The Sunday Magazine

May 7, 2017: The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright

My Digital Sabbath - Michael's essay: Michael Enright was becoming increasingly concerned that his addiction to screens was shrinking his attention span. So he disconnected for 24 hours. It was harder than he thought it would be. Here's an excerpt: "I walked. Went for a bicycle ride, read every newspaper in the house. Twice. I was beginning to fear I wouldn't make it to sundown." What can dystopian literature teach us about Trump and populist autocrats around the world? Donald Trump's election was not celebrated by the literati. But it has been very good news for some publishers. Books by Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Hannah Arendt and Sinclair Lewis, which probed and predicted various forms of authoritarianism, are bestsellers again. Michael's guests -- including Ms. Atwood -- discuss what these books can tell us about what's coming down the road. How a shortage of British curry chefs helped win the Brexit vote: David Gutnick brings us the story of the looming crisis in the multibillion dollar British curry industry. The so-called "princes" of British curry bought into Brexit, thinking it would solve the chef shortage by limiting immigrants from eastern Europe in favour of those from South Asians. They're now having second thoughts. David's documentary is called "The Battle of Vindaloo." Is architectural façadism an abomination, or a way to preserve the beauty of the past? The practice of maintaining the outer skin of an historic building while destroying the rest and erecting a skyscraper behind it, is both loved and hated. At its best, façadism is a marriage of the past and the future that preserves the dignity of beloved old buildings, while allowing the city to grow and change. At its worst, it sacrifices the integrity of the past at the altar of unchecked growth. Your reaction to: our interview with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Music this week by: Percy Mayfield, Taurey Butler, Doug Cox, Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Monica Chapman and vibraphonist Gary Barton.

On this week's program:

Digital Sabbath; Dystopian lit; Brexit Vindaloo and Façadism