Regrets: how did you turn them around?


DNTO Nov. 9/19

From the "fashion faux-pas" to major life moments, we all have experiences wish we could take back. 

Yes, it can be tough to re-live those moments we'd rather not think of - but there's an upside. On this episode, we hear from people whose regrets kickstarted a change in their lives.


On this week's show: 

When Christopher Richardson was voted valedictorian at University of King's College, he wanted to give an address that people would remember. His classmates certainly did - but for all of the wrong reasons. 25 years later, find out why Christopher is still haunted by his beer-fuelled speech - and how it inspired a documentary: 

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Picture this: a thirteen-year-old kid convinces his seven-year-old brother to get up on stage and rap with him - in small-town Ontario. Navid Khavari shares his story of rapping regret.

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What could a gaggle of 9- and 10-year-olds possibly regret? Sook-Yin swings by the Clinton Street Junior Public School in Toronto, to find out what kids totally wish they could take back.

When Michelle Stilwell was 17, an innocent piggyback ride turned her life upside down. But another activity turned things right side up again... and she went on to win Paralympic gold. She'll tell Sook-Yin how she steam-rolled through regret.

When Briana Rayner donned what she calls a "hipster" t-shirt, she had no idea that it would have serious consequences. Find out how a simple shirt changed her relationship with her grandmother forever. 

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Rupinder Gill has always regretted that she didn't have a typical Canadian childhood. Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Rupinder's parents raised her the way they had been raised in India. So a couple of years ago, Rupinder decided to take a second crack at her young years: by re-creating what she imagined was a "typical" childhood.

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Psychedelic country musician Simone Schmidt of Toronto's 100 Dollars draws on her experiences as a speech facilitator to twine untold stories into song. Performing live in studio, she'll share the story of her biggest regret - abandoning a friend in need. (Photo Courtesy: David Waldman) 

A lot has been made of the "deathbed regret": the one thing you really wish you'd done differently, if you could live your life again. Sook-Yin hits the streets to find out what Canadians regret most of all - and was surprised by what she discovered.

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Author Joseph Boyden tells us how a near fatal airplane ride forced him to face his life regrets head-on. Find out how a flight to Winnipeg just about killed him... but also put his life in perspective.

Daniel Cockburn is a filmmaker who spends a lot of time mulling over his regrets - and has some interesting observations about what they can reveal to us us. He sits with Sook-Yin for a fascinating conversation about time travel, cigarettes, and what it means to be human.

This week's playlist:

Greg MacPherson - Goes Like This
Oasis - Wonderwall
The Beatles - I Should Have Known Better
Fallbrigade - Together Now
The Wooden Sky - Oh My God 
Duplex! - Orange Popsicle
Simone Schmidt - Fires of Regret (live)
Fast Romantics - Funeral Song
Yoko Ono - Bad Dancer

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