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April 2012 Archives

Poetry Contest Winners

Here are the winning entries in Fresh Air's Poetry Contest

The First....the Last Time
by Monica Rosas

Rustling skirt,
steps taken
down
a dusty path
- gone by night's rainfall.


The First Time
by Maggie Quirt

the first time driving alone was
transcendent
sky-grey Ford Fairmont truckering up the road
with a girth like Pavarotti
yearning to blast the radio
(or at least change the station)
but panicked hands fixed to the wheel
(10 and 2)
and the sudden, ravishing, freedom to go
Anywhere


The Sacrifice of Isaac
by Eric Golombek

The first time Isaac realized that
He
In fact, was the ram, he
squeezed his father's hand and said,
"Here I am."
So,
Why does my son, Isaac,
sit
on our chair-and-a-half
playing DSi XL 3D Xbox Facebook,
And
watch me clear his Mister Noodles from the dinner table?


The First Time
by Jeannette Urbas

My first tottering steps
After I fractured my ankle
Brought memories
Of when I was two
And exhilarated
Stood up on my own

Then
A long future of achievement
Beckoned

Now
At eighty
The years have diminished

There are true beginnings
And beginnings
That presage an end.


The First Time
by Richard von Erlac

On the moon
My first visit
Was less crowded
Than today


SUNDAY, April 29

0730 Matthew De Zoete is a Hamilton-area musician with a new album. It's called Colour Film. And Matthew joined Mary Ito to talk about his Dutch heritage, his wife's working farm and his series of successful tours of Europe.
Listen audio (runs 8:49)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Matthew's launch concert for Colour Film takes place on May 5th at The Pearl Company in Hamilton. He'll also be in Toronto on May 12 as part of the Songwriters Association of Canada's Blue Bird North songwriters circle. You can get all the details at
Matthew's website.

0800 Actor and activist George Takei was the special guest at the recent Sakura Ball, held by the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. Mary was the host for the event and she had a chance to sit down and talk with George about his multi-faceted acting career and his work on behalf of gay rights. Mary's conversation began with George's experiences during the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II, followed by his groundbreaking role on Star Trek, and then his decision to reveal that he was gay.
Listen audio (runs 12:55)
You can learn more about the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre at its website.

0830 Fresh Air's Sunday Salon feature returned with author and historian Margaret MacMillan, author and journalist Ron Graham and restarauteur and Luminato board member Roberto Martella. They all took turns talking extemporaneously about topics that were chosen at random by Mary.
Listen audio (runs 16:47)
You can learn more about
Margaret MacMillan ,
Ron Graham and
Roberto Martella at these websites.

A Very Funny Couple

You know HER from her role as Mayor Popowicz on CBC TV's Little Mosque On The Prairie. You know him from his improv antics on Whose Line Is It Anyway. Their names are Debra McGrath and Colin Mochrie. But what you might NOT know is that they're married. Debra and Colin will talk about that---and much more---when they're Mary Ito's guests this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

SATURDAY, April 28

0830 Toronto photographer Asif Rehman has an evolving exhibition called Muslims . It's goal is to break down stereotypes held by both Muslims and non-Muslims about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim. Asif joined Mary to talk about its latest iteration.
Listen audio (runs 8:47)
Learn more at Asif's website.

0800 Heritage architecture is Shannon Kyles' beat on Fresh Air. Shannon is a professor at Mohawk College in Hamilton and a columnist with Arabella Magazine. And shen she joined Mary, she talked about the challenges restoration-minded people face in finding heritage hardware and building materials.
Listen audio (runs 10:59)
If you're interested in this province's heritage buildings, then you'll want to visit Shannon's Ontario Architecture website.

0730 Legendary musician Bruce Cockburn is the focus of Joel Goldberg's latest film, Pacing The Cage. Joel's last music documentary was a revealing look at Downchild Blues Band. And his most recent effort captures Cockburn on a recent tour. Joel joined Mary Ito to talk about the challenges and rewards of making this doc about a major Canadian musician.
Listen audio (runs 10:34)
The film will screen May 3rd as part of the Canada Film Days Festival at the Princess Cinemas in Waterloo. It then screens on May 4 on Vision Television at 10 pm.
You can learn more about Joel at his website.
And for information about viewing Paving The Cage on television, go to the Vision website.


SUNDAY, April 22

0730 Earth Day (April 22) is a day to consider the state of the planet that we call home. It's also a call to action. But does Earth Day still pack a punch? Or have we become just a bit blasé about environmental issues? Gill Deacon is the author of several books with environmental themes...including There's Lead In Your Lipstick---Toxins in Our Everyday Bodycare and How To Avoid Them. She joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about the relevance of Earth Day.
Listen audio (runs 12:13)
There's loads of useful advice about environmental issues at Gill's website.
And don't forget to follow her on Twitter: @gilldeacon

0800 Auctions can be all kinds of fun. But they can also be a bit intimidating. Citizen Talin deciphered the "auction code" and shared her findings with Karen. You can hear their conversation at Citizen Talin's column.

0830 It's common practice to match wines with meals. But have you ever thought of matching different coffees with different dishes? Food writer James Chatto thinks it's the coming culinary thing. He came by the Fresh Air studio to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 12:45)
You can read more about this concept at James' website.
And that's where you'll also find info about the books that he's written, including the new edition of The Man Who Ate Toronto, published by Madison Press Books.

Auction etiquette

Auctions can be great fun. They can also be confusing...especially if you're a first-timer.
That's why Citizen Talin took their measure and then joined guest host Karen Gordon to unravel their mysteries.
Listen audio (runs 10:39)
There's more info about auctions on the Auctions Find , Auction Advertiser and Live Auctioneers websites (the last is to help you find the value of an item at an auction).
And if you'd like to know more about professional auctioneer Andrea Zeifman---she's with A. H. Wilkens Auction House in Toronto---you can visit the A. H. Wilkens website.
You can contact Talin with your consumer questions or concerns by e-mailing her at Citizen Talin .

Sundays are made for Salons like this...

The Sunday Salon returns to Fresh Air this coming---wait for it---Sunday. Historian Margaret MacMillan, journalist Ron Graham and restaurateur Roberto Martella will be Mary Ito's guests. And the topics will be...whaver Mary pulls out of the Sunday Salon idea bowl. Anything can happen...but you're assured of plenty of lively conversation and clever banter.

SATURDAY, April 21

0730 New York restaurateur and chef Gabrielle Hamilton visited Toronto this week. Her memoir has been a best seller and has received rave reviews. So Mary Ito sat down with Gabrielle in a bistro in the CBC Broadcasting Centre to chat with her. And Mary began by telling Gabrielle that the lovely spring weather Ontario has been enjoying seemed a perfect prelude to the opening of her book, which begins with the sprawling outdoor lamb roasts that her parents would hold each year.
Listen audio (runs 8:48)
Gabrielle's book, Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef is published by Random House.

0800 Planning a trip abroad? More and more people are choosing out-of-the-way destinations. But they don't always take all the necessary medical precautions. With that in mind, Mary invited Dr. Jay Keystone to join her. He's been in the business of advising people on travel health matters for 35 years. Dr. Keystone is the director of the Medisys Travel Health Clinic in Toronto and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.
Listen audio (runs 10:05)
There's more information about travelling safely at the Travel Clinic website.

0830 Sexy books rule! At least, they do if the book is called 50 Shades Of Grey. It's a literary phenomenon and it's raising eyebrows with its racy content and it's amazing appeal. Fresh Air's book panel---Erin Balser from CBC Books and Toronto-based book columnist and editor Becky Toyne---joined Mary to discuss the appeal of sexy books.
Listen audio (runs 11:45)
There's always good reading at the CBC Books website.
And you'll also find lots of literary leanings at Becky's website.

The Fresh Air Poetry Contest

We've just launched the Fresh Air Short Poem Contest . Please send us your short poem---no more than 50 words, please---with the theme The First Time . It can be any "first time"... first trip, first love, first day of school/work/new adventure, first fight, first performance, and so forth. It can be revelatory or mundane. You decide. You've got until Sunday, April 22 to send in your poems to freshair@cbc.ca . Put "The First Time" in the subject line. We'll read the five winning poems on our Sunday, April 29 show and hand out some nifty poetry books as prizes. Good luck!

SUNDAY, April 15

0730 It's called community supported agriculture. And it's a new way to buy fresh vegetables. It's also a great way to connect with the farmers who GROW vegetables in Ontario. Lori Swartz is a member of the Pri Adamah Cutting Veg CSA in Toronto. Anne Waters is a member of the Roots and Shoots Farm CSA in Ottawa. They talked with Fresh Air's Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 10:27)
Learn more at the Cutting Veg CSA and
Roots and Shoots CSA websites.
There's even more info at the website for the Ontario Association of CSAs.
And, for a tasty read, check out Anne's food blog.


0800 The RMS Titanic sank 100 years ago. But that maritime tragedy continues to captivate us. Toronto author Hugh Brewster has written a number of books about that ill-fated journey. He joined Mary ito to talk about our fascination with the Titanic and those who sailed on her.
Listen audio (runs 11:27)
Hugh's book is called RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives On A Fatal Voyage.
It's published in Canada by Collins.
You can learn more at Hugh's website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.


0830 April is Poetry Month. So Mary invited a pair of professional poets to join her. Their names: Priscila Uppal and Molly Peacock. Priscila and Molly are also co-editors of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011. It's published by Tightrope Books.
Listen audio (runs 15:27)
If you'd like to know more about their book, check out the Tightrope Books website.
Some other websites worth a visit include the Griffin Poetry Prize, the U of T Poetry Online and the Poets Canada websites.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

Sexy books...

THAT got your attention, didn't it? Well, Fresh Air's book panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---have been thinking about the astounding popularity of a "daring" new novel called Fifty Shades Of Grey. They want to share their reflections on the merits of books that push the limits when it comes to sex. And they'll do it this coming weekend with Mary Ito.

Five players...one guitar.

Here's the link to the Burlington band Walk Off The Earth's version of the song Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring all five members of the band playing the same guitar as they perform.

SATURDAY, April 14

0730 They're a "guitar guy and gal". They're called Rodrigo y Gabriela. And they were World Music columnist Reuben Maan's subjects when he visited Mary Ito. To hear their conversation, visit Reuben's column.
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.


0800 It's the weekend...which MIGHT mean Do It Yourself projects around the house. Sounds good in theory. But do you REALLY have the skills to make those repairs yourself? Our favourite contractor says there are good reasons to call in the professionals. Jorge Rodrigues explained when he joined Mary in the Fresh Air studio.
Listen audio (runs 12:22)


0830 Ontario is blessed with some fine food markets. In fact, Toronto's St. Lawrence Market was recently selected as the world's best by National Geographic. Rebecca LeHeup is with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. And she turned the spotlight on some of the other food markets in the province when she visited Mary. In addition to the St. Lawrence Market, Rebacca talked about the Hamilton Market, Byward Market in Ottawa, London's Convent Garden Market and the Kingston Public Market.
Listen audio (runs 8:49)
Learn more about the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance at its website.
And you can visit the National Geographic website for its article on food markets.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

They're a "he & she" guitar duo. And they've gone from playing heavy metal to flamenco. Their names are Rodrigo y Gabriela...they're from Mexico...and our World Music columnist, Reubren Maan, has their story. He related it to Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 4:20)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will play Toronto's Massey Hall on Monday, April 16th.

That sinking feeling...

The Titanic sank 100 years ago. But we're still talking about it today. The question is...why?
Toronto author Hugh Brewster has some theories. He's written a number of books about that ill-fated voyage. He'll be Mary's guest on Sunday's show.

Drawing the reno line...

It's a fine line to draw. When do you put down the tools on your DIY project and call in the professionals? Contractor Jorge Rodrigues has some thoughts to share on this subject. And he'll bring them to the Fresh Air studio when he joins Mary Ito this coming weekend.

SATURDAY, April 7

0730 Barb Campbell is an adventure racer. And she's good at it. Barb will take part in today's Giant's Rib Raid adventure race on the Niagara Escarpment near St. Catharines. She joined Mary Ito to talk about her passion for this extreme form of competition. Listen audio (runs 11:47) Learn more about today's Giant's Rib Raid race and other adventure races at the Don't Get Lost Adventure Running series website.

0800 Want to know how long you'll live? There's a new test that offers a medically-based prediction. Your Health columnist Dr. Mike Evans explained when he came by the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary.
You can hear their conversation by going to Dr. Mike's column.

0830 Author Robert J. Sawyer has just published his latest book of science fiction. It's called Triggers. And it offers a world in which people can tap into each other's memories. Robert joined Mary to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 11:25)
Triggers is published in Canada by Penguin.
Robert will appear at the Hamilton Public Library on Thursday, April 26 and
then in Ottawa at the Clock Tower Brew Pub on Wednesday, May 2.
All the details are on Robert's website.

Life Expectancy Calculator

Ever wonder how long you'll live? The Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario have created a website that lets you make an educated prediction. It's called the Life Expectancy Calculator. And Dr. Mike gave Mary Ito the lowdown on how it works and what it tells us about our individual states of health.
Listen audio (runs 8:53)
You can try your hand at the Life Expectancy Calculator to see how your lifestyle and lifelines co-relate.
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

SAT Apr 7

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

0730 Barb Campbell is an adventure racer. And she's good at it. Barb will take part in today's Giant's Rib Raid adventure race on the Niagara Escarpment near St. Catharines. She joined Mary Ito to talk about her passion for this extreme form of competition.
Learn more about today's Giant's Rib Raid race and other adventure races at the Don't Get Lost Adventure Running series website.
0800 Want to know how long you'll live? There's a new test that offers a medically-based prediction. Your Health columnist Dr. Mike Evans explained when he came by the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary.
You can hear their conversation bu going to Dr. Mike's column.
0830 Author Robert J. Sawyer has just published his latest book of science fiction. It's called Triggers. And it offers a world in which people can tap into each other's memories. Robert joined Mary to elaborate.
Triggers is published in Canada by Penguin.
Robert will appear at the Hamilton Public Library on Thursday, April 26 and
then in Ottawa at the Clock Tower Brew Pub on Wednesday, May 2.
All the details are on Robert's website.

SUNDAY, April 1

0700 Fresh Air's On The Doc columnist Mark Wigmore reviewed the newly-released on DVD documentary, Revenge Of The Electric Car. It's the sequel to film-maker Chris Payne's 2006 doc, Who Killed The Electric Car.
Listen audio (runs 4:30)


0730 It's the first Sunday of a new month. Cue Mark Rheaume...because it's time for another edition of Mark's Music. You can check out his musical selections for April at Mark's column.


0800 Raw food? Well, of course. It's the next thing. And Doug McNish knows all about it. He's just written a cookbook that celebrates the raw food movement. And this executive chef, cooking teacher and raw food consultant joined guest host Karen Gordon to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 11:18)
Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes is published by Robert Rose
Learn more at Doug's website.
And here's the recipe for Doug's Chocolate Walnut Brownies
These rich and decadent brownies are easy to make and even easier to eat. I like to make a large batch and keep them in the fridge for snacking. They are great with fresh strawberries drizzled with Chocolate Fondue (page 368). Double or triple the recipe to suit your needs.
Makes 6 brownies
• Small baking dish
INGREDIENTS
2 cups walnuts 500 mL
1⁄2 cup raw cacao powder 125 mL
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup raw agave nectar (see Tips) 60 to 125 mL
PROCEDURE
1. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process walnuts until broken down but not smooth. (Do not process into a paste; you want to retain texture and body.)
2. Add cacao powder and pulse to combine. With the motor running, drizzle agave nectar slowly through the feed tube until the walnuts become sticky and start to clump together (see Tips, left).
3. Transfer to baking dish and spread evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour until set. Cut into brownies. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.
TIPS
Be sure not to over-process the walnuts in the food processor, because the fats will begin to break down and you will be left with a product that resembles walnut butter.
Be sure to use high-quality raw cacao powder to achieve a rich chocolate flavor.
Vary the amount of agave nectar to suit your sweet tooth. If you are not fond of sweets, use 1⁄4 cup (60 mL). Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) agave at a time until it is sweet enough for you.
Walnuts provide omega-3 fats, which are essential for overall health and well-being. They help to reduce inflammation and other risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Include foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as walnuts, chia and flax, in your diet every day.
Excerpted from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish © 2012 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


0830 Cowboy Junkies have just released their latest album called The Wilderness. The band has been making its unique brand of ethereal music for more than 25 years. And the "voice" of Cowboy Junkies, Margo Timmins, joined Karen to talk about the band's (and her own) musical journey.
Listen audio (runs 14:46)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about the band at the Cowboy Junkies website.

Sci-Fi Alert!

Author Robert J. Sawyer has a brand new science fiction thriller. It's called Triggers.
But it's not way-out-there sci-fi. It's all about issues and social commentary...packed in a highly entertaining package. And Robert will join Mary Ito this coming Saturday to talk about it.

Mark's Music for April

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.


Artist: Bill King
Album: Gloryland
Song: Gloryland
Website: Bill King


Artist: Lyle Muskat
Album: Somebody To Wait
Song: Somebody To Wait
Website: Lyle Muskat


Artist: Al Lerman
Album: Crowe River Blues
Song: You're The One
Website: Al Lerman

What's On for April 1

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:


Aboriginal Family Festival/Ottawa
Odawa Native Friendship Centre/Ottawa
Antiquing at The Fieldhouse/Ottawa
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown/Kingston
Holistic Health Centre/Windsor


Would you like Mariel to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
Just click on What's On to send her the information.

SUN Apr 1

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

0700 Fresh Air's On The Doc columnist Mark Wigmore reviewed the newly-released on DVD documentary, Revenge Of The Electric Car. It's the sequel to film-maker Chris Payne's 2006 doc, Who Killed The Electric Car.


0730 It's the first Sunday of a new month. Cue Mark Rheaume...because it's time for another edition of Mark's Music. You can check out his musical selections for April at Mark's column.


0800 Raw food? Well, of course. It's the next thing. And Doug McNish knows all about it. He's just written a cookbook that celebrates the raw food movement. And this executive chef, cooking teacher and raw food consultant joined guest host Karen Gordon to elaborate.
Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes is published by Robert Rose
Learn more at Doug's website.


0830 Cowboy Junkies have just released their latest album---The Wilderness. The band has been making its unique brand of ethereal music for more than 25 years. And the "voice" of Cowboy Junkies, Margo Timmins, joined Karen to talk about the band's (and her) musical journey.
Learn more about the band at the Cowboy Junkies website.