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The Sunday Edition — October 21, 2018

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

Michael's essay: The media have gone gaga over the legalization of pot

“We media hacks love countdowns, whether it’s the early minutes of a NASA launch or the dying seconds of a hockey game. But I have to say that in the countdown to legalization, my confreres were in the grip of some kind of journalistic reefer madness.”

Andrew Scheer on how Canada would be different if he were prime minister

He became leader of the Conservative Party more than a year ago, but many Canadians still don’t know much about him.

How 98-year-old photographer Thelma Pepper captured the extraordinary in the 'ordinary women' of Saskatchewan

Thelma Pepper has dedicated her late-found photography career to capturing the lives of Saskatchewan farm wives, residents of rural Prairie communities and seniors in nursing homes — people often overlooked by society.

'Beirut is still a place to mourn': Rawi Hage sets new novel in his old hometown

Rawi Hage is one of Canada’s most celebrated writers. His latest book, set in the early days of the Lebanese civil war, is a series of linked vignettes that stitch together to create a fabulist portrait of a city in the chaos of war.

Donald Trump lacks the character traits of great presidents, says presidential historian

Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, examines the character traits that made four American presidents great leaders, and whether the current president shares any of them.

The Sunday Edition — October 14, 2018

Listen to this week's show with guest host Peter Armstrong.

Canada's population needs to be 100 million by 2100

We need many more young people in the workforce contributing to the GDP and tax base which are essential to support Canada’s aging population, says Shari Austin, CEO of the Century Initiative.

Canada is unprepared for the demographic time-bomb hurtling at us

By 2031, nearly one-quarter of Canadians will be 65 or older, and we do not have the medical, social and financial resources in place that will be needed to cope with the demand.

Aren't you too old for that? The late life plunge into a PhD

A truck driver, bartender, activist and justice consultant share stories of their bold decision to take up a PhD later in their lives.

Dismissed in her lifetime, African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston is considered a legend in ours

As Hurston's non-fiction book about the last survivor of the last slave ship is finally released to the public, Michael Enright speaks with writers and scholars about her extraordinary life and legacy.

The Sunday Edition — October 7, 2018

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

Michael's essay: Why would anyone ever risk taking any of the drugs advertised on TV?

"As I listened to the litany of awful things that could happen, I thought, I'll take my chances with the disease, thank you very much," said Michael Enright.

We should hold identity with 'a lighter touch,' says philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah speaks with Michael Enright about the falsehoods and contradictions that prevent us from understanding who we really are, and how we can best live together. His book is called The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

The goal of 10,000 steps a day is not based in science, says expert in walking behaviour

Most people who count how many steps they walk every day are focused on the goal of 10,000, but Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke says there is nothing magic about that number.

Political philosopher Joseph Heath on the role emotion plays in politics

Michael talks to Joseph Heath, who teaches political philosophy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto about the roles of fear and anger in politics.

Why aren't most women represented in the last names of their children?

In the old days, there would be no debate. Father's last name. Case closed. But now that many women are keeping their own names, why aren't they represented in the names of their children? Julia Pagel's documentary is called "The Tricky One".
Personal Essay

Seventy is not the new sixty. Just ask my body

If sixty is the new fifty, and forty the new thirty, then doesn't it follow that denial is the new acceptance? Despite our best efforts to pretend otherwise, time marches on. In his essay, David Martin explains his personal resolve to look it squarely in the eye.

Charles Aznavour on the perils of fame, learning from Piaf, and loving Montreal

The French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour died this week at the age of 94. We re-broadcast a 1974 interview Aznavour did with starstruck, very young host called Michael Enright.

The Sunday Edition — September 30, 2018

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

Michael's essay: The Republican Party 'seems to actively hate women'

"On Thursday, I watched as a middle-aged woman with a shaky voice, in quiet dignity and modest demeanour, sat before eleven Republican men, many of whom would destroy her."

'For them, it was just politics and it was a game': Anita Hill

After Christine Blasey Ford testified that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, we revisit Michael Enright’s 2006 interview with Anita Hill.

Ontario man with dementia on crusade to plan his own death

A London, Ont., man in the early stages of dementia wants the right to end his life with medical assistance when his condition gets worse. But current laws make no provision for advance requests — effectively excluding people with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Political twists mean the Quebec election is now too close to call

Two veteran Quebec-watchers, Lise Ravary and Francine Pelletier, lay out what’s at stake in the province's upcoming election, which is turning out to be much more exciting than was initially predicted.

Novelist Kate Atkinson on why she writes wartime fiction

Kate Atkinson's new novel Transcription is set in the early days of the Second World War. The heroine is an 18-year-old girl who has been recruited by MI5 for a covert operation.