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November 16, 2009

Pt 1: World Hunger - Every six seconds, a child dies from hunger. And for the first time, the United Nations estimates that the number of people suffering from hunger has topped one billion. So as world leaders gather in Rome today for the United Nations' World Food Summit, they have their work cut out for them.

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Pt 2: World Hunger - Panel (Cont'd) - World leaders are gathering in Rome today for The United Nations World Food Summit. And we're talking about what it's like to grow up hungry and how that experience lingers.

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Pt 3: A Mining Town - For the last four months, more than 3,000 miners in Sudbury, Ontario have been on strike. And neither they, nor Vale Inco -- the company that employs them -- have budged. It's a story that will ring familiar to most people who know Sudbury, a small town that grew into a city on the wealth of its nickel mining ... a city famous for its big nickel, its superstack and its blue-collar identity.

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It's Monday, November 16th.

The Canadian Toy Testing Council presents its awards for this season's top toys today.

Currently, and topping the list... Needle-me-Elmo.*

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World Hunger - Panel

We started this segment with a montage of tape.

Yes, you heard that right. Every six seconds, a child dies from hunger. And for the first time, the United Nations estimates that the number of people suffering from hunger has topped one billion. So as world leaders gather in Rome today for the United Nations' World Food Summit, they have their work cut out for them.

We were joined by two people who know all too well what it's like to go hungry. Reuben Garang was born in Sudan. He is one of the 27,000 children known as the Lost Boys ... children who were displaced or orphaned during the second Sudanese civil war. He now lives in Winnipeg.

And Ting-xing Ye grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. She wrote about her experiences in a memoir called A Leaf in the Bitter Wind. She now lives in Orillia, Ontario.

World Hunger - Panel (Cont'd)

World leaders are gathering in Rome today for The United Nations World Food Summit. And we're talking about what it's like to grow up hungry and how that experience lingers.

Reuben Garang was born in Sudan. He is one of the 27,000 children known as The Lost Boys who were displaced or orphaned during the country's second civil war. He now lives in Winnipeg. And Ting-xing Ye grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. She now lives in Orillia, Ontario.

World Hunger - UN Rapporteur

Olivier De Schutter is one of the people who have gathered in Rome today for the United Nations World Food Summit. He is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on The Right to Food.

A Mining Town

For the last four months, more than 3,000 miners in Sudbury, Ontario have been on strike. And neither they, nor Vale Inco -- the company that employs them -- have budged. It's a story that will ring familiar to most people who know Sudbury, a small town that grew into a city on the wealth of its nickel mining ... a city famous for its big nickel, its superstack and its blue-collar identity.

But Sudbury is also a greener city now ... with a diversified economy and a growing white-collar population. It's now an amalgamated city that stretches over a hundred kilometres ... and a city divided between past and present.

As part of our on-going series, Work In Progress, Jessica Grilanda prepared a documentary that examines that divide. She's a freelance producer and a lifelong Sudburian. She teaches broadcasting at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario.

And our thanks to Sudbury's mining museum, Dynamic Earth for the audio clips about Sudbury's history.

Last Word - Mighty Popo

We ended the program today with the Rwandan-Canadian musician The Mighty Popo. Like our guests earlier in the program, he understands hunger. He was born to Rwandan refugee parents in neighbouring Burundi and he knows what it's like to experience hunger. We heard from him and played Mighty Popo's song ... Ma' Africa.

Music

Artist: Mighty Popo
Cd: Mighty Popo
Cut: 6, Ma' Africa.
Label: Concert

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