The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for November 1, 2020

Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Robert Reich, Chilly Gonzales and Michael Ungar

This week on The Sunday Magazine with host Piya Chattopadhyay:

The battle between democracy and oligarchy in the 2020 U.S. election: Chattopadhyay speaks with former United States Labour Secretary Robert Reich about how inequality is shaping the upcoming presidential election and the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis. After 40 years of stagnant wages and a widening gap between the rich and the poor, Reich says the U.S. is facing a battle between democracy and oligarchy.

READ: 'Great wealth inevitably corrupts democracy,' says former U.S. labour secretary Robert Reich

Embracing unguilty pleasures without fear: The shapeshifting Canadian musical genius Chilly Gonzales has distilled his philosophy of art and taste in a new book about Enya, the enigmatic Irish artist who's at once massively popular and often the butt of jokes. As Gonzales tells Chattopadhyay, music should be appreciated not for being "cool" or under the radar, but for what it does for you — whether it moves you, elevates you, or even helps you fall asleep.

READ: Stop calling it guilty pleasure: Chilly Gonzales wants us to embrace our tastes without the fear of judgement

How pandemic resiliency plays out in different communities and generations: We've all been grappling with worry and anxiety for our loved ones, our livelihoods and our health during this pandemic, which is constantly challenging our resilience — both individually and collectively. Michael Ungar, director of Dalhousie University's Resilience Research Centre, speaks with Chattopadhyay about his research on the nature of resilience during the pandemic, and how it plays out differently depending on your community and generation.

The comfort of stories in long-term care homes: Following last week's hour-long exploration of hope, we hear from listener Sally Armour Wotton about a storytelling project she spearheaded during the pandemic in an effort to bring comfort and hope to people in long term care homes and others living in isolation.

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