A rose by any other name would smell as sweet - or so the saying goes. But what's behind the names that we have? Do they define us, or do we define them?
So this week, DNTO asks: what's the story behind your name?
On this week's show:
Writer Lisa Gabriele
has gone by a few names in her life, but you likely know her best by her latest moniker: L. Marie Adeline, author of steamy Canadian best-seller S.E.C.R.E.T
. She'll share how she chose her new name, and explain why adopting a pseudonym can be both thrilling and terrifying.
What is it like to grow up without a legal name? When graphic artist Max Pauson
was born, the only thing written on his birth certificate was "Baby Boy Pauson" - and wasn't until nineteen years later that he got around to giving himself a first name. (Head here
to see some of Max's work.)
is extremely proud of his Dene name - but that wasn't always the case. He'll explain how, after years struggling to embrace it, he finally took his name in to his own hands.
Sook-Yin hits the streets with her handy-dandy recorder to seek out stories about something we've all experienced: forgetting somebody's name. Awkward.
DNTO Producer Rosie Fernadez with renowned Canadian poet Wendy Morton (Photo Courtesy Southbrook Vineyards)
You might know Rosie Fernandez
as a superstar radio producer on DNTO, but did you know that her name is well-known to poetry lovers and wine drinkers
around the country? Tune in to hear the inspiring story behind her relationship with her name, and read the Wendy Morton poem
that it inspired.
Musician and author Alina Simone
used to be known as Alina Vilenkin, but she was inspired to change her surname a few years back. So what happened when her name proved to be too popular - and somebody stole it? She'll share her story of coming face to face with the other
Alina Simone. (Photo courtesy Alina Simone, on left)
DNTO producer Jonathon "Joff" Schmidt
swings by to explain the power of nicknames, and explains why he's chosen to ditch his given name altogether.
When Dan Misener's
father-in-law moved to Canada from Austria, he came with a large community of countrymen and relatives. But the group included one man with the most unfortunate of names: Adolf Fitler.
When most of us are born, our parents usually give us either their last names or a mixture of both. But for Habiba Nosheen
, it wasn't quite that simple...
Anna Maria Tremonti
is best known as a hard-nosed journalist and talented host of CBC's The Current
. But did you know she hasn't always gone by Anna Maria?
Musician Lucie Idlout's
mother was one of many Iniuit Canadians who was assigned a number as a name, as part of government's policy on collecting census data. In a revealing interview, she shares how being known by a number has affected her family and her people.
Many teenagers dream of changing the name they were given by their parents, but very few get the opportunity. So when Nile Seguin
and his brother were given the option to name themselves, they jumped at the chance... and learned why picking your name is not
a good idea.
This week's playlist:
Shirley Ellis - The Name Game