The CurrentNicki Minaj's 'Only' video offends many linking fascism and superheros, Noah Berlatsky says it's a typical mashup of pop culture's power fantasies - Nov 14, 2014Nov 14, 2014 | 22:00Perhaps not since Donald Duck was in a wartime anti Nazi propaganda cartoon have fascist iconography and pop culture collided as they do in Nicki Minaj's new video. We look at the unsettling blend of the rap star, superheroes and Triumph of the Will.
The CurrentKeystone controversy comes to a showdown as the US House and Senate votes on the Canadian pipeline - Nov 14, 2014Nov 14, 2014 | 25:00Earlier this year, Barack Obama urged caution when it came to approving Keystone. But now there are two bills in the U.S. congress urging quick action on the pipeline and a lame-duck President facing a hostile House and Senate.
The CurrentWhy there's no clear and effective way for MPs and staff to make claims of workplace harassment on Parliament Hill - Nov 14, 2014Nov 14, 2014 | 27:29Liberal MP Judy Sgro says the people she knows who've been harassed on the Hill, felt quitting was the only way to deal with it. After two weeks of people talking about sexual harassment, we look at why it's hard to crack down on harassment on the Hill.
The CurrentTallying the cost to Canadians of a balanced budget - Nov 13, 2014Nov 13, 2014 | 22:00Finance Minister Joe Oliver is predicting times good enough to put money-in-your-pocket and jobs-in-your-future. He's touting a financial timeline that could lead right into an election. But critics warn the balanced budget means a high cost to services.
The CurrentChecking-In on sand mining, data mining, paid sick days and mobilizing the Arab Spring through art - Nov 13, 2014Nov 13, 2014 | 27:29Remembering some of Europe's darkest days and new ideas to combat Ebola. Our listeners' thoughts on some of the stories of the week. Plus an update on two girls who refused conventional cancer treatment in favour of Indigenous traditional treatment.
The CurrentTwo First Nations girls have stopped chemotherapy to pursue leukemia 'treatment' at a doubtful health institute in Florida - Nov 13, 2014Nov 13, 2014 | 8:08McMaster Children's Hospital has taken CAS to court over lack of intervention in the case of a young girl receiving 'treatment' for leukemia at a doubtful health institute. Doctors say unless the girl will die without proper care. Connie Walker reports.
The CurrentSudanese political cartoonist shares his art on social media to mobilize the Arab Spring revolution - Nov 13, 2014Nov 13, 2014 | 9:24Sudanese political cartoonist Khalid Albaih's posts his cartoons on social media to mobilize the Arab Spring revolution. He believes the cartoons fuel the discontent of youth which keeps them actively fighting for democratic change across the Arab world.
The CurrentNon-aboriginal Canadians need to wake up to the rising power of Aboriginal Peoples - Nov 13, 2014Nov 13, 2014 | 25:00Aboriginal youth and a whole new generation of First Nations thinkers are speaking up but arguably non-aboriginal Canadians haven't been listening. We bring you a conversation about empowerment ... in what John Ralston Saul calls "The Comeback".
The CurrentWriter Azar Nafisi says fiction is vital to democracy, imagination defies limitations - Nov 12, 2014Nov 12, 2014 | 25:00Azar Nafisi says totalitarian regimes fear the power of ideas and nowhere are ideas more forceful than in fiction. Today, the author of "The Republic of Imagination" tells us how the power of stories and story-telling determine the strength of democracy.
The CurrentMen need to get involved in the fight against sexism and misogyny in Canada - Nov 12, 2014Nov 12, 2014 | 21:58In the span of two weeks, the issue of silence and shame around sexual assault has appeared to have encouraged women across the globe to speak out. But those who see this as hopeful progress are listening for other voices as well - the Voices of Men.
The CurrentShock over ISIS beheadings but silence over Saudi Arabia beheadings, Janine di Giovanni says oil prevents criticism - Nov 12, 2104Nov 12, 2014 | 27:30Crimes of ISIS extremists often feel unhinged but the beheadings of captives seem especially depraved. And yet Saudi Arabian executioners carry out beheadings in public. Today, we look at the brutal practice through the prisms of politics and history.
The CurrentRecent Boko Haram bomb attack targets school children and highlights education for both genders in danger - Nov 11, 2014Nov 11, 2014 | 22:00Nigeria's Boko Haram leader came to greater prominence when his insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls earlier this year. Boko Haram translates as Western Education is Forbidden and its campaign against learning is not restricted to one gender.
The CurrentProposed war memorial along Cape Breton's trail causing controversy - Nov 11, 2014Nov 11, 2014 | 25:00The Never Forgotten Memorial Foundation plans to re-vise the image of the Canada Bereft statue that now stands over Vimy Ridge for a monument they would call Mother Canada in a National Park. But opponents question the location and the artistic merit.
The CurrentFrom the CBC archives, Matthew Halton reports on the liberation of Paris - Nov 11, 2014Nov 11, 2014 | 2:01Last week, former CBC correspondent David Halton joined us to talk about his father Matthew Halton, and his groundbreaking reports during the Second World War. Here's Matthew Halton reporting on the liberation of Paris.
The CurrentThe fight for paid sick leave is making strides in the US, but what about Canada? - Nov 11, 2014Nov 11, 2014 | 24:34A growing number of U.S. cities and states impose paid sick leave for employees, but in Canada, many are discovering we have a patchwork quilt of sick day coverage that can leave vulnerable workers without cover. Today, we're comparing the two nations.