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.


The Agenda's Week in Review  

The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

The Agenda's Story of the Week  

The meeting between the provincial health ministers and the their federal counterpart earlier this week did not go as smoothly as the medical community had hoped. The Agenda discusses the intractable issues standing in the way of a new national health accord.

Nuclear Refurbishment  

The Agenda visits the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station for a close-up look at what's involved in the $12.8 billion refurbishment of the facility's first reactor.

Our Nuclear Future  

Nuclear plants are expensive to build but provide a reliable and carbon-free source of energy once they're up and running. But how the true cost of that energy is calculated is something that environmentalists, academics and politicians have been debating for decades. The Agenda convenes a panel of experts to discuss the actual cost of nuclear power.

10 Questions on Threats to the Great Lakes Wetlands  

Scientists have called the Great Lakes the heart of Ontario, which would make their coastal wetlands the lungs. They filter out sediment from the water, and are home to a number of diverse plants and wildlife. Accord to Janice Gilbert, wetland ecologist and co-chair of the Ontario Phragmites Working Group, these sensitive ecosystems are in peril and facing hazards on a number of fronts. She joins The Agenda for 10 questions on threats to the Great Lakes wetlands.

Trudeaumania, 1968  

The euphoria over the election of Justin Trudeau and early days of a young, new government, hearken back to 1968, when his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, was the centre of a storm called Trudeaumania. The Agenda looks at what was behind his popularity and how it compares to the popularity his son has experienced this past year.

Justin Trudeau, One Year In  

It's the first anniversary of the Liberal Party's sweeping federal election victory. The Agenda assesses how Justin Trudeau has fared as prime minister. Are the days of "sunny ways" over as he has settled into the difficult job of running the country?

The Pain of Paying  

The Agenda examines whether paying with cash or credit card changes the way people value their purchases. University of Toronto professor Avni Shah discusses how payment methods affect happiness.

A Visit to the Toronto Archives  

The Agenda takes a tour of the Toronto Archives and discovers what a resource it truly is.

The Wages of Common Law  

The number of Ontario couples living together before marriage is steadily increasing. But with cohabitation comes the potential for problems. The Agenda examines the legal obligations of common-law partners and the financial planning that could protect a couple in case of a breakup.

Opening Up About Money  

It's a well-known social faux-pas to ask someone's salary, but many economists believe that opening up that conversation could have major benefits. The Agenda examines the effects of pay transparency.

Politics of Extreme Emotions  

In her new book, "Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice", American philosopher Martha Nussbaum looks at the effects of anger from the personal to the political. The Agenda invites her to discuss the anger that has characterized much of the U.S. presidential election campaign and how it has fuelled Donald Trump's rise.

The World and the New U.S. President  

No matter the outcome of the U.S. election, the new president will face a world in flux. Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East each present new complications that will test, and possibly define, the world order to come. The Agenda welcomes Derek Shearer, former U.S. ambassador to Finland and a foreign policy advisor to former vice president Al Gore and then-senator Hillary Clinton. He discusses to examine what lies ahead for U.S. foreign policy.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

Ontario's Opioid Battle Plan  

Opioid misuse is the third leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. On Oct. 12, the Ontario government announced a series of policy changes in response to the issue of opioid addiction and abuse. But with a 266 per cent increase in opioid-related deaths between 2002 and 2014, The Agenda considers whether the new initiatives go far enough.

Rating the Green Energy Act  

In an attempt to save the average Ontario household $2.45 per month on its hydro bill, the provincial government has cancelled the next phase of contracts for renewable energy generation. The Agenda examines what this decision says about the success of the Green Energy Act.

Electrifying Ontario's First Nations  

Rolling blackouts. Power surges. Diesel spills. A maxed-out power system that stalls any new development. This is life off the provincial electrical grid. But for 17 of Ontario's 25 remote First Nations communities, hope for reliable energy is coming in the form of the Wataynikaneyap power project: a $1.35 billion, 1,500 kilometre First Nations-owned transmission line that will extend the provincial grid to these remote reserves. The Agenda convenes a panel on the state of this project and what it will mean for energy-impoverished communities.

Remember This  

Much of an individual's self-perception depends on memories, so it's not surprising that one of the biggest fears people have is memory loss. Yet memory can be untrustworthy. The Agenda welcomes Julia Shaw, author of "The Memory Illusion: Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are," to discuss the fallibility of memory.

Ready for a Turbulent Future?  

Twenty-five years after the fall of Communism, there is a growing sense that representative democracies are going through a crisis of confidence. How deep is this crisis? Is it just a manifestation of lagging economy? Is it caused by the radical shifts brought on by digital communications? Or is it due to loss of trust in today's political elites? The Agenda looks at the future of liberal democracy with the 2016 CBC Massey lecturer Jennifer Welsh, author of "The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century."

A Vital Conversation  

Since 2001, the Toronto Foundation has released its Vital Signs report, a look at the state of the city, its strengths and weaknesses. This year reporting has expanded to include other communities in the province. On the 15th anniversary of the launch of Vital Signs, The Agenda invites the heads of four community foundations across Ontario - in Sudbury, Windsor-Essex, Toronto and Peterborough - to discuss their respective reports.

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