Checking-In: Listener Response
Our Executive Producer, Jennifer Moroz joined Anna Maria in studio for today's checking-in. The inbox was overflowing this week and a veritable cornucopia of tweets.
Mustafa Barghouti: Mustafa Barghouti is a Palestinian politician and medical doctor, seeking a peaceful way forward towards Palestinian statehood. Tuesday, he aired his views after the United Nations General Assembly voted to grant the Palestinian Authority non-member state observer status.
And because stories about Palestinians and Israel are always controversial and emotional, we received an earful from our listeners. Here are just a couple.
Toby Trompeter of Toronto emailed us this:
It is disingenuous at best of Dr. Barghouti to suggest that the measures Israel takes to protect its citizens from aggression equates with the kind of racial discrimination practised in South Africa. Millions of Israeli Arabs enjoy a peaceful life and standard of living that is one of the highest in the Middle East.
Here's a different view from Larry Hannant of Victoria who wrote:
Mustafa Barghouti is such a voice of reason and insight. His brief reply about the term apartheid was simple and powerful. A man born in Jerusalem who cannot visit his own home because of Israeli exclusion.
Alain Gravel: It's been an autumn of massive political upheaval in Quebec.
Jean Charest's Liberals voted out of office ... three mayors forced out and the anti-corruption squad continues to raid and charge.
And of course the Charbonneau Commission looking at corruption and collusion in Quebec's construction industry dropped more than a few bombshells. It can be argued that none of that would have happened without the work of our next guest and the team of very dedicated and determined journalists with whom he works.
Alain Gravel is the host of Radio Canada's award-winning investigative program Enquète. Alain and the Enquète team have spent the past four years digging away at this story, and with every report, the story just grew and grew.
Radio-Canada's Enquète airs Thursday evenings at 9pm.
Tracking the Story: We started this part with a clip from Sikata Banerjee, author of Warriors in Politics: Hindu Nationalism, Violence and the Shiv Sena in India. She was on The Current two weeks ago talking about how the late leader of the Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray -- along with many of his followers -- admired Adolf Hitler.
And it seems that they aren't the only ones. Thousands of copies of Mein Kamp are sold in India each year and teachers are reporting that school children are expressing their admiration for the late Nazi leader.
Vibha Kamat is a french teacher at a private secondary school in Mumbai and has seen this alarming trend among her students. We reached Vibha Kamat in Mumbai.
Free to Be You and Me: It was forty years ago that actor Marlo Thomas phoned up a bunch of her famous friends and put together this collection of music with a message of how to accept our differences - and not allow gender to define our futures. We looked back at the impact of that message, Tuesday on the program.
And it brought back lots of memories for those of a certain age.
Dave Glover tweeted us this:
Like the birth of Sesame Street, Free to Be was designed to make better people. We have become that. We became a generation that cared more about our feelings and each other.
CBC news anchor, Dwight Drummond also of "that" age ... tweeted this:
I loved listening to that album in Miss Downing's grade 3 class at Firgrove Public School.
Not only at Firgrove. Eileen Oliver says:
Glenview Public School played this in our social studies class. I wore blue - not pink.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Carole Ito.
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