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July 2012 Archives

He wrote the book...

...on Canadian music. Literally. Bernie Finkelstein is the man behind True North records...and now he's recorded his music industry experiences in a book called True North: A Life Inside the Music Business. Bernie will share some of those stories when he joins guest host Karen Gordon on this coming weekend's Fresh Air.

SUNDAY July 29

0730 Philip Street has an alter ego...named Tom Fisher. Tom lives in the comic strip that Philip draws. That strip is called Fisher and it appears in The Globe and Mail. Philip joined Mary Ito to talk about his role as a cartoonist.
Listen audio (runs 8:39)
Get the lowdown on all-things Fisher at Philip's website.

0800 Making friends is easy when you're a kid. But it becomes increasingly more challenging for adults, especially when it's a close friendship that you crave. University of Toronto sociologist Markus Schafer joined Mary to talk about strategies to make friends for the post-30 crowd.
Listen audio (runs 12:32) to what he had to say.
If you'd like to know more about Markus, you can view his
U of T web profile.

0830 Michael Ciufo is young, talented and has a world of ambition. He'd like to defy the odds and become successful in the two, often opposing worlds of opera and popular music. He elaborated when he joined Mary.
Listen audio (runs 13:21)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
You can learn more about his music at Michael's website.

What's On for July 29

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Benares House/Mississauga
Leacock Summer Festival/Orillia
Herb Festival/Ottawa Valley

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SATURDAY July 28

0600 Think Golf is a ten part series that offers a range of advice on how to improve YOUR game. It's hosted by Bruce Rainee from CBC Sports. Today's installment dealt with choosing the right club to use when you're on the course. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0730 They share the stages at the Shaw Festival. They also share their lives OFF-stage. Claire Jullien and Thom Marriott are husband and wife. Mary Ito went to the Shaw in Niagara-on-the-Lake to chat with Claire and Thom about their shared theatrical and domestic lives.
Listen audio (runs 11:24)
Learn more about the offerings at the Shaw this summer by visiting the
Festival website.

0800 Looking for a good book to read this summer? Why not take a flyer on one of the literary classics. That's what Erin Balser from CBC Books is reading.
She told Mary why.
Listen audio (runs 8:50)
Here's Erin's Literary Classics Reading list.
And here's a more traditional Summer Reading list.

0830 Shopping is something that's unavoidable for most people. But the science of shopping is Doug Stephens' beat. Doug is president of Retail Prophet which specializes in the future of retail. He joined Mary to talk about the idiosyncracies of summer shopping as well as the evolving retail landscape in Canada.
Listen audio (runs 14:05)
If you're interested in knowing more about what Doug does, you can visit his Retail Prophet website.

What's On for July 28

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

MS Bike Tour/Port Elgin
Doors Open: Orillia
Leacock Museum/Orillia
Classical 4 Strings/Harbourfront

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SUNDAY July 22

0730 He calls his music "electro-Persian". Iranian-born Mahmood Schricker has taken traditional Persian classical music and infused it with modern beats. Then he's added a range of guest vocalists. The result is a CD called Null. Mahmood joined Mary to talk about this unusual musical project.
Listen audio (runs 10:13)
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Learn more about Mahmood's music at his Link Music Lab website.

0800 Looking for lots of movie reviews in one location? Go to the Rotten Tomatoes website. But what if you're looking for lots of book reviews in one place? Rahul Simha wants you to go to the website that he co-created. It's called idreambooks.com. Rahul told Mary about it.
Listen audio (runs 8:38)
Check out the book reviews at the I Dream Books website.

0830 Gretta Vosper is a United Church minister in Toronto. She's also the author of Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in A World Beyond Belief.
Gretta joined Mary to talk about HER belief that prayer doesn't have to include a deity.
Listen audio (runs 12:01)
Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in A World Beyond Belief is published by HarperCollins.
Learn more about Gretta and her books at her website

Book the classics!

Erin Balser has been reading again...and this time she's tackling some classics. Books that deserve a second (or third...or fourth) pulling down from the book shelf come-summer. Erin will tell us why when she joins Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for July 22

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Hobbyfest/Sarnia
Big Band Festival.Trenton
Taste of Burlington
Beaches Jazz Festival/Toronto
Big On Bloor/Toronto

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SATURDAY July 21

0600 Think Golf is a ten part series that offers a range of advice on how to improve YOUR game. It's hosted by Bruce Rainee from CBC Sports. Today's installment dealt with the 14 "must-have" clubs that should be in your golf bag. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0730 It's a dog's life...and dogs lead a GOOD life these days. In fact, the choices for Fido in the pet food aisle are often overwhelming. But what do dogs really need in their diet? Mary put that question to Stanley Coren, psychologist and dog expert.
Listen audio (runs 10:15)
Stanley Coren's latest book is Do Dogs Dream?. It's published by Norton.

0800 He's a BIG fan of the movie Big Night. In fact, Toronto chef (and Juno award-winning musician) Carmine Accogli likes the film so much that he holds annual tribute nights to it in his restaurant, The Big Ragu. Carmine joined Mary to talk about the film's impact on both his career and his approach to life.
Listen audio (runs 9:24)
This coming Thursday (July 26) Carmen will be part of Big Night inspired event at the Revue Cinema in Toronto. Learn more at the Revue website.

0830 She's the author of Anne of Green Gables and that book's many Prince Edward Island-set sequels. But, surprisingly, Lucy Maude Montgomery spent a significant portion of her writing life in a small community in Ontario. Now her time in Leaksdale has been turned into a one-woman play starring Jennifer Carroll. Jennifer joined Mary to talk about the Lucy Maude that many of us know little about.
Listen audio (runs 10:54)
Maud Of Leaskdale is currently on stage at the historic Leaskdale Church IN Leaskdale, just north of Uxbridge, which is northeast of Toronto. There's a performance every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon all summer...as well as Thursday evening shows.
You can learn more at the Maude of Leaskdale website.

What's On for July 21

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Tour de Norfolk/Norfolk County
In A Garden/Welcome
In A Garden, Port Hope
4749 County Road #2 at the village of Welcome
Hours 10am-5pm
Raspberry Festival/Clarksburg

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SUNDAY July 15

0700 Mark Wigmore joined Mary Ito with another episode of his On The Doc column. This morning, Mark reviewed Under African Skies...a documentary about the making of Paul Simon's pivotal 1986 album Graceland.

0730 They're co-starring in Much Ado About Nothing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But Deborah Hay and Ben Carlson also share the stage in real life...as married partners. Mary went to Stratford to catch up with them before a recent performance.
Listen audio (runs 9:18)
Learn more about Deborah, Ben and Much Ado at the Festival's website.

0800 Citizen Talin dropped by to talk about the steps that you should take BEFORE you leave your house to go on vacation. You can hear her conversation with Mary by going to Citizen Talin's column.

0830 The recent discovery of the so-called "God" particle made headlines. But the real signifigance has proved difficult to absorb for many people. That's something Neil Turok addressed when he talked with Mary. Neil is director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.
Listen audio (runs 12:09)
Science is always in fashion at the Perimeter website.

Before you leave on vacation...

There are some things to think about...and do. Some are obvious---such as stopping delivery of your newspaper. But there are others that may not immediately come to mind...unless you're Citizen Talin. Here's her conversation with Mary Ito:
Listen audio (runs 9:01)
You can contact Talin with your consumer questions or concerns by e-mailing her at Citizen Talin .

It's electro-Persian...

That's the style of music that Mahmood Schricker creates. And with good reason---Mahmood is originally from Iran. His first album of music is called Null and it blends traditional Persian rhythms with modern electronica. Null is about to be officially released...and Mahmood will be Mary's guest this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for July 15

Here are the What's On selections:

Blueberry Festival/Sudbury
Whitehern Historic House /Hamilton
Chris Lane Memorial Fundraiser/Waterloo

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SATURDAY July 14

0600 Think Golf is a ten part series that offers a range of advice on how to improve YOUR game. It's hosted by Bruce Rainee from CBC Sports. Today's installment dealt with choosing the correct clubs. You can get plenty of OTHER great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0730 Noel Edison is a busy guy. He's artistic director and conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. He's founding artistic director of the Elora Festival AND he's also conductor of the Elora Festival Singers. Noel was busy preparing for this year's Festival when Mary Ito reached him by telephone.
Listen audio (runs 12:10)
The Elora Festival runs from July 13-Aug 5. Learn more about its many musical offerings by visiting the Elora Festival website.

0800 It's turning into a very hot and dry summer...following an abnormally hot and dry spring. And that's bad news for gardeners...and their greenery. Fresh Air's favourite gardener, Marjorie Harris, joined Mary to talk about the challenges and solutions when soaring temperatures and lack of rain conspire to turn everything brown.
Listen audio (runs 11:59)
Learn more about good gardening practices at Marjorie's website.
And...if you're in the Picton area on July 21st, you can meet Marjorie at the Regent Theatre. She'll be there for a special fundraiser for the local library. Ticket info is on her website.

0830 Her name is Lily C. She's a singer/songwriter who writes and sings in both Mandarin and English. Her first album was entirely IN Mandarin---she recorded it while living in Tawan. Now she's back in Canada and her sophomore CD is in English. It's called Reaching For Sunlight, and it's a collection of songs that reflect her journey to stay hopeful despite challenging circumstances. Lily elaborated when she talked with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 13:09)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about her music at Lily's website.

They're a couple ON-stage...

And OFF. Deborah Hay and Ben Carlson are co-starring in Much Ado About Nothing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But they also share the stage in real life...because they're married to each other. They'll talk with Mary Ito about their on- and off-stage lives on Sunday's show.

What's On for July 14

Here are the What's On selections:


Nuit Blanche North/Muskoka
Madawaska Valley Artisan Festival/Barry's Bay
St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival/Prescott
Doors Open/Aurora
Movies OnThe Beach/Cobourg


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Hot and Dry...

That sums up the weather in much of Ontario this summer. And it's wreaking havoc on gardens, lawns and even mature trees. Fresh Air's favourite gardener, Marjorie Harris, will join Mary to discuss the impact of all that sunshine and recommend coping strategies to ensure your plants will survive. That's Saturday morning after World Report at eight o'clock.

Before you go on vacation...

There are things that you should do. Some are obvious---stopping newspaper delivery, arranging for someone to water your plants---but some are less-obvious. And yet, they're just as, if not MORE, important. Citizen Talin will spell them out this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

SUNDAY July 8

0730 Ron Brown knows Ontario. Especially unusual and little-known aspects of the province. You'll find 115 of them in the latest edition of his Top Unusual Things To See In Ontario. Ron shared some of his favourites with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 9:32)
Ron's book is published by Boston Mills Press and distributed by Firefly Books.
You'll find more at Ron's website and at the
Firefly Books website.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans joined Mary to discuss the benefits---perceived and real---of vitamins and health supplements.
You can hear their conversation by visiting Dr. Mike's
Your Health column.

0830 Music...and math. Who knew they were related. Jeffrey Rosenthal---that's who. He's a professor of statistics at the University of Toronto...and a musician in his spare time. Jeffrey joined Mary---complete with keyboard---to explain the relationship between musical notes and mathematics.
Listen audio (runs 10:27)
Jeffrey is also the author of Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities. It's published by HarperCollins Canada
Learn more about the book and Professor Rosenthal's statistical world at
Jeffrey's website.

Vitamins and health supplements


Dr. Mike joined Mary Ito to discuss the benefits---perceived and real---of vitamins and health supplements.
Listen audio (runs 15:03) to their conversation.

And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

SATURDAY July 7

0600 Think Golf is a ten part series that offers a range of advice on how to improve YOUR game. It's hosted by Bruce Rainee from CBC Sports. Today's installment dealt with nutrition. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0730 London is playing host to a world of music this weekend (July 7-8). Sunfest attracts musicians from all over the globe. And Fresh Air's World Music columnist, Reuben Maan, is one of the guest MCs. He joined Mary to talk about this annual festival and to profile a few of the performers who he's especially excited to be introducing.
You can hear their conversation by visiting Reuben's column.

0800 What happens to horses which are abused or no longer wanted? A fortunate few wind up at Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue. It's the very personal project of Brenda Thompson and her husband. They operate a horse rescue operation at their farm in Hagersville. Brenda talked with Mary by phone to explain their motivation and their impact.
Listen audio (runs 9:29)
Learn more at the Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue website.

0830 Toronto is playing host to the IndyCar contingent this weekend (July 7-8). Hometown hero James Hinchcliffe is a favourite to win on the streetcourse at Exhibition Place. But car racing isn't just a "guy" thing any more. Steph Wallcraft, co-editor of the IndyCar racing website MoreFrontWing.com, joined Mary to talk about her interest in the sport and what it will take to get more women drivers into the upper echelons of car racing.
Listen audio (runs 12:40)
Check out the MoreFrontWing website for Steph's insights into the world of IndyCar competition.


Sunfest 2012

London is playing host to a world of music this weekend (July 7-8). Sunfest attracts musicians from all over the globe. And Fresh Air's World Music columnist, Reuben Maan, is one of the guest MCs. He joined Mary to talk about this annual festival and to profile a few of the performers who he's especially excited to be introducing.
Listen audio (runs 5:46)
Learn more at the Sunfest website.

What's On for July 7

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Horticultural Society/Bobcaygeon
Creepy Caledonia
Art In The Yard/Elora
Jazz At & Craft Festival/Lakefield

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