Sunday September 20, 2015
Mail on Michael's essay "Let Them In", and on the poem "Home"
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- Should fledgling politicians be cut down by social media? - Michael's essay
- Gay dads make legal history and create an extraordinary family - an Alisa Siegel documentary
- Mail on poetry and politics
- Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Germany's warm embrace of Syrian refugees
- Speer's daughter and the Syrian refugees
- Mail on Michael's essay "Let Them In", and on the poem "Home"
- Why women apologize so much and should stop
- Full Episode
In Michael's opening remarks last week, he talked about Canada's history of welcoming those Franz Fanon called "the wretched of the earth." Tens of thousands of Irish famine victims found refuge in Canada - as did tens of thousands of Vietnamese and Hungarians fleeing war and unrest. However, we failed Jewish refugees just prior to World War Two, when our policy was "none is too many."
We hear from listeners who both agree and disagree with Michael's essay, and others who were moved by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire's poem "Home".
If you would like to read the poem in full, or listen to Yanna McIntosh perform it, please click here.