The Sunday Magazine for January 31, 2021
This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:
A complicated COVID road ahead: News of a vaccine for COVID-19 had many of us heaving a sigh of relief, with an end seemingly in sight. But the vaccine rollout has been marred by complications - delays in vaccine supply, issues around distribution, as well as questions about how vaccine hesitancy and new virus variants might affect overall outcomes. The news of possible setbacks keeps coming at us fast and furiously. But taken all together, what does it all mean for the months ahead, and ultimately — the finish line? And are there ways that could get us there faster? Chattopadhyay walks you through it all with Dr. Sarah Funnell of Ottawa Public Health; infectious disease epidemiologist Ashleigh Tuite; and Dr. Vincent Lam, a physician who has written about pandemics, and is following this one closely.
In defence of chaos: At a time when everyone seems to be looking for answers, Lulu Miller reminds us that asking questions, and lingering in the unknown a little longer, can be a brighter guiding light if you're seeking harmony in the world. The science journalist and co-host of Radiolab joins Chattopadhyay to talk about her new book, Why Fish Don't Exist, a journey into one man's obsession with order and what it taught her about the value of a little chaos.
Natural Killer: When Harriet Alida Lye was 15, she was diagnosed with a rare and lethal form of leukemia. Before her, there were no known survivors. And since then, she's had an acute sense of her body's ability to create death. But what she didn't know — and was told never to imagine — was that her body could also create life. Her extensive chemotherapy was supposed to have made having children virtually impossible. But Harriet beat those odds too. And in her latest memoir, Natural Killer, she writes about those parallel journeys — cancer and motherhood — and what they've revealed to her about life and death.
Hinterland Remixed: Canadians who grew up in the 1960s and 70s might remember the National Film Board's strangely compelling 60-second vignettes that introduced viewers to Canada's most iconic wildlife. Hinterland Who's Who disappeared from our screens in the early 1980s, but its legend lived on in Canadian cultural memory. Chattopadhyay speaks with television and media scholar Andrew Burke about the surprising cultural, ecological, and political legacy of Hinterland Who's Who, and why the opening notes of its Flute Poem theme are still so evocative for so many of us.