Terror for political purpose; Debt is not a dirty word; Objects of Burden; Gutstein on "Harperism"
The Sunday Edition for March 1, 2015:
How fear of terrorism is being used as a political commodity - Michael's essay: (00:00:25) Michael looks at the media frenzy over the discovery of a hole in the ground near York University in north Toronto.
Deconstructing the Debt Crisis: (00:05:08) Tim Harford, aka The Undercover Economist, returns to The Sunday Edition to help us make sense of the turmoil in global economics, to explain the pros and cons of debt and austerity, what political leaders get wrong in economic policy, and who actually holds our national debt.
Listener mail - the niqab: (00:34:05)
Your Burden - Her Art - a documentary by Alisa Siegel: (00:39:30) Raphaëlle de Groot has travelled the world, collecting other people's burdens - objects that are full of meaning, but are no longer wanted. The response has been overwhelming. Now, Ms. de Groots' performance art, still photography, video and gallery installations are taking on a new, animated life of their own. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called Objects of Burden.
Listener Mail - the bystander effect: (01:02:05)
Harper's Think Tank Army: (01:06:23) In his book, Harperism, Donald Gutstein argues that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has battalions of allies working with him to fundamentally change the character of Canada. His best soldiers? Right-leaning think tanks, the wealthy corporations that fund them, and the journalists and other opinion-leaders who propagate their ideas.