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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.

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

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.”

The Sunday Edition — April 22, 2018

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.
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Irish novelist Maggie O'Farrell danced with death – 17 times

Irish novelist Maggie O’Farrell danced with death – 17 times

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.

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.'

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 — April 15, 2018

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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.'

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 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.
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In many Indigenous communities, business is booming

Across the country, First Nations communities are signing mega-deals to bring jobs and billions of dollars to struggling communities.

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.

The Sunday Edition — April 8, 2018

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Why so few women make it to the top of the corporate ladder

Veteran journalist Joanne Lipman says the culprit is “unconscious bias.”

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 said goodbye to academia, and how they built their "post-ac" lives.
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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.