Michael's book list; South Africa's Public Protector; In the Crossword; Diversity
Michael Enright's holiday reading list: From a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, to historical fiction by Julian Barnes about Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich, to Frederik Sjoberg's meditation on the life and death of a hoverfly. "The choices are capricious, arbitrary, subjective and perhaps not at all to your liking. But here goes anyway."
Meet Thuli Madonsela -- the conscience of South Africa: As South Africa's Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela has faced down death threats and smear campaigns to expose wrong-doing at the highest levels of her country's government. Along the way, she has made some powerful enemies, who have accused her of everything from being a CIA spy to having a God complex. She has just completed her seven-year term, which has been a masterclass in how to fight corruption.
"Holy Crap! You're in the Crossword": Ira Basen's maritime odyssey to find out who turned him into a clue...and, more importantly, why. His documentary is called "42 Across."
What do we mean by "diversity"? We Canadians like to pat ourselves on the back for our diversity. In the wake of Brexit, Donald Trump and the rise of anti-immigrant nationalism in Europe, we seem to be one of the few remaining countries where diversity is seen as a strength, not a threat. But is it a description, a lived experience, or a government policy? Michael's guests are Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; Shakil Choudhury, author of a new book called "Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us Vs. Them", and Desmond Cole, freelance journalist and activist.
Listener mail: Sam Levene and the Four Lads, and why Fresh Kills, once the largest landfill in the world, became a burial mound after 9/11.
Music this week by: Oscar Peterson, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Jeanne Lamon and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, J.S. Bach, the Four Lads, Memphis Minnie and trumpeter Carol Morgan, Ellis and Branford Marsalis and Norah Jones.