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There is no such thing as the 'white race' - or any other race, says historian

Race plays a powerful role in our world. It has for hundreds of years. And now, there are new fears about the rise of white supremacy. Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People, argues that race doesn't exist. Listen now.

Peter Herrndorf on his illustrious career in the arts

Former head of 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.
The Sunday Edition

There is no such thing as the 'white race' — or any other race, says historian

At a time when conversations about race are reaching a fever pitch and believers in white supremacy feel support from the President of the United States, Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People, argues that race doesn't exist.

Why so many people practice 'denialism'

In his new book 'Denial: The Unspeakable Truth,' Keith Kahn-Harris argues that denialism is a widespread cultural phenomenon that leads countless people to reject scientific consensus and documented historical fact.

In the 70s, daring young women created the North's first public transit system

A group of gutsy young feminists in Whitehorse, intent on helping women break free of isolation, set up the first public transit system in the North. They called themselves the Yukon Women's Mini-Bus Society.

'I don't know that people allow themselves to love what is around them': Remembering painter Mary Pratt

Famed Canadian painter Mary Pratt died this Tuesday in St. John's at the age of 83. We revisit her 2013 interview with Michael Enright, and Karin Wells's essay about her work.

'We are the ancestors of the future,' says Blackfoot filmmaker Cowboy Smithx

"There's a real responsibility for this generation to do something about what has gone wrong in this country," says Smithx, a filmmaker from Piikani and Kainai Nations in Southern Alberta.

The Sunday Edition — August 19, 2018

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

'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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.”
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."

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

CBC Radio visits four people whose lives were changed last summer by the Elephant Hill wildfire, one of the most devastating fires in a record-breaking wildfire season in B.C.

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 called Methuselah.

Researcher wants to build a 'retirement home' for an aging orca

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

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.

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.
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There used to be just one way to open a bottle of wine: Corks versus screw-caps

What's the best way to seal a bottle of wine?

Guest host David Gray

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

Do you know who I am?: Alzheimer's disease stole my husband

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

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.