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CBC Radio's Outfront 

The Great Outdoors

From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Series: CBC Radio's Outfront
Length: 53:28

CBC Radio's Outfront presents four stories that are all about fields and ponds, love and loss. In short- the great outdoors.

Flowers_logo-_final_small Poetry of the Woods produced by Steve Wadhams
Until they went on a hike in the woods, many of Julie Berry's grade six students in St. Thomas, Ontario, had never seen tadpoles or toads -- nor had they written poetry about flowers, rickety bridges, "vicious frogs," and "birds that fly up to heaven".

Stormy Weather produced by Steve Wadhams
One person is terrified of thunder and lightning. Another finds comfort in endless heavy rain. And a woman remembers driving across the prairies many years ago under dark purple skies on a journey of escape, elation and despair.

One Blue Canoe produced by Carma Jolly
A blue canoe is hidden in a shed in Ontario cottage country. It was used once in June 1978 and then forgotten by most. But Barbara Greaney remembers. Her son Davie was in the canoe when tragedy struck. An accident on Lake Timiskaming took his life along with 12 others. Now after more than 25 years, Barbara Greaney is taking the canoe out of the shed and paddling in it for herself.

One Step and Then Another produced by Lindsay Michael 

Ever since piKe krpan left her home in Alberta as a teenager, her mom Helen has written her special letters. Like a secret code, piKe always finds newspaper clippings about local bear attacks and sightings folded inside.

After hiking in the Rockies with her mom for years, piKe finally begins to understand what the clippings might mean about long-distance mothering.

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Piece Description

Poetry of the Woods produced by Steve Wadhams
Until they went on a hike in the woods, many of Julie Berry's grade six students in St. Thomas, Ontario, had never seen tadpoles or toads -- nor had they written poetry about flowers, rickety bridges, "vicious frogs," and "birds that fly up to heaven".

Stormy Weather produced by Steve Wadhams
One person is terrified of thunder and lightning. Another finds comfort in endless heavy rain. And a woman remembers driving across the prairies many years ago under dark purple skies on a journey of escape, elation and despair.

One Blue Canoe produced by Carma Jolly
A blue canoe is hidden in a shed in Ontario cottage country. It was used once in June 1978 and then forgotten by most. But Barbara Greaney remembers. Her son Davie was in the canoe when tragedy struck. An accident on Lake Timiskaming took his life along with 12 others. Now after more than 25 years, Barbara Greaney is taking the canoe out of the shed and paddling in it for herself.

One Step and Then Another produced by Lindsay Michael 

Ever since piKe krpan left her home in Alberta as a teenager, her mom Helen has written her special letters. Like a secret code, piKe always finds newspaper clippings about local bear attacks and sightings folded inside.

After hiking in the Rockies with her mom for years, piKe finally begins to understand what the clippings might mean about long-distance mothering.

Broadcast History

These stories first aired as separate segments on the CBC Radio program Outfront.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

And now from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, an hour of personal stories from the program Outfront. Today, The Great Outdoors.

OUTRO:

The Great Outdoors, a series of stories that first aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Stormy Weather Miss Peggy Lee Cotton Club Parade of 1933. Capitol 01:00
Road Nick Drake Fruit Tree. Fontana Island 1979 01:03

Related Website

www.cbc.ca/outfront