The Sunday Magazine for September 20, 2020
This week on The Sunday Magazine with host Piya Chattopadhyay:
Two Canadian ambassadors to the UN weigh in on multilateralism and the global fight against COVID-19: As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary, for many critics it's not a very happy birthday. UN Secretary General António Guterres calls COVID-19 the biggest test the UN has faced. And it's a test that has renewed long-standing questions about the UN's relevance and resilience at a time when its efforts are needed the most. Bob Rae joins Piya Chattopadhyay in his new role as Canada's ambassador to the UN to talk about the UN's place in the world as it turns 75 and Canada's own place on the world stage. And then, humanitarian and former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis joins Chattopadhyay to offer both a passionate defence and a sharp critique of the UN, and what can be done to protect multilateralism when, he argues, we need it most.
Remembering RBG: As the tributes pour in and the political battle brews, Brenda Feigen remembers her friend and mentor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the United States Supreme Court Justice who died Friday at 87. Feigen is a lawyer and feminist icon herself. She co-founded Ms. magazine with Gloria Steinem, as well as the National Women's Political Caucus. And together with Ginsburg, she co-directed the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project. Feigen joins Chattopadhyay to talk about Ginsburg's legal brilliance, her place in the popular imagination, and, surprisingly, her horseback riding skills.
Omar El Akkad is living in the dystopia he described in his 2017 book: Canadian journalist and author Omar El Akkad speaks with Chattopadhyay from his home in the woods of Oregon about what it's like to be on the front lines of the wild fires, as well as the pandemic and police brutality protests — mirroring the climate disaster, disease and political disruption he presaged in his 2017 novel, American War.
How the pandemic is making work and sleep strange bedfellows: You might be working more from your bed these days... and you wouldn't be alone. Beatriz Colomina, co-author of "The Century of the Bed" joins Chattopadhyay, both from their beds, to talk about the changing meaning of beds, and how work has entered the bedroom and sleep has entered work in the time of COVID-19. It's a shift that could have big implications for the ways our homes, workplaces and cities are designed.