The Sunday Edition for November 17, 2019

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

The war between hostile architecture and homelessness - Michael's essay

“Take the lowly park bench. Most now come equipped with a useless third armrest in the middle. Its only purpose is to make sure a homeless person doesn't lie down to sleep. Defenders of this kind of architecture say it is designed to cut down on crime. In fact, these designs are directly targeted at the poor and the homeless.”

The stories objects tell: What survivors of the Partition of India took with them

The Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947 was bloody and chaotic, sending 14 million people fleeing for their lives and leaving more than a million dead. New Delhi-based artist and oral historian Aanchal Malhotra interviewed survivors of Partition, including her own relatives, about the physical objects they took with them and the stories those objects tell.

A woman's fight to rescue horses from slaughter in the B.C. Interior

For the past 20 years, Lyall has worked full-time rescuing reject horses from slaughter. She started B.C. Horse Angels, an operation she runs by herself. It’s a full-time job rehabilitating the horses and adopting the ones she can out to good homes.

The Senate is more representative of Canada than the House of Commons, says former Senator André Pratte

Pratte shares his views on what is and isn't working in the Senate and how Trudeau’s attempt to make the Senate less partisan has panned out.

A disastrous hard border or a reunification? David Norris on Brexit's impact on Ireland

One of Ireland's most quotable political personalities shares his thoughts on Brexit and the upcoming British election.

A birthday tribute to Margaret Atwood

Canada's most celebrated writer turns 80 years old on Monday. We'll look back at Margaret Atwood's brilliant career -- through the wit, wisdom and stories about assorted hijinks and misadventures she’s brought to her many appearances on The Sunday Edition.

The Sunday Edition for November 10, 2019

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

Why The Sunday Edition recorded a concert at a maximum security prison - Michael's essay

“We deprive people of their liberty and send them to jail AS punishment, not FOR punishment. Like every closed community — whether a seminary, an army unit or a police force — the idea of incarceration is to break down one's individuality.”

Ben Lerner's new novel goes back to the '90s to understand Trump's America

Ben Lerner's new novel, The Topeka School, is perhaps his most dazzling yet — an exploration of masculinity and whiteness in Trump's America, how to raise children well, and the devolution of public debate and civic discourse into a vicious martial art. Lerner joins Michael Enright for a wide-ranging conversation about the peculiar cultural and social temper of the times and how we got here.

Israel violates international law with impunity, says human rights lawyer

In its relationship with Palestinians, the government of Israel repeatedly has violated international law and faced no consequences on the world stage, according to Noura Erakat. She is a professor at Rutgers University and the author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine.

How Canadian women helped win the Second World War

From munitions workers to code breakers to field nurses, countless Canadian women helped make the Second World War winnable. Here are the stories of three.

How music helps restore dignity at Canada's most notorious prison

A concert at Millhaven Institution provides respite and reflection for the inmates, and a reminder of their dignity and humanity.

The Sunday Edition for November 3, 2019

Listen to this week's episode with guest host Kevin Sylvester.

The epic history of the Métis Nation

Lawyer Jean Teillet tells the story not just of Louis Riel, but of his people before and after he was hung for treason in 1885.
Point of View

What the digital age means for my music — and my paycheque

Matt Zimbel, percussionist and leader of the world jazz band Manteca on how the digital age has impacted his art.

Alix Ohlin's fiction about sisterhood, art and unconventional choices

Alix Ohlin received her second nomination for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her new book, Dual Citizens, in which she explores the intensity and messiness of relationships — familial and otherwise.

Telemarketers pitch air duct cleaning. This scientist says don't bother

There is a big gap between the hype and the science about cleaning the air ducts in our homes, according to Jeffrey Siegel. He studies indoor air quality and is a professor in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. Professor Siegel says air duct cleaning is low on the list of priorities for people who want to improve the air they breathe.

How Japanese-Canadian Emma Nishimura shaped her family's WW II internment into art

Emma Nishimura's grandmother left behind a box full of the patterns she used to make clothes while she was held in a British Columbia internment camp for Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War. Emma Nishimura joins Kevin to talk about the art that those garments and patterns have inspired her to make.

The 'luminous companionship' of William Blake

The poet William Blake was often dismissed as a madman in his lifetime. But to his devotee, he is a prophet with much to tell the world about war, poverty and imagination.

The Sunday Edition for October 27, 2019

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

Michael's Essay - The election brought out the worst in our political parties, but not in Canadians

“Canadian politics has always been an exercise in compromise and so it will be again. My friend David Frum, rogue Republican and commentator, wrote a piece for The Atlantic headlined ‘This Election Brought Out Canada’s Worst.’ I beg to differ. No, it didn’t. The worst in our political parties maybe, perhaps even our leaders, but not in Canadians themselves.”

How the NDP can effect change in a minority government

The party lost seats, went down in the popular vote and fell to fourth place in party status, but leader Jagmeet Singh believes he has leverage to implement his political agenda. Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent and former NDP House Leader Libby Davies explain, through the lessons of history, how that can work.

Satire - Resentment

Have you noticed a certain kind of scent hanging in the air since Monday? Not really the smell of victory. Certainly not the sweet smell of success...

B.C. man is one of the first Canadians with dementia to die with medical assistance

When Canada's medical assistance in dying law was passed in 2016, the widespread assumption was that it excluded those with a dementia diagnosis. But Gayle Garlock decided to challenge that assumption and to test the limits of the law.