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The Sunday Edition — July 22, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Nahlah Ayed.

People fleeing climate change should have refugee status, says Tongan MP

"When you wake up and the tide is coming into your living room, then that's no joke anymore."

Can we rewrite the 1951 Refugee Convention for the 21st century?

Alexander Betts, professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, discusses whether it's possible to rewrite the 1951 UN Refugee Convention for the 21st century to include those fleeing climate change, failed states and generalised violence.

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.

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.

One man's quest to spread cribbage around the world

Peter Worden has a passion for cribbage. His documentary is called “The Cribsionary."

Canadians are not as open to immigration as we'd like to think

Concordia University professor Yasmin Jiwani talks about a dark side to Canadian attitudes towards newcomers and asylum-seekers.
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Novelist Sarah Perry on faith, fear and our fascination with monsters

In British writer Sarah Perry's latest novel "The Essex Serpent," a mythic beast terrorizes the village and science and superstition hold equal sway. This rich and compulsively readable novel was Book of the Year at the 2017 British Book Awards.

The Sunday Edition — July 15, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Nahlah Ayed.

'Abandoned by my country': Former hostage in Syria says Canada let him down

In 2013, Syrian rebels abducted Canadian lawyer Carl Campeau while he was working for the UN, and kept him hostage for eight months. Neither the UN nor the Canadian government would pay ransom for his release. Although he managed to escape, he continues to live in fear and feels abandoned both by his country and his employer.

U.S. diplomat questions Trump's belief in the free world on eve of meeting Putin

Ambassador Daniel Fried met Vladimir Putin several times himself during his four decades of experience in the foreign service. He tells us he wants to be optimistic about the Helsinki summit, but is concerned the U.S. will fall into Putin’s traps.

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.

Think the '5-second rule' means it's okay to eat food you dropped on the floor? Think again!

If you pick up food within 5 seconds of dropping it, it’s safe to eat. Donald Schaffner, a food scientist at Rutger’s University in New Jersey, has put the theory to the test.

A mother's heart melts when a puppy penetrates a 'no pets' family

"Until one has loved an animal", wrote the great French author Anatole France, "a part of one's soul remains unawakened." That may well be true. But there are many people who are quite content to have their souls remain asleep, at least in the pet department. Our own Talin Vartanian used to be one of those people. Her essay is called "A Penny For Your Love."

Making bagpipes great again

Traditional bagpipe bands are in serious decline, as their players age out and die. But the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band is bucking the trend, with weekend get-togethers to help young enthusiasts master the pipes. Maureen Brosnahan’s documentary is called, 'A Big Noise.'

Debut novel about Tamil asylum-seekers reveals Canada's 'split personality' about refugees

Award-winning writer Sharon Bala's debut novel, The Boat People, is about a group of about 500 Sri Lankan refugees who arrive in Canada only to face deportation and accusations of terrorism.

A café table of one's own

Gabriel Dancause decided to open a coffee shop that welcomes freelance knowledge workers — “digital nomads” in the “gig economy.” David Gutnick’s documentary is called “The Anti-Office.”

The Sunday Edition — July 8, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Gillian Findlay.

This searing novel about domestic violence is a damning exposé of India's big problem

Meena Kandasamy is an award-winning Indian poet, writer and activist. Her novel, 'When I Hit You: Or A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife', is as much memoir as it is fiction, inspired by her own violent marriage.
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'Excommunicate me from the church of social justice': an activist's plea for change

Frances Lee is a queer activist of colour, and a tireless campaigner for social justice. But these days Frances is fed up, and exhausted by the puritanical demands and strictures of fellow comrades.
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'Time is the great editor': Brian Brett chooses his literary executor

The award-winning memoirist, journalist and poet is facing a difficult health challenge, so he asked a young friend, writer Chris Oke, to be his literary executor. Chris’s documentary is called "The Great Editor."

Catherine MacLellan on her father's musical legacy

Catherine joins Michael to talk about growing up with a famous father and coping with his sudden death, and to perform songs with her collaborator Chris Gauthier from her latest album “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan."
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Donald Trump is the logical outcome of America's fascination with irrationality

In his new book, "Fantasyland," Kurt Andersen reveals an America founded by dreamers and magical thinkers.

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.

The Sunday Edition — July 1, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Gillian Findlay.

Think the '5-second rule' means it's okay to eat food you dropped on the floor? Think again!

If you pick up food within 5 seconds of dropping it, it’s safe to eat. Donald Schaffner, a food scientist at Rutger’s University in New Jersey, has put the theory to the test.