Odd couples: how did an unlikely ally change you?

Photo by <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/asafantman/5134136997/'>Asaf Antman</a>

Photo by Asaf Antman


Sept. 7/17

You know what they say: opposites attract. But why do the oddest partners sometimes seem to be the best fit? And what binds two very different people together? 

This week, DNTO looks at the unlikely alliances of people who, against all odds, end up teaming up. 


On this week's show: 

Recently, Hollerado frontman Menno Versteeg had a beer in Europe with someone his Dutch ancestors never would have imagined him meeting: the grandson of a World War II Nazi commander. Hear the whole story and the song it inspired, performed live in the DNTO studio. (Image Courtesy Menno Versteeg, on right) 

What do you get when you throw an edgy, tattoo-covered, Stanley Cup winning hockey player into a small fishing boat with a legendary environmentalist? Edmoton Oiler Andrew Ference explains how he and David Suzuki landed in the same boat, working together towards one big environmental goal. (Photo Courtesy Andrew Ference, with his wife Krista and David Suzuki)

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Sook-Yin Lee hits the streets to find out how odd couples can be oddly perfect. 

Remember when you were in high school and you wanted to get as far away as possible from the school bully? That wasn't so easy for a young Steve Ross. Find out what happened when bully and victim were thrown together... on stage. 

Arno Michaelis is an ex-racist and white supremacist. Pardeep Kaleka's father was one of six victims shot to death at a Milwaukee- area Sikh Temple last August. They'll share the story of what happened when the two very different men met across a huge divide of hatred and violence. Click here to learn more about their organization, Serve 2 Unite.

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Mary McQueen and Luigi the Lovebird have formed an extremely unique inter-species partnership. Featured on CBC's Dragons Den, Mary and Luigi joined forces to make custom cards... and the duo has been so successful that Mary's feathered friend even has his own theme song: 

Tony Fouhse is a successful Ottawa photographer, who shoots everything from art to ad campaigns to parliament hill portraits. So what happened when he turned his lens on a heroin junkie living on the streets? Hear how he and Stephanie Macdonald ended up affecting each other more than either thought possible. See some of Tony's powerful pictures of Stephanie here. (Image Courtesy ViewPoint Gallery)

Vacations are all about sun, sand, and relaxation. So what happens when you inadvertently find yourself at an "alternative lifestyle" resort? Tod Maffin will "swing" by to tell his story of shacking up with some strange bedfellows.

Environmental activist - and former co-director of Greenpeace International - Tzeporah Berman, is no stranger to conflict. But when she found herself face-to-face with the people behind BC's biggest logging companies, she was beyond surprised at what they managed to accomplish. 

We all know the classic Hollywood formula for romantic comedies: boy hates girl, girl hates boy, until one day there's a bit of crazy hijinks and POOF! the two enemies fall madly in love. But does that really happen in real life? Guillaume and Vanessa Poliquin didn't think so, until... 

And here's this week's playlist:
Hollerado - So It Goes
Paper Lions - My Friend
Maestro (feat. Classified) - Reach For The Sky
The Box - Closer Together
Young Benjamins - Out There (In The Wild)
KD Lang - Constant Craving
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow
Ann Margaret - Swingers
The Sadies and Gordon Pinsent - Easy Ridge

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