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The Sunday Edition — November 11, 2018

Listen to this week's show with host Michael Enright

Michael's essay: Sean Hannity is only doing his job — to be a salesman for Trump

“I wish people would stop picking on poor Sean Hannity. After all the man is only doing his job.”

If the midterms were a battle for America's soul, who won?

Tuesday’s election was cast as a referendum on Trumpism that would set the direction and tone of the country for the future. Michael talks to Adam Gopnik, the Canadian New Yorker writer who is one of today's most penetrating observers of American political culture.

Canadian nurses killed in WWI hospital ship sinking commemorated in opera

In June 1918, 14 Canadian nursing sisters were killed when their hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle, was torpedoed. A new Canadian opera commemorates these 14 women, who comforted the wounded and the dying in the midst of unimaginable horror.

'The World Remembers' art project honours the dead of WW I

Every day, the Canadian actor R. H. Thomson’s multimedia project publishes the names of soldiers who died on that date, exactly 100 years ago.

How the battle of Beaumont-Hamel devastated Newfoundland

Writer David Macfarlane and musician Douglas Cameron combined words and music in a powerful production that tells the story of the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel. It's called 'The Door You Came In,' and they are Michael’s guests.

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia's journey from Zimbabwe to Newfoundland to the Canadian Senate

Twillingate, Newfoundland is not where you'd think an East Indian Muslim from Zimbabwe would choose to build his life. Dr. Ravalia has just been appointed as an independent Senator. Heather Barrett’s documentary “My Own Private Twillingate” first aired in 2009.

The Sunday Edition — November 4, 2018

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

How right-wing populism is returning to its fascist roots

Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to have political opponents jailed, exiled or even killed. Historian Federico Finchelstein says his election is a signal populism is moving "closer to fascism than ever before."

B.C. government sues drug companies over addictive opioids

British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy is leading the charge in a class action lawsuit against companies that make, distribute and sell opioids. All told, more than 40 defendants are named.

What a crucial battleground district in rust-belt Wisconsin tells us about the midterm elections

Wisconsinites swung from Obama to Trump in 2016. Now, Democrats hope a so-called “blue wave” will lift its candidate Randy Bryce, to victory on Tuesday. Ira Basen explores a local race in a bitterly divided state with national implications in his documentary “First Wisconsin."

Canadian airmen were key to the WWII Dam Busters

Historian Ted Barris recounts the little-known story of the Canadian airmen who took part in the secret air raid against hydroelectric dams on Germany's Ruhr River. It's a tale of bravery and ingenuity, which had a defining impact on the outcome of the war. Ted Barris’s latest book is called Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany.

At the Peace Bridge, there is both security and welcome for refugees

This year, thousands of would-be refugees crossed the Canadian border, hoping to be allowed to stay. Fort Erie is the site of a refugee program that's unique in Canada. It pairs Canada Border Services with a special kind of caregiving. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called, "At the Bridge."

The Sunday Edition — October 28, 2018

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

Michael's essay: Censoring Steve Bannon is not good for democracy

“Steve Bannon has to be confronted and the only way to do that is to hear the man and parse his language, his attitudes, his grotty enthusiasms. As documentary maker Michael Moore put it: “We want to hear him speak … You always want the devil to tell you his plans.”

Rebecca Traister on the revolutionary power of women's anger

Feminist writer Rebecca Traister argues that women have been taught to hide their anger. But, she says, to create political change, they must bring it out in the open and use it as fuel for action.

'Poor Lenny, ten gifts too many': An assessment of Bernstein at 100

Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year, and for many, he is unquestionably the most talented musician of the century past. Robert Harris explores his legacy.

What role should victim impact statements play in Canadian courts?

Victim impact statements delivered at criminal trials have been championed by everyone from feminist activists to tough-on-crime conservatives. But questions remain about what the rise of the victims’ rights movement means for the rights of the accused, and about the role of victims in a system designed to try cases on behalf of the public.

What should Canada do if there's a civil war in the U.S.?

According to writer Stephen Marche, the U.S. is on the brink of another civil war. Should it happen, what is its northern neighbour to do?

The Sunday Edition — October 21, 2018

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

Michael's essay: The media have gone gaga over the legalization of pot

“We media hacks love countdowns, whether it’s the early minutes of a NASA launch or the dying seconds of a hockey game. But I have to say that in the countdown to legalization, my confreres were in the grip of some kind of journalistic reefer madness.”

Andrew Scheer on how Canada would be different if he were prime minister

He became leader of the Conservative Party more than a year ago, but many Canadians still don’t know much about him.

How 98-year-old photographer Thelma Pepper captured the extraordinary in the 'ordinary women' of Saskatchewan

Thelma Pepper has dedicated her late-found photography career to capturing the lives of Saskatchewan farm wives, residents of rural Prairie communities and seniors in nursing homes — people often overlooked by society.

'Beirut is still a place to mourn': Rawi Hage sets new novel in his old hometown

Rawi Hage is one of Canada’s most celebrated writers. His latest book, set in the early days of the Lebanese civil war, is a series of linked vignettes that stitch together to create a fabulist portrait of a city in the chaos of war.

Donald Trump lacks the character traits of great presidents, says presidential historian

Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, examines the character traits that made four American presidents great leaders, and whether the current president shares any of them.