Past Episodes: October 2012 Archives
Saturday October 27, 2012
Veteran Alberta filmmaker Tom Radford has yet another accolade to add to his collection. He has won the 2012 David Billington Award for his long-time contribution to the film industry. Radford has written, produced and directed more than 50 films over the past four decades. He founded the National Film Board northwest studio in Edmonton in 1980 and has been a pivotal figure in the development of the Canadian film industry since the 70's. He's working on a new film right now, based on the book, Plutocrats, all about the global super-rich and how the rest of us and getting further and further behind.
Thanksgiving is behind us, Halloween is just about done, so for retailers that can mean only Christmas is next. Businesses are doing everything they can to get you in the spirit, which often means many of us will wind up mired in debt come January. To help make the MOST of the holiday shopping season with no regrets, financial writer Hilary Doyle, has some advice. Take notes!
Wayne Arthurson's novel, Fall From Grace, and Todd Babiak's The Garneau Block, have made the Top 10 Books from the Prairies & the North for the 2013 Canada Reads competition. To see the full list, including other books from Alberta writers, Fred Stenson, and W.O. Mitchell, and vote on the books that should be in the Top 5, click here.
Here's Russell's conversation with Wayne Arthurson, when his book was in contention for the 2012 Alberta Readers Choice Award.
His book, 419, is the tale of an internet scam gone horribly awry and the attempts of one woman to try and right the wrong.
Here's an interview Russell did with Will about the book.
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Saturday October 20, 2012
Lee Majors has had a career that reaches back 50 years and has been a part of Hollywood royalty, however his biggest mark in show business came when he played Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man. Between 1973 and 1978, his bionic adventures transfixed audiences fretting over Steve Austin fighting Bigfoot and dodging Martian Death probes. Fans met Lee Majors at the 2012 Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo. Lee Majors spoke with Russell about his career.
Intimate Apparel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, is currently at Alberta Theatre Projects. set in New York City at the turn of the century, a hub for convergence and change. The show depicts tensions between wealth and poverty, romance and reason. Intimate Apparel is also Esther's story, a woman in search of love, who turns to George, a labourer in Panama working on the canal. Karen Robinson plays Ester and she's appeared numerous films and TV shows, most recently in King on Showcase. The Calgary native is paired up with Andre Sills, who plays George, Ester's love interest. Andre was also in another of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning plays, Ruined.
The Star Wars character, Lando Calrissian was a pragmatic hero who knew when to pick his battles and in taking the long view and so, some thought him to be a traitor to his confidantes, yet he knew his moral compass never wavered. It seems to be the sort of role Billy Dee Williams was born to play. A man apart, the adventurous playboy, but never heartless. At 75, he still maintains that handsome veneer that served him so well through a career starting on the Broadway stage in 1945, and then in movies where his heyday ran from 1971 to 1982 with the films Lady Sings the Blues & Mahogany. Through the balance of the 1980′s and into the 1990′s, television work brought Billy Dee Williams into the spotlight, including stints on Dynasty and General Hospital. He even garnered fame as an advertising pitchman for the beer, Colt 45. He appeared at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo to meet fans.
Paul Wells has been covering politics in this country for 20 years and so, he tends to take the long view on political stories, and doesn't get wrapped up in the short-term headlines. The columnist for Macleans magazine is one of the writers appearing at 2012 LitFest, a celebration of non-fiction. In the time that Paul Wells has been reporting on Parliament Hill, some things must seem stranger than fiction.
Graham Clark has been carving a career for himself on comedy stages across Canada. The Vancouver-based comedian tours the country constantly and he's on the road again performing in Calgary at Local 002. LOL is a monthly comedy show that also raises money for a local homelessness prevention program. Graham Clark has appeared on CBC's The Debaters and Just For Laughs and was one of the headliners at the recent YYC Comedy Festival. Add to that, he's one half of the hosting tandem for the successful podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself.
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Saturday October 13, 2012
Bryan Callen is am American comedian and actor known for work on the sketch show, MADtv or you might have seen him in different roles in the two Hangover movies. On the surface he's tells jokes, but underneath is a serious man with serious passions. He's also the host of the podcast, Man Thoughts, where he explores what it means to be a man in this modern age.
Banff author J. Jill Robinson has her first full-length novel in the shops and it's called More In Anger, a family drama told through three female voices. The novel looks at how different traits get passed on from generation to generation over the course of a century.
Veteran broadcaster John Worthington and CKUA are both the same age -- 85, John started working for CKUA in 1949, and this week, he helped celebrate the station's move to new digs in downtown Edmonton. He looked back on his career with CKUA in a chat with Russell Bowers.
She is known as the Mama of Dada and a doyenne of Alberta poetry. Sheri-D Wilson has established a career rooted in the word, both written and spoken. Her career has been marked by innovative performances, and poets new and old come from all over to learn from her. Her latest, and eighth, book of poetry is called Goddess Gone Fishing For a Map of the Universe. She spoke with Russell Bowers about navigating a writing career, but first, Sheri-D Wilson read from her book.
Hamilton author Miranda Hill has just published a new collection of short stories, Sleeping Funny. and the stories run a the gamut of experience from a widow dealing with her grief to a group of staid professional women who must deal with their new, bohemian neighbour.
October 18 is a exciting day for a few celebrated athletes this country has produced as nine more individuals will be induced into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. CBC's Scott Russell will be there and the host of Sports Week-end profiled the inductees.
Over the course of the last six weeks, Daybreak has been bringing some beauty tips to the radio with a pair of beauty experts, Kate and Aldona Barutowicz. Beauty by the B is their online blog written and curated by the two Calgary sisters, both of whom have backgrounds in the fashion and style industry. In Part 5 of the series, they take a more masculine approach offering a little help for the guys.
Have you ever been up early because you couldn't sleep? Or perhaps waking up was a struggle because you had such a hard time getting to bed. If this sounds familiar, you may have insomnia. According to Dr. Mike Evans, it's a growing concern among Canadians and on Daybreak, he explored the condition and what can be done about it.
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