It's Debatable: Is democracy working?
Drugs, student power, non-conformity, problems in education - adults can talk about these subjects all they want, but it's the students who really know the score. This was the premise behind It's Debatable, a CBC Radio program that ran on Friday evenings during the socially turbulent years of 1967 to 1969. Recorded in high school auditoriums, the panel would typically consist of two teenage students (usually a girl and a boy) and an adult expert in the topic at hand. Walter Pitman hosted during the spring of 1967, but the host from September 1967 onward was the witty and provocative Elwy Yost.
• In this clip, the panellists refer several times to the Gerda Munsinger affair, a 1966 Canadian political sex scandal. For details on the Munsinger affair, please see the CBC Digital Archives topic Politics, Sex and Gerda Munsinger.
Program: It's Debatable
Broadcast Date: June 2, 1967
Guest(s): Jeff Brewson, Donna Farrell, Mr. Lesiak, Charlotte Whitton
Moderator: Walter Pitman
Photo: Duncan Cameron / Library and Archives Canada / PA-117107
Last updated: June 17, 2013
Page consulted on February 24, 2014
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