Mike Harris and charitable status; Anne Enright; Listener mail; Anti-Semitism in Sweden; The Twain letters
Mike Harris, the Fraser Institute, and charitable status - Michael's essay: (00:00:26) Michael reflects on a letter sent to him by former Ontario premier, Mike Harris. Here's a short excerpt: "Good Old Mike wrote the letter on behalf of the right-wing think tank, the Fraser Institute, of which he is a longtime senior fellow. The Fraser is classified as a charity and is entitled to certain tax privileges if it does not spend more than 10 per cent of its funding on political activities. Recently the Canada Revenue Agency has been ordering so-called super-audits of charitable groups, many of them environmental organizations."
Anne Enright: (00:04:50) From James Joyce to Edna O'Brien to Colm Tóibín, Ireland has always punched above its literary weight. Michael talks with the inaugural laureate for Irish fiction and Booker Prize winner Anne Enright about her new novel The Green Road. Noone chronicles the complexity of families better. When the Madigan clan gathers for one last dinner in the family home, tensions erupt into a potentially lethal crisis.
Listener mail: (00:33:23) Reaction to Michael's criticism of the media for its "mugging" of Green Party leader Elizabeth May; to our interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and to Matthew Crawford, who says immersion in social media is stifling our true selves.
"Safe is not enough" - a Karin Wells documentary: (00:41:07) In the city of Malmö, Sweden, Muslim immigrants make up more than a quarter of the population, and the city's tiny Jewish community is facing increasingly blatant anti-Semitism. The Jewish community centre has been under armed guard; kindergarten kids aren't allowed to play in the park; a rabbi has been attacked on the street, and no one wants to talk about it.
The Twain letters: (01:12:34) A project to collect hundreds of long-lost letters by the great American writer Mark Twain is providing surprising glimpses into his early life. As a young man, Twain was plagued by doubt and debt, and even contemplated suicide. Fortunately for us, he did not succeed. Michael talks to Robert Hirst of the Mark Twain Project.