Where did your 'crash' take you?

Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps and his team crash at this year's winter Olympics. (CBC News)

Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps and his team crash at this year's winter Olympics. (CBC News)


DNTO Apr. 5 / 15

Buckle up, because this week's show is all about a pivotal moment. One that comes out of nowhere... and can change everything in a flash. Because collisions big and small have the potential to alter the course of our lives.

Whether you're an Olympic bobsledder focused on gold, a cyclist heading home on an icy city street, or a dad driving the family car with your four-year-old in the back seat - we've all experienced a CRASH between two objects in motion. 


On this week's show:

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Not long ago, Shawn Stratton was walking across a dark parking lot to his beloved red pickup truck when he realized that somebody was already in the driver's seat. A chase ensued, leading to a heart-stopping crash... and a change in the way Shawn viewed strangers forever.

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How does it feels to crash at over 130 kilometres an hour, with the whole world watching? Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps recounts the moment he lost control at the Sochi Olympics - and how he picked himself up and got back in the sled.

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Deanna McFadden's family has had a tragic history with car crashes, and as a result she lived in constant fear of when her turn would come. But when her crash happened it was not at all what she expected.

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One of the world's most persistent critics of dangerous roads is Rochelle Sobel, a Washington mother who founded the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT). She'll open up to Sook-Yin about the Turkish bus crash that killed her son - and caused her to become an activist.

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A few weeks ago, Winnipeg's Trevor Lockhart got into a fender bender that was so minor he forgot about it five minutes after it happened. But there was a mischevious little person in the back seat who made darn sure he would remember later on - his four-year-old daughter Audrey.

Sook-Yin Lee shares the story that inspired this episode: the moment she slid on a frozen puddle of water and flipped over the handlebars of her bike. But the story doesn't end there: find out how her injury was ultimately upstaged by her partner, Adam, pictured below. 

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For the past thirty years, Rusty Haight has put himself in the driver's seat of vehicles about to collide. Why? He's a human crash test dummy - and has even earned the Guinness World Record for the "Most Human Subject Crash Tests". Find out why he keeps coming back for more collisions. 

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Tom Mabe is a professional prankster. He broadcasts his pranks on his YouTube channel, Mabe In America, to over half a million subscribers. So when Tom's childhood friend Dennis got DUI number five, Tom devised an epic prank to stop Dennis's drinking and driving before it ended in a crash. See the video here.

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Canada's first quadriplegic MP, Steven Fletcher, has a new crusade: to legalize assisted suicide. The Conservative politician will chat with Sook-Yin about the horrific car crash that caused his paralysis, and how his experience with pain is motivating his two new private member's bills. 

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Sometimes even small crashes can have a big impact on our lives - just ask TJ Dawe. He shares how the memory of a childhood tobogganing accident resurfaced and transformed his life forever. (Photo Credit: David Morris) 

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It's a 30 hour drive from Sudbury, Ontario to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in good conditions, and indie-folk quartet Wilderness of Manitoba were driving it in a snowstorm. Between road closures, white-outs, and two separate crashes, the band was more than ready for the surprise kindness they found in the little town of Sheho, Saskatchewan.

This week's playlist:
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
The Glorious Sons - White Noise
Hannah Georgas - Drive
Tom Cochrane - Big League
White Ash Falls - When She Rides
Crash Test Dummies -  Afternoons and Coffeespoons
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On
Nickel Creek - Destination
Wilderness of Manitoba - The Escape

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