Burying Jimmy; Concert etiquette; Craig Davidson; Materials Science


This week on the Sunday Edition for October 13, 2013:


  • MICHAEL'S ESSAY: Burying Jimmy Corrigan. On Thanksgiving Day, Michael remembers a gentle fisherman who was buried recently in the little Island cemetery next to his mother. (00:03:42)

  • CONCERT ETIQUETTE: What with candy wrappers, coughing and iPhones going off, a classical music concert may be the worst place to enjoy a great work of art. Michael talks with violinist James Ehnes, soprano Tracey Dahl and music critic William Littler. (00:08:05)

  • DOCUMENTARY: RESTORING THE GHENT ALTARPIECE: The Ghent Altarpiece is the most stolen piece of art of all time. It holds more mystery than the Mona Lisa -- and it remains the heart and soul of the Belgian town for which it was created. Now an expert from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, is overseeing its massive facelift.  Karin Wells' documentary is called, "Eye of the Beholder." (00:40:10)

  • MAIL: A WORD ABOUT THE DECEASED: Your mail about Frank Faulk's documentary on euphemisms for death.  (01:04:05)

  • CRAIG DAVIDSON: Craig Davidson's writing is unabashedly male, often graphically violent, and almost always about guy stuff like wrestling, dog fights and bare knuckle brawls. It's physically  uncomfortable to read, but so well written you can't stop.  Which may explain a nomination for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize. (01:10:05)

  • SUNDAY SCHOOL: MATERIALS SCIENCE: Michael thought materials science meant home economics. Turns out he was wrong. His Sunday School teacher is Mary Anne White, who teaches chemistry and physics at Dalhousie University in Halifax (01:33:13)

  • MAIL: DAVE BIDINI ON DAVE KEON: Your mail about Michael's interview with Dave Bidini, on hockey great Dave Keon  (01:43:58)

  • CANADA'S NATIONAL SPORT - LACROSSE: The history of lacrosse - once the most popular sport in Canada - embodies a secret history of our country and its First Nations, for whom lacrosse remains a vital part of culture. Michael talks with Allan Downey, former Senior A lacrosse player and member of the Nak'azdli First Nation. (01:49:16)

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