Friday, April 06, 2018

History of ideas on the Radio; and Creative nonfiction

Bernie Lucht, longtime Ideas producer at CBC Radio, and now a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, participates next Wednesday evening in
an intimate conversation ... about his work at CBC as the producer of "Ideas", sharing his personal experiences about what goes into producing the admired and engaging radio program.
Lucht's Ideas was always hospitable to programs about Canadian (and other) histories, including several of mine (eg, this one), but also from such luminaries as David Wilson, now general editor of the DCB, Margaret Macmillan, Timothy Snyder, Anne Applebaum, and other historians. Next Wednesday night, as Lucht talks at Ryerson, Ideas launches a two-part "trial" of John A. Macdonald for crimes against humanity (based on a talk previously given at Queen's University). The participants in the trial are all lawyers, icluding Riel descendant Jean Teillet, so the potential for irritating historian-listeners is not low, but there you go.

And while we are booking your time for you, registration deadline approaches for Writing True, the 2918 Creative Nonfiction Collective conference May 4-6 in Toronto. At the conference close I'll be leading a Sunday walking tour of the Toronto neighbourhood "The Literary Annex."
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