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July 2013 Archives

SUNDAY July 28

0600 "Somm" is the name of a new documentary about four wine enthusiasts who are attempting to become Master Sommeliers. Fresh Air's On The Doc columnist, Mark Wigmore, offered his assessment of the film.
Listen audio (runs 4:15)
Learn more about this documentary at the Somm Facebook page.

0730 "Everything Begins With Love" is Arlene Paculan's debut full-length CD. This Mississauga-based singer-songwriter has been making music since she was age 4...as she recounted to guest host Danielle Harder.
Listen audio (runs 9:34)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
You can learn more about Arlene Paculan and her music at Arlene's website.
And go to Arlene's Wonderfest website for information about her August 14th event at the Mississauga Celebration Square Amphitheatre.

0800 Should parents be friends with their children? Samantha Kemp-Jackson doesn't think so. She's Fresh Air's parenting columnist and she made the case that kids should demonstrate a healthy level of respect for their parents and elders. Have a listen audio (runs 7:33) to what Samantha told Danielle.
Visit Samantha's Multiple Mayhem Mama website for more of her thoughts on parenting.

0830 Whither Twitter? It's evolving...and that means that some people are giving it up,,,while new users are coming onboard. Rhonda McEwen tracks the evolution of social media. She's an assistant professor of New Media at the University of Toronto-Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT. She joined Danielle to talk about the changing face of Twitter.
Listen audio (runs 13:43)
Learn more about Rhonda's work at her U of T-Mississauga website and also at her blog.

How's Your Memory?

Dr. Tiffany Chow has written a book about our ability to remember...or not. It's called "The Memory Clinic". And Tiffany will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend.

What's On for July 28

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Art Show-Bon Echo Park
Muskoka Pride Week-Bracebridge
Pride Festival-London
Ottawa Valley Herbfest-Almonte
International Herb Association

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SATURDAY July 27

0600 Ottawa-area singer Kellylee Evans was struck by lightning in early June. That hasn't stopped her from performing. But she's still feeling the effects of that "electrifying" experience. Kellylee was in Toronto this past week for a show and she talked with CBC Radio One's Metro Morning host, Matt Galloway...who began with the obvious question: What happened?
Listen audio (runs 7:53)
Check Kellylee's website for the latest on her recovery.

0730 Jazz bassist, composer and occasional vocalist Brandi Disterheft is currently New York City-based...but she makes ocaasional forays back to Toronto. Her return for a gig tonight prompted this repeat of guest host Karen Gordon's conversation with Brandi from earlier this year.
Listen audio (runs 15:54)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Please visit Brandi's website to learn more about her music and and go to the Paintbox Bistro website for info about Brandi's show there tonight (July 27).

0800 Kim Gray is editor-in-chief of the travel blog "Toque & Canoe". She's offering off-the-beaten-track Canadian destination suggestions for vacationers this summer. And this morning she took guest host Danielle Harder to Two Jack Lakeside campground in Banff National Parkto try out an oTENTik - a brand new Parks Canada innovation designed to attract more people to our country's national parks.
Listen audio (runs 8:05)
For more information (including a picture) on oTENTiks and where you can find them, visit the Parks Canada website.
You'll also want to drop by the Toque and Canoe website for plenty of additional info about travelling in Canada.

0830 Hamilton is the destination for more and more people in the arts and entertainment industry. That includes married couple Juno Ruddell and Mike Rinaldi. They're actor/writers who've just moved from B.C, to Steeltown. They told Danielle why.
Listen audio (runs 10:36)

What's On for July 27

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Lumberjack Heritage Festival-Kapuskasing
Elvis Festival-Collingwood
Voyageur Days/Mattawa
Rock The Park-London

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SUNDAY July 21

0730 If you're in a fight with a big company, you want Ellen Roseman on your side. Ellen writes a consumer issues and personal finance column for The Toronto Star. She's also the author of the just-published "Fight Back: 81 Ways to Help You Save Money and Protect Yourself from Corporate Trickery". Ellen joined Fresh Air host Mary Ito earlier this year to talk about some of the strategies that you'll find in the book.
Listen audio (runs 11:40)
"Fight Back: 81 Ways to Help You Save Money and Protect Yourself from Corporate Trickery" is published by Wiley.
Follow what Ellen Roseman is blogging about at
Ellen's website.
You can read her newspaper columns at her
Toronto Star website.
And you'll find more information about Ellen's book at the
Wiley website.

0800 Summer and trips to the cottage are synonymous. But what's the origin of the cottage as we know it? Heritage architecture expert Shannon Kyles gave Karen a crash course in Ontario's "cottage chronology".
Listen audio (runs 11:37)
Check out Shannon's Ontario Architecture website for the special section on cottages.

0830 Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. That's Justin Abedin. The list of musicians with whom he's worked goes on and on...and on. Justin started his career with the Juno Award-winning soul and R&B group, Jacksoul. And Karen played a track by Jacksoul to set up her conversation with Justin....
Listen audio (runs 10:51)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about this very talented muician/composer/producer at
Justin's bio webpage.

Dr. Mike's Webinar on WED July 24

Join Community Food Centres Canada for a webinar conversation with Dr. Mike Evans and Kathryn Scharf on how to work to help people move from knowledge to action in the area of healthy eating. Referencing research and experience from the doctor's office to community food programs, the webinar will cover topics that include: barriers to healthy eating, motivational interviewing, group goal-setting and using fun, hands-on skill building approaches. Discussion will focus on what a common-sense approach to healthy nutrition looks like, one that helps to empower people to take control of their food, even within socioeconomic constraints and a world full of confusing research, advertising messages and poor food environments. Setting objectives and techniques for creating positive feedback loops by measuring change will also addressed.

When: Wednesday July 24, 2013 11am-12pm EDT
Where: Your Computer
How Much: Free!

What's On for July 21

Here are Marina's What's On selections:

Earlton Steam Show-Timiskaming

Fringe Festival-Hamilton
Haiti en Fete-Ottawa

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SATURDAY July 20

0730 Cambridge-based musician Mandippal Jandu joined guest host Karen Gordon in a repeat broadcast of the conversation that they had in March of this year about Mandippal's debut EP---"Ready To Stay".
Listen audio (runs 11:17)
NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.
If you'd like to see and hear Mandippal perform live...he has a couple of Toronto shows on the horizon.
Mandippal will be at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club on July the 24th and then he'll share the stage with Darrelle London at The Cameron House on August the 5th.
Learn more at Mandippal's website.

0800 They're the movies that were...blocked by blockbusters. Film reviewer Thom Ernst reminded Karen about films that have been lost in the hype surrounding huge summer releases, both past and present.
Listen audio (runs 12:58)
Thom's list of "films lost in the shadows" includes:
1. 1975 Robert Altman's NASHVILLE
2. 1978 THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
3. 1995 From Australia: MURIEL'S WEDDING
4. 2011 ATTACK THE BLOCK and ANOTHER EARTH
5. 2012 MOONRISE KINGDOM, PREMIUM RUSH and LAWLESS.
6. 2013 Francis Ha (currently in theatres), Much Ado About Nothing (currently in theatres), Berberian Sound Studio (later July release), The Hunt (later July release) and You're Next (to be released in August)
If you're into films, be sure to check out Thom's
ReelThomErnst website.

0830 In the wake of Canadian actor Cory Monteith's fatal overdose on heroin and alcohol, Dr. Peter Selby, division chief of addiction at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, joined Karen to talk about the facts and fallacies surrounding addictions
Listen audio (runs 11:46)


Whither Twitter?

Has the Twitter bubble burst? Or has the messaging tool simply taken a new shape? Social media expert Rhonda McEwen will join guest host Danielle Harder this coming weekend to talk about the evolution of Twitter...and some interesting changes at other social media platforms, too.

Dr. Mike's Webinar on WED July 24

Join Community Food Centres Canada for a webinar conversation with Dr. Mike Evans and Kathryn Scharf on how to work to help people move from knowledge to action in the area of healthy eating. Referencing research and experience from the doctor's office to community food programs, the webinar will cover topics that include: barriers to healthy eating, motivational interviewing, group goal-setting and using fun, hands-on skill building approaches. Discussion will focus on what a common-sense approach to healthy nutrition looks like, one that helps to empower people to take control of their food, even within socioeconomic constraints and a world full of confusing research, advertising messages and poor food environments. Setting objectives and techniques for creating positive feedback loops by measuring change will also addressed.

When: Wednesday July 24, 2013 11am-12pm EDT
Where: Your Computer
How Much: Free!

What's On for July 20

Here are Marina's What's On selections:

Seed Library-Orillia
Arts & Crafts' Summer Show-Muskoka
Pop Up Porch Dances-Toronto

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SUNDAY July 14

0730 Film programmer James Quandt from the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto joined guest host Karen Gordon to discuss the influence and legacy of French new wave film director Jacques Demy.
Listen audio (runs 9:43)
Learn more about the retrospective of Jacques Demy's films at the TIFF Lightbox website.

0800 Summer is the perfect time to take in a baseball game...or...read a BOOK about the boys of summer. Erin Balser from CBC Books joined Karen with some of her favourite books about baseball.
Listen audio (runs 6:29)
Here are Erin's baseball book picks:
1. The Might Have Been by Joseph Shuster
2. Whenever I Wind Up by RA Dickey
3. Color Blind by Tom Dunkel
There's always plenty of good reading on the CBC Books website.

0830 Hot weather...and hot outdoor design trends. The two don't always make for a good combination. That's what landscape designer Carson Arthur believes. He was Karen's guest and he talked about the negative environmental impact of some current design practices.
Listen audio (runs 12:31)
Learn more about Carson's landscape design activities by visiting his
Carson Arthur website.

Cottages, movies and music...

It's a perfect combination for the summer. Architecture expert Shannon Kyles will tell us why there's more to the term "cottage" than you imagined. Film guy Thom Ernst will remind us about some excellent movies that were blocked by blockbusters. And musician, composer, arranger and producer Justin Abedin will talk about his multi-faceted career. They'll all join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend.

What's On for July 14

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Mosaika-Ottawa
Kingston Buskers Rendezvous
Ontario Hummingbird Festival-Midland
Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival

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SATURDAY July 13

0730 Lloyd Green collects vinyl. That's vinyl records! And he's not alone. He's one of a growing number of music collectors who look for old LPs and 45 singles. Lloyd joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about his avocation.
Listen audio (runs 8:42)
Lloyd is one of several vinyl collectors who'll take part in "Vinyl Replay" at Toronto's Artscape Triangle Gallery today between 11am and 6pm.
Full details are at the Gallery's website.

0800 Home reno expert Jorge Rodrigues dropped by to talk about booking a contractor far enough in advance to get your renovation started and completed on time. It's a process that takes planning and patience.
Listen audio (runs 12:59)
Jorge is president of J B Rodrigues & Associates; building contractors and consultants in Toronto. Unfortunately, Jorge is not accepting new clients at this point in time.

0830 Skydiggers founding members Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson joined Karen to talk about the band's 25th anniversary...and its latest recording, "No. 1 Northern", a collection of "covers" of Canadians songs that the 'Diggers particularly admire.
Listen audio (runs 9:41)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Skydiggers will perform live in Ontario in Welland on the IlluminAqua Stage at Merritt Park on August the 3rd.
More info is available at the Skydiggers website.

What's On for July 13

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Salsa on St Clair-Toronto
Ontario Latin Arts Festival-Toronto
Kinsmen Summerfest-Goderich
Community Care Durham's 17th Annual Gardens of Uxbridge Garden Tour
Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society Garden Tour and Tea
Nuit Blanche North-Huntsville

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SUNDAY July 7

0730 Weekends are for home improvement projects. But Karin and Lionel Lodge took that philosophy a step farther. They embarked on a house restoration in Port Dover. And it consumed the next 5 and half years of their lives. They elaborated when they joined guest host Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 10:52)
You can learn more about the house at Karin and Lionel's website.

0800 Kids used to have plenty of time to just be...kids. Then parents got involved and suddenly all that free time disappeared. Instead, kids were scheduled into sports, music and all kinds of other activities. Our parenting columnist thinks that's a mistake---and Samantha Kemp-Jackson elaborated when she joined Karen.
Listen audio (runs 9:52)
Be sure to visit Samantha's Multiple Mayhem Mama website.

0830 A couple of months ago, Karen talked with Sylvia Morrison, a professor at George Brown Community College. Sylvia was about to lead a group of George Brown students and community members to Ghana to build a library in a remote village. With that mission accomplished, Sylvia and George Brown students Brittany Paddley and Vivian Khoshaba came in to talk about their experiences with Karen
Listen audio (runs 12:12)
Learn more about the work of Sylvia's not-for-profit development organization in Ghana at her Links Across Borders website.

Carson's Back...

Landscape designer Carson Arthur will be here this coming weekend. Carson specializes in creating outdoor "living rooms" that incorporate the latest environmental and ecological advances. This time his topic is "hot weather trends"---summer strategies to improve your property while reducing your environmental footprint. That's in store when Carson and guest host Karen Gordon sit down together.

What's On for July 7

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Ottawa Bluesfest
Kincardine and District Horticultural Society Garden Tour
Habitat for Humanity Mississauga
Cultura Festival in North York

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SATURDAY July 6

0700 Kevin Callan checked in again as he neared the end of his "Once Around Algonquin" canoe trip through the watersheds of Algonquin Park.
Listen to what he told Karen Gordon. audio (runs 2:59)
Kevin's Facebooking his adventures and you can keep up to date by visiting Kevin's Facebook site.

0730 Hannah Alper is 10 years old. She's also an accomplished blogger. Her most recent posting is advice for kids going to summer camp for the first time---something that Hannah did last year. Hannah shared her summer camp philosophy with guest host Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 9:46)
Catch up with all of Hannah's blog posts at her Call Me Hannah blog.

0800 Mike Wise is going "16/6" this summer. Mike's a TV anchor for CBC News Toronto. And he joined Karen to tell her how he'll attempt to "unplug" from his many electronic devices this summer.
Listen audio (runs 7:28)
You can watch Mike every weekday evening at 11 o'clock if you're tuned to CBC TV in Toronto. You can also follow him on Twitter: @wisem
And check out Mike's website...he'll be blogging about his "16/6" experiences.

0830 He grew up in India...but he was listening to 1960s American soul and R&B music. Now Rehan Dalal is making music of his own...and he's channeling those artists that he grew up listening to.
Listen to his conversation with Karen Gordon. audio (runs 12:13)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Rehan has just released his first album. It's called "Got To Feel It".
You can visit Rehan's website to learn more about his music.

What's On for July 6

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Festival of South Asia - Toronto
Taste of Lawrence - Toronto
Caruso Club Italian Festival- Sudbury
IlluminAqua - Folk Festival - Welland
Jazz on the Mountain - Blue Mountain

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