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Daybreak South
with Chris Walker

Listen Live to CBC Radio One

CBC Radio One 88.9 FM Kelowna
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Monday morning: Zooming in on Andromeda

Join us Monday morning when we discuss this incredible image from NASA of the Andromeda galaxy. Here's a link to the amazing zoomable version. And here's a video tour.

Tune in Monday morning for more!


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In Vernon, six fentanyl-heroin overdoses are just the tip of a larger problem

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A deadly mixture.

RCMP in Vernon have six overdoses on their hands, including two deaths.

And they're deeply concerned fentanyl-laced heroin could be the cause.

But the John Howard Society says that is just the tip of what's happening. 

We also hear a very personal story from a Cranbrook father who lost his son just two months ago.

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Christmas Card on the Air

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On December 24th, wish your family and friends a Merry Christmas on CBC Radio!

Each year, we open the phone lines so people can connect all across BC and pass along season's greetings.

Phones are open on Dec. 24th from 5:30 am (PST) until 8:30 (PST).

1-888-662-6628



This year, we're broadcasting throughout most of BC, including:

        • Kelowna and the Okanagan
        • Nelson, Cranbrook and the Kootenays
        • Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola
        • Williams Lake and the Cariboo
        • Prince George, Fort St. John and the Peace
        • Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and the North Coast

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A Carol of nuclear fears, Do You Hear What I Hear

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The key message of this Carol is to pray for Peace.

It was written during the Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962.

It makes sense when the author, like so many at a pivotal point in history, feared the ravages
of nuclear war.

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Silent Night, 100 years ago

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One hundred years ago this Christmas Eve, two men sang to stop a war, at least temporarily.

That story is part of the well loved carol, Silent Night.

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Deck the Halls, Drinkin' tune turned Carol

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Yet another drinking song gets the Christmas treatment.

We look at the history of decking those halls with Celtic spirit.

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The somewhat sordid history of Jingle Bells

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Jingle Bells was penned by James Lord Peirpont, who died 1893.

It has become the most famous Christmas song in the world.

But you might be surprised at what the song is really about.

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Who was Good King Wenceslas?

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This week we look at the Christmas carols we think we know.

Each day, we present the surprising and sometimes weird stories behind various carols.

Good King Wenceslas was written in England in 1853.

It's a favourite of carolers, and been recorded by the likes of Loreena McKennit, the Irish Rovers and the Skydiggers.

The main character, Good King Wenceslas, was a real king, Duke Wenceslas of Bohemia.

But was he good?

Cynthia Paces chairs the history department as a professor of modern European history at The College of New Jersey.

She's an expert on the history of Czech nationalism.


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Once in a lifetime view of native group of seven

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There is a chance you've never heard of them. 

They called themselves the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation who became the Indian Group of Seven.

An exhibition in Kelowna offers viewers a once in a lifetime chance to learn about these artists and their work.

Our arts columnist Gillianne Richards explains the exhibit.

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Helping thousands with eating disorders

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Last year, there were 1,585 hospitalizations for an eating disorder among females. Girls aged 10 to 19 accounted for more than half of those. Photo Credit: CBC

If you had a child with a mental health problem, like an eating disorder, you would do anything to help.

If that meant raising a million dollars, constructing a building and creating a program from scratch, so be it.

Christa Akins is the founder of PEACE in MIND.

It stands for Parents Empowered and Children Encouraged.

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