The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Edition for July 28, 2019

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Kevin Sylvester.
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The Sunday Edition for July 28, 2019 with guest-host Kevin Sylvester:

What Canada's last energy transition can teach us about the next one: In the last major energy revolution — when people switched from burning wood to relying on fossil fuels and hydroelectricity — Canada lagged behind the rest of the world. University of Toronto history professor Ruth Sandwell explains why people were so reluctant to make the switch, and what we can learn from that history as we prepare for the transition to a greener economy.     

Why do we put up with the ear-splitting obnoxiousness of leaf blowers? Not only do leaf blowers shatter the peace, they also spew noxious fumes. Efforts to ban them have been largely unsuccessful, but that hasn't stopped retired engineer Monty McDonald, who has been on an anti-leaf-blower campaign for years.

The Blue Jays according to Jerry Howarth: For 36 years, the affable, supremely knowledgeable Jerry Howarth was the voice of the Blue Jays, broadcasting the story of each game as it unfolded. Now retired, Howarth has written a new book about his life in baseball. 

These Canadians find elegance, poetry and joy in mathematics: Members of the Toronto Math Club get together monthly to find creative solutions to vexing problems. Talin Vartanian's documentary about them and about the subject most of us love to hate, is called "Beautiful Solutions." 

Meet the woman who writes bedtime stories for grown-ups: Phoebe Smith is a storyteller for an online audio app called "Calm Sleep Stories," aimed at lulling busy brains into slumber.

The long, lovely view of Thelma Pepper: She didn't pick up a camera until she was 60, but since then, she's taken thousands of striking portraits. At 99, she's still passionate about photography, creativity and the beauty and strength of ordinary people — on Saskatchewan's backroads and in nursing homes. David Gutnick's documentary profile of Thelma Pepper is called, "These Women Live On."

Woman asks herself, 'Why am I turning into a grumpy old man?' In her essay, Jennifer Overton of Brookside, Nova Scotia, reveals she is showing symptoms of Irritable Man Syndrome and seeks a remedy.