Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Matt Galloway.
It's Tuesday, November 18th.
"Meh", an expression of indifference or boredom has been added to the Collins English Dictionary.
Currently, Oh, and Canada's 40th Parliament and third consecutive minority government begins a new session today.
This is The Current.
School Report - Curling
A bullet killed 15 year-old Jordan Manners in a Toronto school last year. The community and the province of Ontario have been seeking answers to the causes of youth violence since. Yet, even as they waited for a provincial report to be released, C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate Institute - Jordan Manners' school - was the scene of violence once again. A 16 year-old boy was stabbed in the stomach last Tuesday. And a 17 year-old suspect now in custody.
With that backdrop, the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence was submitted on Friday. And paragraph after paragraph, it reads like a litany of devestation, where poverty, alienation, violence, abuse and insufficient resources marginalize the province's at-risk youth. And, perhaps of most concern, the suggestion that racism is more deeply rooted within these communities than ever, at a rate greater than the previous generation.
The province is now considering its next move. Alvin Curling is the co-author of Ontario's report Roots of Violence. He's a former Liberal MPP and Ontario's first Black cabinet minister. He was in our Toronto studio.
Listen to Part One:
Fear and Loathing - Borgese
So the world's emptying wallet is dominating news reports on a daily basis. But before you settle on economic doomsday as your solitary fear factor, please don't forget the other monsters.
There are seething terrorists plotting in far off places. Pandemics lurk in bags of lettuce. And all of that sits in a vat of environmental devastation, baking in an overheating climate.
Scared yet? According to The Oxford Research Group, you should be. We aired a clip of how the ORG describes the most serious threat facing the planet.
Now if you buy that argument, maybe you'll listen to a sales pitch from Paul Borgese. He's the author of FEAR Selling: How You Can Sell More and Sell Faster By Tapping Into Your Prospects' Deep-Seated Emotional Needs. He studies what we're afraid of and why. He was in our New York studio.
Fear and Loathing - Gardner
We started this segment with a montage of thoughts from people on the street talking about what they fear most. Thanks to The Current's Prudent Nsengiyumva for that little primer.
But the idea of using fear to sell stuff isn't something everyone is sold on. Dan Gardner is a Senior Writer for The Ottawa Citizen, and the author of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear. He was in Ottawa.
Music in clip:
Artist: Burton Cummings
CD: "Up Close and Alone"
Cut: 16, "I'm Scared"
Spine: MCASD 81010
Listen to Part Two:
Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson
Yesterday, the U.S. government announced a fresh injection of over 33-billion dollars to bail out 21 banks from the brink of financial ruin. Just one of the latest developments in the global economic crisis that's put the word "money" on everyone's lips but seemingly in nobody's pockets.
With more bailouts and stimulus packages on the way, world leaders and economists are looking for a bright future far removed from the dark reality that is today's global financial mess.
Our next guest looks not to the future, but to the past for solutions to global cash flow woes. Niall Ferguson sums up the history of money in his book, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World. And in looking back, he equates yesterday's mistakes with tomorrow's answers. Niall Ferguson was in Washington.
Last Word - Yes We Have
Coming up this afternoon on CBC Radio One, join The Point's host Aamer Haleem and his panel of "point people" as they debate the issues of the day. And tonight the National looks at the legal, psychological and religious re-integration of Omar Khadr into Canadian society. That's The National, on CBC Television and CBC Newsworld.
We ended the program today with celebratory words from Canada's newest "Have" province. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador says it will host a party next year to celebrate its new status as a money-maker, not a money-taker.
Premier Danny Williams officially announced his province's new status in a speech a couple of weeks ago. The speech inspired a few clever people at a company called Bristol Communications. If you remember American hiphop artist Will.I.Am setting Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" speech to music... well... you get the idea. We aired Bristol Communications team effort, with "Yes We Have."
Listen to Part Three: