Checking-In: Listener Response


If you remember our conversation with Shin Dong-hyuk , the man born in a North Korean refugee camp who escaped, you'll want to hear from Marc Wiese. His new documentary on Shin includes two former guards. Their description of prison camp life and their own brutal role in controlling it is disturbing and infuriating. Plus, we check in with what our listeners had to say about the stories of the week.

Checking-In: Listener Response

Our executive producer, Jennifer Moroz joined Anna Maria in studio to check in with what you've been saying.

Pork Industry Bail Out: A long hot dry summer has put a strain on large and small scale pig farmers in Canada and last week, the fourth-largest pork producer in the country filed for bankruptcy protection. Tuesday, we examined the future of our pork industry and asked how much support they should be getting from the federal government.

There was lots of tweeting on the topic. Pedro Rafel posted this:

More and more constituents are simply eating less meat and do not want their money to support that industry. The hog producers should find a solution by themselves instead of asking for tax payers' money.

Patrick Jilesen tweeted this warning:

Old crop inventory is nearly used up. Many feed companies own hogs. Costs are set to spike for these owners

And we aired one more comment from our feedback line.

Camp 14 Documentary: Last May on The Current, we spoke with a man named Shin Dong-hyuk - the only known person to be born into and escape from a North Korean prison camp. Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, is the book about his life in that North Korean prison camp.

Earlier this month the documentary Camp 14: Total Control Zone, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary not only followed Shin Dong-hyuk, but it included two former North Korean prison guards now living in South Korea. Marc Wiese is the director of Camp 14: Total Control Zone and we reached him near Frankfurt, Germany.

** Our interview with Shin Dong-hyuk is one of the interviews featured on our 10th anniversary website. Vote for your favourite. ***

3 Parent IVF: Mitochondrial diseases are incurable and caused by a DNA mutation. They can result in a range of health issues, from developmental delays to early death. Yesterday we heard about a controversial solution that involves replacing the problematic mitochondria with mitochondria from a third party ... a process that's been called three parent in-vitro fertilization.

We spoke with ethicist Francoise Baylis and her concerns prompted Kyle Anderson of Saskatoon to offer this:

Professor Baylis brought up the problem of lineage tracing. This is a real concern, but only for so few. It is a small trade-off - not seeing where their mitochondria came from for the much greater gift of being alive.

To that, Margaret van Dijik of Toronto counters with this:

Francoise Baylis is right - it's the parenting that counts. I am apprehensive about this latest three-parent scenario. There are other options.

Asbestos Documentary: Last year we brought you a documentary about the Von Palleske family. Wolfgang Von Palleske spent 25 years working with chrysotile asbestos at a plant near Toronto. He died five years ago of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos. Sadly, Wolfgang's wife also passed away last year from the disease.

In Carol McDowell's documentary we heard from Wolfgang and Doreen's daughter Heidi describing what it was like to listen her father suffer. Despite the health concerns raised around chrysotile asbestos - the Canadian government refused to oppose the addition of Chrysotile asbestos to an international hazardous-substances list. That was until last week.

On Friday, Federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced the Conservative government would no longer oppose adding chrysotile asbestos to the list. It was a very personal victory for Heidi von Palleske, who joined us in our studio this morning.

The Canada Party: You may not see them on the televised debates ... or even on the ballot but the Canada Party thinks it has something to offer in the upcoming US presidential election. Tuesday, the party's creators outlined the party platform.

Once again, Twitter was abuzz. Someone who goes by the handle FurryPad tweeted this:

Does this mean Canadians would be allowed to vote for The Canada Party in November? I'm both Canadian and American and feel they could use some Canadianism!

And this from Sean Dixon who notes:

Arizona still has some kilometre road signs left over from just before Jimmy Carter lost the election.

The idea of the Canada Party on a US ballot got our friends at the CBC's Content Factory wondering what a Canada Party election commercial may sound like. We aired their commercial.

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Music Bridge

Artist: Caribou
CD: Milk of Human Kindness
Cut: # 10, Pelican Narrows
Label: Domino
Spine: DNO 050

Other segments from today's show:

Free Speech vs. Religious Sanctity

Dual Diagnosis: The Long Way Home

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