The Sunday Magazinewith Piya Chattopadhyay


The Sunday Magazine for February 28, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses with former Olympian Angela Schneider whether Canada should boycott next winter's China Olympic Games, talks about mental health and self-care with NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, and chats with author Kim Echlin about the importance of survivors’ stories. Also on the show, Los Angeles Times reporter Stacy Perman on the the vote-buying allegations at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Sunday Magazine for February 21, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses funerals during COVID-19 with Luann Jones, explores email bugaboos with Gretchen McCulloch, chats with Buffy Sainte-Marie about her inspirational career and learns about chronic pain from Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen.

Buffy Sainte-Marie at 80

As an artist and an activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been ahead of her time — whether it comes to messages about the Vietnam War, residential schools, or the environment. Now, at 80, it seems the world may have finally caught up to her. On her birthday weekend, she speaks with Piya Chattopahdyay about what's made her the inspirational figure she is today.

Better chronic pain treatment needs a multifaceted approach, more preventive medicine, says doctor

Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen explains the mechanics and psychology of pain and the struggles of medicine to treat it effectively. He argues that doctors need to examine the complexities of pain more robustly and take a multifaceted approach to treatment.

The Funeral Frontline

As a funeral director in downtown Toronto, Luann Jones has had a frontline view of what it means to say goodbye in the age of COVID-19. She speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about bearing witness to grief through an unimaginable year, and the added responsibility she feels in her job, both to the dead, and to the living.

Word Processing: Email bugaboos

In the latest instalment of Word Processing, internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss how email language has evolved, why certain greetings ruffle feathers, and why we all need to cut each other a little more slack when it comes to the words we choose to open our conversations online.

The Sunday Magazine for February 14, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay chats with Aikaterini Fotopoulou and Robin Dunbar about the value of touch, unpacks the COVID-19 surge in Newfoundland with Dr. Brian Goldman, talks to former NHLer Brantt Myhres about life lessons from the ice, and revisits the power of gospel music with William Prince.

Hungry for touch? You're not alone — the pandemic is making us crave skin-to-skin contact, says neuroscientist

Neuroscientist Aikaterini Fotopoulou was part of a team that created and analyzed The Touch Test. She explains why touch is important and what happens when people are deprived of that interaction.

Former NHLer Brantt Myhres on addiction, recovery and life lessons from the ice

Brantt Myhres' pro hockey career featured more penalty minutes than goals. In 2006, he was handed a lifetime ban for multiple drug and alcohol infractions. After getting sober 13 years ago, he found his way back to the league, working with players facing the same struggles he once did. Myhres tells Piya Chattopadhyay his story and discusses his new book, Pain Killer: A Memoir of Big League Addiction.

William Prince on the clashing comfort of gospel music

The Indigenous singer-songwriter speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about gospel's ability to comfort us amid grief and provide hope for tomorrow, and why he believes there's still power in it despite the fact that Christianity and gospel were historically colonizing tools.

COVID-19 surges in Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art and The Dose podcast, speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the COVID-19 surge in Newfoundland and whether it's a bellwether for what's to come elsewhere in Canada.

The Sunday Magazine for February 7, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay chats with Jameel Jaffer about social media and democracy, discusses Indigenous economies with Ron Derrickson, learns what it's like to travel while Black from Nanjala Nyabola, and explores the magic and mystery of the voice with John Colapinto.

Author Nanjala Nyabola reflects on what it means to travel the world while Black

Kenyan writer, political analyst, and activist Nanjala Nyabola shares her experiences of travelling solo around the world as a Black woman and talks about how African and Western narratives about the African continent have shaped who she is.

John Colapinto on the power and mystery of the human voice

New Yorker writer John Colapinto joins Piya Chattopadhyay for a conversation about his book "This Is the Voice", in which he argues that we long for and cherish the human voice because it is part of us, deeply embedded in our brains, and a primary way that we make sense of the world.

How social media is threatening democracy

Jameel Jaffer, the executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the need for, and pitfalls of, regulating speech on social media, and why he thinks a free exchange of ideas — including some we might find objectionable  — might be a better way to go.

Entrepreneur Ron Derrickson on the key to building robust Indigenous economies

Ron Derrickson, a self-described "hunter and gatherer of business opportunities," is one of the most successful Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada. He speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his memoir "Fight or Submit", the importance of land to his success, and why he thinks it is likewise key to building robust Indigenous economies... and ultimately to paving the road to Indigenous self-determination.

The Sunday Magazine for January 31, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the complicated COVID road ahead with a panel of experts, and chats with author Harriet Alida Lye, science journalist Lulu Miller and TV historian Andrew Burke.

Why Hinterland Who's Who, a nostalgic sliver of Canadiana, still matters today

Andrew Burke’s debut book, Hinterland Remixed, explores the ecological, social and political legacy of Hinterland Who's Who.

Harriet Alida Lye on surviving a rare disease, motherhood and the lessons from these parallel journeys

Author Harriet Alida Lye speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about the parallel journeys of cancer and motherhood she explores in her memoir Natural Killer — and what they've revealed to her about life and death.

Lulu Miller on Why Fish Don't Exist, one man's obsession with order and the value of a little chaos

Science journalist and Radiolab co-host Lulu Miller joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about her new book, Why Fish Don't Exist, a journey into one man's obsession with order and what it taught her about the value of a little chaos.

A complicated COVID road ahead

News of a vaccine for COVID-19 had many of us heaving a sigh of relief, with an end seemingly in sight. But the vaccine rollout has been marred by complications - delays in vaccine supply, issues around distribution, as well as questions about how vaccine hesitancy and new virus variants might affect overall outcomes. The news of possible setbacks keeps coming at us fast and furiously. But taken all together, what does it all mean for the months ahead, and ultimately — the finish line? And are there ways that could get us there faster?

The Sunday Magazine for January 24, 2021

Guest host David Common speaks with Nicholson Baker about the COVID-19 investigation, chats with author William Deresiewicz about his latest book, talks to biologist Emily Willingham about her research into animal penises, looks at the surprising role of skating rinks in our lives, and delves into stories about murder and mayhem.

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.

The death of the artist

After interviewing well over a hundred people attempting to make a living in the arts, William Deresiewicz, author of the The Death of the Artist, concludes that the Internet and economic forces are crushing them — and the way things are going, the profession of “artist” will soon be obtainable by only a very few, much to everyone’s detriment.

The lab leak hypothesis

The prevailing theory in the scientific community has been that the virus that causes COVID-19 occurred naturally — jumping from animals to humans. But writer and journalist Nicholson Baker says another hypothesis, which many scientists have largely dismissed, should be considered: that the virus may have originated in a lab, and accidentally leaked out.