What did you do to re-create the past? (June 11)


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What did you do to re-create the past... and what was created in the process? That's what we explore this week.

Read on to find out what's on the show, or listen to the podcast below (you can also get it here, or from iTunes).

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To start with, Sook-Yin visits people who are bringing the past to life in downtown Vancouver - the swordsmen (and swordswomen) of Academie Duello.

Sook-Yin will chat with Acadmie Duello owner and Maestro d'Armi Devon Boorman about what he's creating by practicing ancient martial arts. (Below: Devon, Sook-Yin, and swords at Acadmie Duello. Photos by Chris Kelly.)

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A couple of years ago, Jenny Yuen went on a trip to Hong Kong. It was a journey into the past... but not her own past. She'll explain what she created by re-creating a photo of her mother. (Below: Jenny's mother's photos at top, Jenny's photos at bottom. Photos courtesy Jenny Yuen.)

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Jeff and Andrew Topham are two Canadian brothers who had an idyllic childhood growing up in the West African country of Liberia. Thirty years later, Jeff and Andrew decided to return to their boyhood home and recreate the scenes of their past. That's when they discovered Liberia isn't quite the way it was when they left it... They'll tell us what they found, and about Liberia '77, the documentary they made about the experience. (Below: Sook-Yin with the Topham brothers.)

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They say you can't go home again... but can you go back to summer camp? Eric Rosenberg certainly tried... and he'll tell us how it worked out.

When Rupinder Gill was growing up in Kitchener, she longed to do the things she saw other kids doing.... trips to Disneyland, sleepovers, that kinda stuff. Instead her parents raised her the way they had been raised in India - so she spent her time cooking, cleaning and getting good grades. So a couple of years ago, Rupinder decided to take a second crack at her childhood... by re-creating what she imagined was a "typical" childhood. She'll tell us about the journey she describes in her book, On the Outside Looking Indian: How My Second Childhood Changed My Life.

What did you do to re-create the past? Sook-Yin takes to the street to find out.

In 1978, Robb Moss made a documentary about a group of his friends. And 20 years later, he did it again. The 1978 documentary followed Robb and his friends, who were all free-spirited, communally-living... and usually naked... river guides. And in the late '90s, he caught up with a group of those river guides, to make another documentary - The Same River Twice. So what was it like for Robb to be doing the same thing with 20 years of life behind him? We'll find out.

When Dakshana Bascaramurty was a kid, she and her brother did a very typical kid thing - they built little forts in their living room. Until Dakshana's brother decided they'd had enough of fort-building, and declared an end to it. Which didn't sit entirely well with Dakshana... so she'll tell us how she got "fort closure." (Below: Dakshana's "recreation." Photo courtesy Dakshana Bascaramurty.)

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Legendary 90's record producer Steve Albini once said "A record is just a historical document of a band at a particular moment in time." So recreating the past is something musicians do every time they jump on stage and play their songs.  But what happens when a band performs all the songs from one specific album from their past, in sequence  in front of their fans? We'll find out from two guys who did just that - Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson of Sloan.

Historical re-enactments are a vibrant part of Tamil culture as a way of preserving culture and history by passing it from one generation to the next. Sook-Yin will talk with Anojini Kumaradasan about a performance she took part in, that re-enacted a devastating moment in Tamil history. (Listen below)

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(Above: Anojini in performance. Photo courtesy Anojini Kumaradasan.)

And here's this week's playlist:

Tenpole Tudor - "Swords of a Thousand Men"
Nathan Lawr and the Minotaurs - "Footsteps"
Kathryn Calder - "If You Only Knew"
Kameko - "Tired of Being Broke"
Jeremy Fisher - "Scar That Never Heals"
Elliott Brood - "Northern Air"
Sarah Harmer - "Lodestar"
Miracle Fortress - "Have You Seen In Your Dreams"
Sloan - "Snowsuit Sound"
M.I.A. - "Birdflu"