Iran and the Nuke - Class Sizes - Aquafit Nation

Hour One

Iran and the nuke

hi-iran-mahmoud-852.jpgLast Wednesday, Iran hailed the first fuels rods ever produced at one of its nuclear power facilities.  

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called it a watershed. The rest of the world was less enamoured.

The spectre of another member of the so-called axis of evil - and a sworn enemy of Israel - possessing nuclear weapons is deeply unsettling to the Jewish state and its western allies.

How close is Iran to building a nuclear weapon? And what should be done?

Barbara Slavin is an Iran analyst and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank, and she's the author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. 

Paul Rogers is a professor of peace studies at the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford in England. His latest book is Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century.

Hirsh Goodman is a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. His latest book is The Anatomy of Israel's Survival.

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Music in this Hour

  • Concerto for Piano No. 23, First Movement (Mozart) by the Jacques Loussier Trio, from the CD, Mozart Piano Concertos
  • Chet Tribute by Aaron Young, from Works
  • Improvisations on Mozart's String Quintet by Duane Andrews, from Crocus

Hour Two

Documentary - Wanted: Egg Donor in Good Health

In April of 2011, a young woman - fresh off the red eye from Vancouver - showed up for an early-morning appointment at a Toronto fertility clinic. She wasn't hoping to get pregnant herself. She was an egg donor, prepared to give her eggs to someone else.

Two days later, she was back in B.C., lying on a gurney in the ER of her local hospital with a distended belly and an IV in her arm. Something had gone very wrong. 

Freelance journalist Alison Motluk spent the last year researching human egg donation in Canada.

Her documentary is called Wanted: Egg Donor in Good Health.

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University Class Sizes

800px-BinghamtonUniversity_Classroom.jpgIt's not unusual to find upward of 900 first-year university students crammed into a lecture hall squinting at that speck on the stage that is their professor.

This is undergraduate education in Canada in the 21st century and, with financial pressures building, it will be difficult to change.

But Ian Clark and David Trick argue that it has to, and they have a radical solution.

Ian Clark is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, and was President of the Council of Ontario Universities.

David Trick is an education consultant and an instructor in the Politics and Public Administration program at Ryerson University.

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Academic Reform

    Aquafit Nation

    800px-UBC_Aquatic_Centre_Pool_2009.jpgIf bending down to tie your laces leaves you breathless, and if simply reaching for the TV remote strains your muscles, complete decrepitude may not be far off.

    But for those still clinging to New Year's Resolutions to exercise more, there is hope: aquafit.

    Frank Faulk decided to drag his aching muscles to a class recently - with mixed results.

    Music in this Hour:

    • Keep it Moving by the Dave Young Trio from the CD, Tale of the Fingers
    • Helping Hand by Yo Yo Ma from Goat Rodeo Sessions
    • Goats in the Machine by David Woodhead from David Woodhead's Confabulation
    • Exactly Like You by Ray Brown Trio from The Best of Ray Brown Trio 1977-2000

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