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August 2012 Archives

SUNDAY August 26

0730 Last week's email question was "What was your favourite childhood food?" For a many of us, the answer is two words beginning with "K & D". And while Kraft Dinner is certainly a staple of many Canadian kitchens, Sasha Chapman, a senior editor at The Walrus, is ready to take things a step further and ask whether Kraft Dinner has become our national dish. Sasha is the author of a new piece in The Walrus titled, "Manufacturing Taste: The (un)natural history of Kraft Dinner."

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0800 In 1970, a Canadian director named Don Shebib made a film called Goin' Down The Road. The movie was about two Maritimers who head to Toronto looking for a better life, only to find disappointment. It's now considered , not just a classic, but also a seminal moment in English Canadian film making. Geoff Pevere is a long time film critic, teacher and broadcaster. His new book is called Donald Shebib's Goin' Down the Road.

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0830 The Sunday Salon is when we bring in a panel of three highly intelligent, articulate, and breathtakingly witty people to have some fun. The rules are simple. Mary has a bowl with her containing slips of paper. Each paper has a word, a phrase or a saying on it, and the guests have to speak spontaneously about it. The guests for this Sunday's salon are Anne Kingston, senior writer for Maclean's Magazine, Priscila Uppal, poet, professor of English at York University, and Poet in Residence for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams, and Dilip Soman, Prof of Marketing at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

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What's On for August 26

Here are Daniel's What's On selections:

Canadian Garlic Festival/Sudbury
Just Dance JF/Toronto
The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival/Timmins

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SATURDAY August 25

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 gaining distance with your shots. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

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0730 Stefano Faita is the host of the CBC TV show In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita which launches a brand new season on Sept. 17. He spoke with Mary about his love of food and why it's all about family for him.

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0800 If there's one vegetable that stirs up a love/hate relationship in people, it's got to be garlic. Subtlety is something it knows not. Liz Primeau became a devotee early in her life. She writes about garlic's history, lore, medicinal properties, and its appeal, in her new book In Pursuit of Garlic.

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0830 Artist Max Dean thinks the humble family photo album's importance is more than just a personal keepsake. He believes they can touch more than just the original owner's lives. Max has created an exhibition of orphaned photo albums that he's collected over the years, and it's on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Stefano's Minestrone Soup

As promised, here's Stefano Faita's not so secret family recipe for minestrone soup:

INGREDIENTS

3 (14 ounce) cans white beans
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 head kale, chopped
1/2 white cabbage, chopped
3 leeks, sliced
3 zucchini, diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Piece of Parmesan cheese rind (optional)
7 to 8 cups chicken stock
Handful basil, chopped
Handful Italian parsley, chopped
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Crusty bread, for serving


PREPARATION

Mash half the beans and leave the remaining half whole. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot and sauté pancetta, garlic, onion, celery, carrot and rosemary for 5 to 7 minutes.

Add tomatoes, kale, cabbage, leeks, zucchini, and beans (whole and mashed), bring to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes.

Season the soup with salt and pepper. For extra flavour, add piece of Parmesan rind, if desired. Add 7 cups chicken stock and bring to a boil. (If you prefer a thinner soup, add 1 cup more chicken stock.) Reduce heat and let soup simmer, uncovered, until the minestrone has a dense, stew-like texture, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. You know when this soup is done when a spoon can stand in the centre of the soup.

Finish the soup with basil and parsley. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

What's On for August 25

Here are Daniel's What's On selections:

Talbot Trail of Yard Sales/Elgin County
Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival/Tweed
Grand River Truck and Tractor Pull/Elora

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SUNDAY August 19

0730 Barbara Stewart is a chartered financial analyst with Cumberland Private Wealth Management in Toronto. She joined Mary to talk about her research into the sometimes uneasy relationship between women and their financial issues.
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Learn more about her research at Barbara's website.

0800 You've seen the commercials. "We buy gold for cash!" Sounds like easy money. But what's the reality? Citizen Talin investigated and then shared her findings with Mary. Hear what she laerned by visiting Citizen Talin's column.

0830 Five years have elapsed between Liam Titcomb's last album and his new release, Cicada. Liam joined Mary to talk about how much the music industry changed during that half-decade.
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NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about his music and where he'll be playing in the weeks and months to come at Liam's website.

The Stinking Rose

We're talking garlic. And Liz Primeau knows all about garlic. She's written a book about it called In Pursuit Of Garlic. Liz will be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Selling Gold

It's become a popular way to come up with some quick cash. But selling your gold jewellery or coins may not be for the faint-of-heart. Citizen Talin visited some of Toronto's "cash for gold" outlets and told Mary Ito what she experienced.
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You can contact Talin with your consumer questions or concerns by e-mailing her at Citizen Talin .

What's On for August 19

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Long Lunch/Warkworth
Epic Adventures Mountain Bike Festival/Nipigon
Cirque-Tacular Event/Blue Mountain

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SUN Aug 19

The audio for some/all of these items will be available immediately after the show in a re-posted version of the programme entry for this day and date

0730 Barbara Stewart is a chartered financial analyst with Cumberland Private Wealth Management in Toronto. She joined Mary to talk about her research into the sometimes uneasy relationship between women and their financial issues.
Learn more about her research at Barbara's website.

0800 You've seen the commercials. "We buy gold for cash!" Sounds like easy money. But what's the reality? Citizen Talin investigated and then shared her findings with Mary. Hear what she laerned by visiting Citizen Talin's column.

0830 Five years have elapsed between Liam Titcomb's last album and his new release, Cicada. Liam joined Mary to talk about how much the music industry changed during that half-decade.
Learn more about his music and where he'll be playing in the weeks and months to come at Liam's website.

SATURDAY August 18

0700 There's always something to laugh about on CBC Radio's The Debaters. You can hear host Steve Patterson and his comedic guests later today...right after the one o'clock news. And be sure to visit The Debaters' website for more information about the show and future recordings

0730 Rob McConnell's Boss Brass set new standards for big band jazz. But Rob's premature passing in 2010 seemed to spell the end of the Brass. That was until some of the band's former members decided to pay tribute to its founder with a special Boss Brass Reunion concert. It's happening at this weekend's Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. Brian Barlow is the Festival's creative director---he's also a past-percussionist with the Brass. Trumpeter Jason Logue joined the Brass for a cross-Canada tour in the late 1990s. They both joined Mary to talk about the Boss Brass and why it was unique.
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The Boss Brass Reunion concert takes place at the Regent Theatre in Picton on Sunday, August 19. All the details are on the PEC Jazz Festival website.
Learn more about Brian Barlow and Jason Logue at their websites.

0800 Summer is traditionally a time to consume beer. But as people discover the wide range of craft beers in Ontario, they're increasingly matching those beers with different foods. Professional beer taster Mirella Amato suggested a variety of pairings when she joined Mary.
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Learn more about the wide world of beers at Mirella's website. And you can follow Mirella on Twitter---her handle is @beerologyboffin.

0830 Shannon Kyles covers the heritage architecture beat at Fresh Air. Shannon is a columnist with Arabella Magazine and a professor of architecture at Hamilton's Mohawk College. She took Mary on a virtual tour of Ontario to "see" some of the architectural gems scattered throughout the province. It's something that anyone who's interested in hertitage architecture can easily do with a series of day trips.
There's lots of information about heritage architecture at Shannon's
Ontario Architecture website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

What's On for August 18

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Ukranian Heritage Festival/Windsor
1812 Overture at Fort Henry/Kingston
Ghost Walk at Fort St. Joseph/Sault Ste. Marie

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SAT Aug 18

The audio for some/all of these items will be available immediately after the show in a re-posted version of the programme entry for this day and date

0700 There's always something to laugh about on CBC Radio's The Debaters. You can hear host Steve Patterson and his comedic guests later today...right after the one o'clock news. And be sure to visit The Debaters' website for more information about the show and future recordings

0730 Rob McConnell's Boss Brass set new standards for big band jazz. But Rob's premature passing in 2010 seemed to spell the end of the Brass. That was until some of the band's former members decided to pay tribute to its founder with a special Boss Brass Reunion concert. It's happening at this weekend's Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. Brian Barlow is the Festival's creative director---he's also a past-percussionist with the Brass. Trumpeter Jason Logue joined the Brass for a cross-Canada tour in the late 1990s. They both joined Mary to talk about the Boss Brass and why it was unique.
The Boss Brass Reunion concert takes place at the Regent Theatre in Picton on Sunday, August 19. All the details are on the PEC Jazz Festival website.
Learn more about Brian Barlow and Jason Logue at their websites.

0800 Summer is traditionally a time to consume beer. But as people discover the wide range of craft beers in Ontario, they're increasingly matching those beers with different foods. Professional beer taster Mirella Amato suggested a variety of pairings when she joined Mary.
Learn more about the wide world of beers at Mirella's website. And you can follow Mirella on Twitter---her handle is @beerologyboffin.

0830 Shannon Kyles covers the heritage architecture beat at Fresh Air. Shannon is a columnist with Arabella Magazine and a professor of architecture at Hamilton's Mohawk College. She took Mary on a virtual tour of Ontario to "see" some of the architectural gems scattered throughout the province. It's something that anyone who's interested in hertitage architecture can easily do with a series of day trips.
There's lots of information about heritage architecture at Shannon's
Ontario Architecture website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

SUNDAY August 12

0730 Sacha Visagie has a musical dream. She wants to make her name as a professional singer/songwriter. And she's made a good start with her first EP, called Sacha. Sacha joined Mary to talk about the challenges of making it in the music biz.
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NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Check out what she's up to by visiting Sacha's Facebook page.

0800 The Summer Olympics end later today...and it's been a Games with many highlights. However, as might be expected when athletes of this calibre perform at high levels...there have also been a variety of sports-related injuries. Dr. Mike Evans chose this as a "learning moment" when he joined Mary. You can hear why by going to Dr. Mike's column.

0830 A few weekends ago, Mary spoke with University of Toronto sociologist Markus Schafer about the challenges of making friends as an adult. Sharon Baker and Trish Murray have experienced this first-hand. That's why Sharon started Hamilton Sociable Singles and Trish joined an Ottawa-dased Meetup group which gets together weekly to make music. They elaborated when they joined Mary---Sharon was in the studio and Trish was on the phone.
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Here are links to Sharon's Hamilton Sociable Singles and the Ottawa Meetup websites.

Shannon's Ontario

Fresh Air's "eye" on the "world" of Ontario architecture is Shannon Kyles. She'll join Mary Ito this coming weekend to take all of us on a virtual tour of some of the province's most interesting---from a heritage perspective---towns.

Olympic Injuries

Dr. Mike dropped by to talk with Mary about the lessons that weekend warriors---AKA amateur athletes---can learn from the types of injuries that Olympic athletes suffered at the London games.
Listen audio (runs 11:41)
Check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

What's On for August 12

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Jerk Festival/Etobocoke
Puppet Festival/Almonte
Garlic Festival/Perth
Fireworks 2012/Haliburton

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SATURDAY August 11

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 proper body alignment. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0700 The Debaters airs each Saturday on CBC Radio One at 1:00 pm. Be sure to tune in for today's episode, featuring Newfoundlanders Mark Critch and Jonny Harris debating the merits of continuing the seal hunt. Steve Patterson hosts.
Learn more at The Debaters' website.

0730 Summer is road trip season. Cynthia Kinnunen is a writer and mother of three from Guelph who blogs about family road trips---among other things---for the Bunch Family website. Michael Zhang is an English-Chinese translator and tourism consultant who blogs for Ontario Tourism and Ontario Outdoor Adventure. They joined Mary to talk about the appeal of going on a road trip.
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Learn more about these inveterate "road trippers"at Michael's website and at Cynthia's Old School Still Cool blog at the Bunch Family website and also at her Crumbs In The Minivan website.

0800 It's being called the "Twitter Olympics". Athletes are using social media to stay in touch with their family, friends and fans. And it's changing the long-established dynamic at the Games by breaking down access barriers. Rhonda McEwan is an assistant professor of New Media at the University of Toronto- Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT. She talked with Mary about the impact of social media on the Olympics.
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Learn more about Rhonda at her U of T website and her blog.
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0830 She's a champion of minimalism. Jenni Glad Timmons and her family are trying to live their lives with less...of everything. If fact, they only allow themselves to own 100 items...each. Jenni explained when she spoke with Mary.
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What's On for August 11

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Live From The Rock Festival
Earth Rangers
Earth Rangers/Blue Mountain Village
Arts Festival/Port Hope
Doors Open/Timmins


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SUNDAY August 5

0700 CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud programme will be at the Cottage Country Comedy Festival in Bracebridge on August 11th. Host Craig Norris will be joined on stage by all kinds of comedians including Darrin Rose, Heidi Foss and Joey Elias. You can be in the audience for a great night of comedy.
You can learn more and find ticket info at the Laugh Out Loud and the Cottage Country Comedy Festival websites.

0730 Mark Rheaume has a monthly date with the show. Mark's our "ear" on what's new from Ontario musicians. He brought four recent releases in with him when he joined Karen.You can review Mark's selections by visiting his column. It's as close as clicking on Mark's Music.

0800 On August 6th, Jamaicans both at home and abroad will celebrate their country's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. Yvonne Shorter Brown was born and raised in Jamaica...and continued to live there until seven years after that momentous day, before moving to Canada to start a new life here. She joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about Jamaica---then-and-now.
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Yvonne is author of the recently published Dead Woman Pickney---A Memoir Of Childhood In Jamaica. It's published by Wilfred Laurier University Press. Learn more about the book at the WLUP website.

0830 He's one of the world's most influential music producers. He's also an accomplished musician in his own right. And, although he now lives abroad, Daniel Lanois has strong links to the Hamilton area. That's where he grew up and started his music career. Now Daniel is coming home to take part in the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, which he co-curates. He elaborated when he sat down with Karen.
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The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place on Saturday, September 1st at Christie Lake, near Dundas. You can view the schedule of musical performers and obtain ticket information at the Harvest Picnic website. And you can learn more about Daniel at his personal website.

The Doctor is In

That would be Dr. Mike Evans. He's going to make a house call on this coming weekend's Fresh Air. His topic: What weekend warriors can learn from the types of injuries that Olympic athletes are suffering in London. You'll want to be here for his prognosis and his prescription.

Mark's Music August 2012

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.


Artist: Hill and the Sky Heroes
Album: 11/11
Song: There's A Lie On Your Pillow
Website: Hill and the Sky Heroes


Artist: The Greenbank Trio
Album: The Greenbank Trio
Song: Looking Back
Website: The Greenbank Trio


Artist: The Victoria Secrets
Album: The Victoria Secrets
Song: Summer of '93
Website: The Victoria Secrets


Artist: Red Hot Ramble
Album: Red Hot Ramble
Song: All By Myself
Website: Red Hot Ramble

What's On for August 5

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Pirate Festival/Milton
Tour De Terra Cotta
Festa Italiana/Thunder Bay
Canadian Guitar Festival/Kingston

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SATURDAY August 4

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 bunker shots. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0700 CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud programme will be at the Cottage Country Comedy Festival in Bracebridge on August 11th. Host Craig Norris will be joined on stage by all kinds of comedians including Darrin Rose, Heidi Foss and Joey Elias. You can be in the audience for a great night of comedy.
You can learn more and find ticket info at the Laugh Out Loud and the Cottage Country Comedy Festival websites.

0730 Johanna Schneller from The Globe and Mail and Peter Howell from The Toronto Star joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about the role of "the critic". They should know---Johanna and Peter have long experience writing criticism in the entertainent pages of their respective newspapers.
Listen audio (runs 13:32)
Learn more about Johanna and read her latest columns at her Globe website.
And you can do the same with Peter by going to the
Star's Movies website.

0800 Outdoors enthusiast and author Kevin Callan is The Happy Camper. He joined Karen to talk about the latest camping trends.
Listen audio (runs 10:58)
Kevin's books include The Happy Camper: An Essential Guide to Life Outdoors.
It's published by Boston Mills Press. He also has a recently-released DVD called The Happy Camper's Wilderness Quest.
If you're a camping enthusiast, check out Kevin's Happy Camper website.

0830 Bernie Finkelstein is the founder of True North records. And, as such, he's had a huge impact on the Canadian music scene. Now, he's written a book about his experiences. It's called---not surprisingly---True North: A Life Inside The Music Business. Bernie sat down with Karen to share some of the highlights.
Listen audio (runs 16:03)
Get the goods on Bernie and his book at his Bernie Finkelstein website, his Facebook page and at his McClelland & Stewart website.

Daniel comes home...

Daniel Lanois is a world-class music producer AND musician. While he's originally from the Hamilton area, he currenty calls California home. But Daniel will be back on home turf next month for a very special music festival. He'll offer an explanation and a preview when he joins Karen Gordon on Sunday's Fresh Air.

What's On for August 4

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Emancipation Day/Dresden
Sandcastle Festival/Cobourg
Blueberry Festival/Sioux Lookout
Art Gallery Fundraiser/Minden

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