Small players on a big stage

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July 28/Aug. 7

All the world's a stage... Sometimes you're in the spotlight, and sometimes you're just outside it... but still part of the story. When were you a "small player in a big event?"

Read on to find out what's on the show, or click the "Listen" button to hear the podcast. (Originally aired Jan. 28, 2012)


This week's show starts off with 96-year-old optometrist J. Davis Armistead, the man who sold Buddy Holly his trademark frames!

Then we'll introduce you to Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's the award-winning story of a woman most of us have never heard of... who helped treat many of the twentieth century's most deadly illnesses.

Royal visits are supposed to go off without a hitch. We'll hear from commoner Gord Cartwright of Splash Dash Tours about the time he caused the Queen to hitch a boat ride in Winnipeg.

After that... over to a guy who's worked with Spielberg and DiCaprio... who's been part of the Oscar-winning movie The Social Network... and even been a guest on Jay Leno. His name, Jesse Heiman, might not mean anything to you. But with over 140 screen and television credits, chances are you've seen his work... and not even noticed. That's because Jesse is the world's greatest extra. 

You know those cool retro T-shirts with the CBC logo that you wish you had? Sook-Yin Lee will reveal her influential role in the trend...

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Even if you weren't alive and voting in 1974, you've probably seen that iconic (and politically devastating photo) of Robert Stanfield fumbling a football on the campaign trail. We'll hear from Geoffrey Stevens, the guy who tossed the ball.

There's a pretty good chance you've seen the revolutionary image of Noam Galai screaming... that's because it's on shirts, posters and graffiti in over 40 countries. Noam will be on the show to explain how his photo went from a private moment to one of the most public images of our time.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak became famous as the co-founders of Apple... so what was it like on the day they met? We'll find out from Bill Fernandez, the guy who introduced them.

It's now been 15 years since one of the most controversial protests in Canadian history... the demonstrations against world leaders at the APEC summit in Vancouver. But Mark Brooks remembers every moment of it, especially the moment when he got pepper-sprayed by the RCMP officer who became notoriously known as "Sergeant Pepper". See Mark get arrested at the 2:15 mark of this famous video...


There aren't a whole lot of "famous" radio interviews but one that reverberated around the globe came from CBC's Studio Q. We're talking, of course, about the Billy Bob Thornton train-wreck. DNTO's very own Tori Allen booked the actor/director/singer and she'll spill the beans about what happened behind the scenes.


On March 25, 1983, Michael Jackson slid onto the stage at a Motown anniversary event. Wearing his trademark sequined glove, black pants and white socks, he moonwalked into the pop culture history books. We'll talk to Cooley Jaxson, who taught the king of pop the moves that inspired him.

Kristen McGregor never thought a career in puppetry would get her embroiled in scandal. Until the day she stuck her hand in some of Canada's most famous characters...

We all meet new people at parties, but when Brooke Johnson was 23, she had a chance encounter with someone she'll never forget... Pierre Trudeau... and he continues to be a force in her life to this day.

And here's this week's music playlist...
Buddy Holly- "Everyday"
Cold Specks - "Holland"
Barmitzvah Brothers - "Getting Closer"
The CFL Sessions - "Life is Like Canadian Football"
Claire Jenkins - "T-Shirt Dreams"
Feist - "1 2 3 4"
Fanfarlo - "Deconstruction"
Michael Jackson - "Billie Jean"
Michel et les Chanceliers - "I'm Your Puppet"

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