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Kathy Eldon on creative activism, choosing love and fearlessness

October 27, 2016
| Kathy and I talk about social change, catalyzing action, creative activism and choosing love and why fearlessness matters more than we know.
Length: 41:23 minutes (28.43 MB)
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Technology and the knowledge of dissatisfaction

Photo: Crystal radio ad/Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes it feels like our technical knowledge has smeared us, like a palette knife, across an unfortunate expanse of time.

When broadcast radio first arrived in people's homes in the early 1920s, astonished listeners, we are told, exclaimed: "Well what do you think of that, Martha! It's just like the orchestra is right here in the parlour!" Or, words to that effect. 

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| March 15, 2016
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The key to better Canadian crime shows lies in our past

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Amid the current abundance of watchable, nay addictive, TV series, there's Mozart in the Jungle. Très, très amusant. It's about love, hate, humour, misery -- and music -- in a fictional New York symphony orchestra.

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A dangerous manipulation: The Cosby Show and its Huxtable persona

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Gloria Allred, the Hollywood lawyer for some of Bill Cosby's sexual assault victims, told a press conference that he isn't Dr. Huxtable, as if it would've been OK if he was. I'm afraid I differ. Huxtable, who Cosby played on the hugely successful Cosby Show from 1984-92, was also a manipulative fraud and imposter.

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| February 12, 2015
Talking Radical Radio

A vision of community-controlled, multi-media centres across the country

September 17, 2014
| Cathy Edwards talks about the work of Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations to radically change the community broadcast media landscape in Canada.
Length: 28:21 minutes (25.97 MB)
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Outstanding Emmy nominees signal a Great Leap Forward for television

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Flipping channels Monday night, I was amazed at what caught and held me. I stopped flipping for -- the Emmys! What the %&$#?@! I hate awards shows. I totally concede to the mavens who dismissed this year's Emmys compared to the Video Music Awards the night before on grounds of red carpet, performances and a dazzling ending with Beyoncé en famille.

What gripped me in the Emmys was the list of nominees (excluding categories like Outstanding Hairstyling in a Single Camera Miniseries). I don't even care who won. Winning is usually a lottery based on criteria like vote-splitting among other contenders and sentiment. (Breaking Bad was an inevitable winner because it ended this year.)

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| July 11, 2014

Struggling for citizen control of community TV in Montreal

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A a not-for-profit organization is proposing to the CRTC that it, instead of Videotron, should manage community TV in Montreal. Videotron is one of Canada's four big cable and telecommunications companies. The Steering Committee for an Independent Community TV Channel (ICTV) for Montreal says that Videotron’s existing MAtv-branded 'community channel' fails to meet the conditions of its CRTC licence to "reflect the official languages, ethnic and Aboriginal composition of the community."  The group’s complaint also argues that MAtv airs no programs made by the general public, and offers virtually no training in media production skills to the public.

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