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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The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth Nancy Drew and Boy Detectives Hardy Boys

The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth Nancy Drew and Boy Detectives Hardy Boys

Tom Swift, The Bobbsey Twins, The Rover Boys and especially Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were characters that enthralled millions of North American children for generations.

Young readers were obsessed with these characters who had adventures, solved mysteries and created a world largely away from their parents and other authority figures. The authors, Victor Appleton, Franklin W. Dixon, Carolyn Keene, Roy Rockwood, Laura Lee Hope and many more, received fan letters by the hundreds of thousands.

But all those characters and all those books were created by one remarkable man and his two daughters. He was Edward Stratemeyer, and along with Edna and Harriet, they created an industry.

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Rush

Rush
An hour with and about Rush, one of the most successful -- and unique -- rock bands of all time. And of course they're all Canadian! 

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Margaret Atwood: A Portrait

Margaret Atwood: A Portrait

A portrait of one of our foremost Canadian writers: Margaret Atwood. Atwood's brilliant mind, caustic tongue and wicked sense of humour, coupled with her prolific and varied work have fuelled her status as an internationally acclaimed writer.

We delve into her past and hear about her childhood surrounded by unusual pets like praying mantises and flying squirrels, the time she was described as a quiet Mata Hari, and the occasion where she rebuked an interviewer for wanting the men and women in her books to just get along rather than feuding all the time.

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In Praise of Summer

In Praise of Summer
Summer, just the word makes you want to loosen your tie, peel off your tights, kick off your shoes, break out the shorts and take it easy. Maybe crack a cold one, sit on a patio and skip out of work a little early. It's the same way at CBC Radio. Summer is a time to play a little more music, try out some new shows and look forward to a vacation. On this week's Rewind, you'll hear stories about summer food, not just burgers and dogs, but freshly caught eel? You can also hear about the summer of dust in the Prairies in the 1930s, and some must haves for a road trip circa 1957. All that and an ode to hitchhiking, one of the best ways of getting around in the summer in the 1970s.



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