The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for March 20, 2022

Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov tells his country's story of resistance, Willie Thrasher talks about how music helped him reconnect with his Inuit roots, and Ask Polly advice columnist Heather Havrilesky challenges idealized notions of marriage.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Ukrainian novelist bring his country's story of resistance to the world

CBC News senior journalist David Common reports live from Lviv, Ukraine, on how that city and its people are coping as the Russian invasion nears the one-month mark. And then we hear from celebrated Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov. At 60-years-old, he could leave the war-torn country if he wanted. But Kurkov has decided to stay. The author of more than a dozen novels, and president of free speech group PEN Ukraine, tells Chattopadhyay he believes his wartime duty is to help tell the "incredible story" of Ukraine's resistance to the world.

How music helped Willie Thrasher reconnect with his Inuit roots

Inuk musician Willie Thrasher has been enjoying a later-career renaissance, ever since some of his old songs were included on the Grammy Award-nominated compilation Native North America. His music often celebrates his culture and traditions, which were stripped away from him when he was sent to residential schools as a child growing up in the Northwest Territories. Thrasher speaks with Chattopadhyay about how he reconnected with his roots through music, the reissue of his 1994 album Indian/Inuit Country, and what he wants to see come from the meeting of Indigenous representatives, Catholic officials and Pope Francis at the Vatican next week.

Ask Polly columnist Heather Havrilesky challenges the notion of 'happily ever after'

Heather Havrilesky is known for doling out advice in her popular column Ask Polly. But in her new book Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage, she exposes the murky, messy warts in her own marriage. An excerpt from it in the New York Times late last year sparked debate around frank characterizations she made of her husband. But Havrilesky tells Chattopadhyay that she wrote the book to reflect a reality we don't often talk about: that while most marriages have highs and lows, couples often live in the tedious middle ground.

Plus: Listeners share their memories of Canadian buildings that have been lost to the wrecking ball, as inspired by last week's conversation about the book 305 Lost Buildings of Canada.

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