The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for October 31, 2021

Environmentalist David Suzuki on COP26, What Facebook's Meta move could mean for the metaverse, Economist Emily Oster brings business to parenting, Ian Rankin on his new thriller The Dark Remains, Adam Shoalts travels to Labrador to uncover a beastly secret
Piya Chattopadhyay is host of The Sunday Magazine. (CBC)

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

David Suzuki thinks the environmental movement failed - but that doesn't mean he's giving up hope

On the kickoff of COP26, environmentalist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki sits down with Chattopadhyay to discuss his vision of what a successful summit would look like, whether he's optimistic about Canada's new environment minister, and what a lifetime of activism taught him about how to move climate issues forward. 

Here's what folks 'inside' the metaverse say about Facebook's Meta move

To some, the metaverse is a utopian dream of how we'll connect online in the future — and after this week, that future seems closer than before. What does Facebook's move to rebrand itself as Meta and its entry into the space mean for the dream? Producer Pete Mitton takes a trip inside the metaverse, as it exists today, to find out. 

How data parenting can help you decide on extra-curriculars, make better decisions and talk to your kids about COVID-19

The last thing parents want when they sign their kids up for piano lessons or soccer, is to suddenly become a logistics manager for their family schedule. Economist and data-parenting expert Emily Oster says business ideologies can help parents hack their kid's after-school schedule, reach their collective goals and make better decisions. The Brown University professor talks about her new book The Family Firm and about her popular data-driven newsletter, which helps parents cope during the pandemic. 

Two authors, one Scottish crime novel 

Ian Rankin created one of the world's most enduring and beloved investigators, the surly Detective Inspector John Rebus. The novelist has churned out more than two dozen Rebus books, but this time fans are in for something — and someone — completely different. Rankin talks to Chattopadhyay about the daunting task of finishing a book started by his friend and colleague, William McIlvanney — who died in 2015. McIlvanney left behind the beginnings of a prequel to his beloved detective series, The Laidlaw Trilogy, which Rankin picked up at the request of McIlvanney's widow, and turned into the new thriller The Dark Remains. 

The true story behind beastly sightings that spooked a Labrador settlement 

Modern-day explorer Adam Shoalts travelled to a remote region of Labrador in an attempt to uncover the truth behind a century-old tale of beastly encounters. Traverspine, Labrador was the scene of an apparent haunting by a large creature — or creatures. Shoalts' trip to investigate the story became the basis for his new book, The Whisper on the Night Wind. Shoalts believes the folklore and stories we share — including scary ones — remind us that our world is full of mystery, possibility and awe.

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