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.


Quidditch: From the Page to the Pitch  

Twenty years ago is was a fictional game that involved flying and broomsticks, but Quidditch has moved from fact to fiction, evolving into a sport of its own. With 25 teams here in Canada and 150 in the United States, it features its own leagues, and even its own commentators. Yara Kodershah, communications director for Quidditch Canada, joins The Agenda to discuss the game's growing popularity.

The Rise of Harry Potter  

With sales well over 500 million copies, the Harry Potter series has arguably had a major effect on not just readers, but the publishing industry itself. Jamie Broadhurst, vice-president of marketing at Raincoast books, the company that handled the series here in Canada, joins The Agenda to discuss the Harry Potter boost to publishing.

Harry Potter and the Enduring Legacy  

20 years after the first Harry Potter book hit the shelves readers are still gravitating towards the series, with new generations discovering the stories. Steve Paikin asks a group of fans why they still love the books, even after all these years.

10 Questions on Gentrification  

Some call it urban renewal, others say it destroys communities. Richard Florida, author of "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It," answers pertinent questions on gentrification.

Defying Drug Addiction  

The Agenda welcomes the filmmaker and the main subjects of the award-winning documentary, "The Stairs," which examines the lives of habitual drug users in Toronto's Regent Park.

Ontario's Basic Income Pilot  

Ontario's basic income pilot will eventually assist 4,000 low income residents in Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County, Thunder Bay and Lindsay, providing individuals with $16,989 annually from the province. The Agenda welcomes Hugh Segal, special advisor to the income pilot program, to discuss how to track its success and whether it will improve the lives of Ontarians.

The Basic Income Debate  

Canada's most populous province now has a basic income pilot program rolling out in Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County, Thunder Bay and Lindsay. The Agenda analyzes the merits of this alternative approach to traditional social assistance.

A Decade Leading York University  

As president of York University for the past decade, Mamdouh Shoukri has been responsible for the educational experience of more than 50,000 students, 7,000 staff, protecting the institution's reputation, fundraising, and overseeing a billion dollar budget. He speaks to Steve Paikin about the hits and misses of being York's 7th president.

Criminalizing HIV  

When it comes to prosecuting people for not disclosing their HIV status to their sexual partners, Canada is a world leader. But critics argue criminalizing people for these offenses has no impact on reducing HIV rates and does more harm than good, particularly for marginalized communities. The Agenda discusses the state of HIV criminalization.

The Cooling of an Overheated Market  

According to the Toronto Real Estate Board house prices in the GTA dropped by 6 per cent in May compared to the previous month. And yet, another set of figures indicates that prices are still climbing. The Agenda checks in with Toronto Star reporter Tess Kalinowski and realtor, John Pasalis for a closer look at the province's attempt to cool down the market, what's going on with markets in the GTA as well as outlying communities.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

The truth about cholesterol, Lawrence Krauss on the history of the universe, inside Hlilary Clinton's campaign, Laura Kipnis on American campus culture, and the physical and mental health of men. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

Manning Up to Health  

Soldier on. Man up. Grin and bear it. Too often, sentiments such as these reflect how men attend - or rather don't attend to - their health and well-being. That can result in higher risks and more severe outcomes over the long-term. Wayne Hartrick, president of Canadian Men's Health Foundation, provides some advice on how men can be more mindful about their health.

Facing the Man in the Mirror  

Men and women both contend with mental health challenges, but there's still a difference between how the genders experience and cope with those issues. Dr. Thomas Ungar, chief psychiatrist at St. Michael's Hospital, discusses whether men wait too long to get the help they need.

Fear and Loathing in American Academia  

Cultural critic and film professor Laura Kipnis joins The Agenda to discuss her controversial ideas about American campus culture, the topic of her book of essays, "Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus."

Inside Hillary's Doomed Campaign  

Months after the most shocking election night in American history, The Agenda welcomes journalist and author Amie Parnes to discuss her new book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary's Doomed Campaign," and to dissect Clinton's failed presidential bid.

Unravelling the Mysteries of the Universe  

For many, the greatest story ever told is the Bible. But cosmologist Lawrence Krauss says the tale that science tells of the history of the universe is even greater. He joins The Agenda to discuss why, and how scientific discoveries shape and change reality.

Love, Marriage and Cancer  

When Don Kerr learned of his wife Kate's breast cancer diagnosis, he was thrust into a role of caregiver, something he was completely unprepared for. He and his wife soon discovered what a challenge cancer brings to a marriage as well as the many ways they learned to cope with such a tragic diagnosis. Kerr's book, "Riding Shotgun: A Book For Men and the Partners They Care For," chronicles their cancer experience.

Examining Nutritional Science  

Eggs were good for us, then bad for us, then good for us again. It was the same with whole milk, salt, and fat. In the past few years, it seems as if a growing list of things once ill-advised have moved off the naughty list, just as some things have gone in the other direction. It makes it hard to know what to believe, and more importantly, what to eat and what to avoid. The Agenda welcomes health and nutrition experts to sort things out.

To Serve, Protect and Lead  

Does being happy on the job matter? Of course it does! In fact, the Gallup organization estimates 22 million Americans are unhappy on the job, reducing their productivity, increasing their absenteeism to the tune of $350 billion a year. A former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner thinks better leadership could go a long way towards making employees happier and our economy firing on more cylinders. Chris Lewis joins The Agenda to discuss his book, "Never Stop on a Hill: Transferrable Lessons in Leadership from the Eyes of a Police Chief."

The Science of Health and Nutrition  

It's bad for you, except when it's good for you. That's the sum total of what many people know about cholesterol. And it's just one such dietary consideration that people are told to watch out for even as they're not sure exactly what it is. The Agenda welcomes Dr. John Sievenpiper, a University of Toronto nutritional sciences professor, to help clear up confusing and even seemingly contradictory facts about cholesterol.

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