History of Science Journalism

1920-1945: Wall 4

1920-1945: Wall 4

The right wall features furnishings with objects.

There is also a mirror on the wall where a video with characters may be viewed.

Following is the excerpt that can be heard when you click on the radio

Excerpt from Radio-Collège: La cité des plantes
L'arbre. Talk show study with Brother Marie-Victorin
Broadcast October 12, 1943

I went to the forest to study the tree. Seated on moss, I opened a good old reference book on botany, the encyclopaedic type. It provided descriptions of plants as they are seen by the naked eye. And here is what my worthy author had to say about the word, tree: 'The tree is a ligneous, perennial plant having a main shoot known as a trunk. Usually lacking branches in its lower extremity, but bearing a cluster of branches at its top.'

Impatiently, I pushed away the book that landed, open-faced, on some dogwood. No, a tree was far more than that. It is not just a column of wood, this emergent mysterious force, living and universal, defying gravity, master of the inorganic world. I fervently believe that it is a masterpiece of nature, whose beauty is surpassed only by the immaterial beauty of a very different being that lives and dies in its shadow, carrying in its essence a flicker of thought.

Tired of the vain noises made by men, I turned towards the tree. I let myself be overwhelmed by the essence of its form, acutely aware of the life towering over me. I felt it live and act, that which is termed immobile. I talked to it, considered deaf, and I heard its answer, the answer of one deemed mute. The tree is moving in its infinitely varied forms that can be reduced to one. This form that can be defined otherwise than by calling it a form of tree.

Following is the video scenario

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Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 1 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. He is in a room representative of 1920. He has a handlebar moustache and is wearing a bowler hat. He is dressed in a white shirt and jacket from the era.
Well hello! No, no, you are not disturbing me, the broadcast has just ended.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 2 I was listening to Radio-Collège. University professors talk about science, art, philosophy just about everything!
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 3 I really find it interesting. Plus, it is also very useful in my work as a journalist.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 4 Yes, I am a journalist! Like my father, by the way. He worked for La Presse, and I was hired by the Devoir. But I'm still a novice at the trade
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 5 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. The room fades away to a photo of the Great Depression.
I was really lucky to get this job! After the economic crisis of 1929
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 6 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. The room fades away to another photo of the Great Depression.
and the Second World War that lasted from 1939 to this year, well, the press industry was not flourishing.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 7 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. He is in a room representative of 1920.
And why did I not go to war? Hem, well I'm handicapped: my leg, you see...
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 8 Indeed, this is why I have listened to the radio since childhood: I like it better than playing ball....
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 9 In the 1920s, ours was one of the few families to have a radio at home. In the beginning, broadcasts lasted but a few hours a day... mostly variety shows.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 10 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. The room fades away to a photo of journalists behind a CKAC microphone.
Then educational shows were added, like L'Heure provinciale on CKAC. Starting in 1936, Radio-Canada, our national public radio,
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 11 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. He is in a room representative of 1920.
produced several scientific culture broadcasts for students.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 12 Speaking of science, one thing that has struck me since I have been in the trade is the aura of prestige surrounding scientists.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 13 It's true that people find their work fascinating, me first!
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 14 In any case, one scientist I really admire is Brother Marie-Victorin. He was a professor of botany at the Université de Montréal
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 15 and truly spurred forward the development of science in the Province of Quebec. My newspaper, eh, I mean
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 16 Le Devoir has always supported him. It is written in black and white in the texts of journalist Louis Dupire.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 17 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. The room fades away to a photo of Brother Marie-Victorin.
He totally endorses Marie-Victorin's cause!
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 18 A science journalist from 1940 speaks directly to the viewer. He is in a room representative of 1920.
I too am on his side! In any case, I like anything to do with science. This must be why the editor-in-chief asks me to cover scientific subjects.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 19 For example, I follow all of the activities of the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences; this is the only group of French-language researchers in the entire country!
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 20 I also report on what is happening at our universities: new study programs in science, laboratory research work, in particular, in the field of medicine.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 21 This was how I discovered that during the war, our researchers had developed vaccines and medical products for the Allies.
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 22 I also discovered that the Université de Montréal had housed a secret laboratory to build an atomic reactor!
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 23 Hey! Being a science journalist is a great job, don't you agree?
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 24 Oh, sorry... I have to leave you now. I must cover the annual general meeting of the ACFAS, and it begins in half an hour. I mustn't be late!
Science journalist of item that speaks directly to the Internet: Board 25 Goodbye!

Following is a list of objects:

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Kodak Duaflex IV camera

Kodak Duaflex IV camera

Photo of a Kodak Duaflex IV camera Canadian Kodak Co. Limited Dimensions: 24 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm

Year: Around 1940
NAC: 2001-554

Collection of Musée de la civilisation

Wastepaper basket

Wastepaper basket

Photo of a wastepaper basket Material : wood Dimensions: 42 cm x 42 cm x 29 cm

Year: Around 1940
NAC: 90-711

Collection of Musée de la civilisation