The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for June 20, 2021

Host Piya Chattophadyay speaks with Dr. Gabor Maté about the relationship between trauma and the pandemic, Julie Lythcott-Haims about why adulting is tougher now than ever before, Omar El Akkad about his new novel 'What Strange Paradise,' and Tate Ryan-Mosley about how beauty filters are changing the ways young girls see themselves.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

The toll of the pandemic and how we move forward

Renowned author and expert in addictions and child development Dr. Gabor Maté talks to Piya about the relationship between trauma and the pandemic. He offers insight and advice on how we can shape better selves and societies as we begin to move forward and imagine a future out of the shadow of COVID-19.

Adulting 101: Why being an adult is harder than ever

"Adulting is scary" and "adulting is hard" might seem like excuses, but Julie Lythcott-Haims believes there's validity to those claims. She says helicopter parenting has left younger people without the skills and self-efficacy they need to prosper in their adult lives. She joins Piya to discuss her new book Your Turn: How to be an Adult and offer wisdom about how to fend for yourself in this world.

Where were you when …?

Last Sunday, Piya spoke with the great Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey — he looked back on his gold medal-winning, world record-breaking 100-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Now, we hear from listeners about their memories of that golden moment 25 years ago.

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

By mid-2020, 80 million people were displaced worldwide — and 40 per cent of them were children under the age of 18. And as novelist Omar El Akkad sees it, that number will grow as climate change worsens. He joins Piya to discuss his latest novel What Strange Paradise, why he told it through the eyes of a child, and the danger of temporary outrage.

Who invented the Flamin' Hot Cheeto? Mark Bittman and Rob Dunn on the evolution of the spicy snack

The origin of the Flamin' Hot Cheeto seems like a simple tale; the story goes that a former Frito Lay janitor pitched the idea of a spicy, cheesy, neon-red Cheeto, and he went on to become a company director. But according to a recent Los Angeles Times report, that may not be the real story — and it may not be the most interesting one. Producer Peter Mitton talks to two esteemed food writers, Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, From Sustainable to Suicidal, and Rob Dunn, author of Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How it Made Us Human. They unpack how human and industrial evolution led to the rise of the Flamin' Hot Cheeto.  

How beauty filters are changing the ways young girls see themselves

Earlier this year, an American lawyer went viral after he appeared before a judge on Zoom with a cat face filter and was unable to turn it off. This technology, called augmented reality, is a major breakthrough and widely used on social platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. But it's not all fun and games for teenage girls — they're increasingly using these beauty filters to smooth their skin, widen their eyes, shrink their noses and more. MIT Technology Review reporter Tate Ryan-Mosley tells Piya why girls she's spoken with are conflicted about the technology and sometimes feel they can't go online without it.