What's on DNTO: Jan. 9

It's a new year, and that means we're all brimming with optimism! Right? Right. But is that always the best approach... or are we better off tempering our optimistic outlook? This week, we look at the ups and downs of looking on the bright side of life.

When has being overly optimistic landed you in trouble? Sook-Yin takes her mic to the street to find out.

Three years ago, British writer and comedian Laurence Shorter was so depressed, he could barely get out of bed. So he set out on a mission: to find the secret to living an optimistic life. We'll find out what he learned from talking with some of the world's most upbeat thinkers.

"Stay with me, kid... you'll go far!" What happens when you put a little too much faith in the wrong person? Josh Rachlis tells us his story of unchecked optimism.

Have you ever looked at a really, really happy person and kinda... just a little bit... sorta... been really annoyed? Nick Purdon looks into why happy people bug us.

It's not easy being green. And it's really, really hard to be green and optimistic. So how does super-environmentalist David Suzuki keep from being a total enviro-curmudgeon? We'll ask him.

Sook-Yin will talk with one of the most optimistic people she knows: her dad, Leo, who has kept a positive outlook in spite of living through horrific times during the Second World War. She'll call him up for his secret to staying positive.

When Alix Sobler moved from New York City to Winnipeg she wasn't worried about the winter at all. After all, New York has winter... sort of. But after her first Canadian winter found her housebound and depressed, she realized that what she really needed was a healthy dose of optimism and a plan...

When catastrophe struck in the recording studio, singer-songwriter Kate Maki surprised herself by suddenly becoming an optimist. She'll tell us what happened... and play us a tune, live-in-studio.

There's no kind of optimism like youthful optimism. Sook-Yin will tell us how that brand of positive thinking fuelled her band on a cross-Canada tour... and how the stretch between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay almost killed it.

Two young guys attempt a cross-country canoeing adventure, with almost no canoeing experience. How far can you get on optimism? We'll find out from Murray Jowett and Nick Turnbull.

We're running out of fuel, our economic system is a sham, and society is on the verge of collapse. But hey, that's no reason not to be optimistic! Sook-Yin talks with Michael Ruppert, the subject of the documentary Collapse, about the struggle between optimism and pessimism... and why the best approach is probably a third way.

And here's this week's playlist:

Magneta Lane - "Gambling With God"
Silver Starling - "Caught In Your Glow"
Gregory Pepper and His Problems - "7ths and 3rds"
Devendra Banhart - "Angelika"
The Jive Kings (with Measha Brueggergosman) - "Blue Skies"
Little Milton - "We're Gonna Make It"
Aimee Mann - "Ballantines"
Kate Maki - "In Comes the Light" (live in studio)
Supergrass - "Alright"
La Bottine Souriante - "Le p'tit porte-cle"
New White Trash - "Avalanche and Earthquake"


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