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In this series of podcasts, Darla Middlebrook read you the best of the articles in each months Reader's Digest Magazine.

Current Readers Digest Articles
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Marriage is Like a Compost Heap - Jun, 2019The author's father gave unusual, but enduring advice in a wedding speech, by Sophie HoweReader: Darla Middlebrook00:08:29
Complainer's Corner - Jun, 2019A toddler "help" line, staffed by a toddler's voice, by Sara GivenReader: Darla Middlebrook00:04:07
Outrageous Family Stories - May, 2019From Valentine's faux pas, tho home repairs gone wrong, writers share their clans' kookiest taste.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:14:42
Old People Should... - May, 2019A look at how attitudes toward aging affect us. by Bruce GiersonReader: Darla Middlebrook00:10:30
My Charmed Life - Apr, 2019A professional magician talks about his approach, by Nate StaniforthReader: Darla Middlebrook00:16:51
Why Don't These Terms Exist? - Mar, 2019These terms should be in a dictionary, somewhere! by Bill BouldinReader: Darla Middlebrook00:10:26
Won't You Be My Neighbor and BFF? - Jan/Feb, 2019After moving to the suburbs, the author felt forlorn and friendless. by Megan MurphyReader: Darla Middlebrook00:09:24
Drama in Real Life - Dec, 2018When a Texas man decapitated the poisonous snake threatening his wife, he assumed that would be the end of it. He was wrong. by Nicholas Hune-BrownReader: Darla Middlebrook00:16:55
The Marvellous Making of Canada's Most Autism-Friendly Town - Dec, 2018How a community pulled together. by Valerie HowesReader: Darla Middlebrook00:16:30
A Holly Jolly Jewish Christmas - Dec, 2018Holiday traditions don't always have to be Kosher, by Rose TekelReader: Darla Middlebrook00:06:05
The Peaceful Soldier - Nov, 2018Alphone Pelltier is a Canadian veteran of the Korean War (from Quebec). He is also known as "the hero of Hacksaw Ridge" by Stephanie VergeReader: Darla Middlebrook00:14:02
From The World of Medicine - Nov, 201834 Things You Need to Know About Arthritis. News From the World of Medicine - Vitamin B12, air pollution, hearing aids, osteoporosis...Reader: Nancy Porter00:27:04
Frighteningly GOOD - Oct, 2018Frighteningly GOOD: Science Fiction Author, Ray Bradbury recalls his family's zeal for Halloween.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:09:47
Dog Walker, 56, Female - Sep, 2018Annette Poitras had planned to be gone only an hour, that was three days ago. By Katherine LaidlawReader: Darla Middlebrook00:16:07
Sweetgrass Fire - Jul, 2018Drama In Real Life: The Fire in Sweetgrass. A daring rescue from a house fire. By Nicholas Hune-Brown.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:16:16
Canine Courage - Jul, 2018Editor's Choice: Canine Courage. The surprising story of the training of police dogs. By Rachel Rose.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:23:56
Department of Wit - Jun, 2018Being Old-Fashioned, A Tragedy-Interview with the 'lowly' Tim Bit (doughnut hole). By Cassie BarradasReader: Darla Middlebrook00:06:42
Me, my mom & SEARS - May, 2018Mourning the end of an era and giving a tribute to Mother, By Megan MurphyReader: Darla Middlebrook00:09:57
Car Trouble in the Future Mar, 2018This is What Reporting Car Trouble Will Be Like in the Future, By Christopher HarperReaders: Don White, Blair Seibert, and Chris Abell00:03:19
Brain Games - Mar, 20186 Simple Brain Games That Will Make You Feel Stronger, Happier, and More Resilent, By Jane McGonigal, from the book SuperbetterReader: Regina Lynn00:07:31
The Heroic Dog - Mar, 2018The Heroic Dog that Saved a Family of Five from Burning in a House Fire, By Walter Lewis as told to Sara Wagner, WANE-TVReader: Michael Kaye00:03:21
Pen Pal Club - Mar, 2018Story All Started in a Pen Pal ClubReader: Linda OBrian00:02:29
Unexpected Health Benefits - Mar, 201810 Unexpected Health Benefits of Spring CleaningReader: Anna Dow00:04:33
438 Days - Mar, 2018This Man Was Stranded By Sea for 438 Days, By Jonathan FranklinReader: Chris Abell00:15:12
Jokes - Feb, 2018A smattering of jokes from the current issue. By various authors.Reader: Julie Williams00:01:29
A Messy Blessing - Mar, 2018Yes, I'm married to a minister. No, I'm not judging you for your sins. By Ken StillerReader: Darla Middlebrook00:06:22
A Recipe for Success - Jan/Feb, 2018Matters of food and fights. By Adam GopnikReader: Darla Middlebrook00:15:17
When Halifax Burned - Dec, 2017On December 7, 1917; Halifax, Nova Scotia experience an incident which was one of the events of its and Canada's history. By Ken CuthbertsonReader: Darla Middlebrook00:15:46
Green Eggs & Sam - Nov, 2017How a blind chicken taught my family about the dangers and joys of taking risk, By Penny PorterReader: Darla Middlebrook00:11:50
That's Outrageous - Nov, 2017Creep Crawlies, By Daniel Viola, Readers Digest, CanadaReader: Darla Middlebrook00:03:31
My Greatest Olympic Prize - Oct, 2017My Greatest Olympic Prize, By Jesse Owens-from the 1960 archivesReader: Darla Middlebrook00:06:56
How Sweet It Is - Jun, 2017After losing all in Syria, a family moved a chocolate business to Canada, sharing their confections with the world. By Lisa Jackson.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:08:06
Anna, 1925 - Apr, 2017A long cherished photograph unlocks a wartime mystery that binds two families together. By Michael R. GeisterferReader: Darla Middlebrook00:12:02
Vision Quest - Apr, 2017A painful, and elusive eye condition offers a lesson in seeing what's really important. By Virginia Fisher Yaffee (from the Globe & Mail newspapers)Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:08:57
The Curious Case of the Mysterious Hum - Mar, 2017Residents of Windsor, Ontario have been plagued by a spectral noise. By Simon LewsonReader: Darla Middlebrook00:19:04
Banishing Sunday Night Blues - Jan/Feb, 201710 ways to take back your weekend, By Catherine Perreault-LessardReader: Darla Middlebrook00:04:51
The Dirty Dozen - Dec, 2016My catastrophic 12 days of Christmas, By Colin NissanReader: Darla Middlebrook00:05:40
They Called Him PeePaw - Nov, 2016To Canadians, Gordie Howe was Mr. Hockey. To his loved ones, he was a toe-tickling, prank-loving family man. By Dan Robson from SportsnetAnnouncer: Darla Middlebrook00:06:14
Drama in Real Life - Oct, 2016The Shymanskis had taught their five-year-old daughter, what to do in case of emergency. What ended up happening is she saved her mom and brother too.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:15:17
The Teacher Who Changed My Life - Sep, 2016Canadians remember their favorite educators.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:15:29
Leap of Faith - Jul/Aug, 2016Trainman Merv Peever knew he would have to risk his life to save a 3-year old girl, hunched over the tracks 60 metres away. By J McDonald, RD CanadaReader: Darla Middlebrook00:14:08
Information Please (Cats) - May, 2016A young boy finds the answers to life's pressing questions-and a friend-at the end of the line. By Paul Villiard, RD-CanadaAnnouncer: Darla Middlebrook00:09:44
Tracking the Tracker - Jan, 2016Adam Bisby survived a mauling by a cougar. More than three decades later, he's stalking the big cat in search of answers. By Adam Bisby.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:16:03
Beyond the Crust - Jan, 2016Society: Beyond the Crust: Canada's "signature" dessert, the deceptively simple butter tart is as complex as Canada's history.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:12:52
You Can't Handle the Tooth - Aug, 2014A surprising rewarding cavity search. By Joshua KarpatiReader: Darka Middlebrook00:04:48
An Education - May, 2014A middle-aged mother goes back to school and opens up her daughter's world. By Anupa Mistry.Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:10:50
The Gold-and-Ivory Tablecloth - Dec, 2013In this 1954 classic, the impulse to be kind, even under dire circumstances, can bring about the most surprising silver linings - and even the occasional miracle. by Howard C. SchadeReader: Darla Middlebrook00:08:07
Pet Perfect - Jun, 2013"When Marconi was good he was very, very good, and when he was bad, he was even better." by Claire SafranReader: Darla Middlebrook00:10:16
The Little Boy Who Couldn't Cry Help - Dec, 2012"Eight-year-old Robert was autistic and nonverbal. When he vanished in a Virginia state park, prompting the largest manhunt in state history, rescuers knew finding him wouldn't be easy."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Penny Abshire00:15:00
13 Things TV Chefs Won't Tell You - Jan, 2013"They look great on camera; now a group of TV chefs share some behind-the-scenes secrets."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Penny Abshire00:04:56
Salt, We Misjudged You! - Jan, 2013"For decades we've been told to eat less salt for lower blood pressure. Here's why this advice may be harming, not helping, our health."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Lissa Henige00:12:28
The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth - December, 2012"A pastor's impulsive purchase led to an incredible reunion. Was it coincidence, or divine guidance?"Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Martha Kahn00:06:52
Scam Nation - Jan, 2013"Fraud is on the rise as crooks update old tricks and create new ones. Here are some ways to protect yourself."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Robert Uhl00:17:19
An Affair to Remember - Feb, 2013"Kim and Krickett Carpenter were set for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Then the unthinkable happened...she forgot who he was."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:13:16
Grouchily Ever After - Feb, 2013"Why good-natured grumbling by my husband keeps our marriage together." by Judith NewmanAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:08:11
My Bright Mornings - Jan, 2013"Michael J. Fox relates what it's like to struggle with Parkinsons every morning, with a trademark optimistic outlook."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Doug Turkel00:04:38
Free Man - Dec, 2012"A former slave sends his 'Old Master' some fierce words, more than a little dry wit, and a bill."Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Larry Wayne00:06:00
Fast Food Facts - November, 2012"Current and former fast-food workers provide some advice from the back-kitchen." by Michelle CrouchAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Julie Williams00:04:16
Temporal Shift - November, 2012"Why time seems to shrink and stretch, and what we can do to tweak it." by Claudia HammondAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:19:49
My Lost Month of Madness - November, 2012"A woman became so crazy that she might have spent the rest of her life in a mental institution - until a brilliant doctor recognized her strange and curable disease." by Tom Hallman, Jr.Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Penny Abshire00:11:36
The Cruelest Cut - November, 2012"Does the urge to treat breast cancer at the earliest stage mean some women are having unnecessary surgery" by Tiffany O'CallaghanAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Lissa Henige00:11:08
The Tot and The Twister - November, 2012"On April 3rd, 2012, the 150-mile-per-hour winds of a tornado in Fourney, Texas, blew away a ranch house, and nearly took 19-month-old Laine Enochs with it." by Derek BurnettAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Harlan Hogan00:13:22
My Most Unforgettable Character - November, 2012"Dr. Phil McGraw remembers the small kindnesses of a football coach that set him up for big success down the road." by Dr. Phil McGrawAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Robert Uhl00:04:54
Your Body On Sugar - October, 2012"The sweet stuff is so bad for our health, some experts want it regulated, like a drug. Here are the hidden signs that you're high on sugar, whether you know it or not." by Joanne ChenAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Larry Wayne00:07:02
The 39-Year-Old Apology - October, 2012"A 12-year-old boy dis something that he realized later hurt his seventh-grade teacher. Decades later, he finally gets the chance to apologize." by Tom Hallman, Jr.Announcer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Penny Abshire00:11:30
Hot, Thirsty, Lost - September, 2012"Three women took a drive to Death Valley for a day of exploring. Three days later, they were out of gas...and hope." by Kenneth MillerAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Penny Abshire00:15:48
25 Things Your Congressperson Won't Tell You - September, 2012"Do your calls and e-mails matter? Do lobbyists really run the country? Here's what Washington Insiders don't want to talk about." by Michelle CrouchAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Julie Williams00:11:24
Hometown Heroes-Danger on The Road - September, 2012"A quick-thinking mother of two comes to the aid of a woman in distress." by Melba NewsomeAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Dave Courvoisier00:04:55
The Children He Couldn't Forget - September, 2012"Sony Pictures executive Scott Neeson tossed his high-powered Hollywood job and a million-dollar salary to dave hundreds fo Cambodian kids, and never looked back." by Robert KienerAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Dave Shropshire00:10:14
The Wi-Fi Hero - September, 2012"A young, unlikely computer crusader comes to the rescue of his tech-impaired hosts, slaying the high-tech dragons in the process." by Mike LacherAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Jennifer Dixon00:06:31
13 Things Your Principal Won't Tell You - September, 2012"We asked principals across the country to share some of what they're really solving on a day-to-day basis." by Michelle CrouchAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Jody Olson00:04:08
Life of P.I. - September, 2012"Quashing corporate espionage and smuggling rings is all in a day's work for Toronto-based gumshoe Harry Lake." by Richard SkinulisAnnouncer: Gary MacFadden; Reader: Darla Middlebrook00:19:05

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