The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay


The Sunday Magazine for May 22, 2022

We unpack the life and ongoing legacy of George Floyd, climate change writer Chris Turner makes his case for optimism, author Tsering Yangzom Lama shares a Tibetan diaspora story, and rock icon Joan Jett talks about going acoustic.

Why we need to know more than just George Floyd's name

Washington Post journalists Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa share their detailed biography of George Floyd, the 46-year-old American man who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, to show who he was and what his life reveals about American society.

Coming out 'made me a better, more full person,' says U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe came out publicly as a lesbian in 2012, after garnering international attention for her pass during a Women’s World Cup semifinal match. Her new memoir One Life reflects on her childhood, sports career and social and political activism.

Joan Jett continues defying rock expectations with new acoustic record

For the first time in her four decade career, rock icon Joan Jett is trading in her electric axe for an acoustic guitar. She speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about her new album Changeup, and what's essential to her as an artist, entrepreneur, mentor, and feminist trailblazer. 

How to be a climate optimist 

Chris Turner spent 20 years covering the climate change beat. At first he felt hopeless. Now he's a climate optimist. He shares his journey from horrified to hopeful with Piya Chattopadhyay.

Exploring art, history and belonging through the lens of the Tibetan diaspora

In her debut novel, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, Tsering Yangzom Lama explores the limits and strengths of humanity when faced with violence, calamity and loss.

The Sunday Magazine for May 15, 2022

Our political panel takes stock of the federal Conservative leadership race, a former diplomat reflects on the Summit Series, Elamin Abdelmahmoud shares his immigration story in a new memoir, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison reflect on 40+ years of "Skinnamarink" — plus: the mission to end junk mail in Montreal.

How Elamin Abdelmahmoud found home in 'elsewhere' as newcomer to Canada

In his new memoir, Elamin Abdelmahmoud chronicles his teenage life as a newcomer to Canada, navigating cultural barriers in Kingston, Ont., trying to carve out his identity, and finding community through wrestling.

The issues driving the federal Conservative leadership race

Our political panel joins Piya Chattopadhyay to parse the big political stories of the week, including the race to lead the Conservative Party of Canada, and the Ontario provincial election campaign.

Hockey opened the door to Canada-Russia relations 50 years ago… now what?

It’s been 50 years since Canada and the Soviets faced off in The Summit Series, but the diplomatic legacy of those eight hockey games endures. A diplomat who helped organize the event shares his memories.

Junking junk mail for millions of Montrealers: One man's crusade delivers

Montrealers will soon need to “opt in” if they wish to receive junk mail, potentially saving millions of flyers from the landfill each year. We meet the man who made it happen and share his five-year mission to end junk mail.

The enduring power of 'Skinnamarink'

Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison of the beloved children's group Sharon, Lois and Bram look back on more than four decades of bringing joy to kids and grown-ups alike.

The Sunday Magazine for May 8, 2022

We explore what abortion access could look like in a post-Roe v. Wade U.S., retired Lt.-Col. Alexander Vindman discusses NATO's obligations to Ukraine, we delight in the activist origin story behind Mother's Day, and we dig into the history of book indexes.

What abortion access could look like in a post-Roe v. Wade United States

Activist and writer Robin Marty saw it coming. She suspected reproductive rights in the United States would come under increasing threat as the Supreme Court’s makeup leaned right. Marty speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about what the future could hold for access to abortion in her country.

Alexander Vindman won't stand down on our obligations to Ukraine

Retired U.S. lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman stood up to Donald Trump. Now he wants the world to do more to stand up to Vladimir Putin. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay what he’d like to see all NATO countries doing to bring the conflict to an end.

The battle to keep Mother's Day free of politics and profits

Despite what you may suspect, Mother's Day was not invented by greeting card companies. Anna Jarvis established the day in the United States and went toe to toe with flower companies, U.S. presidents and charities to uphold her singular, sentimental vision for the occasion.

Why a good book's story doesn't end at the index

Author Dennis Duncan has published the first ever history of the book index — and you’ll never look at the back of the book the same again. We trace the index's evolution, from its invention by medieval monks to its present life as the backbone of search engines.

Bill Gates says we should treat and prevent pandemics like fires: with a permanent task force

In his latest book, titled How to Prevent the Next Pandemic, the billionaire philanthropist lays out the lessons he's learned from COVID-19 through his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and possible solutions for the future.

How libraries became a quiet battlefront in the war in Ukraine

Librarian Ksenya Kiebuzinski shares a handpicked selection of rare Ukrainian texts from the University of Toronto's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

From crosswords to jigsaws, A.J. Jacobs cracks the code on our love affair with puzzles

The Puzzler author A.J. Jacobs argues that the puzzling mindset – one that touts getting curious before getting furious – can help us solve the big issues of our times.

What talking to his online haters taught Dylan Marron about empathy

Online creator and activist Dylan Marron speaks with Piya Chattopadhyay about his book Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers.

The Sunday Magazine for May 1, 2022

Bill Gates shares advice for preventing the next pandemic, a librarian takes us inside the effort to preserve Ukrainian rare books, A.J. Jacobs pieces together why we're so drawn to puzzles, and Dylan Marron explains what online haters taught him about empathy.

The upside of feeling down with author Susan Cain

New York Times bestselling author Susan Cain, sits down with The Sunday Magazine's host, Piya Chattopadhyay, to discuss her new book “Bittersweet: How Sorrow And Longing Make Us Whole”. Cain makes the case for putting more value into the darker parts of our emotional states to reap the positive benefits.

How war wounds extend to the environment

The insurmountable human cost of the war in Ukraine is becoming all too clear. And now, experts are warning that the ripple effect of the Russian invasion will also have a devastating environmental cost. Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist who has been studying the relationship between human crises, war and the incredible toll it all takes on this planet.

Tracking the environmental cost of the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction is monitoring and logging alleged environmental war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, in hopes of pursuing justice at international courts. Ecoaction’s climate department head, Evgenia Zasiadko, explains her greatest concerns when it comes to the environmental cost of the conflict, and what motivates her to keep fighting for her country’s diverse ecological landscape.