The Sunday Edition — December 16, 2018

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The agony and the ecstasy of the annual school Christmas concert - Michael's essay

"We grown-ups in the great big grown-up country calibrate success by what we can count: SUVs, houses, Mexican vacations. In the country of childhood, they measure success by getting through Jolly Old St. Nicholas on the recorder."

Michael Enright piloted a Boeing 777 and landed it in Lake Ontario

Michael tries to overcome his fear of flying by getting into the pilot's seat.
Personal Essay

A son's quest to honour his mother's dying wish

Graeme Hunter valued his mother, and he knew where she wanted her ashes to be scattered. But getting them there was a bit of an adventure. His essay is called “Relic of the Madonna.”

How Patrick Taylor accidentally became a best-selling Canadian author

A weekly humour column grew into Patrick Taylor’s New York Times best-selling, 13-part, series.

Fiction about complicated families to help you navigate holiday dysfunction

The holidays can shine an unwelcome spotlight on family dysfunction. Canadian writers Randy Boyagoda, Sharon Bala and Elizabeth Hay share their favourite novels and short stories about the difficulties and joys of family relationships.

The Sunday Edition — December 9, 2018

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The return of Smell-O-Vision - Michael's essay

“If current audiences lose their appetite for superhero sequels and remakes of old movies, the return of Smell-O-Vision might bring back the casual moviegoer. It makes … scents … to me.”

Birth tourism may become a hot button issue in the next federal election

Birth tourism, where expectant mothers travel to Canada to give birth in order to secure Canadian citizenship for their babies, is a growing phenomenon here.
Personal Essay

A mother's struggle to let her son control his own journey to independence

When Jennifer Overton’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 3, she became a “card-carrying control freak.” When he moved away from home, she had to learn how to let go and support his transition to independence.

'We've lost a beautiful voice': B.C. musician Sarah Valiunas dies of fentanyl overdose

Sarah Valiunas, 26, was a popular busker in Nelson, B.C., who died of an overdose in Toronto in August 2018. Bob Keating's documentary is called "The Voice of Sarah Vee."

Populist wave is the warning sign we need: Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer joined Michael Enright to discuss the connection between automation, joblessness and populism, which is the subject of his new book Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy (and Work)

Thousands of farm animals die in barn fires, and no one seems to care

Vicki Fecteau, director of the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals, talks to Michael Enright about vast number of animals that die in barn fires in Canada and what should be done.
The Sunday Edition

Four Small Candles - a Bill Richardson documentary

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." The great human 'whirligig' Bill Richardson returns to the radio with a quirky, beautiful documentary inspired by candles, light and those old-fashioned twirling angel chimes.

Think paying more for wine guarantees good quality? Think again

Brock University oenologist Belinda Kemp deconstructs what goes into the price of a bottle of wine.

The Sunday Edition — December 2, 2018

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Michael's essay: A new survey shows how poorly writers are paid in this country

“If you made a grand total of $9,380, down somewhat from the year before, but you love your job — congratulations. You are a Canadian writer.”

'100% feminist': Why access to clean water is so important to Tanzanian girls

In Kakora, Tanzania, clean water — funded, in part, by the Canadian government — is transforming the lives of women and girls.

Should governments be in the job creation business?

Less than 10 years after receiving $14 billion from federal and provincial governments, GM is closing its plant in Oshawa, killing 3,000 jobs. Just how much power do governments have to create jobs in the private sector?
Personal Essay

When the political is too personal

"I've been thinking a lot about the dangers of oppression-first activism. And I've been witnessing the corrosive impact on us," writes Frances Lee.

'Her books map our province': Revisiting B.C. novelist Ethel Wilson

In episode one of The Backlist, a series about Canadian novels that have fallen out of public memory — or never got the attention they deserved in the first place — B.C. writer Theresa Kishkan talks about Ethel Wilson’s 1954 novel Swamp Angel.

Too long, didn't read — how reading online is hurting our brains

Research shows the internet is shortening our attention span and harming memory, creativity, wisdom and the capacity for empathy and critical thinking. Michael Enright talks to Maryanne Wolf, the author of Come Home: The Reading Brain in the Digital World.

Men who give gifts — and the women who buy the gifts men give

The Sunday Edition reveals the truth about gift-giving. Women have been silent for far too long about buying presents that their husbands give to others. Producer Frank Faulk rips the wrapping paper off this widespread undercover activity built on exploited labour and deception.

November 25, 2018 — The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright

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Alumnus Michael Enright on the failure of leadership at St. Michael's College School

"There seems to be something in the DNA of large and hallowed institutions, especially Catholic ones, which breeds delay, dissembling, cover-up," says Michael Enright, who attended St. Michael’s high school in the 1950s.