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.


10 Questions on Memory  

Memory in computers may get bigger and better all the time, but the same can't be said for the human computer. Memory in people is finite, fickle and perhaps fleeting. For 10 questions on human memory, The Agenda welcomes Dr. Graham Collingridge, a recent winner of The Brain Prize, often referred to as the Nobel of neuroscience.

Women in Politics  

Though it's 2016, female politicians still experience sexism in the course of performing their jobs. A panel of former politicians - Olivia Chow, Karen Stintz and Janet Ecker - discuss the challenges women continue to face in political life.

The Future of Medicine  

Imagine restoring sight in a person who has gone blind. Repairing pathways in the body destroyed by a stroke. Mitigating the damage caused by cancer treatment by delivering drugs directly to cancer cells. These are all challenges Molly Shoichet is working on in her lab at the University of Toronto. She holds the Canada Research Chair in tissue engineering and is a professor of chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her work.

Free Speech in a Post-Fact World  

Freedom of speech has long been a cornerstone of liberal democracy. It is how those of differing views battle it out, with words rather than weapons. But in a globalized digital age where offense and perceived injury can flow easily across screens and borders, how free can free speech truly be? The Agenda welcomes Timothy Garton Ash, author of "Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World," for some serious reflection on the matter.

Freedom of Information in Canada  

Last week marked the 250th anniversary of Sweden's freedom of the press act, the oldest piece of freedom of information legislation in the world. The Agenda looks at the state of FOI law in Canada, why it's important, and why advocates are pushing for reforms.

Overspending Under Scrutiny  

The Auditor General of Ontario, Bonnie Lysyk, speaks with Steve Paikin about some of the key findings in her 2016 annual report. From overbilling by doctors and hospital wait times, to poor quality road repair and problems with contractors at Metrolinx, the report uncovers issues that cost taxpayers millions of dollars and also suggests solutions.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

John Tory on road tolls, Doug Ford on Ford Nation, fake news, children in care, and the history of the AIDS epidemic. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

A History of the AIDS Movement  

Author and filmmaker David France joins The Agenda to discuss his new book, "How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS," adapted from his Oscar-nominated documentary. The book takes a look at the activists and scientists dedicated to fighting the epidemic that took a frightening toll on the gay community.

Jane Jacobs Revisited  

The Agenda re-examines the ideas of Toronto's own urban legend, activist Jane Jacobs on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Should Ontario continue to strive for the cities she envisioned or are her ideas rooted in the past and thus passé?

Children in Care  

Evidence has mounted over the years that a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Black children and youth are in the child welfare system. The Agenda convenes a panel of experts to look at what factors have caused such a disparity and also to review some of the proposals to change the child welfare system.

Revenge of Analog  

Food, love, friendship: there's an app for that. In a world increasingly dominated by digital technology a rebellion is afoot, according to journalist David Sax. People want real things, from vinyl records to Moleskine notebooks. Sax joins The Agenda to discuss the revenge of analog.

The Post-Truth Era  

The information age promised the democratization of knowledge and a more informed citizenry. That hasn't exactly happened. Fake news proliferates. Digital echo chambers confirm biases. And sometimes basic facts cannot even be agreed upon. The Agenda convenes a panel to examine the state of journalism and facts in the information age, and the rise of post-truth politics.

Toronto Highway Tolls  

Toronto Mayor John Tory is calling for a $2 toll on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway to help fund road and transit infrastructure. The Agenda convenes a panel to analyze the potential of tolled highways in the GTA.

John Tory: It's Time to Pay  

Toronto Mayor John Tory joins The Agenda to make his pitch on why users of the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway should pay tolls to fund road and transit infrastructure.

Return of Ford Nation?  

Though Rob Ford died of cancer earlier this year, his brother Doug resurrects him in his book, "Ford Nation: Two Brothers, One Vision - The True Story of the People's Mayor," which he touted as a Ford family tell-all and a way to settle scores with the media and other politicians who were critical of the brothers and their family. He joins The Agenda to discuss Rob Ford's mayoralty and his own possible re-entry into politics.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

The podcast boom, gene-editing technology, Canada's housing strategy, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier's 175th birthday. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

Kathleen Wynne: Apologies and Strategies  

At the recent Ontario Liberal Party annual general meeting, Premier Kathleen Wynne gave an emotional speech in which she took ownership of her low polling numbers and the anger Ontarians are feeling over electricity rates. With 18 months to go before the next election, the premier has promised to visit every provincial riding in order to hear from Ontarians. She also vowed to make electricity more affordable. The Agenda examines how these moves are likely to play with Ontarians and how lower electricity rates could affect the province's finances.

The Duke of Kent  

For Queen's Park watchers of a certain generation, the name Darcy McKeough is still familiar. McKeough won his first provincial election in 1963, ran for the PC party leadership in 1971, losing to Bill Davis, but then became a key figure in his government. McKeough left politics in 1978 and went on to a successful career in the private sector. McKeough joins The Agenda to discuss his memoir, "The Duke of Kent."

Laurier at 175  

Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the country's first French-Canadian prime minister, holding the office from 1896 to 1911. He was also an MP for almost half a century. His likeness graces the Canadian five dollar bill. The Agenda considers Laurier's legacy on the occasion of his 175 birthday.

The State of Ontario Housing  

For years, a massive housing boom has brought prosperity to the GTHA. But as home prices continue to skyrocket and incomes stagnate, affordability has become a growing concern. Meanwhile, in other parts of the province, housing prices have stayed flat. Recently, the federal and provincial governments introduced new policies to try and get a handle on the housing market. The Agenda examines the state of Ontario housing.

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