Fighting Chicago's Explosion in Homicides; No Drugs in Tennis But Few Tests; Jonah Lehrer and the Mecycling Problem; Abraham Lincoln and Sir John A. VS The Paranormal; Hockey Hall of Lame; Joe Sacco and Sketches from the Front
Homicides in Chicago
have increased 37% this year with over 250 victims so far. On Wednesday a 7 year old girl was killed
by bullets in gang war crossfire. The cycle of violence -- killings over trivial matters, followed always by reprisals -- looks endless.
But a street-level initiative called The CeaseFire program
aims to end reprisal killings by intercepting the next
violent eruption in the neighbourhood where it's brewing. It's bold, dangerous and it's controversial. The program recruits people with experience as gang bangers, often directly from prison. Police and the former criminals don't trust each other even though they may have the same aim -- to stop the killing.
Steve James is the award-winning director of the movies Hoop Dreams
and he lives in Chicago.
Steve made a film about CeaseFire called The Interrupters
and got close to the remarkable people working the front lines of the violence. He joins us from Chicago to explain how the program works.No Drugs but Not Many Tests
Wimbledon continues through next weekend and though there may be upsets on the court
-- like the one that ended Rafael Nadal's run on Thursday -- it's unlikely that any kind of scandal will mar the event. Tennis has a squeaky clean image with none of the game-changing drug controversies that rocked baseball and cycling.
But some think tennis looks cleaner than it really is because the level of drug testing within the professional body is low. Compared with cycling, tennis tests just a fraction of the athletes in competition.
British sports journalist Sean Calvert
thinks there's room for doubt and he speaks to us from England. Mecycling
It was a bad week for Jonah Lehrer
and Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin got mixed reviews for his new TV series The Newsroom -- "It's a mess"
-- and Lehrer got rapped by the bosses at his new job as staff writer at The New Yorker.
While the ghosts of Dorothy Parker and E.B. White looked on, Lehrer who had only been on the job for a couple weeks, lifted graphs and sentences
from articles he'd previously written for other editors and put them into his blog content on The New Yorker
Sorkin was busted for doing the same thing, recycling stuff he's already written and using it in everything else. Check out this video
made by a fan.
Lehrer's misdemeanor was generally judged to be more serious since he's a journalist and Sorkin's not and artists get away with all kinds of stuff. And though Jonah Lehrer himself called his actions "incredibly lazy and absolutely wrong"
he didn't lose his job.
But how wrong? What are the ethical issues around self-plagiarism? And can we think of a better word to describe it? Our Media Panel Rachel Giese, Ed Champion and Jacob Silverman mull it over. Abraham Lincoln and Sir John A. VS The Paranormal
Did you know Abe Lincoln's mom was murdered by a vampire? It wasn't part of my American History lessons but the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
says it's true. And just like Batman, Lincoln took on his sideline identity to avenge his mother's death.
Americans are so good at turning their history into the stuff of legend, and there's no reason Canadians can't do the same. For example our founding father, Sir John A. Macdonald
Lawyer, rogue, nation-builder and slayer of the Sasquatch
He probably won't go all Hollywood like Lincoln, but we're giving him the Day 6
treatment all the same. Hockey Hall of Lame
Leafs fans got some good news this week. Mats Sundin, a loved and, it must be said, long-suffering
Leafs captain was nominated for glory as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Pavel Bure, Joe Sakic and Adam Oates also got their nods and all of them well-deserved.
But there's other stuff that happens in hockey off the ice that just doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Lanny McDonald's mustache. Jaromir Jagr's mullet,
and the recording career of Guy LaFleur.
Ned Petrie and David Tichauer say there oughta be a Hall. Sketches from the Front
Joe Sacco is a cartoonist, and a journalist. His comics -- reporting on wars and conflict zones -- have been published in Harper's
and The New York Times
and many full length books
but he says there's still a bias against comics as journalism.
His new collection called Journalism
is proof that he's a solid, detail-driven reporter. It features a decade of stories from around the world: the war crimes trials in The Hague, conflict in the Palestinian Territories, the wars in Chechnya and Iraq, the refugee crisis in his native country of Malta, and his experiences among the untouchables in India.
He joins us to talk bout his new collection on Day 6.
And that's our Canada Day show. Go get face-painted and watch some fire works. We are five years away from our 150th birthday and the whole family is still intact.
Have a great weekend.
Brent Bambury @CBCDay6
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