Kresta in the Afternoon – January 17, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Canada continues crack-down on free speech

    A Muslim group is suing Canada's leading national newsweekly because it published excerpts warning of high Muslim birthrates in the book "America Alone," by syndicated columnist Mark Steyn. The Canadian Islamic Congress filed complaints earlier this month against Maclean's magazine with Canada's national human rights commission and provincial rights commissions in Ontario and British Columbia, charging that Mr. Steyn's writings promote hatred and contempt against Canada's estimated 750,000 Muslims. Mark is with us to look at censorship in his home country.

    Second Topic –  Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    Today is the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. We chronicle the adventures of the spunky runaway apprentice who became, during his 84-year life, America's best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. Walter Isaacson shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.

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