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THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA OF CATEURA

May 30th, 2016

The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura — a group of youth musicians from Paraguay that play instruments made entirely out of recycled garbage — have been brought to Vancouver by a local non-profit that has spent the last few years collecting disused instruments for the group.

CBC Radio Vancouver

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6:29 MINUTES

AN AUDIO POSTCARD FROM CHOIR PRACTICE

October 17th, 2014

Here’s an audio postcard… a narrationless, sound-rich audio piece that evokes the sense of a place in its listeners. I made this audio postcard at my children’s choir practice as part of a course offered through Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

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6:38 MINUTES

TOXICS IN TOYS

May 15th, 2014

We’ve got so many bath toys at our house that there’s barely room for my kids in the tub. But there’s one kind of tub toy that we don’t have. A few years ago when I learned about the dangers of chemical plasticizers called phthalates, I purged our entire flock of rubber duckies. But it seems rubber ducks are no longer a toy to be feared by parents in Canada… or in China, either.

In this audio story, produced for the Greenpeace Canada podcast, you’ll hear from a campaigner in the Greenpeace office in Beijing, China about a successful campaign to regulate toxic chemicals in children’s toys.

Greenpeace Canada podcast

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5:38 MINUTES

THE BIRTH OF CANADIAN INDIE: WINNIPEG

March 9th, 2012

Winnipeg musicians are deep thinkers. You only have to read a few liner notes for proof of that. And the cerebral undercurrent in Winnipeg’s music has a long history: the city’s been producing music with substance since the early days of its indie scene. In the mid-80s Winnipeg had an unusual number of politically–minded bands, one of which attracted the interest of a highly-regarded American punk label.

Julie Penner, violinist for Do Make Say Think, grew up in Winnipeg. She thinks Winnipeg’s isolation and its status as a “have not” province left a mark on its music scene.

“There’s a slight edge and maybe that edge is good for art,” she says. “Sometimes there’s a bit of bitterness, but it can also be a bitter creativity.”

In this episode of The Birth of Canadian Indie, we’ll hear about Winnipeg’s most political – and longest-lived – indie band. And we’ll hear from some of the many musicians they inspired.

CBC Radio 3

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7:21 MINUTES

THE BIRTH OF CANADIAN INDIE: MONTREAL

November 20th, 2011

Montreal is, without question, Canada’s indie Mecca. Even aside from the Grammy/Juno/Polaris winners, Montreal has a wealth of indie talent these days — both homegrown and transplanted from elsewhere on the continent. Why is the city host to such musical bounty? Amy Millan of Stars describes the inspiring atmosphere of her adopted hometown:

“When you’re walking down the street and it’s covered in snow and there’s a clown juggling next to you in his crazy pants and everyone’s speaking French, you feel taken outside of your life.”

But there’s more behind Montreal’s colossal indie rep than just its European-tinged romance. And it hasn’t always been a bastion of independent music. In this episode of The Birth of Canadian Indie we’ll hear about Montreal in the 1980s, a time when underground music had few live venues and little support from the disco-loving public…

CBC Radio 3

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7:27 MINUTES