Essays, TVO The Agenda


I‘ve been privileged to contribute a regular television essay to a current affairs show I greatly respect, hosted by one of the best journalists in our country. The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on TVO. Here are my essays:


50 Shades of Angst, aired May 30, 2012 – Anti-feminist mommy porn? The best-selling novel “50 Shades of Grey” is being called everything from erotica to a step backwards for the women’s movement. Agenda Insight Essayist Carla Lucchetta peels back the 50 layers.

By Virtue of their Gender, aired April 26, 2012 – In-fighting, equality and keeping a female eye on the prize. Agenda Insight Essayist Carla Lucchetta on women in public eye, and those that attack them.

My Quiet Revolution, aired March 21, 2012 – Please be quiet: Agenda Insight essayist Carla Lucchetta on the quiet power of introverts. Commentary inspired by author Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts.

Austerity and the Average  Canadian, aired Feb. 17, 2012 РAs average Canadians struggle to make ends meet, austerity measures may fall on deaf ears.

New Year, New Hope, aired Jan. 13, 2012 – Resolutions and relationships: Agenda Insight essayist Carla Lucchetta and her 2012 resolution.

Steinem vs. Snooki, aired Dec, 8, 2011 – Why are there no new feminist icons? Agenda Insight Essayist Carla Lucchetta reflects on Snooki and Steinem.

For the Love of Books, aired Oct 19, 2011 – From Gutenberg to the Kindle. Whither the book? Agenda Insight Essayist Carla Lucchetta’s love affair with the printed, bound and published word.

Politically Speaking, aired Sept. 16, 2011 – What would it take for you to get politically involved? Carla Lucchetta on her Toronto City Hall sleepover.

Cafeteria Catholicism, aired May 18, 2011 – Is Catholicism on the wane in Canada? Or are Catholics picking and choosing what they like about the religion and what they can live without? Your Agenda Insight Essayist Carla Lucchetta gives us her take.

Count Me In, aired April 13, 2011 – Why do you vote? Your Agenda Insight Essayist Carla Lucchetta and why she’ll be casting her ballot, despite being disenchanted with the electoral process.

Social Media Wants Brains, aired Mar 9, 2011 – Is social media turning users into zombies?

Too Many Teen Skins, aired Feb. 2, 2011 – Is the new MTV drama “Skins” art imitating life, or child pornography?

The Invisibility of “non-moms,” aired Jan 5, 2011 – I’m childless: the growing number of Canadian women who can’t – or won’t – have kids.

The Murky Truth About Fertility, aired Dec. 1, 2010 – Being realistic about IVF: Why the choice to delay having children might not be solved by modern fertility technology.

“Mad Men” and Mixed Up Males, aired Oct. 13, 2010 – Allowing men to be men while keeping the gains of feminism.

Alone or Lonely, aired Sept. 15, 2010 – Alone or Lonely?: writer Carla Lucchetta explores the human emotions behind the viral success of YouTube’s “How to be Alone” video.


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