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March 2012 Archives

SATURDAY, March 31

0730 It was the toast of this year's Academy Awards. The Artist won five Oscars. And it did this with virtually no spoken dialogue. That prompted Thom Ernst, host of TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies, to produce HIS list of films from the silent era that are worth watching. Thom joined guest host Karen Gordon to share his picks and offer his thoughts on the allure of silent movies.
Listen audio (runs 11:52)
There's always a great film (or two...or three) on Thom's show---check the Saturday Night At the Movies website for listings.
The Toronto Silent Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 3. You can learn more at the Festival's website.

Thom's Top Five Silent Flicks
1/ Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927): A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.
2/ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928): A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
3/ The Gold Rush (1925): The Little Tramp at the Klondike Gold Rush (but really any of the first 5 Charlie Chaplin features will work)
4/ Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) It's laugh-vacation time as Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike! NOTE: Not officially silent, but Jacques Tati does pantomime throughout.
5/ Sherlock Jr. (1924) A film projectionist (Buster Keaton) longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.


0800 You have to be an optimist to be a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team has now missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for seven seasons in a row.
Kevin Shea has always rooted for the Leafs. He's even written books about the team, including Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957-1967. Kevin joined Karen to talk about the challenges of remaining loyal to the Blue and White.
Listen audio (runs 00:00)
The audio for this item will be posted later in the week.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957-1967 is published by Firefly Books.
Visit Kevin's website to learn more about his MANY hockey books.


0830 The film is called One Calm Hour. It shows how a one hour drumming and music session has changed the lives of people in the the locked, in-patient schizophrenia unit at Toronto's Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. Norm Lofts is the filmmaker responsible. He joined Karen, as did the two people responsible for creating the programme--- CAMH recreational therapist Nicole Chudzinski, and composer, musician and drummer Nicholas Stirling.
Listen audio (runs 12:01)
The monies raised by showings and sales of the film will be used to buy instruments for this music programme at CAMH. You can learn more at the CAMH website.

What's On for March 31

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:


Hatsumi: One Grandmother's Journey through the Japanese Canadian Internment
70th Anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Dispersal Conference/Toronto
Quad City Chaos Roller Derby Tournament/Toronto
A Tribute To ELVIS & Legends fundraiser for Camp Trillium/London
Elora Festival Book Sale fundraiser/Elora


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SAT Mar 31

The audio for some/all of these items will be posted immediately after the show

0730 It was the toast of this year's Academy Awards. The Artist won five Oscars. And it did this with virtually no spoken dialogue. That prompted Thom Ernst, host of TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies, to produce HIS list of films from the silent era that are worth watching. Thom joined guest host Karen Gordon to share his picks and offer his thoughts on the allure of silent movies.
There's always a great film (or two...or three) on Thom's show---check the Saturday Night At the Movies website for listings.
The Toronto Silent Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 3. You can learn more at the Festival's website.

Thom's Top Five Silent Flicks
1/ Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927): A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.
2/ The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928): A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
3/ The Gold Rush (1925): The Little Tramp at the Klondike Gold Rush (but really any of the first 5 Charlie Chaplin features will work)
4/ Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) It's laugh-vacation time as Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike! NOTE: Not officially silent, but Jacques Tati does pantomime throughout.
5/ Sherlock Jr. (1924) A film projectionist (Buster Keaton) longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.


0800 You have to be an optimist to be a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team has now missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for seven seasons in a row.
Kevin Shea has always rooted for the Leafs. He's even written books about the team, including Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957-1967. Kevin joined Karen to talk about the challenges of remaining loyal to the Blue and White.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957-1967 is published by Firefly Books.
Visit Kevin's website to learn more about his MANY hockey books.


0830 The film is called One Calm Hour. It shows how a one hour drumming and music session has changed the lives of people in the the locked, in-patient schizophrenia unit at Toronto's Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. Norm Lofts is the filmmaker responsible. He joined Karen, as did the two people responsible for creating the programme--- CAMH recreational therapist Nicole Chudzinski, and composer, musician and drummer Nicholas Stirling.
The monies raised by showings and sales of the film will be used to buy instruments for this music programme at CAMH. You can learn more at the CAMH website.

SUNDAY, March 25

0730 They're the host of CBC TV's weekday show Steven and Chris. Their FULL names are Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, And they've just broadcast their 500th episode. So Steven and Chris joined Mary to talk about their show...and their relationship, both on and off camera.
Listen audio (runs 12:38)
To get the lowdown on their show, visit the Steven and Chris website.


0800 They're called "deal of the day" websites. And Citizen Talin wanted to know more about them. So she investigated and then shared her findings with Mary. Hear their conversation by going to Citizen Talin's column.


0830 Spelling Night In Canada is coming. It takes place on April 1st on CBC TV. And the show's co-host, Brent Bambury of CBC Radio's Day Six was joined by CBC Radio news hosts Marcia Young (The World This Weekend) and Bernie McNamee (The World This Hour) as they took part in a mock spelling bee with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 16:07)
All the details about the big spell-o-rama are on the Spelling Night In Canada website, Once again, Sunday, April the 1st at 7 p.m. on CBC TV.

Deal Of The Day

Citizen Talin gave Mary the lowdown on "deal of the day" websites.
Listen. audio (runs 8:17)

Silence Is Golden

The success of the (mostly) silent movie The Artist has reawakened interest in this film genre. And it's prompted Thom Ernst, host of TVO's Saturday Night At The Movies , to choose some classic silent films that we should all see. Thom will reveal his list when he joins guest host Karen Gordon this coming Saturday on Fresh Air .

What's On for March 25

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:


Latin American Film Festival/Ottawa
Kids Fun Race/Kingston
Kids Fun Race/Kingston
Countrylicious/Prince Edward County


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SATURDAY, March 24

0730 Frank London is a musical chameleon. He's collaborated with all kinds of diverse musicians. And he's currently in Toronto working with a group of international and Canadan artists on a concert called Honeycomb Way: A Musical Journey Into The Sacred. Reuben Maan joined Mary to tell her more. You can hear their conversation by visiting Reuben's column.


0800 Privacy is probably the last thing on your mind when you use a social media website. These sites are all about SHARING information about who you are and what you're doing. But there's growing concern about how these sites can take that information and then use it...without your knowledge. Rhonda McEwen, assistant professor of New Media at the University of Toronto-Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT, joined Mary to talk about this conundrum.
Listen audio (runs 9:41)
Learn more about Rhonda's work with new media at her website and also at her blogspot.


0830 Singer/songwriter Johnny Reid is burning up the Canadian country charts. And he's bringing his Fire It Up tour to Ontario. Johnny started his life in Scotland before moving to Canada as a youngster. He joined Mary to talk about his life as a country singing star...and how it all began.
Listen audio (runs 12:07)
You can learn more about his Ontario tour dates at Johnny's website.
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.

Frank London

Reuben Maan joined Mary to talk about Frank London---a New York City-based musician with a world vision.
Listen audio (runs 7:13)

Learn more about this fascinating musician by visiting Frank London's website.
And to find out more about Frank's Toronto concert on March 28th at the St. Lawrence Centre, go to the Honeycomb Way website.

What's On for March 24

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:


National Home Show/Toronto
Colborne Lodge Museum/Toronto
Puck's Farm/Schomberg
Sweetwater Harvest Festival/Midland
Model Railroad Show/Lindsay
La Nuit Sur L'etang/Sudbury


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He's a country crooner...

And much, much more. His name is Johnny Reid. And he's nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Single of the Year. He's also performing at CBC TV's broadcast of The Genie Awards. So he's a busy guy. But Johnny is making time for a visit with Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

SUNDAY, March 18

0700 Everyone in Ontario set their clocks ahead one hour last weekend as we made the transition from Standard to Daylight Saving Time. Well, ALMOST everyone. The residents of Atikokan NEVER adjust their clocks when everyone else is springing forward or falling back. And Mayor Dennis Brown told Mary Ito why.
Listen audio (runs 5:35)
If you'd like to know more about the town that never changes its clocks, you can visit the Atikokan website.


0730 Quebec singer Florence K has a distinguished musical pedigree. Make that VERY distinguished. And she's coming to Ontario for a rare appearance. That was Line Boily's cue to join Mary Ito. Line hosts Champ Libre which is heard weekday afternoons on Radio Canada. And she gave Mary "le scoop" on Florence K.
Listen audio (runs 6:54)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Florence K will appear at Toronto's Lula Lounge on March 20.
Details are at the Lula Lounge website.


0800 Spring is almost here...and the new gardening season is on many minds. Fresh Air's favourite gardener, Marjorie Harris, has a new book. It's called Thifty Gardening From The Ground Up. Marjorie took advantage of the spring-like weather to pay a visit to Mary and "cultivate" some gardening thoughts.
Listen audio (runs 9:46)
Thifty Gardening From The Ground Up is published by House Of Anansi Press.
For more gardening info, visit Marjorie's website.


0830 This is Brain Awareness Week ...a good time to think about the organ that ALLOWS you to think. Sandra Witelson does a LOT of thinking about the brain. She's a professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton. And she offered her take on what our brains are capable of when she joined Mary.
Listen audio (runs 9:01)
If you'd like to know more about Sandra and her research, we've linked to the entry about her on the Science.ca website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Tuesday.

Citizen Talin is back!

Fresh Air's consumer columnist, Talin Vartanian, AKA Citizen Talin, returns this coming weekend. Her topic---those social buying websites. Are they offering good value for the investment? Talin has investigated...and she'll share her findings with Mary Ito.

SATURDAY, Mar 17

0730 Melissa Lauren is a Toronto-based musician whose new album is called The Other Side. Melissa DOES have many sides...and they're not all musical. She elaborated when she came into the studio to talk with Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 11:47)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Melissa next performs live at Fuzion Restolounge in Toronto on March 23rd.
For the full story, visit Melissa's website.


0800 The Hunger Games is the title of an immensely popular book for young readers that's about to hit the big screens as a film. CBC Books' Erin Balser is a fan of the book...so she joined Mary to discuss its appeal.
Listen audio (runs 11:01)
CBC Books is creating a new on-line challenge based on The Hunger Games---it's a CanLit version. And to learn more about the CanLit Hunger Games, visit the CBC Books website.


0830 Janet and Greta Podlesky know food. They've sold more than two million cokbooks. They also host a cooking show on television. And they shared some of their "food philosophy" with Mary when they came into the Fresh Air studio.
Listen audio (runs 15:47)
Their latest cookbook is called The Looneyspoons Collection. It's published by Granet Publications.
Check out Janet and Greta's Looneyspoons website for more on their recipes and other food-related topics.

SUNDAY, March 11

0730 Wendy Lands called her new album Mumble. And she had a good reason. Wendy shared it with Mary Ito...and told her why she's really a shy person at heart, despite performing before crowds numbering hundreds of people.
Listen audio (runs 11:08)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
You can catch Wendy live on March 14th when she and her Quartet will be at Cafe Paradiso in Ottawa.
And on March the 28th, you'll find Wendy and the band at The Cameron House in Toronto.
There's detailed info about Wendy's music and her live shopw at Wendy's website.


0800 CBC News Toronto reporter Kimberly Gale spent a year in Japan as an ESL teacher almost a decade ago. She lived and worked in one of the areas affected by last year's combined tsunami and earthquake. As the anniversary of that catastrophic event occurs, Kimberly has gone back to Japan to revisit the people and places that she knew. Mary spoke with Kimberly while she was in the city of Iwaki.
Listen audio (runs 10:28)


0830 She's "the woman the world saved". Her name is Stella Raco and she told Mary how a blood transfusion from a donor in tsunami/earthquake-affected Japan made the difference on her life and death struggle with a form of cancer. Janet Wong of Canadian Blood Services accompanied Stella to help her recount her story.
Listen audio (runs 13:51)


A Thrifty Garden

Marjorie Harris knows gardens. She's written a bunch of books about them. And she's no slouch when it comes to creating them, too. Now, she's come up with a book that tells YOU how to make your OWN garden...and not break the bank doing it. The book is called THRIFTY: GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP. And Majorie will be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend.

What's On for March 11


Here are Mariel's What's On selections:


Candlelight Vigil Ottawa Japanese Community Association

March Break at Wellington County Museum
Maple Syrup Festival at Bradley Museum Mississauga
Science of a Superdog at Ontario Science Centre
Comicon Toronto
St. Patrick's Day Parade Toronto


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SATURDAY, March 10

0730 Steve Koven is a jazz musician, a composer and an educator.
But...there's more to his CV. Steve is also a musical ambassador for Canada. In recent months he's flown the maple leaf playing concerts in Mexico, Equador and Barbados.
Steve joined Mary to talk about his international forays.
Listen audio (runs 9:02)
Steve and his Trio will be at The Gallery Studio Cafe, a new jazz venue in Toronto's west end tonight (March 10). And on March 25th, Steve and his bassist Rob Clutton will be at Musideum, also in Toronto.
Learn more about his music and additional performances at Steve's website.


0800 Stand-up comedian Darrin Rose is launching his "Chasing Manhood" tour tonight (March 10). Darrin is a cardigan-wearing comedian whose one- man show deals with the challenges of being raised by a big burly father and a tough older brother. Darrin joined Mary to reflect on what he went through...and how he's turned it into comedic gold. ;
Listen audio (runs 8:08)
Oshawa's Little Theatre is the site of tonight's "Chasing Manhood". Fot other venues and more on Mr. Rose, check out Darrin's website.


0830 Toronto's Andrew Westoll was one of the finalists for this year's Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction award ceremony. And his book--- The Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary ---won! Andrew came into the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary about the book.
Listen audio (runs 10:52)
The Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary is published by HarperCollins.
There's more info about the book and its author at Andrew's website.
You can also learn more about the Charles Taylor Prize at its website.


Just mumble...

It's an odd name for an album. But Wendy Landis chose Mumble as the name for HER new CD. And she had a good reason. She'll share it when she joins Mary on Sunday's show. You'll also hear a couple of songs from the album. That's in the 0730-0800 segment of the show.

What's On for March 10


Here are Mariel's What's On selections:


Can You See In The Dark at NFB Toronto
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Bug Feast at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Norfolk Wildlife Festival and Adventure Show
Big band concert at Port Hope's Capitol Theatre


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Royal Reworks Randy

Here's the link to the Reworking Randy video, featuring Royal Woods and his version of The Guess Who's Undun, complete with a conversation between Royal and Randy Bachman and, as an added bonus, Royal and Randy collaborating on Royal's Tonight I Will Be Your Guide.

He's The Winner

Andrew Westoll spent two years conducting research for his book The Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary. It was time well spent as the book has just been named winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. And Andrew will be Mary's guest on Saturday's Fresh Air.

SUNDAY, March 4

0730 Music guy Mark Rheame made his monthly visit to Mary Ito with three new albums by a trio of Ontario musicians in hand. You can check out who he played and connect with their websites by going to Mark's column

0800 Doctors sometimes get it wrong. And that was Dr. Mike Evan's topic when he came by the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary. You can hear that conversation at Dr. Mike's column.


0830 You already know Sonja Smits as the star of (count'em) THREE hit TV series---Street Legal, Traders and The Eleventh Hour. That doesn't begin to include her stage and screen successes. But you might NOT know that she's also co-proprietor of Closson Chase Vinyards in Prince Edward County. Sonja joined Mary to talk about her dual "roles"...and also about an event that she's hosting to benefit Sistering, a women's agency that serves homeless, marginalized and low-income women in Toronto.
Listen audio (runs 13:19)
The 2nd Annual Kitchen Sisters: An Exquisite Dining Experience takes place at Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Toronto on March 8.
All the details are on the Sistering website.
You might also wish to visit the Closson Chase Vinyards website.

When Doctors Misdiagnose

It's not supposed to happen...but, sometimes, it does. Your doctor misdiagnoses your illness...with potentially catastrophic results. Dr. Mike Evans talked with Mary Ito about the causes of...and possible solutions to this problem.
Listen audio (runs 9:22)
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

Reworking Randy

Here's the link to the Reworking Randy video, featuring Royal Woods and his version of The Guess Who's Undun, complete with a conversation betwen Royal and Randy Bachman and, as an added bonus, Royal and Randy collaborating on Royal's Tonight I Will Be Your Guide.

Mark's Music-March 2012

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.


Artist: Matthew de Zoete
Album: Colour Film
Song: The Good Life
Website: Matthew de Zoete


Artist: Melissa Lauren
Album: The Other Side
Song: Senses
Website: Melissa Lauren


Artist: The Strumbellas
Album: My Father And The Hunter
Song: Underneath A Mountain
Website: The Strumbellas


What's On for March 4

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Celebrate Her-Ottawa
International Women's Week-Kingston
International Bike Show-Toronto
The Campbell House Story-Toronto
Single Thread Theatre Company

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He's a Country Crooner

And much, much more. His name is Johnny Reid. And he's nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Single of the Year. He's also performing at CBC TV's broadcast of The Genie Awards. So he's a busy guy. But Johnny is making time for a visit with Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

SATURDAY, March 3

0730 The Genies will be handed out this coming Thursday (March 8) and CBC Television will be on hand to broadcast this celebration of the very best in Canadian cinema. Fresh Air's favourite movie guy, TVO's Saturday Night at The Movies host Thom Ernst, joined Mary to list some of his favourite Canadian flicks.


Here's Thom's List Of Some Great Canadian Films To See Again
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1/Monsieur Lazhar (2010) and It's Not Me, I Swear (2008) Phillipe Falardeau
2/ Away From Her (2007) Sarah Polley (Best Motion Picture/Genies)
3/ Café Flore (2011) Jean- Marc Vallee
4/ Silent Partner (1978) Daryl Duke (Best Feature Film/Cdn Film Awards)
5/Incendies (2010) (Best Motion Picture/Genies) and Polytechnique (2009) (Best Motion Picture/Genies) Denis Villeneuve
6/ The Grey Fox (1983) (Best Motion Picture/Genies)
7/ C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) Jean- Marc Vallee (Best Motion Picture/Genies)
8/ Small Town Murder Songs (2010) Ed Gass-Donnelly
9/ The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) (Best Feature Film/Cdn Film Awards)
10/ You Are Here (II) (2010) Daniel Cockburn


There's always a good movie to watch on Saturday Night at The Movies...and you can choose one at the SNAM website.
If you're interested in this Thursday's broadcast of The Genie Awards, check out the CBC's Genies website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Tuesday.


0800 Muscato Madness is sweeping wine circles south of the border. Shelley Boettcher, executive editor of Wine Access magazine, told Mary why there's so much buzz about this wine...and whether Canadians will be equally entranced by it.
Listen audio (runs 5:02)
If wine's your thing, there's lots of vino info to view at the Wine Access website.


0830 Weekends are a time to get out and socialize. But some people are extremely uncomfortable in social settings. Shyness is one reason. However the cause may actually be a syndrome known as social phobia...and it's more common than you might believe. Dr. Judith Laposa, a psychologist with the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, joined Mary to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 8:51)
For more information about social phobia, visit the CAMH website.

What's On for March 3

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Ontario Maple Syrup Producers
Eastern GTA Eco Summit
Thames Valley Trail Association


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