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The Sunday Magazine for May 28, 2023
Naheed Nenshi and Ryan Jespersen tee up the Alberta election, author Michelle Min Sterling discusses her debut novel Camp Zero, Slate writer Henry Grabar on how parking explains the world and sociologist Jonathan Kennedy charts the history of human plagues. Plus, the Pulitzer prize-winning poet whose work has a hint about the series finale of Succession.
We need to talk about class to tackle inequality in Canada, author argues
Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas says that even though class divisions exist in Canada, we don't talk about them openly.
Why the Ottawa Senators seem to be hockey's hottest property
The competition to buy the Ottawa Senators took a new turn this week, when Canadian sports legend Donovan Bailey joined a bid led by U-S businessman Neko Sparks and rapper Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg has said he wants to bring more diversity to the game and Bailey tells us why he is getting on board. Ian Mendes, a senior writer at The Athletic also joins Robyn Bresnahan to talk about why the team is attracting so much attention.
Searching for the centre in Alberta politics
Albertans go to the polls next week in a tight election pitting Danielle Smith's United Conservatives against Rachel Notley's New Democrats. But there is a lot of political space between those two poles, which leads to a question: Where has the centre gone in Alberta politics? CBC Producer John Chipman went looking, and found himself in a true-blue riding, where despite the odds, one candidate believes he can win voters over by occupying the middle ground.
Remembering Martin Amis
Martin Amis, one of the most celebrated British novelists of his generation died at age 73. His best known works were published in the 1980s, among them Money, in 1985 and London Fields, in 1989. He was also known as the son of another literary great, Kingsley Amis. Critic and author Zachary Leader came to know both men well when he wrote a biography of the elder Amis. He speaks to Robyn Bresnahan about Amis' work and their friendship.
Colleen Jones on her sweeping career on and off the ice
Colleen Jones has been on Canadian television screens for decades. She's covered the supper-hour sports beat and Olympic Games, blazing a trail for other women sportscasters. She won the first of many national curling titles at age 22. She joins guest host Robyn Bresnahan to talk about her decision to retire and her sweeping career, on and off the ice.
The Sunday Magazine for May 21, 2023
Donovan Bailey and Ian Mendes discuss the bid to buy the Ottawa Senators, producer John Chipman visits Alberta to look for the middle ground before the province's election, long time CBC journalist Colleen Jones talks about her sweeping career in curling and broadcasting and we remember celebrated British author, Martin Amis.
Does the 'Godfather of AI' think he's created a monster?: 'A little bit. Yes'
Geoffrey Hinton, the computer scientist who left his job at Google to sound the alarm on AI’s threat to humanity hopes he’s scaring politicians into doing something. In an wide-ranging interview with Robyn Bresnahan, he also offers hope: Humanity has survived big threats before, but only by taking them seriously and getting to work.
Why we need to talk about class in Canada
Deborah Dundas grew up poor. She didn't always have a refrigerator, her own bed or enough change to do laundry. Her story isn't unique so she wonders why it's still so taboo to talk about class in Canada. Dundas joined Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about her new book, On Class, which she hopes will open up conversations about inequity in our society.
The Sunday Magazine for May 14, 2023
Journalists Nathan VanderKlippe and Janyce McGregor analyze growing tensions between Canada and China, Mary Louise Kelly talks about juggling motherhood and work, we get the latest on Alberta's wildfires, the 'godfather of AI' Geoffrey Hinton warns of its dangers, author Deborah Dundas makes the case for more open conversations about class.
A reporter's struggle to balance deadlines and family time
Mary Louise Kelly, the host of NPR's All Things Considered has a new memoir in which she opens up about the hard choices she faced, juggling her family and her job as a host and national security reporter. Kelly decided to hit pause on her journalism career to cherish the last year her family would live under one roof.
Alberta's battle to control wildfires continues
More than 400 wildfires have scorched hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in Alberta. Last Saturday, the province declared a state of emergency. CBC National reporter Erin Collins has been on the ground all week and joins us to take stock of the devastation and the recovery efforts.
Rising tensions in Canada-China relations
Tensions between Canada and China are escalating after the Trudeau government expelled a Chinese diplomat this week. China responded by kicking a Canadian envoy out of Shanghai. Reporters Nathan VanderKlippe and Janyce McGregor join Robyn Bresnahan to dig into this latest diplomatic tit-for-tat.
The Sunday Magazine for May 7, 2023
Ann MacMillan reflects on the coronation of King Charles, Tamara Cherry compels us to re-think crime reporting, Huda Mukbil recounts fighting racism and bullying within CSIS, our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! returns, and we take a look at the newly-minted King Charles coins.
Meet the sculptor charged with bringing King Charles to British coins
Martin Jennings, who designed the United Kingdom's new King Charles coin, reflects on how he aimed to create an enduring image... and reveals whether or not he hid the image of a bird in his likeness of the King's head.
The road ahead for King Charles III and the monarchy
Former CBC London bureau chief Ann MacMillan joins Piya Chattopadhyay to share her reflections on the coronation of King Charles, and how she thinks he may approach his role differently than Queen Elizabeth.
Former crime reporter calls for a reckoning in the business of bad news
Tamara Cherry joins Piya Chattopadhyay to talk about her new book The Trauma Beat; The Case for Re-Thinking the Business of Bad News, which explores how interactions with journalists can re-harm and traumatize survivors and victims.
Former CSIS officer explores her years of fighting terrorists, spies, and institutional racism
As one of the only Black Arab-Canadian intelligence officers working at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service who could speak fluent Arabic in the early 2000s, Mukbil says she was valued at work – until she decided to start wearing a hijab.
That's Puzzling! for May 2023
In the latest edition of our monthly challenge That's Puzzling!, Piya Chattopadhyay competes against one familiar voice and one clever listener in a battle of brain games devised by puzzle master Peter Brown. Playing along this month are Shirra Wall of Nanaimo, B.C., and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, the host of Commotion on CBC Radio.
Former Buzzfeed News head Ben Smith reflects on the outlet's rise and fall, and the current media maelstrom
Ben Smith, the former Buzzfeed News editor-in-chief and former media columnist for the New York TImes joins Piya Chattopadhyay to make sense of the latest events in he shifting media landscape and to talk about his new book, Traffic Genius, Rivalry, and Delusion in the Billion-Dollar Race to Go Viral.
Boiling down why eggs are are vital to our culture and history
In her new book, Egg: A Dozen Ovatures, author Lizzie Stark says an entire universe is contained inside an egg shell. And over time human ingenuity has made eggs, in their many forms, a versatile object put to use in food, art, myth, politics and science.
The Sunday Magazine for April 30, 2023
Former Buzzfeed News head Ben Smith weighs in on the current media maelstrom, Lizzie Stark cracks open her new book of essays on eggs, The Sunday Politics Panel parses the potlics of the week and scholar Norma Dunning shares how the 'disc system' disrupted Inuit culture.
Sunday Politics Panel: PSAC strike, Canada's response in Sudan, Bill C-11 and more
It's been a busy week in Ottawa, with the PSAC strike continuing, Canada sending troops to support evacuation flights from Sudan and the final stamp on Bill C-11, which aims to elevate Canadian content online and on streaming services. Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney join Piya Chattopadhyay to parse out politics of the week.
The' Eskimo Disc System' and a daughter's search for her grandmother
For decades, the Canadian government assigned Inuit numbers printed on discs, in place of their names. More than 50 years after that system ended, its effects are still felt. Norma Dunning joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss that legacy and her mission to rebuild her ties to traditional ways.
Temple Grandin says education systems aren't making space for visual thinkers like her
We've come a long way in understanding autism since Temple Grandin was first diagnosed with it back in the 1950s. But Grandin, now 75, says that too many "visual thinkers" like her are being let down by education systems.