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. His medical accomplishments revolutionized military medicine. He was a medical pioneer with personal flaws. And he's been a national hero in China since his death in 1939. But in his birthplace of Canada, Dr. Norman Bethune's communist beliefs and unorthodox personality made him a controversial figure.

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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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Changing Views on Robots and Computers

Changing Views on Robots and Computers

Robots might bring to mind a vision of a machine on two legs, more the stuff of science fiction than reality. But in fact, robots are all around us. They pick products in warehouses, manufacture cars and drive the trains on Vancouver's LRT system to name just a few. 

The use of work robots is only accelerating. Not only in a blue collar capacity, but humans in legal, medical, accounting and architecture are being displaced by robots and computers. Our alternating fascination with, and suspicion about them is not new. Rewind presents some of each.

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Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester was one of Canada's most well known draft dodgers, a man who both performed his own songs and wrote them for other musicians, a man described by so many as decent, sweet, kind and gentlemanly. When he died in April, there was an outpouring of affection and reminiscence. Rewind presents an hour of stories and songs about Jesse Winchester, a man that Rolling Stone magazine called the greatest voice of the decade.

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The Dearly Departed Penny

The Dearly Departed Penny
Rewind takes a look at the dearly departed penny. Goodbye to the sweaty, metallic smell of the smallest of coins.Goodbye to a pocket full of change messing up the lines of our fancy pants. Goodbye to a coin with which you could buy nothing.

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Teen Idols

Teen Idols

An hour about heartthrobs, obsessions, infatuations, in short, teen idols. From Elvis Presley to Justin Bieber, with a little Paul Anka, Beatles, Donny Osmond and Leif Garrett thrown in for good measure. That's Teen Idols- from A-B, Anka to Bieber on Rewind.

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