The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for April 25, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses mothers' mental health with Sheri Madigan and Genesa Greening, talks about growing up Uyghur in Canada with Babur Ilchi and Shalina Nurly, and explores the science of memory with Lisa Genova.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

The pandemic's heavy toll on mothers' mental health

As many mothers juggle careers, kids and financial anxieties in the midst of the pandemic, their mental health is being impacted. Mothers are reporting anxiety, depression and insomnia — and the impact on BIPOC women, single mothers and those living in poverty is even greater. In this edition of The Sunday Magazine, Piya hears from mothers across Canada about how they're doing. She also speaks with two experts in the field about what mothers are facing: Sheri Madigan, the Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, and Genesa Greening, the president and CEO of the BC Women's Health Association.

Far from home but still connected: Uyghurs in Canada speak up

Many Canadians know what it's like to live far away from their homeland, but for Canada's Uyghur population, the disconnect is deeper. Babur Ilchi and Shalina Nurly join Piya to discuss what life is like growing up Uyghur in Canada, how their podcast Tarim Talks connects with other Uyghurs around the world, and the urgency their mission has taken on as Chinese government policies target Uyghurs in that country.

Behind the thumbnail: The truth about chumbox ads

You may not recognize Taboola and Outbrain, but you're likely familiar with their work. They specialize in chumbox ads; those low-quality clickbait ads that promise 'One weird trick to eliminate belly fat' or 'Secrets that doctors don't want you to know.' As both companies plan to go public on Wall Street, The Sunday Magazine producer Peter Mitton looks into the bigger story these little thumbnails have to tell — about the ways our brains navigate information online, and the ways newspaper chains are trying to stay afloat in the digital economy.

'Our human memory is not perfect': Neuroscientist Lisa Genova wants you to embrace your forgetfulness

Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car or the name of someone you just met? You might think you're losing your mind when you do, but author Lisa Genova wants to assure you that you're not. In her latest book, Remember, the neuroscientist and bestselling author delves into the science of memory and the art of forgetting. The author of Still Alice and other bestsellers joins Piya to talk about how our brains create and alter memories, why it's OK to forget, and what we can do to protect ourselves from forgetting what really matters.