I am not a good archivist.
I don’t collect stories in a single file, just to be able to write an end-of-the-year, best-of blog.
But I have a good memory of stories that gratify my physical & metaphysical persona.
This, coupled with the easy-to-use, free online archives of media outlets “CBC-radio Metromorning” and “Rolling Stone”, led to the suggestions that follow below.
We’re lucky in Toronto to have Andy Barrie on the radio.
To describe Andy’s work, one can only use big words, as big as the emotions he occasionally stirs in the hearts and souls of his listeners.
Take, for example, the following two examples that I heard live on the radio, while commuting in my car.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009
CBC synopsis: Andy Barrie spoke with Sherry Sherret-Robinson and with her lawyer, James Lockyer.
(Sherry was wrongly convicted of killing her child based on the conclusions of a Canadian pathologist. She spent 1 year in prison as a “baby killer”)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
CBC synopsis: Kay Redfield Jamison lost her husband, lover, playmate, and colleague Richard Wyatt after twenty years together. She speaks with Andy Barrie about her book, Nothing Was the Same.
(For those who don’t know, Andy lost his wife quite recently. Therefore this dialogue between 2 people that painfully lost their spouses – live on national radio – was open heart surgery in my mind. That’s how great radio is sometimes done. )
Matt Taibi of the Rolling Stone magazine wrote this story about Goldman Sachs.
THE SISTAHS CONCERT – the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, August 9th 2009.
Alice Russell @ the Supermarket, part of Toronto Jazz Festival.
Survolaj – Blestem (Romanian psych-rock – highly recommended to English audiences, too)
Fat Freddy’s Drop – The Camel (New Zealand band – this song cured my Canadian-winter blues)