What did the weather change for you?

MAR. 10/20


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Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it... But what did a change in the weather precipitate in your life?

Read on to find out what's on the show, or listen to the podcast below (you can also download it here, or in chaptered form from iTunes).

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Years ago, Chris Shulgan was living in a fairly typical student hovel at Queen's University with five other guys. And during one of the coldest winters on record, Chris and his college roommates came up with a not so "hot" idea...

When extreme weather - hurricanes, twisters, lightning - hits, most of us buckle down or run in the opposite direction. But not Mark Robinson. The host of StormHunters will tell us how he got his big break as an amateur videographer, racing straight into one of the most destructive storms of the last century - and how he went from being afraid of storms to chasing them.

Julie Spotted Eagle Horse will explain how she discovered the dangers of doing your laundry during a thunderstorm.

How do you deal with a heat wave? Sook-Yin takes to the street for your creative solutions.

When Yukoner Ivan Coyote became writer-in-residence at  the University of Ottawa, she thought it would be great to ride out the winter in a cabin outside the city. What Ivan didn't know was that Ottawa winters are wildly different from the Yukon ones she was used to... and the Ontario snow experience was going to change her forever.

Most of us remember the massive ice storm of 1998. It had an enormous impact on Quebec and Ontario - including billions of dollars in damages, and the deaths of approximately 30 people. But believe it or not, there was also something good to come out of the disaster. Enter Montreal nurse Joan Foster. She'll tell us what came out of the ice storm for her. (For more on the Extra Miles Senior Visiting Program, head here.)

Who says you can't have fun with science? Artist Nathalie Miebach creates striking sculptures - like the one below - based on meteorological data. She'll tell us how she goes from weather observation to work of art - and why she thinks we all love talking about the weather. (Photo courtesy Nathalie Miebach)

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For 13 years, John Bodman was homeless, living on the streets of Calgary. An addiction to crack cocaine cost him his job, his life savings, and his family. But it was one freezing cold day five years ago that kickstarted John to make the biggest change of his life... and he'll tell us about what it's like dealing with the weather when you're homeless. (To find out more about the Calgary Homeless Foundation, visit their website here.)

People who live in Manitoba are particularly rugged when it comes to snow storms. But even life-long 'Peggers will never forget the blizzard of November 1986. Thirty centimetres of snow fell in a single weekend, shutting down the entire city. And it also caused Neil Cowie to miss a very special delivery...

The weather can turn an otherwise ordinary cab ride into a death-defying trip. Sook-Yin will tell us how a ride in Senegal turned into an epic trip thanks to a torrential rainstorm, a flash flood, and the kindness of strangers.

Ottawa singer-songwriter Andrea Simms-Karp has thought a lot about our Canadian winters. They even inspired her latest album Hibernation Nation. She'll come by with her guitar to tell us why extreme weather makes such a great muse.

The words "arctic" and "heat wave" may seem incongruous... but over the last few decades, thanks to climate change, weather patterns in the north have changed considerably. Inuit ranger and hunter Pitseolak Alainga will tell us what he lost when the weather turned unexpectedly.  (This story originally aired as part of documentary called "On Thinning Ice", produced by Joan Webber and Anna Maria Tremonti for The Current.)

And here's this week's music playlist:

The Hollies - "Bus Stop"
Neko Case - "This Tornado Loves You"
Martha Reeves - "Heat Wave"
Socalled - "(Oh No There's) No More Snow"
Woodpigeon - "Cities of Weather"
The Weather Station - "Everything I Saw"
Malajube - "Le Blizzard"
Youssou N'Dour - "Shaking the Tree"
Andrea Simms-Karp - "Whiteout" (live in studio)
Imaginary Cities - "Calm Before the Storm"

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