The Sunday Edition for June 16, 2019

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

Canada's love affair with the Toronto Raptors — Michael's essay

"Raptors are birds of prey endowed with exceptional eyesight and superior depth perception, with talons that can tear an enemy to pieces. Not that the Raptors wanted to disembowel the Golden State Warriors. It is after all a Canadian team, which means that niceness ranks with Tim Hortons in core values."

Richard Haass on how Donald Trump has disrupted U.S. foreign policy

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, explains the implications of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy approach for the international order — and for allies like Canada.

'The working class has had a role to play in history:' filmmaker Julia Reichert

We talk to independent filmmaker Julia Reichert, who has been making documentaries about the labour movement and women's issues since the early 1970s. Her most recent documentary, American Factory, is about what happened when a Chinese billionaire bought an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio and rehired many of the original workers.

Grade 8 students share their hopes and fears as they turn the corner into high school

Thanks to a program called Friendship in Action, founded by educator Geraldine Mabin, students at Toronto's Lord Dufferin Public School have had the chance to think and talk about what comes next.

The crushing power of psychiatric labels

For Sarah Blackstock's mother, being labelled led to a tragic outcome. Blackstock's personal essay is called Lunatic.

Science is revealing more about animals' rich, complex inner lives

Marc Bekoff says it's not just companion animals like dogs and cats that have real intelligence and emotions. And it has profound importance for humans' relationship with animals.

Why some people are fighting for the right to repair our broken products

Why is it that when cellphones, laptop computers, washing machines, printers — even large equipment like tractors — break down, it's more expensive to repair them than to replace them?

The MMIWG report is a catalogue of catastrophe and a horrific indictment of failure — Michael's essay

"The report describes in grisly detail what has been inflicted on Indigenous people over the years. Yes it is awful. But is it genocide?”

The Sunday Edition for June 9, 2019

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Head of Toronto District School Board says he doesn't believe class violence is 'rampant'

Our series Hard Lessons laid bare the widespread violence students commit against teachers. John Malloy, director of education at the Toronto District School Board, explains why he doesn't believe violence is rampant in the district's schools.

Co-living apartments offer a sense of community for on-the-go millennials

A handful of companies have collectively raised hundreds of millions of dollars in an effort to upend the rental market in our largest and priciest cities with an approach called co-living: a combination of apartment, college dorm, hotel and high-end rooming house — usually targeted at millennials.

This photographer illustrated the diversity of Vancouver's Chinatown a century ago

Yucho Chow photographed people of all backgrounds and walks of life during a period of intense racism in Canada. Curator Catherine Clement collected the photos and stories for an exhibit in Vancouver.

Empathy makes us human, but research suggests it may be on the decline

Research suggests empathy may be losing ground in the West. Michael Enright speaks with experts Sara Konrath and Fritz Breithaupt about what it could mean for society.

The Sunday Edition for June 2, 2019

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In praise of trains — Michael's essay

Trains manifest strength and gentleness at the same time. The engine must be powerful enough to pull all that tonnage through city and country. At the same time, the gentle, almost metronomic rhythms of the rocking motion, can bring serenity to our monkey brains.

CBC President Catherine Tait on trust, raising money and attracting a younger audience

TV ratings are down, international media are flooding in through the internet, people are turning to Facebook and Twitter for news, and there's the possibility of more budget cuts to come. Catherine Tait has been president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada for just over a year; she's Michael's guest.

Meet the 96-year-old Ottawa woman who contributed to the discovery of DNA's double helix

In 1948, young physicist June Lindsey's crystallography work in a British laboratory helped Watson and Crick discover the famous double-helix structure of DNA. Today, the 96-year-old's contribution goes unheralded, but a group of Ottawa scientists wants to change that.

Why people around the world are building more walls

From the Great Wall of China to the DMZ dividing North from South Korea, more than a third of the world's nation-states have barriers on their borders. And against the backdrop of an international migrant crisis and growing ethnic nationalism, more walls are being built.

What comes first, the clue or the word? This New York Times crossword constructor shares his tricks

Will Nediger of London, Ont., has a PhD in linguistics and is a regular contributor of crosswords to The New York Times. Michael Enright, a passionate addict of the Times' daily puzzle, is in awe when the 29-year-old explains why "a four-letter word for an actor" is always "gere" (as in Richard Gere.)

What does 'the rule of law' really mean?

From Justin Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin to China's Huawei executives to U.S. President Donald Trump putting children in cages and refusing to respect subpoenas, we're hearing a lot about the rule of law these days. David Dyzenhaus is one of Canada's foremost experts on the rule of law.

The Sunday Edition for May 26, 2019

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

Air pollution kills more people than smoking or wars

Journalist Beth Gardiner was living in London with her husband and daughter and was made deeply uneasy by the stew of diesel fumes in the city. So she decided to travel around the world talking to researchers, campaigners and regulators who are working to improve the quality of the air around us. Gardiner's book is called Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.

How an Inuit-Montessori preschool hopes to reinvent education in the North

The program at Pirurvik, an early childhood education centre in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, for which the name means "a place to grow," was developed three years ago by combining traditional Inuit knowledge with the Montessori method. Its founders recently won the Arctic Inspiration Prize, known as "the Nobel of the North." Kieran Oudshoorn's documentary is called A Little Nest.

Government subsidies for business are greater than Canada's entire defence budget

From Bombardier to General Motors to the oil and gas industry, Canadian businesses benefit handsomely from government grants and tax breaks, even though politicians on both the left and the right have opposed so-called corporate welfare for decades. Peter Armstrong's guests are John Lester, executive fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, and Roberta Lexier, a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary who specialises in the history of the NDP.