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.


An American Life  

Statistics, dates, and iconic images tell one story about a country. But to catch the subtleties and the spirit of a country, individual experience can capture what the big picture often misses. American writer Richard Rodriguez first encountered America as a little boy speaking only Spanish in his native California. Today he is one of America's finest essayists. His most recent collection of essays is "Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography," and he joins The Agenda to talk about how his experiences relate to the current U.S. state of mind.

America, What Now?  

The election of Donald Trump has confirmed that a global tectonic shift in political sensibilities is afoot. The rejection of globalism represents a significant move away from the values that underlined the liberal world order and the role that the U.S. played as a guarantor of the economic and political order since the Second World War. The Agenda discusses what's next for the U.S. and its role in the world.

Dealing with Dementia  

More than half a million Canadians live with dementia, and that number is expected to grow to almost a million in 15 years as the baby boomer generation ages. In conjunction with Alzheimer's Awareness Month, The Agenda convenes a panel to discuss the latest research, prevention techniques, and the reality of living with the disease.

Dementia in Indigenous Communities  

While dementia is a growing problem all across Canada, it manifests differently in Indigenous populations. Cultural differences also mean that the advice that works to prevent dementia in most of Canada doesn't necessarily resonate as well in Indigenous communities. The Agenda considers these discrepancies and how it should affect an eventual national strategy.

Sweet Poison?  

Is sugar the new tobacco, backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in diets, and making people very sick? Renowned journalist Gary Taubes, author of "Why We Get Fat," joins The Agenda to discuss his new book, "The Case Against Sugar."

The Disgrace of Charles Smith  

Zealotry. Incompetence. Wrongful convictions. Hardly the words one would want to use to describe the goings-on of the Chief Coroner's Office. And yet, that's exactly how to describe the egregious actions of pathologist Dr. Charles Smith. Lives were destroyed by his investigations. Parents were wrongfully accused of murder in their children's deaths and wrongfully imprisoned. Families were torn apart. Journalist John Chipman spent four years investigating the cases, resulting in his book, "Death in the Family." He joins The Agenda, along with Brenda Waudby, who was erroneously charged with second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her daughter Jenna.

Funding Ontario Schools  

Ontario school closings are back in the headlines as boards across Ontario decide the fate of hundreds of low-enrolment schools for the coming year, many of them in smaller towns. Critics say the closures are thanks to funding adjustments made by the provincial government. Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter joins the The Agenda to discuss why the government believes the changes are necessary.

An Education for All  

School boards across Ontario are facing tough choices when it comes to closing and merging schools. The Agenda examines the impact of provincial funding changes, and the effect on communities.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

Sustainable fashion, understanding microbes, Dr. Danielle Martin on Canadian health care, the new world of Queen's Park fundraising, and what is transit for? The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

Coming Soon: Safe Injection Sites  

Last July, Toronto approved the establishment of three safe injection sites and now, in an effort to battle opioid overdose deaths, the province has agreed to fund those sites and one in Ottawa. Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy has been a strong advocate for the public health benefits of such facilities. He joins The Agenda with Ahmed Bayoumi, the co-author of a 2012 report on the harm reduction potential of safe injection sites in Ottawa and Toronto.

What Is Transit For?  

The Agenda examines whether public transit is similar to a social service or a public utility? The answer to that question informs what modes of transit cities think they need, where transit infrastructure should be built, and what it should cost.

The Hamilton LRT Debate  

The Government of Ontario has committed to pay 100 per cent of the capital costs of building 13 kilometres worth of light rail transit (LRT) through Hamilton. The only problem is that not everyone in Hamilton wants a LRT. The Agenda looks at the challenge to provide the city with the transit it wants and needs.

A New Day for Political Fundraising  

New fundraising rules came into effect at Queen's Park at the start of the year. The Agenda discusses how they will affect the parties as they work on their campaigns for the 2018 provincial election.

Treating Canada's Health Care System  

When Dr. Danielle Martin spoke before a U.S. Senate subcommittee a few years ago, she taught Americans a thing or two about universal health coverage. Her defence of Canada's health-care system made Canadians proud and dispelled some myths Americans may have believed about socialized medicine. But there's more to Danielle Martin than just being a staunch defender of Medicare. She is also a pragmatist who works both sides of the health-care system: she's a clinician at a general family practice at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, as well as the hospital's vice-president. She joins The Agenda to discuss her new book, "Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians."

Microbes Everywhere  

Microbes were first seen by the Dutch scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek in the mid-1600s, but understanding of their importance is still evolving. Are microbes a scourge that needs to be battled in order to keep people healthy? Or are they indispensable parts of biology? Ed Yong, author of "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life," joins The Agenda to discuss his research.

Matthew Fisher: The Fault Lines for 2017  

Matthew Fisher, Canada's longest serving foreign correspondent, reported stories from 17 different countries in 2016. From the battle for Mosul in Iraq to Canadian soldiers in Crimea, to the Philippines where a friend of his was beheaded by Islamist militants, he has numerous tales to tell. He joins The Agenda to reflect on a tumultuous year and the fault lines to watch in 2017.

The Next Digital Revolution  

Last summer, the World Economic Forum released a report arguing that blockchain technology will become the "beating heart" of the global financial system. Don Tapscott, author and digital strategist, and his son, Alex Tapscott join The Agenda to discuss their book, "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World."

Sustainably Fashionable  

It's been almost four years since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 clothing factory workers. Although some major retailers pledged to do better, the supply chain system that puts profit first has slowed those changes. However, some smaller brands and retailers are making a difference. The Agenda welcomes a few such retailers to discuss ethical options.

Fast Fashion Blues  

It used to be that fashion retailers rolled out distinctive fashion lines by seasons - spring, summer, fall, and winter. But if you walk into one of the larger chain clothing retailers today, blink and you'll miss out on their stock. Product turns over constantly, it's inexpensive to buy, and easy to churn out. But there's a cost to cheap. Sarah Portway, PhD candidate in apparel design and a fashion design instructor at Cornell University, joins The Agenda to talk about why consumers should reconsider inexpensive mass-produced clothing.

The Agenda's Week in Review  

Uncovering the remarkable in Canada's history, understanding Bill 41 - The Patients First Act, the worklife of millennials and how women are taking charge and leading in an often male-dominated world. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

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