Sunday, November 15, 2009 | Categories: Episodes
You've heard of strategic voting... Now one New Democrat decided to take the idea one step further. Michael Byers is a professor at the University of British Columbia and an NDP candidate in the last federal election for the riding of Vancouver Centre. He is calling for a one time "strategic ceasefire" between the NDP and the Liberals. Under his plan, both parties would agree NOT to run a candidate in any riding where the other party was ahead of them in the last election.
The idea isn't entirely new.
In the last election, Stephane Dion agreed not to field a Liberal Candidate in the Riding of Central Nova in Nova Scotia where Elizabeth May was running . In return, the Greens didn't contest the Liberal Leader's riding.
On this weeks show, Michael Enright tossed the idea around with Michael Byers, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and conservative commentator and McGill University lecturer Tahsa Kheiriddin.
Song: Hamp's Boogie Woggie
Artist: Michael Kaeshammer, Mark Mclean, Marc Rogers
Wynton Marsalis Music
In this hour we also played, Wynton Marsalis performing Mouvement Perpetuel by Nicolo Paganini. Legend has it that Paganini's virtuosity on the violin was the result of a pact with the devil.
Michael does not draw any conclusions about Mr. Marsalis amazing technique on the trumpet, but there is something almost supernatural about this performance. MIchael tried very hard to find the points at which Mr.Marsalis draws a breath, but to no avail. We'll leave it up to you.
Listen to Hour One:
Song: A bokorbol
Artist: Lajko Felix
Album: A bokorbol, From The Bush
Generation Next - Part Two
Last week, a thousand Styrofoam dominoes toppled. Hundreds of people sheltered under their umbrellas at the Brandenburg gate; and Mikhail Gorbachev and Angela Merkel walked together across the border that used to be.
The world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall in Berlin. It was a very big party.
In Berlin, the street sweepers were out on Wednesday morning and life appeared to be back to normal in an instant. If only it were that easy. In fact, the clean up after that original party is still going on.
The lives of hundreds of millions across eastern Europe changed in every way twenty years ago.
The privileged lost their perks; the sharp witted grew rich; the foot soldiers of the east block struggled and are still struggling. Everything had to be reinvented - the medical system, caring for the most vulnerable in society.
Now there's a new generation of young men and women who have no direct knowledge of the Communist era, but whose lives continue to be shaped by it nonetheless
This week, we brought you the second of our three-part series Generation Next: Young Minds Bodies and Souls after Communism.
Karin Wells and David Gutnick take you to Ukraine, Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary and bring you stories of the children and young people of the post soviet generation.
In Part Two, they discussed the body politic-- the muscle and sinew, flesh and blood of Generation Next.
Song: Breakdown Medley
Artist: The Dardanelles
Album: The Dardanelles
Listen to Hour Two:
Song: Portly Pear
Artist: Michael Kaeshammer
Album: No Strings Attached
Imagination Galore: A Conversation with Michael Crummy
Song: Janie's Jam
Artist: David Restivo
Album: Prayer For Humankindness
Giller Prize Winner - Linden MacIntyre
As pretty well everyone in the country knows by now, congratulations are in order for our colleague Linden MacIntyre. Last week , the award winning co-host of the Fifth Estate walked off with Canada's most prestigious award for fiction. Linden, in his spare time, has for the past few years been trying his hand at writing novels and his latest outing just won him the Giller Award.
The novel, The Bishop's Man, is the story of a middle aged priest wrestling with the reality of child abuse by clerics. In the summer while Joan Leishman was filling in for Michael, Linden spoke with her about why he chose to tell this story in fiction, and about the inner turmoil experienced by the protagonist of his story.
We selected a brief excerpt of that conversation for you.
Song: This Wheel's on Fire
Artist: Serena Ryder
Album: If Your Memory Serves You Well
Song: Dancing With Aurora Borealise
Artist: Aaron Young
Listen to Hour Three: