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Popular music and stuttering

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Two years ago, the Stuttering Foundation awarded the 1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive tune You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet an award for being the "most unique" of all the songs that feature stuttering. It stood out because it is about a real person: Randy Bachman's brother, Glen, who stuttered. Randy performed a version of the song with stuttering in the chorus as a tribute to him, never intending it to be released. But the band's manager thought the stuttering version had more character, and it ended up being used for the album.

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The academic field of Disability Studies

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Disability Studies is a relatively recent field in academia, yet today almost all of Canada's major universities have degree programs in this area. In what will be the first of a series, this article will summarize a paper by a student in a Disabilities Studies program who has specialized in the topic of stuttering. The student featured here is Joshua St. Pierre, an MA candidate in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His paper is entitled "The Construction of the Disabled Speaker: Locating Stuttering in Disability Studies."

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Richard Holmes, pro Mountain Biker and PWS

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Richard Holmes is a successful pro mountain biker who lives in Whistler, BC. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, he moved out there years ago after falling in love with the sport, and his skill garnered him sponsors, trophies and prizes. After studying Mountain Bike Operations on BC's Sunshine Coast, he became a certified coach at the Whistler Bike Park.

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An update on stuttering and genetic research

Dr. Dennis Drayna, researcher at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), has been studying the genetic factor as it relates to stuttering for many years. He has recently updated the stuttering community about his research in an interview with the American Speech and Hearing Association and a podcast interview on Stuttertalk.

Stammering on the BBC: a personal recollection

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This article was originally published in the summer 2012 issue of CSA Voices.

With all the interest in the film The King’s Speech last year,  I was reminded of when I lived in London from 1969 to 1971. I was studying voice, and to support myself I copied music for a publisher. I worked at home and listened to the BBC constantly to keep me company. Struggling as I was with my own stuttering, I was heartened to hear several regular contributors to the BBC who openly stuttered, (usually mildly) –  or stammered, as the British call it.

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