CBC Radio’s The Sunday Magazine is a lively, wide-ranging mix of topical long-form conversations, engaging ideas and more. Each week, host Piya Chattopadhyay takes time for deep exploration, but also makes space for surprise, delight and fun.
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Omar El Akkad on how the honesty of childhood reveals the ugliness in our world
At this moment, more than 80 million people worldwide have fled home, 40 per cent of whom are children under the age of 18. And as novelist Omar El Akkad sees it, that number will grow as climate change worsens. He grapples with how people treat one another – and the window it offers into the human condition – in his latest novel, What Strange Paradise. This past week, El Akkad was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize for the book. He speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about why he told the story through the eyes of a child, the privilege of hopeful futures and the danger of temporary outrage.