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Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Week starts with Strombo live

Week of March 25 to 30th

Sunday The Strombo Show on CFRB will be live according to sources.

Monday on The Hour

P. J. O'Rourke political journalist was known to have said:
"I'm a registered Republican and consider socialism a violation of the American principle that you shouldn't stick your nose in other people's business except to make a buck."
O'Rourke, P.J. (1987), Republican Party Reptile. The confessions, adventures, essays and (other) outrages of P.J. O'Rourke. London (Picador), 45

Chuck D
Chuck D has always believed in the political power of hip-hop. From his early days as the front man for Public Enemy (which captured black rage at the Reagan era with 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back), his music has been a medium for the message. Or, as D once famously remarked, “Rap is CNN for black people.”
Borrowed from Mother Jones Article Interviewed By Jeff Chang
September/October 2004 Issue

Tuesday The Hour is on at a special time 9 pm on CBC

Mark Wahlberg with a lot of good stories to tell.
why is he famous?
In a span of ten years the Lazarus of leading men has gone from rapping roughneck to underwear model to major box-office puller. With a string of acclaimed performances in films like Boogie Nights and The Perfect Storm, Wahlberg has become a certifiable star of the silver screen.

Master Cpl.Paul Franklin Tells his story.
Despite losing both legs to a suicide bomber he is back at work.

Rick Mercer's Best Story Ever
Rick Mercer season finale will be on before The Hour so this is you extra bonus round of Rick Mercer this night.


Halle Berry Sexy talented Actress...
The worst thing a man can ever do is kiss me on the first date." -Halle Berry

Tim Flannery He is an author and a leading authority on Ecological issues. His book The_Weather_Makers is often quoted by enviromental activist like David Suzuki, who happened to be in the audience for the taping of this interview.
Speaking of Global warming... There is a possibility that Al Gore will be on The Hour again this season.

Oh yeah and Will Ferrell will be on Wednesday as well. This link to Will Ferrell demonstrates how the entertainment media is sucking the fun out of YouTube.... check it out and see for yourself.

Thursday, not sure about Thursday yet... I'll get back to you on that. OK today is Thursday and the Scissor Sisters will be on as well as the new CFL commisioner Mark Cohon and George is taking the one who plays George (Craig Lauzon) and Luba Goy of The Royal Canadian Air Farce to the newsstand.

On Friday some of us are going to go see Nile do his stand up routine at Second City 11pm.

If you are in the GTA you may consider coming along.


668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

ok, i find best story ever rather hit and miss at times, but i am looking forward to hearing mercer's.

Barbara said...

Your right The Best Stories are a hit and miss think. Rick's should be good. But there is a segment that I love that is always good in my opinion but we never talk about it. It's the 'Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask' feature.
I am going to do a bit of research and that might be my next post.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

barbara, i agree with you. i think overall that is one of the better segments. i also think it is good because it doesn't run every night.

Anonymous said...

I don't think this Sunday night is live on CFRB

Brooksie said...

I also enjoy the Everything You Wanted to Know segment and agree that because it is not shown every show or even every week makes it stronger. I also like the style and pacing of it.

Barbara said...

anonymous you had that right... for some reason I went by an undated post on

Allan said...

There's been no mention of this unusual 9 PM broadcast.
What's that all about?
Is this The Hour's moment to shine?
The 8 PM Newsworld is a Best Of ...
The 9 PM will new and taped?
What will the 11 PM repeat?

Was on Front street today and saw the most humongous billboard for The Hour across from the CBC bldg.
Across from that, on the other side of the street, were two much, much smaller ones for Mosque and National.
Quite the investment.

Miss A said...

I don't know Allan...which is more compelling and socially relevant?

A: The fictitious, moderately amusing sitcom.
B: The real life story of a Canadian hero.

Barbara said...

I don't know Allan I saw mention of it everywhere... including here...
It was fantastic to see it at 9pm... I hope they do that again because I currently don't have cable and I can only see it on TV at 11pm.

Brooksie said...

I really enjoyed the 9PM show as well. Very compelling. And I saw tonnes of ads on the TV and on the Net for it.

I set the VCR to tape it which was a good thing though because I had assumed the 8 PM Newsworld edition and the 11PM CBC one would be a repeat of the 9 o'clock show rather than at 'best of' edition. But that is a quibble.

Allan said...

I meant there's no explanation anywhere.

Great opening.

barb, you really need a VCR.

Did you see where George used my question?

Barbara said...

I do need a VCR... I need a lot of things... let's not get into that. I did see where George used your question... it lead to an interesting answer... you can view the complete interview on The Hour website...

Allan said...

I want to clarify something, and I'm sorry if I'm repeating something from The Hour's blog. I'm only doing it because I don't assume that everyone reads everything everywhere, and I think this is important.
And is an insight into our pal George.

As posted at:
Hour Blog
It's only been a couple of days since the interview, so maybe Paul F. is still checking this blog to see further reaction to his appearance. I could just write him directly, but where's the fun in that for the rest of you?
Paul did a lot of smiling during the interview, so I assume he has not lost his sense of humour.
When The Hour contacted me directly to give me an opportunity to come up with questions for Paul, I gave serious thought to what I would ask him myself in a public forum, and submitted them as you have seen earlier.
Interviewing someone who is an amputee is not a task that anyone looks forward to doing. It's tricky. Someone else who is an amputee would be more ideally suited to the task, using their own insights and sensitivity.
Much of the information presented during the interview did touch on a few of the same areas I had brought up.
But one question near the end stood out, and it made reference to the Hour's blog and having been drawn from that.
After reviewing the few posts, which are here for all to see, I conclude that the question "are you a real man?" was derived from my list.
But for some reason George chose to phrase it quite differently, almost treating it with disgust.
It disappoints me, but doesn't surprise.
The clear impression is that generally the Hour thinks it is smarter and more clever than the people who comprise their audience.
But the question "are you a real man" is pretty stupid, and did not need to be asked.
And no one did, except George, and he decided to blame someone else for coming up with it.
This is journalism as practiced at The Hour.
Despite boldly declaring that NEWS LIES, the Hour itself seems to have little interest in accuracy.
My question had been quite different than the one George posed. Or is he claiming that it's the same thing?
Ask a real journalist, there's a few at the CBC, if they consider the question to be the same.
I had asked "do you feel less of a man?", which would have solicited a different response than being asked "are you a real man?"
The answer to the second question is self-evident, and I can't imagine why it would be necessary to ask it.
The first question, I think, explores something important, and could have yielded considerable insight about the circumstances and thoughts of someone who has endured, and continues to endure, a tragedy in their lives. Particularly for a soldier, for whom bravery is kind of a prominent characteristic of the job. (it's of course a lot more than what we normally think of when we call something a "job")
I think it's important, if only for Paul himself, to know that no one, absolutely no one, is questioning if a war hero is a man, a real man.
I think any doubts about that were fully answered when Master Cpl. Franklin walked on to that plane that carried him to Afghanistan.
On that day alone, he was more of "a man" than anyone writing on this blog.

So it was George alone who made up a question no one asked, and blamed a blogger.
When The Hour says NEWS LIES, they're not kidding.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i am not going to delve into allan's comment throughly but wanted to add this.

regardless of where the question came from, i thought it was an extremely offensive thing to say. even if 100 viewers had sent that exact phrasing of the question, there is no need to bring it up.

i understand where they wanted the interview to lead to, but there are much better ways to take it there. in ways that are more classy.

Allan said...

Let's hear how you would have phrased the question, instead of the crude way George did it, you classy thing you.

Barbara said...

Quite frankly Allan I am not a man and I just don't think in those terms.
It would never enter my head to ask it because I see people as souls... as personality and energy and not just as the cage that is thier body.
My boyfriend was paralyzed in both legs and one arm near the end of his battle with cancer. He is always going to be the best man I ever knew. There was never anything less than a man about him. You undertand me Allan?

Allan said...

That's a powerful remark barbara. And I know there's a lot of emotion there as well.
But the question wasn't for you, so your answer speaks to a different perspective.

I've been spared from a lot of tragedies in life, but not all.
And who knows what lies ahead for each person here.
I won't get personal about my life on this blog, and I have no problem with accepting that most people here are better human beings than me. And always will be.

Right now, my mind is already moving toward June Calwood on Monday night.

Miss A said...

Allan wrote: "I have no problem with accepting that most people here are better human beings than me. And always will be."

A rather sad statement on your own life.

Allan said...

Perhaps just feigned humility from an egoist.

"for all have sinned and ..."

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i'm not so sure about the classy allan... :)

i think i would have phrased the question something along the line of... how or did you have to redefine your own personal expectations of manhood? or something like that. because i found what paul franklin said after that comment fascinating. i personally didn't think of things like having to deal with his wife having to do things like, answer the door at 2 am. etc. and that must be a hard thing to deal with and i imagine it would take a lot of redefining the roles in their relationship.

i think that the discussion headed into the area it was supposed to after the question was asked. i just think there were better ways to get there.

i think this makes sense, but i'm suffering from an allergy attack right now so i apologize if i haven't proofed this very well.

Allan said...

I'm surprised.
You not only stepped up to the plate, but came across with something quite excellent ... redefine your expectations of manhood
Very slick.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

hmm, i'm not sure why you are surprised but thank you. i think.