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If the UN is high school, who’s Stephen Harper?

September 23, 2009

Not to rehash that Family Guy skit where nobody wants to sit beside Saddam (can you believe that clip isn’t on YouTube?), but tonight’s As It Happens was utterly awesome.

A Canadian institution for over 35 years, AIH spent almost the entire first 10 minutes laughing at crazy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s rambling speech today. And when I mean laughing, I don’t mean just teasing — they spend a lot of time actually laughing. “It was a bit like someone channeling Michael Jackson reading Finnegans Wake,” zinged former UN correspondent for The Nation magazine Ian Williams.

The show followed that by introing Stephen Harper’s role in the UN General Assembly this morning. I won’t ruin the segue, but you have to hear the clip (during part 1). It’s absolutely gold.

On top of that, some really really great investigative stories about the shady side of adopting Asian babies (are the children being stolen from poor families?) and the reaction of Iranian activists as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares to address the UN on Wednesday.

I must say I never listened to radio news magazines until I actually got into journalism school — my long commutes to school often necessitated a new loving relationship with my car radio. Listening to how AIH manages to mingle news, insight and entertainment, I feel like programming such as this CBC gem may never go out of style; no matter how fast the internet ever gets or how small our cell phone’s become.

We’d all be better off if we were regular listeners.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dust permalink
    September 24, 2009 12:00 pm

    Never listened to AIH before. Pretty interesting stuff.

    Thanks for the reco.


  2. Anupa permalink*
    September 24, 2009 1:21 pm

    It does seem really interesting. To kill the long days at work, I often tune into BBC Radio 1 or 1xtra which is way more current, edgy and engaging than most Canadian music stations I’ve heard. There is really good (public) radio programming out there that people should take the time to check out.

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