The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for August 14, 2022

Nahid Shahalimi explores the struggles of Afghan women under Taliban rule, William Alexander recounts the surprising history of the tomato, and NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh talks about leadership and finding purpose in life.
Megan Williams is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (submitted)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host Megan Williams:

Afghan women keep hope alive one year after the fall of Kabul

One year after the Taliban took over Kabul, Afghan-Canadian author Nahid Shahalimi says the voices of Afghan women are not being heard. In her new book, We Are Still Here: Afghan Women on Courage, Freedom, and the Fight to Be Heard, Shahalimi collects the stories and struggles of 13 female leaders whose hope for Afghanistan's future has not faded, despite severe restrictions on women's rights under the Taliban. Shahalimi shares some of their accounts with Williams and talks about what further support she wants to see from the international community today.

The tomatoes that changed the world 

It's the crimson covering of pizza, the most popular pasta sauce, the essence of gazpacho and salsa, and the bright, red Canadian summer sandwich staple. Any way you slice it, the tomato has been crushing it for almost 200 years. But it wasn't always that way. In a new book called Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World, writer William Alexander recounts the surprising history of the tomato – including how, after crossing the Atlantic from Mexico with returning conquistadors five centuries ago, it was widely reviled as "wet and cold" and even poisonous. He joins Williams to dig into how the tomato eventually found its way into kitchens and onto menus around the world.

NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh on how purpose paves a path to greatness

When basketball all-star Chris Bosh chose to leave the Toronto Raptors, he had one thing on his mind: a championship. Within six years, he'd won two NBA titles – and then saw it all come crashing down when a medical condition unexpectedly ended his career. The NBA hall-of-famer speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his book, Letters to a Young Athlete, what he's learned about finding purpose on and off the court, how to be a leader while staying true to yourself, and why cooking dinner for the family is a must during playoffs.

Podcast | Sorry About the Kid, Chapter 1: Where's Paul?

The CBC original podcast Sorry About the Kid finds host Alex McKinnon unearthing his childhood grief surrounding the death of his brother Paul, who was killed by a speeding police car 30 years ago. In Chapter One, through intimate conversations with family and friends, Alex begins to explore why Paul's death – not his life – has become the only thing he remembers about him.

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