Rescue me! (Dec. 18)

From time to time, we all need a little rescuing. But whether you're the rescuer or the rescuee, it's often surprising what really comes out of the experience... and that's what we're finding out this week. Read on to find out what's on the show, or click the player below to listen (you can also download the podcast here or from iTunes).

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Vanessa Delsooz got rescued at a bus stop after a late night gig in an unexpected way... by the last person she'd expect to come to her aid. She'll tell us who it was, and what happened.

When you see images of birds covered in gunk from an oil spill, your first reaction might be a desire to rescue them. But what happens when you act on that? We'll hear from Dyan "The Penguin Lady," deNapoli, who took on the job of trying to save 20,000 oil-covered African penguins (and tells the story in her new book, The Great Penguin Rescue).

How long will it take a person lying on the ground to get help from a stranger? It's a good question, so we asked DNTO producer Tori Allen to lie on the ground to find out.

Jean Freeman tells us the story of a valiant - if unsuccessful - rescue attempt involving a goldfish, some rum, and CPR.

So what compels one person to step up and be a rescuer... while others don't? Tori Allen, the participant in a recent social experiment on the subject, looks into it, with a little help from the Heroic Imagination Project.


You're on a crowded subway, when all of a sudden you feel a hand reaching into your pocket. What would you do if you caught someone trying to steal your wallet? When that happened to Deborah Lee, it unleashed a side of her personality even she wasn't expecting...

When did you become a superhero to someone else? Sook-Yin takes her mic to the street to find out... and discovers the stories of superheroes like "Study Girl" and "The Heart Monitor."

Years ago, Carly Stasko  wrote an essay on how to be your own superhero for a feminist book anthology. And when Carly went on the book tour, she brought a big tickle-trunk of costumes and gave superhero makeovers to people in each city. Years later, Carly found another way to put her costume to good use... when she became a costumed hero to a friend in need.

When Karen Franklin discovered her daughter Lauren had a drug problem she knew she had to try to save her. That's because Karen was a former additct herself. They'll tell us their story (which they recount in their book, Addicted Like Me) - and tell us how you rescue someone who doesn't want to be rescued.

You're driving down the highway, when the vehicle in front of you spins off the road and flips in the ditch, ejecting the driver through the passenger window. What do you do from there? Diana Frances tells us what she did... and why it was a surprisingly profound experience for her.

When it comes to dramatic rescue missions, it's hard to top the Chilean mine story. Thirty-three miners were trapped underground for more than two months before a rescue team was able to drill half a mile below the earth, and bring the miners up one by one in a metal capsule. We'll talk with one of the people involved in that rescue - rig technician Jeff Roten.

Being stranded on the side of the road is always bad news. It's really bad news if you're stranded on the side of the road in Bosnia... and it's 1992... and you're a Canadian peacekeeper.We'll hear the incredible story of how Darrell Houle was rescued from that situation.

And here's this week's playlist:

Fontella Bass - "Rescue Me"
Lyle Lovett - "Penguins"
The Lost Fingers - "Sunglasses At Night"
Kardinal Offishall - "Everyday"
Metric - "Help, I'm Alive"
XTC - "That's Really Super, Supergirl"
Rebekah Higgs - "Little Voice"
Tricky - "Murder Weapon"
Ash Koley - "Don't Need Anyone To Save Me"
Bruce Cockburn - "Waiting For a Miracle"
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