December 2013

What do we owe the future?

As we contemplate the approach of another new year, we will look beyond 2014 -...

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Michael's Essay; Our Debt to the Future; Patrick Lane; Ouija Board; Prison dance documentary; EB White

This week on the Sunday Edition for December 29, 2013....

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Figures in Flight - A documentary about dance in prison

Susan Slotnick is always moving. She is sixty-eight. A woman with presence. For decades, she...

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The Magic of EB White

When young readers asked Elwyn Brooks White if his stories were true, he answered: "No,...

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They Sure Don't Make Nostalgia Like They Used To ...

The other day at breakfast, my friend Jack was bemoaning the loss of something which...

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Michael's Essay; James Carroll on Pope Francis; Documentary on A Clergy's Christmas; Choral Singing; Remembering Seamus Heaney

This week on the Sunday Edition for December 22, 2013....

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The Radical in Peter's Chair: James Carroll on Pope Francis

It has been nine months since Jorge Mario Bergoglio ascended to the papacy and rechristened...

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A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

He was the most famous poet in the world. Like few poets before him, Seamus...

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While Shepherds Watch Their Flock; The clergy at Christmas

Nothing can challenge the spirit of Christmas more than ... Christmas. It's a season of...

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The Agony and The Ecstasy of the School Christmas Concert

Note: This essay was first written and broadcast some years ago, when Michael's son was...

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Why singing in choirs enriches the heart and enhances the soul

This week, The Sunday Edition takes a broad look at choral singing in Canada.  Above...

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Michael's Essay: Greenham Common; Andrew Solomon; Goldman-Sachs and JC Penney; Mail on PTSD

This week on the Sunday Edition for December 15, 2013....

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Michael's Essay: In Praise of Translator Sheila Fischman

Cervantes called translation "the other side of the tapestry." According to the late, cranky British...

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Andrew Solomon: Stigmatizing the mentally ill

Andrew Solomon is not your typical depressive, if there is such a thing. Most people...

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Wagner vs Verdi

Two operatic titans. Two bicentennials. Robert Harris joins Michael to conduct an epic battle.In one...

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Stephen Lewis on South Africa after Mandela

     The national and international public outpouring of grief, and of admiration for Nelson Mandela,...

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Mandela's moral courage; NSA Whistleblower; Mandela, an audio history; PTSD and the General; Bollywood star on women in India

This week on the Sunday Edition for December 8, 2013  ...

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NSA Whistleblower

Thomas Drake, a computer software expert and former senior executive with the National Security...

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Michael's Essay: The Moral Force Field of Nelson Mandela

How can it be said of a man who spent nearly 30 years in a jail...

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PTSD and the General: Roméo Dallaire

Canada has been out of active combat operations in Afghanistan for more than two years,...

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Mandela: An Audio History

If there were a poll to choose the most admired human being on the planet,...

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Little Miss Higgins live in studio: Bison barns, musical roots & jazzy country blues

Little Miss Higgins began to make her mark on music at a very young age. ...

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Karima Bennoune: Untold stories from the fight against Muslim fundamentalism

From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, ordinary Muslims are risking death to combat the...

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Michael's Essay: Canada's prisons are crowded, violent, and do not rehabilitate

If you've read the Auditor General's Report this week, you can get some idea...

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