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Back to the land

It was afternoon TV for homemakers, but Take 30 assumed women's interests went beyond recipes and child rearing. The program aired from 1962 to 1984, but may be best remembered for its late '60s/early '70s era with hosts Adrienne Clarkson and Paul Soles. The CBC Digital Archives has over 60 clips from Take 30, plus 12 complete shows from 1964 to 1971 with celebrity interviews and topics including teen sex, censorship, pornography and the back-to-the-land movement.

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Angus Cherrington has a dream. He wants to leave behind his suit forever and start a pioneer community in the wilds of British Columbia, but his efforts to find a core of like-minded people have stalled. Meanwhile, the Lund project is already doing it, setting up camp near Powell River, B.C., to "explore new ways of living," as one member says in this 1969 edition of Take 30. The program also hears from Kingsley Brown, a former CBC broadcaster in Toronto who left the big city for a quieter life on a Nova Scotia farm.
• The back-to-the-land movement, in which people fled city life for a more self-sufficient rural existence, peaked in the late 1960s and early '70s. The movement's ideals and methods were perhaps best summed up by The Whole Earth Catalog. First published in 1968, it pointed readers to tools, manuals, philosophies and organizations that would help them undertake a self-sustaining lifestyle.

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: April 25, 1969
Guest(s): Kingsley Brown, Angus Cherrington, Ralph Pohlman
Host: Alice Poyser, Paul Soles
Producer: Hans Pohl
Reporter: Marilyn MacDonald
Duration: 25:49

Last updated: August 3, 2012

Page consulted on January 15, 2015

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