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Past Episodes: May 2011 Archives

It's about time

PART 1   "Decomposing pianos"; an unwanted pub piano is rescued and allowed to make a different kind of music as it sits in its rescuers' back yard. "After exile"; a time bending encounter between a dead poet and a radio producer as they ride a slow train back to the tiny farming village where they were both born and raised.

 

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PART 2   "Time out of time"; a woman tries to capture what it looks like and what it sounds like when she has epileptic seizures.  "Frozen in time"; the woman whose voice calls the stops on Toronto's buses and streetcars.  PLUS; an excerpt from "War Time Comes and Goes".

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Making music, feeling good

Part 1  Out on the streets asking people why they sing, why they don't and what they sing when they do!  Plus, a man joins an opera chorus and finds a route to "the other half of my soul" and a woman who's lived all over the world says if you can sing even moderately well you'll never be lonely. 

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Part 2  The humble ukulele is escaping its vaudeville image and emerging as the little instrument that can; can reduce stress, can increase self esteem,can help you through tough times; a visit with the folks at "Ruby's Ukes" in Vancouver.   Plus Vicki Belzil and her "chemotherapy song".


 

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Moving on and letting go

Part 1  Nicole Messier opened her Montreal home as a temporary refuge for the pets of women and children because in Quebec 70% of women won't leave abusive relationships unless they can take their dog or cat with them and the shelters won't take animals.  

A husband and wife came to Canada from Pakistan, trading good jobs and a large house in Karachi for minimum wage work and a small apartment in a rough part of downtown Toronto.  But they say they're happy and learning important life lessons.
 

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Part 2  "Last summer in Grand Bruit".  In this tiny community in Newfoundland so many people have left since the cod fishery collapsed in the early 90's that those who remain decided their only option was to ask for government help to abandon their homes, close the whole place down and try to find a living somewhere else.

 

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