The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for August 7, 2022

Lotfullah Najafizada talks about launching a new Afghan media outlet from Canada, Kate Molleson tells stories of composers often excluded from music history, and Doug Larson shares lessons from an ancient forest in southern Ontario.
Talia Schlanger is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (David Spowart)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host Talia Schlanger:

Meet the man bringing independent journalism back to Afghanistan, from his new home in Canada

The drone strike killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri inside Afghanistan made headlines around the world this week. And it came as a new Afghan media outlet was just being launched. Amu TV promises to deliver independent journalism – something that's increasingly imperiled in Afghanistan today. And it's being led by veteran Afghan journalist Lotfullah Najafizada, whose home base is now here in Canada. He joins Schlanger to talk about the new venture, and what the killing of al-Zawahri says about where Afghanistan finds itself one year after the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban takeover.

Recognizing composers who've been left out of the classical music conversation

You've heard about Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. But how about Carrillo, Maceda and Ustvolskaya ? In her new book, Sound Within Sound, writer and BBC presenter Kate Molleson tells the stories of 20th century composers whose work was groundbreaking, but who are underrepresented in history because what they made didn't sound like "traditional" classical music. Though conversations around race, gender, diversity, and classical music have seen progress in recent years, Molleson tells Schlanger that there is still a significant gap in the canon when it comes to recognizing many of the trailblazing composers outside Europe and the United States.

Lessons from the ancient forest of southern Ontario's Niagara Escarpment

Ancient forests might call to mind mighty redwoods and towering British Columbia canopies. But a scrappy patch of trees in southern Ontario proves there is more to nature than what meets the eye. Guelph University emeritus professor of integrative biology Doug Larson shares the story of discovering an ancient forest of white cedars that cling to cliffs in view of the CN Tower and Highway 401... and tells us what lessons it holds for how nature can guide us, if we leave it alone.

Podcast | The Flamethrowers, Episode 6: The Talk Radio President

Hosted by Justin Ling, the CBC original podcast The Flamethrowers tracks the rise of American right wing radio from fringe preachers and conspiracy peddlers of the 1930s… to the political firestorm that rages today. In Episode Six, Donald Trump takes style, tactics and issues straight from the right-wing radio playbook. The only question now is: Where does it go from here?

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