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CBC Discusses circa 1939: Who Had it Better- Barbarians or Modern Man?

Students in a B.C. library

Students in a B.C. library

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CBC Radio has been around for almost 80- years. In that time there have been a lot of shows, a lot of hosts and a lot of material covered.

On this show it's a dip into the more distant past to listen to a format popular in the early days of CBC Radio, the 1940s. It was called a discussion club. We have samples from two programs that engaged Canadians in a moderated discussion. The conversation sounds a little stilted and rehearsed at times, but it's a fascinating snapshot of radio at the time. 

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Buddy MacMaster: The Godfather of Cape Breton Fiddling

Buddy MacMaster: The Godfather of Cape Breton Fiddling

This week on Rewind, remembering the godfather of Cape Breton fiddling, Buddy MacMaster who died last August. He would have been 90- years old on October 18.

Last spring he was honoured by one of North America's largest folk music organizations, joining the ranks of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez and Stan Rogers.

As his niece Natalie MacMaster, herself an accomplished fiddler said:  "Fiddling is a way of life for us. It's not done on the side. It's part of how we live. It's part of our joys, it's part of what we seek and desire."

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The Waltonsteins: A Family Secret

The Waltonsteins: A Family Secret
The Waltonsteins: an award winning documentary that tells the story of a family with a terrible secret, a secret born of fear that cost all its members dearly. It demonstrates the power of radio itself: its capability of sharing profound, moving intimate stories.  Personal stories, intense stories with emotion and drama, journeys of transformation and renewal. 

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Jim Morrison of The Doors: Rock and Roll Poet for a Generation

Jim Morrison of The Doors: Rock and Roll Poet for a Generation
The year was 1970 and one of the hottest names in popular music was Jim Morrison of The Doors. Morrison and his group seemed to represent a generation in turmoil: young people who The year was 1970 and one of the hottest names in popular music was Jim Morrison of The Doors. Morrison and his group seemed to represent a generation in turmoil: young people who wanted to make a new world that looked and felt different from that of their parents. Rewind presents an interview with Jim Morrison a year before he died; an interview that is both thoughtful and earnest.

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Lost Innocence: Wartime Romance

Lost Innocence: Wartime Romance

To mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, Rewind presents Lost Innocence, an hour that tells the stories of young people in wartime. You'll hear stories of love and loss, romance and heartbreak, all with the backdrop of war.

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Norman Bethune: China's Hero

Norman Bethune: China's Hero
Rewind marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Dr. Norman Bethune. Surgeon, innovator, Communist and controversial Canadian, he is still probably better known in China than he is in his home country.

His care for the wounded in revolutionary Spain and China is legendary.

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Rewind Goes Back to School

Rewind Goes Back to School

Rewind goes back to school to celebrate teachers and students, chalkboards and laptops, shiny new pencils and smart phones. We listen to the anticipation of a five year old about to set foot in a classroom for the first time, to a teacher who describes the staff room. There will also be stories about free schools and the back to basics movement, recess and the latest fashions, middle school cliques and school songs.

 

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The Beatles Come to Canada!

The Beatles Come to Canada!
Good news from Rewind! Rewind will now have two airings on Radio One: Thursday at 2:05 pm with a repeat Sunday evening at 8:05 pm.


It was late summer 1964, 50 years ago, and the hottest musical group around was The Beatles. Their first hit, Love Me Do was topping the charts, they had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and toured the U.S., and now they were coming to Canada. Vancouver August 22, Toronto September 7, Montreal September 8. Teenage girls  everywhere fainted at the news. On this edition of Rewind, you'll hear how CBC Radio covered the story of The Beatles' trip to Canada with a mixture of fascination, disdain and enthusiasm.

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The Guess Who - Canada's First Supergroup (Part Two)

The Guess Who - Canada's First Supergroup (Part Two)

Part two of a Rewind look at Canada's first supergroup: the Guess Who. Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings' song-writing skills had taken the band from Winnipeg to the big time. Their string of top ten hits sold millions of copies. The money was flowing in. The fans were eager for the next song. The world was their oyster. So what did Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings do next? In true rock and roll style they had a big fight and broke up. One of Canada's greatest song-writing duos was no more- at least for a while.Find out what happened next on Rewind.

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The Guess Who - Canada's First Supergroup (Part One)

The Guess Who - Canada's First Supergroup (Part One)

The first of two shows about the Guess Who, the first Canadian band to have a million-selling record. The first Canadian group to have a number one hit on the Billboard Top 10. Winnipeg's own Guess Who.

They weren't originally called the Guess Who. That was a promotional stunt by their record company who wanted to create a buzz. They didn't print the name of the band on the label. They simply wrote: Guess Who? The song on the record was a hit. The name stuck. The question mark didn't.

Hear all about the birth of Canada's first supergroup: The Guess Who.

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Alice Munro on Morningside

Alice Munro on Morningside

Rewind presents an hour long vintage conversation between Peter Gzowski, long time host of CBC Radio's Morningside, and the brilliant short story writer Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for literature last fall. In a rambling and wide ranging interview, the two talk about everything from how Munro writes, why writing gets harder as you get older and the secret to making a great lemon meringue pie.

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