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Daybreak Again: April 14/15, 2012

Penny Templeton.jpgWell, one debate is in the books and one to go as four of the province's party leaders squared off on April 12 hoping to make a good impression on supporters and potential voters. A lot of preparation goes into a debate to make sure their points get covered and that the leaders can take a challange but how much of what you see can be the result of the politician using some of the tools from the acting profession. While the Arts often goes cap-in-hand to government to get or maintain funding, politicians often use an artistic tool to get over with voters. Penny Templeton is an acting coach in New York and she says she can tell whether someone is "acting the part" or is being legitimate in their passion for the job. She's also the author of the book, Acting Lions - Unleash Your Craft in Today's Lightning Fast World. You can get a free excerpt from the book here. Russell Bowers asked Penny to watch the Leaders Debate from Thursday night and then she joined him on Daybreak.

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Julie Sedivy.jpgMeanwhile, as Alberta voters prepare to head to the polls on April 23, Daybreak is taking a closer look at how you influence your own voting decision. Julie Sedivy is an adjunct professor in linguistics and psychology at the University of Calgary and she's our guide through the discussion of verbal and non-verbal political statements. Julie is also the co-author of the book, Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You & What This Says About You and she joined Russell in the Daybreak studio.

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Gretzky GWG.jpgSo, were you like Wayne Gretzky and did you grow up in GWG's? Perhaps getting a pair of Scrubbies was a necessary part of back-to-school shopping. The Great Western Garment company was a part of the manufacturing history in Edmonton for nearly 100 years, however the company that made clothes that people worked in had an impact on Alberta that was much more than industrial. As one historian found out, GWG contributed to Alberta's cultural identity and diverse society. Catherine Cole is the author behind a new illustrated history of GWG called Piece by Piece: The GWG Story. Catherine is a heritage consultant with the Royal Alberta Museum and she spoke with Russell in the Daybreak Edmonton studio.

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Rwanda cemetery.jpgEvery year in April, people in Alberta and around the world gather to remember an almost unspeakable tragedy - the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. One of them is Andy Amour, a teacher at St. Michael's Junior High in Calgary. His own family became refugees because of genocide and he lost several family members to the slaughter. Andy Amour helped organize a public lecture on April 14 at Mount Royal University.

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Beowulf sketch.jpgBeowulf was written by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet ten centuries ago and is considered one of the most important works of literature in the world. Now Beowulf is the inspiration for a new play. Workshop West's theatrical production of Beowulf the King has opened in Edmonton and Daybreak's Nola Keeler met up with playwright Blake William Turner to talk about a new take on a classic - and a tweeting king.

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john-van-sloten1.jpgIt seems like Religion and Science haven't seen eye to eye in a very long time. As scientific technique has improved over the centuries, it's moved further away from the explanations of the planet as the Bible seems to explain it. For many people, that divide is insurmountable and indeed, an attempt to explain the world and the universe in scientific terms clashes with religious beliefs to such an extent that Atheists and Fundamentalists see nothing in common with each other. However, can a belief in the spiritual aspect of human nature find a collective agreement with imperical facts? One Alberta pastor thinks so. John van Sloten is with the New Hope Church in Calgary. Over the next few weeks on Daybreak, he'll be joining Russell to discuss science and religion, and how the two can interact. A link to Pastor Van Sloten's sermon on The Kidney can be found here.

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