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Daybreak Again: March 10/11, 2012

Nathan Phelps.jpgFamily can be many things to many people and however you define it, family is about a bond or a connection. It often defines who we are providing an example of how to conduct ourselves. Sometimes, we're defined in spite of our we're raised. Nathan Phelps grew up the son of Fred Phelps, the Pastor and head of the family-run Westboro Baptist Church. The church is based is Topeka, Kansas and over the course of the last decade or so, he and his group have staged controversial protests with most of his public comments surrounding his condemnation of homosexuality. Fred Phelps seems to come across as a determined and strictly doctrinal man, however, how was he as a father? Nathan Phelps knows all too well and March 9, he shared his experiences and the work he does now on the U.S. TV program, The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Nathan lives in Calgary and he spoke with Russell about his current work with the Centre for Inquiry.

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Mamet GZT.jpgHis plays are a manic and stacatto reading of intricate and overlapping dialogue and for Ground Zero Productions, they wouldn't have it any other way. David Mamet's latest work, Race has opened in Calgary at Vertigo Theatre and runs until March 17. The show tackles the issue of race in America through the eyes of small lawfirm. A client comes in with a difficult defence after being accused of a sexual assault. The dynamic includes a black lawyer, a white client, another lawyer who's white, a black legal assistant, and a black accuser. The strongly worded show challenged the people who star in it, and one of those stars is Monice Peter. She's an actor and co-founder of the Ellipsis Tree Collective, a performance company dedicated to ethnic diversity. Monice is with me this morning.

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Curvilicious 2012.jpgThe contributions of Women to society were celebrated on March 8 with International Womens Day and for the last five years, the annual Curvilicious event has celebrated Calgary's women in theatre. The latest fundraiser is on March 19 and it's an opportunity to take in the diverse spectrum of the established and emerging performers that Calgary has to offer. A silent auction, play previews, music and a dance party will be packed into the evening at Pumphouse Theatre. Two of the performers on the night are also the new artistic leadership of Urban Curvz, the company that stages Curvilicious. Vanessa Sabourin and Jacqueline Russell joined Russell to talk about the event.

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Lethbridge Steel.jpgThe magazine Lethbridge Living and writer Eric Low profiled the women who are part of the Lethbridge Steel, one of the teams the Western Women's Canadian Football League. They join the Calgary Rage and Edmonton Storm as part of the 7 prairie teams in the league. The players are getting ready for the new season and Eric Low from Lethbridge Living magazine spoke with Russell.

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Dr Mike Evans.jpgMore than a year after being sidlined by a concussion, Sidney Crosby was once again been cleared for contact during hockey practice. He could be suiting up for the Pittsburgh Penguins as soon as March 11. Crosby's concussion saga has drawn a lot of attention to how serious and long-lasting the effects of a concussion can be but even though there's heightened awareness, there's still a whole lot of confusion. With winter sports a slippery slope and sidewalks & pathways an ice-covered course, even the possibility of a concussion can be close to home. Dr. Mike Evans is the YouTube doctor and he spoke with Russell to clear our minds about concussions. His concussion video can be seen at his website or on YouTube.

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