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April 2013 Archives

Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Outside of Saskatoon" by the Good Family, from the album The Good Family Album
  • "Just in Time to Say Goodbye" by Stephen Fearing, from the album Between Hurricanes
  • Excerpts of "Jamboree" by Roddy Ellias, "Getting to Know You" by Nancy Wilson, and "Roddy's Romp" by Roddy Ellias

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Time's Arrow" by Weakerthans, from the album Reconstruction Site

Between 5 & 6:

  • "The Same Sky" by Michael Feuerstack, from the album Tambourine Death Bed
  • "Prince Albert Sunrise" by Oliver Jones, from the album Just for My Lady 

The auditor general on a missing $3.1 billion

michael-ferguson-5-04362.jpgSince the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the government of Canada has set aside billions of dollars to fight terrorism. But it seems not all the money set aside has been spent.

 

In fact, Canada's auditor general reported today that nearly a quarter of the $12.9 billion budget is unaccounted for. That budget was supposed to be spent by 35 departments and agencies between 2001 and 2009.Michael Ferguson is Canada's auditor general, and he joined us with the details.

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Lee Smolin, on the nature of time

time reborn.jpgLee Smolin is a theoretical physicist, and his new book Time Reborn argues that our laws about physics are evolving, and that we need to rethink our perceptions of time and better integrate those perceptions among different disciplines. Smolin joined Alan in studio to break down some of these concepts.
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All In A Day Fan Bootcamp

The playoffs are here, and the Ottawa Senators are in! We know what that means for the fans. But what about the people for whom hockey is not a religion? Well, there's room for you in our Fan Bootcamp.

All In A Day is looking for the non-hockey fans who, amid all the playoff excitement, wonder if they just might be missing something. People who are open to learning about hockey from smart fans who love the game.

We're also looking for Sens fans who are willing to teach. Nothing formal, just time in front of a TV watching a game or two, and a little conversation - some of it on the radio with us! In our mind's eye, we imagine a whole family of Sens fans, welcoming a potential new fan into their home on game night. We can dream, right?

Interested? E-mail us and we'll talk details. And tune in to All In A Day over the next couple of weeks to hear the results.

Monday's show - info, links & music


Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "End of the Day" by Leela Gilday, from the album Calling All Warriors
  • "All of My Memories" by Kathleen Edwards, from the album The Music Is You: Tribute to John Denver
  • "Old Town" by Acres of Lions, from the album Home(s)
  • "Moonlight in Manitoba" by Mr. Rick and the Biscuits, from the album Whole Grain

Between 4 & 5: 

  • "Wallflowers" by The Burning Hell, from the album People"F

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Dance Me to the End of Love" by Madeleine Peyroux, from the album Careless Love
  • "Fat Cakes" by Jimmy McGriff, from the album Jimmy McGriff: Greatest Hits

Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Kobo Town plays tomorrow (Saturday) at Ritual nightclub
  • Saleema Nawaz's book is Bone and Bread, and she'll be discussing it at the Ottawa International Writers' Festival tonight at 8:30 at Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Charles Stankievech's art installation is at the City Hall art gallery until June 2nd, as part of Northern Scene
  • Email us if you're a Sens superfan who wants to teach a non-fan a thing or two, or if you're a non-fan who's willing to try out hopping on the bandwagon during the playoffs!

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Half of the Houses" by Kobo Town, from the album Jumbie in the Jukebox
  • "Waiting by the Sea" by Kobo Town, from the album Jumbie in the Jukebox
  • "Six Jars" by the Gertrudes, from the album 'Til the Morning Shows Her Face to Me

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Don't Stop the Music" by George Jones

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Too Easy to Be Blue" by Steve Brockley Band, from the album Leboeuf

Political Panel, April 26: More on those root causes

First, the Conservatives released a series of attack ads, to warn Canadians that Justin Trudeau is in over his head. Then this week, the Liberals riffed on those ads, with their response -- the ad features the new Liberal leader sitting on a school desk, shutting off a TV that's playing a Conservative ad attacking him. The Conservatives are also sending out flyers featuring the same message this week.

 

What's behind the escalating PR war? Our political panel doesn't pick sides, but they do sure have thoughts on "roots causes"...

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Northern Scene: Charles Stankievech

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It doesn't get any more northern than Charles Stankievech's new installation. The Yukon artist spent two weeks doing an artist residency at the Canadian Forces Station Alert on Ellesmere Island. He's trekked south to Ottawa with his film and sound installation. He gave Alan a preview of his Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • I Count Myself Among Them will be performed this weekend as part of the Northern Scene festival -- more info here
  • Iain Reid is part of the "Writing Your Life" event at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, tomorrow at 6:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, and then on May 12th at 3pm at the Perth Theatre Iain will do a reading, and Kathleen Edwards will also perform; tickets for this event are available at Kelly's Flowers in Perth or by calling 613-267-7065

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Big Feeling" by Susan Aglukark, from the album White Sahara
  • "Buddy When I Go" by John Carroll & the Epic Proportions, from the album Everybody Smokes in Hell
  • "Over Time" by Chris Kelly, from the album Company Man

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "If I Didn't Care" by Ink Spots
  • "Sandy River Belle" by April Verch, from the album Bright Like Gold

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Hooray for Love" by Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Just One of those Things" by the Richard Whiteman Trio, from the album Grooveyard

Robert reviews Renoir

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French film Renoir takes a look at the latter part of the painter's life, when he muse and his son become entangled...Film critic Robert Fontaine joined us with his review.

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Iain Reid, on stay-cationing with his grandma

reid.JPGThe idea of losing and keeping bits of the past is central to Iain Reid's book The Truth About Luck: What I Learned on My Road Trip with Grandma. The term "road trip", however, is somewhat loose.

 

The vacation he promises her as a birthday gift -- a scheme he cooks up at the Manx here in Ottawa, by the way -- ends up being simply a trip to his Kingston apartment. What results, however, is the two of them growing a little closer, even after he makes her walk in the rain with an umbrella that doesn't open and live in a place without proper hot water.

 

Reid speaks at the Writers Festival tomorrow, and at an event with Kathleen Edwards on May 12th at the Perth Theatre.

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Northern Scene: a radio play, on stage

count myself.jpegAs part of Northern Scene, which launches tonight, a radio play will take to the stage, one that draws its story from a short work by Richard Van Camp. I Count Myself Among Them tells the tale of a man who journeys from connections to crime to a spiritual awakening. Director Reneltta Arluk, actor Craig Lauzon and sound designer Travis Mercredi joined us in studio.

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Wednesday's show -- info, links & music

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Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Desire 126" by Hollerado, from the album White Paint 
  • "Easy Living" by  Lee Harvey Osmond, from the album The Folk Sinner
  • "Green Is The Colour" the Saskatchewan Roughriders theme song

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Man From Laramie" by Jimmy Young, from the Man From Laramie album
  • "Funky Miracle" by The Meters, from the album Look-Ka Py Py

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Drip Drop" by The Drifters, from the album Rockin and Driftin
  • "Hound Dog" sung on Elgin Street by Jackie Richardson

Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • Benoit Richer, the singer who suffered a split aorta during a concert 2 years ago, and Dr. Fraser Rubens, the soloist cardiac surgeon who helped him, will team up for a concert this weekend. It takes place at Gatineau's St-Francois-de-Sales church Saturday and 8pm and Sunday at 4pm, and proceeds go to the Ottawa Heart Institute
  • The public meeting on the proposed western LRT route is Thursday at City Hall, beginning at 6:30pm

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Pocketful of Rain" by Steve Earle, from the album The Low Highway
  • "Springtime" by Wintermitts, from the album Oceans
  • Excerpt from Ralph Vaughan Williams' Magnificat in A

Between 4 & 5:

  • "It Could Be the First Day" by Richie Havens

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Age of Asparagus" by Jim Bryson
  • "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

 

Singing from the heart

cco-photo-2.jpgTwo years ago, Benoit Richer was singing with a choir at a Gatineau church when he suddenly faced a cardiac emergency. It could have spelled the end for Benoit, had it not been for the invited soloist -- who happened to be, of all things, a cardiac surgeon.

This weekend, Benoit Richer and Dr. Fraser Rubens will reunite with the Choeur classique de l'Outaouais to raise funds for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. On the last day of rehearsals, they joined us in studio to tell their story.

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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • To vote for Petawawa school Our Lady of Sorrows' bid to get an outdoor classroom, visit this web site
  • The Four Cellos concert takes place tonight at 6 at St Andrew's Church on Kent, and tomorrow at 10:30am at St. Mathew's Church on First Ave
  • The Random Play concert takes place this Thursday -- more info here
  • Meet Caber, Canada's first K9 Trauma dog

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Hell of a Season" by the Black Keys, from the album El Camino
  • "So it Goes" by Corinna Rose, from the album Northeast Southwest
  • "Clouds" by the Spacemen
  • "Diamond" by Lightning Dust, from the album Fantasy

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Love of an Orchestra" by Noah and the Whale, from the album First Days of Spring
  • "Big Sur" by Shotgun Jimmie, from the album Everything Everything

Between 5 & 6:

  • "St. Thomas" by the Brian Browne Trio, from the album Erindale Sessions

 

Caber the Trauma Dog

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It's not often that the featured guest at a symposium falls asleep at his own keynote speech and later licks the host of a radio program on which he is a guest...But then again, it's also not often that a dog stands at the centre of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week's annual gathering.

 

Caber, though, is no ordinary dog. He is Canada's first trauma K9, a golden lab who works with Delta, B.C.'s police force to comfort victims of crime and trauma. Caber slept under our studio table while his handler, co-ordinator of Delta Police Victim Services Kim Gramlich, told us about his job.

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Running for Cover" by Ivan & Alyosha, from the album All the Times We Had
  • "Rocket Man" by Elton John
  • "Jody's Jump" by Ball & Chain, from the album Louisiana Love Bug

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

 Between 5 & 6:

  • "Your Love Keep Lifting Me Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson
  • "What Will You Be Building" by Amelia Curran, from the album Spectators
  • "Face on the News" by Amelia Curran, from the album Spectators

Random Play songwriting contest: vote now!

The time has come for you to decide which All in a Day listener will be performing at the Random Play event at Writersfest on April 25th.

 

We asked you to write a two-minute song, using lyrics from 5 songs that came up at random on Alan's ipod.

 

We narrowed it down to four listener-composed tunes...and here they are! Listen & vote below, and you can read the lyrics after the jump. You have until Sunday night at midnight to vote!

 

 

 

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Political Panel, April 19: Trudeau's first week

Justin Trudeau's got a week under his belt as leader of the Liberal party, and -- as could have been predicted -- it had its ups and downs. The Conservative Party wasted no time in running an attack ad, which shows Trudeau performing a striptease at a cancer fundraiser. Liberals brushed the attack off, calling it "bullying"...But comments to Peter Mansbridge following the Boston Marathon bombings have since provided more fodder for Trudeau's critics, when he said that we should be examining the root causes of terror. The Prime Minister slammed that idea  as being soft on terror.

 

But is all this enough to derail the Trudeau train so soon? Our political panel -- CBC TV's Julie van Dusen and Canadian Press' Rob Russo -- is here with their take...

 

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Amelia Curran's construction enthusiasm

amelia.jpgIt's somehow fitting on Amelia Curran's beautifully constructed album Spectators, that there are so many references to construction and buildings...The song "Soft Wooden Towers", for instance...or the tune "Face On The News", where she refers to a fortress with doorways, with "each tiny window reflections of you, and the only way out was my head".

 

Throw in references to materials like "fabric of fear", lace that gets consumed, and metaphors about blackbirds on soft mahogany...and you have stepped into the dreamlike landscape constructed by Amelia Curran on the Juno-nominated album.

 

She'll be playing the NAC Studio on May 31, and is off to the Junos this weekend, but first she joined us in studio.

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • Craig Lewis will talk about "Punk Rock, Mental Illness and Recovery" tonight at Raw Sugar Cafe, starting at 8
  • Rosalie Favell's exhibition Closer to Heaven is on now at Cube Gallery, and she'll be giving a talk on Sunday at 4pm
  • Peter Paul Koprowski's composition Podhale will be performed again tonight at the NAC
  • Will Ferguson will be interviewed by Alan tonight as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, at Southminster United Church starting at 7
  • The City of Ottawa/Fire Service's tips for escape planning in case of fire can be found at this link

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Open Water" by Shannon Rose & the Thorns, from the album Seasons
  • "Twist and Shout" by Booker T & the MGs

Between 4 & 5:

  •  "Boots or Hearts" by the Tragically Hips, from the album Up to Here

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Hard to Handle" by Patti Drew
  • "Spirit of Radio" by Rush, from the album Permanent Waves

Robert reviews the Place Beyond the Pines

 

An enigmatic title, perhaps, but it actually refers to the loose English translation of Schenectady, New York, a Mohawk name. And the way the movie unfolds is, while perhaps not enigmatic, definitely not what you might expect at first. Robert walks us through the new film by Derek Cianfrance, starring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling.

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Will Ferguson on 419

419.jpg"Loss demands repayment". It's a line stated clearly towards the end of Will Ferguson's Giller Prize-winning book 419. But the theme runs throughout the book, in which a Canadian man is duped into a Nigerian internet scam -- and in which all the characters, both scammers and the scammed, are out looking for retribution.

 

Will Ferguson will be on stage talking about all those characters with Alan tonight at the Ottawa International Writers Festival (7pm at Southminster United Church), but first he joined us in studio.

 

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • Laura Smith's concert tonight is sold out, but you can find her new album, Everything is Moving, on her web site
  • See separate D is for Dinner post for Marion May's blog and recipes
  • Adam West will be appearing at ComicCon in May

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "I Built a Boat" by Laura Smith, from the album Everything is Moving
  • "What Goes Around (Comes Around)" by Laura Smith, from the album Everything is Moving
  • "Sun" by Caribou, from the album Swim

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Ice Cold Rockabilly" by The Kingmakers, from the album Tupelo to Memphis
  • "The Hand That Feeds You", by Gabriel Minnikin, from the album Parakeets with Parasols

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Need For Restoration" by Rita MacNeil, from the album Born A Woman
  • "I Think I'll Go" by Rita MacNeil  

Food pairings: design us a recipe for D is for Dinner!

Would you pair this:

 

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With this?cloves.jpgOn Thursday's show, we spoke with our science columnist, Torah Kachur, about the scientific reasoning behind certain food pairings. You can hear her explanation here:

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Now we want you to take this concept and run with it -- four pairings that Torah mentioned as scientifically working well together are banana & clove, strawberries & cilantro, black tea & tomato, and mussels & sake. Your task: take one of those pairings, design us a recipe, and if we choose your recipe, you could be our next D is for Dinner guest! 


Ottawa writer and foodie Marion May took up the challenge and then some. Check out her Barrhaven Bites blog for June Cleaver Banana-Clove Box Cookies, Strawberries & Cilantro Salsa with Balsamic-Marinated Halibut and Twisted! Breadsticks with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Black Tea.

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Holy interview, Batman!

adam_west_as_batman__60s__by_kriegdersterne77-d51jcx0.jpgNext month, Ottawa ComicCon brings Adam West and Burt Ward -- the original Batman and Robin from the 1960's TV show --  to Ottawa to sign autographs and meet with the fans, who just for a moment become 7 years old every time an old rerun flashes across the screen.

 

Adam West joined us from his home in not Gotham or Quahog or Dimmsdale... but Idaho.

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Note: In what Alan is calling "an appalling slip-up", he somehow said BRUCE Ward instead of Burt Ward in the intro to this piece yesterday. He apologizes to all his fellow Burt Ward fans.
He blames it on the fact that "Bruce Wayne" and "Burt Ward" have the same initials. Alan is also trying to tell us this was in fact as a result of a plot of Minerva and a malfunctioning Deepest Secret Extractor equipment, but none of us have any idea what he's talking about.

Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • Julie Devaney is the author of My Leaky Body, and she launches the book at Octopus Books tonight starting at 7
  • Alison Konrad is a professor of organizational behaviour at the University of Western Ontario, and her talk on women in boardrooms gets underway at 5 at Carleton University's Robertson Hall

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Girl with the Silver Hair" by the Parlour Brothers, from the album Hard Sell
  • "Make it Rain" by Tom Waits, from the album Real Gone
  • "Bring Love Home" by Jaffa Road, from the album Where the Light Gets In
  • "Away From Me" by Christina Martin, from the album Sleeping with a Stranger

Between 4 & 5:

  • "If I Were a Bell" by Oliver Jones, from the album Have Fingers, Will Travel

 Between 5 & 6:

  • "Right Words" by Sarah Slean, from the album Land and Sea

Local marathoners reflect on racing after the Boston bombings

Some runners, in the wake of yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathons, are re-thinking whether they'll run Boston -- or any high-profile race -- again. To get their perspective, we checked in with two local marathoners about whether they feel the same way. Phil Marsh is a running coach and general manager of the Running Room, and Sonja Adcock is a veteran marathoner, who last year ran the distance 52 times.
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Julie Devaney's Leaky Body

leaky.jpgEntering the hospital as a patient sometimes means checking modesty at the door -- epecially when you have to let a room full of doctors look at your colostomy bag. The result can be embarrassment and a feeling of being demoralized...Or -- if you're Julie Devaney -- you can get inspired to talk instead.

 

Julie spent five years in and out of hospitals, being poked and prodded...Misdiagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis...Then rediagnosed with Crohn's Disease...And in the process, had her large intestine removed. But out of that experience has come My Leaky Body, a performance-turned-book that's part memoir, part manifesto for better hospital care.

 

Tonight, Julie Devaney will be at Octopus Books to celebrate the Ottawa launch of her book, but first she joined us in studio.

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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • If you're worried about a Canadian in Boston in light of the deadly explosions, you can call this number provided by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs: 1-800-387-3124
  • If you're a Carleton University student in need of an exam break, you can find the "pause table" in the atrium of the University Centre, from 10am to 2pm on weekdays during exam period
  • Kellylee Evans' new album, I Remember When, comes out tomorrow, and she'll also being appearing at Alan's Random Play concert
  • Our conversation about kids and iPads was inspired by this article in the Atlantic

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "For What It's Worth" by Graydon James & the Young Novelists, from the album In the Year You were Born
  • "So Long" by Keri Latimer, from the album Crowsfeet and Greyskull
  • "Antenna" by Bonobo, from the album The North Borders
  • "Great Lakes" by Harlan Pepper, from the album Young and Old

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, performed by Kellylee Evans, from the album I Remember When
  • Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain by Alexina Louie, performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra

Between 5 & 6:

  • no music

Ottawa marathoner on the Boston explosions

boston.jpgOttawa marathoner Brian O'Higgins, in Boston for the marathon, is staying in the hotel across the street from the finish line where the explosions occurred. He told us about what he heard and saw.

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A NACO bassist tackles the erhu

marjo.JPGMost people, if they're going on a working trip to another country, brush up on their destination a bit -- read a travel guide, check out a bit of history -- but National Arts Centre Orchestra assistant principal bass Marjolaine Fournier goes a lot further than that.

 

When she found out that the Orchestra would be touring China in the fall, Marjolaine decided to pick up a whole new instrument: the erhu. After a few tries and one lesson at home, Marjolaine joined us to debut her new talent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kellylee Evans borrows from Eminem

kellylee.JPGKellylee Evans is known for her gorgeously smooth voice and equally smooth songs that cover the likes of Nina Simone and other jazz greats. But for her new album, I Remember When, she went to a different source: hip hop. Kellylee dropped by the studio to explain why she found herself spitting rhymes by Eminem.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Blackout" by Miss Emily Brown, from the album In Technicolour
  • "Thick as Thieves" by Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Fried Bananas" by Cameron Wallis, from the album Calling Dexter
  • "Field Song" by Grey Kingdom, from the album Light, I'll Call Your Name Out "Darkness"

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Up Past the Nursery" by Suuns, from the album Zeroes QC
  • "The Bank and the Army" by New Country Rehab, from the album Ghost of Your Charms
  • "Lizzy Dying of a Broken Heart" by New Country Rehab, from the album Ghost of Your Charms

Political Panel, April 12: Just who might win the Liberal leadership?

OK, so it's not exactly a big guess. But our political panel has a few thoughts on the probable election of Justin Trudeau to Liberal leader, and a few more thoughts on the probable policy outcomes of the NDP convention.
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Random Play Songwriting Contest

On April 25th, Alan will be hosting an exciting night at the Ottawa International Writersfest, called RANDOM PLAY...

The idea was this: Alan took his i-pod, put it on "random shuffle" and wrote down the first 10 songs that came up. Now he's tasked with analyzing those songs...And on stage to help him present them will be an all-star cast: Jim Bryson, Jenn Grant, Kellylee Evans, Measha Brueggergosman, The Acorn and more!

But we wanted to give you a chance to win tickets to the event too...
by putting your own song-analyzing skills to the test.
Every day this week, Alan will put his i-pod on shuffle and play the first song that pops up.
Your job is to take ONE line of each of these songs, and write a TWO MINUTE tune of your own.

You have until MONDAY the 15th, 9 a.m.,

to send us your tune to allinaday@cbc.ca

Remember: two minutes or less is your time limit!

Now here are those songs...

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Fighter" by Jenn Grant, from the album Beautiful Wild

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Allemande" by Jayme Stone, from the album Room of Wonders

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "Alone Again" by Esther Phillips
  • "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit that Ball?" by Natalie Cole, from the soundtrack Baseball

Robert reviews 42

 

It's a baseball movie, so you know it must be up the alley of film reviewer Robert Fontaine...But he says 42, the story of Jackie Robinson, transcends the genre to become a universal kind of underdog story. His thoughts below.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • The full lineup for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is now available on its web site
  • You can read the full report on child well-being across wealthy countries on the Unicef web site

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Don't Knock" by Mavis Staples, from the album You Are Not Alone
  • "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" by Glen Hansard, from the album Rhythm and Repose

 Between 4 & 5:

  • "Sad and Beautiful World" by Danny Michel, from the album Black Birds Are Dancing  Over Me

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Raise Your Glass" by Pink, from her compilation album Greatest Hits....So Far
  • "Jolie Louise" by Daniel Lanois, from the album Acadie

D is for Dinner - Special Kitfo

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Some people call it Ethiopia's version of steak tartar, but the owners of the family run restaurant Habesha (574 Rideau Street) know it as All in a Day guest co-host James Peltzer's favourite dish. Habesha co-owner Mimi Woldeyes shared her recipe for Special Kitfo.



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Special Kitfo

Recipe by Mimi Woldeyes of Habesha Restaurant
 
Preparation time: 10 Minutes, Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

200 grams minced lean beef
2 tablespoon melted spiced butter
1 tablespoon cottage cheese
1 tablespoon steamed and chopped collard greens
1 teaspoon spiced chili powder
A pinch of salt and Black Cardamom

Method
Melt the spiced butter on very low heat
Add the spiced chili powder and the collard greens and stir
Sprinkle the salt and black cardamom
Remove from fire and add the minced meat and return back to fire and mix the ingredients fast without letting the meat get cooked.
Finally add the cheese and mix well
Serve the dish while it is still warm inside a clay pot on top of injera (traditional Ethiopian flat bread) with spiced chili powder on the side.



The Limpopo Academy, as imagined by Alexander McCall Smith

mccall smith.JPGThe No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is, of course, the hugely popular series set in Botswana by Alexander McCall Smith. His newest book in the series is The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, and on the eve of a sold-out Writers Fest event, McCall Smith joined Alan for a chat.
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Tuesday's show - music

Music

Between 3 & 4: 
  • "Heart" by Craig Cardiff, from the album Floods & Fires
  • "Bittersweet" by J.P. Hoe, from the album Mannequin
  • "Deja Vu" by Mo Kenney, from the album Mo Kenney: Singing
Between 4 & 5: 
  • "Strictly Reserved For You" by Charles Bradley, from the single 
  • "Take A Swing With Me" by Bharath & His Rhythm Four, from the album Friday Night Fatty 
Between 5 & 6: 
  • "Love Is A Rose" by Belle Starr, from their self-titled album 
  • "A Good Man is Hard To Find (Pittsburgh)" by Bruce Springsteen, an out-take from the Born in the USA album 

Monday's show -- info, links & music

  • Robert J. Sawyer reads from his new book Red Planet Blues at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro at 418 Richmond Road. 
  • Perth's Henry Norwood got knocked out of the CBC Searchlight competition, but you can still vote to help decide whether The Good Ol' Goats (Cranbrook) or Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous (St. John's) will take home the big prize.
Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "It Took Dreams" by Annette Funicello, from the album Annette: A Musical Reunion with America's Girl Next Door
  • "Get Ready Now" by The Shilos, from the album So Wild
  • "They Can't Take That Away From Me" by Billie Holiday, from the album 'S Wonderful: The Gershwin Songbook

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Slowest Dance" by Jason Collett, from the album Rat a Tat Tat
  • "Flashbulb" by Minotaurs, from the album New Believers

Between 5 & 6:

  • "If You Want Trouble" by Nick Waterhouse, from the album Time's All Gone
  • "Don't Cry Baby" by Jerome Godboo, from the album Humdinger

Team Canada's historic Davis Cup win

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That's Milos Raonic celebrating with his Canadian teammates after defeating Italy's Andreas Seppi in their Davis Cup quarter-final singles match Sunday. Canada will play in the semifinals in September for the first time in the modern era.
Nepean native Jesse Levine is a member of the Canadian team. He shared his courtside experience with Alan.
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Political Panel - April 5

Our Political Panel talks about the late-Ralph Klein's legacy, the Liberal leadership vote and the NDP's meeting on socialism.

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Friday's show -- info, links & music

Music 

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles, from the album Rubber Soul

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Sam Bonnifield's Saloon" by Ian Tyson, from the album Ol'Eon

Between 5 & 6: 

  • "Chengetai" by Oliver Mtukudzi, from the album Oliver Mtukudzi: Greatest Hits
  • "Noura" by Skarazula, from the album Skarazula: Samhain


Robert reviews The Host

 

The Host is what happens when you smash sci-fi and teen romance into one movie. Despite actor William Hurt's presence in the film, Robert Fontaine isn't a fan.  

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Thursday's show -- info, links & music

  • Perth's Henry Norwood has reached the Final Four of the CBC Searchlight competition. You can vote for Henry until Sunday, April 7 at midnight
  • The Wild Bird Care Centre is competing in the Worst Charity Web Site contest. Cast your vote before Friday, April 5 at noon.

Music

Between 3 & 4: 

  • "What We're Doing" by Danks, from the album Are You Afraid of the Danks?
  • "Tears From The Moon" by Wax Mannequin, from the album No Safe Home
  • "Never Said Goodbye" by Ruth Goodman, from the album Ruth Moody: The Garden

Between 4 & 5:

  • "That's What Love Will Make You Do" by Little Milton, from the album Stax: 50th Anniversary Celebration

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Good Time Party" by Roy Orbison, from the Fast Guitar Alive soundtrack
  • "All Night Long" by White Wires, from their single All Night Long
  • "Cigarettes Truckstops" by Lindi Ortega, from the album of the same name

Reach For The Top reunion help

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The photo on the left, features the North Grenville District High School 1984/85 Reach For The Top Team, and on the right, is the Lisgar Collegiate Institute 1994/95 team. Dawn Severnuk of North Grenville, and Darcy DeMarsico of Lisgar answered Alan's call to reassemble their RFTT teams.

Later this month, we'll pit them against the current Lisgar Collegiate Reach For The Top team.  But first, Dawn and Darcy need help finding some of their old teammates. Take a listen to see if you can help them with their quest for game-show greatness...


Wednesday's show -- info, links & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:
  • "Goin' Away" by Madison Violet, from the album Good In Goodbye
  • "Threads" by Jordan Klassen, from the album Kindness
  • "Casino El Camino" by Lynn Miles, from the album Love Sweet Love
  • "Another Bottle Another Day" by Henry Norwood 

Between 4 & 5:
  • "Cell Phone Man" by Willie Buck
  • "Canta Me (Sing To Me)" by Rimbombante, from the album Maria Has Lost Her Soul

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Lightning Bolt" by Jake Bugg, from his self-titled album
  • "Serpentine" by Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers, from their self-titled  album
  • "In the Basement, Part One" by Etta James, from the album Her Best



D is for Dinner - Beer and Truffles

This week, D is for Dinner cracked open a bottle of Maple Stout homebrew and paired it with homemade truffles. J.P. Fournier runs a dinner club called Ottawa Beer TAP Society. He shared this sweet pairing with Alan.

J.P. Fournier's Dark Chocolate Truffles
Truffle Ingredients

- 8 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, well chopped into small pieces (I use Baker's Premium 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate)
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract (or other extract flavouring)
- cocoa Powder (I use a mix of organic and red)

Method


1.  In a small, heavy saucepan bring the cream to a simmer (takes a while, stir constantly and scrape down the sides every few minutes with a rubber spatula)

2.  To make the ganache, place the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl.  Pour the cream over the chocolate and add the vanilla.  Allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until smooth.

3.  Allow to cool then place in the fridge for 2 hours.  Remove with a teaspoon or solid melon-baller and roll out balls of the ganache.  Roll in your hands quickly (it will melt in your hands if this takes too long) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place in the fridge overnight.

4.  Roll in cocoa powder and serve or place back in the fridge until needed.

Makes 30 - 40 truffles

Our Book Panel's April picks

Ann Archer recommends:

  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little Brown)
  • Carnival by Rawi Hage (Anansi Press) 
  • Sean Wilson recommends:   

    • American Flagg by Howard Chaykin (Titan Books) 
    • A Tale For The Time Being...the Story of a Diary in a Hello Kitty Lunchbox by Ruth Ozeki (Viking)

    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4: 
    • "Cielito Lindo" by Alejandra Ribera, from the album Navigator Navigateher
    • "Till Your Well Runs Dry" by Eric Clapton, from the album Old Sock 
    • "Trouble" by Gianna Lauren, from the album On Personhood 
    • "The Rest Is Yet To Come" by Jim Guthrie, from the single 
    Betweeen 4 & 5: 
    • "You Don't Know" by Monkey Junk, from the album To Behold
    • "Billy Brag Winners" by K-Os, from the album Black On Blonde
    Between 5 & 6: 
    • "Never Wanted Your Love" by She & Him, from their new single