When did a kid take you to school?


Sept. 8/18

DNTO's new season kicks off this week, and we're headed back to school to ask - what "life lesson" did you learn from a kid?

Read on to find out what's on the show, or click "Listen" to hear the podcast (you can also download it here, or in an "enhanced" format from iTunes).


What lessons do kids want to impart to adults? Host Sook-Yin Lee visits some kids at a Winnipeg park to hear from them. (Below: Sook-Yin with the gang!)

west broadway streeter kids for web.jpgKen Opaleke has spent his life working with inner city kids in Winnipeg with West Broadway Youth Outreach. But it was the day that one of them didn't show up for his homework club that changed everything. Ken will tell us what happened - and what he's learned in his decades of working with kids. (Below: Ken with Sook-Yin.)

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As the Canadian Medical Association is calling to get rid of the Criminal Code's so-called "spanking law," we'll hear from Rachel Coleman, a mom whose entire outlook on life and religion changed when it came time to discipline her daughter.

Freelance journalists can be a pretty cynical bunch... they walk through the world, constantly on the lookout for a story they can convert into quick cash. But every once in a while, if they're really lucky, they'll find a story that changes their world view. Jenny Ament tells us how that happened to her, thanks to a young man... and a game of chess.

Brandon Hay went back to Jamaica after his father was killed, and he was shocked at what the officer told him about the murderer. What he heard in that police station changed the course of Brandon's life... and consequently, those of many other black fathers in Toronto. He'll tell us his story, and why he started the "Black Daddies Club."

When it comes to keeping a close eye on his daughter, Ryan Knighton has to be creative. That's because Ryan is blind. And he never wanted to be the kind of parent who uses a leash to keep his kid close. So when his daughter graduated from the Baby Bjorn carrier to being a toddler who wanted to walk with him on a trip to the store, he was faced with a challenge...

When Maxine Hasselriis started a fire in her kitchen, she had no idea what to do. So she screamed. Luckily, her eight-year-old son was near by.... and was able to teach Mom a thing or two about handling an emergency.

Sook-Yin Lee will tell us how she spent her summer... and how she learned some important acting lessons from a talented young performer.

When he was a young'un, Alex Freedman taught his city council an important lesson - never underestimate a bunch of ticked-off pre-teens. We'll find out how he fought city hall.

From "no-logo" to "pro-logo..." Mauricio Martinez will tell us how his journey through a difficult time with his kids changed his biggest principal of parenting. (Below: the doll that changed it all.)

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee's son was 18 months old when he was diagnosed with spinal cord cancer. He survived the disease, but now lives with severe disabilities that cause him to act out when he's in pain. At a recent visit to the doctor Marie was told her now 12-year-old son is cognitively functioning at the bottom 1% of children his age. But that hasn't stop him from teaching Marie the secret to happiness. She'll tell us why.

You know those kids - the ones who seem to know everything, and don't let you forget it? We'll hear about Linda Ballantyne's afternoon with a know-it-all three year old... and how rusty old playground equipment changed everything.

And here's this week's music playlist:
Stars - "Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It"
Corb Lund - "September"
Yes - "I've Seen All Good People: Your Move"
Flight of the Conchords - "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"
Jennifer Gasoi - "The Little Things"
The Dears - "Bonus Track"
The Weakerthans - "Confessions of a Futon-Revolutionist"
Faber Drive - "Candy Story"
Matt Mays - "Take It On Faith"

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