May 28, 2012
Adrian Grenier & Tiffany Sudela-Junker
Most people know Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase, the up-and-coming Hollywood actor at the heart of the TV show 'Entourage'. What they might now know is that Adrian was seriously busy off the 'Entourage' set making documentaries like 'Teenage Paparazzo' and 'Shot in the Dark'. Now Adrian's behind a new documentary called 'My Name Is Faith'. It's the story of Tiffany Sudela-Junker (who is also one of the film's directors). She and her husband adopted two children who had suffered serious neglect and as a result, the kids, especially the older child, Faith, suffered from what's known as Attachment Disorder. Basically, it's an inability to bond. It's a tough, but inspiring, film to watch: A troubling look at kids desperately trying to get better and parents who'll do anything to help their kids.
May 28, 2012
Although Lisbeth Salander - from 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' - has become a pop culture anti-hero... not all computer hackers are using their powers for "good". It's a digitized, globalised world - and cyber crime is on the rise. You think identity theft, credit-card cloning and phantom ATM withdrawals are scary business? Just wait until you hear what acclaimed journalist and author Misha Glenny has to say about cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. Misha has tracked down some of the world's most notorious hackers to find out what drives them. In his new book, 'Dark Market: How Hackers Became the New Mafia', Misha takes us underground to explore a global cyber-crime network that's managed to stay one step ahead of the law.
May 29, 2012
Rizzo. McLovin'. Smash. What's high school without a nickname? Well, if you ask Tony Clement, it might have been a whole lot easier. At George S. Henry Secondary in North Toronto, he was known as 'Tony the Tory.' And with good reason. Tony was born in Manchester, England. When he was four his family immigrated to Ontario, where his Mom landed a job with the late Conservative MPP Bill Hodgson. Young Tony worked on Bill's campaigns and became smitten with the political process. While in law school at the University of Toronto, Tony's conservative views flourished. Inspired by the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, Tony became the leader of the campus Progressive Conservatives, laying the foundation for a job he'd land less than ten years later; President of the Ontario Conservative Party. In 2006, Tony won his first federal race, and has since become an important player in the Harper government: He was Minister of Health, and made the decision to keep Potash in Canadian hands as Industry Minister. These days, Tony is keeping busy as the President of the Treasury Board. Despite the pressure, he's found time to play guitar and earn a new nickname for himself: as the Tory Twitter King.
May 29, 2012
Imagine if you grew up hanging around the likes of Joe Strummer from 'The Clash'... what would you be like today? Well, take a good look at actor Juno Temple. At 22, Juno is one of Britain's hottest young actors. She's made a name for herself playing troubled, unruly teens - and is in what's going to be one the hottest blockbusters of the summer, 'The Dark Knight Rises'. But she's not your typical starlet. Her dad, Julien Temple was part of the original punk scene in Britain, made videos for people like David Bowie, and was buddies with Strummer. At 14, she knew she wanted to be an actor, and soon landed roles in prestigious films like 'Atonement' and 'Notes on a Scandal'. This summer she'll appear as Catwoman's sidekick in 'The Dark Knight Rises'. But before that she's in a wicked thriller called 'Killer Joe'. Juno plays a character that's not as innocent as everyone expects. And that's when things get interesting.
May 30, 2012
Take a second and think about this: what would you do if tomorrow you were told you're the enemy, the government's taking your business, and you need to pack your bags and get out of your house? And then you're told men will go to labour camps and women and children will go to detention camps. The official story is you're not Canadian enough and your loyalty is suspect. Now think about this: that was David Suzuki's story. Thinking about the injustice might make most people turn their backs on Canada. But not David. He went on to devote his adult life to warning -- and trying to save -- Canada from environmental disaster. But he's at a crossroads now having just left the board of his foundation. He says there's a war against the environment and against those who wish to save it. He finds himself facing down his government once again. But David once said "what defines human beings is struggle" and he's prepared to struggle for as long as it takes.
May 30, 2012
Hockey has produced plenty of famous brothers: the Sutters, the Staals, Wayne and Brent Gretzky (Brent played 13 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 90s... hey, it all counts.) Anyway, it looks like there's another family dynasty in the making: the Subbans. PK, Malcolm and Jordan - three brothers who all grew up with a shared dream of playing in the NHL. For PK, it's already a dream fulfilled: a standout defenceman, PK has established himself as one of the bright young stars of the Montreal Canadiens. Later this year, it's expected his brother Malcolm will join him in the NHL; currently, he's the top-ranked draft-eligible goalie in North America. Finally, there's the youngest brother, Jordan, who is already attracting attention from NHL scouts at the age of 17. Not surprisingly, the three exceptional hockey players come from a pretty exceptional family, led by a father who is a champion for public education in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto. As the three Subban boys become role models themselves, their story speaks to the values that matter in hockey, and beyond.
May 31, 2012
There's no denying 'Flashpoint' was huge for Canadian TV. Not only did it bring home long-lost Torontonian Enrico Colantoni, but it also proved that a show set (sorta) in Toronto could make it on American prime time. More importantly, it emphasized the stress of being on the front lines day after day. It was working on the show that got Enrico involved with the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization dedicated to helping first response teams recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. Soon, however, Enrico and the 'Flashpoint' team will be hanging up their jackets: Next season's gonna be their last. What's that going to mean for Enrico? Right now, though, he's mostly relishing his final season on 'Flashpoint', concentrating on his work for Tema Conter and on being a good dad and maybe even being the director in the next chapter of his life.
May 31, 2012
So, the conversation about gay bullying in schools has started to get louder and more public. And to that, Carole Pope says: finally. Carole cracked that door open more than 30 years ago. Remember the song "High School Confidential" by Rough Trade? That was Carole's band. And High School Confidential was one of the first hit songs to openly deal with lesbianism in such a raw and honest way. Today, Carole's still speaking up for kids who are in the process of coming out. So, is it getting any better? Or is it just as scary and difficult as when Carole went through it in the '70s? Back then, the cops used to attend Rough Trade gigs in case the band 'stepped over the line'. Because when Carole and band mate Kevan Staples took the stage, music was only part of the story -- their shows experimented with bondage, role-playing, and totally in-your-face sexual satire. And what about now? For someone who broke down so many barriers back in the day, what's Carole angry about today? Well, she's found a way to tell us with a new solo record called Landfall.
June 1, 2012
Best of the Week & Mother Mother
Fridays on the show, we play our best interviews of the week, plus a musical performance from Mother Mother. The five-piece indie rock band hails from Quadra Island and are currently finishing up their fourth album that is expected to drop this fall. Their exclusive blend of old and new should not be missed.