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September 2012 Archives

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Underwear Donations

Satie Shottha is an underwear designer on a mission. She wants to get new panties into the hands of women in need. Whether it's here in BC or in far away Haiti.

You can hear that conversation after the 7:00 news on Sun Sep 30. And if you'd like to know more or get involved with her mission, you can go to her website kaiaandme.com.

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World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day was founded in 2005 by BCIT instructor Mark Angelo in Burnaby. More than 60 countries will participate in this year's global celebration of waterways. In BC Campbell River is holding its Haig-Brown Festival to highlight conservation efforts and celebrate the river. We'll speak with organizer Cynthia Bendickson on Sunday at 7:30 am about what they're planning. Several other communities are also marking the day with river cleanups, festivals, forums and paddles on the river. For more information you can go to  http://commons.bcit.ca/worldriversday/updates/September20_2012.pdf
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Cooking Clubs and Book Clubs

Tuesday Oct 2 join me and award winning author M.G. Vassanji in the Studio One Book Club to talk about his latest novel The Magic of Saida.  Enter to be in the audience here.

Friday Oct 5 come to Books to Cooks on W. 2nd in Vancouver at noon to meet celebrated author and teacher Diane Morgan from Portland. She'll be demonstrating a recipe from her latest book Roots.

We are searching for a young reader (18 and under) to be a co-host with me on Oct 18 when author Shane Peacock is in the Book Club.  Check here for details on how to enter.

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Janet Marie Rogers

Janet Marie Rogers
  is a poet and performer, she is currently Poet Laureate in Victoria, host of a radio show in the city and a regular on CBC Radio too.  Janet is a Mohawk writer from 6 Nations territory in Ontario and has been living and creating in BC for many years now.

She is in Vancouver to be part of The Word on the Street as one of the writer's whose poems are part of Poetry in Transit and to read from her latest collection Unearthed.

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Burgess Shale

We have one of the richest fossil beds in the world right in our own back yard.
The Burgess Shale is a UNESCO World Heritage site, protected within the boundaries of Yoho National Park. The Royal Ontario Museum has a great display of the exploration of the region.
It's near the top of Mount Burgess, above the tiny town of Field, BC.
A few weeks ago, Laurie Dickson and Paul Grant rode horses  up the side of of the mountain to see the Burgess Shale.
You can listen again on today's podcast.



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A BC business owner says the key to success is community engagement

Toby Barazzuol, founder of Eclipse Awards in Vancouver, has embraced the idea that there's more to being a business owner than just making money. His company's values reflect his own: community, sustainability and respect. And he says yes, he's still making money. We'll hear about Toby's views and about his latest community project on Saturday just after 8 am.
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Puppetry and Astrophysics

Brief Encounters is a multidisciplinary performance experiment designed to fuse disciplines and push artistic boundaries.

One of those fusions this year is between Puppeteer Chloe Z and Astrophysicist Jaymie Matthews.

They were given 2 weeks to come up with a collaborative performance piece.

You can hear that conversation after the 7:30 news Sat Sep 28.

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The Book of Kale

Sharon Hanna has a wealth of ideas on how to grow, and eat and love kale. The Vancouver writer's new guide, The Book of Kale,  shares the history and benefits of the sometimes-maligned vegetable, and it's also full of recipes for anyone who needs to be convinced that the leafy green is both tasty and nutritious.
To see a recipe from the book click on the  "read more" tab.

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Andreas Schroeder

B-C writer Andreas Schroeder spent more than 30 years working to create Canada's Public Lending Right... and for his efforts he was presented this year with the Graeme Gibson Award.

The award is given by The Writers Union of Canada for "varied and remarkable contributions to improve the circumstances of writers in Canada."

Andreas spent decades working to give writers a stronger voice in our country... and still managed to publish more than 20 books.
My conversation with Andreas is part of the NXNW podcast for Sept. 23.

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Rodney Decroo

BC musician, singer and songwriter, Rodney Decroo's latest work is a book of poetry called Allegheny, BC. (Nightwood Editions)

He's hosting a launch party Sat. Sept. 22nd at Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver.

The evening will include readings as well as music from Rodney Decroo and friends.


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Working Gear Clothing Society

Working Gear Clothing Society is a volunteer-run organization that provides free work clothes to men who need help getting back into the workforce.

Steel-toed boots are an essential piece of gear that's always in short supply. They've just launched a campaign called No Small Feet to collect up to 400 pairs of workboots.


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Michael Juk - I Got Rythmn

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CBC Music Producer Michael Juk stops by Saturday morning to talk music.This week we learn about some standard chord groupings that often burble away underneath familiar tunes, including The Flintstone's theme song. You can hear that conversation and music after the 7:00 am news.

Here's a link to Michael's blog post on the subject on cbcmusic.ca

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Doing the splits for Harry Potter

If you wrote a play and 10 years later, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was starring in the movie version of that play, and you got a chance to meet him on set, what would you say to him?

Or, in the case of Michael Rinaldi, which of your talents might you show him?

Hear the whole hilarious story from Vancouver playwrights TJ Dawe and Michael Rinaldi after the 7:30 news Saturday.

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Annabel Lyon in the CBC Studio One Book Club!

Join us in the very first Studio One Book Club of the season with special guest, award winning author Annabel Lyon!
We'll be talking about her new novel The Sweet Girl which is a sequel to her last book, The Golden Mean
It's sure to be a fascinating conversation about both of these, about writing convincing fiction set in a very different time and place, about her writing for young readers and much more!
Click here to be part of the audience on Tuesday Sept. 25!

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Race to the End of the Earth - Jana Stefan

Jana Stefan is a conservator working in Antarctica to preserve artifacts and huts left by the explorers who raced to the South Pole in the early 20th Century. Her work will be featured at The Royal BC Museum in their show Race to the End of the Earth.


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The Drummer Girl - Lauri Lyster

Lauri Lyster is a drummer who's decided to put on a show where she's up front telling stories and leading the band instead of hanging out in the shadows near the back.

The show is called Drummer Girl and it's at The Firehall Arts Centre on Sept. 20.

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Kootenay Storytelling Festival - Barry Gray

Barry Gray is a storyteller and one of the organizers of this year's Kootenay Storytelling Festival.

Here's Barry as Itchie Monroe telling the story of Thomas Gregs Procter.

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Book List - Erin Balser

Erin Balser's Book List

Alice Munroe - "Dear Life"
Shauna Singh Baldwin - "The Selector of Souls"
MG Vassanji - "The Magic of Saida"
Jian Ghomeshi - "1982"
Tanis Rideout - "Above All Things"
Zadie Smith - "NW"
Jeff Lemire - "Underwater Welder"
Emily Schultz - "The Blondes"
Michael Chabon - "Telegraph Avenue"
JK Rowling - "The Casual Vacancy"

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Irregardless: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art


A new exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver finds the funny in First Nations art. The show is called Carrying on "Irregardless": Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art.

Peter Morin gave me a tour of the show. You can hear that conversation after the 7:30 news on Saturday morning.
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The exhibit opened this week and runs until March 2013. Read more »

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Kat Thorsen and Intersections Media

Kat Thorsen is an artist and art therapist in Vancouver who really lives and breathes art!  I had a chance to meet her recently to talk about her work with students at Intersections Media in Vancouver.  It's an employment program for young people where they learn about film making and art making over a 5 week session.

I discovered that Kat is a very inspiring person. Besides leading this program she works with her father, who has had a stroke and they are working on a book about the experience. She is also an art therapist with private clients, and she is working on a graphic novel and lots more besides!

You can hear my conversation with Kat and some of the students on Saturday just after the 8:30 am news.
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Voices in the Park


Sarah McLachlan's fundraiser for her School of Music happens next weekend at Brockton Fields in Stanley Park. My conversation with her about some of her guests, including president Bill Clinton, and why music education is so important to her.

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Spice Goddess: Bal Arneson

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Season two of Spice Goddess is back. The television show features Bal Arneson and her modern Indian flavours and dishes. The Vancouver-based writer joins us in studio just after 8:30 am on Sunday, Sept. 9th to talk about her travels and her various projects.

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The Taste of Ashes - Sheila Peters

Sheila Peters' new book The Taste of Ashes tells the story of how a young woman's brief love affair with a priest changes everything.

You can hear that conversation after the 8:30 news Sat morning.

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When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey With Schizophrenia

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Erin Hawkes heard the voices when she was young but spent years dealing with delusions and was hospitalized several times before doctors diagnosed her with paranoid schizophrenia in her 20s.

The Vancouver-area resident shares her experience with schizophrenia in her new book, When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey With Schizophrenia. I got a chance to speak with her about that journey. My conversation with Erin will air on Saturday Sept. 8th, just after 7:30 am.

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Sex Talk in the City coming to MOV

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The Museum of Vancouver is getting ready for a major new exhibit opening next spring. It's called Sex Talk in the City.

Pamela Post takes us on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the show being built! (note: Pamela's report is filled with humour - but also some graphic content!)


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