The Agenda aired live from the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. My colleague and I were fortunate enough to score tickets for seating in the live audience! The host, Steve Paikin, was charming. Paikin requested that I pick up his script from the floor and read aloud, should he fall into cardiac arrest. I interpreted Paikin's directive as a sign of his severe dedication to the job; how loyal!
The Agenda is a current affairs program produced by TVOntario. Much like the host, Paikin, the program is an intellectual gem. Topics are select and explored in-depth. Panel members span geographic, political, and professional globes. Interaction between guests and viewers is most democratic, with a variety of communications being promoted, including podcasts, blogs, live web submissions, and live audiences. At times, the ubiquitous channels of communication seem in excess. I am happier, though, to have such varied access.
View a free videocast of the episode I attended, 20 Years Later: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, at tvo.org/theagenda
*images have been captured by myself