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April 2013 Archives

SUNDAY April 28

0730 Lenka Lichtenberg was guest host Karen Gordon's musical guest. Lenka's just released a new album called Embrace and she told Karen about the unusual musical journey that's brought her to this stage in her career.
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Lenka will launch Embrace with a concert tonight (April 28) at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
The details are on Lenka's website.

0800 Parenting writer and blogger Samantha Kemp-Jackson paid Karen a return visit. Samantha's topic was the cult of celebrity and how you can deal with the influence of less-than-ideal celebrities on your children.
Listen audio (runs 9:05)
For more parenting advice, check out Samantha's Multiple Mayhem Mama website.

0830 It's been a strange spring in most of Ontario. David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, joined Karen to talk about what happened...and also to offer a preview of what we might expect this summer.
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David is also the creator of the annual Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. The 2013 edition is sold out but the 2014 edition will be available in early summer. You can learn more at the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar website.

The Gourmet Camper

Kevin Callan is usually referred to as "The HAPPY Camper"...but he's donning a chef's hat for his latest book. It's called The New Trailside Cookbook and it contains 100 recipes for the camp chef. Kevin will elaborate when he joins guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for April 28

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Living Green Expo 2013 - Ottawa
Grassroots Music Festival - Ottawa
Khalsa Day Parade - Toronto
Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera - Sudbury

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SATURDAY April 27

0730 Jazz bassist, composer and occasional vocalist Brandi Disterheft was Karen Gordon's guest. Brandi's latest album is called "Gratitude".
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Learn more about Brandi's at her website.

0800 Summer is beckoning and people are starting to plan their holidays. Fresh Air's personal finance columnist, Nisha Patel, offered some suggestions for making your holiday both memorable AND affordable.
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Here are links to the travel websites and apps that Nisha mentioned:
Kayak
Airbnb
Jet Setter
Air Fare Watchdog
Rick Steeves
Trip Advisor
Gas Buddy

Nisha is also a business reporter with CBC News. For up-to-the-minute business news, visit the CBC News website.

0830 Two hockey enthusiasts---longtime Toronto Maple Leafs fan Kevin Shea and Ottawa Senators enthusiast Rick Wharton---joined Karen to talk about their respective teams' fortunes as the regular NHL season came to a close.
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Kevin Shea is the author of numerous hockey books including Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of A Dynasty 1957 - 1967 and the just-published Crossing The Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original with Derek Sanderson.
Rick Wharton is an actor, comedian and the director of Festival Hall in Pemboke.
There's more about them at Kevin and Rick's websites.

What's On for April 27

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration-Toronto
Toronto road closures
Torn from the Pages-Toronto
Doors Open-Ontario
Spring Training: Boot Camp-Mississauga

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SUNDAY April 21

0730 Three sisters. One heritage. And a shared enthusiasm for the food of their parents' homeland. Put it all together and you have a new cookbook. It's called "Back To The Beginning---Timeless Greek Recipes Made Simple". And the Three Sisters---Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos---joined guest host Karen Gordon.
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Three Sisters: Back To The Beginning---Timeless Greek Recipes Made Simple is published by Adelfes Publishing.
There's more at the Three Sisters website.

0800 Monday (April 22) is Earth Day. Anne Bell is director of Conservation and Education at Ontario Nature. She joined Karen to talk about Earth Day's significance...and whether a younger generation feels as strongly about this annual event as the generation that created it.
Listen audio (runs 13:10)
Learn more by visiting the Ontario Nature and Earth Day websites.

0830 Ottawa's Kellylee Evans tackled a daunting challenge with her latest album, I Remember When. She decided to "jazzify" tunes originally performed by hip hop, rap and urban music artists. Kellylee joined Karen to elaborate.
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You can catch Kellylee performing this coming Thursday (April 25) in Ottawa at that city's International Writers Festival...and then in May she'll headline two concerts in Ontario---one in London and the other in Toronto.
You'll find all the details on Kellylee's website.

Parenting 101

Parenting writer and blogger Samantha Kemp-Jackson will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for April 21

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

"Women Entrepeneurs and Tea-Nepean
Home & Cottage Expo-Owen Sound
Good Turn Week-Ontario

Brazilian Beat Congress-Toronto

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SATURDAY April 20

0730 Sylvia Morrison believes in making a difference. That's why this George Brown Community College professor is going to Ghana. She's taking a group of George Brown students and community members with her...and they're going to build a library. Sylvia is also the founder of the non-profit orgainzation Links Across Borders...and she joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about her passion for helping people in under-developed parts of Africa.
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Learn more at the Links Across Borders website.

0800 Christine Tizzard, host of CBC TV's Best Recipes Ever joined Karen with some spring meal advice...including her favourite best-used-in-spring ingredients.
Listen audio (runs 8:56)
You can check out Christine's recipes in a separate posting on the Fresh Air website.
And you can learn more about her show at the
Best Recipes Ever website.

0830 It's International Record Store Day. Three musicians---Wendy Lands, Marc Jordan and Liam Titcomb---who have vivid memories of their visits to record stores in their youth, joined Karen to reflect on the role those sojourns played in their decisions to become musicians.
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Wendy is a regular performer at jazz clubs across Ontario and Quebec. You can catch Marc on stage at Hugh's Room in Toronto on May the 16th with a show called "From the Page to the Stage: An Interactive Evening of Music & Art". Liam will also be on stage at Hugh's Room---on May the 3rd and 4th---for the "6th Annual Borrowed Tunes Neil Young Tribute".
For more information about all of them. you can visit Wendy,
Marc and
Liam's websites.
And if you're a fan of record stores...you can visit the Record Store Day site.

Christine's Spring Recipes

Here are links to the recipes that Christine Tizzard of CBC TV's Best Recipes Ever mentioned during her conversation with Karen Gordon about "spring meals":

Maple Walnut Cheesecake Squares

Maple Pudding Chomeur

Crispy Pops

Rhubarb and Raspberry Galettes

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Banana Crumble

Lamb Burgers

Lamb Sausage Rolls

Rosemary Rack of Lamb



What's On for April 20

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Tree Festival-Toronto
FILKONTARIO-Mississauga
Canadian Federation of University Women-Belleville
Design for Hope-Thunder Bay

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I Remember When

That's the name of Kellylee Evans' new album. It's her take on the music of Kanye West, Eminem, Alicia Keys, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. The CD will be released on April 16th, And Kellylee will be Karen's Gordon's special guest this coming weekend.

SUNDAY April 14

0730 Jennifer Bain is the author of the Toronto Star Cookbook: More Than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario. Jennifer joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about it.
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Toronto Star Cookbook: More Than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario is published by the Appetite imprint of Random House.
Learn more at the Random House website.

0800 They're the Big Five---the major appliances in almost every home. But what's the most likely repair that you'll face with your stove, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine or clothes dryer? Steve Brannan of Brannan's Appliance Repair in Toronto tackled that topic with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 13:06)
Learn more about Steve at Steve's website.

0830 Irvin Wolkoff is a well-known Toronto psychiatrist. But he's also an accomplished wine critic. And Irvin shares his appreciation of good wine---and its close relationship with good food---on his blog, "A Glass Of His Own". Irvin was Karen's guest.
Listen audio (runs 16:12)
Check out Irvin's wine and food observations at his A Glass Of His Own website.
You might also like to view the Wine Writers Circle of Canada website.

Spring Into Spring...Recipes

Looking for some "spring cookin'" inspiration? Christine Tizzard from CBC TV's Best Recipes Ever will drop by this coming weekend. And she'll tell us why Spring is a great time to explore fresh, seasonal foods and spice things up in your kitchen. Join Christine and guest host Karen Gordon on Saturday.

SATURDAY April 13

0730 Pop culture expert Kim Clarke Champniss is the author of The Republic of Rock 'n' Roll: The Roaring 80s from Curtis to Cobain.
He joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about this pivotal era in music history.
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You can learn more about Kim's book by visiting The Republic of Rock 'n' Roll website.

0800 Shannon Kyles covers the heritage architecture beat for Fresh Air. Shannon is a professor of architecture at Mohawk College in Hamilton and Historical Architecture editor at Arabella Magazine. This morning she told Karen about the evolution and importance of doors.
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Learn more about doors and check out the great pix at Shannon's Ontario Architecture website.

0830 Dundas-based social worker Gary Direnfeld has written a book called Marriage Rescue: Overcoming Ten Deadly Sins In Failing Relationships and he joined Karen to talk about it.
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Marriage Rescue: Overcoming Ten Deadly Sins In Failing Relationships is published by New Horizon Press.
You can find out more about the book at the NAMENew Horizon Press website and more about th author at Gary's website.

Big Trouble In Appliance Land

You probably have all five in your home---a stove, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Sooner or later something is going to go wrong with one...or all. What are the most common maladies with these major appliances...and what's the best fix? Steve Brannan from Brannan's Appliance Repair will troubleshoot on Sunday's show with guest host Karen Gordon.

Open A Door...

And you'll find Shannon Kyles. Shannon covers the heritage architcture beat at Fresh Air. A few weeks ago she talked about the evolution of windows...and this Saturday, she'll treat doors to the same scrutiny. It's so much more than an open-and-shut case...as guest host Karen Gordon will discover.

SUNDAY April 7

0730 Mark Rheaume was Mary Ito's guest---as he is EVERY first Sunday of a new month---to profile new music from Ontario musicians. Check out
Mark's column for artist/song info.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans made a "house call". You can hear his conversation with Mary by visiting Dr. Mike's column

0830 Science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer was Mary's guest. They discussed the confirmed discovery of the Higgs Boson subatomic particle...which Robert predicted in one of his earlier novels, "Flash Forward".. They also talked about Robert's latest novel: "Red Planet Blues".
Listen audio (runs 12:27)
Learn more about all of his many sci-fi novels at Robert's website.

Paternity and Hereditary Illnesses

Fresh Air's favourite medico joined Mary ito to talk about the importance of a full knowledge of paternity when dealing with hereditary illnesses. It's more complicated than you might expect.
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The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

Watch all of Mike's health videos on his Doc Mike You Tube channel.

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

Mark's Music April 2013

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Artist: Shannon Rose & The Thorns
Album: Seasons
Song: Storm
Website: Shannon Rose & The Thorns


Artist: Express & Company
Album: Ontario
Song: The Last Stand
Website: Express & Company


Artist: Enter The Haggis
Album: The Modest Revolution
Song: Can't Trust The News
Website: Enter The Haggis


Artist: The Western Swing Authority
Album: All Dolled Up
Song: Oklahoma Stomp
Website: The Western Swing Authority


What's On for April 7

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Ottawa Artisans Guild Spring Craft Show
Salsafair 3rd Annual Gatineau International Salsa Festival
Books 2 Eat in Midland
Beautiful Before & After Gala in Toronto

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SATURDAY April 6

0730 Musician (and poet, actress and painter!) Sarah Slean was Mary Ito's guest. Sara's most recent album is a dual CD called "Land And Sea". Land is Sarah's clever brand of "pop" and Sea is a collection of her ballads with orchestral scoring. Sarah talked about the CD and other aspects of her musical life.
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Sarah has two concerts coming up in quick succession. On April 12 she'll be at The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. And the following night (the 13th) you'll find her in Eastern Ontario at The Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown.
All the details are to be found on Sarah's website.

0800 Retail marketing expert Doug Stephens came by to talk about the increasing automation of marketing. Doug is president of the Toronto retail business consultancy Retail Prophet.
Listen audio (runs 10:33)
You can learn more about Doug at his
Retail Prophet website.

0830 The Cookbook Store in Toronto is celebrating. It turns 30 today (April 6). Store founder and owner Alison Fryer joined Mary to reminisce.
Listen audio (runs 12:11)
The 30th Anniversary Open House takes place all day at The Cookbook Store in Toronto.
For more info visit The Cookbook Store website.

What's On for April 6

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Total Health Show 2013 in Toronto
Electronics Recycling Event in Burlington
4th Annual Authors' Book Fair in Port Dover
TBSO Final Cabaret Concert - Thunder Bay

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