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The original Bambi isn't kid's stuff — and it carries significant lessons for today

A new translation of the original text, published 100 years ago, hopes to reveal the complex — and, at times, much darker — story at its core.

The Sunday Magazine for January 22, 2023

Niigaan Sinclair unpacks the $2.8-billion residential school settlement between the federal government and some First Nations, Walt Bogdanich shares what his investigation into McKinsey & Company revealed, journalist Chris Whipple evaluates Joe Biden at the half-way point in his term, and Bethany Brookshire reflects on why we label some animals 'pests.'

Ottawa reaches a $2.8-billion settlement with hundreds of First Nations over harm caused by residential school

The federal government has reached a $2.8-billion agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by hundreds of First Nations. It marks the first time Canada has compensated bands and communities for the collective harms related to residential schools. Professor and columnist Niigaan Sinclair joins Piya Chattopadhyay to unpack the significance of the deal.

Canadians should be concerned about McKinsey contracts, says investigative journalist

Investigative journalist Walt Bogdanich sheds light on McKinsey & Company's history and controversies, following revelations that the consulting firm has been awarded more than $100 million in federal government contracts since 2015.

Biden presidency turns two amid classified documents controversy

On the two-year mark of Joe Biden's first term as U.S. president, journalist Chris Whipple breaks down Biden's political wins and losses so far, as criticisms of him mount over the discovery of classified documents at his home and private office.

Rethinking why we villainize rats, raccoons and squirrels

Squirrels, raccoons, and rats are all animals that many would describe as 'pests.' But science journalist Bethany Brookshire says our tendency to lump such creatures under that label reveals less about them and more about our own human species.

The Sunday Magazine for January 15, 2023

Anthony Perl talks about what recent travel chaos reveals about transportation in Canada, Pico Iyer reflects on the meaning of paradise, Lily Kuo explores what's next for China as 'zero-COVID' ends and Lunar New Year travel begins, we share the story of the original Bambi, and Nora McInerny takes down 'toxic positivity.'

Feeling crambazzled? A linguist shares words from the past that are fitting for 2023

You might not know you are feeling crambazzled or that you have a case of the mubble-fubbles, but self-described linguistic magpie Susie Dent says putting a word to your feelings will actually help.

Pico Iyer's pursuit of paradise

Almost every culture and religion around the world has some version of paradise. Travel writer Pico Iyer has spent decades thinking and writing about the concept. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his new book, The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise.

What holiday travel turbulence illuminates about the broader transportation landscape in Canada

As Canadians demand accountability for the chaotic holiday travel season, Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with political science and urban studies professor Anthony Perl about what these recent problems reveal about Canada's broader transportation landscape, and what needs to be done to improve it moving forward.

What's next for China as 'zero-COVID' ends and Lunar New Year travel begins

China has seen a massive outbreak of COVID-19 since it abruptly ended strict mitigation policies in December. Now, with millions expected to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday, there are fears it may spark another wave. The Washington Post's China bureau chief Lily Kuo unpacks this moment in the country.

Bambi at 100: Not the Disney classic you thought you knew

The story of Bambi turns 100 this year. But as a new translation reveals, the original Bambi bears little relation to the classic Disney film. The story is a parable about the persecution of minority groups after the First World War. Translator Jack Zipes explains why he believes the novel still holds important lessons for our world today.

Nora McInerny on rejecting 'toxic positivity' and her new book Bad Vibes Only

Between Instagram influencers suggesting you practice mindfulness to escape burnout and home decor that demands you have "good vibes only!"... it can feel like a bit much. Nora McInerney talks to Piya Chattopadhyay about her book of essays, Bad Vibes Only and how the "good vibes" ethos can sometimes leave us feeling worse off.

The Sunday Magazine for January 8, 2023

Catherine Belton examines Vladimir Putin's strategy and standing as the war in Ukraine continues, Susie Dent reflects on the power of finding the perfect word, David Remnick talks about how U.S. democracy has changed two years after the Jan. 6 attack, and our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! returns.

New year's resolutions getting you down? Try an In and Out list instead

Culture watchers Rachel Syme, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Scaachi Koul share their In and Out lists for 2023, and talk about why these lists have taken hold.

Was Vladimir Putin's call for an Orthodox Christmas ceasefire a ploy?

Washington Post reporter Catherine Belton talks about the strategy behind Vladimir Putin's call for a unilateral ceasefire, the latest military manoeuvres, and the mindset of Putin's inner circle as the war in Ukraine approaches the one-year mark.
Word Processing

From mubble fubbles to zwodder, Susie Dent has a word for how you feel

Lexicographer Susie Dent has amassed a huge following online for unearthing words from days gone by that somehow perfectly fit modern times. She shares her treasure trove of words and tell us why finding the right word matters.

The New Yorker's David Remnick on the Jan. 6 report and Congress's rocky start to 2023

Jan. 6 marked two years since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and coincided with a dramatic stalemate in the House of Representatives. Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with David Remnick about this moment in American politics, the final report from the Jan. 6 committee, and the shadow of Donald Trump.

That's Puzzling! for January 2023

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.

Why lists are in and New Year's resolutions are out for 2023

This January, personal "in and out" lists are edging out traditional New Year's resolutions in some social media circles. Culture watchers Rachel Syme, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Scaachi Koul share their "in and out" lists for 2023, and talk about why these lists have taken hold.

The Sunday Magazine for January 1, 2023

We revisit some of our favourite conversations with notable Canadians from the past year, including astronaut and neurologist Dr. Roberta Bondar, media mogul Moses Znaimer, actor Simu Liu, and musician Martha Wainwright.

Martha Wainwright is turning the page on her family's story

The Canadian singer/songwriter performs and reflects on growing up in a family full of famous musicians and making her own path in the business, as explored in her memoir Stories I Might Regret Telling You.

Simu Liu says this generation of immigrants needs 'to show the world that we belong'

In an interview with CBC Radio's The Sunday Magazine, Liu expressed his hopes that the next generation of immigrants will escape the 'grateful immigrant' trope — one where newcomers are expected to be gracious guests and not to expect too much from their adopted home.

Roberta Bondar flew into space 30 years ago and never saw Earth the same after that

It's been 30 years since Roberta Bondar was strapped into a five-point harness on the space shuttle Discovery and blasted into space and into fame as Canada's first female astronaut.

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

Fifty years ago, 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.