What do you find when you get lost? (Nov. 20)


Getting lost can be terrifying. But sometimes, it also leads you somewhere pleasantly unexpected. This week, we look at both sides of being lost.

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A few years back, Steve Thomas found himself in the Cambodian jungle with Aki Ra - former child soldier, now de-miner, and expert hunter. So what do you do when your expert guide tells you he's lost? Steve tells us his story.

What happened when Sook-Yin set out to get lost with Shawn Micallef, author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto? We'll find out. (Pictured below: Sook-Yin shortly before getting lost and falling into a ravine.)

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It's an old stereotype that men refuse to ask for directions. But when she's in the midst of contractions - and he's "misplaced" the hospital - will Jean Freeman's husband finally ask? We'll hear her story.

Psychologist Colin Ellard has noticed that the human brain does certain things very well - and others, not so much. We'll find out why figuring out where we are falls into the "not so much" category with the author of Where Am I? Why We Can Find Out Way to the Moon But Still Get Lost at the Mall.

Getting lost in the woods seems to be a very primal human fear. So what do you do when it actually happens... and how does it change you? We'll talk with songwriter Jon Pontrello, who was lost for over a week in the woods.

Is there a cure for a bad sense of direction? Sue Barry and her husband discovered one fashion-conscious way to deal with her "directional challenges." She'll tell us about the "compass hat" (pictured below).

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(Photo by Andrew J. Barry, courtesy Sue Barry)

When was the last time you got lost... and how did you find your way? Sook-Yin and her mic find their way to you for the answer.


Once upon a time, people on road trips would argue about directions. But GPS units solved that problem... right? Shawn Rocheleau tells us a story that might make you rethink that notion... (And for more on the downside of the GPS, see Alex Hutchinson's article in The Walrus.)

Most of us get "turned around" from time to time. But imagine getting lost in your own home. It's a terrifying reality for people with developmental topographical disorientation - and Sharon Roseman tells us her story.

Sook-Yin will talk with the man who first discovered Sharon's neurological condition - and let her know she is not alone - University of Calgary researcher Giuseppe Iaria.

Sarah Leavitt lost her mom, Midge, to Alzheimer's Disease six years ago. After Midge was diagnosed, Sarah began taking notes of their interactions, drawing pictures of her mom and writing in her journal every day. This fall, she published a graphic memoir called Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me. We'll talk with Sarah about that.

Mike Odongkara was lost for about a year and a half. When he was 14, soldiers came to his school in northern Uganda, rounded up the kids, and drove them away. They were treated like slaves and used as human shields during fighting. Mike recounts how he found his way home.  (Below: Mike in a less-serious situation - lost in New Brunswick, shortly after coming to Canada.)

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And here's this week's playlist:

Sweet Thing - "Change of Seasons"
Talking Heads - "Road to Nowhere"
Doug Paisley and Feist - "What I Saw"
Chic Gamine - "Closer"
Jon Pontrello - "Lost"
Blue Rodeo - "Lost Together"
A.C. Newman and Kathryn Calder - "TransCanada"
The Clash - "Lost In the Supermarket"
The Fugitives - "Find Me"
Olympic Symphonium - "Settle Down"
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