Topic: books

Tea bags are bad for the environment, and bad for your brew, says tea expert

Henrietta Lovell travels the world sourcing and supplying the best tea, with a business model focused on environmental and economic sustainability. Her new book describes her mission to lure the world away from industrially produced tea bags, to using loose leaf tea instead.

Men need to stand up and apologize for sexual abuse, says Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler

Playwright Eve Ensler's new book is an apology, written as a letter to herself, from her abusive father. Find out why she chose to write from her deceased father's perspective and how it helped her cope with the trauma of the past.

Don't pity the single ladies, author says — they're probably happier than you

A new book by author Paul Dolan suggests that while society expects them to be sad and lonely, single women who don't have children are actually a very happy population. Not everyone agrees with the idea, however.

Former Jehovah's Witness says she was turned away from the religion for having doubts

Amber Scorah was a Jehovah's Witness in Shanghai, trying to bring new converts on board. But then she left — both the country and the faith. Her new book Leaving the Witness chronicles why and how she got out.

'A no-brainer': Why reporter Mark Bowden revisited crime case that haunted him for decades

Mark Bowden was a young reporter when two young sisters were abducted from a mall in 1975, and never found. Forty years later, police found a suspect that had been under their noses the whole time — and Bowden returned to the crime for his new book The Last Stone.

Many Americans 'shooting themselves in the foot' to maintain racial hierarchy: author

Author and professor of sociology and psychiatry wrote Dying of Whiteness which chronicles the decisions of many Americans to put their own health and safety on the line in order to deny treatment for minorities.

How the New York Times's top lawyer stands up to Trump's attacks on media

Lawyer David McCraw has fought some of the New York Times's toughest and most controversial legal battles. The newspaper's vice-president and deputy general counsel tells us about his new book, Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts.

This woman went to the brink of death — and back — to treat her depression

Heather B. Armstrong went to the brink of death 10 times as part of an experiment trial to reverse the effects of depression on her brain. We speak to the author about the life-changing experience, and hear from an expert at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health about new treatment for depression.

Competitive spelling bees show Gen Z kids aren't interested in participation trophies: author

Author Shalini Shankar talks us through the world of spelling bees, and the insight they give into the aspirations and psychology of Generation Z. Shankar says these kids have seen the world as competitive from a young age, and they're not afraid to fight for their spot.

Hell does freeze over (and other things you never knew about damnation)

Author Marq de Villiers speaks about how different cultures and different religions have approached the idea of damnation, and why he wanted to write a sinner's guide to eternal torment.

Isolated and invisible: Meet the moms writing about the secret agony of postpartum depression

Teresa Wong and Amanda Munday both struggled with postpartum depression, a condition reported to affect as many as 20 per cent of Canadian mothers. Both women have written books about their experiences, from their feelings of inadequacy, to difficulties breastfeeding, and even being admitted to a psychiatric ward.

Love, anger and grief: Animals can display wide range of humanlike emotions, says author

Do chimpanzees feel love the same way that humans do? Author and primatologist Frans de Waal says yes — and not only that, he says many animals feel a wide range of emotions that have historically been considered exclusive to the human race.

'A grotesque travesty': Inuit men hanged in 1923 to assert Canada's control over the north, says author

In 1923, two Inuit men were tried for murder and executed, in a trial now seen as deeply flawed. Author and forensic anthropologist Debra Komar says the men were sacrificed in Canada's push for Arctic sovereignty.

Digital technology is reshaping our world — and coders are deciding how, says author

Digital technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, but one author argues that the computer code underlying all our apps is also influencing how our society and wider world develops, and the people doing the coding are making decisions with far-reaching implications.

'I was profoundly afraid': New book explores life-long process of understanding transgender identity

Lorimer Shenher knew he was transgender from a young age, but did not transition until later in life. He has written about the experience in his new book This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man.

Living with lice for a decade became a metaphor for the shame of poverty, says writer Alicia Elliott

In her new book, the Tuscarora writer uses her own experiences and more to explore how colonialism, poverty and mental health affect families in Canadian society.

Is your child an orchid or dandelion? How one expert's theory can help us raise better people

A new theory suggests children are either dandelions that can thrive anywhere, or orchids that need a little more care. We speak to the author about how his ideas could help us raise happier, healthier kids, who blossom into better adults.

Northern Ireland's 'brittle peace' doesn't face up to atrocities of the past: author

The 1972 murder of Jean McConville by Republican paramilitaries echoed through decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, as well as the "brittle peace" that followed. Author Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the murder in his new book, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland.

This author says reading to your children an hour a day could help the whole family

Reading to children out loud isn't just a source of warm feelings and lovely memories; research shows it can also help developing brains. Journalist Meghan Cox Gurdon, the children's book critic for the Wall Street Journal, tells us about the miraculous power of story time.

Where was Taliban leader Mullah Omar? New book challenges long-held narrative

Taliban leader Mullah Omar was believed to have been hiding out in Pakistan during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. But Dutch journalist and author Bette Dam suggests he may have been hiding out in Afghanistan all along — within walking distance of a U.S. military base.

What the cuteness of characters like Mickey Mouse can tell us about our world

Could there be more to cuteness than we think? U.K. philosopher and author Simon May explains what the concept can tell us about our world.

There's a gender gap in medical data, and it's costing women their lives, says this author

Author Caroline Criado Perez explains how scientific and medical research can ignore women to focus on men's needs, and how this "data gap" can literally kill.

How this couple used a bacteria-fighting virus to thwart a deadly superbug

Steffanie Strathdee and her husband Tom Patterson have written a book to spread awareness of the surprising, experimental treatment that saved Patterson's life: a bacteria-fighting virus known as a phage.

How the arrest of 5 Chinese women galvanized the country's feminist movement

When five Chinese activists were arrested and jailed on International Women’s Day in 2015, it sparked an international outcry. We talk to an author who has written about the women, about what this latest wave of activism means for the country’s authoritarian regime.

Astrophysicist hopes history's trailblazing women can help young girls look to the stars

Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley worries that as our understanding of the universe gets more complex, people are daunted by trying to understand outer space. She wants everyone to look to the stars, especially young girls who could be inspired by trailblazing female scientists that came before them.

Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a 'big political fault,' Bernard-Henri Lévy warns

U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a "big political fault," which has created a "vacuum" for a new, benevolent empire of five anti-democratic nations to take control, a prominent French philosopher argues.

Is Trump a Russian asset? 'I can't rule that out,' says ex-FBI head Andrew McCabe

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who led the bureau for three months last year, contends a "crime may have been committed" during U.S. President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI chief James Comey.

There may be no difference between your brain and Hitler's, psychologist says

Canadian psychological scientist Julia Shaw has worked extensively as an expert in criminal cases, an experience that has convinced her we shouldn't label anyone, or anything, as evil. In her new book Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side, she argues that even in the worst cases, it's seldom so black and white.

Her first day in Parliament, security didn't believe Monique Bégin was really an MP

Monique Bégin was a female pioneer in federal politics, advancing policies concerning issues of inequality, health, poverty and women's rights in the 70s and 80s.

Parenting throughout history could be weird, and downright dangerous: author

"Parenting" only became a verb in the last century, a fact that becomes clear when you look back at the history of how we used to treat our children. As much of Canada celebrates Family Day, author Jennifer Traig gives us the lowdown on some of weird and downright dangerous parenting practices from history.

Parkland shooting survivors delivered more 'powerful' message than any politician: author

In the immediate aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, author David Cullen went there to meet the survivors who were leading a political discussion on gun violence in the U.S. He's written a book about how a group of young people living through a nightmare found the energy and clarity to exert such an enormous influence.

Refugee detained on Manus Island wins $95K literary prize for book written on WhatsApp

For the past six years, writer Behrouz Boochani has been detained on Manus Island — an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. In that time, the Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker wrote a book, composing it one WhatsApp message at a time to his translator, Omid Tofighian. Last week he was awarded Australia's richest literary prize. We spoke to Tofighian about how the story came about.

Why an expert says it's time Canada confronts its values clash with China

In the wake of Canada's ongoing diplomatic spat with China, a former foreign correspondent who has covered Asia says "it's about time" Canada confronts its fundamental differences with the Far Eastern country and starts aligning itself with middle powers that share its beliefs.

'It was rotting in me': How Kerri Rawson came to forgive her father, the notorious BTK killer

Fourteen years ago, Kerri Rawson found out her father was the so-called BTK serial killer. She's written a book about trying to reconcile the man who raised her with the horrific acts he committed, and how she put her life back together, despite facing online abuse after she forgave him.

Chris Christie warned Trump not to 'poke the bear' by attacking Mueller investigation

Former Republican governor Chris Christie has known U.S. President Donald Trump for 17 years, but says the advice he's offered hasn't always been heeded. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his time working on Trump's campaign, and having the president's ear.

Just finished dry January? This author wants you to keep going — until April

Author Ruby Warrington's new book Sober Curious starts with one question: would your life be better without alcohol? She tells guest host Connie Walker dry January is a good starting point to examine your relationship with alcohol, but you need more time to really address the deeper questions.

These dishes from Chinese restaurants are uniquely Canadian. Is your favourite on the list?

Author and journalist Ann Hui sampled the food and culture of Canadian-Chinese restaurants across the country, and wrote about what she found in Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants.

Meet Papa Goose, the man who raised and flew with seven fluffy goslings — all in the name of science

Scientist Michael Quetting raised seven goslings from the moment they hatched, in an elaborate experiment to gather weather data. But after three months of providing round-the-clock care for the gaggle, he says he learned a lot from being their Papa Goose.

The power of logic: How math can help you win your next argument

What's the secret to winning arguments in a world of divisive politics? According to the author of The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, the answer is math.

Laws to suppress black vote in U.S. are being drafted with 'horrific efficiency,' says author

In her new book, author and academic Carol Anderson explores the history of voter suppression in the U.S., and argues that a resurgence of those tactics affected the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump's adoption of steel tariffs showed 'absence of a reasonable logical process,' Bob Woodward says

U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other countries without even warning members of his administration, veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said in an interview with CBC's The Current.

How Mike Pence plans to become the next U.S. president: author

What would a Mike Pence presidency look like? Journalist Peter Eisner, co-author of The The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence, delves into the vice-president's plan toward becoming the next U.S. president.

Lea Garofalo was killed by her Mafia family. Now she's the face of anti-mob protests

Alex Perry's new book looks at the women who are fighting to bring down the Mafia, and inspiring people across Italy to say enough is enough.

How brain cancer gave a neuroscientist insight into mental illness

After a career studying brains, neuroscientist Barbara K. Lipska developed a whole new understanding of mental illness when brain cancer caused her to lose her mind.

How a search for the world's best coffee led to Yemen in the midst of civil war

What lengths would you go to for the perfect cup of coffee? For Mokhtar Alkhanshali his quest took him to Yemen where the daunting hikes up the highland mountains were the least of his challenges during the civil war.

From isolated homeschooling to a PhD from Cambridge: How Tara Westover was saved by her education

Tara Westover grew up with isolationist parents who didn't trust the government and gave her an erratic homeschooling. But getting an education — culminating in a PhD from Cambridge — helped her break out.

There's underlying sexism when the romance genre is criticized, novelists say

The dismissal and judgment of romance novels seem a common trope for literary types. But romance authors argue some criticism is rife with sexism and the genre, and readers, deserve a lot more respect.

Trump is creating a world of empty embassies and risking global stability, says Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow's new book argues that the U.S. State Department is being gutted to the point where American influence in the world is at risk.

Lawrence Wright on why Texas matters to America's future

When journalist Lawrence Wright searched for the soul of Texas, he found his home state to be a powerhouse under the radar that needs to be reckoned with.

How a hunger for a wider world led Kate Harris to cycle the Silk Road

On a mission to seek 'the world's wildness,' Kate Harris and her friend Mel biked 10,000 kilometres along the Silk Road. Throughout her travels, she learned how the landscape can teach us a lot about human fragility.

Why you should be happy you're alive right now

In his new book, Steven Pinker argues that our culture's focus on negativity blinds us from humanity's achievements. The facts support optimism, he says, and should embolden us to solve whatever problems our society faces.

Why a Swiss adventurer left the Western world to join a nomadic Indigenous community

Journalist Carl Hoffman follows two Western adventurers in his new book The Last Wild Men of Borneo, and reveals much about the forces shaping the island today.

U.S. 'ignored tips about Russian plot to undermine elections'

The U.S. has been aware of a Russian plot for several years, claim journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn in a new book, but options to fight back have been limited.

How Fox News stood between novelist Marilynne Robinson and her mother

American writer Marilynne Robinson's latest collection of essays, called 'What are We Doing Here?, takes on a country divided inspired, in part, by her mother's recent conversion to Fox News.
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Coming out to her strict Catholic dad, Tina Alexis Allen discovers a life-changing secret

At 18-years-old, actress Tina Alexis Allen revealed a secret to her very religious father: she was gay. In return, her dad shares his secret that reveals a web of family lies.
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Canada can't settle for bronze in business, says WIND Mobile founder

WIND Mobile founder Anthony Lacavera says Canada's entrepreneurs are "setting their sights far too low." He says we need to up our game in business or be left behind.

Adam and Eve story still resonates in its simplicity, says professor

"You hear this story as a little child and you never forget it… It explains everything, or professes to explain everything."

The Beaverton's scandalous untrue stories of Canadian history

The Beaverton's authors Luke Field and Alex Huntley's take an alternative look at Canada's past through fake news.
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ENCORE | These authors dedicated a year to self-improvement. Here's what they learned

Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer share first-hand experience on their never-ending quest to be your best self.
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These authors dedicated a year to self-improvement. Here's what they learned

Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer share first-hand experience on their never-ending quest to be your best self.

How reporter James Hickey broke the Halifax Explosion story, 30 minutes after blast

Canadian Press reporter James Hickey was the first to file a report on the Halifax Explosion, sending out a 100-word flash bulletin to the Associated Press.
The Current

Meet the author on a mission to rescue 'lost' words

"It's always a bit of a tragedy when a word falls out of use."
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Trump-Russia 'scandal bigger than Watergate,' says author and reporter Luke Harding

"This is one group of Americans, basically, allegedly kind of seeking the help of a traditional enemy of the United States to try to discredit and chop the legs of political opponents. This is new territory."

How O-Six became Yellowstone's 'most beloved' wolf

Author Nate Blakeslee looks at how the life of a famous Yellowstone wolf named O-Six provides a poignant insight into the struggle for survival of wolves in the U.S.
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Expect more massive wildfires ahead for Canada, warns environment author

"There's one estimate that we are going to have 50 per cent more lightning in the boreal forest of Canada by mid-century than we do now."

'The Russians tried to destroy our country,' says former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee

Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile says she walked into a "huge mess" during the 2016 campaign and believes the Russians "took active measures to destabilize" U.S. democracy.
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Senior podcaster Harry Leslie Smith says he'll 'drop dead' before he stops fighting for equality

Harry Leslie Smith says he's seen humanity at its best — and worst. The Second World War veteran has lived through poverty and the Great Depression and warns a younger generation to heed his message: Don't let my past be your future.
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'That's me on the picture': How a book cover brought a Holocaust historian and Auschwitz survivor together

"My new discovery reveals very likely why Miriam survived," says historian Max Wallace, who met Holocaust survivor Miriam Ziegler while promoting his new book In The Name of Humanity.
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How author Lynn Gehl reclaimed her Indigenous roots

"Indigenous ways of knowing really embraces subjectivity and experience and personal truth."

How the death of an Iranian girl pushed former UN prosecutor Payam Akhavan to fight for human rights

"What is my freedom in Canada worth if it is wasted on mediocrity?"

Why Washington Post's Anne Applebaum warned of the 'Ukrainization of American politics'

"When he was appointed to be Trump's campaign manager, I wrote an article saying this could bring the Ukrainization of American politics."
The Current

7-year-old Syrian girl who tweeted from Aleppo shares her story in new book

Meet Bana Alabed, a seven-year-old girl who became a social media sensation, tweeting about family life inside Aleppo, when the city was under siege.
The Current

From arsenic to goat glands: A history of the world's worst medical cures

Arsenic, mercury, and goat testicles — just a few of the terrible ideas peddled successfully by "quacks" through the ages.

How a Muslim undercover FBI agent foiled Via Rail terror plot in Canada

Tamer Elnoury is a member of a very small club: FBI undercover agents who are Muslim, speak Arabic and are willing to try to infiltrate suspected terrorist groups.
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How white supremacy during Obama era helped Trump become president: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates says the foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is based on the repudiation to Barack Obama’s legacy.

Follow the money to understand why Islamist groups succeed, says Jihad & Co author

Author and academic Aisha Ahmad says the key to understanding militant Islamist groups' success is through local business support.
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'Perfectly happy sitting in on torture': Meet the U.S. spymaster from the Korean War

"He pushed people out of boats. He pushed people out of airplanes. And he did all this with impunity."
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'Hope is something that I never gave up on': A mother's fight to free daughter Amanda Lindhout

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia. Her mother, Lorinda Stewart, spent 460 days doing everything in her power to bring her daughter home.

'Concussions affect a life': Ken Dryden wants hockey rules changed to save players' lives

Hockey legend Ken Dryden is calling on the NHL to penalize any play that involves a player making contact with the head of another — no exceptions.

How scientists are bringing extinct animals back to life

Human activity is believed to be causing the planet's "Sixth Great Extinction." So should we help the planet adapt by bringing extinct species back to life?
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What infidelity can teach us about ourselves and relationships: therapist Esther Perel

"Affairs can break a relationship or remake a relationship," says renowned couples' therapist Esther Perel who suggests rethinking infidelity can be powerful.
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How the right went wrong: Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes had been a proud Republican for decades. Then an on-air confrontation with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump changed everything.
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Bill Nye says climate change deniers need to 'respect facts'

"When you respect facts, when you acknowledge what's really happening around you, you're quicker to adapt, quicker to make changes."
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The incredible story of how a U.S. commando betrayed his family and robbed a bank

A daring daylight bank heist carried out by members of an elite U.S. military squad is the incredible true story of Ranger Games.
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Why Microsoft is challenging Donald Trump in court: CEO Satya Nadella

"We fundamentally believe that Dreamers are part of our society and participate in our economy in a very productive way."
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What the West could learn from Chinese teaching methods: author Lenora Chu

Journalist Lenora Chu compares cultures and classrooms in her book, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve.
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'This is not going to end well': Author Barbara Kingsolver on climate change

"Because climate change is really, really terrible, let's face it. This is not going to end well."
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ENCORE | 'This is not going to end well': Author Barbara Kingsolver on climate change

"Because climate change is really, really terrible, let's face it. This is not going to end well."
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Why journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge is no longer talking to white people about race

“Not seeing race does not end racism ... We have to see race in order to see how racial power dynamics continue to be perpetuated.”

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence referendum

"The idea of the referendum is for Kurdistan to be a force for good."

ENCORE | 30 years after Man in Motion tour, Rick Hansen still fighting for accessibility

"Right now there's over a billion people on the planet living with a disability according to the World Health Organization — that is one in seven people."

30 years after Man in Motion tour, Rick Hansen still fighting for accessibility

"Right now there's over a billion people on the planet living with a disability according to the World Health Organization — that is one in seven people."

How nature fights back against extinction: Inheritors of the Earth author

Ecologist and author Chris D. Thomas argues many plant and animal species are thriving and adapting to human-created change.
The Current

'Decades of grief': Carol Off's long journey to save Afghan man who risked his life to talk to her

What happens when a journalist used to keeping herself out of the story realizes her reporting has put an entire family in danger? For the CBC's Carol Off, it would be life-changing.
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Numbers 'were my mother tongue': How autistic savant Daniel Tammet sees language

Daniel Tammet sees the world very differently than most people. He sees language in numbers — and words are a rainbow of different colours.
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What NBC'S Katy Tur learned from covering Donald Trump's campaign

NBC's Katy Tur says covering Donald Trump's campaign made her a better reporter, despite being the target for his abuse.

This author believed her family was fleeing the Mafia. Then she uncovered the real story

For years former CBC reporter Pauline Dakin grappled with her so-called fugitive childhood, until she unraveled the bizarre narrative.
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Anti-fascist handbook explores long history of opposition movement

Historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray explores the contemporary anti-fascist movement, known as Antifa.
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ENCORE | How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.
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Gastrophysics explains how potato chips can taste even better

Why do we like food? It's more than just taste. We bring you a lesson in gastrophysics and a new way to look at eating what's on your plate.