The Sunday Edition

May 21, 2017: The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright

Why the RCMP must come under civilian control -- Michael's essay: A report from the RCMP's Civilian Review and Complaints Commission describes a culture of bullying and abuse of authority, which it says threatens the ability of the RCMP to do its job. Here's an excerpt from Michael's essay: "When you wed the idea of a blue culture to the quasi-military command system within the police forces --- a system by the way, run almost entirely by alpha males --- the result is a closed society, impenetrable by efforts to reform." The victor of the Conservative leadership race will face different challenges to win a federal election: Next Saturday, the Conservative Party of Canada will chart its course for the future as members choose a new leader. Three seasoned political watchers offer a guide to the personalities, the policies and the plot twists of this campaign. Michael's guests will be The Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson, The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles and Le Devoir's Hélène Buzzetti. Feminist provocateur Laura Kipnis says campuses are governed by 'sexual paranoia': Laura Kipnis argues that policies designed to protect female students - such as bans on student-professor relationships, and some sexual assault prevention programs - actually dis-empower women and deny their agency. Kipnis is an academic who is both loved and loathed for her writing on gender, politics and pornography. Her new book is "Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus". Willpower is a myth, and believing in it may make things worse: Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Erik Fisher specialises in treating addicts who often tell him their problems stem from a lack of willpower. But Dr. Fisher calls willpower "a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped". He believes it's an unscientific concept shaped by moral judgements about substance use and "sinful" behaviour, and that believing in willpower makes us more likely to give in to temptation. Listeners react to: Michael's essay about young risk-takers, David Gutnick's documentary about Europe's first all non-white orchestra, and Peter Wohlleben's "The Hidden Life of Trees". Music this week by: William Eddins and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Oscar Peterson Trio, Ann Ronnell and Brandi Disterheft, Giacchino Rossini, Chi-chi Nwanoku, Duke Ellington and Sue Foley.
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Listen to the full episode1:42:28

RCMP needs reform; Conservative party; Kipnis on sexual paranoia; Willpower's a myth