The Sunday Edition — June 17, 2018

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Michael's essay: The rapid pace of news is leaving us exhausted and depressed

“The mind has trouble absorbing so much news thrown at us at such incredible speed. Breaking news should be renamed break-neck news.”

My son's Facebook history might help me understand why he died. But Facebook won't let me see it.

Tara McGuire’s son died of an opioid overdose in 2015. His Facebook account has been “memorialized” and Facebook refuses to allow her to access it.

Sleeping with a very cranky elephant: The history of Canada-U.S. tensions

U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are without precedent. Historian Margaret MacMillan looks back over the highs and lows of our at-times rocky relationship with our closest neighbour.

Novelist Hanif Kureishi says Britain's middle class is more racist than ever

It used to be that sex and passion were Kureishi’s dominant concerns. Now, he's preoccupied by race. The author of 'My Beautiful Laundrette', 'Sammy and Rosie Get Laid', and a new novel, 'The Nothing', is Michael Enright’s guest.

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia's journey from Zimbabwe to Newfoundland to the Canadian Senate

Twillingate, Newfoundland is not where you'd think an East Indian Muslim from Zimbabwe would choose to build his life. Dr. Ravalia has just been appointed as an independent Senator. Heather Barrett’s documentary “My Own Private Twillingate” first aired in 2009.

New opera tells little-known story of Canadian nurses killed in WWI boat sinking

In June, 1918, 14 Canadian nursing sisters were killed when their hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle, was torpedoed. Now, a new Canadian opera commemorates these 14 women who comforted the wounded and the dying in the midst of unimaginable horror.

The Sunday Edition — June 10, 2018

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Michael's essay: Public vulgarity is nothing new, and vulgar words aren't all equal

“What Samantha Bee said about Ivanka Trump was crude, hurtful and unwarranted. It was name-calling in the traditional sense. Calling a black American an ape, runs much deeper.”

How Ford Nation and buck-a-beer populism carried Doug Ford to victory

The Globe's John Ibbitson, Robert Fisher, who has been covering Ontario elections since 1981, and the Toronto Star's Kristin Rushowy join Michael for an Ontario election postmortem.

A B.C. experiment in cohousing has become an adventure in co-caring

When documentary producer Karin Wells first visited Harbourside, it was a dream about to become a reality for the people who worked so hard to make it happen. After three years of living together, there have been some surprises - sad and happy. But the place is flourishing.

Your letters about the struggle deaf Canadians face in finding full-time work

Here's your response to our interview last week about the chronically high unemployment rate for deaf Canadians.

Changing the way we work to build a more livable society

Peter Fleming says our humanity has been eclipsed by our economic value or cost, and that we are seen by governments and business alike as simply assets or liabilities. In part two of this interview, he discusses the nature of work today, and how he thinks a better way of life might be possible.
Personal Essay

Being bipolar is not the sum total of who I am, nor is it a life sentence

Miriam Edelson has contended with family history, personal politics, and a whole lot of pain. She has finally figured out how to come out the other side.

Trump killed the Iran nuclear deal. So how's he going to get one with North Korea?

Jessica Mathews says when it comes to trying to contain the nuclear ambitions of rogue states like Iran and North Korea, diplomacy is the only option. Ms. Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Meet the first black woman to ski to the North Pole: Barbara Hillary

Barbara Hillary has some advice for retired people. Do something. And surround yourself with interesting people. She took her own advice, and at the age of 75, she became the first black woman to ski to the North Pole.

The Sunday Edition -- June 3, 2018

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Michael's essay: What the world lost when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated

“It is hard in these callous and polarizing times to convey Bobby Kennedy's national popularity. He was literally mobbed everywhere he appeared; his cufflinks were torn off, his shoes taken for souvenirs.”

Exploring the root causes of inequality

For all too many people facing uncertain futures in Western societies, the economy is failing. But for the extremely wealthy, it’s working just fine. Michael's guest is business professor Peter Fleming, author of The Death of Homo Economicus: Work, Debt and the Myth of Endless Accumulation.
Personal essay

I spent hundreds of hours preparing for moot court. When I got there, I was told to smile more

Amanda Byrd faced many challenges as a law student, but she'll never forget what the judges told her after a moot court trial. Her essay is called "Smile, Girl, You're In Court."

Inside the inky world of fountain pen lovers

Fountain pens are alive and well in the digital age; in fact, the market for fountain pens was a billion dollars in 2016. Aparita Bhandari explores the passion for pens in her documentary, "Down The Rabbit Hole."

Integrating deaf Canadians into the workplace is easier than employers realize, says advocate

The unemployment rate for deaf Canadians is 40%, because most employers have trouble imagining how a deaf person would function on the job. Jim Roots, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf, says modern technology has removed barriers to workplace communication.

How Ireland creates writers, and writers created Ireland

From Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde to Edna O’Brien and John Banville, the Irish are a literary people. Declan Kiberd is Ireland’s most renowned cultural and literary critic. His latest book is called After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present.

50 years ago, the women of Canada's 'Abortion Caravan' stormed Parliament for reproductive rights

Last week's historic vote to overturn Ireland’s ban on abortion grabbed attention around the world. And it reminded us of a gem in our documentary vault. In 1970, a group of Canadian women set out on a cross-country trek to Ottawa in what became known as the Abortion Caravan. Karin Wells's 2010 documentary is called "The Women are Coming."

The Sunday Edition — May 27, 2018

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