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Alexander McCall Smith
When he was at the height of the legal profession, Alexander McCall Smith suddenly became a bestselling author with "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." Dozens of novels later, he joined Sheryl in the studio to take part in our Shelf Life series.
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Matt Meuse's taxonomy of whale music
Whales have inspired a bevy of musicians from throughout history - to make music that's as grandiose and unfathomable as they are.
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Bernard the German: The Complete Series
Listen to all ten chapters of Grant Lawrence's serialised tragic tale of the giant of Desolation Sound.
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A new Ottolenghi cookbook is a marquee event for home cooks. His latest aims to keep it simple.
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Poet Aislinn Hunter
Aislinn Hunter has won many prizes throughout her writing career. Sheryl talked with her about what they mean to her. Plus, we hear a poem.
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Conductor Otto Tausk on getting to know an orchestra
Otto Tausk has been music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for three months now. He dropped by to give us an update on how it's going.
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Poet Ian Williams on national anthems
Ian Williams tried to remember the lyrics to three national anthems, with varying levels of success. It turned into a poem.
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Governor General Award-winning poet Cecily Nicholson
Cecily Nicholson is a poet and a social activist in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her latest collection of poetry won the Governor General's Literary Award.
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Comics artist Pia Guerra
Pia Guerra's art has graced the pages of some of the most acclaimed and recognisable comics in the industry. And now, she's taken up political cartooning.
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Bernard the German, chapters 2-5
Chapters two through five of Grant Lawrence's serial about Bernard Kreiger.
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Culture Crawl recap
Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl flew by this past weekend. Here's a look back at some conversations Sheryl had with artists who took part.
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The Old Salt Route
All five chapters of Matthew Parsons' series about ancient folktales, German cathedrals, screenwriting, ghosts and organ music.
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Sunday October 28
Author Patrick DeWitt talks about books and movies and writing, Bill Richardson offers a Hallowe'en poem, Matthew Parsons has another installment of The Old Salt Route, Jonathan Berkowitz looks at the English alphabet and we visit an art installation at Regent College at UBC called Whale Dreams.
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Saturday October 27
Author Barbara Smith has a BC ghost story, Spencer Stuart talks about the history of the novel Frankenstein, Grant Lawrence has another chapter in his new serial for the show and we hear a heart felt tribute to Emily Molnar of Ballet BC
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Buffy Sainte-Marie biographer Andrea Warner
Buffy Sainte-Marie's career has spanned many styles of music and many different media. She's been an activist and a teacher as well as an artist, and she's been blacklisted by two American presidents. Andrea Warner's new authorised biography of Sainte-Marie tells the whole story.
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Bernard the German: Episode 1
Grant Lawrence is back with another serialised story from the wilds of Desolation Sound. It's the story of an ox of a man known to many as Bernard the German.
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Children's author Monique Grey Smith
Monique Grey Smith's book "Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation" is a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Sheryl talked with her at the school where she met some of the children who inspired the book.
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Dr. Stephanie Willerth
The Willerth lab at the University of Victoria brings together biochemistry and engineering for some crazy projects - like 3D printing something close enough to human tissue to test drugs on. Sheryl got a guided tour of the lab from its head: Dr. Stephanie Willerth.
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Barbie boy in a Barbie world: new teen book 'Kens' deals with themes of teen suicide and body image
Raziel Reid's new novel, Kens, is a high school story inspired by the plastic Barbie world. In the teen novel, the stereotypical high school hierarchy is reimagined and parodied. Think Mean Girls, meets Heathers, meets The Stepford Wives ... with an LGBTQ twist.
Lighting designer Itai Erdal
Itai Erdal is a lighting designer, writer and performer, and he's up for a $100,000 prize.
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Poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Shazia Hafiz Ramji hasn't had an easy life. But she's translated it beautifully onto the page.
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Paleontologist Victoria Arbour
Victoria Arbour is the Royal British Columbia Museum's new curator of palaeontology. And she's got a big project on her hands: cataloguing a huge, newly donated collection of 18,000 fossils.
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Danielle Krysa: the Jealous Curator
Danielle Krysa started a blog to help her get back into painting. It led to a new career as a writer.
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Kid Koala is one of the world's most virtuosic turntablists. Plus, he's written graphic novels and scored movies. Now, he's bringing his audience in on the action in a show that puts them at the turntables.
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2018 Alexis Mazurin Award Winners
Alexis Mazurin was a talented CBC broadcaster who passed away in 2005. The Alexis Mazurin Awards are given annually out to BC journalism students making creative radio. This year, the award went to two recipients: Francesca Bianco and Rehmatullah Sheikh.
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Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads
Anna Wong is a Vancouver-born artist you should know about. And a new exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery is the perfect opportunity.
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Painter Maryanne Wettlaufer
Maryanne Wettlaufer has lived in Haida Gwaii for years, and it suffuses her paintings with wild energy.
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Pop culture reincarnation
Matthew Parsons has a theory. It isn't especially convincing, but here we are.
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Shelf Life with Rachel Hartman
Bestselling author Rachel Hartman talks about books that have been important in her life.
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Kaarina is a textile aritist based in Vancouver who makes one of a kind silk evening bags. Her work is part of a show opening September 6 at Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island.
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Jack Li is a young clarinetist bound for Harvard. He's on the CBC Music list of 30 classical musicians under 30 to watch!
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Wickaninnish Inn cookbook
Executive Chef Warren Barr talks about the new Wickaninnish Inn cookbook and prepares a delicious rutabaga pasta dish!
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Nomeansno: life after punk
Grant Lawrence talks with John Wright, the drummer from Victoria's legendary punk rock band Nomeansno, about life at the end of the road in Lund, B.C.
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Ceramics artist Ciro DiRuocco takes on the opioid crisis
Ciro DiRuocco has begun to exhibit his pottery around Canada. His artistic journey started when he was in recovery for an oxycontin addiction.
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The German Watchmaker
He's one of the last of his kind.
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Odd Jobs episode 4: Animal Lawyer
Meet Rebekah Breder: a lawyer whose clients are furrier than usual.
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Temporal Drum Set
For a few days in late June, the Western Front in Vancouver hosted a mysterious musical art installation.
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A trip to the farmer's market with Clement Chan
Clement Chan runs the esteemed Torofuku restaurant on Main Street in Vancouver. Margaret Gallagher tagged along with him on his weekly trip to the farmer's market for inspiration.
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Odd Jobs episode 3: Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
Meet a doctor who specialises in several types of treatment nobody wants to talk about.
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A new exhibition at the Comox Valley Art Gallery explores the legacy of the 67-year potlatch ban.
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The Phantoms at Mural Fest
One of the attractions at the Vancouver Mural Fest will be a scene from an art installation the like of which you've never seen.
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Less Is More
Matthew Parsons' tastes have always run towards the extreme; the busy; the blustery. But he's taking a break from that this week, and exploring the subtler things.
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Odd Jobs episode 2: Waterslide engineer
Emily Colombo has the best job ever.
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