For years, President Obama said his position on equal marriage was "evolving", but he didn't support same sex marriage.
Then, on Wednesday, he evolved.
The President made his historic turn not in one of his high-octane speeches but in a low-key interview.
Sam Leith says he still used rhetoric. Sam has a new book called Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama.
Obviously he sees Obama as a master of rhetorical devices. We talk to Sam about President Obama and how the rhetoric dissected by Aristotle is very much the currency of 21st century political speech.
Who Bought The Scream?
Last month someone laid down about $120 m for Edvard Munch's depressing vision of the guy with the peanut-shaped head.
The buyer chose to remain anonymous, but Felix Salmon says they're probably a Russian oligarch or a hedge fund manager.
What else is selling for record amounts? Rothkos, Warhols, Richters and Hirsts. Buyers have a thing for painters of the early 20th and 21st centuries.
Felix says the art market is in a huge bubble and the people buying it are too dumb to realize this. We have a lot of fun talking about art.
Maurice Sendak died this week. He was 83. His life is quite a story and his legacy is remarkable. A journalist who interviewed him in his final year said: "He was fantastically, ebulliently alive. The fight in him was an expression of life."
Sendak is a giant for kids who love books and for generations of adults who grew up reading his magic, thrilling, scary tale Where the Wild Things Are. It stays with you because, like all good stories it works on many levels. We look at three on them: as a work of literature about post-colonialism, through the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and finally as a psycho-drama about a mother and child.
It Gets Better for Dolphins
Fred, a dolphin in California that was marooned in a tidal pool, made the news when his rescuers claimed Fred had been victimized by mean dolphins.
When rescuers tried to return him to his pod, other dolphins appeared to intimidate and mock Fred. The rescuers said he was being bullied.
What dolphins need is a media campaign to protect cetacean victims like Fred. So we started one.
The cigarette trade in Mohawk territories has brought staggering amounts of cash into the communities. Everyone knows about illegal smuggling runs between international borders across the St. Lawrence. Now there's a huge manufacturing arm.
It's probably a billion dollar industry, but it's in a legal grey area. The jurisdictions are complex. Mohawks and the justice system seem to have negotiated a middle ground.
But what if the cigarette manufacturers that have grown up - some 50 of them - want to go more legit, export their product, or grow their market?
Jeff Wall has spent three years documenting the industry in his film Smoke Traders. He joins us.
Elizabeth Badinter says when contemporary women take on motherhood they're giving up their career, their future and their autonomy.
She sees in modern mothers a post-feminist surrender and her criticism of motherhood has shocked people around the world. Critic Sarah Watson writes: "The book's portrait of modern motherhood occasionally tips from grim to even paranoid."
Badinter says her book The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women is an argument for freedom of choice. Elizabeth Badinter joins me to talk about The Conflict.
If you're trying to by a house right now it means you've made certain decisions about the economy and your place in it.
Like: no matter what happens you're taking the plunge. But you also have to leap into the roller-derby arena of all the other buyers that want the same overpriced house as you. It's not pretty out there.
Scott Faulconbridge has some tips to help you sign your life away in your dodgy decision of home ownership.
That's it for this week. See if you can solve this week's Riffed from the Headlines. Of the three, the jam from 1982, is one of my faves. Have a great weekend and behave on Mother's Day.
Brent Bambury @CBCDay6