DEFINITELY NOT THE OPERA does competition!

I had the chance to do an interview with Sook-Yin Lee at DNTO (Definitely not the Opera)…one of my favorite radio programs on CBC! Here are the goods on the show, the link is at the bottom to the podcast.

What drives you to compete?

Hot dog eating contests… epic games of Monopoly… or ultra-marathons. We all compete in our own way – so what was your “big competition?”

Ryan Paulson was sure he would win the talent competition at the toy store where he worked with a fabulous – and cheeky – song he wrote (hear it below). But he hadn’t counted on one thing: Barbie.

She went from a delinquent teen to Canada’s Olympic hero in not one, but two, sports. Sook-Yin will talk to Clara Hughes about pushing past the pain and the will to win.

David Marchese never considered himself a terribly competitive person…. not exactly the kind of guy who had the “eye of the tiger.” But after a bad breakup, David decided to try a competitive sport that was somewhat out of character… he took up boxing. But his first sparring match threw him for a loop in more ways than one…

Is there such a thing as healthy competition for little kids? Diane Flacks will tell us why Sport Canada believes there is, and why they want your kids to try it.

Molly Ringle is a genuinely talented writer. But the competition she one was for being the best… of the worst. We’ll hear from the 2010 winner of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for spectacularly bad opening lines.

Sook-Yin visits Guys and Dolls Billiards for some lessons in the nature of competition.

Growing up, Chris Berube and his brother knew what it meant to lose games… because Chris’ dad never let the boys win at anything. He was so competitive, he took every face-off as a personal challenge. So one day, at age 14, Chris and his brother decided it was time to team up and teach Dad a lesson… via a game of Monopoly.

When “Furious” Pete Czerwinski sees a ten pound hamburger and two heaping plates of fries, his first thought is… victory. But that wasn’t always the case. We’ll talk to the world class competitive eater about his surprisingly complicated relationship with food. (And you can see Pete in action below.)

When Jeremy Shinewald was a little kid, he looooved watching The Price is Right. So when he happened to be in Los Angeles a few years ago, Jeremy made sure he got tickets. But when he got the call to “come on down,” he found the competition… fierce.

He’s armwrestled, fought bulls, and squared off against 500-pound sumo wrestlers. So what drives Joshua Davis to compete… in weird competitions? We’ll hear from the author of The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions.

Heather Hogan had almost achieved the impossible. The night of the big game, she was just 23 points away from breaking the thousand-point record for a high school basketball player. But Heather didn’t realize the biggest hurdle on the court that night was going to be herself…

And here’s this week’s playlist:

Sarah Slean – “Set It Free”
Jeremy Fisher – “Sucker Punch”
Said the Whale – “Lines”
Kathleen Edwards – “I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory”
Matthew Barber – “We’re Gonna Play”
R.E.M. – “Man On the Moon”
Buck 65 – “Country Cooking”
The Cardigans – “My Favourite Game”
Spoon – “Underdog”

DNTO link

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