The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for March 5, 2023

Journalist Robert Fife and Democracy Watch's Duff Conacher unpack the latest allegations of election interference from China, Jihyun Park and Seh-Lyn Chai advocate for Korean reunification through their new memoir, Robert Waldinger shares the key to happiness, and our monthly brain game That's Puzzling! returns.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

The latest on election interference and the risk it may pose to our democracy

Allegations of election meddling are rocking Ottawa, as MPs grill top national security and election officials on how much they knew about China's alleged attempts to interfere in our federal elections and what, if anything, was done to stop it. Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife joins host Chattopadhyay to break down the latest allegations and what they could mean for the government, and then Democracy Watch director Duff Conacher explains how damaging this episode could be for Canadian democracy and what the Liberal government needs to do if they want to restore voters' trust in our democratic institutions.

How the 'hard road' out of North Korea led to a personal reunification

Tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula and now there are reports the country could be facing a famine.  But beyond those kinds of headlines, we rarely hear what life is like for North Koreans — until they make the difficult decision to flee. Jihyun Park  did just that. Born in North Korea in the 1960s she now lives in the UK.  It was there she met Seh-Lynn Chai a South-Korean born writer. Despite the fact they were raised on opposite sides of the border to fear one another, together, they wrote the new book The Hard Road Out: One Woman's Escape From North Korea. The two women spoke with host Chattopadhyay about how their remarkable friendship came to be. 

What 80-plus years of research on happiness reveals about how to live a 'good life' 

This coming week marks three years since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. For months on end, COVID restrictions meant we were physically cut off from one another, and three years in many people are still working to reconnect with family and rebuild relationships with friends and loved ones. And there's evidence that's more important than you might realize. A decades-long scientific study on human happiness found relationships are the key to a good and happy life. Dr. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist and the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. He joins host Chattopadhyay to talk about the findings of the study, and his new book, The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness.

That's Puzzling! for March 2023

In the latest edition of our monthly challenge That's Puzzling!, host Chattopadhyay competes against one familiar voice and one clever listener in a battle of brain games devised by puzzle master Peter Brown. Playing along this week are Ottawa listener Liz Inrig, and Loren McGinnis, host of The Calgary Eyeopener.