Journalism's bad week; University presidents on funding; Accordions get respect; The annotated "Mein Kampf"
A terrible week for journalism - Michael's essay:
Michael mourns the ever-diminishing state of the free press in Canada. This week saw a blizzard of layoff notices, the final issue of the Guelph Mercury, and the death of journalism giant Val Sears.
Have Canadian Universities Lost Their Way? Part 2 - Follow the Money: We continue our series on the challenges facing Canadian universities with a look at their funding model. Where do they get their money and how does that influence priorities? Michael speaks with Rob Prichard, former president of the University of Toronto and Canada's trailblazer in raising corporate dollars for the ivory tower. He also speaks with Amit Chakma, President of the University of Western Ontario; Cheryl Regehr, Provost and VP Academic at U of T; and Indira Samarasekera, former president of the University of Alberta.
Accordions finally get the respect they deserve: There's a new breed of accordion aficionados who make beautiful music with an instrument they have to "wear", while they play it. Frank Faulk's documentary is called "New Squeeze."
Hitler's Mein Kampf gets a makeover: For the first time since WWII, a new edition of Hitler's memoir has been published in Germany. It's heavily annotated by historians, who called themselves "a bomb disposal squad". Is Mein Kampf the most dangerous book in the world? Why do we still care about the anti-Semitic ramblings of the most reviled man in history? Michael talks to historian Maiken Umbach from the University of Nottingham.