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Breakaway with Saroja Coelho

From the Gaspé to the Abitibi, the Eastern Townships to the Lower North Shore, Breakaway has Quebec covered for daily news. Tune in for the stories behind the latest headlines and discover the talk in your neck of woods.

  • 10:19
    Charles Bender is an actor who originally hails from Wendake. He tells host Saroja Coelho why Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves is a marvelous piece of apocalyptic fiction, while also reminding us of the real-life horrors of residential schools. Hear more of his perspective on Dimaline's futuristic take on our own history.
    Mar 15, 2018
  • 10:56
    Daniel Grenier is an author and translator, and he is one of our panelists at CBC Quebec's local Canada Reads event. Grenier shares his thoughts on Mark Sakamoto's Forgiveness, which retraces his family history.
    Mar 14, 2018
  • 07:25
    Mary McCown is a language instructor and a journalist for the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph. She's also very active in film, television and theatre, in addition to being a book lover, as you'll hear. Mary defends Craig Davidson's book Precious Cargo in the lead up to our Battle of the Books.
    Mar 13, 2018
  • 14:55
    Author and professor Neil Bissoondath talks about how a successful novel can "speak to your head and to your heart." He argues that Sharon Bala's the Boat People finds that balance.
    Mar 12, 2018
  • 10:38
    Bernard Gilbert is an author, in addition to being the General Manager of Le Diamant, Quebec City's emerging arts centre. He is defending Omar El Akkad's novel American War in our local edition of Canada Reads. Bernard joins Breakaway host Saroja Coelho in studio to talk about why the book resonated with him, and what it is he loves about dystopian novels.
    Mar 9, 2018
  • 11:46
    "Most of the slaves were children. They thought they were less prone to flee or to be hard-headed if they arrived here young. "Historian Ali Ndiaye shares the stories of some of Quebec's most famous fugitive slaves, like Marie-Joseph Angelique. He tells Breakaway host Saroja Coelho more.
    Feb 27, 2018
  • 09:15
    Between 1629 and 1833, there were more than four thousand slaves in Quebec. One of the people who calls attention to the stories of those slaves is historian Aly Ndiaye - who many of you will know as Quebec hip hop artist Webster. He joined our host Saroja Coelho to tell the stories of some of the first black people to ever live in Canada.
    Feb 20, 2018
  • 13:47
    Uncovering some hard truths about Canada's history of slavery. George Tombs is the translator of Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage, originally written by Marcel Trudel in 1960. It was one of the first history books to map out who used slaves, and painted a picture of who those slaves were. Tombs joins host Saroja Coelho to explain how he came to translate the book into English decades after it was first published, and why the legacy of slavery in Canada is still relatively unknown.
    Feb 16, 2018
  • 07:55
    Quebec City's Mois Multi runs from February 2nd through 'til the 25th. Artists from around the world have been presenting multi-media art shows, blurring the lines between technological innovation and fine art. The public is welcome to come check out installations, free of charge, most of which take place at le Coop Méduse. Danish artist Christian Skjødt tells Julia Caron how some of the art he is presenting is inspired by a famous Russian scientist turned spy.
    Feb 15, 2018
  • 05:58
    Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence has opened a new resource centre in Rimouski for English speakers. People can find everything from a library, to family activities to health workshops. Executive director Melanie Leblanc tells us about the project.
    Feb 7, 2018
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