After the Storm - Documentary Repeat

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Around 50,000 strokes occur in Canada every year -- that's one stroke every ten minutes. When Joe Newton had a stroke 12 years ago, at the age of 51, his life was forever changed. He not only survived a serious stroke, so did his marriage. But as his wife will tell you -- Joe is no longer the man she married.


Part Two of The Current

After the Storm - Documentary Repeat

Before this half hour is over, three Canadians will endure a terrible medical crisis. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Canada. But for the 90 percent who survive strokes, their lives are never the same. Most strokes are caused by blood clots that starve the brain of blood. The consequences are unpredictable -- and personalities often change.

As part of The Current's Game Changer project, producer Kristin Nelson brings us a story of one couple transformed by stroke. Joe Newton suffered a stroke 12 years ago when he was 51. It mostly affected his right frontal lobe - an area important for social interactions. He's made a significant recovery, but as his wife Shirley will tell you -- he's a different man.

Kristin Nelson's documentary is called After the Storm. It first aired on the program in October, as part of our Game Changer series.

If you want to hear more of our stories about people, movements, ideas and inventions that changed everything, tune into Game Changer this summer on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and Friday mornings at 9:30 ... half an hour later in Newfoundland.

Superman Mail

Well just enough time to check in on your thoughts on Superman.

Yesterday, we got a history lesson from long time comic book fan, Larry Tye ... who is also the author of a book on Superman. One thing we chatted about, was how -- unlike other super heroes -- Superman never used a disguise beyond his glasses. Larry mentioned that some fans speculated the glasses had a hypnotizing affect. Kenneth Chisholm of London, Ontario responds to that as he writes:

The story about the hypnotizing glasses was quickly dropped in the comics. The current explanation is more along the lines that few people know that Superman has a secret identity at all, since he doesn't wear a mask - which suggests he has nothing to hide.

Christopher Reeve managed to make the disguise with great acting. The scene in his first film - where Clark is tempted to confess to Lois so he takes off his glasses and straightens up - is startlingly convincing.

If you have something to say ... email us from our website, cbc.ca/thecurrent. Or tweet us @thecurrentcbc.

Last Word - Gore Vidal

Last night author and icon Gore Vidal died at the age of 86. He died in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. Vidal faithfully and famously chronicled major shifts and upheavals in American life. He was a prolific writer... with 25 novels, two Broadway plays, several screenplays, more than 200 essays and a memoir to his credit. We ended the program today with an excerpt of Gore Vidal from a 2007 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos on The Hour.


Other segment from today's show:

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