Aug 27, 2012 | 27:29Global Perspectives A Folk Storm is Brewing Audio
Global Perspectives A Folk Storm is Brewing Aug 27, 2012 | 27:29The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is a controversial project that has hotly divided communities and provinces. Calgary-based Enbridge wants to build a pipeline that would take crude from the oil sands, across northern British Columbia, and on to the port of Kitimat. After recent oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and in Michigan, people living along the pipeline route aren’t so keen on the project. In this documentary, producer Karin Wells speaks with the people of Hartley Bay, BC about how the project might change their First Nations community.
Aug 20, 2012 | 27:30Global Perspectives Black Broadway and Little Ethiopia Audio
Global Perspectives Black Broadway and Little Ethiopia Aug 20, 2012 | 27:30This week, we visit a historically Black neighborhood in Washington, DC. When Ethiopian businesses moved in, they caused some friction with African-Americans. But they also unearthed old
alliances, from African-Americans fighting for Ethiopian independence in the 1930s, to surprising musical connections that can still be heard in local Ethiopian nightclubs.
Aug 13, 2012 | 27:30Global Perspectives Backstage at the Opera Audio
Global Perspectives Backstage at the Opera Aug 13, 2012 | 27:30Cantonese Opera is a highly stylized art form that dates back perhaps eight hundred years and involves complex costumes, elaborate make-up and hair, formalized gestures, story lines from. But the audience is aging, so now the emphasis is on creating a young audience comfortable with the conventions of Cantonese Opera.
Aug 6, 2012 | 27:30Global Perspectives It Wasn't Teatime Audio
Global Perspectives It Wasn't Teatime Aug 6, 2012 | 27:30In the bad old days - and they weren't very long ago - women were barred from playing in professional orchestras. But back in 1940, the talented and daring Ethel Stark founded The Montreal Women's Symphony Orchestra, which eventually became the first-ever Canadian orchestra to play Carnegie Hall.
Jul 30, 2012 | 27:30Global Perspectives Old School, New School Audio
Global Perspectives Old School, New School Jul 30, 2012 | 27:30The Republic of Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland and one of its poorest countries. This past January, fifteen retired teachers from Ireland went on a trip of a lifetime, travelling to West Africa to bring their decades of teaching experience into the classrooms of The Gambia. Gambian teachers face huge challenges in relation to resources, conditions and training, but the Irish teachers brought with them sparkles of hope.
Jul 23, 2012 | 27:30Global Perspectives Mrs. Parker Audio
Global Perspectives Mrs. Parker Jul 23, 2012 | 27:30The 1954 Parker-Hulme matricide was the famous murder behind Peter Jackson’s film Heavenly Creatures. Two teenage girls – Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme murdered Pauline’s mother. RNZ producer Ruth Beran has managed to gain access to both recordings and documents not previously available. She speaks with participants in the murder and the investigation. The incredible changes to societal attitudes are clearly apparent, and it has say a lot about Christchurch and New Zealand both now and then.
Jul 16, 2012 | 27:29Global Perspectives The War of the Camphor Laurels Audio
Global Perspectives The War of the Camphor Laurels Jul 16, 2012 | 27:29One million camphor laurel trees have spread throughout the Bellingen valley, in the north coast hinterland of Australia’s New South Wales. It’s taken them a hundred years to dominate the land. Locals either see the trees as beautiful, or as giant weeds. And for a year now the town’s been at war over whether four camphor laurel trees should be chopped down. The debate over the trees has become a debate over the changing nature of Bellingen. Everybody in town has an opinion; sometimes several.
Jul 9, 2012 | 27:29Global Perspectives Chatworth: A Chance for Change Audio
Global Perspectives Chatworth: A Chance for Change Jul 9, 2012 | 27:29This week’s documentary from South Africa is a story of addiction in the township of Chatsworth near Durban. Chatsworth was set up as an Indian township under apartheid in the 1960s and retains its Indian character today. Chervon Chetty grew up in Durban with relatives in Chatsworth. She returns to Chatsworth to examine the chaos created by a drug called Sugars, and a detox process that is finally giving long-term addicts a Chance for Change.
Jul 2, 2012 | 27:28Global Perspectives The Gristle in the Stew Audio
Global Perspectives The Gristle in the Stew Jul 2, 2012 | 27:28Huronia Regional Centre was an Ontario home for the mentally disabled. It opened in 1876, but didn’t close until 2009. Parents were told their children would be cared for. It’s now coming to light that this was not the case. For the first time, adults who grew up in these places are telling harrowing stories of abuse and neglect.
Jun 25, 2012 | 27:29Global Perspectives A Family Business Audio
Global Perspectives A Family Business Jun 25, 2012 | 27:29The Bernardes family business is a century-old hardware store in the East End of London. Inventory is still kept using pen and paper, but there is pressure to introduce modern technology to the store.
Sep 1, 2011 | 37:07Global Perspectives The Women are Coming Audio
Global Perspectives The Women are Coming Sep 1, 2011 | 37:07What a day it was. Monday May 11, 1970. Thirty-five women infiltrated the public galleries of the House of Commons. They chained themselves to their chairs. During Question Period, they started to shout. The business of parliament came to a halt. It was the culmination of what became known as the Abortion Caravan, a defiant country wide trek aimed at putting the issue of abortion access on the national agenda. The roots of the protest began two years earlier at Simon Fraser University. For our final episode of Global Perspectives this season, Karin Wells documentary, "The Women are Coming". This web version is the longer original piece first heard on The Sunday Edition
Aug 25, 2011 | 27:29Global Perspectives In His Own Right Audio
Global Perspectives In His Own Right Aug 25, 2011 | 27:29From Hong Kong, the story of one man who asked “Who says I can’t” very publicly. Bun Chai has been paralyzed from the neck down for the past twenty years. He made an open appeal to the government for the right to end his life. But that was then. These days he has found a new way to live.
Aug 18, 2011 | 27:29Global Perspectives Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy Audio
Global Perspectives Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy Aug 18, 2011 | 27:29Today we meet two men who are not afraid of a challenge. We travel to Iowa—to a town of 1500 people-- surrounded by corn and soybean farms. It’s about the last place you’d expect to find a gay couple starting an Algerian restaurant in homage to a 19th century jihadist.
But Elkader is not your ordinary town. It happens to be the only town in the US named after an Arab Muslim. From WAMU in Washington, DC, producer Andrea Wenzel takes us to meet two unlikely restaurateurs.
Aug 11, 2011 | 27:29Global Perspectives Who Says I Can't Fish Audio
Global Perspectives Who Says I Can't Fish Aug 11, 2011 | 27:29Troubles in the fishery are painfully familiar to our coastal communities here in Canada. But they are a global phenomenon. In Britain, fishermen rail against the landlocked bureaucrats of the European Union, the people who regulate their catch with little logic and less compassion. In today’s documentary, the BBC's Charlotte Smith visits Fred Normandale, one of the few remaining fishermen in the small town of Scarborough in the North East of England, to tell this story from a British perspective.
Aug 5, 2011 | 27:29Global Perspectives Watch My Stick, Please Audio
Global Perspectives Watch My Stick, Please Aug 5, 2011 | 27:29In 1999, Resa Kochberg was an itinerant music teacher with a dream - to bring people back to playing instruments they had left behind, often decades earlier. Maybe they didn’t the time, or anyone to play with. Maybe somebody told them: you’re not good enough to play. Perhaps they even whispered it to themselves. But that was before they met Resa. Here’s Alisa Siegel’s documentary, Watch My Stick, please.