The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for December 11, 2022

Anne Applebaum reflects on U.S.-Russia relations and the war in Ukraine, Jeopardy! star Mattea Roach talks about the pressures of her newfound fame, Duncan McCue shares his documentary about The Beachcombers actor Pat John, and we break down 'bureaucratese.'
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Anne Applebaum on the state of U.S.-Russia relations, and the course of the war in Ukraine

Nearly 10 months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, author, historian and The Atlantic staff writer Anne Applebaum joins Chattopadhay for a wide-ranging conversation about the state and future of the war as the year draws to a close. Applebaum considers what this past week's release of American basketball star Brittney Griner in exchange for a convicted Russian arms dealer reveals about U.S.-Russia relations, and offers analysis on the evolving strategies of Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's allies.

Mattea Roach reflects on life after Jeopardy!

Since her historic 23-win run on Jeopardy! in the spring, Mattea Roach has been keeping herself busy. The 24-year-old LSAT tutor has returned to the popular game show for its Tournament of Champions, started hosting a political podcast and signed with a literary agent to work on ideas for a possible book. But even with all those accomplishments, Roach says she's constantly being asked what she's going to do next. She joins Chattopadhyay to talk about life after Jeopardy!, and all the pressure that comes with her newfound fame.

A Beachcomber's journey home

Pat John became an Indigenous icon for his portrayal of the character Jesse Jim on the long-running Canadian television show The Beachcombers. But after the show went off the air, many wondered what happened to him – including Duncan McCue. The host of CBC Radio's Helluva Story joins Chattopadhyay to discuss what the actor represented to him, and to share his documentary about searching for answers following Pat John's death this past summer.

We love it, we hate it, we legislate it: Word Processing 'bureaucratese'

In the latest installment of our ongoing language series Word Processing, we break down "bureaucratese" – the jargony gobbledygook that so many lawyers, civil servants, academics, and otherwise intelligent people can't seem to resist using. Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre has vowed to bring in a "plain language law" to address bureaucratese in government. But he's not the first. The Sunday Magazine producer Pete Mitton speaks with New Zealand Member of Parliament Rachel Boyack, whose own plain language bill recently became law. Plus, longtime Canadian plain language trainer Christine Mowat and psycholinguist Gary Libben offer their insights on why we love, hate, and may never shake jargon.


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