Tuesday April 28, 2015
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Breathing keeps us alive. It can calm us down when we're stressed or it can speed up when we're anxious. The average person takes 672,768,000 breaths in their lifetime. Yet we don't often think about the breaths we take.
On this week's show:
At fifteen, James Chambers was on a school exchange in the south of France. He and his host brother got along famously. They started what seemed like an innocent competition -- to see who could hold their breath the longest at the bottom of a pool. Little did they know the life-changing consequences that competition would have.
Dr. Norman Bethune C.I. is a high school in Scarborough, Ontario with a lot of students who are new to Canada. Not only do students have to adapt to a new culture and language, they're under all kinds of pressure in addition to the drama of high school. So the school decided to implement "mindfulness" practice in the classroom, where teachers lead the students through a breathing exercise designed to help them calm down and focus. Often they will do this just before a test. Students Matthew, Hannah, Harry and Belle share how they find relief from their stress by remembering to take a breath.
How many of your shopping trips turn into a medical emergency? Julie Dyck went to the mall to buy her two sons some Valentine's Day cards, but when she got there, she suddenly found she couldn't breathe.
Teens do a lot of stupid things.They're young, they're bored, they feel invulnerable. All that came to a head for Mariko Tamaki one summer near Penetanguishene, Ontario. Out late, idly smoking Players with the 'gang', some teenage dares took Mariko from hyper-ventilating to a near glimpse of death.
William Winram can hold his breath for over eight minutes. It's a skill that comes in handy in his work as a freediver - a form of underwater diving that doesn't use an external breathing apparatus like scuba gear. Watch this video of William setting a world record in freediving by descending 145 meters in one breath!
What does the breath of life conjur up for you? Host Sook-Yin Lee recounts her first "kiss" at the side of the pool learning mouth to mouth resuscitation.
Mike Thompson admits to having plenty of wind. He was a competitive swimmer, he played the trumpet and he sings. So when a friend bought him a didgeridoo, he took a big breath and started to make some sounds. Now he's one of the few orchestral didgeridoo players in Canada.
Jazz singer. It's a challenging career choice for someone living with Cystic Fibrosis... but for Alex Pangman it was the only choice. Now after her second double lung transplant, Alex shares her experience of going from being a singer who can barely breathe, to one who finally can.
Growing up in Australia, Ophelia Reid was a competitve runner, but she always struggled with her breathing. It wasn't until a coach pointed out she needed to breathe through her nose, that her running improved. As a speech therapist, Ophelia has seen many children whose learning disabilities actually stem from breathing issues, and teaches them how to breathe through their nose.
This week's playlist:
Valery Gore: Lungs
The Police: Every Breath You Take
K.D. Lang: Air That I Breathe
Abdominal and the Obliques: Breathe Deep
The Hidden Cameras: Breathe On It
Metric: Breathing Underwater
The Zolas: Molotov Girls
Nick Ferrio: Come Hell or High Water
Alex Pangman: Breathe In