Armenian Genocide - Port Union - Republicans

Hour One

Armenian Genocide: Can We Legislate Historical Facts?

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It is not simply revisionist, vexatious or even stupid: it is actually a crime to argue with the facts. That sums up a new law the French Senate approved this week, making it a criminal offence to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians in 1915.
The government of Turkey has condemned the bill as discriminatory and racist. Others warn about the hazards of limiting free speech in a democratic society.
We grapple with the issues with a leading expert on genocide and human rights.

Caroline Fournet is a senior researcher at the European Convention on Human Rights, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and a Member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars.
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Essay: Drugs in Schools

It used to be that the smell of high school was stinky running shoes and rotting lunches. Now the more telltale odor is dope. Our high schools are overrun with drugs - of all kinds. Everyone knows it. But talking about it directly and openly is still a sketchy business.

John St. Godard knows. He is a teacher in Montreal.

Music in this Hour:

  • Home, by Myriam Alter from the album If
  • Fanfare for the Common Man, by Canadian Brass, from Legends
  • Chinar Es, by Isabel Bayrakdarian, from Gomidas Songs
  • People Get Ready, by Blind Boys of Alabama from Higher Ground
  • Sunday Best, by Sisters Euclid, from Faith Cola  

Hour Two

Documentary: We Are Leaving, Mr. Coaker.

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Port Union, Newfoundland looks like any typical fishing outport. But this community is anything but.

Its residents describe it as the "only union-built town in North America", created from scratch in 1916 by and for members of the Fishermen's Protective Union and their fiery leader, William Ford Coaker. Throughout its existence, Port Union`s lifeblood has been its fish plant and its unionized workforce.

But in September 2010, Hurricane Igor hit hard and the plant shut down. Now the workers in this town - haunted by history and afraid of the future - have to figure out what to, and where to go.

The documentary, We Are Leaving, Mr. Coaker, was produced by Heather Barrett.

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David Frum on the Republicans

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On one hand, the race for the U.S. Republican nomination might seem to have all the substance of The Gong Show. On the other, there is serious political work going on as the party scrambles to find a viable and electable alternative to Barack Obama.

With the field of potential nominees now down to four, Republicans inside and outside the party are hoping they can restrain from tearing each other apart.

David Frum has been more of an insider than most. He is a former speechwriter in the second Bush White House, an author, and frequent media commentator.

But these days, he is a pariah to most elements of the Republican Party after questioning its leadership and direction.


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Music in this Hour:

  • Singles Medley, by Cote/Andrews from the album Dwayne Cote & Duana Andrews
  • Dirt, by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, from Signs of Life
  • Those Were the Days, by Heather Bambrick, from Those Were the Days
  • Big Al, by Sisters Euclid from Faith Cola
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