Episode Guide - Barbara Frum (Series) (1974-1975)

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Nov 18, 1974 - Guests appearing are: Dr. L.S. Wolfe, father of Willie Wolfe the member of the Symbionese Liberation Army who was shot by Los Angeles police. Dr. Wolfe discusses his son's involvement with the S.L.A., his relationship with Patty Hearst (S.L.A. member previously kidnapped by S.L.A.), Willie's death, and the publicity this story received. Joan Clark, chairman of the New Mother-Led Union, protests against a government anomaly by which foster parents receive three times more financial aid per child than single birth mothers: Defense attorney Joseph Pomerant discusses the craft of his profession.

May 6, 1975 - In the first item of this program Barbara Frum interviews Toronto criminal lawyer Arthur Maloney who explains the legal complexities surrounding the trial of Dr. Henry Morgentaler and discusses his concern that the jury system should retain its prominent function in the Canadian legal process. The issue of abortion, the substance of Dr. Morgentaler's case, is briefly touched upon. In the second item the woman responsible for the transfer of hundreds of Vietnamese and Cambodian orphans from these war-torn countries, Naomi Bronstein of Montreal, talks to Barbara Frum about her experiences. The issues involved and the part Canada has played in the removal of war-orphans for adpotion here are also discussed. In the final part of the program Frum interviews two Roman Catholic priests, Richard Renshaw and Len Desroches, who are part of an activist group protesting against the re-introduction of capital punishment in Canada. The movement was sparked by the imminent execution of Quebec prisoner, René Viancourt.

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Jun 7, 1975 - In this segment of the program Barbara Frum interviews Gerda Munsinger, the East-German born socialite who was implicated in a Canadian political scandal in the 1960s. Munsinger discusses her personal reaction to the scandal and the Royal Commission of Inquiry which followed. Some of the names mentioned during the interview include: Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson; John G. Diefenbaker; Cabinet Minister George Hees; Pierre Sévigny; and Hal Banks. In this segment Frum hosts a panel discussion on the effects of inflation on the middle-class in Canada. Four people in the middle-to-upper income brackets of $20,000 to $40,000 per annum describe the economic dilemma of apparently wealthy Canadians who find their earnings whittled away by taxation and the rising cost of living. Frum engages three well-known Canadian journalists in light-hearted conversation: Charlotte Gobeil, Michael McGee, and Paul Rimstead. An interview with the head of the Seafarer's Internatinal Union, Roman Grolowicz. He discusses the S.I.U.'s current confrontation with the federal government. Mentioned in the interview are: Dr. Morotn Schulman, John Munro and Hal Banks.

Jun 14, 1975 - In the first item on this program Barbara Frum interviews Ivan Marinoff, Soviet correspondent in Canada, who talks about his role in maintaining Soviet-Canadian relations. Discussing Canadian politics from the point of view of promotional advertising are: Dalton Camp, of the Conservative party, Jerry Goodis of the Liberal party, and Mannie Dunskie of the New Democratic party. 3. In conversation with Treva Silverman, producer of the MARY TYLE MOORE SHOW, Frum draws attention to the phenomena of television situation comedy series which reflect, or open the way for, changes in social mores and values. A discussion on the Middle-East in which Reverend A.C. Forest of the United Church of Canada and Rabbi Reuben Sloan debate the issues involved in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Forest, who is pro-Palestinian Arab, and Sloan, who supports Israeli-Arab negotiations, provide personal insights and perspectives on the struggle between extreme elements in Israel.

Jun 21, 1975 - The first item on this program of the series concerns the Quebec construction industry. Montreal laywer, Brian Mulroney, member of the recent Commission of Inquiry into the Quebec construction industry is interviewed. Mulroney cites cases of criminal activity within the unions, including sabotage, terrorism, and corruption; discusses the responsibility of the Quebec government in the affair; and comments on the political implications of the Commission's recommendations. Among the personalities mentioned in the interview are: Quebec Premier, Robert Bourassa; Chief Advisor to the Premier, Paul Desrocher; and union leader, André Desjardins. The second item of the program is a conversation with Bernard and Sylvia Ostry, a couple who have reached the summit of social success in Ottawa. Bernard Ostry is General Secretary of National Museums of Canada, and Sylvia Ostry is Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. The final item of the program is an interview with Eleanor Jacobson of Kenora, Ontario discussing her book "Bended Elbow" concerning the social problems of the Indian people in Canada. Labelled racist, the book deals in particular with alcoholism and the welfare system. Jacobson defends her views, while another perspective on the subject is provided by Bill Wilson, a BC Chief and active spokesperson for the Indian community in Canada.

Jun 28, 1975 - Barbara Frum interviews outgoing president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Laurent Picard. In this frank and unhurried conversation, Frum probes controversial political aspects concerning governmental control of the corporation, particularly in connection with the FLQ Crisis of 1970; examines regional problems and the issue of favouritism towards Quebec; inquires into the role of the president within the CBC; and discusses a variety of issues relating to the philosophy and programming policies of the CBC.

Jul 12, 1975 - In the first segment of this program Barbara Frum interviews Montreal's best-known criminal lawyer, Frank Shoffey, who talks about the Montreal criminal underworld and the techniques he uses in representing his clients. In the second item of the program Maryland psychologist, Dr. Paul Cameron, talks to Barbara Frum about his recent survey on female sexuality, and discusses homosexuality and other related issues. In the final part of the program Louis Quillico, baritone opera singer; Frances Hyland, actress; and Barbara Hamilton, comedienne, share amusing anecdotes from their professional experience, telling some of the zaniest and most memorable incidents that have happened on stage.

Jul 19, 1975 - The first segment of the program deals with fashion. Fashion expert Blaire Sable, who works for Vogue magazine, talks about current trends in clothing for men and women, and relates shifts in fashion in America to the changing social order. The Women's Liberation Movement and the increased openness concerning homosexuality are seen as significant factors. In the second and final item of the program Barbara Frum hosts a panel discussion on the political and social climate in the United States following the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War. From their different perspectives, each of the three panel members contribute insights into the attitudes of Americans towards: Watergate, the Vietnam War, the Women's Liberation Movement, the Presidency, Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, the economy, race relations, the crime rate, civil rights, and American politics. The panel consists of William Manchester, American author and Kennedy biographer; Val Sears, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star; and Lucien Truscott IV, a New York journalist.

Jul 26, 1975 - In the first item Barbara Frum hosts a panel of three vocal British Columbians: Alan Fotheringham, columnist for "The Vancouver Sun"; Jack Webster, media commentator in Vancouver; and Simma Holt, former journalist now Liberal M.P. for Vancouver-Kingsway. Caustic wit joins with informed commentary as the western viewpoint is presented on topics ranging from B.C.'s socialist government under Dave Barrett to capital punishment. In the second item Frum talks with Jim Laxer of the New Democratic party and Steve Paproski of the Progressive-Conservative party about their successful battles against obesity and their weight loss. In the final part of the program the relationship between Canada's labour policy and prevailing economic inflation are brought under scrutiny as Barbara Frum hears the views of: William Mahoney, Canadian director of the United Steelworkers of America; Dr. Arnold Aberman, a physician who takes an active interest in Canadian business; and John Bullock, president of the Canadian Federation of Business.

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