The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay

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The Sunday Magazine for June 13, 2021

Host Piya Chattophadyay speaks with Natasha Lindstaedt about the G7 summit, Olympian Donovan Bailey about his gold medal win 25 years ago, writer and reporter Lawrence Wright about his new book on the first year of the pandemic in America and former Republican congressman Jeff Flake about Trump's hold on the GOP. Plus, lawyer Dany Assaf reflects on the tragic events in London, Ont.

The Sunday Magazine for June 6, 2021

Host Piya Chattophadyay speaks with Bob Joseph and Maurice Switzer about what real reconciliation should look like, chats with NBA All Star Chris Bosh about his new book 'Letters To A Young Athlete', learns about an all-female Kurdish militia that took on ISIS, and discusses what it means to lose a parent with journalist Dan Robson.

Chris Bosh's 'proudest moment' in NBA didn't involve scoring a single point

The newly-named Hall of Famer joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his book; what he's learned about finding purpose, on and off the court; how to be a leader while staying true to yourself; and why cooking dinner for the family is a must during the playoffs.

The road to reconciliation

Piya Chattopadhyay talks with Bob Joseph and Maurice Switzer about whether we’ve actually reached a moment of national reckoning and what reconciliation should look like for citizens and their governments.

'The Daughters of Kobani' and the improbable story of the women who took on ISIS

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on the extraordinary story of how a women-led Kurdish militia became the world’s greatest hope to defeat the Islamic State

Learning about love and loss through the death of a beloved father

Journalist Dan Robson explores what it means to lose a parent in his new memoir, Measuring Up

Politics and the pandemic, Quebec and the constitution, and more

Panellists Susan Delacourt, a national columnist for the Toronto Star, and Emilie Nicolas, a columnist for Montreal's Le Devoir, join Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss Quebec's move to amend the constitution, this week's vote in parliament to prevent a pandemic election, and provincial re-opening plans.

Writer Billy-Ray Belcourt on why love and joy can be acts of rebellion for Indigenous people

Ahead of Tuesday's results for the Governor General's Literary Awards, Billy-Ray Belcourt joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his memoir A History of My Brief Body — which has been nominated for a non-fiction award — and how love and joy can be liberating practices for Indigenous people.

The Sunday Magazine for May 30, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay hosts a political panel with Susan Delacourt and Emilie Nicolas, discusses love and joy as acts of rebellion with Billy-Ray Belcourt, hears from listeners about the cabin/camp/cottage debate, talks heartbreak and poetry with Edward Hirsch, and chats about Indigenous fishing and research with Andrea Reid.

How poetry can break your heart — so it will never close to the world again

Heartbreak is hardly something we'd go out of our way to seek, but renowned American poet Edward Hirsch argues that it's one of the most important properties of poetry. He says it makes you feel the intensity of grief, and it helps us deal with the times we're inevitably going to have our hearts broken.

How 'Two-Eyed Seeing' could help transform fisheries research and management

Nisga'a biologist and National Geographic explorer Andrea Reid has worked with fishing communities across the globe. But it was an opportunity to learn from her own nation's practices in northern British Columbia that led to her stepping into a new local role: to help run UBC's new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries.

Cabin, camp or cottage? Here's what you have to say

Last week, we dug into the origins of what Canadians call summer getaways with linguist Sali Tagliamonte. This week, listeners from across Canada chime in with their own take on the camp/cabin/cottage debate.

The Sunday Magazine for May 23, 2021

Guest host David Common speaks to Paul Rogers about Palestinian-Israeli peace post-ceasefire, discusses the importance of urban play for kids with Tim Gill, digs into the differences between a cabin, a camp and a cottage with Sali Tagliamonte, chats with rising Québécois literary star Kevin Lambert about his newfound success, and biologist Emily Willingham about her research into animal penises.
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Play was a casualty of the pandemic. Here's what kids really need as lockdowns are lifted

With play dates cancelled and some playgrounds closed, scholar and author Tim Gill says he's worried children's play has been an overlooked casualty of COVID-19.
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Spiky, hypodermic, or long: Biologist who studied animal penises says it shouldn't be a 'measure of a man'

In her latest book Phallacy: Life Lessons From the Animal Penis, Emily Willingham researches remarkable examples of penises in nature to learn what this body part can tell us about human masculinity.

What next for Palestinians and Israelis post-ceasefire?

Israel and Hamas have reached a ceasefire, ending 11 days of widespread destruction that killed more than 250 people — including 243 Palestinians and at least 12 people in Israel. Guest host David Common talks to Paul Rogers, a Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, U.K about the prospect of long lasting peace.

Cabin, camp or cottage? The word you use is more revealing than you think

Linguist Sali Tagliamonte walks us through the cultural, geographic and economic factors that have shaped the language we use when describing cabin/camp/cottage season — and what our word choices say about us and our history.

Rising literary star Kevin Lambert on his new novel and newfound success

Québécois writer Kevin Lambert may only be 28 years old, but his dark novels have already made him an award-winning author. Lambert joins guest host David Common to discuss his recently translated debut novel 'You Will Love What You Have Killed' — and his newfound success.

The Sunday Magazine for May 16, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses Palestinian-Israeli violence with Gershon Belkin, 'Wuhan Wuhan' with Yung Chang, the return of handshakes with Ella Al-Shamahi, and the secret life of taxi drivers with Marcello Di Cintio.
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Shaking off the handshake? Expert says its post-pandemic return is inevitable

It's been more than a year since we were asked to stop shaking hands — but have no fear, hand shakers. Paleoanthropologist and stand-up comic Ella Al-Shamahi argues the greeting will make a triumphant post-pandemic return because it's instinctual.

Where is Palestinian-Israeli violence heading?

Dozens of Palestinians and Israelis — including children — have been killed by the latest spasms of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and hundreds more have been wounded. Gershon Baskin, a former peace negotiator, columnist for the Jerusalem Post and Al Quds newspapers, and founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute explains the rapid escalation of hostilities — and where the current violence appears to be heading.

A window into Wuhan

16 months ago, the city of Wuhan, China, became notorious as the home for a frightening, new coronavirus that swept the world. But as Yung Chang's new film 'Wuhan Wuhan' shows, the reality was richer and more complex.

The secret lives of taxi drivers

In 'Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers', Marcello Di Cintio unearths the tales of a handful of Canadian cabbies, and he hears the stories you may miss if you don't pay attention.

The Sunday Magazine for May 9, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay talks pandemic highs and lows with Jonathon Torrens, Elamin Abdelmamoud and Jen Zoratti; Anna Sale talks about hard conversations; and musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland discusses his late-career renaissance. Plus, odes to the postal codes and to moms who've had pandemic babies.

Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale on how to have better conversations

The creator and host of the podcast Death, Sex and Money brings her trade-mark deep empathy to the page in her new book, Let's Talk About Hard Things. Anna Sale joins The Sunday Magazine host Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss how to nurture your relationships with words, and why we need to give each other space to fall apart sometimes.

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