Chemical Weapons, Climbing the Cross and Shostakovich

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This week on The Sunday Edition:



  • Michael's Essay: Policing the police (00:00:25)
  • Michael talks to Margaret Atwood about what it's like being Margaret Atwood (and her new book MaddAddam (00:05:23)
  • In the documentary Climbing the Cross, David Gutnick returns to Mont Royal in Montreal with Hans Marotte, who once climbed the cross that sits on top of it to push for unilingualism. But 25 years later, the former firebrand is not sure the PQ's new charter of Quebec values is good for the province. .(00:31:43)
  • Ira Basen explores the ubiquity of branding in his documentary, Brand New World  (00:43:57)
  • Michael discusses the long-standing taboos against chemical weapons with political scientist Richard Price. (01:35:11)
  • Bill Smart's personal essay, Shostakovich and the Children
    (01:59:17)
  • Michael reads listener mail on good bad poetry and public intellectuals.
    (02:06:46),

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