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March 2011 Archives

The University of Windsor's Writer in Residence has a new book titled Kalila.

For something as inevitable as death, you'd think we'd have a better handle on how to die and a better understanding of what death means to life.But we fear death and often have difficulty processing the death or severe illness of others.That difficulty is at the heart of the debut novel by the University of Windsor's Writer in Residence Rosemary Nixon.
It's titled Kalila.The official launch is next Wednesday in the Katzman Lounge at the University.
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We'll hear about an effort today by the group Save Our Symphony.

Musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have been on strike since October. Last month, the musicians made an offer to management to return to work and resolve the strike through binding arbitration. But that was rejected, and talks have yet to occur between both sides. Well today, a group called Save Our Symphony tried to make an impact.They lined up outside Orchestra Hall to greet DSO board members as they arrived for a meeting. David Assemany was there. He's one of the organizers of the group "Save our Symphony"and his partner is one of the DSO musicians.
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I'll be talking with flamenca guitarist Jesse Cook.

Let's see if we can jog your memory with this piece of music.That theme began the old Crosstown show with Barbara Peacock right here on CBC in Windsor.The fellow performing that piece of music is Jesse Cook.He's got a show coming up tomorrow night at the Royal Oak music theatre in Detroit.Jesse joins me from our Toronto studio's.
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Students at Ridgetown high school will be experiencing a Mount Everest climb through a former alumnus. Heather Geluk will tackle Mount Everest in a couple of weeks....but before that, she flew in from England to talk with students at her old high school.

Students at Ridgetown High school got to meet a real life adventurer today. Heather Geluk was there to talk about her upcoming attempt to climb Mount Everest. Heather will be attempting to climb to the top of Mount Everest in a few weeks. And she'll be taking the students along on her adventure via technology. Even though Heather now lives in England, Ridgetown is one of three schools she'll be in contact with as she makes her climb. That's because Ridgetown is Heather's old high school.
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I'll chat with the author of a book who says to succeed in life, you need a plan.

When Helen Latimer was laid off a number of years ago, she never thought the steps she took to find a new job would eventually lead her to co-write a book. But that's exactly what happened with the recent release of a self-published book called "The Plan". The Plan was written by John McKee and Helen Latimer
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Theatre Alive mounts its production of Hair Spray this weekend.

Theatre Alive is staging "Hairspray". The show opens Friday night and runs for the next two weekends. Brian Raisbeck is the director.
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A Windsor Theatre company has come away with some big honours from the Western Ontario Drama League.

Good show!
That pretty well sums up the performance of Theatre Windsor over the weekend.
It was taking part in the Western Ontario Drama League's Drama Festival in London.
Theatre Windsor's production of Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf
came away with 5 awards including Best Production, Best Actress and Best Actor.
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The very first song writers festival in Windsor is taking place next weekend.

If you asked any successful songwriter how to write a hit song they'd tell you that if there was a formula they'd bottle and sell it.Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason for one song to become a hit and another passed over.But there is an art to songwriting.
And now, that art is being celebrated at the first of what is hoped to become an annual songwriters festival in Windsor.It's happening next weekend at the Mill Tavern on Sandwich Street. Glen McNeil and Peter Boyer are two of the participants.
In fact Glen is the past co-ordinator of the Windsor Regional Writers Group and Peter is the current Co-ordinator.
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The Bellevue house in Amhurstburg was built in 1816, but it's been neglected and now needs alot of work.

The Bellevue House in Amherstburg was built in 1816 just a few short years after the war of 1812.It's one of the few remaining examples of Georgian Architecture left in Ontario.
In recent years the house has fallen into disrepair.And now, a group called "Friends of Bellevue" is going before Amherstburg town council on Monday night hoping to saive the historic home.Robert Honor is a member of that group.
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A local mom has written a book chronicling her second pregnancy, it's a memoir entitled "Laughing through a second pregnancy"

After going through the unexpected ups and downs of a first pregnancy, Windsor author Vanessa Shields thought she had it all figured out. Then she and her husband tried again... There she was digging out her fat pants, dealing with the what if questions and attending all of the awkward OB / GYN appointments. But this time there was a toddler to chase after. These events inspired Shields to write a memoir called "Laughing through a Second Pregnancy" The Author Vanessa Shields is in our studio to tell us about her book.
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If you remember the play Julius Caesar from high school, you might think of today as a somewhat unlucky day. We'll chat with a historian about the Ides of March.

It's one of the most significant days in ancient history. On the 15th of March, more than two thousand years ago, the Roman leader Julius Caesar was assassinated.We still remember the warning he received before his murder: "beware the Ides of March." It was a line made famous by Shakespeare's tragedy, Julius Caesar. For more on the ominous Ides of March, talked to Angela Kalinowski.She teaches Roman history at the University of Saskatchewan.
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One of the best new board games on the market is actually centuries old and a man from chatham is responsible for reviving it's popularity.

When it comes to naming the very best toys and games you can forget about the ones you play on the computer...trivial pursuit?'s not a contender either.In fact, the very best board game of 2011 is one that's centuries old.And you can thank Jim Gilbert for making Toptafel popular again. Jim is a retired Vice Principal who now runs Faire Tyme Toys out of Morpeth.
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We'll get a preview of a film being shown in Detroit this weekend that chronicles the city of Detroit from it's heyday to it's present day decline. "Detroit:Ruin of a City"

Crossing the border is something many of us do regularly. And if you've lived in this area for any length of time, you've likely seen the gradual decline of Detroit over the years. That decline is chronicled in a documentary being shown at the Detroit Historical Museum this weekend. The film is called "Detroit:Ruin of a City"...... and George Steinmetz is the co-director and co-producer of the film.He's also a sociology professor at the University of Michigan.
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Math teacher uses music to educate kids.

I never really liked math while in school...I didn't do too well in that subject but perhaps if Dave Petro was teaching math I might have been a bit more interested.
That's because Dave uses music to teach math.
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Coming up, a fun way to learn about heart health where you may actually remember what you've learned.

If you'd like to learn about heart health in an entertaining way, head down to the University of Windsor tonight.Windsor cardiologist Dr. Sheldon Lewis is giving a presentation based on the "Who wantsto be a Millionaire" show. Dr. Sheldon Lewis is the course co-ordinator
of the Heart and Circulation Program at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Windsor Program.
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Local entrepeneurs and inventers are polishing their pitches...hoping for a chance to go before the Dragon's Den in Windsor on Thursday.

The Dragon's Den on CBC Television has become an enormous's now in it's 5th year. And over those years hundreds of would be entrepenuers and inventors have gone before the panel of judges hoping to get them to finance their products or services.
On Thursday, the producers of the Dragon's Den will be in Windsor to entertain new pitches from local entrepenuers.Auditions are being held at the Windsor Chamber of Commerce offices.Priscilla Shreedharan is with the dragons den and she'll be in Windsor for the latest round of auditions.
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A musical mystery was solved last week and the solution came with a big bonus...we'll hear how two fellows from Michigan tracked down the title of an old song and how they got more than they asked for.

On Friday's program we talked with Matthew Lazin - Ryder, a producer at CBC Vancouver.
He got a call from a couple of fellows in Michigan who were trying to track down the title of a song that they had heard some twenty years ago on the CBC Radio 2 program Nightlines.
Seems that song meant a lot to Nick Marco and Ryan Cossin.
To this day they still consider it to be one of their favourite songs but they didn't know the title and they didn't know who the artist was and that's why they contacted Matthew in Vancouver..hoping he could help.Well, Matthew did find out the song was called Language of Men by a Montreal group called the Asexuals.Not only did Matthew find that out but he also found out that the band was doing a reunion show in Toronto on Saturday night.So he called up Nick Marco and Ryan Cossin to let them know....and guess who wound up on the bands guest list?Nick Marco joins me on the line from his home in Dearborn to tell us the rest of the story.
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20 Year Old Musical Mystery Solved

Few things go as well together as teenagers and rock 'n roll.And recently, two people from just across the border in Michigan emailed CBC to solve a 20 year-old rock 'n roll radio mystery.A mystery that we need your help to solve.Matthew Lazin-Ryder is a producer with the CBC in Vancouver.
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An exiled author who grew up in Iran is in Windsor this week to read from her book.

There's an interesting event happening at the Milk Coffee Bar tonight. Exiled writer Ava Homa will be sharing her stories of living in Iran. Ava Homa is the author of the book "Echoes from the Other Land". She'll be sharing her stories and reading from her
book tonight as part of Freedom to Read week.Ava has been in Canada since 2007
and is now a Canadian citizen. Ava Homa joins me in the studio.
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Juvenile Arthritis. We'll meet one man who's been dealing with it since he was 18 months old.....and we'll find out what you can do if you suspect your child may be suffering.

When you hear the word arthritis, you probably think of it as a disease that affects the elderly. But that's not what Brandon Renaud thinks of. He's been dealing with arthritis most of his life. That's because he was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 18 months old...when he was just a toddler. But his story is not unique. Brandon Renaud joins me in the studio along with Trina Huneault...a volunteer with the Arthritis society.
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A researcher is looking for the stories of Italian Canadians who were interned during World War 2

Imagine being rounded up by police in your own neighborhood and being shipped off to an internment camp. Your only crime was your ethnic background. That was the reality for many Italian Canadians living in Windsor and other Canadian cities during World War 2. Italian Canadian men were sent off for months or even years without their families or any charges to Camp 33 in Petawawa. That was an internment camp during the war. The luckier Italian Canadian's had to report to local police on a monthly basis. Now a national project is underway to collect the stories of Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens During World War 2. Travis Tomchuk is a researcher and writer for the project.
He's with the Columbus Center in Toronto.
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