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They know him in Italy. Japanese theatre goers have applauded him. Mexico awarded him "best play of the year". He has 26 plays and 6 screen plays under his belt. His work has been translated into more than 10 languages. Many of his plays have been adapted for the screen. "Lilies" won a Genie in 1996; "L'Histoire de l'oie" was a Gemeau in 1998. "Tom at the Farm" won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival. Yet English Canada knows very little about Michel Marc Bouchard.

That is changing. 

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Haiti in the wake of the 'quake

Haiti in the wake of the 'quake
Haiti is at a crossroads. It has been more than four-and-a-half years since an earthquake hit the poverty-stricken country, destroying much of the country's fragile infrastructure and buildings. 

Death toll estimates ranged from 92,000 to as high as 316,000, with another 1.5 million people displaced from their homes and three million affected in some way. 

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Playwright Michel Marc Bouchard

Playwright Michel Marc Bouchard
They know him in Italy. Japanese theatre goers have applauded him. Mexico awarded him "best play of the year". He has 26 plays and 6 screen plays under his belt. His work has been translated into more than 10 languages. Many of his plays have been adapted for the screen. "Lilies" won a Genie in 1996; "L'Histoire de l'oie" was a Gemeau in 1998. "Tom at the Farm" won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival. Yet English Canada knows very little about Michel Marc Bouchard.

That is changing. 

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Beethoven's Bust

Beethoven's Bust
For 50 years, Daniel Mergler gently taught hundreds and hundreds of Montreal children how to play the piano. Day in and day out, decade after decade, one by one, the kids trooped into his bachelor basement apartment in Notre Dame de Grace.

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Michel Marc Bouchard; Haiti in the wake of the 'quake; Lifelines - Sharon Johnston; Doc - That's Me Playin' Man; Doc - Beethoven's Bust

Michel Marc Bouchard; Haiti in the wake of the 'quake; Lifelines - Sharon Johnston; Doc - That's Me Playin' Man; Doc - Beethoven's Bust
The Sunday Edition, August 31, 2014, with guest-host Karin Wells

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A Visit with Gilles Vigneault

A Visit with Gilles Vigneault
"Mon pays," the refrain goes, "ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver." My country is not a country, it is winter.

Penned almost half a century ago by Gilles Vigneault, it was a song of love and longing that became an anthem of the movement for Quebec's independence.

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Race in America; Michael Crummey; Doc - "Good Enough"; Profile of a Pope; The fight within the Muslim world

Race in America; Michael Crummey; Doc -
This week on The Sunday Edition for Aug 24, 2014, with guest host Karin Wells.

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The Bad Mother - La Mauvaise Mère

The Bad Mother - La Mauvaise Mère

Marguerite Andersen is a mother who left. Not to a house down the street. Or even across town. But to another country. It might as well have been another world.

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The Radical in Peter's Chair: James Carroll on Pope Francis

The Radical in Peter's Chair: James Carroll on Pope Francis

It's been more than a year since Jorge Mario Bergoglio ascended to the papacy and rechristened himself Pope Francis. Whether or not he has ushered in a era of much-needed reform at the Vatican is still open to debate, but he has brought a new tone of humility to the church hierarchy.

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Karima Bennoune: Untold stories from the fight against Muslim fundamentalism

KarimaBennouneTHUMBNAIL.jpgFrom Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, ordinary Muslims are risking death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism in their own countries.

Despite their courage and creativity, this global community of writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators of Muslim heritage, remains largely invisible.

Their stories are lost amid the coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side, and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other. Michael talks to Karima Bennoune, author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here.

 

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Michael Crummey on Sweetland

Michael Crummey on Sweetland
Moses Sweetland is as stubborn as a mule. A useful trait in a man who lives on a remote island off the south coast of Newfoundland. But not so useful when it pits him against his family, and everyone else in his tiny community. Resettlement is in the air. The government will pay good money to move the community off the island. But only if everyone agrees. And Moses Sweetland,  the central character in the latest book by the award-winning Newfoundland novelist and poet Michael Crummey, won't budge. 

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