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September 2013 Archives

SUNDAY September 29

0730 David Carroll is an ultra marathoner. Ultra marathons are as long as 160 kilometres and can take 24 hours to complete. David is also the author of a new book for younger readers called "Ultra". He joined Mary Ito to talk about his passion for running VERY long distances ...and for writing a book about the sport.
Listen audio (runs 13:15)
"Ultra" is published by Scholastic.
You can learn more about "Ultra" at the Scholastic website.
And check out David's Run Write Repeat blog for an account of his latest ultra marathon.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans followed up his previous week's discussion dealing with testosterone therapy by examining the causes of, and treatments for erectile dysfunction.
You can hear his conversation with Mary by visiting Mike's column

0830 CBC TV's Murdoch Mysteries returns tomorrow night. And star Yannick Bisson took time out from filming Series Seven to talk with Mary about the show and its immense appeal. He also talked about his life off-screen---hint: think mountain biking.
Listen audio (runs 12:14)
Murdoch Mysteries airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on CBC Television.
Learn more about the show at the Murdoch Mysteries website.

Erectile Dysfunction

Doctor Mike Evans paid a house call to Mary Ito in the Fresh Air studio to discuss a very "guy" thing that can have a major impact on relationships: erectile dysfunction. Mike examined both the causes and the treatments.

Listen audio (runs 10:54)

Mike also has a new whiteboard video. It's all about "sitting disease". You can watch it and ALL of Mike's whiteboard videos on his Doc Mike Evans' YouTube channel.

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

Return Of Reno Man

Renovation expert Jorge Rodrigues will be here this coming weekend. He'll join guest host Karen Gordon. And he'll tell us how our obsession with tech gadgets is influencing the latest home reno trends.

Accent On Toronto 12

Accent On Toronto is back! This annual evening of comedy is presented by CBC Toronto. It takes place on October 17th at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. You can learn more---including how to get tickets---at the Accent On Toronto webpage.

SATURDAY September 28

0730 Hollywood has long had an uneven relationship with the sport of auto racing. For every successful movie there have been a lot of misses. The new film about the 1976 Formula 1 season--- Rush ---is one of those rare exceptions, according to Norris McDonald. He's a connoisseur of racing movies---he's also motorsport columnist for The Toronto Star. He offered his insights into the genre AND Rush to Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 10:20)
If you're into motorsport, check out
Norris' auto racing blog

0800 Does your favourite canine have doggie breath? Is your cat's incisors looking the worse for wear? Veterinarian Ted Morris joined Mary to talk about how best to keep your pet's teeth in good health.
Listen audio (runs 9:50)
CBC's Marketplace is investigating the cost of routine veterinary procedures. And you can join the investigation.Visit the Marketplace website to submit a copy of your vet bill and a photo of your pet.And be sure to watch the Marketplace season premiere---"Barking Mad"---this coming Friday night (Oct 4) on CBC Television.

0830 It's called the Liberian Learning Center Project. It will house Liberia's first post-war fully functional Library and a living cultural archive to encourage literacy, preserve Liberian culture and serve as a space for building peaceful communities. It's a project of Empowerment Squared. Leo Johnson is its founder and director. And he joined Mary.
Listen audio (runs 15:17)
Learn more about the Liberian Learning Center Project at the
Empowerment Squared website.

Accent On Toronto 12

Accent On Toronto is back! This annual evening of comedy is presented by CBC Toronto. It takes place on October 17th at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. You can learn more---including how to get tickets---at the Accent On Toronto webpage.

The ULTRA Marathon Man

David Carroll runs marathons. But these are no ORDINARY foot races. David participates in ULTRA marathons---we're talking up to 160 kilometres, non-stop. What's more, David has turned his experiences into a new book for younger readers. It's called "Ultra"...and David Carroll will join Mary Ito this coming weekend to elaborate.

Cookbooks, ultra marathons and Rush

Lots of variety on the upcoming weekend's worth of Fresh Airs. Alison Fryer from The Cookbook Store will have a round-up of the autumn publishing season's tastiest offerings. Ultra marathoner David Carroll has written a book for younger readers about this gruelling sport. And motorsport expert Norris McDonald will tell us if "Rush", the new film about Formula 1, is worth rushing to the theatres to see. All this and new music from some of Ontario's best musicians with host Mary Ito.

SUNDAY September 22

0730 How did you spend YOUR summer vacation? Toronto's Katharine Stanbridge went for a bike ride...from Vancouver to St. John's. And she did it...because she WANTED to. Katharine explained when she sat down with Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 9:36)
You can experience the highs (and occasional lows) of her cross-Canada bicycle journey by visiting Katharine's blog.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans came into the Fresh Air studio to talk about the pros and cons of testosterone therapy with Mary. You can hear that conversation again by visiting Dr. Mike's column.

0830 Barbra Lica writes songs and sings them. Lou Pomanti produces and arranges music...as well as playing keyboards. Put them together and you have the making of some sweet melodies. Barbra and Lou debuted the fruits of their musical labours when they came into the Fresh Air studio.
Listen audio (runs 12:36)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Barbra and Lou's collaborations will soon be available on iTunes and all major digital download sites.
Learn more by visiting Barbra and Lou's websites.

Dr. Mike and Testosterone Therapy

Dr. Mike Evans joined Mary to talk about the pros and cons of men receiving testosterone therapy.
Listen audio (runs 11:17)

Watch all of Mike's whiteboard videos on his Doc Mike Evans' YouTube channel.

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

Accent On Toronto 12

Accent On Toronto is back! This annual evening of comedy is presented by CBC Toronto. It takes place on October 17th at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. You can learn more---including how to get tickets---at the Accent On Toronto webpage.

SATURDAY September 21

0730 J. Kent Messum's debut novel is called "Bait". It's a dark psychological thriller about a group of strangers who find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Jamie graduated from York University's Fine Arts Program and has an interesting career history---he's worked as a session musician, freelance writer, producer, internet radio station disc jockey, bartender, office gopher, music teacher, movie grip, laborer, contractor, and a few other things he'd rather not admit. He elaborated when he sat down with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 11:33)
"Bait" is published by Penguin Canada.
Jamie will be interviewed by Mary at the Toronto edition of Word on The Street this coming Sunday (Sept 22). It all happens at Queen's Park Circle on the Bestsellers Stage from 12:45 to 1:45PM.
You can learn more about the author and the book at Jamie's website.

0800 Pockets is a capuchin monkey who lives at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland. He's also an accomplished artist. Indeed, Pockets has been listed as the eighth top-selling animal painter in the world. Mary learned more when she talked with a HUMAN artist named Scott Cameron.
Listen audio (runs 8:45)
An exhibition of Pockets' work is currently on display at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel. The details are at the Gladstone's website.
To learn more about the "artist", visit Pockets' Facebook page.

0830 Celebrity chef Michael Smith has been passionate about cooking simple, great-tasting food since his mom first introduced him to cooking at an early age. His latest book is called "Back To Basics". He joined Mary to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 9:25)
"Back To Basics: is published by Penguin Canada.
Learn more at Michael's website.

Accent On Toronto 12

Accent On Toronto is back! This annual evening of comedy is presented by CBC Toronto. It takes place on October 17th at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. You can learn more---including how to get tickets---at the Accent On Toronto webpage.

Dr. Mike, Barbra & Lou...and the key to a long life

Lots happening this coming weekend on Fresh Air. Dr. Mike Evans is back with news from the medical front. Singer Barbra Lica has teamed up with producer/arranger Lou Pomanti to create some very hummable melodies---they'll debut a few. And longevity expert Sharon Basaraba will tell us if eating fish really will lead to a longer life. Join host Mary Ito for all this...and much more!

SUNDAY September 15

0730 Autumn means back to school for the youngsters...and the return of team sports. But making the team and the resulting need to succeed can lead to unhealthy levels of stress for kids. Sports psychologist Paul Dennis says there's nothing wrong with failing...so long as its properly managed. He explained when he sat down with Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 12:12)
Paul is also a professor at York University where he's the full time high-performance coach for student-athletes in the various York "Lions" athletic programmes. Learn more about Paul at the York University Lion's website.

0800 David Suzuki is a familar face to CBC TV viewers as the host of The Nature Of Things. One of this season's episodes deals with a topic that has a special significance for him. It's the rising incidence of Alzheimer's disease. David explained his personal connection to this subject when he joined Mary in-studio.
Listen audio (runs 11:24)
The episode of The Nature of Things that deals with Alzheimer's disease will be broadcast on CBC Television on November 14.
Learn more about the show's entire lineup for its 53rd season at
The Nature Of Things website.

0830 Priscila Uppal is familiar to Fresh Air listeners as a poet who ofter works with athletes to portray their competitive experiences in verse. But her latest work is a memoir. The book is called Projection: Encounters With My Runaway Mother and Priscila joined Mary to talk about her reasons for writing it.
Listen audio (runs 12:39)
Projection: Encounters With My Runaway Mother is published by Dundurn. You can learn more about it at the Dundurn website.

SATURDAY September 14

0730 Mirella Amato is a good person to know when the subject is beer or opera. She's a beer specialist and curates her Beerology website. But she's also a former opera singer. Now she's combined her two passions with an event called "Hopera". Mirella elaborated when she joined Mary.
Listen audio (runs 10:22)
"Hopera" takes place at Habits Gastropub in Toronto on September the 19th.
Learn more at the Hopera website.
And check out Mirella's Beerology website while you're at it!

0800 As students go back to university, their learning shouldn't be confined to the classroom---they should also learn to take responsibility for their money. That's personal finance columnist Nisha Patel's opinion...and she talked to Mary about the importance of students learning to both live within a budget and how to manage their student loans.
Listen audio (runs 8:56)

0830 You might know Meg Tilly as an award-winning actress---think "The Big Chill", "Agnes Of God" and televison's "Bomb Girls". But she's also a successful author. And her most recent work has just been published. It's a young adult novel called "A Taste Of Heaven". Meg Tilly joined Mary to talk about her "other" career
Listen audio (runs 20:21)
"A Taste Of Heaven" is published by Penguin Canada.
Mary will interview Meg at Toronto's edition of Word On The Street on Sunday, September the 22nd. That's at Queen's Park Circle and it happens on the Bestsellers Stage between 1:45 and 2:15.
Check the Word On The Street website for more information.
Learn more about Meg's two careers---actress and author---at Meg's website.

SUNDAY September 8

0730 Schools are back in session across the province. But along with the excitement of starting a new year comes a degree of anxiety for some students. Parenting columnist Samantha Kemp Jackson joined Mary to explore the causes...and offer some ways for parents to help their children alleviate the stress.
Listen audio (runs 9:49)
There's always plenty of parenting tips at Samantha's Multiple Mayhem Mama website.

0800 Today is Recovery Day across the country. It honours the thousands of people who are in recovery from addiction. One of them is former politician George Smitherman who's the keynote speaker at a special event in Toronto. He joined Mary to talk about his experiences with addiction.
Listen audio (runs 10:24)
Learn more about Recovery Day and George's role in the event at the Recovery Day Toronto website

0830 Mary reconvened the Sunday Salon with guest "saloners" comedian Evan Carter, psychiatrist David Goldbloom and journalist Anne Kingston.
They tackled a wide range of topics...ranging from the serious to the sublime.
Listen audio (runs 18:08)


The Big Chill...And More!

Meg Tilly, one of the stars of the 1983 classic "The Big Chill", will join Mary Ito this coming weekend. But there's more to Meg than movies to talk about---Meg is also an accomplished author. Tune in to get the whole "story".

What's On for September 8

Here are today's What's On selections:

Charity Motorcycle Ride to support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind - Manotick
Niagara Food Festival - Welland
Mother's Day: A Multi-Arts Performance - Toronto

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

SATURDAY September 7

0730 Fresh Air's resident "bookies"---CBC book columnist Becky Toyne and CBC Books producer Erin Balser---joined Mary to recommend some of the hot fall books.
Listen audio (runs 7:22)
Erin and Becky's on-air (and some bonus) recommendations:
MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO by Michael Winter
DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King
BLEEDING EDGE by Thomas Pynchon
OH, MY DARLING by Shaena Lambert
KICKING THE SKY by Anthony De Sa
SAVAGE LOVE by Douglas Glover
THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton
Check out the CBC Books website for more literary topics...and pay a visit to
Becky's website, too!

0800 Forensic semiotics is the latest of Marcel Danesi's many specialities. Marcel is a professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. And forensic semiotics deals with techniques that can be used in the investigation of crimes and in connecting criminality to cultural produces and tendencies. Marcel elaborated when he visited Mary.
Listen audio (runs 10:09)
One of Marcel's latest books deals with this topic---he co-authored it with Antonio Nicaso. It's called "Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth" and it's published by Rowman & Littlefield. You can learn more about the book at Marcel's
publisher's website.

0830 Who should pay when a gal and a guy go out on a date? That's the question that Mary put to a pair of singles who have plenty of experience with the dating game---Ashley Rodger and Andrew Parsons. And their answers may surprise you.
Listen audio (runs 11:31)


Hot Autumn Books

Fresh Air's book panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser----joined Mary Ito to talk about their picks for fall reading.
Have a listen audio (runs 7:22)
And be sure to visit Becky's website for more book thoughts and insights.
You can also follow Becky on Twitter

What's On for September 7

Here are today's What's On selections:

Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts - Toronto
Stratford Garlic Festival
Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival - Port Credit

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

SUNDAY September 1

0730 Mark Rheaume and guest host Karen Gordon sat down in the Fresh Air studio for the latest edition of Mark's Music. To check out his August picks, visit Mark's column.

0800 Film Fest Feature Toronto writer/director Richie Mehta follows up his 2007 critically acclaimed feature film debut AMAL with SIDDHARTH. The new film gets its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival next week where it is in competition in the Venice Days program (akin to the prestigious Director's Fortnight at Cannes). We check in with Richie to find out how the Venice Festival is going, find out more about the heartbreaking real-life incident that inspired this new movie, and ask how he feels about showing his movie to a hometown crowd at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
Listen audio (runs 10:51)

0830 Healthy Happy Couple Nutritionists Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis are a 30-something couple in Toronto, part of a growing trend of people who are stepping away from the stressful chase of chasing careers and money, in favour of a healthier and happier life. But they didn't always live this way. Karen Gordon finds out the story behind their decision to change and explores what adventures they have planned next.

Listen audio (runs 13:43)

Meghan Telpner spoke with Karen Gordon in March about her book Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health, offering her thoughts on avoiding the trap of diet deprivation and calorie counting. Here's that conversation: Listen audio (runs 14:15)

Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health is published by McClelland & Stewart.

Learn more about Meghan, her book and online courses at Meghan's website.

Find out more about Josh Gitalis and his clinical nutrition practice at Josh's website.


Mark's Music September 2013

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Artist: Rehan Dalal
Album: Got to Feel It
Song: That Old Fashioned Feeling
Website: Rehan Dalal


Artist: Gary Kendall, Kendall Wall Band
Album: The Way We Was
Song: Won't You Stay
Website: Kendall Wall Band and Gary Kendall


Artist: The Marrieds
Album: Saving Hope
Song: On the CBC
Website: The Marrieds

What's On for September 1

Here are today's What's On selections:

UNIFOR concert - Toronto

Star Wars Exhibit - Ottawa

Memories of Summer - Wasaga Beach

The Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium - Guelph

Jazz Photography of Thomas King

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

Sun September 1

0730 Mark Rheaume and guest host Karen Gordon is back in the Fresh Air studio for the latest edition of Mark's Music. Check back after 9 am to discover his picks for September. Find them at Mark's column.

0800 Film Fest Feature Toronto writer/director Richie Mehta follows up his 2007 critically acclaimed feature film debut AMAL with SIDDHARTH. The new film gets its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival next week where it is in competition in the Venice Days program (akin to the prestigious Director's Fortnight at Cannes). We check in with Richie to find out how the Venice Festival is going, find out more about the heartbreaking real-life incident that inspired this new movie, and ask how he feels about showing his movie to a hometown crowd at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

0830 Healthy Happy Couple Nutritionists Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis are a 30-something couple in Toronto, part of a growing trend of people who are stepping away from the stressful chase of chasing careers and money, in favour of a healthier and happier life. But they didn't always live this way. Karen Gordon finds out the story behind their decision to change and explores what adventures they have planned next.

Meghan Telpner spoke with Karen Gordon in March about her book Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health, offering her thoughts on avoiding the trap of diet deprivation and calorie counting. Here's that conversation: Listen audio (runs 14:15)

Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health is published by McClelland & Stewart.
Learn more about Meghan, her book and online courses at Meghan's website.

Find out more about Josh Gitalis and his clinical nutrition practice at Josh'swebsite.