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IDEAS New Year's Day Levee

Our "almost-annual levee" commemorates a custom from New France, where the colonial governor opened the doors of his mansion every New Year's Day, to share some holiday cheer with the general population, and listen to their current concerns and their hopes for the future.
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Whenever January 1st happens to fall on a weekday, we convene what we call our "almost-annual levee." It commemorates a custom from New France, where the colonial governor opened the doors of his mansion every New Year's Day, to share some holiday cheer with the general population, and listen to their current concerns and their hopes for the future.

All the provinces and many Canadian cities now hold levees. Here at IDEAS, we throw open the studio doors, and talk to some of the people who are preparing shows that you'll be hearing over the next few days and weeks. Happy 2019!

A special note about this upcoming year at IDEAS

It's going to be an interesting year, Paul Kennedy tells us in today's episode. Not just because of all the thought-provoking programs our producers are working on, but also because Paul is retiring at the end of June.

Paul Kennedy has been the host of IDEAS for twenty years, beginning in 1999, but his association with the program goes back to 1977 when he did his first documentary for us. So over the course of 2019, Paul will be revisiting some of his vintage programs and adding new material to them — a poetic way to round out his celebrated time as the much-loved voice of IDEAS.

Guests in this episode:

  • Marilyn Powell is a former IDEAS producer, now a freelance contributor. Her series on coffee will air in February.
  • Evan Fraser is a professor at the University of Guelph, who is working on a programme about the future of food which airs on January 10.
  • Mary O'Connell is an IDEAS producer. Her series on Populism airs on January 23 and 30.
  • Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic are responsible for the on-going series Ideas from the Trenches. Their next episode airs January 28.

Music featured in this episode:

  • The Coffee Song by Frank Sinatra.
  • Imagine by John Lennon.
  • Theme from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, movie soundtrack.
  • Stiff Upper Lip by Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Auld Lang Syne by Guy Lombardo.

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