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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."

We can come out of the Trump era a better America, says professor

Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad is hopeful that a change is coming. He speaks with Michael Enright about the midterm elections and the changing discourse around race and racism in America.
PERSONAL ESSAY

A lament for the end of Greyhound buses in western Canada

For years, singer-songwriter Orit Shimoni criss-crossed Canada by bus, performing in dozens of small communities. For her, touring by Greyhound bus represented freedom, independence, and a “connection to human hearts and souls across the country."

The facts on gun ownership and gun crime in Canada

University of Toronto professor Jooyoung Lee, an authority on gun ownership and gun violence, lays out the facts.

Remembering Pauline Julien, who sang about Quebec independence and lost love

The film Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political follows the iconic Quebec singer and eternally free spirit on a journey through key moments in the province’s history. A “who’s who” of Quebec’s sovereignty movement attended the première in Montreal earlier this week; David Gutnick brings us a report.

The Sunday Edition — September 16, 2018

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

Michael's essay: Canadians love nothing more than a good old-fashioned constitutional crisis

“Members of the National Association of Explainers, mostly academics, adore constitutional crises, because it gives them a chance to parlay their stuffy credentials into 15 minutes — or even a minute thirty — of national exposure.”

A Canadian gun rights lobbyist says banning firearms won't stop gun violence

After a summer of gun violence, the federal Liberals are contemplating a national ban on handguns and assault weapons. Tracey Wilson, a registered lobbyist for the right to bear arms doesn't think it will work.
Personal essay

When your 'to-do' list is taking over your life, try a 'to-don't' list

Emelia Symington Fedy realized her 'to-do' list was turning her life to rubble. So she decided to go another way.

You can't stop checking your phone because Silicon Valley designed it that way

Every ping, ding and vibration is designed with a purpose — to hook you, reel you in and keep you glued to your device for as long as possible. Is addiction inevitable? Is resistance futile? Ira Basen explores the past, present and future of persuasive technology in his documentary "Open to Persuasion."

Romance fiction is so much more than swashbuckling bodice-rippers, say authors

Romance novels are written for women, by women, and the market is huge (about one third of all books sold in the U.S.) The heroines are plucky, smart and ready to risk all for a happy ending. Michael Enright talks to three Newfoundland writers about about why romance novels deserve more respect.

Think cloth bags are better for the environment? Think again

A British government study looked at the environmental impact of the life cycle of various shopping bags. Joanna Meyhoff Fry, a co-author on the study, says cloth bags have a much greater environmental footprint than plastic bags.

The Sunday Edition — September 9, 2018

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

Michael's essay: Canada's so-called 'refugee crisis' is not real

"There was one underlying problem with the crisis. Nobody could find it. Nobody could describe it or faithfully analyze its constituent parts."

What does Pope Francis need to do to restore the church's moral authority?

"What's striking about the Catholic Church, versus other institutions, is the uniformity of the cover up at the managerial level."

The forgotten real-life story behind Lolita

In 1948, an 11-year-old girl named Sally Horner was kidnapped by a convicted rapist who made her pretend to be his daughter. Her ordeal inspired Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita - but Sally's story has been forgotten, and she died before she had a chance to tell it herself.

The Democrats will need to try something new to stop Trump, says professor

Despite mounting scandals, support for Donald Trump remains high among his base. Michael Enright speaks with Yale professor David Bromwich why his supporters remain fiercely loyal, and why those who oppose his presidency appear to be failing in their efforts to discredit him.

A Korean-Canadian opera singer rediscovers her voice in small-town Saskatchewan​

Jaesook Ahn helps her husband run a grocery store in Eastend (population: 503). When David Gutnick discovered that Jaesook, now known as Jenny, was once an opera singer in South Korea, he convinced her to give a concert for her neighbours.

Newfoundland writers onstage at the Winterset literary festival

Michael Enright is a regular at the Winterset in Summer Festival in Eastport, Newfoundland. We bring you an excerpt from his conversations with Joel Thomas Hynes, Wayne Johnston and Bridget Canning, the three finalists for the BMO Winterset Award.

The Sunday Edition — September 2, 2018

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

The trials and tribulations of a hockey mom

Being a hockey parent comes with many costs — some financial and some personal. Angie Abdou unflinchingly talks about both with guest host Kevin Sylvester. Her new book is called 'Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom'.
THE SUNDAY EDITION

Baseball honchos want to speed up the game. Are they right?

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has been making noises about changing the game, changes that would pick up the pace. While the baseball season is in full swing, we speak with Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice, and Jamie Campbell, former play-by-play commentator, now host of Blue Jays Central on Sportnet.