The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for November 13, 2022

Dahlia Lithwick charts how abortion rights shaped the U.S. midterms, we share the story of a Canadian veteran who went on to lead the WHO, Cory Doctorow considers big tech's hold on workers and consumers, and El Jones make the case for prison abolition.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

How abortion rights shaped the results of the U.S. midterm elections

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the midterm elections in the United States, voters delivered a show of support for reproductive rights. Canadian-American lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick joins Chattopadhyay to offer analysis on how the issue shaped the results, how access to abortion was impacted in some states, what the future makeup of congress might mean for Americans, and what lies ahead for the Supreme Court post-election.

Remembering the Canadian veteran who led the WHO

More than a century after the First World War, Canadian historian Robert C. Engen tells the story of George Brock Chisholm, a soldier from Oakville, Ont. whose military experience informed his decision to become a psychiatrist. His work changed the way the Canadian military assessed recruits – for both mental and physical fitness – before sending them to war. Chisholm later became the celebrated first director-general of the World Health Organization. As we mark Remembrance Day, Engen says Chisholm's achievements remind us of the potential lost in every war.

What layoffs at Twitter and Meta might mean for the future of Big Tech

Nearly 15,000 tech workers were laid off this month at two of the world's largest social media companies, as Twitter and Facebook's parent company Meta make big changes they say are necessary to remain competitive. But science fiction author, activist and writer Cory Doctorow believes the layoffs are just the latest example of workers bearing the brunt of poor decision-making by tech billionaires. Doctorow joins Chattopadhyay to talk about his new book, Chokepoint Capitalism, which explores the fight for better labour standards in Big Tech and makes the case for collective action to keep the Elon Musks and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world in check.

Why El Jones believes in a world without prisons

A recent report from Canada's top prison watchdog offered a bleak picture of this country's track record when it comes to incarcerated people, particularly Black and Indigenous prisoners. It found those inmates face rampant racial discrimination, bias and stereotyping. And in many cases, it's getting worse. Chattopadhyay speaks with long-time prisoner advocate, poet, professor, and activist El Jones, who believes there is a clear, if not simple, way forward: Get rid of prisons altogether. Her new book, Abolitionist Intimacies, examines the prison abolition movement, shares personal stories of prisoners and their families, as well as Jones's own poetry and prose.

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