The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Opening the book on Massey Hall

Known as "The Carnegie Hall of Canada", Toronto's Massey Hall is one of the most sought-after destinations for musicians in Canada. As the 127-year-old venue prepares to re-open, author David McPherson discusses the history of the hall in his new book Massey Hall: An Enduring Legacy. 

How the pandemic changed our relationship with reading

While some people stocked up on best sellers during the pandemic, for others, it wasn't so easy. Some people were locked down with their kids and struggled to find the time to read. The Sunday Magazine's Kristen Nelson explores how Canadians' relationship with reading evolved during the pandemic.

Our youth at COP26

From protests in the streets of Glasgow to literally taking centre stage during presentations at the COP26 climate summit, young people from around the world made it clear to world leaders that they are not willing to settle for less when it comes to the future of the planet. We hear the sounds, voices and goals of the youth movement at COP26.

The Sunday Magazine for October 31, 2021

Environmentalist David Suzuki on COP26, What Facebook's Meta move could mean for the metaverse, Economist Emily Oster brings business to parenting, Ian Rankin on his new thriller The Dark Remains, Adam Shoalts travels to Labrador to uncover a beastly secret

Why David Suzuki skipped COP26 — and where he sees glimmers of hope in climate action

In recent years, David Suzuki's warnings about the dangers of climate change have become ever more dire. But he sees hope for the future in some surprising situations, including the rapid global response to COVID-19.

Embracing mistakes can save you from the jaws of defeat, says Terry O'Reilly

If it wasn’t for catastrophic mistakes, the Hulk wouldn’t be green, the shark in Jaws might not be as scary, and TV dinners might not exist. That’s why Terry O’Reilly says people need to embrace their blunders.

Here's what people 'inside' the metaverse say about Facebook's 'Meta' move

To some people, the metaverse is a utopian dream of how we’ll connect online in the future. What does Facebook’s entry into the space mean for the dream? We take a trip inside the ‘metaverse’ as it exists today, to find out.

Economist Emily Oster says you should run your family like a business

The last thing parents want when they sign their kids up for piano lessons or soccer, is to become a logistics manager for their family schedule. Economist and data-parenting expert Emily Oster says business ideologies can help parents hack their kid’s after-school schedule, reach their collective goals and make better decisions.