The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for June 26, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, David Sedaris shares his latest observations on the world, we survey Canadian travel woes and wanderlust, and two academic pen pals publish their pandemic letters.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

The future implications of overturning Roe v. Wade

Women no longer have a constitutional right to an abortion in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned 1973's landmark Roe v. Wade decision on Friday. The ruling has the potential to claw back abortion access across the country by allowing states to restrict or outright ban the procedure. Dahlia Lithwick writes about American courts and the law for Slate and hosts its Amicus podcast. Lithwick joins Chattopadhyay to discuss what this decision means for reproductive rights and the potential fate of other protections from contraception to same-sex marriage.

A philosophical voyage into the bigger meaning of travel

As many Canadians gear up for long-awaited summer travel, our ability to get anywhere easily is proving difficult. From Newfoundland to the Northwest Territories and beyond, we hear from frustrated travelers, airport workers, tourism officials, and others who are grappling with everything from high fuel prices to airport chaos, passport woes to cancelled trips. At the same time, the urge to get away feels stronger than ever. Emily Thomas loves to travel and loves to think about travel. She's an associate professor of philosophy at England's Durham University and author of The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad, which explores how travel and philosophy intersect. Thomas speaks with Chattopadhyay about how the pandemic has affected our relationship with travel, and what the current moment reveals about our desire to leave home.

David Sedaris on his father's death, division, and choosing one thing to be terribly, terribly offended by

A lot has happened in the four years since storyteller and humourist David Sedaris put out his last book. Not only has he, like the rest of us, been living through the global pandemic. But his father, who was featured in many of his stories, died. Sedaris speaks with Chattopadhyay about their complicated relationship and how his dad's death informed his thinking on mortality, and shares a host of other observations on the world he's made lately. While the essays in his new book Happy-Go-Lucky go to some darker-than-usual places, they still deliver the author's trademark wit and wisdom.

Pandemic letter writing project paves roadmap for a more hopeful future

The experience of living through the pandemic has, at times, left many of us feeling disconnected from the world and from each other. And as more challenges, from police brutality to climate change, were layered on top... Canadian writers Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson found a way to connect and navigate the chaos around them: They started writing letters to each other. Their exchanges show how they coped during the pandemic and contain insights into the way our country's history of colonization and slavery led us to this moment. Maynard and Betasamosake Simpson join Chattopadhyay to talk about their relationship and how their letters became a new book, called Rehearsals for Living.

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