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.

In search of the urge to yodel

Our documentary explores the complex and adenoidal world of yodelling. And no, it didn’t start with the Swiss yelling about cough drops. From 2011, Frank Faulk’s documentary is called “The Call of the Yodel.”

'It's not about pity': Canada's envoy to Myanmar on the resilience of the Rohingya people

Former Ontario premier Bob Rae, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, describes the suffering he witnessed, his meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, and why he remains optimistic for the future of the Rohingya.

Canadian Blood Services CEO responds to listener mail

After last week’s discussion about paying donors for plasma, many listeners sent angry emails about how they find it difficult to donate. Dr. Graham Sher returns to answer those concerns.

The Sunday Edition — February 25, 2018

Curling mania; Left and Right; The Bad Mother; Trump vs the FBI; Paying plasma donors; Hannah Shira Naiman

Michael's essay: What's the deal with curling?

“At first glance, it seems to be less a sport than a friendly, anxiety-free pastime, like lawn bowling. An outing for people in colourful sweaters. Something requiring little physical effort.”

Are the labels 'right' and 'left' still useful shorthand for political belief?

Three experienced political observers wrestle with the idea that the labels 'left' and 'right' have outlived their currency — and just what terms we might use in their place.

Donald Trump vs. The FBI

Michael’s guest is Tim Weiner, author of 'Enemies: A History of the FBI.'