December 24, 2008

Pt 1: Cuban Revolution, 50 Years later - Fifty years ago. A guerrilla army prepares its final offensive. Its leader is a young, bearded firebrand. A man who would turn the world on its head, and become the inspiration for left-wing revolutionaries throughout the third world.

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Pt 2: Helping the Homeless - It's hard to say just how many people in Canada are homeless. But they're hard to miss, particularly over the holidays. All the sparkling lights and tinsel in the world can't compensate for the jarring sight of someone sitting on the cold concrete, draped in tattered blankets.

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Pt 3: The Miracle of Rose Prince - Documentary - Every summer, nearly a thousand people gather on a beautiful, lonely hillside in northern British Columbia. First Nations, pilgrims, priests, and bishops, all are drawn to Lejac. They pray to an aboriginal "Saint" that the Vatican has not recognized.

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It's Wednesday, December 24rd.

The Voice brings you an X-mas X-tacular in today's satire.


Cuban Revolution, 50 Years later

Fifty years ago. A guerrilla army prepares its final offensive. Its leader is a young, bearded firebrand. A man who would turn the world on its head, and become the inspiration for left-wing revolutionaries throughout the third world.

That man, of course, was Fidel Castro, who until recently was the supreme ruler - some would say dictator - of Cuba. One person who managed to interview Castro soon after his 1959 revolution was a CBC reporter named Michael MacLear. Here is a brief excerpt of that historic intervew:

Reporter Michael Maclear interviewed Fidel Castro in 1959 for the CBC. Last year, he went back to Cuba and produced a documentary called, After Fidel. The doc takes a look back at those heady times when Castro was an enigma... and not yet Washington's most hated man.

And as the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution approaches, Mr. Maclear joined Anna Maria in Toronto for the show.


Listen to Part One:

 

Helping the Homeless

It's hard to say just how many people in Canada are homeless. But they're hard to miss, particularly over the holidays. All the sparkling lights and tinsel in the world can't compensate for the jarring sight of someone sitting on the cold concrete, draped in tattered blankets.

Well, for Stephen Hwang, the term "help the homeless" has taken on deep meaning. The son of Chinese immigrants, he was born in the U.S. and studied medicine at the country's finest schools. He faced a bright career in research there. But he turned his back on that, and chose instead to move to Canada, and dedicate his work to studying and helping the homeless.

His colleagues say he's one of the world's top researchers on homelessness. Stephen Hwang is a research scientist and internal medicine specialist at St. Michael's Hospital's Centre for Research on Inner City Health. He joined Anna Maria in our Toronto studio.

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The Miracle of Rose Prince - Documentary

Every summer, nearly a thousand people gather on a beautiful, lonely hillside in northern British Columbia. First Nations, pilgrims, priests, and bishops, all are drawn to Lejac. They pray to an aboriginal "Saint" that the Vatican has not recognized.

A dead woman whose body has never decayed. They worship on holy ground that was once home to an Indian residential school. They look for miracles. The CBC's Betsy Trumpener attended this year's pilgrimage. She prepared a documentary called, The Miracles of Rose Prince. It first aired on the Current back in October.


Last Word: Kidnapping

On the Boxing Day edition of The Current, we'll rebroadcast our feature interview with CBC reporter Melissa Fung. She was kidnapped in Afghanistan and spent 28 days held in an underground room.

But along with Melissa Fung, freedom came to others this year. Around the world countless people are held against their will. Notably, Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian presidential candidate. She had been held in the jungle for an astonishing six years.

BBC reporter Alan Johnston was also released from captivity in Gaza this year.

Both of them met up for an interview. We'll leave you today with part of that conversation.

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