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Made in Canada: the story behind 'Little Green' by Joni Mitchell

Editorial Staff

Canada Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to celebrate the songs that make up the soundtrack of our nation.

Radio 2's Made in Canada, hosted by Emma Godmere, will introduce you to the stories behind some of your favourite Canadian songs: how our biggest hip-hop pioneers paved the way for future MCs; how a songwriting icon burst through the boundaries of musical genre; and how even the most unlikely experiences — like bus rides and mopping floors — have influenced some of the homegrown hit songs you know and love.

You can tune in to hear an hour-long special on Saturday, July 1, at 4 p.m. (4:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2, and Monday, July 3 at 5 p.m. (5:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 1. You can also hear these stories all through the rest of June on Radio 2 Morning and Drive.

Today, we look at the moving story behind Joni Mitchell's song "Little Green," written about the daughter she placed up for adoption in 1965 when she was a struggling folk singer.

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