The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Edition — May 20, 2018

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On this week's episode:

Michael's essay: Assumptions made about black people can be harmful, even deadly  
"We make assumptions about black Americans and Canadians that would never occur to us if they were white."

Jagmeet Singh's struggle to define the NDP while dousing fires in his caucus 
The relatively-new leader of the federal NDP is charismatic, articulate and stylish. But who is he really? We can't see him in action in parliament, because he doesn't have a seat. And he has been preoccupied with disciplining several caucus members accused of sexual assault. Jagmeet Singh is Michael's guest.

Singing the Heavenly Music of 18th Century Quebec Nuns
A group of professional singers known as Ensemble Scholastica, is bringing religious history back to life in Quebec City. They're performing music that was once sung by the nuns of the Congrégation de Notre Dame in the 1700s.

Meatless meat, miracle berries and big money. Welcome to the future of food
A rapidly growing number of people believe that unless we make radical changes in what we eat and where our food comes from, we will run out of food by the middle of this century. They're banking on science and innovation to save us. Ira Basen visits the Future Food Tech Summit in San Francisco. His documentary is called "Table Stakes."

Journalism is the foundation of fiction, said the late Tom Wolfe 
Two decades ago, Michael talked to the novelist, journalist and trenchant observer of American life, Tom Wolfe, who died this week. They talk about "the new journalism", the depression that can follow a heart-attack, and that famous white (sorry, cream) suit.

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Dismissed in her lifetime, African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston considered a legend in ours 
In her lifetime, the African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston's work was dismissed, and she died in poverty. But her fame continued to grow, and today, half a million copies of her books are sold every year. This month, Hurston's non-fiction book Barracoon, an interview with the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, was made available to the public for the first time. Michael talks to scholar Cheryl Wall and writer Edwidge Danticat about Hurston's extraordinary life and legacy. We also hear from writers Alice Walker, Zadie Smith and Nicole Blades.