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Past Episodes: January 2013 Archives

SUNDAY January 27

0730 The play is called "Rare". With it, playwright Judith Thompson and a group of young adults with Down syndrome have created a piece using their own life experiences, thoughts, feelings and words to give us an open window into their world.
Judith talked with Mary Ito about the play and her motivation in writing it.
Listen audio (runs 9:50)
All the details about "Rare" are at theYoung Centre website.

0800 Canada Reads is almost here. CBC Radio's annual battle of the books---hosted by Jian Ghomeshi---will start on February 11. And Erin Balser from CBC Books online came by to brief Mary on this year's contending books.
Listen audio (runs 11:13)
All the details are available on the
Canada Reads

0830 She's the proverbial triple-threat. Amy McConnell is a singer...a film-maker AND a voice actor. And she's successful in all three fields! Amy's new album---a collaboration with trumpeter William Sperandei---is called "Stealing Genius". Here's Mary's conversation with Amy:
Listen audio (runs 10:20)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Amy and William will be on stage at Toronto's Old Mill Inn on March the 8th. You'll also find them at Hugh's Room in Toronto on March the 27th.
All the details are on Amy and William's website.

SATURDAY January 26

0700 Fresh Air host Mary Ito featured a preview of today's installment of CBC Radio's "The Debaters". The show airs just after the one o'clock news. Learn more at The Debaters website.

0730 New research has shown that personalized-music has the power to awaken deeply locked memories in people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. And that's what Marija Padjen and Sabrina McCurbin from the Alzheimer Society came in to talk about with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 7:20)
Learn more at the Alzheimer Society website.

0800 Over-prescription of antibiotic drugs is becoming a major concern in the medical world. And it could have major implications for our ability to fight bacterial diseases. Kelly Grindrod---an assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo and also a community pharmacist---joined Mary to elaborate.
Learn more about Kelly at her University of Waterloo webpage

0830 Two long-time Liberals---former MPPs Monique Smith and Sean Conway---joined Mary to preview the balloting for a new leader at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention.
Listen audio (runs 15:10)
The convention takes place today in Toronto. CBC will have extensive coverage of the voting. All the details are at the CBC News website.

SUNDAY, January 20

0730 Shakura S'Aida and Paul Reddick have much in common. They're both musicians---BLUES musicians, to be precise, they released new albums in 2012, and they have multiple nominations at this year's Maple Blues Awards (on January 21). Shakura and Paul joined Mary Ito to talk about their mutual lives in the blues.
Listen audio (runs 12:13)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about their music at Shakura and Paul's websites.

0800 Windows are key elements in heritage houses. No one knows that better than Shannon Kyles. She's a professor of archirecture at Mohawk College in Hamilton and heritage architecture editor at Arabella Magazine. And she joined Mary to detail the finer points of the windows that define Ontario's historical homes.
Listen audio (runs 10:59)
Learn more about this and related topics on Shannon's Ontario Architecture website.

0830 Ontario Liberals will pick a new leader on January 26th. The two front-runners are Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne. CBC News provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley compared and contrasted the two contenders when he joined Mary.
Listen audio (runs 12:20)
Mike will be part of the CBC News team's extensive coverage of the Ontario Liberal leadership convention. It all begins this coming Friday (Jan 25) and continues through the voting and final results on Saturday (Jan 26)on CBC Radio One, CBC News Network and CBC DOT CA. In the meantime, keep up to date on developments in the Ontario Liberal leadership contest by visiting the CBC News website.