July 11, 2010: The Aftermath Project - En pointe with a Canadian Prima Ballerina - The History of The Mariposa Folk Festival

This week our Summer guest host was Alison Smith.

Hour One: The Aftermath Project - Have you ever wondered what happens when the war has ended, the crisis has passed and the story disappears from your newspaper, radio or TV? Prying reporters may have taken their notebooks and microphones and cameras and moved on - but the story doesn't just end. This week you'll hear from two photojournalists who have taken on a challenging assignment - to cover the forgotten stories, the stories major news organizations no longer have time and space or money for. It's called 'The Aftermath Project' - dedicated to telling the other half of the story.

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Hour Two: En pointe with a Canadian Prima Ballerina - The delight of music and movement. Sonia Rodriguez is celebrating two decades with the National Ballet of Canada. We'll take a look at how one little girl who didn't like dance lessons discovered her dream.

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Elsewhere on the Show: We will also take note of a couple of big cultural anniversaries. Do you remember the first time you read To Kill a Mockingbird? Half a century after its publication, it's still a must-read, that some put at the top of the list - even ahead of the Bible; The Mariposa Folk Festival is 50 years old and we'll take a look at its history; And we will re-broadcast producer Alisa Siegel's documentary Where I want to go.

This week our Summer guest host was Alison Smith.

Hour 1

Song: Ebon Coast
Artist: Don Ross and Andy McKee
Album: The Thing That Came From Some

The Aftermath Project

There's an old saying in the journalism business: If it bleeds, it leads. Every day, our newspapers, radio and TVs are filled with stories of the latest conflict and disaster. But as war rages on year after year in places like Darfur and Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, fatigue sets in - the story disappears from the headlines. We stop paying attention.

And war is only half the story. In this day of financially squeezed newsrooms, the story of what happens when the clean-up begins can be a tough sell. Despite this, there are journalists who are working hard to remind us that our coverage shouldn't end when the war does. With us were two such journalists -award-winning photographers who document the ravages of war.

Sara Terry is a former freelance writer and staff correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. In the late 1990s, she made a mid-career transition into photojournalism. Since then, her images have appeared in publications around the world, and exhibited in venues such as the United Nations, the Open Society Institute in New York, and the Museum of Photography in Antwerp. She's also the author of Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace, and the founder of something called 'The Aftermath Project'. She joined us from the KCRW Public Radio studio in Santa Monica.

Ron Haviv has been producing images of conflict and humanitarian crises since the end of the Cold War. A co-founder of the photo agency VII (seven), his work has been published by magazines worldwide, and exhibited in galleries and museums including at The Louvre and the UN. He has published two collections of photography: Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul. Ron Haviv joined us from our studio in New York City.

Song: Homme Brulent
Artist: Michael Occhipinti
Album: Creation Dream

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival, an event that's been described as "a state of mind somewhere between backwoods fiddling and B. B. King."

Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, and Oscar Brand among the amazing musicians who have played the festival over the years and through its growing pains. Mariposa has been through name changes, venue changes and even a long hiatus.

This Sunday, we dug deep into the CBC archives and listened to some tape from CBC's coverage of the early days of Mariposa.

Song: Joan Little
Artist: Sweet Honey in the Rock
Album: Mariposa Folk Festival, 1975, Live

Song: You were on my mind
Artist: Ian and Sylvia Tyson
Album: Best of Ian and Sylvia

To Kill a Mockingbird

On July eleventh 1940, a story about racial tension in America first appeared on bookstore shelves, and began its trajectory toward becoming a literary classic. The editors at J. B. Lippincott and Company, the book's publisher, were concerned it would not have broad appeal; but they couldn't have been more wrong.

To Kill a Mockingbird flew off the shelves, literally. Within a year, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was translated into ten languages. It now appears in more than forty languages, and more than thirty million copies of the novel have sold worldwide. The Library of Congress cited it as a book that most often "made a difference" in peoples' lives, second only to the Bible. And recently, British librarians placed it ahead of the Bible, as the book everyone should read before they die.

Many of us first discovered Harper Lee's novel in high school, where it remains on the curriculum in most places, weathering storms of controversy - including in Canada. Some object to its frank talk about rape, others to racial slurs, and still others to the author's use of the word "nigger", the epithet for African Americans in the time and place of the story - during the Great Depression, in small-town Alabama.

The narrator is six-year-old Scout Finch, who lives with his sister, Jem, and their father, Atticus Finch, who is a widow. Atticus is also lawyer, appointed to represent a black man who was accused of raping a white woman; and his vigorous defence of a man who knew had been wrongfully accused turned him into a hero in legal circles. Some lawyers said the character inspired them to enter their profession.

Atticus Finch was immortalized not only in the pages of Harper Lee's book, but in the movie of the same name. Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning performance is one of the great moments of American film history.

This week, we aired a short excerpt of his courtroom speech, his appeal to an all-white jury in defence of Tom Robinson.

Song: To Kill a Mockingbird/Theme
Artist: Cincinnati Orchestra
Album: Vintage Cinema

Hour 2

Song: Dreamcatcher
Artist: Don Ross and Andy McKee
Album: The Thing That Came From Some

That's Where I Want to Go - Documentary

The sun shone and the air was fine. The trees were exploding with life. At St. James the Less - one the oldest cemeteries in Toronto - two hundred people gathered. They were daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and friends - there to remember loved ones who gave their bodies to science.

Each year, the Anatomy Department at the University of Toronto receives the remains of about 130 people. And each year the department honours those who made the decision to donate.

It starts with a service in the chapel, and ends as the ashes of all the donors are interred in a common plot. Medical students are there - to acknowledge the gift. They speak. They play music. And they listen to stories about the people who were prepared to be cadavers on a dissection table in the cause of health, education or research.

For the donors, that decision was often clear and straightforward. For the remaining family members, it wasn't always so simple. This morning, a rebroadcast of our documentary by Alisa Siegel, That's Where I Want to Go.

Music Feature

We played the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Carlos Bonell on guitar. This is the second movement of the Concierto de Aranjuez.

Song: Concierto de Aranjuez
Artist: Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Carlos Bonell
Album: Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

En pointe with a Canadian Prima Ballerina

She's called "Chiquita" by her peers. But it would be a mistake to think of prima ballerina Sonia Rodriguez as a pip squeak. She may be tiny in stature, but as American ballerina Susan Jaffe once said, it takes blood and guts and going through hell to be a dancer.

Ms. Rodriguez is celebrating her 20th season with the National Ballet of Canada this year.

She was born in Toronto, and moved to Spain with her family when she was five years old. She was discovered by the legendary Betty Oliphant, the National Ballet's artistic director, when she was just a teenager. Now, she's a prima ballerina who dances some of the most coveted roles in ballets like The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Opus 19/The Dreamer.

This week Ms. Rodriguez joined us in our Toronto studio.

Song: Eugene Onegin
Artist: Orchestre du Metropolitain Opera
Album: Gala en l honneur de Joseph Volpe

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