The Pursuit of Poetry - Michael's essay; The Case Against Psychiatric Drugs; Mail: Do What You love; Female Fighter Pilots; Life Lines - Her Excellency Sharon Johnston; Documentary - House of Dreams; The Global Fight Against Corporate Tax Evasion; Essay


This week on The Sunday Edition for June 8, 2014
The pursuit of poetry - Michael's essay: (30 secs)  Here's an excerpt: "Poetry can come at you at just the wrong time. Like when you are fifteen or sixteen and the only things that matter in life are girls and baseball. Then, out of the blue, when least expected, along comes a special English teacher who opens the poetry chest and extracts magic."

The case against psychiatric drugs: (5:00)  Tens of millions of people in North America are prescribed one form of psychiatric drug or another, from antidepressants to anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic drugs. But what would you think if you found out that for many of those people, drugs don't help, and may even be making their mental illness worse over the long term? And what if you discovered there was never solid evidence that the drugs worked in the first place? Michael Enright talks to investigative journalist Robert Whitaker, author of "Anatomy of an Epidemic."

Mail: Do What You Love (34:24) Your letters in response to our interview last week with the writer Miya Tokumitsu.

Female fighter pilots: (40:36) 25 years ago this week, the Canadian Air Force introduced the country to its first female fighter pilots. We'll remember that anniversary through a piece of CBC archival history, the appearance of Major Deanna Brasseur on "Front Page Challenge".

Life Lines - Her Excellency Sharon Johnston: (46:01)  She is more than the wife of Canada's Governor-General. She's a rehabilitation scientist, a committed volunteer, the mother of five, the former manager of a horse boarding business and an author. The Vice-Regal Consort explains why a short verse by William Butler Yeats is one of her life lines. 

Documentary - House of Dreams: (1:03:30) The story of three mothers, determined to secure a future for their profoundly disabled adult sons. It turns out that bricks and mortar are only the shell of a solution. 

Mail: D-Day: (1:27:22) Your response to Michael's essay last week about the overly-celebratory atmosphere of the events marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Documentary - Carved in Stone: (1:34:36) From one woman to another, the passing of the tools. Alisa Siegel shares the story of Eleanor Milne, Canada's first Dominion Sculptor, who took a younger lawyer-turned-carver under her wing, and gave her the most precious gift of all. 

The global fight against corporate tax evasion: (1:44:48)  The OECD thinks it has found a way to get the most powerful corporations on the planet to pay their fair share of taxes. A conversation with French economist Pascal Saint-Amans, who is passionate about his mission to stop multi-nationals from shifting their profits to tax havens.

A Year of Practical Living: (2:07:15) Almost half of Canadians in their twenties now live with their parents, and a surprising number of them have boomeranged: gone off to school  - or other adventures - and returned to the once-empty nest. Our journalism intern, Brett Throop, tells his story in an essay called "A Year of Practical Living".

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