What happened when you found a lost cause?

Photo by <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/compacflt/7598844562/'>US Pacific Fleet</a>

Photo by US Pacific Fleet


Jul. 13/23

Have you ever jumped on board a sinking ship?

This week on DNTO, we're looking at all of the St. Judes out there. (Originally aired Nov. 3 / 12)


  • Coming out is tough enough, but what if you had to tell an entire congregation that you were gay? Jerome Stueart's struggle to find acceptance in his church.
  • Pennies from heaven remain a possibility, but not from the Canadian Mint. They're done! We'll talk to the Winnipeg MP who took on that lost cause, and found support at last.
  • Bringing the worker's revolution to the world of wack-a-mole. How comedian Charlie Demers attempted to unionize his local arcade.
  • Grant Lawrence gets all choked up remembering his childhood pet, Pete.

Willow Yamauchi and Rachel.jpgWhen Willow Yamauchi found out that her sister, Rachel, had cancer, they decided to fight it. But that's when Willow learned that there's power in embracing a "lost cause".

Jerome Stueart discovered he was gay later in life. Excited to start this new chapter, he wanted to come out to his community, the congregation of his Baptist church. That's where Jerome's commitment to a lost cause began.

If you've ever had a pet, you know they become one of the family. So imagine Grant Lawrence's heartbreak when his dog Pete accidentally ate rat poison. A lot of it. The vet said he wouldn't last a week. But Grant refused to give up hope.

jeff carroll2.jpgThe life sentence that is handed down with a diagnosis of a terminal illness gave high school dropout Jeff Carroll a new reason to live. He changed the course of his life by becoming a scientist and now dedicates his time to finding a cure.

A broken relationship is often a lost cause. But Lyndon Froese went to great lengths to try to fix his, including hiring a love guru.

Inspired by her relationship with a fanatic of the Toronto Maple Leafs, DNTO producer Jenna Cameron explores the science behind your love for that lost-cause, no good, losing team.

pat martin from his website.jpgWinnipeg MP Pat Martin thought pennies were worse than worthless... they were actually costing Canadians money. So he launched a campaign to kill penny production. It seemed like a lost cause... but that was then and this is now - Canada, post penny!

When you think arcades, chances are they words "worker's revolution" don't spring to mind...unless you're Charlie Demers. He attempted an arcade communist uprising and found a lost cause.

Do lost causes  build your character, or fry your brain? Katherine McGowan explores the psychology behind the pursuit of lost causes.

Holly Moore's lost cause was a young man who had lost his bearings, his motivation, and his taste for society. Find out how he went from living under a pile of garbage to sitting at Holly's dinner table... and how it gets stranger from there.

And here's this week's music playlist:
Hanna Georgas - Waiting Game
Whitehorse - Out Like a Lion
Lily Frost - Do What You Love
Teenage Head - Wild One
Andria Simone - Nothing Comes Easy
Janet Panic - Hockey Song
Susie Airoli - Pennies From Heavan
The Lumineers - Hey Ho
Beck - Lost Cause

YourDNTO playlist:
Armistace - Mission Bells
The Wheat Pool - This Is It
Metric - The Wanderlust

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