As a life long listener to CBC Radio, and in particular the program Ideas with host Paul Kennedy, of whom I am such a fan, not only because it is so very informative, but because it changes peoples lives.
Many episodes are entertaining, interesting and compelling, but in my opinion the best episodes are the kind of journalism that Chicago writer and humourist Peter Dunne once satirically described as the what newspapers do, in that they comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Although this quote is often used out of context I do believe one of the primary purposes of writers is to not simply to inform and enlighten, but to convict the conscience.
Last night I listened to one such show with Andrew Feinstein based on his documentary and book entitled The Shadow World Inside The Global Arms Trade. It was both enlightening, disturbing, and convicts the conscience, of those who have one.