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The Sunday Magazine for September 25, 2022

We unpack how to better prepare for disasters following post-tropical storm Fiona, Comedian Ali Hassan charts his struggle to belong, David A. Robertson explores the role of storytelling in reconciliation, we honor Glenn Gould's legacy, and Joshua Knelman reveals secrets of the tobacco industry.

Picking up the pieces after Fiona

Atlantic Canada is grappling with the impact of post-tropical storm Fiona. We hear from affected Canadians, reporter James Murray in Nova Scotia, and professor Jason Thistlethwaite at the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, who unpacks how we might better prepare for future disasters.

Ali Hassan's journey to belonging

Ali Hassan has long entertained us as a comedian and actor on stage, in films and of course on CBC Radio and TV. Now, Hassan is sharing a more personal side of his life with in a new memoir called "Is There Bacon in Heaven?" which charts his struggle to belong and understand who he is.

Finding home, through a father-daughter adventure story

Winnipeg's David A. Robertson is releasing a work of adult literary fiction inspired by his own life story, called "The Theory of Crows". He joins Chattopadhyay in advance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to talk about why storytelling is so important on the journey to reconciliation.

Sharing Glenn Gould's story with a new generation

Decades after his death, the Canadian pianist is still widely celebrated. On what would have been his 90th birthday a new book shares Gould's life with children. Author Sarah Ellis and illustrator Nancy Vo say the story of the child-prodigy who carved his own path has a lot to offer kids today.

The secrets behind the smoke of 'big tobacco'

How did an addictive, poisonous, disease-causing substance become so ingrained in our culture, despite science and better judgement? In his new book "Firebrand: A Tobacco Lawyer's Journey", writer Joshua Knelman takes us inside the global tobacco industry to get answers.

The Sunday Magazine for September 18, 2022

Political panelists Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney forecast the fall session of parliament, media guru Moses Znaimer reflects on 50 years of Citytv, peace studies professor Paul Rogers weighs in on shifts in the Ukraine war, and we look at anti-Black racism in North America with scholar Debra Thompson.

Why the unconventional bedtime tale Goodnight Moon endures 75 years on

Margaret Wise Brown's now-classic picture book about a bunny saying goodnight to everything it sees was slow to find a home on bedside tables. But since its publication 75 years ago, Goodnight Moon has sold more than 40 million copies and continues to top best-seller lists. 

Forecasting the fall session of Parliament

Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney, columnist and co-founder of The Line, break down what the new session might look like when Pierre Poilievre takes his seat as leader of the Conservative Party and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals try to tackle the affordability crisis.

From CBC and Citytv to Zoomer, how Moses Znaimer changed Canadian media

Fifty years ago this month, Citytv hit the airwaves and changed the Canadian media landscape. Moses Znaimer co-founded the upstart station and became the driving force behind MuchMusic, FashionTelevsion and Zoomer Media. We speak to him about six decades of defining Canadian media. Listen now.

Ukraine makes huge gains, but is the war's end any closer?

A surprise offensive by Ukrainian troops won back swathes of Russian-held territory this week. Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers shares his thoughts on what the most recent developments on the ground mean, and what Canada’s role might look like in the next chapter of the war in Ukraine.

How King Charles could help reconcile the monarchy's past

Historian Jordan Gray says the monarchy’s unique and complex relationship with Indigenous people and people of African and Caribbean descent needs to evolve. Gray, a Canadian of Trinidadian and Mi'kmaw descent, shares thoughts on how the new king could start reconciling past wrongs.

How anti-Black racism operates in Canada – and how to counter it

When it comes to anti-Black racism, it's easy to point to the obvious. Empires and oppressors. Slavery and segregation. But in her new book, political scientist Debra Thompson makes the case for nuance in examining the roots of racism in North America. Listen now.

Frank Gehry returns to Canada to put his mark on the Toronto skyline

After creating works of art around the world, Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry is returning home to do the same once again in Canada.

The Sunday Magazine For September 11, 2022

Michaëlle Jean reflects on Canada's relationship with the monarchy, former cabinet ministers discuss the future of the Conservative Party under Pierre Poilievre, architect Frank Gehry shares his love for Toronto, and we consider questions raised in the aftermath of the Saskatchewan mass killing.

Michaëlle Jean reflects on Canada's relationship with the Queen

With the final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II being planned, former Governor General of Canada, The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, reflects on the legacy of Britain’s longest-serving monarch and the what's next for the monarchy with the rise of King Charles III.

The Conservative Party picks Pierre Poilievre to be its new leader

Following the Conservative Party's announcement of Pierre Poilievre as its new leader, Monte Solberg, Lisa Raitt and Bal Gosal discuss the party's future, finding unity, and what the upcoming parliamentary session will look like with Poilievre squaring off against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

After a week of trauma, questions emerge in James Smith Cree Nation

Betty Ann Adam and Niigaan Sinclair join Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about the devastating week in James Smith Cree Nation, and how the mass killing in Saskatchewan has rippled across the province and country.

Frank Gehry's towering return home to Canada

Frank Gehry is set to make an indelible impression on his hometown, with a pair of residential buildings that are set to reflect his love for the city of Toronto.

How the unconventional Goodnight Moon became a children's classic

Goodnight Moon was shunned by libraries when it debuted 75 years ago. But its intrepid author Margaret Wise Brown didn't write books to impress adults. Children's book historian Leonard Marcus shares the tale of the work, and life, of the trailblazing writer.

The Sunday Magazine for September 4, 2022

We walk through the summer political playbook with Kelly Cryderman and Matt Gurney, Alexandra Lange tells us why malls are still relevant, Omar Mouallem explores how Muslims shaped the Americas, and we present the fourth and final chapter of CBC's original podcast Sorry About the Kid.

Omar Mouallem's post 9/11 coming of age story

Edmonton-based writer Omar Mouallem's speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his book, "Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas", which explores the little-known history behind 13 mosques. And he reveals how learning those stories helped to shape his own identity in a post 9/11 world.

A new session, a new leader and some big issues

Matt Gurney and Kelly Cryderman join the Sunday political panel to take the country's temperature after a summer that began with airport chaos and ended with a cabinet shuffle. They weigh in on what lies ahead for the fall parliamentary session with a new leader of the opposition.

Back to school, back to the mall

With school returning, a trip to the mall is in the offing for many families. In her new book, "Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall", architecture and design critic Alexandra Lange makes her case for why malls are still relevant, despite long-standing tensions about their role.

The Sunday Magazine for August 28, 2022

We probe the rules governing space ahead of NASA's latest moon mission, Joshua Whitehead argues for a more caring and respectful approach to storytelling, and Maude Barlow reflects on a lifetime of activism.