Point 2 Point

Host Karl Wells chats with local personalities, as they reflect candidly on their lives; from their earliest dreams to their darkest moments and greatest triumphs.

01 Bob Wakeham, Part 1

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Telegram columnist, Bob Wakeham, has been a journalist in Newfoundland for over 40 years. Many spent with CBC as Executive Producer of TV News and Current Affairs. His latest book, edited with Francis Ennis, is a collection of stories by Newfoundland soldiers who fought at Beaumont Hamel called, I Remain Your Loving Son. Bob is the recipient of several journalism awards, his latest being an Atlantic Journalism Award for an article called, “Over the Top B’ys,” which appeared in Saltscapes Magazine.

02 Bob Wakeham, Part 2

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Telegram columnist, Bob Wakeham, has been a journalist in Newfoundland for over 40 years. Many spent with CBC as Executive Producer of TV News and Current Affairs. His latest book, edited with Francis Ennis, is a collection of stories by Newfoundland soldiers who fought at Beaumont Hamel called, I Remain Your Loving Son. Bob is the recipient of several journalism awards, his latest being an Atlantic Journalism Award for an article called, “Over the Top B’ys,” which appeared in Saltscapes Magazine.

03 Edward M. Roberts

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Hon. Edward M. Roberts, 11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, is a former politician, writer, author, and volunteer. He’s not only been a witness to important chapters in Newfoundland and Labrador history he has been an active participant in it. He entered politics immediately after law school and very soon became the Executive Assistant to Father of Confederation, Joseph R. Smallwood.

04 Iris Petten

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Iris Petten has spent much of her life working in Newfoundland and Labrador’s primary industry, an industry which first brought people here hundreds of years ago. The fishery. She comes from a Hibbs’ Cove family with deep roots in the fishery, going back generations. Her father Vern is a fisherman and boat builder, and it was her experience in the family business that helped launch her career with Fishery Products International and later, Ocean Choice International.

05 Jakub Martinec

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Jakub Martinec is Founder and Artistic Director of The Atlantic Boychoir and The National Boychoir of Canada. He’s also the fulltime Director of Choral Studies at Memorial University. He was born in the city of Hradec Králové, in Soviet controlled Czechoslovakia. He fell in love with music and singing at a young age and has devoted his life to helping others sing well and appreciate the beauty of choral music.

06 Very Reverend Dr. Marion Pardy

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The Very Reverend Dr. Marion Pardy was the 37th Moderator of the United Church of Canada. She hails from Gander, Newfoundland, the town where some might say she found her “calling” at an early age. As a member of Fraser Road United Church youth groups, she took to heart the message of the Golden Rule and doing God’s work in a broken world.

07 Roger Grimes

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Roger Grimes was the eighth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. Before politics, Roger Grimes was a teacher; and he also served as the president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.

08 Dr. Avrum Richler

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Dr. Avrum Richler is a well-known Newfoundland and Labrador optometrist and lifelong learner. Dr. Richler was born and raised in Montreal but has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for the past 52 years. He is novelist Mordecai Richler’s older brother.

09 Andy Wells

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Andy Wells is a man who has worn many hats. Above all, he was Mayor of the City of St. John’s for 11 years and served on council a total of 31 years. He was responsible for giving Karl Wells his first job in television in 1972.

10 Sheilagh Guy Murphy

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Sheilagh Guy Murphy is a former First Lady of St. John’s, actor, comedienne, producer, writer, charity worker, and society hostess.

11 Grant Boland

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Grant Boland is a prolific Newfoundland and Labrador visual artist. His paintings, mostly in the realism genre, are admired for their depiction of natural light. Boland’s style was influenced by his mentors, Mary and Christopher Pratt.

12 Dr. Doug Dunsmore

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Dr. Doug Dunsmore is a prominent music educator. Most of his working life was spent as a member of the faculty of the Memorial University School of Music in St. John’s, NL. He was also instrumental in the creation of the international choral event known as, Festival 500.

13 Guy Matthews

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Guy Matthews (you may know him as Reverend Guy) has spent most of his life ministering to his fellow human beings and supporting them through the difficult periods of their lives. In this episode Karl Wells chats with Guy about a personal challenge which is having a profound impact on his life. Guy underwent heart transplant surgery.

14 Andy Jones

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Andy Jones is an award winning, much honoured and much loved Canadian actor and author. Jones is one of Canada’s most compelling actors. He is as capable of delivering a riveting performance in tragedy and in comedy. He is as comfortable onstage as he is before a film or television camera.

15 Elaine Dobbin

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Elaine Dobbin is an engaged and engaging Canadian philanthropist. Enjoy this in-depth and revealing half hour of conversation about her life, and the remarkable partnership she shared with her late husband, Craig Dobbin, Newfoundland and Labrador’s most successful entrepreneur.

16 Mark Critch

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Mark Critch, of CBC’s 22Minutes, speaks with Karl about his autobiography, Son of a Critch. A lot of terrain is covered in this lively, animated discussion: from Mark’s childhood to his earliest forays into show business.

17 Mary Barry

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The talented Canadian jazz artist, Mary Barry, joins host Karl Wells to discuss her early interest in music, her musical training, her career and life.

18 Bob Hallett

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Bob Hallett is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best known musicians and songwriters, having established himself as such during his long tenure with the Celtic band, Great Big Sea. Bob speaks with Karl Wells about his early career as a magazine editor, his role in the founding of Great Big Sea, and offers up his views on a range of topics dear to his heart.

19 Clyde Wells, Part 1

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Hon. Clyde K. Wells was the fifth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and a former Chief Justice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court. Mr. Wells is still an active lawyer.

20 Clyde Wells, Part 2

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Hon. Clyde K. Wells was the fifth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and a former Chief Justice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court. Mr. Wells is still an active lawyer.

21 Remzi Cej

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Remzi Cej is a human rights and immigration specialist.

22 Leo Barry

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Leo Barry worked as a lawyer, a cabinet minister, leader of Her Majesty’s Newfoundland and Labrador Opposition, and as a justice with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal.

23 Beni Malone

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Beni Malone has been bringing smiles, joy, and laughter to his audiences since the 1970s. He is a clown, in the best sense of the word: a dedicated practitioner of the art of clowning, a proponent of circus arts in general, founder of Wonderbolt Productions and the major creative talent behind its many shows and workshops.

24 Jane Steele

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Jane Steele is one of Newfoundland’s best known and best loved music teachers. She moved to Newfoundland in the 1960s and soon began teaching. She became one of the busiest piano teachers and accompanists in St. John’s. She also found time for choral directing and formed two much-loved choirs. Many of her students became full time musicians and music teachers, and all have fond memories of being tutored by her.

25 Larry Foley

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Larry Foley has been a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador traditional music scene for over 20 years. In this interview with Karl Wells he reflects on his life as a youngster growing up in Placentia, his early interest in music, time spent on the Emerald Isle and much more.

26 Anne Budgell

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In this episode of Karl Wells Point 2 Point, Karl speaks with journalist and author, Anne Budgell, about her book, We All Expected to Die. It’s an account of how the 1918 Pandemic developed in Labrador and the devastation it wrought in Labrador’s indigenous communities.

27 James K. Hiller

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In this episode of Karl Wells Point 2 Point Karl speaks with the Emeritus Professor of History (Memorial University of NL) Dr. James K. Hiller. They discuss Dr. Hiller’s book, Robert Bond – A Political Biography. Bond is regarded by many as being Newfoundland’s best First Minister, during his time as Premier of Newfoundland Colony and subsequently as Prime Minister of the Dominion of Newfoundland.

28 Noreen Golfman

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In this episode of Karl Wells Point 2 Point Karl chats with Dr. Noreen Golfman, former Provost and VP Academic, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador and Founding Director of the St. John’s International Film Festival. They discuss her early life in Montreal, moving to St. John’s, helping establish the first Morgentaler Clinic in Newfoundland, her love of film and the NL film industry.

29 Bert Riggs

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In this episode of, Karl Wells Point 2 Point, Karl is joined by longtime MUN Centre for NL Studies archivist, Bert Riggs. We hear about Bert’s outport childhood, his insatiable curiosity, and his love of literature and history. Karl also asks Bert to fill in some details about the lives of several celebrated but forgotten Newfoundlanders.

30 Clifford George

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For decades Clifford George has been as colourful a member of our arts scene as his paintings. Cliff has had many jobs since he learned to draw. We chat about them, and the stories that came with them. It’s a journey that took him from working as a janitor at Eastern Health to eventually retiring from one of its most unusual, yet vital positions.

31 Dr. Brian Ramjattan

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Dr. Brian Ramjattan is a family physician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and one who pursues multiple and varied interests – often at the same time. We talk about several of his projects and he speaks frankly about what it was like growing up as a racialized Canadian in a mostly white Newfoundland town.

32 Jerry Dick

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Jerry Dick arrived in Newfoundland & Labrador, from rural Ontario, as a young man. He came to work on a Carbonear Main Street Project. He stayed. He became Director of Heritage with the NL Government, and then Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation of NL. We talk about his career and views on current heritage development.

33 Tessa Crosbie

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Tessa Crosbie is a showbiz trooper, in the very best sense. Since the 1970s she’s been in numerous local musical theatre productions and occasionally a play. Best known for her Our Divas performances at Christmastime, on this Karl Wells Point 2 Point Tessa reveals what sparked her interest in performing and discusses the adventures and misadventures she had along the way.

34 Rhea Rollman

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I met Rhea Rollman when she interviewed me for a book she’s writing. Afterward I asked if she’d let me interview her on my TV show. Not an easy decision since I asked her to talk about her ongoing transitioning journey. I’m grateful she did. This interview is remarkable, thanks to Rhea’s forthrightness, honesty and eloquence.

35 Matt Wright

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Gander born comedian Matt Wright learned from an early age that he could make people laugh. He also realized that he liked being in the spotlight. It’s safe to say this young Canadian comedian was destined for a career in stand-up. It’s not the easiest road to success, but so far Matt Wright hasn’t encountered too many bumps along the way. He’s been nominated for a Juno Award for a recent comedy album, he’s appeared at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, he’s written comedy for 22 Minutes and he regularly performs at Canada’s top comedy clubs and venues. Karl and Matt talk candidly about how he found his way into comedy, and about his life as a stand-up comedian.

36 Gregory Roberts

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Gregory F. Roberts grew up in Triton Island, a small, remote community on Newfoundland’s northeast coast. His first business was a gas station, but he was determined to achieve much greater success. And he did. Today he’s the owner and CEO of one of the most recognizable fast food brands in Canada, Mary Brown’s Chicken, with close to 200 restaurants across Canada.

37 Ron Crocker

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Much of Ron Crocker’s career was spent with the CBC, but during his student years he worked as a reporter for The Evening Telegram. It’s where he met the subject of his new biography, “Ray Guy: Portrait of a Rebel,” a look at the life and writing of Newfoundland’s Leacock Award winning satirist, Ray Guy. Please note, although graphics in this episode give two different titles for the book, the actual title is “Ray Guy: Portrait of a Rebel.” A working title was given when the interview was filmed and first edited. It was used inadvertently.

38 Perry Chafe, Producer

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Perry Chafe is a founder of Take the Shot Productions based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Take the Shot is an entertainment content provider for TV networks and streaming services such as Netflix. Chafe began his career working for museums and plunged into film production with a series called, Republic of Doyle, in 2009.

39 Hon. Loyola Hearn

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Hon. Loyola Hearn was Canada’s Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland. Previously he was Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. It was during his tenure as an Opposition Member of Parliament under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, and then Hon. Peter MacKay, that he initiated and became directly involved in the delicate negotiations which brought about the marriage of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and the Alliance Party of Canada – under Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. In this exclusive interview with Karl Wells, Mr. Hearn speaks candidly about the historic merger.

40 Lorraine Michael

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Lorraine Michael has had a remarkable life. A life filled with joy, some sadness, and some regrets, yet always aiming to bring out the best in herself and others. In this interview she talks about growing up in a tiny Lebanese neighbourhood in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It’s easy to imagine the colour and warmth of those times as Lorraine vividly describes her childhood, especially watching her grandmother prepare delectable Lebanese meals. Later we discuss her teaching career as a convent sister with the RC Church, her work in social justice, women’s rights and, of course, her many years leading the New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

41 Paul Pope

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Paul Pope is a pioneer in Newfoundland filmmaking. His Paul Pope Productions Ltd has become a key player in Atlantic Canada’s film industry. Over the years he has produced a vast body of work, from documentaries to theatrical release movies to episodic television series. A current hit series, Hudson & Rex, is being screened or streamed around the globe. In this discussion with Karl Wells he takes viewers on a trip through the evolution of Newfoundland’s modern film industry.

42 Steve Watson

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Karl’s friend, Steve Watson, joins him. They chat about Steve’s younger days in Old Blighty, the journey that brought him to mainland Canada and eventually to Newfoundland as Executive Chef of Fairmont Hotel Newfoundland.

43 Edsel Bonnell CM, Part 1

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Part 1 of Karl Wells interview with Edsel Bonnell. Mr. Bonnell was a pioneering Newfoundland and Labrador journalist, a public relations executive, and Chief of staff to Premier Clyde K. Wells. He also founded the Gower Community Band.

44 Edsel Bonnell CM, Part 2

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Part 2 of Karl Wells interview with Edsel Bonnell. Mr. Bonnell was a pioneering Newfoundland and Labrador journalist, a public relations executive, and Chief of staff to Premier Clyde K. Wells. He also founded the Gower Community Band.