The Sunday Magazine for April 11, 2021
This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host David Common:
Naheed Nenshi reflects on 11 years as Calgary's mayor — and what lies ahead for him
Naheed Nenshi announced this week that he won't seek a third term as Calgary's mayor after 11 years in office. Nenshi was a relative newcomer to politics when he was elected in 2010, but he quickly became one of the country's most high-profile civic leaders; in 2014, he became the only Canadian to win the World Mayor Prize. During his time in office, Nenshi took on urban sprawl, navigated the city through a devastating flood, pushed for better public transit and won increased power for his city. As he prepares to exit the role, he talks to guest host David Common about the challenges brought on by the pandemic and the downturn in the oil and gas industry. He also reflects on the current state of politics in this country and shares his thoughts on how Canadians can work together to bridge divides.
What ancient cultures can teach us about parenting
NPR Science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff knew there had to be a better way of parenting her toddler; she just didn't expect to find it while reporting a story in a Mayan village. Doucleff soon learned that traditional cultures around the world, from Tanzania to Nunavut, have a lot to teach us about raising children — and there's much we in the West should forget. She joins Common to share insights from her new book, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans.
Sook-Yin Lee's latest album celebrates Adam Litovitz's undying spirit
Sook-Yin Lee used to dance to tunes she wrote with her creative and romantic partner, Adam Litovitz. But since his death in 2019, she says she's had to learn to dance with grief. To help her cope, she's completed an electro-pop album they'd co-created called jooj two. The album releases this week. Lee tells Common how she still feels Litovitz's energy around her and in their music. (Warning: This conversation discusses suicide.)
Canadian poet Lorna Crozier on love, loss and gardening
Canadian poet Lorna Crozier was never much of a gardener — she left that work to her husband, writer Patrick Lane, until his death in 2019. But from a young age, she recognized the garden as a deeply important place from which to contemplate our biggest questions, including questions about life, death and loss. As Canadians once again settle into a spring spent at home, Crozier reflects on what Lane taught her about what a garden can be, and why we should all be digging our hands into the earth right now.
One Life: Megan Rapinoe on her rise to Women's World Cup champion and FIFA's 2019 female player of the year
In her memoir One Life, American soccer star Megan Rapinoe tells the story of how she went from playing on a boys' team as a kid to captaining the U.S. women's national team and being named FIFA's female player of the year in 2019. With that platform, she's also become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, equal pay and racial justice. Rapinoe speaks with host Piya Chattopadhyay about the duty and responsibility she believes comes with a job in professional sports, how she became the athlete and advocate she is today, and the people who inspired her along the way.