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September 26, 2010: An Exploration of Pornland - Robert Harris is back with Gershwin! - Risky Business (Doc)

Pornland - In a world intrigued by Fortune 500 companies, there's one billion dollar industry that no one wants to talk about. The porn industry. It's an industry that makes more money than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Ebay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. And according to Gail Dines, they may be getting rich. But they are impoverishing the lives of the rest of us. She's a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston, and the author of the recently released book, Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality.

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Robert Harris is back with Gershwin! - This week our music guru is back to celebrate a very special anniversary. Seventy-five years ago this month, composer George Gershwin debuted his folk opera 'Porgy and Bess'. The show and its songs became legend. As did countless other Gershwin tunes. Robert Harris was here to talk about the man who gave us some of the greatest popular music ever written.



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Risky Business - Documentary - When is an ambulance not really an ambulance? Sometimes, without knowing it , you are really in some different type of vehicle-for-hire that specializes in transferring patients from point A to point B. We rebroadcasted Risky Business, a documentary that ran last December on The Sunday Edition. This week, the documentary, by producers Tina Pittaway and Neil Sandell, was awarded the World Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting at the 2010 New York Festival Radio Broadcasting Awards.



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Elsewhere on the show:We have a tubful of your mail about our education forum and the story of Lucy the elephant and Ruby the lawyer.



Hour 1

Music
Song: Early Morning Blues
Artist: Joe Sealy
Album: Anthologie de la musique canadienne

Michael's Weekly Essay

This week, Michael brings you a Sunday morning story about Lucy the elephant and Ruby the lawyer.

Music
Song: Gymnopédie No.1
Artist: James Gelfand
Album: Convergence

Pornland

It's a big business with billions of dollars in revenue, millions of customers, trade fairs, corporate lobbyists and all the usual gang of hangers-on: bankers, lawyers, and investors.

The guys who run it worry about rates of return, market share, product differentiation, and technological innovation. As an industry it brings in more revenue than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Ebay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. And yet, we collectively spend a lot of time and energy denying that it really exists, that it is much of a problem and dismissing critics with ad hominem labelling and disdain.

We are talking about pornography.

At the beginnings of the 1950s, porn was something boys indulged in behind the barn and creeps enjoyed in dingy little movie theatres. 60 years later, porn is everywhere.

There are 420 million internet porn pages, 4.2 million porn web sites and 68 million search engine requests for porn daily. And the language, imagery and ethos of porn have become the stuff of movies, music, books and advertisements. Our culture, our politics and our economy all have porn laced throughout.

All of this may sound alarmist, but if Gail Dines is correct, it should be alarming; if for no other reason than the effect porn has on how men and women, and especially young men and women have come to define who they are, how they relate and what relationships and intimacy really mean.

Dines goes further. Given that the average boy first sees porn at the age of 11, we are raising a generation of boys who are cruel, bored and desensitized.

Gail Dines is a professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College in Boston and the author most recently of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality. It's a startling book and it's a rough, harsh read and rightly so. Porn is an ugly world and getting uglier all the time.

This week Professor Dines was in a studio at WBUR in Boston.

Music
Song: Baritone, Act 2
Artist: James Gelfand
Album: Mozart: Arie & Duetti

Mail Pack #1

Last week, we jumped the gun on the new school year by heading to straight to the final exam. We staged a forum at Dalhousie University in Halifax, which we called: "The Final Examination Question: Is a University Education Worth the Cost?"

In the first hour of the forum, we heard from our panel of experts. Then we heard from members of the audience. But many of you who were auditing the forum on the radio had something to say as well.

Do write to us about anything you hear on the program. On our website you can go to the "Contact Us" page OR you can write to us at: The Sunday Edition, CBC Radio One, Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario, M5W 1E6.

Music
Song: Wish I were the one
Artist: Ingrid Gatin
Album: Broken Tambourine

Music
Song: How About You
Artist: Oscar Peterson
Album: Dancing on the Ceiling


Hour 2

Music
Song: Introduction
Artist: Trio Solisti
Album: Cafe Music

Robert Harris is back with Gershwin!

This week our music guru is back to celebrate a very special anniversary.

Seventy-five years ago this month, composer George Gershwin debuted his folk opera 'Porgy and Bess'. The show and its songs became legend. As did countless other Gershwin tunes.

Robert Harris will be here to talk about the man who gave us some of the greatest popular music ever written.

Music
Song: Swanee
Artist: Al Jolson
Album: From Gershwin's Time: The Original Sounds Of George Gershwin

Music
Song: Fascinating Rhythm
Artist: George Gershwin
Album: George Gershwin plays George Gershwin

Music
Song: Do it Again
Artist: Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
Album: Hits of '22

Music
Song: Do it Again
Artist: Judy Garland
Album: Judy at Carnegie Hall

Music
Song: Can't Take That Away
Artist:
Album:

Music
Song: I Loves You, Porgy
Artist: Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra
Album: Porgy and Bess: George Gershwin Great American Opera

What Were They Thinking?

This morning we introduced a new occasional feature on the program.

We've all had that moment, when some government official, corporate executive, academic, broadcaster, union leader or organization does or says something that makes us stop and ask, "What were they thinking?".

That's also the name of this new item. Take a listen and hear what we pulled from the headlines this week!

Fathers and Money - A Personal Essay

It's the Big Daddy of old fashioned expectation - that idea that men must provide for their families. In this day and age, the pressure to bring home the bacon may be much more equitably shared.

But, as Cameron Phillips discovered, the breadwinner's burden is insidiously alive and not going anywhere without a fight.

Music
Song: Bagatelle, WOO 59
Artist: James Gelfand
Album: Convergence


Hour 3

Music
Song: Love is a Rose
Artist: Run Neil Run
Album: Sisters Euclid

Risky Business - Documentary

If you stand outside any hospital in Canada, you'll probably see all kinds of vehicles picking up patients and dropping them off.

Some say "ambulance", or E-M-S on them. Some just have company names. To the untrained eye, they all look pretty much the same. But they are not. EMS vehicles are for both emergencies, and non-emergencies.

The rest - the look-a-likes - also move patients...but only those in stable condition. They're for "non-emergencies".

So the company that moves you from point A to point B may look like an ambulance. You probably think it IS an ambulance. But it may be something quite different - a "patient transfer vehicle". In most parts of Canada, they are regulated by provincial ministries of health.

But not in Ontario.

In Ontario, the minute you leave the hospital and get into that truck, you're entering the wild west of unregulated care. And your trip may be a Risky Business indeed.

This is a story we brought to your attention last December. This week, congratulations are in order. Our colleagues, radio producers, Tina Pittaway and Neil Sandell, have been awarded a World Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting at the 2010 New York Festival Radio Broadcasting Awards.

Music
Song: Pilot's Rest
Artist: CPO
Album: Jerusalem Ridge

Mail Pack #2

We head a bit more of your mail from the forum last week, but also on last week's program, Michael spoke with Dr. Kelly Brownell of Yale University. Dr. Brownell has spent his entire career crusading against the epidemic of obesity that is plaguing his country and ours. Last week he talked about his long-standing campaign to persuade governments to impose a tax on junk food.

Music
Song: It Aint Necessarily So
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: Sunday Morning Classics

Water Readers - Documentary

The mighty Mackenzie is no easy read.

In length, flow and drainage area, it's the third largest river in this hemisphere, just behind the Amazon and the Mississippi. But for its quiet, untouched beauty, it is first among all the world's great rivers, with mountains, gorges, wide valleys of virgin forest and thousands of kilometres of clean, pure water. And long before pipelines challenged the Mackenzie River's isolation, people were opening it up.

They did it by canoe, by wind-driven York Boat, by paddle wheeler. They were Metis. First, they learned the river's navigational secrets. Then they passed them down, making themselves essential to all travel on the river.

The Metis still dominate the Mackenzie - these days as captains and pilots of modern diesel tugs. And they remain what they always were: Water Readers.

Music
Song: Bela's Tune
Artist: Natalie MacMaster,
Album: Blueprint

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