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A BOOMER HOME COMPANION REWIND EPISODE #6 DEC. 10, 2016

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On the BIG BROADCAST this week we open the Xmas Treasure Chest of music and memories of some of my favourites. 

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Our special guest Ken Lavigne is a singer, composer, communicator and consummate entertainer who has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his sincere delivery of ballads, show tunes and classical crossover hits in the style of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. It’s easy to see why one New York critic described him as having “a voice of liquid gold”. On the show today, Ken Lavigne will take us on a  riveting and enchanting journey, retelling his personal campaign to sing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. 

It’s a unbelievable account of a man who, against all odds found a way to live out his dream of singing on the world’s most prestigious concert stage. Told with spectacular songs and entertaining and hilarious stories Ken embodies the spirit of the underdog – audacity, tenacity, tragedy and ultimately… triumph. 

THEN WE GO FROM A HEARTWARMING STORY OF PERSONAL TRIUMPH TO THE INSIDE LOOK AT DONALD TRUMP, THE MAN MANY SAY REQUIRES A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUTION. SO AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO ALL ON THE PLANET WE BRING IN THOM HARTMANN.

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Thom Hartmann Interviews: Dr. Justin Frank, MD,, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science-George Washington University/ THE AUTHOR OF Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.  AND SO THOM HARTMANN ASKS THE BURNING QUESTION – Is Donald Trump crazy or crazy like a fox?

THEN WE ASK ANOTHER QUESTION , A LITTLE MORE SANE AND MORE RELEVANT FOR US ON THIS SHOW.

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Has the  baby boom generation  screwed the world up for the Millennial Generation.? 

OUR FEATURED XMAS SONG THIS WEEK IS “SANTA BABY” “Santa Baby” was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City on October 6, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the USA), and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice label as catalog number B 10728.

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The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Kitt also reprised the original song in a 1963 re-recording for Kapp Records, with a more uptempo arrangement. (Madonna’s popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas is based on this latter version.) In 1954, Eartha Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled “This Year’s Santa Baby”, to no commercial success. Writers listed did not change. The song was featured in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. 

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Garrison Keillor will join us for his weekly “Writers Almanac”, and Roger Currie drops in with his neighbourly comments. 

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We have a special Hollywood Legends segment starting this week. Kirk Douglas, WHO JUST TURNED 100 YESTERDAY is interviewed by Michael Parkinson about his early life as a child. 

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And we have a Motown Christmas special.  

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After A Boomer Home Companion for Canada’s #1 Nostalgia Podcast:

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AND THEN TWO HOURS OF THE BEST IN 50’s, 60’s, 70’s DOO WAP, R &B & MOTOWN

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 WOW WHAT A LINEUP. SO GET OUT THE HOT CHOCOLATE AND PUT YOUR FEET UP BY THE FIRE AND LET’S GET WARM AND FUZZY

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NEWS FROM OUR BOOMER NEWSPAPER

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England’s chief medical officer has called on people aged between 50 and 70 to keep working to stay healthy.

In a report on the health of the so-called baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, Prof Dame Sally Davies said the physical and mental health benefits of being employed or volunteering “should not be underestimated”.

She said working helps people feel fulfilled and less isolated.

A third of British workers will be over 50 by 2020.

Prof Davies said: “People are living longer than ever and so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before.”For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges – it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was.

“Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer.

“The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.”

 At present, more than three-quarters of people aged between 50 and pension age are still in active employment, and 12% of those older than pension age are also still working. The report also looked at the physical, mental and sexual health of 50-70 year olds.

While life expectancy has increased, healthcare has improved and cancer care is better than 20 years ago, there are still many health concerns for this age group. With one in three classified as obese, these problems centre on lifestyle choices, such as poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise – all of which baby boomers are in a position to change, the chief medical officer says.

Health challenges for baby boomers

• Two-thirds have not done 30 minutes of moderate physical exercise in the last month

• 42% of employed 50-64 yr olds are living with one health condition or disability

• Years lived in ill-health as a result of type 2 diabetes are up by 97% in men and 57% in women since 1990

• 18% of baby boomers have depression or an anxiety disorder

• Suicide rate is highest among men around 50 yrs old

Good news for baby boomers

• Life expectancy is up – by nearly 5 years for men and 3 years for women – compared to those aged 50-70 in 1990

• Premature heart disease deaths are down by 75% in men and 80% in women in same period

• Early deaths from cancer are down by 33% since 1990

• Men and women are smoking less and drinking less alcohol than 20 years ago

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Who are the baby boomers?

They were born in the 20 or so years post World War II when family sizes increased dramatically, and are now between 50 and 70 years old.

These men and women have seen a huge amount of change in their lifetimes.

They may have grown up without a computer or even a TV, but have lived through the birth of the internet, mobile phones and social media.

They have experienced major changes in traditional household and family structures, and seen the population becoming more ethnically diverse.

But they are not a uniform group. Those born in the first half of the baby boom will have experienced rationing while the group as a whole has seen a significant increase in the availability and diversity of food.

In their current stage of life, staying healthy, keeping active and remaining socially engaged are important to ensure that they spend ‘old age’ in good health too.

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A BOOMER HOME COMPANION REWIND EPISODE #2

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NOV. 12 2016

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With the shock of the U.S. election still causing or stomachs to be upset and our minds confused and bewildered with anxiety, It’s the perfect time to sit back and remember the good times that we enjoyed as kids, teenagers and parents. Let’s drift back to those happy times with the memories and the music. I hope you’ll join me TODAY. Take some time to breathe and reminisce !

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, rock music’s man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at the age of 82, according to a Facebook post on his official page. We’ll pay tribute to this Canadian icon in music and words.

Shortly after his 82nd birthday, Leonard Cohen sat down with KCRW’s Chris Douridas for an interview. The two talked about Cohen’s health, the role of religion in his life, his 14th and final album, You Want It Darker, and much more.

The conversation took place at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles on Oct. 13 as part of a special listening session for You Want It Darker. It’s the last interview Cohen gave before his death on November 7.

After thanking the audience for coming — and Douridas for his support — Cohen said he may have made a mistake in October when he told The New Yorker he was ready to die. “I may have exaggerated,” he tells Douridas. “One is given to self-dramatization from time to time.” Then he added, “I intend to live forever.”

Cohen was joined at the interview and listening session by his son and producer, Adam Cohen. He released a statement late Wednesday night about his father’s passing:

“My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records. He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.”

ARE AMERICANS REALLY GOING TO FLEE TO CANADA AFTER THE TRUMP WIN?

Before this week’s stunning election result, many Americans, including Boomers, declared their intentions, perhaps jokingly, that they would flee to Canada if Donald Trump pulled off a win for U.S. president. As Trump continued to rack up votes late Tuesday and into Wednesday, it appeared that many of them might be serious. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website crashed around 11 p.m. on Tuesday due to what a department spokesperson called “a significant increase in the volume of traffic.” Since then, the department has confirmed that visitors from the U.S. accounted for half of that surge. And so, I’m going to interview someone who is an expert on knowing exactly what it will take for Boomers, their families, and friends to move to Canada. Immigration lawyer, Sandra Hakanson will join me.

CURRIES CORNER

This week Roger Currie, observer of life, on the Canadian prairies and elsewhere in the universe as it unfolds remembers a friend at Remembrance Day and he also reminds us that in the lifetime of the Boomer generation he cannot recall a more dramatic contrast than what we saw this past week with the U.S. election compared to that amazing night in 2008 when Obama was elected on hope and change.

THE WRITERS ALMANAC WITH GARRISON KEILLOR

FROM THE JUKEBOX OF YOUR LIFE TODAY

WE HEAD BACK TO THE 70’S WITH BACK TO BACK DISCO MEMORIES. HEY REMEMBER :

VAN MCOY AND THE HUSTLE 
ROCK THE BOAT FROM 1974 WITH THE HUES CORPORATION.
GEORGE MACRAE AND ROCK YOUR BABY.

CAN YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE AND WHO YOU WERE WITH WHEN YOU HEARD THESE JUKEBOX FAVOURITES:

BANDSTAND BOOGIE- LES ELGART
REMINISCING- LITTLE RIVER BAND
TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW- CORNELIUS BROS AND SISTER ROSE
BABY COME BACK- PLAYER
THE AIR THAT I BREATHE – THE HOLLIES
LIKE A ROLLING STONE-BOB DYLAN
CANADIAN SUNSET-ANDY WILLIAMS
JUKE BOX SATURDAY NIGHT-GLEN MILLER
TAXI WAR DANCE – COUNT BASIE
ANDREW SISTERS MEDLEY 
MANHATTAN- THE NIGHTHAWKS
JUST FRIENDS-CHET BAKER
COME TOGETHER- THE BEATLES

WE WRAP UP THE FINAL HOUR WITH:

BOOMERTOWN CANADA’S #1 NOSTALGIA PODCAST WITH RADIO VETERANS BARRY BOWMAN & ROGER CURRIE

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