Part Two of The Current
Erica Johnson is a familiar face and voice at CBC as the co-host of Marketplace on CBC Television. And she's also a regular here at The Current where she'll be our Friday host tomorrow. Erica joined Anna Maria in studio to help get through some of our mail.
Prodigy Art: Four-year-old Aelita André is an artist ... at least according to her gallery and buyers. Her paintings have sold at the Agora Gallery in New York City for nearly ten thousand dollars. Yesterday on The Current, we debated whether a four year old is capable of producing meaningful art. Then we heard from our listeners with their response on this topic.
Coupon Websites: Everybody loves a deal and that's what keeps daily deal websites going. Sites such as Groupon, offer a different deal each day, depending upon a certain number of people buying into it.
On Monday The Current looked into the fine print of these deals and we heard about one particular offer that went wrong. It offered 175 dollars of meat for fifty-five dollars. A good deal! Eleven thousand people thought so. The small family-owned business couldn't fill the volume of orders. Customers were unhappy. And so was the owner. Our listeners shared their experiences.
Placebo Medication: Yesterday on The Current we spoke with Dr. Amir Raz, a McGill Psychiatry Professor and researcher, about his study of placebos. Most people understand that a placebo is some kind of sugar pill, something that may look like a medication, but doesn't really have any physiological effect on the body. But that's a controversial presumption.
Dr. Raz did a survey of Canadian doctors and discovered that up to 20 percent prescribed placebos for their patients. To discuss the ethics of doctors prescribing placebos, we reached Jonathan Kimmelman, an associate professor of biomedical ethics at McGill University in Montreal.
Dandelions: On Tuesday The Current reported that Alberta had de-listed the lowly dandelion from its weed control act. We took snapshots of the dandelion through many lenses. The dandelion as pest or food and drink. After this item aired, we heard lots on "the teeth of the lion" and shared some opinions including one from Robin Lawless of Regina that resulted in a haiku:
Ugly SPOTS on green
How I loathe your yellow teeth
And we were noting on Tuesday that the dandelion is rarely celebrated but we were quickly informed we are wrong! We were told about dandelion festivals in Central Onslow, Nova Scotia and Waterloo, Ontario and one festival in Kemptville, Ontario which features a special beer called Weed Wacker.
And to close off our discussion on dandelions, we aired a sonnet written exclusively for The Current by Norman Macdonald of Winnipeg, Manitoba it's called I'll Be Back.
Why do they all hate us so? My, it's sad.
It's murder en mass; no it's genocide.
It's not that they want us to die as bad
As when we give our young the gen to hide.'So what if we are labelled filthy weeds?
I for one am not what they say I am.
No way can they be rid of all our seeds
And roots, like, you know, we should give a damn?We're beautiful! We're lovely! What the hell?
We make good salads and we make good wine,
Just ask around, a connoisseur can tell,
Recipes abound that will taste divine.And each spring, there's one thing to rely on,
Hosts, yes hosts, of golden dandy-lie-awn.
Shahzad wasn't well-known in the West but his stories about militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan...his enviable reach into both militant and intelligence circles made him a legend among journalists in the region. The extent of his contacts also made him controversial -- accused by both militants and spies of working for the other side. But his friend and colleague, Ali Mustafa who is a producer here with CBC News, remembers Shahzad as a dedicated reporter, committed to exposing the truth in a place where that can get you killed. We aired a clip.
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