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Kate Aitken: Mrs. A in Paris

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Springtime has come to Paris - and so has CBC Radio's Kate Aitken. She finds a beautiful sunny city full of people embracing life, seemingly untouched by the war that ended five years ago. From the global fashion capital, Mrs. A eagerly tells her listeners what Frenchwomen are wearing in 1950. Then it's on to the nation's politics, including a just-passed ban on Coca-Cola in the country.

Medium: Radio
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: March 31, 1950
Host: Kate Aitken, Mac McCurdy
Duration: 14:23

Did You know?


• In 1950, an estimated 32 per cent of Canadians listening to the radio were tuned into Kate Aitken when she was on the air. 

• Despite a daily audience of 1.5 million, Aitken retired from broadcasting in 1957. She published her childhood memoirs, Never a Day So Bright, the same year. In 1959 she was appointed to the CBC Board of Directors, where she remained for three years.

• Kate Aitken died in December 1971.

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