January 2010

other Earth, The 11th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards- Saturday, January 30 at 8:00pm ET/PT/CT/MT on Citytv

Mother Earth, The 11th. Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, is a one-hour television special presenting captivating highlights and passionate musical performances from the 16th Annual Aboriginal festival. Canadian Aboriginal culture takes center stage, with features on Lacrosse (Canada’s national sport, created by Native Canadians), traditional Aboriginal dance and drumming, and Aboriginal art. Also featured are exclusive ‘Red Carpet’ interviews with this year’s CAMA award nominees and winners. Live performances include Canadian music legend Buffy Ste. Marie, Digging Roots, The Pappy John Blues Band and Aboriginal Hip-Hop artists Tumivut who combine traditional throat singing with modern day rap.

Friday, January 29 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

The team searches for a serial killer who targets men who solicit prostitutes; Colby and Nikki deal with the aftermath of a car crash.

Friday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

On Christmas Day 2009, faith in the safety of air travel was shaken when a 23-year-old Nigerian man boarded a U.S.-bound plane and then, over Canadian airspace, tried to detonate a bomb he had hidden in his underwear. The bomb failed to go off, and the only serious physical damage was to the bomber himself, when the explosives he was hiding burst into flames. But, once again, we were left questioning the effectiveness of airport security in this post-Sept. 11 world.

In 2005, the fifth estate addressed that very issue in a documentary called Fasten Your Seatbelts. In it, Hana Gartner and the fifth estate team enlisted the help of Steve Elson, a U.S. Navy-trained covert operations and security expert, to evaluate airport security at Canada’s busiest airports. Going undercover, Elson showed how security systems can be breached and that Canadian airports, despite governments committing billions of dollars, are nowhere near as secure as authorities would have us believe.

Five years onward, in the wake of the arrest of the so-called “underpants bomber”, the fifth estate takes a new look at that original research and finds that not much has changed at all. 

the fifth estate will re-broadcast an updated version of Fasten Your Seatbelts, including a new interview with security expert Steve Elson. Passengers who hope that expensive new body scanners, about to be installed at major airports, will make flying safer should tune in for Steve Elson’s findings—that the scanners are not fool-proof.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Saturdays, at 8 p.m. ET, Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information on the fifth estate, visit their website at www.cbc.ca/fifth and join us on Facebook.

Friday, January 29 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

A woman begins her presentation with shoe fashions; sisters from Chicago present a hilarious pitch; a man from Florida reinvents the umbrella.

Friday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV

Since bursting onto the self-help scene in the late 1990s with a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad, American Robert Kiyosaki has become one of the best-selling personal finance authors on the planet. An appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to pitch his philosophy helped catapult Kiyosaki to fame, and to an eventual collaboration with business magnate Donald Trump.  Kiyosaki makes regular appearances on network television news channels, the Larry King show and on PBS fund-raising drives. Millions of sales later, his book has helped build an empire.

Now, a MARKETPLACE investigation looks at this empire of television shows, board games and investment seminars—including a string of upcoming sessions scheduled across Canada— and MARKETPLACE host Erica Johnson asks Kiyosaki directly: what’s really going on? Are Canadians being lured by the Rich Dad name to spend money on weekend workshops that seem really designed to sell them more workshops?

Rumblings are being heard from the hundreds of hotel ballrooms where Rich Dad seminars are staged across North America. There are complaints that the focus is more on marketing and less on actual education; that participants are pressured to spend tens of thousands of dollars on advanced courses and urged to increase their credit card limits to pay for them; that the techniques taught are long shots, and the tactics used to teach them are aggressive and bullying.

In its investigation, MARKETPLACE visits one three-day seminar, which ends in acrimony when participants balk at signing up for the advanced courses. The seminar leader scolds the class and refuses to continue teaching, participants start bickering and one is thrown out for demanding explanations.

But the biggest surprise comes when Erica Johnson talks with Kiyosaki himself—first he claims he’s being crucified for his success, then he admits his own concerns. What starts as a confrontation becomes a confession, as Kiyosaki blames his partners for arranging a licensing deal with a company with a history of consumer complaints to present his seminars. Ultimately, Kiyosaki claims he’s a victim too—stuck in a bad deal as his name gets dragged through the mud.

What’s really going on? Did the man who built an empire dispensing financial know-how make a bad business decision? And will the seminars, ostensibly aimed at educating his fans, ultimately turn them off? Learn more in Road to Rich Dad.

MARKETPLACE airs Fridays, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT), on CBC-TV, and rebroadcasts on CBC News Network Saturdays, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for more than 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.

Friday, January 29 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) on Citytv

Mark and Melissa Mann have four young children – Naomi (5), whom they call the “mistress of mayhem,” and triplets Norah, Nathanial and Madeleine (3). Since the triplets’ birth, Naomi has come to rule the roost with her defiance, screaming and tantrums, and the chaos spreads to the younger ones. The parents’ discipline technique involves telling the children to “trust and obey” while paddling them with a wooden spoon, followed by a hug. But this isn’t working at all, as the kids constantly push the boundaries, and Dad says he’s “downright desperate.” He feels incapable of caring for the kids solo on occasion and Mom is stung by angry comments directed at her by Naomi. Find out if Jo Frost can help.

Friday, January 29 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Picking up from the events depicted in “Epitaph 1,” the “lost” episode, and set in the year 2020, Echo and her surviving Dollhouse crew attempt to restore order to a devastating future world before mankind is eliminated.

Thursday, January 28 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

When a human skeleton is discovered in the trenches of an old Civil War battleground, Brennan and Booth are called to the case. Despite the historical location, Brennan quickly identifies the bones as belonging to Dan Pinard, a present-day local dentist. While Booth investigates suspects, including the victim’s former boyfriend, Hodgins and lab intern Vincent Nigel-Murray (guest star Ryan Cartwright) work doggedly to clean the bones of a stubborn clay residue which is preventing the team from determining a cause of death. Meanwhile, Booth’s brother, Jared, (guest star Brendan Fehr) returns from his travels with some surprising news.

On Jan. 28, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), followed by Doc Zone, at 9 PM (9:30 NT), present a themed evening investigating marijuana. THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki reveals disturbing new evidence linking pot smoking and mental illness in teenagers, while DOC ZONE explores the hidden and dangerous business of   Canada’s booming marijuana industry.

Then in February, DOC ZONE explores the frenzied lives of overprotective and overindulgent parents. What are the consequences for their children? And THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki turns the spotlight on bats; revealing how bats’ unique biology and chemistry are attracting interest from scientists who believe there’s much we can learn from these unfairly reviled creatures.

Thursday, January 28

Is strong pot damaging young minds? That provocative question is at the heart of The Downside of High, airing Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), on THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, on CBC Television. In this new documentary, the link between marijuana and mental illness is uncovered as scientists reveal that teenagers who start smoking marijuana before age 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic. 

Directed and written by Bruce Mohun, The Downside of High tells the stories of three young people from British Columbia who believe, along with their doctors, that their mental illness was triggered by marijuana use. All three spent time in psychiatric wards and still wage a battle with their illness. Today’s super-potent pot may be a big part of the problem, as modern growing techniques have dramatically increased the amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that ramps up the threat to the developing teenage brain.

CannaBiz, airing on DOC ZONE, at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), tells the story of Grand Forks, B.C., an eccentric border town nestled in the secluded Kootenay Mountains, where draft dodgers and hippies planted the first “B.C. Bud” in the 1960s. Today, marijuana growers are at the crossroads of crime and commerce, as growers battle for a share of profits from an industry worth a staggering $20 billion, amid rising violence and gang trouble. The code of the marijuana industry has taken a drastic change over the last few decades, as Brian Taylor, the “Marijuana Mayor”, and ex-convict Sam Mellace petition for legalized medical marijuana as an answer to the fallout from the escalating crime and mayhem.

With inside access to growers, gangsters and police, CannaBiz untangles the inner workings of the exploding marijuana business and raises serious questions about Canada’s drug laws. 

Thursday, February 4

Bats have been around since the time of the dinosaurs and they have adapted and thrived in virtually every corner of the planet. Bat & Man, airing at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), on THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, shows how scientists have begun unlocking the secrets of the bat, and are now developing potential therapies based on their discoveries, everything from an ultra cane for the blind, to a potential treatment for stroke victims. As Bat & Man reveals, bats are more than merely a hardy and adaptable species—they are scientifically extraordinary creatures.

Kids today are the most overprotected, overindulged and overscheduled in history, making people wonder if all of this attention is giving the next generation a leg up on the competition or creating new problems that will last a lifetime. Hyper Parents and Coddled Kids, airing Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), on DOC ZONE, looks inside the world of hyper parenting, a trend that began in the early 1980s when the baby boomers began to have children. Today’s precious offspring are shuffled around from music lessons, soccer and hockey games by parents who are obsessed with making sure their children stay ahead of the pack. Produced by DreamFilm Productions, and co-directed by Sharon Bartlett and Maria Le Rose, Hyper Parents and Coddled Kids presents a snapshot in time of a great social experiment in parenting whose full results will not be known for years.

Wednesday, January 27- 10pm ET/PT on Global

Beth faces her father in court; Addy’s new clients put the firm in danger; Cliff inadvertently gets Katie sent to the Montana offices indefinitely.