The Hitler analogy; Corporate Tax Avoidance; Our Longest War; Life Lines; The Covenants of the Prophet, Traditional Chinese medicine


Michael's Essay - Godwin's Law: (19 secs)  For the past couple of weeks, we have been subjected to a perfect demonstration of Godwin's Law.  Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Senator John McCain and Foreign Minister John Baird have all compared Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine and Crimea to Adolph Hitler's invasion of the Sudetenland in 1938. According to Godwin's Law, or Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies, in any lengthy, on-line discussion of a controversial subject, sooner or later somebody will make the comparison to Hitler and Nazism.

Corporate Tax Avoidance: (3:36)  26 of the most powerful and profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero dollars in U.S. corporate tax for the five years from 2008 to 2012. Boeing paid nothing. General Electric ... nothing. Verizon .... nothing. And it was all legal. For multinational companies, avoiding tax has become an essential part of doing business.  The Canada Revenue Agency is currently locked in a court battle with the uranium mining firm Cameco, over $850 million in unpaid taxes. Michael talks to Dennis Howlett, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness.

Essay - Hope in the Hollows: (28:36) Michelle Hauser had a difficult relationship with her father, often feeling abandoned and alone. Just before her wedding, she wrote an angry, detailed e-mail, to tell him how she felt. In this heart-felt and personal essay, she tells us about her moment of decision .. whether to hit "send' or not.

Hour Two Special - Our Longest War: (36:21)  Canada sent 40,000 troops and spent billions of dollars on the war in Afghanistan. At the end of the mission, we take stock: what was won, what was lost, what was the impact on the people of both countries? Michael talks to Afghanistan's leading civil rights champion, Dr. Sima Samar on the situation now in the villages and cities, and her fears for the future. We get a political perspective from Canada's former ambassador Chris Alexander. And from retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie, what do we do with a standing army of 68,000 troops?

Life Lines - Donna Livingstone: (1:29:25) In the second installment in our new series, the president of Calgary's Glenbow Museum tells us about the poetry that inspires her.

The Covenants of the Prophet: (1:38:08) The personal story of Canadian academic John Andrew Morrow, is as interesting as his field of study. The Quebec-born Metis converted to Islam at 16. He has published a collection of ancient Covenants, which contain a promise from the Prophet Muhammad, to grant protection to all Christians -- for all time. Morrow hopes the newly-translated Covenants will signal a changed relationship between Christians and Muslims around the world.  

Documentary - The Chain Across the Door: (1:56:45) From backroom practice and police raids to the medical mainstream. Karin Wells brings us the story of Mary Watterson, the woman who led the way, as traditional Chinese medicine came of age in British Columbia.

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