April 21, 2010

Pt 1: Bishop's Man - Anna Maria Tremonti talks to Patrick Wall, a former Catholic Priest and Benedictine Monk. For several years, he was what's known as a "Fixer" in the Catholic Church. He was parachuted into parishes where the former Priest had been caught up in a sexual abuse scandal. He eventually quit the church and now he works as a legal consultant for the victims of sexual abuse. (Read More)

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Pt 2: Authenticity Hoax
- Writer Andrew Potter tells us why he thinks authenticity isn't what it used to be because the authenticity we seek from the past never actually existed. (Read More)

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Pt 3: Mudslides - Earlier this month, a series of mudslides devastated the favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro. And now the local governments are considering whether and how to rebuild a slum. (Read More)

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Bishop's Man - Patrick Wall

For almost a decade, Patrick Wall played a special role in the Roman Catholic Church. A priest and a Benedictine Monk... he was also what's known as a "Fixer." He would be parachuted into a parish in the aftermath of allegations of sexual abuse. His job was to right the situation. And quickly, he became adept at making scandals go away.

But over time, Patrick Wall became conflicted about the role he was playing. Eventually, his concerns pushed him to leave the Priesthood. Now, Patrick Wall spends his days helping people who have been abused by Church officials. He's a legal consultant and a Canon Lawyer with the U.S. law firm Manly and Stewart. He's also the author of Sex, Priests and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse. Patrick Wall was in Los Angeles.


Authenticity Hoax - Andrew Potter

Here's a short list of things Andrew Potter thinks reflect our search for authenticity: distressed jeans, skateboards, independent bookstores, typewriters, chainsaws, local food, organic food, eco-tourism, urban lofts, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, the blue sweater vest and Coca-Cola.

Andrew Potter doesn't necessarily have a problem with any of those things. But he says that the way we imbue them all with a notion of authenticity isn't very helpful. Andrew Potter is a columnist with Maclean's magazine. His new book is The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves. He was in Toronto.

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Mudslides - Christopher Frey

We started this segment with a clip of Hugo. He's a long-time resident of Morro de Bumba, one of the many slums or "favelas" in Niteroi. It's a city of about half-a-million people just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Earlier this month, Hugo's neighbourhood was largely destroyed by one of several mudslides. The mudslides killed at least 250 people and devastated several favelas, including Morro de Bumba. Christopher Frey is a Canadian freelance journalist who now lives in Rio. He is Rio de Janeiro correspondent for Monocle magazine. His forthcoming book is Broken Atlas: The Secret Life of Globalization. Christopher Freymet Hugo last week and he joined us this morning.

Mudslides - Julio Tavares

For his thoughts on how the governments of Niteroi and Rio de Janeiro will respond to the challenges posed by the favelas, we were joined by Julio Tavares. He's a professor of anthropology at the Fluminense Federal University in Niteroi.

Last Word - Elves

We ended the program this morning with this thought. Iceland is a country where myths and folklore are associated with many aspects of living on land that is so full of nature's sometimes terrible beauty.

And so, for a folkloric perspective on volcanos, we heard form Magnús Skarphéðinsson, the head of the Icelandic Elf School in Reykjavik.

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