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The Sunday Magazine for December 5, 2021

Breaking the silence on NDAs, David Copperfield's history of magic, Dan Savage on 30 years of advice columns, A history of Black life and culture in the prairies

David Copperfield on the art of magic — and why he says it's all about truth

Illusionist David Copperfield talks to The Sunday Magazine about his decades of making things disappear and how it was never about deceiving his audience.
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Canada breaks the silence on NDAs

Zelda Perkins and Julie Macfarlane discuss their role in passing new legislation around non-disclosure agreements on Prince Edward Island, why they've taken on this cause, and their plans for the rest of the country and beyond via their Can't Buy My Silence campaign.
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How Dan Savage's advice column started out as a joke – and grew to last for 30 years and counting

The long-time sex, love and relationship advice columnist offers his take on holding himself accountable, and how he's witnessed conversations surrounding intimacy evolve over three decades.
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The prairies' forgotten history of Black life and culture

Karina Vernon speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about The Black Prairie Archives, her anthology of poetry, fiction, farming journals, editorials, and song lyrics from 1790 to the present.

The Sunday Magazine for November 28, 2021

Dr. Zain Chagla explains what we know – and don't – about the omicron coronavirus variant, Michael Coren makes his case for rebranding Christianity, Katharine Hayhoe on long-term climate solutions, and top chef Yotam Ottolenghi shares gourmet tips for home cooks.
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Top chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad want you to take their new recipes — and make them your own

Yotam Ottoelnghi and Noor Murad have created a cookbook inspired by those times when you may not have access to all the ingredients in the recipe. Their advice: mix and match, substitute and swap.
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What the omicron variant may tell us about the course of this pandemic

Dr. Zain Chagla breaks down what we know – and don't – about the new omicron coronavirus variant at this point, the role travel restrictions play in containing spread, and what the development could mean for our progress in this pandemic.
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Optimism in a time of climate crisis: Katharine Hayhoe on finding long-term solutions

Renowned atmospheric climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe takes stock of the current situation in B.C. and talks about the need for a more proactive and positive approach to tackling climate change.
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Why Michael Coren thinks Christianity needs to return to its roots

In his latest book The Rebel Christ, columnist, author and former broadcaster Michael Coren makes the case for rebranding Christianity to reflect the social justice values of Jesus Christ.

The Sunday Magazine for November 21, 2021

Parliament returns in the wake of disaster in B.C., Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin shares her own story, Dr. Paul Offit on the value of medical risk and vaccines for kids, and Sharon and Bram look back on four decades of bringing joy to kids.

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime aide, on staying with a cheating husband and her boss's loss to Trump

Huma Abedin, longtime political aide to Hillary Clinton, has emerged from behind her boss and her scandal-plagued husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner, to write her own version of their very public lives in a new memoir. She spoke to The Sunday Magazine's Piya Chattopadhyay.

The metaverse is already here. But the dazzling new world Facebook promises is a long way off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thrust the metaverse unto the wider world in October. But some developers have been working in virtual spaces for years, and say the vision proposed by Zuckerberg is both old-hat and years away.
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Coping with disaster: What's at stake for the Prime Minister as parliament returns

Catastrophic flooding in British Columbia, aggressive trade negotiations in Washington D.C. and a long list of promises made during the election are all on the minds of MPs as they return to Ottawa for the 44th session of Parliament.
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Decision to approve COVID-19 vaccine for kids 'nerve-wracking' says American doctor

Dr. Paul Offit explores the risks required for medical innovation and weighs in on Health Canada's decision to approve COVID-19 vaccines for kids aged five to 11.
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The enduring power of Skinnamarink

Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison of the beloved children's group Sharon, Lois and Bram look back on more than four decades of bringing joy to kids and grown-ups alike.

The Sunday Magazine for November 14, 2021

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores what this pandemic can teach us about the next one, we chart the origins of the symbols on our keyboard, Sook-Yin Lee celebrates her late partner with new album, and Omar El Akkad talks about his Giller Prize-winning novel What Strange Paradise
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the pandemic's akin to war – and we need to shore up our defences

In his new book World War C, CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta argues that we need to take stock of what we've got wrong during the COVID-19 crisis, in order to prepare for the next pandemic.
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Omar El Akkad on how the honesty of childhood reveals the ugliness in our world

The author speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his Giller Prize-winning novel What Strange Paradise, which grapples with how people treat one another through the lens of the global refugee crisis.
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Hyphens, hashtags, commas, and colons: How the signs and symbols of written language evolved

For writer, editor and Hyphens and Hashtags author Claire Cock-Starkey, every hyphen, comma and period indicate just how far communication has come since we first started writing.
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How Sook-Yin Lee's new album helped her cope with the death of her creative & romantic partner

To help her cope with creative and romantic partner Adam Litovitz's death, Sook-Yin Lee completed an electro-pop album she had co-created with Litovitz. The album, called 'jooj two', was released last week.

The Sunday Magazine for November 7, 2021

Afghanistan's past, future and the current humanitarian crisis, how the pandemic changed our relationship with reading, the benefits of talking to strangers, youth at COP26, opening the book on Massey Hall, and unearthing the sacred stories behind Leonard Cohen's lyrics.

How Leonard Cohen's hits were influenced by Christianity and Judaism

Leonard Cohen’s beautiful verses from songs such as Hallelujah and You Want It Darker are deeply religious, and according to Harry Freedman, those songs are just two of many where Cohen borrowed from ancient texts.
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Sima Samar on Afghanistan's past, future and the current humanitarian crisis

Afghanistan's former Vice President and Minister of Women's Affairs, Sima Samar talks about how the international community and the previous government failed the country, the state of human rights there and how to navigate with the Taliban in power.
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Why it's good to talk to strangers, now more than ever

Even before the pandemic arrived, chatting with strangers had become a lost art. But journalist Joe Keohane is trying to change that. His new book delves into the emerging psychological research demonstrating that small talk can have a big effect, not just for our own mental health but for society. 

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