monsters under-the-bed to honing your survival skills in a blackout, we've all
have to face the dark. It might sound scary... but sometimes
we only really see when we're not being blinded by the light!
So what did you discover in the dark?
On this week's show:
Arts journalist Marsha Lederman has seen plenty of performance pieces - but none has made her quite as nervous as Do You See What I Mean?. An experimental theatre project that originated in France, it involved her donning a blindfold and being led around downtown Vancouver for over two hours.
DNTO producer Rosie Fernandez was recently confronted with something many parents face: her little one developed a fear of the dark. She'll get to the bottom of the common childhood phobia, and explain how a book called "The Fuzzy Mouse" can strike terror in to the hearts of kids everywhere.
As a baby, Bruce Horak suffered from a very rare type of cancer that left him with only 9% vision. But you'd never guess: he's spent most of his life walking around without giving any indication that he was legally blind. But a few years ago, he decided to start walking with a cane - and was surprised by what he discovered about being more "visibly" blind.
If you were living in certain North American cities back in 2003, you likely remember August 14. That was the night of the big blackout, an outage that made history as one of the worst power failures of all time. As the lights went out, actor John Grady
leapt in to action... but not in the way you might expect.
How to See in the Dark
is an installation by Toronto-based artist Margaux Williamson.
Part pamphlet, part manifesto, and part social experiment, Margaux's work encourages people to experience darkness. Our intrepid host Sook-Yin Lee
joined her to explore the city from behind a blindfold.
When Meagan Perry
moved to Whitehorse, she landed during the summer solstice and discovered that darkness was almost completely non-existent. She'll tell us how she and other sleepy Yukoners coped with nearly 24 hours of pure sunlight.
When it comes to keeping a close eye on his daughter, Ryan Knighton
has to be creative - because he's blind. He never wanted to be the kind of parent who uses a leash to keep his kid close, so when his daughter graduated from a baby carrier and began to walk he was faced with a considerable challenge...
As a teenager, Sook-Yin took comfort in the darkness of a movie theatre and used it as an escape from the world. But a few days ago, while she was settling in to her seat to watch a brand new movie - an angry voice emerged from the darkness.
Canadian writer Caroline Woodward
grew up in the 1950s on a homestead in the Peace River region of BC. To get to her two-room school she had to walk a mile along a farm road past five barb-wire gates and then catch a school bus.For a six year old girl it was a very long, very dark walk.
Growing up, Molly Burke
was just like any other kid - she was on the basketball team, loved to dance, and had a great group of friends. But she always had difficulty with depth perception and could never seem to get enough light. Eventually, her doctors diagnosed her with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye disease that slowly plunged her world into darkness. (Click here
to find out more about Me To We) (Photo Courtesy: Robert Caruso)
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