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February 11, 2009

Pt 1: Israel: The Right - The results are in ... And now the real campaigning can begin. As you've been hearing on the news, Tsipi Livni's centrist Kadima party rallied and pulled up right next to Benjamin Natanyahu's right-wing Likud Party in Israel's elections yesterday and now it will be up to the President Shimon Peres to decide whether Kadima or Likud gets the first chance to form a coalition government.

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Pt 2: v - Farce was still on CBC Radio and around the time that OPEC had quadrupled oil prices, and helped solidify a devastating global recession.

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Pt 3: Graffiti - We started this segment with a clip of Shepard Fairey, a controversial street artist from Los Angeles. If you've paid any attention to American politics in the last year, you've probably seen his work. He designed the Warhol-esque blue and red poster of Barack Obama with the word "HOPE" emblazoned on it ... the one that was eventually adopted by Obama's campaign and now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. And Shepard Fairey's work is being featured in an exhibit at the prestigious Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.

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It's Wednesday Feb 11th.

Robert Mugabe has released his birthday dinner wish list. It includes 2000 bottles of champagne, 8000 lobsters and 100 kg of prawns.

Currently, the main course will be a fine tartar of Alberta ducks, basted with an oil slurry reduction.

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Israel: The Right

The results are in ... And now the real campaigning can begin. As you've been hearing on the news, Tsipi Livni's centrist Kadima party rallied and pulled up right next to Benjamin Natanyahu's right-wing Likud Party in Israel's elections yesterday and now it will be up to the President Shimon Peres to decide whether Kadima or Likud gets the first chance to form a coalition government.

But the real dcision on who gets to be PM may rest with Avigdor Leiberman. His far right Yisrael Beitenu party pushed the once mighty Labour Party out of third place ... giving it the balance of power. Yisrael Beitenu translates as "Israel is our home." Its campaign slogan is "no loyalty, no citizenship" ... a message directed at Israel's Arab population and one that found remarkable resonance with the Israeli public in this election.

Danny Hershtal was a candidate for the Yisrael Beitenu party. He moved to Israel from Canada in 2002 and he was in Jerusalem this morning.


Israel - Israel/Arab

Avigdor Lieberman's policy of "no loyalty, no citizenship" has horrified most Arab Israelis.

Ameer Makhoul is the General Director of Ittijah, a union of Arab community associations that fights for civil rights in Israel. He was in Haifa.

 

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Recession and Health - Economist

We started this segment with a clip of an Air Farce skit from 1973 back when Air Farce was still on CBC Radio and around the time that OPEC had quadrupled oil prices, and helped solidify a devastating global recession.

Last month, 129,000 jobs disappeared across Canada. That's the worst month on record for job losses. And even comedians are having a tough time finding a silver lining in our on-going economic crisis.

But what if a recession could make you healthier? It sounds unlikely. But Christopher Ruhm says it's entirely possible. He's an economist at the University of North Carolina. He has studied health trends in times of recession and he joined us from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Recession and Health - Author

And Christopher Ruhm is not the only person who thinks that bad economic times might lead to good health. David Potts is an Australian author, he wrote a book called, The Myth of the Great Depression. He looked at health indicators during the depression and came up with some surprising results.


Recession and Health - Critic

Not everyone is convinced that a recession will actually be good for our health ... especially not with the ubiquity of fast food outlets and cheaper, processed foods.

Bill Jeffery is the National Coordinator of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest and he was in our Ottawa studio.

 

Graffiti - Fairey's Lawyer

We started this segment with a clip of Shepard Fairey, a controversial street artist from Los Angeles. If you've paid any attention to American politics in the last year, you've probably seen his work. He designed the Warhol-esque blue and red poster of Barack Obama with the word "HOPE" emblazoned on it ... the one that was eventually adopted by Obama's campaign and now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. And Shepard Fairey's work is being featured in an exhibit at the prestigious Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.

Shepard Fairey has used his stark street art to create a design and marketing company with corporate clients like Pepsi. Some pieces of his work sell for as much as $85,000. That's a pretty dramatic transformation for a guy who used to ply his trade under the cover of darkness, stenciling images on lamp posts and highway overpasses while dodging police.

But not everyone is thrilled about his rise to fame. Last Friday while Mr. Fairey was on his way to the opening of his exhibit, he was arrested on a graffiti charge that dates back to 2000. His arrest has sparked a debate about the legitimacy of street art. Jeffrey Wiesner is a criminal lawyer who's representing street artist, Shepard Fairey. We reached him in Boston.


Graffiti - Boston Police

We had hoped to speak to the Boston Police Department about Shepard Fairey's arrest. But the department declined our requests for an interview.

Earlier this week, though, Officer James Kenneally, a spokesperson with the Boston Police Department spoke to radio station WBUR in Boston. We aired an excerpt.


Graffiti - Montreal Artist

Officer Kenneally mentioned a "tag" that Shepard Fairey used ... an image of the now-dead professional wrestler, Andre The Giant. The image usually included the word "Obey." And it's that image that made Shepard Fairey famous among street artists all over the world.

"Seaz" is a street artist from Montreal who has followed Shepard Fairey's work and considers him a colleauge. He's also the Editor of the magazine Under Pressure. and he was in Montreal.


Last Word - Green Leaf Party

Earlier in the program we talked about yesterday's election in Israel. And one party that may have slipped under the radar is the Green Leaf Party. Every election, it runs on a single platform ... the decriminalization of marijuana. In one of its election ads the party's leader, comedian Gil Kopatsch, lights up a joint beside the grave of Israel's founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and opens up a conversation. We ended the program with one side of it.

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