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The Current is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today. Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti, one of Canada's most trusted and listened-to journalists.

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Is it time for a dress code for parents?

Educators in Florida would like to institute a dress code for parents dropping their kids off at school.

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Marathon - Going the Distance

Paul Kennedy pays tribute to the ultimate test of physical endurance.

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How Dothraki was developed

Day 6 speaks to David Peterson, the only person in the world who earns a living inventing languages.

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Is 2014 the year of the biblical movie?

Pop culture writer Donna Bowman weighs in on the recent uptick in films featuring faith-based themes and stories.

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Is it time for a dress code for parents? Some educators in Florida think so. - April 22, 2014

There's something decidedly odd about the state of 21st century style. Then again … the Pope has a dress code, something they'd like to institute in a particular Florida school district for parents dropping their kids off at school.

Download Is it time for a dress code for parents? Some educators in Florida think so. - April 22, 2014
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Who owns the patent on podcasting? - April 22, 2014

The podcast has become an integral part of today's media … but who invented the podcast? American Jim Logan says he holds the patent and he's suing a list of companies for compensation. But his critics say he's a Patent Troll.

Download Who owns the patent on podcasting? - April 22, 2014
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Is the crisis in Ukraine a greater threat to western security than the Syrian civil war? - April 22, 2014

The latest news includes talk of U.S. sanctions against Kremlin officials over Ukraine while Western nations are mostly silent on the carnage in Syria. Ukraine has eclipsed Syria in the public eye and today we're asking why.

Download Is the crisis in Ukraine a greater threat to western security than the Syrian civil war? - April 22, 2014
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Freedom to be a kid without any safety rules - April, 21, 2014

Parents and educators are often torn over finding a balance for children's play between safety and anything-goes freedom. Hear why some experts say kids should be allowed to play in a risky environment.

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Battle Bug: The Future in a Frying Pan - April 21, 2014

Insects have been a novelty food for some time, but there's an entire new industry ready to infest the food market. Today, the world of insect farming where crickets and beetles are livestock.

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Could a First Nations-led pipeline proposal be a viable alternative to Northern Gateway? - April 21, 2014

In the plebiscite in Kitimat, British Columbia, 58 per cent residents voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The federal government will decide if Northern Gateway goes ahead. But Calvin Helin says he has a better plan.

Download Could a First Nations-led pipeline proposal be a viable alternative to Northern Gateway? - April 21, 2014
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Up, Up and Away with Richard Holmes to find out about the history of hot air ballooning - April 18, 2014

From early aeronautics to modern day enthusiasts, hot air ballooning has captured the imaginations of many. Balloons been used in voyages of great discovery and exploration. Author Richard Holmes joins us to talk about “Falling Upwards”.

Download Up, Up and Away with Richard Holmes to find out about the history of hot air ballooning - April 18, 2014
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Can privileged politicians really understand the poor and working class to govern fairly? - April 18, 2014

Some say politicians from privileged backgrounds can never really understand the poor and working class. Today we look at whether our own leaders have the empathy to rule with privilege and be fair to all in society.

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Checking-In: A fixed conviction, a fix in the stock markets and a fixation with vaccination - April 17, 2014

Hear founder of Interactive Brokers, Thomas Peterffy with his thoughts on Wall Street when we check-in on the stories we've been following … from trades to mandatory vaccinations … to wrongful convictions.

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Overcoming the stigma of Ebola in the latest outbreak in West Africa - April 17, 2014

The Ebola virus is a dangerous contagion and fighting it requires special skills. Doctors in West Africa believe they're up to the task of containing the latest outbreak but fighting the stigma that comes along with it is a real challenge.

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Concern women’s rights are in danger in India election with frontrunner BJP leader - April 17, 2014

The general election underway in India is full of political promises, except when it comes to confronting the violence women have faced in the last few years. Even before the final tally, a frontrunner has emerged and with him criticism and questions.

Download Concern women’s rights are in danger in India election with frontrunner BJP leader - April 17, 2014
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Gold: Why a mining company is suing El Salvador - April 16th, 2014

The government of El Salvador worries about its damaged environment and believes the gold in its hills should remain in the hills. A mining company believes the gold belongs to them and is suing El Salvador to get it out.

Download Gold: Why a mining company is suing El Salvador - April 16th, 2014
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Brad Katsuyama wants to take down high-frequency trading - April 16th, 2014

The new hero of Wall St., Brad Katsuyama weighs in on Fair Trading, his own moral obligations and Wall Street's need to repair its relationship with society.

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Can Mentors Help Smash the Glass Ceiling? - April 16th, 2014

Studies show women with mentors are more likely to advance their careers and yet women are still less likely to get that mentor. And some millennials aren't convinced they need or want such connections. Today, we're asking about the merits of mentoring.

Download Can Mentors Help Smash the Glass Ceiling? - April 16th, 2014
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Should childhood vaccines be mandatory? - April 15, 2014

When Jim Carrey raised doubts about vaccines with Jenny McCarthy, it was an argument that found a willing audience. So much so, Canada has witnessed outbreaks of measles in five provinces. Is it time for mandatory vaccinations to protect the vulnerable?

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No place for home: Are trailer parks a thing of the past? - April 15, 2014

They call them mobile homes but those who live in trailer parks have nowhere to take their homes when the lease is up or land is sold. As properties are bought by developers, urban planners say the loss of affordable homes are what communities need most.

Download No place for home: Are trailer parks a thing of the past? - April 15, 2014
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Who is Boko Haram and why are they suspected in the deadly attack near Abuja, Nigeria? - April 15, 2014

The Islamic militants of the group Boko Haram have killed an estimated 1500 Nigerians this year alone. And yesterday's massive bombing that killed more than 70 people in the Nigerian capital had all the markings of another Boko Haram attack.

Download Who is Boko Haram and why are they suspected in the deadly attack near Abuja, Nigeria? - April 15, 2014
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A migrant worker from Peru working in Ontario survives a horrific crash and is fighting to get back into Canada - April 14, 2014

It was Juan Jose Ariza's first day on the job as a migrant worker from Peru in Ontario. 11 men would die in a horrific crash, he was sent home to recover. Now, he is fighting to return with his family, asking for compassion from the federal bureaucracy.

Download A migrant worker from Peru working in Ontario survives a horrific crash and is fighting to get back into Canada - April 14, 2014
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Is fear a useful tool in communicating climate change issues? - April 14, 2014

From Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth” to the IPCC ... the message on the Earth's future ranges from analytical to apocalyptic … to more apocalyptic. Today, we’re looking at the message: Is it fear-mongering? And is it backfiring?

Download Is fear a useful tool in communicating climate change issues? - April 14, 2014
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Gerry Barton's wrongful conviction lawsuit against the Nova Scotia government - April 14, 2014

He was 19 in Digby County, NS, accused and then convicted of a crime he did not commit. It would be a chance encounter years later that would exonerate him. Now in his 60s, Gerry Barton is seeking compensation for that wrongful conviction.

Download Gerry Barton's wrongful conviction lawsuit against the Nova Scotia government - April 14, 2014
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Will the international community repeat the mistakes of Rwanda in CAR? - April 11, 2014

Many are saying the conflict in the CAR looks a lot like Rwanda did before the world intervened two decades ago. The UN is sending in thousands of peacekeepers, but the question is … will they get there soon enough to stop the bloodshed in the CAR?

Download Will the international community repeat the mistakes of Rwanda in CAR? - April 11, 2014
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Fine tuning the science of seasonal forecasting - April 11, 2014

The Farmers' Almanac overall record on accurately predicting the weather for a coming year is mixed. Now, some British Researchers say they've got a new method for forecasting long-term weather patterns that is way more accurate.

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Remembering Jim Flaherty beyond politics - April 11, 2014

The shock was palpable on the Hill yesterday as word got out that former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had died suddenly. Today, his colleagues and Canadians are remembering him for his role in public service, and the man he was off the political stage.

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Heather Conway on the finances and future of the CBC - April 11, 2014

Yesterday was a tough day for people at the CBC and as President Hubert Lacroix said “things aren't going to get easier any time soon.” We speak with Heather Conway, VP of English Radio and TV on the future of the CBC and public broadcasting in Canada.

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Checking-In: High-Frequency Trading, “Trigger Warnings”, Tipping and a Forecast for 2021 by Tim Flannery - April 10, 2014

Australia's PM axed the country's Climate Commission his first day on the job. So Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery suddenly out of work turned to crowdfunding to keep his office alive. We hear from him as we update stories we've been following this week.

Download Checking-In: High-Frequency Trading, “Trigger Warnings”, Tipping and a Forecast for 2021 by Tim Flannery - April 10, 2014
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Kickstarter meets Bay Street: Selling shares through crowdfunding - April 10, 2014

Online pleas to crowdfund donations comes from thousands looking to make a film or start a business. Now, seven Canadian securities commissions want to take that idea, to let companies sell shares to potential investors through crowdfunding portals.

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A War on Experts? The government ignores expert opinions on the Fair Elections Act - April 10, 2014

In the disagreement over the so-called Fair Elections Act, the govt stands accused of shutting down the experts. The very essence of democracy - the free and fair election - is - say the critics, one example of systematic suppression of expert opinion.

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Who ranks the rank-makers? The ethics behind best-company lists - April 9, 2014

Some companies can make the "Best" and the "Worst" lists in the same year. Those who put out the “Most Successful” business lists say they force companies to rethink how they manage. Critics say the lists can be misleading, their methods questionable.

Download Who ranks the rank-makers? The ethics behind best-company lists - April 9, 2014
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Is Ukraine on the verge of civil war? - April 9, 2014

The situation in eastern Ukraine is indeed chaotic. Who is responsible and to what end - is all up for dispute. Now some are asking if the end result could be civil war.

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Why Michael Lewis thinks the stock market is rigged by high-frequency trading - April 9, 2014

Brad Katsuyama never aspired to be on Wall St. but ended up as a Wall St trader for RBC. Disturbed by the undeclared advantages of high-frequency trading, he refused to join in the secrecy and has become a revolutionary in the world of high finance.

Download Why Michael Lewis thinks the stock market is rigged by high-frequency trading - April 9, 2014
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Quebec votes for a majority Liberal government, Phillippe Couillard to become the next premier of Quebec - April 8, 2014

The Parti Quebecois, its referendum ideas, its charter of values - rejected its leader. As the Liberals of Phillippe Couillard celebrate a victory, we're taking the pulse of a Quebec public that has sent its own strong message.

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Death row investigator turned novelist Rene Denfeld on the men and women connected to a death sentence - April 8, 2014

When Rene Denfeld began investigating the lives of prisoners on death row in the U.S., she found more humanity than she expected. Rene Denfeld talks about the reality behind her best-selling novel, “The Enchanted”.

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Should college and university professors attach "trigger warnings" to certain kinds of course material? - April 8, 2014

A student Senate motion at the U of California asks professors to include warnings on course material that could trigger damaging emotional reactions in students. Some see this awareness as positive. Others see an attempt to coddle and censure.

Download Should college and university professors attach "trigger warnings" to certain kinds of course material? - April 8, 2014
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Farmers may see backlog grain moved this week - April 7, 2014

We have an update on the grain transportation crisis. Canadian farmers have been blaming railways for a grain backlog and railways are blaming cold weather. The govt has now ordered CN and CP railway to move 1 million tones of grain starting this week.

Download Farmers may see backlog grain moved this week - April 7, 2014
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Has transparency in politics gone too far or do we need more accountability from politicians? - April 7, 2014

From $16 for orange juice, to funeral flights, to Senate scandals, we’ve witnessed a litany of public outrage and political resignations. And yet some argue our quest for transparency and accountability goes too far. We have the debate.

Download Has transparency in politics gone too far or do we need more accountability from politicians? - April 7, 2014
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Has gratuity become gratuitous? Should we end tipping in Canada? - April 7, 2014

A new study confirms that tipping has little to do with service and more to do with where you live, the colour of a server’s hair, the use of smiley faces and the occasional touch. Today, our Project Money asks if it is time to eliminate tipping.

Download Has gratuity become gratuitous? Should we end tipping in Canada? - April 7, 2014
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Saving Léo: A Rwandan teacher, an Ontario teacher, and the lie that saved his life - April 7, 2014

Twenty years ago, the start of what would become the Rwandan genocide unraveled. But years before the genocide accidental friends, a Rwandan man and a Canadian woman each understood it was inevitable. They share their story of friendship and survival.

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How a long, cruel, winter is driving some people into a snow rage – April 4, 2014

Many of us have lamented over the long winter we're emerging from. But residents of St. John's are suffering from snow rage. Finding a patch of clear pavement to walk on has been so difficult they're staging protests. We head to the icy streets of NFLD.

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Eastern European fears of a possible Russia expansion - April 4, 2014

We've seen what's happened to Crimea, now NATO's top military commander is concerned Moldova's separatist region might be next to be annexed. We speak with 3 ambassadors to Canada who are concerned Moscow may have parts of their territory in its sights.

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Victims Bill of Rights to give victims a voice in the justice system – April 4, 2014

Sue O'Sullivan the federal ombudsman for Victims of Crime says those who are victims of a serious crime may soon have a bigger voice in our justice system. Today, we speak with two mothers who, through their grief, have had to navigate our justice system.

Download Victims Bill of Rights to give victims a voice in the justice system – April 4, 2014
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Checking-In: IPCC climate change report, labiaplasty, the end of bookstores and poet Dennis Saddleman - April 3, 2014

Find out how "The Day After Tomorrow" and other apocalyptic fiction can help with the hard reality of climate change. And when we aired some of Dennis Saddleman's gripping poem "Monster" the reaction was overwhelming, we speak with him today.

Download Checking-In: IPCC climate change report, labiaplasty, the end of bookstores and poet Dennis Saddleman - April 3, 2014
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Could medical tourism be the golden ticket for Canadian hospitals? - April 3, 2014

Canadian hospitals have always made space for medical/surgical help for those beyond our borders. Today, we're asking about those who also create a revenue stream through private treatments from foreign patients. A good way to raise cash for hospitals?

Download Could medical tourism be the golden ticket for Canadian hospitals? - April 3, 2014
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Soft Vengeance: The story of Albie Sachs - April 3, 2014

With a South African vote looming and a world plagued with conflict … when everyone seems to value vengeance, anti-apartheid activist and retired Judge Albie Sachs shares his thoughts on the non-avenging values of Soft Vengeance.

Download Soft Vengeance: The story of Albie Sachs - April 3, 2014
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Plastic surgery below the belt? Doctor's divided over labiaplasty - April 2, 2014

It is not the price reduction that concerns some doctors it is what is being reduced. Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery to alter female genitals, and it’s in high demand. Some doctors are refusing. citing parallels to female genital cutting. Others say th

Download Plastic surgery below the belt? Doctor's divided over labiaplasty - April 2, 2014
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Could the oilsands spell sovereignty for one First Nation? April 2nd, 2014

Today we're going to Fort Chipewyan, Alberta: a community that is essentially entirely indigenous is trying to balance a desire to preserve environment and culture with a desire to take advantage of jobs and development. Sometimes it’s not business it is

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Quebec election: down and dirty - April 2, 2014

They are flinging accusations and slinging mud in a Quebec election campaign that is emotional, pivotal and only days away from a vote.

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Should public art be sold to pay off public debt? - April 1st, 2014

From Detroit, to Madrid, to Lisbon ... debt-ridden govts that have dared to muse about selling national, historical artifacts have faced the wrath of people and courts. Today we focus on Portugal where they are still eyeing the auction block.

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Two veterans with PTSD find an unlikely and unexpected friendship - April 1, 2014

Soldier Christian MacEachern was arrested on base by Jim Watts, another military man who would face his own challenges with PTSD. We hear how their unlikely and unexpected friendship would offer each a chance to move forward in today’s documentary.

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Is it fair game for politicians to sue other politicians for libel? - April 1, 2014

What happens when politicians threaten to sue? As Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne threatens libel action against the leader of the province's Official Opposition, we look at past cases of litigious politicians. Justified? Or a way to muzzle the critics?

Download Is it fair game for politicians to sue other politicians for libel? - April 1, 2014
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Is it the end for independent bookstore? - March 31, 2014

Is the end near for Canadian independent bookstores as they succumb to the competition of E-readers and online booksellers? We’re turning a page in the name of progress.

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It's the end of the world as we know it... What now? - March 31, 2014

Some who say we're doomed and others say we need to work faster on how we'll adapt to climate change. Our panel muses about our resilience, our ability to adapt and our ancestral track record as we ask: If it's the end of the world as we know it … What No

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IPCC Climate Change Report: Official prophecy of doom? - March 31, 2014

The UN's IPCC report on climate change has just been released. We ask two Cdns involved with the report to take us through the implications for two of our lifelines - our ability to grow food and our access to water.

Download IPCC Climate Change Report: Official prophecy of doom? - March 31, 2014
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Report finds Nunavut has the highest food insecurity rate for any indigenous population in a developed country - March 28, 2014

Staying well fed can be as hard as staying warm in Canada's north. Imagine going grocery shopping and spending $30 on a vegetable. Can't afford those prices? Well, neither can many Canadians who live in the North. Food Insecurity is a growing problem.

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Conservation and the killing of Marius the giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo - March 28, 2014

Some of the most ferocious animals at the Copenhagen zoo, may be the zookeepers. When the zoo carved up a healthy giraffe to feed its lions and then culled its prides, many animal lovers freaked. We discuss cultural differences and conservation.

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Jimmy Carter's call to action on what he says is the world's greatest human rights crisis - March 28, 2014

Sexual assaults, honour killings, prostitution, physical abuse – No matter where you look in our world, you will find women and girls being abused. Today, we hear from Jimmy Carter with his Call to Action and his new book in his only Canadian interview.

Download Jimmy Carter's call to action on what he says is the world's greatest human rights crisis - March 28, 2014
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Has Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission achieved what it set out to do? - March 27, 2014

Today, the Truth and Reconciliation commission begins its final hearings in Edmonton. We speak with 3 young aboriginal Canadians about what truth and reconciliation looks like to them, about healing and about the legacy of the TRC.

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Checking-In: Parents with angry kids, cancer care, US vs Canada health care and a call to bring back the multiplication timetable - March 27, 2014

Many parents believe the state of math education in Canada is a joke. We talk about the pluses and minuses of how we teach math to our kids when we check-in with listener’s thoughts on the stories of the week.

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Andy Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard speak out about their son's suicide hoping to reform mental health care - March 27, 2014

Andy Jones says horrible thoughts plagued his son for most of his life. Last month, Louis Jones-Bernard took his own life. And since losing him, Andy and his wife Mary-Lynn have been very public about their son's struggles and their own to get him help.

Download Andy Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard speak out about their son's suicide hoping to reform mental health care - March 27, 2014
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How busy parents are making kids angry - March 26, 2014

Stressed out parents seem to be everywhere. There's an unprecedented amount of kids with emotional problems these days. We speak with the writer of a documentary about why the problem's become so bad, and some programs that are out there to help.

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Access to politicians has rarely been more controlling. Try finding a politician to ask.

Politicians are doing a lot more to control access and shield themselves from pesky reporters. From Ottawa to Washington, questions are being raised about the lack of opportunity to ask questions of our politicians. And the lack of answers given.

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Dark Days in Egypt: Violence, Sham trials and Death Sentences - March 26, 2014

Egyptians are worried and losing hope for their country. There are numerous human rights violations, ongoing violence and repression. There are suggestions these are the darkest days Egypt has seen in more than half a century. Today we head to Cairo.

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Stephan Kazemi fights for justice against the Iranian govt for the death of his mother - March 25, 2014

Stephan Kazemi wants the right to sue Iran for his mother’s death. Canada's laws say that can't happen in cases involving torture. We hear about the Kazemi case and about a case where Iran was successfully sued in a Cdn court.

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Stephen Harper vs. The Supreme Court - March 25, 2014

Justice Minister Peter Mackay may think Marc Nadon's qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court are top notch. But Canada's top court has deemed him ineligible. Our panel looks at this case and asks … Is there evidence of activism or unfair treatment?

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Reflections on a Town: Rjukan residents come out of the shadows towards the light - March 25, 2014

Much of Norway lies in shadow during the winter but one artist in a particularly dark town found a way to brighten the lives of his fellow residents who spend half the year with no direct sunlight. We're heading to Rjukan, Norway in our documentary today.

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Crackdown in Crimea and International organizations are not allowed in - March 24, 2014

Russia's annexation of Crimea was accompanied by the usual preludes: Push around the media, abuse the activists. We speak with Louise Arbour, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about what the world can do about the crisis.

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Duffy: Stardom to Senate to Scandal - March 24, 2014

Mike Duffy was a journalist who covered the biggest of big Canadian political stories. But then he became a blockbuster story himself. So who exactly is the guy known in Ottawa as the Old Duff?

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Is World War III a real possibility? - March 24, 2014

Recent events in and around the Black Sea have some wondering if the fury of the last century could slip into this one. Today, we're asking if another world war is even possible? Or whether the international organizations can save us from ourselves?

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Healthcare Battle: U.S. vs. Canada - March 21, 2014

Aside from her patients, few Canadians had heard of Dr. Danielle Martin. Until last week when she spoke at a US Senate subcommittee about how our health care system works. Dr. Martin debates an American doctor about healthcare on both sides of the border.

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The hunting and hoarding of Gold - March 21, 2014

Today we look at why some people get so excited about gold. From King Midas to Peter Munk , a conversation with author Matthew Hart about our fascination with the world's most seductive metal.

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Why don't we check for stolen passports BEFORE people get on planes? - March 21, 2014

Two stolen passports were used to board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. If there’s a list of stolen and missing passports, why don’t countries check to see if people leaving their territory are travelling on stolen passports?

Download Why don't we check for stolen passports BEFORE people get on planes? - March 21, 2014
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Is there a glass ceiling for female politicians? - March 21, 2014

Life for women in politics has changed since Kim Campbell was Prime Minister. Just two years ago things looked very different--with most of Canada being governed by women. But things certainly have changed since then.

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Checking-In: Love in Cuba, Failing Diets, Ukraine support and the "rape insurance law" - March 20, 2014

We’re checking in our stories from abandoning diets to finding love in Cuba. And the state of Michigan has just brought in a new law that denies women the right to health insurance for abortions unless they buy a separate "rape" insurance policy.

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Father of Malala, Ziauddin Yousafzai on his mission for more female education - March 20, 2014

Ziauddin Yousafzai, the proud father of Malala says he saw something special in her the moment she was born. He shares his story, his struggle for girls' rights and his unapologetic encouragement of his daughter.

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What's next for Alberta's PC Party now that Premier Alison Redford is resigning? - March 20, 2014

Premier Alison Redford announced her resignation pre-empting her party's accelerated attempts to force her out. Today, we look at what her decision to leave says about her leadership, gender politics and the future of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives.

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Debris found in the Southern Indian Ocean could be from missing Malaysia Airlines plane - March 20, 2014

Australia is investigating two large floating objects spotted on satellite images that may be pieces from the wreckage of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Nearly two weeks ago the plane went missing carrying 239 people.

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Looking for love under Cuban skies - March 19, 2014

The love between Cubans and Canadians may have less to do with politics and more to do with pleasure. Today we hear from a documentary-maker tracking women whose sun vacations in pursuit of fun are creating a whole new class of tourist.

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Tony Horwitz in pursuit of meeting the people along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline - March 19, 2014

The geographic route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline comes with its own politics as Tony Horwitz discovered when he hopped in his car and travelled from Fort McMurray to Nebraska in pursuit of the people along the proposed pipeline's path.

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The politics and "openness" of political party nominations - March 19, 2014

Zach Paikin, a would-be candidate has pulled himself out-of-the-running, unhappy with the party's nomination process. As the clock ticks toward a 2015 federal election, the "openness" of other party nominations is under scrutiny.

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The Diet Fix … Why Diets Fail - March 18, 2014

If you Google "New Diet" you will get 778-million-results. Millions of people struggle with weight loss. Could it be that we have it wrong? Dr. Yoni Freedhoff explains why diets fail and what to do about it.

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Is Canada's stance on Ukraine hypocritical? - March 18, 2014

Critics of the Canadian government and its allies point to Western support of Kosovo's independence from Serbia and ask why some secessionist movements are enabled, while this one enrages Western leaders. Hypocrisy? Or reasoned choices?

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Can a democratic transfer power be successful in Afghanistan's presidential election? - March 18, 2014

A Taliban insurgency, voter fraud, political corruption all contribute to a real sense of insecurity in Afghanistan. We hear from presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah on the kind of Afghanistan he believes is possible.

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Alison Redford’s future as AB Premier on the rocks - March 17, 2014

Premier Alison Redford wasn't initially invited to a meeting of her PC party's board of directors but she was there and emerged ready to accept what was called a "Work Plan". Was the meeting enough to rescue Redford from the wrath of her own party?

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The Forgotten Army …the story of forgotten victims of the Vietnam War - March 17, 2014

Refugees known as the Montagnard have long suffered persecution by Vietnamese in part because of their involvement in the Vietnam War. Few know that many of them fought alongside the Americans ... and that has had life long consequences for many.

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Crimea votes to leave Ukraine and join Russia - March 17, 2014

Crimea has seen an influx of Russian troops and a full-blown referendum with limited, and critics say, illegitimate options. Already Eastern Ukraine is getting nervous or excited … depending on its view of Vladimir Putin's seemingly expansionist ideas.

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Does Canada's proposed drug recall bill go far enough? - March 14th. 2014

Canada's Minister of Health Rona Ambrose has no power to recall a drug that is problematic, neither does Health Canada. A new bill is set to change that. We look at whether these changes go far enough in ensuring the safety of Canada's drug supply

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Boosting: why some paralympic athletes self-harm for a competitive edge - March 14th, 2014

Elite athletes are often told to work through their pain. it may be more than merely stoic advice. Some paralympic athletes have discovered injuring themselves enhances their performance. It works so well, it's against the rules.

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Is it time to improve the black box on airplanes?

Data flight recorders - better known as black boxes - are perhaps the most important devices in investigating plane crashes. But that data can only be revealed if the device is found. Is it time to change the way the black box transmits information?

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Checking-In: Domestic Abuse, Fire Fighting on Reservations, and Greed on Wall Street

Running out of time and running away from a multi-million dollar job on wall street. We hear your thoughts on some of the stories of the week.

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The Hogan Sisters: How conjoined twins share body and mind - March 13th, 2014

Seven years ago the hogan sisters made headlines, conjoined twins whose brains were connected and impossible to separate. Now they are taking their doctors into a new world where their unique condition allows each to see feel and taste what the other does

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Was it worth it? Canada's mission in Afghanistan comes to an end - March 13th, 2014

It's been 12 years since Canadian soldiers first breathed the dust of Kabul and faced a new kind of warfare against the Taliban. Have we helped the country face new potential, or prolonged its problems?

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Kicking an Addiction to Money: A Wall Street trader walks away from his multi-million dollar salary - March 12th. 2014

Hollywood didn't create Jordan Belfort for the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, it merely found him on Wall St. The same place another young trader barely 30 years old got angry over his year-end bonus because it wasn't enough. It was 3.6 million dollars.

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Alberta puts brakes on one of the fastest growing forms of oil production - March 12th, 2014

A technique to extract bitumen from Alberta's oil sands is not only complex, it's caused a complex danger no one can fully explain. The Alberta Energy Regulator wants answers before similar steam extraction continues.

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Can a new test to identify the likelihood of Alzheimer's lead to better treatment?

If you could get a test to see if Alzheimer's was in your future would you? The new Alzheimer's study out this week leads to unsettling questions. We look at the ethical implications of a test that could predict a disease that currently has no cure.

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How our packed schedules have left us overwhelmed - March 11, 2014

We brag about our busy-ness our language is littered with a litany of our lack-of-leisure time. As a society too many of us are simply overwhelmed. Author Brigid Schulte leads us through the realities of our scarcest resource and greatest luxury: time.

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Why are family members being banned from visiting their relatives in nursing homes? - March 11, 2014

Families of seniors in some care homes in Alberta have been banned from seeing their loved ones and say - short of going to court - which some are now doing, there is no way to appeal decisions made by staff at those homes.

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How long will it take to get answers about the Malaysia Airlines crash?

The relatives of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 may not get answers in a timely fashion as investigations into these accidents can take years to complete.

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Why Are First Nations Women Afraid to Testify at the Human Rights Commission of Canada? - March 10th, 2014

First Nations women have only had the right to file Human Rights complaints since 2008, but The Canadian Human Rights Commission reports that many of these women are not filing complaints because they face serious obstacles.

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What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370?

The mystery continues around what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 but there is growing concern over a possible security breach that allowed people to board the flight using stolen passports.

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The Dope on Smiths Falls - March 10th, 2014

The town of Smith's Falls had a puzzle: what to do when a huge employer - a candy factory - left for Mexico. Our Project Money tracks the transition at 1 Hershey Drive from chocolate factory to medicinal marijuana operation.

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Surviving Domestic Violence - March 10th, 2014

She left her husband years ago but the violence and intimidation continued so much so that even today we need to disguise her voice. Hers is just one story but it plays out in various forms every day.

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Who Was Behind The Deadly Knife Attack in China?

Never heard of Eastern Turkestan? The Chinese government can't bring itself to use the title either. Beijing prefers to call it Xinjiang. It's home to the ten-million Islamic people known as Uyghurs. And tensions between the two are reaching an all-time

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Frustrated Farmers Want Grain Moved

Grain farmers are angry as they watch trains full of oil roll to market leaving them wondering why so few are available to move their product to market. It's a political crisis in the making as a bumper crop threatens to become a bumper flop.

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Should The NFL Ban the N-Word?

The National Football League is considering adopting a rule to penalize a team if a player uses the N-word, but some critics say this won't address the league's more serious problems with racism.

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Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You - March 6, 2014

Everyone knows a falling sky can't kill. But there are plenty of other things in nature that will. Canadian author, Dan Riskin has a new book that examines the risks around us. And once you've heard him … you'll never trust sheep again.

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Checking-In: Living with dementia, Robert Semrau’s plea to soldiers in despair, sharing economy and the disappearing middle class - March 6, 2014

Sharing war stories and the sharing economy. Our listeners' thoughts on some of the stories of the week. And we'll revisit the conundrum of the middle class in Canada, and the obstacles that could prevent its kids from holding on to it.

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Is the Rest of Canada still willing to fight to keep Quebec? - March 6, 2014

With Quebec now beginning another election campaign -- and the Parti Quebecois looking good in early polls -- is Canada heading for another referendum? Some are asking if it has the will to fight for Quebec one more time.

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Darce Fardy and his wife Dorothea on facing a future with Alzheimer’s - March 5, 2014

When the long-time Nova Scotia journalist Darce Fardy learned he was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, he resorted to what he knew best ... telling a story to help people understand. Darce Fardy and his wife Dorothea share their view of the future.

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Cars of the future may be so intelligent, there may not be much future for driving - March 5, 2014

Dreams for the car of the future may be coming true as the autonomous car that drives itself and keeps you from crashing moves into high gear. Electric cars and even flying cars are in the works. But is the industry nimble enough to change?

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Do publication bans on victims of sexual assault re-victimize them? - March 5, 2014

After Dr. Doodnaught was convicted of sexually assaulting 21 patients, 2 women fought for the right to be public and won. Publication bans are imposed to protect the victim but some say that perpetuates the view that they should be ashamed.

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My fellow soldiers...reject suicide - March 5, 2014

Robert Semrau is a former Officer with the Canadian Forces. Following numerous reports of Canadian soldiers taking their own lives, he wrote an open letter to all the men and women of the Canadian Forces and coalition allies.

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South Africa is televising its first full case, the trial of Oscar Pistorius - March 4, 2014

The first broadcast of a full criminal trial in South Africa is underway in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. Cameras began rolling yesterday after a long fight. But in Canada, most everything before our equivalent courts remains cloaked in silence.

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Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming - March 4, 2014

McKenzie Funk travelled the globe tracking people and businesses, finding economic opportunities in melting ice, shrinking waterways and tinder-dry forests. Our Project Money looks at how he found a Windfall in the Booming Business of Global Warming.

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Is Vladimir Putin too powerful to be stopped? - March 4, 2014

Vladimir Putin's bold military moves into Ukrainian territory over the last several days suggest he continues to dine out on the inability of Western leaders to intervene in his interventions or to find any substantive way to stop him.

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Share Economy: Good or Bad? - March 3, 2014

From Air BNB ... to Zip Car .. to the Tool Library ... we are increasingly bartering, lending, selling nd borrowing items, services and skills. Some say it is creating new community. Others see desperate people needing money and being exploited.

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VICE Magazine co-founder Suroosh Alvi - March 3, 2014

In an age of layoffs and shrinking media companies, VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi stands out with a new business model. He's got a world-wide audience, solidly attracting younger viewers and a journalistic record that varies from stunt to inspired.

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Russia's military incursion into Ukraine has many asking: Is Ukraine on the brink of war? - March 3, 2014

The words of condemnation have been careful and forceful from all G7 countries against the actions of Vladimir Putin but he is not blinking. In fact, American intelligence agencies report tracking more Russian troops entering Crimea on Sunday.

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Debating the ethics of journalists and paid speaking engagements - Feb 28, 2014

When it was revealed that CBC commentator Rex Murphy was been paid to speak at oil industry gatherings, critics cried 'conflict of interest.' Now CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge is under fire for getting paid for a speech to the same industry.

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Hunted in Russia: A documentary on homophobic violence - Feb 28, 2014

Russia's anti-gay propaganda law not only remains in force, it may even encourage hate crimes. We hear from a documentary filmmaker who infiltrated a Russian gang that tracks down, abducts and torments gay men and post humiliations on the web.

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What is the middle class anyway? - Feb 28, 2014

The middle class itself has lots of worries -- including who is actually in the middle class. It covers a vast range of income and includes competing interests. Still, the people in the middle class do share some hopes and doubts.

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Checking-In: Drone journalism, Homo-Economicus and an unlikely treatment for alcoholism

A new program on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is teaching so-called Extreme Alcoholics to make their own wine as a way to stop drinking stuff that's far worse. More on this story as we check-in on stories of the week with Friday host Jeffrey Kofman.

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Al Jazeera fight for three journalists facing trial in Egypt - Feb 27, 2014

Since December 29, three Al Jazeera English journalists have been held in an Egyptian prison and will stand trial for allegedly, "spreading false news" and "assisting a terrorist organization." We get the latest on this story.

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We know about conflict diamonds, but what about conflict gold - Feb 27, 2014

It's refined, but its history may be debased. A whistleblower reveals unnerving tales of the gold industry and the stuff known as "conflict gold" whose sale funds rebel groups and fuels faraway conflicts.

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Celebrated photojournalist Larry Towell on photographing the revolution in Kyiv - Feb 27, 2014

Larry Towell decided he needed to see Kyiv. But he wasn't looking for news, he was looking for people struggling for identity. One of Canada's foremost photojournalists shares his thoughts on the humanity he captures through the lens.

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The politics behind the push for anti-gay laws as religious freedom - Feb 26, 2014

Many US states have introduced or considered bills allowing businesses to reject customers due to religious rights. As Arizona's governor contemplates its bill, those tracking the proposed laws see evidence of a wider backlash against hard-won gay rights.

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Order a weekend worth of pizza … time for some TV Binge-Watching - Feb 26, 2014

Viewers can devour an entire season of ‘House of Cards’ in just a few sittings, an offering that is changing how we watch programming and how plots unfold. Today, the pleasures and pitfalls of Binge-Watching … so unplug your phone, it’s showtime!

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Vested interests in Ukraine and the geopolitical consequences of the conflict - Feb 26, 2014

Competing rallies have now been reported in the pro-Russian region of Crimea. What is playing out in Ukraine is nothing less than a political and economic struggle among some of the biggest players on the planet, all of whom are now recalculating.

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Drone Journalism: Is Canada ready? - Feb 25, 2014

Drones are making the news for deadly aerial bombings to gathering the news. Today, we hear from the first journalism school in Canada teaching its students to use drones and from those who say the technology raises questions of ethics and safety.

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We spend therefore what are we? Philip Roscoe on the science of economics threatens our humanity - Feb 25, 2014

Philip Roscoe argues we have absorbed the language of economics, seeing the world through cost-benefit analysis and losing a bit of humanity in the process. Our Project: Money brings you a lament over a species, rapidly morphing into Homo-Economicus.

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What does the arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman mean for the war on drugs? - Feb 25, 2014

He's on the Forbes list of the world's most wealthy men. Mexican police managed to arrest Joaquin Guzman, the world's biggest drug lord without firing a shot. Now the question is … Did they put a bullet in his vast drug empire or is it too big to fail?

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Reviving the Passenger Pigeon - Feb 24, 2014

The passenger pigeon was once so abundant flocks would invoke images nothing short of a winged Armageddon. But fifty years on, the birds were gone. Now with some DNA and a Canadian connection, there's talk of trying to de-extinct the passenger pigeon.

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Should media sites stop feeding the Trolls and abandon online comment sections? - Feb 24, 2014

The internet troll … nasty, brutish and short-tempered. Now, the Trolls may be endangering themselves as Comment Sections either disappear or crack down and demand an end to anonymity.

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With Yanukovych gone, what's next for Ukraine? - Feb 24, 2014

Even as Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital this weekend there emerged wariness over the tussle to replace him. What’s next remains unanswered for Ukraine as protesters remain gathered in Kyiv’s Independence Square.

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Venezuela on the Edge: Do protests signal the end of a Chavista Venezuela? - Feb 24, 2014

As Ukraine begins another week in turmoil, protests in the streets of Venezuela also shape politics in as-yet unknown ways. Will the turmoil in Venezuela prolong the Chavez legacy or wipe it out in favour of a new political vision?

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Why Goldman Sachs is selling yellowcake uranium - Feb 21, 2014

If you've ever considered owning a few ounces of uranium as a shrewd investment, Goldman Sachs is selling. Exactly why a bank is moving yellowcake is almost as interesting as who might like to buy it.

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Alain de Botton on why we need to scale back on too much news - Feb 21, 2014

Is the news making us stupid? A British philosopher has written a user's guide to the news. One that encourages journalists to be poets, journalism to be a government in exile, and the occasional falsification to achieve a higher purpose.

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The Political Divide: Young Ukrainian protesters from opposite sides - Feb 21, 2014

Shots fired again this morning near Kyiv’s Independence Square amid frantic efforts to broker a peace. We get the latest on the ground with Margaret Evans and hear from activists on both sides of the barricade to better understand what's going on.

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Checking-In: The Triple Package, Cancer Research and How stress levels affect traders - Feb 20, 2014

A Wall Street trader-turned-neuroscientist John Coates says volatile markets can trigger a surge of hormones that cause traders to fear risk and lead to financial frailty. We hear from him as we check-in on stories of the week.

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Does a pill that prevents the spread of HIV promote unsafe sex? - Feb 20, 2014

A Canadian clinic trial is about to start on a drug that could be a game changer in the fight against HIV-AIDS. A pill that could reduce the risk of infection among uninfected people believed to be at risk. But will it discourage the use of condom?

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CBC’s Margaret Evans from Kyiv and the Sinclair family pull out from inquest - Feb 20, 2014

CBC’s Margaret Evans brings us the latest from Kyiv’s Independence Square. And now, halfway through an inquiry into Brian Sinclair's death, the Sinclair family has pulled out. Today, the criticism of an inquiry that critics say isn't inquiring about much.

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Documenting Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women - Feb 14, 2014

There’s outrage here at home among those in the midst of documenting the facts and circumstances around so many missing and murdered women and girls in Canada. Today we hear from two women looking for answers, one heartbreaking name at a time.

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Barbie is 'Unapologetic' on the cover of Sports Illustrated - Feb 14, 2014

There’s a child's toy that continues to create controversy … Barbie. Sports Illustrated is unapologetic in replacing living breathing models with Barbie for its annual swimsuit edition. And at 55, Barbie still commands attention.

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Kyiv protest update and a look at India’s restored anti-gay law – Feb 14, 2014

We start with an update from someone near the Kyiv protests. Then we go to India, where there is outrage as police arrest LGBT citizens after India reinstates an anti-gay law. Now many Indian gays wonder what will happen now they are considered criminals?

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EU report says corruption costs European Union nations $180 billion yearly - Feb 14, 2014

A new study identifies hundreds-of-billions-of -dollars lost to various forms of corruption in every one of the 28 EU countries. And the numbers would be even higher if we counted corrupt government practices built into legislation.

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Ontario Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne on her first year on the job - Feb 18, 2014

When she took over as premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne bolted forward with a breathlessly ambitious political agenda but she is chased by the legacy of her own Liberal predecessor, along with opposition parties that could toppled her minority government.

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Unprecedented UN report says North Korea committing crimes against humanity - Feb 18, 2014

The UN commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea quotes survivors of prison camps documenting murder, enslavement, torture and imprisonment as part of govt policy. So what will members of the U.N. do to help the people of North Korea?

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The Pope and Mussolini: The Church's role in the rise of European fascism

A strange letter from the poet Ezra Pound to Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King is just one of the newly uncovered documents that illuminate a very dark period of recent history. We hear about many surprising discoveries in the Vatican's archives.

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A Liberal Milestone? Great expectations for Trudeau at Liberal policy convention

Liberals from across Canada gather in Montreal this week with grand hopes of a Big Red turnaround. The party's biennial policy convention kicks off Thursday, Conservative plans to sabotage the event have been leaked, and Justin Trudeau is days away from a

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New pancreatic cancer awareness campaign sparks controversy

A British advertising campaign proposes a question few people ever thought to ask... with so many different cancers, how do you choose? Some cancers definitely get more research and attention than others, but critics say it's not helpful to get into a com

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Are SLAPP lawsuits suppressing public participation in Canada? - Feb 14, 2014

The legal ordeal known as SLAPP - The Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation –is also known as nuisance actions designed to consume the defendant's cash and wear down their resolve. Today, we hear why some feel it's far from perfect law.

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Paul Oyer: Everything I Ever Needed To Know About Economics, I Learned From Online Dating

The online hunt for a mate is more of a marketplace than we thought. A Stanford economist went online to date to discover all the searching and signaling is actually right out of his textbooks. The dismal science turns out to be the blueprint for love.

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Is it still acceptable for politicians to fail on social media? - Feb 14, 2014

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne got torched online for retailing political boilerplate in what could have been a more candid session on Reddit. Today … why politicians risk peril when they go electioneering on social media.

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Checking-In: Mammograms, Lost Boy of Sudan, Testosterone and the Federal Budget - Feb 14, 2014

A study from Canadian researchers concludes mammogram screening has no impact on reducing deaths due to breast cancer. So how will that now affect policies? Plus the story of one Lost Boy of Sudan and our listeners thoughts on stories of the week.

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The Siege of Syria: The reality of survival for residents in Homs - Feb 14, 2014

One finite ceasefire in the Syrian war brings food to people in the Old City of Homs and exposes the true cost of war. Today … the deprivation, the starvation and questionable salvation in a war where they are talking peace as fighting continues.

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The Triple Package: Can three personality traits explain the rise and fall of cultural groups? - Feb 13, 2014

They quote a stack of statistics and offer a raft of qualifiers ... but the authors of The Triple Package say they've identified 3 elements that propel 8 specific American ethnic , religious and cultural groups to the top in the quest for success.

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Tracking the superbug CPE outbreak in B.C. - Feb 12, 2014

An outbreak in a B.C. hospital of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as CPE has infectious disease experts across the country concerned about how prepared we are when it comes to identifying outbreaks and getting the information out.

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The Sochi Project: Telling the story of Sochi, Russia - Feb 12, 2014

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are impressive, unless you're an inhabitant of Sochi. The games have turned the quiet little summer community into a bustling winter metropolis. Find out about The Sochi Project.

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Why are the Conservatives battling Canada's war veterans? - Feb 12, 2014

Why are some Canadian veterans so upset with the Harper government? The news has been peppered with problems that are hitting raw nerves. We hear from a veteran in the Harper government and veterans of two different eras unhappy with government actions.

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Does the Fair Elections Act pave the way for Conservatives in 2015? - Feb 12, 2014

A new Elections Act is barreling through parliament with implications for our next Federal Election. Critics say the Conservatives are in a rush to push the bill through because it's all part of their 2015 federal election strategy.

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Spain's Smurf village saves a town from tourism blues - Feb 11, 2014

When a money tree grew in the Smurf neighbourhood it appeared as if good times had come to the village. And in one small Spanish town their money tree relies on Smurf-themed tourism, complete with Smurf-blue buildings and that bold blue body paint.

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Anonymous and the Rehtaeh Parsons Case - Feb 11, 2014

Their real voices were never heard, real names were never known, but when a group of online activists known as Anonymous inserted themselves in the Rehtaeh Parsons case, the police were suddenly re-investigating and filing charges.

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Why federal budgets don't matter anymore in Canada - Feb 11, 2014

This is budget day in Ottawa. The Opposition leader questions the timing of a new federal budget but others question the importance. Have the Harper government's Omnibus Bills made budgets obsolete? We're asking.

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Is an outbreak of polio in Syria an act of war? - Feb 10, 2014

There's a resurgence of polio in children in Syria, specifically in regions controlled by anti-Assad forces. A day after attempts to get aid to Homs, doctors are desperate to get vaccines to children and say they’ve been thwarted by the Assad regime.

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Study shows testosterone therapy doubles the risk of heart attack - Feb 10, 2014

Though Low Testosterone can be a problem for some men, the use of the hormone has exploded, prescribed, say the critics, to people who do not need it. A new study into the effects of testosterone suggests its use doubles the risk of heart attacks.

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What happened to Lucia Vega Jimenez and who's watching over the Canadian Border Police? - Feb 10, 2014

What happened to Lucia Vega Jimenez? Identified as an illegal worker, held by the Cdn Border Services Agency. Her death would not become public for a month. Today, the call for greater oversight of CBSA that critics say has more powers than the police.

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Friday host Mark Tewksbury on Sochi hosting the Olympics - Feb 6, 2014

To mark the start of the games, we have a special guest host in the chair tomorrow, Canadian Olympian Mark Tewksbury. He was also the Chef de Mission for the 2012 summer Olympics in London. Mark joined Anna Maria in studio.

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Checking-In: Mark Tewksbury, concussions, the cost of cancer treatment and human trafficking in Canada's North - Feb 6, 2014

Woodpeckers bash their heads again and again without injury. As a follow up to our item on concussions, we hear from a doctor who looks for clues on preventing concussions. Plus Anna Maria speaks with our Friday host Mark Tewksbury about Sochi 2014.

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How a broom-breaking incident broke curling's sacred code of conduct - Feb 6, 2014

They may call it the Roaring Game, but when it comes to curling in its heartland of Saskatchewan, players and fans alike are expected to contain their emotions during play. Find out why some say Canada's most dignified game is on the rocks.

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Own the Podium goes to Russia - Feb 6, 2014

At the Vancouver Olympics 4 yrs ago, Russia took note of Canada’s winning record and promptly hired 2 key members of the Own The Podium team. Cathy Priestner Allinger and Todd Allinger discuss their efforts to give Russia the Cdn competitive edge.

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The UN takes aim at the Vatican over child sexual abuse - Feb 6, 2014

A recent critical UN report says that for decades, the Vatican systematically adopted policies that allowed Bishops to enable and cover up for abusive priests. Today … the reaction and the fallout from victims and from the Church.

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The Increasing Cost of Treating Cancer - Feb 5, 2014

The WHO estimates cancer treatments cost more than One-Trillion dollars world wide. We looks at the cost of treating a surge in cancer across the globe and ask if choices on treatment are about to become more stark and more tied to budgets.

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Mark Leibovich on the insider's game called Washington - Feb 5, 2014

The author of a candid expose on Washington describes a capital where celebrity edges out policy and where the voter is a bit of a nuisance. Mark Leibovich takes us through "This Town" … Washington, the city he says that puts the Me in Media.

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The Senate Scandal Continues: RCMP charges Senators Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau - Feb 5, 2014

The RCMP has charged Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau and declared the investigation into other Senators. A week into February and the Senate Scandal is back. We look at the charges in the Upper House and implications for the leaders in the Other House.

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Kiddie Consumerism: How to combat baby product marketing - Feb 4, 2014

Pity the new parent inundated with seductive messages for the must-have gadget every infant/toddler apparently needs. A year ago, Hattie Garlick decided to ignore the ads and vowed to buy her toddler Nothing for a Year, canceling Kiddie Consumerism.

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Human trafficking of Inuit women and girls has become an open secret in the North - Feb 4, 2014

There is no name for it in Inuktitut but a new study says human trafficking of Inuit women and girls must be tackled. There are reports of families approached to sell babies of Inuit and Aboriginal youth lured south and then trafficked for sex.

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Re-thinking hockey-related concussions - Feb 4, 2014

The notorious hit on Sidney Crosby back in 2011 sparked a national conversation about head injuries in hockey. New research out today suggests there's a relationship between concussions in young players and cognitive deficits that show up later in life.

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With CSEC monitoring people in airports, how much spying is done on Canadians? - Feb 3, 2014

We offer up volumes of private information about ourselves online and assume we're untouchable. Recent revelations about CSEC hovering through public WiFi at airports raise questions about how our govt is tracking us and what it's doing to our psyches.

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Unfaithful: The story of women in Rome who have love affairs with priests - Feb 3, 2014

A group of women gathers regularly just a heartbeat away from the Vatican looking for support and sharing uncomfortable secrets … their long-time romantic relationships with priests.

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What's at stake with the Canada Job Grants program? - Feb 3, 2014

Last spring the Canadian government spent millions advertising a program that doesn't yet exist. Our national unemployment rate stands at just over 7-percent. Today we look at the political fight over funding for skills training.

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Can Trudeau Save the Senate? - Jan 31st, 2014

Justin Trudeau's announcement that he removed 32 Liberal Senators from his caucus came as a big surprise at his Wednesday press conference on Parliament Hill. We convene a panel of independent political watchers to discuss what Trudeau's move really means

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The Secret Powers of Doodling - Jan 31st, 2014

Doodling is often dismissed as a distraction, but we hear how those subconscious scribbles many of us do may be a path to a more productive life.

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The Law and the Language of Rape - Jan 31st, 2014

Three decades ago, rape was taken out of the criminal code and the crime became "sexual assault." We'll hear why one Conservative MP wants rape to be a crime again and three women who disagree that his proposal.

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CHECKING IN: Jailed Egyptian Canadian journalist, medically assisted dying, and residents versus revelers in Montreal

We follow up on stories featured in our special coverage from Montreal. We speak with the brother of jailed Egyptian Canadian Journalist Mohamed Fahmy. And we hear your response to the stories we covered this week

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Will the Proposed Secular Charter Help or Hurt Quebec? Part 1 - Jan 30th, 2013

We continue our special programming from Montreal with the forum we hosted Tuesday evening to hear what Quebeckers think of the proposed secular charter and whether it will be good or bad for the province.

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Will the Proposed Secular Charter Help or Hurt Quebec? Part 2 - Jan 30th, 2013

Part 2 from the forum in Montreal we hosted Tuesday evening to hear what Quebeckers think of the proposed secular charter and whether it will be good or bad for the province.

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The Quebec mayor who said no to bribery: Nathalie Simon - Jan 29, 2014

As the Charbonneau Commission continues to probe corruption and collusion in Quebec, we speak with mayors who have stood up to corruption and refused to be bribed and look ahead to the new municipal government landscape

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Can a neighbourhood be too cool? The fight over Montreal’s Plateau - Jan 29, 2014

What happens when the very thing that attracts people - the hip, cool nightlife becomes the thing that divides a neighbourhood? It is a battle that has played out in Vancouver, Paris, Toronto, Melbourne and now in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood.

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Véronique Hivon on Medically Assisted Dying - Jan 29, 2014

As Quebec pushes ahead on its controversial legislation to allow medically assisted death for the first time in Canada, we have a feature interview with Veronique Hivon, the minister responsible for the bill.

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Sochi's Skyrocketing Price Tag - Jan 28, 2014

Long before it was an Olympic venue, Sochi had a reputation for over exuberance. Critics say corruption and financial mismanagement have made the upcoming winter games the most expensive Olympics yet. And some think it's an incredible waste.

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Holacracy: Is this any way to run a business? - Jan 28, 2014

We're so used to hierarchies at work that it seems impossible a company could be managed without bosses. But some companies here in Canada are experimenting with having no boss at all. Find out how a management strategy known as Holacracy is working.

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Calls for Canada to act on Ukraine crackdown - Jan 28, 2014

At an emergency debate in the House of Commons last night over what action Canada should take to protest the upheaval in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promises to take what he calls "all appropriate actions necessary".

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Safety vs. Privacy: Monitoring elderly people at risk with technology - Jan 27, 2014

There is no shortage of gadgets to monitor a person from a GPS on a shoe, to a bracelet, to cameras and alarms. And in seniors’ homes and long-term care facilities, resident-on-resident encounters account for close to 60% of violence.

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The income gap between tenure faculty and adjunct contract professors in Canadian universities - Jan 27, 2014

If you've got a university student in the family, increasingly they may be being taught by a highly educated professional who can't get full time work. Or make a living wage. Today, Project Money looks at impoverished professors.

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Lessons in the wake of the L'Isle-Verte's seniors' home fire - Jan 27, 2014

While many mourn a community of elderly people in L’Isle-Verte, it was a building that "met code" without a sprinkler system. And there are thousands of seniors’ residences without them. We’re asking about the political will to protect our elderly.

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A federal report finds aboriginal communities are more in danger from fire - Jan 24, 2014

A federal report finds people are 10 times more likely to die in a fire on a reserve than in a city. Today we hear about a devastating fire in an aboriginal community in Saskatchewan, and why there are so many more fatal fires on reserves.

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Police investigate fire at L'Isle-Verte seniors' home - Jan 24, 2014

There are still so many unanswered questions about the fire at Senior's home in Quebec...so many devastating stories of loss and trying to save lives. We hear some of those stories today.

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Lena Dunham as a feminist icon - Jan 24, 2014

She's revered as the postergirl for modern day feminism. But writer and actress Lena Dunham has her detractors as well. We debate Dunham and whether splashing on makeup and doing her hair dilutes Dunham as a feminine icon.

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Are Israel's critics fueling a new anti-Semitism? - Jan 24, 2014

PM Stephen Harper certainly didn't mince words on his trip to the Middle East this week. His steadfast support of Israel has certainly raised the ire of some, especially his comments about equating criticism of the state of Israel with anti-semitism.

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Deadly fire at seniors' residence in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec - Jan 23, 2014

A devastating fire in the tiny Quebec city of L'Isle-Verte broke out in the early hours of this morning. A lot of elderly people are unaccounted for. Radio-Canada reporter Luc Tremblay tells us more.

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Checking-In: Food allergies in Schools, Disability and the Justice System and the grey wolf no longer endangered?

Schoolchildren with food allergies walk a tightrope between a safe environment and catastrophe - much like people who enter into marriage. We share our listeners' thoughts on stories of the week. Plus, the grey wolf may be moving off the endangered list.

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If a leader is ready for a fight, can there be peace? - Jan 23, 2014

As Syrian civilians continue to pay the price for a brutal civil war, we're taking a different look at the idea of peace today with a former U.S. ambassador to Syria who thinks Bashar Al-Assad is still the best-of-the-worst.

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Officeland: Open Concept Offices - Jan 23, 2014

Open concept offices have been lauded in the tech industry, especially when they come with bright slides, all in the name of collaboration and creativity. And yet studies show attention span, productivity and creativity can create an unintended slide.

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