This week's Your DNTO: Small gesture, big deal (Nov. 2)

"Your DNTO" looks at small gestures with big messages this week... and highlights some of your stories on the subject. Read on to find out what's on the show....


Small gestures can communicate a lot - but they can also drive you crazy. What's the one that bugs you? We'll hear your stories.

How many different meanings can one gesture have? Sook-Yin takes to the street to wiggle her eyebrows and find out.

A DNTO listener share the story of one gesture that's pretty hard to mistake: the "crooked finger."

In the rock n' roll world, it's no small gesture - it a big deal. We're talking here of the rarely-seen, much-feared "double bird." Grant Lawrence tells us what happened when his punk band was "double-birded" by a gang of headbangers - on the California Interstate - and about the ensuing high-speed chaos.

And Grant's not the only Canadian who's ever found himself in trouble on a California highway thanks to an extended finger. We'll hear another story from the DNTO listener line.

Darlene Heslop is a nurse who lives in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. Not long ago, she made a small gesture that got her kicked out of a public meeting. And that little act had a huge impact that she never expected.... she'll tell us what she did, and what the fallout was.

If you've ever been to India, you've probably noticed a peculiar gesture that almost everyone makes. Specifically, Indians wiggle their head when they talk. It's not really a nod... or a shake. It doesn't even mean they're agreeing... or disagreeing. It's just a common way of making a connection. And that's exactly what happened to Apurva Desai when he visited the country. He'll tell us why.

DNTO listener Pauline tells us how a tiny, almost imperceptible, gesture in Afghanistan helped her make a profound human connection.

If you're a musician, it can be hard to communicate with band members on stage. It's loud, and there's lots going on. Siblings Maygen and SJ Kardash, who make up Violent Kin, will tell us how small gestures become their onstage language.

We'll hear another story of the wordless language of families from the DNTO listener line.

When it comes to connecting with voters, politicians have many tricks of the trade. They shake hands... slap backs... and kiss babies. But one Canadian politician can't do any of those things: Steven Fletcher is Canada's first quadriplegic Member of Parliament. He'll tell us what he does instead of shaking hands, slapping backs, and kissing babies.

There are other ways of saying "I love you" besides saying "I love you." Jane McLean will tell us how her boyfriend was saying "I love you" to her.. and why she didn't know it.

And here's this week's playlist:

The Subtitles - "Actions"
Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues"
Delhi 2 Dublin - "The Happy Track"
Violent Kin - "Wolf"
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