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The Sunday Magazine for August 14, 2022

Nahid Shahalimi explores the struggles of Afghan women under Taliban rule, William Alexander recounts the surprising history of the tomato, and NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh talks about leadership and finding purpose in life.

Joan Jett avoided acoustic music her whole career — until her latest album

Joan Jett is hitting the road again the summer as part of a massive tour. But what might come as a surprise is her latest album, Changeup, which features acoustic versions of hits like Bad Reputation and Cherry Bomb.
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Meet the man bringing independent journalism back to Afghanistan, from his new home in Canada

Veteran Afghan journalist Lotfullah Najafizada, who's now based in Canada, talks about launching a new independent media outlet in Afghanistan one year after the U.S. withdrawal from and Taliban takeover of his home country.

The Sunday Magazine for August 7, 2022

Lotfullah Najafizada talks about launching a new Afghan media outlet from Canada, Kate Molleson tells stories of composers often excluded from music history, and Doug Larson shares lessons from an ancient forest in southern Ontario.
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Recognizing composers who've been left out of the classical music conversation

Journalist and BBC host Kate Molleson tells the stories of 20th century composers who are underrepresented in history because what they made didn't sound like "traditional" classical music.
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Lessons from the ancient forest of southern Ontario's Niagara Escarpment

Guelph University emeritus professor of integrative biology Doug Larson shares the story of discovering an ancient forest of white cedars that cling to cliffs in view of the CN Tower and Highway 401... and tells us what lessons it holds for how nature can guide us, if we leave it alone.

The Sunday Magazine for July 31, 2022

Young Indigenous leaders share their takes on the Pope's visit and the path forward, George Monbiot reimagines the future of food, and Azar Nafisi extolls the power of literature in troubled times.
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New generation of Indigenous leaders on what comes after the Pope's apology

During his trip to Canada this week, Pope Francis apologized for members of the Catholic Church who cooperated with Canada's "devastating" policy of Indigenous residential schools. Members of a new generation of Indigenous leaders share their takes on the Pope's visit and the path forward.
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Reimagining the future of food

George Monbiot is challenging common practices and beliefs about farming and food production because he says the future of the climate crisis and global hunger depends on it. He argues against animal farming while making a case for advancing the science of soil technology and bacteria pioneering.
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Azar Nafisi on the power of literature to fight authoritarianism

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran talks about her newest essay collection Read Dangerously, which explores how the work of writers from Plato and Salman Rushdie, to Margaret Atwood and Ta-Nehisi Coates can help people facing repression.

The Sunday Magazine for July 24, 2022

Residential school survivor Ted Quewezance outlines his expectations for Pope Francis's visit to Canada, Leah McLaren contemplates her complex family history, and Dr. Zain Chagla breaks down the WHO's declaration of monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern.
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Residential school survivor appeals for actionable apology from the Pope – and a revolutionary path forward

During his tour of Canada, Pope Francis is expected to expand on his apology made at the Vatican for residential school abuse. Survivor Ted Quewezance tells Helen Mann what he thinks a meaningful apology and subsequent action should look like.
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What the WHO's declaration of monkeypox as a global emergency could mean for fighting the outbreak

The World Health Organization has declared the growing monkeypox outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”. To break down what this development means, Helen Mann speaks with infectious diseases physician Dr. Zain Chagla.
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Leah McLaren contemplates her complex family history and the legacy of trauma

Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated. But in the case of Canadian author and journalist Leah McLaren and her mother – who is also a writer – the word complicated barely scratches the surface.

The Sunday Magazine for July 17, 2022

What measures we need to employ during a new surge of COVID cases, Jaivet Ealom's escape from Manus Island, how the B.C. Wildfire Service prevents mental health burnout, and we present the third episode of CBC's original podcast The Flamethrowers.
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He escaped Myanmar and Manus Island to find a home in Canada

Javiet Ealom was fleeing persecution in Myanmar when he boarded a boat full of asylum seekers. Instead of finding refuge in Australia, he was sent to the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre. He speaks with Helen Mann about how he escaped and his perilous journey to start a new life in Canada.
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New variants, new boosters & new questions

Vaccines for kids, boosters for adults and testing at airports. With COVID-19 cases spiking new measures are being rolled out. Leading virologist Angela Rasmussen breaks down how variants are born, how boosters can fight them, and helps to clear up confusion around the new doses being offered.
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Wildfires are changing. So is the mental toll they take on firefighters

Wildfire fighters are under pressure. Fires are more intense. And the off-season is busy with other natural disasters. So after a series of devastating fire seasons, the B.C. Wildfire Service is adding services to keep firefighters safe and healthy as they face what’s still to come.

The Sunday Magazine for July 10, 2022

We take stock of the AFN's present and future, Jody Rosen ruminates on the bicycle's history and mystery, and we consider how to avoid and weather future telecommunications outages.
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With his dad gone, David Sedaris turns the chapter on their rocky relationship

American author and comedian David Sedaris has penned his latest book, Happy-Go-Lucky, with a heavy focus on his exceedingly irritable relationship with his father, Lou, who passed away during the pandemic.
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What a tumultuous general assembly signals about the role and future of the AFN

Niigaan Sinclair and Pam Palmater unpack this past week's dramatic Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly, and consider how the body may need to evolve going forward.
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How the bicycle changed everything, and never stopped rolling

Writer and avid cyclist Jody Rosen pedals through the bike's fascinating evolution, from the "laufmachine" to the "penny-farthing" to the velocipede we use today, as he explores in his book Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle.

What can be done to avoid and weather future telecommunications outages

Ben Klass, a PhD candidate at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication, considers what future protections could look like to ward against disruptions like the Rogers outage that rocked the country on Friday.

The Sunday Magazine for July 3, 2022

Bob Rae reflects on Canada's place in the world, Patrick Radden Keefe takes us inside his stories of rogues, Lilly Singh reflects on life after late night TV, and we present the first episode of CBC's original podcast The Flamethrowers.

Bob Rae reflects on Canada's role in an increasingly unstable world

The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations speaks with David Common about why we are not immune from the myriad challenges facing the world, and how Canada can contribute to solving global challenges,

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