The Sunday Magazine for September 26, 2021

Joanna Chiu talks about the latest in the Meng Wanzhou case, Guy Vanderhaeghe digs into his new novel August into Winter, two Alberta mayors dissect the province's dire COVID-19 situation, former MPs reflect on the election and life after politics, and more.

Joanna Chiu on the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and what it means for Canada-China relations

Toronto Star journalist Joanna Chiu joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, the Meng Wanzhou case and her new book China Unbound, which explores how and why the Chinese government operates the way it does, and what a better approach to understanding China might look like.

Three ex-MPs weigh in on what's changed and what needs to change after Canada's 44th election

Megan Leslie, Dr. Jane Philpott and Lisa Raitt discuss the election results, the future for women in politics and what it's like to try to make a difference for Canadians when you're no longer a part of the political system.

Clayton Thomas-Müller reads from his memoir Life in the City of Dirty Water

In an excerpt adapted from his new memoir, the Cree author and activist reflects on his own family's history with residential schools, and the path forward.

Guy Vanderhaeghe on the fragility of humanity in times of crisis

The three-time Governor General's Award winner speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his new novel August into Winter and how times of crisis can both expose the worst in us and provide an opportunity for kindness and humanity.

Two Alberta mayors dissect provincial politics and the pandemic crisis

As another surge of COVID-19 pounds Alberta, Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and Red Deer mayor Tara Veer about the human toll and the province's handling of the pandemic.

The Sunday Magazine for September 19, 2021

Our political panel takes stock of Election 44, Beverley McLachlin explores assisted dying through fiction, Dr. Madhukar Pai breaks down the efficacy of third COVID-19 vaccine doses, Dave Zirin talks about the long tail of Colin Kaepernick 'taking a knee', and more.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin takes on assisted dying in latest novel

Beverley McLachlin hung up her robes and started writing fiction after retiring from the Supreme Court. But her second novel Denial doesn’t stray too far from her previous career, picking up on end-of-life matters that she faced on the bench and in her personal life.

Canada's third dose conundrum

Before most Canadians receive third COVID-19 vaccine doses, Dr. Madhukar Pai wants to see Canada send more vaccines to developing countries around the world, where vaccination rates are extremely low, to avoid an even longer, deadlier pandemic.

How 'taking a knee' changed the world

Five years after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick 'took a knee' during the U.S. national anthem to protest police brutality against Black Americans, sports writer Dave Zirin explores how the gesture inspired thousands and gave rise of the historic Black Lives Matter movement.

Word Processing: The origins of the word 'astronaut'

In the latest instalment of our ongoing language segment Word Processing, The Atlantic's Marina Koren takes us on a ride through the origins and future of the word 'astronaut', as four people take a flight billed as a breakthrough for civilians in space.

What Canada's 44th election reveals about who we are now

On the eve of election day, columnists Niigaan Sinclair, Susan Delacourt and Jason Markusoff reflect on the campaign and what this election may reveal about Canada at this moment in time.

The Sunday Magazine for September 12, 2021

Piya Chattopadhyay returns with an all-new season featuring National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations RoseAnne Archibald, writer Omar Mouallem on how Muslims shaped the Americas, reporter Jim DeFede on Gander, N.L.'s legacy of kindness 20 years after 9/11, and more.

AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald on the 'Healing Path Forward'

The federal election call came as the country grappled with mounting evidence of the horrors of colonialism. The newly-elected head of the Assembly of First Nations has a vision for generational change with a ‘strength-based and heart-centered’ leadership style.

How 9/11 reshaped this writer's Muslim identity

Edmonton-based writer Omar Mouallem joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his new book, Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas

Gander's legacy of kindness, 20 years after 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11, the residents of the small Newfoundland town suddenly had to care for thousands of stranded passengers. Twenty years later, journalist and author Jim DeFede talks about why the kindness of Ganderites still shines as a moment of light in desperate times.

Word Processing: The Canadian Election Edition

In the latest installment of our ongoing language segment Word Processing, we break down some distinctly Canadian election-related words from "writs" to "ridings" and what the heck "returning officers" are... returning.

The Sound of Live Music: The NAC Orchestra returns

As the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa performs in front of a live audience for the first time in months, principal trumpeter Karen Donnelly reflects on what it means to return to the stage.

The Sunday Magazine for September 5, 2021

Journalist Ahmed Rashid considers the future of Afghanistan and the region as the Taliban begins to form government. Author Jeff VanderMeer talks about his climate thriller Hummingbird Salamander.

What Afghanistan's new government under the Taliban could mean for the country and the world

As the Taliban forms government in Afghanistan, journalist and author Ahmed Rashid explains who the leaders are, how they might govern and what role the rest of the world will play in the days and weeks ahead.

Author 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.

The Sunday Magazine for August 29, 2021

Paul Nesbitt-Larking explores the psychology driving this federal election campaign. British artist Arlo Parks discusses her breakout debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams.

Why this pandemic election campaign may be all in your head

Paul Nesbitt-Larking, a political psychologist at London, Ontario's Western University, says this federal election – more than any other in memory – will be fought and won on psychological terrain.

This British singer's album has become a pandemic soundtrack around the world

Arlo Parks was poised for a big career breakout one year ago, before the pandemic hit. But instead of a year playing music festivals, the 20-year-old British singer-songwriter found herself locked down, living at home in London with her parents. She speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the album that resulted – "Collapsed in Sunbeams" – which has become a pandemic soundtrack for fans around the world.

The Sunday Magazine for August 22, 2021

The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini reflects on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Three Women author Lisa Taddeo explores female anti-heroes with her novel Animal.