Thursday's Checking - In

Some surgeries can turn you into a beauty queen, others instantly disqualify you from beauty pageants. Our listeners check in on some of the ironies of the week, many think it's ridiculous to blame fashion for fury.



Part Two of The Current

Thursday's Checking - In

Trayvon Martin: Seventeen year old Trayvon Martin, the African American teen was killed last month in Sanford, Florida by Neighbourhood Watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman has claimed self-defence. And ever since, outrage over Trayvon's death has continued to grow - throughout the US and Canada. In our conversation on Monday, we touched on the the fact that Trayvon was wearing a hoodie when he was shot. And that illicited lots of response from our listeners.

Commercial Surrogacy: Yesterday, we aired a documentary called Of Mothers and Merchants which follows a Canadian who is so driven to have a baby... she hires a surrogate in India. The same transaction here would be illegal, but in India, commercial surrogacy is an ever expanding and increasingly controversial industry. After airing that story, we heard from listeners with their personal thoughts on surrogacy.

Under the Radar - Carmen Rodriguez: It began as student protests in the summer of last year...but soon after, other social sectors joined in. Now the protests in Chile continue unabated. We haven't heard much about them here, but for many in Chile they represent an unprecedented restlessness not seen since the 1960s. That social unrest led to the election of socialist President Salvador Allende - who was ousted by a military coup in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

Carmen Rodriguez is a political exile from Chile. She fled immediately after the coup that brought Pinochet to power and she came to Canada. She now visits Chile regularly, most recently in 2010. And she's the author of a new novel called Retribution, which is partly set in the years before the military took over her country. Carmen Rodriguez was in Vancouver.

Pageantry Rules: The rules of Miss Universe Canada are quite clear - to compete, you cannot be pregnant or married. And you have to be a "naturally born woman". Tuesday, we discussed the case of Jenna Tackalova - who was born male, and as a result, was disqualified from the pageant. Boy, did this story strike a nerve with some people.

Sarajevo: Last week we spoke to The Current's own Anna Maria Tremonti from Sarajevo. She, and Carol Off -- the host of As It Happens -- were both there to prepare for special coverage marking the 20th anniversary of the War in Bosnia. Anna Maria and Carol covered different aspects of that war, and its aftermath. Today they both joined Jim Brown from our Toronto studio.

Anna Maria Tremonti and Carol Off covered the War in Bosnia and its aftermath. They will mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the war with special coverage next week. The Current is mounting a full-show special Tuesday. As It Happens will bring you stories throughout next week. And on Wednesday night at 10 pm on CBC Television ... Anna Maria and Carol team up with The National to tell the story of Sarajevo, 20 years later.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Pedro Sanchez and Carole Ito.


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