The Sunday Magazinewith Piya Chattopadhyay


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.

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.

Jeff VanderMeer on Hummingbird Salamander and environmental activism in art

Author Jeff VanderMeer's new novel, Hummingbird Salamander, is a dark tale of environmental chaos, set in an eerily familiar world, pandemic included. Despite the grim backdrop, VanderMeer holds out hope for our world. He tells Piya how activism drives his art and the inspiration he finds in his backyard.

What are Brood X cicadas, the buzzing insects that emerge once every 17 years?

In the eastern United States, the regular chorus of buzzing cicadas will swell by the billions when Brood X cicadas emerge for the first time in 17 years. We explore the history of Brood X and what cicadas represent in literature and philosophy over time.

An organization's hunt for the lost art of Renaissance women

Art restorer Elizabeth Wicks speaks about what Advancing Women Artists uncovered through its decade of sleuthing for the lost work of Renaissance women.

The Sunday Magazine for April 11, 2021

Guest host David Common speaks with Naheed Nenshi about his tenure as Calgary mayor, looks at what ancient cultures can teach us about parenting with Michaeleen Doucleff, discusses Adam Litovitz's impact on 'jooj two' with Sook-Yin Lee and pays tribute to Prince Phillip.

Coming out 'made me a better, more full person,' says U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe came out publicly as a lesbian in 2012, after garnering international attention for her pass during a Women’s World Cup semifinal match. Her new memoir One Life reflects on her childhood, sports career and social and political activism.

Naheed Nenshi reflects on 11 years as Calgary's mayor — and what lies ahead for him

During his tenure as Calgary mayor, Naheed Nenshi took on urban sprawl, navigated the city through a devastating flood, pushed for better public transit and won increased power for his city. He reflects on all of that, the current state of politics and his future in a discussion with guest host David Common.

What ancient cultures can teach us about parenting

NPR Science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff says traditional cultures around the world, from Tanzania to Nunavut, have a lot to teach us about raising children. She addresses her findings in her new book, 'Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans'.

Sook-Yin Lee's latest album celebrates Adam Litovitz's undying spirit

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.

Canadian poet Lorna Crozier on love, loss and gardening

As Canadians once again settle into a spring spent at home, poet Lorna Crozier reflects on what her late husband Patrick Lane taught her about what a garden can be, and why we should all be digging our hands into the earth right now.

The Sunday Magazine for April 4, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the politics of vaccines with Dr. Peter Hotez, breaks down the relationship between work and personal fulfillment with Sarah Jaffe, speaks with writer Larry Olmstead about the power of sports beyond the stadium, and examines the notion of "guilty pleasures" with musician Chilly Gonzales.