The Sunday Edition for May 24, 2020
Listen to this week's episode with host Michael Enright:
A COVID-19 confinement chronicle: week ten — Michael's essay: "Nostalgia for the locked down and homebound is a bit like Novocaine; a little bit eases the pain of isolation, too much taken too often freezes every sensation and leaves us stuck in the distant past. We all fall victim to it. Occasionally. Especially when in voluntary isolation."
Anne Enright's latest novel Actress is imbued with mother-daughter dynamics: The award-winning Irish novelist Anne Enright talks about the influences that shaped her latest novel. They include her deep interest in the relationship between mothers and daughters; the death of her father; Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein; and her indignation about the election of Donald Trump.
Stream, announce, assign, post, comment — Sam Heffer learns to teach from a distance: When Sam Heffer worked in a bricks-and-mortar school, she never spent much time sitting in front of a computer. Now she logs in to visit four Google Classrooms where there are no students visible to her. Her essay is entitled "The New School."
To rebuild the economy after COVID-19, we'll need more government, not less: One of the biggest dilemmas we face in the post-pandemic world is the state of the economy: What will it mean to return to work? Who will still have a job and who won't? Are there sectors of the economy that will never recover from COVID? And will we be living with government deficits for decades to come? Jim Stanford, one of Canada's most progressive economists, will shed light on these questions and more.
Why Eric Hoffer was so wary of "followers": Author and documentary filmmaker Tom Shachtman talks about the influence of the late Eric Hoffer and his book The True Believer, which has become a classic. Although it is more than seven decades old, it describes the brand of political extremism we see in politics today.
Beauty, death, nature and the soul — Emily Dickinson for the 21st century: In these times, we could all use a dose of the originality, the tenderness and the astonishing perceptions of the Belle of Amherst. A reprise of our special broadcast about the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. She gives self-isolation a good name.
Music this week by: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The Gryphon Trio, Amy Beach, Peggy Lee, Shelley Posen, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, J.S Bach, Chopin and Felix Mendelssohn.