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The Sunday Magazine for November 27, 2022

Our Sunday Politics Panel share takeaways from the Emergencies Act inquiry hearings, Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay explores how healthcare and colonization intersect, 'Sort Of' star Bilal Baig talks about their show's broad appeal, and journalist Heather Radke tells a backstory of butts.

Sunday Politics Panel: Takeaways from the Emergencies Act inquiry hearings

Columnists Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney talk about the big takeaways from the public hearing phase of the Public Order Emergency Commission's inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act, and what might change when Commissioner Paul Rouleau presents his final report in February.

Nedal Huoseh never meant to be a soccer agent. Now he manages Alphonso Davies

Nedal Huoseh was coaching his kid's soccer team when Alphonso Davies joined the squad. Now Davies is playing for Canada in the men's World Cup and Davies is representing him as his agent. Huoseh shares how his father's journey as a Palestinian refugee helped him relate to Davies.

A family doctor on how healthcare and colonization intersect

Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay talks about his book, Country of Poxes: Three Germs and the Taking of Territory, how Canada can move to a more equitable future in health and healing, and why he hopes his job as a fly-in doctor to remote Indigenous communities doesn't exist in the future.

The evolution of Bilal Baig and their hit show, Sort Of

When Bilal Baig's television series Sort Of debuted last fall, they had no idea what lay in store. As season two launches, Baig joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about the surprise success of the show and how their life and their mission as an artist have changed as a result.

The politics behind butts are anything but peachy

In her new book Butts: A Backstory, Heather Radke examines the politics of the backside through the lens of race, gender and power. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to make the case that our complicated relationship with the beloved body part reveals a bigger story about ourselves.

The Sunday Magazine for November 20, 2022

We explore solutions to Canada's health care crisis, soccer star Christine Sinclair talks about equality in sports, we break down 'sportswashing' as the World Cup kicks off, Marion Nestle looks back on her career in food politics, and writers unwrap their dumpling stories.

Canadian soccer superstar Christine Sinclair says she's watching World Cup with mixed emotions

Soccer fans around the globe are abuzz with World Cup energy. Canadian women’s team captain Christine Sinclair says she’ll be cheering on the men, but that it feels like the Canadian Soccer Association has forgotten the women’s team has been to seven straight World Cups.

How the World Cup in Qatar is kicking off a conversation about 'sportswashing'

Jules Boykoff has been writing about the phenomenon of "sportswashing" for years. The politics professor says countries vie to host major sports events like the World Cup because it's proven to legitimize their spot on the world stage. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about what Qatar stands to gain from hosting the 2022 tournament.

Long-term care for Canada's ailing health system

With children's hospitals across the country operating at full capacity, and a severe shortage of family doctors in rural communities, Canada's public health-care system looks to be on the brink of disaster. Dr. Danielle Martin joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about what's behind the crisis and the best way out of it.

Meet the woman who changed the way we think about food

Her name may not be as familiar as foodie writers like Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan. But author, academic and activist Marion Nestle arguably made the idea of "food politics" possible. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about her life, and where she thinks we need to focus our energy when it comes to pushing for better food.

Unwrapping the cultural narratives folded into dumplings

In a new anthology called What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings, Canadian writers are unwrapping their family secrets stuffed into the ubiquitous dish. Their essays show us how dumplings contain the world's histories and why they are so much more than the sum of their parts.

The Sunday Magazine for November 13, 2022

Dahlia Lithwick charts how abortion rights shaped the U.S. midterms, we share the story of a Canadian veteran who went on to lead the WHO, Cory Doctorow considers big tech's hold on workers and consumers, and El Jones make the case for prison abolition.

Why El Jones believes in a world without prisons

Poet, professor and activist El Jones believes there is a clear way to improve incarceration in Canada: Get rid of prisons altogether. In her new book, she offers a nuanced portrait of her experience in the prison abolition movement and makes the case for creating a new vision of community and care.

How abortion rights shaped the results of the U.S. midterm elections

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. midterm elections, voters delivered a show of support for abortion rights. Canadian-American lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick shares analysis on how the issue shaped the election results, and what the future make-up of congress might mean for Americans.

Remembering the Canadian veteran who led the WHO

Historian Robert C. Engen tells the story of George Brock Chisholm, a soldier from Oakville, Ont., whose military experience informed his decision to become a psychiatrist and eventually the first director-general of the World Health Organization.

What layoffs at Twitter and Meta might mean for the future of Big Tech

Author and activist Cory Doctorow believes the recent layoffs are just the latest example of workers bearing the brunt of poor decision-making by tech billionaires. He speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his new book, Chokepoint Capitalism, which explores the fight for better labour standards in Big Tech.

The Sunday Magazine for November 6, 2022

We explore the role water plays in climate change as COP 27 kicks off, historians evaluate the state of American democracy, we chart Florida's shift away from swing state status, and our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! continues.

Why Yuval Noah Harari's new book for kids includes lessons on world history and corporations

Historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari’s new series covers world history and big issues in an accessible format, so that kids can become critical thinkers and participate in, and challenge the current-day discourse.

Judge away: A cover can actually tell you a lot about a book

It turns out an old saying might be wrong. You can judge a book by its cover, in a sense. Authors and cover designers say there’s a lot you can glean from a book’s front.

Water woes top the COP 27 agenda in Egypt

As the COP 27 climate change conference kicks off in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, climate scientist Simon Donner joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the central role that water plays in the climate crisis.

The historians President Biden looks to for guidance

Sean Wilentz and Allida Black are among the historians who've been invited to the White House by United States President Joe Biden to discuss the state of American democracy. They share some of their insights about what the country's past can tell us about its future.

Inside the 'Disney World for seniors' that's helping turn Florida red

It's not just the House and the Senate that are up for grabs in this year's U.S. midterm elections. Some see Florida's future as a critical 'swing state' in the balance as well. The Sunday Magazine producer Pete Mitton visits a Florida retirement community known as The Villages to hear about the state's political future.

That's Puzzling! for November 2022

In The Sunday Magazine's monthly challenge That's Puzzling!, host Piya Chattopadhyay competes against one familiar voice and one clever listener in a battle of brain games devised by puzzle master Peter Brown.

Can you judge a book by its cover?

What is it about the appearance of a drugstore paperback thriller, or that abstract, colourful look of literary fiction that can so accurately convey what a book's about? Two authors and two industry insiders share what it's like to create cover art that catches the eye.