Special Guests

  • Vincent Bugliosi — Prosecuted Charles Manson, Author of
    - Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
    - Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy
    A few weeks ago, Mr. Bugliosi joined us to discuss his infamous book, Helter Skelter. Today, as the world re-imagines the tragic events of 50 years ago, Mr. Bugliosi has agreed to join us once again to discuss his book entitled, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was a New York Times bestseller and has been heralded as "epic" and "a book for the ages." At 1:00 p.m. on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead, the victim of a sniper attack during his motorcade through Dallas. That may be the only fact generally agreed upon in the vast literature spawned by the assassination. National polls reveal that an overwhelming majority of Americans (75%) believe that there was a high-level conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Many even believe that Oswald was entirely innocent. In this continuously absorbing, powerful, ground-breaking book, Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history. There have been hundreds of books about the assassination, but there has never been a book that covers the entire case, including addressing every piece of evidence and each and every conspiracy theory, and the facts, or alleged facts, on which they are based. In this monumental work, the author has raised scholarship on the assassination to a new and final level, one that far surpasses all other books on the subject. It adds resonance, depth, and closure to the admirable work of the Warren Commission. Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud on the American public. Bugliosi's irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare.

  • Paul Landis — Retired Secret Service Agent Assigned To JFK's Detail
    Paul Landis was assigned to President John F. Kennedy's detail and was only a few metres away from the President on Nov 22, 1963. "I heard the gunshot," said Mr. Landis. "It came over my right shoulder." Movies of that day show Mr. Landis and several other secret service agents trailing the limousine as each man watched for any unusual movement in the crowds of people who had lined Dallas streets to get a view of JFK. Landis said when he heard the first shot, his eyes turned toward where he thought the shot had originated. Still searching the crowd, there came another shot in quick succession. "And when my eyes came back to the president again, there was a third shot and that was the one that hit him in the head," Mr. Landis recalls.

    *During Drew's conversation with Mr. Landis, (who has rarely given interviews over the last 50 years) Ron Pontius, a fellow Secret Service officer involved with the Kennedy detail that day, called in and completely surprised Paul. We learned afterwards that when this surprise reunion was over, the two spoke with each other on the phone for 90 minutes!

  • Michael Coren — TV Host, Radio Personality, Syndicated Columnist, Author of The Future Of Catholicism
    Michael's TV show The Arena airs on Sun News Network every weeknight. He's also a weekly columnist, published every Saturday, with the Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Sun newspapers and in more than a dozen other newspapers across Canada. He is also a columnist for the Catholic Register, Catholic Insight, Catholic World Report, The Landowner and The Interim, and appears on Newstalk 1010 radio every week. He is the best-selling author of fourteen books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. His last two books are Why Catholics Are Right and Heresy. In The Future of Catholicism, Michael explores the pressing questions facing the Catholic Church today--where it is, where it needs to go, and why it is more relevant than ever. The Church is at a crossroads, but perhaps more significantly and accurately, the Western world is at a crossroads, and how the Church reacts to and deals with this phenomenon will decide and define so very much of the future -- of our future.

  • Kent Austin — Head Coach, General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations Of The Hamilton Tiger Cats
    The CFL's Eastern Division Champions (Hamilton Tiger Cats) will be playing the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 101st Grey Cup, this Sunday November 24th at 6:00 PM ET. Leading the charge for the Tabbies is Head Coach Kent Austin, who has previously captured Grey Cup championships as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He joined the Ticats after five years in the NCAA, the latter three as Head Coach at Cornell University. Prior to his tenure with the Big Red, Austin spent two seasons as Offensive Coordinator at Ole Miss. His first stint as a Head Coach came in 2007 when he was named the CFL’s Coach of the Year after leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 12-6 record and the franchise’s first Grey Cup championship in 18 years. As a player, he enjoyed a successful 11-year pro career at quarterback that began with the St. Louis Cardinals after they selected him in the 12th round of the 1986 NFL Draft. Following one year with the Cardinals, Austin headed north where he would put together a 10-year CFL tenure with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1987-93), BC Lions (1994), Toronto Argonauts (1995) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1996).

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • AMBRE MCLEAN (& Friends)
    Ambre McLean is an undiscovered gem in a sea of music mediocrity. Her lyrics are dripped with tales of love, loss and struggle. Ambre sings the kind of songs that make you remember lost loves and abandoned dreams. A regular on the Canadian music festival circuit, Ambre has played Halifax's In The Dead Of Winter Festival, Guelph's Hillside Festival, Tilsonburg Festival, The Marmora Jamboree as well as the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. She won the prestigious 2010 Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s "Songs From The Heart Award" for her song “Me, My Heart And The Moon”. She's also won Guelph’s inaugural Songwriting Competition in 2009, and is a two time "ECHO People’s Choice" for Best Female Singer/Songwriter. AND... was just recently a national finalist in CBC’s Searchlight: The Hunt For Canada’s Best New Artist.

    Some things just make sense. Crash Bamboo may not be as traditional a pairing, but listening to Ambre McLean and Preetam Sengupta together can feel like you're wearing a sweater – a cozy, sit by the fire with a hot beverage kind of sweater...with some outlandish design on it because that's just fun. Minimal instruments, meaningful lyrics, sweet harmonies, and a comfort in playful stage banter have these two poised for a quietly significant debut.

    At once naturally funny and deeply serious, Ash & Bloom deliver an honest brand of folky pop music in tight unisons and harmonies. Coming from an extended period of development-in-hiding, this emerging duo is launching out with stirring songs and a show to match. Since their meeting in a university choir almost a decade ago, music making has been tied to collaboration. Believing the best music comes from the synergy of bringing voices together, Ash & Bloom (James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna) have crafted a sound that requires two people playing, thinking and breathing together.

God Blogger

  • Pam Hogeweide
    “I started blog­ging and writ­ing in 2004. For most of these years I have writ­ten about issues of faith and pro­gres­sive Chris­t­ian spir­i­tu­al­ity.  I have been pub­lished numer­ous times in both dig­i­tal and print pub­li­ca­tions. My first book came out in 2012. Unla­dy­like: Resist­ing the Injus­tice of Inequal­ity in the Church is a non­fic­tion work that chal­lenges con­tem­po­rary fol­low­ers of Christ to dis­en­gage from the ram­pant sex­ism that is accepted as nor­mal in churches across Amer­ica.”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Pub Crawl — This week on The Pub Crawl:
    “Drew & His Mates” crack open a few - topics! Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)

    It was 50 years ago that President Kennedy was gunned down. It was almost a year ago when innocent children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Last week a youth pastor was shot and killed only hours after attending a prayer rally against gun violence in California. So is it a surprise that televangelist Benny Hinn's body guards carry guns? Should “spiritual leaders” be so concerned about their own safety, or should they just “trust God”?

    This weekend there will be many Canadian pro football players asking God's help during the 101st Grey Cup. Last week, dozens of tornadoes tore through parts of the States destroying hundreds of homes and killing many. Certainly many of those affected prayed for safety. And just days ago, we remembered those who fought for our freedom. Most definitely during each and every armed combat or world war, soldiers on both sides looked to the Heavens for protection and victory. So is there such a thing as a “stupid” prayer? Surely God doesn't care who wins a football game, but should He be thanked for the Allied forces beating the Nazis?

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's WTF Guest: Peter Smith - Religion Editor for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette