March 2013

Michael's essay: Men who wear hats - and other breaches of etiquette

Scene One: A sun, sea, surf and sand resort early on a blazingly hot morning....

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Sunday School: Cockney rhyming slang

If you have no idea what it means to "take a ball of chalk down...

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Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan

In a recent review, the French newspaper Le Figaro declared that she must come from...

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The high cost of justice

There is an ongoing discussion about who can and who cannot afford the cost of...

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The Testament of Mary

Queen of Heaven. Mother of Mercy. Blessed Madonna. She is the most famous mother in...

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The Impact of PTSD Part I: The Family

Families of military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) feel they are left to dangle...

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The Impact of PTSD Part II - Ombudsman

Military personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often the last to realize they...

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Listener responses to piece on Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Two weeks ago Michael interviewed McGill history professor, Gil Troy about his new book, Moynihan's...

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Essay: Behind The Plate

Down in the land of grapefruits, the bats are still swinging, the runners running and...

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Guest-host Kevin Sylvester doodling in studio

With Michael away, our guest-host will play - or so it seems. When not helping...

The Staples Trap - falling off the bitumen cliff

Sometimes, being an energy superpower isn't all it's cracked up to be. Such as when...

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Listener responses to Michael's essay on Tom Flanagan

Should there be limits on freedom of speech? Last week, Michael Enright opened the program...

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Why we need Urban Forests

The Urban Forest - an oxymoron? Not really. It was a term coined in the...

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Helen Humphreys mourns her brother in "Nocturne"

Martin Humphreys was a gifted Canadian musician who was just twenty years old when he made...

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Guatemalan women sue Canadian mining company for rape

On Wednesday March 20, Rios Montt, the former president of Guatemala, went on trial for...

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Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes on historic attempt at crossing Antarctica

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been called the world's last great explorer. He has scaled Mount...

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Online Discussion: Alternative living arrangements for the elderly

Welcome to our online discussion about finding alternative living arrangements when you get old...

Michael's Essay: Defending Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan is one of those confounding  academics who likes to throw out intellectual spitballs...

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Hans Küng on Election of Pope Francis

For such a conservative group of middle-aged and elderly men, the Princes of the Church...

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Sonali Deraniyagala remembers disaster

Boxing Day, 2004, Yala, Sri Lanka: a family holiday on "the Emerald Isle" just off...

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan's Defense of Zionism

It became known as Moynihan's Moment. November 10th, 1975, Daniel Patrick Moynihan made an impassioned...

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Hartley's Violin

According to legend, he died with his instrument clutched to his chest. Wallace Hartley, the...

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Listener Mail in response to our tribute to Max Ferguson

Our tribute to the late Max Ferguson brought mail from across the country, from listeners...

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Kim Rosen, Saved by Spoken Word Poetry, Shares her Story

If in Shelley's words, "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world", then poems are...

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Hans Küng on the need for a "Vatican Spring"

Hans Küng in conversation with Michael Enright.  A hundred and fifteen men have descended on Rome...

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In memory of Max Ferguson

He was the CBC's first major radio star. For 52 years, his voice, his outrageous...

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Documentary: The Next Big Thing?

Rufus Glassco has the makings of a dream stashed in his Toronto garage. The whole...

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From Milton to Monsters: Andrew Pyper

From Milton to monsters ... Andrew Pyper's latest novel is a horror story inspired by...

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Suzie Leblanc: Setting Poetry to Music

It was love at first encounter. In 2008, Canadian soprano Suzie Leblanc was traveling with...

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Michael's Essay - Getting fired is personal

We read about the death of work every day.An American subsidiary shuts a plant in...

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Women hold up Half the Sky

There's a Chinese proverb that says, "Women hold up half the sky." And there, it...

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: a special hour on the author of the most popular horror story of all time...It...

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The GOP is Destroying Itself (Hr. 1)

They are against the American government and work assiduously for its downfall. They are xenophobic,...

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Muzzling Science (Hr. 1)

Last summer, a rare but telling event occurred, when scientists left their labs to vent...

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Musical Terms - Why Are They All in Italian? (Hr. 1)

Michael goes to Sunday School to learn about the origin and meaning of musical terms....

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Tona Mills survived, unlike Ashley Smith (Hr. 2)

If you have a child who's heading off the rails, acting out inexplicably, getting into...

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Vigdis Finnbogadóttir, Iceland's Former President (Hr. 2)

The World Economic Forum has declared that Iceland is the most feminist country on Earth....

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PTSD and Marxism: Listener Mail (Hr. 1/2)

Michael reads listener mail about the rebirth of Marxism and Looking for a Place to...

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