The Sunday Edition for August 9, 2020

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Laurie Brown.

How the pandemic and the movement for racial justice are re-shaping the music industry

It's a very different world now for musicians — one without live performances and in the midst of a reckoning with racism and inequality. It’s leading many artists to think that a repertoire of relationship songs just doesn’t cut it anymore.

'Part of living is being willing to bear other people's pain': Aislinn Hunter on witnessing and grief

Aislinn Hunter’s new novel The Certainties, entwines the fates of two very different refugees and explores what it means to bear witness. Deeply informed by her own life, Hunter blends history and fiction in a story where past and present calamities collide.
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'Born strange,' and a remarkable 25-year friendship with a puckish parrot

Tuco is a mischievous, multi-talented African grey parrot with a diabolical sense of humour, who served as a personal guru for writer Brian Brett during their 25-year relationship. Brett recently won a BC Book Prize for his memoir, Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and a Scattershot World.

The Sunday Edition for August 2, 2020

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

Noor Naga on moral decisions, millennial Muslims and modern love

Noor Naga chats with Elamin Abdelmahmoud about longing, loneliness, faith, transgression, writing contradictory characters, and the role of technology in modern love. She is the winner of the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award and the 2019 RBC-PEN Canada Emerging Writers Award.

Senator Murray Sinclair says dismantling systemic racism will be a long fight

One of Canada's most respected Indigenous rights advocates has faced many setbacks over his decades-long career, fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples. As the country faces calls to defund the RCMP, he warns that gaining justice for Indigenous people will be a long, drawn-out process.

Naomi Klein says this changes everything

Although the pandemic has caused more than 600,000 deaths worldwide and has disrupted life around the world, Mother Nature has breathed a giant sigh of relief. It is the kind of relief author and activist Naomi Klein called for in her bestselling book This Changes Everything. We present a reprise of her conversation with Michael Enright, from the fall of 2014.

The Sunday Edition for July 26, 2020

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

How democracies fail: Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum reflects on how many of her former friends shifted further and further to the right as populism surged across the Western world. Her new book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism explores the people behind the politicians, as Applebaum knew them, before and during the rise of the far right in Eastern Europe, the UK and the United States.

A rare success story: Kingston, Ont. survives the pandemic with few cases

The public health nightmares of the pandemic were not realized in Kingston, Ontario. They have had few cases of COVID and no deaths, even though it is a city with long-term-care, a large university campus and nine prisons in the region. Kieran Moore, the local medical officer of public health and the key architect of Kingston’s pandemic plan, tells us how they pulled it off.

How 100-year-old photographer Thelma Pepper captured the extraordinary in the 'ordinary women' of Saskatchewan

She didn't pick up a camera till she was 60, but since then, she's taken thousands of striking portraits. At 100, she's still passionate about photography, creativity and the beauty and strength of ordinary people - on Saskatchewan's backroads and in nursing homes. David Gutnick's documentary profile of Thelma Pepper is called, "These Women Live On."

The Sunday Edition for July 19, 2020

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

Inside the strange and world-changing kingdom of fungi

Even though fungi are largely hidden from view, they sustain almost all the living systems around us. They also challenge how we think and what we know. Guest host Kevin Sylvester speaks with Merlin Sheldrake, the author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures to learn more.

U.S. citizens no longer have access to most of the world — the global South never had it

United States citizenship is one of the most prized citizenships in the world, giving citizens to both live and work inside the country and travel, hassle-free, to 185 others. Because of COVID-19, that number is down to 28.

The catastrophic poetry of Anne Carson

The renowned Canadian poet talks to Michael Enright about her love of Greek, her fascination with grammar and syntax and why she calls writing, "an attempt at catastrophe."

The Sunday Edition for July 12, 2020

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Anthony Germain.

China is ready for a potential exodus from Hong Kong, and has designs to make it more prosperous

In 1997, China promised to maintain Hong Kong's democratic system and civil liberties for 50 years. But many believe a new security law imposed upon Hong Kong by Beijing effectively means the end of democracy there. Diana Fu — a China expert at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy — discusses the potential fallout over the law and the decisions Hong Kongers have to make now about whether to stay and whether to keep pushing for democracy or censor themselves.

Objectivity is 'the view from nowhere' and potentially harmful: expert

More and more people, including many journalists, are questioning the sanctity of objectivity — especially when the arbiters of what’s objective truth and what’s opinion are largely the mostly-white, mostly-male people who run most newsrooms. Candis Callison is a professor of journalism at the University of British Columbia who argues that objectivity in journalism is illusory and that it reaffirms the outlook of a white male-dominated world.

In conversation with Emmy-award-winning legend Dick Cavett

Three Emmy Awards, seven additional nominations and a show that ran on seven different television networks from 1968 to 2007 — The Dick Cavett Show had a long and illustrious run.

The Sunday Edition for July 5, 2020

Listen to this week's episode with guest-host Anthony Germain.

The Rock in a hard place: Clyde Wells on the looming fiscal crisis in N.L. and Labrador

In his first major interview in more than a decade — since stepping down from the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador — former premier Clyde Wells talks about how Newfoundland and Labrador got into a fiscal crisis and the political backbone needed to get out of it.

A better tomorrow or back to normal? How societies grappled with the aftermaths of past crises

2020 has unspooled one crisis after another, from the pandemic and long-term care to racial injustice and police brutality. That’s inspired calls for massive changes to our government, economy and way of life. At the same time, many of us desperately want life to return to normal. Ryerson University historian Catherine Ellis looks at the choices Western societies made when faced with similar forks in the road after the two world wars — to attempt to make a better world, or to retrench and just forget about what caused the crisis.

Before he was singing songs of peace, Pete Seeger was denounced as a radical

As part of a special hour devoted to Pete Seeger after his death, The Sunday Edition reached deep into the archives, back to Enright's As It Happens days in 1995, when he interviewed Seeger. At the time, the musician was 75 and had lost none of his vigor or indignation at a culture that values money over people and community.

The Sunday Edition for June 28, 2020

Listen to our final episode with host Michael Enright