Past Episodes: August 2009 Archives

August 30th, 2009 - Haitian Homecoming

This week on C'est la vie, Haitian journalist Nancy Roc's return to Haiti.

Nancy fled Haiti four years ago because of death threats.

Now she lives in Montreal.

From exile, she hosts a weekly show on Haitian radio.

But earlier this year, for the first time in four years, she returned home.

Follow her journey on C'est la vie.

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Music played during this week's program:

"Tawoumga", by DJ Champion, played during the opening and closing of the show

"Mézanimi", by Luck Mervil, a Haitian Montreal singer-songwriter

August 23rd, 2009 - Quebec's Irish heritage

This week on C'est la vie, two former premiers want more people to know about the Irish contribution to Quebec.

Pierre-Marc and Daniel Johnson were both premiers of the province.

And they are the spokemen for an exhibition on Quebec's Irish history.

Find out about the Johnsons' Irish roots, and that of the province on C'est la vie.

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Website mentioned on this week's program:
McCord Museum, where you can see their exhibition, Being Irish O'Quebec/Irlandais O'Québec

August 16th, 2009 - The rolled R

If you've ever studied French, you've probably come across the trilled R. It's that unique way of fluttering one's tongue to produce the R sound.

This week on C'est la vie we explore how the trilled R came about.

How it journeyed to New France...

And how it may soon be a thing of the past.

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Music played during this week's program:

Opening theme: "Bach à la Jazz", from Les Triplettes de Belleville soundtrack

"La Cuisinière", La Bolduc (heard during Elizabeth Robertson's documentary about the trilled R, and after Henry Gauthier's monologue)

"Amusements", by Daniel Bélanger (played during Henry Gauthier's monologue)

Closing theme: "Cabaret d'ouverture", composed by Ben Charest for the film, Les Triplettes de Belleville