The Sunday Edition — December 2, 2018

Listen to this week's episode with host Michael Enright.
Listen to this week's episode with host Michael Enright. (LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images, Alexandra Bolduc and New Canadian Library, Shutterstock/OHishiapply )
Listen to the full episode2:36:26

Michael's essay: A new survey shows how poorly writers are paid in this country

"If you made a grand total of $9,380, down somewhat from the year before, but you love your job — congratulations. You are a Canadian writer."

Should governments be in the job creation business?

Less than 10 years after receiving $14 billion from federal and provincial governments, GM is closing its plant in Oshawa, killing 3,000 jobs. Just how much power do governments have to create jobs in the private sector?

When the political is too personal

"I've been thinking a lot about the dangers of oppression-first activism. And I've been witnessing the corrosive impact on us," writes Frances Lee. 

'Her books map our province': Revisiting B.C. novelist Ethel Wilson

In episode one of The Backlist, a series about Canadian novels that have fallen out of public memory — or never got the attention they deserved in the first place — B.C. writer Theresa Kishkan talks about Ethel Wilson's 1954 novel Swamp Angel.

Too long, didn't read — how reading online is hurting our brains

Research shows the internet is shortening our attention span and harming memory, creativity, wisdom and the capacity for empathy and critical thinking. Michael Enright talks to Maryanne Wolf, the author of Come Home: The Reading Brain in the Digital World.

Men who give gifts — and the women who buy the gifts men give

The Sunday Edition reveals the truth about gift-giving. Women have been silent for far too long about buying presents that their husbands give to others. Producer Frank Faulk rips the wrapping paper off this widespread undercover activity built on exploited labour and deception.