The Sunday Magazinewith Piya Chattopadhyay
The Sunday Magazine for April 11, 2021
Guest host David Common speaks with Naheed Nenshi about his tenure as Calgary mayor, looks at what ancient cultures can teach us about parenting with Michaeleen Doucleff, discusses Adam Litovitz's impact on 'jooj two' with Sook-Yin Lee and pays tribute to Prince Phillip.
The Sunday Magazine for April 4, 2021
Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the politics of vaccines with Dr. Peter Hotez, breaks down the relationship between work and personal fulfillment with Sarah Jaffe, speaks with writer Larry Olmstead about the power of sports beyond the stadium, and examines the notion of "guilty pleasures" with musician Chilly Gonzales.
Stop calling it guilty pleasure: Chilly Gonzales wants us to embrace our tastes without the fear of judgement
If enjoying Enya is wrong, then Grammy-winning Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales doesn’t want to be right. And while his latest book on the Irish artist might mislead people to think he’s a stan, Gonzalez says that’s not why he wrote the book.
A vaccine expert on the politics of ending the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Peter Hotez, the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, argues that impediments to ending the pandemic lie in people who will not get vaccinated, and the billions globally who won't have access to vaccines for months or years to come.
Artist Karen Tam reflects on anti-Asian racism
Montreal-based artist and curator Karen Tam has made a career of exploring the commodification of Chinese-Canadian cultural spaces, and how Chinese Canadians have ensured their own economic survival. Tam reflects on culture, identity, and the devastating effects of racism and fear in Canada's Asian communities.
You've been told you should 'love' your work — but your work won't love you back
Labour journalist Sarah Jaffe says we need to rethink the idea that our jobs should be sources of personal fulfilment — let alone love. She argues that this attitude is used to keep workers — from nurses and teachers, to writers and Uber drivers — down for years, and even more so during the pandemic.
Why sports fandom is good for you and society
Baseball is back this weekend. But with so much going on in the world, from the raging pandemic to crushing social inequities, it may seem silly to pay so much attention to a ball game. But according to journalist Larry Olmsted, sports fandom provides real benefits both for us as individuals and as a society.
How to 'futureproof' your job, life and all you hold dear
New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose’s new book, Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, explores how AI has changed our lives, our jobs, even our tastes — and why we need to embrace our humanity if we want to live in harmony with the robots.
The Sunday Magazine for March 28, 2021
Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Bruce Jones of the Brookings Institution about heightened tensions between North America and China, journalist Kevin Roose talks about how artificial intelligence and automation have changed our lives, our jobs, even our tastes, psychologist Peter Lovatt discusses how dancing is a fundamental human need and a way to heal ourselves and bioethicist Jessica Pierce discusses the pandemic pet boom.
Humans are hardwired to dance with others, says psychologist
There are deep reasons why so many of us are longing for the chance to move and sweat with others in shared spaces again, according to psychologist Peter Lovatt. He trained as a professional dancer, and went on to study dance in academia, and he tells Piya Chattopadhyay that dancing is a fundamental human need and a way to heal ourselves and the world.
The meaning of 'nod-crafty' & why it's making a comeback
If you've found yourself nodding sagely into the camera during a Zoom meeting, while you're actually thinking about what you might have for lunch, well, there's a word for that. In our latest instalment of "Word Processing," linguist Ben Zimmer brings us the strange history of "nod-crafty" — where it first appeared, how the Oxford English Dictionary interpreted it, and why now might just be the time for it to make a comeback.
What's next for all those pandemic pets?
The pet boom was one of the more surprising — if understandable — pandemic phenomena we witnessed this past year. But with vaccines rolling out, and potentially a return to "normal" life on the horizon, what will it mean for all these new pets? Bioethicist and writer Jessica Pierce fears pet shelters will once again be filled with pets we no longer have time for. But if there's a silver lining to the pet boom, she says, it's that we've hopefully come to better appreciate the emotional work our pets do.
Is there a new Cold War brewing?
This past week, U.S. President Joe Biden called for democracies to work together to hold China accountable on a number of issues, including human rights abuses. The rhetoric has left many wondering whether a new Cold War is brewing, with the U.S. and China as central players. Bruce Jones from the Brookings Institution think tank joins Piya Chattopadhyay to unpack the evidence he sees for the world being divided, once again, into two main geopolitical camps.
The Sunday Magazine for March 21, 2021
Host Piya Chattopadhyay explores the significance of new COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids, talks to Toronto Star journalist Joanna Chiu about snap trials in China for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, chats with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert about whether we can really engineer ourselves out of the ecological mess we've made, and talks to psychiatrist Dr. Mona Gupta about offering medical assistance in dying to those wishing to end their suffering due to a mental illness.
Psychiatrists divided over Canada's new medical assistance in dying law
A panel of experts has two years to come up with rules and safeguards around how requests for assisted dying from people with mental illness alone are handled.
Can we engineer our way out of the ecological mess we've made?
The author of The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the nature of the future with her new book Under a White Sky.
A reality check on COVID-19 vaccines and kids
Pediatrician and vaccine researcher Dr. Joanne Langley offers insights on how the COVID-19 vaccine will be tested and rolled out for children.
What our buildings are doing to our health and well-being
Science journalist Emily Anthes shares insights from her book The Great Indoors, on how things like window placement and ventilation can change your mood, behaviour and productivity and why we need to take building design more seriously.
Nature photo of the year
Canadian photographer Thomas Vijayan just won World Nature Photographer of the Year for his striking image of an orangutan climbing a tree in Borneo. He explains what it took to get his winning shot, and what his passion for wildlife photography has taught him about our need to respect nature.
What the snap trials of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor could mean
Do the snap trials in China for Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig offer any hope for their release? And where will Canada-US-China relations go from here? Journalist Joanna Chiu covers Canada-China relations for the Toronto Star and is also a friend of Kovrig's from time the two spent working in Beijing. She joins Piya Chattopadhyay to put the trials in context.
The Sunday Magazine for March 14, 2021
Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses what a year of pandemic life is doing to our brains, talks to economist Noreena Hertz about how we got so lonely, and what we can do to come together again, chats with Arlo Parks about the healing power of music in difficult times, and learns what loving the hedgehog can teach us about empathy and care for our natural world.
Arlo Parks is the soundtrack we all need to ride out this pandemic
Her bittersweet debut album, written in lockdown at her parents’ home, has brought hope and solace to fans right around the world.
Brain experts on what a year of pandemic life is doing to our minds
A year of social isolation combined with constant stress and -- for some -- trauma means many are dealing with brain fog or even cognitive decline, and the mental strain that has been building for a year might take awhile to let up.
We were already well into 'The Lonely Century'... and then the pandemic hit
Writer and economist Noreena Hertz on how we got so lonely, and what we can do to come together again.
'Don't eat poop': How not to catch salmonella from pet hedgehogs
Turns out hedgehogs, those cute little mammals covered in porcupine-like quills, are common carriers for a bacteria called salmonella.