The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for July 18, 2021

Guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud speaks with science journalist Sarah Everts about what our sweat reveals about us -- our culture, our physiology, our sociology, even the way we love. We also revisit our conversation with novelist Omar El Akkad about his new novel What Strange Paradise, what children can see about the world that adults ignore, and why the current global refugee crisis will only intensify as climate change worsens.
Elamin Abdelmahmoud is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud:

The unexpected science (and joy) of sweat

When science journalist Sarah Everts moved to Germany, she carried with her some shame and embarrassment about sweat -- how much of it she shed, and what it might smell like. But that all changed when she discovered Berlin's sauna culture. For the next decade, Sarah would travel the world, meeting professional sweat sniffers... seeking love at sweat speed-dating events... and discovering (with a bit of horror) just how much personal information we leave behind in a single sweaty fingerprint. As we head into the dog days of summer heat, Sarah Everts joins guest host Elamin Abdelmahmoud to talk about her new book, The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration.  

What the honesty of childhood reveals about the ugliness in our world

At this moment, 80 million people around the world have fled home -- almost half of them are children. It's the highest number of refugees in recorded history. And as novelist Omar El Akkad sees it, that number will grow as climate change worsens. He grapples with how people treat one another -- and the window it offers into the human condition in his latest novel, What Strange Paradise. We revisit his conversation with Piya Chattopadhyay about why he told the story through the eyes of a child, the privilege of hopeful futures, and the danger of temporary outrage.