The Sunday Edition — August 12, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host David Gray.

Researcher wants to build Corky, the aging orca, a 'retirement home'

Psychologist and whale researcher Paul Spong wants to create a "retirement home" for aging orca Corky so she can be close to her relatives.
The Sunday Edition

Life inside a travelling school bus powered by vegetable oil

With artists, engineers and musicians, the mother and son at the heart of The Soulfire Project have travelled 30,000 miles in a colourful, rickety bus, using vegetable oil for fuel. They're on a musical/artistic/environmental mission. Brittany Amodeo's documentary is called "The Magic School Bus."

My Mother's Threads: daughter weaves garment factory stories into art

Artist Sara Angelucci spent nine months in the Hamilton, Ont., factory where her mother once worked as a seamstress. The images, objects and recordings she collected are featured in her exhibit, Piece Work. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called “My Mother's Threads.”

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.

How a powerful message from the world's oldest tree saved a man from a midlife crisis

When Oliver Gunther turned 40, his wife “saw a train wreck coming.” So she took him to visit a 4,849-year-old tree in the California desert. Oliver’s essay is called, “Methuselah in the Clouds.”

Meet two young, talented musicians from the piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada

Two musicians from the piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada join Michael to talk about studying classical music from childhood, the laser-like focus required to succeed, and their joy in performing together as a group.

'From the Ashes': Rebuilding after the B.C. wildfires

Jennifer Chrumka visits four people whose lives were changed this past summer by the Elephant Hill wildfire, one of the most devastating fires in a record-breaking wildfire season in B.C. Her documentary is called “From the Ashes.”

Guest host David Gray

David Gray, host of The Calgary Eyeopener, is our guest host on August 12 and August 19.

The Sunday Edition — August 5, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Laura Lynch.

Turkey is a cautionary tale for the rest of the world, says writer Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is a political scientist, and Turkey's most widely-read female novelist. Her new book, Three Daughters of Eve, explores terrorism, women's rights, and tensions between the religious and the secular.

'Do you know who I am?'

In her essay, Pauline Buck describes a terrifying moment as wife and caregiver to the man she loved. He had Alzheimer's disease.
The Sunday Edition

Shipocalypse Now: How online shopping is changing our cities and our lives

We are drowning in packages, thanks to the boom in online shopping. Our insatiable appetite for more stuff and our demand for instant gratification will affect the environment, the design of cities, who we work for and even where we live.
The Sunday Edition

The anti-democratic reign of Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon

Franklin Foer believes the hegemony of the Big Four poses grave dangers for democracy in the digital age. His book is called “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.”

Lyme disease: The first epidemic of climate change

As global temperatures climb, disease-carrying ticks are moving into new areas. Journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer reports on how human activity has propelled this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger.
the sunday edition

The 'Men's Shed' movement helps older men stave off loneliness

David Gutnick visits The Men's Shed in Winnipeg — a place where several dozen older men regularly get together to drink coffee, play cards and chat. There are no rules, no uniforms and no expectations.

Think again: Corks versus screw-caps

There’s no doubt a screw-cap is easier to use — so why do some vintners insist on continuing to seal their wine bottles with cork?

The Sunday Edition — July 29, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Mary Lynk.

Olivia Laing on translating our chaotic age into fiction, in real time

Laing's new novel Crudo will feel eerily real to anyone who has struggled with how to live today, against the backdrop of an apocalyptic news cycle.

How an Anglo-Saxon parable inspires a young woman with a visual impairment

Eilmer the flying monk made wings out of chicken feathers, leapt off a cliff and broke both his legs. But he never gave up trying to fly. His story inspires Claire Steep. Her essay is called, “Eilmer the Flying Monk.”

How a rascally Irish immigrant became one of Canada's top scholars of Inuktitut

Mick Mallon came to the Canadian Arctic 60 years ago from Ireland. He has dedicated his life to learning and teaching the Inuktitut language. Janna Graham's documentary is called, “Pisusuuq — The One Who Walks.”

The courts won't save America, voters will: ACLU legal director

“If people vote for civil liberties and civil rights, we could look back on this time as a dark period but one that galvanized progressives and liberals and really changed the politics of this country in a positive way."

La Bolduc still steals the show, decades after her short, brilliant career

88 years after her first hit record, Quebec's music superstar is making a comeback.

Medicine is a calling, not a business: Henry Mintzberg

The McGill University professor and management guru takes on Canada's healthcare system.

Graphic novel published by Montreal's Drawn & Quarterly nominated for Man Booker Prize

For the first time ever, judges have nominated a graphic novel for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. We revisit David Gutnick's 2012 documentary about the Montreal publisher behind the novel.