David Gutnick

David Gutnick is a documentary producer with CBC Radio One's Ideas. He is based in Montreal, and has covered stories all over the world.

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On the chase with David Gutnick: how to find a local story

So, it's morning and your kit bag is loaded: a couple of recorders, microphones, a windsock, cables, extra batteries. A camera, pen, notepad. You're dressed for anything that comes your way. Veteran documentary producer David Gutnick gives us his guide to finding stories where you live.
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Paul Mason on Postcapitalism: Why the world economic system may be on its last legs

Paul Mason, an outspoken critic of neoliberalism, says the use of technology is driving a massive shift in the global economy, and 'if we can't create a sustainable global order and restore economic dynamism, the decades after 2050 will be chaos.'

Ex-correspondent Chris Hedges on covering war, dealing with PTSD

Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges spent decades as a war correspondent before the suffering he witnessed became too much to bear. Now he ministers to others. Hedges opens up about the deaths of friends and reveals his nightmares.

Haitian family still struggling 5 years after devastating quake

Documentary producer David Gutnick checks in with the Merisier family in Haiti, forced to live in a tent following the devastating earthquake five years ago.
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How Jean Beliveau lit the way for a boy in Hay River, N.W.T.

CBC broadcaster David Gutnick recalls his early childhood in a remote village in the Northwest Territories - and how Jean Beliveau brightened dark winter days and lit up his imagination. The former Montreal Canadiens star died this week at age 83.

Radical rest homes: Old people should live everywhere

Is there a way to come up with alternatives to the profit-driven, regimented seniors' residences springing up all over the country. Montrealer Janet Torge wants to start us talking about new ways to grow old.

The delicate balancing act of 21st-century couch living

Couch-living probably isn't for everyone, but for a generation of young people used to poor employment prospects and sharing, it's a definite way to get by, and sharpen your social skills.

CBC Ideas: Is Islam the 'green' religion?

Digging beneath the headlines, scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr makes the case for Islam's environmental credentials on CBC Ideas.

Ethel Bruneau, Montreal's Queen of Tap, on why dancing 'is a religion'

Widely known as Montreal’s Queen of Tap, Ethel Bruneau has quite the tale to tell. She’s been performing for 75 years and now teaches dance to thousands of people of all ages – from kindergarteners to senior citizens.

Living memories — the art and hand of Inuit printmaker Elisapee Ishulutaq

At 89, Elisapee Ishulutaq is the last of the path-breaking Inuit artists from Pangnirtung still alive. And, as David Gutnick discovered, she hasn't stopped drawing a life full of change.

Quebec songwriter Gilles Vigneault's heart 'broken' by PQ loss

Penned almost 50 years ago by songwriter Gilles Vigneault, Mon pays is a song of love and longing that became the anthem of the movement for Quebec independence. Now, in the wake of the stunning electoral defeat of the Parti Québécois a few weeks ago, Vigneault's words take on new meaning.

Lonely seniors forge friendships through 'little brothers' campaign

The Quebec chapter of Les Petits Frères matches more than 1,000 Quebec seniors with younger volunteers to combat feelings of isolation that can be harmful

Prisoners discover the healing power of dance

For the past seven years, Susan Slotnick has been teaching a dance class to an unlikely group: convicted murderers, drug dealers and sex offenders in the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York state. The results have been extraordinary, reports CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition.

Class action: Ontario's developmentally challenged go to court

For over 100 years, developmentally challenged people in Ontario were institutionalized, under occasionally appalling conditions, in three large regional centres. These centres are now closed but the lives and stories they held will soon see the light of day as class action suits have been approved and a trial date set. Sunday Edition's David Gutnick reports.

A stroll in Port-au-Prince and the pop-pop-pop of pistol fire

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