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May 2013 Archives

Parenting In A Digital Age

That's parenting columnist Samantha Kemp-Jackson's topic on Sunday's show. It's a challange that previous generations of parents didn't have to deal with. Tune in to hear Samantha's advice on how to keep your kids plugged in...without losing control.

Landscape Design 101

When it comes to outdoor design advice, you'll want to turn to Carson Arthur. That's his business...and he'll join guest host Jill Dempsey this weekend to talk about making your yard and grounds more LIVEABLE...and more VALUABLE. Be sure to tune in...

SUNDAY May 26

0730 He's the "Mayor of Hinchtown". His name is James Hinchcliffe. He's from Oakville...and he's making headlines as a racer on the Indycar circuit. But, as John Pudy from CBC Sports explained to guest host Jill Dempsey, Hinch is just as newsworthy OFF the track.
Listen audio (runs 9:18)
James Hinchcliffe is racing in today's (May 26) Indianapolis 500. You can track his progress at the CBC Sports website.

0800 Looking for good wines that won't break the bank? Irvin Wolkoff has a list...and he shared it with Jill. Irvin is a member of both the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the Circle of Wine Writers of London, England...as well as the wine columnist for The Medical Post. Irvin also blogs about the relationship between food and wine at his new website: A Glass Of His Own.
Listen audio (runs 13:32)
You can find Irvin's list of "12 good wines for under $10" on his A Glass Of His Own blog.

0830 Singer/songwriter Darrelle London dropped by the Fresh Air studio to chat with Jill. The focus of their conversation---what does a musician REALLY do between high profile CD releases? It's not all fun and games...as Darrelle explained.
Listen audio (runs 8:31)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Darrelle London is in concert at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio on Friday, May 31.
Check out Darrelle's website for the lowdown the show and also on her music.

He's The Retail Prophet

Doug Stephens is Fresh Air's eye on the world of retail marketing. Doug's the founder and president of Retail Prophet, one of the world's foremost retail industry consultants. And he's making a return appearance to the show this coming Saturday. Join Doug and guest host Jill Dempsey to hear what he's focusing on this time.

What's On for May 26

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

3rd Annual Yogini Yogathon-Ottawa & Toronto
Dollars for Dogs-Ottawa
Barrie Waterfront Festival
FUNNY GIRLS AND DYNAMIC DIVAS-Toronto

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SATURDAY May 25

0700 CBC Radio's The Debaters is coming to Kitchener-Waterloo and Burlington. Host Steve Patterson and a bunch of comedians will be at the University of Waterloo Theatre Centre on Monday, May 27th at 7:30 pm. And on May 29th, the show will be in Burlington at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. For ticket info, visit The Debaters' website.

0730 Kim Gray, editor of the Canadian travel website "Toque & Canoe", joined guest host Jill Dempsey to talk about the appeal of viewing grizzlies in the wilds of British Columbia.
Listen audio (runs 7:59)
Learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest and the
Khutzeymateen at these Toque and Canoe webpages.

0800 It's a big "Doors Open" weekend across Ontario. In that light, Shannon Kyles came by to talk about communities that have managed to retain their heritage streetscapes. Shannon's an instructor of architecture at Mohawk College in Hamilton AND the historical architecture editor at Arabella Magazine. She brought Jill up to speed on communities that have escaped the worst of the development-at-all-cost ethos.
Listen audio (runs 10:48)
Check out Shannon's Ontario Architecture website for loads of heritage architecture pictures and information.

0830 His name is Jesse King...but his musical nom de plume is Dubmatix. Jesse's latest excursion into the world of reggae features a host of guest vocalists and some wicket dub beats. He came in to chat with Jill and play some tracks from "Rebel Massive".
Listen audio (runs 6:45)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Get all the goods on Jesse's music at his Dubmatix website.

What's On for May 25

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Doors Open-Ontario
Taste of the Food Terminal-Toronto
The Amazing Raising Cash for Kids Race-Thunder Bay
8th Annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness-Whitby

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Heritage Communities...and Cheap Wine

They don't really have anything in common...except that they'll both be on this coming weekend's Fresh Air. Heritage architecture expert Shannon Kyles will tell us about Ontario communities that have managed to retain their disctinctive street fronts. And wine blogger Irvin Wolkoff will prove that it IS possible to choose good wines that DON'T cost much. All this and more with guest host Jill Dempsey.

SUNDAY May 19

0700 Mark Wigmore's On The Doc column featured a new documentary about a rapper-turned reggae musician. The film is called Snoop Reincarnated and it focuses on Snoop Dog,,,who is now known as Snoop Lion.
Listen audio (runs 4:28)
Learn more about Mark at his CBC Music webpage.

0730 She was an anomaly. She was a woman journalist---with a column AND a byline---in late 19th century Toronto. She was also a mystery woman...because no one knew her real name. Author Christine Welldon has explored the life and impact of "Vic Steinberg" with a new book for younger readers. She shared her findings with guest host Karen Gordon.,
Listen audio (runs 8:47)
Reporter In Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg is published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. There's more info on Christine's website.

0800 Gardeners are always looking for the latest trend. That's GOOD if you do your research in advance. But too many gardeners are "cultivating" the latest craze without considering all the implications...and some are regretting it. Fresh Air's favourite gardener---Marjorie Harris---joined Karen to explain.
Listen audio (runs 10:52)
There's plenty of gardening advice at Marjorie's website.

0830 Award-winning (for her previous book "Locavore") author Sarah Elton is back with a new book. It's called Consumed: Food For A Finite Planet and it looks at our ability to continue to feed ourselves in the decades to come. Sarah elaborated when she sat down with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 12:45)
Learn more about the author at Sarah's website and the book at the
HarperCollins website.

What's On for May 19

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Asian Hetitage Month
Cedar and Bamboo: The Shared History of First Nations and Chinese Canadian Communities-Ottawa
Thousand Islands Arts-Rockport
Artfest-Toronto
Toronto International Circus Festival
Victoria Day Fireworks-Toronto

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SATURDAY May 18

0700 CBC Radio's The Debaters is coming to Kitchener-Waterloo and Burlington. Host Steve Patterson and a bunch of comedians will be at the University of Waterloo Theatre Centre on Monday, May 27th at 7:30 pm. And on May 29th, the show will be in Burlington at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. For ticket info, visit The Debaters' website.

0730 The latest Star Trek movie has just opened to good reviews. Toronto Star columnist Rob Salem is a Star Trek enthusiast (but don't call him a Trekkie!). He sat down with guest host Karen Gordon to talk about the enduring appeal of Gene Roddenberry's creation.
Listen audio (runs 12:19)
There's more about Mr. Salem atRob's Toronto Star website.
And you can follow Rob on Twitter: @robsalem

0800 He's the King of the Q. That's "Barbeque"...and his name is Ted Reader. Ted's latest book is called ""Gastro Grilling: Fired-up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals". He joined Karen to whet her appetite. .
Listen audio (runs 10:07)
Gastro Grilling: Fired-up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals is published by Penguin.
Learn more at Ted's website.

0830 Justin Hines is no quitter. He's a musician who suddenly found that an existing medical condition was making it increasingly difficult to sing. But he didn't give in---he fought back and he has a gritty new album to show for his efforts. Justin joined Karen Gordon to talk about How We Fly and the challenges that he faced in making it.
Listen audio (runs 8:51)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Justin will officially launch How We Fly on Wednesday, May 22nd at Hugh's Room in Toronto. Full details are available on Justin's website.

What's On for May 18

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Giant Pandas Exhibit-Toronto Zoo
World Turtle Week-Toronto Zoo
Annual Spring Opener-Seeley's Bay
International Museum Day-Waterloo

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CBC Open House---Canada Lives Here

At CBC, we're always looking to open our doors and connect with audiences face-to-face.
Well, this May long weekend, we're doing it again! For four days, CBC is hosting a FREE large scale open-house to do what we do best - help Canadians to be better informed, engaged and entertained.
Our open house features The Canada Lives Here Experience, a huge interactive exhibit that offers the ultimate inside look into the news, music, sports and people that shape our nation.
Sign up for one of the Canada Lives Here Experience hourly tours and stay to enjoy a wide variety of fun, family-friendly activities in the Barbara Frum Atrium - get your red carpet photo, try your hand at being a news anchor, share your stories in the video zone, and meet some of your favourite CBC stars!
So join us at the CBC Broadcasting Centre here in Toronto, Thursday May 16th through Sunday May 19th.

The Great Gatsby...and Co.

First...it was a book. Then came the film adaptations...the most famous starring starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. However, it's worth remembering that F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" isn't alone in evoking that heady period that was the United States in the early 1920s. Fresh Air's book panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---joined Karen to offer a guide to OTHER books that reflect that era.
Listen audio (runs 10:09)

Becky and Erin's recommendations:

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (2012)
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2011)
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (2013)
Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald by R. Clifton Spargo (2013)

There's always good "reading" at the CBC Books website.
And for more on Becky's literary activities, visit HER website

SUNDAY May 12

0730 Melody Johnson's one-woman play Miss Caledonia is drawn from the experiences of her mother who entered various pageants while a teenager in rural Ontario in the 1950s. Melody talked about what she learned about her mother while researching the play when she sat down with Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 12:18)
Melody will perform Miss Caledonia at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from May 14 to 25. The details are at the NAC website.
For more Ontario dates for Miss Caledonia in 2013, visit Melody's manager,
The Collection Agency website.

0800 There are road trips and, then, there are ROAD trips. Mark Richardson took one of the latter in the summer of 2012. He's turned it into a book called Canada's Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John's to Victoria. Mark came by to tell Karen why he spent 6 weeks behind the steering wheel.
Listen audio (runs 10:31)
Canada's Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John's to Victoria is published by Dundurn.
All the info you'll ever need about the book is on Mark's website.

0830 First...it was a book. Then came the film adaptations...the most famous starring starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. However, it's worth remembering that F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" isn't alone in evoking that heady period that was the United States in the early 1920s. Fresh Air's book panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---joined Karen to offer a guide to OTHER books that reflect that era.
Listen audio (runs 10:09)
Becky and Erin's recommendations:

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (2012)
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2011)
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (2013)
Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald (2013)

There's always good "reading" at the CBC Books website.
For more on Becky's literary activities, visit her website

Consumed

Locavore Sarah Elton's new book is called "Consumed: Food For A Finite Planet". It's her contention that we should replace factory farming with small scale local and urban agriculture. Sarah will make her case when she joins guest Fresh Air host Karen Gordon this coming weekend.

What's On for May 12

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

PAL Mother's Day fundraising concert - Ottawa
SUDBURYROCKS!!! Foot Race
Spring Works 2013 - Stratford
ROMwalks: The Grange - Toronto

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SATURDAY May 11

0700 Guest host Karen Gordon played an excerpt from The Debaters which airs later today on CBC Radio One. You can hear the show just after the one o'clock news. And you can SEE and hear The Debaters when the show comes to Toronto on May the 25th. It's part of the first CBC Music Festival and host Steve Patterson and his guest comedians will appear on stage between (approximately) 4 and 4:30 p.m. Learn more about the Festival and how to buy tickets by visiting the CBC Music website.

0730 Mother's Day is tomorrow (May 12). And the film world has presented mothers in many ways through the years. Thom Ernst from Saturday Night At the Movies dropped by to talk about some of those portrayals and to share his Top 5 movies about moms with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 14:11)

Thom's Mom Movies:
1. Mildred Pierce (1945)
2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
3. Imitation of Life (1959)
4. Mother (1996)
5. Psycho (1960)
If you're a film fan, pay a visit to Thom's new website.

0800 Feeling tired? We all experience weariness. But when does tiredness become fatigue...and a cause for concern? Dr. Mike Evans joined Karen to explain. You'll find that conversation at Dr. Mike's Your Health column.

0830 Jadea Kelly has a new album---her second. It's a big musical step forward from her 2010 debut. Jadea joined Karen to play some of the songs on "Clover" and talk about her reasons for writing them.
Listen audio (runs 6:61)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Jadea will launch "Clover" with a concert at The Great Hall in Toronto on May 22. All the details are on Jadea's website.

Dr. Mike's Rx for Fatigue

Dr, Mike joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about how to diagnose and treat cases of fatigue.
Listen audio (runs 10:07)

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

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

What's On for May 11

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Migratory Bird Day-Toronto Pt 1
Migratory Bird Day-Toronto Pt 2
Migratory Bird Day-Point Pelee
Migratory Bird Day-Prince Edward point
International Migratory Bird Day
Ultimate Frisbee-Thunder Bay
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
SingToronto
Lulaworld 2013 - Toronto

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SUNDAY May 5

0730 Fresh Air's monthly music columnist Mark Rheaume joined guest host Karen Gordon with new music by a trio of Ontario musicians. You can see who he featured and what songs he played by taking a trip to Mark's column.

0800 Kevin Callan is "The Happy Camper". He's also Fresh Air's eyes and ears on the great out-of-doors. Kevin's latest project is sure to be popular with campers who have healthy appetites. It's a book of campfire recipes that he co-wrote with dietican Margaret Howard. Kevin elaborated when he talked with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 10:26)
The New Trailside Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes for the Camp Chef is published by Firefly Books.
For more about the book, visit the Firefly website.
For more about Kevin...visit his Happy Camper website.

0830 Venezuelan-born and Toronto-residing Eliana Cuevas took five years between her last album and her most recent. She's experienced some major life changes...including becoming a mother for the first time. Eliana talked about the impact of those changes on her music when she sat down with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 12:09)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Eliana's new CD is called Espejo and she'll officially launch it on May 15th at Lula Lounge in Toronto.
The details are to be found on Eliana's website.

Dr. Mike's Rx for Fatigue

Feeling tired? You're not alone. But how can you tell when tiredness has become fatigue?
Dr. Mike Evans will give us his prescription for dealing with this very real medical condition.
And he'll do it when he's Karen Gordon's guest this coming Saturday.

Mark's Music for May 2013

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Artist: Kye Marshall
Album: Pencil Blues
Song: Cello-ing
Website: Kye Marshall

Artist: The Good Family
Album: The Good Family Album
Song: Secrets
Website: The Good Family

Artist: Delbert & The Commotions
Album: Let Me See Ya Dance
Song: The Little Things
Website: Delbert & The Commotions



What's On for May 5

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Peace Of Mind March
Mental Health Week - Ottawa
Multifaith Initiative Annual Tulipathon-Ottawa
Four Winds Kite Festival-Woodbridge
2013 CanAsian International Dance Festival- Toronto
Toronto Road closures
Fundraising Dinner-Vaughn

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SATURDAY May 4

0700 Guest host Karen Gordon previewed today's episode of "The Debaters". The popular CBC Radio One programme is coming to Kitchener-Waterloo and Burlington for a series of recordings.The show will be at the University of Waterloo Theatre Centre on May 27th. And on May 29th, you can see "The Debaters" live on stage at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. All the details are on The Debaters' website.

0730 April was Earth Month. But for one collection of young people, EVERY month is Earth Month. Karen talked with two members of the youth environmental protection organization Earth Rangers---Super Ranger Jovanna Creet and Earth Ranger co-founder and executive director Peter Kendall.
Listen audio (runs 9:04)
Learn more at the Earth Rangers website.

0800 Stanley Kubrick left a fascinating oeuvre of films on his death in 1999. The late director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor's works included "2001 A Space Odyssey", "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining". Toronto film critic for The Grid, Adam Nayman, joined Karen to reflect on the career of Stanley Kubrick.
Listen audio (runs 13:09)
Adam is presenting a series of lectures about Stanley Kubrick at the Revue Cinema in Toronto---the lectures begin on May 9.
You'll find all the details at the Revue website.
Adam is also presenting two other film series: Controversial Directors at Toronto's Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and
Films of the Coen Brothers which is also at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.

0830 It's the time of the year when home owners' thoughts turn to gardening and landscaping. Both can add beauty to your surroundings and can even increase the value of your home. But before you begin, there are things to keep in mind to avoid accidentally damaging your home. Fresh Air's home reno expert, Jorge Rodrigues, offered advice when he joined Karen.
Listen audio (runs 15:49)
Jorge is the owner of J-B Rodrigues and Associates, building contractors and consultants in Toronto.

Eliana's Back!

It's been five years since Eliana Cuevas released her last CD. That means she's had plenty of time to consider her musical options. And with her new album---"Espejo"---she's pushing her personal musical envelope. Eliana will join guest host Karen Gordon on Sunday's show to talk about her music...and play some tracks from the new CD.

What's On for May 4

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Free Comic Book Day - Ontario
Comic Book Day Store Locator
Doors Open - Ontario
RBG Home and Garden Show - Burlington
OCAD Graduate Exhibition - Toronto
Reggae/Ska Explosion Vol 1- Toronto

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Jorge on Landscaping?

What's Fresh Air's home reno expert doing on the landscaping beat? Turns out your gardening and landscaping plans can have an impact on your home's structural integrity.
Jorge Rodrigues will explain when he joins guest host Karen Gordon on this Saturday's show.