Michael's Essay; Ford family values; 'Freedom 95' mailbag; Documentary:Women back to work; Fear of Flying: Sunday School; Essay - Pilgrimage; The Road to 1914; The Canadians of The Great Escape


This week on the Sunday Edition for November 10, 2013:
Michael's Essay : Populist Toronto mayors from the suburbs -- Sam McBride and Mel Lastman came before Rob Ford.  (00:00:24)
Ford family values: His father is his hero. His mother is a close advisor. His brother is his best friend. For the mayor of Toronto -- who admitted this week to having smoked crack cocaine -- the members of the Ford family are even more important than the members of Ford Nation. Michael Enright talks to journalists Marci McDonald and Edward Keenan, about how the city's radioactive mayor is influenced by his nuclear family. (00:05:19)
Mailbag - Documentary: Freedom 95: We bring you mail from last week's story about older workers on the job-hunt, and a new documentary about professional women re-entering the workforce.(00:43:18)
Women back to work: Even if you were once at the top of your field -- as an investment banker, scientist, or mathematician -- if you're a woman who quit your job to care for your children, it can be tough to get back in. The Rotman School of Management has a Back to Work Program for Women in Business. We hear from some women who are about to begin the program; they're bursting with excitement -- and trepidation. (00:49:02)
Sunday School - Fear of Flying: Michael has never hidden his fear of getting on an airplane. But he bravely agreed to white-knuckle it through his conversation with this week's Sunday School teacher. Patrick Smith is an airline pilot and the author of Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel. He's on a mission to debunk the many misconceptions about flight. (00:59:13)
Essay - Pilgrimage: "Faith is not clinging to a shrine" wrote the the great thinker, rabbi and activist, Abraham Joshua Heschel, "It is an endless pilgrimage of the heart." In the case of modern searchers, it is often very much a pilgrimage of the legs too. Veronica Gaylie's essay is called "Pilgrimage." (01:18:36)
The Road to 1914: The First World War was horrific; it left millions dead and wounded, and four Empires broken. According to historian Margaret MacMillan, it was also unnecessary and avoidable. Her book is called The War That Ended Peace, and she's Michael's guest. (01:24:00)
The Canadians of The Great Escape: The famous film about a World War II prison camp escape (remember that tunnel, and Steve McQueen on a motorcycle?) was a block-buster. It was based on a true story, but in the interests of the box-office, the film left out the many Canadians in the camp who were key to the plan. The escape was more than a year in the making, and called for extraordinary ingenuity, bravery and stamina.  Michael talks to Canadian journalist Ted Barris.(01:43:00)

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