Stephen Cornish, the Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada (MSF), visited the Central African Republic (CAR) in early 2014. Stephen has described the humanitarian situation he witnessed there as one that is, "spiraling out of control." He speaks to The Agenda's Gregg Thurlbeck about MSF's activties there.
The media spotlight surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has illuminated the state-sanctioned discrimination faced by gay Russians. The Agenda's Gregg Thurlbeck interviews the founder of Deti-404, a site offering support services to Russian gay youth.
The future of brain research and investigations into optimizing human cognition is a vast topic. As Gregg Thurlbeck discovered while producing our Mysteries of the Mind episode on The Future Brain, even limiting the discussion to a few key areas such as neurofeedback, didn't allow for a complete a discussion of these techniques. So, we took the opportunity to record this additional Agenda Plus segment.
Bringing nutritious, low-cost food to the world's slums sounds like a massively complex and daunting proposition. But, as Gregg Thurlbeck discovered when he spoke to MBA student Mohammed Ashour, a great idea can take you a long way.
The movie Ender's Game is based on Orson Scott Card's multiple award-winning novel of the same name. Gregg Thurlbeck interviewed the controversial author in 1995 and they spoke about his Mormon faith and how religion is treated in science fiction.
Chris Henderson's book Aboriginal Power focuses on how clean energy solutions are changing the economic landscape for Canada's First Nations communities. And, as Gregg Thurlbeck writes, biomass projects are an integral part of the picture.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) is currently being negotiated and Canada is at the table. But as Gregg Thurlbeck writes, there are provisions being suggested for the agreement that are running afoul of the humanitarian aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.
Author Frederik Pohl passed away on September 2, 2013 at the age of 93. As Gregg Thurlbeck writes, Pohl's books explored themes ranging from ozone depletion to the inevitability of war.