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The Agenda Never Sleeps (Or So It Would Seem)

by Stacey Dunseath Tuesday December 4, 2012

I’m program producer Stacey Dunseath. You might remember me from such programs as … well, last Thursday’s Agenda. I provide a weekly on-air update of everything “Team Agenda” has been working on on-air and online. Those snapshots give just a taste of what we’ve been working on, and we always have a lot more on offer. Last week was a very productive week for us, and I’d like to share all that we worked on with you.

It was a busy week in studio. Not only did we complete five of our nightly programs, but we recorded two items for a future air date, an additional three web-exclusive interviews, and two Agenda Plus items.

Web-Exclusive Interviews

Steve Paikin spoke to Toronto Star investigative reporter Kevin Donovan about the Ornge air ambulance scandal:

Steve also spoke to University of Waterloo professor Jeff Casello and University of Applied Sciences professor Christoph Hupfer about the tragic death of a German exchange student:

Bill Laidlaw of the Ontario Association of Food Banks told Steve about the dire need for food across Ontario's 1,200 food banks (if you missed it, read their 2012 Ontario Hunger Report):

Agenda Plus

Cornell University's Robert H. Frank commented on who was the better economist: Charles Darwin or Adam Smith?

And former Conservative cabinet minster Stockwell Day reflected on life after politics:

Google+ Hangout Interviews

As part of our continuing Learning 2030 series and TVO’s “Why Poverty?” campaign, Steve and producer Mary Taws recorded two web interviews via Google+ Hangout. 

Steve spoke with a group of grade 10 students about the "Futures Forum Project":

Producer Mary Taws looked at an "eye-opening photo of poverty": 

And producers Hilary Clark and Daniel Kitts recorded two Google+ interviews following up on topics that we’ve covered at The Agenda.

Hilary looked at how the Mega Quarry fight was won:

Daniel spoke with the International Crisis Group's Alan Keenan about the group's recent report on Sri Lanka:

"Grey Bruce: Poverty Outside the City"

Using Google+ hangout interviews and still images, producer Daniel Kitts created an item looking at poverty outside the city, in Grey and Bruce Counties, Ontario: 

Live Event: "Trolling for Trouble"

The Agenda also held a live event in downtown Toronto last week: “Trolling for Trouble: Online Actions, Offline Consequences.” Steve moderated the conversation, which featured GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram and York University’s Jennifer Jenson. If you weren't able to attend or missed the live stream, watch the replay:

Live Chat: Toronto Politics and Rob Ford

There's more: online producer Navin Vaswani and producer Meredith Martin hosted a live chat about the ouster of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Tuesday afternoon with writer and author Ivor Tossell.

Last But Not Least: Blog Posts

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our Inside Agenda blog (it’s where you are now, after all). Not including our Google+ Hangouts and web-exclusive interviews, our producers delivered no fewer than 12 blog posts:

And now, we’re in the midst of another busy week. After all, we don’t sleep.

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