September 13, 2009: The Spirit of Sunday - Report Card on the War on Terror and the Axis of Evil - The Gospel According to Uke (Doc) - Episode 14 of the 'Twenty Pieces' Series
Hour 1: The Spirit of Sunday - Michael Enright and his guests ask the question, is Sunday a special day or a day like every other?
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Hour 2: Report Card on the War on Terror and the Axis of Evil - Eight years after the attacks of September 11th 2001 and the launch of the War on Terror, The Sunday Edition takes a two-part look at where the war on terror is now.
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Hour 3: Wrapped up in RAPT - By simply focusing on the everyday elements of her life Winnifred Gallagher was able to re-order her priorities. She has written about the experience in a notable book entitled RAPT. Micheal has a conversation with her to discuss her book.
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Elsewhere on show - The Gospel According to Uke, Robert Harris is back with episode 14 of the Twenty Pieces series, and some great music.
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Michael Enright's Essay
Michael laments about the Summer of our discontent.
In these few short months Canadians have been hit with soaring unemployment rates, a recession, wide spread forest fires and much political turmoil.
Despite all of this, however, Michael has achieved some peace of mind and he shared it with you in this weeks essay.
The Spirit of Sunday
Michael Enright and his guests ask the question, is Sunday a special day or a day like every other?
Lorna Crozier, Douglas and MacIntyre and Robert Enright joined Michael to talk about the meaning and spirit of Sunday.
Rising from the Ashes... A look back at Leyla Nordby
One more time, Leyla Nordby is like a phoenix rising. Her wings are shaky, but she is determined to fly.
Leyla Nordby was raped at ten, A mother at 13, addict at fifteen. She worked the streets. She spent time in jail. She had seven children. And in February 2001, she was all over the national news.
Her 13 month-old daughter Erika, wearing only a diaper and T-short, wandered out of a house in Edmonton in the middle of brutally cold night. When she was found hours later, slumped in the backyard, she was frozen solid. Her heart had stopped pumping for two hours. But after six weeks, Erika Nordby recovered almost completely. She was called "Canada's Miracle Baby".
Her mother Leyla - who had been sleeping when Erika wandered out - was vilified. What kind of mother, people asked, could let this happen? Thought police ruled the incident an accident, Leyla Nordby was judged, and judged harshly. It almost did her in.
But that hellish night with Erika broke something open in Leyla Nordby. And she began a very long, very difficult journey to a new way of being herself in the world, and a new way of being a mother.
In our 2008 documentary, It's Okay Mom, Gillian Rutherford took us into Leyla's world - her fierce determination to change, to educate herself - she upgraded at community college - and to love and support her kids. She wanted to help other people, she said, because she knew what it felt like not to be helped.
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Report Card on the War on Terror and the Axis of Evil
Eight years after the Attacks of September 11th 2001 and the launch of the War on Terror, The Sunday Edition takes a two-part look at where the war on terror is now. This is the first anniversary of the War on Terror without George W. Bush as President and the question is...what's changed other than the President. Michael begins by talking with David Frum, American Enterprise Institute, Editor of New Majority.com Frum was a member of the Bush Administrarion when the Attacks took place and he was also responsible for coining the phrase, Axis of Evil.
David Frum was in our Washington Studios when he spoke with Michael.
In Part two of the Sunday Edition's report Card on the War on Terror and the Axis of Evil Michael spoke with in Austin, Texas; Lawrence Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker, author of The Looming Tower: Al Queda and the Road to 9/11; In Bradford England, Paul Rodgers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and Contributing Editor to Open Democracy; In Toronto, Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Unexpected War: Canada in Khandahar. Michael and his guests discussed where the world was at in confronting terror and the axis of evil. The main question is the world safer now than it was 8 years ago.
The Gospel According to Uke
Sunny Widerman is head over heels in love. The object of her affections is from Hawaii. She calls him "Little Guy". And from the moment she set eyes upon his small, gorgeous body, Sunny knew her life would never be the same. The two of them - as they say - have been making beautiful music ever since.
"Little Guy" is Sunny's ukulele. And Sunny is part of a burgeoning population plain folk, hipsters and big time stars devoted to the modest instrument. The goofy songs, the brylcreemed hair and Hawaian shirts are so yesterday.
Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedders, David Bowie are ukelele fans. So is Bob Dylan.The times, they really are a changing.
And the ukelele, it turns out, is about a lot more than strumming away at some cool and easy chords. To its devotees, it's about joy, community and much more.
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Wrapped up in RAPT
By simply focusing on the everyday elements of her life Winnifred Gallagher was able to re-order her priorities. She has written about the experience in a notable book entitled RAPT. Micheal has a conversation with her to discuss her book.
20 Pieces of Music that Changed the World
All summer, we've been repeating our episodes from last season of Twenty Pieces of Music that Changed the World. And now, that our 2009 season is beginning, it's time for a new season of Twenty Pieces as well. In June, we reached no. 13 on the list - today, it's number 14... and... as always, our guide to the series is Robert Harris.
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