Barney Frank - End-of-Life Care - Katie Malloch

Hour One

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Barney Frank

Few people in Washington have a sharper mind ... or a sharper tongue ... than Barney Frank. The Democrat from Massachusetts has been a fixture on Capitol Hill since he was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980.

When he gets up to speak, even Republicans stop what they're doing to listen. He bedevils his enemies and often infuriates his friends. Much-loved for his rumpled attire, he once ran a campaign sign that said "Neatness isn't Everything". His official biography is subtitled America's Only Lerft-handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman.

He came out of the closet in 1987 ... the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily ... at a time when the only other gays in public life were Liberace and Martina Navratilova. He was a vocal opponent of President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, and has been a powerful advocate for financial reform.

And now, he's getting ready to step down.

Michael speaks with Barney Frank about his past, present and future.

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Music in Hour One:

D. and E. by The Oscar Peterson Trio from the CD We Get Requests

King of America by Zubot and Dawson from Chicken Scratch

Jolene by Jeremy Fisher from Goodbye Blue Monday

Sonata for Trumpet no.1 in F Major by Jens Lindemann from Classic Trumpet 

Hour Two  

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On toast, on bagels, with honey and jam, on celery and apples, even with smoked oysters on cocktail crackers ... there's little that doesn't taste better with a good dollop of peanut butter.

And to think, we've got a Montreal inventor to thank for all that yummy. 

Generations of families, students and touring rock musicians have counted on Marcellus Edson's greatest invention as a major protein as well ... which is why the humble ground peanut has been called "the poor man's steak".

Almost all of the peanuts used in Canadian peanut butter are imported from the southern States.

So when Georgia has a drought - like it did last summer - we all suffer. This winter, peanut butter prices went through the roof.

David Gutnick took to the streets of Marcellus Edson's hometown to find out how peanut butter lovers are coping. 

Related Links: Marcellus Edson's Patent 

End of Life Care

Thumbnail image for pallative-care.jpgIt is a difficult question that could profoundly change how our health care system works for people nearing the end of their lives.

When a patient and a doctor can't agree on the best course of treatment for end-of life care, who ultimately decides? 

That's the question the Supreme Court will ponder when it hears arguments in the case of Rasouli v. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The case raises many complicated issues about end-of-life care. Advances in medical technology can now keep patients alive for months, even years in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. And while this new technology may fuel the hopes of loved ones praying for recovery, it is astronomically expensive, raising difficult questions about the best way to allocate limited health resources.

Dr. John Granton has been following the Rasouli case closely. He's a doctor in the intensive care unit at Toronto General Hospital, and president of the Canadian Critical Care Society.

Konrad Fassbender is a health economist with the University of Alberta, who has studied the costs of end-of-life care.

Related Links: Rasouli v. Sunnybrook - Ontario Court of Appeal 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Suffragettes.jpgSister Suffragettes

Long before there were feminists or women's libbers, a group of determined British women marched for women's right to vote.

The Sunday Edition offers this audio salute to the suffrage movement, to mark International Women's Day week, courtesy of the BBC. 

Related links: BBC tribute to the Suffragettes

Music in Hour Two:

Sonata No.14, 2nd. Movement (Moonlight) by Anton Kuerti from the CD The Complete Piano Sonatas

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Andy Narell from The Bach Variations

The Man I Love by Anne Lindsay from News From Up The Street

Keeping Myself From You by Jeff Healey from Last Call 

Hour Three

Katie Malloch

A few years ago, prompted by the spirited unofficial debate going on amongst our listeners on the subject of jazz and our penchant for playing it on the show, we had an official debate on the subject.

Arguing gracefully and convincingly in favour was Katie Malloch, the long-time host of CBC Radio Two's Jazz Beat, and most recently,Tonic. Most listeners sided with Katie.

Jazz in Canada has not had a better friend than Katie Malloch.

Now after forty years, the den mother of Canadian jazz is retiring from the CBC, hosting her last program later this month. 

We couldn't let her go without persuading her to come in and talk about the music she loves.

Related Links: CBC Radio Two's Tonic

Music in Hour Three:

Dallas Rag by David Rogers from the CD, Six Strings North of the Border, Vol. 2

Barbara's Blues by Oscar Peterson & Benny Green from Oscar and Benny

An Occasional Man by Sarah Vaughan from The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury Volume 1

What's New by John Coltrane from John Coltrane - Standards

The New Shim Sham Shimmy by Barry Elmes from Barry Elmes Quintet: The Five Minute Warning

Tomorrow's Another Day by Nancy King from Dream Lands: The CBC Sessions Volume 1

All Or Nothing At All by Joey Defrancesco and Joe Doggs from Joey Defrancesco: Falling in Love

Tractor Part by Zubot and Dawson from Further Adventures in Strang

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