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  

Harnessing the placebo effect, Indigenous health-care gaps, Kathleen Wynne's chances for re-election, a conversation with Justin Trudeau's economic go-to-guy, the Water Brothers talk World Water Day, and scrutinizing white America. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

What Can trudeau Budget For?  

Is the Liberal Party of Canada's policy agenda being constrained by decisions made by previous governments and by the plans of U.S. President Donald Trump? What is the way forward for Justin Trudeau's government?.

Broadway-bound ... Again  

It's been 18 years since Garth Drabinsky produced his last musical, the Tony Award-winning show "Fosse." Now, he's back with "Sousatzka," a new Broadway-bound musical production, currently previewing in Toronto. It's the tale of a relationship between a musical prodigy and his demanding teacher, Madame Sousatzka. He joins The Agenda to discuss his recent work.

Scrutinizing White America  

Almost 55 years after Martin Luther King's iconic "I have a dream" speech, race relations in the U.S. are hardly living up to his vision. In his new book, "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America," Michael Eric Dyson, an academic, writer, and activist, offers a frank diagnosis of the animosity and suspicion that continues to characterize relations between white and black Americans. He joins The Agenda to discuss why he believes his ideas are more timely than ever.

Trump and the Great Lakes  

U.S. President Donald Trump has released his first budget, which includes a proposal to eliminate funding for a program that addresses water quality and environmental threats in the Great Lakes. The Agenda discusses what this could mean for Ontario, and whether Canada needs to step up its funding.

Beyond World Water Day  

Alex and Tyler Mifflin, better known as the Water Brothers, have travelled across the globe, examining humanity's relationship to water. On World Water Day, they join The Agenda to discuss that relationship, the state of water in the world, and how Canada stacks up against other countries.

Down in the Sewer  

For many people, what they flush down the toilet is out of sight, out of mind. But for wastewater experts, items labelled "flushable," such as wipes, toilet sponges, and even thick toilet paper, are a big headache as they clog aging sewer pipes. Barry Orr, sewer outreach and control inspector for the City of London joins Steve Paikin to discuss why he believes people need to think more about what they send down the loo.

Kathleen Wynne's Political Future  

Although she continues to insist that she'll lead her party into the next Ontario election in June 2018, rumors persist that Premier Kathleen Wynne may step aside and let someone else try to refresh the Liberal brand. The polls for the party have been soft, and Wynne's personal approval numbers are the weakest in polling history. The Agenda looks at whether this will prompt the premier to rethink her future, or is she still the Liberals' best and most competitive bet for 2018?

The PM's Economic Go-To Guy  

One of the advantages of being Prime Minister is that you can get advice from pretty much anybody you want. Justin Trudeau decided some time back that he wanted advice from perhaps the highest ranking Canadian executive running an international company. Thus, Dominic Barton, the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, was tasked with chairing the PM's Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He joins The Agenda to discuss what he's urging the federal government to do.

Placebo Effective  

The placebo effect has long been seen as an inconvenient component of medicine, one that new drugs must overcome in order to prove their effectiveness. But it's only recently that the placebo effect itself has been investigated, and this new field of study is uncovering some remarkable things about the brain's ability to heal. The Agenda discusses what harnessing the placebo effect could mean for medicine today.

Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health  

Carrie Bourassa is the new scientific director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health in Sudbury. She joins The Agenda to discuss her vision for how to address the wide gaps in health care that Indigenous people face.

Netherlands: Out of the Wilders-ness?  

Wednesday's election in the Netherlands returned Prime Minister Mark Rutte to power but he'll have fewer seats and will need to join with more of the other parties in order to form his next coalition government. And while the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Geert Wilders helped his party gain additional seats to become the second largest faction in the new parliament, Wilders will be shut out of the governing coalition. The Agenda discusses what the election results mean for immigrants in the Netherlands and for the rest of Europe.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

Veteran journalists talk about their careers, Daniel Dale on covering Trump, six years of Syrian civil war, the new world order, electricity for First Nations, and science, society and politics. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

World Order 2.0  

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, joins The Agenda to discuss his latest book, "A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old World Order." Haass explains how the rules and institutions that have guided international relations since the Second World War are becoming obsolete. He argues for a new global system that meets today's challenges.

Six Years of Syrian Civil War  

On the sixth anniversary of the war in Syria, a conflict that has claimed more than 400,000 lives, The Agenda looks back at how it all began - how peaceful protests in a multicultural country, sparked by the Arab Spring, led to factions forming and a dark descent into war. In her latest book, "The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria," veteran war correspondent and Middle East editor of Newsweek Janine di Giovanni details a country on the brink of conflict, and the horrors that ultimately ensued.

Seeing the Forest, and the Trees  

Dennis Murray studies predator-prey relationships, population ecology, and conservation biology. He talks to Steve Paikin about the health and the challenges facing Ontario's boreal forests, and about the importance of this critical natural resource to mitigating climate change.

Powering Ontario's Remote First Nations  

Ontarians may chafe at the price of electricity these days, but for most of them, at least it's readily available and reliable. That's not true for many of the First Nations in Ontario's north, where expensive and often unreliable diesel-powered generators are all that keep the lights on. The Watay-nika-neyap power project promises to change all that for 17 remote First Nations communities by 2023. The Agenda convenes a panel to discuss what connecting to the provincial grid will mean to these communities: Scott Hawkes, president of Watay-nika-neyap Power and president and CEO of FortisOntario; Margaret Kene-quanash, chair of Watay-nika-neyap Power; and John Cutfeet, board chair of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and communications officer for Watay-nika-neyap Power.

Communicating Science  

Long before the term "fake news" made its way into headlines and presidential Twitter accounts, scientists have been trying to figure out the best way to battle back against distrust of experts. Timothy Caulfield, author of "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash," joins The Agenda to discuss science communication and why he believes doubling down on science is the answer in a time of alternative facts.

Science, Society and Politics  

For years, many scientists and researchers have preferred to remain out of politics, wary of any potential taint to the pure empiricism of science. However, with potential cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, among others, many are beginning to sound the alarm. The Agenda looks at the role of science in society, and whether scientists should become more involved in politics and policymaking.

Covering Trump  

Daniel Dale made a name for himself by reporting on Rob Ford's mayoralty. Now in Washington, D.C., he's tracking the daily movements of Donald Trump and his administration. He joins The Agenda to discuss what it's like to cover the U.S. president.

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