The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for April 24, 2022

Conservation biologist Thor Hanson explains how war wounds extend to the environment; Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction tracks environmental toll of the Russian invasion; Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan takes us on a visit to The Candy House; What decades of observing primates taught Frans de Waal about gender; Best-selling author Susan Cain on the upside of feeling down
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

How war wounds extend to the environment

The insurmountable human cost of the war in Ukraine is becoming all too clear. And now, experts are warning that the ripple effect of the Russian invasion will have a devastating environmental cost, as well. With areas flattened and environments destroyed there are fears the once-vibrant ecological landscape will be left with permanent scars. Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist who has been studying the relationship between human crises, war and the incredible toll it all takes on this planet. He's a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, science communicator and author who argues that caring for the environment can play a big role in contributing to peace and security.

Tracking the environmental cost of the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction is monitoring and logging alleged environmental war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, in hopes of pursuing justice at international courts. Ecoaction's climate department head, Evgenia Zasiadko, explains her greatest concerns when it comes to the environmental cost of the conflict, and what motivates her to keep fighting for her country's diverse ecological landscape.

A visit to The Candy House 

Never trust a candy house. So goes the advice in Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan's new book The Candy House. But can anyone heed it? The book is a companion to Egan's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. The new book follows a web of characters living through a technological revolution. In this world, memories are external -- and shareable. Jennifer Egan joins Piya to discuss why people can't resist the latest tech, the role of story in a data-driven world, and how the internet has influenced her writing style.

Susan Cain on the upside of feeling down

Over the last two-plus years of pandemic living, it's felt important to focus on the rays of hope and the light at the end of the tunnel. But there's no denying we've had some other feelings as well, ranging from sorrow to longing. Best-selling author Susan Cain wants you to embrace those feelings. Susan made us think differently about what it means to be an introvert with her first hit book, Quiet.  She joins Piya to explore why we experience negative emotional states and how we can transform those feelings into nourishment for the soul. Her new book is called Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole.

What decades of observing primates taught Frans de Waal about gender

Primatologist Frans de Waal has helped to redefine our understanding of both human and animal behaviour. In his best-selling books Mama's Last Hug and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are, he made the case that when it comes to everything from empathy and emotion to long-term planning and teamwork, primates and humans are closer than we ever thought possible. In his new book, the celebrated Dutch-American primatologist turns his attention to one of the hot-button issues of the day: gender. And as usual, he wraps his scientific observations in  fascinating anecdotes about the primates he's met along the way.  He joins Piya to talk about his new book,  Different: Gender Through The Eyes of A Primatologist.

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