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The Sixth Anniversary Show

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Joseph Planta hosts a special retrospective of the On the Line program on the occasion of its sixth anniversary, featuring: Alan Bradley, Ian Brown, Christopher Buckley, Michael Chabon, Denise Chong, Wayson Choy, Karen Connelly, Sheila Copps, Frans de Waal, William Deverell, Dustin Diamond, David Finkel, Mary Lou Finlay, Tom Flanagan, Richard Florida, Deborah Grey, Janice Gross Stein, Bret Hart, Tony Hendra, Warren Kinsella, Eugene Lang, Ricardo Larrivée, Mike Leonard, Margaret MacMillan, Rafe Mair, Michael Meyer, Kevin Newman, Steve Paikin, Ken Rockburn, John Ralston Saul, Deborah Tannen, Bill Vander Zalm, Eleanor Wachtel, Lauren Weedman, and Kenneth Whyte.

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

In Vancouver, I am Planta: On the Line. This is thecommentary.ca.

Six years ago this week, this program began. And now for the first time in audio form, I’m pleased to host this look back.

This program now, is for all intents and purposes what might be called a clip show. I haven’t gone back to listen to all 190 hours and 531 programs, because frankly that’s a lot of time. I have gone back though, and selected some cuts that have been noteworthy, perhaps interesting, as well as fun. And at that, there are so many other clips I’d have wanted to include.

The mandate of the program, if there ever was one, has been to provide a convivial forum for conversation and discussion on a wide variety of subjects. And invariably because the internet is what it is, I would have but one caveat as to the guests that would be invited, and that was they or the subject at hand was of interest to me. What follows, I hope, is a serviceable overview of the sort of guests that have appeared, as well as the sorts of conversations that have broken out on this program over the last six years.