Event debrief

Radio Docs – From Idea to Airwaves

On December 6, PWAC members (and the public-at-large) were treated to an evening with David Gutnick, producer of award-winning radio documentaries for the CBC. His work has been broadcast on several programs, including The Sunday Edition. He is also the host of In the Field.

David Gutnick speaks at the Atwater Library, where the audience hangs on to his every word.

Part memoir and part present-tense, Gutnick described his circuitous path to the radio world (he has a degree in African Poetry from l’Université Laval), and how his background has shaped his approach to radio documentary. He believes that being a keen observer and a good listener is more important than a journalism degree. His genuine interest and respect for humanity lie at the center of his work – make people comfortable and they will tell their own stories.  A tall man, six feet at least, he always talks to people at eye level, so his legs get a good workout. Once he gets an idea, it’s all about concision. After hours of recording, he transcribes the material and filters through it, gradually carving away the excess to find its essence – the theme of the story. An aging hat-maker on St-Laurent Boulevard becomes a story about globalization. A group of First Nations teenagers learning French in St-Foy illustrates the history of Quebec’s Cree and Inuit. And two intellectually-handicapped women at the head of a class action lawsuit against the Ontario government reminds us that strength and resilience are not so easily swept under the institutional rug.

PWAC Member Christmas Party

On December 9, members gathered at Kathe Lieber’s house for what’s turning out to be an annual event. As you can see from the pictures, taken by Chapter President Ian Howarth, a good time was had by all!

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