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That’s a Wrap.

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From all of us here at Midweek Radio, we want to thank you for listening. Have a great holiday season and don’t forget – we’re back January 26! #MicDrop

Midweek's hosts for Episode 7: Shayla Kelly and Sumbul Vallani

Midweek’s hosts for Episode 7: Shayla Kelly and Sumbul Vallani

The crew of Midweek Fall 2015

The crew of Midweek Fall 2015

Reflective Reporters

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Over the course of our eight episodes, Midweek’s reporters have brought you a variety of stories. Some touched on serious issues, while others were much more light-hearted. We covered everything from butterflies to bilingual curriculums – and now that it’s our final show, our reporters have had lots of time to reflect.
In no particular order, here are some of our favourite stories that we produced for our listeners this term:

Wyatt Lang

Favourite Story: The introduction of self-driving cars on Ontario highways.
Why: It’s something I didn’t know a lot about going into it, but I got to talk to a lot of really knowledgeable people on the topic.

Jen Halsall
Favourite Story: The importance of preserving Canada’s historical properties. 
I love history and digging into the little parts of it.

Arturo Calvo
Favourite Story: The discovery of ship wreckage from the Franklin Expedition.
Why: I liked that my source challenged the stereotype of Indigenous knowledge on the Franklin Expedition.

Caitlin Hart
Favourite Story: The growing popularity of drag kings in Ottawa.
Why: It was just a really fun story to do.

Amanda Gregorio
Favourite Story: Looking at “Back to the Future” day and comparing reality to the predictions from the movie.
Why: I got to talk to professors about the future! It was a self-reflective story for me and it was a lot of fun.

Jenn Ko
Favourite Story: Where the government will be taking marijuana legalization post-election.
Why: It starts with the “Celebration” song! It was a lot of fun.

Aidan Geary
Favourite Story: Girl Guides of Canada brought in new guidelines for leaders to welcome transgender members.
Why: I got to speak to some really amazing people, and it’s nice to report on good news.

Ben Silcox
Favourite Story: Press conference on the refugee situation looking at government’s approach.
Why: I got to go to the Press Gallery which was cool, and I felt as though we were breaking and analyzing something important and current.

Shayla Kelly
Favourite Story: The introduction of fatbikes to Gatineau Park – trial run on snowshoe trails.
Why: I got to go to the Park which is one of my favourite places. I was able to talk to some cool people who were excited about getting people active!

Sarah Peterson
Favourite Story: Tax break for businesses donating to the food bank.
Why: I got to meet a lot of passionate people at food banks and see some of the important work that they do.

Kate Cornick
Favourite Story: Harperman.
Why: It was really fun to cover. I expected a lot of hate at the protest, but there was actually a lot of positivity and it just showed the power of song and how it can change the atmosphere of  protest.

Rachel Faber
Favourite Story: Women of Val D’Or rallying at Parliament over missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Why: It had good sound, good music, and it was an important story to tell – a unique-sounding story.

Veronica Green
Favourite Story: On Kaylen Prescott who wrote “We’re Ready” song for Liberal Party.
Why: It was interesting to interview someone who was a part of the Liberal team. She had great stories and was cool to interview.

Bea Britneff
Favourite Story: Ottawa’s Poutine Festival.
Why: I had the opportunity to work with sound and have fun with a local story.

Kabriya Coghlan
Favourite Story: The 100% Climate Change Solution March in Ottawa
Why: It was really cool to see so many people come out and how passionate the were. It was my final story for Midweek and a good one to end the year with.

Tim Forster
Favourite Story: Interviewing all the fringe candidates during the federal election.
Why: They weren’t as crazy as I thought, and were actually really interesting.

Zandile Chiwanza
Favourite Story:  Helping facilitate the story on the African film festival
Why: I’m always trying to create conversations about Africa on any platform, so the fact that I could fit it on a current affairs show is very important to me.

Sumbul Vallani
Favourite Story: Food and Agriculture Museum giving demos about cooking Indigenous dishes to kids on Thanksgiving.
Why: It was heartwarming. I thought what they were doing was really great, and a lot of kids don’t know where harvest actually comes from. It’s good they’re learning how to respect that culture.

Alexis Ferrier
Favourite Story: The anniversary of the Ottawa shooting from the perspective of three people who were on lockdown that day.
Why: I know where I was that day, but it was fascinating to hear what people who were actually on or near Parliament went through that day. I felt empowered to tell their stories.

Timbits and Bagels and Croissants, Oh My!

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It’s hard to believe how fast the semester has flown by, but today is our last show on Midweek! We’ve got our fill of coffee and bagels, and we’re ready to bring you all an awesome show. From updates on the 2014 bus crash to an interview with an Ottawa Redblacks player, we’ve got some great stories coming your way. Stay tuned listeners!

Shayla and Kate getting their morning caffeine fix

Shayla and Kate getting their morning caffeine fix

Mmm, bagels.

Feeding Frenzy

Our producers Eddie and Aidan are ready to put on a great show!


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Trending topics today on Midweek:

  1. #Refugees
  2. #ElNino
  3. #RedBlacks
  4. #InternationalDayForTheEndOfViolenceAgainstWomen
  5. #Foodwaste

Also on today’s show the latest on the yoga scandal at the University of Ottawa  #CulturalAppropriaton.

We look at the rise in popularity of women performing drag in the Ottawa community #DragKings

And finally #WinterIsComing , imagine being stuck with no heat for twelve days in January!  Tune in and find out more about pesky landlords profiting off students ignorance.

We’re moments away from Episode 8.

Tune in at 12.06 pm on CKCU 93.1 FM on your radio.

Follow us on twitter @MidweekCKCU #WeMakeSound


The soundtrack to Midweek

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Here at Midweek we feel strongly about sound — which means we also feel strongly about music. Before the show we always get our favourite tunes bumping in the newsroom, and if you tune in, you can hear some of our favourite tracks on the airwaves as well.

We put together a playlist of some of the songs you can hear on our show and in our earbuds, stream it below via Spotify.

Make sure to tune in Wednesdays at noon on CKCU to hear some great reporting and tunes.


Remembrance Day Edition

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People lie up at the poppy making station at Canadian War Museum. photo credit- Carol Boiera

It’s the Remembrance Day edition of Midweek. Today, a chunk of the show is dedicated to our country’s gallant soldiers. We will touch base with our correspondents who will give us live updates from the Canadian War Museum on events being held to mark the day.

Kabriya Coghlan will also explore recent reports of increased suicide rates among Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

Playwright Julia Mackey brings her play Jake’s Gift to Ottawa. Veronica Green catches up with her. The play is about a war veteran who returned to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Tune in at noon after the BBC news for a wonderful radio experience. You can listen on CKCU 93.1 FM on your radio or on your TuneIn app. You can also listen live here:

Follow us on twitter @MidweekCKCU for more updates.


Periscope Enhances Midweek Coverage of Historic Day

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We’re always trying new things behind the scenes at Midweek. Today was no exception.

Periscope. It’s a live video broadcasting tool that’s been around for a few years but took a while to catch on. Now it’s on AppleTV and from the looks of things, it’s starting to take off.  Turns out it was the perfect platform for Midweek to enhance its coverage of this historic day.

Our reporters Jenn Ko and Amanda Gregorio were on the grounds at Rideau Hall this morning to cover the swearing in of our new Prime Minister and his cabinet. While doing live hits for our radio show, they also spent the morning broadcasting live video of our new PM with Periscope.

Since 1998 you’ve been able to hear us over the radio airwaves, but today we made waves online. One of our videos was shared over 50 times on Twitter. An impressive reach if we do say so ourselves.

Also, let’s be frank. If Trudeau can use Periscope – so can we. Come on people, keep up.

October 21, 2015

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What a great week!

This week’s show was hosted by Aidan Geary and Amanda Gregorio.

During this week’s show we heard from a young transgender Girl Guide, about the association’s new guidelines in place for welcoming transgendered members.

This week is Asexual Awareness week, but you may be asking yourself, what does it mean to be asexual anyway? We found out  on today’s show.

We also explored what it might mean if Marijuana is legalized in Canada if the new liberal government fulfills their promises.

Couldn’t listen live? No problem! Listen to the podcast here:

Get to know us! And what passes through our ears…

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We at Midweek like to make things that sound good. Things that we think YOU will think sounds good.

As prideful as we may be about our work and all the crazy cool stories we send out into the air, we don’t sit around and listen to our beautiful voices in our spare time. Or, at least, I don’t think any of us do… (More power to anyone who has successfully crossed the “cringe every time you hear your own voice” threshold!)

So, what DOES the Midweek team listen to? Here are some of our current faves:

Kate Cornick:

Love + Radio – “In-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime.”

Tim Forster:

99% Invisible  “A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.”

 Ben Silcox:

Invisibilia “Explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.”

“Invisibila makes me feel like I can see into a whole different world, it makes me feel like I have even more senses beyond sight and sound” -Ben Silcox

Fugitive Waves  – “Lost recordings and shards of sound, along with new tales of remarkable people from around the world. Stories from the flip side of history.”

“If you didn’t know it was history you’d think they were just some beautiful little fictional stories, but they’re actually rooted in reality” – Ben Silcox

Kate Cornick, Ben Silcox:

Radiolab – “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.”

Amanda Gregorio, Kate Cornick:

This America Life – “We sometimes think of our program as a documentary show for people who normally hate documentaries. A public radio show for people who don’t necessarily care for public radio.”

Jen Halsall, Amanda Gregorio:

Welcome to Night Vale – “A twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events”. Oh, and it’s all completely fictional.

Jen Ko:snap

Snap Judgment – “a themed, weekly NPR storytelling show. We focus on presenting compelling personal stories – mixing killer beats with real drama to produce cinematic, dramatic and kick-ass radio.”

Bea Britneff:

Planet Money –  “Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR’s Planet Money, you’ll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks — all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.”