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December 27, 2009: The Sunday Edition Tackles Poverty, Part Two: Inequality - An Interview with Graeme Green - Molly Johnson Visits The Sunday Edition! - The Divine Mr. Blake (Doc)

Hour 1: The Sunday Edition Tackles Poverty -- Part Two: Inequality - Throughout this season on the Sunday Edition, is exploring the dilemma of poverty - why it still exists and what can be done about it. But poverty is a problem that's hard to define. Is it a type of deprivation that can be measured in absolute terms - is it the lack of basics like food, water and shelter?

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Hour 2: Connected to the Wild - An Interview with Graeme Green - In his latest book, The Bedside Book of Beasts, Canadian writer Graeme Gibson has created an impressive and exhaustive tome of "miscellany devoted to alpha predators and their prey". Beasts, in other words. Why? Because, he says, animals - beasts - are central to our understanding of humans' place in nature.

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Hour 3: Molly Johnson Visits The Sunday Edition! - This week Michael got to do something he's wanted to do for a long time - spend an hour with the wonderful Molly Johnson. Singer, activist, radio host, mother, and all around Canadian icon.

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Elsewhere on the show - We have a documentary called, The Divine Mr. Blake; and we also added a dollop of your mail.

Music

Song: Sonata, 21st Movement, Andante
Artist: George Frideric Handel
Album: Haendel


Michael's Essay

Loss is as important to human life as acquisition. It molds us. It forms us in ways difficult to identify or explain. We love to add and subtract the things and events in our lives. It is arguable that this has been a year of
loss.


Music

Song: Helpless
Artist: Sisters Euclid
Album: Run, Neil, Run


The Sunday Edition Tackle Poverty -- Part Two: Inequality

Throughout this season on the Sunday Edition, is exploring the dilemma of poverty - why it still exists and what can be done about it. But poverty is a problem that's hard to define. Is it a type of deprivation that can be measured in absolute terms - is it the lack of basics like food, water and shelter?

Or is the problem of poverty in the developed world a question of rising inequality - the fact that fewer and fewer people control more and more of our wealth. And the ones that are left behind.

Ed Broadbent believes that the growing gap between rich and poor is one of the biggest problems facing this country today. And the former leader of the federal New Democratic Party thinks it's time we launched "an all-out attack on inequality."

Kate Pickett thinks she has the statistics to prove Mr. Broadbent's point. In a new book called The Spirit LeveL' The University of York epidemiologist and her colleague Richard Wilkinson argue that the best way to measure the overall well-being of a country is to look at how evenly wealth is distributed within it.

Inequality, the authors argue, affects the mental health and physical health of all citizens, no matter which class they belong to.

Ed Broadbent was the leader of the federal NDP from 1975 - 1989. He's in our studio in Ottawa. Kate Pickett is a Senior Lecturer at the Univeristy of York. She's also the co-author of "The Spirit Level" Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better." It's published by Penguin in Canada and Ms. Pickett was in a studio in York.


Music

Song: Der Vogelfänger Bin Ich Ja, Aria (Baritone, Act 1)
Artist: Mozart/ Rchard Bradshaw
Album: Mozart: Arie & Duetti

Mail Pack

Last week, Michael read an essay about the difficulty of sorting out dueling experts on climate change.

On the December 13th program, we also had a documentary on the patient transfer business in Ontario. Non-emergency patients are transported in vehicles unregulated by the health ministry.

He also spoke to Paul Kennedy, the chairman of the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP, about his recently released report into the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport. We receive a lot of mail, and although we can't put it all on the program, we do read every one.

Feel free to write to us!


Music

Song: Hoe-Down
Artist: Angèle Dubeau & La Pieta
Album: Let's Dance

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Music

Song: Goody Two Shoes
Artist: PJ Perry & Douglas Riley
Album: Come Sunday


Connected to the Wild - An Interview with Graeme Green

In his latest book, The Bedside Book of Beasts, Canadian writer Graeme Gibson has created an impressive and exhaustive tome of "miscellany devoted to alpha predators and their prey". Beasts, in other words. Why? Because, he says, animals - beasts - are central to our understanding of humans' place in nature.

The book is a rich compendium of myth, fable, poetry sacred text and essays which explore connections between the human animal and animals of the wild. It is a companion piece to his Bedside Book of Birds which we talked about on this show when it came out. The book is a kind of all-you-can-eat-buffet of musings on the wild kingdom, augmented by illustrations and photographs.It's a collection of essays and musings from all over the world evidenced by the bibliography which is itself fifteen pages long.

Graeme Gibson is the author of many books, including the novels Five Legs, Perpetual Motion and Gentlemen Death. His non-fiction includes The Bedside Book of Birds and a book of interviews entitled Eleven Canadian Novelists. He is the recipient of the 2008 Writers' Trust Prize for Distinguished Contribution and he is a member of the Order of Canada.

Graeme Gibson joined Michael in our Toronto studio.

Music

Song: Too Close For Comfort
Artist: Jerry Bock
Album:
Good Night, Good Luck - Film Soundtrack

The Divine Mr. Blake - Documentary

When Canadian literary giant Northrop Frye first read the poetry of William Blake, he pronounced himself transformed, his life and work utterly changed. He is not alone.

Blake has touched the lives of thousands around the world. The great British poet, artist and visionary gave the world Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, the words to the hymn "Jerusalem" , the Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and "heaven in a wildflower".

In his lifetime, he was often dismissed as a madman. When he died in 1827, he was buried in an unmarked, pauper's grave, but to his devotees, he is a prophet with much to tell the world about war, about poverty, imagination, and creativity.

And to some, he is more than that. He is a luminous companion, a real presence in everyday life. First broadcast on the Sunday Edition in November 2007, here is "The Divine Mr. Blake."

The Divine Mr. Bake was produced by Frank Faulk.


Music

Song: Jerusalem
Artist: Billy Bragg
Album: The Internationale


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Molly Johnson Visits The Sunday Edition!

This week Michael got to do something he's wanted to do for a long time - spend an hour with the wonderful Molly Johnson. Singer, activist, radio host, mother, and all around Canadian icon.

She was here for the full hour to talk about her life, her music and whatever else occurs to us. And she's going to sing, we are going to be treated to some tunes from the Molly Johnson Songbook.

Music

Song: But Not For Me
Artist: Molly Johnson

Music

Song: Ode to Billy Joe
Artist: Molly Johnson


Music

Song: Whatever Lola Wants
Artist: Molly Johnson


Music

Song: Don't Explain
Artist: Molly Johnson


Music

Song: If You Know Love
Artist: Molly Johnson

Music

Song: Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
Artist: Molly Johnson



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