Friday, December 18, 2009 | Categories: Episodes |
Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam... but if you can't make it there, how do you fight homesickness? We'll find out this week.
To start with, Sook-Yin hits the street to find out what you're missing about home.
One surefire way to induce homesickness is that great childhood pastime: camp. For some, it can feel like a child's exile, shipped off to a strange place where you're supposed to have fun, but you don't. We'll find out how unhappy camper Josh Rachlis dealt with it.
It's just a shame that Josh didn't meet up with Chris Thurber at camp. Chris loved camp so much that 30 years after his first da,y he still spends his summers there. But these days, he's researching, writing and educating health and camp professionals all about homesickness. He'll tell us what he's learned.
Sometimes, all it takes to remind you of home is a song. And sometimes, that song can lead you to do very strange things. Clare Lawlor discovered that when she went further away from home than she's ever been.
"Close your eyes and think of home." Those were the instructions photographer Ian Paterson gave to the subjects in a series of portraits called "Home." So what does a person look like when they're mentally transported home? We'll ask Ian.
There comes a point in just about every adult's life where you say to yourself, "Hey... I'm tough and independent. I don't need to go home for the holidays this year." Well, Dawn Dumont comes by to tell you you are WRONG, tough guy or gal! She'll explain why she risked life and limb to get back home.
Last year, filmmaker Andrea Dorfman found herself with a bad case of the homesick blues. But instead of wallowing in her misery, Andrea came up with a rather creative cure... She'll share her "anti-homsickness manifesto" highlights.
What's your sure-fire cure for homesickness? Sook-Yin heads to the street to find out.
A lot of us try to beat homesickness by recapturing a specific flavour. But Shyam Selvadurai explains what happens when the tastes of home aren't quite the way we remember them.
DNTO's very own Kaj Hasselriis knows all about being away from home. He's a world traveller and sometimes spends months on the road. But once in a while, he gets a craving for something black and white and read all over... He'll explain how the "poste restante" system has helped him feel at home abroad.
Like a lot of musicians, Alex Cuba has to fight homesickness on the road. We'll find out how he does it... and hear a live-in-studio tune.
When Habiba Nosheen found herself far away from home and feeling homesick, she came up with a rather unusual cure that left her students awfully confused... but with a deeper appreciation of Canadiana. She'll explain why.
No matter how much you miss it... or don't... can you really go back home? Sook-Yin explains what happened when she tried.
When Glenn Albrecht was reaserching the impact of environmental changes on the people of Australia's Hunter Valley, he stumbled upon a brand new type of homesickness. He'll explain what "solastalgia" is... and why we might be hearing more about it in the future.
And here's this week's playlist:
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - "Home"
Kate and Anna McGarrigle - "Swimming Song"
Christine Fellows - "Souvenirs"
M. Ward - "To Go Home"
Joel Plaskett - "Maybe We Should Just Go Home"
New Pornographers - "Myriad Harbour"
M.I.A. - "Jimmy"
Mayor McCa - "I'm Gonna Write You a Letter"
Alex Cuba - "Hoy Para Siempre" (live performance)
Feist - "Mushaboom (Mocky Mix)"
Pretenders - "My City Was Gone"