The Sunday Magazine

Michael's essay - Loving Oblomov; Is Pakistan the world's most dangerous country; Essay - Hip hop class; The art and craft of Alex Colville; Tribute to Bob Carty

This week on The Sunday Edition, for September 28, 2014....
This week on The Sunday Edition, for September 28, 2014.


Michael's essay - Loving Oblomov (00:18): Michael recounts (with some chagrin) his very public failure to finish Tolstoy's  War and Peace. On the first Sunday of autumn, he recommends instead, the less well-known  Oblomov, as "a perfect accompaniment to the darkening evenings ahead, and the cold, Russian nights to follow."

The Unstable World - Pakistan (4:54): Is Pakistan the most dangerous country in the world? Michael talks with  Farahnaz Ispahani and  Husain Haqqani, Pakistanis living in exile in the U.S. Both have received death threats because of their life-long opposition to state-sanctioned radical Islamism in their home country. Haqqani was Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. from 2008 - 2011; Ispahani was a member of parliament under Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.  Recently, the couple was included in a list of "Top 100 Global Thinkers", for "pushing tough love for their troubled country."

Essay - Hip Hop Class (35:04):Rebecca Hass signs up for a dance class, and puts hip hop and hope together -- with surprising results. 

The art and the craft of Alex Colville (42:05):
He honed his skills as an artist on the battlefields of World War 2, but is best remembered for his vivid portraits of the people and landscapes of the Maritimes, the corner of the country he called home.  The Art Gallery of Ontario is host to a new exhibit of Colville's works, the largest number of paintings ever assembled in one place. Director and CEO  Matthew Teitelbaum will be our guide.

Mail - Textbooks (1:00:00): Listener reaction to Michael's essay from last week on the high costs of university textbooks.

Tribute to Bob Carty: We cele​brate the passion and brilliance of our colleague and friend  Bob Carty, who died on September 21 at the age of 64 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Many of Bob's radio documentaries won international awards for investigative journalism and human rights, but we have chosen to broadcast one that ​demonstrates​ his sense of humour and his love of music. It's called "Banjo Bob."

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