The Sunday Magazine

Michael's Essay; Why Crimea Matters; Poetry that inspires; Foster care for the mentally ill; Roberta Bondar; Emmeline Pankhurst's chauffeur; Dr. Sherwin Nuland; Singing Papageno

This week on The Sunday Edition for Mar 9, 2014...
This week on The Sunday Edition for Mar 9, 2014

Michael's Essay:(0:05) Toronto's mayor has certainly become the best-known Canadian on the planet. In an election year that might turn out to be advantageous. Americansare used to rogue mayors, even the out-and-out crooks they elect from time to time. Every time the sins of the mayor of Toronto are reiterated, the name of Washington's infamous drug mayor, Marion Barry, is trotted out. And the mayors of both New Orleans and Detroit have been convicted of various felonies and misdemeanors.

Why Crimea Matters(4:23) "Into the valley of death, rode the six hundred." Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade", immortalized the cavalry attack in which so many -- soldiers and horses -- lost their lives. The 2000-year history of the peninsula off the northern shore of the Black Sea, now at the centre of an international crisis, is rife with epic clashes between Europeans and Russians -- also Greeks, Goths, Bulgars, Turks, Tatars and Mongols. We explore Crimea's storied past, and how that history might influence the future of the region, with Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University.

Lifelines(30:08) We begin a new, occasional series in which Canadians from all walks of life talk about the poetry that has been a source of strength, inspiration or entertainment in their lives. Our first guest is the president of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Ramona Lumpkin.

Documentary:  (40:16) "You Belong in Geel":  Imagine a town where psychiatric patients are welcomed, not shunned. For centuries, families in Geel, Belgium, have been inviting the mentally ill into their homes, sometimes for a cup of tea, sometimes to live for thirty years. Karin Wells looks at this remarkable experiment in psychiatric care in her documentary "You Belong in Geel".

Roberta Bondar(1:07:31) Canada's first female astronaut tells Michael how spending time in space produces unintended, unwelcome effects on the human body.

Marking International Women's Day(1:28:09) From the BBC archives, the voice of a woman who had a front seat - literally - to history. Aileen Graham-Allen was the chauffeur for Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the world's most prominent suffragettes.  Ms. Graham-Allen recounts what she saw as Ms. Pankhurst fought for women's right to vote.

Dr. Sherwin Nuland:(1:34:43) The surgeon and medical ethicist died this week at the age of 83. Dr. Nuland's seminal book, "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter", provoked international discussion when it was published in 1994. We reprise Michael's 2007 conversation with Dr. Nuland, in which they talked not just about death, but about living --  and aging -- with grace and conviction. 

Essay(1:58:23) How singing the role of  Papageno in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" gave Chris Cameron a moment of transcendence -- and a glimpse into his own future.


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