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Darrell and the big questions

Well folks, I guess stick a fork in us, we're done!  Today's "Questions" show was our last of the season.   This year, like the end of every year, it's time for us to look back and reflect on the episodes that we produced.  I like to judge the success of every season by how many "a-ha" moments I had, or how many times, I said to myself "Hmmm, I never thought of it like that before".  This season those moments came fast and furious. 

Behind the scenes of Revision Quest,

we spend a lot of time researching the topics and trying to get our facts straight.  However, most of the time it is not the statistics and facts that are the most interesting part of the "myth busting" aspect of the show.  The majority of the time it has been our guests take on the subject that force us to look outside the generally accepted paradigm of Aboriginal life that fascinate me the most.  I am very proud of the fact that our show focuses on the Aboriginal experience from the point of view of actual Aboriginals.  The majority of the time we are speaking with experts and intellectuals and academics that come from within our own communities speaking about issues that affect us on a personal level.  Just as important though, we also strive to have an opposing perspective, whether it is from the Aboriginal community or from outside our communities.  I think this is important because it creates a discussion and demonstrates that Aboriginal people are prepared to challenge perspectives on an equal level, intelligently and without hyperbole.  I especially love when we have guests on the show that are quote, unquote "every day Native people" that normally would never have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the forum of a national radio show. 

So, over the last four seasons I think we have accomplished a lot.  We've made a lot of people step back and look at Aboriginal issues from a different perspective and we've also angered a lot of people.  I think both reactions are important.  It means we're doing our job and creating discourse.  Not everyone will like what is being said but without discussion there can be no change, or understanding.  I am not sure what the future of Revision Quest will be but if this is the end of the road, then I can walk away grateful and humbled for being part of such a ground-breaking and exciting show. I want to thank the powers that be at CBC for having the foresight and courage to produce a show like this and to everybody involved at CBC Winnipeg for all their hard work over the years.  I would also like to thank all the hundreds of guests that we interviewed for the past four seasons and to all our guest comedians for contributing to the humor elements that have been such an integral part of the show.  And most importantly, thank you to all you listeners out there; we couldn't have done it without you.

So, for the last time this season, it is my honour to say, "I'm Darrell Dennis and you've be listening to Revision Quest.  Me7 Wiktsin."