February 14, 2010: Doktaire Paul's Mission in Haiti - Life in a Haitian Tent City (Doc) - Robert Harris is Back!
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Hour 2: Life in a Haitian Tent City - Documentary - David Gutnick spent a day and night living with the Merisiers and their neighbours in one Haitian tent city. His story is called Twenty- Four in Delma Fifty-Six.
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Hour 3: Robert Harris is Back! - Our favourite maestro of musical knowledge returns to our program this week to share some of his secrets about how to listen--to really listen--to music.
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Elsewhere on the show - We spoke to author author Jeanette Walls; we read som eof your mail; and we heard a different kind of Love story in the documentary, Loves Got Wheels
Song: Arabesques No1
Artist: Branford Marsalis
Album: Romances For Sax
From Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca to Tommy Lee Jones in Lonsome Dove, Michael tips his figurative hat in this week's essay to all of the sharply dressed actors who made hat wearing classy.
Song: Here's your hat, What's your hurry
Artist: Blue Brown Trio
Album: Blue Brown
Doktaire Paul's Mission in Haiti
Paul Farmer is a lanky, soft-spoken 50-year-old-doctor from New England whom Bill Clinton calls "the Albert Schweitzer of the Modern Era." He himself likely prefers what the people of his beloved Haiti call him: Doktaire Paul.
Dr. Farmer is based at Harvard University and is respected throughout the medical world as an expert in infectious diseases. He has been working and helping in Haiti for 30 years. His mission: to bring first world health care to some of the world's poorest countries, including Haiti. His mantra: "Health care is a human right."
Haiti has the worst health statistics in the Western world. About a quarter of the people die before the age of 40-- many of treatable diseases. In the 1990s, Dr. Farmer founded Partners in Health, a charity offering community medical care, first in Haiti, later branching out to Africa, Russia and Latin America. His clinics specialize in the treatment at low cost of rampant infectious diseases such as HIVG/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Dr. Farmer has been in Haiti almost from the moment the quake struck, working tirelessly,. catching a few hours sleep. He is now the UN Deputy Special envoy to Haiti and has the potential to shape US policy there.
We've managed to persuade Dr. Farmer to break his routine for a conversation from his office at Harvard.
Song: Complainte Paysanne
Artist: Marlene Dorcena
Song: Nord Sud
Artist: Jean-François Groulx
Album: Destinations 2
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Album: Fun, Fun, A Night in Montreal
Life in a Haitian Tent City - Documentary
Every time a breeze kicks up in Port-au-Prince, you can hear the racket of blue plastic tarps and dusty cotton sheets flapping in the wind. The sheets and tarps - tied around sticks - are homes. Hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti's ravaged capital are living in sprawling, makeshift tent villages.
People like the Merisier's. Nadine, her husband Madson, their five children, a son and daughter in law, and two grandchildren - eleven people in all, cling to a small place in what used to be a vacant lot in their old neighbourhood, Delma 56. It was all so different......before.
Madson worked as a construction handyman. Nadine took care of the grandkids. The teenagers were all in school. They sang together in their church choir. There was always enough to eat, just enough money for school fees and a few of the stylish dresses the girls love to wear. All gone.
In it's place, tight quarters, restless kids, strange noises, human dramas, animal dreams, love and hatred among the ruins.
David Gutnick spent a day and night living with the Merisiers and their neighbours in the camp. His story is called Twenty- Four in Delma Fifty-Six.
On last week's program, we spoke with the Winnipeg born folk singer Oscar Brand on his ninetieth birthday. Our inbox was stuffed with your mail. He obviously still brings back a lot of memories.
Also last week Michael spoke about the dwindling clout of labour unions in this country. And Michael's essay got some of our listeners worked up.
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Half Broken Horses and author Jeanette Walls
Jeannette Walls was terrified about writing down her own story - afraid she'd become the subject of derision, be shunned by her friends, or even lose her job.
But when her memoir, The Glass Castle - which is about growing up in a spectacularly dysfunctional family - did come out in 2005, it zoomed onto the New York Times bestseller list for at least 150 weeks, and has sold in the millions.
Now Jeannette Walls has written a second book . It's called Half Broke Horses is about her grandmother - whom she describes with great affection, and a large note of respect, as a "tough old broad".
The book is what Jeanette Walls calls a "true life novel"- a fictionalized account of a real and extraordinary life - one studded with drunks and tornadoes, droughts and half broke horses. And it brings to life a grandmother who personifies a particular type of western woman who's resilient and inventive with a backbone like a ramrod.
Jeannette Walls was in our Washington studio
Song: Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Artist: Paul Desmond Quartet
Album: The Complete Recordings Of The Paul Desmond Quartet w/ Jim Hall
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Song: Wedding Song
Artist: Dave Restivo
Album: Prayer for Humankind(ness)
Loves Got Wheels - Documentary
And now, a love story.
Not a story about impossibly perfect love. Nor the wonderfully ordinary kind.
Nadia Cashman is 31. She was born with spina bifida, and has a host of other serious medical problems. Ricky Brooks - just a bit younger - has cerebral palsy.
Both have been in wheelchairs almost all their lives. Both live in long term care facilities in Ottawa. And that is how they met and fell in love.
A year ago, they declared their determination to be husband and wife. But on this Valentine's Day, they're still fighting for the right to live together as a married couple.
As told by these two lovers, and by Rickys' father, Richard, and
Nadia's mother Helene, here is their story: Love Got Wheels.
Robert Harris is Back!
Our favourite maestro of musical knowledge returns to our program this week to share some of his secrets about how to listen--to really listen--to music.
Song: Symphony No. 9 - Andante Comodo
Artist: Gustav Mahler
Album: Symphonies 9 & 10 (Adagio)
Song: The Song is You
Artist: Scott Hamilton
Album: Race Point
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