All Posts By Nancy Duffy

Show No. 62: In Public and Private Spaces – A Contrast in ‘How’ We Share Grief.

Burt Reynolds passed away today – on the very date of this recording, preceded of course by the legendary Queen of Soul and renowned U.S. Senator, John McCain. Today we explore the stark contrast of how grief unfolds in the public sphere by very public people in comparison to how personal grief unfolds in the same kind of public sphere (if we count social media as being the equivalent). This idea might have begun with the closely-timed collective losses of Aretha Franklin, John McCain – and most recently Burt Reynolds. It was in the public sphere where we watched the influential pay their respects, while also airing their grievances.  Private citizens, however, appear to their mourning and remembrance – in public spaces much differently. Grief is not a politically minded space – is it? It’s just us. 

Show No. 61: Culinary Therapy – A Different Kind of ‘Savory’ with Tara Shannon

On this week’s show, I’m changing things up – because life is short. So we begin the episode with an update on things to come between now and the end of the year. And later in the show Tara Shannon joins me for a special chat about life after thyroid cancer. We’re not hanging on cancer – but moving past it. We’re talking about wellness in spite of misfortune – how losing someone can make you think of your own mortality and help you change course toward finding your personal vocation – how sometimes adversity can make us become more alive.

Show No. 59: How We Talk About Policy, Plus – Trump’s Executive Order – A Pledge to American Workers

Twitter appears to be the new barometer of the political pulse of the people… What’s happening on Twitter is what’s happening at the water cooler, in the media – and even at the grocery store!Joining us to talk about ‘the way people talk’ in U.S. politics today is American journalist, Gloria Neal. – And later in the show, we’ll put our talk to the test as we discuss Trump’s new executive order aimed to keep America at work.

Show No. 58: From the Time of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Parallels of 1968, to Saying No to the Practice of Body Currency and Ownership in 2018

1968 was an incredulous year: In Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau becomes Prime Minister, the Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to end the “Prague Spring” of political liberalization, and thousands of refugees flee to Canada. It was during this same year that the United States was reeling from the overwhelming loss of its young men in Vietnam while grieving over the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy. On today’s show, in a fashion inspired in part by New York Times article, 50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968, we pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the messy year of ’68 as it correlates to present day. And later in the show, I’m joined by special guest Bevin Branlandingham – as we talk about body ownership, self-care, and health for the new year. Throw those useless resolutions out the window… it’s time to look at everything differently.

Show No. 57: Rethinking NAFTA; From the Leveling of ‘Labour’ to the Protection of Public Goods

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland says that taking it slow with NAFTA is a good thing because it allows time to consult with Canadians. And so we’d like to oblige the offer. Tune in as we speak with Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians on issues ranging from labour standards to the protection of public goods and the right to water – as well as the question, ‘can Canada make it alone?’

Show No. 56: Cindy Doire is launching an album! + Coding without a Screen – and the words of Salman Rushdie before Charlottesville.

Cindy Doire made a new album. It’s titled, Panorama – and what’s different is its launch (listen for details). And later in the show – how techy are you? This show is a day late because my website went down yesterday – and I’m just techy enough that I could rebuild it myself. Today we’ll discuss a new learning technique that can bring you up to speed on coding – no computer required! On the final segment of the show – What he said – as we discuss Charlottesville, Virginia, referring to a strong warning from Salman Rushdie dating back to February 2017. I’ve got a message for you.

Show No. 53: A Plea for Change; No More Death by a Thousand Cuts.

(Recorded Tuesday, Jun 6th, 2017) This week we talk about the fragmentation of services within the health care system, specifically regarding mental health. We’ll explore the story of a woman who lost her daughter, Tamara, to suicide in part because of her disenfranchisement with the system – something described quite well in a memoir recently published in The Walrus titled, Death by a Thousand Cuts.

Show No. 52: Citizen Jane. Battle for the City –
with Special Guests, Matt Tyrnauer and Roberta Gratz

(Recorded Tuesday, May 9th, 2017) You’ll never look at your city the same way again! This week – we talk with the Director of a very interesting documentary now playing in select theaters, called Citizen Jane: Battle for the City – it’s a story about urbanism and the work of writer turned activist, Jane Jacobs. We’re excited to have Matt Tyrnauer join us from Los Angeles. And later in the show, we have a conversation with award-winning journalist and urban critic, Roberta Gratz, who is also President of Center for the Living City in New York, as well as a former colleague of Jane Jacobs.

Show No. 51: The New War on Drugs –
From Legalization to Containment.

(Recorded Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017) In 1971 the media popularized the term ‘war on drugs’ after then-President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse as public enemy number 1. With over fifty billion being spent on anti-drug initiatives, and with illicit drug use still on the rise, clearly, it hasn’t worked. And just as capitalists have found more clever ways to expand their profits and to compete in a global market, so too has the illegal drug industry.

Show No. 49: Derision at the 38th Parallel; We’ve Been Here Before.

Hello there – today is Tuesday, April 18th and today we’re talking about Derision at the 38th Parallel – we’ve been here before, only now it’s different. And of course we’re talking about the current situation with North Korea and it’s nuclear arsenal… special guest, David Sanger, the National Security Correspondent for The New York Times joins us today to try and make sense of it all. Today It’s a bit of history mixed in with current events – to the 38th Parallel we go!

Show No. 48: A Tribute to Sharon Jones; The Music of Christian Vegh… + Christmas of Course!

Hi there everyone – I’ve missed you! We were on a bit of a hiatus for a few weeks, but we’re back! On our last show, I promised a tribute to the late great Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. And I’m working on keeping my promises today. So as we say goodbye to one artist, we say hello to a new talent from my neck of the woods here in Windsor, Ontario – Special guest: artist; gifted guitarist and super performer, Christian Vegh joins us on the show today. And later – we have all kinds of Christmas going on – because I won’t see you on the radio again until after the holidays! It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – click on the link to go to the show!

Show No. 47: A Retro-spective of Music; The Storytelling of James Keelaghan – And That’s So Culinary with Chef Daniele Palanca

Last week we had to say goodbye to Leonard Cohen, this week – we bid farewell to Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Seems like each year we say goodbye to the greats nearing the holiday season… It prompted me to think about my past within this industry – and about celebrating the present. So today I’m looking at some of the things that I’ve done InRetrospect – we’ll take a look at some of the artists I’ve done interviews with in the past, before my official radio days – and I’ll play some of my favorite songs from that timeframe. And later, we visit an interview with singer/songwriter, James Keelaghan – one of the greatest Canadian storytellers I’ve had the pleasure of talking to… Plus, later in the show it’s – “That’s so Culinary!” Join us as Chef Daniele Palanca shares on how best to impress your guests – with a great American Thanksgiving dinner. It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – click on the show link above to go to the show!

Show No. 46: The Democracy of Leonard Cohen; The Trumping of America and the Electoral College Conundrum

On today’s show – we celebrate the life and music of the late, great Leonard Cohen ♡ And during our This Political Life segment– we talk about how so many got it wrong when it came to predicting the winner of 45th presidential election; and we explore the big, bad electoral college that many were quick to blame in the process. Laura Meckler, National Political Reporter with The Wall Street Journal, joins us for that conversation. And later in the show – two political friends have a heart-to-heart about first thoughts on election night results – asking what just happened right outside our border? And final thoughts on where to go from here. It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – click on the show link above to go to the show!

Show No. 45: The Music of Crissi Cochrane, Plus – The Eve of A New American Politics with Dr. David Jackson

It’s the end of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign! On today’s show – If people could really say what they’re thinking, what’s the first thing you think you would hear? This week we’ll listen to the lyrics that President Barack Obama might have been thinking but couldn’t’ say. All this while we pour over, live-in-studio, music from the lovely Crissi Cochrane. And later in the show, we take a look at This Political Life – as we catch up with Dr. David Jackson from the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University on the eve of what is arguably one of America’s most historical elections. For Remembrance Day – I couldn’t make this show and forget the unforgettable, as we pay our respects; spoken word style, to the serving and fallen soldiers around the world… It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – click on the show link above to go to the show!

Show No. 44: The Music of Donovan Woods and Tales of Walkerville with Elaine Weeks

On today’s show – we celebrate the music of Donovan Woods! And in the spirit of both Halloween and storytelling, later in the show, we dabble into tales of Walkerville and the history of our border city, Windsor, Ontario with Elaine Weeks from Walkerville Publishing. Join us as she sets the tone for her new novel, Time Trespasser. It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – you’re listening to the Nancy Duffy Show –Click on the show link above to listen now!

Show No. 43 / On the Tail End of Thankful: The Rhetoric of Debate #2 and The Music of Allison Brown

On this week’s show – we rant about Presidential Debate No. 2. Friend and journalist Harmony Peach will be joining in on that conversation. And later in the show, we talk with CJAM’s Border City Roots’ host, Allison Brown; spreading the word on her upcoming concerts beginning this Friday, October 14th. It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – you’re listening to the Nancy Duffy Show –Click on t

Show No. 42: Poetry with Vanessa Shields, and the New GDP with Dr. Robert Costanza

Today is about all things new!! First up on the show, we start off with the debut of new poetry with author and poet, Vanessa Shields – as she shares with us prose from her latest book, Look at Her. And The Huffington Post says that our GDP is not good enough! Later in the show – we talk about a paradigm shift and “The Need for a New Metric for Growth in a Changing World” – this is not small stuff. We’re talking about alternatives to the GDP – that’s gross national product, with Dr. Robert Costanza who joins us all the way from Austrailia…

Show No. 37: Overcoming the Spectacle of Hate. A Conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Eva Olsson

The final installation of this 3 part series is about the spectacle of WWII and the undisputed spectacular actions of the allied forces, the soldiers, the prisoners in the concentration camps, those who defied death – the rescued and the escaped; and helpers and the doers… and those who lost their lives in the process. Tune in as we listen to excerpts from Nobel Peach Prize winner, author and holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, Winston Churchill and Simon Wiesenthal – before diving into a full length conversation with holocaust survivor, Eva Olsson.