The Pleasures of Radio - Michael's Essay; Joseph Heath on restoring sanity to politics; Deb Tully teaches with song; Journalism in the Digital Age; Chronic Pain; Duo Concertante; Youth Poet Laureate Morgan Purvis

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This week on The Sunday Edition for June 22, 2014


Michael's Essay - The Pleasures of Radio (at :39)

Michael reflects on how an old technology continues to bring enlightenment and entertainment to millions. Here's an excerpt: "Radio, not television, is all about pictures.The human voice creates a carefully constructed architecture of mental images as alive as any photograph or video. There is an intimacy to radio that can't be found in any other medium."

Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy and Our Lives (at 5:56)

University of Toronto philosophy professor Joseph Heath says politicians have figured out that winning elections is easier if you appeal to voters' hearts, not their minds. Heath is calling for a "new enlightenment", one that would put rationality and critical thinking at the core of our political culture.

Documentary - What a Wonderful World (at 26:54)

In Deb Tully's high school classroom, refugee teenagers who have lived through extreme poverty and even lost family members to violence, learn English by singing their hearts out. The anthem this semester? What A Wonderful World.

Journalism in the Digital Age (at 44:24)

Are we witnessing the end of a profession that is essential to a functioning democracy? Or are we entering a "golden age of journalism", in which citizens armed with cell-phones and laptops make up the most powerful news-gathering network the world has ever seen? James Compton teaches Information and Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario, and is the co-author of a recent article called The Golden Age of Journalism? You've Got To Be Kidding.

Access to Treatment for Chronic Pain (at 1:05:28)

Millions of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, yet access to specialized treatment is scarce. Michael talks to Dr. Mary Lynch, Jennifer Stinson and Dr. Angela Mailis-Gagnon - three medical practitioners who specialize in the treatment of chronic pain. They say pain is gradually becoming recognized as a distinct medical condition, rather than as a symptom of another ailment.

Documentary -  Where's the Metaphor? (1:29:57)

Although Victoria, B.C. is known as a retirement mecca, it is home to Canada's first youth poet laureate. Morgan Purvis mixes metaphors and municipal politics.

Listener Mail (at 1:43:40)

Thoughts from listeners about Michael's interview last week with former prison chaplain Kate Johnson and his essay on the Not-So-Beautiful Game

Duo Concertante (at 1:52:16)

Volinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Tim Steeves teach music at Memorial University in St. John's and travel the world as Duo Concertante. They are also husband and wife. They talk to Michael about their musical partnership, their love of performance, and why they are committed to commissioning new music from Canadian composers, while still maintaining their affection for Maestros Bach and Beethoven.

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