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The Pamela Wallin Show; 1996-1997 Season Episode Guide

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
MOVIE MADNESS
produced by Anne Bayin
1 – Guests: Nicholas Campbell and David Cronenberg
One of the hottest new films around is barely dry! Boozecan is a look into nightlife like we’ve never seen before, and it’s having a splashy gala this week. Starring 50 Canadian actors, it was made without a loonie of public funding. Guests are actor-turned-director Nicholas Campbell, and his mentor, filmmaker David Cronenberg. Cronenberg plays a bit part in the movie, in character as famous Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, who ran his own boozecan in the ‘70s.
2 – Guest: Norman Jewison.
Bogus, Jewison’s new fantasy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu, received a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is now in movie theatres.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
MARGARET ATWOOD
produced by Wendy Bryan
Spend an evening with the doyen of Canadian literature, Margaret Atwood, for a murder mystery, 19th-century style. In Alias Grace, violence, sex and the complex relationships between men and women intermingle as Atwood takes us into the mind of one of the most notorious women of mid-19th century Canada.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
ALLAN ROCK,
produced by Mary Lynk
Touted by many as a potential P.M., Allan Rock’s short political tenure has been more like trial by fire. An in-depth conversation with the federal Justice Minister about a number of compelling issues, including the Airbus scandal, fighting the separatists in court, gun control, and Rock’s own political prospects.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
EMMYLOU HARRIS
produced by Mary Lynk
She’s reigned as the reluctant queen of country music for past two decades. Emmylou Harris’s musical genius stands alone, but she has been paired with Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, The Band, and most recently Neil Young and Daniel Lanois — a collaboration which resulted in the Grammy Award-winning album, Wrecking Ball.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Vincent Gagne and Chris Lashua
Run away with Pam and join the circus. Producer Vincent Gagne and artist Chris Lashua of the phenomenal Cirque du Soleil explain how they use imagination to reinvent the circus. Indescribable, breathtaking, distinctly Canadian and unlike anything you have ever seen.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
FRANK SHUSTER
produced by Wendy Bryan
The father of Canadian comedy — Frank Shuster — half of the beloved Wayne and Shuster comic team, has presided over the national funny bone for 50 years. The legend himself looks back over his remarkable career and at those comic moments that helped defined the Canadian sense of humour.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
MYSTERY QUEENS
produced by Anne Bayin
Guests: L.R. “Bunny” Wright, Suzanne North and Alison Gordon
Three marvels of modern mystery fiction trade insider gossip about their heroes and heroines and what’s hot in plots. Meet Vancouver’s L.R. “Bunny” Wright (Strangers Among Us), Saskatoon’s Suzanne North (Seeing Is Deceiving), and Toronto’s Alison Gordon (Striking Out).

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
1 – SOMALIA
produced by Rebecca Eckler
John Ralston Saul, distinguished essayist and thinker, is an explorer of societies past and present, and he’s uncovered parallels in today’s Somalia scandal by looking at the mindset of the military, the crisis in leadership and the abuse of power throughout history. Voltaire’s Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization, The Doubter’s Companion.
2 – J.J. CALE
produced by Mary Lynk
A rare sighting of guitar legend J.J. Cale, who has been making music for more than two decades. The “guitar man,” who penned such classics as Cocaine and After Midnight, and who is an innovator in the use of electric sound, has a new album. Jean Jacques performs two of his new tunes live.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
BEAUTY
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Nancy Friday and Grant McCracken
Beauty. Who defines it? It influences our culture, our emotions, even our success. Internationally best-selling author Nancy Friday (The Power of Beauty, My Mother/My Self, My Secret Garden) and Royal Ontario Museum curator Grant McCracken, author of Big Hair, look at how “looks” affect our lives.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
E.L. DOCTOROW
produced by Wendy Bryan
Acclaimed novelist E.L. Doctorow, renowned for his social epics on American history, joins us as the curtain is set to rise on the Canadian musical adaptation of his novel Ragtime. Doctorow, one of America’s most celebrated minds, examines the current cultural climate along the fault lines of class, sexuality, politics and violence.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
LESTER THUROW
produced by Rebecca Eckler
America may have a million problems, but this man has a million answers. Prestigious economist Lester Thurow has been an important voice in the creation of political platforms and national economic policy in the United States. Tonight, we’ll find out why Thurow worries that capitalism will not hold up under 21st-century pressures.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
SMOKE WARS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Michael Cochrane, Ian Osler and Dr. Diane Riley
The legal heat is turning up on tobacco. Canadians refuse to shy away from their 50-billion-cigarette-a-year habit, despite attempts to regulate the tobacco industry. Big business, advertisers, lawyers, politicians and the tobacco industry all have vested interests in this complex battle. We’ll sort out issues like whether the tobacco giants can be held legally responsible for the little guy’s addiction.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
1 – TIME SHIFTING
produced by Anne Bayin
Guest: Stephan Rechtschaffen
If your life is so hectic you never have time to sniff the roses, you can’t miss Stephan Rechtschaffen. He’s a medical doctor who claims you can put the sparkle back into your life and even reverse the process of chronic illness, simply by learning how to control time. TimeShifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life is his book.
2 – Donovan Bailey
produced by Wendy Bryan
Pam spends 9.84 seconds and then some with Olympic gold medalist Donovan Bailey. Rumour has it he’ll race American Michael Johnson to reclaim his title of the world’s fastest man. He’s here to set the record straight.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
WHITHER THE LEFT
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Jim Laxer, Gerry Caplan and Janet Solberg
What’s left of the Left in Canada? Jim Laxer (In Search of a New Left), Gerry Caplan and Janet Solberg go in search of the New Left and look at Canadian politics after the neoconservative assault. They examine a political movement in crisis, and chart its future.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
NEIL SIMON
produced by Mary Lynk
The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, The Goodbye Girl — for more than 35 years, Neil Simon’s hilarious and heartwarming plays and movies about relationships have entertained millions. Now, nearly 70, he has just completed a funny and moving autobiography, Rewrites: A Memoir, which raises for the first time the curtain on his own private life and relationships.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
1 – DAVID CRONENBERG
produced by Anne Bayin
Critics say Cronenberg’s new move, Crash, is the movie you’re going to hate to love. It’s a cinematic assault on the senses, a dark, futuristic tale about people who are sexually turned-on by car crashes. It’s auto-erotics, but is it art?
2 – ANNE MURRAY
produced by Mary Lynk
Canada’s sweetheart and 25-time Juno Award-winner, Anne Murray, is back with a vengeance. After a three year silence, she’s hoping to hit the top again with album number 30. And guess who’s singing along on one of the new songs? Murray’s daughter, Dawn.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
MONIQUE BEGIN
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Monique Begin has just changed the political rules. The former federal Health Minister says she must take some responsibility for the tainted blood scandal. Begin, now Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, shares her views about ethics, Medicare and why she wanted to become a saint.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
1 – MR. DRESS-UP
produced by Wendy Bryan
Pull out the Tickle Trunk, Pam is joined by beloved children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, a.k.a. Mr. Dress-Up. Adored by Canadian kids for 30 years, Mr. Dress-Up shares his plans for his comeback tour.
2 – Jeffrey Toobin
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the O.J. Simpson “not guilty” verdict. Jeffrey Toobin was in the courtroom, and he’s released a behind-the-scenes book on coverage of the trial. Meanwhile, the New Yorker writer has been keeping a close eye on what has become the U.S. campaign issue: crime. His most recent book: The Run Of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: John Rosen, Gerry Spence and Hon. Willard (Bud) Estey
Is justice in jeopardy? Are the rights of criminals put above those of their victims? High profile criminal defense lawyers John Rosen (Paul Bernardo’s lawyer) and American Gerry Spence join former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Bud Estey to discuss crime and punishment in today’s courts.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
LESLIE NIELSEN and ED GREENSPAN
produced by Anne Bayin
Leslie Nielsen gets serious with his one-man play about Clarence Darrow, the most famous defense attorney of his time and a brilliant wordsmith. Actor Nielsen is joined by real-life criminal lawyer and Darrow aficionado, Eddie Greenspan. Together, they shed light on the man who condemned capital punishment in the renowned Leopold / Loeb murder case.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
MURRAY MCLAUCHLAN and MICHELLE WRIGHT
produced by Mary Lynk
One grand piano plus two hot musicians equals one cool night. First, Pamela chats with singer/songwriter Murray McLauchlan, who promises to tinkle the ivories and introduce some songs from his impressive new CD, Gulliver’s Taxi. Then, something really unique. McLauchlan is joined by our next guest, the dusky-voiced Michelle Wright, for a duet of one of his classics. Finally, a one-on-one chat with the country singer, who’s about to kick up a lot of dust south of the border. Her CD: For Me It’s You.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
WHITHER THE RIGHT
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Preston Manning, Hugh Segal, Rick Anderson and Ken Whyte
While the federal Conservative Party is restructuring and rebuilding with high hopes of getting back into the game, “reform” seems to be the watchword. Tonight, Preston Manning talks about his party’s potential as he takes his campaign on the road. Later, Hugh Segal, Rick Anderson and Ken Whyte continue the “right” talk and its move onto more dangerous political grounds.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
1 – MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER
produced by Mary Lynk
More great country with Mary Chapin Carpenter. Since coming on the scene, this singer/songwriter has picked up five Grammys and raves from The New York Times. Known for her dynamic live performances but rarely heard from, Chapin Carpenter gets rock-bottom honest about her person and her new album, A Place In The World.
2 – LEWIS LAPHAM
produced by Wendy Bryan
He’s arguably the most elegant man in magazine publishing. Tonight, Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham shares his views on the upcoming U.S. elections as Bill Clinton and Bob Dole duke it out for the presidency.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
CARL BERNSTEIN ON THE POPE
produced by Anne Bayin
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein has been investigating Pope John Paul II. Together, Bernstein and Marco Politi, the dean of Vatican journalists, co-wrote His Holiness. They examine the secret role of the Pope in the fall of communism and probe the inner mysteries of one of the most powerful and influential men in the world.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
MONEY ON-LINE
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Rick Broadhead and Jim Carroll
Will banks become white elephants? The authors of The Canadian Internet Handbook and hosts of NetTalk, the nationally syndicated radio show, are our cyberguides as we go surfing on the Internet to find out how to manage our money without leaving the house.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
MAUREEN FORRESTER
produced by Mary Lynk
Romantic love, aging and the “colours” of music with Maureen Forrester. An hour with one of the world’s foremost contraltos, who’ll perform live a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Mon Coeur S’Ouvre A Ta Voix.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
BOB RAE
produced by Rebecca Eckler
For Bob Rae, former NDP premier of Ontario, solidarity forever has become solidarity never again. In his candid personal memoir, From Protest to Power, Rae takes on Canada’s union leadership. But his book is also an exploration of the choices and tragedies that defined both his personal and political life.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
HUBERT REEVES
produced by Mary Lynk
Montreal-born astrophysicist Hubert Reeves, brilliant scientist and philosopher, is one of the foremost experts on the Big Bang theory. A rare interview with a great mind, as he reveals the secrets of the universe with compelling ease. Mallcorne: Earthly Reflections of an Astrophysicist translated by Donald Winkler.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
1 – PIERRE SALINGER ON U.S. POLITICS
produced by Wendy Bryan
JFK’s former press secretary and still-savvy insider, Pierre Salinger, makes a return visit to the program to share his views on the U.S. political scene in the run-up to the presidential election.
2 – FREEMAN PATTERSON
produced by Anne Bayin
New Brunswick’s Freeman Patterson is one of the world’s best photographers. He also likes to teach and rev up his motorcycle. His retrospective book, Shadowlight: A Photographer’s Life, is a dazzling collection of Patterson’s favorite images, and an intriguing self-portrait of the man behind the camera.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
NEIL PEART
produced by Mary Lynk
Peart calls himself “The Masked Rider,” but to many he’s the world’s best drummer — part of the trio that makes up rock band Rush. In his book, through his lyrics, and with us, he’ll explore passion, music, philosophy and adventure travel.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
SHERRY TURKLE
produced by Wendy Bryan
Leading anthropologist of cyberspace Sherry Turkle examines the way people think about themselves as they teeter on the brink of technological revolution. The MIT professor is author of the provocative book, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
1 – DORIS ANDERSON
produced by Anne Bayin
Men and women are “equal under the law” because Doris Anderson, Canada’s trailblazing feminist, led the fight to make it so. In her refreshing memoir, Rebel Daughter, Anderson takes us on the fascinating journey from turbulent Depression-era childhood to headstrong young woman; from the editor’s chair at Chatelaine magazine, to a life of political activism.
2 – JESSE COOK
produced by Mary Lynk
Jesse Cook’s guitar style, a sensational mix of flamenco, Afro-Cuban rumba and world music influences, has made him one of the most sought-after performers in contemporary music. The Canadian musician’s latest album, Gravit, debuted recently in Billboard at #9!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
AL PURDY
produced by Mary Lynk
On the eve of his special tribute at the International Authors Festival, we’ll meet the talented and provocative man of words — Al Purdy. Margaret Atwood has said the revered poet “writes like a cross between Shakespeare and a vaudeville comedian (so did Shakespeare).”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
CHARTER SCHOOLS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Dr. Joe Freedman, Charter advocate; Olive Newland, Charter Schools in England; and Jennifer Lewington, Education Reporter
Do you know what your children are learning or, indeed, if they are? With the public school system under attack and government responding with the axe, it’s time to look seriously at Charter Schools — whether they are enemies of the public school system or sincere reformers to save it. Our guests look at the charter alternative in Britain, in the United States, and in Canada.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
ROBERT BLY
produced by Wendy Bryan
Robert Bly had men beating drums in the bushes with his first bestseller, Iron John. Now he’s claiming we’ve all — women included — turned into a culture of “perpetual adolescence.” The Sibling Society examines the effects of never growing up on our families, our marriages, and our politics.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
THE BASEBALL HOUR
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: W.P. Kinsella and Stephen Brunt
W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe and his magical baseball diamond return in his latest novel, If Wishes Were Horses. Kinsella and sports columnist Stephen Brunt step up to the plate on the question of our love affair with baseball. You know the saying: if we build it, they will come.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
PARENTING
produced by Anne Bayin & Sandra MacEachern
Coping with and caring for kids in the 1990s. Is it possible to love our children without really liking them? Child psychiatrist Dr. Paul Steinhauer says today’s kids aren’t getting the quality parenting they need early on. He talks about hot button issues like “family-time famine” and how children of professional families are the most deprived of all.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Victor Malarek, John R. MacArthur and Terry Mosher
Dodging bullets, lawsuits and death threats are often what it takes to expose corruption and make headlines. Tonight, Victor Malarek shares the stories behind the headlines. He’s joined by John R. MacArthur, award-winning journalist and publisher of Harper’s magazine, to discuss censorship and the state of investigative journalism. Later in the program, political cartoonist Aislin (a.k.a. Terry Mosher) adds his wisdom about the power of caricature.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
CHARLES TEMPLETON and PIERRE BERTON
produced by Mary Lynk
Some devilish dialogue. Charles Templeton does not believe there is a God. The former evangelist-turned-agnostic challenges the validity of central Christian beliefs in his provocative book, Farewell to God. Later, we’ll reunite the famous sparring team of Templeton/Berton. For 18 years, these two dominated the airwaves with their radio debates.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
1 – LYLE LOVETT
produced by Mary Lynk
Lovett’s latest, The Road to Ensenada, mixes bouncy tales of Texas and ditties about hats and penguins with sweeping ballads about love gone wrong. We’ll have the rare pleasure of a live musical performance by the wild-haired Texan.
2 – WENDEL CLARK
produced by Wendy Bryan
Toronto Maple Leafs’ favourite son, Wendel Clark, discusses hockey, turning 30, marriage and fatherhood. The pride of Kelvington, Saskatchewan, faces off with the pride of Wadena, Saskatchewan, in a head-to-head hockey hoe-down.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4
America’s SOUL
produced by Anne Bayin
Guests: Thomas Moore and Ron Graham
On the eve of the American election, two authors who’ve explored the issue of their country’s soul talk about whether it’s possible for a country to have a soul. Ex-Jesuit Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) is the most popular soul writer on the planet. Ron Graham wrote God’s Dominion about the quest for the Canadian soul.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
PRE-EMPTED DUE TO U.S. ELECTION COVERAGE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
JULIA CHILD
produced by Mary Lynk
Food, glorious food. A journey through the world of culinary delight with master chef and stove-side entertainer, Julia Child. Her fabulous recipes include one for personal success. She’s known for best-selling cookbooks, hit television shows, and that voice! Pamela meets one of the most amusing sources of help in the kitchen.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
TONY BENNETT
produced by Mary Lynk
He’s the best crooner in the business. Although Tony Bennett is 70 years old, he transcends the ages: in 1962, he recorded I Left My Heart in San Francisco, and won two Grammys; in 1995, his MTV Unplugged won the Grammy for Album of the Year. An hour-long exploration of his music, paintings and other passions.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
PETER LOUGHEED
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Peter Lougheed thinks Canada is the best country in the world to call home, and tonight he’ll tell us why. Since taking a bow as Premier of Alberta more than a decade ago, Lougheed remains one of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in Canada. He also thinks a great deal about the Canadian economy, the state of federalism and educational goals for the next century.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
1 – KATHERINE GOVIER
produced by Rebecca Eckler
For more than five years, Katherine Govier immersed herself in World War II history and the memoirs of women war photographers. For her latest novel, Angel Walk, Govier’s heroine is an engaging, seductive and intriguing photojournalist. We’ll find out why writing a wartime novel was a liberating experience, and why historical fiction has become a staple of the 20th century.
2 – PAUL FUSSELL
produced by Sandra MacEachern
World War II veteran author Paul Fussell discusses the forces of war that shattered his boyhood and turned him from innocent teenager to angry skeptic. His memoir, Doing Battle.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
SCOTT TUROW
produced by Rebecca Eckler
A brutal murder. A highly publicized trial. Political corruption. Scott Turow’s courtroom thrillers have made him millions. Tonight, the lawyer-turned-novelist reveals a real life drama that may rival the fiction he writes.

WEDNESDAY, November 13
1 – MIKE HARCOURT
produced by Wendy Bryan
Tonight, a Measure of Defiance from Mike Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia, as he reflects on his turbulent quarter-century in political life.
2 – ALLAN FOTHERINGHAM.
Political commentator Allan Fotheringham joins the debate for a critical examination of politics and the media, West Coast-style.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
DR. HELEN CALDICOTT
produced by Mary Lynk
A pediatrician by profession, Helen Caldicott came to world attention as a founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Her life’s work was profiled in the Academy Award-winning documentary based on her book, If You Love This Planet. Now she has just published her autobiography, A Desperate Passion, the life of the world’s most influential environmentalist

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
1 – ARTHUR and MARILOUISE KROKER
produced by Wendy Bryan
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker are prophets for a wired world. As two of Canada’s leading cyber-visionaries, they forecast the future as we fast-forward to the end of the century. According to these jaywalkers on the infobahn, it’s either get into cyberspace or get crushed.
2 – Rhona Raskin
produced by Sandra MacEachern
Now who doesn’t want to know more about good sex? Rhona Raskin lives and works in Vancouver and her new book, Ask Me Anything, is the follow-up to the hit TV series, The Good Sex Guide. Don’t forget: Ask us anything!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
THE RT. HON. JOE CLARK
produced by Wendy Bryan
His time as Prime Minister was brief, but Joe Clark has spent a lifetime dedicated to politics and people. Mr. Clark shares his views on rewriting Canada’s political contract and on whether his Conservative Party can return from the political wilderness.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
INFERTILITY
produced by Rebecca Eckler & Sandra MacEachern
Guests: Dr. Alice Domar, Sara Rosenthal, John and Donna Trempe
One out of every five couples is infertile. Finding the source of infertility is frustrating, complex and time-consuming. The lengths that couples will go to have a baby of their own can be incomprehensible. Sara Rosenthal, author of The Fertility Sourcebook, and Dr. Alice Domar, author of Healing Mind, Healthy Woman, discuss specialists, treatments, living childless and why green peas are the worst thing to eat when trying to conceive. We’ll also meet John and Donna Trempe who, after a decade of trying to conceive, are now parents of two children.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
SARAH, THE DUCHESS OF YORK
produced by Wendy Bryan
In her first and only live Canadian interview Sarah, The Duchess of York, gives her frank, personal account of what it was like to be a member of the most famous and most scrutinized family in the world, Britain’s Royal Family. From a fairy-tale existence to the “bad royal,” the Duchess reveals the private side of her life battling the constant, often embarrassing, scrutiny of the British press, the barely-veiled hostility of the Royal household and her own painful struggle to find herself after her divorce from Prince Andrew.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Canada Pension Plan
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: MP David Walker, Malcolm Hamilton and Ezra Levant
From baby boom to baby bust. Has passing the buck stopped here? MP David Walker traveled across Canada to hear people’s views on the C.P.P., and found that most Canadians wanted to preserve the plan. But Malcolm Hamilton, an actuary, says that the C.P.P. is an intergenerational embarrassment. As well, Generation X-er Ezra Levant compares our national piggy bank to a train wreck. Tonight, all three will share their
views on the state of the Canada Pension Plan.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
BLIND
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Dr. Euclid Herrie, Jeff Healey and Marie-Claire Ross
A thought-provoking look at the world of the blind. Three exceptional Canadians gather together to talk about life without sight: blues-rock guitarist Jeff Healey, Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Marie-Claire Ross, and Dr. Euclid Herrie, who heads both The Canadian National Institute for the Blind and The World Blind Union.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25
1 – DIANE FRANCIS
produced by Sandra MacEachern
After the “Yes” side’s hair’s-breadth win, she made a pledge to become Lucien Bouchard’s worst nightmare. And in her passionate new book, Fighting for Canada, Diane Francis may have done just that. Francis, editor of the Financial Post, uncovers what she calls the ruthlessness, lying and manipulation at the heart of the separatist campaign leading up to last year’s referendum.
2 – ALAN D. GOLD/THE LATIMER APPEAL
produced by Sandra MacEachern
Two years ago, Robert Latimer was found guilty of second-degree murder in the mercy killing of his severely handicapped 12-year-old daughter. On Wednesday, his case goes before the Supreme Court of Canada, where his lawyer will argue that the case against Latimer was flawed from the outset. Criminal lawyer Alan D. Gold explains the arguments and shares his views on this emotionally-charged topic.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
ROBERT LANTOS
produced by Sandra MacEachern
As Chairman and CEO of Alliance Communications Corporation, Robert Lantos is one of the most influential players on the Canadian film and television scene. He’ll share his views on the state of the industry in Canada. Are we Hollywood North, or just roadkill in the path of the American film industry juggernaut?

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
PAUL MARTIN
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Tonight, a fiscal update with Finance Minister Paul Martin. We’ll talk about the continual drive toward fiscal stability and the concerns of Canadians: job creation, pension reform and tax cuts. We’ll find out just what building on success means as Canada launches into the 21st century

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28
THE BALLET HOUR
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Karen Kain, Rex Harrington and James Neufeld
Dancers Karen Kain and Rex Harrington reveal the real-life, behind-the-scenes experience of ballet. We’ll explore the passion of lives devoted to dance, the glamour of tours, and the challenge of new productions. We’ll also meet James Neufeld, author of Power to Rise, who’ll share the history of one of Canada’s most cherished cultural treasures, The National Ballet.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29
JUVENILIA
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Arlene Perly-Rae, Shelley Peterson and Juliet McMaster
Tonight, we’ll step through the looking glass into the world of children’s literature. Children’s book reviewer Arlene Perly-Rae; Shelley Peterson, who writes books for teens; and children’s book editor Juliet McMaster, discuss trends in children’s publishing, favourite childhood books, and books they deem worthy for today’s kids.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
1 – HONORABLE ROY MacLAREN
produced by Wendy Bryan
The High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He considers this to be his dream job. He’ll discuss the profile of Canada in the UK, free trade and other issues. He also talks about the hot new ballet in London, Swan Lake. It stars Canadian ballerina Lynn Seymour.
2 – Madame Justice Louise Arbour
produced by Wendy Bryan
The Canadian judge who has been appointed as chief prosecutor of the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague to try war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
1 – MOREDECAI RICHLER and MICHAEL IGNATIEFF
produced by Mary Lynk
Two writers with Canadian roots who have residences in London. The view of home from abroad is often enlightening, and both share their home thoughts with us. Mordecai lives in London five months of the year. Michael became a British resident in the late 70âs.
2 – MARTIN AMIS
produced by Wendy Bryan
An author, literary badboy and son of Kingsley Amis. His most recent work, The Information, is about success versus failure and envy. He talks about morality. Are we, as a society, facing a moral crisis?

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
1 – GLENDA JACKSON
produced by Mary Lynk
For years she was one of the world’s most respected actors, picking up two Oscars along the way. But in 1992, Glenda Jackson defied critics by making a highly successful transition from acting to politics, and is now a respected member of the House of Commons. She is the Labour MP for the northern London district of Hampstead and Highgate.
2 – DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MICHAEL HESELTINE
produced by Wendy Bryan
The role of Britain in the European Union, the budget and the economy, the upcoming general election, and the Tory Party are among the topics discussed.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
1 – RICHARD BRANSON
produced by Mary Lynk
Head of the Virgin Group and one of the richest people in Britain, Branson talks
about his various business ventures, thrill-seeking stunts (ballooning) and his early years (which included budgie breeding).
2 – ANITA RODDICK
produced by Wendy Bryan
The Body Shop founder and global crusader has been involved in bringing worldwide awareness of the death of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. Anita talks about human rights, activism in business and the nature of beauty products.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
1 – PETULA CLARK
produced by Mary Lynk
Downtown is one of the most catchy tunes to come out of the 1960s. One can’t help but think of the singer that made it an international hit. Now, after 50 years in the business (including record sales of more than 30 million), Petula Clark is wowing them in the West End of London. She’s playing Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.
2 – SIR PETER HALL
produced by Wendy Bryan
He’s one of the most influential directors of the 20th century. Currently, Hall is the Artistic Director of the Mirvish-owned Old Vic. He was founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of the National Theatre for 15 years, and two-time Tony Award-winner for Best Director. His latest production, A Streetcar Named Desire starring Jessica Lange, is set to open at the Haymarket.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
1 – COREY HART
produced by Sandra MacEachern
Corey Hart is back — with a new album and a hit single, Black Cloud Rain. The shy Canadian heartthrob, famous for wearing sunglasses at night, sold 10 million records before he turned 30. Corey talks about early success, his five-year silence, and the joys of being a new dad.
2 – BILL EMMOTT
produced by Wendy Bryan
Editor of The Economist talks about the state of Europe, British politics and the future of the global economy.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
CHIEF JUSTICE ROY McMURTRY
produced by Wendy Bryan
Canada’s legal system is under scrutiny tonight. Presiding over a Pamela Wallin Live judicial review, Chief Justice McMurtry examines crime and punishment in Canada and dispenses his prescriptions for curing our legal ills.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
Head Injury
produced by Mary Lynk & Anne Bayin.
Guests: Tom and Melissa Gallant, Joy Gilbert and Dr. Donna Ouchterlony
Four years ago, the lives of musician Tom Gallant and his wife, Melissa, were drastically altered when a bus collided with their car. Tom broke some ribs, but Melissa suffered severe head injuries. A conversation with the couple and two medical experts about coping with the challenges of living with head injury.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
THE WORLD OF ADVERTISING
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Peter Swain, Randy Scotland and Michael Chesney
Advertising runs the world, empties our pockets and creates new trends. Tonight, a rare look at the most provocative advertisements from Canada and around the world. We’ll talk about jingles that drive us crazy, billboards that blight the landscape and commercials that make grown men weep.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
DAVE THOMAS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Dave Thomas’ hilarious array of characters, impersonations and sketches were largely responsible for CSV’s runaway success. Dave Thomas shares his memories of the late-night TV show that launched the careers of Rick Moranis, Martin Short and John Candy. Thomas, who has gone on to co-star in the sitcom Grace Under Fire, is still a genius at keeping the audience laughing.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
1 – AL JOHNSON
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Al Johnson has been a key player in Canada’s transitional times, helping set up Medicare, acting as CBC president. Now, Johnson spends his time helping rebuild South Africa in its transition to democracy. Fifty years ago, Johnson had a dream to change Canada. Tonight, we’ll find out if he can help Nelson Mandela achieve his.
2 – RICHARD WEBER
produced by Wendy Bryan
Canadian polar explorer Richard Weber relives his treacherous and historic journey to the North Pole. Through Arctic blizzards, freezing temperatures, and jagged shifting ice, Weber and his polar partner, Russian Mikhail Malakhov, became the first trekkers ever to travel from land to the North Pole and back, defying experts who claimed the journey was impossible.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
LAURIER LaPIERRE
produced by Andrew Tzembelicos
One passionate Canadian tells the story of another. Veteran broadcaster Laurier LaPierre waxes poetic in his new book, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Romance of Canada, about his prime ministerial namesake and his own concerns about the Canadian unity crisis. Expect a few surprise calls for the former co-host of This Hour Has Seven Days.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS
produced by Anne Bayin
Guests: Diane Dupuy, Mary C. Thornton, Benny D’Onofrio and Else Buck
Diane Dupuy raised $3,000,000 to build a permanent home for Famous People Players, her theatrical company comprising people who are developmentally handicapped. In Throw Your Heart Over the Fence, Dupuy continues the story of the blacklight troupe that won the hearts of Liberace, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, and a host of other celebs. Dupuy is joined by her mother, Mary Thornton, who creates the stunning sets, and two players from the company.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
Kenneth Branagh
produced by Mary Lynk
In a riveting performance, Kenneth Branagh is cinema’s latest Hamlet — for 4 hours! Nary a syllable of the Bard’s play is missing in this Shakespearean marathon. The acclaimed actor/director stops by to share his thoughts on his craft, his passions and his philosophy.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
CHRISTMAS MUSIC SPECIAL
produced by Mary Lynk
A special celebration of the holidays with musical marriages that you’ve never heard or seen before. Imagine duets featuring Ben Heppner and Susan Aglukark…and Brent Carver and Ofra Harnoy! Also on the Christmas stage: Amy Sky with Albert Shultz; Murray McLauchlan and John McDermott; Molly Johnson side-by-side with John Alcorn. If you miss the show, or want to watch it again, it will be repeated Christmas Eve.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
Timothy Findley
produced by Wendy Bryan
Dashing through the hour,
In a most delightful way,
Timothy Findley’s here,
With piano keys to play.
Classic tunes he loves,
And stories of good cheer,
Discussing love and life and fun,
This festive time of year, hey…
Jingle bells, Findley’s here, jingle all the way,
What fun it is to cogitate,
On Wallin’s hour today, hey…
Tiff Findley, Tiff Findley, We guarantee the guest,
At Christmas time, With nog at nine,
It’s sure to be the best!
Pam spends a holiday hour with Canada’s acclaimed novelist, Timothy Findley, author of You Went Away. Findley and his partner, William Whitehead, examine life, love, and the joys of the Christmas season. And Findley, a piano man, plays some of the heart-warming classics that inspired his previous book, The Piano Man’s Daughter.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
CHRISTMAS MUSIC SPECIAL
(repeat of December 20 program)
A special celebration of the holidays with musical marriages that you’ve never heard or seen before. Imagine duets featuring Ben Heppner and Susan Aglukark…and Brent Carver and Ofra Harnoy! Also on the Christmas stage: Amy Sky with Albert Shultz; Murray McLauchlan and John McDermott; Molly Johnson side-by-side with John Alcorn.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
EMMYLOU HARRIS
(repeat of September 12/96 program)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
MAEVE BINCHY
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Maeve Binchy, author of Circle of Friends, The Glass Lake and now Evening Class, is the next best export since Irish Cream liqueur. She’ll tell us how she went from searching out her books in dark corners of bookstores to seeing them displayed as number one bestsellers. Her husband, GORDON SNELL, author of Hysterically Historical Canadian Rhymes, joins her. Tonight, it’s the best of two guests.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
NEW YEAR’S LEVEE
produced by Anne Bayin
To help us usher in the New, and take a backwards glance at the Old, we’ve assembled a wonderful cast of talent, including gentlemen broadcasters Lloyd Robertson and Peter Gzowski; Hollywood star Dan Aykroyd; Olympic gold medalist Marnie McBean; and sportscaster Brian Williams — along with three terrific actors: Sonya Smits, Henry Czerny and Ken Welsh. Welsh, winner of a ’96 Genie for Margaret’s Museum, plays a sizzling rendition of Auld Lang Syne on his trumpet.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1
NEW YEAR’S DAY – PRE-EMPTED

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK
(repeat of November 20/96 program)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
MARK KINGWELL and NAOMI KLEIN
produced by Wendy Bryan
Pam is joined by millennial chronicler, writer and professor, Mark Kingwell, and Toronto Star columnist Naomi Klein, for some crystal ball-gazing as we hurtle towards the Year 2000. At the start of the New Year, we take a look at what the future holds for Canadians. Are we headed toward a computer-generated Utopia or, are we going to hell in a handbasket?

MONDAY, JANUARY 6
GEORGE CHUVALO and JOANNE CHUVALO
produced by Anne Bayin
Canadian boxing champ George Chuvalo was never knocked down in the ring. He also remains standing in life, despite a staggering number of tragic blows: three sons died from heroin addiction; his first wife, Lynn, committed suicide. Now Chuvalo is fighting back from grief as a passionate anti-drug spokesman in high schools. He’s also in love again, with second wife Joanne, who joins him on the program.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
1 – JOHN CAIRD
produced by Wendy Bryan
Pam puts on Eyres with Canadian-born theatre impresario John Caird, director of the new megamusical, Jane Eyre. Caird, the award-winning director of Les Miserables, joins the father-and-son tag team of Canadian theatre, Ed and David Mirvish, to bring Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel to life for its world premiere.
2 – KIM STOCKWOOD
produced by Mary Lynk
Kim Stockwood’s debut album, Bonavista, has been soaring up the charts, and the single, Jerk, has become an international hit. Live music and musings will be offered up by this talented and vibrant young Newfoundlander.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
DESIGNER DOGS
produced by Sandra MacEachern
Guests: Dr. Pamela Reid, Dr. John Reeve-Newson and Sandra Matteson
With the release of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, this spotted species has spawned a new dog-mania. But what are we doing to man’s best friend in our quest for “designer” dogs? Experts are witnessing the ruination of many breeds due to indiscriminate breeding — selecting for appearance rather than temperament. Tonight, Dr. Pamela Reid, animal behaviourist, and veterinarian Dr. John Reeve-Newson look at the pleasures and pitfalls of choosing a canine companion, and at coping with a difficult dog. And yes, the pooches will have their say too.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
GRIEF
produced by Anne Bayin
Guests: Thomas Moore, Lata Pada and Matt Cohen
A discussion of the emotional state of grief with authors Thomas Moore and Matt Cohen and dancer/choreographer Lata Pada.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
DAVID CORK
produced by Wendy Bryan
The Wealthy Barber meets Boom, Bust & Echo. ScotiaMcLeod broker and author David Cork predicts future demographic and investment trends in Canada in his new bestseller, The Pig and the Python: How to Prosper from the Aging Baby Boom. Butting up against the RRSP deadline, Cork answers all your questions on how to spot new investment opportunities and the best way to prepare for a secure, happy retirement.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13
BONNIE SHERR KLEIN and MICHAEL KLEIN
produced by Anne Bayin
In 1987, award-winning documentary filmmaker Bonnie Sherr Klein (Not a Love Story; Speaking our Peace) suffered a catastrophic stroke that left her paralyzed and on a respirator. She was 46 years old. Her new book, Slow Dance, is the astonishing story of her struggle — first to survive, then to recover and adapt to a life with a disability. It is also a remarkable love story about Bonnie and her physician husband, Michael, who struggled along with her as husband, doctor and advocate.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
DUNCAN SINCLAIR
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Duncan Sinclair raised a Tragically Hip rock star son. He’d really like to build an airplane. Instead, he gave up retirement to take on the toughest job in the country. Sinclair will spend the next four years shaking up hospitals to build a better health care system. He says one look at his grandchildren convinced him to take the job.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15
DON CHERRY
produced by Wendy Bryan
Pam provokes the Wrath of Grapes. Love him or hate him, Don Cherry, is the country’s best-known sports commentator and the star of “the most-watched five minutes of television made in Canada.” Vintage Don Cherry for an entire hour.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
DR. HAROLD LEVINSON, JANICE and JOHN WHITNEY
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Millions of people suffer needlessly from dyslexia and attention deficit disorders. According to Dr. Levinson and his controversial theories, the problem lies in the inner-ear. He’s returning, along with Janice Whitney, who calls Levinson a hero, after her 10-year-old dyslexic son became a different child, one who finally feels capable of learning.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
ROBIN PHILLIPS, FIONA REID and JANE GILBERT
produced by Mary Lynk
She was once the Queen of Kensington; he was the acclaimed Stratford director. Now, Fiona Reid and Robin Phillips team up with mezzo-soprano Jane Gilbert. These veterans of the dramatic stage have been recruited by the Canadian Opera Company for an operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It could be something very special.

MONDAY, JANUARY 20
MAURICE STRONG
produced by Mary Lynk
Businessman, environmentalist, innovator and maverick, Maurice Strong and his platinum rolodex are a force to be reckoned with on the global stage. Among his many endeavours, he is chairman of the Earth Council, and a special advisor to both the head of the United Nations and the World Bank. When he speaks, those in power listen. We hope you will too.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
DOUBLE VISION
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Edward Greenspon and Anthony Wilson-Smith
Tonight, Edward Greenspon and Anthony Wilson-Smith show that truth can be stranger than fiction. From political temper tantrums to scandal and cover-up, we’ll look at the ethics and antics of the powers that be.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
1 – OFFICE SEX POLITICS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Malcolm MacKillop and Mary Cornish
To humour or humiliate? Unwanted sexual behaviour is thriving in the workplace. We’ll look at who’s taunting, who’s suing, and who’s really “paying,” with lawyers Malcolm MacKillop and Mary Cornish.
2 – TORONTO BLUE JAYS PITCHER ROGER CLEMENS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
WHO ARE WE?
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Neil Nevitte and Michael Adams
Are Canadians just too darn nice? Political scientist Neil Nevitte says no. He sees it in The Decline of Deference we show our leaders. Then there is pollster Michael Adams, whose new work, Sex in the Snow, explodes the myth that Canadians are tolerant. Two of Canada’s foremost social scientists signpost the future and shed some light on what it means to be Canadian.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
LAWRENCE WESCHLER
produced by Anne Bayin
The top-notch cultural and political reporter for The New Yorker has just returned from Belgrade where tens of thousands of Serbs have been demonstrating daily for two months. We’ll catch up on politics. And then, a tour of the bizarre Museum of Jurassic Technology in California.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27
MEDIA WARS
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: John Honderich, John Crosbie and Mark Starowicz
The Airbus Scandal set off a fierce debate over media ethics, not just political payoffs. Television producer Mark Starowicz, Toronto Star publisher John Honderich and former Tory Cabinet Minister John Crosbie take a look at the media and how it delivers the message.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
1 – NORMAN SPECTOR
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Norman Spector, Canada’s former Ambassador to Israel, is moving from diplomacy to journalism. He’s just been named publisher of The Jerusalem Post. The long-time political operative will answer questions about the minefield that is the Middle East.
2 – DR. FRANK HAYDEN
produced by Wendy Bryan
Canadian Dr. Frank Hayden’s radical notion that physical activity could help the mentally disabled spurred the creation of the Special Olympics. He joins Pamela on the eve of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games, when more than 2000 athletes from 80 countries come to Canada for the first time to compete.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
GRAHAM GREENE
produced by Mary Lynk
In the late 1980s, Graham Greene was a out-of-work actor hawking T-shirts on a Toronto sidewalk. Three years later, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his riveting performance in Dances With Wolves. Now, he’s North America’s best-known aboriginal actor.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
DR. JOE SCHWARCZ
produced by Anne Bayin
Canadian chemist Joe Schwarcz is so entertaining he’s been called “The Jackie Mason of the Bunsen burner set.” Recently he was chief consultant for Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, a splashy new guide to myths and facts about foods and additives. We’ll get the lowdown on what we eat, and watch Schwarcz demonstrate some magic with his travelling chemistry show.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
WOMEN IN POLITICS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Jan Brown, Alexa McDonough and Georgette Sheridan
Jan Brown, Alexa McDonough and Georgette Sheridan set aside their partisan views to look at what it means to be women wielding power in politics. Are women politicians forcing open the doors of the old boys’ club?

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
1 – EUGENE LEVY
produced by Anne Bayin
He played a Shmenge brother opposite the late John Candy, and a mad scientist in Splash. Eugene Levy’s array of original characters keep on coming long after SCTV’s final curtain. Now, he’s pulling more than teeth as the local dentist-turned-singer in a zany new movie called Waiting for Guffman.
2 – DIANA KRALL
produced by Mary Lynk
Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall is taking the musical world by storm. Even the pinstriped Wall Street Journal wrote “Krall is bound for glory, and that glory will be a much nicer place once she gets there.” She’s up for a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, but you can catch her act here.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
1 – THE FUTURE OF TRADING
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guest: Rowland Fleming
Rowland Fleming, President and CEO of the Toronto Stock Exchange, rings in the new stock-trading era as Canada’s markets get wired. With traders moving from frantic trading floors to the financial frontiers of cyberspace, it means revolutionary change, especially for the 37% of Canadians currently playing the markets.
2 – THE BUDGET SHOW
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Jeff Rubin and Paul Summerville
The deficit is definitely down. But interest rates are headed up again and unemployment won’t budge. Jeff Rubin, CIBC Wood Gundy, and Paul Summerville, RBC Dominion Securities, give the Finance Minister an economist’s prescription for the “election year” federal budget.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
JUDD HIRSCH
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Whether a New York cabby or travelling salesman, actor Judd Hirsch has always earned his keep, not to mention awards. Hirsch has won a Golden Globe, two Emmys, and an Oscar nomination for his work in television and feature films. Now, Hirsch plays Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s stage classic, Death Of A Salesman. We’ll spend the hour with a man who can sell himself.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
HEROES, ICONS AND CELEBRITIES
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Lewis Lapham and Mark Kingwell
Are there any heroes left? If so, is it Madonna? A thoughtful look at whether celebrity has shoved the thinking icons aside. Harper’s Editor Lewis Lapham and philosophy professor Mark Kingwell cast their votes.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
ROGER EBERT
produced by Wendy Bryan
Two thumbs up when Roger Ebert, co-host of Siskel and Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and the only film critic to have won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism, joins us with his Oscar picks and the best scenes from his new anthology on a century of film.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
1 – JAMES DALE DAVIDSON
produced by Wendy Bryan
He predicted the “depression” of the 90s in The Great Reckoning. Now, respected forecaster and conservative thinker James Dale Davidson sounds the death knell for Western civilization, and warns of the collapse of the welfare state in The Sovereign Individual. From disintegrating morals to surges in crime, Davidson charts the chaos that lies ahead.
2 – RAGTIME
produced by Wendy Bryan
A cast of characters from the world premier musical Ragtime join Canadian theatre mogul Garth Drabinsky, who brings E.L. Doctorow’s classic novel to the stage. Ragtime stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald and Marin Mazzie perform show stoppers from the hit musical.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
FRANK SULLOWAY
produced by Anne Bayin
Is Bill Clinton president of the U.S. today because, as a firstborn, he was more likely to exhibit strong leadership? Has Madonna’s rebelliousness got anything to do with the fact she was a later-born child? Evolutionary scholar Frank Sulloway argues that birth order affects who we are and what we become. His book, Born to Rebel.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
1 – KIM CAMPBELL
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Kim Campbell is worlds away from her rise and fall as Tory leader. Now as the Canadian Consul General in Tinseltown, Campbell is immersed in cross-border culture wars. Here at home, she still makes headlines demanding to have her say in the Somalia scandal.
2 – HUGH SEGAL, GERRY CAPLAN and MICHAEL KIRBY
produced by Rebecca Eckler
The boys are back in town! Our political panelists Hugh Segal, Gerry Caplan and Michael Kirby gather together one last time as we head into an election year.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
1 – KATE and ANNA McGARRIGLE
2 – CINDY CHURCH
produced by Mary Lynk
The voices of angels. First Kate and Anna: the McGarrigle Sisters. Revered in the folk world for more than 20 years, their sweet sibling harmonies and evocative lyrics can hit you like a sledgehammer. Their new CD, Matapedia. And Alberta-based Cindy Church. In earlier incarnations, Church sang backup to Ian Tyson and was a member of The Great Western Orchestra. These days, she performs both solo and as a member of Quartette.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
LOVE
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Rosemary Sullivan, Susan Swan and David Deacon
An exploration of this thing called love. Is jealousy a necessary evil? What about fidelity? For that matter, does romantic love even exist? Authors Rosemary Sullivan, Susan Swan and musician/poet David Deacon will tackle this most joyful, painful, confusing and haunting emotion.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17
RACE RELATIONS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: The Honourable Lincoln Alexander and Cecil Foster
Is Canada still A Place Called Heaven in 1997? That’s what author and journalist Cecil Foster thought when he was growing up in Barbados. Foster and the outspoken Lincoln Alexander, Canada’s first black Member of Parliament and first black Lieutenant Governor, explore what it means to be black in Canada.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
FINANCIAL PLANNING ON THE INTERNET
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: David Chilton, Joanne Thomas Yaccato and Jim Carroll
Financial advisers David Chilton, (The Wealthy Barber), Joanne Thomas Yaccato, (President, Women and Money Inc)., and Internet guru Jim Carroll surf the Net for answers to your RRSP and tax woes.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
DIVORCE
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Dan Couvrette, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead and Wendy Dennis
More than half of marriages end in divorce. At its messiest, divorce means endless litigation, greedy lawyers and emotional chaos for everyone involved. Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture, Wendy Dennis, author of The Divorce From Hell, and Dan Couvrette, publisher of Divorce magazine, speak from personal experience about what happens when love dies and people split up.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
OLIVER SACKS
produced by Anne Bayin
Robin Williams played Oliver Sacks in the movie Awakenings. Sacks is the celebrity neurologist who writes compelling tales about the complexities of being human in best-sellers such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Recently, he travelled to the South Seas to investigate a mysterious paralysis and a community of islanders born totally colorblind.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
ALAN THICKE
produced by Mary Lynk
The kid from Kirkland Lake is “hip” again. Stand-up comic and actor Alan Thicke’s foray into late-night talk was no laughing matter. But with starring roles in Growing Pains and Hope & Gloria, Thicke may have the last laugh.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
THE FUTURE OF WORK
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Jeremy Rifkin and Dian Cohen
We may be getting the deficit under control, but will Paul Martin ever bring the unemployment rate down? Jeremy Rifkin, author of The End of Work and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and Dian Cohen, one of Canada’s leading economists, debate the future of work in the next millennium.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
BANKING
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guest: Peter Godsoe
Record profits and record salaries for top bankers, but consumers are angry. Peter Godsoe, Chairman and C.E.O. of Scotiabank, says he is tired of bank bashing as a national sport. He also discusses the future of Canadian banking in the face of the technological revolution and increasing global competition.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
BRUCE COCKBURN
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn champions human rights issues in Latin America and environmental issues at home. Tonight, Bruce Cockburn’s globe-trotting ways and songs from his latest album, The Charity of Night.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
1 – JOHN DOUGLAS
produced by Anne Bayin
FBI profiler John Douglas hunts some of the most dangerous serial killers in the world, but he “hunts” with his head, not with guns. In Journey Into Darkness, the famous top cop continues to probe the psyches of the most notorious criminals and their victims, but his work, he says, makes him a nervous wreck as a parent.
2 – PATRICK McKENNA
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Greed, betrayal and power are the badges of this television trader. Patrick McKenna, a.k.a. Marty Stevens in the hit drama series Traders, made the switch from stand-up comedian to the world of financial deal-making. He’ll tell us how he did it.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
WYNTON MARSALIS
produced by Wendy Bryan
Reigning jazz czar Wynton Marsalis is a man with a mission. His most ambitious work ever, Blood on the Fields, is a moving jazz symphony about slavery. Wynton Marsalis: winner of eight Grammy Awards, musical genius, tireless educator, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Centre is the public face of jazz.

MONDAY, MARCH 3
JOBS
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Jeremy Rifkin and Dian Cohen
We may be getting the deficit under control, but will Paul Martin ever bring the unemployment rate down? Jeremy Rifkin, author of The End of Work and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and Dian Cohen, one of Canada’s leading economists, debate the future of work in the next millennium.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4
BARRY KENNEDY
produced by Anne Bayin
Barry Kennedy, ex-fighter pilot, stand-up comic, and first-time novelist, is a chip off the old block. He’s the son of famous Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, who has just added a new special Gemini Award to his collection. It turns out that father and son, separated during Barry’s childhood and reunited as adults, have lots in common, including their love of a good laugh.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
YOUTH VIOLENCE
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Dr. Fred Mathews, Kevin Guest and Willie Ewaschuk
Every week we encounter shocking headlines involving teens and violent crime. Are teenagers becoming desensitized to violence and, if so, what can be done to prevent this? Psychiatrist Dr. Fred Mathews and policeman Kevin Guest discuss the issues, along with a father whose son was killed last year.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6
1 – PRECOCIOUS KIDS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Craig Kielburger and Thomas Ichim
Old for their age, wise beyond their years — precocious kids. Thirteen-year-old Craig Kielburger, child activist, has been called the world’s most powerful kid. Twenty-year-old Thomas Ichim is working on a cure for leukemia, a disease afflicting his mother. At an age where most would be hanging out at the mall, we’ll hear why these two want to save the world.
2 – MARY WALSH
produced by Rebecca Eckler
You laughin’ at me? Mary Walsh, a.k.a. Marg Delahunty, is the creative force behind This Hour Has 22 Minutes and goddess of political satire. Her sense of humour, used as a survival technique when she was a child, now draws over a million viewers to the weekly show. We’ll meet the person behind the outrageous characters.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7
1 – LAURA JENNINGS
produced by Wendy Bryan
Jennings is a techno-superstar. As the highest-ranking woman at Microsoft and vice-president of MSN, Microsoft’s Internet offering, she has her fingers on the keyboard of the technological revolution, and the future of interactive media.
2 – ERIC BOGOSIAN
produced by Mary Lynk
Writer Eric Bogosian is known for his biting wit and as the star of one-man shows. He played a radio “shock jock” in the Oliver Stone film version of his own play Talk Radio. His new play, subUrbia, an unflinching look at life amidst the tract homes and strip malls of young America, has also leapt to the big screen, opening Robert Redford’s Sundance Festival.

MONDAY, MARCH 10
THALIDOMIDE
produced by Sandra MacEachern
Guests: Dr. Jay Keystone, Randolph Warren and Giselle Cole
The wonder drug that killed or crippled an estimated 10,000 babies when it was prescribed to pregnant mothers for morning sickness, may be on the road to redemption. Thalidomide is proving effective in the treatment of leprosy, cancer and AIDS. Dr. Jay Keystone is our guest, along with Thalidomide “survivors” Randolph Warren and Giselle Cole.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11
1 – DONOVAN
produced by Mary Lynk
London is swingin’ again. Sixties spiritualism has resurfaced as New Age. And the Prince of Flower Power is making a comeback. Folk rocker Donovan has a new album, courtesy of the young L.A. producer who’s keeping oldies Mick Jagger and Johnny Cash hot.
2 – GILLIAN HELFGOTT
produced by Anne Bayin
He’s David Helfgott, the eccentric musical prodigy featured in the highly-acclaimed movie, Shine; she’s his wife, a professional astrologer and author of the book that inspired the movie. Gillian Helfgott’s true story of David Helfgott, from his mental breakdown to his triumphant return to the stage 20 years later, is riveting. The Helfgotts are in Toronto as part of his sold-out North America concert tour.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12
ECO-UPDATE
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Brian Emmett and Patrick Moore
Brian Emmett, Canada’s Commissioner on the Environment, gives us a “green report” on whether Canada is living up to its environmental promises. Then, the man they call “Eco-Judas.” Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, now works for the forest industry and finds himself branded as a traitor by what he calls the “new breed” of environmentalists.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13
QUEBEC
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Jean Pare and Pierre De Bellefeuille
Can the courts or even a federal election resolve whether or how Quebec might separate? Jean Pare, editor of L’Actualite, and separatist Pierre De Bellefeuille, former member of the Rene Levesque government, explore the future of la belle province.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14
1 – DAN HILL
produced by Sandra MacEachern
He’s the original “sensitive guy,” responsible for such huge hankie hits as Sometimes When We Touch and Can’t We Try. Now, Dan Hill is back with I’m Doing Fine — his thirteenth album — and he just won a Grammy.
2 – FARMER’S DAUGHTER
produced by Sandra MacEachern
They’re makin’ hay while the sun shines. This “progressive country” trio’s second album, Makin’ Hay seems destined for gold as the hit single, Cornfields or Cadillacs, soars to #1. Tonight, prairie girls Jake Leiske, ShaunaRae Samograd and Angela Kelman come clean on which of them really are farmer’s daughters.

MONDAY, MARCH 17
Mario Bernardi
produced by Wendy Bryan
Maestro Mario Bernardi, sometimes known as “Super Mario,” is the engaging founding director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Born in Kirkland Lake, he went on to raise his baton to such international stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman and Ben Heppner. Tonight, we discover how Bernardi conducts his music and his life.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18
1 – ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
produced by Mary Lynk
Justice will finally be done in May when Joni Mitchell is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. A look at this curious museum with its chief curator, James Henke. Not only is it rich in historical gems, but hey, where else can one see both the original lyrics to Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds and the vast collection of Elvis’ jumpsuits!
2 – RON HYNES
produced by Mary Lynk
Ron Hynes’ classic, Sonny’s Dream, has been recorded by dozens of artists worldwide, including Emmylou Harris and Mary Black. Prairie Oyster and Joan Kennedy have also had hits with his songs. Listen as the Newfoundland singer/songwriter treats us to picks from his new CD, Face To The Gale.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19
MOVIES
produced by Anne Bayin
Guests: David Denby and Brian D. Johnson
The Oscars are coming, the Oscars are coming! We’ll look at the big picture with film tastemakers from both sides of the border. David Denby is the esteemed film critic for New York Magazine; Brian D. Johnson is movie critic for Maclean’s.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20
1 – JONATHAN RABAN
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Restless traveller and award-winning author Jonathan Raban tells the compelling tale of immigrants who were seduced to settle the badlands with promises of free land. Was the quintessential American character formed in the dustbowl of the Midwest? Raban probes the heart and soul and spunk of America.
2 – DR. JAN DE VRIES.
Alternative medicine

FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Jack Webster, Allan Fotheringham and Pierre Berton
One of Canada’s mouthiest political curmudgeons has some opinions — say, there’s a surprise! Jack Webster’s never been short of them. Also, former Front Page Challenge alumni Allan Fotheringham and Pierre Berton, who can’t wait to add their two cent’s worth.

MONDAY, MARCH 24
SCIENCE FICTION HOUR
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Tad Williams and Robert Sawyer
Cloning. Life on Mars. These days it seems we are living in a science fiction novel. We’ll look at today’s headlines through the eyes of two sci-fi gurus: best-selling author Tad Williams, and Canada’s own Robert Sawyer — winner of the coveted Nebula Award, the “Oscar” of science fiction writing.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25
1 – JEAN CHAREST
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Jean Charest has been busy carving a new image for the Conservatives, and tonight he’ll explain his election platform, which includes a promise of at least two million new jobs by 2005 and a 10% cut in personal income taxes. Does the political math in Charest’s “Plans For Canada’s Next Century” add up?
2 – MARIO ANDRETTI
produced by Mary Lynk
The godfather of speed, Mario Andretti, slows down for a chat about his impressive racing career, which spans three decades and 100 major wins. Now, a new IMAX film allows us to experience the death-defying drama of Andretti’s Indy car racing.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
1 – PAT CAPPONI
produced by Anne Bayin
Psychiatric survivor Pat Capponi regards herself as an outsider looking in, even though she’s won numerous awards for social activism and praise for an earlier memoir. Dispatches From The Poverty Line is an intimate look at what it means to be poor in Canada today.
2 – PAUL NG
produced by Anne Bayin
Got financial troubles? Could the problem be your floor plan, the sharp curve of your driveway, the color of your fence? Thousands of people wouldn’t dream of building or buying a house without first consulting a feng shui master. Paul Ng is an expert in the ancient Chinese art of healthy design.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27
ROBERTA BONDAR
produced by Wendy Bryan
Despite having “the right stuff,” Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman in space, continues to struggle to find a place for her groundbreaking research. But this self-described “organized cyclone” says she may just pack it all in and head to the desert to pursue her passion for photography.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28
LEWIS LAPHAM and RICHARD GWYN
produced by Rebecca Eckler
A frightening vision of the future, where money knows no border and holds no allegiance. Walled cities for the rich, statelessness for the poor. Harper’s magazine editor Lewis Lapham and writer-journalist Richard Gwyn explore a not-so-kind and gentle world.

MONDAY, MARCH 31
SHIRLEY DOUGLAS and KIEFER SUTHERLAND
produced by Wendy Bryan
Real-life mother and son, Shirley Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland, reflect on their distinguished careers as they team up onstage for the first time in Tennessee Williams’ classic, The Glass Menagerie. The daughter and grandson of CCF founder Tommy Douglas pays tribute to the influence his passions had on their lives.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1
PREMIER ROY ROMANOW
produced by Wendy Bryan
Hot on the heels of revelations that Saskatchewan flirted with bankruptcy in 1993, Premier Roy Romanow discusses the economic turnaround for one of Canada’s have-not provinces, and the continued uphill struggle for a clean bill of health.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
FASHION PLATES
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Brian Bailey, Wayne Clark, Jeanne Beker and Marian Fowler
Fashion relieves boredom, creates identities and can be deliciously superficial and important at the same time. We’ll explore the world of buttons and bows with celebrated Canadian designers Wayne Clark and Brian Bailey, fashion doyenne Jeanne Beker, and Marian Fowler, author of The Way She Looks Tonight.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3
DOUG YOUNG
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Canada’s Minister of Defence on the Somalia Inquiry, reforming the military and the role of our peacekeepers

FRIDAY, APRIL 4
MARTIN LEE
produced by Anne Bayin
The outspoken leader of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party is on an urgent mission to warn the West that human rights after “handover” are in serious danger. When Hong Kong reverts to China on July 1st, Martin Lee vows he’ll stay and fight for freedom, even if it means risking jail.

MONDAY, APRIL 7
PINT-SIZED PERFORMERS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Wesley Chu, Brandon Uranowitz and Lea Michele
Wesley Chu, age five and barely tall enough to reach the piano keys, has made history as the youngest person to achieve all Grade 9 levels of the Royal Conservatory in one year. He also writes his own compositions. Lea Michele and Brandon Uranowitz are the tot stars of Ragtime. Wesley’s piano tutor, Irene Besse, and Livent’s child supervisor, Justice Coipel, are also on hand.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8
BLOOD CRISIS
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Andre Picard, Dr. Margaret Somerville, Dr. Alan Hudson and Dr. William Francombe
From the dangerously low blood supply for critically-ill patients, to how our country’s new blood system could and should be structured. Guests include Globe and Mail reporter Andre Picard, who wrote The Gift of Death: Confronting Canada’s Tainted Blood Tragedy, Dr. Margaret Somerville, of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, and two medical experts on the front lines: Drs. Alan Hudson and William Francombe from The Toronto Hospital.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9
1 – ISIAH THOMAS and DAMON STOUDAMIRE
produced by Wendy Bryan
Basketball legend and Raptors owner Isiah Thomas shares PWL centre court with his protégé, Rookie Of The Year Damon Stoudamire. They’ll discuss their special mentoring relationship, and what’s ahead for basketball in Canada. No doubt Isiah predicts a brilliant future for his hand-picked star.
2 – ROCH VOISINE
produced by Mary Lynk
Singer/songwriter Roch Voisine enjoys a level of success that is nothing short of phenomenal in francophone Europe and Quebec. Now, with his second English album, Kissing Rain, he continues to conquer the English-speaking world. Tonight, the Acadian heartthrob comes to call.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10
JEANETTE WINTERSON
produced by Wendy Bryan
Brit-lit bad girl Jeanette Winterson discusses infidelity, the British election, and her latest novel, Gut Symmetries. Winner of the prestigious Whitbread Prize for her novel Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, the audacious Winterson has been compared to literary figures from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Virginia Woolf.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11
MICHAEL HUTCHENCE
produced by Mary Lynk
Rock star Michael Hutchence heads the hot Australian band INXS, which has sold more than 20 million records since they got together 17 years ago. Their tenth album is due out April 15th. The first single, Elegantly Wasted, is already Number 5 on the North American charts.

MONDAY, APRIL 14
1 – PRESTON MANNING
produced by Rebecca Eckler
How far Preston Manning’s new and reformed image will take him in the next federal election remains to be seen. As his Reform Party continues to shed its extremist image in its efforts to win wider appeal, latest polls show the upstart party at 17% of the popular vote.
2 – POLLS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Donna Dasko and Bob Richardson
If June is the month for blushing brides and flushed politicians, these pollsters know why. With a federal election a near-certainty, the polls show the Liberals losing popularity. How come? And why is the race for second place the more exciting one?

TUESDAY, APRIL 15
ADAM ZIMMERMAN
produced by Mary Lynk
CEOs rarely give us the goods on themselves. Ex-Noranda Forest chief and corporate warrior Adam Zimmerman reverses that trend. He’s written a blunt memoir about the gains, the losses and the intrigues that occurred during his prominent 40-year career in business.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
OVIDE MERCREDI
produced by Mary Lynk
Assembly of First Nations chiefs are staging a country-wide native protest tomorrow, on the 15th anniversary of the signing of Canada’s Constitution. Ovide Mercredi accuses Ottawa of not living up to its constitutional obligations. We’ll get the specifics from the outspoken national chief.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17
ADOPTION
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Sharon Gollert and Janiece Vautour
Modern adoptions have an “openness” that didn’t exist in the 1960s. A look at today’s issues, as well as the emotions around giving up and adopting a child. Social worker Sharon Gollert is an expert in the psychology of post-reunion relationships; Janiece Vautour is an adoptee, an adoptive mother, and the birth mother to an adopted child. Other guests include the adoptive and the biological mother of the same child.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18
AL WAXMAN
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Al Waxman, famous for his roles in the hit series King of Kensington and Cagney and Lacey, talks about acting, directing, his brand-new Order of Canada, and why, after 30 years in showbiz, he’s not simply resting on his laurels. Instead, he’s stepping onto the Stratford stage as Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman.

MONDAY, APRIL 21
BOOK LEVEE
produced by Mary Lynk
Twelve prominent Canadians: Patrick Watson, Dinah Christie, Robert Fulford, Rex Murphy, Sandra Gwyn, Barbara McDougall, Naomi Klein, George Seremba, R.H. Thompson, Jane Siberry, Drew Hayden Taylor and Evan Solomon reveal their all-time favourite books in celebration of Canada Book Day. With taped appearances by Kiefer Sutherland, Shirley Douglas, Richard Gwyn, Lewis Lapham, Oliver Sacks, Gordon Pinsent, David Denby, and Mary Walsh.

TUESDAY, APRIL 22
WOMEN AND POWER
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Harriet Rubin, Wendy Rowland and Mark Kingwell
From mythological female warriors, to 90s women toting guns for self-protection, to the cartoon “babes” who capture the imagination of pre-teen girls. Harriet Rubin, author of The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women, filmmaker Wendy Rowland, and philosopher Mark Kingwell, look at women wielding words and weapons.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
RICK HANSEN
produced by Wendy Bryan
On the tenth anniversary of his “Man in Motion World Tour,” Rick Hansen is once again travelling across the country in support of the Neurotrauma Initiative. Hansen is a tireless fundraiser for Neurotrauma, raising $24 million to date. He’s also a motivational speaker, a devoted dad, and a fisherman.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24
1 – ANTHONY BIANCO
produced by Anne Bayin
The Reichmanns once stood as one of the richest and most powerful family empires in the world — before they lost their $10 billion fortune. This month, their new development at London’s Canary Wharf marks their comeback. Anthony Bianco has unearthed the secrets of this mysterious and secretive family.
2 – ROD McQUEEN
produced by Anne Bayin
The death of Confederation Life, the demise of Eaton’s, the tarnished future of Bre-X, all point to a crisis in corporate Canada. McQueen, a senior writer with The Financial Post, explores how fortunes are made and lost.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25
1 – DOUBLE EXPOSURE
Guests: Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen
Political satire has a long tradition in Canada. Comedy duo Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen on how Double Exposure satisfies their political appetites and their need to make fun, if not profit.
2 – MERYN CADELL
produced by Mary Lynk
Meryn Cadell is a woman of many artistic hats: actress, writer, singer, songwriter. In 1992, her North American hit song, The Sweater, pronounced on love, disillusionment and bad acrylic garments. She has also written a feature-length film, currently being produced by Bruce MacDonald. An exploration of tainted love, urban alienation and friendship — all themes on a new album by Canada’s budding pop-culture diva.

MONDAY, APRIL 28
PRE-EMPTED FOR FEDERAL ELECTION SPECIAL

TUESDAY, APRIL 29
POLITICS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Dalton Camp, Gerry Caplan and Andrew Coyne
Veterans of the political wars gather to decode the strategies and the issues facing Canada in the election of Î97.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
TOMMY HUNTER
produced by Mary Lynk
“Canada’s Country Gentleman” is on the road again, celebrating 50 years in showbiz with an anniversary tour. Hunter’s career travels have spanned the good ol’ days from buck-a-performance variety shows to a 27-year run hosting his own quintessentially Canadian TV show.

THURSDAY, MAY 1
PRE-EMPTED FOR BRITISH ELECTION COVERAGE

FRIDAY, MAY 2
1 – JON SECADA
produced by Mary Lynk
Two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada started out as a back-up singer for Gloria Estefan. He then teamed up with greats like Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti. But it’s as a solo act that Secada has sold more than 16 million albums. An exploration of music and life with one of the great voices in pop music.
2 – DAVE WILLIAMS
produced by Anne Bayin
Williams will be the sixth Canadian to head into space when he boards the space shuttle Columbia next March. The scuba diving doctor jokes he’ll be “part guinea pig, part scientist” during the special Neurolab mission.

MONDAY, MAY 5
ELEPHANTS
produced by Mary Lynk
Guests: Bob Kam, Hezy Shoshani, Ron Orenstein, Michael Hirsh, Chairman of Nelvana Studios, Laurent de Brunhoff. Author of Babar (by phone)
A celebration of Elephants. A biologist, a Calgary zookeeper and curator of elephant paintings, a lawyer fighting against the ivory trade, and even the director of Babar gather to explore the mystique and allure of the most amazing mammal on earth.

TUESDAY, MAY 6
1 – JEFFREY SIMPSON
produced by Rebecca Eckler
An engaging look at the clash of political ideas and personalities with one of Canada’s leading political analysts. Simpson has covered all major election campaigns in recent years, so he’ll take us “back to the future” to look at promises made, promises kept, and promises broken.
2 – DR. MARIUS BARNARD
produced by Anne Bayin
Dr. Marius Barnard made history when he assisted his brother, Dr. Christian Barnard, in performing the world’s first heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. The patient, a 55-year-old grocer, died after 18 days. But the legacy is that, thirty years later, heart transplantation is a routine procedure which is saving thousands of lives.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
TIMOTHY FERRIS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
From the Big Bang to the Whole Shebang. Timothy Ferris, one of the world’s top science writers, offers a universal update. From time travel to black holes to why modern cosmology has something to say about philosophy and religion, Ferris explores our very existence over the past 15 billion years.

THURSDAY, MAY 8
THE POLITICS OF LYING
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Ron Atkey, lawyer and former MP; Ron Graham, author; and Linda McQuaig, columnist and author
The whole truth and nothing but the truth about lying and politics. Are all politicians liars, and are the ones who lie best the most successful? Guests Linda McQuaig, Ron Graham and Ron Atkey give their honest opinions on the current election campaign.

FRIDAY, MAY 9
1 – ANN-MARIE MacDONALD
produced by Anne Bayin
Two of MacDonaldâs wildest dreams have been realized. Fall On Your Knees, her novel about a tormented Cape Breton family, has become a runaway bestseller. And it has just won the coveted Commonwealth best-first-book prize!
2 – WIDE MOUTH MASON
produced by Mary Lynk

MONDAY, MAY 12
PRE-EMPTED FOR ELECTION ENGLISH DEBATE

TUESDAY, MAY 13
PRE-EMPTED FOR ELECTION FRENCH DEBATE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
PRE-EMPTED FOR ELECTION COVERAGE

THURSDAY, MAY 15
JEFFREY SACHS
produced by Wendy Bryan
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development is called “the most important economist in the world” by The New York Times. He has re-invented capitalism for the former communist nations, advises the Chinese, the IMF, the World Bank and the United Nations, and he’s here to advise us on the global economy.

FRIDAY, MAY 16
TANYA TUCKER
produced by Mary Lynk
The Texas Tornado is one of the best-selling country singers. Tanya Tucker began her career at age 13, and the song Delta Dawn made her an instant star. Now, at 38, she has just released her 30th album and her autobiography, chronicling a life never shy of controversy and adventure.

MONDAY, MAY 19
COMMUNITY PART 1
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Julie White, Trillium Foundation; Patrick Johnston, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy; and Andre Picard, Atkinson Fellow
“The time has come to offer real choice about what kind of a society we want to have in Canada for the 21st century,” the Prime Minister said as he called the election. We begin the week with a two-part look at what it will take to make our communities work in the new millennium. Guests are Julie White of The Trillium Foundation, Patrick Johnston of The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, and Atkinson Fellow Andre Picard.

TUESDAY, MAY 20
9 p.m – MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER (repeat)
2 a.m. – WYNTON MARSALIS (repeat)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
1 – PREMIER FRANK McKENNA
produced by Mary Lynk
New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna has long maintained a decade should be the limit for any government. This is particularly significant as 1997 marks his tenth anniversary in office. Tonight, McKenna observes the election, the economy, the art of the deal and his own political future.
2 – MEDIA POLITICS
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: George Perlin and Bill Fox

THURSDAY, MAY 22
COMMUNITY PART 2
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Hugh Segal, The Kahanoff Foundation; Judith Maxwell, Canadian Policy Research Networks; and John Richards, C.D. Howe Institute
Part two of our series on community examines Canada’s social safety net. What can and should Canada’s Third Sector deliver in the age of government cutbacks? Political commentator Hugh Segal, economist Judith Maxwell and C. D. Howe scholar John Richards look at rebuilding a “civil society.”

FRIDAY, MAY 23
HELEN REDDY
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Helen Reddy’s megahit, I Am Woman, became the social anthem for the 70s. Later, a messy divorce revealed the Australian singer had been a battered wife at the time she wrote the lyrics. Today, still singing and performing, Reddy’s new role is Shirley Valentine, the plucky British housewife who runs away to Greece to escape the tedium of her life.

MONDAY, MAY 26
1 – SIN
produced by Mary Lynk
No surprise that the original “seven deadlies” — pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger and sloth — are popular as ever. But in this time of moral upheaval, have the definitions changed? We examine virtue and vice with James Taylor, who’s written a book called Sin.
2 – ANNA PORTER
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Don’t judge Anna Porter by her cover. The publisher of Key Porter Books is also an established mystery writer who engages in some literary cheek in her latest whodunit, The Bookfair Murders. She kills off a few members of her own profession! Tonight, she’ll reveal some of the plot lines in her own life.

TUESDAY, MAY 27
CRANIAL PURSUITS: THE BRAIN
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Edward de Bono, Jay Ingram, Dr. Peter St. George-Hislop and Dr. Colin Shapiro
In just the last 10 years we have discovered 90% of what we know about the brain. We’ll “brainstorm” on consciousness with the best in the field: The Discovery Channel’s Jay Ingram, lateral thinker Edward de Bono, Dr. Peter St. George-Hislop, the scientist who found the gene responsible for familial Alzheimer’s, and Dr. Colin Shapiro, an expert in consciousness disorders.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
CANCER UPDATE
produced by Sandra MacEachern
Guests: Dr. Robert Buckman, Dr. Mark Vincent, Sandy Hawley and Dr. Malcolm Mitchell (by phone)
Tonight, the latest thinking on cancer, its causes, the most recent advances in treatment, and the financial implications of the disease. Even though we now know more than half of all cancers can be prevented through lifestyle changes, this year alone 60,000 Canadians will die. Medical experts Dr. Robert Buckman and Dr. Mark Vincent are joined by cancer survivor, jockey Sandy Hawley.

THURSDAY, MAY 29
PETER GZOWSKI
produced by Mary Lynk
Off the ice, in radioland, Gzowski is the undisputed “Great One.” Gzowski’s voice has bound the country together for 15 years. So now that he’s giving up the morning shift, how, and on what frequency, will we tune him in? We’ll find out on the eve of his departure from Morningside.

FRIDAY, MAY 30
ELECTION POLITICS
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Michael Adams, Laurier LaPierre and Avi Lewis
On the eve of the federal election, political commentators Michael Adams of Environics Research, Laurier LaPierre and Avi Lewis, political reporter with MuchMusic.

MONDAY, JUNE 2
PRE-EMPTED FOR ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3
PRE-EMPTED FOR POST-ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
HUGH SEGAL, GERRY CAPLAN, MICHAEL KIRBY and RICK ANDERSON
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Reform Party strategist Rick Anderson joins our regular political pundits to discuss the victories, losses and surprises of the Î97 federal election. Will Parliament and politics ever be the same?

THURSDAY, JUNE 5
SPORTS FANS
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: Trent Frayne, Paul Quarrington and Jane O’Hara
An all-star lineup tackles the psychology of sports fans. What is it that makes people so fanatical? Godfather of Canadian sportswriting Trent Frayne, fly-fisherman and novelist Paul Quarrington, and Jane O’Hara, former Ottawa Sun sports editor and Wimbledon alumnus, lob a few theories over the net.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6
DAVID DENBY
produced by Anne Bayin
David Denby, film critic for New York Magazine and father of two, despairs that our children are being buried alive in what he calls “the avalanche of crud” that dominates the airwaves. His answer is he thinks we should go back to the classics! We’ll discuss his revolutionary theory with the author of Great Books.

MONDAY, JUNE 9
DISCOVERY
produced by Wendy Bryan
Guests: John Polanyi and Alan Guth
The truth is out there. Science just has to find it. Alan Guth, the MIT physicist intent on creating a whole new universe in a laboratory, and Canadian Nobel Laureate John Polanyi, explore how discovery happens, and how it is influenced by political and social fashions of the day.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10
1 – DANIEL JOHNSON
produced by Mary Lynk
The election might be over, but Daniel Johnson wants to keep the unity issue on the front burner. The Quebec Liberal leader says Canada must seize the moment, finally recognize the distinct character of Quebec and modernize Canadian federalism.
2 – JOSTEIN GAARDER
produced by Mary Lynk
Sophie’s World, a literary concoction of fable and western philosophy, caused a huge international stir when it was released in 1991. By 1995, it had sold 12 million copies, and Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder was a superstar. His detective-style books are seemingly aimed at teenagers, but it’s adults who are buying them up like candy.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
1 – TOBEN ANDERSON
produced by Anne Bayin
Calgary fashion designer Toben Anderson was 36 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Two years later, having beat the odds, she climbed to the top of the highest mountain in Antarctica. Now, Anderson says, she’ll continue scaling peaks to raise money for a cure.
2 – MAGIC
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Guests: Patrick Watson and David Ben
As usual, Patrick Watson, former chairman of the CBC, and David Ben, former tax lawyer, have something up their sleeves. Tonight, they’ll entertain us with sleights of hand and levitating objects, before disappearing to the Shaw Festival and the opening performance of The Conjuror, their live magic show.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12
ART GARFUNKEL
produced by Mary Lynk
Who can believe Bridge Over Troubled Water was 25 years ago? Art Garfunkel, blessed with the most beautiful countertenor in pop music, talks about the early days with Paul Simon and the current album celebrating his recently completed 11-year-trek across the United States. An hour with Scarborough Fair’s favorite wandering minstrel.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13
PRAYER
produced by Anne Bayin
Guests: Thomas Berry and Reg Bibby
Can God intervene in the world? What kinds of things do we ask God for, and how many of us believe prayers get answered? A wide-ranging look at the origins and the nature of prayer with Canadian sociologist Dr. Reg Bibby and American scholar and monk, Dr. Thomas Berry.

MONDAY, JUNE 16
SHERWIN NULAND
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Dr. Sherwin Nuland is the Yale surgeon and medical historian who chronicles the body’s desperate, innate struggle to stay alive. His work, How We Die, won him a National Book Award. Now, the provocative doctor shifts his focus to “how we live” and the mystery of the human spirit.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17
ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
produced by Wendy Bryan
She’s the offspring of the star-crossed marriage between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini. And she was the highest-paid model in the world as the luminous face of Lancome, until her age became a factor. In her new autobiography, Some of Me, Rossellini reflects on a fondness for flaws, and the joys of filming Blue Velvet and Big Night.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
1 – NAOMI WOLF
produced by Anne Bayin
Naomi Wolf tells the whole truth of the sexual coming of age of young women in her new book, Promiscuities. Wolf, a Rhodes Scholar, has been hailed as the voice of the third wave of feminism. And this time her story of the sexual revolution is personal.
2 – CHRISTINE SILVERBERG
produced by Rebecca Eckler
Ms. Top Cop, Christine Silverberg, is the first woman to head up a major Canadian city police force. Just how the chief overhauled Calgary’s police organization to rid it of red tape, make it more user-friendly, and prepare it for the coming millennium is the subject of PWL’s investigation!

THURSDAY, JUNE 19
MICHAEL BURGESS
produced by Mary Lynk
As Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, his compassionate style and soaring tenor captivated audiences. But Michael Burgess is also a self-confessed sports nut, and one of the most generous and philanthropic performers in the country. To mark his debut album, A Place In the Sun, Canada’s best-loved minstrel joins us in conversation and in song.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20
CANADA DAY LEVEE
produced by Wendy Bryan
Tom Axworthy, Monika Schnarre, Veronica Tennant, Graham Greene, Albert Schultz, Deepa Mehta, Nino Ricci, Steve and Morag Smith, as well as Anson Carter, Vicky Synohara and Boyd Deveraux (from Team Canada’s men’s, women’s and junior World Championship hockey teams respectively), all wax poetic on the joys of being Canadian.