Episode 33 - Will, Kate and History


  • kiss_publish.jpgScandalous Royal Nuptials
  • The Final Campaign Cocktail
  • Fringe Parties in Elxn 41
  • Kinky Friedman
  • The Scala Choir
  • Awesome Stuff About Voting
  • Morgan Spurlock
  • Trump and the Birthers
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You couldn't ask for a better wedding. It was solemn but warm, gigantic but intimate, formal but human. Will and Kate looked like real human beings in love, approaching their coming duties with seriousness and aplomb.

But of course, you can't compare this wedding to many others- the global attention, the survival of the monarchy - the stakes for Will and Kate are very high indeed.  Lucky for this young couple, when you stack them up against the royal match-ups of the past, the bar of success isn't very high.

Most royal marriages in British history were grizzly, loveless alliances. We'll look at how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are already well ahead of the game.

fringe_publish.jpg"There's a red door and a blue door".

Remember that from the beginning of the campaign? Turns out not to be true. In fact there's hundreds of doors, fringe candidates with all kinds of interests representing multitudes of political possibilities.

Just because a political party spends millions grovelling for your vote doesn't necessarily mean they represent you. It could just mean they have good fund raisers.

When you unfurl your ballot on Monday you might be surprised by the number of fringe options Canadian democracy is offering. Who knows, you may even be tempted to toss them a vote.

So we went to the fringe candidates debate to sort through the most unlikely of alternatives.

cocktail6_publish.jpgYou still might need a drink before you cast your ballot.

Or you may need more than one as you watch the returns. It's the last week of campaigning so we came up with a 6th and final campaign cocktail and it's a big one. It's designed to slake the thirst of victory, or quench the fires of defeat.

It's a punch. So you can serve it to a room full of campaign workers as you wait to find out which of the two speeches you prepared you'll be making on Monday night. Anyway, keep it festive and everything will be just fine.

SPURLOCK_publish.jpgAnd now a subliminal word from our sponsor.

Marketing, branding and advertising are as much a part of our environment as the air we breathe. Even the stealth advertising of product placement is ubiquitous in today's media world.

So Morgan Spurlock made a movie where all the shilling is acknowledged up front. Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold is all about transparency in the industry that holds the strings to our desires: advertising.

Morgan Spurlock tells us how the guy who made Supersize Me gained the trust of Madison Avenue.

Thumbnail image for Vote_publish.jpgHow awesome is voting?

For me it depends on if you get to keep the pencil. No, actually I love this democracy thing and I'm puzzled by people who say the election is not necessary and they don't want another one for awhile. In the old majority government days it was so long between polls we forgot how to make an X.

Nick Pasricha is the author of The Book of Awesome, a sweet survey of the amazing stuff we take for granted. We asked him to tell us why voting is awesome. Turns out it's right up there with watching The Price Is Right when you're home sick

Scala_publish.jpgThe Social Network was a pretty dark movie.

People's motives were murky, their friendships suspect. The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin called his characters "a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people".

And then the initial trailers for the movie came out, and the music on the soundtrack was uplifting, stirring, ethereal and female. It was a performance by the all-girl Belgian choir Scala and their cover of Radiohead's Creep.

We'll talk to the two brothers who created Scala and find out how The Social Network changed their lives.

birther_publish.jpgThe birthers got powned.

That's one way to look at Obama's decision to release his long form birth certificate this week. After the wild and groundless speculations about why he was going to great lengths to keep it hidden, the President unexpectedly made the document public. And it didn't contain anything remotely politically toxic for Obama.

So the birthers were dead wrong. They should be ashamed, right?

Not Donald Trump. He crowed about the release saying he was proud of himself and simultaneously widening the cloud of suspicion to include the president's school transcripts.

Mike Balazzo says: give a guy an inch....

kinky_publish.jpgKinky Friedman knows what a redneck looks like.

The Jewish Texas cowboy has been singing to them for years with his band Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys. And he's super-connected, counting among his friends Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Van Dyke Parks, Governor Ann Richards, Billy Bob Thornton and George W. Bush.

He's a wild and unpredictable storyteller. He hates political correctness almost as much as he hates Obama. So he's fun to listen to on the radio. I sure loved talking to him.

And hey by the time we see you in May we'll have a whole new federal government. It might even look exactly like the last one. So after you vote on Monday, you keep the pencil too. I wonder what they'll do then?

Brent Bambury @CBCDay6

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