Pt 2: Women of Zimbabwe - On the face of it, there appears to be cause for optimism in Zimbabwe. Thanks to a power-sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangarai, who is now Prime Minister -- there are reports of food on the shelves and a modicum of political stability.
Pt 3: Vatican & Alien Life - We started this segment with some tape of director Ron Howard and actors Ewan MacGregor and Tom Hanks talking about the movie Angels and Demons and what they see as a deep divide between science and religion as mechanisms for understanding the world. But in real life, the disconnect between the two may not be quite so dramatic at least according to the Catholic Church.
It's Tuesday, November 17th.
Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue" will be released today.
Currently, it's already the best-selling choose-your-own-adventure book of all time.
This is The Current.
9/11 Zeitgeist - NYC Trials
New Yorkers are still adjusting to the news that five of the men accused of carrying out the 9/11 attacks will be tried in a civilian court near the site of the former World Trade Center. President Barack Obama made the announcement late on Friday. It's an extension of his plan to close the U.S. Military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City, says he supports the idea. But former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says it will put the city at risk, all over again. These polarized opinions reflect those of New Yorkers.
Ed Kowalski was in New York City on September 11th, 2001. He now sits on the Board of Directors of the 9/11 Families for A Secure America Foundation. He was in New York City.
9/11 Zeitgeist - NYC Trials
But Valerie Lucznikowska has a different view. Her nephew, Adam Arias, was killed in the attacks of September 11th. He was in Tower 2. Valerie Lucznikowska was in New York City.
9/11 Zeitgeist - Canada
On the same day that the Obama administration made the announcement about the five men charged with the 9/11 attacks, it also announced that Omar Khadr -- the only Canadian in Guantanamo Bay -- will be tried by a military commission on American soil.
Canadians are divided on whether Omar Khadr should be tried in the US, or back in Canada. According to a public opinion survey conducted by Angus Reid in September, 42 per cent of Canadians think he should stand trial in Canada. And 40 per cent think he should face an American military trial.
We aired some thoughts that illustrate that divide, first from Can West columnist Susan Martinuk and then from Toronto Star columnist Thomas Walkom on whether Omar Kadhr should be tried in the U.S. or back in Canada.
Women of Zimbabwe
On the face of it, there appears to be cause for optimism in Zimbabwe.
Thanks to a power-sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangarai, who is now Prime Minister -- there are reports of food on the shelves and a modicum of political stability.
But our next guests say that political repression, corruption and economic hardship haven't gone away and the country's women are bearing the brunt of it all. Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlanguare are the leaders of Women of Zimbabwe Arise, a grass-roots movement dedicated to improving the lives of women in Zimbabwe. They were both in Washington, DC.
Vatican & Alien Life
We started this segment with some tape of director Ron Howard and actors Ewan MacGregor and Tom Hanks talking about the movie Angels and Demons and what they see as a deep divide between science and religion as mechanisms for understanding the world. But in real life, the disconnect between the two may not be quite so dramatic at least according to the Catholic Church.
Last week, The Vatican sponsored a five-day conference on astrobiology, an emerging science that studies the possibility of alien life. Of course skeptics will argue that this is still the church that put Galileo -- the Father of Modern Science -- under house arrest for arguing that the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around.
But to Brother Guy Consolmagno fusing science and religion is the most natural thing in the world. He is a Jesuit brother and an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory. He's teaching at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York this fall.
And Carl Pilcher is the Director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. He was in Mountain View, California.
Last Word - Palin
And we ended the program this morning with a word or two from Sarah Palin. The former Republican vice-presidential candidate has released her book Going Rogue, An American Life. Brace yourself for the media blitz.
The former Governor from Wasilla Alaska created a name for herself as a plain spoken, folksy kind of politician. That distinct way of speaking caught the ear of linguists at the University of Wisconsin. They wanted to find out why Ms Palin speaks the way she does and whether it's folksy or just fake. Eric Raimy is one of the researchers. And we gave him the last word this morning.