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."

Over a million Mexican-Americans were expelled in the 1930s. Now, history is repeating itself

“One key factor to keep in mind, as we deal with the Trump era, as we we deal with the activities of ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] today, is that there is this legacy,” says historian Francisco Balderrama.

Newfoundland's March Hare hops off into the winter night

The March Hare Festival started in 1987 as a simple evening of poetry reading to break up a Corner Brook winter. This month, after 31 years, it had its grand finale.

More Canadians are acting as their own lawyer because they don't have a choice

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project at the University of Windsor offers help to those representing themselves.

Irish novelist Maggie O'Farrell danced with death — 17 times

The novelist's new memoir chronicles a series of harrowing close calls — like an encounter with a serial killer, a beachside robbery by a machete-wielding thief, and almost bleeding to death in childbirth.

Young minds wrestle with big philosophical questions

“Who am I?” “What is happiness” and “What is real?” A teacher in B.C., Tiffany Poirier puts philosophy in the classroom, along with the 3 Rs.

The Sunday Edition — March 18, 2018

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Michael Enright on being labeled a 'grey-bearded lefty,' after his life-long struggle to grow a beard

“I was stricken to the quick, not by the word 'lefty.' No, it's the grey-bearded reference which my lawyers say is actionable in a court of law. My legal team, from Lowe, Ball and Lynch, says that on paper anyway, Mr. Corcoran is guilty of ageism in the first degree.”

Environment minister Catherine McKenna on the contradiction at the heart of Canada's energy policy

Oil pipelines have been billed as nation-building projects in Canada, but they also seem to be tearing the nation apart. Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna on how the Liberal government is trying to square that circle.

Why one school board believes studying music is essential for all

Music education has been under siege in Ontario over the past two decades. But not in Windsor, Ontario. Its Catholic school board has promised every student the chance to study with teachers who have degrees in music.

Former inmates re-invent themselves as criminologists

After leaving prison, some ex-convicts are entering academia, and using their intimate knowledge of life in jail to reshape the way we think about crime and punishment.

Think Canada invented hockey? You're offside!

Hockey historian Jean-Patrice Martel joins Michael Enright for another episode in our occasional series, “Think Again.”

University of Victoria to offer world's first degree program in Indigenous law

Val Napoleon is the founder of the Indigenous Law Research Unit at UVic, which has been working to rediscover and rebuild Indigenous legal systems across Canada.

How to create unique passwords you won't have to memorize

Listener Dana-Marie Battaglia has invented a method for generating unique, strong passwords, without having to memorize them. She walks Michael through “the Dana key.”

The Sunday Edition — March 11, 2018

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Michael's essay: In search of the lost password

“Every time I have to change my password for various devices, I feel like Columbus setting out on a dark and perilous journey. Usually I take great care to write down the password — in a notebook. I then forget where I put the notebook.”

'Canadians should understand that we are under attack,' says Canada's former trade ambassador

Gordon Ritchie, the envoy who negotiated Canada's first free trade agreement with the U.S., says the biggest losers in a potential trade war would be consumers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

Big Brother meets Big Data, in an office near you

Welcome to a new world of workplace surveillance where every call, every keystroke, every conversation, every move you make is monitored and measured, in ways you've probably never imagined. Ira Basen’s documentary is called, “Just Watch Me.”

Lessons for today from the Spanish flu of 1918

Laura Spinney is the author of “Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World.”

How Donald Trump made The Washington Post profitable again

Marty Baron, executive editor at the Washington Post, talks to Michael Enright about covering Trump, and the evolution of journalism in the digital age.

The Sunday Edition — March 4, 2018

NRA once preached gun control; Peter Herrndorf leaves NAC; Ont. PC leadership race; Yodelling; Bob Rae on the Rohingya; CEO defends Canadian Blood Services

Michael's essay: The NRA used to lobby for gun control

“Given the mental derangement of the leadership which runs the current NRA, it's hard to believe that for much of the 20th Century, the organization was in the forefront of preaching gun control.”

Peter Herrndorf on his illustrious career in the arts

As he prepares to leave the National Arts Centre, Peter Herrndorf talks about the rewards of a life in the arts, how he has pried funding from governments of all stripes, and why the CBC broke his heart.

Who says Ontario provincial politics is boring?

With the provincial election little more than three months away, our political panel discusses what's driving the drama inside the Ontario PC Party.