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The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe

Designed to ease Calgary commuters' transitions from the end of the workday back to their families, The Homestretch offers an entertaining and lively blend of news and information.

  • 08:27
    He helped shape the radio scene in Canada in the 1950s. He has met everyone from the Beatles to Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. Red Robinson is an influential force who spent decades spinning tunes. He retired last year at the age of 80. His life inspired a new show now on at Stage West called Red Rock Diner. Red joined host Doug Dirks on the line.
    Jul 16, 2018
  • 04:48
    If numbers are any indication, this year's Calgary Stampede was a success. Fifty-six thousand more people went through the gates this year, than last year. Bars and restaurants appeared to be busy throughout the 10 days. With a look at what this means for the economy, CBC Calgary business reporter Kyle Bakx joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Jul 16, 2018
  • 07:11
    A new study shows that exposure to cannabis has harmful effects on the embryos of zebrafish. This is according to research out of the University of Alberta. Declan Ali authored the study. He is a professor of biological sciences at the U of A.
    Jul 16, 2018
  • 07:00
    Are you a parent who's addicted to your phone? It could have a profound effect on your children. A new American study says parents' excessive use of their phones is creating behavioural problems in their kids. Researchers from Illinois State University and University of Michigan Medical School compiled the study. Gail Bell is the Co-founder of Parenting Power in Calgary. She joined host Doug Dirks in studio to talk about the study.
    Jul 16, 2018
  • 07:55
    It has been a challenging weekend for the United Conservative Party. Todd Beasley was running for the Brooks-Medicine Hat UCP nomination. But he was removed from the ballot after making what the party calls "insensitive, inappropriate comments" on Facebook. On Saturday, Calgary MLA Prab Gill resigned from the UCP caucus following an investigation into allegations of ballot stuffing levelled at a constituency meeting last month. To talk about the recruitment process for political parties, host Doug Dirks reached Duane Bratt. He is a political scientist with Mount Royal University.
    Jul 16, 2018
  • 07:28
    Homestretch naturalist Brian Keating is exploring Nova Scotia via kayak this week. Host Doug Dirks caught up with him on a beach in the 100 Wild Islands Group, a one-hour drive north of Halifax.
    Jul 16, 2018
  • 06:41
    As one 10 day festival winds down...another one is just getting started. Cyclepalooza starts today. It's a ten day bike festival held every summer in Calgary. And one of the bike-centric events happening on Saturday is a tour exploring the history of our city. History Cycle YYC is a passion project for Adam Noble-Johnson. He leads it tomorrow morning and joins Rob in studio.
    Jul 13, 2018
  • 06:28
    They started out as a cover band in Edmonton, but then "The Dungarees" took a turn and now they're Canada's rising country stars. The award-winning band has opened for the likes of Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire. They work with Grammy-award-winning producers. And tonight, they headline at Nashville North at the Calgary Stampede. Two band members join Rob on the Homestretch today - lead singer James Murdoch and guitarist and vocalist Robb Angus.
    Jul 13, 2018
  • 07:41
    When it comes to refreshing summer drinks there's nothing like a cold beer on a hot day. And while it's easy to pick-up any old brew at your local liquor store...summer is a great time to experiment with the local beers -- brewed right here in Alberta! This summer, our regular house wine columnist and sommelier Laurie MacKay is putting down her corkscrew and picking up a growler -- telling us the stories behind some of the best and brightest breweries in our province.
    Jul 13, 2018
  • 08:47
    Number one: Stare at Concrete Barriers Number two: Wonder where the pathway detour map is Number three: Realise there is no map This is just a few of the comments on a sign posted along the river pathway in Inglewood. That sign has since been torn down by the city. But the confusing detours around construction in the area are frustrating a number of commuters. Gian-Carlo Carra is the councillor for Ward 9.
    Jul 13, 2018
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