The Agenda with Steve Paikin (Audio)
Ian Thomas: Little Dreams12/20/14
Veteran Canadian musician Ian Thomas reflects on his longevity in the music business, how art and commerce diverge and his efforts to sustain his career over the years.
The Canadian Brass
The Canadian Brass was founded in 1970: two trumpets, a French horn, a trombone, and a tuba player. 44 years later, the group has been through numerous incarnations. The latest incarnation sits down with Steve Paikin to discuss their enduring...
Economic Elevation through Education
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest rates of poverty in the world. It is also a part of the world where low rates of education are stopping many from getting out of that poverty. The Agenda focuses on a program hoping to change that.
Julia Cleverdon: Building Responsible Business
An initiative by the Prince of Wales' charity aims to create opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Rexdale, an area in north Etobicoke that's known as a hotspot for crime and gang activity. The Agenda examines the role businesses should play in...
The Simpsons at 25
The debut stand-alone episode of The Simpsons aired 25 years ago today. To celebrate this anniversary, Steve Paikin asks a group of Simpsons fans why they're still quoting the show after all these years.
Are We Too Clean?
We strive to protect ourselves from frightening superbugs by buying the most potent soaps and anti-microbial gels. Our homes are buttressed by a host of cleaning agents. We try to sanitize our surroundings because we can and because we're far removed...
Colin Furness: Dirty-Handed
You would think our hospitals, the front lines in infection control, would be among the most sanitary of places. Yet a recent study of a downtown Toronto teaching hospital revealed the opposite of conditions. Infection Control Epidemiologist Colin...
The Ontario government introduced a bill to regulate the selling of electronic cigarettes. The Agenda discusses the science behind e-cigarettes, whether they're a useful cessation tool, or a gateway to more smoking.
Dan Werb: Oxy Town
The community of Chatham-Kent, Ontario is on the frontlines of a battle against prescription opioid abuse, one Dan Werb explores in his essay called "Oxy Town: Prescription opioids, a small Ontario community, and the failure of the war on drugs," in...
Vera Tarman: Food Junkies
Vera Tarman is author of "Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction," and medical director of Renascent, an addiction treatment centre. She sits down with The Agenda to discuss what food addiction is, how it differs from other eating disorders, and...
The Senate's CIA Report
Drawing on millions of internal C.I.A. documents, the U.S. Senate Intelligence committee released a report this past Tuesday on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. As U.S. President Barack Obama said last August, "We tortured some folks."...
The Agenda's Week in Review
A week that anticipated Israel's next election. A week that parsed Canada's polar identity. A week that monitored Ontario's mental health. A week that studied the state of IS. The Agenda's Week in Review.
One, Two or Three State Solution?
Less than two years since their last election, Israelis will be headed back to the polls. In the wake of the third war with Hamas in five years, security will likely be a central issue in the election. What could this mean for Israel/Palestine...
Gershom Gorenberg: Israel's Choices
Historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg discusses the political climate in Israel leading up to the March election.
Treating Ontario's Mental Health
Four years ago, the Ontario government set out to overhaul a mental health care system which was failing the population it served. The first phase was to tend to the mental health care of children and youth. Now they're looking at improving the system...
Do Tech Companies Aid Terror?
Robert Hannigan, the head of one of Britain's top spy agencies, has accused U.S. technology companies of becoming the "command and control networks of choice" for terrorist groups like the Islamic State. The Agenda looks at whether social media sites...
Loretta Napoleoni: The Islamist Phoenix
Author Loretta Napoleoni's new book "The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East," looks at the rise of the Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Steve Paikin talks to her about the Islamic State's brand of terrorism,...
Our Ideas of North
From #WeAreWinter and #WeTheNorth to the true north strong and free, Canadians eagerly embrace our geopolar position as part of the national identity. Yet, huddled around our southern-most border, most of us never glimpse our true north. The Agenda...
Claudio Aporta: Mapping Inuit Trails
For centuries, Inuit have moved seamlessly across the Arctic, over land, sea and ice. While a typical map of the Canadian North would give travelers no sense of this, a new interactive atlas marks these remarkably consistent paths and offers a new...
The Agendas Week in Review
A week that parsed the Polar Sea. A week that followed the data breadcrumbs. A week that minded the income gap. The Agendas Week in Review.