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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.

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.
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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.”

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.

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.

The Sunday Edition — October 21, 2018

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

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.

'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.

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.”
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At 93, pioneering avant-garde artist Françoise Sullivan paints every day and lives in the present

Françoise Sullivan — dancer, teacher, painter — is one the pioneers of the avant-garde movement in Quebec, and one of the last surviving signatories of the Refus Global, a manifesto that lit the spark of the Quiet Revolution. Her place in history is secure. But at 93, she is determined to live in the present and to continue her creative work. Her paintings are on display in two new exhibitions. Alisa Siegel brings us a portrait of the brilliant, passionate Françoise Sullivan. It's called, "The Yet To Come."

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.

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.

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. We do not have the medical, social and financial resources in place that will be needed to cope with the demand.

Fear, anger & outrage: the role emotion plays in politics

Raw emotion has become a clear feature of politics in America. Trump fans & Trump detractors are so angry they can't even talk to each other. We speak with a political philosopher about how it's come to this.

'I want to be here': Pursuing a PhD after 50 a chance to chase passion instead of a job

A truck driver, bartender, activist and justice consultant share stories of their bold decision to take up a PhD later in their lives.

'I want to be here': Pursuing a PhD after 50 a chance to chase passion instead of a job

A truck driver, bartender, activist and justice consultant share stories of their bold decision to take up a PhD later in their lives.

The Sunday Edition — October 14, 2018

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

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.

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.

Guest host Peter Armstrong

CBC business correspondent Peter Armstrong is our guest host.
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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 CBC Radio host Michael Enright.

We should hold identity with 'a lighter touch,' says philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah talks 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.

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?