October 24, 2010: Ian Tyson's takes the 'Long Trail' to The Sunday Edition! - A look at the future of Britain's Universities - Debunking Medical Myths - A Rock, Turning (Doc)

Ian Tyson's Long Trail brings him to the Sunday Edition! - Ian Tyson is a musical giant, a member of the order of Canada and a rancher. His music and songs have touched us all for almost 50 years and if he is to be believed he's writing his best songs ever at the age of 77. Ian Tyson has just published his memoirs, The Long Trail and he and Michael talked for a full hour about music, horses, age and the song that started it all, "Four Strong Winds."

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Failing Grade: A look at the future of Britain's Universities - We examined the massive cuts to British universities announced this week by the Cameron Coalition government. Especially hard hit are the humanities, arts and social sciences. Students will have to pony up more for tuition, courses will have to be cancelled, maybe even some universities will have to close. We'll see if Brit austerity will hit our own universities.

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The Debunking of Medical Myths- Dr. Donald Redelmeier is a described 'shatterer of myths' and a 'challenger of assumptions'. Michael spoke to the MD about his 20 years as a researcher, as well as the overwhelming amount of medical information we are getting from experts in the field.

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Elsewhere on the show: For three centuries Fogo Islanders, off the east coast of Newfoundland have lived by their wits and the sea. When the cod disappeared, people left the island. Now thanks to multi -millionaire Zita Cobb, Fogo resuscitation is underway. A Rock, Turning is a documentary of that story in our second hour; You will also hear an essay on moral choices and a "What Were They Thinking" segment about bottled water in Montreal.

Hour 1

Song: Blues for Django
Artist: 16 Gypsy Strings
Album: The Beginning

Song: Four Strong Winds
Artist: Ian & Sylvia
Album: Four Strong Winds

Ian Tyson's Long Trail brings him to the Sunday Edition!

It became a classic - recorded by, among others, Judy Collins, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and the Kingston Trio - and, of course, Ian & Sylvia.

"Four Strong Winds" was the first song Ian Tyson ever wrote. It began its life on a rainy fall afternoon in 1962, in a dingy New York flat where he'd camped out to try his hand at song writing.

Ian Tyson was so inexperienced he says he wouldn't have known a metaphor from a prairie gopher, but he wrote the song while nursing a crush on a beautiful woman who'd bruised his heart - out of which came lyric magic.

Ian Tyson's been a songwriter for over half a century and a cowboy for longer than that. Since putting his first song on paper he's indulged his second passion as a cowboy. It was a bug he caught early and has never lost.

This fall he's come out with a new memoir, The Long Trail, My Life in the West. This week, Ian Tyson joined Michael in our studio in Toronto.

Song: Someday Soon
Artist: Ian and Sylvia
Album: Northern Journey

Song: The Gift
Artist: Ian Tyson
Album: Cowboyography

Song: Navajo Rug
Artist: Ian Tyson
Album: Live at Longview

Song: Red Pony Suite
Artist: Aaron Copland
Album: Aaron Copland Collection

Hour 2

Song: Bridget's Reel & Jim Hodder's Favorite
Artist: Tickle Harbour
Album: Close to the Floor: Folk Dance in Newfoundland

A Rock, Turning - Documentary

Fogo Island is nine miles wide and 16 miles long - a rugged rock, peppered with bogs, berries and barrens.

A herd of caribou makes its home there, and so do some three thousand people.

This makes it an unlikely place for an audacious experiment in contemporary art and architecture, an experiment designed to make a splash in the art world and a difference in the future of a struggling Island economy.

For over 3 centuries, Fogo Islanders - like most Newfoundlanders - relied on the inshore cod fishery. When it collapsed, people poured off the island. Of those who cling to the place, some make a living in shellfish. Many have had to find seasonal work in

Alberta's oil sands in order to hang on.

Enter a singing multimillionaire in her early fifties named Zita Cobb. As the founder of the Shorefast Foundation and its many enterprises, she's a big spending visionary, determined to lure Fogo Islanders home and world class artists - along with some high end tourists - to its rocky shores.

This week, we brought you the story in a documentary called, "A Rock, Turning".

Featured Disc

It was first recorded in 1911, on an Edison wax cylinder. And it went on to become the signature song for Sophie Tucker, who re-recorded the tune in 1926. That record, featuring Ted Lewis and His Band, sold a million copies.

But The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas was certainly not the last to perform it and in 2006, Canadian singer/songwriter Serena Ryder laid down her own version for her second major-label album "If Your Memory Serves You Well."

This is Serena Ryder's, "Some of These Days":

Song: Some of These Days
Artist: Serena Ryder
Album: If Your Memory Serves You Well

Song: Pomp and Circumstance Marches
Artist: Sir Edward Elgar
Album: The Elgar Edition, Vol.3

Personal Essay

Margaret MacMillan is Warden of St. Anthony's College at Oxford and the author most recently of The Uses and Abuses of History, this morning she was in our studios in London. Paul Rogers is professor of peace studies at Bradford University and contibuting editor of Open Democracy. This morning he was at his home in Bradford England.

Money....can't live without it....and well you can't live without it. While British universities brace for a financial bloodletting, across the street at the Toronto convention centre, there are mobs of smartly dressed people at The Money Show, looking to turn their personal wads into bigger ones. This essay told a modest, micro money tale. David Martin is in Ottawa. His story is called Finders Keepers.

Failing Grade: A Look at the Future of Britain's Universities

On Wednesday, George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, the finance minister in David Cameron's government, described universities as "the jewels in the country's Economic Crown". He then went on to announce a freeze on university research budgets and a cut in University teaching allowances of 40%. And even though the cuts were nowhere near as bad as feared, Universities across Britain are reeling. The announcement was part of a comprehensive spending review, which cut everything the British Government does, with the exception of health and overseas aid. The government insists there is no choice; Britain faces its largest deficit, outside of wartime, ever. It is on the face of it a tough situation for the Universities. Tuition is frozen at about 5 thousand a year but there is a chance it might triple beginning in 2012. And the government announced new scholarship and loan programs to keep universities accessible and indicated that cuts would not affect teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Understandably this has left people involved in the arts and humanities feeling even more stressed and concerned. On a couple of occasions this season the Sunday Edition we've tackled the problems Universities in Canada are facing and we've tried to figure out what the future of the Humanities might be. The moves by the British government this week raised all these questions again. Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St. Anthony's College at Oxford, is an historian and author and a frequent guest on the Sunday Edition. This morning, she is in our CBC Studios in London. Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University and contributing editor to the on-line publication Open Democracy is also a frequent guest on the Sunday Edition and this morning he is at his home in Bradford England.

Song: Between the Shadows
Artist: Tom Berry
Album: Dulcimer-Guitar

Hour 3

Song: It Ain't Necessarily So
Artist: Miles Davis
Album: Mellow Miles

The Debunking of Medical Myths

In a recent profile, the New York Times described Canadian researcher Donald Redelmeier as "the leading debunker of preconceived notions in the medical world." He has also been called a 'shatterer of myths' and a 'challenger of assumptions.' His groundbreaking research on driving and the use of cell phones was the basis of many of the laws banning that particular combination of activities. And he's drawn counterintuitive conclusions on such diverse topics as arthritis pain and the weather, the lifespan of Academy Award winners and traffic fatalities on US Presidential Election Days. Dr. Redelmeier has worked as a researcher for twenty years - he was at Stanford before moving to the University of Toronto. And in addition to his work with statistics, he is also a hands-on physician who treats patients at Canada's largest trauma centre. Donald Redelmeier is the Director of the Epidemiology Unit at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. And this morning, he joins me in the studio. Good morning, Dr. Redelmeier...

Song: It Ain't Necessarily So
Artist: Kevin Barrett Trio
Album: jam

Mail Pack

Michael was a way last week and didn't get a chance to share with you letters and emails about our program of October 10th.

that show he spoke with Margaret Trudeau about her new book, Changing My Mind. The conversation provoked a lot of comment.

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What Were They Thinking?

Michael presented the latest chapter in our occasional series: What were they thinking? This time out... the water in Montreal...

Song: Water Music: Suite N1/AIR
Artist: Antonio Vivaldi
Album: Build Your Baby's Brain - Through The Power Of Music

Coming up Next Week... [PROMO]

Last week Michael was in Florida. Midterm elections are being held across the United States on November 2nd and Florida is a battleground state in a campaign that is being seen as a referendum on Barrack Obama's first two years as President.

Next week we will devote the program to a look at Obama's America through the hearts and minds of Floridians. We spent most of our time in Gainesville, where those hearts and minds were also pre-occupied with the other local passion, football. It was Homecoming weekend in Gator Nation.

Song: Cherry Ball Blues
Artist: Ry Cooder
Album: Ry Cooder Radio Show

Song: Summer Wages
Artist: Ian Tyson
Album: Cowboyography

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