The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for October 3, 2021

Kiana Hayeri profiles Afghanistan's post-9/11 generation, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers asks big questions in his new novel Bewilderment, Veteran CBC broadcaster Peter Mansbridge looks back on his career, and we explore why 'classic rock' is at a crossroads.
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

How a lifetime of conflict impacted Afghanistan's post-9/11 generation

Twenty years ago this week, the United States began air strikes against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in a mission called Operation Enduring Freedom. Later, tens of thousands of Canadian and other NATO troops would join in that fight in the air and on the ground. For more than half of Afghanistan's population – who are under 18-years-old – that conflict is all they've ever known. While some have become familiar with the Taliban over the course of the war, they are now coming to grips with what it means to be governed by them. Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Kiana Hayeri has spent the past seven years documenting youth culture in Afghanistan. Her work regularly appears in The New York Times and National Geographic. She speaks with Chattopadhyay to provide insight into what life has been like for the generation that came of age in the shadow of Taliban rule – and how they feel about their future after the fall of Kabul.

Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers confronts our most urgent challenges in new novel

Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize for his sweeping ecological epic The Overstory. Now, the American author is back with Bewilderment, which continues his exploration of our most pressing environmental and existential challenges. The novel – which is shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize – is told through the decidedly more intimate lens of a widower struggling to support his young son amid an emotional maelstrom. Powers joins Chattopadhyay to talk about the novel and his perspective on how we need to transform human consciousness if we hope to conquer the big problems plaguing us today.

Peter Mansbridge shares behind-the-scenes stories from fifty years in broadcasting

In his new book Off The Record, Peter Mansbridge pulls back the curtain on some of the biggest moments in his 50-year broadcasting career. From his discovery as a baggage handler in the Churchill, Man. airport and covering the fall of the Berlin Wall, to anchoring countless elections and interviewing world leaders... these are the stories people ask him about all the time. The former long-time host of CBC Television's The National shares his front row take on world events with Chattopadhyay, and some stories you've never heard before.

Nevermind at 30: A classic, but is it 'classic rock'?

As Nirvana crops up on "classic rock" radio, it's doing more than making certain Gen Xers feel old. It's signalling the end of the genre as we know it. The Sunday Magazine producer Pete Mitton speaks with writer and music critic Jessica Hopper, radio programmer Rick Lee and neuroscientist, musician and record producer Daniel Levitin about redefining "classic rock". They say even if the previous incarnation of the genre is burning out, great songs of any era never really fade away.


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