Episode 149: Let's face it, we're scared

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Halloween is a time where we can, with good friends around, face some of our fears. In this episode we will hear some scary stuff.  Don’t worry though, we haven’t forgotten the treat.  We finish with some positive words and poetry from a poet laureate.

Minute 1:24:

We start with the terrifying world of water.

Maude Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and activist and an author.  Recently she launched the final installment of her triology on water, the book Blue Future. She spoke to a packed house in Ottawa earlier this month and this is some of what she had to say. Get the whole thing here.

Minutes 8:52

On July 1, 1958 the St Lawrence Seaway flooded out 6,500 people and inundated 10 communities, some over 200 years old. Hear the stories of people that were there and reflections from Louis Helbig who interviewed them. You can hear the whole show at the rpn here

Minute 14:23

Cancer is frightening.   Yet when women get breast cancer there is, it seems, a cultural pressure to emphasize optimism and delegitimize anger. Emilia Nielsen is a sessional faculty member and ph.d candidate at UBC candidate whose research focuses on breast cancer narratives and feminism. Listen to Caity Goerke from the F-Word in conversation with Emilia Nielsen. Hear the whole interview here

Minute 21:08

And now for our treat. El Jones is an activist and a poet. In fact she is the poet poet laureate of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Recently Jones spoke to Scott Neigh about poetry, activism and the politics of poetry. She also shared a beautiful spoken word poem.  Lend us your ear. Hear the whole thing here

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