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The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe

Designed to ease Calgary commuters' transitions from the end of the workday back to their families, The Homestretch offers an entertaining and lively blend of news and information.

  • 08:12
    Calgary's popular Turkish festival is underway at Eau Claire Market. But Shirley Steinberg wants Calgarians to learn more about Turkey than just its food, music and culture. The Turkish government fired or suspended more than 300,000 people suspected of being dissidents after a failed coup last year. About 400 of those who fled the country arrived as refugees in Calgary. Shirley Steinberg is the education liaison for the local Turkish Community. Fatih is a refugee who fled Turkey in 2016. We will not use his last name for the sake of his family's safety.
    Jul 20, 2018
  • 17:29
    After years of renovation the King Eddy is officially reopening today. The former hotel and bar has long been known as Calgary's Home to the Blues. It closed in 2004 but the National Music Centre took it over and refurbished it as a live music venue. Joining host Doug Dirks in studio to talk about the blues and the King Eddy was longtime blues-man John Rutherford.
    Jul 20, 2018
  • 07:11
    The best in mountain biking will be competing for a national title at the championships in Canmore this weekend. Olympic bronze medallist Catharine Pendrel will be cheering from the sidelines. She'll be there to present the first recipient of the Catharine Pendrel Youth Scholarship. Catharine joined host Doug Dirks on the line from Canmore.
    Jul 19, 2018
  • 06:16
    The Special Olympics officially turns 50 this year. The first National Games were held at Chicago's Soldier Field back in 1968, with only 1,000 athletes. The movement of inclusion now involves close to five million athletes from 172 countries. This Saturday, the Special Olympics will celebrate their anniversary on the Global Day of Inclusion. Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury is the Chair of the Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors. He spoke with host Doug Dirks.
    Jul 19, 2018
  • 07:18
    Have you, or someone you love, suffered a heart attack? It surprisingly common, with one in 12 Canadians over the age of 20 living with heart disease. Getting back to "normal life" after a heart attack can be a long and difficult road. Especially when it comes to sex. Doctor Doreen Rabi, is an M.D., an associate professor at the University of Calgary and a member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. She's studying the sex-lives of people who've survived a heart attack, talking to the patients and their partners to learn more. Dr. Doreen Rabi joins me on the line now.
    Jul 19, 2018
  • 04:42
    The City of Lethbridge purchased an airport for one dollar today! Host Doug Dirks spoke with Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman about the acquisition.
    Jul 19, 2018
  • 05:35
    They make some people's skin crawl - but a recent discovery has some Alberta palaeontologists jumping for joy. Their team discovered - the very first fossil of a baby snake - which is 105 million years old. Michael Caldwell was the snake palaeontologist involved in this study. He's a professor of vertebrate palaeontology at the University of Alberta but today we've reached him in Cognac, France, where he's on another hunt for snake fossils.
    Jul 18, 2018
  • 05:15
    If you're walking through parts of Calgary, you may notice some sandstone buildings. But you may not know the rich history behind these buildings. A new self-guided map can help you find some of the best sandstone relics in Calgary. Caroline Loewen is the curator at Lougheed House. She joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Jul 18, 2018
  • 06:24
    The 37th International Shuffleboard Association World Championship is happening in High River this week. Ten countries are represented and 96 participants shuffling for glory. One person will even be inducted into the International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. For more, we've reached Ken Wardley. He coordinated the event and he spoke with host Doug Dirks.
    Jul 18, 2018
  • 07:06
    With the legalization of cannabis looming in this country on October 17th, the federal government is mulling over the possibility of granting pardons to thousands of Canadians previously convicted for possession of marijuana. That got us thinking about the legal process when it comes to granting pardons. Sean Dunnigan is here to explain the process for us. He's a provincial court judge, and he'll share his 'View from the Bench.'
    Jul 18, 2018
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