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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.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo says he has a responsibility to help inner-city kids learn music

Canadian jazz pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo was born in Nigeria and came to Canada at the age of four. He began playing the piano when he was just six. Today, he performs across the country and, through his arts foundation, helps Toronto kids transcend their social and economic circumstances.
Personal Essay

Seeking comfort and community at the dog park

Bill Smart and his pal Casey were sent to the off-leash park for some re-education. It was an illuminating and therapeutic experience for both dog and human. Bill’s essay is called “Off Leash.”

The Sunday Edition — September 23, 2018

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

Michael's essay: Technology is changing faster than our ability to control it

Even the man who invented the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, is sounding the alarm.

How are Canadian attitudes towards immigration changing?

Michael Enright speaks with Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, Rachel Curran, Senior Associate for Harper and Associates, and Rivka Augenfeld, a long-time advocate for immigrants and refugees.

Sixth-graders in a nursing home — an unlikely but 'life-changing' school year

For 25 Grade 6 students in Saskatoon, school happens in a nursing home — all year long. Talk about a different kind of education. David Gutnick's documentary is called "The School of Real Life."