Now that we're officially in summer here in Canada - let's have a look at what's in store on CBC Radio One. Chris Boyce, executive director of Radio and Audio at CBC said: "This summer, CBC Radio One presents a collection of compelling programs that explore the unique and diverse experience of Canadians today. "We're excited for audiences to hear from a range of interesting personalities on a wide variety of topics that make for compelling conversations, whether you're enjoying your summer in the garden or on a drive to the cottage."
The new shows - starting as of next week (Monday, June 25) are thus:
Babel (Mondays at 11.30am and Wednesdays at 7.30pm) - Your host Mariel Borelli will take to the streets, classrooms and boardrooms of Canada to explore the ever-evolving English language here in Canada. Today, English isn't the mother tongue of one in five Canadians. Babel will celebrate what the English language is becoming in this country, a "glorious and uniquely Canadian linguistic mash-up".
The Wild Side (Tuesdays at 11.30am and Fridays at 7.30pm) - Grant Lawrence will interact with his listeners - you - to share your (and his own) "exciting, energizing, and engaging stories of life in Canada's great outdoors". We'll be speaking with Grant shortly to tell you more about the show.
Fear Itself (Mondays at 7.30pm and Thursdays at 9.30am) - Christy Ann Conlin, a writer of horror and ghost stories, will explore just what fear is. She'll go "into the realm of our most profound terrors by exploring why we are both drawn to and repulsed by fear".
Invisible Hand (Wednesdays at 9.30am and Saturdays at 11am) - Matthew Lazin-Ryder will explore how almost every choice we make in life is determined by how much it will cost us: "Life is about how we chose to spend our limited time, limited money and limited information. What we think we know about those choices is often dead wrong."
Metamorphosis (Tuesdays at 9.30am and Thursdays at 7.30pm) - Metamorphosis will tell the story of ten men and women who have profoundly changed their life, specifically the experience that lead to the transformation. The story of a profound change - from Ebenezer Scrooge to The Biggest Loser - has always captivated audiences.
As well as these new shoes, some familiar series and specials set to air this summer include:
Vinyl Café Stories (Thursdays at 1pm) - Stuart McLean will delve back into the Vinyl Café archives for a new mix of some old stories, featuring Dave, his wife Morely and all the characters that play a part in Dave's life as a record store owner.
Trailbreakers (Wednesdays at 11pm and Fridays at 11.30am) - Trailbreakers was first broadcast last year as part of CBC's 8th Fire project looking at the relationship in Canada between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
Wachtel on the Arts (Wednesdays at 1pm) - Eleanor Wachtel speaks with leading people from the world of the arts, from directors to actors, from composers to choreographers and everyone in between. All, of course, in her trademark intimate and in-depth style.
Game Changer (Tuesdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 9.30am) - Anna Maria Tremonti (watch above as we went behind the microphone with her) presents stories of "people, events and ideas that have fundamentally changed the way we move throughout our world, the decisions we make, the actions we take and how we figure out the best way forward"
Global Perspectives (Mondays at 9.30am and Wednesdays at 11.30pm) - this international documentary series is a co-production with multiple broadcasters from around the world. The theme this year is "Old School, New School".
To check out the full summer schedule, head to CBC.ca/radio