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The Weekend Desk Report

We were going to post this report early, but we didn't want to interrupt your weekend with news you need to know.

Market Update
Look, the last European downgrade was pretty devastating. But if, as predicted, one of the big guns falls, it could spark a global depression.

Peace Pipeline
You know, it's true what they say. If you spend enough time around your pets pretty soon you'll start to look like them. In fact, leave it long enough and no one will be able to tell who's the dog.

Hair of the Dog
You know, we might buy Blago's substance abuse claims if he had the decency to pretend he drinks to forget the last ten miserable fucking years like the rest of us.

Clear as Glass
In related news, wouldn't it be nice to have the abuse of trust precede the inevitable disbarment?

Detente Duo
Finally this week, there are reasons for guarded optimism as North Korea announced it is ready to engage with the world again. Meanwhile, Iraq may soon be left naked, but don't worry; the ravages of war are easily airbrushed.


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The Weekend in Sound Opinions: "All year long we wait for another visit from holiday music maven Andy Cirzan. Join us for the 2011 Sound Opinions Christmas Spectacular."


The CAN TV Weekend Report:

CFAS Rhythms of China


The Chinese Fine Arts Society hosts a chorus and instrumental concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Saturday, December 17 at 2:30 p.m. on CAN TV19
25 min


Creating Housing for Homeless Veterans


Neli Vazquez Rowland, president of A Safe Haven Foundation, highlights the organization's latest efforts to move homeless veterans towards self-sufficiency.

Saturday, December 17 at 9 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


Beyond Multiple Choice: Teaching and Assessing Under the Common Core


Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, explains what new testing standards for K-12 schools could mean for students, parents, and teachers.

Sunday, December 18 at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


LEAD EX: Women's Expo


Daisy De La Cruz, founder of the De La Croix Media Group, joins a panel of Latina and African American women to discuss bridging the divide between their communities.

Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


Rebirth of a Nation: Race & Gender Politics in Today's Media


Activists, artists, and scholars, including author Joan Morgan, delve into the characterizations of race and gender in contemporary popular culture.

Sunday, December 18 at 11:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr 30 min


Chicago Government in Focus: Joseph M. Ferguson


Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson gives an insider's perspective into the workings of city government and potential fixes for the city's budget issues.

Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


CAN TV Special Presentation: Workers' Republic


Workers' Republic chronicles the 2008 occupation of Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors factory by workers after managers announced they were closing the plant and would not pay wages owed to its employees.

Following the film, University of Illinois Labor Relations Professor Robert Bruno will host a studio discussion with Leah Fried, a United Electrical Workers union organizer who helped carry out the factory occupation along with Armando Robles, Republic worker and president of UE Local 1110.

Sunday, December 18 at 5 p.m. on CAN TV19
1 hr 30 min


Posted on December 17, 2011

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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