Past Episodes: March 2012 Archives

Watching it happen

 March 30, 2012


This is a special edition to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare and the equally bitter and devastating war Croatians fought to break away from Jugoslavia.


The programme features news reports from the early 1990's and recordings with people who escaped the fighting - also people who came to Canada before the wars broke out, people of Bosnian, Serb and Croatian background and their Canadian born children.   All of them were interviewed separately in Toronto in 1992 and 1993 at a time when TV and videos were giving us not just shocking images of the violence that was tearing Jugoslavia apart but also competing versions of the history that lay behind it.  Everyone was watching the same images but their views on the causes of the conflict are just as opposed as the forces in the battlefields so far away. 


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The things people do

March 23, 2012

PART 1 Paddy McMahon was a wrestler but his whole life is a collection of the strange and the dangerous.  As a kid Amanda Buckowitz loved pillow fighting, now she does it professionally.  Perry Gladstone goes for the national record for holding your breath under water.  Graham Stewart travels to Scotland to entice the Loch Ness monster from the deep.

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 PART 2  Cara Sullivan drives from Toronto to North Carolina to compete at the international whistlers convention.  Sam Pane takes to the skies, just, in a powered paraglider.  Julia Grant invites friends and family to help her plan her own funeral.  Sue Hickey writes fond letters of appreciation to an English church composer who's been dead for four centuries.


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Going back and moving on

March 16, 2012


Part 1


Carolina Echeverria came to Canada from Chile in the 1980's fed up with violence and fear in a country run by the army.  Since then a lot has changed.  Carolina returns to family and friends and gets a tough course in "modern Chile 101".  "Returning the stones"; Dan Misener takes a roadtrip to old graveyards and a twilight rendezvous with people who believe there's no way you can separate the past, the present and the future.  "Sailing home"; Suzanne Ahearne crosses the Atlantic to the place where it all began.  It's a real ship, but its cargo contains dreams. visions and memories of her father.

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For Andra McCartney retracing steps is not a metaphor for examining the past, it's the real thing.  In her mid 40's she's re-learning to walk.  Travis Schouten has PTSD, one of many soldiers returning from combat in Afghanistan who can't move on with their lives because they can't escape images of the past.  For Corinna Hodgson moving on meant figuring out how to walk a couple of hundred steps, at night, from a Toronto subway station to her home.


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