September 4, 2008

Pt 1: Politics of Motherhood - Sarah Palin is many things State Governor, Republican campaign ballast, mooseburger devotee and as of last night, Vice Presidential candidate. But from the moment she was tapped to be John McCain's running mate, her status as a mother-of-five and soon-to-be grandmother-of-one has been her defining political feature. For a few hours at least, it was supposed to be an asset something that would bring women flocking to an otherwise alienating Republican ticket. But it turns out that her reproductive status cuts both ways and still carries a lot of baggage.

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Pt 2: Letters - It's Thursday, our traditional mail day on The Current. And here to help, Anna Maria Tremonti was joined with actor, director and this week's Friday host, Nicholas Campbell.

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Pt 3: Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary - The Sri Lankan Government is pulling out all the stops in its bid to end the country's 25-year-old civil war once and for all. For several weeks now, government forces have been pushing deeper into rebel-held territory across the country's north where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have run a de facto independent state, along with a guerilla insurgency bent on carving out an official homeland for the country's minority Tamils. The government's offensive has pushed the rebels back from several key positions and sent tens-of-thousands of civilians fleeing deeper into rebel-held territory. The Tamil Tigers have fought back with a brazen air attack just last week. But some government officials say they still hope to defeat them by the end of the year.

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It's Thursday September 4th.

Time Magazine has discovered that Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin tried to have books banned from the local library while she was Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Currently, She has since reconsidered her stance on The Planned Parenthood guide to teenaged relationships.

This is The Current.


Politics of Motherhood

Sarah Palin is many things State Governor, Republican campaign ballast, mooseburger devotee and as of last night, Vice Presidential candidate. But from the moment she was tapped to be John McCain's running mate, her status as a mother-of-five and soon-to-be grandmother-of-one has been her defining political feature. For a few hours at least, it was supposed to be an asset something that would bring women flocking to an otherwise alienating Republican ticket. But it turns out that her reproductive status cuts both ways and still carries a lot of baggage.

We're going to try to unpack the ultimate motherhood issue this morning.

To do that, I'm joined by Janice Crouse. She was a speechwriter for President George Bush Senior. She's now with Concerned Women for America's Legislative Action Committee and she joined us from Laurel, Maryland.

Susan Douglas is co-author of The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Has Undermined Women. She joined us from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And Barbara Kellerman teaches leadership at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was in Westport, Connecticut.

 

Letters


Special Guest

It's Thursday, our traditional mail day on The Current. And here to help, Anna Maria Tremonti was joined with actor, director and this week's Friday host, Nicholas Campbell.

In the Mail

With the American election making marquee headlines south of the border, the prospect of a Canadian election seems a little tame to some. So Tuesday on The Current, we assembled a bunch of politicos to get their take on a fall federal election.

In today's letter pack, we'll show you how we summed it up and what some of your responses were.


Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary

The Sri Lankan Government is pulling out all the stops in its bid to end the country's 25-year-old civil war once and for all. For several weeks now, government forces have been pushing deeper into rebel-held territory across the country's north where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have run a de facto independent state, along with a guerilla insurgency bent on carving out an official homeland for the country's minority Tamils. The government's offensive has pushed the rebels back from several key positions and sent tens-of-thousands of civilians fleeing deeper into rebel-held territory. The Tamil Tigers have fought back with a brazen air attack just last week. But some government officials say they still hope to defeat them by the end of the year.

Palitha Kohona is Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary. In the past, he's represented the Sri Lankan Government in negotiations with the Tamil Tigers. He's on an official visit to Canada this week and he was in Toronto.



Last Word:

We left this day's show roughly where we began. We started the show talking about the perils of using motherhood as a campaign strategy and why, when it comes to politics at least, the whole Working Mom thing is still contested territory.
As Dolly Parton says, it's enough to drive you crazy if you let it.


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