The Sunday Edition — April 22, 2018

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Michael's essay: Re-thinking our relationship with animals

“It may have started years ago when I interviewed Peter Singer, the philosopher and professor at Princeton University. His argument was simple and stark: human animals and animal animals are equal because they can each suffer pain and experience enjoyment.”

How 'micro-data' are being used to influence Canadian voters, and how that's changing our democracy

Cambridge Analytica’s use of personal information from tens of millions of unwitting Facebook users makes it clear: democratic politics has changed forever. Michael talks to Jennifer Robson of Carleton University.

A paean to the old-fashioned pocket hanky

For hygiene, for elegance, for so much more. John J. Boyd explains why it’s essential to always have a good-sized cloth handkerchief at the ready.

From roof to table: How 'data nerds' are transforming Quebec's produce markets

Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell are greenhouse pioneers and agri-biz stars. Their company, Lufa Farms, specializes in growing vegetables on Montreal rooftops. For them, hydroponics, economy and ecology go hand-in-hand.

Meet the nun who pushes corporations to be socially responsible

Sister Nora Nash has taken a vow of poverty, but she can hold her own in corporate boardrooms. She and her fellow nuns at the Sisters of St. Francis in Philadelphia are on a mission to convince companies like General Electric, ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo to care as much about the environment, income inequality and other social issues as they do about the bottom line.

David Grossman: 'Israel is a fortress, but not yet a home.'

Israel’s most important writer and peace activist talks about his early life and influences, his extraordinary process when he writes, and his passionate concern for the uncertain future of his country. Grossman spoke to Michael in front of an audience at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. On Thursday, he was awarded his country’s highest civilian honour, the 2018 Israel Prize for Literature.

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.