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The Sunday Magazine for April 18, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses the upcoming Liberal government budget with Susan Delacourt and Jason Markusoff, talks about facing grief head-on with Jenny Kierstead, examines 'Hummingbird Salamander' with Jeff VanderMeer, and uncovers the lost work of female Renaissance artists with Elizabeth Wicks.

What to expect from the Liberal government's first budget in more than two years

Toronto Star national columnist Susan Delacourt and Maclean's magazine's Jason Markusoff weigh in on the budget and whether the time has come for the federal government to take more charge of the pandemic response.

Nova Scotia Strong: How Jenny Kierstead built herself up following the Portapique shooting

After she lost her sister Lisa McCully in the Nova Scotia attacks, Jenny Kierstead devoted herself to honouring the 22 victims by healing herself and her community, She talks about facing the grief of the tragedy head-on and upholding her sister’s legacy.

Jeff VanderMeer on Hummingbird Salamander and environmental activism in art

Author Jeff VanderMeer's new novel, Hummingbird Salamander, is a dark tale of environmental chaos, set in an eerily familiar world, pandemic included. Despite the grim backdrop, VanderMeer holds out hope for our world. He tells Piya how activism drives his art and the inspiration he finds in his backyard.

What are Brood X cicadas, the buzzing insects that emerge once every 17 years?

In the eastern United States, the regular chorus of buzzing cicadas will swell by the billions when Brood X cicadas emerge for the first time in 17 years. We explore the history of Brood X and what cicadas represent in literature and philosophy over time.

An organization's hunt for the lost art of Renaissance women

Art restorer Elizabeth Wicks speaks about what Advancing Women Artists uncovered through its decade of sleuthing for the lost work of Renaissance women.

The Sunday Magazine for April 11, 2021

Guest host David Common speaks with Naheed Nenshi about his tenure as Calgary mayor, looks at what ancient cultures can teach us about parenting with Michaeleen Doucleff, discusses Adam Litovitz's impact on 'jooj two' with Sook-Yin Lee and pays tribute to Prince Phillip.

Coming out 'made me a better, more full person,' says U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe came out publicly as a lesbian in 2012, after garnering international attention for her pass during a Women’s World Cup semifinal match. Her new memoir One Life reflects on her childhood, sports career and social and political activism.

Naheed Nenshi reflects on 11 years as Calgary's mayor — and what lies ahead for him

During his tenure as Calgary mayor, Naheed Nenshi took on urban sprawl, navigated the city through a devastating flood, pushed for better public transit and won increased power for his city. He reflects on all of that, the current state of politics and his future in a discussion with guest host David Common.

What ancient cultures can teach us about parenting

NPR Science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff says traditional cultures around the world, from Tanzania to Nunavut, have a lot to teach us about raising children. She addresses her findings in her new book, 'Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans'.

Sook-Yin Lee's latest album celebrates Adam Litovitz's undying spirit

To help her cope with creative and romantic partner Adam Litovitz's death, Sook-Yin Lee completed an electro-pop album she had co-created with Litovitz. The album, called 'jooj two', was released last week.

Canadian poet Lorna Crozier on love, loss and gardening

As Canadians once again settle into a spring spent at home, poet Lorna Crozier reflects on what her late husband Patrick Lane taught her about what a garden can be, and why we should all be digging our hands into the earth right now.

The Sunday Magazine for April 4, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the politics of vaccines with Dr. Peter Hotez, breaks down the relationship between work and personal fulfillment with Sarah Jaffe, speaks with writer Larry Olmstead about the power of sports beyond the stadium, and examines the notion of "guilty pleasures" with musician Chilly Gonzales.
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Stop calling it guilty pleasure: Chilly Gonzales wants us to embrace our tastes without the fear of judgement

If enjoying Enya is wrong, then Grammy-winning Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales doesn’t want to be right. And while his latest book on the Irish artist might mislead people to think he’s a stan, Gonzalez says that’s not why he wrote the book.

A vaccine expert on the politics of ending the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Peter Hotez, the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, argues that impediments to ending the pandemic lie in people who will not get vaccinated, and the billions globally who won't have access to vaccines for months or years to come.

Artist Karen Tam reflects on anti-Asian racism

Montreal-based artist and curator Karen Tam has made a career of exploring the commodification of Chinese-Canadian cultural spaces, and how Chinese Canadians have ensured their own economic survival. Tam reflects on culture, identity, and the devastating effects of racism and fear in Canada's Asian communities.

You've been told you should 'love' your work — but your work won't love you back

Labour journalist Sarah Jaffe says we need to rethink the idea that our jobs should be sources of personal fulfilment — let alone love. She argues that this attitude is used to keep workers — from nurses and teachers, to writers and Uber drivers — down for years, and even more so during the pandemic.

Why sports fandom is good for you and society

Baseball is back this weekend. But with so much going on in the world, from the raging pandemic to crushing social inequities, it may seem silly to pay so much attention to a ball game. But according to journalist Larry Olmsted, sports fandom provides real benefits both for us as individuals and as a society.
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How to 'futureproof' your job, life and all you hold dear

New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose’s new book, Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, explores how AI has changed our lives, our jobs, even our tastes — and why we need to embrace our humanity if we want to live in harmony with the robots.

The Sunday Magazine for March 28, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Bruce Jones of the Brookings Institution about heightened tensions between North America and China, journalist Kevin Roose talks about how artificial intelligence and automation have changed our lives, our jobs, even our tastes, psychologist Peter Lovatt discusses how dancing is a fundamental human need and a way to heal ourselves and bioethicist Jessica Pierce discusses the pandemic pet boom.

Humans are hardwired to dance with others, says psychologist

There are deep reasons why so many of us are longing for the chance to move and sweat with others in shared spaces again, according to psychologist Peter Lovatt. He trained as a professional dancer, and went on to study dance in academia, and he tells Piya Chattopadhyay that dancing is a fundamental human need and a way to heal ourselves and the world.
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The meaning of 'nod-crafty' & why it's making a comeback

If you've found yourself nodding sagely into the camera during a Zoom meeting, while you're actually thinking about what you might have for lunch, well, there's a word for that. In our latest instalment of "Word Processing," linguist Ben Zimmer brings us the strange history of "nod-crafty" — where it first appeared, how the Oxford English Dictionary interpreted it, and why now might just be the time for it to make a comeback.

What's next for all those pandemic pets?

The pet boom was one of the more surprising — if understandable — pandemic phenomena we witnessed this past year. But with vaccines rolling out, and potentially a return to "normal" life on the horizon, what will it mean for all these new pets? Bioethicist and writer Jessica Pierce fears pet shelters will once again be filled with pets we no longer have time for. But if there's a silver lining to the pet boom, she says, it's that we've hopefully come to better appreciate the emotional work our pets do.

Is there a new Cold War brewing?

This past week, U.S. President Joe Biden called for democracies to work together to hold China accountable on a number of issues, including human rights abuses. The rhetoric has left many wondering whether a new Cold War is brewing, with the U.S. and China as central players. Bruce Jones from the Brookings Institution think tank joins Piya Chattopadhyay to unpack the evidence he sees for the world being divided, once again, into two main geopolitical camps.

The Sunday Magazine for March 21, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the significance of new COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids, talks to Toronto Star journalist Joanna Chiu about snap trials in China for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, chats with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert about whether we can really engineer ourselves out of the ecological mess we've made, and talks to psychiatrist Dr. Mona Gupta about offering medical assistance in dying to those wishing to end their suffering due to a mental illness.

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