The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Edition for March 17, 2019

Listen to this week's episode with host Michael Enright.
A well-wisher helps to light 49 candles as he pays respects to victims outside the hospital in Christchurch on March 16, 2019, after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city the previous day. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

Listen to this week's episode with host Michael Enright.

 What it's like to be Muslim in this violent age: Four guests join Michael to talk about living with fear, conspiracy theories about a Muslim "invasion", the dark influence of the internet, why shootings take place in mosques, and what it's like to be Muslim in this violent age. They are: Alia Hogben, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Moustafa Bayoumi and Imam Hassan Guillet.

White supremacy flourishes in New Zealand, to the surprise of law enforcement: New Zealand has a long history of right-wing extremist groups that has been too-often overlooked. Paul Spoonley has been studying right-wing extremism in his country since the 1980s. He is Pro Vice-Chancellor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in Auckland.

Please note: To make way for the live broadcast of the Junos' Songwriters' Circle, portions of this week's Sunday Edition will not be heard in some time zones. As this Sunday is Music Day on CBC, we have taken this opportunity to rebroadcast interviews with Canadian musicians.

Meet two young, talented musicians from the piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada: It takes passion, commitment and laser-like focus to succeed as a classical musician. Pianist Angela Park and violinist Elissa Lee, who make up one-half of the piano quartet, "Ensemble Made in Canada", have those qualities and more. One critic described their performance as "chamber music delivered on a beautifully polished silver platter."

Little Miss Higgins' engine runs on high octane: She's from Prairie Canada, and her songs are a mixture of deep-down country, hot blues and cool jazz. But just to make it clear that she's a country girl at heart, Little Miss Higgins recorded one of her albums in a bison barn. Little Miss Higgins, a.k.a. Jolene Higgins, brought her guitar along to the studio for a live performance.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo says he has a responsibility to help inner-city kids learn music: Nigeria-born, Toronto-raised, Thompson Egbo-Egbo started playing piano at the age of six. His range is startling; jazz, classical, hip-hop, fusion. Today, he performs across the country and through his arts foundation, helps inner-city Toronto kids to transcend their social and economic circumstances.

Duo Concertante keeps music all in the family: Violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Tim Steeves have a passionate musical relationship. They are partners in music — and partners in life.

Music this week by: the folk group The Aerialists, Ensemble Made in Canada, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Little Miss Higgins, Duo Concertante, André Previn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jacques Loussier.