The Sunday Magazinewith Piya Chattopadhyay


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.

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.

Comparing notes across three Canadian hot spots

Across Canada many of us are still in lockdown mode, Host Piya Chattopadhyay talks pandemic highs and lows with Jonathon Torrens, Elamin Abdelmamoud and Jen Zoratti.

Bringing home baby...during a pandemic

This is the second Mother's Day to take place during the pandemic and it will be an especially meaningful day to women who have given birth during this global health crisis. The Sunday Magazine hears from moms who have had babies during the pandemic.

A pandemic can't stop Beverly Glenn-Copeland's renaissance

At 77-years-old, the Black, transgender Canadian-based artist’s music is finally finding fans around the world, including pop star Robyn.

Turning 50 and finding new purpose… the Postal Code that is

From M6H to V6S to B3H, our postal codes have suddenly become essential identifiers as we track down vaccines, and identify hot spot neighbourhoods to inoculate this spring. We look back at the 1971 roll out of the first Canadian postal codes.

The Sunday Magazine for May 2, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay talks about India’s COVID crisis with Dr. Madhukar Pai, discusses the power of storytelling with Stacey Abrams, chats about why we fall prey to mass delusions with William J. Bernstein, and analyzes the intersection of birding, social justice and access to nature with Jacqueline Scott.

Stacey Abrams brings her storytelling power to politics and the page

For author and former politician Stacey Abrams, storytelling isn't just important in book-writing — it's also at the heart of everything she does, whether she's running for office or rousing people to vote.

COVID's brutal toll on India — and its impact on Canada's Indian population

India is currently grappling with one of the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks. Hospitals are at capacity, and key supplies like oxygen and ventilators are running out. Piya talks to Dr. Madhukar Pai about that, and how Canadians with ties to India are dealing with an extra layer of grief and worry as they watch the tragedy unfold.

From Bitcoin to QAnon: Why we're prone to mass delusions

In his new book, The Delusions of Crowds: Why People Go Mad in Groups, neurologist, financial theorist and historian William J. Bernstein explores humanity’s proneness to self-deception and mad beliefs on a massive scale.

Birds, Blackness and being outdoors

The act of just going outdoors is one of the few accessible and acceptable activities we have left in the pandemic, but researcher Jacqueline Scott says it’s not that simple for everyone. She reveals how birding isn't always a safe or welcoming activity for people who aren't white — and why she thinks access to nature is a social justice issue.

A 'viral' birdsong makes new revelations about animal culture

A landmark 20-year study has found that a new kind of birdsong has gone "viral" in sparrow populations from British Columbia to Quebec. Ken Otter, a biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, and Scott Ramsay, an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, join Chattopadhyay to talk about their discovery — and what it reveals about animal culture.

The Sunday Magazine for April 25, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses mothers' mental health with Sheri Madigan and Genesa Greening, talks about growing up Uyghur in Canada with Babur Ilchi and Shalina Nurly, and explores the science of memory with Lisa Genova.

This neuroscientist wants you to embrace your forgetfulness

If you've ever forgotten where you parked the car or the name of someone you've just met, you know that it makes you question whether you're losing your mind. But bestselling author Lisa Genova says you're not. Her new book, Remember, explores the science of memory and the art of forgetting.

The pandemic's heavy toll on mothers' mental health

As COVID continues to take a toll on the country, Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with two experts, who are also mothers, about the heavy toll the pandemic is taking on mothers' mental health, and what needs to happen to address the growing crisis.

Far from home but still connected: Uyghurs in Canada speak up

Babur Ilchi and Shalina Nurly discuss what life is like growing up Uyghur in Canada — and the importance of their podcast Tarim Talks as Chinese government policies target Uyghurs in that country.

Behind the thumbnail: The truth about chumbox ads

As chumbox ad specialists Taboola and Outbrain plan to go public on Wall Street, The Sunday Magazine producer Peter Mitton looks into the bigger story these little thumbnails have to tell — about the ways our brains navigate information online, and the ways newspaper chains are trying to stay afloat in the digital economy.

The Sunday Magazine for April 18, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses the upcoming Liberal government budget with Susan Delacourt and Jason Markusoff, talks about facing grief head-on with Jenny Kierstead, examines 'Hummingbird Salamander' with Jeff VanderMeer, and uncovers the lost work of female Renaissance artists with Elizabeth Wicks.

What to expect from the Liberal government's first budget in more than two years

Toronto Star national columnist Susan Delacourt and Maclean's magazine's Jason Markusoff weigh in on the budget and whether the time has come for the federal government to take more charge of the pandemic response.

Nova Scotia Strong: How Jenny Kierstead built herself up following the Portapique shooting

After she lost her sister Lisa McCully in the Nova Scotia attacks, Jenny Kierstead devoted herself to honouring the 22 victims by healing herself and her community, She talks about facing the grief of the tragedy head-on and upholding her sister’s legacy.