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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.

  • 08:22
    The Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building is another one of the hidden gems you can check out on Doors Open YYC this weekend. The Homestretch's traffic maven, Jenny Howe, was lucky enough to get a tour today from Francie Hagedorn, a board member of Southern Alberta Pioneers and their Descendants. When Jenny stepped into the building, she suddenly felt like she was on the set of 'Little House on the Prairie.'
    Sep 20, 2018
  • 08:20
    Have you ever wondered if chocolate can really make you fall in love? Or why there are holes in Swiss Cheese? These are the types of questions that Joe Schwarcz addresses and debunks in the name of science. He is not only an author and an award-winning chemistry professor at McGill University, but also a popular radio and newspaper science columnist in Montreal. Did I mention he's an amateur magician as well? He will be sharing a talk tonight as part of Beakerhead festivities. He joined host Doug Dirks on the line.
    Sep 20, 2018
  • 07:13
    Every September larch trees light up the Rocky Mountains with their vibrant golden needles. People come from all over Alberta and beyond to take in their beauty. Leigh McAdam knows some great spots to see the larches. Her blog 'Hike Bike Travel' is cited as one of the top outdoor adventure blogs in Canada. She joined host Doug Dirks on the line.
    Sep 20, 2018
  • 08:19
    Training camp is now underway for the Calgary Inferno women's pro hockey team. They start the season with a new head coach. Shannon Miller returns to Calgary after spending 16 years as an NCAA five-time national championship coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth. Miller, of course, has an impressive CV: former coach of Team Canada that won three world women's championship gold medals and an Olympic silver, a former Calgary police officer, and she was also one of the three women who started up the first ever girls' minor hockey team in Calgary. Shannon Miller joined host Doug Dirks live in studio.
    Sep 20, 2018
  • 07:30
    Whether you think of fried chicken as the perfect midnight snack or the centrepiece to a sit-down family meal, our Homestretch Food Trends columnist, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, says fried chicken is having a moment here in Calgary. Elizabeth is a Calgary-based food writer and our guide to foodie culture in Calgary. She joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Sep 19, 2018
  • 07:25
    Canadian sports broadcasting icon Ron MacLean has been covering the Olympics for decades, including the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He's in Red Deer today, talking about the "Business of the Games." Ron joined host Doug Dirks on the line to talk about Calgary's potential 2026 bid.
    Sep 19, 2018
  • 09:10
    In 1967, astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell was a post-grad student at Cambridge when she noticed 'a bit of scruff' in the sky through a radio telescope. That bit of scruff turned out to be a pulsar - a small, spinning star. Her discovery has been described as one of the most significant achievements of the 20th century. But in 1974, when a Nobel Prize was awarded for that discovery, only her male colleagues were honoured. The British astrophysicist has been awarded a $3M Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Bell is in Calgary today as part of Beakerhead and she joined host Doug Dirks in studio.
    Sep 19, 2018
  • 07:44
    This weekend dozens of buildings across the city are flinging their doors open so that you can come peak inside. Doors Open YYC is your chance to explore different sites in Calgary. Spots that you might not otherwise have access to. This is perfect if you're interested in architecture, sports, science, history, and just about anything else you can think of. One of the buildings that's opening up to Calgarians for a day is the Haultain School in SW Calgary's Beltline neighbourhood. Built in the mid 1890's, before Alberta was even a province, it has the honour of being Calgary's oldest surviving school. Josh Traptow is the Executive Director of the Calgary Heritage Authority. He also happens to work in the Haultain School building, so he served as a terrific guide for the Homestretch's Jenny Howe.
    Sep 19, 2018
  • 07:35
    After a record-breaking heat-wave in Calgary this August, who could have guessed it would be this cold in September?!?! The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Canadian edition seems to sense it brewing. It's predicting colder than average temperatures this winter -- with above average amounts of snow Jack Burnett is Managing Editor. He joined host Doug Dirks on the line.
    Sep 19, 2018
  • 07:56
    Fall is in the air and with the calendar OFFICIALLY marking the change on the weekend, star-gazers have a lot to look forward to as we approach the autumn equinox. Alan Dyer is an astronomy author and photographer. He joined host Doug Dirks in studio to talk about the forthcoming Harvest Moon.
    Sep 18, 2018
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