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If the midterms were a battle for America's soul, who won?

The recent election was cast as a referendum on Trumpism that would set the direction & tone of America for the future. Adam Gopnik, a Canadian writer for The New Yorker, gives his take on the midterms & Trump's authoritarian style.

Canadian airmen were key to the WW II Dam Busters

Historian Ted Barris recounts the little-known story of the Canadian airmen who took part in the secret air raid against hydroelectric dams on Germany's Ruhr River. It's a tale of bravery and ingenuity, which had a defining impact on the outcome of the war.

'The World Remembers' art project honours the dead of WW I

Every day, the Canadian actor R. H. Thomson’s multimedia project publishes the names of soldiers who died on that date, exactly 100 years ago.
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At the Peace Bridge, there is both security & welcome for refugees

This year, thousands of would-be refugees crossed the Canadian border, hoping to be allowed to stay. Fort Erie is the site of a refugee program that's unique in Canada. It pairs Canada Border Services with a special kind of caregiving. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called, "At the Bridge."
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Talk show host Sean Hannity is only doing his job — to be a salesman for Trump

His job, his role in life, is to actively promote the promises, policies and programs of the American president, says Michael Enright.

The Sunday Edition — November 11, 2018

Listen to this week's show with host Michael Enright

'The World Remembers' art project honours the dead of WW I

Every day, the Canadian actor R. H. Thomson’s multimedia project publishes the names of soldiers who died on that date, exactly 100 years ago.

Canadian nurses killed in WWI hospital ship sinking commemorated in opera

In June 1918, 14 Canadian nursing sisters were killed when their hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle, was torpedoed. A new Canadian opera commemorates these 14 women, who comforted the wounded and the dying in the midst of unimaginable horror.

If the midterms were a battle for America's soul, who won?

Tuesday’s election was cast as a referendum on Trumpism that would set the direction and tone of the country for the future. Michael talks to Adam Gopnik, the Canadian New Yorker writer who is one of today's most penetrating observers of American political culture.

Michael's essay: Sean Hannity is only doing his job — to be a salesman for Trump

“I wish people would stop picking on poor Sean Hannity. After all the man is only doing his job.”

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia's journey from Zimbabwe to Newfoundland to the Canadian Senate

Twillingate, Newfoundland is not where you'd think an East Indian Muslim from Zimbabwe would choose to build his life. Dr. Ravalia has just been appointed as an independent Senator. Heather Barrett’s documentary “My Own Private Twillingate” first aired in 2009.

How the battle of Beaumont-Hamel devastated Newfoundland

Writer David Macfarlane and musician Douglas Cameron combined words and music in a powerful production that tells the story of the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont-Hamel. It's called 'The Door You Came In,' and they are Michael’s guests.

How right-wing populism is returning to its fascist roots

Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to have political opponents jailed, exiled or even killed. Historian Federico Finchelstein says his election is a signal populism is moving 'closer to fascism than ever before.'

B.C. government sues drug companies over addictive opioids

British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy is leading the charge in a class action lawsuit against companies that make, distribute and sell opioids. All told, more than 40 defendants are named.

The Sunday Edition — November 4, 2018

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

What a crucial battleground district in rust-belt Wisconsin tells us about the midterm elections

Wisconsinites swung from Obama to Trump in 2016. Now, Democrats hope a so-called “blue wave” will lift its candidate Randy Bryce, to victory on Tuesday. Ira Basen explores a local race in a bitterly divided state with national implications in his documentary “First Wisconsin."

Canadian airmen were key to the WWII Dam Busters

Historian Ted Barris recounts the little-known story of the Canadian airmen who took part in the secret air raid against hydroelectric dams on Germany's Ruhr River. It's a tale of bravery and ingenuity, which had a defining impact on the outcome of the war. Ted Barris’s latest book is called Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany.

B.C. government sues drug companies over addictive opioids

British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy is leading the charge in a class action lawsuit against companies that make, distribute and sell opioids. All told, more than 40 defendants are named.

How right-wing populism is returning to its fascist roots

Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to have political opponents jailed, exiled or even killed. Historian Federico Finchelstein says his election is a signal populism is moving "closer to fascism than ever before."

At the Peace Bridge, there is both security and welcome for refugees

This year, thousands of would-be refugees crossed the Canadian border, hoping to be allowed to stay. Fort Erie is the site of a refugee program that's unique in Canada. It pairs Canada Border Services with a special kind of caregiving. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called, "At the Bridge."

50 years ago, the women of Canada's 'Abortion Caravan' stormed Parliament for reproductive rights

Last week's historic vote to overturn Ireland’s ban on abortion grabbed attention around the world. And it reminded us of a gem in our documentary vault. In 1970, a group of Canadian women set out on a cross-country trek to Ottawa in what became known as the Abortion Caravan. Karin Wells's 2010 documentary is called "The Women are Coming."

The revolutionary power of women's anger

Feminist writer Rebecca Traister argues that women have been taught to hide their anger. But to create political change, they must bring it out in the open and use it as fuel for action, she says.

What role should victim impact statements play in Canadian courts?

Victim impact statements delivered at criminal trials have been championed by everyone from feminist activists to tough-on-crime conservatives. However, questions remain about what the rise of the victims’ rights movement means for the rights of the accused, and about the role of victims in a system designed to try cases on behalf of the public.

Rebecca Traister on the revolutionary power of women's anger

In her new book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger, the journalist unpacks hidden herstories to graph the impact that angry women have had in shaping the country.
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Censoring Steve Bannon is not good for democracy

Steve Bannon has to be confronted and the only way to do that is to hear the man and parse his language, his attitudes, his grotty enthusiasms. As documentary maker Michael Moore put it: 'We want to hear him speak … You always want the devil to tell you his plans.'