Living Out Loud
Finding a voice
Many voices, one person; Samantha Hodder learns how to be a one woman band. In earlier times many women found their voice but were held back from using it. But no-one could suppress the songs and poems of Bob Coe's amazing mother Connie. "The Change in Farming"; a young composer takes his grandfather's rich voice and even richer old world farming stories and turns them into rap music. Find your voice and sing from the heart - like Rosella Fraser, raised in a home filled with baptist faith...
The letter C
C is for cancer but also for Courage and Cottages - holiday cottages. "Seana and Jackie" is a story in two voices; Jackie has had cancer surgery and Seana O'Neill runs an organisation called "Cottage dreams". C is for the Cello which Joanne Oasterman saw in a pawn shop and fell in love with. When the cello was sold to someone else Joanne went on a quest to find another and satisfy her dreams and desires. C is for Crokinole, a very Canadian board game. Can a win at the Crokinole championships...
Shades of black
I hate being black" was what Joseph Daley said to his parents his ears ringing with racial epithets hurled at him by his kindergarten classmates. Not any more - not since he began fighting racism with humour and poetry. Jamal Robinson wants a career in broadcasting. When we hooked him up with a top CBC producer he was in for some surprises, most of them good. PLEASE NOTE; Sorry, but for music rights reasons two stories this week; "Black ghosts of Paris" and "Follow me" cannot be included in...
Different trains, different tunnels
"End of the line". For decades "The Northlander" has snaked 700 kilometers from Toronto to Cochrane, through farmland and the hard rock of the Canadian shield - a train with a long and proud history. Last year the Ontario government cancelled it. Some people on its last run were travelling on routine business, others to savour a sad moment and to remember. "Noises off"; what is it about train sounds that stimulate our imagination and our memories? "Kids again"; Jay Brown and his brother head...
Love, loss and longing
"Alfred and Isabel". Boy meets girl. They fall in love, but they can't seem to find a way to stay together and in the end they go their separate ways and live separate lives. But love is strong and stubborn and they keep the flame alive with letters. 81 letters over 25 years. "Nora and George"; a young man goes off to the murderous battlefield of the First world war. His sister Nora cherishes the two letters he sent home before the slaughter claimed him. "Remembering Angela"; a man a women...
To B or not to B
B is for bassoon and how strange things can happen to a Budding Bassoonist. B is for Bed and Bannock, a guest house in northern BC which helps guests with the abuse of booze. B is for the Barrage of ads for Body Beautiful and a woman's "Flat Belly Blues". B is for Buddies; two young runners who race arm in arm because one of them is Blind. B is for "bi-racial"; the Best of Both worlds - or is it? B is for Brass Bands and a musician who wonders where he Belongs. B is for bees and the honeyed...
Apologies; how do you say you're sorry?
OPENING MONTAGE; Gary Bettman, David Letterman, Lance Armstrong and Rob Ford all say they're sorry! Or do they? A childhood accident and an adult apology; Kevin Craig once threw a rock that hit his brother and lied about it for 20 years. Poornima Ranawana writes a letter of apology to her deceased grandfather. Margot Van Sluytman receives an apology from the man who murdered her father. The town of Cumberland BC apologises to Japanese Canadians taken away to internment camps during the...
A is for Aardvark
"A is for Aardvark" was a popular TV and radio show hosted by Lister Sinclair. We revive it now with the first of a series of "alphabetically themed" programmes - beginning at the beginning, with the letter "A". For Jane Nelson who loves back country skiing, A is for the avalanche that nearly buried her alive. For Billy Miedemar, A is for Animals, but only dead ones. For Nicole Boudreau, A is for Acadia and her beloved but ridiculed Acadian language. For Teresa Goff, A is for Aphasia which...
In search of refuge
When the German army occupied Holland in world war two, many Dutch families risked their lives to give sanctuary to Jewish children. One was the Smit family. In 1940 Showkie Smit was a fourteen year old girl. She tells the story of how one day a 'cousin' came to stay. Today that 'cousin' is a grateful man in his mid 70's living in Israel and very keen to describe those wartime years in hiding and his new life in Israel. Mathilde Mkesharugo came to Canada after the horrors of Rwanda's...
When Raffy Boudjikanian travelled to Turkey to the town where his Armenian great grandfather used to live before being taken away to be killed, a question suddenly sprung up and urgently needed an answer; "can I forgive?" Judy McFarlane travels to a village in Rwanda with a shipment of blankets made by women in Vancouver, home made blankets - that is if you can call prison a home. "Women of Morocco". Carma Jolly travels to Morocco to talk with three women who live very different lives; One...
The making of Handel's Messiah
FOR MUSIC RIGHTS REASONS THIS EPISODE OF LIVING OUT LOUD IS NOT AVAILABLE AS A PODCAST.
The hockey lockout show
With no action on the ice Ashley Walters brings action from the past and two great players who helped build the league in the early days of hockey; Wally Stanowski seven seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and winner of four Stanley Cups. And Danny Lewicki, ex Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers. Plus; Foster Hewitt and coaching tips from Gordie Howe and Red Kelly!
Going back and moving on
Carolina Echeverria returns to Chile in order to be able to forget her painful past there. Dan Misener and friends return to an old graveyard to give back what was taken. Suzanne Ahearne crosses the Atlantic on a real ship but with a cargo of memories and unfinished business. Andra McCartney retraces her steps -literally; in her mid 40's she's re-learning to walk. Travis Schouten fought in Afghanistan but is struggling to escape images from the past. For Corinna Hodgson, moving on meant...
The Spanish Crucible episode 2
We go to the battlefields of the Spanish civil war to ask how did the Canadians fight, how did they die and why after the war ended were the survivors harrassed and spied on by the RCMP?
The Spanish crucible; Canadians in the Spanish civil war
Based on interviews recorded nearly 50 years ago and never broadcast until now with men who volunteered to fight in the Spanish civil war (1936-39)a war widely regarded as a dress rehearsal for WW2 because of big power involvement; Hitler and Mussolini for Franco's fascists and Stalin's Soviet Union on the side of the Spanish government.
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Living Out Loud, on Friday afternoons, is the new place on CBC Radio for personal story telling. A lively mix of archival and original programming, host Robin Brown and producer Steve Wadhams capture life as you live it, with a topical mix of documentaries and monologues, poems and personal portraits. All the stories you want to tell - and a different theme every week.