Radio topics, October 27th: Funding Drive Edition!

We shift into funding drive mode this week, so there will be a little less pontificating that normal and a little more extolling the virtues of CKCU. As you probably know, the station is aiming to raise 109,000 over the course of the next couple of weeks, which represents about 1/3 of our annual operating budget. I’ll talk a lot more on air about what the money goes towards, but needless to say the station stretches your money pretty far, so every contribution does count.

As we’ve done in the last couple years, we’ll be offering an extra incentive to donate: for every $50 that is raised during our show, we will have Adam run up one floor or stairs at Dunton Tower, live on air. This year, we’ll youtube it for posterity. Last year we were able to send him up all 22 floors. This year, for every $200 that is raised during the show, we’ll also burden him with 1 pound of weights. So, if you like hearing Adam and I on the radio you should donate. If you want to hear Adam’s heart explode live on air, you should probably donate more.

So, if you can, please do donate. You can call in during the show or donate online at Please be sure to list “Tuesday Morning Special Blend” as the show you are supporting.

We will have some trappings of a normal show: at 8:30, we’ll play a conversation I had with Daniel Poliquin about his contribution to the Extraordinary Canadians series, looking at the life of René Lévesque. He’ll be appearing Tuesday with Jane Urqhart and Mark Kingwell who have contributed books on, respectively, Lucy Maude Montgomery and Glenn Gould. Led by John Raulston Saul, it all kicks off at 8:30 at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities.

First, he was pro-kitten, now Stephen Harper is pro-more NHL teams in Canada.

LRT plans revealed!

Lining up for H1N1 is like getting concert tickets!

…and Health Canada has to convince some people to get the shot.

Prisoners sue the federal government to smoke outside and win!

People attacking pilots with freaking lasers.

The glebe as city-wide destination!

Give aways!

Dialing and donating could see you take home one of these! Call to confirm availability.

  • Lewis Mackenzie – Soldiers Make Me Look Good
  • Janice Gross Stein – Unexpected War-Canada
  • Rick Smith – Slow Death by Rubber Duck
  • Christine Blatchford – Fifteen Days – Stories of Bravery
  • David Bellos – Journal of Helene Berr
  • Anne Michaels – The Winter Vault
  • Rudyard Griffiths – Who We Are Citizen’s Manifesto

Wayne Petti on Way Down Here

This morning, I spoke with Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke about their new album Way Down Here. They play Babylon on Friday.

Radio Topics, October 20th

Happy Tuesday! Adam is away today, but worry not! I will be joined by my friend Josh Zanin for the first half of the show. We’re on at the usual time on 93.1 FM in Ottawa, for everyone else.

At 8:30 we’ll be joined over the phone by Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke to talk about their new album, Way Down Here. They play at Babylon on Friday.

We’ll also touch on some of these:

Yesterday was fixed election day!

Did Italy buy off the Taleban?

Transit tunnel design is nearing completion. You can check it out next week. Business Opportunities are apparently also available;

Rick Hillier’s written a book!

Smoking bans in your apartments?

The new NIMBY of wind turbines: Health effects

Bernard Landry, who can apparently still attract a crowd, suggests making Bill 101 apply to CEGEPs.

Radio Topics for October 13th

Back to the real world after the long weekend, digest the rest of your turkey while listening to Adam and Mike. As well this week Josh Zanin will be joining us on air. However the excitement doesn’t stop there; at 8:10 Adam will be speaking with David Burnford of Ottawa’s Hugest 100 Mile Potluck about their upcoming event on October 17th. As per usual we air from 7-9am on 93.1 CKCU FM, online at for everyone else.

More and more people turn to the food bank as jobs are hard to find this fall.

Is there anything Obama can’t do? His latest feat, winning the Nobel Peace Prize after being in office for 8 months.

France, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium are all willing to take former Gitmo detainies. Canada on the other hand won’t even take back its own.

Gordon Brown to host world’s largest yardsale: $25 billion in British assets to be sold off.

Proof that Al-Queda really wants to bring about the end of the world… Algerian phycisist working at the Cern Large Hadron Collider arrested for links to Al-Queda

Why Malthus may yet be proven correct, UN Food Agency claims world food supply needs to increase by 70% to avoid mass starvation.

Ontario Rental Guide gets mixed reviews.

The Governor-General and Stephen Harper get into a spat and a new Rideau Hall website seems to be the result.

Dan Gardner of the Ottawa Citizen has gotten very worked up about the entire issue.

Radio Topics for October 6th

Welcome to October! Celebrate the first Tuesday of the month by listening to Adam and Mike. At 8:10 Adam will be talking with James O’Grady from the “Lets Get it Right” Campaign which wants the city to reconsider the Lansdown Live proposal. As per usual we air on 93.1 CKCU FM in Ottawa and online at for those not in the city.

A wild night out in Calgary winds up with one man being mauled by a tiger.

I get by with a little help from my friends, in Stephen Harper’s case that friend is Yoyo Ma.

No reason for police to pull you over? Under a proposed law random breathalizer tests would become legal.

Lansdowne Live continues to generate controversy.

Quality of Life in Ottawa: Good but high incidences of mental illness in young adults. Unless of course you are poor. Then its a different story.

Exceeding all egg-spectations, an Ottawa area hen lays a gigantic egg.

When selecting jurors for a trial of someone accused of breaking the law, the law probably shouldn’t be broken.

Alberta teacher fired because she became a he.

Roman Polanski is probably going to jail…in Switzerland.