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December 26, 2008

Pt 1: Mellissa Fung Interview - It is the richest city in the middle east a shimmering collection of glass and concrete rising out of the desert of the United Arab Emirates, an engineering marvel of man-made islands in decorative shapes sprinkled like a folly along its coast.

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Pt 2: Mellissa Fung Interview - Continued - CBC reporter Mellissa Fung was kidnapped and held hostage for 28 days in Afghanistan. Anna Maria spoke with her about that experience, and we continued that conversation by asking Mellissa if she developed any kind of relationship with her kidnappers.

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Pt 3: Canadian Identity - Just "a few acres of snow." That was Voltaire's assessment of Canada. But we wanted to take a closer look at the suggestion behind those words: the idea that Canada is, essentially, dismissible. Once you take stock of our politics, economy, culture -- and maybe our weather -- exactly what does it mean to be Canadian ... and what does our national identity contribute to the world?

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Mellissa Fung Interview

It is the richest city in the middle east a shimmering collection of glass and concrete rising out of the desert of the United Arab Emirates, an engineering marvel of man-made islands in decorative shapes sprinkled like a folly along its coast.

Dubai is a transit point from the messier, noisier and decidedly less comfortable
bustle of so many Middle Eastern and South Asian cities, the real testament to the global financial world ... all it can buy and all it can do.

And though it is just a few hours' flight from Kabul, Dubai could not be further
from the reality of Afghanistan's conflict-ridden capital. And it provides a stark contrast to the story we will bring you today - the story of what happened to Melissa Fung.

Sure, she's ours, a CBC Colleague .. a fellow journalist but after 28 days .. held in a hole in the ground at the mercy of a family of kidnappers looking for the riches that Dubai represents. Melissa Fung is first a woman who has endured what few of us
will ever have to.

Her story and her choices under such extreme circumstances is so compelling that we dedicated our first, second and much of our third half hours to her. Anna Maria spoke with Melissa Fung yesterday... it is the only interview she will do.


Listen to Part One:

 

Mellissa Fung Interview - Continued

CBC reporter Mellissa Fung was kidnapped and held hostage for 28 days in Afghanistan. Anna Maria spoke with her about that experience, and we continued that conversation by asking Mellissa if she developed any kind of relationship with her kidnappers.

Listen to Part Two:

 

Canadian Identity

Just "a few acres of snow." That was Voltaire's assessment of Canada. But we wanted to take a closer look at the suggestion behind those words: the idea that Canada is, essentially, dismissible. Once you take stock of our politics, economy, culture -- and maybe our weather -- exactly what does it mean to be Canadian ... and what does our national identity contribute to the world?

To debate that, we were joined from New York City by two expatriate Canadian authors: Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink; and Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon.

On Sunday March 30, at the University of Toronto, they squared off in a discussion hosted by Maclean's Magazine called Canada: Nation or Notion?

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