vaz-Oxlade has helped a lot of people with their money problems, but it's not as if her own life path was paved with gold. She shares her personal story.

Now Playing on CBC Radio Help Refresh

Live audio streams for phones and tablets: Radio One and CBC Music (Radio 2, Radio 3 and more)

CBC Radio One

Listen Live Ottawa change

CBC Radio 2

Listen Live Eastern change

CBC Radio 3

Listen Live Radio 3
The Current - When a Syrian gay blogger 'Amina' disappears, deception is found - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 25:00The Current When a Syrian gay blogger 'Amina' disappears, deception is found - April 23, 2015 Audio
The Current When a Syrian gay blogger 'Amina' disappears, deception is found - April 23, 2015 Apr 23, 2015 | 25:00When the blogger "Gay Girl in Damascus" was captured by government forces in 2011, questions emerged. A Montreal woman developed a relationship with the blogger Amina and her journey is a cautionary tale for us all about how we look upon a revolution.
The Current - Canadian companies, poor record in aftermath of Rana plaza collapse - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 8:58The Current Canadian companies, poor record in aftermath of Rana plaza collapse - April 23, 2015 Audio
The Current Canadian companies, poor record in aftermath of Rana plaza collapse - April 23, 2015 Apr 23, 2015 | 8:58It was two years ago this week. There were promises for reform from the garment industry after the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than a thousand people. We're checking in on what kind of progress has been made, especially by Canadian companies.
The Current - California drought creates sharming around eating and farming almonds - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 7:05The Current California drought creates sharming around eating and farming almonds - April 23, 2015 Audio
The Current California drought creates sharming around eating and farming almonds - April 23, 2015 Apr 23, 2015 | 7:05If you're thinking of replacing dairy milk with almond milk in your diet or you stock up on almonds for a healthy snack, we have an update on whether almonds are really to blame for the California drought.
The Current - Checking-In on milk, religious accommodation, almond shaming and more - April 23, 2015Apr 23, 2015 | 27:29The Current Checking-In on milk, religious accommodation, almond shaming and more - April 23, 2015 Audio
The Current Checking-In on milk, religious accommodation, almond shaming and more - April 23, 2015 Apr 23, 2015 | 27:29We get to only some of the many letters we received from you after this week's milk debate when we look back at the week that was on The Current in our weekly listener feedback segment, Checking-In.
The Current - Federal budget 2015 reveals who Conservatives are courting - April 22, 2015Apr 22, 2015 | 22:00The Current Federal budget 2015 reveals who Conservatives are courting - April 22, 2015 Audio
The Current Federal budget 2015 reveals who Conservatives are courting - April 22, 2015 Apr 22, 2015 | 22:00It's balanced, It's election-ready. The Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver, fresh off cheers in the House yesterday, joins us to talk Budget 2015. And with their own reactions we have two federal finance critics, from the NDP and Liberals.
The Current - Eccentricity documentary 'A Different Drummer' celebrates quirks - April 22, 2015Apr 22, 2015 | 25:00The Current Eccentricity documentary 'A Different Drummer' celebrates quirks - April 22, 2015 Audio
The Current Eccentricity documentary 'A Different Drummer' celebrates quirks - April 22, 2015 Apr 22, 2015 | 25:00"A Different Drummer" is a new documentary that follows people, often misunderstood, who march through life to the beat of a different drum. And they're not just entertaining characters... research shows they may live longer, and are healthier, too.
The Current - Kenya's crackdown on Hawala money transfers cuts Somali lifeline - April 22, 2015Apr 22, 2015 | 25:42The Current Kenya's crackdown on Hawala money transfers cuts Somali lifeline - April 22, 2015 Audio
The Current Kenya's crackdown on Hawala money transfers cuts Somali lifeline - April 22, 2015 Apr 22, 2015 | 25:42After this month's gruesome attack on Garissa University, Kenya decides to follow the money -- but its move could lead to real hardship for innocents. We look at how a ban on remittances into Somalia may be targeting al-Shabab, but hitting many more.
The Current - Migrant ship disasters will continue unless Xenophobia sentiment ends - April 21, 2015Apr 21, 2015 | 22:00The Current Migrant ship disasters will continue unless Xenophobia sentiment ends - April 21, 2015 Audio
The Current Migrant ship disasters will continue unless Xenophobia sentiment ends - April 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 | 22:00They are would-be migrants making the trip from North Africa to Europe. While there is concern for those who board boats for a better life, there are questions being asked about whether mounting deaths will change immigration policies inside Europe.
The Current - 'Got Milked?' author Alissa Hamilton wants dairy food group gone - April 21, 2015Apr 21, 2015 | 25:00The Current 'Got Milked?' author Alissa Hamilton wants dairy food group gone - April 21, 2015 Audio
The Current 'Got Milked?' author Alissa Hamilton wants dairy food group gone - April 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 | 25:00'Milk helps build strong bones' has always been the conventional wisdom through the ages But the author of of a new book suggests it's not so wise and she's urging you to put down the milk for the sake of your health... and even your bones.
The Current - 'Elephant's Dream' highlights everyday life in war-torn Congo - April 21, 2015Apr 21, 2015 | 27:29The Current 'Elephant's Dream' highlights everyday life in war-torn Congo - April 21, 2015 Audio
The Current 'Elephant's Dream' highlights everyday life in war-torn Congo - April 21, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 | 27:29Filmmaker Kristof Bilsen set out to show us the Congo we don't know in his documentary "Elephant's Dream." We hear about day-to-day life in the civil war-torn nation and the colonial baggage the filmmaker brought to the project along with his cameras.
The Current - Balanced 2015 Federal budget might be better politics than policy - April 20, 2015Apr 20, 2015 | 22:00The Current Balanced 2015 Federal budget might be better politics than policy - April 20, 2015 Audio
The Current Balanced 2015 Federal budget might be better politics than policy - April 20, 2015 Apr 20, 2015 | 22:00Tomorrow is budget day and the Federal Government says it will deliver a balanced budget. It's a declaration that's certainly politically savvy especially in an election year, but are balanced budgets sound economic policy?
The Current - Exhibit B 'human zoo' sparks art and censorship controversy - April 20, 2015Apr 20, 2015 | 25:00The Current Exhibit B 'human zoo' sparks art and censorship controversy - April 20, 2015 Audio
The Current Exhibit B 'human zoo' sparks art and censorship controversy - April 20, 2015 Apr 20, 2015 | 25:00Supporters say art installation 'Exhibit B' is powerful, illuminating the horrific past. Critics say it's racist and harmful. The Toronto Luminato Festival is not planning to show Exhibit B but has invited a panel from the black community to discuss it.
The Current - Amazon tribe's gut bacteria reveals toll of Western lifestyle - April 20, 2015Apr 20, 2015 | 27:29The Current Amazon tribe's gut bacteria reveals toll of Western lifestyle - April 20, 2015 Audio
The Current Amazon tribe's gut bacteria reveals toll of Western lifestyle - April 20, 2015 Apr 20, 2015 | 27:29Scientists had a chance to visit an Amazonian village that never had contact with the outside world. It was a prime opportunity to see what its people were made of...on the inside. And what they found may help us better understand the role of antibiotics.
The Current - Rubin report on Ghomeshi sparks debate on if it can fix the CBC - April 17, 2015Apr 17, 2015 | 22:00The Current Rubin report on Ghomeshi sparks debate on if it can fix the CBC - April 17, 2015 Audio
The Current Rubin report on Ghomeshi sparks debate on if it can fix the CBC - April 17, 2015 Apr 17, 2015 | 22:00CBC president, Hubert Lacroix is troubled by the findings in a report pointing to how CBC management mishandled Jian Ghomeshi's behaviour. The report has recommendations of how to make your public broadcaster a better place to work but can it fix the CBC?
The Current - Beneath the Deep Web lies the right to privacy and online freedom - April 17, 2015Apr 17, 2015 | 25:00The Current Beneath the Deep Web lies the right to privacy and online freedom - April 17, 2015 Audio
The Current Beneath the Deep Web lies the right to privacy and online freedom - April 17, 2015 Apr 17, 2015 | 25:00Today we take you to the Deep Web. It involves a website, Silk Road, where content is not visible through search engines. The FBI shut down the site and convicted the man they say was the mastermind but activists fear question whether laws were followed.

3 of 34