The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Edition for July 12, 2020

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Anthony Germain.
Anthony Germain is the co-host of CBC News: Here & Now. (CBC)

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Anthony Germain:

Hong Kong's democracy in peril and its people at a crossroads: In 1997, China promised to maintain Hong Kong's democratic system and civil liberties for 50 years. But many believe a new security law Beijing imposed effectively means the end of democracy in Hong Kong. Diana Fu — a China expert at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy — discusses the potential fallout of the law and the decisions Hong Kongers have to make now about whether to stay and whether to keep pushing for democracy or censor themselves.

Is objectivity an outmoded value in journalism? It's long been an article of faith that objectivity and impartiality are cornerstones of responsible journalism. But more and more people, including journalists, are questioning the sanctity of objectivity — especially when the arbiters of what's objective truth and what's opinion are largely the mostly-white, mostly-male people who run the majority of newsrooms. Candis Callison is a professor of journalism at the University of British Columbia who argues that objectivity in journalism is a dangerous illusion. She is also co-author of a new book, Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and Possibilities.

A radio interview with a master of the TV interview (reprise): Television talk shows have rarely been so bracing and aggressively intelligent, so full of erudition, sophistication and wry wit as The Dick Cavett Show. In 2014, Dick Cavett published a memoir — by turns rollicking and reflective — entitled Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks, and that's when he joined Michael Enright for a highly entertaining conversation about some of those magic moments and hijinks, and the art of interviewing.

Anthony Germain is the co-host of CBC News: Here & Now. He's an award-winning journalist who started his career with CBC in Halifax in 1991. Germain also hosted the Morning Show in Ottawa and the St. John's Morning Show. He is a former host of the St. John's Morning Show. He also spent five years as CBC's foreign correspondent in China. 

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