The Sunday Edition for January 13, 2019

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Michael's essay: Why did Ultima Thule fail to excite us the way space travel used to?

“Perhaps we have become jaded, taking for granted those things which, in earlier days, would have galvanized our imaginations. Why look to the heavens when we can stare down at our smartphones and play Solitaire?”

How can we stop overtourism from ruining the world's great cities and natural wonders?

From Venice to Mount Everest, hordes of tourists brandishing selfie-sticks are overwhelming infrastructure, littering and crowding out local residents.

In Quebec, family caregivers are demanding real change. They just might get it

One in four Quebecers are caring for a sick spouse, a disabled child, an aging parent or a troubled sibling. The right-leaning CAQ government is promising concrete support, appointing Marguerite Blais as Canada’s first provincial cabinet minister responsible for informal caregivers. David Gutnick’s documentary is called, “What's Love Got to Do with It?"

Why virtuoso violinist Leila Josefowicz champions the music of living composers

Josefowicz, born in Mississauga, Ontario, began violin lessons at the age of three. She performed at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. Today, she is a much-in-demand soloist who plays with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. The composer John Adams says Josefowicz possesses “an incredible combination of emotional intensity and supreme technical virtuosity, and some extra level of charisma, a kind of electricity onstage.” She joins Michael Enright to talk about her passion for contemporary classical music.

Early risers are not necessarily healthier, wealthier or wiser

Early risers are seen as more dependable, more productive, even as holding the high moral ground. But maybe it’s time to think again. Camilla Kring, says we must abandon our nine-to-five mentality. She consults with organizations around the world about how to accommodate the internal sleep clocks of employees, and why that will improve life for everyone.

Uncovering a family's hidden past

On shiny websites and in musty archives, millions are using their DNA to delve into the past. Anne Letain knew she was taking some risks when she set out to look back, and marched ahead anyway. Her essay is called, “Revisionist History.”

Reading feminist classics in the wake of #MeToo to become a better man

Carl Cederstrom is a Swedish academic who studies self-help movements. In the wake of #MeToo, he decided to read 13 classic books about feminism, all in one month. He tells Michael Enright what he learned about how to be a better man.

January 6, 2019 - The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright

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Liberals around the world are struggling to define themselves — Michael's essay

"Because our governors seemed confused about everything from Brexit to wall-building to pipelines that went nowhere, the confusion was passed on to the citizenry like utility bills. If 2018 looked like an explosion in a banana factory, 2019 is on course for an equally dreary sequel," writes Michael Enright.

Netanyahu's strategy of long-term conflict with Palestinians may backfire, says biographer

As Israel’s prime minister campaigns against powerful opponents in the run-up to an April election, he must also contend with police allegations of corruption. And he remains at the epicentre of one of the world's most bitter conflicts -- his country’s relationship with the Palestinians. Michael’s guest is Anshel Pfeffer, author of a new biography called Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Personal essay

A cat dies, a community is born: all hail Sir Hamish!

Paula Hudson Lunn’s grief over the death of Sir Hamish, her tough old orange tabby cat, was eased when she discovered he had been much loved by her neighbours and friends as well.

How a Canadian artist captured the vision of a blind piano prodigy

Artist Tony Luciani’s challenge was to make visual the vibrant world of someone who cannot see. He did just that in his painting of a boy giant that’s on the cover of Ethan Loch’s new CD. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called "Inside My Head."

Why we have to forget to remember

As the population ages, a lot of attention is being devoted to memory research. But Oliver Hardt of McGill University says forgetting is not a failure -- it’s our brains working as they were designed. We must forget, in order to remember. Hardt is an assistant professor of psychology at McGill University, specializing in cognitive neuroscience.

Elisapee Ishulutaq's art helped define how the Inuit are seen around the world

Elisapee Ishulutaq’s drawings of men hunting seals, women caring for babies, and polar bears out on a jaunt are simple and striking. In 2014, she received the Order of Canada, and David Gutnick produced this documentary about her work. Ishulutaq died on December 9, 2018 at the age of 93.

'Words are all we have': Samuel Beckett and our times

Suddenly, Beckett is everywhere. His plays are not just being staged, but selling out. He may be the most pertinent writer for our absurd and chaotic post-truth times, as we struggle to find purpose, meaning and reason for hope.

The Sunday Edition - December 30, 2018

It’s a radio millennium! December 31, 2017 marks the 1000th broadcast of the Sunday Edition. To celebrate, we have combed through our archives to bring you excerpts from some of the conversations and documentaries we have put on the radio, over the past 20 years.

Israeli novelist Amos Oz railed against fanaticism for decades

Michael Enright's 2006 interview with Amos Oz, who died on December 29th.

Michael's essay — Why radio remains a vital force in the 21st century

“Radio kills distance. It shrinks time into manageable components. At its core is connection. It puts us in touch with one another. It is personal, it is immediate, it is intimate. It is there to comfort when we hurt or tease and distract when we relax. It is there when we need to know. It is family.”

Writers, activists and notables

A sampling of the thousands of conversations Michael has conducted over these many years.

Memorable radio documentaries

We look for stories that elevate the voices of ordinary people, illuminate complex societal problems, and speak to the human condition in all its absurdity and glory.

Musicians on music

Our musical programming hopes to provide a musical landscape as wide as your imagination.

The Sunday Edition — December 23, 2018

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Michael Enright's reply to a letter from a Grade 9 student

“Dear Rowan: You say in your letter, ‘I am very worried about the future of our planet.’ I'm sure you and your schoolmates can make a good case that my generation has gone a long way to hurting your planet; we've pretty much made a mess of things.”

Three eminent Christians on whether 'Love thy neighbour' is being honoured around the world

If you wanted to summarise Christ’s teaching, you couldn’t do better than this: “Love thy neighbour as thyself.” We asked three Christian thinkers to talk about how well Christians are following that maxim at a time of anxiety, fear and rampant pessimism.