We're knocking on the bathroom door to find out what's really
going on in there. In theory, it's the most private of spaces... but in
practice, many of us are doing very public things in the bathroom.
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The bathroom isn't so private when you share it. So what does your
partner/roommate/mom do in the bathroom that drives you crazy? Sook-Yin
takes to the street to find out.
Aside from the bathroom at
home, you're probably most familiar with the one in your workplace. And
chances are there are a few things about that space you'd change if you
could. DNTO producer Tori Allen thought just that - so she enlisted the
help of consultant (and washroom guru) Kate Rutter
to give the CBC washroom a simple makeover. We'll find out how it worked out.
writes on the walls but me." That's a clever bit of graffiti that was
found - on a wall - in the ruins of Pompeii. Tells you something about
the writer, doesn't it? Good sense of irony, for one thing. So what does
the graffiti found in bathrooms on a military base tell you about the
war in Afghanistan - and the mindset of the people fighting it?
Journalist Steve Featherstone
took a particular interest in the bathroom graffiti he found overseas - and he'll tell us what he learned from it all.
When the current lineup of the Wailin' Jennys
sang together for the first time, it was in a bathroom. And from that
moment on, they knew they were meant to be together. The Jennys will
join us - from a CBC bathroom - with that story, and a song. (And click View image
for a pic of the Jennys in their "performing space.")Ivan Coyote
shares a story of gender identity and shame in the washroom.
When it comes to bathroom drama,Todd Simmons
has seen it all. Or at least, he's seen a lot of it. Today he's a
writer, actor and real estate agent. But for years he had a regular gig
as a restroom attendant in exclusive New York nightclubs and
restaurants. He'll tell us some of the lessons he learned from the job.Mark Ferem
has taken a close look at many bathrooms. He spent ten years traveling
around the world taking photos of washroom walls and stalls. He
collected those images and his thoughts on latrinalia in a book titled Bathroom Graffiti
. He'll tell us what he's learned from the collective wisdom on bathroom walls.
Bathrooms serve one (or two) fairly obvious purposes. Unless you're Dakshana Bascaramurty
One day, she accidentally discovered that the bathroom actually had a
greater purpose: nap room. She'll tell us what happened when she
revealed herself as a "bathroom napper."
When you gotta go,
you gotta go. But it's no laughing matter for people with illnesses like
Adam's - ulcerative collitis. So what happens when you have a medical
condition that means you sometimes have to find a bathroom, pronto - but
you can't? He'll tell us his story.Diane Flacks
will explain why seedy, grungy, beer-stinking bathrooms make her think of the sweet, giddy thrill of new love.
The washroom is a great place to get cultured. And no, we're not talking about leafing through the latest edition of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader
. Sook-Yin will talk with DB Boyko
, one of the creators of Stall
- a new musical piece performed entirely in a public bathroom.
Sometimes, even your own bathroom has a few surprises in it. Like the time Evan Wilson
found himself asking: "just who is
in my shower?" He'll tell us his story.And here's this week's playlist:Janelle Monáe
- "Wind-Up Robots"Wailin' Jennys
- "Bring Me a Lil' Water Sylvie" (live in the CBC bathroom)Modest Mouse
Rides Everything"The English Beat
- "Mirror in the Bathroom"Masia One
of the Bgirl"Wham!
- "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"Little Miss Higgins
- "Wash These Blues Away"Ben Gunning
"Take the Hook"Cowboy Junkies
- "Stranger Here"