Dec 19, 2011

From the Arab Spring to the ongoing financial crises in Europe, to the devastation in Japan, to domestic milestones including the election of a Conservative majority government and the death of Jack Layton, 2011 was another year of major stories and events.

In a slate of special year-end programming on CBC-TV, CBC News Network, CBC Radio and, CBC presents the issues, the events and the personalities that defined the year.

Special programming details are as follows:

CBC News

The National 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV; 9 and 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBC News Network

Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Rex Murphy looks back at the year that was with wit, insight and nary a pulled punch. Thursday, Dec. 22 - At Issue vs. The Insiders:Canada’s most-watched political panel—Chantal Hebert, Andrew Coyne and Bruce Andrews—goes head-to-head with their counterparts on The Insiders panel—Kathleen Monk, David Herle and Jaime Wattto battle it out in the first-ever year-end political quiz. Friday, Dec. 23 - Bob McDonald on the year in science and discovery. Thursday, Dec. 29 - At Issue: Viewers’ Questions. Canadians sent in their burning political questions, and the At Issuepanel, joined by Rex Murphy, answers them. Friday, Dec. 30 - A special look back at the incredible people, pictures and moments of 2011.

**On CBC News Network, At Issue: Year in Review airs Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. ET. At Issue vs. The Insiders airs Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, Dec. 25, at 5:30 p.m. ET. And At Issue: Viewers’ Questionsairs Saturday, Dec. 31, at 6:30 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Power & Politics and The House with Evan Solomon

Power & Politics - Weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on CBC News Network The House - Saturdays at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One


Game Changers - Power & Politics and The House team up to find out who our listeners and viewers thought were the political game changers of 2011.

Dec. 19 to 23 on Power & Politics - Each night on Power & Politics, Evan Solomon looks at a different political game changer from the past year, featuring an interview followed by discussion with the Power Panel as to their importance and worthiness of being a game changer. And if you miss any of them, tune in to Power & Politics Dec. 26 to 30 for encore presentations. Plus, on Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. ET—an hour-long Best of Power & Politics Game Changers.

Saturday, Dec. 24 on The House - Host Evan Solomon features three of those game changers on The House, along with a year-in-review analysis.

Saturday, Dec. 31 - The House’s Quiz Show. Chris Hall and Kady O’Malley from CBC News and Jane Taber of The Globe and Mail face off and test their knowledge of the political events that marked the past 12 months.

The Lang & O’Leary Exchange Weekdays at 7 p.m. ET on CBC News Network


Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 - Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary look back at the biggest business stories of the year. Themes they cover include climate and energy issues, technology, economic trends and demographic trends affecting markets and economies. Plus, catch replays of some of their biggest interviews, including former British prime minister Tony Blair, WestJet chairman Clive Beddoe, Egyptian mobile titan Naguib Sawiris, this year’s Nobel Prize-winning economist Christoper Sims, and more.

Connect with Mark Kelley Weeknights at 8 p.m. ET on CBC News Network


Dec. 26 to Dec. 30 - Mark Kelley counts down the top five news stories of the year in a week of special programming titled Connect 5—from the Arab Spring to the global economic uncertainty to devastating disasters, Kelley revisits the human drama and memorable characters behind the year’s biggest headlines.

The Mansbridge Conversations 2011 Friday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television; Sunday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network

This one-hour special features Peter Mansbridge’s most provocative, memorable and newsmaking interviews of 2011. Plus, Mansbridge reveals his thoughts about the interviews, and what he took away from them.

CBC News Now Daily on CBC News Network


‘Tis the season for viewers to decorate the “Winter Wonderland Wall”— All through the holidays, viewers have been sending in their photos and stories to CBC News Network, telling us what they’re doing to celebrate this time of year. The decorating will continue right up through Christmas. Viewers can alsotune intoCBC News Now over the holidaysfor a taste ofsome of the top news, weather and entertainment stories of 2011.

The World this Weekend Weekends at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. AT, 7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One


Saturday, Dec. 31 - Stories of the Arab Spring with host Marcia Young. Hear about the individuals who became caught up in the politics, unrest and social change. And on Sunday, Jan. 1, start a new year with stories of inspiring people.

Over the last week of December, visit for year-end features on the year in Canadian politics, the unprecedented year in news, the big “web celebs” of 2011 and the biggest online mistakes and social media gaffes.

Plus, wherever you are, keep on top of the latest and breaking news with, Canada’s No. 1 news site, and the CBC News App, recognized as one of the best news apps of the year in the iTunes Rewind list for 2011.


CBC Radio

Q Weekdays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio One


Now through Friday, Dec. 30, Q presents the Top 20 Countdown of the Best Albums of the Year, as host Jian Ghomeshi reveals one album per day, culminating on Dec. 30 with the announcement of the No. 1 album of 2011.

Day 6 Saturdays at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio One


Throughout December, Day 6presents its year-end series The Big 6: The biggest movements, moments and misadventures of 2011 as chosen byour listeners. Every week features a surprising view on some of the biggest stories of the year. Listeners cast their votes in six categories—Newsmaker, Flameout, Winning, Over-hyped, Feel Good and Heartbreaker—determining what will be featured on Day 6‘s final episode of 2011,Saturday, Dec. 31.

The Current Weekdays at 8:37 a.m. (9 NT) on CBC Radio One


Friday, Dec. 30 - Guest-host Piya Chattopadhyaylooks backon the biggestpolitical stories of 2011 with some of the politicians at the centre of them. NDP MP Olivia Chowand Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brysonwill be among those weighing in onThe Current’sspecial end-of-year, all-party political panel.

As It Happens Weekdays at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) on CBC Radio One


Friday, Dec. 30 - This year has brought unprecedented change in the Arab world—in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and beyond. As It Happens was there, speaking to the people on the ground as the bullets flew, as they waited for the police to come to their doors and as they danced in the streets. The revolutions as told by those who lived it—and are still living it.

The Sunday Edition Sundays at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One


Sunday, Jan. 1 - What in the world happened in 2011? Quizmaster extraordinaire and host of The Sunday Edition, Michael Enright will look back at the year that was with a campy and clever quiz, “What in the World?” The contestants are recent newsmakers in their own right: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, novelist and Canada Reads winner Terry Fallis, and NDP environment critic Megan Leslie. Tune in and take the online sample quiz to test your own recall of the past year.

CBC Radio’s Top 50 Artists of 2011 Friday, Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. (4 NT) on CBC Radio 2 Drive; Sunday, Jan. 1 at 5:30 a.m. (6 NT) on CBC Radio One It’s officially “listmas season,” and with it comes CBC Radio’s Top 50 Artists of 2011 list, featuring both Canadian and international artists. Vote for CBC Radio’s top 50 artists of 2011!The final countdown will be broadcast during a special edition of CBC Radio 2 Drive on Dec. 30.

CBC Television

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Weeknights at 11 p.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC Television

Strombo and team have put together their favourite interviews of the year, built around specific theme nights:

Monday, Dec. 19 - Leading Men: Hugh Jackman, Woody Harrelson, Kermit The Frog Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Exports: Russell Peters, Nickelback, Shania Twain Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Authors: Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin, Stephen Fry Thursday, Dec. 22 - Crooners: Michael Buble, Chris Isaak, Josh Groban Monday, Dec. 26 - Your Other Boyfriends: Rob Lowe, Cory Monteith, Bradley Cooper Tuesday, Dec. 27 - Do-Gooders: Jamie Oliver, Jane Goodall, Stephen Lewis & Michele Landsberg Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Leading Ladies: Jodie Foster, Kim Cattrall, Rita Moreno Thursday, Dec. 29 - Entertainers: William Shatner, Regis Philbin, Christopher Plummer Friday, Dec. 30 - Mavericks: Kevin O’Leary, Ice Cube

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