The Current from CBC Radio (Highlights)

The Current from CBC Radio (Highlights)


CBC Radio's The Current is a meeting place of perspectives with a fresh take on issues that affect Canadians today.


Thousands of veterans in Canada amongst the hidden homeless - Jan 8, 2016 (3/3)  

Too many of this nation's mighty have fallen right through the cracks of civilian life. After serving their country, so many find themselves on the street. New numbers show that at least two thousand military veterans are homeless today.

First Nations authors discuss Carolyn Bennett's proposed indigenous book club month - Jan 8, 2016 (2/3)  

Last week on The Current, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, mentioned the idea of an indigenous book club month. We love the idea and convened a panel of aboriginal writers to offer their thoughts and book picks.

Starving Syrians trapped in besieged town of Madaya - Jan 8, 2016 (1/3)  

The city of Madaya, not far from the Syrian capital, Damascus is under siege by Assad forces. And the people of Madaya are political pawns, starving to death and calling for help. Today, we hear how average citizens are paying the price of the conflict.

Aboriginal women say they were sterilized against their will in hospital - Jan 7, 2016 (2/3)  

An aboriginal woman in Saskatoon alleges she experienced forced sterilization at a local hospital. And she's not alone. Today, we hear those stories and how they are part of a too-common pattern in our country's history.

Checking-in on stories of the week, plus Walter Pincus on journalism and a Sri Lankan refugee shares his story - Jan 7, 2016 (3/3)  

Our Executive Producer Kathleen Goldhar joins Connie Walker in studio to check-in on listener feedback as we do on Thursdays. We also hear from journalist Walter Pincus, who is leaving The Washington Post, on his concerns for the future of journalism.

North Korea's alleged H-bomb test prompts debate on use of sanctions - Jan 7, 2016 (1/3)  

Whether it's a true H-bomb, North Korea has definitely dropped a bomb with its arms-testing announcement. Today we're asking what the hermit nation's real strategic target is, and if doubling down on pressure and sanctions is the best way to respond.

Aboriginal lawyers hopeful about the future of indigenous law in Canada - Jan 6, 2016 (2/3)  

When it comes to indigenous people in Canada, the new prime minister has promised a new beginning. We convene a panel of aboriginal Canadian lawyers to ask how optimistic they are about a new relationship and if indigenous law is at a turning point.

US government ignoring threat of domestic terrorism, says former Homeland Security Analyst - Jan 6, 2016 (3/3)  

The Oregon armed standoff is a reminder of how U.S. domestic threats can arise out of the blue. We speak with a former Department of Homeland Security analyst who says the U.S. government is not taking the threat of domestic terrorism seriously.

White male politicians are being stifled by political correctness, says Ujjal Dosanjh - Jan 6, 2016 (1/3)  

Ujjal Dosanjh, the former B.C. premier, has published a provocative piece, arguing fear of a political correctness backlash is keeping powerful politicians from saying what they really think... damaging Canadian democracy as a direct result.

Iran and Saudi Arabia in row over execution of Shia cleric - Jan 5, 2016 (1/3)  

After Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent cleric, the reverberations from that killing continue to shake the region along religious and political lines. We try to understand what motivates the rift and ask what's truly at stake for the Middle East.

Racism within RCMP stirs debate over bad apples or systemic problems - Jan 5, 2016 (2/3)  

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he wants to kick racist officers out of the force. Today, we are picking up on this conversation on racism in Canada's police force and hear from two former police officers.

Lessons from ISIS defectors on how to fight indoctrination - Jan 5, 2016 (3/3)  

We seldom hear voices from inside the so-called Islamic state. But after interviewing some twenty ISIS defectors, we hear from a researcher who shares a picture of life inside their Caliphate... as well as a clear idea of why they left.

Forgotten Dadaab camp refugees share their harrowing stories of survival - Jan 4, 2016 (3/3)  

While Canada works to settle thousands of refugees, and Europe welcomes many more, life in the largest refugee camp in the world goes on, unchanged. Journalist Ben Rawlence shares the stories from Dadaab, Kenya, home to half a million refugees.

How non-indigenous allies can help make TRC recommendations a reality - Jan 4, 2016 (1/3)  

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's work may be done, but now the real job begins. Reconciliation, dialogue, coming together is hard but essential work for this country's future. We look at what allies need to do to implement TRC recommendations.

Study blaming cancer on bad luck spurs scientific debate on findings - Jan 4, 2016 (2/3)  

A so-called "bad luck" cancer study made headlines last year, but now a new study has taken it to task, downplaying the role of luck. We aim to get to the bottom of the role of chance in cancer diagnosis when we hear from the authors of both studies.

Full Episode for January 1, 2016 - The Current's New Years Day edition with Connie Walker  

From reclaim conversation in our over-connected age, to new research that can potentially reverse cognitive effects of ageing, to the town of Riace welcoming refugees in search of a better life... This is a special New Years Day edition of The Current.

ENCORE: Teachers struggle to meet the needs of Syrian refugee children - Dec 31, 2015 (3/3)  

Thousands of children entering public schools across this country are there as refugees of war. We revisit our conversation with an expert on the integration of refugee children who says Canadian teachers are ill-prepared for the new arrivals.

ENCORE: Unaccompanied refugee minors learn how to live on their own - Dec 31, 2015 (2/3)  

Young refugees are going it alone. Today we revisit the stories of unaccompanied minors seeking a better life in Italy, and here in Canada. Humanitarian workers in Italy say thousands of migrant children are simply disappearing into Europe.

A year end review on how politics changed Canada - Dec 31, 2015 (1/3)  

The 2015 federal election campaign was the centre piece of a topsy-turvy political year in Canada. As the year comes to a close, we gather a panel of savvy observers to share their thoughts on the year that was and what its legacy will be.

ENCORE: 3 novelists humanize the refugee experience in powerful fiction - Dec 30, 2015 (3/3)  

Amidst the real-life stories of so many refugees fleeing war and persecution, we speak with Canadian novelists Lawrence Hill, Tasneem Jamal and Kim Thuy on how the portrayal of refugees in fiction can help us put a human face to the migrant crisis.

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