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The Sunday Magazine for September 17, 2023

We hear about the impact post-tropical storm Lee is having in Atlantic Canada, Arno Kopecky reflects on this weekend's global climate protests, Edward Burtynsky outlines his perspective on art, Naomi Klein shares her journey into conspiracy culture, and Venya Brykalin explains how Vogue Ukraine is shifting focus during the Russian invasion.

Naomi Klein on conspiracy culture and confronting our doppelgangers

Naomi Klein has been mistaken for noted conspiracy theorist Naomi Wolf for years. She tells Piya Chattopadhyay about using that experience as a starting point for her new book, which takes on the messy, misinformation-filled world of social media where "the other Naomi" thrives.

How Edward Burtynsky's industry roots shape his perspective on art

Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about the resource industries that define his career and his ongoing work to make his audience connect his beautiful images to the rapid destruction of our planet.

Why this longtime climate journalist is taking to the streets

Environmental journalist Arno Kopecky says he’s always been more comfortable covering climate action from the sidelines. But now, as the climate crisis worsens, he's taking to the streets as an activist as part of this weekend's global climate protests.

Why Doom creator John Romero says video games are 'the greatest art form'

Video game legend John Romero opens up about his tumultuous upbringing and how he went on to make his mark on the video game industry by pioneering the first-person shooter genre through games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake.

Vogue Ukraine charts a course in how fashion responds to war

Vogue Ukraine's focus has shifted from fashion to the frontline since the Russian invasion began. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Venya Brykalin speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the influence of his industry during global conflict – and how his magazine became part of the fabric of resistance.

CBC/Radio-Canada President Catherine Tait on C-18, media mistrust and her goals for the public broadcaster

The head of Canada's public broadcaster speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the roadmap she's crafting for the remainder of her term and how she's navigating a challenging media environment.

The Sunday Magazine for September 10, 2023

Our Sunday Politics Panel sizes up the federal parties ahead of Parliament's return, Métis author katherena vermette discusses her new novel, CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO Catherine Tait talks about media's greatest challenges, and our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! returns.

Trauma, healing and justice: katherena vermette closes The Circle

The Métis novelist and poet speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about her latest novel The Circle, which caps off a series set in motion by her acclaimed debut The Break.

Sunday Politics Panel: Conservatives convene, the NDP regroups and the Liberals launch a public inquiry

Susan Delacourt, Matt Gurney and David Staples break down the Conservative Party's policy convention, the New Democrats' caucus meeting, and the long-awaited launch of a public inquiry into foreign interference.

That's Puzzling! for September 2023

In the latest edition of our monthly challenge, Piya Chattopadhyay competes against one familiar voice and one clever listener in a battle of brain games devised by puzzle master Peter Brown. Playing along this month are Ken McLean from Starbuck, Man. and CBC senior education reporter Deana Sumanac-Johnson.

Was a hit Canadian song from the 1970s really stolen?

Canada's first-ever music copyright case took place in Ontario's highest court just over 40 years ago. The ruling helped to define current copyright law, but the fascinating story behind the case has largely been forgotten.

Adulting 101: Why being an adult is harder than ever

"Adulting is scary" and "adulting is hard" might seem like excuses, but Julie Lythcott-Haims believes there's validity to those claims. The former Dean of Freshman at California's Stanford University offers wisdom about how to fend for yourself in this world.

The Sunday Magazine for September 3, 2023

Julie Lythcott-Haims offers tips on how to be an adult – no matter your age, Jerry Saltz reflects on his winding path to art criticism, Terry O'Reilly shares stories of big mistakes that led to big successes, and Pete Mitton recounts the tale of Canada's first-ever music copyright case.

Cynical about the art world? Critic Jerry Saltz wants to change your perspective

As a self-identified 'failed artist'-turned-long haul trucker who didn't get his start in art criticism until he was in his 40s, Jerry Saltz bucks the art world's elitist reputation. He talks about his art philosophy, which is marked by accessibility, humility, and humour.

Why making mistakes can help make your career

Can a massive screw-up lead someone to success? Radio host Terry O'Reilly's book, My Best Mistake, proves it's possible. In it, he shares stories of epic fails that turned into epic wins.

The Sunday Magazine for August 27, 2023

Andy Yan and Alex Bozikovic discuss the federal government's role in Canada's housing crisis, game developer John Romero reflects on how video games have changed culture, Duncan McCue shares his documentary about The Beachcombers actor Pat John, and autism activist Temple Grandin makes the case for nurturing the many different ways we learn.

The federal government used to build social housing. Then it stopped. How is that going?

For many housing experts, advocates and municipal officials, the seeds of today's housing crisis were planted with a policy shift in the federal government decades ago. It got out of building social housing, leaving a deficit of non-market housing that people could afford.

How a Jewish summer camp basketball game 40 years ago fought to undo antisemitic lessons

In 1983, Hart Snider and his fellow Jewish summer campers in Alberta played in a basketball game that still impacts his life today. The opposing team was made up of students from a nearby town who'd been taught by a notorious Holocaust denier. Snider wants to ensure people don't forget the lessons he and other players learned.

How 'Doom' creator John Romero shaped video games and culture at large

Video game legend John Romero pioneered the first-person shooter genre through games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. He opens up about his tumultuous upbringing and how he went on to make his mark on the gaming industry.

Temple Grandin says the education system isn't making space for visual thinkers like her

The renowned autism activist speaks with Piya Chattophadhyay about why educators need to nurture the many different ways we learn. She says it's crucial to society that the next generation of inventors and visual thinkers like her are not left behind.

A Beachcomber's journey home

Pat John became an Indigenous icon for his portrayal of the character Jesse Jim on the long-running Canadian television show The Beachcombers. But after the show went off the air, many wondered what happened to him – including CBC's Duncan McCue. His documentary searches for answers following Pat John's death last summer.

Canadian media trained audiences to use Facebook. With Meta blocking news, what's next?

Canadian news publishers haven't given up hope that Meta will lift a ban on Canadian news, but in the meantime, they're scrambling to draw to bring audiences directly to them.

Scuttlebutt and 'under the weather': These idioms go back to the seafaring 18th century

Author David Grann became familiar with naval terms and phrases while writing his latest book. And some of that language, from scuttlebutt to turning a blind eye, found its way into modern lingo.

The Sunday Magazine for August 20, 2023

The latest on wildfires in N.W.T. and B.C., a conversation with short story master George Saunders, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on Bill C-18 and how Canada is navigating the impact of big tech, a documentary about a summer camp basketball game that changed lives, and a new installment our language segment, Word Processing.