Paul Rogers - Angel Therapy Practitioners - Pain Management

Paul Rogers - In Hour One, we look ahead to a post-Mubarak Egypt. Michael Enright will speak to our international affairs expert Paul Roger in England. Egypt On Hold - What will a post-Mubarak Egypt look like?

Read more about hour one here

Angel Therapy Practitioners - In our Middle Hour, the angel business. If you haven't been in touch with your Guardian Angel since childhood you'll want to hear Producer Frank Faulk's documentary. Across Canada there are about a hundred angel experts who can guide you in your angelic relationship. They are called "Certified Angel Therapy Practitioners" and they are standing by to help.

Read more about hour two here

Pain Management- In our last hour we look at the question of pain with one of the world's leading authorities on pain management. Dr. Michael Cousins insists that relief from pain is not only medically desirable, it is a human right. He is critical of the way pain management is taught or more properly not taught in medical schools and how that could be changed. You'll hear from a man who has suffered from chronic pain for most of his adult life.

Read more about hour three here

Elsewhere in the program: Your reaction to our documentary on cell phone towers and human health, some thoughts on Afghan detainees, our Stranger Than Fiction series and putting Emily Dickinson's clothes back on.



Hour 1

Michael's Essay

In this week's essay, Michael tries to resuscitate concern over an issue that has been buried - Whatever happened to the firestorm over Canada's treatment of Afghan detainees?

Paul Rogers

It is just after lunch time in Cairo, and that city is now in the middle of day thirteen of demonstrations in Tahrir Square. For some, life is beginning to go back to some semblance of normal. Across Egypt, people have started to go back to work. Banks are reopening. The demonstrations are smaller today, but no less determined.

The sense continues that, while the exact day of his departure from office may not be known yet, the post Mubarak era is at hand. Indeed, talks are now underway between opposition groups and Egyptian Vice President Suleiman.

Still, a lot may happen between now and then.

Paul Rogers is a regular commentator on this program. He is a professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford, England. We reached him at his home in Bradford.

Too Many Books - Mail Pack

It may be possible to have too many books, but here at the Sunday Edition, we can never get enough of your letters. A couple of weeks back, we convened a panel of bibliophiles to talk about whether it is possible - or even desirable - to cull one's collection of books. Last week, we followed that piece up with Robin Pacific, a Toronto artist who'd gone the other way. She created an exhibit called "Shelf Portrait" in which she gave away every one of the hundreds of books she had in her collection. Those stories brought these notes to our e-mail box.


Hour 2

Stranger Than Fiction #5

One dictionary definition of "leap of faith" goes something like this: "to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump". Another describes "an act or instance of accepting or trusting in something that cannot readily be seen or proved."

Taking such a leap was not something David Bezmozgis had planned when he took his first ride on a Canadian chairlift. However...well, we'll let him explain it himself, in his true story, "Blue Mountain." David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His first book, Natasha and Other Stories, won the Commonwealth Writer's Regional Prize for First Book.

His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Walrus, and his first feature film, Victoria Day, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. His first novel, The Free World is coming out this spring.

Cell Phone Radiation - Mail Pack

Much buzz, it seems, was created by John Chipman's documentary, A Precautionary Tale. It told the story of penthouse tenants in a Toronto apartment building who - unbeknownst to each other - all developed troubling symptoms after cell phone towers were installed on the roof. We took a look the fractious debate about safety standards, and about low level radiation and human health. In this territory of big science, activism, governments, and powerful corporations, there are many questions and no simple answers.

The Business of Angels

She lives in a big brick house on a tree lined street. She's a Certified Management Accountant with an enviable list of "high profile" clients: Holt Renfrew, the Four Season Hotels, and Maple Leaf Foods.

But when she's not talking cash flow with corporate bigwigs, Yvonne Mollinga advises a very different sort of clientele, using a very different set of skills. Ms. Mollinga is a Certified Angel Therapy Practitioner. An ATP. One of more than a hundred in Canada who now offer to help you connect with the angels.

This is the newest service available in a busy market for all things angelic.

This morning, Sunday Edition producer Frank Faulk - who's known for his openness with both corporeal or non-corporeal entities - sets out to discover what the flap is all about. His documentary is called, The Business of Angels.


Hour 3

Pain Management - A Personal Essay

Sunday Edition Producer Peter Kavanagh has lived his whole life in varying degrees of pain. In his own words, he told us his story.

Pain Management - An Interview with Paul Cousins

Dr. Michael Cousins knows about pain. Almost single-handedly, he is considered to have invented the discipline of "Pain Management". For Forty years, he has devoted his career to the study of pain. And he has fought to have proper treatment of intractable chronic pain made available to everyone who needs it. Dr. Cousins believes that its alleviation should be considered a human right. We reached him at his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Taking Emily Dickinson's Clothes Off

A couple of weeks ago on the program, we had the immense pleasure of spending an hour with Emily Dickinson. Legendary recluse, revolutionary and icon she has confounded and thrilled poetry lovers and biographers since she put pen to paper in the middle of the 19th century. Her devotees parse her every word, dash and phrase. They relish the mysteries embedded in her poetry and in her life.

Billy Collins - former poet Laureate of the United States - considers Dickinson to be one of the great poets of all time. And he has written a famous poem about the Belle of Amherst, which we played in our special hour. It elicited some rather strong reaction.

For those of you who may have missed it and to those whose blood needs another boil, we aired Billy Collins poem, "Taking Off Emily Dickinson' Clothes" once again. This poem was read by Tom O'Bedlam.

One response to this poem was read as a response to Collins' poem. It was a written by Jo Nelsen and it was called, "Taking Off Billy Collins' Clothes" . Jo Nelsen is a singer, writer, and Sunday Edition listener in Pasadena California.

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