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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. Read the full description.

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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Also in the CBC Radio's Outfront series

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Small Town Life (53:29)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Radio's Outfront presents five stories about life in a small town.
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Love is a Many Splendored Thing (53:29)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Radio's Outfront presents four stories that are all about love and longing, hope and despair.
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Parent and Child (53:29)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Radio's Outfront presents four stories about children and parents.
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Obsessions, Magnificent and Otherwise (53:28)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Radio's Outfront presents five stories that are all about obsessions- magnificent and otherwise.
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Humans and Animals (53:29)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Radio's Outfront presents four stories that are all about the bonds between humans and animals- do we own them, or do they own us?
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The Life Of Pie (14:28)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Gerda and Olcott (15:10)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

A vacation in San Francisco, a flea market, and the chance purchase of old love letters.
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Between Friends (13:05)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

A secret shared between 10 year-old girls becomes evidence in a court case 20 years later. Jody Porter knows how important it was to share the burden back then but how does ...
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Painted Lady: Part Two (13:35)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Elizabeth once worked the strolls in Calgary and Vancouver as a heroin addicted prostitute. She tells us how she went from sex trade worker to soccer mom.
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Painted Lady: Part One (13:35)
From: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

There are not many women who can tell the stories Elizabeth Hudson has to tell -- she used to work the strolls in Calgary and Vancouver as a heroin addicted prostitute.

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