The Agenda with Steve Paikin (Audio)

The Agenda with Steve Paikin (Audio)


The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO's flagship current affairs program - devoted to exploring the social, political, cultural and economic issues that are changing our world, at home and abroad. The Agenda airs weeknights at 8:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.


From Problems to Solutions  

Shaun Loney has started businesses to improve the lives of people who depend on some form of social assistance. Housing improvements, geothermal energy and food distribution to remote communities are a few of the areas that Loney's work encompasses. He joins The Agenda in the Summer, along with Chris Courchene, whose life was turned around when he began work at BUILD Inc., one of Loney's companies.

The Agenda in the Summer: Phoebe Maltz Bovy  

"White privilege." "Check your privilege." "Your privilege is showing." Today, the word privilege has become a rhetorical tool, used in social media, academia, and across the political spectrum. Writer Phoebe Maltz Bovy tracks the rise of the word. its power to shape discourse, and examines whether the concept of privilege is only dividing people further.

A Paramedic's Trauma and Recovery  

Natalie Harris was used to the uncertainty of her paramedic job, but nothing could have prepared her for an attempted murder-suicide 911 call. Harris soon found herself on a downward spiral, using alcohol to cope and leading to a painful mental illness. She shares stories from her book, "Save-My-Life School: A First Responder's Mental Health Journey."

City Food: Grow it Yourself  

Fresh City Farms is in the business of sourcing and delivering healthy, local food to customers in the Toronto area. But as part of their business model they have cultivated a network of city farmers who work at their Downsview Park farm and greenhouse. Nam Kiwanuka speaks to some "member farmers," which include the Black Farmers and Food Growers Collective, a small group dedicated to helping bring healthy food to an underserved community.

SHAD: Beyond the Classroom  

SHAD is a program for top-performing students in Grades 10 to 12, focusing on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) disciplines. More than 700 Canadian students take part in it each July, where they work together to tackle a problem tied to a theme (anything from zero-waste to food insecurity). SHAD's current CEO and a pair of SHAD graduates explain the benefits of the program.

Taking Health Into Your Own Hands  

The Agenda in the Summer welcomes Dr. Elaine Chin, a practitioner of personalized medicine, to talk about her new book, "Lifeline: Unlock the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life."

We All Care For Health Care  

For the past thirty years, André Picard has been The Globe and Mail's health reporter and columnist. His award-winning insights into Canada's health care system have been a call-to-arms for much-needed reforms. He joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss his book, "Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada," a collection of some of his best columns.

Life in the ER  

Emergency rooms are often where people experience the worst days of their lives. But ER physician James Maskalyk says it's where you see the story of "human aliveness." He joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss his book, "Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine."

Boys on Point  

This weekend, TVO debuts Ballet Boys, a Norwegian film that documents the everyday lives, challenges and successes of three teen boys training for a life in ballet. The Agenda in the Summer invites Anton Tcherny and Ryan Tomash, two National Ballet School students, to discuss their pursuit of dance, what sacrifices they've made and what makes learning ballet different for boys.

Man in Flight  

Ballet Boys, a documentary featuring three young male ballet hopefuls, debuts on TVO tomorrow night. Nam Kiwanuka talks with National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Harrison James about his early years at the New Zealand School of Dance, his ascendancy in the discipline and what it takes to make it as a professional male ballet performer.

Thinking About Thinking  

Christopher DiCarlo, Ontario's 2008 Best Lecturer winner, discusses his book, "Six Steps to Better Thinking." DiCarlo joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss how in an age of fake news and echo chambers, he believes that learning the skills of critical thinking is more important than ever.

Married to the Fraud  

Author and journalist Lee Mackenzie talks about her life with a con man, the topic of her book, "The Charming Predator: The True Story of How I Fell in Love with and Married a Sociopathic Fraud."

Secrets of the Art Economy  

In 2013, artist Jeff Koons' sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for more than $58 million, making it the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned. Economist Don Thompson joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss the mysteries of the art economy, the topic of his book "The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market."

The Benefits of Taking Time Off  

Weekends are meant for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. But these days many people struggle with precarious work and can barely afford a weekend off. The Agenda in the Summer welcomes journalist Katrina Onstad to discuss her new book, "The Weekend Effect: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork."

Immigrant Women's Resilience  

While Canada is a haven for newcomers, immigrant and refugee women face unique challenges especially when it comes to assault. "Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women's Resilience" is a new multilingual graphic novel that starts a conversation about sexual violence and harassment. Nam Kiwanuka speaks to two women involved with the project.

The Beauty of Black Hair  

"Nappy," "steel wool," "out of control." These are just some of the derogatory terms that have been thrown at Black women about their hair for generations. In her new book "Hairlooms: The Untangled Truth about Loving Your Natural Hair and Beauty," writer Michele Tapp Roseman tells how she came to accept her natural hair. She joins Nam Kiwanuka for a discussion about the politics, business, and beauty of Black hair.

The Art of Being Captivating  

Every family is complicated and dysfunctional. But some families, and especially some mother-daughter relationships are especially fraught. Toronto Star columnist, Karen von Hahn joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss her memoir, "What Remains: Object Lessons in Love and Loss," about turbulent times with her mother.

Tracking the Truffle Trade  

Truffles have been called "the diamonds of the kitchen," and "a fruit consecrated to Aphrodite." They're rare, perishable, and next to impossible to cultivate. They've captured Ian Purkayastha's interest since the age of 15. He speaks to Nam Kiwanuka about his book, "Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground."

The Death of the Romantic Comedy?  

Award-winning screenwriter and author Elan Mastai writes Hollywood films but has his feet planted firmly in Toronto. In fact, his home town was the setting for his successful romantic comedy, "The F Word." He joins Nam to discuss the appeal of romantic comedies and whether they have given way to comic book heroes at the box-office.

Memoir of a Muslim in America  

Thrust into the spotlight as a prominent Muslim voice after 9/11, a private struggle with his faith, a bipolar diagnosis, suicidal thoughts, mysterious physical ailments and straddling two different cultures, Haroon Moghul chronicles it all in his candid memoir, "How to Be a Muslim: An American Story." He joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss finding his own unique Muslim identity.

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