Scottish Nationalists - Canadian Poet Laureate

Hour One

Scottish Nationalists

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British Prime Minister David Cameron is not King Edward the First, and Scottish Nationalist Party leader Alex Salmond is definitely not William Wallace, but they have been trading some nasty barbs this week.
Scottish nationalism is front and centre in the United Kingdom again after Salmond's promise that there will be a sovereingty referendum in 2014.
Michael talks Scottish nationalism with a Scot who left for Canada, and a Canuck who left for Scotland.
Douglas Gibson is the publisher of Douglas Gibson Books and the former president and publisher of McClelland and Stewart. He was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. In 2005, he was named Canada's "Scot of the Year" by the Scottish Studies Society.
Luke Skipper is from the town of Kincardine, Ontario.  He moved to Scotland as a young man, and is now the Chief of Staff for the Scottish National Party at Westminster and a passionate proponent of Scottish sovereignty.

And in honour of Robbie Burns Day this week, we had an encore reading of one of the Scottish poet's lesser known works, Och Yer a Wee Pookie.

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Audience Mail: We also read some of your mail about Kyla Hanington's searing essay last week that dealt with her daughter's autism diagnosis.

Music in this Hour:

  • When You're Smiling, by Sam Pilafian from the album Travelin' Light
  • Stompin' at the Savoy, by Great Uncles of the Revolution, from Stand Up!
  • Red Winged Blackbird, by David Francey, from Torn Screen Door
  • Sister, by Jayme Stone, from Utmost
  • A Sunday Kind of Love by Etta James from Etta James: Her Best
  • Clan Coco, by Battlefield Band, from Rough Guide to Scottish Folk  

Hour Two

 Documentary: A Groom with a View

The world has changed for groomsmen. Gone are the days when brides did all the wedding planning. Call it New Age, call it Enlightenment, but these days grooms like to get their hands dirty, picking everything from the colour palette of the floral arrangments to the borders of the invitations. Or do they? Documentary Producer Frank Faulk dropped in on one of Canada's largest wedding shows to find out.  

standardpoors.jpgWho's Rating the Raters?

Late last week, the credit rating agency Standard and Poor's downgraded nine countries in the European Union.

Being downgraded is akin to being judged and found wanting ... and the countries in question were none too happy about it.

But who are these credit rating agencies, and who's rating their work?

After all, aren't they the same bunch that missed the warning signs for the near economic apocalypse of late 2008?

Doug Henwood has some thoughts. He has been the editor and publisher of the Left Business Observer for more than 25 years, and the author most recently of After the New Economy.

Related Link;  Doug  Henwood - Left Business Observer 

Audience Mail: Our documentary last week, Notes on a Recovery, explored the pain and stigma of a musical injury. It prompted some stirring stories from listeners.  

Poet Laureate

Canada's new Parliamentary Poet Laureate has been "doing" poetry for more than 50 years ... but it was never an obvious career choice.

Fred Wah studied music and played jazz, and became involved in the avant garde scene in Vancouver in the '60s. Somewhere along the way, he was bitten by the poetry bug, and never looked back.

Related links: Fred Wah - Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Music in this Hour:

  • Someday My Prince Will Come, by Joey DeFrancesco, from the album One Take
  • Get Me to the Church on Time, by Oscar Peterson, from My Fair Lady
  • Humming and Hawing, by Jamye Stone, from Utmost
  • Temperance, by Mark Eisenman, from Sweet and Lovely
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