The Sunday Edition — April 15, 2018

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Michael's essay: In praise of librarians

“Librarians are the trail guides who move youngsters through the thickets and forests of books in the uncharted world of the imagination.”

The huge dangers of military escalation in Syria

Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, and the author of 'Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins.'

The law court that helps addicts get clean

Brampton’s Drug Treatment Court offers drug addicts at high risk to re-offend a choice — go to rehab, or go to jail. It’s an alternative, non-adversarial criminal court; one of 22 in the country.

The uncertain future of liberal democracy

Yascha Mounk's new research shows that growing numbers of people in democratic countries — especially younger people — don't consider it all that important whether they live in a democracy or not.

A memorial, a wake and a toast to a Canadian hero — 150 years after he was assassinated

Thomas D'Arcy McGee transformed from a revolutionary Irish Catholic agitator to a Father of Confederation.

The Sunday Edition — April 8, 2018

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Life after academia: Your stories

After we aired a documentary about PhD students who bailed on academia, dozens of listeners wrote to us with stories of their own transitions out of higher education.

From professor-in-waiting to florist: Why some PhDs are quitting academia for unconventional jobs

They’ve come a long way from the sciences and humanities. A florist, an instrument maker, a carpenter and a bike shop owner on why they, like so many others, said goodbye to academia, and how they built their "post-ac" lives.

Michael's essay: It's willful blindness to think Canadians aren't racist

"When we look south, we all too often take on a self-righteous attitude that what is happening to black people in the U.S. could not happen here."

In many Indigenous communities, business is booming

In boardrooms across the country, First Nations communities are signing mega-deals to bring jobs and billions of dollars to struggling communities.

A fateful 30-year-old choice, re-imagined and lived anew

Helen Leask’s essay is called, “The Train, Re-Taken.”

Peter Navarro meets April Fools' Day

Actor Ray Landry joins Michael to review listeners’ response to our joke interview with President Trump’s advisor on international trade, aka Peter Rabbit.

What rumours reveal about our deepest hopes and fears

We live in the age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” but rumours have been with us forever.

Why so few women make it to the top of the corporate ladder

Veteran journalist Joanne Lipman says the culprit is “unconscious bias.”

The Sunday Edition — April 1, 2018

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Michael's essay: Unplugging from modern-day madness

Michael shares his thoughts about the search for escape hatches from what often feels like a dystopian world.

Poetry is a sugar cube in the bitter coffee of everyday life, says Pino Coluccio

His day job is in an office, but Canadian writer Pino Coluccio’s passion is writing poetry. He crafts sharp, witty poems about the absurdities of modern life, some of which are collected in his latest book, Class Clown.

Gender-bending Shakespeare: Seana McKenna and Martha Henry on playing Julius Caesar and Prospero

Several women are assuming traditional male lead roles at Stratford this year. Seana McKenna and Martha Henry explore what female actors bring to male characters.

The 'great divide' in women's friendships

Emelia Symington Fedy and her feminist friends used to call each other “Wives for Life." Then having children got in the way.

Pioneering psychologist John Cacioppo linked loneliness to health and longevity

John Cacioppo was among the first social scientists to link chronic loneliness to premature death. He died last month.

On April Fools' Day, 'Peter Navarro' says U.S. is not attacking Canada

Actor Ray Landry returns to The Sunday Edition to impersonate U.S. trade adviser Peter Navarro. Landry played the roles of Jimmy Carter and Mitt Romney in previous years, when April 1st also fell on a Sunday.

The strange, joyful history of 'Hallelujah!' from the Old Testament to today

Although the Messiah is often associated with Christmas, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus originally was conceived as a work for Easter. Our documentary, “Hallelujah People!” traces the origins and the mysteries of this wondrous word, from ancient Israel to today.

The Sunday Edition — March 25, 2018

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Michael's essay: When the police give false testimony in court

“Some cops have a name for it: ‘testilying.’ It's also called Blue Lies."