Monday May 02, 2016

#goodbyeDNTO: Award-winning episodes

DNTO's three Gabriel Awards

DNTO's three Gabriel Awards (CBC/Thacker)

DNTO has covered a lot of ground in its 22 years on CBC Radio. From the incredible journey of a Somali refugee who swam across the Red River, to an in-depth look at sweaters, we've shared stories from coast to coast and in all shapes and sizes.

As the program takes its final bow, here's a look back at a few of our favourite episodes. 

These three shows each received a Gabriel Award, which "recognize outstanding artistic achievement in media that entertains and enriches with a true vision of humanity and a true vision of life."

Has thank you lost its meaning? (2009)

Andrea Dorfman

Sook-Yin Lee got emotional when thanking her friend, filmmaker Andrea Dorfman.

We all say thank you a lot. We thank people for holding doors open for us. We thank the person who hands us our morning coffee. And real keeners even send thank you notes to people who've given them a present.

But if you were to keep track of now many times a day you say thank you, how often would you really mean it?

Be sure to listen all the way to the end of this episode, when Sook-Yin reads a heartfelt letter of gratitude to her friend, filmmaker Andrea Dorfman

The power of music (2012)

Jack Tueller

WWII veteran and trumpet player Jack Tueller (YouTube)

"Music hath charms," the saying goes. On this episode, we set out to explore what you can accomplish with music that you can't do otherwise.

It kicks off with one of our favourite stories ever—that of Jack Tueller, a Second World War fighter pilot and trumpet player. He shares the incredible tale of how his trumpet saved him from being a sniper's victim.

What's the real value of redemption? (2013) 

Christine Sinclair

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Whether in the eyes of parents, society or your soccer coach, climbing back to your former status after a major mistake is tough. But why should we seek redemption in the first place?

This episode explores that tricky topic, and features a story from Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair... who had no desire to seek redemption after sharing a few choice words with an Olympic referee.