Sponsored content; Tuco the Parrot; 3 Hippies and an Oven 2.0; Is the war against ISIS illegal?

The danger posed to journalism by "sponsored content" - Michael's essay: Here's an excerpt: "I realize that journalism has changed mightily over the last five decades. But some verities in our business are indeed eternal. One is the absolute church and state separation of advertising and editorial." 'Born strange': Brian Brett on gender, his parrot Tuco, and life as an Other: Tuco is a mischievous, multi-talented African grey parrot with a diabolical sense of humour, who served as a personal guru for writer Brian Brett during their 25-year relationship. Brett recently won a BC Book Prize for his memoir, Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and a Scattershot World. "Three Hippies and an Oven - 2.0" - a Karin Wells documentary: In the 60s, Berkeley, California, was a magnet for hippies who wanted to change the way the world worked. Now more than 50 years later, those ideas are back. Karin brings us the story of a worker co-op bakery that's become a big-business success. Why a U.S. army captain is suing his own Commander-in-Chief over the war on ISIS: Captain Nathan Smith is on active duty in Kuwait; at the same time, his law-suit argues that the war is unconstitutional because President Obama failed to secure Congressional authorization. Michael talks to Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman who is advising Captain Smith's legal challenge. Music this week by the Brian Browne trio, pianist Alain Lefevre, Jeff Healey, Queen, Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, G.F Handel, Tafelmusik, Whitehorse, and Diana Krall.
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The danger posed to journalism by "sponsored content" - Michael's essay: Here's an excerpt: "I realize that journalism has changed mightily over the last five decades. But some verities in our business are indeed eternal. One is the absolute church and state separation of advertising and editorial."

'Born strange': Brian Brett on gender, his parrot Tuco, and life as an Other: Tuco is a mischievous, multi-talented African grey parrot with a diabolical sense of humour, who served as a personal guru for writer Brian Brett during their 25-year relationship. Brett recently won a BC Book Prize for his memoir, Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and a Scattershot World.

"Three Hippies and an Oven - 2.0" - a Karin Wells documentary: In the 60s, Berkeley, California, was a magnet for hippies who wanted to change the way the world worked. Now more than 50 years later, those ideas are back. Karin brings us the story of a worker co-op bakery that's become a big-business success. 

Why a U.S. army captain is suing his own Commander-in-Chief over the war on ISIS:  Captain Nathan Smith is on active duty in Kuwait; at the same time, his law-suit argues that the war is unconstitutional because President Obama failed to secure Congressional authorization. Michael talks to Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman who is advising Captain Smith's legal challenge.

Music this week by the Brian Browne trio, pianist Alain Lefevre, Jeff Healey, Queen, Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, G.F Handel, Tafelmusik, Whitehorse, and Diana Krall.