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The Sunday Edition for March 24, 2019

Listen to this week's episode with host Michael Enright.

Why the Brits won the war: Michael's essay

A booklet published by the British Ministry of Information in 1942 called How To Keep Well in Wartime, contains health tips still of value today. Take, for example, this gem of advice about how to get enough sleep: "People who suffer from cold feet should put on socks."

What can be done about violence against elementary school teachers?

Our recent documentary, "Hard Lessons," told the shocking story of elementary school teachers who are regularly physically attacked by their young students. Why is this happening? What can be done to prevent it? And why do principals and school boards want to keep this issue from the public?

Judgement day looms for Nova Scotia's Boat Harbour

Every day, tens of millions of litres of treated effluent pour into Boat Harbour from Northern Pulp, a mill located across the water from Pictou. Successive governments have attempted — and failed — to clean up Nova Scotia's most contaminated site. Now, a deadline looms. The company has been ordered to stop the effluent flow into Boat Harbour by January 31, 2020.

News flash: Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day!

In this episode of our recurring series, "Think Again", Michael talks to Australian researcher Flavia Cicuttini, who upends everything you ever thought you knew about breakfast.

After losing her daughter to fentanyl, this mother finds solace and community with her daughter's friends

Sarah Vee was a talented young busker who lived on the streets. Now her mother, Karen Valiunas, invites other young people who live on the street for a home-cooked dinner every Friday, as a way to connect with her daughter. Bob Keating's documentary is called, "The Universe is a Friendly Place."

Mark Abley's memoir is a tender portrait of a difficult father-son relationship

Montreal writer Mark Abley describes Harry Abley as "a nightmare of a father; depressive, self-absorbed, unpredictable, emotionally unstable. He was a dream of a father: gentle, courageous, artistically gifted." Harry was a gifted organist who performed on theatre organs in the 1930s. Mark's book is called The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood and a Fragile Mind.

The Sunday Edition for March 17, 2019

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What it's like to be Muslim in a time of growing right-wing extremism

What it's like to be Muslim in this extremist age: a conversation with Imam Hassan Guillet of the Council of Imams of Quebec; Moustafa Bayoumi, English professor at City College New York; Alia Hogben of Canadian Council of Muslim Women; and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, editor at Buzzfeed News.

New Zealand has been 'naive' about right-wing extremism, says researcher

New Zealand has a long history of right-wing extremist groups that has been too-often overlooked. Paul Spoonley has been studying right-wing extremism in his country since the 1980s. He is pro vice-chancellor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in Auckland.

Duo Concertante keeps music all in the family

Volinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Tim Steeves teach music at Memorial University in St. John's and travel the world as Duo Concertante. They are also husband and wife.

Little Miss Higgins live in studio: Bison barns, musical roots & jazzy country blues

She's from Prairie Canada, and her songs are a mixture of deep-down country, hot blues and cool jazz. But just to make it clear that she's a country girl at heart, Little Miss Higgins recorded one of her albums in a bison barn. Little Miss Higgins, a.k.a. Jolene Higgins, brought her guitar along to the studio for a live performance.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo says he has a responsibility to help inner-city kids learn music

Canadian jazz pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo was born in Nigeria and came to Canada at the age of four. He began playing the piano when he was just six. Today, he performs across the country and, through his arts foundation, helps Toronto kids transcend their social and economic circumstances.

Meet two young, talented musicians from the piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada

Two musicians from the piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada join Michael to talk about studying classical music from childhood, the laser-like focus required to succeed, and their joy in performing together as a group.

The Sunday Edition for March 10, 2019

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The driverless car will never take off because the male ego won't put up with it: Michael's essay

“To the average North American male, the car is symbolic. It may indicate our social, economic, even our professional status. It is also a clear marker of our maturity. Getting a driver’s license at age 16 and a first car a couple of years later, was the dream of every teenage male I know.”

What is the 'moral authority to govern' — and how does a government lose it?

As the SNC-Lavalin scandal continues to fester, a growing number of influential commentators and opposition politicians are saying that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has lost his “moral authority to govern.” We look at the rhetoric around “the moral authority to govern”, what the phrase actually means, and whether it applies to the current scandal.

Remembering Patrick Lane — and his incredible convocation address

The award-winning poet died this week at the age of 79. In 2013, he gave a convocation address that blew away his audience at the University of Victoria.

A great honking joy! How the majestic trumpeter swan was rescued from extinction

When swan lover Beverly Kingdon and biologist Harry Lumsden joined forces, good things happened. The woman who loved swans and the Ontario wildlife scientist with a cause have worked tirelessly to bring the largest swans in the world back from the brink. Theirs is an environmental success story. Alisa Siegel’s documentary is called “A Village of Swans, A Village of People.”

Why do we enjoy another's misfortune? Author Tiffany Watt Smith's insight into schadenfreude

Schadenfreude (from the German word "schaden" meaning harm and "freude" meaning joy) is a universal human flaw we must all face up to if we’re going to understand our world, argues British historian Tiffany Watt Smith in her book Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune.

The Blue Jays according to Jerry Howarth

For 36 years, the affable, supremely knowledgeable Jerry Howarth was the voice of the Blue Jays, broadcasting the story of each game as it unfolded. Now retired, Howarth has written about his life in baseball. The title of his new book is his signature greeting, "Hello Friends".

Listeners suggest their favourite 'word jazz' performers

Listeners react to our tribute to "word jazz" pioneer Ken Nordine. Michael's interview with Jack Chambers about Nordine inspired listeners to write to us about other radio performers who were influenced by Nordine, such as Joe Frank, Arthur Prysock, Larry Thor, Al "Jazzbo" Collins, and Canada's own Robbie Robertson.

The Sunday Edition for March 3, 2019

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The lessons we can learn from 'old school' journalism great Clark Davey: Michael's essay

"In the old growth forest of traditional Canadian journalism, the giants are falling one by one."

Is handing over personal data the 'price of admission' to modern life?

Brenda McPhail, Director of the Privacy, Surveillance and Technology Project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, says it's likely that some of the biggest corporations in the world "probably know more about us than we know about ourselves."