May 9, 2013 | 23:59The Current Is the case for austerity crumbling? Audio
The Current Is the case for austerity crumbling? May 9, 2013 | 23:59An influential report written by two Harvard University economists helped convince govts around the world they were spending too much and had to reign it in. Societies convulsed. Now it looks as if the economists' spreadsheet program contained errors.
May 16, 2013 | 23:58The Current What does posing as "oppressed" accomplish? Audio
The Current What does posing as "oppressed" accomplish? May 16, 2013 | 23:58It's one of the oldest of journalistic angles, pretend to be a homeless person to write about poverty. This month, an Egyptian man dressed up as a woman to experience harassment in Cairo. He got attention alright -- some of it from other journalists.
May 13, 2013 | 21:05The Current PT 1: Is there a new cold war ahead? Audio
The Current PT 1: Is there a new cold war ahead? May 13, 2013 | 21:05We start our special called Reset: A New Cold War? with a look at US/Russia relations. With Vladmir Putin re-asserting his country's geopolitical influence in former Soviet-controlled regions, Is there a new cold war brewing between USA and Russia?
May 17, 2013 | 3:02The Current Monday: Sarah Harmer hosts The Current Audio
The Current Monday: Sarah Harmer hosts The Current May 17, 2013 | 3:02Juno Award winning musician Sarah Harmer hosts a Victoria Day edition of The Current. Sarah investigates what's behind the low water levels on the Great Lakes and speaks with friend and collaborator Bruce Cockburn on mixing music and social activism.
May 15, 2013 | 27:29The Current The ethics of academic boycotts Audio
The Current The ethics of academic boycotts May 15, 2013 | 27:29With Stephen Hawking's decision to pull out of a conference at Israel's Hebrew University, the action against Israeli Universities by professors in Canada and the world was back in the news. We look at the ethical dilemmas involving academic boycotts.
May 16, 2013 | 22:00The Current The Power of Polls Audio
The Current The Power of Polls May 16, 2013 | 22:00Before we dismiss the ubiquitous election campaign polls after BC’s election results, maybe we need to look at this differently. The power of opinion polls may not reside in the ability to predict but rather in their ability to influence voter behaviour.
May 16, 2013 | 27:29The Current Checking-In: Listener Response Audio
The Current Checking-In: Listener Response May 16, 2013 | 27:29We are catching up on and updating stories this week from vegan fury and grizzly bear worries … to a man who is literally drawing out the opposition in the upcoming Iranian elections with a fictional character from a popular graphic novel.
May 14, 2013 | 24:00The Current My Mother, the Nazi Midwife and Me Audio
The Current My Mother, the Nazi Midwife and Me May 14, 2013 | 24:00Gina Roitman's mother had long hinted at the dangers that surrounded her birth in a displaced persons camp in Germany after the Second World War. But it was only when she travelled to Passau, Germany decades later that she learned of the Nazi midwife.
May 10, 2013 | 27:29The Current China's water woes Audio
The Current China's water woes May 10, 2013 | 27:29China's thirsty in its search for reliable aqua pura. Its farms and factories demand more, so Beijing seeks more control over its lakes and streams, bringing it into conflict with neighbouring countries that rely on waters that flow through China.
May 23, 2013 | 25:25The Current Checking-In: Listener Response Audio
The Current Checking-In: Listener Response May 23, 2013 | 25:25Debunking dreams of Mars and Bunking with your kids. Our listener's thoughts on some of the stories of the week. And Houston, we have a prophet. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin joins us with his thoughts for the future of space.