Sure, it gets your from point A to point B - but your view from the bus may show you a lot about the world. So this week, Your DNTO
delivers our best stories - and yours - from the bus.
Read on to find out what's on the show, or listen by clicking the players below.
Where do you sit on the bus... and what does it say about you? Sook-Yin jumps on a city bus to find out.
Sometimes, you make a major discovery by looking at the world from a different perspective. We'll find out how Anne Marie Scheffler
learned a major life lesson when she found herself in an upside-down school bus.
there's one person on the bus who doesn't have much choice as to where
he or she sits: the driver. A couple of years back, Portland bus driver Dan Christensen
started a blog where he wrote about his funny, zany and sometimes sad
experiences moving people all over Portland. We'll talk to Dan about his
experiences behind the wheel.
As always, we asked DNTO listeners to phone in with their stories of bus encounters. Judy Element did one better... she sang her commentary, which she calls "Buddha on a Bus," on the DNTO listener line. Grant Lawrence
tells us how one incredibly awkward bus ride became a life-changing
moment for him... thanks to the unbelievable behaviour of one unruly
Grant's story inspires a call from DNTO listener Ian, who tells us why when you gotta go, it's worth convincing the bus driver to pull over... and why it's a very, very bad idea to try "doing your business" in a gas can on a moving bus.
How do you spend your time on the bus? Sook-Yin sits down to ask some commuters.
story of Rosa Parks - the black woman who refused to move to the "back
of the bus" in the 1950s - has become legendary. Which is why it's so
surprising that segregation can still occur on a public bus... in a
democratic and generally progressive nation. It was in 2004 that Naomi Ragen
- an American-born author, who now lives in Israel - had her own "Rosa
Parks" moment. She's been fighting against segregation on buses ever
since... and earlier this month, she finally got a decision
from the highest court in the land. She'll tell us what happened, and
why the Israeli Supreme Court's ruling is a mixed victory.
Sometimes, taking action on the bus is somewhat less successful. DNTO listener David tells us how his friend leaped into action to heroically stop a driverless, moving bus... but it didn't really work out according to plan.
As a high school student, Marika
Wheeler was bullied on the bus almost every single day. But one day an
egg salad sandwhich changed everything... She'll tell us how.
Michael calls the Your DNTO hotline to tell us what he learned on the bus, when he yelled at a fellow passenger talking too loudly on his cell phone... and discovered the person who seems to be in the wrong isn't always the person in the wrong.
When Jonathan Mooney
was eight years old, he was told he would have to ride on the "short
bus" - the half-size bus that takes the kids with disabilities to their
special ed classes. But that bus became more than a mode of transport
for Jonathan - it became a symbol of how our culture looks at
disability. He'll tell us how riding the "short bus" changed his view of
the world.And here's this week's playlist:The Hollies
- "Bus Stop"Imaginary Cities
- "Ride This Out"Kathleen Edwards
- "Six O'Clock News"