November 2013

Global food security guru Tim Benton: Hunger, food shortages & overeating

We all know that we in the developed world, eat too much. We're bombarded with...

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Award-winning film director Margarethe von Trotta: Women, Politics & Privacy

When the top-grossing films of the last two years include The Dark Knight Rises, Iron...

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Michael's Essay: No media conspiracy here, folks.

The literal meaning of the word conspire is to "breathe together." People focusing on a...

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Documentary: Nothing Is As It Sounds

Peter Stelmacovich owns three bass guitars, dreams about becoming the next Geddy Lee. He is almost...

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Documentary: Les Petits Frères -- Flowers Before Bread

Meals on Wheels can deliver a hot meal. A doctor can prescribe pills. A personal...

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Dr. Sunita Vohra: Closing the medical divide between alternative and mainstream

"Alternative medicine" was once the domain of new-aged mystics, in shadowy back rooms. It was...

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Former Irish president Mary Robinson gets tough on climate change

It's that time of year again. The latest United Nations conference on climate change opened...

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Michael's Essay: Why it's "totally" o.k. for teenagers to say "like" so much

I was explaining an aspect of Emersonian universalism to a testy teenager of close acquaintance...

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Documentary: The Curious Case of Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten was born in Suffolk, England on November 22, 1913. He was one of...

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Ford Family Values

Back in the days when Rob Ford still gave interviews to The Toronto Star, he...

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Historian Margaret MacMillan on why WWI did not have to happen

When the Great War broke out in the summer of 1914, it caught most Europeans...

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Michael's Essay: Rob Ford and other populist mayors from the 'burbs

Everybody knew, from the day of his inauguration, that the mayor was combustible material. He...

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Documentary: Women going back to work

The job market is a tough customer for just about any cohort these days.  Everybody...

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Senate Solutions; NoViolet Bulawayo; Northern Gateway hazard; Massey murder

This week on the Sunday Edition for November 3, 2013, with guest-host Laura Lynch:...

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Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

From the minute one cracks the spine of Eleanor Catton's award-winning novel The Luminaries, the...

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Documentary: Freedom 95

No Oldies Need Apply. Employers can't quite hang out a sign -- but they might...

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