The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for July 3, 2022

Bob Rae reflects on Canada's place in the world, Patrick Radden Keefe takes us inside his stories of rogues, Lilly Singh reflects on life after late night TV, and we present the first episode of CBC's original podcast The Flamethrowers.
David Common is guest host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host David Common:

Bob Rae reflects on Canada's role in an increasingly unstable world

Canada Day weekend is traditionally a time when many wave the flag and mark our nation's birthday however you see fit. But one thing is clearer this Canada Day weekend than others in recent memory: Just how much our country is intertwined with the wider world – from the pandemic to climate change and the war in Ukraine. And how Canada chooses to respond to those issues in no small way will define our place in the world and shape how the world sees us. Looking back on two years in his role as Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bob Rae shares his thoughts on the limitations and successes of the UN, Canada's commitment to fighting the war in Ukraine, how we can help the record number of displaced people around the world, and what Canadians can do to stave off despair in troubled times.

How Patrick Radden Keefe gets inside his subjects' lives – sometimes without ever speaking to them

Patrick Radden Keefe has spent his career writing intimate portraits of grifters, rebels, criminals, and those who defend them. Now, the staff writer at The New Yorker is rounding up 12 of his most enthralling stories in a new book to paint a portrait of corruption and intrigue. It's called Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks. As he tells Piya Chattopadhyay, profiles like these can contain revelations about greed, power, family bonds, and denial in the world's most shadowy corners – and also sometimes, in plain sight.

Life after late night with Lilly Singh

In 2019, Canadian entertainer Lilly Singh was celebrated as the first LGBTQ+ woman of Indian descent to host a late night talk show on a major American television network. Two years and one ongoing pandemic later, NBC cancelled the show, leaving Singh to figure out her next move, while trying to conquer her feelings of failure. Singh, who rose to fame as a YouTube sensation, shares how she worked her way out of a slump in her new book Be a Triangle: How I Went from Being Lost to Getting My Life Into Shape. We revisit her conversation with Piya Chattopadhyay about how she regained her happiness by finding her foundation, the barriers she came up against in the late-night arena, and what it means to be a leader as a person of Indian heritage in North American culture.

The Flamethrowers: The Father of Hate Radio

All this summer, The Sunday Magazine is presenting highlights from CBC Podcasts. This week, we begin with The Flamethrowers. Hosted by Justin Ling, the podcast tracks the rise of American right wing radio from fringe preachers and conspiracy peddlers of the 1930s… to the political firestorm that rages today. Episode one begins with Canadian priest Charles Coughlin — a populist crusader who winds up espousing conspiracy and hate. Right-wing radio flexes its muscle with a boycott of Polish Ham. And the Kennedy government almost wipes right-wing talk off the map.

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