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September 29, 2009

Pt 1: Liberals on the Brink - For a party that wants to portray itself as a government-in-wating ... The Liberals are having a hard time sticking to a single script. Yesterday, within hours of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's economic update, the party tabled a motion of no-confidence in the government.

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Pt 2: Evolution - Richard Dawkins is one of the best-known and most controversial scientists in the world. Three years ago, his book The God Delusion sparked some very biblical fury from some of the world's faithful especially conservative Christians in the United States.

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Pt 3: Embedded Students - Jessica Hoffman is a journalism student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She filed that report, while she was embedded with the U.S. Military in Iraq. Now, most journalism schools give their students a taste of the 'real' world by sending them to cover court stories ... or local government. But not this one. Hoffman and two other students spent a month with a group of American soldiers on duty in Iraq. The project is a first ... for the students and the U.S. military. Brian O'Donoghue organized the trip. He's a journalism professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. And Tom Hewitt was one of the students embedded with the military. They're both back home safely in Fairbanks, Alaska. Good morning to you both!

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It's Tuesday, September 29th.

In his economic update, Stephen Harper said stimulus funding has been committed to 75-hundred infrastructure and housing projects.

Currently, the prime minister said that's nothing compared to the jobs that will be created by the government's ad campaign to publicize the stimulus program.

This is the Current.

Liberals on the Brink

For a party that wants to portray itself as a government-in-wating ... The Liberals are having a hard time sticking to a single script. Yesterday, within hours of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's economic update, the party tabled a motion of no-confidence in the government.

Yesterday, Denis Coderre resigned from his post as the Liberal Party's Quebec Lieutenant and Defence Critic. It's the latest move in an on-going fight over the nomination in the Quebec riding of Outremont ... a battle that is threatening to divide the party at a time when it can least afford to let that happen.
For their thoughts on the state of the Liberal Party and how much unrest Michael Ignatieff is facing within its ranks, we're joined by Susan Delacourt. She's the Toronto Star's Ottawa Bureau Chief. And Paul Wells is Senior Columnist with Macleans magazine. They were both in Ottawa.


Evolution - Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is one of the best-known and most controversial scientists in the world. Three years ago, his book The God Delusion sparked some very biblical fury from some of the world's faithful especially conservative Christians in the United States.

Richard Dawkins is back with a new book ... a return to his first great passion, evolution. The book is called The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. And Richard Dawkins was in Toronto.


Embedded Students - Brian O'Donoghue

Jessica Hoffman is a journalism student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She filed that report, while she was embedded with the U.S. Military in Iraq. Now, most journalism schools give their students a taste of the 'real' world by sending them to cover court stories ... or local government. But not this one. Hoffman and two other students spent a month with a group of American soldiers on duty in Iraq. The project is a first ... for the students and the U.S. military.

Brian O'Donoghue organized the trip. He's a journalism professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. And Tom Hewitt was one of the students embedded with the military. They're both back home safely in Fairbanks, Alaska.

If you are interested in seeing the students' work, you can find it on Tom Hewitt's blog. That's at "shorttimers.blogspot.com." And there are two T's in short-timers.

Embedded Students - Graeme Smith

Brian O'Donoghue and Tom Hewitt both acknowledged there are challenges in trying to get an accurate picture of war - while embedded with the military.
But they know they'd likely never have had the access - without that carefully orchestrated arrangement.

So... for his thoughts on navigating the line between critical war reporting and military public relations, we're joined by Globe and Mail reporter Graeme Smith. For the last three years, he's been based in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He's now back in Canada finishing his journalism degree at Ryerson University and writing a book about his experiences in the field. Last week, he won an Emmy Award for his series "Talking to the Taliban." And Graeme Smith is with me in Toronto.

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