Documentaries featured on The Current

  • Surrogate Doc

    Tuesday December 05, 2017

    How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies

    "I just thought of it as, 'Wow, you learn something new every day' because I didn't know that identical twins can come out not looking identical."

    Posted: Dec 05, 2017 7:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 13, 2017 7:31 AM ET
    Listen 23:42
  •  A memorial to Nazzareno Tassone

    Thursday September 21, 2017

    The Current Fighting ISIS: Why Canadians join Kurdish forces in Syria

    "It's a way to get involved in some kind of legal war."

    Posted: Sep 21, 2017 7:46 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 21, 2017 1:50 PM ET
    Listen 23:57
  • Ben and Amy feature

    Thursday September 07, 2017

    The Current 'Ben has defined who I am': Teen and autistic twin head to different schools for first time

    For the first time in 10 years, twin siblings Amy and Ben Goodes aren't going to the same school. Not atypical, but what raises the stakes is Ben has autism.

    Posted: Sep 07, 2017 7:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 15, 2017 7:19 AM ET
    Listen 18:50
  • David Sneddon

    Thursday June 22, 2017

    'We have to keep looking': Family believes missing U.S. student abducted by North Korea

    A Mormon family is still searching for answers about their son who went missing in China 13 years ago.

    Posted: Jun 22, 2017 1:05 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017 10:22 AM ET
    Listen 23:44
  • Traffic jam

    Friday June 16, 2017

    Cue the rage over queues: Documentary explores social science of lining up

    Director Josh Freed’s new documentary looks at the history and tensions around the queue, or the lineup.

    Posted: Jun 16, 2017 1:50 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017 2:53 PM ET
    Listen 24:00
  • MYSA Kids 2

    Wednesday May 17, 2017

    The Current 'Kids are going to school because of football': How a Canadian gave Kenyan youth a future

    Canadian civil servant Bob Munro had an idea that has changed everything — a soccer program run by youth in the slums of Nairobi.

    Posted: May 17, 2017 2:47 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 18, 2017 1:37 PM ET
    Listen 18:39
  • li-sperm-istock-620

    Monday March 27, 2017

    The Current 'Don't rely on promises': How arrangements with known sperm donors can unravel

    Three sperm donors all set out with the same intention: Donate sperm, don't get involved. But the laws are murky when it comes to donors' rights and each of the three donors is facing a different dilemma. Are they parents or purely donors?

    Posted: Mar 27, 2017 2:24 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 11:00 AM ET
    Listen 26:53
  • Elaan and two moms

    Tuesday February 21, 2017

    the current How two friends fought to be legal 'co-mommas' to a 7-year-old boy — and won

    Two moms have forced Canada to re-examine the definition of family and who can be parents. Natasha and Lynda are colleagues, platonic friends, neighbours and legal parents to the same little boy. This is the story of Elaan and his two "mommas."

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017 2:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 8:18 AM ET
    Listen 21:22
  • Salateh Malfoof

    Thursday December 22, 2016

    The Current New life, new business: Syrian refugees bring taste of home to Canada

    This is the story of a new life, in a new country with a successful new business. It starts in the kitchen where three Syrian refugees created a catering company to bring the taste of home to Canada.

    Posted: Dec 22, 2016 1:54 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017 7:32 AM ET
    Listen 18:47
  • Rebecca, Davina and Dan Dixon

    Wednesday November 02, 2016

    The Current Ottawa family sues fertility doctor for use of wrong sperm — his own

    Somewhere in the back of his mind Dan Dixon always thought his daughter didn't look much like him. Now the Dixon family has filed a lawsuit alleging the doctor who treated them during fertility treatments used the wrong sperm — his own.

    Posted: Nov 02, 2016 7:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017 2:38 PM ET
    Listen 19:14
  • Virginia - Jamboree 3a

    Monday September 05, 2016

    The Current 'Hillary man or Trump man?' Maybe neither: Virginians on U.S. election

    Follow The Current's Anna Maria on the road to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains as she meets voters and asks them which U.S. presidential candidate should occupy the White House.

    Posted: Sep 05, 2016 2:32 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016 3:06 PM ET
    Listen 19:23
  • ​Samia Abdullah - The Unforgotten Doc

    Thursday June 16, 2016

    Decades after Lebanon's civil war, thousands still missing

    In 1984, 20-year-old Emad Abdullah left his Beirut home to see friends and disappeared. It was the height of Lebanon's civil war and Syria was known to be jailing Lebanese. Now many families are hoping those who disappeared might now come home.

    Posted: Jun 16, 2016 8:29 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2016 2:48 PM ET
    Listen 18:06
  • Vacant home - Little Bays Islands

    Thursday March 10, 2016

    Failed resettlement vote divides N.L.'s Little Bay Islands residents

    Perry and Larry share a lot. They both have spent their lives on Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland. Both share a last name: Locke. But the neighbours do not share the same opinion on what should happen to their tiny, struggling community and now tension divides the town.

    Posted: Mar 10, 2016 8:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 06, 2016 3:04 PM ET
    Listen 23:54
  • Harry Potter Doc - Feature

    Tuesday February 02, 2016

    The Current ENCORE: The Harry Potter generation can't let go of 'The Boy Who Lived'

    "You're a wizard, Harry." And just like that, a new generation of readers was hooked. But who knew he would follow them into adulthood? The Current revisits the documentary that shares how the magic of Harry Potter inspired fans to discover themselves.

    Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:12 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016 8:45 AM ET
    Listen 26:41
  • Harry Potter Generation

    Tuesday February 02, 2016

    The Current The Harry Potter generation can't let go of 'The Boy Who Lived'

    "You're a wizard, Harry." And just like that, a new generation of readers was hooked. But who knew he would follow them into adulthood? Today we share how the magic of Harry Potter inspired fans to discover themselves.

    Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:12 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016 12:54 PM ET
    Listen 24:42
  • The Pig Eater's Dilemma - Julia Smith

    Wednesday January 27, 2016

    Is 'ethical meat' helping pigs or salving consciences?

    Not long ago, the biggest moral dilemma would-be meat eaters faced, was whether or not to put meat on their forks. Today, with the proliferation of options like "humanely raised," "grass fed," "free range," and on and on, there's a lot more to chew on.

    Posted: Jan 27, 2016 8:39 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 11:57 AM ET
    Listen 23:17
  • Demetri Kofinas

    Monday January 25, 2016

    How a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory

    Demetri Kofinas had a benign brain tumour that was too tricky to remove, so he left it. But then it grew, and threw him into dementia in his 20s. Today we bring you the story of one man's journey toward profound loss and the turnaround that brought everything back.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 8:37 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 26, 2016 7:15 AM ET
    Listen 26:41
  • West Hill United Church - Gretta Vosper Doc

    Monday January 11, 2016

    Atheist minister fights to keep her place in the United Church

    Gretta Vosper is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. She's also an Atheist. Gretta Vosper's theological views have been offensive to many. To others, she is a beacon. But can she continue as a minister?

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 8:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016 7:15 AM ET
    Listen 22:58
  • Ripple Refugee Project Family

    Tuesday November 24, 2015

    Toronto group comes together to sponsor Syrian refugee family

    A group of 17 individuals in Toronto have banded together to raise money and sort out the logistics of refugee sponsorship for an eight-member family. Today, we bring you the story of the Ripple Refugee Group who have become inextricably linked in their efforts to reach out, and bring a family in.

    Posted: Nov 24, 2015 8:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 28, 2016 2:17 PM ET
    Listen 19:02

    Tuesday November 03, 2015

    Unaccompanied refugee minors in Europe are disappearing

    Humanitarian workers in Italy have been doggedly working to protect unaccompanied minors as child refugees and migrants pour into the country. Some estimate thousands of migrant children are simply disappearing into Europe... many looking for work. And fears of exploitation run high.

    Posted: Nov 03, 2015 8:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 2:32 PM ET
    Listen 16:20

    Tuesday November 03, 2015

    The Current Child refugees working Beirut streets for money, exploited by families

    Beirut has received more Syrian refugees than any other in the world. Many of the child migrants working to make money on the streets of Beirut are routinely being picked up by police and taken to orphanages. There are fears families are exploiting their children, expecting to bring home money.

    Posted: Nov 03, 2015 7:44 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 2:46 PM ET
    Listen 11:54
  • Ingeborg Rapoport Portrait

    Wednesday September 23, 2015

    Inge Rapoport earns doctorate at age 102, after Nazis denied degree

    There's lifelong education, and then there's the story of Ingeborg Rapoport... a woman denied of a medical degree by the Nazis but obtained it 77 years later. At the age of 102, Dr. Inge Rapoport has made history as the oldest person in Europe ever to be granted a medical degree.

    Posted: Sep 23, 2015 8:18 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 24, 2015 8:15 AM ET
    Listen 17:37
  • Shannon Moroney

    Wednesday September 09, 2015

    Shannon Moroney examines how crime hurts families of perpetrators

    When Shannon Moroney's husband was charged with a violent sexual assault and kidnapping two women, she became a pariah... blamed and shunned. Today, we bring you the stories of those thrust into a world of victimization and judgement, and look at the consequences faced by families of perpetrators.

    Posted: Sep 09, 2015 7:28 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 09, 2015 1:07 PM ET
    Listen 35:52
  • Raphael - local fruit seller, wanders the town

    Tuesday September 08, 2015

    The Current Refugees revive Riace, a struggling Italian town

    After so many people emigrated from the small town of Riace Italy, mayor Domenico Lucano saw an opportunity for the near ghost town and decided to welcome migrants in search of a better life. Join us as we travel to Italy to meet the residents of Riace.

    Posted: Sep 08, 2015 12:50 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 2:39 PM ET
    Listen 18:58
  • Lucas Oikle & Joe Henry, Interval Doc

    Thursday June 25, 2015

    Unlikely artists are given a voice with music in UBC project

    Today we introduce you to a man who never dreamed what he wrote while living on the streets, or in jail, would be good enough to publish and share. Our documentary looks at Vancouver's Voice to Voice project.

    Posted: Jun 25, 2015 12:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 25, 2015 10:08 AM ET
    Listen 15:51
  • On-Hold-Documentary

    Monday June 01, 2015

    The Current 'Your Call Is Important To Us': Designing the best 'on hold' experience

    Today we are looking into the people who spend time researching what will keep you 'on hold'. People build careers or empires or fat bank accounts, offering what they think are the right 'on hold' messages. The Current's Josh Bloch delves into the tricks and trade of those who keep us on-the-line… By Design.

    Posted: Jun 01, 2015 7:51 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 3:00 PM ET
    Listen 25:00
  • Screaming in the Dark image 3

    Wednesday May 13, 2015

    Police brutality far from over in Baltimore, meet Tyrone West

    There were eye witnesses when Baltimore police chased down Tyrone West and beat him. Officially his death was blamed on a heart condition and the summer heat. But Tyrone West has a champion in a family that won't stop asking questions and fighting for justice.

    Posted: May 13, 2015 7:45 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 13, 2015 11:32 AM ET