Openly Gay NHLers, Canada a Wine-Making Powerhouse and More Bold Predictions from guests on TVO's The Agenda this Summer

TORONTO, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Within 20 years there will be openly gay players in the NHL, Canadian wines will rival any in the world, graphic novels will gain mainstream popularity, and giant corporations will have even more influence on governments and society. These are some of the predictions guests appearing on The Agenda make as TVO's flagship current affairs program launches its summer series with host Piya Chattopadhyay beginning July 2 at 8 pm, and streamed live at

The Agenda's summer series will feature in-depth conversations with fascinating guests covering a wide field of subjects. From politics, to arts and culture, science and technology, the economy, the environment and more, no topic is too complex and each subject will be thoroughly explored. The predictions are part of a web-exclusive video series called Imagining the Future at in which guests tell us what their field of expertise will look like in 20 years.

Guests and topics on The Agenda this summer range from Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke on homophobia and hockey, and food writer Adam Gopnik on our relationship with food, to foreign and economic policy expert David Rothkopf on the influence of corporations on politics, and journalist Jamie Swift on rebranding Canada as a military might.

"We have a staggering variety of interesting people providing insight on topics that directly or indirectly affect us all," says The Agenda's summer host, Piya Chattopadhyay. "I know anyone tuning in or joining us online will find they are looking at issues in ways they never thought of before. It will fulfill TVO's promise of television that makes you think. That's my promise to you."

The Agenda's summer series will be a half-hour, one-on-one interview format. The Agenda stands out among current affairs programs with commercial-free, uninterrupted conversations on single topics for the entire length of the program.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin in the full-hour format begins its seventh season September 4.

The Agenda Summer Schedule:

July 2 & 3 - David Rothkopf - Private vs. public power; North American capitalism vs. the world
July 4 & 5 - Bruce Philp - Why brands matter; being a better consumer
July 6 - Brian Burke - Homophobia and hockey

July 9 - Louise Arbour - Canada as a model for democracy
July 10 - Sandra Day O'Connor - The importance of engaging youth in civics
Jul 11 & 12 - Don Tapscott - The transition from old to new media; why governments must better utilize the internet
July 13 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta - Medical journalism

July 16 & 17 - Adam Gopnik - The history of the restaurant; the morals of food
July 18 & 19 - David Mirvish - The state of Canadian theatre; the changing landscape of Toronto
July 20 - Measha Brueggergosman - The merits of an education in classical music

July 23 & 24 - Kelly McGonigal - What is will power; how to control willpower
July 25 & 26 - Rebecca Saxe - The brain vs. the mind; reading others' thoughts
July 27 - Don McCullin - A life as a photojournalist
July 30 & 31 - Misha Glenny - What is cybercrime; who are the cybercriminals
August 1 & 2 - Rebecca Mackinnon - The struggle for internet freedom; the sovereigns of cyberspace
August 3 - Brian Knappenberger -The story of the hacktivists

August 6 & 7 - Jamie Swift - Re-branding Canada; the peacekeeping myth
August 8 & 9 - John Ralston Saul - Collapse of globalism; moving beyond globalism
August 10 - Carmen Aguirre - Life of a secret dissident in Pinochet's Chile

August 13 & 14 - Ronald Wright - What is progress; alleviating the pressures of progress
August 15 - Margaret Atwood - Debt as motif in 19th Century literature
August 16 - Jennifer Baichwal - On her documentary Payback, based on Margaret Atwood's Massey Lecture
August 17 - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz - The medical parallels between humans and animals

August 20 & 21 - Dean Buonomano - How flaws in our brains define us; fixing the brain's glitches
August 22 & 23 - Mark Kingwell - Politics of architecture; how cities shape us
August 24 - Jeanette Kong - On her documentary Chiney Shops

August 27 & 28 - Jeremy Rifkin - The third industrial revolution will be green; how power will be decentralized in the future
August 29 & 30 - Chris Hedges - How America is creating a permanent underclass; what the Occupy movement should be about
August 31 - Guy Delisle - Why graphic novels are suited to tell stories about complex regions

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