The Current (radio program)

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The Current
Genrecurrent affairs
Running time90 minutes
Country of originCanada
Language(s)English
Home stationCBC Radio One
Hosted byAnna Maria Tremonti (2002-2019)
Original releaseNovember 18, 2002[1] – present
Websitehttp://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/

The Current is a Canadian current affairs radio program which airs weekday mornings on CBC Radio One.[2] It airs weekdays starting at 8:37 a.m. local time and runs until 10 a.m., and features interview sessions and radio documentaries that typically take up a half hour each.

The program premiered in 2002, and was hosted from its inception by investigative journalist Anna Maria Tremonti.[3] Tremonti retired from the program in June 2019, with an announcement for her replacement pending.[4]

Guest hosts[edit]

On Fridays during the regular season period, a guest host is often used for the broadcast, who is introduced on the preceding Thursday to read listener correspondence with Tremonti. Guest hosts are usually CBC personalities such as Maureen Taylor, Adrienne Arsenault, Nancy Wilson, Erica Johnson, Ian Hanomansing, Piya Chattopadhyay and Anthony Germain, although other Canadian journalists, including Haroon Siddiqui, Jan Wong and David Frum, have also appeared.

In 2004, the program also did a one-off joint broadcast with the American radio program Democracy Now!, with Amy Goodman acting as the guest host of The Current.[5]

During the summer months of July and August, the regular host is replaced as host for the entire period with guests.

Season long story themes[edit]

From 2007 to 2018, the series ran regular season-long arcs of stories that dealt with a particular theme. The themes that were explored have included:

  • 2007-08 -"Diet for a Hungry Planet": Food and world hunger
  • 2008-09 - "Watershed": The politics and issues dealing with water
  • 2009-10 - "Work in Progress": labor and employment related issues.
  • 2010-11 - "Shift": Population demographics and the changing nature of Canada's population
  • 2011-12 - "Gamechangers": People and significant events that had made a noticeable change in the world in some fashion.
  • 2012-13 - "Line in The Sand: Dilemmas that Define Us": moral dilemmas.
  • 2013-14 - "Project Money": Money and related financial issues
  • 2014-15 - "By Design": Design issues such as Industrial and Social
  • 2015-16 - "Ripple Effect": Stories of consequences of various decisions and technologies, intended or otherwise.
  • 2016-17 - "The Disruptors": Stories of people, ideas and things that are disrupting today's society, both negatively and positively.
  • 2017-18 - "Adaptation": Stories of people adapting to changing realities in the world

During the network's summer schedule when The Current was shortened to an hour, selections of these features were rerun as a separate half-hour program. In 2018, The Current ran at the regular length year-round with segments over the regular season rerun during the summer period in addition to new stories. However, in 2019, a compromise in the format was reached with the series running CBC Radio One's original documentary podcasts for the summer, having new content for the first portion of the show and taking advantage of the remaining hour's time to accommodate the podcasts' irregular length.

Humour[edit]

Although primarily a serious news program, The Current from 2003 to 2012 began each show with a brief satirical commentary by a character credited only as The Voice. The role was performed by actor Stephen Hart.[6]

The Voice also announced fictional advertisements for the "Ambiguous Party", a fictional political party. A few campaign ads were created and aired for morning show listeners' amusement in which The Voice tried to persuade listeners to vote for the Ambiguous Party. Comparisons are made between the Ambiguous Party (complete and utter fence-sitters on all issues) and the current parties of the day.

On June 20, 2019, Hart returned for a guest appearance to pay tribute to Anna Maria Tremonti on her last regular appearance as the show's host.[7]

Repeat airings[edit]

An abbreviated edition of each day's program is repeated at 8 p.m. under the title The Current Review. Prior to 2008, The Review aired a single feature from The Current, alongside one from Sounds Like Canada, under the title Nighttime Review.

The program is also currently repeated at 3 a.m. as part of the CBC Radio Overnight schedule. Although the overnight airing uses the same abbreviated edit as the previous evening's The Current Review, it is titled as The Current.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10th Anniversary". CBC.ca. Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  2. ^ The Current. Canadian Communications Foundation.
  3. ^ "Anna Maria Tremonti switches to radio". Toronto Star, July 24, 2002.
  4. ^ "Anna Maria Tremonti leaves CBC’s The Current after 17 seasons". The Globe and Mail, May 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "In U.S., she's an exception to the rule; Amy Goodman asks the tough questions". Toronto Star, October 13, 2004.
  6. ^ "The Voice". The Globe and Mail, November 1, 2003.
  7. ^ "Thursday June 20, 2019 Full Transcript". The Current. CBC Radio One. Retrieved 24 June 2019.

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