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January 5, 2010

 

Pt 1: Covering Afghanistan - Preparations are being made for Michelle Lang to be buried in her hometown of Vancouver. She's the reporter with the Calgary Herald & CanWest who was killed in Afghanistan last week. The first Canadian journalist to be killed covering the conflict. Her death has cast a spotlight on the risks of covering this war. And it has raised questions about whether the information reporters there are able to uncover justifies the risks.

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Pt 2: Work & Music - It turns out the folks at Disney had it right. A little music can make work more efficient, less stressful and even happier ... just wait until you hear why. And Snow White isn't the only one who knows this. We have been making music for as long as we have been working. And this morning, as part of our series, Work In Progress, we wanted to explore the connection between music and work. Well, actually freelance producer Roberta Walker did the work for us with her documentary, Working For A Song.

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Pt 3: South Africa World Cup - We started this segment with a clip of Joseph Blatter, the President of FIFA announcing the decision to hold the 2010 World Cup of Soccer in South Africa. The most popular sporting show on earth is now less than six months away.

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It's Tuesday, January 5th.

Afghanistan's Parliament has rejected two-thirds of President Hamid Karzai's cabinet nominees.

Currently, if necessary,Governor General Michaelle Jean has agreed to prorogue.

This is The Current.

Covering Afghanistan

Preparations are being made for Michelle Lang to be buried in her hometown of Vancouver. She's the reporter with the Calgary Herald & CanWest who was killed in Afghanistan last week. The first Canadian journalist to be killed covering the conflict. Her death has cast a spotlight on the risks of covering this war. And it has raised questions about whether the information reporters there are able to uncover justifies the risks.

For their thoughts on that question, we were joined by three people. Chris Wattie is a freelance journalist who has reported from Afghanistan. He's also the author of Contact Charlie: The Canadian Army, the Taliban and the battle that saved Afghanistan. He was in Toronto. Scott Taylor is a former soldier. He's now the Editor and Publisher of Esprit De Corps magazine as well as the author of Unembedded: Two Decades of Maverick War Reporting. He was in Ottawa. And Kathy Gannon is a reporter with the Associated Press. She's also the author of I is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror. She has spent 20 years reporting from Afghanistan. And she was in Islamabad.


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Work & Music

It turns out the folks at Disney had it right. A little music can make work more efficient, less stressful and even happier ... just wait until you hear why. And Snow White isn't the only one who knows this. We have been making music for as long as we have been working. And this morning, as part of our series, Work In Progress, we wanted to explore the connection between music and work. Well, actually freelance producer Roberta Walker did the work for us with her documentary, Working For A Song.

And Roberta will be back in the days to come, with a look ... or a listen at how music might be used to help us work in the future.

 

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South Africa World Cup

We started this segment with a clip of Joseph Blatter, the President of FIFA announcing the decision to hold the 2010 World Cup of Soccer in South Africa. The most popular sporting show on earth is now less than six months away.

And it's estimated that by the time it's all done, South Africa will have spent about 10 Billion dollars on infrastructure and road projects, as well as security and six new state-of-the-art soccer stadiums. The idea is that those investments will be an economic boon for the country.

But not everyone in South Africa is celebrating the arrival of the games. Andile Mngxitama is a columnist with The Sowetan daily newspaper. He is also the publisher of New Frank Talk and one of the editors of a collection of essays called Biko Lives! Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko. Rich Mkhondo is the spokesperson for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee, South Africa. They were both in Johannesburg.

Last Word - FIFA

We wanted to leave you with one more thought on the World Cup as a branding opportunity. Coca-Cola has sponsored the World Cup trophy tour that has been making its way around Africa over the last two months. And the company commissioned Canadian-Somali hip-hop artist K'Naan to sing an altered version of his song Waving Flag ... a song originally about his struggle to survive poverty and starvation. We ended the program with the new version.


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