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December 6, 2009: Burtynsky Oil and our Thirst for Fossil Fuels - Looking Back at the Montreal Massacre - 'Twenty Pieces', Episode 19

Hour 1: Burtynsky Oil and our Thirst for Fossil Fuels - Edward Burtynsky has spent much of the past three decades documenting humankind's impact on the planet. His photographs are both beautiful and disturbing.

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Hour 2: Looking Back at the Montreal Massacre. How much has changed? - There were so many victims of the Montreal Massacre - in addition to the fourteen women whose names are on the monument, and the many students who were wounded. The ripple effect of that tragedy - the psychological trauma - would only become evident with the passage of time.

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Hour 3:Twenty PIeces of Music That Changed the World - Episode #19 - It is coming down to the wire, and today Robert Harris wanted to return to the musical world of jazz. This week, the spotlight is on Charlie Parker.

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Elsewhere on the show - Susan Woodfine's documentary, I'll Carry You, which is about filmmaker Gille Carle and his muse; and Michael sheds some light on the looming spectre of American cultural appropriation, American continentalism, and American esthetic hegemony.

Music

Song: Autumn Waltz
Artist: Paul Novotny
Album: Double Entendre

Michael's Essay

Michael sheds some light on the looming spectre of American cultural appropriation, American continentalism, and American esthetic hegemony.

In other words... a light discussion.

Music

Song: Bill Bailey
Artist: Hughie Cannon
Album: Makin' Whoopee


Burtynsky Oil and our Thirst for Fossil Fuels

Edward Burtynsky has spent much of the past three decades documenting humankind's impact on the planet. His photographs are both beautiful and disturbing.

In his latest undertaking, he brings viewers on a visually stunning journey that showcases the modern world's utter reliance on oil.Vast lakes of tar, mountains of tires, blackened skies, freeways that stretch as far as the eye can see.

With oil as his muse, Burtynsky has traveled the world documenting the impact of our thirst for fossil fuels. The result is both an exhibit and a book, Burtynsky Oil, that reflects back to us the sheer scale of oil's impact on our planet and our lives. This might make a nice early Christmas present for those world leaders who are as we speak jetting off to Copenhagen to--once again--make what is almost certainly a doomed attempt to do something about it. Edward Burtynsky joined Michael in studio.

Music

Song: Barbiere Di Sivglia
Artist: Gioacchino Rossini
Album: Serata Italiana, Volume 2




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Music

Song: Speigel Im Speigel
Artist: Avro Part
Album: Smile


Looking Back at the Montreal Massacre. How much has changed?

There were so many victims of the Montreal Massacre - in addition to the fourteen women whose names are on the monument, and the many students who were wounded.

The ripple effect of that tragedy - the psychological trauma - would only become evident with the passage of time.

And while it's impossible to know the full impact of Marc Lépine's rampage, we know that families were left shell shocked, some torn apart.

There were students who quit engineering altogether and at least one male student took his own life, followed by his parents who commited double suicide.

On that snowy Dec 6th day - when an angry young man walked into the École Polytechnique with a concealed Sturm Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle - people's lives were changed forever.

One of them was Heidi Rathjen. She was a civil engineering student at the school in 1989.She was in another classroom when the shooting began, and could hear gunshots being fired through the door of her class. But it wasn't until she got home that night that she understood the full magnitude of Lépine's attacks.

Today her name is almost synonymous with the campaign to change Canada's gun laws.She co-founded the Coalition for Gun Control and worked tirelessly toward the passing of Bill C-68, Canada's gun Control law.

She is currently the Quebec Campaign Director for the Coalition for Tobacco Control. She is also the author of a book, December 6th: From The Montreal Massacre To Gun Control.

Francine Pelletier was a journalist in Montreal in 1989, where she was a columnist for La Presse. She was a well-known women's rights advocate and had co-founded a feminist newspaper, La Vie en Rose.

Her name was on a list of 19 prominent Quebec women whom Marc Lépine had targeted. After the massacre, she lobbied for the release of the gunman's suicide letter.

Francine is a good friend of this program. She was, for five years, co-host of The Fifth Estate and has made documentaries about December 6th. She is now a documentary filmmaker in Montreal.

For the show they both joined Michael from our studio in Montreal.



Song: Speigel Im Speigel
Artist: Avro Part
Album: Smile


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Music

Song: Quasimodo
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: Warren Vache Dream Dancing


I'll Carry You - Documentary

They came to say farewell to a cultural icon and a trailblazer yesterday, in the way they do, only in Quebec. Filmmaker Gilles Carle - who died last weekend at 80 - was honoured in a full state funeral. Best known for his award winning classics Les Plouffe and Maria Chapdelaine, Carle was revered as a visionary.

Last November, we brought you an award winning documentary about the extraordinary relationship between Carle and his long-time companion Chloe Ste. Marie.

When they met, she was 19, an unknown, another aspiring actress. He was 52, an internationally acclaimed director and screenwriter. Chloé Ste Marie became Gilles Carle's muse, his new leading lady. He became her mentor. Few people thought they would endure.

They did. And for the last fifteen years of Gilles Carle's life, Chloe Ste. Marie cared for him...in remarkable ways.

Here is Susan Woodfine's documentary....I'll Carry You.


Song: Summer
Artist: D.D. Jackson
Album: Compilation - Autumn 2001


20 Pieces of Music That Changed the World - Episode #19

It is coming down to the wire, and today Robert Harris wanted to return to the world of jazz. This week, the spotlight is on,
Charlie Parker.

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Song: How High the Moon
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: Charlie Parker Immortal Sessions Vol.1:1945-1948



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Song: Orinthology
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: Charlie Parker Immortal Sessions Vol.1:1945-1948


Music

Song: Salt Peanuts
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: Charlie Parker Immortal Sessions Vol.2:1949-1953

Music

Song: Billie's Bounce
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: What Swing Is All About by Bob Wilber & Friends


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