The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for April 4, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the politics of vaccines with Dr. Peter Hotez, breaks down the relationship between work and personal fulfillment with Sarah Jaffe, speaks with writer Larry Olmstead about the power of sports beyond the stadium, and examines the notion of "guilty pleasures" with musician Chilly Gonzales.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

A vaccine expert on the politics of ending the COVID-19 pandemic

The vast majority of Canadians are still waiting, many with increasing impatience and frustration, for their turn to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But vaccine expert Dr. Peter Hotez argues that bigger impediments to ending the pandemic lie in people who will not get vaccinated, and the billions globally who won't have access to vaccines for months or years to come. Hotez, who is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the author of Preventing the Next Pandemic, joins Chattopadhyay to talk about what's at stake — and what he thinks needs to be done to truly get this pandemic under control. 

You've been told you should 'love' your work — but your work won't love you back 

"Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." How many times have you heard that advice? Labour journalist Sarah Jaffe says we need to rethink the idea that our jobs should be sources of personal fulfilment — let alone love. She argues that this attitude is used to keep workers — from nurses and teachers, to writers and Uber drivers — down for years, and even more so during the pandemic. She joins Chattopadhyay to talk about her new book Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone

Why sports fandom is good for you, and society 

Baseball is back this weekend — and for sports fans, it's hard to underestimate what a source of hope and excitement that is. Of course, with so much going on in the world, from the raging pandemic to crushing social inequities, it may seem silly to pay so much attention to a ball game. But, according to journalist Larry Olmsted, sports fandom provides real benefits both for us as individuals and as society. He joins Chattopadhyay to talk about his new book Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding.

Artist Karen Tam reflects on anti-Asian racism

Montreal artist and curator Karen Tam has made a career of exploring the commodification of Chinese-Canadian cultural spaces, and how Chinese Canadians have used exoticism and stereotypes to ensure their own economic survival. Her latest project is called Whose Chinatown? It speaks, in part, to the wounds inflicted by anti-Asian racism, from the wave of aggression and violence we have seen this last year, going all the way back to the 1800s. Tam reflects on culture, identity, and the devastating effects of racism and fear in Canada's Asian communities. 

Stop calling it guilty pleasure: Chilly Gonzales wants us to embrace our tastes without the fear of judgment

The shape shifting Canadian musical genius Chilly Gonzales has distilled his philosophy of art and taste in a book about an enigmatic Irish artist. A musician who's at once massively popular and often the butt of jokes: Enya. As Gonzales tells Chattopadhyay, music should be appreciated not for being "cool" or under the radar, but for what it does for you — whether it moves you, elevates you or even helps you fall asleep.